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The Mediterranean Cold War by Silas-Coldwine The Mediterranean Cold War by Silas-Coldwine
A challenge in the AH forum (depicting a region where two opposing powers share a border) inspired this. It's essentialy a United Arab Republic wank with a POD in 1961's Syria. It can count as a redux of the 1000 battlefronts map, but it's a simplified scenario that prescinds of many of its ideas, such as the USA-Europe split and the rise of Baathism. It qualifies as an Eurowank as well, as the growing menace of the UAR greatly accelerated and thrusted Europe's integration.

The UAR's claims over Ceuta, Melilla and Israel/Palestine make those two powers, the United Arab Republic and the European Federation, irreconcilable enemies, two facing worlds around the Mediterranean.
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grisador Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2015
How USA allowed to a '''Arab '''state ? :O
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
For the same reason they ended up pursuing good relations with the People's Republic of China IOTL. With Iraq gone, the idea of a Hashemite alliance that countered the UAR was discarded, and the UAR seemed on the way of becoming a fait accompli. So the USA though that, as long as they could be kept outside the Soviet sphere and oil prices were fine, they could make the situation beneficial. IOTL there were similar considerations, even if they went nowhere, so it's not that far-fetched.
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grisador Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
Very Similiar to A Retreat.

So as long as th economy stablely continues the USA let go the Araba & Europe to whateever they do
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Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  New Deviant
Is the Federation of Sovereign Republics neutral in the Mediterranean Cold War?
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Yes. Russia hasn't swallowed well its loss of influence over Eastern Europe, and its strategic closeness to Persia and Turkey means frictions with the Arabs. It still trades extensively with both markets, though.
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bookworm2015 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
How did this situation come to be?
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Partly, due to American support. A more stable UAR in the early 60's made the Americans think of Nasserism as a lesser evil that could counter Soviet influence if played right. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel lost American favor, the latter looking towards Europe. The result is a complicated equilibrium game in which the UAR and the EF hate each other's guts, while America supports both sides and tries to keep a balance that benefits it.
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bookworm2015 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
What about the USSR? How did they become the Federation of Sovereign Republics come out of it? Does the rest of the world look any different? 
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
A reformer in the line of Gorbachev was elected general-secretary of the CPSU, but his reforms were slower and more cautious. The FSR looks like china economically, and politically is nominally a multiparty democracy, but the CPSU still rules unchallenged for all that matters.

The rest of the world looks different in leaders, alliances and trends, but much of those differences wouldn't be reflected on a political map.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Stage two of the Cold War is the best way to describe.
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yireshalom Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Like!
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Vanpolymer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Turkey, in some years will be splitted, Istanbul will become Konstantinopolis again, and invaders will return to Mongolia where they came from
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3D4D Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Good!!!
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Sucks for Turkey, between the two and not supported by either.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Most alternate histories have a single point in their past where those worlds diverged from our own. What was that point for this timeline?
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
The 1961 Syrian coup that detached Syria from the UAR was averted.
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting to see Britian and Cyprus both in pink, and for Britain to leave the European Federation the same year Albania, Bulgaria and Romania enters. It is true us Brits are uncomfortable with the expansion of the EU, and the lower paid workers coming into UK, when we have not got the back up to support this population growth
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
And also to keep the UK in the EF. British euroskepticism is a bit cliched.
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes indeed it is. I just and be delicate about the matter to state my thoughts without aiming for text conflict
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I finally decided to make Cyprus independent, it makes more sense.
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh okay. I was just thinking that maybe British did not give independence to Cyprus, or some how Cyprus changed their minds, and asked for intergration and made/divided into british counties.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
It also looks as though Iran got a Soviet makeover and that the Brits left the EF...as to be expected. ;)
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