The USA entered World War Two against Germany and Japan in 1941, creating a Grand Alliance of the USA, Britain and the USSR. This uneasy alliance would ultimately break down into the Cold War.
The alliance of the USA and the USSR brought together two sides that were divided by their political ideologies. The political and economic systems of the USA and Britain were based on capitalism, while since its foundation after the 1917 Russian Revolution the USSR had based its economy on communism.
However, the actions of Nazi Germany and its ally, Japan, in World War Two had driven these two political enemies together.
|Several political parties representing different sectors of society||One-party state|
|Governments are chosen by democratic elections||No democratic elections and no opportunity to change the government by election|
|People are free to set up private businesses and make money for themselves||All businesses and factories are owned by the state|
|Individual rights and freedoms are important||Individual rights and freedoms are less important than obedience to the state|
|Freedom of speech and freedom of the press||Censorship and state controlled media|