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Curzon Curtain by YNot1989 Curzon Curtain by YNot1989
February 1st, 1945: President Roosevelt is informed of the successful detonation of the Trinity Nuclear Device, talks with the Soviets immediately shift from ceding Eastern Europe in exchange for an invasion of Japan, to allowing the Soviets to administer their Pre-Barbados claims over the Eastern half of Poland.

March 3rd, 1945: President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet with Chariman Chiang_Kai-shek, and Mao Zedong leader of the Chinese Liberation Army, in Rangoon. In exchange for arms and political reforms by the Chinese government, Mao agrees to work with the allies in Asia to drive the Japanese out of Manchuria.

March 12th, 1945: President Roosevelt gives the order to drop the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. WWII ends with Japan's unconditional surrender.

March 20th, 1945: Winston Churchill visits the United States to meet with President Roosevelt for what will be the last time. The two discuss the proposed decolonization protocols of the new United Nations. Churchill informs Roosevelt that he intends to create a Kurdish state to act as a buffer against the Soviets in the Caucasus.

April 3rd, 1945: President Roosevelt, sends his proposed Second Bill of Rights to the US Congress. China officially ratifies its new constitution, creating greater representation for the Chinese people and popular elections for a President.

April 12th, 1945: President Roosevelt dies, he is succeeded by Vice President Henry A. Wallace. The allies of WWII hold multiple morning ceremonies.

January 1946: The UN passes the decolonization acts, Indochina is the first nation to be granted independence from France.

This was originally from an Alternate Timeline I wrote called Engine of Progress, but I've always enjoyed the general idea of a Cold War where Yalta didn't condemn half of Europe to the Soviets.

BTW: This is an alternate map of the world in 1980.
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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I see Tudeh has taken over Iran.
sahwar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Intriguing, but why are Bulgaria and other Eastern-European countries always thrown up with the Soviets (even in alternative history scenarios!)? I see a major pro-Western bias here...

Still, well done, it's indeed an alternative history setting that is quite creative.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again you're countries are in a geographically strategic region for the Russians, and this is the best case scenario, in my opinion, for what the western allies could have gotten out of the Soviets at Yalta if the US had the atomic bomb by then.
Hillfighter Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
There's a lot more here than just a Curzon line change

I see 2 Pakistans, Iraq is also split, there's a Kurdistan, Tibet is communist, the Philippines are part of NATO, Iran is communist which implies that the soviets now have a warm water port, somehow China Korea and Japan seem to be working together and none of them are communist, Cuba is NATO and no latin american insurrections have occurred, Vietnam isn't communist and isn't even Vietnam it's Indochina!

I like your map, but at first glance it looks like NATO has it too easy. I mean, in real life the US had enormous economic and technological advantages over the Soviets and still had a tough as nails fight in Vietnam.

So, I'm going to assume that the Soviets have an Indian Ocean Navy and that NATO forces are fighting very had battles all across Africa.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing's more dangerous than an animal backed into a corner. ;)

As for Two Pakistans, thats actually Pashtunistan and Pakistan. I'll edit the explanation to be a little more in depth.
K-Haderach Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Also, come to think of it, would the Western Allies really allow Germany to keep its pre-war borders, even if they controlled all of it? After all, Germany lost territory after WW1, too. Maybe Poland should get East Prussia...? And Silesia could be split between Poland and the Czech Republic.
K-Haderach Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Hmmm, the trouble is, this would make for a very boring Cold War, because the US is so powerful that the Soviets have no hope of winning.

Also, why is the western border of the USSR unchanged from the pre-WW2 years?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read up on the Yalta conference and the political dickering that went on between the western allies and the soviets, the border should make more sense then.

As for a boring cold war... shouldn't that be a good thing?
K-Haderach Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Ok, if the Western Allies were in a stronger position, I can understand them demanding (and getting) independence for the Baltic states. But why is there a separate state of Eastern Poland? That part of interwar Poland never really had a majority Polish population in the first place - it was majority-Belarussian territory conquered by Poland in their war with the young Soviet Republic. It would be extremely odd to have a state of Eastern Poland where most people are not Polish.

It's also unlikely that Romania would get to keep Bessarabia, because it was a staunch Nazi ally for most of the war, and I can't imagine the Western Allies negotiating with the Soviets on Romania's behalf after the war.

Regarding the "boring cold war" thing... well, you see, I wish the Soviets had won. :)
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, no offense but your talking about fairness and geopolitics, two things that simply do not mix. That's like saying the Allies would never have let the Russians give half of Prussia to Poland because it was majority German. This is about interest, and the fact is that the lines on the map say interwar Poland was there, and if the Allies had their way it would still be their short of a civil war.

As for the "I wish the Soviets had won" thing... Are you insane?
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