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Something I have been working on the past two days, slightly inspired by Civilization: Beyond Earth and Cyberpunk 2020: Eurosource. The premise is a Cold War which doesn´t really end, but evolve into a regional struggle of multiple powers.
The POD begins somewhere in the 1940s/1950s, with the Allies and USSR carving up Europe a bit differently after WW2 ends in their favor. Germany is split up along the Roosevelt plan which later become three seperate zones, the Russian controlled East, the British/French West and the American South. Poland gains parts of former East Prussia, with the rest being given to Lithuania. The Cold War goes on relatively similar to OTL, only with a few changes here and there. An alternate version of the European Union is created sometime down the line, which encompasses most of Europe west of the Iron Curtain. The second big divergence point is with the USSR never fully collapsing here. Instead, the Warsaw Pact, the Baltic states and some Caucasian nations break off from it while the USSR reforms largely isolated. This happens at the beginning of the 21st Century.
It is now the year 2092, and the lingering tensions still haven´t really calmed down yet.
The Powers of Europe and it´s surroundings:
The German Federation:
Germany has reunited shortly after the Warsaw Pact collapsed in on itself. The neutral South Germany went it´s own way for a few more years until finally giving in, making Germany a whole nation again... kinda. The German Federation technically has three capitals: Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin, with the reunification still being an active process inside the country itself. Who would´ve guessed that over fifty years of seperation make it really hard to become one again? The Federation is nowadays seen as the middleman of Europe, trading with everyone available. During the Lowlands Crisis, in which parts of the Netherlands and Belgium were flooded due to rising sea levels, Germany and France occupied the region to establish some sort of control. After order had been reestablished, Germany never really let go of the Netherlands and Luxembourg, but instead integrated the remaining territory into itself, which got them kicked out of the EU. The Dutch are still very disgruntled about that, but are also happy that cities like Amsterdam were saved from destruction. That, along with the fact that many descendants now speak German, makes leaving obsolete. Even though Germany is often perceived to be three nations in one, it´s engineers still produce the finest robots and other fancy gadgets available on the market, something East-, West- and South Germans all massively take pride in.
Britain has largely isolated itself from the continent after an alternate Brexit, which resulted in Ulster leaving for Ireland down the line. Since then, they have been walling themselves off, trying to ease tensions between the Scots, Welsh and English, very similar to their spiritual German ´´brethren´´. The only difference being that the British only have one capital, London. This makes the two ´´Twin Nations´´ of Germany and Great Britain solar opposites of each other, something other Europeans often joke about. Britain is, by the end of the 21st Century, stocked with exotic weaponry secretly imported from other parts of the world, mostly from Asia. Are still a bit grumpy with Ireland, due to their ´´betrayal´´ during the alt-Brexit, but otherwise have good relations to them. Recently, the British are considering a stronger presence on the Moon and Mars, mostly to seek more glory outside of Europe.
The European Union:
Has broken apart a a few decades into the 21st Century. With Germany opting to rather be the neutral power in the middle (using it´s past connections to both East and West), some other nations also started to leave the union. Second to leave were the British, shortly followed by the (South) Italians, who didn´t want to be ruled by corrupt politicians in Paris anymore. This lead to a split of Italy, with the northern part (Padania) staying part of the EU and the southern part (Italy) joining the newly formed Mediterranean Union. This has caused a small panic in the EU itself, with members fearing a complete collapse and led to France taking even more control over the member states. By 2092, the European Union is still alive and kicking, with France keeping the entire house of cards from collapsing. New laws have allowed free travel between all member states and made the EU a lot more federalized (even more than it already was). Other prominent members are for example Belgium, with Brussels having grown so much, that it´s suburbs basically cover the entire country. Catalonia gained it´s independence on the condition that they remain part of the EU proper, something they agreed on. This still causes a bit of friction between Paris and Madrid, with some Spanish politicians even suggesting joining the Mediterranean Union, like Italy once did. Everyone knows that they will never do it... nor are they able to at this point.
Have sprung into being shortly after the Warsaw Pact collapsed. Instead of joining the wealthy European Union, these countries rather formed their own small group to protect themselves against the ´´aggressive Russians´´. Indeed, Visegrad´s main objective is to serve as a protection against the Eurasians, with many former Warsaw Pact members joining the alliance immediatly (fearing invasion or even nuclear annhilation). Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary used to make up the inner circle for a good amount of time, but nowadays everyone mostly follow Poland´s lead alone. They are a very militaristic bunch, with soldiers and mechs of the Visegrad army patrolling the Eurasian border non-stop. The old city of Królewiec/Königsberg was largely rebuilt after the war and now features a bizarre mix of Polish and Prussian culture. Otherwise, the Visegrad group is really friendly with it´s neighbours, with Germany being one of their most valuable partners. Their biggest ´´enemies´´ are the European Union, which many see as their western
counterpart. The Russian puppets of Romania and Bulgaria consider joining them from time to time, but their leaders would never dare to speak against Moscow´s orders openly.
The main boogeyman of Europe... for very good reason. After the USSR reformed itself multiple times at the start of the 21st Century, multiple parties have sprung up and disappeared. With the threat of not only Ukraine, Belarus but Russia completely collapsing, some wanted more drastic measures than others to keep the country surviving. Thus the Russians retreated from Europe and isolated themselves to lick their wounds, effectively freeing their satellite states. Some parts like the Baltic and parts of the Caucasus still managed to go their own way, but the rest were able to come to a solution (or ´´forced to´´ is more like it). With the takeover of the Eurasian party sometime after the first reforms, Russia became Eurasia and supressed every independence movement that appeared over the years. With the 22nd Century slowly coming around, the Eurasians are becoming a bit bolder again, seeing another chance to ´´reclaim lost territories´´. Eurasian drones have been spotted near the Visegrad border, with many fearing that open conflict might erupt between both sides. Other than that, the Eurasians have made great efforts to venture into gene technology, colonizing Siberia, bettering their relations with the Chinese, among other things.
The Nordic Council:
The Nordic Council became a full-fledged alliance during the pseudo-´´collapse´´ of the EU. The Nordic members wanted to have a more regionalized union instead of being barely represented in the European parliament, and thus split off completely. This has worked out well for them so far, with Finland, Estonia, Iceland and Greenland becoming members of the council later on. With melting ice in Greenland, the Nordic countries actually tried to settle the region for a while, which paid out for them. The coasts of Greenland and Iceland are nowadays filled with advanced fishing ports, which contribute to the Council´s wealth. In the 2050´s Denmark, Sweden and Norway united into one country (Scandinavia), with the capital in Stockholm. The Öresund bridge between Kopenhagen and Malmö has been upgraded immensely, which now makes passage between both regions far easier. The Nordic Council is mostly pacifist and doesn´t really have an army. This leaves them in a position where they can scold every other European nation when they stock up their military budget. Were the forerunners of renewable energies for a while, but have been overtaken long ago.
The ´´Strange Man of Europe´´ has managed to keep itself in one piece all those years, mostly by giving each group more rights and being really lucky when it came to Tito´s successors. Another large factor that contributes to the nations survival is a now really strong nationalistic culture, which is prevalent in all forms of everyday life. By the 2090s, a Serbian, Croat, Slovene, Macedonian and Albanian would all consider themselves ´´Yugoslavian´´ only. This makes them eerily similar to the Eurasians and their insisting on teaching everyone the value of being ´´Eurasian´´. Yugoslavia is a good weapons manufacturer, selling off weapons to every country that needs them. Additionally, they are a great place to go if you are searching for… not so legal body augmentations. Their ´´oldest friend´´ is Eurasia, with past ties connecting both nations to a certain degree (which doesn´t go farther than trading or annual friendly training between the militaries.) With the recent tensions between Visegrad and Eurasia, Yugoslavia proclaimed it´s neutrality, never even thinking about helping out a side that could very well be a threat to themselves. Yugoslavia features beautiful aspects as well though, with Belgrade having a nostalgic feeling of the 2030s/2040s to it.
The Mediterranean Union:
From the vacancy that NATO and the US left behind, the Mediterranean Union was born sometime around the 2020s. With a motivation similar to Visegrad, these countries sought for protection against the resurfacing Russians first and foremost. Over the decades this has developed into an economic union as well though, spearheaded by Turkey due to their growing power and influence in the region. Albania and parts of North Africa joined the alliance wholeheartedly, while members like Greece, Italy and Israel joined later on. What is really baffling about the individual members is, that they mostly get along just fine nowadays. Greece and Turkey seem more like friendly rivals nowadays and Istanbul is still the largest city in Europe, welcoming people from all over the world. The Mediterranean Union´s biggest danger in recent years have been the African Union, which is seemingly growing stronger and stronger by the day. Frightful politicians in Ankara, Rome, Tunis and Athens fear the day when they themselves might become overshadowed by the African neighbours, similar to the Maghreb Union. Even then, optimists enjoy the sunny beaches the member states have to offer, littered with countless solar panels, as far the eye can see.
The Maghreb Union:
Used to be the big rival to the Mediterranean Union for a short while, even though they could never compare to the power of countries like Turkey, Italy and Israel. Still, they had a short moment of fame and even sent some astronauts to the various stations on the Moon, Mars and Orbit. Nowadays they are nothing but an appandage to the African Union however, which are growing increasingly stronger in North Africa. This has lead to heated discussions in Algeria, Morocco and Mauretania if they should just join
the African Union instead, to maybe get on their feet once again. For now, no clear answer to this debacle has been found, but the African companies fueling the Maghreb Union make eventual integration into the AU only a question of time.