This post is part of an after-action report of Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games) and therefore entirely fictitious.
Written by Salvatore Graniti, Counsellor of Legation in the Italian diplomatic service, posted at the Foreign Ministry in Rome
November 30, 1942
To his excellency the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Italy
the following draft for a report on the three-power conference between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America held in Tehran is most humbly submitted to you.
The three powers have made agreements regarding the conduct of the war in Europe and the Pacific as well concerning the future peace order for Europe. Overall, it can be said that the Soviet Union has transformed its military victories on the Eastern Front into remarkable political clout, pressing its point on a variety of issues, especially regarding Eastern Europe. The United Kingdom has made crucial points on the future order of Europe, including on the Free European Federation that has been a cornerstone of our planning for the coming peace. As the United States are not yet as deeply involved in the European theater of operations, they have conducted themselves more modestly and have been content raising softer issues and ensuring an amiable conduct of the conference.
Pertaining the future borders in Europe, all German annexations since 1937 are to be reversed. The three powers have not conclusively decided what to do with Germany proper, but are considering splitting it in up to seven independent countries, all of which shall be under the guardianship of peacekeeping nations. A southern German state, consisting of Bavaria, Württemberg, and Baden, has been suggested to come under the joint guardianship of the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Italy. The United Kingdom has been the main proponent of such a dismemberment of Germany.
The part of Germany east of the rivers Oder and Neisse is to be ceded to Poland. The Poles are thus to be compensated for the area east of the Curzon line which is to be integrated into the Soviet Union. The United Kingdom and the United States have been uneasy about these wholesale changes to the political geography of Europe, but have acquiesced to them as they cannot hope to overturn the changes the Soviet forces on the ground have already made.
In the same vein, the Soviet Union has had her security contracts with Finland and Romania recognized by the two western powers. The two smaller countries are thereby required to respect the Soviet rights of passage and stationing of troops there.
Within Germany, a program of re-education of the population and denazification of the societal, economic, and political elite is to take place after the country has been fully occupied. The war criminals are to be put on trial.
Reparations are to be extracted in the form of raw materials. As the Soviet Union already has a part of Germany from which it can extract these reparations, Lend-Lease Aid from the United States will furthermore only go to the United Kingdom.
Concerning the future order of Europe, the United Kingdom has made a forceful argument for the Free European Federation as we have discussed it with the Free governments of the French Republic and the Kingdom of Belgium. Both the United States and the Soviet Union seem to be open to the idea.
Beyond Europe, cooperation between the three powers seems to be eroding. The Soviet Union has declared no interest in joining the war against Japan. Neither is it interested in joining what the United States have suggested to become the successor organization of the League of Nations.
In their final statement the powers have vowed not to cease the war effort until Germany is fully defeated. The term they have chosen for this state is unconditional surrender.
I have the honor to remain your most obedient servant
Salvatore Graniti, Counsellor of Legation
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