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 Post subject: Re: Dark Earth Timeline
PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:53 am 
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It is one of several changes to borders that have some subtle and not-so subtle effects. One of the larger ones in North America is New Avalon, a Dominion lying on the Baja California peninsula. Subsequently, California doesn't have a Mexican border and has a somewhat different cultural evolution in a number of ways.

I'm not planning any authorial inserts or reality bending as such.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:00 am 
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Apologies that this has been slightly delayed; apart from work, I have been engaging in my other great passion of barbecue/large scale cooking. Now that I'm well on the path to finishing the three dozen dishes for this weekend's fest, there is a moment to return to Dark Earth 1955.

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- Imperial China's words being backed by nuclear weapons is a reference to the Civilization series of computer games.
- Malaya and Kenya are starting to clear up earlier, but spotfires will continue for some time to come.
- The A3D is a larger aeroplane in the 100,000lb class; there was some thought given to a four engine strategic naval bomber.
- The different South African PM is an indicator of a very different, non-apartheid path ahead.
- Indonesia and Australia continue to shape up over various disputes.
- British Railways adopts a very different modernisation plan based on large scale capital investment in existing steam infrastructure as well as construction of modern marshalling yards and production of new rolling stock.
- The Baghdad Pact is a somewhat different institution with a lot of internal tensions.
- The Constantinople Summit fails to address the main issues of the Cold War and Stalin (or rather, his double) is playing a long game. Or so he thinks.
- Operation Sunrise will be heard of again...
- 'The chances of anything coming from another planet are a billion to one' is a hat tip to Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds as well as an oblique reference to the future.
- Japanese rearmament is really kicking off in a far greater way than @ due to the substantial Chinese and Soviet naval threats in the Pacific. The Samurai Division is quite the interesting unit.
- Taft's death brings Roger Thompson to the presidency. A popular, young Second World War general, he has his heart and guts in the right place, but lacks experience in a number of areas, which will influence events next year.
- The Rastafarian movement has a rather different fate here.
- Superheroes and their deeds pop up every now and then and have quite the effect on US popular culture. They serve as a great boost to national morale and exceptionalism, being seen as a sign of the special nature of the United States.
- Percival has a different wartime role and a much, much better historical reputation.
- Craggy Island's missing west side is explained.
- The chocolate factory owner is Willy Wonka.
- Soviet diamond smuggling rings are forever.
- The lightly dressed swordsman sometimes referenced is familiar with the power of Castle Greyskull.
- Retention of capital punishment in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe indicates some different social development and attitudes. Ruth Ellis's hanging passes without considerable public protest.
- The Tu-95 is going to be a big game changer when it gets into full service, giving the Soviets their first genuine intercontinental strategic bomber.
- The price of Offa's Dyke is a oblique reference to an interesting factoid included in Michael Wood's 'In Search of the Dark Ages' in the episode on Offa.
- German tank development is following quite the interesting path.
- Albert Ballin does not take his own life in 1918, but lives on, flees the Nazis and returns back in the twilight of his life to set the company back on track once again. I've always found his story a sad one and having the circumstances which allow his survival was a happy coincidence.
- Hartshire is not a formal county, but is more of a general area in the West Midlands where halflings/hobbits have been traditionally found.
- Underground shelter capacity is several orders of magnitude greater in several countries.
- The US Presidential Guard Regiment is descended from Washington's Life Guard.
- British atomic power plans are extremely expansive, with some interesting consequences.
- Speeding toads really put the wind up the willows.
- The Girl in the Gun was simply an opportunity to refer to Dora the Explorer.
- The bear at Paddington Station loves marmalade.
- Manchester children going through a gate = Elidor (Alan Garner)
- Loss of a 707 over the Bermuda Triangle is more than what it seems.
- The Imperial Defence Staff is an interesting development.
- Great Khan Timur is a rather formidable character and hearkens back to old Mongol habits.
- The SKV will be detailed in Reds, the next 1947 story, but are one of the five major power groups in the Soviet Union alongside the CPSU, the KGB and the Red Army.
- Sword of Freedom is a very successful film.
- Glenn Miller lives on and his success is one sign of different musical development.
- James Dean does not leave a good-looking corpse, but is very badly injured; his status in popular culture isn't what it was on Earth.
- Plagues in Haiti?
- The Man Who Could Not Die will be mentioned again and has an interesting role to play and past history.
- The Yorkshire inventor and his dog finally get a go.
- Nuclear Canada
- Denys Finch Hatton survives and Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen remains in Kenya.
- Artillery research will yield some interesting results within 10 years.
- Getulio Vargas doesn't shoot himself, but remains an eminence gris.
- The automaton bathtub makes an appearance in Never Had it So Good
- Adenauer died of natural causes.
- USS Monitor is a rather intriguing ship.
- The Kingdom of Finland and their victory in 1940 have some very interesting consequences.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:20 am 
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A small installment to tithe matters over until the next pieces from 1947 and other story lines and the extremely action-packed 1956 update.

Where Are They? (1955/56)

Sir Winston Churchill
Recently retired as British Prime Minister and created Duke of London in honour of his great service, Churchill divides his time between his Chartwell, Provence and his London home. Regarded as the senior elder statesman of the British Empire and the Free World, his opinions and advice are eagerly sought.

Sir Anthony Eden
The new Prime Minister of Britain has had a number of different issues to deal with in his first few months in office, ranging from increasingly difficult relations with the United States and France to rising economic challenges and an ever-tenser situation in the Middle East. He is fit and well following successful bile duct operation in 1952 and enjoys extremely high levels of public popularity and international respect.

Roger Thompson
President of the United States since the death of Taft, 45 year old Thompson has benefitted from a great deal of public sympathy and enjoys high approval ratings. His domestic policies of fiscal restraint and cutting taxes have been successful and the resolution of conflicts in East Asia has increased his international prestige. His defence policy is built around a dual capacity for general strategic war and conventional warfare.

Manfred van Richthofen
The famed Red Baron of the Great War is wholeheartedly engaged in his new role as Chief of Staff of the reformed Luftwaffe, where he has been an advocate for the development of indigenous German jet fighters to replace foreign aircraft.

Abraham Van Helsing
Professor van Helsing is in semi-retirement in London at the age of 123 and is still called upon occasionally to provide expert advice to the Star Chamber and the British secret services.

Josip Broz Tito
Leader of the Yugoslav Social Democratic Party, he is entering his fifth year as Prime Minister. He has been a strong supporter of the Balkan Pact and rapprochement with Austria-Hungary on realistic grounds.

Haile Selassie
The Emperor of Ethiopia is regarded as one of the champions of African development and provides moral and tangible support to independence movements across the Continent. He has managed thus far to balance traditionalism with a push for national modernisation at home.

Sir Mohandas Gandhi
Respected by his friends and feared by his foes, Field Marshal Gandhi is one of the most experienced politicians and elder statesmen in the Commonwealth and is instantly recognisable by his eye patch and scars. As Secretary of the Imperial Council, he is a strident voice for reform, unity and freedom.

John Lennon
15 year old Lennon is a promising poet and writer who has won several awards at his school in Auckland, New Zealand, having lived there for the last decade with his parents, who emigrated after reuniting at the end of the war.

Ronald Reagan
Reagan is enjoying a career renaissance on the back of some meaty dramatic roles. He underwent successful surgery in 1952 to repair a niggling leg injury that resulted from an old war wound.

Atticus Finch
Former Vice-President Finch is one of the most respected men in the United States and the Western world and is currently taking a sabbatical from public duties at his home in Maycomb, Alabama, where he often visits with his neighbours and enjoys simple pleasures.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld
A wealthy criminal mastermind of Swiss origin, he is sought by both Western intelligence services and the KGB and SMERSH for highly secret reasons.

James Bond
The Secret Intelligence Service's most successful and dashing field agent, Bond is currently on assignment in the Middle East. He has built a reputation as both deadly efficient and a playboy with few rivals. He has many rivals within the Service, but gets results.

Stanley Barton
A rising star in the British Labour Party, he has turned many heads in his role as Labour's Shadow Minister of War and is regarded as one of the strongest performers in the House of Commons. He represents the centre-right of the party, but remains popular with many unionists for his plain speaking and unimpeachable honour.

Roy Hobbs
Former New York Knights star baseball player Hobbs lives quietly on his idyllic Iowa farm, making occasional public appearances, but spending most time with his three children and six grandchildren.

George 'Harry' Flashman
Colonel Flashman, having enjoyed a mixed diplomatic career, is currently deployed with the 3rd Cavalry Brigade in Kenya, where he has reportedly engaged in numerous acts of heroism, according to several correspondents of dubious repute.

Dr. Emmett Brown
'Doc' Brown is engaged in top secret chronomatic research with the United States Army.

James Dean
Recovering in hospital after the loss of a leg, severe facial injuries and two broken arms.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
An erudite young preacher in Montgomery, Alabama who is relatively unknown outside of his own congregation.

Dick Tracy
Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tracy has been instrumental in the strengthening of US counterintelligence efforts to defend against the threat of communist subversion and has formed a close partnership with Director Ness.

John Wayne
Generally regarded as the most popular actor in Hollywood at the present time, Wayne is well known for his partnership with acclaimed Western director John Ford, having just completed film The Searchers. His strident anti-communism and Republican activism has won him many plaudits.

Curtis LeMay
Commander in Chief of Strategic Air Command since 1947, General LeMay has forged the most powerful single military force in the world, commanding over 2500 jet bombers and hundreds of support aircraft.

Matt Braddock
The famed former RAF Bomber Command pilot is now in service with the Royal Company of Adventurers, one of several well-equipped private military forces that are officially unconnected with HM Government.

Willy Wonka
The highly creative chocolatier has emerged from long time isolation to once again amaze and delight the world with ingenious new creations.

Ernesto Guevara
An Argentine Marxist adventurer who narrowly avoided death in the Guatemalan affair, he now resides in Mexico City, ostensibly working as a doctor and under the nominal protection of the followers of General Zapata.

Victor Von Frankenstein
A much feared scientist who is wanted in over 50 countries for crimes against nature and the creation of monstrosities.

Sir Bernard Quatermass
British Minister of Space and one of the finest scientific minds in the solar system.

Fu Manchu
The Imperial Chancellor of China, Fu has maintained his grip on power for over 50 years and has not apparently aged a day in that period.

George Bailey
A popular local businessman in Bedford Falls, New York and author of a widely read syndicated column.

Harry Callahan
20 year old Callahan is a decorated combat veteran in the 1st Marine Division awaiting demobilisation in San Francisco.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:14 am 
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Is there someone in the UK assisting with chronomatic research? A person who travels in something that looks like a Police Box. ;)

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Who ever could you mean? ;)

He works with the Ministry of Space at the moment and his capabilities with regard to time aren't quite a state matter.


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