Eurasian geopolitics after a US victory in a US-Soviet war in the late 1940s

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Ad Honoris
May 2014
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Let's say that, for whatever reason, war between the US and its Western allies and the Soviet Union breaks out in the late 1940s. Due to the Soviet Union being bled dry by WWII (in 1950, for its age 25-49 cohort, Russia had only 62 men for every 100 women; the figures for Ukraine and Belarus weren't much better--with 65 men for every 100 women aged 25-49 in Ukraine in 1950 and with 69 men for every 100 women aged 25-49 in Belarus in 1950) and due to the US's overwhelming nuclear superiority, the US and the West are able to inflict an absolutely crushing and devastating defeat on the Soviet Union--with a lot of help from the US's vast nuclear weapons stockpile, of course. Anyway, the US and the West conquer both Moscow and St. Petersburg and subsequently dismantle the Soviet Union and replace it with 15 independent countries--just like what happened in real life in 1991. Anyway, my question here is this: What happens next? As in, how does Eurasian geopolitics look like after such a US/Western victory over the Soviet Union? Also, what other effects does this have on global affairs? For instance, what happens to China and to the decolonization movements worldwide?

Any thoughts on all of this?
 

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