A frightening mockumentary made in a parallel world in which the popular uprisings against the communist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1989 lead to a very different outcome. Soviet President Gorbachev visits East Germany, promoting Perestroika and Glasnost, which leads to mass demonstrations against the hardline East German government. A successful military coup then takes place in the Soviet Union which installs a fanatical communist General in the Kremlin and sweeps away all of Gorbachev’s reforms.
The Soviet Union takes increasingly provocative action against NATO, and the West retaliates in kind with increasing sanctions against Russia. The Soviet General orders the invasion of West Germany, which does not go well for him as Warsaw Pact forces are pushed backed well inside the Soviet Union's satellite States.
Western leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton are shown making public comments about the worsening international situation (of course, their words are taken out of context to make them fit the events of the mockumentary). Finally the Soviet General presses the nuclear button, and during a live television news broadcast in Washington DC air raid sirens start sounding.
The 'documentary' is made some time in the future, showing the events that led to the outbreak of the Third World War, and interviewing the surviving key players on both sides to give their view of the events and their part in them.