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Soviet Collapse in 1921 by OttoVonSuds
Soviet Collapse in 1921
Alright, here's one that used to be on here but was removed during The Purge.

Here's another map 'inspired' by a decade old scenario by the same author who did "Japan moves south in 1916". This time, I've kept the content with the changes being merely expansions of the content since it's a reupload.

 The POD he chose was that of Lenin's early death leading to the soviet union imploding in 1921 instead of 1991. Like in my other 'inspired' scenarios, I've done some tweaking but am largely extrapolating from what I see as reasonable divergences given the situation in the TL.. There are some divergences added in before the 1950s, but mainly to reduce convergence.

The original scenario left off roughly in the 1950s with a few important trends having either already happened or playing out: The emergence of a russo-chinese alliance, implied stronger movements for national liberation and Hawai'i was just put on the road towards independence. This followed  on from the USSR's early collapse, the Hohozellern restoration in Germany, the yugoslav partition, The pacific war, the spanish civil war and even an attempted coup in the United states to name a few of the many historical events that have happened in this world.


Even though, there was no second world war or even a cold war, the last 70 years have still been quite interesting.

Russia and Germany's intense international competition of roughly 1940 to 1970 has slowly faded out due to the risks inherent in trying to seriously change the status quo combined with the fact that even with rather more mobilization of the economy and society than OTL's America, Germany simply didn't have the strength necessary to compete on par with the Russo-chinese alliance. Since both countries were at least partial democracies, albeit ones of rather divergent ideological leanings, it never got as bitter as OTL's cold war and nowadays is tepid competition.

The struggle for national liberation which really took off in the 1950s has had some mixed results. On the one hand, there are some areas such as Quebec, Hawai'i, Scotland and Puerto Rico's all being sovereign states unlike OTL. This has had effects in Africa with certain borders differing. On the other hand, without a second world war or soviet union to prompt rapid decolonization Britain and France retain more ties with much of their empires.

Sadly, Britain and France have still both declined like OTL, even if the timing was different and a few small bits and pieces here and there remained within the empire or empire-aligned. The altered timin had beneficial side effects on Nigeria and Sudan since both ended up being on their own and not tied to muslim regions in the north..

Unexpectedly, Russian appeals to national liberation have had the side effect of spawning a coalition of leftist states in the third world. Founded in the late 1960s, the Alliance of the south is an organization of various non-aligned states aimed at economic and political independence from the colonial powers of the west. Yes, these states are all leftist but they tend to be flavors even more unusual than many that existed in OTL due to the USSR's implosion before it could make it's model the dominant one. As a result, politics range from democratic India to states somewhere in between like Vietnam or unfortunately even socialist states which are more into the mindset of "Problems can be solved by shooting people" like Haiti(at least Haiti is merely only cuba bad instead of OTL's chaos). There are even halting attempts at some form of economic integration.

While the alliance has had it's ups and downs, the traditional Russo-Chinese alliance has endured over the years. Currently, it is on one of it's down phases due to the fact that China is increasingly using it's economic and political muscle on it's own. Despite the commentary by pundit types about the Inevitable Implosion of The Alliance, Peking and Moscow still cooperate extensively..

Themes of recent years include the rise of the global south, China's modernization and America's slow re-entry into world politics...


The United States of America has traditionally followed an isolationistic path, but starting in the 1980s has begun to be more involved in world affairs. Unlike OTL where it's a hyperpower, America is considered to have the largest economy of the great powers. Economically, it is rather to the left of OTL in some respects, but this is more old left than OTL's 'new left' or progressivism. For example, there is universal healthcare and the financial sector is tightly regulated but alot of OTL's post-1950 regulations on various businesses don't exist. The higher taxes are more than counterbalanced by a weaker regulatory state, less corrupt government. No baby boom combined with a sharp turn to the left leading to the collapse of segregation has produced a rather different demographic environment and led to immigration being liberalized in the 1950s in response to labor shortages. For example, America still has 313 million people but nowadays the US is running around a third latin these days and has a spicier cuisine, spanish-only enclaves and several bilingual states -- there are a few states in the carib and Central America which have viable statehood movements.

The Republic of China is a corrupt "authoritarian democracy" under the rule of the of the "People's Conservative Party", a merger of two parties which coexisted in early republic politics and since the late 1960s have dominated china as a single unit. At least it's more PRI Mexico or 1950-90 LDP Japan or OTL Singapore than OTL's PRC in terms of level of corruption or repression. China is corrupt, capitalist and unlike OTL has more people calling for socialism. One noticable change is the lack of any campaigns to attack traditional culture. Economically, China's economy is about 50% larger than OTL's -- average incomes are around $9,000. This wealth has trasnlated into China enjoying more soft power than OTL -- there are chinese fast food chains all over the west, buddhism is the religion of those who would have gone for 'new age' spiritualism in OTL and Manhua have revolutionized comics.

Since gaining independence in the late 1970s, Korea has reluctantly returned to it's role as China's little buddy. A gradual transferrance to self-rule(first local autonomy, then in the 60s de facto dominion status and finally independence in 1978) have been counterbalanced by the lack of cold war necessity for trade combined with leftist economic policies. This means that Korea overall is doing no better than OTL's south korea economically, unfortunately.

The third major great power is the Russian Federation, a state stretching from the elbe to Vlavivostok. Compared to OTL, Russia has been quite lucky since it avoided the stalinist era and went through first a period of a corrupt semi-democracy that has by the 1950s evolved into a genuine democracy. It's politics tend towards various flavors of leftism and nationalism. This is reflected in it's demographics with such things as the Russian Federation having around 350 million people as opposed to OTL's CIS consisting of around 276 million. Russian incomes are roughly on par with Italy or Spain and there are occasional sketchy areas like the Mongolian A.R. or the caucus A.R.s. There are those russians who aren't overly pleased that China is now increasingly the lead partner in the alliance but so far, most are still willing to go along with the current system because it's what work and a few generations of russians have grown up allied with China.

Besides Russia itself, there are the other members of the Eurasian coalition. First, we have Russia's collection of allies in the balkans, all of which are functional democracies. Turkey is roughly as OTL except more secular. Iran is a nominally leftist, populist republic that is far more secular than OTL -- the government is roughly as authoritarian as 1970s yugoslavia. Turkestan has evolved from being a corrupt dictator's fiefdom to now a bureaucratic dictatorship slowly turning into an oligarcy cum sham democracy(The fact that the ruling Nationalists consistently win 90% of the polls shows they're not very good at it, though). Afghanistan is a corrupt left-wing dictatorship that's as bad as OTL yemen and has terrorism problems.

The first of the two potential contenders for the great power position is the Empire of Japan. Yes, Japan has lost Korea but it's economy continues to do well and it's avoided the megadeaths of OTL's second world war. Japan is in part responsible for the space race getting a second recent burst of attention in the 2000s due to their landing a man on the moon. Japanese popular culture is if anything even more strange and decadent than OTL, without the US occupation to affect mores. OTOH, Japanese culture is a bit less visible on the scene due to China's earlier modernization but it's still vislbe..

Germany stands as the second potential competitor. Since the Kaiser's restoration during the unstable 1930s, Germany has been a quite rightist democracy with politics ranging from near fascistic by OTL standards on the right to the center being to the right of anything in OTL's western europe. Over half of a century of pro-natalist policies and 35 years of immigration policies designed to let in sufficiently pale people willing to learn german along with no second world war mean there are 160 million germans. Germany is most notable for it's high technology, especially in the field of rocketry. After all, it was a very blonde and blue-eyed German who walked on mars in 2002.

There are of course, Germany's allies in central europe to be considered -- Bosnia, Croatia, Czechslovakia, Denmark, Hungary and The Netherlands. All of which are in a free trade area and customs union with Germany. Italy is the most important of these nations and even maintains a shrunken colonial empire as of 2012 along with an atomic arsenal of five aging german nuclear weapons which date to the 1960s. Besides those states, some right-leaning states in the global south like a richer mexico, A now thankfully liberalized brazil or a Syria that's *still* under the Assads look to Germany.

The Alliance of the south isn't a great power but still merits mention with the first tier nations and their 'allies'. Governments in this alliance are as a rule leftist and nationalist, which is interpreted quite broadly; for example there is India which is a lefty democracy, Vietnam which lacks american corpses in it's soil but otherwise resembles OTL and Haiti which is like a mini version of OTL's Cuba. Economically, these nations tend to do a ltitle better than their counterparts in OTL thanks to the lack of the soviet example, but their leftism means any gains are relatively minimal(5% in India to the 'miracle' of Haiti which goes from african standards of living in OTL to cuban standards of living).

Britain and France are the 'has been' states of this world. Yes, both retain bits and pieces of their empires along with having economic unions to try working with their post-imperial states to mixed results but both are clearly in decline. There are good outcomes like the dominion of south india which is at middle-income levels, then there are the bad like Cambodia, which has been a guerilla plagued troublespot for 50 years for France. For them, the century has not been a good one.

Hawai'i is significantly wealthier than OTL thanks to it's convenient location to be a tax shelter, combined with no longer having to put up with the Jones Act increasing shipping costs to and from Hawai'i. Think upper first world levels


Technologically, this world is around 5 years ahead of OTL overall with synthetics, biotech and materials enjoying higher leads than that.. Thanks to extensive competition between the powers, combined with no post-WWII spoils to give the US and russia and unstoppable lead aerospace first lagged OTL into the 1970s, but then has gone ahead in two major bursts of action. Phase one in the 1970s saw a man landing on the moon, more orbital construction than OTL while phase two in the 2000s saw the first man on mars, orbital hotels, a so far unprofitable orbital factory from Mitsubishi and solar power sattelites *finally* breaking even, yet still not being profitable. Oddly enough, due to nuclear power's being developed in peaceful circumstances it's more advanced and widespread than OTL with impacts on energy demand that are giving this world a generation more before even OTL's 2000s semi-wakeup call on energy. Computer networking is merely on par with OTL, but the Intergrid has more russophone, germanophone, japanese-speaking and sinophone presence and less of an anglophone monopoly.

Politically, the lack of either a second world war or a long-lived soviet union has dome some rather strange things to the world's political environment. First and foremost are the numerous side effects of the USSR's early demise such as a more active hard left and anarchist movement in the industrialized nations and a very splintered world socialist movement. Also, rightist populism in either italian or portuguese fascism or other forms like integralism is respectable due to the lack of a second world war.

Economic policy, as a result of the lack of a long-lasting USSR and more multipolar world is rather more splintered and heterodox than OTL. There is never OTL's cold-war era dichotomy of soviet central planning vs The Free Market with welfare for bankers, or OTL's washington consensus.

A stronger and more active hard left in industrialized nations, means that copyright terms are generally shorter, ranging from 40 to 70 years depending on the nation. This has generally had positive ramification on the culture even if there have been a few... drastic embarassments like Marvel's Batman(SWEAR TO ME PETER PARKER! SWEAR TO ME, DAMN IT!). DC's Spiderman at least is a massive improvement over Marvel's version though, since their version of Peter Parker had the decency to get killed off fast and replaced with someone who wasn't a total loser.

With a different intellectual environment, postmodernism remained fringe. When this world's variant of the internet came along, as a result we are spared tens of thousands of terrible self-insert fanfics. Unfortunately, most authors just replace them with either hijacked background characters or mary sue OCs so this isn't much of a gain.
In most of the connected multiverse, Octover 29 1962 is not a particularly important date. On a small band of 61 worlds, it stands out as quite possibly one of the most important ones of  history, since on that day in 61 different worlds a strange anomaly appeared on the horizon on 12:00 AM GMT. The difference between these worlds, as discovered through intra-universal communications is which second of that minute the mirror cube appeared in Earth's sky from 11:59:59 to 12:00:60.

Following phone calls or other notifications, the leaders of nations on 61 earths turn their eyes skyward to the mirrorcube. This is just in time to see the shock as reflections of radios and satellite signals from other, seemingly mirror versions of earth arrive once the orbital.

Even now, this cube remains in the orbit of these 61 worlds, doing nothing besides serving as a conduit for transworld communications.

* * *

The histories of these 61 worlds vary in many particulars, but there are commonalities despite these differences. Given their origin one might compare these differences to a pallet-swap or a sprite recolor. In the multiversal scheme of things, the differences are outweighed by the similarities. Even though the butterfly effect is in operation, these 61 worlds show various broader trends and averages. Besides just serving as an example for various social experiments, you have crossworld communications providing people with advice that they may or may not decide to take("y'know, you might want to pass a civil rights act" or "Leave the rhodies alone. They're bad but look good compared to ZANU or ZAPU" "don't get involved in land wars in east asia"). Some changes are constant to all or almost all worlds while others are on mere majorities or 2/3s of worlds.

One of the most notable commonality of all of these worlds is the post-1962 detente -- part of it is the cuban missile crisis that had just ended with the other part being the mirrorcube's existence as an out of context problem that put the issues of East and West in  context. The detente at bare minimum started off 10-15 years long, and in a few actually led to the full normalization of relations between East and West with the cold war ending in the mid 1970s. At minimum this period led in most worlds to the Red Chinese being allowed into the UN, the Cuban Embargo being ended(Florida wasn't a swing state then and the missiles *were* just removed) among a few other things.

The other characteristic both of the early years, and to an attenuated degree even the present is a significant interest in space. Yes, it's taken hits from seeing the maintenence bills for Moonbase Alpha and Lunagrad along with cost projections for either asteroid mining or mars missions, but quite a few worlds have gone beyond the minimum of orbital hotels and 2-3 powers with lunar bases to mars expeditions. There are even a couple martian colonies now across the 61 worlds -- this ranges from a ramshackle base of 700 people for one mars to a functioning small city of 5,000 on another, more advanced world. Asteroid mining, due to it's risk is only done by three of the 61 worlds but is proving to be a literal goldmine.

After the first decade or so, the world's politics settled into business as usual in most of the worlds for good or for ill. On the positive side of things, this included increasing economic integration of the more functional bits of the third world into the world economy. On the downside, this included things like the energy crisis that hit 2/3 of the worlds anytime from 1967 to 1985.

The next major set of unexpected changes that hit were the decline of communism throughout these worlds -- in the years from the mid 80s to the late 2000s, 70% of all Soviet Unions either experienced partial or full collapse of one sort or another(This can mean your russias or a greater or lesser flavor or gorby-style liberalized USSRs or other, different states). In fact, by the present year of 2015, 96% of all Warsaw Pacts had either melted down fully or partially.

Meanwhile, as the communist blocs were all either ossifying then imploding or doing desperate reforms the west enjoyed tech booms of varying strength -- OTL's tech boom would have been middle of he road, with one lucky world managing to time it so that it also got to experience concurring booms in the space and biotech sector.

Recent years appear to be seeing the start of a new era of instability both international and domestic. America is either declining or deciding to slowly withdraw from world governance as great powers either rise to handle their regional issues or in worse cases become either competition or reviving old competitions. Meanwhile, economies are dealing with increasing automation, adjusting to higher energy prices, the effects of the internet and other technological shocks.

On the other side of things, there have been some unusual disasters in about 2/3 of these worlds. These range from the mundane issues of governance failure within a big power like the economic system simply 'bricking' and being locked into a depression-followed by stagflation-type pattern that takes a decade or two to fix at all(OTL since 2008) -- this has happend to about a third of the United States sometime between 1984 and the present. Other relatively mundane problems include the second energy crises that 40% of worlds have experienced sometime between 1995 to now thanks to energy(and often other resource ) producers noticing rising demand. Then there are the more unusual disasters such as in one world an extremely anti-piracy software company releasing a virus designed to enforce DRM that ended up bricking enough systems to lead to a billion people dead by the time everything settled down(copyright is gone) or Mexican collapse dragging in the US in another, different world. On the upside, no world has had any nuclear wars or outright collapses of civilization -- people credit both luck and the ability to look. After all, without the ability to hear about other worlds' economic policies would all 61 of the known versions of the United States have experienced economic crashes instead of merely a third?

* * *
Researching the mirrorcube is the most obvious focus of these worlds. Despite the collective application of some of the brightest minds on all 61 worlds extremely little is known about it in practice since investigation appears impossible -- the entirety of knowledge that's agreed upon by all 61 worlds is the following: it emits low-energy neutrinos at a rate of one per second, it emits tachyons at the same rate, it orbits in geostationary, it acts as a transmitter for radio/satellite/television communications between the worlds, it's 144 meters in diameter and it's impossible to physically interact with it(probes have touched it to grab nothing but space, firing lasers to try producing a spectrum gets nothingm etc). The little information they've gotten, combined with the results of the experiments has produced entire schools of science and led to 120 scientists having severe enough breakdowns to being institutionalized.

Sicence itself has benefitted surprisingly little in spinoffs. Perhaps it'd be immediately useful if we were in the part of the galaxy where faster than light travel was even possible, but as things go the level of undersranding of the best and brightest is is like showing a post-singularity faster than light drive to a monkey. Not even a gorilla or chimp, but a baboon. On the other hand, the larger budgets given to scientists both in physics or in other areas have produced more results. Materials science, synthetics, computing, telecommunications, biotech, medicine and lastly to a lesser degree aerospace are the main beneficiaries of this windfall. Besides the windfall, science has gained a boost from interworld collaboration and information exchange. The least advanced world is 7 years ahead technologically on average, while the most is a full 20. The average is 13-14 years ahead with worlds sometimes lagging in areas or excelling in other, different areas.

Besides the theory, applied science is doing well. Companies collaborating with their counterparts in other worlds has led to larger R&D plans, since they're able to spread the costs over multiple worlds by passing data through. The fact they're able to test what works and what doesn't also helps.

Obviously, science fiction is both more popular and respectable than in OTL. Besides having a larger audience, the talent pool is larger as people who in one world or another heard of their counterparts or made money off of local royalties of their altergangers decide to get involved. There being much more money in it leads to all sorts of positive dividends; less rehashing of 30s-50s tropes, more fresh blood, more media adaptations, longer-lasting TV shows(Star Trek in all worlds lasts at least to 1970, with 95% of worlds having either a Star Trek: Phase II spinoff or a final sendoff with a big-budget movie or both), more series and a less ghettoized genre. These days, some of the more wealthy authors, or those with loyal fanbases who can donate for the connection fees(H. Turtledove, S. Stirling, J. Ringo, J. Pournelle) actually compare notes with their altergangers via crossworld e-mail and thus manage to do a crossworld "division of labor"(OK, Stirling-1 you write those novels with the world losing all technology and magic returning, I've got ideas for the third Draka trilogy, Stirling-3's doing his "Mirrorcube appears in 1940" book, Stirling 4's working on an outline of the 4th ISOT trilogy, Stirling 5's working on that third book in the Red Death trilogy, Stirling-6 is collaborating with Tom kratman on the third world war book, Stirling-6 is working with Charlie Stross on a one a one-off novel about Israel ISOT to 1944....", concluding with "Let's check back with each other in 3 months, k?". AS a result of the collaborative efforts, the lucky authors who are able to get more than one book done at once all get far more released. You also have a trend of famous authors managing to live at worse 6 months longer than OTL with many lasting several years more due to swapping notes on their health. There have also been hissyfits between altergangers, alas(Neofascist!Charlie Stross and social democratic!Charlie Stross predictably didn't get along well).

Alternate history is as to be expected quite a big genre in this world with lots of living reasons to be interested in it. The quality ranges from works as good as any seen in our world's SHWI multipart timelines to schlock like Nixon!(An ABC series taking place in an alternate 1990s where an aging Richard Nixon runs America as a bad 1984 clone). With more datapoints to work with alternate historians are more confident both with post-1962 PODs, and thanks to having a much larger pool of discussion pre-1962 PODs. The collective alternate history community of at last count 33 timelines has funded the creation of archives for the various discussion lists/fora/bulletin boards to be spread around the multiverse. There are less successful efforts by these same people to try convincing authors to release their works to the public domain. At least they've had a limited degree of luck as opposed to none.

Popular culture is one of the most altered by this change and has experienced a renaissance. More cynically, part of this efflorescence may be explained by the trend for copyright terms to lenghten being reduced(at minimum, you have world #00 where the situation is OTL pre-bono copyright extension act and you have to pay for each DMCA takedown. At most, you have a world that due to an incident involving botnets created to enforce their game's DRM that led to the deaths of a billion people before everything settling down with most nations outright scrapping IP law.
The Anomaly
Here's the first entry in "The Anomaly" series, a recurring set of entries showing either aspects of a set of worlds in the multiverse.

This is inspired in part both by Bruce's adaptation of an unnamed twilight zone episode, along with RVBomally's recurring fleshing out of his recent space opera setting.
Purging the purger by OttoVonSuds
Purging the purger
Yet another map that's been half-finished for over a year and I completed it. The writeup, of course had to wait for yet another two years.

Back in 1998, Gemellus did a timeline about Stalin being purged in 1937 on SHWI. Here is my 'cover' and continuation of it. The name is of course mine, since Gemellus merely labelled this timeline's entries as "Russia 19XX to 19XX". As per the title, the main gimmick is Josef Stalin's being removed in a coup in 1936 and following on from there.

The removal of Josef Stalin quickly leads to divergences on the world stage. There is still a pacific war ending with results much like OTL minus nuking, but the war in Europe ends with a halfassed peace -- Germany survived but had to vacate much of it's gains.

A cold war began between between a fractius western-soviet alliance and the Fascists. A mix of fascist diplomatic overtures, plus the inevitable friction of trying to have the US and SOVIETS within the same alliance led to a split in the 50s and 60s to make it a threeway cold war. Like OTL's cold war, there's some scary moments like Germany's near-implosion in the 80s which resulted in a truly unpleasant leader. This particular cold war would continue until the mid 2000s, right before the fall of the USSR as Premeir Zyuganov says "forget this".

Current affairs include the adjustment to the collapse of the USSR and the emerging detente between the Pact of Steel and the west; The Fascists are having a hard time adjusting to the fact that the west now has more resources it can aim at them.


The greater German Reich is once again extremely militant and radical. The Third Reich experienced a liberalizing trend during the 1960s to early 1980s, and in fact came close to a full democratic revolt. Following the "troubles" of the mid-1980s, an extremist group combining hardline Partei members along with more paranoid members of the army that called itself "The Black Corps" took power by force and displaced the overly liberal last Fuhrer. The current Head isn't quite as psychotic as the first Black Corps leader, Head Sturm was but he's pretty much a blonde Josef Stalin but without Stalin's niceness or sense of charity. At least, he hasn't repeated his predecessor's killing a fifth of Germany's population on grounds of being insufficiently aryan(read: brown hair or brown eyes) or the failed attempt to replace roman letters with runes. Also, Sturm is SLOOOOWLY moving away from the worst policies

Italy managed to retain the status of being small-f Fascist as opposed to going back to full totalitarianism. Even so Italy' population resents the reimposition of Fascism on them by Germany's occupying forces but aren't stupid enough to revolt, since during the early 90s The Black Corps used 5 nukes to suppress trouble within Germany. Even the liberal elements within Italy aren't willing to play games with country that's willing to NUKE IT'S OWN POPULATION to restore order.

Germany's mitteleuropan vassals weren't so lucky, and these days are net drains on the treasury. After all, it costs more money to garrison these areas than Germany would get back from tribute -- this expense is part of what's motivated Head Sturm's even extremely limited economic reforms.

Aryanist Iran is well-disciplined, militarized and is actually the one fascist regime in the pact of steel that's halfway competently run. Even with substantial amounts of propaganda involved, quite a few Germans resent the fact that the nonwhite Iranians are doing fascism better than the Master Race.



The United States had less of a cold war, so it is a less militarized but relatively recognizable, if rather more homogenous and egalitarian nation. The fact that America's cold war with the USSR was 1) delayed compared to OTL 2) rather less harsh since they also had the nazis to worry about means that America's old left remained stronger. Without the void of the old left to fill, America's "New Left" never got as powerful as OTLs. America's "vital center" lasted into the 1990s before falling apart on surprisingly similar lines. Granted, it was over different issues but America as it stands is in the middle of The Democrats slowly pushing out the south while the GOP's liberal wing is slowly aging and dying off. America is a nation where race is a bit less of a hot button than OTL since the reforms were split by party rather than OTL's situation of one big, successful push by the Democrats combined with the fact that no reopening of immigration lead to there being more of a black middle class than OTL's America. Incidently, the white working class not having to compete with unskilled immigrants probably helps.

The Republic of China is pretty much our People's Republic of China minus red flags -- the government is a nationalistic corrupt oligarchy, with lots of populist rhetoric and anti-first world rhetoric. Traditional chinese culture is doing rather better than in our world, and demographics are healthier(1.7 billion Chinese and a birthrate that's declined more slowly), though. Unfortunately, a mix of increased militarization, extreme protectionism to defend from "comprador capitalism", means that the portions corrosponding to our China only have an economy as big as OTL's PRC. However, with more popular legitimacy, and with the recent prestige gains of reunifying China(Macau and Hong Kong in 1997, Taiwan in 2004) the regime feels a bit more secure and is more relaxed re: personal liberties and censorship.

Taiwan, which in this world was an American protectorate from the late 1940s until 1978 has recently rejoined China on rather better terms than Hong Kong got back in our 1997. Unlike our Taiwan, this world's Taiwan is bilingual Japanese-Chinese and much more elements of Japanese culture survive. Also, the increased civil liberties in Taiwan which stem from the period of American rule and are continued by a pragmatic GMD China that sees Taiwan means that Taiwan is a bigger center of popular culture.

Japan is much like OTL, except they've admitted their war guilt back in the 1970s. The recent controversy is over their textbooks the last few years quietly not mentioning that plus describing the conquests during the cond world war as "liberation". The Japanese economy is as large as it is OTL with slwoer average growth rates pre-1980s being made up for by no lag.

Korea is a corrupt one-party state as rich as OTL Chile --- less need for US investment thanks to China being available means that Korea ended up lagging compared to OTL. The government of Korea bears a strong resemblance to OTL's PRC -- it's pretty much fascist but with lamer uniforms.


A weaker and later cold war, combined with the nazis being right next door and rather more pragmatic policy ensured that the USSR lasted until the late 2000s before collapsing(better economic performance is counteracted by increased cynicism which is caused by a more... flexible Party Line alogn with less isolation.) The increased anti-fascist solidarity led to the successor government managing to keep most of the territory under either direct rule or as an "autonomous" region. In recent years, the Federated Republics of Eurasia has begun making up with the western alliance, along with to a far lesser extent the US-Chinese alliance.

Psychotic neighbors meant that the Swiss quickly signed on to the "western alliance" as soon as the Black Corps began going after insufficiently aryan germans as part of their "Right Unity, Right Singularity" campaign. At least the Swiss were able to negotiate not having to open their bank accounts to western scrutiny.

Britain and France both declined like OTL and are still in a funk if not quite as bad-- The commonwealth is only 99% of a joke instead of being entirely ineffectual.

Still-apartheid South Africa and elitist, if no longer racialist Rhodesia are sort of the embarassments of the Western Alliance.


The third world is abit more of a mess  than OTL since you had *three* different sides with four ideologies competing -- the democracies, the communists, the fascists and the odd man out, the National Socialists. Nowadays, it's NatSoc or Fascist regimes that are the main winner in the third world. This success is having the side effect of making both of those two ideologies look embarassing and ineffectual -- This has been noted by Western Alliance and Transpacific propaganda crews.

There are a few remaining communist states in the third world that haven't gotten the hint from the collapse of the USSR.

An extremely tiny Israel sits in smaller-than-1948 borders, but at least it's survival isn't directly threatened thanks to the partition leading to effective peace treaties with it's neighbors. Oddly, this hasn't stopepd terrorism since the ultraorthodox as of late have begun violent reactions against the secular government -- an Israel which isn't as threatened from outside has rather more internal disunity.


Compared to OTL, technology is more advanced in things like aerospace, military technology due to the multipolar cold war lasting longer. Civilian technology, however lags by a few years due to a different focus -- the internet is only now getting into the "clunky memory intesive javascript everywhere" phase of OTL that started in our late 2000s.

With fascism being the main ideology of third world revolution, western nations are rather less willing to let in third world immigrants than OTL even when it comes to areas within the western alliancel ike India or China -- The immigrants that get let in tend to be either from the underdeveloped, western or at least white parts of the alliance(FRE, Cuba, Korea). Besides this much smaller pool of labor, there is more willingness to employ the existing native-born population so there are fewer "rust belt" type zones. There are rather fewer unskilled workers in these nations so there has been more investment in automation combined with better treatment of the labor there. This has had the positive side effect of the middle class doing better in many western nations.
A second one from the archive. This one was about as old as Gore Wins before I edited and finished it. Enjoy!

The midlands was a fantasy webcomic by RMG that ended up collapsing under the weight of too many plotlines. It was followed by another, Heliothaumic which had similar problems and ended up having to be rebooted yet again, in the form of Iothera. People who've known me for the past decade or so can tell The Midlands is an influence.s

Despite the confusing mess of storylines, I count it as one of my favorites due to the detailed and quite intriguing worldbuilding.  The main events that have defined the present of this world the contact of Earth by another, alternate earth. This alternate earth brought  magic and high technology which proceeded to topple much of the existing order. America's international influence shriveled and died in the face of competition from the Three Dragons, an alliance of three powerful democracies.

Those of you who regularly follow my maps may noticed that I've "borrowed" the color scheme of the maps RMG made for Midlands/Heliothaumic/Iothera for a few of my maps.

One world was essentially a modern fantasy world with technology around a generation ahead of OTL. The other was a world mostly like OTL with certain, mostly cosmestic differences. There are other alternate worlds, which include a fascistic british empire which uses dragons to rule the world, another has a liberalized British Empire ruled over by an ageless, elvish Queen Victoria which coexisted with a Japanese-Kyokanese union. This description is mainly concerned with ML-1 and ML-2 so those won't be coming up. As I said, the author of this liked to introduce more and more complicated plotlines.

Even pre-interdimensional contact, the earth on the other side was visibly different. For starters, there is a soviet union with a suspiciously ageless female premier. This USSR is a decaying, corrupt state that's essentially OTL russia plus Belarus and Kazachstan. Even the minor reforms done in the 80s and 90s have only served to barely keep things going. Premier Mariskova allowed free elections in 2003, but her popularity for reversing reforms enabled her to retain power with only a minor amount of vote-stealing and bribery.

ML-2 was dominated by an European Union-style alliance, the Three Dragons. This consisted of Kyokana, which was sort of like Magical!Japan, Recently democratized Marcharius which is still in an embarassing 'Punk' phase following the end of the repressive Noblist regime and lastly, there is quite conservative Coastland. Think Texas with a bit of ancient egyptian style and pyramids for coastland. Coastland as of 2012/1590 even still has sodomy laws. Below the Three Dragons, there are several other developed nations which happen to simply not be as wealthy or culturally influential(Hochland, Korpheim, Sudoyama, Minakodo, Noland, Santa Lucia, Khozon, Elisia, Tanius, The Federated Northland States and Sailles.) Then, there are less developed nations like Khemit, Khemeni, Ilthmir, Inland, Gracia, Arnaland, Akan, Jiansury, Harathky, Sellenes which are openly controlled economically by Eastern interests. Kyokana is known for doing frequent Iraq-style 'interventions' and covert assasinations to keep control. Unlike our world, where even the failed states have AK-47s, ML-2's backwaters like The Southern Allies, Callios, Al Muerzo, Lhaz Oroz, Orsonia, Khazad, The Western Orcish Empire, The eastern Orcish Empire, Knolos, Ikos, Harmony and Ein are literally medieval. We're talking about places where firearms are a relatively new and revolutionary introduction. There used to be a rogue nation, the dominion but after a hyper-powered youth used her magic everyone there vanished and it's now a dead zone.

The world of ML-2 doesn't just have humans. There are elves who live 1000 years, Orcs who live to 500, goblins who live as long as humans and the barely sapient Dhurukh-Tan. The elves of course resemble humans, with the difference that Elves in northern ilthmir may be blue and Elisian elves tend to be green. Orcs look like the usual fandom depictions of green orcs and are rare in most civilized nations besides the mostly Orcish Khozon. Goblins are of course sexless planet men. The Dhurukh are smart enough to build primitive seige implements but dno't have complex language.

The two worlds came into contact again, when an American agency found one of Weirdkop's tomes sometime in 2003 and used the information contained in it, to duplicate the feats of the shamans. Quickly, Dalerius saw an opportunity and begged for admittance into the US.  By the time, anybody on the other side figured out what just happened, Dalerius was a state and Google had created a local domain. All hell broke loose, with the Three Dragons meeting for the first time a nation that could be a real rival. After all, The United States of America had as large of a population as all three dragons combined.

Even before the creation of The Gates, ML-2 was already beginning to see some shifts with the rise of the borderline anarcho-capitalist Federated Northland States to being on par with any one of the Three Dragons. However, the Three Dragons adapted better to the new world order better than the United States since they could use the templates of "bribe/cajole the developed nations into being Three Dragons vassals and economically dominate ML-1's third world and entirely ignore 90% of africa" to great effect. Those Three Dragons politicians who notice China's large size and rapid economic growth are now floating the subject of  inviting in either the United States or the Federated Northland States, with the latter comign in well before the former to be potential Fourth Dragons -- the FNS's snubbing of previous offers has been noted by Baisotei. These haven't gotten much traction on either of the two worlds, although efforts to economically integrate ML-2's developed world with ML-1's first world are more successful. The fact that the former nation of Dalerius chose to become America's 51st state annoyed the citizens of the Three Dragons enough to the point where they don't feel guilty about crashing the US economy.

On the other side, contact quickly saw the upending of old orders. Taiwan found a new great power patron and is now an overseas state of Kyokana. Americans *and* Chinese whine about this, but Kyokanese diplomates point to Dalerius\. Israel is trying without any auccess to become an allied. This meant that groups like al Qeada and the like decided to quit fulminating about Zionist Fascist Crusader America and move instead to promoting islamic revolution at home. America's system of international alliances and economic dominance vanished in a flash of golden light, as nations either chose to align themselves with the Three Dragons(Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Canada) or become neutral(European union as a whole). What made things worse was the massive global economic crashed caused by a mix of financial instability(the financial liberalization of 1977-200X was a tinderbox) and serious economic competition. By late 2005, most of the first world was in a deep depression with America being hit the worst. This merely furthered the decline of America. As America's fortunes imploded, Canada joined the network of rich, developed nations in the orbit of the three Dragons while the European Union, now including Mariskova's democratized Soviet Union as a gradually integrating member(Done on Three Dragons suggestion as a counterbalance to the United States). McCain's election over Clinton/Obama, Baldwin/Paul(Yes, the Constitution won a few states). McCain's heart couldn't take such a stressful environment, so he died during inaugeration. After a few edits to the oath of office, Sarah Palin became President.

The global depression on ML-1, which is only now beginning to lift really didn't help matters. Iraq fell apart on ethnic lines, Bolivia's east seceded, South Sudan *and* Darfur are both independent and there's been enough unrest in both Tibet and Xinjiang to cause Beijing to adopt the "just shoot them all" line of thinking.

In a possibly revolutionary move, India, Brazil and China along with a few hangers-on like Venezuela, Cuba, South Africa, Iran have all started coordinating their foreign policies more in an effort to outweight the Three Dragons both by population, and eventually by economic size. This sort of thing is why there's Three Dragons politicians who think letting the FNS or US in would help maintain their strength.

The United States of America is digging out of a recession, which due to financial sector shenanigans turned into full-on second great depression, then to a real collapse as the economy was revealed to essentially  be funny money. This was NOT recieved well -- Once the economy evaporated, there was first rioting then outright guerilla war. During the worst of it, POTUS Bush along with VPOTUS Cheney found themselves dangling from ropes. Speakers of the house McCain nearly died due to the stress of maintaining order. He ended up not running in 2008, to let Santorum be the one to take the blame for the meltdown. The geeky black guy who folowed Santorum ended up losing to Romney in 2012. There are still guerillas in the southwest, dixie, Alaska and Rocky mountains but the US has either held or reclaimed it's territory -- it took five years and massive amounts of "shock and awe" bombardment to force utah back into the union. As a result, America's GDP collapsed by 95%, now it's back up to 15-20% of what it once was and growing once again. 20% of the US's population bailed out to countries which would take them -- think what happened when the USSR fell but worse given America's being even less prepared. Everyone who could find a way out/would get in did so. Mostly either people who were skilled or wealthy, but the second largest exodus was from people of Latin American descent going back to their homelands which were 1) no poorer than the post-crash US 2) they had family there. Many of the wealthy or skilled people went to the East or Three Dragons and started over.

There wasn't an arab spring, but there was some rioting in 2011 that got put down. Increased oil prices are letting the Shieks and Iran's mullahs to bribe their people into submission along with investing in better riot police.

Gas prices in the United States are up to European levels for those who can afford it, because the nations of the Three Dragons are buying lots of cheap oil(Yes, they largely moved off oil over there a generation ago during the peaktime, but oil is sitll useful in chemical composites).

However, not all is a dark world. Technology has been advanced by western scientists meeting Three Dragons technology. Even the terrible $100 laptops you can find at wal-mart are better than anything you can find currently in the real world(window MagiOS may be picture-perfect 3D but still crashes and has bloat). Their 5th generation iPod shuffles have multiple terabytes of space. The two worlds have benefitted from cultural exchange. American burgers and fried spread to The East, while Eastern fast food in the form of Sushi and Subs has spread. The depression has produced alot of cynical music, animation with heavy doses of black humor.
Another retro one. One even older than my Hundred Days writeup, so this makes it one that's been on my system for FIVE years. Semper Fi's being held up for three years is nothing compared to this. Anyways, it's a take on Al Gore's winning the election.

This world's divergence is the 1998 killing of Justice Antonin Scalia during an attempted bombing of the supreme court. The bomb was done by a quite fringe radical group and failed in it's intended goal of killing the entire supreme court. Within six weeks, the vacancy was filled by by Jose A. Cabranes, the first Hispanic justice of the supreme court. The end result of this, was a Bush v. Gore decision that went 5-4 in favor of Al Gore being the new president. This was accompanied by narrow democratic victories in Florida and New Hampshire. The reason for this is because the heat brought upon the Clinton Administration made Gore have to campaign harder and take a new tack -- he campaigned as promising to continue clinton's legacy but without the scandalous personal life. As the narrow wins in New Hampshire, Ohio and Florida showed, this strategy worked despite Bush's legal challenge over New Hampshire's returns and Gore entered the white house on January 20, 2001.

The first Gore administration went relatively smoothly. The tech bubble recession ended by the end of the years and America's ongoing news stories were the convoluted trials and tribulation of "The New York" 19 who were caught in August of 2001, a spate of summer shark attacks with an ongoing investigation into Chandra Levy's death. The cultural period of 1998-2002 continued unabated without various post-9/11 cultural shifts. This ensured a different cultural tone: instead of the brief period of liveliness/outgoing culture from 2003-2007, the cocooning of the modern west is more complete -- hipsterism rose 1999-2003 and has been dominant for the past ten years. Trends such as social networking and left-wingers harassing people for what they posted online started earlier, with changes like Myspace being the one to take off and Mark Zuckerberg ending up a penniless hobo who gets sold to an arab shiek after failing to pay off his debts. Without a social conservative like Bush in charge, the FCC remained quite hands off and even became looser than it's 1990s standards with the cable channels following this trend. Another cultural difference was better-funded, more competent enforcement and a more pro-hollywood government delaying the rise of p2p. The services like Kazaa or bittorrent which started getting big in the early '00s under the relatively lax watch of Bush were slowed and there is more authoritarian legislation on the model of SOPA or PIPA in place. The economy revived and did better than the Bush administration without the war on terror or bush tax cuts to raise deficits. There was no boom, but growth rates tended towards the 3-4% range for several years. There was a brief flurry of controversy after O'conner's  retirement in late 2003 and gore's appointment of Diane Pamela Wood to replace her but it was not enough to give the McCain/Cheney ticket an entry into the white house. The summer of 2004 would provide yet another reason to rally around Gore as international issues reared their head in the form of Korea, along with the ongoing Iraq war.

Meanwhile, the fact that Gore was working with DLC democrats plus republicans led to the GOP's business getting more of what they wanted -- Bush's policies got implemented but without OTL's sunsetting. Also, various deficit-reduction measures were put in -- think the Cut, Cap and Balance Act minus the amendment. There was even an abortive attempt at social security and medicaid reform, which ended up failing. The fact that there's no longer the $120,000 cap on income for social security taxes was all that came of it.

With a vice president who practically campaigned for it on a regular basis, a war with Iraq under Gore's watch was probably even more inevitable than OTL's war under Bush. America's having a president who was more acceptable to both the Media and international opinion made the road to war smoother. Instead of Weapons of mass destruction, the rallying cry for the war was human rights and other humanitarian issues. This more vague and less falsifiable reason was better-able to hold water with more people since going to war to protect "human rights" in Iraq is much harder to prove is a scam than looking for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. The war also had more support because, it was to be honest rather more competently handled than OTL. Beginning in November 2002, the United States started occupying Iraq and still maintains sizable numbers of troops there despite 2011's drawdown.

Another factor intervened to alter the outcome of the election in Gore's favor. Following the North Korean strike on South Korean troops in the DMZ, America and it's ally South Korea were at war with North Korea. Defeating the north korean troops on the DMZ took less than a year, and by summer of 2005, the two Koreas were reunited under one flag. However, there was lingering unrest from the chaos of the reunification. America's troop presence in Korea remained higher than pre-war levels, but the troops were now shifted to the north, as well as on the DMZ. Despite the two Koreas being reunified. Yes, the outcome wasn't perfect but the Second Korean war provided the rest of the planet with a salutory lesson about American power, as an ironic reversal of how OTL's 2000s failed Iraq and Afghanistan wars taught the opposite. Also, the Korean war of 2004-5, and the 'pacification' of 2005-8 combined with this world's Iraq war have only been  1/3 as costly as the real world's war on terror. However, unlike the war on terror of OTL it was not a failure, which means that America rallied around Gore and his successor for much longer than they did bush -- congress went Democratic back in 2004 and is still solid dem.

The current president Mark Warner managed to keep his head above water and to win the 2012 election with a decent margin. The ongoing drawdown of forces in Iraq continues. President Warner's choice of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor  as justices has been controversial, but politics is still blander and content-free even compared to OTL. There was a real estate slowdown and near-slump in 2009-10, but the economy has perked up again, if rather limper than it was 2002-2008. Vice President Leiberman's constant calls for wars in Iran, combined with uprisings in early 2013 gave President Warner an opening to really leave his legacy on the world. The Iran war began with airstrikes, but by summer of 2013, US ground troops entered Iran. The Iran war is in a stage like the Iraq war was in OTL 2004 in terms of level of public support.

As of summer 2014, things are looking quite a bit like the Bush years of the mid-2000s of OTL, albeit with a Democrat in charge. Iraq's forces were defeated with quick "shock and awe" type raids whch have been responded to by starting guerilla raids, the economy is sort-of chugging along. All is going well, but this may not last forever (or much longer): The stock market is doing well if volatile, with the rare glitchy day and the 2014 tropical storm season has already produced three large hurricanes(granted neither went near the US but still..)


Overall, America is more conservative than our world in both neocon and to a much lesser degree(mostly on economics) paleocon senses of the word. This is naturally due to a mix of 8 more years of "triangulation", combined with the neocon foreign policy and economics looking visibly better since they haven't failed epically yet. Gay marriage is only starting to get on the rader with four states having it legal by now and there's 1/3 more people in prison thanks to another round of increasing penalties for Federal drug crimes. Immigration reform is leading to a backlash, as the population of illegal aliens has jumped, with some scaremongering sources saying it's doubled since the 2008 act which allowed illegals to stay in the country if they register as guest workers passed.

Without the blip of 2002-2006ish where America rallied around the flag, as well as enjoyed for an extremely short moment a taste of a more lively culture, America is more cynical, bitter and internally divided. Despite there being no economic meltdown to serve as a point of blame, the issues are more broadly-based and harder to defuse. Secessionism got visible as an idea one electoral cycle earlier than OTL. Yes, red state/blue state issues manage to be even worse than OTL even without Dubya.

Both parties resemble their 1990s selves in certain ways -- part of it is less "surprises" upsetting things while a second part has been the influence of the political side of the normie youth movement encouraging status-quo politics for of all things IRONIC reasons. Democrats are more interventionist internationally, while Republicans tend to be less interventionist. However, this is on a spectrum where interventionism remains significantly more credible and there have not yet been any major diplomatic black eyes for the US. Both are more conservative than OTL on social issues and economics, which translates into West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, ohio and Missouri being swing states. New Hampshire also has swung for the GOP a couple times since 2000. The Reform Party made further attempts in 2004 to win election, but were dissolved in 2008 after miserable showings in 2006 congressional and 2008 presidential elections.

The GOP in 2014 is much like OTL's 2014 republicans in everything besides being slightly more civil along with being significantly less neocon on foreign policy. Think the level of civility the republicans had before Obama. Compared to OTL, Republicans are at least having to LOOK like they're more pro-civil liberties.

Democrats went through another clintonian round of moving to the right and trying to at least look like they're not offensive to white suburbanites. As a result, the party is more moderate along with giving visibly less leeway to various lifestyle or racial minorities activism. The current Democrat who is the frontrunner for 2016 is a surprisingly spry Joe Biden -- there are rumors that this, surprisingly buff Biden may be using steroids...

A less costly series of wars, combined with an administration that at least tried to look like it wasn't being profligate spenders means inflation is a bit less than in our world which is part of why the economy has done visibly better.  The effect is minor, but it's visible. This is further helped by slower rises in gasoline prices than OTL. Yes, it still rose to $3 by 2012, but it stayed at 90s prices for much longer.

There has been no Arab spring and it looks like there won't be one anytime soon.

Western Europe is simply muddling along. Think the pre-Great Recession EU, if no more integrated given the failure of multiple attempts to deepen the Lisbon treaty.

Korea's per capita GDP peaked with reunification and doesn't look like it'll react 2004 levels until 2040-60 if things go well. The reunification of Kroea was a massive shock for Seoul; think a hypothetical US-Mexican anschluss rather than OTL East/west german reunification for the level of social disruption and economic chaos involved -- the fact that most of North Korea fled south was a massive shock for the labor market. On the upside, Korean birthrates have had a massive jolt upwards that appears to be sticking to slightly above replacement.

Many of the former North Koreans are voters for the new "United Korea" party -- a nationalistic, authoritarian-leaning, isolationist, socialist-minded party. With the eonomic chaos of reunification, many South Koreans are convinced of this party's wisdom .

China is much like OTL except a bit more visibly anti-American -- The Gore administraiton's not having a 9/11 to take attention off of China put more attention onto the Pacific. China's government ha put diplomatic feelers out to both Japan("We'll censor people's complaints about WWII if you kick US troops out") and Korea("We'll leave you alone and not pressure you about elections".

Japan is feeling pretty uncomfortable and finlandized.

Russia is an open Chinese ally these days.

With another 13 years of continuous liberal rule with accompanying hectoring about language choice and other general 'politically correct'/social justice harassment, Generation Y is more conservative-minded than OTL. Think the apathetic or conservative or if they're techie shutins working in IT libertarian leanings of generation X, but turned up to 11. It's a bit more collective-minded than generation X but rather more cynical re: left proposals. This has had the upside of entirely butterflying OTL's energetic and vocal SJW harassment of people, since leftism in this TL is seen as more of an establishment thing and thus less interesting to young people.

The livejournal/tumblr "social justice movement" that anyone who goes on much of the internet is familiar with got butterflied out -- there are some but they're only a few isolated people rather than an organized subculture. This factor has had important implications re: young people's attitudes -- instead of being fellow generation y/millenials doing the tone policing it's clearly older people doing the shaming. This factor is the biggest one making people more apathetic and cynical re: left-wing mindset.

Without 9/11, the cultural era of the late 1990s to early 2000s continued all the way to 2007 before beginning a slow transition to something (surprisingly, from the POV of say someone in 2003 or 2006 of OTL) like OTL 2014 in many ways. There is even more trite 90s nostalgia than OTL. Popular culture in this world is even more influenced by both Generation X and the generation x-influenced bits of Gen Y -- as mentioned before there is much more nostalgia along with even more postmodernism.

A somewhat more hands-off FCC led to Saturday morning cartoons lasting into the mid or late 2000s before dying off. This same relative laxness lead to toy-based series experiencing a revival in the early 2000s that's continued to date.

The livejournal and tumblr-based "Fandom" cultural movement with it's scarily organized teenage and 20something fandoms is even bigger, more unified and more vocal than OTL. Part of why fandom is so big is the otherwise bland cultural environment, another part is that it's a safe way to rebel against a stifling mainstream rather than embracing icky non-mainstream politics and getting into deep trouble for it. One of the bigger fandoms is of course My Little Ponies: Bronies became a thing close to half a decade earlier than OTL. There are more young people and 20somethings acting like the Cutie mark crusaders or Derpy Hooves in real life. Superwholocks are just like OTL.

Internet culture is visibly worse than OTL -- think the unholy mix of OTL facebook moralizing authoritarianism, gawker/salon/slate style moralizing clickbait politics and tumblr-style "gotcha" witchhunts against Bad People. tHere is more of an effort to tie online culture with offline culture than OTL -- South Korea retains it's ban on anonymous commenting, a few european countries either have it banned or have experimented with bans and reversed them given impracticality.

Annoying image macro memes are even more dominant than in OTL online. The person who created ragefaces is now a multi-millionaire. He still wears a rageface fedora, though.

One of the biggest aspects of this culture that varies from OTL is the sidelining of "hipsters" in favor of Normcore as the new reigning subculture -- this has had unfortunate effects re: popular culture(It's cool and totally normcore to make fun of people who like obscure stuff. Indie types, nerds and remaining hipsters aren't doing well), style, fashion and even aesthetics. Normcore has grown and unified to the point where there is even a political side to it with manifestos such as "Voting the normcore way", "how to (ironically) vote republican and not feel like a bad person" floating around. The main substance of the manifestos is this: 1) the (current establishment is in power for a reason: it's doing things right 2) the best form of liberalism is centrist clinton-gore style liberalism. 3) If you're conservative be a good neoconservative and don't go and be bigoted(favoring status quo or slowed change is good! actualy trying to actually reverse liberal gains is a no-no). Think of it as smug hipsters reinventing buying into the status quo and presenting it as something new and hip. For mainstream normcore liberals this translates to a mix of clintonian triangulation combined with Bloomberg-style nanny statism and lots of nostalgic references to the Kennedys. Conservative normcore types tend to be moderate or neoconservative republicans -- think a mix of Giuliani and the mid 2000s Dubya GOP with the heartland corniness being expanded to new levels. There is an emerging split in the movement between those who are only "ironically" pro-establishment/elites and those who take this irony to justify worrying sorts of bigotry("feminism is for white women only!", "Transgender people aren't a health risk unlike gays or smokers", "Go to church, l-o-l", "Black people can't be normcore since they, like didn't invent fire or the wheel on their own!", "no more nonwhite disney princesses!", "Bring back the 80s. Get rid of black people on my TV shows" and other such "accepting" statements). There is yet another split within the subculture over whether or not to "ironically" believe in religion, with the second argument in favor being citing increased social stability. The churches that normies pick tend to be working class or middle-class ones -- roman catholic, various forms of evangelicalism, methodism, lutheranism and the like -- none of the ones that speak in tongues or mormonism because both would be too weird and therefore Un-Normcore.

Besides the majority of young people who've bought into normcore or the heretical minority there is an increasingly oppositional subset reacting to various aspects they don't like. These people tend to 'unusual' politics -- whether they're hardline libertarian of one sort or another, anti-democracy ex-libertarians, paleoconservatives, pick up artists/MRAs, tankie, Various flavros of green/red/black/iron "pill" types, deep green, neofascist, peak oil believers, neonazi, anti-civilization, monarchist or other fringe thing there are three things almost everyone can agree with 1) "Normcore" isn't just bad it's offensively bad since it's a mockery of social stability 2) the politics of the establishment have failed 3) If things keep on this way the world is  going to get into deep trouble soon.

The baby boomers and generation X don't really know what to make of current youth culture -- on the one hand there is the majority of the normies, but on the other hand even some of the normies say worrying stuff re: women and minorities, then there are the REALLY icky types like the Autonomous Nationalist protestors. Besides the normies, there is also the fact that a surprisingly large chunk of youth culture has various childish elements. Sales of nightlights, pacis, stuffed animals and other baby-related stuff have been higher than OTL for a few years -- this last gets much snarking from the Boombers, Generation X and even Generation Y since it's the kids born in the 1990s doing this(granted, some people in generation Y date it to 1988 since 2006 was when the sales for stuffed animals and pacifiers jumped up. The recent release  of the "Powder and Fluff" trilogy, an adult baby/ageplay-related novel series which is as successful as say 50 Shades of Grey was in OTL is Not Helpful.

The integration of muslims in western nations is a bit better without 9/11, but Europe's countries are still having difficulty trying to fit them in. This means that a rightist anti-muslim backlash in europe has begun like OTL, even if it's delayed a few years and doesn't mention 9/11. Our world's "Eurabia" tropes don't exist as talking points on the mainstream right in the US -- there are issues with muslims in Europe but nothing noticable enough.


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Semper Fi is uploaded, after one year to actually FINISH the bloody map and close to three to get the writeup done and coherent.

Next up is If Drouet's Cart had stuck 2014 followed by, "Al Gore wins: 2014" and "After the midlands". 

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beedok Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thanks for the faves. :D
OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Not much to say tbh.

They're the kind of sunni fanatic uprising from the desert you get every few generations. Maybe they'll make a lasting state and make diplomacy in the region more complicated. Maybe they won'r.
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014  Student Artist
What is your estimate on ISIS?
Slaytaninc Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
New idea:

Nixon (R) 1969-1977 (The GOP's "Reagan"

Ford (R) 1977-1981 (Reagan as VP)
Carter (D) 1981
-1989 (or another Democrat) (The Democrat's "Reagan")
Bush (R) 1989-1993
Random Democrat (D ofc) 1993-2001
McCain (R) 2001-2009
Another Random Democrat (D) 2009-

Another one that won't be official ofc.
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
They are sometimes almost overbearing.
OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
They need Wotan.
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
You opinion on this deviantart page:
OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Ah, well without watergate you wouldn't get Carter in 1976, though. You'd likely get ither Ford or REagan in that year.
Slaytaninc Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
No Watergate, or at least never getting caught.
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