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Alternate Cold War Europe Map by Muzik-Maniac Alternate Cold War Europe Map by Muzik-Maniac
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I actually tired to make a somewhat realistic scenario (with a typed out timeline) this time although there may be elements of fantasy just kind of thrown in unintentionally (the unrealistic parts of course). Personally i would love to try and mess with the textures and give it maybe the appearance of an actual paper map (like some of the ones I've seen on here) but i only have access to apple works, but that aside; Well the basis is really a successful July 15th plot to kill Hitler, and it kind of goes on from there.

July 15th 1944,

Claus Schenk von Graf Von Stauffenberg, plants a bomb underneath the conference room table within the Wolfsschanze conference room. The bomb was successfully detonated, killing Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Hermann Goring. Stauffenberg manages to escape among the confusion.

July 16th 1944,

News of the Furor’s death reaches Berlin, amongst wild rumors that the SS had attempted a military Coup de tat. Chaos begins to ensue upon discover by the “leaderless masses”

July 17th 1944,

The Reserve Army lead by Friedrich Fromm is dispatched and takes control of key power points within Germany, Ranging from Berlin to Vienna, to Konigsberg. Riots also begin to ensue when imprisoned slaves running the German industrial machine seize their chances and break free, ultimately causing the German war machine to take a serious hit.

July 17th 1944,

Ludwig Beck is sworn in as The Provisional Head of State for the German Reich along with Carl Friedrich Goerdeler as Chancellor and Erwin Von Witzleben as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Beck immediately orders a cease-fire to the war against the allies and the arrest of many high-ranking Nazi officials.

July 18th 1944,

The German armies on the western and eastern fronts are given the orders to retreat. Effectively ending the German Occupation of Norway, France, Denmark, Belgium, And the Soviet Union. Many German Settlers also fallow the retreating armies for fear of retaliation by the local populations.

July 25th, 1944,

Representatives of the Newly formed Federal Republic of Germany meet with the allied powers to discuss the future of Europe. They convene in the city of Bern Switzerland, to what will become known as the Conference of Bern. At the conference of Bern, despite the newly reformed German government’s claims of complete reform and de-nazification (within the government at least) the ally’s decided to precede with the occupation of Germany. The divisions are drawn (much like the OTL). Although dispite support from the Newly installed socialist government, a great uproar was caused when the Citizens, and Government in exile, of Poland rejected the soviet notion of moving the Polish border to the Curzon line. Especially in Majority polish communities like those of Tarnopol, and Lwow. So did many Germans within Eastern Prussia, Silecia, and Danzig when it was announced that the territories east of the Oder-Neisse line would be divided up between the Soviet Union and Poland (on event that Poland lost any territory east of the Curzon line); and so supported polish citizen’s movements to keep the present boundaries.

August 27th 1944,

As soviet forces move west towards the designated Curzon Line occupying Konigsberg (as designated to be acquired by the soviets as Kaliningrad), Lithuania, and Polish cities such as Tarnopol, Lwow, and Wilno, riots ensue in objection to the newly proposed boundaries. The Soviet response to these riots is swift and ruthless; troops open fire on the citizens of konigsberg under the pretence of attempting to prevent a Nazi insurrection, as well as torching many of the wards within the cities of Tarnopol and Wilno. These events greatly surprise the western allies and immediately cause great concern. Rallied by these events, German and Polish citizens take up arms against the Soviet armies in what would be known as the War of Sovereignty. Thousands of German and Polish citizens rose up in the countryside and began to fight a gorilla war against the approaching soviets.

October 3rd 1946,

Over a month into the war Soviet forces face constant harassment at the hands of the occupied Polish and German citizens. Bombings and riots were frequent, and the soviet responses only stirred; despite the knowledge of German war crimes, a growing support within the allied citizens populations for the Polish and Germans for allied action.

7:00 am,
Members of The General Government of the East German Occupation zone (Pro Soviet) located within Eastern Berlin are killed when a car bomb is detonated. The City streets of East Berlin erupt in a panic. The news of the bombing makes it all the way to Konigsberg.

October 4th 1946,

Unable to appoint suitable (pro-soviet replacements) before a large scale country wide riots ensue, Stalin is at a wall when he receives information that the communist party of Germany has ideal candidates and is willing to fill the gap. Stalin grudgingly accepts the deal and the German communist party is place in power over the administration of the Soviet sector (under close watch by several Soviet officials and secret police).

December 6th 1946

The gorilla war being waged by the German and Polish Citizens has taken a heavy toll on Soviet resources and manpower. Now (being secretly supported by the U.S. to hopefully lessen the U.S.S.R.’s communist grip on Europe) the soviet government is becoming tired of the war. A total of 20,000 Soviet fatalities have been recorded as well as over $600,000 in infrastructure damage done by the hit and run attacks (soviet military instillations, vehicles, etc.) on the German end alone; Fallowed up by a total of 15,000 Soviet fatalities, and $750,000 of infrastructural damage dealt by the Poles. This was lessoned from what a worst-case scenario due to the cooperation by the German and Polish administrative governments.

November 15th 1947,

The Government of the Fourth French Republic officially declares the Saarland protectorate. The French Government suggests expanding the Protectorate to include the Ruhr area. To which the British refuse.

November 20th 1947,

French Forces march into the British occupation zone of Nordrhein-Westfalen (invoking the Monnet Plan), and effectively seize the Ruhr Area. Outraged by this breach in the allied agreement, British forces immediately demand a stop to the French advance. When this does not work, they open fire. This skirmish comes to be known as the Rhineland Blitzkrieg.

November 21st 1947,

The Free State of Bavaria is given Democratic Autonomy by the United States. (But limited from complete independence from any Germany authority.)

November 21st 1947,

French forces call a cease-fire. Peace negotiations begin and result in The Treaty of Essen.
The Terms of the treaty call for:
-The French annexation of the Ruhr Area into the Saarland Protectorate
-The Rhineland be made an International zone (in which no foreign military could step foot preventing French occupation)
-Monetary compensation is to be given to Britain for infrastructural damage and personnel loss of life.
-Periodic monetary compensation is to be given to Germany for the annexation of the Ruhr Area. (So basically it's a lease)
-The French departments of Alsace and Lorraine are to be deemed an international zone (The International zone of Alsace-Lorraine) and are to be ruled under a provisional government until the return of (or incorporation into France) of the Saarland protectorate
upon the expiration of its occupation upon vote of plebiscite.

March 1949,

The Soviet Government offers the Provisional Government of East Germany full autonomy upon establishment of the Oder-Neisse line. The East German Government refuses the offer and threatens complete rebellion unless all previous lands west of the Oder-Neisse line are allowed to remain under German Authority. The Provisional Government of Poland threatens the same but along the lines of the Curzon Line. But both offer as a result of the territorial stability, the guerilla fighting would cease. To further add fuel to the situation the increasing loss of life and debt from the on-going guerilla war has put on the Soviet Union. With its economy teetering on the edge, the Soviets grudgingly accept the offer.

April 7th 1949,

German, Polish, and Soviet Government officials (along with German and Polish Guerilla faction leaders) as well as U.N. representatives meet within the city of Konigsberg. The Treaty of Konigsberg is signed.
The terms of the Treaty are as fallowed:
-The German Democratic Republic is allowed to retain all land east of the proposed Oder-Neisse line on the condition that The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is allowed 50% economic and agricultural rights to said land.
-The People’s republic of Poland is allowed to retain all land east of the proposed Curzon Line on the condition that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is allowed 50% economic, agricultural and military rights (i.e. establishment of military bases)
-The Ukrainian and Belarusian people within eastern Poland are allowed a degree of self-autonomy.
-The free city of Danzig will remain separate from both Germany and Poland and will be governed by the U.N. until the appropriate time a plebiscite can be held to determine the city’s fate.

May 5th 1949,

The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) declares independence.

June 8th 1949,

The Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) declares independence.

-Ok, The Hungarian occupation of Transylvania i guess i could explain away that maybe with the previous Nazi advance, the Hungarians just took an opportunity and invoked a completely separate war with Romania away from the conflicts of WWII? (if anyone has any better ideas feel free to share, I'm serious lol)
-The Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland: their idea of greater autonomy? Along with their occupation of far eastern Czechoslovakia.

I'm always open to opinion and input, so feel free to correct any mistakes i might have made, or suggest some stuff.

Oh, and here is a Political Alliances Map for 26 years later: [link]
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Rikitikiwiki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the scenario and the map, but a few things have me confused. Is this map from a pro-Western standpoint that refuses to acknowledge Soviet annexation of Lithuania and Eastern Poland? What cities are in Poland and the USSR, namely Brest-Litovsk? Why didn't the Soviets allow Romania to retake Hungarian territory? Why would the Allies allow the whole Alsace-Lorraine region to become an international zone? Will Bavaria rejoin Germany?

The Soviets divided East Prussia between them an Poland to gain another Baltic Port, and re-compensated Poland with Stettin. Wouldn't they at least take Danzig as their own, citing failure of the League of Nations to maintain the terms of the Treaty of Versailles?

Honestly, I'd like to see you do maps of the future of this timeline, but that might just be me. 

Good job!
x--Siegfried--x Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great ! But... Why is "Alsace-Lorraine" so big ? The three departments of Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin and Moselle was named "Alsace-Lorraine", but not the all present region of Lorraine.
WBurgoyne Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Fuhrer, it's spelled Fuhrer not Furor
Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Poor Romania and Germany
whitetigerradu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i guess you can leave the map of Romania as it is because of the following causes: once with the communist takeover of Romania, the attention of the romanian nationalists was taken from Transylvania and pointed to the communist occupation. As we know there was a resistance of a few thousands romanian peasants and right-wing politicians who have fought in the mountains against the communists but have been totally defeated until the beginning of the 60s. Once with the communist dictatorship of Romania, plans of taking back Transylvania were just abandoned.

On the other hand, after the Cold War, by which I mean the romanian revolution of 1989, there was a rise of nationalism in romania and the newly elected government could start a war against Hungary. Also, the soviet republic of Moldova, after the separation from the USSR, with the majority of romanians would try a unification with Romania. Of course, there would be a massive intervention of the USSR and of the NATO in all this war.
AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You made the Dnieper lakes a bit too big, monsieur.
Muzik-Maniac Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Oh, they were already on the base map like that before i edited it.
AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Muzik-Maniac Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I'll have it fixed as soon as i can. x)
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Great story I like it, is somehow interesting^^

But why didn´t Germany get the Sudetenland?
Muzik-Maniac Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Thank you, took me a while to get it all put together.

Well i figured that despite an installment of a new government in Germany, the occupation would still be put into effect, and surrounding countries would still proceed to expel German's (like they did in our timeline), and so the native Sudetenland Germans would either be expelled to East or West Germany, and Czechoslovakia would retain the Sudetenland in the end. Hopefully that explained it. :)
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Yes thanks!
AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I like it.
Muzik-Maniac Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thank you :)
AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
If you ever want help with history and stuff, you can send me a note. History is my thing.... :P
Muzik-Maniac Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Yah, thanks. I'll be sure to. usually its the small details that always get me when i try and write out an attempted detailed description. x)
AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Those are my specialty.
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