If, without WWI, Russia still experiences a revolution and its peoples try to secede, could this trigger an alternate WWI?

Futurist

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Depends how the war goes down, normally in these situations the Poles would revolt, seize their territory, declare independence, Germany would recognize it and send troops to defend them, Russia would protest, demand Germany withdraw, Germany refuses, war commences. Depending on the political climate it could escalate to a world war.
Would Germany have actually been willing to risk a World War over the independence of the Polonkadonks?
 

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With allies like them who needs enemies.
Reverse the situation, say Polish terrorists killed the Tsar's heir and Russia accused Austria of harboring supporters. Would France back them in such a war?
Yes, probably--just as long as Britain was either on the Franco-Russian side or remained neutral. If Britain was going to fight on Germany's and Austria-Hungary's side in such a scenario, though, then I think that France would have aggressively told Russia to back off and to search for a diplomatic solution to this issue/problem.
 
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Yes, probably--just as long as Britain was either on the Franco-Russian side or remained neutral. If Britain was going to fight on Germany's and Austria-Hungary's side in such a scenario, though, then I think that France would have aggressively told Russia to back off and to search for a diplomatic solution to this issue/problem.
Britain would officially remain neutral as they did in the normal ww1. They only got involved when Germany violated Belgium's neutrality.
 
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Futurist

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Britain would officially remain neutral as they did in the normal ww1. They only got involved when Germany violated Belgium's neutrality.
Then France would certainly support Russia--especially if this assassination takes place in 1917 or later once Russia's Great Military Program is completed. In such a scenario, the Austrians are going to be a very real risk of getting rekt! :D
 
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Then France would certainly support Russia--especially if this assassination takes place in 1917 or later once Russia's Great Military Program is completed. In such a scenario, the Austrians are going to be a very real risk of getting rekt! :D
Then their you go then, Poles rebel, kill the Tsars heir, Germany/Austria side with them, Russians declare war, ww1 starts.
 
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Kotromanic

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Britain would officially remain neutral as they did in the normal ww1. They only got involved when Germany violated Belgium's neutrality.
Their spies must have known of the existence of the Schlieffen Plan. Since the government knew that the invasion route was through Belguim, they just waited for that shoe to drop prior to Lord Grey addressing the Parliament.
 
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Their spies must have known of the existence of the Schlieffen Plan. Since the government knew that the invasion route was through Belguim, they just waited for that shoe to drop prior to Lord Grey addressing the Parliament.
But what if the SP would have been a ruse? ;)