Editor says, what if the Kuomintang had won the Chinese Civil War? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In August 1945, the Soviet Army established a Soviet Civil Authority to rule the northern portion of the Korean Peninsula until a domestic regime, friendly to the USSR, could be established. In 1949, a military intervention into South Korea was considered by Kim Il-sung, but failed to receive support from the Soviet Union, which had played a key role in the establishment of the country. The withdrawal of most United States forces from the South in June dramatically weakened the Southern regime and encouraged Kim Il-sung to rethink an invasion plan against the South. The idea itself was first rejected by Joseph Stalin but with the development of Soviet nuclear weapons, Mao Zedong's victory in China and the Chinese indication that it would send troops and other support to North Korea, Stalin approved an invasion which led to the Korean War.. This article is part of the Politicians thread.
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Editor says, in this article we explore a point of divergence proposed on the Space Forums discussion board and have repurposed a significant amount of content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.