Okay, have their been novels where aliens have used two human nations to fight a proxy war for them? I bring this up, because I would like something to reference perhaps while trying for this concept, or whether to know I'm possibly in a catagory that has very few entries. My concept is this, the Soviet Union still exists in 2010 and is actually far stronger than it used to be. That's because back in the year 1970, aliens decided to support the Soviet Union, finding themselves being closer idealogically to them than any other nation on Earth. Another alien race decides to support the United States, starting also in 1970, although it twists the U.S. too. Each species is at an extreme. The one allied with the Soviet Union has a hive mind, hence they have no concept of the individual to begin with. They supply the Soviet Union with advanced computers, fusion technology, and far more advanced manufacturing processes. The other species is extremely individualistic, although neither species is capitalistic. Both, in return for supplying technology, want the factions to become more extremist in a certain direction. The Soviet Union becomes more and more collectivized, with the help of introduced cybernetic technology, but feels scared of where that is going, considering that hive mind mentality isn't the purpose of Socialism or non-Stalinist Communism, however they don't exactly have any bargaining chips in the arrangement. The species influencing the U.S. wants it to turn into an extreme type of individualism, one even more so than capitalism. Their ideal is Ethical Egoism, and so they decide to warp the United States towards that goal, however this would mean significantly changing the U.S. government. They can give technology, but otherwise, they are forced to slow down the U.S. in some ways industrially speaking in order to implement the changes they want, which is an atomization of individuals to the point of extreme isolation. Basically, the core theme riding throughout is that neither collectivitivism or individualism really work. Each one ironically becomes the other when taken to an extreme. The Soviet Union, for example, doesn't want to become just one massive individual, which is what would happen with a hive mind, all the individuals would mix together into a single entity. The United States, on the other hand, doesn't want it to turn into less of a nation, and more of just a glorified territory for individuals to do whatever. The U.S. government in many ways has become a collective with the goal of eroding bonds between people that cause collectivisation. Okay, I ask two questions. A. Any plot issues with the concept right here? B. Again, are there novels like this already? I imagine so, and could use something at least as a reference.