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The Nine Blue Years: An American Game Changer
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21st Nov 1975 - 20th Jan 1985

James Earl Carter was a newcomer for Washington D.C, intended to arbitrate between the coalition government between the old foes of Republican and Democratic Party, Carter has grown himself to mature as the nation’s Chief. Series of occurrences befell in 1976 marked his way towards the presidency, and surpassed the 8-year limit of the Constitution.

As a replacement for Kissinger’s inevitable resignation, Carter entered the White House with the nation under gloom. A president had been assassinated, and the replacement had regressed all his plans, only to expose a disgrace later on. The nation had been destabilized because of the prevailing events. Campaigns overseas are halted with a lack of management from home. In-home itself, the economy was transforming into disorder. A slowdown was happening, and the public had no spirit.

Carter’s first aim was to cut off any extraneous expenses. The first he did was deregulation in several sectors. Airline Act opened up the sector to the public entirely, while the trucking industry was privatized gradually. Carter also slowly managed the instability dilemma, rallying Democrats and Republicans to unite, slowly forming the new party system against the Conservatives.

The election of 1976, albeit very close, was Carter’s ticket to resolve all issues. He announces Home Anew, a series of domestic policies that would shape America thoroughly. He reduced military spending and redirected the money to combat the vulnerable economy. He extended the public works, giving vocation to 5 million which lost their positions. Moreover, the Americans civil engagement in Palestine caused the embargo of oil from the UASR. The oil price had soared up, and the energy crisis happen.

Differ from how Carter solved monetary problems, he disentangled the energy crisis much sharper. He rapidly pushed for an Energy Act. The act expected the dangers of reliance on conventional resources, and quickly adapt to find new alternative ways to overcome. He campaigned for solar and wind energy in America. He concluded that alternative sources, such as nuclear, could alleviate the energy crisis while figuring out various car fuels for consumption. Providentially, several farmers from Tennessee discovered that biomass could be transformed into a fuel similar to crude oil. They called this ‘biofuel’ and realised that this alone could clear the crisis instantly. Carter, a former farmer himself, supported wholeheartedly of this idea and promptly passed the Biomass Act to establish biofuel refineries. One slight catch for biofuel was the car engines were not designed to drink biofuel for combustion. Therefore, Carter announced the following regulations to increase blue-collar employments to convert several car specs necessary so that it could use biofuel.

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Carter signing the Biofuel Act
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Carter campaigning for Solar Energy

Coming off to 1980, Carter’s accomplishments in the Energy Crisis was outstanding. With relatively small flow from Iran and the Gulf States, America could replenish its oil consumption. Uniquely, the United States became the forefront in green energy, inventing power plants which use wind and solar power. Likewise, the nation’s economy was rebuilding itself. Albeit lagging a bit, the economy had recovered. Carter commended East Asia’s booming growth that America’s economy could return to pre-stagnation era.

The President acclaimed his landslide victory in 1980, was not determined not only the success domestically, but also in foreign relations. The Democrats had become a vanguard for promoting the newer, revised, version of Monroe Doctrine. Under the Peanut Farmer’s name, Jimmy Carter reshaped America’s interventionist and superiority movement. He put military and defence for domestic shielding against foreign powers. In abroad, America would sell campaigns as a business, giving nations protection while demanding compensations. In Iran, a strong military presence was maintained with a steady flow of oil. In Indonesia, the government reduced strict laws for Americans to migrate or work there. The States, once again, find friendly allies on Latin America. Even without backed coups, interventions, or political movements, the US managed to ally most of South America in his first term. Her pragmatic opinions, no matter socialist or liberal, appeal nations that once previous administrations despised. By Carter’s last term, Nicaragua had become a small dot of resistance against the US, almost on the brink of destroying itself.

The US, also, tried to visit African nations to join the American sphere. As the continent was flooding with West Red* or East Red**, America had gotten a horrible glimpse that the continent may dislike America. After the calamitous South African War, America retried to befriend newly independent Angola and Mozambique. In the East, Carter talked with dictators of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. In France’s backyard, Carter tried to infiltrate from agitated pro-independent Moroccan separatists or securing liberated nations like Ghana, Benin and Biafra.

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Carter's visit to Biafra

Carter also considered an alliance in democratic European partners obligatory, while attempt not to bring forth the continent into another global war. By the end of Carter’s term, he secured the EA as American allies. Nations like Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands conduct close relations with the US. Regarding France, Carter maintained his plan to dissolve the nation from being too powerful. Conveniently, the Germans have been funding nationalist movements, which gain traction due to a scare for extreme multiculturalism.

Nevertheless, his later presidency was marked with controversies, as he pushed for several socialist laws. He restructured the taxes, the rich would pay more while the poor were subsidized. Public education was mandatory for all citizens, despite in Deep South private Christian schools thrived. He passed the National Health Insurance, a mix of private and public healthcare. This was mainly because of the Democrats keep criticizing Carter’s pro-left behaviour. However, his last campaign was a successful one; revoking the space race spirit.

Carter’s excellent administration really helped the party to win the government once again. After Reagan’s withdrawal from politics due to ailing age, William Buckley Jr. attempted to beat Carter-Church in 1980. He failed humiliatingly, only own North Dakota and Alabama in electoral votes. in 1981, Vice President Frank Church passed away from pancreatic cancer, Carter picked the astronaut-politician John Glenn as the successor. In 1984, John Glenn campaigned for the presidency. He battled with James R. Schlesinger from the Conservative Party, a close aide of Nixon and Kissinger himself. In the election, John Glenn won with a considerable margin, securing another 4 years in the White House.

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John Glenn

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Here is the American Update I've longed to post. Next up we would jump into another continent.

*=France
**=the Soviet Union
I have several question
1.well what is nigeria reaction on seeing the independence of biafra and do the republic of benin (im talking about the biafran war republic of benin) still exist or does biafra or nigeria absorb it
2.what about the rest of the low countries (belgium and luxembourg) do they join the EA/US sphere of influence? Also what happened to monaco?
3.is cyprus and malta still in british hands?
4.surely there is some people in new zealand who favours indonesia over australia right?
5.btw since the komodo dragon is the national animal are there plan to change the national symbol into the komodo?
6.btw since france is socialist does that means french guyana targetted by the us?
7.also can you tell us what mexico and canada stance in all of this do they support the us or something else?
 
I have several question
1.well what is nigeria reaction on seeing the independence of biafra and do the republic of benin (im talking about the biafran war republic of benin) still exist or does biafra or nigeria absorb it
2.what about the rest of the low countries (belgium and luxembourg) do they join the EA/US sphere of influence? Also what happened to monaco?
3.is cyprus and malta still in british hands?
4.surely there is some people in new zealand who favours indonesia over australia right?
5.btw since the komodo dragon is the national animal are there plan to change the national symbol into the komodo?
6.btw since france is socialist does that means french guyana targetted by the us?
7.also can you tell us what mexico and canada stance in all of this do they support the us or something else?

1. Biafra and Benin still exist, currently under US friendship.
2. The low countries are fully under EA/US sphere of influence. ITTL Monaco is similar like OTL Monaco, although far richer due to fleeing French bourgeoise.
3. Cyprus is independent, I've discussed in Israeli Refugee Crisis. Malta, on the other hand, is a spoiler.
4. Yeah, but NZ is mostly Royalists
5. Garuda shall remain the national symbol, although that could be a good idea.
6. Also a spoiler.
7. Both Canada and Mexico had mixed views of the US. Canada hated the US for making a rift by looking the North as a British puppet, while on the same time some anti-monarchist supporters rally for a pro-US Canada Republic. The Mexico, meanwhile, liked the US for securing the Nicaraguan instability factor, while in some cases the US meddle in some of Mexican's policies. I would later post about it somewhere on this chapter.
 
1. Biafra and Benin still exist, currently under US friendship.
2. The low countries are fully under EA/US sphere of influence. ITTL Monaco is similar like OTL Monaco, although far richer due to fleeing French bourgeoise.
3. Cyprus is independent, I've discussed in Israeli Refugee Crisis. Malta, on the other hand, is a spoiler.
4. Yeah, but NZ is mostly Royalists
5. Garuda shall remain the national symbol, although that could be a good idea.
6. Also a spoiler.
7. Both Canada and Mexico had mixed views of the US. Canada hated the US for making a rift by looking the North as a British puppet, while on the same time some anti-monarchist supporters rally for a pro-US Canada Republic. The Mexico, meanwhile, liked the US for securing the Nicaraguan instability factor, while in some cases the US meddle in some of Mexican's policies. I would later post about it somewhere on this chapter.
Ooo i like the idea of changing the coat of arms to komodo it makes the coat of arms more unique and fresh since many nation have eagle as their coat of arms but not a lizard
 
The Rise of Contenders Part 3: The Three Kingdoms
The Atlantic Pact

Everywhere on the world, nations either conjoined collectively to form an association, or fought together to devise a massive mess in the region. France, the Soviet Union, and the United States consolidate to gain influence. France holds his base indefinitely in most of the Middle East, Thailand, and North Africa. They also swayed Yugoslavia and some Warsaw Pact members, shown as more appealing rather than the authoritative Eastern brother. The United States controls the Pacific Sea, and attempting to securing the Indian Ocean from Indonesia and Australia, and securing the Atlantic from a network of influence to West African sovereigns. The 1970s was a time to pick a side for everyone, yet in several cases nations weren’t desired to be sided on. Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom were three particular nations. A mixture of ultra-nationalism and liberalism, these nations couldn’t find a superpower to befriend, so they befriend themselves.

The Spanish Civil War on 1936 resulted in a victory for Franco and his nationalist faction. Franco formed a Spanish State with himself as the dictator or caudillo. The era of Franco meant extensive political repression, which shaped the dark history of Spanish State. By the start of the 1950s, Franco's state had become less violent. However, his rule was still strict and powerful, as almost all political oppositions were heavily suppressed with police enforcements.

As the nation was on the brink of bankruptcy after the civil war, Spain was convinced to adopt a free market economy. The United States threatened an economic embargo if the planned economy was adopted. As both France and the Soviet Union had sour ties with the Mediterranean nation, Spain finally relented and push for fewer regulations. At the end of the 50s, the Spanish State suffered massive inflation due to the free market. Franco decided that searching for allies in Europe was vital. West Germany was appealed with a Spanish market and opted to support the nation. From then on, Spain resumed on to an economic boom which was continuing until Franco’s death.

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The 142m high Torre de Madrid, an icon for the "Spanish Miracle"

Another factor of why the Spanish State continued to survive was because of the Red Scare. Portugal on that time went communist in the early 50s. With France also went communist in the 60s, Spain was wedged by hostile neighbours. Franco, meanwhile, determined this as an opportunity. It was an opportunity to eradicate Spain’s entire communist sympathizers which still dominated Catalonia. Kennedy shrugged with Spain’s purges, and Nixon thoroughly supported in favour of a Spanish friend in Europe. Yet, as Shafer rose the presidency, everything would change for Spain.

Shafer’s radical democratic view changed Franco’s opinion about the US. Formerly, it was a hegemon that needed Spain to endure to maintain Europe’s fragile anti-communist nations. As Germany and her Central European allies kept on defending their grounds, Spain was a perfect tool to counterbalance the trend. Spain, deemed the US untrustworthy, decided to contact with a rival of the Empire, the United Kingdom. Upon the 60s, the United Kingdom was having his downturn. The Wars in Indonesia was not going in favour of the nation, let alone the US intervened against the UK. Indeed, by 1966, almost the entire Empire disintegrated. Leaving some dominions in America and Africa to cherish on. Prior's Cabinet, later on, proved to have a mutual interest in Spain, and the UK-Spanish relation blossoms.

Francisco Franco’s untimely death in 1978 forced Luis Carrero Blanco to succeed as the nation’s Caudillo, requested by Franco itself. Blanco was a navy officer, and native to the Northern Regions, most loyal Franco supporters. However, upon rising as Franco’s second man, Blanco saw the heartbreaking atrocities which shouldn’t have happened and determined a slow change into democracy. Upon his rule, Blanco firstly appointed a Carlist claimant, Juan Carlos I, as Blanco’s successor. It fixed a Spanish transition into a monarchy one more, a perfect government system to preserve traditions and cultures adopted by Franco. Moreover, Blanco opened restrictions on political parties, opening them slowly by granting free speech and less police oversight.

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Caudillo Blanco with Juan Carlos, Prince of Spain

Blanco promised his nation a general election by his projected abdication in 1988, ten years after the death of Franco. He opened restriction on political societies in universities, gaining favour in youths. He slowly cut extensive and destructive military influence in the bureaucracy, which formed corruption. Crooks which have proven to harm the Spanish administration are punished orderly, and Blanco persisted for a reliable government. Following the German Model, Blanco massively promotes a liberal governmental system, which silenced separatist groups in Catalan and Basque can finally express their ideas. His reformist attitude, ultimately, caused a swell in popularity among the youths, while causing a massive uproar to the elderly.

Recent developments around Morocco caused Blanco to pay attention to Spain’s colonial holdings. Still controlling Spanish Equatorial Guinea and Spanish Sahara, Spain went with France’s path on retaining all colonies. Equatorial Guinea was affected dearly on the Ebola epidemic happening in Congo and nearly devastated Spain if not for Franco’s immediate island quarantine. The native population struggled heavily from the pandemic. Yet, Spanish migrants entered on the aftermath of the epidemic, and the sole purpose of isolating Equatorial Guinea had been clear; wiping off the native population. Unfortunately, as the United Nations only noticed the virus on the continent, the native population can’t protest while the white percentage in Equatorial Guinea rises.

In the Sahara, Spain was lucky that France kept their colonies. The Moroccan separatists, and also irredentists, had been contained by the French communist government and was kept so that indirectly helped Spain’s control in Africa. However, as the United States started to fund Moroccan separatists by middle 70s, Franco has caught a fear that maybe this colony would not withstand the decolonization wave. Blanco, meanwhile, had already proclaimed that if Morocco is granted independence under the time of his administration, the Spanish State would negotiate with the Moroccans to give some unwanted lands.

The Spanish State announced a possible alliance with the UK and Portugal officially in 1978. They named the alliance ‘Atlantic Pact’, and their main purpose was to protect tradition and preserve the imperial legacy. Although Spain is the main character of this alliance, the formation would be impossible without the UK’s tumultuous road recently.

Richard Charles Edmonds was appointed Prime Minister after the British Unionist Party secured a majority in the snap-election of 1972. Barely thirty upon his ascension, he was dubbed as the youngest Prime Minister. However, he was not a politician, but an activist. His policies were decent, but as time progresses Parliament underestimated his leadership. Moreover, his ultra-nationalist stances got Britain to lost almost all of her colonies, a humiliation comparing to Communist France. Rather than plummeting the BUP’s popularity, his Cabinet was short-lived, and by 1974 he was ousted by his own party. The BUP was a young party, and have a sounding youth majority both in party seats and outside. However, juvenility was not a benefit. His contender, a former Conservative politician called James (Jim) Michael Leathes Prior, gained ranks inside the BUP. He later replaced Edmonds to rule the nation.

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Jim Prior

Jim Prior faced copious problems when ascended as Prime Minister. The country was in deep resentment, having lost the Empire and her dignity. Prior also faced with the nation’s economic downturn, as the United States provoke isolation to Britain, which only effective in American trading. Luckily, the United Kingdom forged a good relationship with the rising German power. The Queen had conversed with the Elected-King of Germany soundly, and a friendly relation ensues. Therefore, Jim Prior adopted a different path with Spain. Jim Prior reform the economy by maintaining the union powers. The government passed a planned economy for the first four years, effectively stomping British capitalism. Jim Prior passed more laws regarding monetary policy, devaluating the currency to appease foreign investors.

Jim Prior’s second tool was to use France as the driving spirit of Britain. Britain has protected France since the 1900s, but France decided to betray Britain’s democracy in the last few years. That alone, have provoked massive resentment, and late a spirit of revenge. Jim Prior exploited this spirit to push Britain to work harder, and cooperate better. The first four years proven to be a massive success, Britain had once again regained her economic health, and unemployment had shrunk into an all-time low.

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Trade Unions in Britain. Trade Unions in the 70s were somewhat bolstered by Prior's policies, gaining support from Labourers.

In foreign policy, Jim Prior was an ardent imperialist. He declared ‘Save the Empire at all cost, retreat not an inch’. He stubbornly kept Malta, Hong Kong, and some other British Overseas Territories. The US had seized all British possessions in the Pacific, except the Pitcairn Islands. Jim Prior worsened relations with the US after attempts of boosting the republican* movements in Canada and East Caribbean. Also, in 1975, the Irish Revolutionary Army surged guerilla warfare in Belfast, igniting the Ulster Crisis.

Jim Prior was fully committed to staging direct warfare with Ireland itself. But the UN was seeing Britain’s actions. The US, the Soviet Union and France all wished for not another imperialist Britain and passed extreme measures to stale Britain. The public in Britain saw this as a massive provocation, and Jim Prior had the perfect tool to maintain dominance in the Parliament. Although the Ulster Crisis continues even until the 1980s, the BUP’s popularity increased until a whopping 76.3% in the nearest 1984 election.

Britain’s oldest and most loyal ally is Portugal. Although Britain had undergone massive changes in politics, the kingdom of Portugal maintained its best relations. Therefore, Britain asked Spain to invade Portugal in 1975, which made King Duarte Nuno return to his homeland. Despite losing Angola and Mozambique, Portugal was happy in having her last colonial empire with Spain and Britain as friends. Portugal reestablished free elections, with the communist party banned and heavily oppressed. Recently, the Liberal government has been pushing for an Iberian Customs Union, securing a free-pass in Spain and Gibraltar, still under the UK.

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* Not to be confused with the US Republican party, this is a pro-republican, meaning pro-presidential and anti-imperial movements.

We'll stay in Europe for a few upcoming posts because it would be essential for an important event.
 
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So China hadn't taken Hong Kong, yet. It's quite a surprise, especially when Britain is weakening and they didn't have a superpower to rely on.
 
I wonder will portugal kept cabinda and some island colony? And also does this mean that old flag of portugal (the blue and white) returned and also since portugal is a commie state and got invaded by spain what is the reaction of france and ussr?
 
The Atlantic Pact

Everywhere on the world, nations either conjoined collectively to form an association, or fought together to devise a massive mess in the region. France, the Soviet Union, and the United States consolidate to gain influence. France holds his base indefinitely in most of the Middle East, Thailand, and North Africa. They also swayed Yugoslavia and some Warsaw Pact members, shown as more appealing rather than the authoritative Eastern brother. The United States controls the Pacific Sea, and attempting to securing the Indian Ocean from Indonesia and Australia, and securing the Atlantic from a network of influence to West African sovereigns. The 1970s was a time to pick a side for everyone, yet in several cases nations weren’t desired to be sided on. Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom were three particular nations. A mixture of ultra-nationalism and liberalism, these nations couldn’t find a superpower to befriend, so they befriend themselves.

The Spanish Civil War on 1936 resulted in a victory for Franco and his nationalist faction. Franco formed a Spanish State with himself as the dictator or caudillo. The era of Franco meant extensive political repression, which shaped the dark history of Spanish State. By the start of the 1950s, Franco's state had become less violent. However, his rule was still strict and powerful, as almost all political oppositions were heavily suppressed with police enforcements.

As the nation was on the brink of bankruptcy after the civil war, Spain was convinced to adopt a free market economy. The United States threatened an economic embargo if the planned economy was adopted. As both France and the Soviet Union had sour ties with the Mediterranean nation, Spain finally relented and push for fewer regulations. At the end of the 50s, the Spanish State suffered massive inflation due to the free market. Franco decided that searching for allies in Europe was vital. West Germany was appealed with a Spanish market and opted to support the nation. From then on, Spain resumed on to an economic boom which was continuing until Franco’s death.

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The 142m high Torre de Madrid, an icon for the "Spanish Miracle"

Another factor of why the Spanish State continued to survive was because of the Red Scare. Portugal on that time went communist in the early 50s. With France also went communist in the 60s, Spain was wedged by hostile neighbours. Franco, meanwhile, determined this as an opportunity. It was an opportunity to eradicate Spain’s entire communist sympathizers which still dominated Catalonia. Kennedy shrugged with Spain’s purges, and Nixon thoroughly supported in favour of a Spanish friend in Europe. Yet, as Shafer rose the presidency, everything would change for Spain.

Shafer’s radical democratic view changed Franco’s opinion about the US. Formerly, it was a hegemon that needed Spain to endure to maintain Europe’s fragile anti-communist nations. As Germany and her Central European allies kept on defending their grounds, Spain was a perfect tool to counterbalance the trend. Spain, deemed the US untrustworthy, decided to contact with a rival of the Empire, the United Kingdom. Upon the 60s, the United Kingdom was having his downturn. The Wars in Indonesia was not going in favour of the nation, let alone the US intervened against the UK. Indeed, by 1966, almost the entire Empire disintegrated. Leaving some dominions in America and Africa to cherish on. Prior's Cabinet, later on, proved to have a mutual interest in Spain, and the UK-Spanish relation blossoms.

Francisco Franco’s untimely death in 1978 forced Luis Carrero Blanco to succeed as the nation’s Caudillo, requested by Franco itself. Blanco was a navy officer, and native to the Northern Regions, most loyal Franco supporters. However, upon rising as Franco’s second man, Blanco saw the heartbreaking atrocities which shouldn’t have happened and determined a slow change into democracy. Upon his rule, Blanco firstly appointed a Carlist claimant, Juan Carlos I, as Blanco’s successor. It fixed a Spanish transition into a monarchy one more, a perfect government system to preserve traditions and cultures adopted by Franco. Moreover, Blanco opened restrictions on political parties, opening them slowly by granting free speech and less police oversight.

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Caudillo Blanco with Juan Carlos, Prince of Spain

Blanco promised his nation a general election by his projected abdication in 1988, ten years after the death of Franco. He opened restriction on political societies in universities, gaining favour in youths. He slowly cut extensive and destructive military influence in the bureaucracy, which formed corruption. Crooks which have proven to harm the Spanish administration are punished orderly, and Blanco persisted for a reliable government. Following the German Model, Blanco massively promotes a liberal governmental system, which silenced separatist groups in Catalan and Basque can finally express their ideas. His reformist attitude, ultimately, caused a swell in popularity among the youths, while causing a massive uproar to the elderly.

Recent developments around Morocco caused Blanco to pay attention to Spain’s colonial holdings. Still controlling Spanish Equatorial Guinea and Spanish Sahara, Spain went with France’s path on retaining all colonies. Equatorial Guinea was affected dearly on the Ebola epidemic happening in Congo and nearly devastated Spain if not for Franco’s immediate island quarantine. The native population struggled heavily from the pandemic. Yet, Spanish migrants entered on the aftermath of the epidemic, and the sole purpose of isolating Equatorial Guinea had been clear; wiping off the native population. Unfortunately, as the United Nations only noticed the virus on the continent, the native population can’t protest while the white percentage in Equatorial Guinea rises.

In the Sahara, Spain was lucky that France kept their colonies. The Moroccan separatists, and also irredentists, had been contained by the French communist government and was kept so that indirectly helped Spain’s control in Africa. However, as the United States started to fund Moroccan separatists by middle 70s, Franco has caught a fear that maybe this colony would not withstand the decolonization wave. Blanco, meanwhile, had already proclaimed that if Morocco is granted independence under the time of his administration, the Spanish State would negotiate with the Moroccans to give some unwanted lands.

The Spanish State announced a possible alliance with the UK and Portugal officially in 1978. They named the alliance ‘Atlantic Pact’, and their main purpose was to protect tradition and preserve the imperial legacy. Although Spain is the main character of this alliance, the formation would be impossible without the UK’s tumultuous road recently.

Richard Charles Edmonds was appointed Prime Minister after the British Unionist Party secured a majority in the snap-election of 1972. Barely thirty upon his ascension, he was dubbed as the youngest Prime Minister. However, he was not a politician, but an activist. His policies were decent, but as time progresses Parliament underestimated his leadership. Moreover, his ultra-nationalist stances got Britain to lost almost all of her colonies, a humiliation comparing to Communist France. Rather than plummeting the BUP’s popularity, his Cabinet was short-lived, and by 1974 he was ousted by his own party. The BUP was a young party, and have a sounding youth majority both in party seats and outside. However, juvenility was not a benefit. His contender, a former Conservative politician called James (Jim) Michael Leathes Prior, gained ranks inside the BUP. He later replaced Edmonds to rule the nation.


Jim Prior faced copious problems when ascended as Prime Minister. The country was in deep resentment, having lost the Empire and her dignity. Prior also faced with the nation’s economic downturn, as the United States provoke isolation to Britain, which only effective in American trading. Luckily, the United Kingdom forged a good relationship with the rising German power. The Queen had conversed with the Elected-King of Germany soundly, and a friendly relation ensues. Therefore, Jim Prior adopted a different path with Spain. Jim Prior reform the economy by maintaining the union powers. The government passed a planned economy for the first four years, effectively stomping British capitalism. Jim Prior passed more laws regarding monetary policy, devaluating the currency to appease foreign investors.

Jim Prior’s second tool was to use France as the driving spirit of Britain. Britain has protected France since the 1900s, but France decided to betray Britain’s democracy in the last few years. That alone, have provoked massive resentment, and late a spirit of revenge. Jim Prior exploited this spirit to push Britain to work harder, and cooperate better. The first four years proven to be a massive success, Britain had once again regained her economic health, and unemployment had shrunk into an all-time low.

View attachment 594506
Trade Unions in Britain. Trade Unions in the 70s were somewhat bolstered by Prior's policies, gaining support from Labourers.

In foreign policy, Jim Prior was an ardent imperialist. He declared ‘Save the Empire at all cost, retreat not an inch’. He stubbornly kept Malta, Hong Kong, and some other British Overseas Territories. The US had seized all British possessions in the Pacific, except the Pitcairn Islands. Jim Prior worsened relations with the US after attempts of boosting the republican* movements in Canada and East Caribbean. Also, in 1975, the Irish Revolutionary Army surged guerilla warfare in Belfast, igniting the Ulster Crisis.

Jim Prior was fully committed to staging direct warfare with Ireland itself. But the UN was seeing Britain’s actions. The US, the Soviet Union and France all wished for not another imperialist Britain and passed extreme measures to stale Britain. The public in Britain saw this as a massive provocation, and Jim Prior had the perfect tool to maintain dominance in the Parliament. Although the Ulster Crisis continues even until the 1980s, the BUP’s popularity increased until a whopping 76.3% in the nearest 1984 election.

Britain’s oldest and most loyal ally is Portugal. Although Britain had undergone massive changes in politics, the kingdom of Portugal maintained its best relations. Therefore, Britain asked Spain to invade Portugal in 1978, which made King Duarte Nuno return to his homeland. Despite losing Angola and Mozambique, Portugal was happy in having her last colonial empire with Spain and Britain as friends. Portugal reestablished free elections, with the communist party banned and heavily oppressed. Recently, the Liberal government has been pushing for an Iberian Customs Union, securing a free-pass in Spain and Gibraltar, still under the UK.

===========================​
* Not to be confused with the US Republican party, this is a pro-republican, meaning pro-presidential and anti-imperial movements.

We'll stay in Europe for a few upcoming posts because it would be essential for an important event.
I hope you touch on albania next as mentioned in previous post that the country isnt as crazy as otl even hosting a filming of a western movie (kelly heroes) and also did tenerife disaster still happen? Or perhaps it was set on another country ittl?
 
The Rise of Contenders Part 4: The Balkans
An Exceptional Balkans

Bismarck once had spoken that the Balkans was always the precursor for major wars. Yet, as the Cold War was getting transfixed with the battle between France, the Soviet Union, and the United States, this region was eerily tranquil.

Yugoslavia is the current largest nation in the Balkans. The nation was a union between ethnicities and religion, fragile terms of integration. In 1948, the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia split from the Soviet Union’s influence as their leaders fought in opinions. President Josip Broz Tito then consolidated his nation, granting autonomous status towards Vojvodina & Kosovo, then under the Serbian administration. A change in constitution renamed Yugoslavia into the Socialist Federal Republic. Tito tried to discuss with non-aligned nations a possible alliance. However, as he saw that those selected nations have already chosen, the President decided to be the Switzerland of the Balkans, at least for a moment.

Tito handled the presidency with an iron fist, he abused his powers to eliminate critiques. He cracked down nationalist youth movements, which gained prominence after the re-rise of a German monarchy. He increased police-oversight to regions that were high in resistance. Edvard Kardelj, a minister of his, was ousted due to criticisms against the government’s authoritative manner.

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A Croatian protest against the Yugoslav government, 1974

As absolute powers corrupt absolutely, so tensions between rivals created thus. Tito’s minister debated themselves on a constitutional change by 1978, questioning the nation’s path towards more decentralization or centralization. Aleksander Ranković, Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia at that time, demanded a centralization effort. He suggested that giving more autonomy to regions could inevitably lead to a dissolved Yugoslavia, which was no interests of anyone. Ranković’s opposition, Stane Dolanc expressed his intentions to make Yugoslavia less Serbian, and more diverse.

The 1978 Constitution of Yugoslavia was amended to give power to the Federal government and received a more dominant stance of the central government. As a result, tensions to regions outside of Serbian control sparked sporadically. A small concentrated group of young rascals had turned into a decent political struggle. Bosniaks, Albanians, Hungarians, and Croats, before had a fair share of ethnic protests, now had a strong quantity. However, Tito’s methods of controlling these folklores simple: more police control.

On the 19th September 1980, the President-for-life of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, died. His death was an exciting one for suppressed protesters, and they could finally shout soundly. Moreover, as Tito’s death was unaccounted for, a power grab occurred between Ranković’s partner Marko Nikezić and Stane Dolanc. The Federal Parliament and the Federal Ministry halted into a complete stop because nothing would progress under the dispute between who will be the next president.

The succession crisis was proven to be a costly one for Yugoslavia. For some time, there was no executive to govern, and as they elected, they will be ousted soon by the divided parliament. The trend caused a substantial stagnation in Yugoslavia’s development, savaging the economy, stability and prosperity on the developing nation. Protests, not only ethnical ones, soon rose, they demanded a stable and proud government, mirroring an image to Tito’s previous administration.

Moreover, reported foreign interference also tried to make Yugoslavia as weak as possible. German spies contacted with underground separatism leaders, mostly Slovenes and Croats, to fight against this ‘weak Serbian government’. In Novi Sad, Hungarian activists were brewing their sly chance to reclaim lands. Unfortunately, Poland’s discrete far-right movement had gained engagements on destabilizing Yugoslavia. The Soviet Union was upholding Marko Nikezić and was giving every penny to the faction. As for Stane Dolanc, due to bad dialogue with French foreign minister during his visit, this centralization faction only weakens gradually in time.

Yet, another contender rose into the Yugoslavian government, which was Lieutenant General Veljko Kadijević. He joined the Yugoslav Partisans in 1941, following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia. In 1943, he joined the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ). He was given the task of performing important duties almost immediately. He remained an active soldier after the war and became popular inside the military. He sought for a Defense Minister in 1980, months before Tito deceased, yet he was turned down due to insufficient ranks. He was later moved into Pristina, commandeering his rebel-stomping division.

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General Veljko Kadijević, 1983

From his base in Pristina, Kadijević marched to the capital with his division. He had no Yugoslavian forces to immobilize his army. He arrived at Belgrade on 4th of March 1982. A military coup happened in the following weeks, and Kadijević instated a Bosniak politician Raif Dizdarević. Together with the self-promoted General Kadijević, Raif promoted a Yugoslavian identity superior to mere Serbian dominance. He promised of ethnic tensions no more. This certain President also affirmed for Yugoslavia to rise again, as a regional power, a Balkan dominance. Yugoslavia, after decades of abstinence in seeing other nation’s situation, finally noticed how different the Balkans are now.

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President Raif Dizdarević

As Poland had become Soviet Union’s bolshie satellite. The Warsaw Pact was banking all the money into suppressing the perpetual far-right underground resistance and making sure that Warsaw Pact stays headquartered in Warsaw. Therefore, it made some changes in policy for member nations, one of them in Romania.

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej ascended as the nation’s leader after king abdication in 1947. From then on, he would push for a radical pro-Stalinist movement and make Romania be from an agrarian powerhouse to industrialist socialist country. He also pushed for more independence efforts, especially in his late rule, due to Khrushchev methods of De-Stalinization. Romania opened up trade with Western nations, particularly the United States.

In 1965, the president died of lung cancer in Bucharest. His next-in-line, General Secretary of the Communist Party and President Manea Mănescu did a total opposite of Gheorghe’s administration and pushed for inseparable relations to the Soviet Union. He restructured Romania’s Five Year Economic Plans, instead of pushing for the Comecon’s objective to Romania: a breadbasket of the communist world. It was only in late 1980, that Manea contemplated with the Party of Romania’s second industrialization attempt. However, the high production in harvest idled such haze manner.

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The Danube-Black Sea Canal, apart from Manea's Government Plan of becoming Comecon's breadbasket

In Greece, the Kingdom of Greece outlawed any pro-Communist movements after a devastating civil war after WW2. Greece was included in the Marshall Plan and joined NATO until its disbandment. The parliamentary constitutional monarchy went as a stable government. In 1965, however, a failed military coup occurred. The Federal Kingdom of Germany befell to clinch enough influence to kill the power grabbers. The Greek Monarchy after the tried coup pushed for more liberalization and pro-German economy.

Greece also started to pay attention to events happening in Cyprus. As the nation finally left out from Turkish influence by 1973, Cyprus had become Greece’s small ally in the Mediterranean. Cypriot’s victory to the Turks also boosted Greece’s imperial ambitions, eyeing the prize towards the land lost for centuries, Konstantinopel. The Liberal Party, since 1958, has won every single election. Greece’s slow but steady growth assuage foreign investors and gained satisfying recognition to the United States. As the key to the Black Sea, Greece holds an important location to curb Russia’s maritime outreach, effectively killing the navy’s space.

A bizarre fate took place in another southern nation of Yugoslavia, Albania. The socialist republic had been Enver Hoxha since the end of WW2. Yet, the rule was divided into three distinctive phases. Before 1960, Enver was a close associate of the Soviet Union. It had become the Warsaw Pact’s access to the sea and beyond. Yet Hoxha split from the Soviet Union and became pro-France. The economy shifted from planned to liberalization efforts, similar to the French model. However, in 1976 the First Secretary pushed for more capitalization endeavour. He was intrigued by an economic relationship with the Germans. He deregulates the economy, opens up banks, and actually planned for diversification of the political parties.

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Enver Hoxha during his rally in 1981

Yugoslavia seemed very isolated from all those turns of events. However, President Raif ascertained with this Balkan dominance, and it would start from weakening the Warsaw Pact itself.

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Most of Europe is almost done, around two more chapters. After that, we would move continent.
 
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I wonder will portugal kept cabinda and some island colony? And also does this mean that old flag of portugal (the blue and white) returned and also since portugal is a commie state and got invaded by spain what is the reaction of france and ussr?
Both France and the USSR was shocked with Spain's rapid invasion. Yet fell aside due to both of them having no consensus on what to do. France determined to just attack Spain, while the USSR have a more careful approach. Still, these red nations still despised each other. I think I'll write about Cabinda somewhere in an African chapter (about three/four posts from now).
 
An Exceptional Balkans

Bismarck once had spoken that the Balkans was always the precursor for major wars. Yet, as the Cold War was getting transfixed with the battle between France, the Soviet Union, and the United States, this region was eerily tranquil.

Yugoslavia is the current largest nation in the Balkans. The nation was a union between ethnicities and religion, fragile terms of integration. In 1948, the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia split from the Soviet Union’s influence as their leaders fought in opinions. President Josip Broz Tito then consolidated his nation, granting autonomous status towards Vojvodina & Kosovo, then under the Serbian administration. A change in constitution renamed Yugoslavia into the Socialist Federal Republic. Tito tried to discuss with non-aligned nations a possible alliance. However, as he saw that those selected nations have already chosen, the President decided to be the Switzerland of the Balkans, at least for a moment.

Tito handled the presidency with an iron fist, he abused his powers to eliminate critiques. He cracked down nationalist youth movements, which gained prominence after the re-rise of a German monarchy. He increased police-oversight to regions that were high in resistance. Edvard Kardelj, a minister of his, was ousted due to criticisms against the government’s authoritative manner.

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A Croatian protest against the Yugoslav government, 1974

As absolute powers corrupt absolutely, so tensions between rivals created thus. Tito’s minister debated themselves on a constitutional change by 1978, questioning the nation’s path towards more decentralization or centralization. Aleksander Ranković, Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia at that time, demanded a centralization effort. He suggested that giving more autonomy to regions could inevitably lead to a dissolved Yugoslavia, which was no interests of anyone. Ranković’s opposition, Stane Dolanc expressed his intentions to make Yugoslavia less Serbian, and more diverse.

The 1978 Constitution of Yugoslavia was amended to give power to the Federal government and received a more dominant stance of the central government. As a result, tensions to regions outside of Serbian control sparked sporadically. A small concentrated group of young rascals had turned into a decent political struggle. Bosniaks, Albanians, Hungarians, and Croats, before had a fair share of ethnic protests, now had a strong quantity. However, Tito’s methods of controlling these folklores simple: more police control.

On the 19th September 1980, the President-for-life of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, died. His death was an exciting one for suppressed protesters, and they could finally shout soundly. Moreover, as Tito’s death was unaccounted for, a power grab occurred between Ranković’s partner Marko Nikezić and Stane Dolanc. The Federal Parliament and the Federal Ministry halted into a complete stop because nothing would progress under the dispute between who will be the next president.

The succession crisis was proven to be a costly one for Yugoslavia. For some time, there was no executive to govern, and as they elected, they will be ousted soon by the divided parliament. The trend caused a substantial stagnation in Yugoslavia’s development, savaging the economy, stability and prosperity on the developing nation. Protests, not only ethnical ones, soon rose, they demanded a stable and proud government, mirroring an image to Tito’s previous administration.

Moreover, reported foreign interference also tried to make Yugoslavia as weak as possible. German spies contacted with underground separatism leaders, mostly Slovenes and Croats, to fight against this ‘weak Serbian government’. In Novi Sad, Hungarian activists were brewing their sly chance to reclaim lands. Unfortunately, Poland’s discrete far-right movement had gained engagements on destabilizing Yugoslavia. The Soviet Union was upholding Marko Nikezić and was giving every penny to the faction. As for Stane Dolanc, due to bad dialogue with French foreign minister during his visit, this centralization faction only weakens gradually in time.

Yet, another contender rose into the Yugoslavian government, which was Lieutenant General Veljko Kadijević. He joined the Yugoslav Partisans in 1941, following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia. In 1943, he joined the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ). He was given the task of performing important duties almost immediately. He remained an active soldier after the war and became popular inside the military. He sought for a Defense Minister in 1980, months before Tito deceased, yet he was turned down due to insufficient ranks. He was later moved into Pristina, commandeering his rebel-stomping division.

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General Veljko Kadijević, 1983

From his base in Pristina, Kadijević marched to the capital with his division. He had no Yugoslavian forces to immobilize his army. He arrived at Belgrade on 4th of March 1982. A military coup happened in the following weeks, and Kadijević instated a Bosniak politician Raif Dizdarević. Together with the self-promoted General Kadijević, Raif promoted a Yugoslavian identity superior to mere Serbian dominance. He promised of ethnic tensions no more. This certain President also affirmed for Yugoslavia to rise again, as a regional power, a Balkan dominance. Yugoslavia, after decades of abstinence in seeing other nation’s situation, finally noticed how different the Balkans are now.

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President Raif Dizdarević

As Poland had become Soviet Union’s bolshie satellite. The Warsaw Pact was banking all the money into suppressing the perpetual far-right underground resistance and making sure that Warsaw Pact stays headquartered in Warsaw. Therefore, it made some changes in policy for member nations, one of them in Romania.

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej ascended as the nation’s leader after king abdication in 1947. From then on, he would push for a radical pro-Stalinist movement and make Romania be from an agrarian powerhouse to industrialist socialist country. He also pushed for more independence efforts, especially in his late rule, due to Khrushchev methods of De-Stalinization. Romania opened up trade with Western nations, particularly the United States.

In 1965, the president died of lung cancer in Bucharest. His next-in-line, General Secretary of the Communist Party and President Manea Mănescu did a total opposite of Gheorghe’s administration and pushed for inseparable relations to the Soviet Union. He restructured Romania’s Five Year Economic Plans, instead of pushing for the Warsaw Pact’s objective to Romania: a breadbasket of the communist world. It was only in late 1980, that Manea contemplated with the Party of Romania’s second industrialization attempt. However, the high production in harvest idled such haze manner.

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The Danube-Black Sea Canal, apart from Manea's Government Plan of becoming Warsaw Pact's breadbasket

In Greece, the Kingdom of Greece outlawed any pro-Communist movements after a devastating civil war after WW2. Greece was included in the Marshall Plan and joined NATO until its disbandment. The parliamentary constitutional monarchy went as a stable government. In 1965, however, a failed military coup occurred. The Federal Kingdom of Germany befell to clinch enough influence to kill the power grabbers. The Greek Monarchy after the tried coup pushed for more liberalization and pro-German economy.

Greece also started to pay attention to events happening in Cyprus. As the nation finally left out from Turkish influence by 1973, Cyprus had become Greece’s small ally in the Mediterranean. Cypriot’s victory to the Turks also boosted Greece’s imperial ambitions, eyeing the prize towards the land lost for centuries, Konstantinopel. The Liberal Party, since 1958, has won every single election. Greece’s slow but steady growth assuage foreign investors and gained satisfying recognition to the United States. As the key to the Black Sea, Greece holds an important location to curb Russia’s maritime outreach, effectively killing the navy’s space.

A bizarre fate took place in another southern nation of Yugoslavia, Albania. The socialist republic had been Enver Hoxha since the end of WW2. Yet, the rule was divided into three distinctive phases. Before 1960, Enver was a close associate of the Soviet Union. It had become the Warsaw Pact’s access to the sea and beyond. Yet Hoxha split from the Soviet Union and became pro-France. The economy shifted from planned to liberalization efforts, similar to the French model. However, in 1976 the First Secretary pushed for more capitalization endeavour. He was intrigued by an economic relationship with the Germans. He deregulates the economy, opens up banks, and actually planned for diversification of the political parties.

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Enver Hoxha during his rally in 1981

Yugoslavia seemed very isolated from all those turns of events. However, President Raif ascertained with this Balkan dominance, and it would start from weakening the Warsaw Pact itself.

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Most of Europe is almost done, around two more chapters. After that, we would move continent.
I hope you touch on the italians next or maybe the pop culture of europe ittl since you know britain tis more and more racist while france is commie
 
An Exceptional Balkans

Bismarck once had spoken that the Balkans was always the precursor for major wars. Yet, as the Cold War was getting transfixed with the battle between France, the Soviet Union, and the United States, this region was eerily tranquil.

Yugoslavia is the current largest nation in the Balkans. The nation was a union between ethnicities and religion, fragile terms of integration. In 1948, the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia split from the Soviet Union’s influence as their leaders fought in opinions. President Josip Broz Tito then consolidated his nation, granting autonomous status towards Vojvodina & Kosovo, then under the Serbian administration. A change in constitution renamed Yugoslavia into the Socialist Federal Republic. Tito tried to discuss with non-aligned nations a possible alliance. However, as he saw that those selected nations have already chosen, the President decided to be the Switzerland of the Balkans, at least for a moment.

Tito handled the presidency with an iron fist, he abused his powers to eliminate critiques. He cracked down nationalist youth movements, which gained prominence after the re-rise of a German monarchy. He increased police-oversight to regions that were high in resistance. Edvard Kardelj, a minister of his, was ousted due to criticisms against the government’s authoritative manner.

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A Croatian protest against the Yugoslav government, 1974

As absolute powers corrupt absolutely, so tensions between rivals created thus. Tito’s minister debated themselves on a constitutional change by 1978, questioning the nation’s path towards more decentralization or centralization. Aleksander Ranković, Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia at that time, demanded a centralization effort. He suggested that giving more autonomy to regions could inevitably lead to a dissolved Yugoslavia, which was no interests of anyone. Ranković’s opposition, Stane Dolanc expressed his intentions to make Yugoslavia less Serbian, and more diverse.

The 1978 Constitution of Yugoslavia was amended to give power to the Federal government and received a more dominant stance of the central government. As a result, tensions to regions outside of Serbian control sparked sporadically. A small concentrated group of young rascals had turned into a decent political struggle. Bosniaks, Albanians, Hungarians, and Croats, before had a fair share of ethnic protests, now had a strong quantity. However, Tito’s methods of controlling these folklores simple: more police control.

On the 19th September 1980, the President-for-life of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, died. His death was an exciting one for suppressed protesters, and they could finally shout soundly. Moreover, as Tito’s death was unaccounted for, a power grab occurred between Ranković’s partner Marko Nikezić and Stane Dolanc. The Federal Parliament and the Federal Ministry halted into a complete stop because nothing would progress under the dispute between who will be the next president.

The succession crisis was proven to be a costly one for Yugoslavia. For some time, there was no executive to govern, and as they elected, they will be ousted soon by the divided parliament. The trend caused a substantial stagnation in Yugoslavia’s development, savaging the economy, stability and prosperity on the developing nation. Protests, not only ethnical ones, soon rose, they demanded a stable and proud government, mirroring an image to Tito’s previous administration.

Moreover, reported foreign interference also tried to make Yugoslavia as weak as possible. German spies contacted with underground separatism leaders, mostly Slovenes and Croats, to fight against this ‘weak Serbian government’. In Novi Sad, Hungarian activists were brewing their sly chance to reclaim lands. Unfortunately, Poland’s discrete far-right movement had gained engagements on destabilizing Yugoslavia. The Soviet Union was upholding Marko Nikezić and was giving every penny to the faction. As for Stane Dolanc, due to bad dialogue with French foreign minister during his visit, this centralization faction only weakens gradually in time.

Yet, another contender rose into the Yugoslavian government, which was Lieutenant General Veljko Kadijević. He joined the Yugoslav Partisans in 1941, following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia. In 1943, he joined the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ). He was given the task of performing important duties almost immediately. He remained an active soldier after the war and became popular inside the military. He sought for a Defense Minister in 1980, months before Tito deceased, yet he was turned down due to insufficient ranks. He was later moved into Pristina, commandeering his rebel-stomping division.

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General Veljko Kadijević, 1983

From his base in Pristina, Kadijević marched to the capital with his division. He had no Yugoslavian forces to immobilize his army. He arrived at Belgrade on 4th of March 1982. A military coup happened in the following weeks, and Kadijević instated a Bosniak politician Raif Dizdarević. Together with the self-promoted General Kadijević, Raif promoted a Yugoslavian identity superior to mere Serbian dominance. He promised of ethnic tensions no more. This certain President also affirmed for Yugoslavia to rise again, as a regional power, a Balkan dominance. Yugoslavia, after decades of abstinence in seeing other nation’s situation, finally noticed how different the Balkans are now.

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President Raif Dizdarević

As Poland had become Soviet Union’s bolshie satellite. The Warsaw Pact was banking all the money into suppressing the perpetual far-right underground resistance and making sure that Warsaw Pact stays headquartered in Warsaw. Therefore, it made some changes in policy for member nations, one of them in Romania.

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej ascended as the nation’s leader after king abdication in 1947. From then on, he would push for a radical pro-Stalinist movement and make Romania be from an agrarian powerhouse to industrialist socialist country. He also pushed for more independence efforts, especially in his late rule, due to Khrushchev methods of De-Stalinization. Romania opened up trade with Western nations, particularly the United States.

In 1965, the president died of lung cancer in Bucharest. His next-in-line, General Secretary of the Communist Party and President Manea Mănescu did a total opposite of Gheorghe’s administration and pushed for inseparable relations to the Soviet Union. He restructured Romania’s Five Year Economic Plans, instead of pushing for the Warsaw Pact’s objective to Romania: a breadbasket of the communist world. It was only in late 1980, that Manea contemplated with the Party of Romania’s second industrialization attempt. However, the high production in harvest idled such haze manner.

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The Danube-Black Sea Canal, apart from Manea's Government Plan of becoming Warsaw Pact's breadbasket

In Greece, the Kingdom of Greece outlawed any pro-Communist movements after a devastating civil war after WW2. Greece was included in the Marshall Plan and joined NATO until its disbandment. The parliamentary constitutional monarchy went as a stable government. In 1965, however, a failed military coup occurred. The Federal Kingdom of Germany befell to clinch enough influence to kill the power grabbers. The Greek Monarchy after the tried coup pushed for more liberalization and pro-German economy.

Greece also started to pay attention to events happening in Cyprus. As the nation finally left out from Turkish influence by 1973, Cyprus had become Greece’s small ally in the Mediterranean. Cypriot’s victory to the Turks also boosted Greece’s imperial ambitions, eyeing the prize towards the land lost for centuries, Konstantinopel. The Liberal Party, since 1958, has won every single election. Greece’s slow but steady growth assuage foreign investors and gained satisfying recognition to the United States. As the key to the Black Sea, Greece holds an important location to curb Russia’s maritime outreach, effectively killing the navy’s space.

A bizarre fate took place in another southern nation of Yugoslavia, Albania. The socialist republic had been Enver Hoxha since the end of WW2. Yet, the rule was divided into three distinctive phases. Before 1960, Enver was a close associate of the Soviet Union. It had become the Warsaw Pact’s access to the sea and beyond. Yet Hoxha split from the Soviet Union and became pro-France. The economy shifted from planned to liberalization efforts, similar to the French model. However, in 1976 the First Secretary pushed for more capitalization endeavour. He was intrigued by an economic relationship with the Germans. He deregulates the economy, opens up banks, and actually planned for diversification of the political parties.

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Enver Hoxha during his rally in 1981

Yugoslavia seemed very isolated from all those turns of events. However, President Raif ascertained with this Balkan dominance, and it would start from weakening the Warsaw Pact itself.

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Most of Europe is almost done, around two more chapters. After that, we would move continent.
Does the us have an interrest to bring back the yugoslav monarchy if let say yugoslavia collapse?
 
The Rise of Contenders Part 5: Andropov's Soviet Union
Andropov Decade

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This nation was originated after the bloody WW1 and became a contesting superpower against the United States by the end of WW2. The Soviet Union, the so-called leader of the socialist world, has now undergone massive turmoil as France was beginning to change the world’s view of the nation. Kremlin’s influence all across Europe was weakening as all those other members of the communist organization were intrigued by France’s superiority. However, Andropov's steps were surpassed the French initial objectives, moving the odds towards the other.

The KGB agent Yuri Andropov joined the Communist Party in 1944. In 1947, he was elected Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Karelo-Finnish SSR. He was ruthless in dissidents of the Soviet Union and continued to be a nightmare for democratic movements all across the Comecon. He took part in killing uprisings all across the Warsaw Pact, on the early eras of democratic protest in Poland and Hungary. Especially in Hungary, when demonstrators were brutally executed under an ‘anti-government’ pretence.

His rise was substantially caused by his cordial connection to Nikolai Ignatov. In party lobbies, Ignatov would mostly be the ‘good negotiator’, while Andropov became that certain strict politician. As Ignatov’s popularity grew, so does Andropov. In several occasions, Ignatov would disagree in Andropov’s stance on ruthless oppression against democratic youths; he was pragmatic after all. However, Andropov favoured Ignatov deeply because of the Secretary’s policies which reclaimed the Soviet’s prestige in the Space Race.

Domestically, Ignatov pushed for similar reforms as Khruschev did before. He passed laws on giving slight deregulation of business and less government control on factories. He finally ended concentration camps for political exiles, gulags as the other name, and finally put peace into the raging faction between radical Stalinist and ardent anti-Stalinist reformers. The Soviet Union was stabilizing itself from the caucus of authoritarianism and was gradually moving for a deregulated path.

Ignatov’s popular policies were essential to Andropov’s rule to be stable. So, he just continued his policies after succeeding the General Secretary. However, Andropov had his own ideas about the socialist world, and how to combat the increasing French influence into the red society. As France stabilizes herself, she has shown her posture as another socialist power in the world, bridging between the Soviet Union’s socialist ideologies with pro-business attitudes derived from the old liberal Western self. As France attempted to make the Wallonians into a French sphere, France has been stealing influence from Cominform members, effectively waning the Warsaw Pact, Comecon and everything the Soviet Union has established.

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Comecon Flag

The anarchist resurgence in Belgium also caused Poland to burn. As the fuel of abhorrence among Poles to the Soviet Union was extremely high, so does the spirit to abandon the Soviet’s sphere. Poland kept nagging the Soviet Union from the protestors, granting the nation as the most militarized location ever done by the Soviet Union. Andropov will not desert Poland, as it would hurt the Warsaw Pact’s significantly, let alone that the organization now has no definite purpose after NATO’s disbandment.

Obstacles continue to meet Andropov when more socialist nations underwent a wave of protesters. In Finland, another mob that demands the ousting of Soviet rule in the government became a proper issue both for the Soviet Union and the Finland government itself. Moreover, it was later proven that these protestors were supported by Sweden. In Hungary, another wave of protestors happened as Andropov was ruling; they don’t want that ruthless man. The Baltic states also happened to find troubles as they gained attention to German’s appeal to form their fantasy ‘The United Baltic Nation’. Indeed, as the Soviet Union is the monster for most of them, anything is preferable and fine for everyone, even the particular nation which probably will be another German satellite.

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The proposed Baltic State by German monarchists, appeasing anti-Russian stance to secede from the Soviet Union

Andropov realized that he needed to address the Soviet’s declining influence in the world. He noticed the United States’ brilliance in withdrawing NATO, effectively making the Soviet Union another rival, this time a rival with similar beliefs. So, after the Soviet Union has focused on the successful Moon Landing on 23 March 1971, Andropov shifted his views to build up the Soviet Union and the Comecon. On his speech in the week after the landing, he declared the Comecon to have 'extensive refurbishment' and kill 'all corrupt bureaucrats'.

Firstly, he introduced a series of reforms done inside the Soviet Union to attain trust and appeal to other Soviet Socialist Republics. He cracked down Soviet labourers that lack of discipline and full of tardiness, putting absentee employees into arrest. He opened criticism of the Soviet Union, economically, to the public, resulting in the populace be able to share opinions about methods of solving the stagnation. He also promoted a farmer’s incentive to increase their productivity. For several years, crop productivity in the Soviet Union decline due to a series of bad management. Furthermore, irrigation in some parts of the Soviet Union was reported to be wasteful and ineffective. In almost five years, Andropov travelled throughout the Soviet Union, fixing the irrigation system that deemed prodigal. He ordered some reconstruction of the Karakum Canal, making them less porous and faster.

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Karakum Canal 1966, before the reconstruction by Andropov

Secondly, he issues a massive 'thirty-year plan' for Comecon members to improve the organization's among each other. That meant specialization on some nations. They unquestioned Romania's arable farming land, granting them the 'new breadbasket', succeeding Ukraine. In Bulgaria, Andropov exploited the nation's pseudo-liberal policies to make them the 'technology valley' of Comecon, funding more scientific projects for the Warsaw Pact's military, or the second round of Space Race between the United States. For each of the Baltic States, they given projects regarding their excelled resources, Estonia's timber and commercial market with Latvia's and Lithuania's agricultural farmlands. Poland, meanwhile, was not mentioned in any of those Comecon plans, as Andropov was uncertain of the promise it can be done with Poland after continual insurgence movements.

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Bulgarian seaside resorts, also part of the Comecon's grand strategy '30 year plan'

About the fight against the United States and France, the Soviet Union did something that predecessors haven’t had done before; become completely silent. During the first five years of Andropov’s plan, he programmed calculated political strategy, confirming their dominance in the Red Sea with Eritrea and Ethiopia. Also with a lucky Turkish Revolution in 1973. The Horn of Africa and the Bosphorus had enormous potential for the Soviet Union, to be as both market and posts for expanding the influence. Andropov has also increased relations with North Vietnam, forging ties with the Communist Party there.

Until 1979, the Soviet Union sequentially endured defensively. As problems in Poland and several key members kept emerging, Andropov paid extortionate security measures to secure the Iron Curtain. The nation was revamping its economy and foreign strategy. Called the Andropov Strengthening, the Warsaw Pact was bonded tightly, with large investments from the Soviet Union, making members more supportive of the communist nation.

The Andropov Decade occurred between 1969 and 1979. It marked the Soviet Union’s mainly absence in most of the current crisis. Thus, it manifested France as the second rival of the socialist power, both hungry and demanding of dominance. As the United States remain to confront the French Republic, the Soviet Union sat back and restructure its administration. Nicaragua and other communist movements in South America were rooted towards France, and luckily the situation there had gotten into a geopolitical stalemate, perfect for Soviet’s desires.

The Soviet Union continued its adventurous campaign in October 1979, when they backed the communist revolution in Afghanistan. Followed by an invasion, the Soviet Union succeeded in instating a friendly communist party in power, only to have radical Islamists to start conducting guerilla warfare. In Pakistan, the communist revolution did not go as planned as in Afghanistan with the US in full-front intervention about the ‘Karachi Hostage Crisis’. Fortunately, the Soviet Union finally had a ray of dawn as Jiang Qing announced the return of China into Soviet’s friendly alliance. China was the most valuable ally the Soviet Union may ever get, although Andropov was distressed with Madame Mao’s increasing cultist policies. Yet, as with China, India would also follow. By 1983, India had formally proposed joining the Comecon.

France was terrified as they lost their influence in China and also India, Indochina under Thailand’s small pact had become increasingly endangered with enemies on both fronts. As a result, France moderately pushing for both the Western and Southern Slav’s interests into France, as also reducing tensions with Germany.

The tables have turned for France, they needed to react fast. Yet, a response came first from Germany.

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Yeah, India is effectively a Chinese ally puppet
One more chapter about Europe, well you can already guess what it is about.
 
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Well Indonesia is lock in the north, west, and south now. Either we must maintain good relation with China or make peace with Australia.
We will have to see but with the cultist type stuff madame mao is doing and with australia still bitter i think it will be a hard choice
 
The Rise of Contenders Part 6: Germany Rises
Germany prepares to Roar

Germany, a nation that suffered twice in a defeat, never attested himself a slight surrender towards predestination. The Fatherland has arisen once again, trying a new mixture of democracy and monarchy, blend the old system with the new culture. Germany, once again, was back on its track. Fate has stated Germany to lost both world wars and be divide, fate now says that Germany can be the nation it has wanted for.

The Monarchial Restoration in 1964 purged all radical left; the right had already gone after the Nuremberg Trials. This monarchy resolved to lead the nation under the basis of the old legacy, times where Germany can be a chap of its own, independent, and capable of choosing its own decisions. Now all unified and restructured, the Monarchial Restoration would continue to preserve Germany rapidly. First Interim Chancellor for the Federal Kingdom, Hans Weber, proclaimed the nation to unify itself from the scars of the Cold War. It was extremely tough, considering that now Germany must also consider additional Poles from East Germany’s plot with the Soviet Union.

He, with the CDU coalition, appointed Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia as the leader. Albeit objections from the Hapsburgs family, Germany needed a strong leader, and Prussia was their greatest option. This carried repercussions all the way into New York, France and the Soviet Union demanding sanctions from the United Nations. The organization, however, had its eyes too focused on situations in Africa. They neglected what was happening in Europe. Elected King Louis Ferdinand I, providentially, declared his first directive is not trying to restore this as another German Empire, but confirming democracy of the Bundestag. That created a relief in the international media, some even giving support. In 1968, after the new German Constitution had set, Hans Weber gave his position to Gustav Heinemann as Chancellor. Gustav Heinemann opened business widely to everyone, easing up all regulations towards business. Mittelsand, Germany’s greatest contributor to growth, was also being supported indefinitely from the government. The results were amazing, Germany doubled the average economic growth for almost 10 years, what was a mortifying wasteland had returned as Europe’s most important region.

Germany, not wanting another mistake, preferred to form an economical organization, rather than all those military pact build-ups the nation has done. That has intrigued the Lowlands nations, which saw Britain unfit as their main importer. Belgium also felt graceful with Germany’s interference to protect the monarchy, they whole-heartedly accepted being inside the economic pact which formed as EA later on. Gustav Heinemann resigned of old age in 1970, his successor Kurt Georg Kiesinger continued their policies of building the economy, as also strengthening ties with all other European nations. Chancellor Gustav also noticed profitable ties with the United States, along with the new market in South East Asia. Gustav Heinemann had also determined Indonesia to be Germany’s decent trading partner, trading raw goods with processed ones along with crafty experts.

germany_1.jpg

Germany's automotive Industry

Gustav Heinemann, however, suffered massive discernment as he and his party have ignored the status of Saar for years. Belonged to France, the CDU never actually planned anything to reclaim what was rightfully German, and large portions of the population felt Gustav’s inaction as bad. His party proceeded to decline in popularity until in 1973 when the opposition leader, the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany took the government with their own coalition. Helmut Schmidt was announced the new leader of Germany, and events took a hard turn.

Instead of the usual passive mode that Germany has been developing throughout the years, Helmut Schmidt preferably tried for a more dynamic option. He revised the Constitution, making Germany officially a federation of kingdoms. He separated the government and the monarchy and even attempted to reduce monarchial already non-existent power. Yet, he needed the monarchy because of their image of a strong and stable Germany. So, he adopted another outline. The suitable elected Kings of Germany can only be decided from 5 ratified houses. A change of systems would demand the Parliament’s agreement and confidence. For better rotation better stability, King's reign would lengthen to 10 years. However, they must not be elected consecutively or not be elected after 10 years. It improved the stability of the nation, especially that Southern parts of Germany felt unfair from the Northern rulers, which caused the old Lesser German divide.

Helmut Schmidt openly confronted France about Saar and demanded to return with negotiation. France, during that time, was not eager to relent Saar, and tensions soon rose among the two nations again. Helmut Schmidt then openly announced the military to grow again, completely reverse all treaties after the Second World War. In 1980, after continuous growth, stability, and improvement. Germany was not the same as thirty years ago.

The Heart of Europe

Germany had officially surpassed France and the United Kingdom as the industrial powerhouse of Europe in 1981. France had been busy drawing tracks and roads on Africa, which proved France better in Africa. The United Kingdom had been declining since their defeat against the Indonesians. Germany was the Europeans best hope of trading partner, and most nations had already recognized that. Moreover, Germany had now increased its GDP for twice-fold, nearing a trillion dollars at the start of 1984.

Germany’s European Alliance had been Germany’s strong allies, if not last hope, against the growing communism threat East and West. Literally, Germany is surrounded on most sides, remaining Italy which currently ruled by a pro-French government. Despite the misery, Germany managed to pursue relations with the former neutral countries of Scandinavia. They joined Germany’s cause of maintaining democracy in Europe. Germany’s industry surpassed Japan by 1980, becoming the fastest growing nation in the world. Germany has improved its infrastructure accordingly. Extended highway, railway and shipway networks had been established all across the nation. The famous Rhine-Danube canal was being built for connecting ships towards the mountainous regions of Vienna. Germany’s industry also helped the other EA members, all of whom expected in one major sector.

The Netherlands became the forerunner on agriculture and hydroponics. Germany’s non-stop investment and trading for the nation had improved the Netherlands greatly. As most of the land is under the sea, the Netherlands focused on agriculture, improving productivity on limited land. Up north, Norway has established it’s the great fishing industry, becoming a prime example for maritime nations to copy, including Indonesia. In Sweden, the logging sector was thriving as well, giving wood to Germany, which had used it for building purposes.

germany_2.jpg

Norwegian Fishing Industry​

After the death of openness in British culture, pop culture had been gradually moving towards the continent. The Netherlands created a new genre of rock. Strong guitar solos, heavy distortions of the audio, and loudness crept the entire continent. Starting from the 70s, these music references slowly moved from degrading England. A small Flemish band called ‘Malmedy’ promoted ‘Liberty’, which gained popularity among Germanic song-enthusiast, and even arrived on the United States. In Germany, local beer halls introduced more singers and bands, endorsing small music business to thrive. The other genre which gained prominence after the rock-hype was neo-Jazz. This genre, similar to the original Jazz in the United States, offer a new mixture between Jazz and slow rock. Slow upbeat with sad connotations brought the Germans an impression of their history, along with the Netherlands and Belgium. A strong sense of isolated on the continent, only to have a few selected friends shielding each other. The political conditions also helped the music to thrive in Europe, and become one of the greatest hits on the continent. It also spread towards France and Comecon nations, both of those condemned this art and pursed massive control towards this genre.

A Call

In 1979, condition on China and India emerged the Soviet Union the winner against France, formulating the second round of battle with France on the lower hand. General Secretary Andropov was attacking Mitterrand dearly, nearly stealing all of France’s friends in Asia. France tries to retaliate by funding Poland and Slavic nations of Eastern Europe, to try leaving the Russian sphere. Yet, the new Comecon plan had pressured France’s plan. Both the Soviet Union and France, however, needed the central of Europe to be secure, and both of them tries to negotiate with Germany.

From 1981-1984, both France and the Soviet Union tried to appease Germany on establishing a quid-pro-quo. The Soviet Union announced its support towards Germany’s annexation of Saar if Germany wished to befriend France. While France declared a promise of Germany’s 1914 Eastern borders to appease the nation. In addition to it, both of them pushed aggressively day by day, increasing division from the German government.

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, along with King Otto V of Germany from the Hapsburgs house, decided that his matter has become increasingly cataclysmic for the nation’s stability. They kept toying Germany as a must-be partner, while not noticing Germany’s friendship with their rivals, the United States. Helmut Schmidt finally agreed with King Otto that immediate measures must be done, and it was strongly opposed them all.

germany_3.jpg

Prince Michael of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

The response of Germany towards the Soviet Union was pretty cunning. King Otto V invited Prince Michael of Hohenzollern of the Sigmaringen branch. He also invited Simeon from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which talked about the current predicament of their previous ruling nations. This angered the current government on Bulgaria and Romania, as both cause an increase in support for another monarchial restoration on these nations. Starting in 1985, King Otto V was now effectively trying to crush the Comecon. Helmut Schmidt’s another declaration to the people of Germany is they will finally convene with France regarding Saar, and possibly gaining a friendship on this long-bitter enemy.

================================​
Germany is on France's side, let's see what will France do.

Next segment we rush towards a new continent, two chapters about this same continent.
 
Germany prepares to Roar

Germany, a nation that suffered twice in a defeat, never attested himself a slight surrender towards predestination. The Fatherland has arisen once again, trying a new mixture of democracy and monarchy, blend the old system with the new culture. Germany, once again, was back on its track. Fate has stated Germany to lost both world wars and be divide, fate now says that Germany can be the nation it has wanted for.

The Monarchial Restoration in 1964 purged all radical left; the right had already gone after the Nuremberg Trials. This monarchy resolved to lead the nation under the basis of the old legacy, times where Germany can be a chap of its own, independent, and capable of choosing its own decisions. Now all unified and restructured, the Monarchial Restoration would continue to preserve Germany rapidly. First Interim Chancellor for the Federal Kingdom, Hans Weber, proclaimed the nation to unify itself from the scars of the Cold War. It was extremely tough, considering that now Germany must also consider additional Poles from East Germany’s plot with the Soviet Union.

He, with the CDU coalition, appointed Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia as the leader. Albeit objections from the Hapsburgs family, Germany needed a strong leader, and Prussia was their greatest option. This carried repercussions all the way into New York, France and the Soviet Union demanding sanctions from the United Nations. The organization, however, had its eyes too focused on situations in Africa. They neglected what was happening in Europe. Elected King Louis Ferdinand I, providentially, declared his first directive is not trying to restore this as another German Empire, but confirming democracy of the Bundestag. That created a relief in the international media, some even giving support. In 1968, after the new German Constitution had set, Hans Weber gave his position to Gustav Heinemann as Chancellor. Gustav Heinemann opened business widely to everyone, easing up all regulations towards business. Mittelsand, Germany’s greatest contributor to growth, was also being supported indefinitely from the government. The results were amazing, Germany doubled the average economic growth for almost 10 years, what was a mortifying wasteland had returned as Europe’s most important region.

Germany, not wanting another mistake, preferred to form an economical organization, rather than all those military pact build-ups the nation has done. That has intrigued the Lowlands nations, which saw Britain unfit as their main importer. Belgium also felt graceful with Germany’s interference to protect the monarchy, they whole-heartedly accepted being inside the economic pact which formed as EA later on. Gustav Heinemann resigned of old age in 1970, his successor Kurt Georg Kiesinger continued their policies of building the economy, as also strengthening ties with all other European nations. Chancellor Gustav also noticed profitable ties with the United States, along with the new market in South East Asia. Gustav Heinemann had also determined Indonesia to be Germany’s decent trading partner, trading raw goods with processed ones along with crafty experts.

View attachment 599306
Germany's automotive Industry

Gustav Heinemann, however, suffered massive discernment as he and his party have ignored the status of Saar for years. Belonged to France, the CDU never actually planned anything to reclaim what was rightfully German, and large portions of the population felt Gustav’s inaction as bad. His party proceeded to decline in popularity until in 1973 when the opposition leader, the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany took the government with their own coalition. Helmut Schmidt was announced the new leader of Germany, and events took a hard turn.

Instead of the usual passive mode that Germany has been developing throughout the years, Helmut Schmidt preferably tried for a more dynamic option. He revised the Constitution, making Germany officially a federation of kingdoms. He separated the government and the monarchy and even attempted to reduce monarchial already non-existent power. Yet, he needed the monarchy because of their image of a strong and stable Germany. So, he adopted another outline. The suitable elected Kings of Germany can only be decided from 5 ratified houses. A change of systems would demand the Parliament’s agreement and confidence. For better rotation better stability, King's reign would lengthen to 10 years. However, they must not be elected consecutively or not be elected after 10 years. It improved the stability of the nation, especially that Southern parts of Germany felt unfair from the Northern rulers, which caused the old Lesser German divide.

Helmut Schmidt openly confronted France about Saar and demanded to return with negotiation. France, during that time, was not eager to relent Saar, and tensions soon rose among the two nations again. Helmut Schmidt then openly announced the military to grow again, completely reverse all treaties after the Second World War. In 1980, after continuous growth, stability, and improvement. Germany was not the same as thirty years ago.

The Heart of Europe

Germany had officially surpassed France and the United Kingdom as the industrial powerhouse of Europe in 1981. France had been busy drawing tracks and roads on Africa, which proved France better in Africa. The United Kingdom had been declining since their defeat against the Indonesians. Germany was the Europeans best hope of trading partner, and most nations had already recognized that. Moreover, Germany had now increased its GDP for twice-fold, nearing a trillion dollars at the start of 1984.

Germany’s European Alliance had been Germany’s strong allies, if not last hope, against the growing communism threat East and West. Literally, Germany is surrounded on most sides, remaining Italy which currently ruled by a pro-French government. Despite the misery, Germany managed to pursue relations with the former neutral countries of Scandinavia. They joined Germany’s cause of maintaining democracy in Europe. Germany’s industry surpassed Japan by 1980, becoming the fastest growing nation in the world. Germany has improved its infrastructure accordingly. Extended highway, railway and shipway networks had been established all across the nation. The famous Rhine-Danube canal was being built for connecting ships towards the mountainous regions of Vienna. Germany’s industry also helped the other EA members, all of whom expected in one major sector.

The Netherlands became the forerunner on agriculture and hydroponics. Germany’s non-stop investment and trading for the nation had improved the Netherlands greatly. As most of the land is under the sea, the Netherlands focused on agriculture, improving productivity on limited land. Up north, Norway has established it’s the great fishing industry, becoming a prime example for maritime nations to copy, including Indonesia. In Sweden, the logging sector was thriving as well, giving wood to Germany, which had used it for building purposes.

View attachment 599305
Norwegian Fishing Industry​

After the death of openness in British culture, pop culture had been gradually moving towards the continent. The Netherlands created a new genre of rock. Strong guitar solos, heavy distortions of the audio, and loudness crept the entire continent. Starting from the 70s, these music references slowly moved from degrading England. A small Flemish band called ‘Malmedy’ promoted ‘Liberty’, which gained popularity among Germanic song-enthusiast, and even arrived on the United States. In Germany, local beer halls introduced more singers and bands, endorsing small music business to thrive. The other genre which gained prominence after the rock-hype was neo-Jazz. This genre, similar to the original Jazz in the United States, offer a new mixture between Jazz and slow rock. Slow upbeat with sad connotations brought the Germans an impression of their history, along with the Netherlands and Belgium. A strong sense of isolated on the continent, only to have a few selected friends shielding each other. The political conditions also helped the music to thrive in Europe, and become one of the greatest hits on the continent. It also spread towards France and Comecon nations, both of those condemned this art and pursed massive control towards this genre.

A Call

In 1979, condition on China and India emerged the Soviet Union the winner against France, formulating the second round of battle with France on the lower hand. General Secretary Andropov was attacking Mitterrand dearly, nearly stealing all of France’s friends in Asia. France tries to retaliate by funding Poland and Slavic nations of Eastern Europe, to try leaving the Russian sphere. Yet, the new Comecon plan had pressured France’s plan. Both the Soviet Union and France, however, needed the central of Europe to be secure, and both of them tries to negotiate with Germany.

From 1981-1984, both France and the Soviet Union tried to appease Germany on establishing a quid-pro-quo. The Soviet Union announced its support towards Germany’s annexation of Saar if Germany wished to befriend France. While France declared a promise of Germany’s 1914 Eastern borders to appease the nation. In addition to it, both of them pushed aggressively day by day, increasing division from the German government.

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, along with King Otto V of Germany from the Hapsburgs house, decided that his matter has become increasingly cataclysmic for the nation’s stability. They kept toying Germany as a must-be partner, while not noticing Germany’s friendship with their rivals, the United States. Helmut Schmidt finally agreed with King Otto that immediate measures must be done, and it was strongly opposed them all.

View attachment 599304
Prince Michael of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

The response of Germany towards the Soviet Union was pretty cunning. King Otto V invited Prince Michael of Hohenzollern of the Sigmaringen branch. He also invited Simeon from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which talked about the current predicament of their previous ruling nations. This angered the current government on Bulgaria and Romania, as both cause an increase in support for another monarchial restoration on these nations. Starting in 1985, King Otto V was now effectively trying to crush the Comecon. Helmut Schmidt’s another declaration to the people of Germany is they will finally convene with France regarding Saar, and possibly gaining a friendship on this long-bitter enemy.

================================​
Germany is on France's side, let's see what will France do.

Next segment we rush towards a new continent, two chapters about this same continent.
So by 1914 that means that germany will be getting alasace lorainne? Or that would mean just a return of the saar region? Btw did prussia and austria have their own state in germany? I remember an alternate WW2 plan splitting germany into old kingdom border (hanover,saxony,prussia etc) does this mean they adopt the plan but instead of fracturing the nation they just make into a state? And oh also do the supporter of hapsburg abd hohenzolern clash sometine in maybe demonstration or protest?
 
Germany prepares to Roar

Germany, a nation that suffered twice in a defeat, never attested himself a slight surrender towards predestination. The Fatherland has arisen once again, trying a new mixture of democracy and monarchy, blend the old system with the new culture. Germany, once again, was back on its track. Fate has stated Germany to lost both world wars and be divide, fate now says that Germany can be the nation it has wanted for.

The Monarchial Restoration in 1964 purged all radical left; the right had already gone after the Nuremberg Trials. This monarchy resolved to lead the nation under the basis of the old legacy, times where Germany can be a chap of its own, independent, and capable of choosing its own decisions. Now all unified and restructured, the Monarchial Restoration would continue to preserve Germany rapidly. First Interim Chancellor for the Federal Kingdom, Hans Weber, proclaimed the nation to unify itself from the scars of the Cold War. It was extremely tough, considering that now Germany must also consider additional Poles from East Germany’s plot with the Soviet Union.

He, with the CDU coalition, appointed Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia as the leader. Albeit objections from the Hapsburgs family, Germany needed a strong leader, and Prussia was their greatest option. This carried repercussions all the way into New York, France and the Soviet Union demanding sanctions from the United Nations. The organization, however, had its eyes too focused on situations in Africa. They neglected what was happening in Europe. Elected King Louis Ferdinand I, providentially, declared his first directive is not trying to restore this as another German Empire, but confirming democracy of the Bundestag. That created a relief in the international media, some even giving support. In 1968, after the new German Constitution had set, Hans Weber gave his position to Gustav Heinemann as Chancellor. Gustav Heinemann opened business widely to everyone, easing up all regulations towards business. Mittelsand, Germany’s greatest contributor to growth, was also being supported indefinitely from the government. The results were amazing, Germany doubled the average economic growth for almost 10 years, what was a mortifying wasteland had returned as Europe’s most important region.

Germany, not wanting another mistake, preferred to form an economical organization, rather than all those military pact build-ups the nation has done. That has intrigued the Lowlands nations, which saw Britain unfit as their main importer. Belgium also felt graceful with Germany’s interference to protect the monarchy, they whole-heartedly accepted being inside the economic pact which formed as EA later on. Gustav Heinemann resigned of old age in 1970, his successor Kurt Georg Kiesinger continued their policies of building the economy, as also strengthening ties with all other European nations. Chancellor Gustav also noticed profitable ties with the United States, along with the new market in South East Asia. Gustav Heinemann had also determined Indonesia to be Germany’s decent trading partner, trading raw goods with processed ones along with crafty experts.

View attachment 599306
Germany's automotive Industry

Gustav Heinemann, however, suffered massive discernment as he and his party have ignored the status of Saar for years. Belonged to France, the CDU never actually planned anything to reclaim what was rightfully German, and large portions of the population felt Gustav’s inaction as bad. His party proceeded to decline in popularity until in 1973 when the opposition leader, the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany took the government with their own coalition. Helmut Schmidt was announced the new leader of Germany, and events took a hard turn.

Instead of the usual passive mode that Germany has been developing throughout the years, Helmut Schmidt preferably tried for a more dynamic option. He revised the Constitution, making Germany officially a federation of kingdoms. He separated the government and the monarchy and even attempted to reduce monarchial already non-existent power. Yet, he needed the monarchy because of their image of a strong and stable Germany. So, he adopted another outline. The suitable elected Kings of Germany can only be decided from 5 ratified houses. A change of systems would demand the Parliament’s agreement and confidence. For better rotation better stability, King's reign would lengthen to 10 years. However, they must not be elected consecutively or not be elected after 10 years. It improved the stability of the nation, especially that Southern parts of Germany felt unfair from the Northern rulers, which caused the old Lesser German divide.

Helmut Schmidt openly confronted France about Saar and demanded to return with negotiation. France, during that time, was not eager to relent Saar, and tensions soon rose among the two nations again. Helmut Schmidt then openly announced the military to grow again, completely reverse all treaties after the Second World War. In 1980, after continuous growth, stability, and improvement. Germany was not the same as thirty years ago.

The Heart of Europe

Germany had officially surpassed France and the United Kingdom as the industrial powerhouse of Europe in 1981. France had been busy drawing tracks and roads on Africa, which proved France better in Africa. The United Kingdom had been declining since their defeat against the Indonesians. Germany was the Europeans best hope of trading partner, and most nations had already recognized that. Moreover, Germany had now increased its GDP for twice-fold, nearing a trillion dollars at the start of 1984.

Germany’s European Alliance had been Germany’s strong allies, if not last hope, against the growing communism threat East and West. Literally, Germany is surrounded on most sides, remaining Italy which currently ruled by a pro-French government. Despite the misery, Germany managed to pursue relations with the former neutral countries of Scandinavia. They joined Germany’s cause of maintaining democracy in Europe. Germany’s industry surpassed Japan by 1980, becoming the fastest growing nation in the world. Germany has improved its infrastructure accordingly. Extended highway, railway and shipway networks had been established all across the nation. The famous Rhine-Danube canal was being built for connecting ships towards the mountainous regions of Vienna. Germany’s industry also helped the other EA members, all of whom expected in one major sector.

The Netherlands became the forerunner on agriculture and hydroponics. Germany’s non-stop investment and trading for the nation had improved the Netherlands greatly. As most of the land is under the sea, the Netherlands focused on agriculture, improving productivity on limited land. Up north, Norway has established it’s the great fishing industry, becoming a prime example for maritime nations to copy, including Indonesia. In Sweden, the logging sector was thriving as well, giving wood to Germany, which had used it for building purposes.

View attachment 599305
Norwegian Fishing Industry​

After the death of openness in British culture, pop culture had been gradually moving towards the continent. The Netherlands created a new genre of rock. Strong guitar solos, heavy distortions of the audio, and loudness crept the entire continent. Starting from the 70s, these music references slowly moved from degrading England. A small Flemish band called ‘Malmedy’ promoted ‘Liberty’, which gained popularity among Germanic song-enthusiast, and even arrived on the United States. In Germany, local beer halls introduced more singers and bands, endorsing small music business to thrive. The other genre which gained prominence after the rock-hype was neo-Jazz. This genre, similar to the original Jazz in the United States, offer a new mixture between Jazz and slow rock. Slow upbeat with sad connotations brought the Germans an impression of their history, along with the Netherlands and Belgium. A strong sense of isolated on the continent, only to have a few selected friends shielding each other. The political conditions also helped the music to thrive in Europe, and become one of the greatest hits on the continent. It also spread towards France and Comecon nations, both of those condemned this art and pursed massive control towards this genre.

A Call

In 1979, condition on China and India emerged the Soviet Union the winner against France, formulating the second round of battle with France on the lower hand. General Secretary Andropov was attacking Mitterrand dearly, nearly stealing all of France’s friends in Asia. France tries to retaliate by funding Poland and Slavic nations of Eastern Europe, to try leaving the Russian sphere. Yet, the new Comecon plan had pressured France’s plan. Both the Soviet Union and France, however, needed the central of Europe to be secure, and both of them tries to negotiate with Germany.

From 1981-1984, both France and the Soviet Union tried to appease Germany on establishing a quid-pro-quo. The Soviet Union announced its support towards Germany’s annexation of Saar if Germany wished to befriend France. While France declared a promise of Germany’s 1914 Eastern borders to appease the nation. In addition to it, both of them pushed aggressively day by day, increasing division from the German government.

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, along with King Otto V of Germany from the Hapsburgs house, decided that his matter has become increasingly cataclysmic for the nation’s stability. They kept toying Germany as a must-be partner, while not noticing Germany’s friendship with their rivals, the United States. Helmut Schmidt finally agreed with King Otto that immediate measures must be done, and it was strongly opposed them all.

View attachment 599304
Prince Michael of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

The response of Germany towards the Soviet Union was pretty cunning. King Otto V invited Prince Michael of Hohenzollern of the Sigmaringen branch. He also invited Simeon from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which talked about the current predicament of their previous ruling nations. This angered the current government on Bulgaria and Romania, as both cause an increase in support for another monarchial restoration on these nations. Starting in 1985, King Otto V was now effectively trying to crush the Comecon. Helmut Schmidt’s another declaration to the people of Germany is they will finally convene with France regarding Saar, and possibly gaining a friendship on this long-bitter enemy.

================================​
Germany is on France's side, let's see what will France do.

Next segment we rush towards a new continent, two chapters about this same continent.
Btw can you give us what the german flag and coat of arms would look like (as in picture) because i remember you said that the coa and flag is like the 1848 version so that would mean the flag has an eagle in the upper left corner and he coa is the eagle on a shield with the flag in the back? Or maybe there was a movement to bring back the german empire flag?
 
So by 1914 that means that germany will be getting alasace lorainne? Or that would mean just a return of the saar region? Btw did prussia and austria have their own state in germany? I remember an alternate WW2 plan splitting germany into old kingdom border (hanover,saxony,prussia etc) does this mean they adopt the plan but instead of fracturing the nation they just make into a state? And oh also do the supporter of hapsburg abd hohenzolern clash sometine in maybe demonstration or protest?
I was talking about the Eastern border, that means including Silesia and Poznan. France also wanted to resolve the Saar issue.

Germany's currently under a hybrid system, elected state-president and a monarch. I was making this like 1914's Germany subdivision. But probably with Prussia divided into Hannover, Saxony, and Rhine. Some houses of former duchies, electorates and kingdoms do not wanted their lands back, and mere take the electors seat.

Tensions in Hohenzollern and Hapsburgs are rising, but curently just conpetitively fighting for the German throne. Most radicals just brought up the North-South divide, but mostly died out due to fears of a similar West-East division.

Btw can you give us what the german flag and coat of arms would look like (as in picture) because i remember you said that the coa and flag is like the 1848 version so that would mean the flag has an eagle in the upper left corner and he coa is the eagle on a shield with the flag in the back? Or maybe there was a movement to bring back the german empire flag?
I'll create an extra post about this, but basically the flag in 1848 is similar to the modern Germany version, the eagle on it is the war ensign of the Navy. The 1871 flag is also popular, but there is a growing rise of one particular flag, which is new.
 
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I was talking about the Eastern border, that means including Silesia and Poznan. France also wanted to resolve the Saar issue.

Germany's currently under a hybrid system, elected state-president and a monarch. I was making this like 1914's Germany subdivision. But probably with Prussia divided into Hannover, Saxony, and Rhine. Some houses of former duchies, electorates and kingdoms do not wanted their lands back, and mere take the electors seat.

Tensions in Hohenzollern and Hapsburgs are rising, but curently just conpetitively fighting for the German throne. Most radicals just brought up the North-South divide, but mostly died out due to fears of a similar West-East division.


I'll create an extra post about this, but basically the flag in 1848 is similar to the modern Germany version, the eagle on it is the war ensign of the Navy. The 1871 flag is also popular, but there is a growing rise of one particular flag, which is new.
Elector huh hmm this gave a holy roman empire vibes
 
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