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* VelvetRevolution: How things play out in UsefulNote/EastGermany, Poland and Hungary: the Army refuses to fire on the protesters and instead join them.

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* VelvetRevolution: How things play out in UsefulNote/EastGermany, UsefulNotes/EastGermany, Poland and Hungary: the Army refuses to fire on the protesters and instead join them.


* BullyingADragon: After the Soviets leave China to stand alone in the Korean War and decline Chinese requests for aid, Mao Zedong, feeling betrayed by Stalin, publicity denounces him and criticizes his ideology. Needless to say, Stalin doesn't take this well and ''immediately'' declares war upon his new rival.

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* BullyingADragon: After the Soviets leave China to stand alone in the Korean War and decline Chinese requests for aid, Mao Zedong, feeling betrayed by Stalin, publicity denounces him and criticizes his ideology. Needless to say, Stalin doesn't take this well and ''immediately'' immediately declares war upon his new rival.



* DespairEventHorizon: During the Suez War, the British and French armies realize a battle in Cairo would be too costly, in terms of manpower and civilian casualties, so they decide to do the one thing the can demoralize all Egyptians: assassinate Nasser. ''It works''.

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* DespairEventHorizon: During the Suez War, the British and French armies realize a battle in Cairo would be too costly, in terms of manpower and civilian casualties, so they decide to do the one thing the can demoralize all Egyptians: assassinate Nasser. ''It works''.It works.



* TheDreaded: Even with the weak mind and body (or even ''because'' of it), Stalin terrifies the hearts of his subordinates and enemies alike. Even when Stalin is unable to function well, his minions don't dare to do anything as they fear to evoke the Vozhd's wrath, let alone discussing the potential successor to him. Ignatiev and Khrushchev learned it the hard way.

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* TheDreaded: Even with the weak mind and body (or even ''because'' because of it), Stalin terrifies the hearts of his subordinates and enemies alike. Even when Stalin is unable to function well, his minions don't dare to do anything as they fear to evoke the Vozhd's wrath, let alone discussing the potential successor to him. Ignatiev and Khrushchev learned it the hard way.



** Then the Soviets brutally subject the Chechens to another during the Soviet Civil War. ''ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND'' Chechens from the city of Grozny are massacred in a particularly brutal manner.

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** Then the Soviets brutally subject the Chechens to another during the Soviet Civil War. ''ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND'' One hundred thousand Chechens from the city of Grozny are massacred in a particularly brutal manner.



* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Some chapters that contain [[WhamEpisode Wham Episodes]] are named after the Literature/BookOfRevelation. For example, chapter named "A Great Star Named Wormwood" describes the first nuclear strikes on China while a chapter named "The First Woe" marks the beginning of the Sino-Soviet war. Also, the first chapter of the timeline is named "Alpha and Omega''.

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Some chapters that contain [[WhamEpisode Wham Episodes]] are named after the Literature/BookOfRevelation. For example, chapter named "A Great Star Named Wormwood" describes the first nuclear strikes on China while a chapter named "The First Woe" marks the beginning of the Sino-Soviet war. Also, the first chapter of the timeline is named "Alpha and Omega''.Omega".



** Broken. Eisenhower uses nuclear missiles on several Chinese cities after Stalin's intransigence prevents a peaceful resolution of the Korean war. During the Sino-Soviet War, Stalin unleashes a hydrogen bomb on Beijing, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill and then another just a few miles to the North]]. ''And then'', in April 1958, he bombs '''[[UpToEleven four]]''' more Chinese cities, killing millions more people, just so he can kill Mao.

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** Broken. Eisenhower uses nuclear missiles on several Chinese cities after Stalin's intransigence prevents a peaceful resolution of the Korean war. During the Sino-Soviet War, Stalin unleashes a hydrogen bomb on Beijing, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill and then another just a few miles to the North]]. ''And then'', And then, in April 1958, he bombs '''[[UpToEleven four]]''' four more Chinese cities, killing millions more people, just so he can kill Mao.



** Subverted later during the Second Russian Civil War, when the Stalingrad Government practically loses its sanity. The Soviets launch a new campaign of terror (which includes shooting ''any'' Jew on sight), commit genocide on Chechens and ''de-facto'' commit ethnic cleansing of the deported people in Central Asia.

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** Subverted later during the Second Russian Civil War, when the Stalingrad Government practically loses its sanity. The Soviets launch a new campaign of terror (which includes shooting ''any'' any Jew on sight), commit genocide on Chechens and ''de-facto'' de-facto commit ethnic cleansing of the deported people in Central Asia.



** Averted with the TropeNamer (see above).

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** Averted with the TropeNamer (see above).who is the US President.



* RussianGuySuffersMost: Not only Soviet Union faces ''another'' [[ThePurge Great Purge]], but the inefficient Soviet economic policy results in decline of the Soviet economy and living standarts, and, consequently, in the bloody Second Russian Civil War. Said war becomes even more devastating after nuclear weaponry came in use. RedChina, however, doesn't get it better after being nuked, invaded by one of its former communist allies and suffering from a serious bio-chemical attack.

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* RussianGuySuffersMost: Not only Soviet Union faces ''another'' another [[ThePurge Great Purge]], but the inefficient Soviet economic policy results in decline of the Soviet economy and living standarts, and, consequently, in the bloody Second Russian Civil War. Said war becomes even more devastating after nuclear weaponry came in use. RedChina, however, doesn't get it better after being nuked, invaded by one of its former communist allies and suffering from a serious bio-chemical attack.



** The Sino-Soviet War and the third stage of the Chinese Civil War ''utterly'' devastate China in ways never seen before, making the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar look like a water balloon fight.

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** The Sino-Soviet War and the third stage of the Chinese Civil War ''utterly'' utterly devastate China in ways never seen before, making the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar look like a water balloon fight.


* DefiantToTheEnd: Nasser, who spends his last moments fighting off British soldiers sent to assassinate him, opening fire on them as they storm his office.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: DefiantToTheEnd:
** Georgy Zhukov's FamousLastWords are shouting the Russian insult to a picture of Stalin as he is lead to the gallows, saying that he is an abomination in the eyes of God and man.
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Nasser, who spends his last moments fighting off British soldiers sent to assassinate him, opening fire on them as they storm his office.



** Egypt becomes a poverty-stricken hellhole where 'criminals' are mutilated, tortured or executed in public on a daily basis, while women and opponents of the fundamentalist Islamic regime are subject to frequent attacks by the regime's thugs. [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil Debates even arise about]] ''[[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil reintroducing slavery.]]''
* YouMonster: Georgy Zhukov's FamousLastWords are shouting the Russian equivalent to a picture of Stalin as he is lead to the gallows. It should be noted that it is a far more serious insult in Russian than in English, as it is basically saying that someone is not simply evil, but an ''abomination in the eyes of God and man''.

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** Egypt becomes a poverty-stricken hellhole where 'criminals' are mutilated, tortured or executed in public on a daily basis, while women and opponents of the fundamentalist Islamic regime are subject to frequent attacks by the regime's thugs. [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil Debates even arise about]] ''[[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil about reintroducing slavery.]]''
slavery]].
* YouMonster: Georgy Zhukov's FamousLastWords are shouting the Russian equivalent to a picture of Stalin as he is lead to the gallows. It should be noted that it is a far more serious insult in Russian than in English, as it is basically saying that someone is not simply evil, but an ''abomination abomination in the eyes of God and man''.man.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: After seeing the horrors of Stalinism brought to their most logical conclusion, Italy's radical leftists embrace syndicalism, which rejects single-party domination in favor of worker self-management.


* HateSink: Stalin earns this designation thanks to the numerous atrocities he ordered, including outright genocide and ethnic cleansing, causing the Soviet Union to become a pariah in the eyes of the world once the Soviet Holocaust was exposed. Due to this, communism becomes a highly discredited ideology, with many leftists in the West opting to go for Syndicalism or other non-Marxist far-left ideologies.

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* HateSink: Stalin earns this designation thanks to the numerous atrocities he ordered, including outright genocide and ethnic cleansing, causing many worldwide to regard the Soviet Union to become a pariah in the eyes of the world Soviets as barbarians once the Soviet Holocaust was exposed. Due to this, communism becomes a highly discredited ideology, with many leftists in the West opting to go for Syndicalism or other non-Marxist far-left ideologies.


** While the Soviet Union under Joe Stalin is unquestionably evil, America isn't too innocent either, with Eisenhower using nuclear weapons on Chinese towns, and Nixon passing laws limiting freedom of speech for anything connected to Communism.

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** While the Soviet Union under Joe Stalin is unquestionably evil, America isn't too innocent either, with Eisenhower using nuclear weapons on Chinese towns, and Nixon passing laws limiting freedom of speech for anything connected to Communism.



* BullyingADragon: After the Soviets leave China to stand alone in the Korean War and decline Chinese requests for aid, Mao Zedong, feeling betrayed by Stalin, publicily denounces him and criticizes his ideology. Needless to say, Stalin doesn't take this well and declares war upon his new rival.
* BuriedAlive: The fate of some Soviet officals during the Second Russian Civil War.
* ChummyCommies: Due to Stalin's crimes, leftists in the West have forsaken Marxist-Leninism in favor of Syndicalism, a much more democratic and libertarian branch of socialism.

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* BullyingADragon: After the Soviets leave China to stand alone in the Korean War and decline Chinese requests for aid, Mao Zedong, feeling betrayed by Stalin, publicily publicity denounces him and criticizes his ideology. Needless to say, Stalin doesn't take this well and ''immediately'' declares war upon his new rival.
* BuriedAlive: The fate of some Soviet officals officials during the Second Russian Civil War.
* ChummyCommies: ChummyCommies:
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Due to Stalin's crimes, leftists in the West have forsaken Marxist-Leninism in favor of Syndicalism, a much more democratic and libertarian branch of socialism.



* TheDreaded: Even with the weak mind and body (or even ''because'' of it) Stalin terrifies the hearts of his subordinates and enemies alike. Even when Stalin is unable to function well, his minions don't dare to do anything as they fear to evoke the Vozhd's wrath, let alone discussing the potential successor to him. Ignatiev and Khrushchev learned it the hard way.

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* TheDreaded: Even with the weak mind and body (or even ''because'' of it) it), Stalin terrifies the hearts of his subordinates and enemies alike. Even when Stalin is unable to function well, his minions don't dare to do anything as they fear to evoke the Vozhd's wrath, let alone discussing the potential successor to him. Ignatiev and Khrushchev learned it the hard way.



** In 1960, an uprising finally breaks out in Warsaw, with people turning their homes into booby traps. While it is brutally crushed by the Red Army, and Warsaw is leveled, [[HeroicSecondWind its leaders regrouped to build a guerrilla force in the Carpathian Mountains]] Resistance continues to break out in East Germany and Hungary.

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** In 1960, an uprising finally breaks out in Warsaw, with people turning their homes into booby traps. While it is brutally crushed by the Red Army, and Warsaw is leveled, [[HeroicSecondWind its leaders regrouped to build a guerrilla force in the Carpathian Mountains]] Mountains]]. Resistance continues to break out in East Germany and Hungary.



* PrayerIsALastResort: Right before being put to death, Molotov, an outspoken atheist before, becomes so terrified with the prospect of imminent death that he asks the executioner to say a prayer. [[KickTheDog This request is denied]] [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor When Stalin heards the story, he bursts into laughter and mockingly imitates Molotov saying the Lord's Prayer)]].
* PropagandaPiece: The Soviet cinema during the last Stalin years becomes more and more filled with Anti-semitic and Sinophobic tropes. One of the most ridiculous examples of the Anti-semitic hysteria is "Wages of Blood", which depicts the struggle between the honest workers and the conspiracy of Jewish capitalists. The climax of the movie portrays the attempt to murder one of the worker's children during a blood libel ritual by the main Jewish capitalist, only to be stopped and killed by the workers. InUniverse, Creator/RogerEbert described "Wages of Blood" as "[[Film/TheBirthOfANation1915 The Birth of a Nation]] with crayons".

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* PrayerIsALastResort: Right before being put to death, Molotov, an outspoken atheist before, becomes so terrified with the prospect of imminent death that he asks the executioner to say a prayer. [[KickTheDog This request is denied]] denied]]. [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor When Stalin heards hears the story, he bursts into laughter and mockingly imitates Molotov saying the Lord's Prayer)]].
Prayer]].
* PropagandaPiece: The Soviet cinema during the last Stalin years becomes more and more filled with Anti-semitic anti-Semitic and Sinophobic tropes. One of the most ridiculous examples of the Anti-semitic anti-Semitic hysteria is "Wages of Blood", which depicts the struggle between the honest workers and the conspiracy of Jewish capitalists. The climax of the movie portrays the attempt to murder one of the worker's children during a blood libel ritual by the main Jewish capitalist, only to be stopped and killed by the workers. InUniverse, Creator/RogerEbert described "Wages of Blood" as "[[Film/TheBirthOfANation1915 The Birth of a Nation]] with crayons".



* SuddenlySignificantCity: Stalingrad becames the new Soviet capital after the rebels took Moscow.

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* SuddenlySignificantCity: Stalingrad becames became the new Soviet capital after the rebels took Moscow.



* TorchesAndPitchforks: Happens to the Soviet embassy in Hanoi, courtesy of angry Chinese refugees recovering from smallpox and sympathetic Vietnamese citizens. Ironically, Ho Chi Minh himself, who is disgusted with the USSR by that point and maintains a cordial relationship with Israel PM David Ben-Gurion, was about to kick the Soviet diplomats out, but the protesters do it for him by killing nearly all the staff and burning the embassy to the ground. Hanoi police, who despise the Soviets as much as the rest of the world, [[PassThePopcorn stand back to watch the destruction]] and only arrest the few surviving refugees when it looks like the fire will spread to other buildings, but the survivors are given extremely light sentences for arson.

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* TorchesAndPitchforks: Happens to the Soviet embassy in Hanoi, courtesy of angry Chinese refugees recovering from smallpox and sympathetic Vietnamese citizens. Ironically, Ho Chi Minh himself, who is disgusted with the USSR by that point and maintains a cordial relationship with Israel PM David Ben-Gurion, was about to kick declare the Soviet diplomats out, PersonaNonGrata, but the protesters do it for him by killing nearly all the staff and burning the embassy to the ground. Hanoi police, who despise the Soviets as much as the rest of the world, [[PassThePopcorn stand back to watch enjoy the destruction]] and only arrest the few surviving refugees when it looks like the fire will spread to other buildings, but the survivors are given extremely light sentences for arson.


* AdiposeRex: Stalin gets noticebaly fatter as his illness progresses.

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* AdiposeRex: Stalin gets noticebaly noticeably fatter as his illness progresses.



* TheDreaded: Even with the weak mind and body (or even ''because'' of it) Stalin terrifes the hearts of his subordinates and enemies alike. Even when Stalin is unable to function well, his minions don't dare to do anything as they fear to evoke the Vozhd's wrath, let alone discussing the potential successor to him. Ignatiev and Khrushchev learned it the hard way.

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* TheDreaded: Even with the weak mind and body (or even ''because'' of it) Stalin terrifes terrifies the hearts of his subordinates and enemies alike. Even when Stalin is unable to function well, his minions don't dare to do anything as they fear to evoke the Vozhd's wrath, let alone discussing the potential successor to him. Ignatiev and Khrushchev learned it the hard way.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: Semyon Budyonny, especially in comprasion with Molotov.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Semyon Budyonny, especially in comprasion comparison with Molotov.



* HateSink: Stalin earns this designation thanks to the numerous atrocities he ordered, including outright genocide and ethnic cleansing, causing the Soviet Union to become a pariah in the eyes of the world once the Soviet Holocaust was exposed. Due to this, communism becomes a highly discredited ideology, with many leftists in the West opting to go for Syndicalism or other non-Marxist far-left ideologies.



* PrayerIsALastResort: Right before being put to death, Molotov, an outspoken atheist before, becomes so terrfied with the prospect of imminent death that he asks the executioner to say a prayer. [[KickTheDog This request is denied]] [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor When Stalin heards the story, he bursts into laughter and mockingly imitates Molotov saying the Lord's Prayer)]].

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* PrayerIsALastResort: Right before being put to death, Molotov, an outspoken atheist before, becomes so terrfied terrified with the prospect of imminent death that he asks the executioner to say a prayer. [[KickTheDog This request is denied]] [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor When Stalin heards the story, he bursts into laughter and mockingly imitates Molotov saying the Lord's Prayer)]].


** Once Castro comes to power, he creates a syndicalist state, but his nationalization of American property and his socialist leanings earn him Nixon's ire. Eventually, the {{CIA}} assassinates him, and put an embargo on the Cuban economy like OTL.

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** Once Castro comes to power, he creates a syndicalist state, but his nationalization of American property and his socialist leanings earn him Nixon's ire. Eventually, the {{CIA}} UsefulNotes/{{CIA}} assassinates him, and put an embargo on the Cuban economy like OTL.


* YouMonster: Georgy Zhukov's FamousLastWords are shouting the Russian equivalent to a picture of Stalin as he is lead to the gallows.

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* YouMonster: Georgy Zhukov's FamousLastWords are shouting the Russian equivalent to a picture of Stalin as he is lead to the gallows. It should be noted that it is a far more serious insult in Russian than in English, as it is basically saying that someone is not simply evil, but an ''abomination in the eyes of God and man''.


* AlmightyJanitor: Not so much in the timeline proper, but a frequent RunningGag in the comments is that Stalin's purges are so devastating and the factional power games between his would-be successors are so vicious that when the dust settles, the only person left to take over the Soviet Union will be the Kremlin's junior janitor (his superiors, naturally, having already been shot).

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* AlmightyJanitor: Not so much in the timeline proper, but a frequent RunningGag in the comments is that Stalin's purges are so devastating and the factional power games between his would-be successors are so vicious that when the dust settles, the only person left to take over the Soviet Union will be the Kremlin's junior janitor (his superiors, (the superior janitors, naturally, having already been shot).

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* AlmightyJanitor: Not so much in the timeline proper, but a frequent RunningGag in the comments is that Stalin's purges are so devastating and the factional power games between his would-be successors are so vicious that when the dust settles, the only person left to take over the Soviet Union will be the Kremlin's junior janitor (his superiors, naturally, having already been shot).


** The international community becomes one on the whole to the Soviet Jewish community in the aftermath of the Soviet Holocaust after the failure to protect Jews during the Holocaust and failing to provide aid during the Chinese Refugee Crisis. Foreign groups and civil rights groups, alongside philanthropists, artists and ordinary citizens, raise hundreds of thousands for the Soviet Jews. In a major PetTheDog move for them both, military dictators Chiang Kai-shek and Park Chung-Hee send hundreds of Chinese and Korean volunteers to aid Jews in the refugee camps. Heartwarmingly, there's no shortage of volunteers, as many were survivors of or had lost nearly everything in the Sino-Soviet War and Korean War. Eventually, thousands of UN soldiers arrive to help protect the camps in Siberia.

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** The international community becomes one on the whole to the Soviet Jewish community in the aftermath of the Soviet Holocaust after the failure to protect Jews during the Holocaust and failing to provide aid during the Chinese Refugee Crisis. Foreign groups and civil rights groups, alongside philanthropists, artists and ordinary citizens, raise hundreds of thousands for the Soviet Jews. In a major PetTheDog move for them both, military dictators Chiang Kai-shek and Park Chung-Hee Chung-hee send hundreds of Chinese and Korean volunteers to aid Jews in the refugee camps. Heartwarmingly, there's no shortage of volunteers, as many were survivors of or had lost nearly everything in the Sino-Soviet War and Korean War. Eventually, thousands of UN soldiers arrive to help protect the camps in Siberia.


* PrayerIsALastResort: "In his final terrified moments Molotov seems to have found God, for he asked the executioner if he could say a prayer. [[KickTheDog This request was denied]] [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor (when Stalin heard the story he burst into laughter and mockingly imitated Molotov saying the Lord's Prayer)]]."

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* PrayerIsALastResort: "In his final terrified moments Molotov seems Right before being put to have found God, for death, Molotov, an outspoken atheist before, becomes so terrfied with the prospect of imminent death that he asked asks the executioner if he could to say a prayer. [[KickTheDog This request was is denied]] [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor (when When Stalin heard heards the story story, he burst bursts into laughter and mockingly imitated imitates Molotov saying the Lord's Prayer)]]."


* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Valko Chervenkov, the former leader of Communist Bulgaria, is subjected to beatings, [[ElectricTorture electric shocks]], [[{{Fingore}} peeling off fingernails]], [[TheToothHurts knocking out teeth]] and [[EyeScream had his eyes gouged out]] before being [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] by Mossad agents for his participation in the Second Holocaust. Said agents regret that they didn't think of [[CripplingCastration castrating]] him before setting him on fire.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Valko Chervenkov, the former leader of Communist Bulgaria, is subjected to beatings, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beatings]], [[ElectricTorture electric shocks]], [[{{Fingore}} peeling off fingernails]], [[TheToothHurts knocking out teeth]] and [[EyeScream had his eyes gouged out]] before being [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] by Mossad agents for his participation in the Second Holocaust. Said agents regret that they didn't think of [[CripplingCastration castrating]] him before setting him on fire.


** Once Castro comes to power, he creates a syndicalist state, but his nationalization of American property and his socialist leanings earn him Nixon's ire. Eventually, the CIA assassinates him, and put an embargo on the Cuban economy like OTL.

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** Once Castro comes to power, he creates a syndicalist state, but his nationalization of American property and his socialist leanings earn him Nixon's ire. Eventually, the CIA {{CIA}} assassinates him, and put an embargo on the Cuban economy like OTL.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Valko Chervenkov, the former leader of Communist Bulgaria, is subjected to beatings, electric shocks, peeling off fingernails, knocking out teeth and had his eyes gouged out before being burned alive by Mossad agents for his participation in the Second Holocaust. Said agents regret that they didn't think of castrating him before setting him on fire.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Valko Chervenkov, the former leader of Communist Bulgaria, is subjected to beatings, [[ElectricTorture electric shocks, shocks]], [[{{Fingore}} peeling off fingernails, fingernails]], [[TheToothHurts knocking out teeth teeth]] and [[EyeScream had his eyes gouged out out]] before being [[KillItWithFire burned alive alive]] by Mossad agents for his participation in the Second Holocaust. Said agents regret that they didn't think of castrating [[CripplingCastration castrating]] him before setting him on fire.

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