Considered, but rejected titles include: The Place Promised In Our Early Days. So without ado, here's the POD intro post. --- The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, Surrender of Japan, and Start of the Chinese Civil War The Trinity Test was originally scheduled for July 16th, but after a freak fire during the May 7th rehearsal, it was delayed until July 31th[...] The American delegates argued that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima was the crucial catalyst that forced Japanese surrender, but the Soviet delegates were skeptical. The bombing, on August 11th, took place after the qualified Japanese acceptance of the Potsman Conference...it did not seem credible to most outside observers that the event precipitating surrender was anything but the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, though the Americans insisted that it helped push the Japanese towards unconditional surrender[...] Soviet diplomats were firmly unwilling to compromise on the original agreement to divide Japan and Korea into occupation zones. Although the Americans hoped to place the entire Japanese mainland under their new SCAP government, they were unable to convince Moscow to relent. In contrast, the United Kingdom and China both agreed to fold their occupation zones in SCAP...the Soviet occupation zone included Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, while the rest of the Home Islands were placed under SCAP[...]  Viewing the Soviet presence in Japan as a more pressing concern, the State Department convinced Marshall to dissuade Chiang Kai-Shek from flooding Manchuria with troops, trashing the earlier American plan to ferry hundreds of thousands of troops into the region. Chiang Kai-Shek responded with rage at his American advisors when Manchuria quickly fell to Communist forces, ignoring the American excuse that it might have been worse had he fought a losing battle there[...] --- : I just delayed the atomic bombing, so they don't scare the Soviets into accepting unified American control of Japan. I am aware that there is a historical dispute over why Japan surrendered, but there's pretty much a consensus among Japanese historians that it was the invasion of Manchuria and the atomic bombings primarily kept the Soviets out (which is why left-wing historians are angrier about it). Even if you disagree, hey, it makes the TL a lot easier to set up. : Picture is not my own, but rather from real history. : OTL, Marshall encouraged Chiang Kai-Shek to send troops to Manchuria and the USA actively helped ferry them there via airlift. Ironically, staunch American support actually hurt the KMT here. From what I can tell, the idea that the USA "lost China" by not supporting the KMT is a more 1950's political attack than truth.