''NoSpanishCivilWarIn1936'' is an AlternateHistory ongoing timeline being published in AlternateHistoryDotCom. It is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a world where the coup that led to the civil war in Spain in July 1936 in our world never happened. While the earliest installments are focused in the alternate Spanish Republic that develops without a fratricide war, once WorldWarTwo starts the focus changes to a more global scope to explore the effects a democratic Spain fighting in the Allied side could have had.

But, of course, this is not a CounterfactualHistory exercise. Strangelove has admitted several times that RuleOfCool is a driving factor in developing the history, and it shows. NoSpanishCivilWar has been described as Troperrific, with constant parodies, {{Shout Out}}s, references, and plenty of narrative and AlternateHistory tropes or cliches being averted, subverted, or shamelessly exploited. However, the story also attempts to be as much as possible in the Hard side of the SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility, which causes some jarring effects.

In fact, it began as a project to demolish what the author saw as several cliches about Civil War era in Spain that sprang out in every AlternateHistory scenario covering the era: namely, that the Civil War would happen no matter how far back in time the divergence was, that Francisco Franco would always be its leader, and that a Republican victory would have always led to a communist dictatorship.

So the history diverges from our own by [[ForWantOfANail a seemingly minor fact]] that causes Francisco Franco to not be as decisive in his support for the rebels in the weeks leading to the military rebellion. This leads to the conspiracy being discovered by the Republican government and to its leaders being executed or exiled.

Then lots of things happen. Like the ascent of the anarchists as a credible political force, the political suicide of both fascists and communists, or Spain entering an uneasy alliance with France. Then 1939 rolls in and HilarityEnsues. Or rather, brutal destruction. It is not just WarPorn, though: more detail than usual is given to the alternate evolution of art, literature, architecture, ideologies and societies. What could happen in a world where Capitalism and Communism win WorldWarTwo only to discover that both Fascism and Anarchism still want to be heard?

Be advised, after two years since the publishing began, the story is still stuck in the spring of 1943. RealLife has interfered several times with the writing process, and updates have become more apart in time and more overdetailed. The author has stated that, since his readers are used to a certain degree of detail, he will keep it even if that means that the writing will be finished by 2020.

Can be read [[http://alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=86718 here at the AH.com forum]]

!!This work provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Facunda Martín, who goes from poor peasant to driving her own tank.
* AFatherToHisMen: The british Marshal O'Connor, who is worshipped by the soldiers that fight under him in North Africa and Iberia.
* AllohistoricalAllusion: In the Alt-Battle of the Bulge, with Patton trapped in a defensive perimeter around LeMans, he seems just as unhappy about needing to be rescued as the real life 101st Airborne and 10th Armored were during the Siege of Bastogne.
** The Allied invasion of Spain is codenamed ''Operation Sealion'', the planned (and much mocked in [=AH.com=]) Nazi invasion of Britain.
** Much like the Russians called the war against the Nazis "The Great Patriotic War" after "The Patriotic War" (fought by the Russians against Napoleon), Spain calls World War II "The Great Independence War" after "The Independence War" (the war the Spanish fought against Napoleon).
* AlternateHistory: Duh. There are parts of the thread where people from this world make up Alternate History.
* {{Anticlimax}}: Well, Madrid wasn't quite the Last Stand stronghold everyone expected.
* AlienSpaceBats: The Spanish National Football Team winning the 1938 World Cup (as admitted by the author)
** And with the recent victory of the Spanish National Football Team in the 2010 World Cup, it isn't as farfetched as before...
* AuthorAvatar: Played semi-straight, since it's one of the readers that becomes a bookwriter in the story.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The Gaitas de Durruti are esentially a Spanish homebrew equivalent of the Soviet Katyusha. Unfortunately, the state of Spanish industry does not allow them to be deployed in great quantities and their impact in battle is minimal. They're kept around only for propaganda reasons.
* {{BFG}}: The Gaitas de Durruti
* ButtMonkey: Played very straight with Italy in the first months of the war, averted once Ciano takes over.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Averted. The French toy with the idea after their mainland is overrun, but finally decide to continue the fight from Algeria.
* CoolTank: The Spanish Prim tanks [[spoiler:which are then copied by the Soviets]]
* DawnOfAnEra: Spain's involvement in Europe's conflicts marks a new era in Spanish hegemony around the world, internal unity, and prosperity.
* DisproportionateRetribution: There are hints at the Basques suffering this.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: Santiago Bernabeu pulling a Schindler. The novel "El hombre del cortijo", whose far-fetched plot echoes "The man in the High Castle" in-universe. Excerpts of Trotsky's post-Marxist work are a blink to Goldstein's book in "1984"
* {{Doorstopper}}: On the slow way to become one.
* EvilEmpire: Played straight with the Japanese and the Third Reich. Averted with the British, who essentially maintain the entire allied war effort for most of the war and arm the Spanish army, even if they despise the Spanish leadership.
* {{Expy}}: The Gaitas de Durruti are an Expy of the RL Katiushkas.
* FaceHeelTurn: Anarchists view Durruti as having done this, first by accepting to collaborate with the government, and later taking over and collaborating with the imperialist powers. Aguirre does this when he negotiates with the Nazis.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Reinhard Heydrich will menace you with torturing your family in front of you in the world's calmest and friendliest voice. All while he offers you a glass of orange juice he pressed himself.
* FinalSolution: Even worse, with the Doriotist regime in France establishing its own net of concentration camps. According to the author, the Holocaust death toll was 50% of RL. Also many Eastern European countries stay out of the war, so their Jewish communities are not targeted by the "Final Solution".
* ForWantOfANail: All of this because someone answered a letter that went unanswered in our timeline.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite a lot, including fascist Italy surviving until at least 1971, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and George Orwell being alive in the 1970s, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union still around in the 1990s, a balkanized India partitioned between trotskyites and fascists in 1982...
* FourStarBadass / HandicappedBadass / AxCrazy: Millán Astray
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: On the side of TheAlliance, we have four Republics (France, USA, Spain and Portugal), one Empire (the British Empire) and one Dictatorship (the Soviet Union). On the Axis, we have two Dictatorships (Nazi Germani and Fascist Italy) and 1 Empire (the Japanese Empire).
* HeelFaceTurn: Italy after Ciano decides to ask for an armistice with the allies. It's subverted later on, when it is revealed Ciano is himself in power as a fascist dictator, seeks to expand Italy's influence into Eastern Europe, [[spoiler: And it's strongly hinted that the Cold War will include fascism along side communism and capitalism.]]
* HumiliationConga: See Dethroning Moment of Suck
* IncrediblyLamePun: In a commentary regarding a TV series made after Millán Astray's guerilla warfare campaign, one of the soldiers in his unit is said to be his right hand, literally and metaphorically.
* InSpiteOfANail: Despite the change, the Germans still take the Sudetenland and make the Anchluss, invade Poland - thus provoking war with the Allies - then they go after France (where the war radically changes, as it takes them much more time than in RL to win), then they invade Russia and it's there where they suffer their biggest catastrophe. The Russians are taken by surprise upon the start of Operation Barbarossa despite all the warnings. However, it is hinted that by 2000 the world is much different from our own.
* LaResistance: AND HOW!
* LastStand: Franco's at Zaragoza becomes one of the best last stands ever.
* MilitaryMaverick: Enrique Líster.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Ernst Jünger in the German side; Vicente Rojo and Julio Iglesias in the Spanish side.
* OhCrap: Rommel has this reaction when the Allies land in Western Andalusia and realizes that he has finally been outsmarted.
* PragmaticVillainy: Ciano, Mussolini's son-in-law becomes Italy's Duce after Italy's armistice. He chooses to keep Italy neutral, and does not engage in a cult of personality, but he keeps Italy's government under his fascist rule, and looks to establish a sphere on influence in Greece and the Balkans.
* ProudWarriorRace: How the other allied militaries see the average Spanish and Portuguese soldiers, even if their training leaves a lot to be desired.
* PuttingOnTheReich: the collaborationist governments of Serrano in Spain and Doriot in France attempt this, with little success. Averted with [[spoiler:Aguirre's regime in the Basque Country]].
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:Fall Schwartz (the invasion of Spain)]] is a textbook example. The germans conquer their military objectives, but [[spoiler: completely fail to take Britain and Spain out of the war, and have hundreds of thousands of casualties for their effort.]]
* TheQuisling: Serrano Suńer in Spain, Doriot in France, Aguirre in the Basque Country.
** For Aguirre, it's played with. He greatly desires a Basque state, and while he does not aid the Republican Spanish forces, he does not actively collaborate with the Germans on policies such as antisemitism, and thousands of Basque Jews live through the war.
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Done lots of times. Leon Trotsky breaking with Marxism, Lister working together with Franco, Franco dying for the Republic, Millan Astray spying the Nazis, Manuel Fraga making the PSOE a viable option... not to talk about the Spanish president Buenaventura Freaking Durruti. Barry Goldwater is a different kind of libertarian in this world. Ernesto Guevara writes books about political systems.
* RuleOfCool: All the time.
* SceneryGorn: Operation Sealion, Port Moresby, the Last Stand at Zaragoza, the Battle of Lisbon... and Moscow. Oh, sweet Jesus, Moscow.
* SceneryPorn: Hints at an American-like Spanish suburbia system, the futuristic Zaragoza with the Basilica del Pilar in ruins, Facunda's house, La Manga as a virgin War Memorial, or the huge Monument to the Fallen that tyrannized Madrid's skyline, to cite some examples.
* ShoutOut:
** A scene fairly similar to the film ''Casablanca'' happens in Málaga, up to the name of the bar's owner... Ernst Jünger once points out that the second world war in Spain is essentially the Peninsular War with Nazis, anarchists and modern weaponry.
** [[spoiler:Julio Iglesias, Sr.]] is one of the medics in the Operation Sealion landings. The young waiter at Ricardo's bar in Málaga is [[spoiler:Chiquito de la Calzada]]. The [[spoiler:Izquierdo Brothers of Puerto Hurraco]] become the only survivors of the destruction of their town. [[spoiler:Santiago Bernabéu]] becomes the Spanish Oskar Schindler. [[spoiler:Creator/TomClancy]] happens to be a Spaniard named [[spoiler:Tomás Clancy Rebollo]]. The "Ché" becomes a bookwriter. The president of the Atletico de Madrid football club is some chap called [[spoiler:Juan Carlos Borbón]].
* TakeThat: Max Aub does this to Millán Astray when he attempts to recruit him.
* TheAlliance: The Allies, duh.
* UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime: Averted and subverted at the same time- Franco is worshipped as a hero in the Republic. Played straight with Ciano's regime.
* TheLoad: How the rest of the allies sees Spain sometimes.
* ThePurge: 1937 Russia (even worse than the RL one)
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified / TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Spanish communes
* The UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar: It is called No Spanish Civil War for a reason. Duh.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Played Straight
* TookALevelInBadass: Facunda Martín does this with her tank.
* TorosYFlamencos: What the Spanish revolutionary government wishes to erradicate, even if they reivindicate it during the war for propaganda reasons.
* {{Troperrific}}: Sometimes the story becomes a bit too self-conscious for its own good.
* TruthInTelevision: People in the future world prefer the accounts of Millán Astray's "adventures" in the TV series instead of the real life thing.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Moscow, Spain (Zaragoza) and Port Moresby
* UrbanWarfare: Paris, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Sevilla, and especially Lisbon and Moscow. (Though, some people think Zaragoza is only second to Moscow.)
* WarIsHell / WarIsGlorious: Both vary. The soldiers in the field think it is the first. Spanish propaganda begs to disagree.
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: the Allies, doing their best to stop the Nazi war machine (and nearly beating them in France)
* WeHaveReserves: Played straight at the beginning of the [[spoiler:battle for Moscow]], averted during the [[spoiler:New Year offensive - the Soviets really are scrapping the bottom of the barrel]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:[[invoked]] The premise of this story.