In fact it seems likely that this Southeast Asian miracle would be the basis for creating a Economic Bloc to fill the void left by the defunct Soviet Bloc.
I wonder who leads Cambodia?
Will this bloc have the same borders as the former French Indochina?
Speaking of which, it might make French culture and influence more durable than OTL, since TTL the United States wouldn't need to sent as many troops and money.
I guess I was partially right in that technological development would be slowed down in general due to a lack of a space race (or rather a very brief one that was basically one sided). Sorry for the late response to this but it's something I must add in regards to the specifics of TTL.In 1955, the Soviet Union said they would launch an artificial satellite in the near future, and that they would beat America into space. This would spawn the genesis of the Space Race, an intense but ultimately short-lived contest that quickly demonstrated the differences between the two powers. While the American scientists worked out in the open, most Soviet scientists, notably Vasily Mishin and Sergei Korolev were working out of prison camps for research, known as sharashka. They were severely hampered by Stalinist restrictions, not to mention near non-existent supplies due to so many resources being thrown into the Chinese inferno.
Despite backbreaking effort, it was all for naught, and the Americans proudly announced the first artificial satellite in outer space, Explorer 1, on January 31st 1958. While it was champagne at the White House, it was quite a different mood in the Kremlin. Stalin, now totally devoid from reality, ordered the entire Soviet rocketry program shut down, and its members to be investigated for sabotage; fortunately for Korolev and Mishin, Stalin’s death prevented the likely imminent killings of them and most of ther staff. Stalin then claimed the Space Race was simply a Capitalist ploy to stop him from funding his army, and refused to restart the program – owing to the severe financial difficulties the Soviet Union faced, the program would not be restarted even after Stalin’s death. However, due to the lack of solid American intelligence in the Soviet Union, Nixon decided to keep going to “Really spike the football on those bastards”. He announced that he intended that an American would be in space while he was still President, which would ultimately come to pass when John Glenn went into space on February 20th 1962. While this was met with standing ovation in America, more ambitious types wanted to push onto the moon, including Werner Von Braun, the head of the American rocketry program. Ultimately, as it became clear the Soviets offered no response to America’s litany of victories, Nixon announced in 1963 that the space program would be scaled down to a ‘military only exercise’. By the time Knowland had come in, the arch-conservative had little stomach for the massive expenditure to reach the Moon after America’s space superiority had been so totally demonstrated. To that end, many Democrats cared more about money going to their poverty-stricken constituents than wild pie-in-the-sky schemes. It would be many years still before a Moon Landing would happen.
I believe South Vietnam and Cambodia will be included alongside OTL Thailand and Philippines, but I doubt French Language or culture would play a part since the Vietnam war was started over expelling the colonial french.
Maybe it is just all my wishful thinking (I am a big fan of Robeson), but I believe that Robeson eventually will abandon his Stalin fanboyism.
He'll just say that the West is making it up. He was absolutely knee-deep in Stalin-apologism for years - it takes a lot for people to admit the thing they argued and cared about passionately in public for decades was not only wrong, but more wrong than he could have ever imagined. Human beings don't work like that - human beings would rather win the argument and still be wrong than admit their mistakes.
Can he say that with Stalin dropping nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons on the Middle Kingdom for standing up to the USSR and the mess over Korea? Then Stalin destroyed a Communist Ally over a disparagement?
Or the fact the Russians are nuking each other in a second civil war?
Come to think of it, we probably should get a post linking to all the maps on here
"Hey! Mao shot down Stalin's jet, Stalin had to respond! And who are we to question Stalin's use of nuclear weapons while we first dropped them on Japan and then Korea?"
"That Civil War? All a bunch of Fascist subversives. Just look at [generic corrupt CNS guy]! Look at the destruction these so called freedom fighters brought to Russia! People had enough to eat during Stalin. Now? The whole country is in ruins!"
Confirmation bias is a hell of a drug.
So Stalin had the right to drop smallpox onto the Chinese population (causing the Smallpox Epidemic), and nuking every Chinese city he found find? And the reason for tens of millions of Chinese fleeing.
It is Stalin's fault for what happen to Korea.
The USSR did not helping Egypt, being the reason for Egypt becoming a insane, Middle Age, Muslim state that is running out of population.
(Really, I what someone like this to meet a survivor of the Second Holocaust, or a Chinese person who survived the Sino-Soviet War, and see what happens.)
Hardly there is any dictator whom wouldn't have apologists. Even in OTL is several Hitler and Pol Pot apologists or even denialists. I wouldn't be surprised if ITTL would be people who defend or deny Stalin's acts. And person who openly defended Stalin in OTL despite that he was even questioned about that, hardly just turn his views around and begin hate Stalin.