Realistic and Unusual Scenario for a Communist USA? Nov 27, 2020 17:36:14 GMT gillan1220 likes this
Post by stevep on Nov 27, 2020 17:36:14 GMT
Britain at this period has the largest and strongest navy. It would deploy it to protect its interests in the Western Hemisphere.
A lot would depend on the circumstances and if you had something like the OTL WWI going on roughly simultaneously or slightly before neither power might have the will and resources to intervene. However any sort of extreme regime, whether left or right is likely to cause great concern in both London and Ottawa. Plus Canada is likely to see a lot of immigration as people flee the chaos to their south, whether for political or economic reasons. Which is likely to cause stress between it and its new southern neighbour. OTL a number of leading 'White' generals and political figures seem to have died from Bolshevik assassins so something like that could be an issue here.
It also depends on the situation inside Britain especially, as that's the power best able to intervene in N America. If there's a liberal government and the USCW2 starts off with some sort of right wing military coup against a democratically elected socialist government under someone like Debs then initially a lot of people might favour the rebels - as elements did initially in the French Revolution - before it becomes dominated by more extreme elements.
Very likely there would be some action, especially since the USN is likely to suffer very badly during any civil war. However a lot would depend on how big a threat to British or Canadian interests a communist US appears - likely to be high - and what else was happening elsewhere. If it occurred during or shortly after a major conflict elsewhere Canada could be rather in the position of Malaya in Dec 41. Hopefully that wouldn't be the case but its a possibility that has to be considered.