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God Help Us All by Kurarun God Help Us All by Kurarun
In 1945 the USA used nuclear weapons to bomb the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The casualties number over a hundred thousand. The world stands in awe and fear of America's new superweapon.

Combating the world's new superpower becomes the sole aim of Soviet military scientists, and funding is poured into several projects, few of which produce anything beyond ineffectual prototypes. One of these projects, Project Elbrus (Russian: Проект Эльбрус - Proekt Elʹbrus, named for the highest mountain in the Caucasus mountain range), produces a working electrolaser. This uses the blooming effect of a laser to produce a line of ionized plasma, along which a powerful electrical current can then be sent, in a manner similar to lightning. The prototype is inefficient, weak and unwieldy. Soviet military commanders see no real practical use of the technology, and funding is cut in order to further develop the Soviet Union's own nuclear weapon, rather than develop counter measures to it.

On the 12th of December, 1950 General Secretary Joseph Stalin sends America an early Christmas present: the USSR conducts its first nuclear weapons test at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in the Kazakh SSR.

By 1961 the USA's nuclear stockpiles have grown immensely, whilst the Soviets still languish behind. Convinced that a nuclear war with America is imminent, First Secretary Nikita Krushchev begins looking for a method of effective defence against a nuclear strike. Isaac Bahdanovich, the Byelorussian scientist that headed Project Elbrus, suggests that a sufficiently advanced electrolaser could disable a nuclear weapon in flight. Project Motherland (Russian: Проект Pодина - Proekt Rodina) is set up to explore the plausibility of developing and deploying advanced electrolasers in this manner. Krushchev is deposed in 1964, but the project continues.

In August, 1966 a computer-controlled electrolaser with a radar targeting system is shown to be able to intercept nuclear missiles in flight. The system is still too expensive and inefficient to be deployed on any national scale, so development continues.

By 1970 Project Motherland has produced a suitably efficient production model of a radar-targeted electrolaser. This technological advance is hidden from the public until 1973, when the last of the first generation of anti-nuclear electrolasers is constructed. Senator Lee Metcalf comments that President Nixon's teeth-grinding could be heard all the way from Capitol Hill.

In order to test western zeal in face of their new defence system, Soviet troops "accidentally" cross the border with Finland whilst "on maneuvers" and, supposedly believing they are still on Soviet soil, open fire on Finnish troops that attempt to approach them. Many western politicians do not make mention of the issue, whilst others, such as President Nixon, begrudgingly claim that they hope that the situation can be solved peacefully and without further bloodshed. Believing this to be a weak response on the USA's part, the USSR makes claims that the Finnish troops opened fire on the Soviet troops first. Finland refuses to allow Soviet military observers into the country to investigate the issue. After a short and brutal war, Finland is absorbed into the USSR as the Finnish SSR in early 1974. The western world deplores this blatant warmongering, but resolves to do nothing about it.

Now believing the USSR free of the threat of nuclear war, General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev pursues a policy of promoting world communism, and espouses the idea of a "Worldwide socialist union". These policies develop as time moves on, and the USSR begins integrating its allies into the Union.

By 1985 Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and East Germany have been integrated into the USSR. General Secretary Andrei Gromyko and Mongolian President Jambyn Batmönkh announce plans to integrate Mongolia into the USSR, drawing the anger of the People's Republic of China. The depth of the Sino-Soviet split shows when, on the 30th of March, 1985, the Politburo of the Communist Party of China under Hua Guofeng - Mao Zedong's designated successor - declares war on the USSR. The hope is that the other nations of the world will declare war on the Soviet Union, and that their combined might could overcome that of the USSR. The hope is forlorn on both counts.

After the swift and brutal crushing of Chinese military forces, China is reorganized with a pro-Soviet government in charge. Manchuria is annexed directly into the Soviet Union as the Manchu People's Soviet Socialist Republic.

Following pressure from Moscow, and increased US military presence in South Korea and Japan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is incorporated into the USSR in 1988.

In 1989 the Berlin Wall comes down, and West Berlin is incorporated into the German Soviet Democratic Socialist Republic after the USSR demanded the transfer of the territory, officially to end the suffering of the isolated people of West Berlin and to end the exclave as a relic of a bygone era, unofficially as part of a move to consolidate their existing territories before expanding further.

It is now 1991. God help us all.


(Note: I'm aware that electrolasers may not actually be of any use in shooting down nuclear missiles and that the Soviet Union developing practical electrolasers in this manner is highly implausible. This map was made for a contest where a major power develops an ultimate weapon - of sorts - and this was my entry.)

(Edit: For full size right click on the image and click "View image" or "Copy image URL" and paste the URL into your address bar, or get V7 fixed somehow.

(Editedit: Okay, dA keeps squishing the map down so it looks compressed and ugly, if you want to see the map in all its original glory, please click here: [link] .))

(Edit: Corrected map to show the correct location of Alma-Ata/Almaty, the Kazakh SSR's capital city, as I somehow managed to get the location mixed up with the modern capital of Astana.)
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:icon0nonim:
0nonim Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Its "Прага", not "ПраRa".
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, you're right - I'll have to correct that. :)
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:iconepileptictrees:
epileptictrees Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Red Alert but with electrolasers replacing Tesla coils
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:iconhistoryman14:
Historyman14 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
We need a map for 2014.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I haven't worked on this timeline for a while, though I do have some idea what happened to the rest of the world in this timeline.

So, I might make a map of this timeline set in 2014, but don't hold your breath. :p
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:icontheelevateddeviant:
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
All glory to the Comintern!
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:iconemilion-3:
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Impressive.
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:iconspyhunter29:
SpyHunter29 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question?  How did Romania get out of this union?  Or for that matter, Hungary?
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, firstly because the Soviets haven't finished yet - there are plans to incorporate them, but they aren't complete. Primarily because the governments and population in Romania and Hungary aren't so fond of the idea. ;)
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:icontf2playerooooo2:
tf2playerooooo2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
My country (Romania) had (in my opinion) the worst Communist Regime ever .
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:iconkingwilliam14:
kingwilliam14 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
What kind of nightmare is this?
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, it's not that bad. The USSR only got this powerful in this timeline by not doing most of the terrible stuff it did in ours. :P
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SlipshodO Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Soviet Union was a nightmare, especially for countries in east europe, they're poor now because of communism ^,^
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, and?
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:icondrcowandrewbloodie:
DrCowAndrewBloodie Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Artist
They speak other languages,or only Cyrilic languages?
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cyrillic is a writing script; not a type of language. Anyway, many different languages would be spoken in this alternate USSR - many use Cyrillic, others don't -  but the labels on the map are meant to be in Russian. :)
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VladimirSeyer Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Damn the Western europeans and America.The USSR should have won,the Americans are afraid of the Russians,all they want is peace,so afraid of War.USSR show no fear.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd rather you didn't post politically charged comments like that on my deviation. These maps are designed to look good and be interesting, not to insult any country or ideal. :)
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:iconohioeriecanalgirl:
OhioErieCanalGirl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Americans do love their weapons.
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:iconlshida:
lshida Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're icon.
Fits that sentence so well.
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:iconohioeriecanalgirl:
OhioErieCanalGirl Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
ROFL~!
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That tends to be true, but I'm not sure how that's relevant to this map.
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:iconohioeriecanalgirl:
OhioErieCanalGirl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Are you not saying that Americans have too many weapons.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's not the point of this map, no. I'm honestly not sure how you inferred that from the map itself and the description. :/
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh dear god...
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jagir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Молодец! вот это НАША карта! все как по справедливости и должно быть! Great Work, all true historically. Wery nice and Coool!!!
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very good map. Surprised that the Soviets didnt go for East Turkestan as well.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)

I probably would've included East Turkestan/Xinjiang as an SSR, but I found it difficult to find a map with that border in the correct projection. :P
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:icondafreak47:
DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I had a similar problem with Khazakastan
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:iconcanuleyo:
canuleyo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
No offense but this timeline seems like being made on weed.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How so?
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:iconcanuleyo:
canuleyo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Giving the whole success to a laser thingi and that the US won't move a single muscle to stop the annexations of the warsaw pact nations... well I felt it was exagareted, kinda like Philip's K dick description of the world in "The man nin the high castle".
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"This timeline seems like being made on weed" is a very strange way of saying "This timeline seems exaggerated and slightly campy", but I digress. Yes, the timeline is exaggerated and campy to a degree - the electrolaser defence system is entirely science fiction itself - but that's roughly what I was going for, rather than complete plausibility.
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:iconcanuleyo:
canuleyo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
A very strange of saying?, well I wasn't in the mood to be polite, so for me it was like someone under the influence did it.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it was awfully unclear - I had no idea what you meant originally, but understood exactly when you clarified.

I shall take no offence, though, even if you weren't trying to be polite. :)
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank God Romania is safe
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure "surrounded on two sides by a paranoid superpower that is both willing and able to use its military might to forcibly integrate its puppet states" really counts as "safe", but I guess you could interpret it that way. :P
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
It is, in some manner, a pity reality turned up so differently. I believe that had the USSR survived, the world would have been much safer in more then a few regards...
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TomBombardier Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
No moves on Turkey or Iran?
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Turkey's in NATO, so invading them would spark an all-out war between the Soviets and the West, a war they may not be fully prepared for.

I've not really thought about what Iran is like in this scenario. I imagine they would be ruled by a Western-backed Shah with Soviet-funded socialist militia working to bring him down. An all-out invasion by the Soviets might provoke the West to intervene, or it may result in Soviet forces becoming bogged down in the area, preventing them from being deployed to more important battlefields.
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TomBombardier Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Not all out so much as making piecemeal claims on the lands of Kars and Souther Azerbaijan to be doled out between their three Cuacasian SSRs. Not sure how it would effect the Arabs and Kurds, though probably not well.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no idea what that means - could you rephrase your comment?
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TomBombardier Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Near the end of WWII Stalin was trying to get the Kars region back from Turkey and was occupying South Azerbaijan in Persia, mostly under the claims to be looking out for the interests of the Georgians, Armenians, and Azeribaijani there.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. Well, that's certainly a possible scenario, but this Soviet Union would be more in favour of pushing for total victory and integration of Iran rather than just making small gains.
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TomBombardier Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
There lose. Do you plan on making another one of these or a revamp where the Germans don't lose so much land?
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a very specific question - did I indicate anywhere that I was planning to remake this map or that I wanted to make a version where the Germans lost less land than our timeline? I do not think I did.
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Red-Star-Flag Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, if you look up the definition of socialism the USSR was nothing like it. Still fantastic alternate history. Nice how the boot-licking Bulgarian government joined the Union, while the increasingly independent Romania stayed out. Good eye for detail there.

Do you have the book "What If?" There's a story in there about how the Invasion of Normandy failed, and so the Soviets almost single-handedly beat the Nazis eventually, driving all the way to the Franco-Spanish border. Only Spain, Portugal, and Britain were the non-Stalinist countries in Europe, and Churchill's Iron Curtain speech was never famous. I guess the USSR would have gotten African colonies too... That story needs to be expanded upon.
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Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great story and good map. :)
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:iconk-haderach:
K-Haderach Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Finally a realistic alternate Cold War with the Soviets winning! Great work!
Have you thought of also drawing a world map in the same universe?
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