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The Second Space Race by YNot1989 The Second Space Race by YNot1989
----Map Key----
*Blue: American Allies
*Red: Union State Allies
*Purple: French Guyana, officially neutral as part of the 'Uninvolved' NATO countries, however in reality very friendly towards Russians.
NOTE: At no time during the Second Cold war did either side have more that 2000 military personnel in each allied country. The Russians did this to avoid a provocation of war via the American Monroe Doctrine, the US did this to prevent themselves from being militarily overstretched.

---Timeline---
2012 - Russia begins launching its updated Soyuz Rockets from French Guiana, giving them an advantage over the Americans in space launch capability.

2013- SpaceX launches its first manned Dragon capsule to the ISS, ending the reign of Russian dominance over manned spaceflight to the station.

2014- The US Signs the Miami Protocols with Guyana, promising economic development in exchange for the creation of an American administered launch site in the southern portion of the country. Suriname signs the treaty under similar conditions later in the year.

2015- Russia shocks the world by making a Lunar flyby with its modified Soyuz-K launch vehicle; sending two Cosmonauts and one German Tourist within 60 miles from the Lunar surface. The US Congress approves over 200 Billion dollars of additional funds to NASA to be spent on manned space exploration.

2016- The US begins quietly funding a military buildup in the Guianas to protect their launch sites from Russian proxies. SpaceX launches its first Falcon X rocket. Later in the year the launch vehicle is used to send a manned mission to a Near Earth Asteroid.

2017- President Huntsman announces plans for a manned Mission to Mars by 2025. SpaceX receives billions in funding to develop the launch and escape vehicles. Russia sends some 1000 "advisers" to French Guiana to aid in the military development of the Region. France grants the region autonomous status to avoid confrontation with the Americans.

2018- Russia lands the first person on the Moon in half a century. American college graduates with Astronautical Engineering degrees are at an all time high.

2019- SpaceX unveils its Falcon XX super-heavy lifter; the largest and most powerful rocket in history; as well as the first American rocket to employ Full Flow Cycle engine technology.

2021- The ISS is expanded to include additional modules built by Bigelow Aerospace, and an additional VASIMR driver for orbital maneuvering.

2022- SpaceX begins launching the first components of the Von Braun spacecraft into orbit from the Guyana and Suriname launch sites. The craft will essentially be a space station for crews to train until it finally launches.

2023- The Union State formally collapses, however the American commitment to a Mars Mission remains. Many Russian Rocket Scientists remain in French Guiana to found their own private spaceflight company, Angara Launch Services.

2024- The US lands the first human in history on the surface of the red planet.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Oh if only... Do you see this still being a plausible scenario, albeit with altered dates?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, and its already happening. Russia launches the Angara 1 out of French Guiana this year.
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Scarfield Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
So in this timeline the Russians take over the operations of ESA and Arianespace ( the very first commercial space transportation company, though again largely funded and owned by ESA), because currently it is them who have augmented their fleet with Soyuz rockets in a bargin with the Russians, against launching cargo for the Russians. So the ESA just gave up on their own programs: Ariane, Vega, Galileo, etc? Or kicked out by the French and the other "Uninvolved" in preference of the Russians?

And it would have been interesting to see the "Involved NATO", the Chinese and other nations role in this space race, the ISS etc

And as always splended work on the map.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No no no, Russia is just co-opting the ESA. Their space operations are independent of eachother, the ESA simply agrees to let them use their launch sites and local authorities get funding to defend the launch sites.
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Zifker Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I feel kind of guilty for this, but that $200 billion bonus to NASA is making me want to cheer for Putin and the Eurasian Union...
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Chanimur Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool idea; good map.

You've got a typo in your key: 'Aibases'.
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:iconchanimur:
Chanimur Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool idea; good map.

You've got a typo in your key: 'Aibases'.
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Alloclaw Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
What do you think Conservatives would think of living in Space? like on another planet
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think political ideology plays into it that much.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Nice, but I imagine building new space bases in the middle of virgin rainforest would be tricky and cause quite a few environmental problems.
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