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Alternate History Thursday: Broadway

It is the year 1999, the world is struggling to come up with a solution to the Y2k bug.  Similar to how speculation was in our existing reality, there were contrasting theories as to just how widespread the potential damage would be.  Exactly like our world, doomsdayers were preparing for the worst  This included governments, who had the knowledge that the general public lacked.  Y2k was going to happen, there was no stopping it, there was no fixing it, technology was too far spread, too far distributed, even with the beginnings of the internet, there was no conceivable way to fix the issue everywhere.  Secretly, the United States Federal government began disconnecting all of it’s infrastructure from the internet.  They dictated to the individual states to do the same, but the thing that makes America Great is the sovereignty of each individual state.  Many states were at the mercy of their elected officials, and it did not help things when the Fed didn’t publicly endorse disconnection.

New York State was always one to do it’s own thing, regardless of who was in charge of the nation.  The Governor of the state, and more specifically, the Mayor of New York City were both big Y2k deniers.  So, while the federal government was busy preparing for the worst technological disaster to ever happen, NY was busy preparing for the party to end all parties.  Even though power stations, water, and gas supplies were disconnected from the internet, their function was still provided.  Much to the happiness of the populace.  It would be this dependency that ends up undoing everything.

As always, check after the jump to read this story with the music playing along.  It’s better, trust me.

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Alternate History Thursday – TIME

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The above is a real time gif of the earth’s movement.  Just watch it, it moves at few frames a second, and after 24 hours, it will be back where it started.  Anyway, you could waste all day watching that, or you can take my word for it and then read the following:

Time is an interesting concept.  It’s claimed that it’s the only constant in the universe, and that it can only flow in one direction.  But I’m about to flip all that 180 degrees on you.  TIME is as a concept that humans understand is flawed.  By gaining access to an alternate reality, you can quickly see that the flow of time is not equal to that in your local reality.  This is most easily seen when traveling “back in time” to 1947 by dialing in the correct coordinates and opening the temporal-displacement door (TDD).  The technology for this door was provided to us by the crashed alien craft from the late 1940s.

Now, conventional wisdom says that with a flux-capacitor, and the ability to drive at 88mph, you will be able to open your own TDD.  The technology displayed in a flux-capacitor has not been successfully decoded, but we believe that the TDD is an alternate version of the flux-capacitor.  It’s probable that the aliens have decided that a door is the optimal way to change dimensions, whereas for us humans, if you’re gonna make a time machine (out of anything), why not do it with some style.

After careful examination of the final product, it was determined that the TDD was safe for human use, and the first time travelers were sent to the year 1947 to witness the crash landing of the aliens from which the technology came.  Temporal paradoxes are prevented because we are not traveling through time, but rather to another dimension altogether.  However, it is important to note that once the door is closed, travel to that dimension from your source dimension is more or less closed.  The probability that a door can be opened to the same dimension is ridiculously small with our current understanding, and the aliens are not telling use anything helpful.

Regardless, we feel that this a minor issue for the time being.  The door doesn’t need to be fully open to keep the portal open, just not closed completely.  This has prompted the invention of the Temporal-Jam (T-JAM).  This leaves the TDD open just a hair, and as long as the location is known, can be opened with minimal force.  Care must be used so that only approved beings travel through the door, this is why it’s recommended that a firewall be constructed around each TDD complete with auto-close functionality, and it’s own low-yield nuclear device.  The EMP field will destroy the time-circuits, and hopefully any dangerous lifeforms that make it through the TDD.  Any local loss of life is expected in this situation, and understood.

This is just a preliminary report, we look forward to further testing of the TDD, T-JAM, and fail-safes in order to work out all kinks in the plan and make it a profitable endeavor.

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The SKY!

This is a pretty neat idea.  Using NASA’s Gamma-Ray Coordinate Network, a team of developers have hooked it up with Google Sky Map to provide real time information about the heavens above your very head.  It’s pretty powerful.  Now if only we could have faster than light travel, or some sort of photos from these places ourselves, that’d be ace.  But until we invent those things, (or someone from an alternate reality sends us the technology), we’re stuck with our Hi (low) Res photos from Hubble.

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Robot Raptor

Seriously scientists.  what makes you think this is a good idea?  A robotic raptor that can dun at almost 30mph?  Does anyone remember Jurassic Park.  Remember Terminator?  Combine those two films together and you get what could happen to earth, (and what is happening in some twisted alternate reality)

xkcd remembers:

You're probably thinking, 'has it been a decade?'  It's been over thirteen years, buddy.

In the years since that comic was published, the world seems to have forgotten just how dangerous Velociraptors can be.  Sure, scientists tried to paint them in a better light, claimed that the way they were portrayed in Jurassic Park was no where near what they would be in real life.  Well let me question you this Dr. Ross Geller, have you met a live Velociraptor?  Because until you do you can only guess what they might have looked like and acted.  And to be 111% honest with you, I will believe Steven Spielberg’s version of them more then yours.

So please scientists, for the 2nd time this year already, stop this madness.  Stop these hairbrained plots.  Nothing good cam come of them.

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Alternate History Thursday – TIME

In this reality, today is 11/12/13, that’s a pretty sequential day if you think about it, and you’re a regular crazy human.

In our alternate reality, today is just like any other day, a “Thursday.”  Days of the week have no meanings anymore, but some of the old remaining pure humans still use the traditional day terms.  The month names have disappeared completely.  The years aren’t even easy to figure out so far underground either.  Best guess by the pures is it’s 7737.  But it could be 17737 for all we know, or care.

The pures are slowly dying out, persecuted for generations, and forced closer and closer to the surface, they are in danger of loosing their pure status.  But it doesn’t seem to phase them.  They claim they are evolving, and prefer to go by “Darwinains,” after an ancient scientist that lived on the surface, as opposed to the derogatory “pures.” The rest of us just call them pures when we see them, which is not often.

Hopefully they’ll be gone soon.

Pures. Gone. Soon.  Those three words together have a scary meaning.  It means us as a species has finally left this planet.  After ages of trying, and wars, and invasions, humanity has finally left this planet.

I don’t know how long ago (no one except maybe the oldest of the pures knows for sure), we were forced underground after the Kssim invaded and began to colonize the surface.  Over time the Kssim began inter breed, and perform genetic experiments on humanity, creating an advanced race.  The Kssim-human hybrids slowly spread and now, like I said before, there are only a few pure humans left under this world.

But they’re quiet.

In all the lives of all my ancestors for as long as we can remember (which to be honest, isn’t very good, the Kssim are very forgetful), the pures have never been this quiet.  They haven’t bothered anyone, or started a riot, or abducted any of us.  It’s concerning.  Some claim that they’ve finally died out, but I know for a fact that that’s not true, as I’ve seen them myself.

I don’t know what to expect, but I am getting scared.  In my lifetime we have not heard from the Kssim above ground.  That is a first.  This could mean anything, but I fear it means that the pures have retaken the surface.

I hope that that is not true, for the world as we know it could change drastically if it is.

I’ve spent too much time looking for them lately, I should make my way home, but I need to know.  I need to know where they went, why they went, and if they’re going to come back.  I’ve found all sorts of pure artifacts, including many books.  If only I could read pure.  Not that it would do any good, as there’s about a dozen different pure languages, and I’d need to know at least half of them in order to have any chance of understanding what’s going on.  Very few of us are that learned.

There are pictures though.

It’s hard to tell what they are of, but it looks like the surface.  And Kssim.  I know what Kssim look like, and there are lots of them in the pictures.  But they don’t look alive.  And that concerns me.

I’m going to keep going now, maybe I’ll find something else, or someone else who knows what’s going on.

 

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Alternate History Thursday – Back to The Future

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28 years ago today the Delorean traveled through time.

Today we are a mere 2 years away from the future predicted by Marty McFly in Back to The Future Part II.

Each passing year we get closer to the time when we can buy hover boards, and jackets that auto adjust to our size.  Too bad there’s still 2 years left.

Anyway, back to the alternate history part of this post.  If you remember, BttF II included an alternate timeline of 1985, and, more importantly, it showed that actions have consequences.  And that’s about it I have to post about this.  Just watch the Back to The Future Trilogy this weekend, you’ll thank me for it.

 

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The Alternate Cold War

Today is Adolf Hitler’s 121st birthday, and what better way to celebrate then by having a bonfire?!  What are we burning, don’t ask, you don’t wanna be implicated, its better that way.

Anyway, another way to celebrate, how about continuing the alternate reality of Pearl Harbor? Yes, I think that’s fitting, we will explore what could have happened had The Nazi’s won World War II.  Anyway here we go, onto the future!

When we last saw our heroes they were demoralized.  The greater part of Europe was in ruins, and as far as the Eye could see, Hitler could control.  Unlike Napoleon before him, Hitler had conquered the mighty Russian Bear, and now is the most powerful man in the world.

With the destruction of Moscow via an atomic bomb, the country unconditionally surrendered to the Nazis.  Seeing the destruction the bomb caused, the remaining Allies formed a truce with the Axis powers, less Japan.

The world was painted to look like this:

Nazi Germany controlling the better part of the globe, with their power reaching 2 oceans, and thousands of miles.  America is takes on the role of The Soviet Union at the end,  They get Japan, and pretty much get to do what they want with it.  America and Nazi Germany are the new world powers, and the population looks on with great interest at what will happen next.

The year is 1953.  It’s been 8 years since WWII ended, The United States is now comprised of 61 states, including conquered Japan (adding 4 states), and various islands across the Pacific, and Cuba.  The Nazi’s have changed the name of most of Europe, removing nations, and combining them all together into Nazi Germany.  All other nations of the world hold their breath as they watch as two powers of different ideals have a stand off.

The Space Race

In 1955 the Nazi’s launch the first artificial satellite, Trabant.  Aided by their massively successful V2 rocket program of the war, the Nazi’s are able to gain a significant advantage over the Americans.  Because the Americans didn’t win the war, they weren’t able to steal any Nazi scientists for themselves when it ended, and therefore they are significantly behind in their rocket research.  It’s not until 1960 when the United States enters space.  By this time, the Nazi’s have already orbited multiple humans, and have multiple semi permanent satellites in orbit.

The United States however doesn’t really mind.  They may have different ideals compared to the Nazis, and as long as Hitler stays in Europe, then they don’t really care.  We start a space program though.  Not because we’re afraid of the Nazi’s, but because we want to conquer space.  As a nation, we fully back our space agency, eventually leading to a Moon mission, many years in the future.

The Arms Race

The global arms race hasn’t changed much, and the Germans use their V2 rocket research to attach bombs to.  In fact, that was their plan from the very beginning, attach an atomic bomb to V2s, and rain down deadly destructive damage from the sky.  It’s not very successful at first, but within 5 years they are able to deliver a nuclear payload to any target in the Europe, Asia, Africa part of the globe.  Too bad they control over 60% of that territory.

The US on the other hand just uses its vast resources to build bigger and badder bombers, eventually making an 8 turbo jet design that can circle the globe and deliver nuclear or conventional bombs to any target.

Naval warfare is at a stalemate.  The US has the superior fleet, but the Nazi’s have a superior submarine force effectively keeping the American’s at bay in the Atlantic.  However, America, lacking bases in Europe builds massive Aircraft carriers, capable of launching, and landing 4 engine bombers.  They are the king of the waters, giving them an effective range of half a hemisphere.

Because of the lack of European bases, the remaining allies build up Africa.  The Africa we know today is very different from the one that exists in this reality.  Developed, civil, popular, and safe.  Africa has become the central part of the world.  Attracting businesses for the mining available, and tourists for the country side.  Remaining largely neutral in the whole global political scene, Africa thrives on the businesses there and becomes a home-place for all of the displaced peoples of the war.

The World Itself

The Nazis having never been accused of war crimes due to winning the war outright, quickly begin to work on their world image, soon becoming the hope of generations.  (Mostly due to the propaganda of the Nazi party, which is still working in force.)  However the overall feel of the world is peaceful.  How long will this last is anyone’s guess, because in 30 years time something extraordinary is going to happen.

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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

68 years ago World War 2 began for America, truly, officially, and publicly began.  The Japanese empire attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor with the hopes of knocking out the country’s Pacific fleet, and letting them go on to conquer the entirety of the  Pacific Ocean.

Some people say that it wasn’t truly a surprise attack, and clearly the withdrawing of the Carrier’s leads others to think someone somewhere knew something.  But these allegations all come after the fact.  All the conspiracy theorists, and pacifists, and overall cowards question why Pearl Harbor was allowed to happen.

Imagine for a moment that it was prevented.

  • Would we have went to war with Japan and/or the Axis Powers?
  • Yes, but that war would be drastically different.

For starters you wouldn’t have a near unanimous approval of our entry into WW2 by the public.  And if the public doesn’t support the war, the war is lost.  You can’t spend millions of dollars, or send hundreds of thousands of men over seas if they aren’t willing to go.  That being said, our presence in the European theater would have been drastically different.  Hitler would have done all he could to not go to war with us, because he knew that if we got involved, it was only a matter of time before he lost everything.  And seeing as we wouldn’t have been directly thrown into the war, the public would be torn over going into Europe, so we can assume that we wouldn’t have been in Europe fully for at least another year (if England even lasted that much longer. Because if England fell, then everything changes, but that’s beyond the scope of this alternate reality).

So the public is more or less behind the Pacific war, and because we stopped Pearl Harbor, 95% of the Pacific fleet is intact.  We begin to advance across the ocean stopping at every island and forceably removing all remaining Japs from them.  This continues all the way to the Japanese mainland.  Now because we still have our entire fleet, we are able to make it there with little fuss, and in alittle over 2 years.  The Japs are unable to do any major damage to us because we know where they are (because we were able to decipher their messages long before Pearl Harbor).  This causes a huge demoralization to the Japanese, but they continue to fight regardless.

Because the War has gone well, and we made it so far so fast, we are left with 2 choices, a blockade, or an invasion.  The Atomic bomb has not been finished yet, so we can’t bomb them into submission with it.

Depending on what General was in charge, and what President was in office.  (Lest we forget, this war was not backed 100%, so FDR’s decision to enter it after Pearl Harbor doesn’t really happen, and breaking all his promises he campaigned with could lead to some changes in the next election), this is a pressing matter.  For the sake of this reality, we will go with an invasion, because I said so.

D-day happens on the beaches on Japan instead of France, and instead of liberation of a nation, it’s occupation.  Same thing almost.  Because the Japanese mainland has already been bombed heavily, resistance is little if any in most places.  American GIs make their way to Tokyo, and quickly take control of the country.  The Empire of Japan has come to an end, and the United States of America adds it’s latest addition to it’s bag of territories.

Back to Europe

American troops come to the aid of England just when they thought it would never happen, or about Fall 1942.  However moral is low, supplies are gone, and Hitler has a near impenetrable hold on the greater part of Europe.  He has fortified his positions along the entire coast.  Things are going the same in Russia as they really did go, not well.  However, not having to worry too much about American troop involvement, or buildup has let the Axis powers flourish.  They spread themselves out along northern Africa, and decimate the English troops there.  Rommel is soon sent to use his magic on the Eastern front, and things begin to turn.

By late 1943 American support is waning, they had just about won the Pacific war, and that’s all they really cared about to begin with.  Pressure is on to leave the silly Europeans to fend for themselves.  But equal pressure is there to try and liberate the Europeans from the grip of the Nazis.  Stuck in this dilemma, troops are sent, but not nearly enough to make any difference, Hitler thrives.

The Eastern front hits a stalemate, neither side can make any significant advances over the year, but a truce is not called.  This continues well into 1945.  During this time, Nazi scientists have been making progress on atomic weapons.  Great progress.  Ironicly in August of 1945 Luftwaffe bombers are sent towards Moscow, on board is a nuclear bomb.  Russia being already demoralized by the ongoing war, decides to surrender after only one bomb is dropped (lucky really, as that’s the only one the Nazi’s had (they didn’t even know if it would work)).

The Nazi’s annex the former Soviet Union, and now control France to the Sahara to the Middle East, to Siberia.

The New Cold War

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion to the New World War II.