The End of the World as we Know it: What if the Cold War Went Nuclear? - Threadmarks

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In 1983 the world ended by accident. A Soviet submarine detected a false alarm for a nuclear first strike from the USA. In our timeline Stanislav Petrov was cautious enough to not strike back, however in this timeline he takes no such caution. Nobody ever knew that it was an accident, everyone just blamed it on the other side. But time marches on, and hundreds of years later humanity rebuilds! New countries pop up! technologies are reinvented! But this all comes with a dark side, the ever present forces of nationalism and imperialism are coming back in full force. Will humanity build a better world on their second try or will they end up destroying themselves again?