Imperial Fusion: The Ascendancy of the Franco-British Union (Cold war WIP)

In 1956, following a humiliating withdrawal from Egypt forced upon them by the United States, both France and Britain began to harbor doubts about the strength of their alliance with the US.

In an attempt to lessen US influence and strengthen their declining empires, France and Britain joined forces to establish the Franco-British Union. This new entity fused their colonial territories and armed forces, emerging as a third significant player in the Cold War.

You assume the role of a rising politician in the United Kingdom, navigating the complexities of relations with the Soviet Union and the United States, while also managing the intricate web of connections within the Empire. Along the way, you align yourself with either the pro-colonial or decolonization movement.

Will you succeed in persuading people that the future lies in imperialism, rather than capitalism or communism? Or will you choose to embrace the changing tides of time?

Feel free to ask me lore questions about the world map

Pre 1956 history

In this alt history Winston Churchill’s manages to win reelection in 1945 and is driven by his commitment to preserving the British Empire’s colonial legacy, evoking nostalgia for a glorious past:

Following his victory, Churchill’s administration embarks on a fervent campaign to bolster imperial ties and uphold the splendor of the British Empire. Drawing on historical narratives of imperial grandeur, Churchill seeks to retain the colonies as a testament to Britain’s global influence. His rhetoric resonates with a population yearning for a return to the bygone days of colonial dominance, fostering a renewed sense of national pride.

However, pragmatic realities gradually temper Churchill’s imperial aspirations. Recognizing the logistical challenges of ruling vast and populous territories, he acknowledges that India and Burma must be released from direct British rule. This pragmatic decision is fueled by a deep understanding that governing such large colonies is unsustainable. With India and Burma gaining independence, the UK shifts its focus toward nurturing the remaining colonies, solidifying its commitment to colonial rule.

As localized revolts erupt in the late 1940s, Churchill’s government employs force to quell dissent, establishing a precedent for post-war Britain’s approach to colonial unrest. This suppression bolsters the resolve of the British people to uphold colonialism, attributing a sense of security and stability to the Empire’s continued presence. Churchill’s reign cements the notion that colonialism is a pivotal element of Britain’s identity, setting the stage for future prime ministers to explore ways to maintain imperial control, even amidst the changing currents of the global arena.

The Franco British formation

Amid the austere backdrop of a diplomatic enclave, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and French President Guy Mollet convened in a chamber steeped in gravitas. The atmosphere bore witness to the lingering aftermath of the Suez Crisis, a tumultuous chapter that had cast shadows over the geopolitical landscape. Seated across from each other, both leaders exuded an air of formal solemnity, their expressions a mirror of their nations’ collective disillusionment following the perceived betrayal by their American ally.

Mollet, his voice a measured blend of exasperation and determination, broke the silence, “Prime Minister Eden, the Suez Crisis has laid bare the fragility of our empires within the shifting sands of international politics. It is imperative that we rise above our historical alliances and chart a course that safeguards our shared interests.”

Eden, his visage a mask of contemplation, replied with measured restraint, “President Mollet, while I understand your concern, forming a new alliance so hastily after the Suez Crisis… Is such a path prudent? Can we truly orchestrate our destiny amidst these uncertain times?”

Mollet leaned forward slightly, his gaze meeting Eden’s with an unwavering intensity, “Prime Minister Eden, the currents of change are undeniable, their force insurmountable. We cannot remain complacent, entrusting our fate to external powers. We must forge an alliance that serves as the bastion of our mutual legacies, beyond the whims of others.”

Eden’s initial hesitance was palpable, yet a glint of realization illuminated his eyes, “President Mollet, your point resonates. The Suez Crisis has shown us the necessity of steering our own course. We cannot relinquish the empires that generations before us have constructed.”

As their conversation progressed, the stilted formality between them gave way to the blueprint for the Franco-British Union. Mollet’s resolve and Eden’s gradual acceptance culminated in a shared understanding – the realization that, in order to counter the omnipresent influences of the Cold War superpowers and to preserve their colonial dominions, they must emerge as architects of their own fate.

Mollet’s voice reverberated with a tenacity, “Prime Minister Eden, this union offers us a singular opportunity. An alliance that harmonizes our strengths, that challenges the pervasive dominion of the United States and the Soviet Union.”

Eden nodded, the inception of resolve shaping his features, “You are right, President Mollet. It is time to reclaim our destinies, to fashion the Franco-British Union into the embodiment of our steadfast commitment. Only by defining our path can we navigate these tumultuous waters.”

And so, within the solemn chamber, Anthony Eden and Guy Mollet laid the foundation for the Franco-British Union. Their formal discourse metamorphosed into a mutual determination – a resolve to traverse the exigencies of the Cold War era united in purpose and to shield their legacies from the volatility of international politics.

Game paths

Two distinct paths lie ahead: one leading to the “Pro Colonial” route and the other to the “Decolonization” route. In the pro colonial journey, you’ll immerse yourself in the colonial lobby within the government, actively participating in shaping the Union’s governance. Your choices may lead you to pursue reforms or enforce your rule over colonies with a strong hand, all in an effort to bring control.

Opting for the “Decolonization” path will see you aligning with the anti-colonial lobby. Within this realm, the majority’s primary concern may not necessarily be the moral dilemma of colonialism itself; rather, their focus might be on engaging in neo-colonialism, exploiting nations indirectly. Will you succumb to pragmatism, perpetuating the empire under a deceptive façade? Or will you genuinely champion the cause of self-determination? The choice is yours to make.

Currently it’s about (15k words) done, and I plan on updating every 2 weeks


I was looking forward to it. thank you.


Love the idea of an alternative history spinning out of the Suez Canal and getting to play as Britain and France for once rather than the USA or USSR. I like having real historical characters like Anthony Eden too, hopefully you can include others like Eisenhower, De Gaulle, Churchill maybe (would be recently retired but I think he’s an interesting possible ally or advisor), Khrushchev and various Commonwealth members former and current at the time.


De Gaulle and Churchill will definitely be making appearances, also Eden, albeit this is the end of his career.

Eisenhower and Khrushchev will have smaller roles.


Yeah poor Eden was never a great leader due to his health problems, and even the original Suez Canal incident seriously impacted him mentally.


Eden was certainly competent, but the Suez crisis has overshadowed any good he has done


He was a better Foreign Secretary than PM. Honestly, the worst thing that ever happened to him and his reputation was the Tories winning the '55 election.


Very original idea! I will watch your career with great interest.


Based Alt-Hist. We need more of it


updated map, I was dumb and forgot to include tibet as part of china and for some reason the old map I used still had Germany split into 4 occupation zones and switching Bolivia for argentina, for allied countries with the Franco British Union


Seems really interesting! Cold war era games are my favorite type :grin:

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In the year 1957, the Franco-British Union stands as a vast entity, having twice triumphed over German expansionism. It reigns as a master of Europe and holds sway over numerous nations. The steadfast dominions proudly support Britain and France, united against the specter of Bolshevism. The Royal and French Navy, unyielding as ever, commands the trade routes, while the Army quells uprisings with both honor and chemical weapons.The Union’s allies view it as the bastion of democracy against the looming Red threat. In far-off corners of Africa and Asia, local rulers cling to power, propped up by the might of Paris and London, forsaking their nations’ freedom for their own gain. Yet, France and Britain remain out of step with the realities of their world and the evolving global landscape.

Sustaining this imperial dominion demands an unsettling amount of perpetual brutality, orchestrated by an unwieldy military apparatus. Both nations funnel a significant portion of their GDP into ‘defense,’ conscripting generation after generation of young men into uniform. The ruling class continues to dwell in the memories of wartime glory, colonial exploits, and Victorian manners. Meanwhile, the youth on city streets are more concerned with pop culture and substances than the grandeur of empire. The Empire’s survival hinges on a tenuous inertia, avoiding widespread colonial rebellions due to the ingrained belief in the invincibility of France and Britain.

The approaching 1960s bring forth perhaps the most challenging decade for these aging empires. Whether they shall gracefully relinquish their dominance, cleverly maneuver to maintain their status, or fiercely resist their diminishing power remains to be seen, shrouded in the uncertainties of the future.


I really like this idea. Can’t wait for more. One question will we be able to expand the Union’s borders and will we be able to bring old colonies like India or Egypt back into the Union?


Can’t we take the Enlightenment Colonial route?

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Recolonizing countries is vastly more difficult then holding onto colonies. Invading India or Egypt would be a disaster politically, both have become recognized nations.

The only country I have planned for Franco Britain to take is the congo, Belgium are still in the process of losing it so Franco cut a deal with Belgium splitting it into 2 Belgium remaining with half and the union getting the other half.

You can however increase your sphere of influence. India are a good example, surrounded by hostile nations, icy at best relations with the USSR and disliked by the US


I’m not sure about an “enlightened colonial path”

There are policies that can be put into place that will improve them and reduce the amount of force needed to control them.

It will depend on the individual colonies. Some being more lenient than others.


Minor Update:
Added sections in stats for the Union’s relations in asia.
Added a “Lock in scene” choosing to either reminisce about colonialism or start having doubts will lock you into either the pro colonial or decolonization path. At least for now.


Can we go nuclear?


The Union has nukes.

If you mean can they launch nukes then no, I feel that would be an automatic game over. Even threatening native revolts with nukes would be going too far I feel.

Chemical weapons have been used and even that is going a little too far (Subject to change, unsure if choice of games guidelines allow it)


What specific improvements can be made?

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