In the early days of the Cold War, it was difficult to know what would happen if the Soviet Union won.
The Cold War was a time of great uncertainty, as the United States and the Soviet Union competed for world domination.
What would happen if the soviet union won? This question has been debated by historians for years, but we may never know for sure.
Imagine for a moment if the Soviet Union was victorious in the cold war. Imagine for a moment if communism’s sway were to extend to every corner of the globe. How would it change the world? First and foremost, though, this article needs to educate you on some history. If you want to know what the world would be like if the Soviets had won the Cold War, all you have to do is scroll down until you reach the “What if” category.
As a result of the fall of the Soviet Union, millions of individuals in that country were rendered homeless and penniless, girls were coerced into prostitution, and there was an increase in the number of criminal syndicates and gangs. They were also left helpless and in despair. There was no explanation for the agony. A whole generation’s worth of children did not come into the world. It was worse than any torment on earth. And the crooks who would later become the oligarchs swooped in to seize control of the means of production as fast as they could. Russia has never really recovered from the crisis.
Neoliberal capitalism was allowed to ravage and almost destroy the whole planet since there was no enough check or balance to prevent it. Francis Fukyama said that it was the “end of history,” and he asserted that capitalism had emerged victorious as the successful economic system.
Cuba has been deprived of its most trusted friend and sponsor. It had a hard time hanging on to life. Because to restrictions imposed by the United States and the absence of commerce with the Soviet Union, North Korea was on the verge of starvation.
The mindset of the time was characterized by phrases such as “greed is good,” “screw everyone except me,” “human nature is selfish,” and similar expressions.
If socialism had been victorious, cutting-edge technological developments such as artificial intelligence, big data, automated processes, and the Internet would have been incorporated into the socialist environment of the planned economy. These are already in use in economies which are designed privately. We refer to them as Amazon and Wal-Mart respectively. The distinction would be that the ownership would be held by the public, and not just a select group of oligarchs, who would profit from this arrangement.
All people would get fundamentals such as universal healthcare, education, and housing, as well as guaranteed employment. Other necessities would also be covered. The current level of inequality would be reduced to a tiny fraction of what it is currently.
It may have been a successful outcome. Instead, we are on track for a disaster brought on by climate change, and the United States of America is a failing state that is unable to appropriately supply clean drinking water or punish presidents who conduct coups, much alone deal with deadly pandemics. Haiti, be on the lookout: here we come!
As a result of the Soviets being the first to arrive in Berlin in May of 1945, the Nazis were forced to surrender not only to the Allies but also to the Soviets. The Berlin Blockade, which began in 1948, was the event that would set off the Cold War.
Since its foundation, the Soviet Union has been plagued by a string of power vacuums, the first of which began with the passing of Vladimir Lenin in 1924. Unfortunately, this has been the case for the USSR. But probably the most significant change occurred in 1953 with the passing of Josef Stalin, who had no designated successor at the time of his death.
Lavrenty Beria, Stalin’s most trusted adviser and the head of the Soviet Secret Police, retained power for a short time before being overthrown by more conservative Soviet leaders headed by Nikita Khrushchev. Beria had been Stalin’s chief of the Soviet Secret Police.
After the 1960s and throughout the 1970s, the Soviet Union adopted a position that was more………………………………..Conservative.
When I mention “Conservatism,” I do not mean “American Conservatism.” The conservatism that I’m referring to here is considerably different from the conservatism that is common in the United States.
The use of cash and the gap that exists between social strata are major themes in Soviet conservatism. In the case of the Soviet Union, by the 1960s and 1970s, members of the Soviet Politburo lived the high life. This meant that they lived in fancy homes (or apartments), ate at fancy restaurants, had fancy means of transportation, and went on vacation to exotic locales. Meanwhile, the people of the lower class found it difficult to feed themselves, and in some cases (especially for the poor), they basically starved to death.
In the 1980s, the Soviet Union started to see a rapid increase in the severity of its issues.
Mikhail Gorbachev was chosen to be the next Premier of the Soviet Union in 1983, and since then, he has advocated for a wide range of political changes inside the Soviet Union (very much how China today is doing).
But in 1986, huge devastation occurred in the USSR as the Nuclear Plant (now notoriously known as Chernobyl, known then as the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Station) reactor #4 violently exploded, leaving 31 dead, thousands displaced, and the nearby towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat were considered hazard zones. This event caused a great deal of public outcry and drew international attention. In the end, an assessment of the accident was performed, but the USSR did little little to aid.
In 1989, it seemed that the destiny of the USSR had been definitively decided, since Romania had mounted a successful rebellion and forced its Soviet Occupiers out of their country. This gave the impression that the USSR’s end had been predetermined.
After being divided for many decades by the two opposing ideologies of democracy and communism, the city of Berlin was brought back together in the latter part of the year in which the Berlin Wall was ultimately brought down.
The last nails in the Soviet coffin came in the shapes of the reunification of Germany and the successful secession (try saying that five times fast) of Lithuania from the USSR in 1990. As a result, the USSR eventually passed away on Christmas Day in 1991, and as a result, a new era has now dawned.
Now, this scenario is undeniably “Ridiculously Unrealistic,” seeing as how there is absolutely no possibility of the Soviets emerging victorious from the cold war. Each one has the military capability to annihilate the other one a hundred times over. On the other hand, politically speaking, the United States was one hundred times more stable than the USSR.
The USSR would have to make all of the appropriate choices, and everything would have to go well for the USSR in order for this scenario to even have a remote possibility of really taking place. In addition to this, the United States of America would need to make all of the incorrect judgments, and everything would need to go wrong for the United States of America.
Because of the extremely implausible nature of this situation, the Soviets could, of course, simply utilize a book of spells to turn things in their favor. This was already established before.
In this alternative history, President Roosevelt chose to retain the services of Henry A. Wallace as his Vice President as he sought for a record-setting fourth term in office. Let’s assume he wins once more and then dies around the same time that he did in our version; if that were to happen, then in this parallel universe, Wallace would become the President.
Now the issue is whether or not he would deploy atomic bombs on Japan. Since Wallace did not like the use of any nuclear weaponry in our reality, in this parallel universe, he would choose not to use the bombs in favor of a land invasion. This is because Wallace did not like the use of any nuclear weaponry in our reality.
Therefore, the ground invasion of Japan, also known as Operations Downfall and Coronet, has begun.
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Because of this, the conflict comes to a conclusion a few years after it did in our world’s history. The United States Military experienced a higher number of casualties than they did during the remainder of the conflict.
The Soviet Union had more success when it declared war on Japan; not only did it invade Manchuria to drive out the Japanese, but it also invaded the Korean Peninsula and even the northern regions of Japan (Northern Honshu and Hokkaido). All of these invasions were successful in driving out the Japanese. As a result of this, the whole of the Korean Peninsula is now ruled by some kind of communist regime, and Japan has been effectively divided in half.
This may (or may not) lay the setting for a conflict quite similar to what we witnessed in Korea in our reality; but, we cannot be certain of either outcome. Northern Japan is characterized by much lower temperatures and hence has a lower population density. In contrast, the situation in the United States is likely to become far more dire in this other world.
The issue at hand is, what would have place during this alternative version of the Cold War, and how would those events vary from one another?
For one thing, Wallace would most likely refuse to assist in the reconstruction of Europe in any form. In our version of events, President Truman would give his approval to what is now widely known as “The Marshal Plan” to help rebuild the war-torn landscape of Europe. Truman is convinced that if he tried to approve any kind of policy that would just upset the Soviets, it would mean that war would break out between the United States and the Soviet Union.
It didn’t help matters that he stirred up some controversy in our reality by converting to Russian Orthodox Christianity and became friendly to the Soviets. That certainly didn’t help matters.
He would also not refuse the Soviets, who would invade Persia (now known as Iran) and perhaps maybe install a Soviet puppet government in the area as well. He would do this because he would not reject the Soviets.
With this, the Soviets would tour all throughout Europe with their very own plan to reconstruct Europe, which they termed “The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance” (or CMEA for short). This plan was essentially the Soviet Union’s very own Marshal plan. Greece would be the first country to experience this, as the Soviet Union would invade Greece and begin the process of rebuilding the country (which, in our reality, was one of the reasons to commence the Marshal Plan). This would extend to other European countries like France and Italy when they established their own communist administrations, and it would eventually spread across all of Europe.
With this, Germany is reunified under a Communist Government, and Berlin, the nation’s capital, is now under the control of the Communist Party.
Back home in the United States, Wallace would come out on the losing end of the next presidential election because the majority of voters supported the idea of isolating the United States from the rest of the world. These voters would go on to choose a president who would pledge to keep the United States on its current course of isolation. As a result, the United States would revert
Even in this other reality, Stalin passed away in 1953, Beria never lost his position of power and was never forced out of it by hardline Soviets, and as a result, Khrushchev was never able to become Premier.
Even while Beria is quite similar to Khrushchev in many respects, he is far more capable of managing large-scale, high-stakes programs (given that, in our reality, he was the one in charge of the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons program).
Under Beria’s leadership, he would work on de-Stalinization, during which he would abolish the Soviet Gulags and denounce his own cult of personality. In addition, he would work to increase food production and even entertain the idea of enhancing the quality of health care provided to the general population. The Communist Party of the Soviet Union will also attempt to legislate some human rights (especially women who are wanting to be equal to their male counterparts, especially with 800,000 women that fought in World War 2 and because they too can fight and die for the Motherland, they too can get real jobs like the men and get the same kind of education as men do.)
In addition to this, the Soviet Union would establish a more robust political structure known as the “Paris Pact,” which would bring together a number of communist states located in Asia (including China and Korea).
With everything in place, the USSR would be “the” world’s superpower, while the United States of America would be isolated.
But this period of American isolation wouldn’t persist for very long. By the 1960s, the United States has come to terms with the reality that communism is spreading over the globe and has vowed to use any and all means at its disposal to thwart this development. They spread anti-communist and pro-democracy propaganda in periodicals as well as on wall posters and other public spaces. However, the situation in the US is not nearly as forward-thinking as it is in the USSR. Women’s rights are treated as a joke, and the government will only support “Traditional American Values.” Additionally, the governments in Central America are shifting further to the left politically, which is causing them to nationalize American companies, which in turn causes America to lash out. Finally, the next president the United States elects will order a massive buildup in the military to prepare troops to go to either Central America or Southeast Asia because the United States’ infamous “Red Scare” is much more prominent in those regions
The United States of America would also bring back a policy known as “anti-Catholic bias” due to the fact that in this alternative reality, many countries that were once Catholic are now socialist. The Soviet Union’s response was to try to prevent the United States from expanding their territory while at the same time minimizing the possibility of starting a nuclear war. To do this, they distributed their nuclear weapons to their nearest neighbors and allies while simultaneously condemning the United States for their involvement in illegal military operations.
The United States of America would still become involved in the Vietnam War even in this alternative reality. As a result of the United States becoming more involved in this war than they ever did in our reality, the hippie counterculture movement and anti-war demonstrations would be much more prevalent in this reality. But sadly, they would be generally disregarded by the Government, and the United States would remain engaged in the Vietnam War and/or other wars in Southeast Asia; as a result, the United States Military would be active in Vietnam and Southeast Asia for many more years in this other world.
The fight for civil rights for African-Americans would also be more difficult because African-Americans still find it more difficult to fit into a predominantly white society in the United States. This is especially true for people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, who are known to use “Civil Disobedience” to fight for the rights of African-Americans; however, the Police and some forms of the US National Guard quickly snuff out this kind of action by resorting to violent methods to do so.
Because of this, an increasing number of African-Americans are choosing to “Fight Fire with Fire” by resorting to violent methods of their own. This is especially true of African-Americans who served in the United States Military during the seemingly endless wars in either Central America or Vietnam; they bring their training to help radical African-American Militant Groups like the Black Panthers and others as a racial war begins to mount a spread across the United States, including the south, which in this alternate reality still exists
It also doesn’t help that by the 1970s, the United States’ economy is terrible and has even made some poor decisions on what nations they want to trade with, most of which are dictatorships that say they also do care for the welfare of their people, but in reality, they don’t. This is another factor that doesn’t help the situation.
Because of this, problems such as poverty, drug usage, criminal activity, and unemployment are at an all-time high, and the country is essentially helpless to stop any of these problems from occurring.
In this alternate reality, the United States is also experiencing a more severe oil crisis in the 1970s (particularly as a result of oil-rich nations in the Middle East leaning more toward favoring the Soviets). As a consequence of this, the United States is unable to effectively manage the situation, which results in the inflation of the United States dollar and makes life in the United States significantly more challenging.
Not to mention the fact that the United States Military is having a very difficult time maintaining a full staff on hand due to the fact that an increasing number of individuals are declining to enroll in the military and those who are currently serving would rather disobey their COs than follow instructions. As a result, the United States is having an increasingly difficult time winning its conflicts in Southeast Asia, Central America, and now the South over racial issues. In light of the fact that the United States of America is now under pressure to enact civil rights legislation, this has also reignited demands for the south to secede (especially in the north). The extreme African-American militant organizations are increasing in number year by year, and as a result, the southern states are now starting to consider the possibility of seceding from the union in order to better cope with the situation.
In contrast, things are quite advanced in the USSR throughout the 1960s and 1970s as they go through a period of economic liberalization. This takes place during the time period of the Cold War. By the 1980s, the USSR (which is very similar to how China is today in our reality) was only communist in name because they formed a market socialist economy. Additionally, they decided not to go to war in the middle east (such as Afghanistan) because they saw how the United States was dealing with their wars in Central America and Southeast Asia and decided not to repeat their mistakes. China is very similar to how the USSR was in the 1980s.
Also, by the 1980s, the United States of America had finally elected a President who attempted to improve the nation’s current status by improving relations with the Soviet Union. Unfortunately for the United States of America, these decisions were too little, too late as the future of the United States was already written on the wall.
The Culminations in the USSR allowed it to kind of re-organize the USSR into a brand new kind of USSR (meaning “The Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics”) by the late 1980s. This new kind of USSR allows the republic in the USSR to handle their domestic affairs, but it still ties them into the central government when it comes to matters of defense and international relations. As a result, the USSR has emerged victorious from the ashes of Stalin’s tyrannical rule to become the most powerful nation on the planet.
Yes, it’s possible that the new USSR will become a global power. However, this does not imply that life is “Easy Peasy” for the typical Soviet citizen living in the new Soviet Union. In this new USSR, you don’t have to worry about the massive executions that took place in “Stalin’s USSR,” but alas, you’re being monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anything and everything. You also don’t have to worry about being “Erased” or sent to a Gulag for criticizing the government, but it could leave you humiliated, and it would destroy your life.
In spite of this, the new Soviet Union is a preferable place to live than the United States of America, as is shown by the fact that several states in the United States are seriously contemplating seceding from the Union. First on the list would be Alaska, followed by other states like California and Texas, and even the South. This leaves the United States in ruins, and as a result, these states transform into republics, while those in the south revive the Confederate States of America. Given that the United States government does not want the country to disintegrate into another civil war (particularly given the size of the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal), it would have no option but to accept this proposal.
Now that the Cold War has officially come to a close, with the Soviet Union emerging victorious, the globe enters a new era, one in which communism and socialism rule supreme. However, this new century is not without its problems. As this alternate reality progresses into the 21st century, other communist nations (such as China) may begin to resent the new USSR because they will begin to believe that the New USSR is too soft and that a brand new leader of this communist world is required. Additionally, the new USSR would be required to deal with radical religious terrorist organizations. Additionally, South Japan is still open to the idea of reclaiming the northern section of the country.
In addition, the United States of America would make an effort to reunify any of the states that had previously broken away from the union (such as Texas and others).
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After Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, he immediately began implementing the policies of glasnost and perestroika in an effort to jumpstart the Soviet Union’s lethargic economy. The revolution that put an end to the cold war was the direct outcome of this brief taste of freedom. During the summer of that year, a coup led by staunch conservatives took place.
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At the period of the cold war, many historians believed that the Soviet Union was to blame for the beginning of the conflict, which was known as the cold war. The fact that it was well known that the Soviet Union was invading newly freed countries and trying to impose communism on those nations was one of the primary factors that irritated western powers.
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The Cold War was a time of great tension and fear between the United States and the Soviet Union. What would have happened if the Soviets had won? We may never know for sure, but it is interesting to consider what could have been. The Soviets were a powerful nation with a large army, and they may have been able to conquer the U.S. If that had happened, the world would be a very different place today. The Soviet Union may not have collapsed in 1991 if they had won the Cold War, and life as we know it might not exist. Thanks for reading!