The Lion And The Eagle:
Inspired by Quantumbranching/B.Munro's Anglo-German alliance scenarios. In this time-line Great Britain's political alliances take a different turn when they maintain their alliance with Japan which strains their relationships with Russia. From there British politics began to become more reactionary and right-wing which alienated their relationship with France. A Kaiser less interested with ships also leads to an alliance with Germany whilst bigger issues in Central Africa causes further deterioration in Anglo-French relations. All this begins to set the scene for a very different World War One in the 1930s.
This alternate World War went very well for the Anglo-Austro-Germano-Japanese Quadruple Alliance before a United States worried at the emergence of such a powerful authoritarian hegemonic power intervened. The US development of the Anglo-German atomic bomb before the Alliance could properly produce and exploit them finally lead to an armistice in 1943. From there the world began to settle down and a Cold War began.
It is now 2013 and things have changed since the 1940s. Germany has dropped their unproductive colonies and has instead focused their efforts on consolidating their sphere of influence in Europe. Germany is still an authoritarian state but by now the Reichstag has definite power and the Kaiser is more-or-less a figurehead like the British Royal Family. Germany is a one party baroque right-wing state but nowhere near as bad as the Third Reich. Despite not having any Nazi rape camps the German population does number over 150,000,000 due to pro-birth laws in order to keep the Reich from being overrun by all of the Slavs coming West from their puppet states. Society is militant and efficient with a great emphasis on engineering and efficient organization. Made in Germany is a guarantee for durable and reliant technology. Austria is Germany's junior partner on the Continent and has reformed their empire into a more federal entity in face of demographic tension. The power of the Hapsburg's is now curtailed by a Diet that not only has genuine power but does not discriminate against who they hire as long as they're capable.
The British Empire is still going but they are beginning to make changes. The UK has dropped the emergency regime that stayed in place after the Great War until the 1970s but the three regular parties are still very authoritarian and elitist. The UK maintains its colonies and puppets overseas but there has been an effort to force draft most of them at the cost of only a few hundred thousand blacks and Indians and the efforts are beginning to bear fruit. White Man's Burden has seen a resurgence in the face of German decolonisation and the messes that have been caused by it. The Empire lost India in 1986 after a long and arduous guerilla war that left the subcontinent divided and crippled. The UK has began to have problems with Socialist activists in portions of the British Isles as well as a new round of terrorist activities from the Irish which is leading to another social reactionary phase in retaliation to it. Britain is currently suffering from a recent surge in Islamic terrorism in several of their majority Muslim colonies and puppets that has given further support for the more reactionary factions of government.
Japan is by far the most xenophobic and oppressive of the Alliance's members. The Japanese have suffered the most in their efforts to keep their empire and whilst they have still managed to hold onto their conquests it lead to an unfortunate social reaction. The government is now dominated by the corporate and industrial leaders who control the legal political parties and the power of the aristocracy has been repressed. Due to having few if any black subjects and a tolerance towards whites due to their alliance, Japanese racism is devoted towards keeping their fellow Asians in their place. Japan is a decent competitor with the US for high-technology which has benefited them and the rest of the Alliance. However the other Alliance members are beginning to look down on them for their extravagant cruelty towards their colonies and if a new arrangement can be met then the Japanese may just abandon the Alliance all together.
The United States of America is the lead nation in the Manhattan Pact. The USA is actually more imperialistic but as opposed to traditional colonialism they instead endorse economic and cultural domination. The USA is also more left-wing than OTL in response to the right-wing Alliance. This lead to an earlier end to discrimination and opened the USA's gates to immigration at around the same time as OTL. Life in the USA is far more liberal and multi-cultural than OTL with an inter-twinning of government and big business in a very complex system. The USA is also more militant with conscription still existing and no great defeat like the OTL Vietnam War has left them more confident in their military. The USA does support several resistance movements in the Alliance's colonies and puppet states. The USA is beginning to shift from the heydays of cultural consumerism but there is opposition (due to the Alliance being fairly environmentally conscious like most right-wing elitists). The current administration is more pro-environmentalism and has begun a renewable energy program and plans to spread it to the rest of the Pact.
The Russian Socialist Republic is the other big power of the Alliance. The Russians managed to expel the Germans from East of Belarus and Ukraine but lost Siberia to the Japanese. The Tsar was overthrown in a revolution in 1939 and a Communist government took over. With US support they were able to hold onto their remaining territory and even industrialise. Russia follows a more liberal Communism than OTL due to less resources and greater population losses in the war. Russian society is as militant as the OTL USSR was in the 1970s and the Russians have a more sensitive trigger finger concerning their nuclear arsenal but they still serve as an example of the Pact's ideals to the rest of the world. Recently Russia has begun to notice the emergence of an increasingly vocal theocratic movement in the rural regions that could develop into a genuine threat.
Most other members of the Pact are small nations with little means of support. One exception is the Republic of India which is made up of the largest fragment of the former British Raj. Several states centred around a Hindu core were able to reunify or reconquer many of their neighbours. India is still undergoing US supported industrialisation but they have already made an economic impact on the Pact. India is also heavily militarised though their military arsenal is backward and mostly made up of conscripted citizens with old weaponry. The US and Russia have begun to fund the modernisation of the Indian military in order to give them some real teeth. India has a very clear social disparity between the elite corporate moguls and the majority of the population many of which live in slums. India has seen a major expansion in their healthcare that is beginning to become a national trait (ala Cuba or Costa Rica).
This world is ahead of ours in some technology such as nuclear power (which is far more common as a power source) and biotech but is far behind in others like computer tech and is also far more developed. There was a Space Race with the Germans putting the first man on the Moon and there is now an effort to get a man on Mars. The internet equivalent is more fractious and heavily guarded than OTL and in the Alliance censorship of unacceptable material is common whilst in the US they are even more liberal about it than OTL. Socially this world also swings to either end of the spectrum. Society in the Alliance is racist and fairly sexist (a woman's vote counts for about as much as anyone else's) whilst the Pact is more open to cultural mixture and integration. Homosexuality is still a crime in the Alliance states (the punishment varies from state to state).
However times are beginning to change, as the Alliance changes it attitudes towards its own colonies and in China the Japanese struggle to deal with the most recent uprising. The upheaval it could cause may lead to another war and this one could be worse than anything experienced before it.