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The Vengeance of Valkyries by lamnay The Vengeance of Valkyries by lamnay
Time for a reboot.


During WW2 two operations had different outcomes. Operation Vengeance, the American assassination of Isoroku Yamamoto failed, and Operation Valkyrie succeed in killing Hitler.
These events changed the course of the war drastically and by 1945 Japan and the German Republic were fighting with the Allies against the Soviet Union and Himmler's Third Reich meaning neither Germany nor Japan was entirely dissembled and rebuilt by the Allies.

With the war continuing the conservatives won a marginal victory in the 1945 general election and Churchill remained in power.
Churchill also reluctantly oversaw the start of decolonization, a somewhat more gradual process than in our timeline with Britain refusing to leave a state until stability could be assured. This occasionally lead to violence, as it did in India in 1948 where Muslims and Hindu Nationalists clashed, and in the same year in Palestine where Arabs and Jews fought.
In India many Anglo-Indians, Sikhs, Christians and others who preferred the Raj left for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which were retained by Britain as an overseas territory, after Hong Kong was returned to the Republic of China, Port Blair became the Royal Navy's main naval base east of Suez.

Both Britain and France maintains better relations with their most of former colonies, with most of former British Empire remaining Commonwealth Realms and while on their own they are not super powers, with the French Union and Commonwealth of Nations behind them they can give the USSR and USA a run for their money.

In Malaya and Indochina Communism posed a major threat into the 1950's until stable governments could be established and the Asian Treaty Organisation formed.
Communism still continues to rear its ugly head across the world, but it could never take off in the way it did in our timeline.
Yugoslavia split with the Soviet Union early and has been very open and friendly with the west, and has created it's own modest sphere of influence.

Indonesia aggression kept West Papua and East Timur close to the Netherlands and Portugal until 2005 when the Indonesians tried to conquer Malaya, the Philippines and the aforementioned territories. After a year of intense naval warfare and major invasions and 4 years of guerilla campaigns, terrorism and the hellish trench and jungle warfare on Java, Indonesia capitulated.

The Dutch are in charge of the occupation of the Moluccas, commanding Belgian, Luxembourgish, German and Polish forces. The Portuguese command French and Italian troops in the Lesser Sunda Islands, Britain occupies Kalimantan with Malayan, Bruneian and Commonwealth African troops, Vietnam runs Sumatra with ATO troops, Sulawesi is run by the Australians with the New Zealanders and Fijians helping and the Americans occupy Java and Bali with the Canadians.

The hope is that Indonesia can be split apart into manageable independent nations, with the possibility of independence for Timur and Papua, though the Papuans seem content to remain with the Dutch.
Similar to the situation in South East Asia, Spain has kept a hold of Western Sahara and Belize has remained a British Overseas Territory because of Guatamalan hostility. Hopes are than Yugoslav agents will be able to help topple the current Soviet allied regime and introduce some nicer communists as it's become clear that the American favoured rebels are little more than drug dealers.
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great stuff here
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Thanks.
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hitler is dead? Yamamoto-sama survived? Banzai!!! :w00t:
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Indeed, he overthrew Tojo, installed Mitsumasa Yonai as Prime Minister, pulled out of Asia, gave Korea independence, conquered Sakhalin, dissembled the army and rebuilt a new one, created an independent air-force and managed to hammer out a fair treaty with the USA.
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hail to the Navy! Banzai! :w00t: :salute:
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Hurrah!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
What happened to the SS this time?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Most of the foreign units joined up with the allies, the Germans mostly stayed loyal to the Reich. Those that did join the German Republic were integrated into the Heer until the end of the war.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Makes sense.
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Very good, detailed and thoroughly well-thought timeline, I love it! So in this timeline, France and Britain have retained their superpower status along with the USA and the Soviet Union?

Also, what's the situation in Japan and South Africa? Is South Africa with its apartheid as isolated ITL as it was IOTL or has it followed a different path?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Not quite, but both are much more powerful than now. Both operate multiple nuclear powered aircraft carriers.

Japan's got a much better relationship with China and Korea than in our timeline as they voluntarily gave up them up and provided a lot of aid and reparations. The USA had less say in recreating Japan, but it's not the same Japan it was in the 30's. The army was more or taken apart and recreated from the ground up. The IJN survived though.

In South Africa Smuts stayed in power and the republic was avoided. Slowly and steadily blacks were enfranchised until they were recognised as equals.
SWE was eventually annexed by South Africa.
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Cool!

Did the Japanese ever succeed on the popular cultural front as they've done ITL?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
On and I forgot to mention both the Commonwealth and French Union were in the space race, getting men into space in 1974 and 1977 respectively. And both have long range heavy bombers.
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I see, cool! What about cultural influence?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Of the UK/Commonwealth and France/French Union?

Well pretty much as in our timeline, aside from the popularity of Southerns.

Much like westerns, but set in Southern Africa. The Boers tend to take on the role of Mexicans/Confederates after the civil war, the British take over the role of the Americans and the natives are the natives.

Imagine if Zulu was part of a whole expansive Genre.
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Cool! I'd love to watch movies like that!

And I was asking about the cultural influence of both the British and the French.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Western-ish is overall a much more popular genre. Along with tradition Westerns and Osterns there are Southerns and Northerns, set in French North Africa (Like March or Die, Legionnaire).

There are also a few Western type films set in Patigonia, Australia, and China but they are not as big. There was even two Italian films set in Libya.

Could you clarify what you mean by cultural influence?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Not quite as extensively as in OTL, but yes.
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