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A New World Emerges by YNot1989 A New World Emerges by YNot1989
Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

Chapter 12: Collapse of Russia and the Eurasian Power Vacuum
Once one of the most Powerful nations on Earth, Russia ceased to exist at the dawn of the 2020s. With a stagnant economy, a widening gap between Russians and the country's ethnic minorities, and government bankruptcy brought on by years of conflict in the Caucasus, the Union State formally collapsed on November 21st, 2022, resulting in the formal end of the Second Cold War and Russia itself.

For the next two years Russia fragmented as the Caucasus and other Islamic regions seceded from the now defunct Federation, while neighboring powers in Eastern Europe took advantage of the chaos and occupied former territory of the CIS and the Union State, seeking to prevent the return of a historic enemy. By 2025 Estonia had claim over St. Petersburg (Nevaburg), Romania retook Moldova and portions of the Ukraine, Lithuania had annexed Kaliningrad (Vileišisia), and Poland had retaken the territory it had lost to the Soviets at the end of the Second World War, leaving it the most dynamic and powerful nation in Eastern Europe.

The collapsed was all but insured after the Treaty of Anadyr, which established a massive arms Reduction over the Russian federation in exchange for economic aid from the US and the Polish Bloc. This move was largely crafted by President Huntsman and Hungarian President Schmitt in an effort to remove Russia as a single entity for good. The act resulted in rebellions across the whole of the country as a number of Generals and ethnic minorities rebelled against the Moscow government.

Over the next decade Russia continued to degrade, left with no formal government until the establishment of the Russian State in 2031. By that point Russia had been reduced to its Ancient borders and left virtually powerless. Japan and Turkey moved in on the edges of the country to restore order to the most chaotic regions of the country, while the US provided support, but rarely acted beyond limited Naval and Air strikes. For the first time in Modern History, no single power held dominance over Eurasia, leaving the United States free for the first time in its history from any threat of foreign entanglement.

This would not last, as Turkey and Japan, historic allies of the United States, began to act more boldly to ensure regional security. Facing an aging population that left barely half the country able to work, Japan sought influence in China, Mongolia, and Eastern Siberia for exports and labor; eventually launching a military campaign to Pacific Russia in 2033, the first of its kind since 1945, to secure economic interests. Throughout the 2030s Japan progressively worked more independently of the United States, building a large Navy to patrol the North Pacific Basin and funding military technologies to defend its economic lifeblood of Chinese and Siberian laborers.

Turkey, meanwhile expanded its influence in the Arabian peninsula and the Caucasus, seeking to prevent the Chaos Russia left in its wake, from spreading over its boarders, and hoping to build a coalition against the Iranians (the other major power in the region at the time.)

By the end of the decade, the US and the Japanese and Turkish Spheres had begun to enter into a period of formal cordiality, and quiet animosity as the US feared the return of a dominant power in Eurasia.

**This scenario was conceived by STRATFOR founder, and geopolitical/economic analyst George Friedman. I did my best to illustrate his very interesting scenario which you can read about in great detail in his books: "The Next 100 Years," and the "Next Decade"
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Alagremm Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
As I said in another one of your maps(very well done by the way, good job on the visualization) this is hardly realistic. I honestly think that George Friedman's russophoby is clouding his sences.
Him being a conservative explains a lot too, since from what I had seen he is a follower of American exceptionalism.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, he's saying that you and the rest of the Baltics are going to become part of a new balance of power in Eastern Europe, maybe you guys should be hoping he's right.
Alagremm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Well, if he thinks Baltic states can do anything at all, he has no idea what Baltic states are like. To be honest I am amazed that these 3 countries somehow still manage to exist with our governments.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, much like Poland, for the last four centuries you've either been conquered by or made the puppet of some other power. So I suppose I understand your viewpoint.
kryszak77 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Four centuries? In XVII cenutry Poland was the biggest country in Europe, so look back to history books and dont tell shit
Alagremm Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Well, Poland has a big population, relatively good economy and territories twice the size of the Baltic states, so Im sure they can get powerful.
Caturday2 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly hope this doesn't happen. With Russia unfairly divided and China in turmoil, The US would rule unrivaled. I know you said this guy was conservative, so he probably wants this to happen. Blatant imperialism if you ask me. I'd be the first on the streets protesting if Russia was divided. Either you keep it together, or you divide the US as well. The world doesn't need any more imperialism, the world doesn't need any hyperpowers.
supermanfan01 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
And what would be so bad about America ruling unrivaled? If you ask me, I'd say it's long overdue for that to happen.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
His conservatism is quite... unusual. He makes it clear that he's genuinely afraid of how the American Empire (which he makes very clear is already a reality and irreversible) is a threat to the Republican experiment; but ultimately he writes as an objective witness to existing US Policy and does his best to explain how it will affect geopolitics down the line. I don't agree with all of his predictions, but I respect his viewpoint as someone who understands and has a respect for power.
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