This rewrite is top notch.
In the Soviet Union everyone was issued a lot of "Papers" that included identity documents and other information. One of the papers that one was issued was a ledger (the workbook) and it would be given to your employer, and a log of your employment would made and if you were to take a position somewhere else or get trained or educated in a different field you would either get your workbook back or it would be transferred to your new place of employment. For industrial laborers, there were many managers/apparatchiks attached especially to older or corrupt factories/facilities who would use control of the workbook as leverage on the workers, they could make it very difficult or near impossible to quit. They could not show up to work even, or be drunk all day, but the factory didn't want to lose the recorded employee because that would of course reduce it's priority, makes it's committee/manager/owners(communal or state) look bad and tried to have as many workers as possible.Can you elaborate with the "workbook"
Romanov would have been more interested in creating peripheral distractions for the west, like that of Gaddafi's spectacle esque foreign policy. As a result he does manage to win the Toyota War in 1986 and secures the Aouzou Strip, because the Soviets arranged for the deployment of Syrian and their own advisors as well as the sale of better military equipment. The Soviets sold the Libyans the Igla complex when the French began operating aircraft in a reverse of what occurred to them in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of several Jaguars and Mirage F-1s during the Quadi Doum airstrike. The intervention of Syrians to the helps the Libyan Army correct serious organizational problems, the Chadians end up repelled with heavy causalities at Fada. Simple aspects of modern war like artillery combined arms coordination, and improvisation (seeing the effectiveness of the Chadian technical and copying it by sticking ZU-23s and SPG-9s on trucks).How is Lybia affected by the changes in the Soviet Union? Do they implement some themselfs? Also in this rewriting can we get a bit more on Angola and Mozambique?
Overall I think that the most realistic outcome is further and increased integration economically on either side of the iron curtain. In the west, the Communist movement would he definitely strongly resurgent in France but even stronger in Italy. I suspect Franco-German capitalists may drift towards the unthinkable, in doing what capitalism tends to do in crisis.Are you planning for further big changes in Europe beside Yugoslavia? Maybe a seriously left-wing president comes to power in France, taking them out of NATO for good. This type of thing only becomes more realistic while the prosperity gap between the East and the West lessens.
Not to give it away for people who didn't read the original draft. But events there will definitely radicalize and embolden nationalist and far right factions. To get that far ahead, I think i might write alternate endings and leave a bit of ambiguity/choose your own ending but I haven't decided yet. We could see another oil crisis considering Soviet meddling in the middle east, but that's pure speculation. Regardless thank you that is very much appreciated!What about West Germany? Any plans for them? If the Eastern Bloc can survive until you have a crash similar to the one we had in 2008 OTL, then I believe the geopolitical situation could shift strongly enough to so that Bonn can collapse, leading to an...different reunification. Of course, this would need a much more serious economic crisis than the one we really had.
That's true, it will also have a lot to do with China, how the west develops economically as it slides into the 1992 recession. The potential for an oil crisis too.god the GFC will be a disaster for the west as the economic situation in the Warsaw pact and Ussr will help insulate them (though defo not leave them untouched. honestly if you were going to have any point of reform that would be it). it will look like to a lot of people that the Ussr was ultimately right. especially as this wasn't some problem easily fixed the GFC had been building up for decades and it wasn't a problem that people could, were or wanted to look into until it was far too late. so it will be an interesting time indeed.
I'll definitely address them, Venezuela is at a tipping point and Cuban isn't active in Angola now. But they also have a new idea to gain hard western currency and pressure Colombia.I wonder how the Soviet Union will deal with Latin America, especially with their leftist groups.
This I think so, the Soviets especially. I believe it would be a slow roll in terms of progressive recognition of rights, but I could also see them embracing it in a way to just make the west look bad.The GDR's progressive LGBTQIA+ policies could, eventually, influence other socialists States in the same direction.
I was wondering what words?The most earliest speech i was able to find by Milosevic is in 1988He completely contradicted his own words from 1989, and said that Yugoslavian socialism and Serbian nationalism were one and the same.
Considering China managed to navigate the rough waters of the GFC well, and that they are much more integrated than this USSR model, even after computers being introduced, I believe it would be realistic that the Soviets can deal with this crisis more or less unscathed.god the GFC will be a disaster for the west as the economic situation in the Warsaw pact and Ussr will help insulate them (though defo not leave them untouched. honestly if you were going to have any point of reform that would be it). it will look like to a lot of people that the Ussr was ultimately right. especially as this wasn't some problem easily fixed the GFC had been building up for decades and it wasn't a problem that people could, were or wanted to look into until it was far too late. so it will be an interesting time indeed.
Honestly yes I agree but Honestly, it's just practically the best point. But I do agree the current version of the USSR could weather the storm unscathed. If anything it's more likely internal influence is the only thing that can push this USSR to any reform. Though I would argue China survived the gfc for entirely different reasons why this USSR would.Considering China managed to navigate the rough waters of the GFC well, and that they are much more integrated than this USSR model, even after computers being introduced, I believe it would be realistic that the Soviets can deal with this crisis more or less unscathed.