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Stalin’s Old New Map

Catholicgauze, Coming Anarchy, and Sun Bin are abuzz about a terrifying proposed world map from the 1940s. Representing, if implemented, preemptive surrender in the Cold War, the map would have been a disastrous on an unimaginable scale.

The Greater Soviet Union

The proposal would have completely demilitarized the Rimland, throwing democratic parties out of Europe, Africa, and coastal Asia, with the sole exception of Britain (whose possessions would focus on Australasia). The Soviets would have war-water ports on three oceans, and the exclusive American dominion over the Western Hemisphere would be reduced to only North America.

Bloody Sovietism in full swing, the plan called for ethnic cleansing genocide, and socialism on a huge scale

For instance

38. To reduce the numerical power of the aggressor nations, as a potential military advantage, a Population Control Policy shall be elaborated and applied in the quarantined areas
39. In the New World Moral Order which we week to establish, besides the essential political freedoms, the following fundamental economic changes are imperative
(a) Nationalization of all natural resources and equitable distribution of same to all nations — everywhere in the world;
(b) Nationalization of international banking, foreign investments, railroads, and power plants — everywhere in the world;
(c) Nationalization of all armaments producing establishments by all remaining military powers;
(d) Federal control of foreign commerce and shipping;
(e) The establishment of a world common monetary system
(f) World-wide limitations of interest rates to a maximum of two percent
40. To retain the victory and leadership of our united democratic effort — the aim of which is not vengeance or exploitation, but freedom and security to all notions for peaceful progress — the unified “Supreme War Command of the United Nations” at the conclusion of the present war, shall be reorganized and transformed into a permanent “Supreme Military and Economic Council” collaborating with the World League of Nationalities in post-war reconstruction and to enforce world peace.

Thank God we didn’t lose the War through that sort of “peace”! Even if it meant 50 years of “war”!

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3 thoughts on “Stalin’s Old New Map
  1. The link off Catholoquegaze to says the “source must have been individuals related to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and/or the U.S. State Department.”

    Can we presume if they were, they were also on Uncle Joe's payroll like many others?

    It was indeed a “scary future that never was”.

    Looking further, the USSR would have controlled much of the world's oil, and could have maybe finlandlized the Federated Arab State.

  2. Perhaps I am alone, but I am not terrified. 🙂

    I am actually more interested in some of the (more realistic portion of the) proposals that could be applied today (or worth a debate in today's world). e.g. hints to Barnett's Levithian and Core/gap concept.

  3. Sun Bin

    The proposal map appears to be the reverse of Barnett's proposal . It would cripple America's ability to be a world-wide force. America's strategy during much of the 20th century was to buy off Germany and Japan while waiting out Russia. This map would have made that impossible, as ongoing genocide would be the policy with respect to Germany and Japan, and the Soviet Union would be the undisputed master of the world-island. (Quite literally, as it appears that no other military power would be allowed in Eurasia).

    The map would have expanded the Gap to include the entire world, destroying the already shaking globalization and replacing it across the globe with national socialisms.

    There would be few motivations for consciously advocating this map: pre-emptive surrender to Communism, Stalinism, or at least the USSR. None make a future, nor past, worth creating.


    The plan calls for the findlandization “demilitarization” of nearly the entire world, with only the English-speaking territories free. The chances of such a wobbly coalition surviving a Cold War are dim.

    The whole thing reminds me of Draka [1] — and not the happy version [2], either


  4. Ben,


    Stalin believed that the United Kingdom would remain the rimland hegemon after the end of the war, so his concern was primarily in crippling London as much as possible. That is why the Soviet Union was a very early proponent of Israel (until after Stalin's death) — Moscow saw Zionism as an anticolonialist, and specifically anti-British, movement.

    If you like old maps and ould countries (as your map of Negroland and Guinea [1] implies), be sure to check out Catholicgauze [2] and Strange Maps [3]. Old maps are a thing of beauty and both bloggers do a great job of brining them to light,.


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