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  1. WI: Socialist Realism not made official art style of USSR

    I was reading up on the history of Soviet art, and a pretty obvious question came to me: what would it be like if the USSR never adopted the "Socialist Realist" art style as official, and therefore never suppressed alternative art styles? If you don't know, after the Russian revolution a variety...
  2. Best case for Russia/USSR after 1917

    With a PoD of around March 1917 (when Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the throne of Russia), what would have been the best possible outcome for the Russian Empire/Soviet Union by the close of the 20th century? Avoiding war and/or keeping the USSR intact is not required if you do not feel it is...
  3. How could the USSR do better with a POD of June 22 1941?

    There are a lot of threads about how could Germany do better in the eastern front, but the USSR initially suffered staggering losses and a couple millions of its troops got encircled, as well as losing large swathes of territory. How could the USSR do better since the start of Barbarossa...
  4. The USSR never invests heavily into what becomes known as the Arms Race: instead opting to invest domestically in infrastructure, development...

    This is inspired by a very old post I recently replied to - but I’m afraid since it’s so old, it’ll likely be closed. So, per the advice of others in the thread; I am starting a new one. For many, this timeline is very hard to imagine: but it actually wasn’t even far fetched before 1944-1968...
  5. Rajveer Naha

    WI :- SR-71 shot down

    Say SR-71s violate USSR airspace here and there throughout the 70s and 80s and in 1987 one is shot down using R-33 missiles fired from a MiG-31 over Kamchatka and the pilots are captured. The R-33s were designed with SR-71s in mind and we're capable of performance similar to the Aim-54 Phoenix...
  6. Whiteshore

    What would a USSR led by Andrei Zhdanov look like?

    Historically, Andrei Zhdanov was a figure who many believed would succeed Stalin owing to his strong position in the CPSU hierarchy before his death in 1948 from ill health (his alcoholism and a falling out with Stalin) but what if Zhdanov didn't fall out with Stalin and ended up succeeding him...
  7. Aloha

    AHC: Germany, Italy, and Japan all communist

    I know this might sound hard to achieve, but how can you get the three countries that would come to form the Axis Powers in OTL to become communist at a similar space of time before a potential WW2 (if it would exist in this scenario), while still having the USSR exist? Try not to go "ASB" or...
  8. The various *-punk eras in the former East Bloc and the Soviet Union

    How do you think the various eras of aesthetics, technology and social mores, whose categorizations have been given the names of Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Atompunk, Cassette Futurism, and Cyberpunk in modern Western pop culture and literature, can be applied to the 20th century Soviet Union and the...
  9. MittleGittle

    Flea>Communist Revolution

    So there was an outbreak of Typhus during the Russian Civil War, And 2-3 Million people died. So what if it was more infectious, infectious enough to cripple the Soviet government, army, and economy? Then a second wave takes down the Russian Republic, turning it into Anarchy and more Civil...
  10. Gukpard

    How would Zhdanov leads the USSR?

    Andrei Zhdanov was the expected sucessor of Josef Stalin, but he died years before his master due his extreme alcoholism and became a historical footnote. By having the (improbably) PoD of him controlling his drinking (near ASB, but there is no history otherwise), and having Stalin to die on a...
  11. WhiteDragon25

    What Would've Been The Best Sequence of Leaders for the Soviet Union to Survive to Modern Day?

    We all know the general timeline of Soviet leaders from 1917 to 1991: first Lenin, then Stalin, after him comes Khrushchev, Brezhnev after that, Andropov and a couple others in quick succession who didn't live long enough to make an impact, and finally Gorbachev, who had the ignominious honor of...
  12. Nothing to Lose but Your Chains! / a German Revolution TL
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    Nothing to Lose but Your Chains! This is the reboot of my previous timeline The Communist International Becomes the Communist Interstellar? Like the previous timeline this will be inspired by the HOI4 Spartakus mod, where the point of divergence is the newly founded Communist Party of Germany...
  13. ETGalaxy

    AHC: Anarchist victory in the Russian Civil War

    A conflict that has always fascinating me is the Russian Civil War, and this is in no small part due to the diverse array of factions and ideologies that existed alongside the larger Red and White armies. Among these smaller factions that interest me the most were the short-lived anarchist...
  14. WI: Molotov-Ribbentrop War

    I had this idea for WW2 scenario in 1939. So let's say the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact never happens or it fails and the Soviets align with the British and the French in a negotiation which did happen in OTL. So in this alternate scenario for heavens sake have Germany invade Poland in August 1939...
  15. WI: Successful anti-Soviet insurgency after Stalin's death?

    What realistic chance could've there been an anti-Soviet insurgency after Stalin's death in 1953? Like is there a realistic scenario where the Soviet citizens actually go against the government and possibly successfully overthrowing it right after the death of Stalin? If that happened, how would...
  16. Kerguelen

    DBWI: Gorbachev Lives?

    On November 7th 1990, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev traveled to Red Square to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the October Revolution and meet with anti-Soviet demonstrators. But as history would have it, Gorbachev was killed alongside Chairman of the Russian Presidium Boris Yeltsin after...
  17. weaverj

    WI Man in the High Castle with Surviving Soviet Union?

    (ooc: pretty sure this is the right chat for it) Anyways, this is an idea I've been toying with for a while now. Basically, the Axis Powers roll all sixes on all fronts of the war like in Man in the High Castle but with one major difference: Hitler decides against going to war with the Soviets...
  18. Grishin's Soviet Union

    Mikhail Gorbachev's rise to power as Leader of the USSR was one of the most consequential events in world history since 1945. No other Soviet Leader would have been quite so radical in domestic reforms - including allowing open criticism of the regime, no other leader would have stood by and not...
  19. WI: Yeltsin becomes president of USSR

    What is a realistic chance if Yeltsin became the president of USSR replacing Gorbachev and implementing disastrous reforms for the whole country as it happened OTL? Keep in mind, a lot of Soviet citizens at that time were against the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union may have...
  20. Realistic best case Scenario for International Communism after 1945

    What is the best case scenario for communism with a POD after 1945? By that I mean, how many nations could realistically adopt marxism-leninism or at least some other form of socialism after 1945? Is a red US in the cards? Which european nations are? This is not really a "Soviets win the Cold...
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