Completing my Red Alert collection here we have a map for the third game. However unlike the total craziness that was Red Alert 3, my map takes place in the same universe as the first two games. Ive combined their timelines to set up what happens in RA3. Here is a breakdown of the major A brief history of each power up to 1990.
The Former Soviet Union
After the Third World War, the Allies would not allow the CPSU to survive. Nor will the United States and European Alliance allow the Russians to reclaim their former Soviet Republics which began breaking away in the final weeks of the war. While the major cities and military infrastructure is occupied a new government is created for the Russian people. Incorporating elements of socialism but with a democratic state (much in the shape of European socialism) the new government finds itself faced with a tough task managing the chaos from leaving communism behind.
Russias armed forces are a much reduced shadow of themselves. While large they no longer pose a threat to its neighbors. Much of the new Russian Army is deployed internally to keep order. The Russians are fearful of territorial grabs by the new nations that boarder it along with Imperial Japan in the east. However Allied assistance both economic and military helps keep Russia stable.
By the mid 1980s the huge natural resources of Siberia (oil and mineral) begin to be tapped. These bring huge influxes of money which Moscow can use. The Russian peoples lives begin to improve as more of the natural resources revenue is spent on improving the infrastructure, environment, and government. By 1983 the last Allied troops have departed and Russia has full sovereignty.
Ukraine and Belarus succeeded from the USSR as the Allies advanced on Moscow. As the CPSU collapsed the two nations sought the chance to break free. Following the war they formed new governments and made strong ties to the European Alliance. By the 1990s both nations have acceptable relationships with Moscow and are attempting to join the European Alliance. (Their borders are different from OTL due to the lost of territory to Poland following Red Alert) In central Asia the former Soviet Republics form new Islamic based governments. Unlike the men Tehran, the Islamic Union has peaceful relations with its neighbors and the Allies. The IU however does not have good relations with Iran.
Of all the nations that fought World War III the Europeans benefited the most. While America suffered from the Soviet invasion and then the USSR from the Allied counteroffensive, Europe for the most part came out unscathed. Her defense industries made huge profits from supplying the USA with weapons during the first year of the war then had the added bonus of equipping their own nations when the Alliance declared war on the Soviet Union. The European militaries performed well in the Mediterranean theater, Middle East, and the invasion of European Russia.
The occupation and rebuilding of Russia was not popular among the masses in Europe but the effort did employ thousands and aided the economy. Excellent ties were established with the former Soviet Republics and the Alliance was expanded. Turkey, Finland, and Baltic States all join the European Alliance in the early 1980s. The Alliance uses these new partners to establish economic contracts with the new Russian government. These contacts eventually lead to the agreement to build several new natural gas and oil pipelines from Russia to Europe. With a friendly government in Moscow, the European leaders see these pipelines as a stable supply of energy. Based on events in the Middle East, the oil flow from that region is too unstable. The pipelines begin construction in 1985 and are nearly complete by 1990.
One area in which the Europeans do downgrade is their military. With a secure border to the east and a partner in the Russian government much of the military industrial complex build to defend against the Soviet Union is cut back. While still maintain impressive militaries the power projection and size of the European Alliances forces are much reduced. Responding to a large scale crisis outside Europe is no longer possible by the Alliance without American assistance.
United States, Central America, and South America
For the first time since the War of 1812 a foreign army had occupied parts of the continental United States. The war against the Soviets saw damage to many parts of the country including the nuclear attack on Chicago. Much of the internal focus of Washington following the Third World War is on rebuilding. A huge campaign larger than FDRs New Deal begins and starts reconstruction. On top of the internal rebuilding the USA is also helping Cuba and Mexico form new governments. It takes much of the 1980s for the U.S. to get back on its feet.
Despite having to spend huge sums of money internally, Americans are keen to keep a strong military as well. While some cuts in the armed forces occur, the U.S. still retains strong power projection and strike abilities. Now that the Russians are out of the world domination business much of the Defense Departments planning focuses on the Empire of Japan. Additional fighter squadrons, air bases, and naval patrols are established in the Pacific. The U.S. also assists the Philippines in strengthening their own armed forces.
Mexico makes a smoother transition from communist government to democratic system. The short lived communist regime gained little love from the Mexican people. Most of the problems in the country stem from war damage and economic troubles. The USA and Europeans help out but Mexico still has problems, including a growing drug problem by the 1990s. Cuba has more trouble in trying to recover from the legacy of Fidel. It takes several years for a stable government to take hold. In Central America the former communist states created in the wave of revolution during the 1960s fail sometimes peacefully other times violently. Communist or fascist guerrillas continue to be a problem into the 1990s.
South America benefited from the war. Agricultural products and supplies of raw materials were sent to both the USA and Europeans. Various nations used new the investment to deal with social and infrastructure problems. Argentina and Britain work out a deal over the Falkland Islands that will see them returned to Argentinean their sovereignty following the Millennium. Venezuela however begins to become a problem in the region. Following a military take over the country buys surplus Soviet weapons and equipment. It also makes threatening moves against Columbia. Attempting to cut back the power of the drug lord, Columbia seeks U.S. assistance to counter Venezuelan threats. America responds by training Columbian troops and providing new equipment for the Columbian military. Venezuela turns to unfriendly nations to further its own power in the region.
The Middle East / Africa
With the lost of the World Socialist Alliance, Iraq, Syria, and other Soviet allies are lose a major support of arms and money. Some of these states like Syria move to have more acceptable ties with the Western powers, others like Iraq don’t. A war breaks out between Iraq and Iran in 1983. It lasts two years with neither side able to defeat the other. Iraq retains a number of advance Soviet weapon systems while Iran has a manpower advantage and receives covert assistance from the Japanese Empire. Eventually the war escalates and super-tankers fall under attack by Iraqi and Iranian forces. Saudi Arabia requests American/European intervention. Working under a UN mandate the EA/USA naval force in the Gulf protects the tankers and hits the Iranians and Iraqis with punitive air strikes. Iraq remains a problem along with Iran who is allied with the Empire of Japan. Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states are pushed deeper into the American/European sphere of influence. New U.S bases are built in Saudi, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
Africa remains stable. Libya and Algeria have new governments. Both WSA members were attacked and invaded during the Third World War. Following the peace new governments were established. By the mid 1980s they had stabilized and the majority of European forces had pulled out. Egypt establishes good relations with the two former enemies. Under increasing international pressure South African apartheid comes to an end. New elections and a government take hold in Pretoria.
India and Pakistani go to war in 1980 following the collapse of the World Socialist Alliance. Hoping to use the lost of its major supporter the Indian Army attempts to take the Kashmir region. Several weeks of conventional conflict ends in a UN mediated ceasefire. The Islamic Union attempts to bring Pakistan into their alliance but as of 1990 the talks are slow. Southeast Asia continues to develop building upon its maritime trade routes and ability to offer cheap labor. Malaysia and Thailand work on building up their militaries and modernizing them. Australia too strengthens its armed forces with American and European equipments in response to the Empire of Japan.
China after years of internal turmoil and recovery begins an economic revolution in the late 1980s. A stable democratic system is finally in place at the same time after years of corrupt regimes and military coups. China forms strong ties with both Southeast Asia and the Russian Republic. Former Soviet designers and weapon bureaus offset their limited contracts by selling arms to China. By the 1990s the first of these higher tech weapons begin to enter service with the ROCA.
The Empire of Japan
Japan under Emperor Yoshiro wishes to be a true superpower on par with that of the United States and European Alliance. At the very least Yoshiro believes that it is Japan’s destiny to have domination over the entire Pacific. Continued expansion by Japan occurs in the 80s with the Empire absorbing Mongolia following the Soviet state’s collapse. This latest expansion of Japanese territory following the absorbing of the former French Indo-China and Dutch East Indies in the 1960s, is frowned upon in Washington. Combined with Japanese neutrality during the Third World War the Empire is not on Washington’s friends list.
During the 1980s the United States begins making security agreements with various Asian nations. Particular attention is paid to China, Australia, and the Philippines. Each is valued for their strategic locations and resources. While China turns to Russia for military assistance, Australia and the Philippines value U.S. military experience and technology. American advisors and arms sales increase in both countries. In response the Empire continues to expand and improves its own bases and equipment.
Japan begins modernization programs in its naval and ground forces. The number of big gunned ships begins to be withdrawn from service replaced by new missile cruisers and other guided missile ships which had proved their ability in the Allied and Soviet navies during World War III (the Shogun battleships are kept as fleet command vessels and upgraded). The Imperial Army also receives new equipment incorporating the lessons of the last World War. IJA trains in new combined arms warfare tactics especially using armor formations.
The new Japanese training and doctrine comes from a renewed interest in Siberia. Ever since the 1940s and the Second World War, the Empire had eyes on Russia’s Far East. New discoveries of oil and other resources in the tundra and forests cause many inside the Japanese government and the Emperor to consider what it would take to secure these resources. As a result the Kutwang Army in Mongolia begins a restructuring with new armored and mechanized formations. Air bases and rail lines are also constructed in the northern parts of the Empire and Mongolia. Russia and the United States watch these new deployments with interest. It leads to secret talks between the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Pentagon about security in the Far East.
Japan’s search for more resources leads to new alliances in the Middle East. Members of the Imperial military begin making contacts with the Iranian armed forces. In exchange for high technology weapons and investments in the country, the Japanese receive Iranian oil. This new long trade route to the Middle East leads to an increased Japanese naval presence in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. It is not unsual for the aircraft carriers of the Combined Fleet to be in Indian Ocean training and engaging in playful activity with the USN Indian Ocean groups.