This is an alternate history timeline I have created. I have enclosed a map for clarity. https://www.imgoat.com/uploads/777d5c17d4/162855.png
If you have any questions that are not included in this description, feel free to ask them bellow.
The Soviet Union was even more powerful under Stalin, with Greece and Yugoslavia brought into the Soviet sphere, with Poland and Finland being annexed outright. Stalin lives a lot longer, conducting a second purge, invading Yugoslavia, deporting Jews to the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.
The damage is permanent. The Soviet Union collapses in 1981 instead of 1991, and it falls a lot harder. The Balkan Federation and Ukraine are worse clusterfuck than the Balkan Wars.
The twist is the US is not a hyperpower but is very isolationist. Jimmy Carter gets two terms, pulling out of Korea and letting Iran win the Iran-Iraq War.
IOTL the US ignored the Pink Tide in Latin America due to the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan. This timeline is the opposite, the US is stuck in Colombia and Venezuela fighting communists and cartels. Meanwhile while Iran is in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gulf States are supporting jihadists to dislodge them. Che Guevara had much more success in Latin America, overthrowing the government of Bolivia with the help of Peru and Cuba. Many Japanese have fled Peru and went back to Japan as a result.
India and Pakistan flip. India remains a socialist course and nestles up to China, while Pakistan allies with the Gulf States in trying to contain Iran. Israel makes peace with Syria in exchange for the Golan Heights. Syria is ran by Turkish puppets, the remnants of secular Baathists were installed after the Muslim Brotherhood started a civil war in the early 1980s. Israel goes back to the far-left, and makes peace with Palestine. The far-right found the State of Judea in the West Bank. Relations between the two remained cool until recently, now there is a rapprochement and they play good cop bad cop.
China controls most of Southeast Asia. Essentially they opened up their economy during in the 1980s and curbstomped Vietnam, who had no Soviets to protect them. China embracing capitalism and revenge against Vietnam is seen as victory in the Cold War.
Malaysia went commie in the 1950s and was controlled by Chinese minority. Sukarno remained in power in Indonesia and aligned with the Soviet Union. Malaysia became a hedge against Indonesia after Nixon went to China. However after the Soviet Union collapses, Indonesia pivoted back to China. So basically the whole region is under their control and on Australia's doorstep.
Australia maintains nukes, and aircraft carriers in response to these developments. Many Afrikaners and other South African Whites fled to Australia after South Africa collapsed violently, shifting the country even further to the right. The White Australia Policy does not remain on paper, but in actuality it is very much in effect expect for a trickle of token nonwhites.
China and their newfound Indian allies have made deep inroads into Africa, both minorities work together to control African countries. South Africa has gone full kill whitey and many have fled to Australia or America, now their masters are the Chinese and Indian minorities. Gaddafi controls a huge federation of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Gaddafi is friendly with China and Iran.
Europe goes far to the left after the Cold War is over. Britain is defeated in the Falklands War by American-backed Argentina. Thatcher government is replaced by Michael Foot, who basically teams up with Mitterrand to build a socialist European Federation. Britain uses the Euro.
Russia is very close to America, and the natural gas magnate who runs the country essentially believes in Chicago School economics. There are no Chechen Wars since the Chechens were never allowed to come back from exile. However Dagestan forms a Caucasus Emirate, while Tartarstan and Bashkortostan for a Ural Emirate. The Caucasus Emirate is invaded by Azerbaijanis, for oppressing the Azerbaijani minority. Russia crushes the Ural Emirate in the early 2000s. Tuvans have also broken off with help from China. Northern Kazakhstan is controlled by Russians, southern part by Kazakhs. Kazakhs are backed by China. The is a third Jewish state in the Russian Far East, which is called"Zion", it maintains good relations with the Americans, Russians, and Israelis.
The rest of Central Asia is tinpot dictatorships backed by Iran and China. China is conducting a long running security operation in Tajikistan, and they have annexed a significant part of Tajikistan
I may another map making minor fixes if such is necessary. I may get around to making annotating the points of interest if I feel like it.
Let me know what you think of the timeline overall.