Or at least that’s what I imagine the reaction of somebody from the above timeline to hearing of the Velvet revolution would be. In this timeline, there was no Velvet revolution. During the breakup of the communist regimes, the communists in Prague managed to hold on to power. The less left-oriented Slovaks didn’t take well to this and a brief power struggle later, they declared independence. The Czechoslovak communist party had their hands full putting down uprisings in Czechia to do much about Slovakia and thus the Slovak Republic and Czech Soviet Socialist Republic were born.
It is now 2015 and east Europe is slowly turning west. Poland and Lithuania divided Kaliningrad among themselves after the dissolution of the USSR. Due to their conflict over it with Russia, EU’s expansion into east Europe has slowed. Meanwhile the peacefully-dissolved ex-Yugoslav states have a much better chance of joining the Union (Slovenia has already joined, Croatia is in the process of joining). The East German Republic didn’t see the quick fall of the Berlin wall and is instead slowly coordinating unification with west Germany and thus also the EU. Almost as if trying to prove something to their red western neighbors, the Slovaks have been riding a pro-western wave these past twenty years and with American support boast an impressive and modern army (mainly stationed on the western border with CSSR) and are on their way into the EU.
The Czechs, sourly watching the former Soviet empire collapse, crawl back into a North-Korean-esque shell from the rest of Europe. Instead, they seek closer ties with other “leftover” communist states, North Korea and Cuba. Banding together, they sign the treaty of Havana and create a cooperative “axis”. Most of the rest of the world is rather amused by these little pipsqueaks, feeling only slight distaste at their used of the name “Axis” for their alliance. How amused will they be when they find out that the three reds have been fast at work at building their own nuclear arsenal, based on reverse-engineered Soviet rockets left behind in their old bunkers in Czechia?
The header of the map says “Axis Havana-Prague-Pyongyang” and “We shall stay loyal”, a motto often used throughout Czechoslovak history.
I originally intended to post this on the 17th, the anniversery of the revolution, but school, work and generally life-issues didn’t allow me to finish it till today. So I hope you enjoy it ;)
by Kryštof Huk (SoaringAven) - 2015
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