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Too Proud to Fight by OttoVonSuds
Too Proud to Fight
Alright, here's another world based off of an old Scott Palter scenario. In it, the gimmick is that due to a mix of blustering plus the leader of a revolutionary faction in Mexico saying the wrong thing the United States stays out of the war in Europe to focus it's attention on points south.

As a result of this, the Great War ends in early 1918 following a second round of mutinies in French lines, the Russian revolution and red uprisings in the UK("Council of Edinburgh"). President Wilson's sole role in this is to negotiate something resembling a reasonable peace in the west -- Germany withdrawing from areas to the west of it's 1914 borders except for Liege, Luxemberg and Brey-Longway. Germany has won by exhaustion and default.

The 1920s and 30s see a continuation of the instability -- there are attempts from the west to overthrow the USSR, The long US war to bring order to Mexico, Japan retaining Manchuria and far east Siberia out of the russian civil war with the capstone to this era of instability being the red revolutions in Latin Europe in the mid 30s along with the Soviet-Ottoman war of 1940-42.

Since then, the world has been in a pattern of continual, if mild cold war but without serious hot wars -- the disorder of much of OTL's third world would not be tolerated. The price of this order is constant reintervention from the metropole into the colonies. The European empires rebel, with arms from Moscow or  Paris but aren't lost(Yes, the colonial powers have felt a need to at least get local elites in some of the more 'advanced' areas on board -- India, Egypt, Ceylon and a couple of other areas have been granted dominion status.

Think of this as something like the world of L.A. Confidential, only a bit more prosperous and with lots of mid century-style "futuristic" or international style architecture. No internet or (civilian) comsats, but they've  got good high-speed rail and lots of poorly kept up raygun gothic-style architecture.

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The United States, while it's stuck in a near-permanent McCarthy era at least has rather less inequality than OTL, actually enforces anti-trust law and unlike the rest of the planet has real elections. Those features aside, it's a rather unpleasant place. Segregation is the law of the land in most of the nation, but at least parts of the north have tossed their laws and the south has relaxed from mid-century extremes of sticking black people in tiny rural 'homelands' to say 1930s missisipi of OTL. Northern Mexico, most of the non-french/british caribbean, the phillippines and Hawaii all remain ruled as colonial territories. Rump Mexico, Panama and the United Fruit-sponsored state of Central America are all de facto colonies.

Britain is trying to recover from fascism these days. The United Kingdom itself is whiter than OTL. Some of it's dominions like Canada or South Africa have moved to more dominant party status, rather than open one-party states while other areas like Australia due to a mix of location and paranoia are still more like mid-century Britain in terms of the level of fascism in place.

South Africa's governance is run by types who make OTL's National Party look like the ANC in comparison. South Africa's one-child policy for africans and two-child policy for coloreds is something that's seen as a bit 'funny' even in this unpleasant world -- a need to keep India on board meant that Indians in South Africa got reclassified as "white" in the 1990s.

Australia's government is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the extinction of the last known aboriginal language as "white Australia day".

Germany still leads Mitteleuropa, but at least isn't fascist these days. Yes, in this world relaxing to something like Salazar's junta is actually a liberatory move. It's not particularly racialist these days, since anyone who is pale enough and willing to learn German can move -- this is done in an effort to be able equal both the USSR and Latin People's Republic in power.

Mitteleuropa ranges from right-wing democracy to "occasionally has elections when opposition is safely jailed" to fascist to generic junta. The general atmosphere is grey, dreary and rather paranoid of the red menace.

North Italy is run by the heirs of Evola and is appropriately ghastly -- think North Korea, but with internal mixed economics, lots of religion and embarassing roman fetishism. Currently birthrates are dropping even despite the usage of rape-camps to "encourage" non-party women to get pregnant.

The Empire of Japan and it's northeast Asian puppets are all fascist states -- the Japanese jutna government managed to fully harden into Fascism and make it stick even to this day unlike the weaker attempts in both Britain or Germany.

The West African federation is a state founded from french exiles that has evolved from white supremacist fascism to non-racist, but still religiously discriminatory fascism -- everyone has equal rights in theory, but oddly the muslim minority never gets into the good jobs -- the fact that catholic Africans can get into the good jobs, while the more caucasian muslim arabs can't is seen as a bit odd by most.

The Soviet Union leads the Comintern. Things have relaxed to roughly 50s Khrustchev-type governance with Yugoslav or Hungarian economics, which considering the Stalin, Molotov, Rasputin and Oginin eras is a major improvement. Premier Fedoseev is a non-entity acceptable to Army and the KGB and is clearly accountable and down to first among equals rather than either absolute dictator like Stalin, Molotov and Rasputin or a Party ideologue who used naked fear and terror to maintain his grip like Oginin was.

The Latin People's Republic is the second major Comintern state and is a relatively pragmatic form of communist state given it's geography and relative lack of resources. Think more a Yugoslav or Hungarian-type communism rather than say OTL Soviet as the norm. The effort to create a common Latin culture by forcing people to learn Esperanto are being quietly dismantled given increasing resistance -- it's going the same way as the  anti-religion campaigns of the 30s to 60s, if slower.

The government of the People's Democratic Progressive Federated Liberated African Worker's Republic of Congo is shaky and has a tenth of the population of OTL's Congo. A good chunk of Congo isn't safe to be even in given the expired bioweapons waste left lying around. The ideology of "left singularity" is the most extreme form of communism on the planet.

Argentina is pretty much a white North Korea, led by Che Guevara's son -- medical technology meant Che died in his mid 70s. Che II is proving to be as  much of a "character" as his father was.

Like it's patron the soviet Union, The Democratic Republic of China has relaxed to 50s Maoist China levels of ghastliness, a clear step up from both it's initial north korea-tier governance, or the more moderate cultural revolution-era radicalism of the suceeding decades.

Indonesia is run as a multi-power codominion -- the oil, other resources and cheap labor all made it too useful to be allowed to go communist. That and the question of who'd get the spoils being too divisive of a question to answer properly.

Most of the third world remains in either de facto or de jure colonialism. This breeds an endless guerilla struggle, which in turn leads to repression.

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Technology is three to four decades behind the real world in many areas due to there being much less of a force draft push than in our 20th century. Military or internal security technology is 30 years behind, while civilian technology is a full 40 years behind. The fact that most research or implementation is secret is a good part of why this lag exists. The second rreason why this lag exists is government paranoia -- despite being technically possible cable TV has been largely stopped in most nations for vague reasons along with the fact that incipiant personal computer revolutions have been stifled a couple times in the last decade on security grounds. One of the few areas where less of a lag exists is medicine, where investment in eugenics as justified more research into it, so it's actually only 20 years behind OTL.

The area with least of a lag would be various sorts of applied psychology, specifically those relating to propaganda or interrogration. Governments have quite an incentive in this paranoid world to do it. There are secret labs out in the nevada desert, Transylvania(The current german kaiser has a weird sense of humor), The Brazilian Amazon(conveniently near tropical plant research facilities!) among other places.

 All states are garrison police states of one sort or another with many secret undergrounds, armed wings of semilegitnate parties, and COUNTINTELPRO type provocations.  Essentially an endless McCarthy era here in the United States and an endless version of the German WWI military state in the rest of Europe under various color banners, Fascism in both Britain and Japan along with the communist police states.  Civil liberties are VERY restricted.  Morals legislation, censorship and eugenics are very strong.  The health nazis have real police backing in a way not seen in OTL.  Difference is BAD.  The group norm is good.

The flipside of the increased (State-enforced) conformism is that all societies do rather more for the bottom and do more to repress conspicious consumption for the wealthy through taxes on excess profits, sumptuory laws, luxury good taxes, restrictions on frivolous business. Of course, what these societies do isn't so much measures to attempt equality or to provide for more open advancement, but paternalistic measures -- there are extensive benefits but only if you work, and people who get on the dole find their lives scrutinized. Labor organizers trying to work outside of the system find themselves in secret prisons.

Economic policy tends towards the statist. Corporations are either part of the state or actively repressed, with the same applying for labor organization. This of course ranges from an expanded New Deal in the United States, Fascist-style corporatism in the fascist bloc, 'national capitalism' in Germany to moderate, NEP-flavored communism in the red bloc. The idea that you could run major industries without state ownership would be seen as impractical  and 'weird' by most. Treasonous by some, in fact.
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It is glorious

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Here's a short piece based off of the background of the Xenozoic Tales/Cadillacs and Dinosaurs attempting to make it more semi-rational.  Originally, it was going to be a full-sized entry but lack of info on the pre-catastrophe world made it be smaller and rather more disorganized than most.

To be specific, it's based on the bits of the RPG sourcebook that give something of a brief timeline for it all. I've made up 90% of it, mostly to explain exactly how and why the massive global warming happened -- no,  "industry making CO2" doesn't explain a over ten degree rise in temperature along with dinosaurs coming back. It just doesn't. The kind of technology you'd need to do that would require something truly ASB. That piece of illogic is on par with MasterAccount's "sonic the hedgehog in 1920".

Influences from various people's post-apocalyptic scenarios or Quantumbranching's Soylent Green are unintentional, but in this case are 100% inevitable given the lack of material to work with in the original setting.

It's set in the year 2014 before the collapse of 2015-2020, but to further clarify things both the POD and some of the intervening years are shown.

1750

A disc-shaped probe takes extensive video footage of earth before making the journey back to it's homeworld 100 years away on a routine "every 10,000 years checkup". The pictures end up focusing on an island off of western Eurasia, in particular the coal smoke off of it's cities built by local biologicals. The lack of evidence for the existence of the second race of local biologicals noticed in previous surveys suggests ectinction by genocide, much like what happened to the first race's predecessors`.

1850

OAX37#B4 system-A assigned to monitoring the AZ7119B-!) quadrant notices great activity going on the third planet of the BL2000$|| star. There is a population growth among the local complex of civilized biologicals and the beginnings of great environmental damage done by the same local biologicals. The lack of large animals outside of the southern peninsula of the greater world island is Noticed. Action is decided on -- the complex technologies of the hostile biologicals must be destroyed. In order to hamper re-building, new predators must be introduced or reintroduced to them. Also, the planet's current state with it's glaciers in the north and south is unhealthily cold for life and must be rectified and the world brought back to the temperatures of healthier eras. In particular, this involves bringing back the large reptilian forms of the third planet's distant past but upgrading their intelligence and bloodthirstiness to factor in their dangerous prey. If they survive but in the stone age, or rebuild a second, more eco-wise civilization after the terraformation of their world that's one thing but the current civilization of the time must be destroyed.

After three daytenths of discussion, a plan is arrived at by the rolers of the 'b!lxr!! civilization. After another half a daytenth, a #BZ++ disk is launched into orbit to make the 100 year journey to the Third Planet of the . BL2000$|| star.

The 'b!lxr!! civilization will not survive long enough to be noticed by radio, because of the inevitable damage that massive disasters that are caused by systems failures do to civilizations -- the lucky and smart ones manage to get off planet in substantial enough ways to avoid extinction. Space is as empty as it is because a whole lot of species simply never bother with interstellar travel. Unfortuntely the 'b!lxr!! were strangly incurious about interstellar migration despite having had the capability to do so for millions of years -- being smarter and less prone to collective stupidies than mankind allowed them to get very, very far technologically during the 130 million years that race had civilizations despite curious lack of interest in AI, interstellar migration and fusion power. This one, involving artificial asteroids along with orbital powerplants turned the 'b!lxr!! homeworld into a nearly sterile ruin in the year 1890. The only people to know of the disaster are those resident in the other moons or worlds of the 'b!lxr!!'s home solar system. Unfortunately, for efficiency reasons the settlements opted to do full integration with the homeworld so within a year, the entire 'b!lxr!! race was extinct.

1947

A disc-shaped object crashes to earth in the deserts of New Mexico. This is no crash, it is deliberate action -- the flying disc was a nanotech "egg" that when it impacted the ground released the nanites as planned. These nanites have four purposes -- The first one is to subtly lower the local temperature needed to melt ice by adding extra heat to the polar caps, leading to flooding, a second one to generate a signal ready to provide false information to their computers, a third one to subtly increase vulcanism to ensure the atmosphere's CO2 rises and finally, one is to amalgamate local carbon into revived local life forms of their past(oddly, mostly dinosaurs with some cenozoic mammals. Why dinosaurs?Aesthetic reasons on the part of the 'b!lxr!!, mostly).

1970

Of course, before the 1970s this world while close wasn't a perfect mirror of ours --There are of course rumors of reptile-men in the deeper caves. There are of course other, less believable accounts of these same voiceless reptile-men helping lost spelunkers find their way out of caves. These accounts remain lumped into the "fiction" category. People like David Icke have bigger audiences.

Soviet researchers find the occasional wild mammoth in Siberia, and by 1979 there is a small herd being kept in the Moscow Zoo. There have been a few other, less notable species found. There sure are alot of rumors of reptiles being sighted in the woods...

The weather starts getting funny in the 1970s and 1980s, in a way people are only talking about as a possibility now in some of the more depressing climate climate science studies. One theory by Professors Quayle and Lundgren offering a potential explanation for the unusual rate of icewater melting of "the melting temperature being changed" is unfortunately discarded as pseudoscience. Both men end up drummed out of academia and end up drinking themselves to death by the late 1990s. Unfortunately, for this world they were right.

This has "interesting" effects geopolitically and economically. The whole tropical disease issue means globalizaiton as we know it is quickly reversed and immigration to the global north is kept out by means fair, foul and just plain atrocious; a zone of radioactive death between the US and mexico, the joint European-soviet-Israeli nuking of every city from tangiers to karachi, The european navy sinking refugee ships and in one case the USSR turning parts of central asia into a radioactive death zone just to prevent Chinese migration north during the second half of the 2000s.

The particular reason for the third world's collapse into order and attempts at mass migrations on par with the worst paranoid right-wing fiction is the economic and environmental disruptions doing rather poor things to agriculture in both the first and third world -- weather disruption, desertification, new species of insect pests, crop diseases and worse. By the 1990s, the first wotld was at the point where meat was pricey and government tax incentives for victory gardens kept food at the "expensive but affordable for most" point, but the third world saw mass famine.  

Besides agriculture, the spread of tropical diseases to more parts of the former temperate or subtropical zones along with africa's diseases spreading further has not helped. A billion people died during the ebola epidemic of 1999-2003, with many other plagues seeing tens of millions dead.

Technology, especially in the fields of deep shelter-building and extreme survivalism continues to advance, if slower than OTL in most areas -- There is and will not be an internet for security reasons obvious to everyone in the know since they really do not want to end up hanging from lampposts for putting everything into keeping a few enclaves secure while letting everything go to hell.  

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2015

The world stands at the edge of a precipice -- civilization is crumbling in much of the planet, hurricane season has become year-round worldwide, the oceans are rising, there's a second ongoing ebola epidemic that's just passed the 200 million dead mark among other problems. The collapse of the soviet union in 2009 into a multisided civil war is regarded as a Not Good sign(the biggest faction in the former USSR being "the lords of death" is also not an optimistic sign). The armies of The Lord Humungus have just taken canberra.

Violent nihilists being the prominent revolutionary faction in both the third world and the former industrialized world is not helping matters. The Lord Humungus isn't even the most visible or most brutal example of these people.

The United States has been under martial law for the past five years and yet the guerilla problem in the expanding deserts of the western United States has no end -- Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, Guy Fieri and a masked man remain at large and are rallying their followers on a platform centered around "Forget our narcissistic selves. Bomb for mental health, kill for inner peace.", "The fire rises" and other such slogans, fascism, theocratic mandates and recipes with bold flavor. Inane revolutionaries with atrocious bleached hair or ugly facepaint aside aside, life in the eastern parts of the US is normal-ish. Ok, normal as defined by grim 1980s SF movies but still normal-ish. The fact that food prices have skyrocketed as of late, along with water being rationed in most of the midwest isn't helping.

A CIA extraction team sent to capture the masked man has been missing without any sign of contact for the past two months...

The US-mexico border is now a 50 mile-wide radioactive and chemical kill-zone -- America's leaders saw the soviet efforts in Central Asia and wouldn't allow themselves to be topped. Illlegal immigrants were good cheap labor, but when the people sneaking accross the border are doing so just to kill as many people as they can before being shot down the attitudes of even the people who wanted(that and California's former agricultural zones now looking sahara-like).

The European Union seems placed to go the way of the Soviet Union. A population that's bitterly divided between radicals of the left, right and center combined with an economy that's gone beyond negative-sum to outright collapse is a recipe for a major explosion. Unfortunately, the more pragmatic or at least merely grey-authoritarian centrists are not the ones with an advantage. Instead this goes to a coalition of various flavors of extreme rightists, neofascists and national socialists who think talking alot about bringing back the old manly heroic virtues, the greek philosophers and futurist rambling about the singularity covers up the fact that they're basically fascists wearing fedoras instead of swastika armbands.

The third world is divided between places like OTL Somalia, places where not even aid workers would go, radioactive ruins and areas of depopulated desert in the drier bits. Instead of trying to flee to the first world, people from the third world are collecting weapons in an attempt to kill off the people responsible for killing the planet -- the biggest such organized states are the Caliphate extending from what was yemen, to now sharing an uneasy border with the European Union in thrace following Caliph Osama's successful siege of istanbul and the neo-Maoist regime in southern China.

In these dark times, even the .001% find their privileges being reduced -- their resort towns are being flooded out, or if they're coastal and in the third world becoming pirate nests, their investments are becoming less stable. If things had moved slow er, they could have preserved something with ideas like Operation PLAGUE being discarded with the resources that would have gone into engineering anthrax-leprosy mu being instead used for the one other project that got majority support from the world's oligarchs -- building a network of undeground cities to hide tens of millions of loyalists. If all goes well, the plan will be finished by 2030 or 2040, and something of civilization will survive.

The weather as of the last three or four years has been alarmingly unstable. Besides the weather, there have been other problems such as incidents with some labs in the US or former USSR and velociraptors. A few dozen climatologists have mixed up batches of kool-aid, added in cyanide and drank them specifically to not be around when the shitstorm they expect by the early '20s begins...
Before the Xenozoic
An attempt at rationalizing the world of "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs". Emphasis on 'attempt', here given the source material(No, no matter how much industrialgrowth happens getting to carboniferous levels of CO2 by the 1990s is not going to happen! it just isn't).
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Hanoverian Earth by OttoVonSuds
Hanoverian Earth
Here's a bit of an old map to serve as part of a buffer while I work down the list of newer stuff.  Maybe I'll do a more rational version someday and maybe I won't.(the actual answer is "probably yes, but we'll be talking Hillary's second term at earliest before I get to it). At least I've added a little bit of new content to this.

The POD for this one is King George III born fully sane. The world as of 2011 is prosperous, stable and only now beginning to reform the colonial system. Ethnic nationalism as we know it is nonexistent, there was no local equivelant of the French Revolution and there has been no world war to crack things up. This is the world of 1788 allowed to gradually evolve on it's own.

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The world's leading power is the United Kingdom. London rules half the world's population, along with around 1/3 of the total land area. There are many India-towns and China-towns all over the empire. First, there are the old dominions in the new world, which were either originally colonized by Britain or taken from Spain in the Atlantic war. The area from Alaska down to Cape horn is a single economic zone, and by now a customs union. It is possible top hop on a train in Buenos Aires and ride all the way to Montreal up in the dominion of Canada without ever once showing your passport. Then, there are the "New dominions" -- Bharat, Cathay and The Phillippines. These three places recieved dominion status in 1999, 2001 and 2005. Cathay and Bharat both have at least 10% of the population being christian, with another 10-20% being believers in local syncretic religions. The Phillippines and more broadly british Latin America in general is over a fourth Anglican.

Portugal is a de facto british protectorate. The empire includes Brazil and about a fourth of Africa under it's rule. As of late, Lisbon's government has been promoting settlement of Portugal's african colony. Catholic immigration from the rest of Europe has been oepned up to widen the potential supply for labor.

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The other superpower is the Russian Empire, which by now is a largely constitutional monarchy. The government is more elitist than OTL 1900 UK, but less so than OTL 1900 Wilhemine Germany. Manchuria, Hokkaido and Central Asia have all been flooded with slavic settlers. A more confident Tsarist regime has felt less of a need to stoke anti-semitism so this is a Russia that's less prone to pogroms than our russia.

France is a relatively benign absolute monarchy, which is largely inoffensive except to it's (now mostly black) serf class at home and overseas. It's less authoritarian than OTL pre-1905 Tsarist russia thanks to the liberalizing reforms of young King Louis XVIII.

Spain is a sleepy and conservative land under the house of Bourbon.

The germanies and the Italian states are a land of political intrigue and economic competition between the great powers. Bavaria is a rustic land and a place for international intrigue and spying due to it's location between the French and British empires. Prussia is a rump state located on the baltic sea and the Hohozellerns still resent losing Brandenburg. The Italian states are some of the most culturally dynamic places in the world, and there are those talking of a second renaissance. Venice is of course the prototypical lawless city-state where you can buy anything you like.

Scandanavia is a quite diverse federal constitutional monarchy. Swedes, estonians, danes, latvians, norwegians, Germans, lithuanians, icelanders and Finns all coexist. Scandanavia is a land known for efficiency and it's devotion to social harmony. The Scandanavian Triparate economic model of Crown-Corporations-Labor working together in a cohesive whole is the inspiration for the world in the words of the elites of Scandanavia. The workers wouldn't agree since actual working conditions are reminiscent of stalinist gulags other than the fact that the workers get fed or hydrated enough since unhealthy workers don't produce as many goods in a factory.

A rather more backwards west than OTL allowed more of africa and Asia to remain independent during the colonial era than OTL. Yes, Japan and Korea did fall to Russia along with China to britain, but several African states along with a few smaller asian nations have managed to remain independent. Egypt, Turkey and Siam are as wealthy and developed as any european power. Dai Viet, Ethiopia, Persia and Ottoman Turkey aren't far behind. Even the Mahdists and Sokoto are considered part of the civilized world.

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Without the force draft push of our 20th century or any large wars on the scale of WWI or WWII, technology lags OTL by a half-century if not more. Basically, by 2011, the world's technology is roughly at the 1945-60 range, with military, aerospace, medicine, communications and computers lagging with some aspects of civilian technology on the high end. However, this is a richer and more urbanized world than our 1945-60, so the technology, and resulting wealth is more evenly distributed. There are more railroads, airships, steamships than our world. Jet travel is still experimental and heavier than air travel has still not really caught on yet. Incidently, the urbanization is why the world's population stalled out at 4 billion in 2004. The big scientific news is about how Russia launched a beeping ball of tin into Orbit. The technology for broadcast radio and television exists but they have not yet taken off due to the government of this world not believing they are good ideas.

Culturally this world is rather conservative. Men wear cravats, suits, top hats and women still wear long dresses. Bathing attire covers the whole body and one-piece swimsuits are still *very* risque. It is visibly more racist than our 1945-60, but it is a more patronizing form of racism that has room for assimilated and Christianized nonwhites as opposed to more... scientific variants. This is a world where "Money Whitens" has become the credo of the empires. France's Parlement has black african deputies representing constituencies in Middle Africa. Also, the current Russian Chancellor is the descendant of one of the samurai families.

On an economic level, this is a rather more regulated, mercantillist, corporatist and statist world. There is no totalitarian central planning, but there is a great deal of state-corporate collusion and cartels. Think a model like postwar Japan in OTL, but with alot less going to the bottom and more going to the top than in the Japanese model. The Throne protects the poor from grievous oppression -- they may be overworked and bored, but they don't usually go hungry or get forced into concubinage against their will.

Slavery and serfdom are illegal in a majority of the planet, but it's still an ongoing process as most of independent Africa, the islamic world along with Brazil still allows open chattel slavery. Serfdom still exists in most of continental europe and russia. For western Europe, this doesn't represent a continuation of pre-1770 trend but instead a revival of serfdom due to peasants enjoying much less bargaining power as malthusian limits weren't evaded quite as much as in OTL.

Politically, this is a world of constitutional monarchies. Universal manhood suffrage happened anywhere from 1935 in Australia to 2004 in Zanj. Women's suffrage varies, but there is a clear trend in favor of it. North America implemented married women's suffrage in 1970, and there are those talking of expanding it to all women. However, the monarchies have some real authority with the range being from 1900 Germany to Queen Victoria's Britain. Incidently, some form of federalism and formal local autonomy is common within the empires.
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I wish I was in Dixie by OttoVonSuds
I wish I was in Dixie
A little something for the old-timers in the AH community. It's a world themed around Confederate victory, complete with airships, surviving colonial empires and the other tropes people recognize from the 682 other maps featuring a world like this.

The title is of course a snarky reference to the 'nostalgia' displayed by more obsessive steampunk fans, British empire fanboys and of course lost cause fans that one of my friends came up with.

The divergences of this world began in the 1840s, with the visible changes beginning with King Wilhelm accepting the crown from the gutter, along with the Confederacy's leaving following the narrow 1856 election of Fremont to the presidency. With Republicanism discredited, by the Confederate secession, Napoleon III was able to stay in power after the end of the Franco-German war of 1864-65. Another side effect of discredited Republicanism was Britain's creating Kingdoms instead of Dominions. There was a Spanish succession crisis in the late 1880s, which nearly went to war when an overconfident Japan grabbed micronesia and the Philippines before Germany could. This was smoothed over by Britain letting Germany have Morocco, along with pressuring Japan to allow German temporary economic rights in the philippines. The changes that followed it, led to the late 19th century becoming a period where the imperial system rose to greater heights than OTL.

The closest this world came to a conflageration was the second Crimean War of 1901-1903, which saw a triple alliance of Britain, Japan and Germany against France and Russia. The war was unpleasant enough, but not a civilization-cracker like either of our world wars. The war ended with an Anglo-German victory which saw the Belgian partition, Germany's annexing the baltic dutchy, Manchuria *and* Korea ending up in the Japanese sphere of influence. France lost the perpetually troublesome Indochina to Germany along with ceding border areas in Africa to Britain.

After the war, a Russia faced with an even worse humiliation than OTL's 1904-5 Russo-Japanese war collapsed into civil war following a bad harvest in 1912. This resulted in a messy civil war, with massive overseas intervention. Japan took this as an opportunity to grab the Siberian Far East along with officially annexing it's gains in Korea and Manchuria along with setting up protectorates in Mongolia and Tuba. Germany  relieved Russia of the burden of Poland, while setting up hohozellern princes to rule over the kingdoms spawned in the wake of Russia's implosion. Once he ran out of Hohozellerns to ship to rule over impoverished kingdoms, Kaiser Friedrich sent members of Prussian Junker families looking for a chance to achieve promotion into the higher ranks of the aristocracy.This led to mixed results over the next century or so: King Johann of Finland is popular and beloved, while King Wilhelm V of Turkestan is to put it mildly rather unpopular among the 40% of Turkestan's population that is muslim.

The twin factors of Europe's near dive into the civilizational abyss during the Second Crimean War and decades of anglo-german intellectual exchange bore fruit in the form of the Cameralist movement of the 1910s and 1920s. This movement, which stressed hierarchy, ruthlessness for it's own sake and the will to power being all was able to influence the parties. Of course, in both Britain and Germany a certain amount of  smug cultural elitism for Britain and volkish mysticism in Germany's case were needed to really make it sell. This wasn't a totalitarian political shift, it was merely altering the terms of the politicial dialogue by introducing a new aryanist and racist focus. Elections and party systems largely remained as before, with the notable exception of the exclusion of Labor in britain and the Socialists in Germany from mainstream  political discourse -- no formal proscriptions or even media censorship, but lots of guys with baseball bats to visit party HQs. Even now, decades later much of this policy mix holds, even if certain aspects like the biological racism have been dropped in favor of linguistic discriminaiton and anti-semitism is downplayed.

France made a third attempt at a war of revenge in 1930. Like the other two wars with Germany, France lost. This time, the humiliation was total as France was stripped of every single colony by Germany and Britain along with getting to see all of it's national treasures being taken to German or British museums. Yes, even down to the eiffel tower which now sits in a park in Berlin.

Once again, change appears to be in the air. The long afternoon of the age of empires appears to be slowly drawing to it's close. Britain has granted a few areas in India dominion status in recent years, along with extending full Kingdom status to Ceylon, the West Indies, Malaya and a quite industrialized Bengal. In fact, both Germany and Britain have cooperatively set up experimental 'mandates' consisting of East Africa and both halves of Angola. This has worked out well enough for Britain to work with the Italians on a similar arrangement for Somalia.
 
Besides the question of how much of the world is British pink or German grey, there are certain environmental troubles that concern the great powers. No resources have run out yet, but prices are rising to worrisome levels. Also, the weather has started to get "funny" the last couple of decades. No hurricanes in the Mediterranean yet, but tropical storm Ivo formed there last year. right now, the big powers are all trying technical fixes like massive usage of nuclear power, carpeting Australia and Italian libya with solar panels, etc.

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The Triumvirate are the three most powerful nations in the world: Britain, Germany and Japan. All three are very capitalistic, corporate-dominated constitutional monarchies. While individual nations like the United States may have more wealth or a higher standard of living, they clearly don't outmatch the three empires combined.

The first portion of the Triumvirate which dominates global politics, is a still globe-spanning British Empire. While what would be the white dominions have been spun off as "Kingdoms" and say South India has dominion status, the mentioned areas all remain within the British economic sphere and contribute to the empire's wealth. London remains the biggest center of world finance, and also enjoys a status as the center of world culture. British culture of course is more aristocratic and elitist in a world where the old aristocracy didn't lose their sons in two major wars and their wealth by inheritance taxes.

The Kingdoms within the empire have gone from being colonies to becoming equal partners. This began with the white dominions in the late 19th century with Canada, South Africa and Australia. South Africa is larger than OTL, due to butterflies involving certain gold discoveries happening earlier. As a result, the boers were swamped by English settlers. That said, there aren't really any black voters but at least there's less petty humiliations than under apartheid. Since the 1990s, there even a couple of nonwhite Kingdoms: Ceylon, Malaya, The West Indies and a Very Capitalist Bengal have all been granted Kingdom status as a sort of an experiment. Both Ireland and Scotland have this status too -- in fact, it was the successful precedent of both becoming Kingdoms that led to the experiments with granting nonwhite regions Kingdom status.

Below the kingdoms are semi-autonomous "Dominions" and other protected states like Oman. Egypt, South India, Rajahstan, Marathastan, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. The difference, is that these areas still tend to be run for the benefit of the empire and kingdoms and as a result are exploited. Just like in the colonies, the bulk of the local population works in local branches of British factories or on industrial farms and if they're both compliant and lucky get paid at all. The difference between these and colonies is the policemen who brutally put down labor unrest are locals and not redcoat MPs.

The colonies remain run for the benefit of the metropole. Decades of alliance with a prussia-led Germany have altered British colonial policies in certain ways. Paying workers is optional and massacre is a standard policy option for unrest, but at least there is the germanic legalism. The law may be tough, but it is fair in theory. Oddly enough, legal fairness doesn't mollify the anger of those who are outraged at the fact their village got burned to the ground because of protestors or that they're working in Apple factories without hope of ever seeing pay.

Portugal remains Britain's Little Buddy, but still resents having it's colonies stripped from it back in 1910.

Argentina has 92 million people and an averaged out standard of living like Italy's. it is even more Italian-influenced than our Argentina because of an even longer period of open immigration. The wealth and population are still centered around Buenos Aires but at least the gap is merely say France vs Sicily in terms of average income. As of late, Buenos Aires has become something of a fashion center -- it's not on par with Milan yet but it's getting there.

The Confederate States of America is one of Britain's older friends. It's a more elitist and less self-consciously "populist" nation than our south -- without overbearing yankee intellectuals to cause domestic problem it lacks much of OTL's anti-intellectualism. It's also a bit culturally different than our dixie due to extensive south european and latin american immigration during the 19th and 20th centuries aimed at "whitening" the population by reducing the portion of blacks. Without internal political disputes with yankees to contend with  combined with earlier urbanization, the Confederacy is a bit more socially liberal than our southern US in certain ways despite being rather racist. Gays can get married in several states and marihuana remains legal as a rule. Slavery died 1900-35 in bits and pieces, although about half of the country still has debt peonage as an increasingly uncommon option. Segregation is harsh, enforced both by law and by custom. However, a few states like Virginia are starting to put more money into black schools and townships. The Confederacy's cities of Havana and New Orleans are both known for sleazy nightlife.

Japan is Britain's partner and closest ally as well as being the second member of the Triumvirate. Japan is still developed, but it is rather less modern and westernized than our world's Japan. Think the Japan of geisha and bushido rather than that of pokemon and pocky. A less westernized Japan's people can't see why people in other countries find lolicon hentai or 12 year old "video" stars creepy. The fact that Japan wasn't cheated out of it's gains from Russia in the wake of Second Crimea combined with an earlier and more expensive experience with running an empire prevented Japan from going off the authoritarian deep end. Japan remained an elitist semi-democracy, and over time moved to full democracy first for Japanese and later on for both taiwanese and assimilated Chinese. They have made Japanese out of much of the Korean and Manchurian population. The catholic Philippines remain more culturally distinct from the rest of the empire in part due to relgious reasons. In recent years, the problems of increasing unrest combined with higher expenses for security have made Japan grant the Philippines autonomy plus certain, more radical types argue for moving the Philippines to be a protectorate like Mongolia and no longer a colony. With a more conservative regime than OTL, combined with removing the megadeaths of the world wars Japan makes ours look almost rural in comparision. This means that projects like arcologies and even building a floating tower in Tokyo bay have been tried to enhance the value and usage of real estate. There are of course occasional disasters leading to the deaths of hundreds or thousands, but in a world with attitudes towards risk more like the early 20th century this is not enough to discourage Japan.

Third but not least is the German Reich of more than 200 million strong, extending from Alsace to the Baltics. The population is mostly german but includes visible polish and baltic minorities, which retain their linguistic distinctiveness despite decades of pro-germanization campaigns. Nowadays, there is extensive immigration from former russia and other portions of Eastern Europe. The government is actually _less_ democratic and open in practice than it was in 1914 in OTL. Yes, it's more open for those with talent to rise but unlike in our world where Germany became a middle-class society after two world wars, it was more of a switch from aristocracy of blood to aristocracy of talent in practice. A Germany that was founded in the wake of accepting the "crown from the gutter" turned out to be a more liberal Germany on economic matters. This meant a more dynamic economy than our Wilhemine Germany, but also the lack of the prussian welfare state that people would recognize from our history. What social services that emerged both in Germany and other nations tended to resemble workhouse or charity operations. Also, the notion of treating labor unions as something governments can coopt or live with instead of something to be repressed hasn't really taken off as it did in our world. This is part of why worker's rights lag OTL and why disciplinary practices like flogging workers persisted longer, and in certain cases like prisons or for natives in colonies persist even to now. Government-provided or even just subsidized healthcare along with many other benefits remain unthinkable.

Germany's status as the dominant power ensures that students learn several years of german in schools from Amsterdam to Moscow to Sofia. On a global level, German remains the prestige language of certain hard sciences such as chemistry and physics.

The Austrian Empire's political system is petty and sclerotic but without major tests it's been able to muddle along. The government is less active for both good and ill, which translates into even less social services in germany but on the other hand, there's less policemen with assault rifles to break labor disputes. It's even become a semi-democracy, with the remaining limitations being to protect the government from secessionism. With the emigration of millions of people either to Germany, the new world or settler colonies this is less of a pressing issue. This has allowed a certain degree of reform and genuine federalization. With a freer intellectual environment combined with a less corporatized economy, Austria has become one of the most technologically dynamic parts of the world.

Scandanavia is an unusual place; It's not quite a single federal state, but it's also not quite three different states. This close confederation of kingdoms emerged over decades of ad-hoc cooperation. This isn't a radical development, but merely the intensification of certain OTL trends in favor of Scandanavian cooperation.

The rest of Germany's eastern european allies all have Hohozellern princes on their thrones and are at varying levels of social cohesion and development. Ukraine and White Russia are on par with Germany in developmen while Turkestan is merely as well off as OTL Kazachstan. In some areas such as Siberia, Turkestan and Transcaucasia there has been extensive German immigration. Usually, the immigration tends to be _to_ Germany and by now there are Ukrainian, White Russian and finnish quarters in many German cities.

Italy retains it's colonial empire and is one of Germany's closer allies. The government is run like a more competent version of Mussolini's italy, but with more style. Also, an obsession with renaissance culture as opposed to The Glory of Rome.

The dutch are independent and retain a little empire but are otherwise unremarkable.

China avoided slipping into the warlord period because the Qing fell apart a decade early and ended up being replaced by a new dynasty led by a military strongman. This led China to a golden age of prosperity, which fell apart in a long period of unrest from 1955-70. The reason for this was that an increasingly modern China's middle classes judged the corrupt new dynasty by the standards of the past and found it to be wanting. After all, Confucianism proved just as adept at creating a critique of modernity as Shia Islam in Iran was in OTL. China's economy is around 20 years behind OTL in terms of development due to the rather xenophobic nature of the current rulers of China.

The United States is a corrupt oligarchy, much like our world. It's a more urban, capitalist and (more openly) corporatized nation than ours -- the economy is no more dynamic or prosperous than ours, though. The biggest visible differences are that the United States isn't a superpower and that the inner city 'hoods are irish or sicilian and not black -- This world's *13th amendment excluded the descendents of slaves from citizenship and included a deportation clause -- The border patrol was created in the 1870s to prevent slaves from sneaking in. The fact that the progressive-minded types were able to have stronger influence than OTL during the golden age of racism helps explain how these trends were taken to the point of making US citizenship explicitly limited to europeans.

France is still under a Napoleon and sulks over the loss of it's empire. It's politics are lurid and involve occasional assasinations combined with constant rioting. A more repressive government isn't enough to stop the French from doing their national sport of protests and strikes.

Liberia is at a low-end latin american level due to extensive Confederate and Union investment, combined with a bigger (if still minor) back to Africa movement.

The Swiss wish they weren't on this planet.

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Having a larger capitalist world and anglo-german scientific cross-fertilization has more than made up for the lag caused by relative geopolitical quiet of this century. Military technology and aerospace are a bit behind and the internet is still largely text with small pictures but other technological areas such as medicine, biotechnology, materials science are all on par or ahead of OTL. Due to the ongoing energy and environmental crises, "alternate energy" is about a decade ahead of OTL.

Airships lasted longer as the main form of civilian air travel, but since the 60s and 70s have mostly been displaced by jets. No world wars on OTL's scale gave them more time to work out the bugs in the technology but people simply wanted speedy travel. They're still around for the aerial equivelant of luxury cruises, though. Absurd energy costs have given airships a new lease on life in recent years, though.

The once-stalled space program is starting to get new life. Peak oil hit a while back, and that combined with other resources running scarce means there is renewed interest in the prospects of asteroid mining and orbital solar power. Of course, since it means usage of unmanned mining robots, this means that the manned lunar landing that was planned for 2012 was scrapped and the resources put into the orbital solar program.

As a whole, the world is richer, more prosperous and more educated. It may be a prosperous world, but it's one clearly under the economic and cultural domination of a few big players --World capital has as its HQ's London, New York, Berlin and Tokyo in that order.  For culture it is London, Paris, Berlin, New York and Tokyo in that specific order. There is a major push for both assimilation and oppression(inhibiting nationalism, national languages, national feelings) in the imperial protectorates and colonies. Modern science shows that yes, the people in the colonies are fully human but in a world without world wars this doesn't translate into cultural tolerance. Instead, the feeling is that local cultures are "counter-adapted" to modernity and that Europe's civilizing mission is their only hope for prosperity.

Non-western languages, aren't doing as well as OTL. The educational systems in colonies tend to teach the languages of the colonizing great power and ignore local tongues. This has led to the extinction of several african languages with  other languages in africa and Asia doing less well. Many languages in africa and asia even have western loan words.

The fashion and architecture in this world would be quite 'retro' to a visitor from OTL. However, this isn't conservatism per se, it's just that the current style of the last two decades has been consciously inspired by late victorian/edwardian styles. There are differences -- the outfits tend to be sleek and tighter. Also, men's facial hair is neat with mutton-chops *not* being revived. Very neatly trimmed goatees are of course de rigeur for politicians.  The population of non-western regions with the exception of Japan all usually dress in a more westernized manner than OTL.

Eugenics is of course alive and well. However, the fact that the world's computer tech lags our world by a decade means that applications are more limited than one might expect at this point. Mostly, it's sterilizing people with "bad" genes".

Architecture is less modernist and avoided our world's "brutalist"/minimalist phases. Instead, the mid 20th century saw austere neo-classicism, which has been replaced by a neo-victorian revival that uses modern building materials.

Economic theory in this world has less socialist influence, and more classical liberal influence. On one hand, this means this world's under-deveoped nations avoid the pitfalls of radically socialist policies and are richer. However, this has it's downsides in the form of the boom and bust cycle, along with visibly greater levels of inequality being the norm in western nations; this is a world where the "great compression" of the 30s to the 70s simply never happened. An additional side effect of both stronger capitalist economic theory combined with a more globalized economy is there being longer work hours and less worker's rights in western nations. This is a world where the range tends to be 48 hour work weeks in Scandanavia to 72 hour work weeks in The United States. Pay and benefits are scaled down accordingly, unless you're in the higher echelons of the corporation.

There are powerful megacorporations which enjoy a greater degree of autonomy and economic dominance than any in our world. Anti-trust laws along with legislation prohibiting the formation of cartels and price-fixing tends to either be nonexistent or theoretical. This is part of what gives corporation greater control over their work force -- in some areas like Brazil or the United States or even in the colonies where crime and or visible signs of massive inequality are present, workers might live in special corporate-owned neighborhoods or apartment blocks. In some cases, worker's rights have actually gone in reverse since 1900 and 12-hour workdays are still common in the US and Japan.

The environment is even worse than in OTL thanks to capitalism remaining significantly stronger. There are brown clouds of Europe and North America to go with the one over East Asia.
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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.
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What is your estimate on ISIS?
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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
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Another one that won't be official ofc.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
They are sometimes almost overbearing.
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They need Wotan.
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Ah, well without watergate you wouldn't get Carter in 1976, though. You'd likely get ither Ford or REagan in that year.
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No Watergate, or at least never getting caught.
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