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Turkish Republic of Thrace, 1995 by xpnck Turkish Republic of Thrace, 1995 by xpnck
In the waning days of the Second World War, an emboldened Soviet Union, armed with illegitimate claims on Turkish territory and the zeal of having just "liberated" the entire Balkan Peninsula, invaded Turkey. With the rest of the Allies too focused on the war on Germany to intervene, battle-hardened Soviet troops pushed back the unsuspecting Turkish military and quickly made their way to the European side of Istanbul, with the rest of European Turkey soon to follow.

Soviet collaborators declared this occupied region the "People's Republic of Thrace", signing the Warsaw Pact and acting as a Soviet Puppet state for the entire length of the Cold War.

The fall of Communism was experienced in Thrace as well, and in 1990 a new constitution was written, changing the country's name to the Turkish Republic of Thrace, mirroring the name given to Northern Cyprus.

During the Soviet era, attempts were made to convince the population of a unique Thracian identity, using historical figures such as Spartacus and Emperor Justinian as examples of Thracian heroes. These attempts ultimately failed and Thrace is expected to hold a referendum on reunifying with Turkey before the turn of the millennium. 
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monterrang Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
make them join the eu!
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018
Awesome work ! :nod:
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kosmas-j Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
Well, Soviets can have the Greek Partisans and CPG relocated to this area, and established a Greek-dominated government a la Cyprus.
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mr-nugg Featured By Owner May 8, 2018
Wasn’t Thrace historically meant to be further north into the Balkans?
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xpnck Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thrace is a region that extends from central Bulgaria, to the Greek region of West Thrace, to Istanbul. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrace
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mr-nugg Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
Huh alright fair enough then my bad
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner May 8, 2018   Artist
I guess they invaded parts of the Kars region, too?
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xpnck Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Soviet Army was almost entirely deployed in the Eastern Front at that point. They had the numbers to overwhelm Turkey in the Balkans, but an invasion of Kars would have been a disaster.

I find myself thinking that the Turkish Straits crisis would have been a better PoD for this, honestly. Might re-write it.
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Mobiyuz Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of a sudden, I'm picturing Greece invading Turkey, occupying Thrace, and creating the "Greek Republic of Thrace", followed by decades of Greece saying "They were being oppressed by the Turks and we needed to protect them!" followed by Greece being the only country that recognizes it but both Turkey and Thrace are just tired of it and want to end the conflict.
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xpnck Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm also seeing them losing their minds that another country is claiming the name of an historically Greek territory and using symbols from that region a la Macedonia.
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Mobiyuz Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Greece is like that person online that claims anything even remotely similar to their artwork is copyright infringement and threatens to sue.
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Impllied Featured By Owner May 8, 2018
You must have the Greeks confused with the Turks. Or the Albanians, in some cases.
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Mobiyuz Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Southeastern Europe in general is a clusterfuck.
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TheKo9IsAlive Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Intresting!
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xpnck Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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