Alternate History Challenge: Have Russia's southern border reach the Indian Ocean

Mar 2012
3,474
Redneck Country, AKA Texas
#3
A POD later than 1850 is highly unlikely. You'd have to have Russia making a bigger (and earlier) push in Central Asia to even reach the Pakistani/Indian coastline.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
20,197
SoCal
#4
A POD later than 1850 is highly unlikely.
What about later than 1816, though?

Also, even a PoD of 1850 or later would give Russia 165 years to try doing this. :)

In addition to this, though, it is worth noting that Iran also borders the Indian Ocean (in addition to bordering the Russian Empire, obviously) :):



You'd have to have Russia making a bigger (and earlier) push in Central Asia to even reach the Pakistani/Indian coastline.
How exactly does one realistically do that, though?
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
20,197
SoCal
#5
Indeed, would there have been a realistic opportunity for an industrialized, non-Communist Russia to conquer Iran after decolonization would have begun?
Any thoughts on this?