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1984 and The Man in The High Castle.

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I re-uploaded one of my previous works (link:…), as I decided to make a few improvements, both in the map itself and in the backstory. A crossover between two of my favorite dystopian books: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick and Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel by George Orwell.

In 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated. He was replaced by Vice President John Garner and then John Bricker. This led to a change in the political course of the USA. The new presidents were unable to bring the United States out of the Great Depression; the state continued to adhere to the policy of isolationism. America was not ready for a new world war.

Meanwhile, tensions are rising in Europe. Germany annexed Austria, and in September 1938, by agreement with the Western countries, took the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. In 1939, using the attack on the radio station in Gleiwitz by SS officers in uniform of the Polish army as an excuse, Germany began military operations against Poland.

In 1940, using Blitzkrieg tactics, Germany invades one European country by one, leading to the fall of France and the beginning of the Battle of Britain. At the same time, in Eastern Europe, the USSR won the war with Finland, having received the Karelian Isthmus. Also, the Soviets annex the Baltic states, as well as Bessarabia and Bukovina.

In 1941, Germany seizes control of the states of the Balkan Peninsula to help Italy, which was mired in a war with Greece a year ago. In the summer of 1941, the Germans begin Operation Barbarossa, but by the winter of 1941, the offensive slows down. The Soviet Union launches a counteroffensive near Moscow. It becomes clear that the war will drag on. In December 1941, the Japanese Empire, continuing its policy of expansion in Asia, attacked the American military base at Pearl Harbor, completely destroying not only the fleet, but also the associated infrastructure. The raid came as a shock to the United States. The Allies can't do anything. Despite the resistance, the Japanese continues to expand its possessions, winning the decisive battle for Midway Atoll.

In the spring of 1942, in Europe, the Germans resume their offensive against the Soviet Union. In Africa, Rommel, together with the Italians, smashes the British army at El Alamein and goes to the Suez Canal and Palestine. Things are no better on the Eastern Front. The Germans decide to bypass Stalingrad, throwing the main forces into the Caucasus. This leads to the disastrous defeat of the Red Army at Stalingrad, which is compounded by Turkey's entry into the war on the Axis side.

In 1943, the situation continued to deteriorate. As the Wehrmacht advances in the Middle East, more and more Arab states rise up against British rule or enter the war on the Axis side. After winning the Battle of Stalingrad, the Germans launch a new offensive against Moscow, which, this time, becomes successful. Seeing the victory of its ally, Japan joins the war against the weakened USSR, starting an offensive from Manchuria to Mongolia and the Far East. The Axis powers continue to advance deep into Soviet territory. The soviets was torn apart by the war on two fronts. Realizing the impossibility of repelling the attack, the Soviet leadership decides to surrender. The Soviet Union is disintegrating, and the republics of Central Asia declare its independence. In Brest, as in March 1918, a peace treaty was signed again, but this time between the Siberian Republic and Turkestan on the one hand and the countries of the fascist bloc on the other. The territories west of the Ural ridge come under the control of the Third Reich, and the Far East becomes part of the sphere of influence of the Japanese Empire.

By 1944, the only strong Axis opponent in Eurasia was the British Empire and its dominions. Japanese forces launch an offensive into India from Burma, cutting off Kuomintang China from Allied supplies. Francoist Spain enters the war, occupying Gibraltar together with the Germans. The landing of the Allies in Africa is impossible due to the difficult situation in the Mediterranean Sea. Air raids on the British Isles resume with a vengeance compared to 1940.

January 1945. The Germans were able to create their own atomic bomb. Several of them were dropped on the two largest cities in the UK - Manchester and Liverpool. English society is shocked and frightened by the destructive power of the new weapon. Riots break out demanding peace talks with the Axis powers. May 1945 - The Germans launch Operation Sea Lion, landing in the British Isles. Churchill is killed by the explosion of a time bomb planted by the conspirators. The new Prime Minister who succeeded him, Clement Attlee, takes power and begins negotiations for an armistice.

August 1945. Potsdam hosts a conference of the "Big Three" – Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito. As a result of the negotiations, new borders in Eurasia were defined. The Third Reich and Italy confirmed that they were ready to declare war on the United States no earlier than 1947. This will be done thanks to the British Empire, which provided its territories for the war with America.

August 1947. Right on schedule, the Third Reich and Italy declare war on the United States. With the help of the British territories and some Latin American countries, the Axis invades the American continent from the East and West. A few weeks later, Washington was taken by the Wehrmacht. Several American cities were destroyed by atomic bombings, during which a new method of delivering bombs was used - V-2 ballistic missiles. The American government decides to surrender. World War II ended on September 2, 1947, eight years after its start, and killed more than 45 million people.

A year later, the Cold War begins between the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire.

For several decades, there have been no significant changes in the borders. Only Italy militarily seized the Arabian Peninsula in order to establish control over the oil reserves of the Middle East and implemented the Atlantropa project - the partial drainage of the Mediterranean Sea. Also, the operation "Tannenbaum" was carried out - the joint occupation of Switzerland by German and Italian troops, followed by its division. In 1961, neutral Sweden was occupied by the Germans and Finns. On its territory, a puppet state was formed under the rule of Germany, while Finland annexed its northern half.

In 1950, a coup took place in the Third Reich, which changed the policy of the ruling party with the establishment of the sole dictatorship of Heinrich Himmler (en. "Big Brother", de. "der Großer Bruder"). Later, the extermination of the party leaders who directly participated in the coup began.

In the mid-eighties, tensions peaked, leading to a nuclear war between the two superpowers. But, this did not mark the end of human civilization. At the end, the borders were returned to the pre-war state. The convention on the prohibition of the use of atomic weapons in open conflicts was also signed. In many places (mainly in North America), from now on, living is either impossible or dangerous to life and health.

From the same moment to the present, the two blocs (Pro-German and Pro-Japanese) are in a state of war, sluggishly proceeding on the territory of the buffer states. Mindful of the horrors of the recent war, the superpowers have refrained from major offensive operations. The purpose of this war is to maintain the image of a common enemy among the population and deliberately worsen the standard of living (a hungry person does not think).

Now, a small recap of the world situation in 2020.

The Greater German Reich and the Dependent Territories.
As of 2020, it is an empire stretching from the North Sea to the Urals, with several large colonies in Africa and the Americas. The Greater German Reich is the most powerful and influential country in the world. No state within the pro-German bloc is able to have a policy that was at odds with the policy of Berlin. Initially, the territories in the East were divided into several Reichskommissariats, however, as the Germans settled these lands and the local population decreased against the background of extermination by the colonists, the need for Reichskommissariats gradually disappeared and all the territories of the former USSR were annexed directly to Germany. The German Reich was formed in 1933, after Adolf Hitler came to power. Already in 1938, the country began a policy of expanding the living space of the German people. After the victory in the Second World War, the state acquired its modern territorial features. After the revolution (in fact, a coup) in 1950 Martin Bormann, the official successor of Adolf Hitler, who died of brain syphilis, was overthrown. In the country, the establishment of the sole dictatorship of Heinrich Himmler ("der Großer Bruder") began. The result was the extermination of all the leaders of the revolution. One of the former leaders of the coup, Joseph Goebbels, is declared the main enemy and traitor of the Greater German Reich, whom propaganda presents as the leader of the underground, seeking to overthrow the power in the state. In addition, the rewriting of history and the brainwashing of the population had such an effect that a whole generation of people grew up who do not know about the existence of Adolf Hitler and believe that only Heinrich Himmler was the only leader of the NSDAP from the time before the coup. In the apartments and houses of citizens of the Third Reich, special tracking devices (the so-called "Telescreen") are installed, which are used for propaganda. Similar technologies are used in Germany's allies, as well as in the Japanese Empire and its allied states. At the moment, the Reich is at war with another strong superpower - the Empire of Japan.

Also, in addition to the colonies, the Greater German Reich owns puppet states. These countries are not part of the Reich, but only formally. They do not have their own army and foreign policy. They are both former opponents and former allies of Germany in World War II. Full list:
1. Norway
2. Sweden (since 1961)
3. Romania (since 1973)
4. Hungary (since 1969)
5. Great Britain
6. The United States of Nazi America
7. Canada

The New Roman Empire.
In World War II, Italy was a member of the Tripartite Pact. After the establishment of Benito Mussolini's power in 1922, a course was set for the annexation of new lands and the transformation of Italy into a new Roman Empire. The state owns territories on the Balkan Peninsula, having completely absorbed and assimilated the countries of the former Yugoslavia, as well as significant territories of the former France and Britain in Africa. After the end of the Second World War, the Mediterranean Sea was partially drained as part of the Atlantropa project. In 1959, Italy invaded the Arabian Peninsula by military means, establishing a puppet regime in the occupied territory. In the mid-sixties, the Italian army occupied Bulgaria, depriving the country's independence and to install a puppet regime in its territory. At present, the New Roman Empire is only a pale shadow of its more powerful ally, following completely in line with its policies.

Like the Greater German Reich, It owns several puppet states:
1. Greece
2. Bulgaria (since 1966)
3. Egypt
4. Saudi Arabia
5. Iraq

Greater Finland.
One of the few Axis allies that was able to maintain its independence after World War II. After the victory over the Soviet Union in 1943, Finland annexed the lands of Karelia and the Kola Peninsula, the border from the Gulf of Finland to Lake Ladoga was drawn along the Neva River. After 1961, Finland received the northern part of Sweden, which became the puppet state of the Third Reich.

After the victory of General Franco Francisco in the Civil War in 1939, it was one of the most loyal countries to Germany. It entered the Second World War in 1944 and as a result received the territories of France, Great Britain and the drained lands of the Mediterranean Sea.

Turkey entered World War II after Germany's victory in the Battle of Stalingrad, launching an offensive in the Transcaucasus and provided its territories for the passage of German and Italian troops to the Middle East. After the end of the war, it received the lands of Armenia, Greece, as well as Syria and Iraq. Turkey was the cause of a dispute between Hitler and Mussolini, who saw it as part of his empire. However, the Fuhrer was able to put pressure on the Duce and defend the independence of his ally.

Throughout the Second World War, it remained neutral. However, as Germany's influence increased, it was forced to join the German Bloc, fearing an attack from Spain in Europe and Germany in the colonies. In general, the ruling regime has fascist features.

It is one of the two allies of the Great German Reich in the Middle East. After the Axis forces reached the Middle East, an uprising broke out in Iran against the Anglo-Soviet occupation forces. As a reward for its loyalty to the Axis powers, it received the lands of the former Turkmen SSR and the southern part of Armenia.

Ireland remained neutral during World War II. As a result of the Potsdam Conference, Ireland received Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man from the defeated Great Britain. At the moment it is an ally of the Greater German Reich.

The SS state of Burgundy.
The state that emerged after the Potsdam Conference on the territory of former France, with its capital in Dijon. It was founded at the request of Heinrich Himmler as a showcase for National Socialism and a "little paradise" for the SS. There is a Burgundian embassy in Berlin, and a German one in Burgundy. The state has its own army and a foreign policy. But after the revolution in 1950 there was a precedent: as a leader of the Third Reich, and Burgundy was the Heinrich Himmler that made this country is actually dependent on Germany. Owns the lands of the former Reichskommissariat of Belgium and France, with access to the North and Mediterranean Seas.

State of Gaul.
After the Potsdam Conference, Vichy France ceased to exist as a single state. Its official successor was the state of Gaul with its capital in Paris. Nevertheless, a significant part of the African colonies remained under the control of Gaul (and it even got some British Indian Ocean islands) due to the fact that in World War II France quickly surrendered to the Axis forces and the new collaborationist regime actively helped in the war with Great Britain (also, due to the fact that mainly the lands that Italy and Germany considered insignificant for themselves).

South African Union.
After the Second World War, it gained independence from the British Empire. Within the country, there is a strong division into races (Apartheid), the black population is oppressed by white colonists. It is the only sovereign territory in Africa and an ally of the German Reich on the continent.

The Confederate States of America ("The South").
It appeared on the ruins of the former United States after the Axis invasion of the North American continent. They are a totalitarian state with a racist-fascist dictatorship, which has close relations with the Greater German Reich.

It is the main ally of the Great German Reich in South America. In the Second World War, it became a jumping-off ground for the invasion of troops on the South American continent. At the end of the war, it received the lands of Bolivia, Brazil and the Falkland Islands, but was forced to transfer territories along the border with pro-Japanese Chile, creating a demilitarized zone.

The Empire of Japan and the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the Japanese Empire has pursued a policy of expanding its possessions, in order to obtain the missing resources. In 1931, taking advantage of the chaos of the Chinese Civil War, it invaded and occupied Manchuria. In 1937, after the incident on the Marco Polo Bridge, the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out. In 1940, it signed the Triple Pact with Germany and Italy, and in 1941, it entered World War II, defeating the American fleet in the Hawaiian Islands. Due to the weakness of the United States, in the shortest possible time, the Japanese Empire was able to expand its possessions, capturing New Zealand and starting a war against the USSR. Participated in the offensive against the United States, landing marines on the Aleutian and the Galapagos Islands. After the surrender of the United States it gained control of the entire Pacific Ocean, extending its influence to China, Eastern Siberia, and the West coast of North and South America. Fifteen years after the end of World War II, the coastal provinces of China, Manchuria and Indochina, Singapore, southern India, Ceylon, New Guinea, as well as numerous islands of the Pacific Ocean, Alaska and the East Coast of Canada were annexed to the Japanese metropolis. The population of these territories is assimilated by the Japanese invaders. For 2020, the Empire of Japan leads the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, which member states are its puppets. In these countries, the Japanese are the dominant nation. It is the second strongest power in the world, second only to the Great German Reich, which is in a state of sluggish war with the latter on the territory of the buffer states.

List of member states of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (puppet states of the Japanese Empire) for 2020:
1. Chukotkuo
2. State of Sakha
3. Mengjiang
4. Siberkuo
5. State of Ma
6. Republic of China (Wang Jingwei regime)
7. Tibet
8. Nepal
9. Kingdom of Sikkim
10. Bhutan
11. State of Burma
12. India (Azad Hind)
13. Siam (until 1945 - Thailand)
14. Second Philippine Republic
15. Indonesia
16. Australia (member since 1955, with a high level of autonomy)
17. New Zealand
18. Pacific States of America
19. Peru
20. Chile

Buffer states.
Several countries on the territory of Eurasia and America, declared by Japan and Germany as huge neutral zones. In the territories of these states, for the most part, there is poverty and devastation. The situation is aggravated by the constant ground and air hostilities between Japanese and German forces, as infrastructure is damaged and local governments are unable to rebuild everything.

Full list of buffer states for 2020:
1. Siberian Republic
2. Greater Turkestan
3. Afghanistan
4. Pakistan
5. Rocky Mountain States
6. Mexico
7. Ecuador
8. Brazil
9. Bolivia

Demilitarized zones.
These are the buffer zones between the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire. It arose after the US capitulation in World War II under an agreement between Germany and Japan. In these zones, the parties to the agreement are prohibited from keeping their troops, they are not subject to the sovereignty of any of the signatories. There are six of them, four in Antarctica, one in South America (between Chile and Argentina) and one in North America (between Japanese possessions in Alaska and puppet Canada).

Sources and inspirations:
1. 1984 revision map by GeneralHelghast (…)
2. [RUS] «Человек в высоком замке». Обзор «Красного Циника» by Red Cynic (…)
3. The Man in the High Castle Book Review by Whatifalthist (…)
4. Tomorrow Belongs To Me by 
Dominic Lewis (Link to the song on YouTube:…)
5. [RUS] The Man in the High Castle on Wikipedia (…)
6. [RUS] Мир Оруэлла : 1984 | Альтернативная история by История всего (…)
7. Oceania, Tis For Thee by Dominic Muldowney (
Link to the song on YouTube:…,… (no lyrics),… (female vocals))
8. [RUS] Если бы Гитлер выиграл войну ... | Альтернативная история | Человек в высоком замке by История всего (…)
9. Movie "Nineteen Eighty-four" directed by Michael Radford
10. Alternate History of WW2: Axis Victory by Orso Bartholomew (…)
11. Axis Victory After the WW2 by :iconguilhermealmeida095: (…)
12. [RUS] The book "Пять лет рядом с Гиммлером. Воспоминания личного врача. 1940-1945", chapter "Бургундское свободное государство" by Felix Kersten (…)
Base map by :iconsirkokosnuss: (…)
14. [RUS] "Человек в высоком замке" (+ new version of the world map based on the book "The Man in the High Castle") on Wikipedia (…)
15. The Man in the High Castle (+ map of the division of the United States between the Axis Powers) on Wikipedia (…)
16. [RUS] "Большой Брат" on Wikipedia (…)
17. [RUS] "Океания («1984»)" on Wikipedia (…)
18. [RUS] "Brilliant Maps (Великобритания): каким был бы мир под властью Гитлера?" (the site contains an old version of the world map according to the book "The Man in the High Castle") (…)
19. Nazi Germany vs. Empire of Japan | The Man in The High Castle by franceinanutshell (…)
20. The Man in the High Castle | "The War Room Scenes" by Andy Snowslayer (…)
21. The Man in the High Castle by RvBOMally (…)
22. The 1962 Map of the World in The Man in the High Castle on Reddit (…)
23. [RUS] Что было бы если Страны Оси выиграли 2 Мировую войну by Суверенный КирБог (…)
24. [RUS] Человек в высоком замке вики | Fandom, articles "Великий Нацистский Рейх" (…), "Генрих Гиммлер" (…)
Axis Victory (1961) by Vah-Vah (…)
26. The Man in The High Castle - How Axis Won the War by Sergio Kuhn (Note: the original version of the video with the original soundtrack by aacote01 has been removed from YouTube) (…)

Note: The author is NOT a supporter of the ideology of fascism and Nazism, everything was created for educational and entertainment purposes. The material on display does NOT implement or call for revision of the outcome of WWII.

К сожалению, раздел описание на Девиантарте ограничен по объему, поэтому, переведенного описания на русский язык не будет.
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