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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk
    Threadmarks: 286.2

    From: “The Black Twenties” by Errol Mitchell (1973)— The Sankt-Evgeny Offensive had been launched by General Belosselsky from Trebizond in November 1923. Though fought through difficult mountain terrain, the Russians prevailed over the Ottomans under Kemal Fevzi Pasha. This was a measure of...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Thanks for the comments. You are right we haven't seen that much inside the Combine yet, but that is somewhat deliberate for narrative purposes - don't worry, there'll be viewpoints there in good time.
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    Flag Thread V

    Because, as the others have said, the murrey purple of the Spanish Republic flag is centuries older than that. It was chosen in OTL because it was associated not only with Castile, as correctly said above, but specifically with the Comunero revolt of 1520-21, which the OTL Republic (and the...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    The Union Jack predates the Act of Union by a century, the crowns are still united here even though the states are not, so they've reverted to the pre-1707 status quo. Yes, that's something I've done because vertical tricolours didn't become associated with revolutionary France and its...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Doesn't exist as a political entity yet, just as a vague set of treaties. (I think an earlier draft of Vol 5 implied it was formed earlier than it was and I edited this). The Holy See still keeps a flag even though now it essentially does not exist as a territory. Accidentally missed off the...
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    Flag Thread V

    Scotland is indeed independent, they are using the version of the Union Jack they used 1603-1707 when the crowns were united but not the states.
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    Flag Thread V

    Flags of Europe in Look to the West at the start of the Black Twenties period of upheaval (see link in my sig for more details): edit: somehow missed Spain off the end, has now been added.
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk
    Threadmarks: Flags of Europe 1922

    Someone upthread suggested more media updates, so here are the flags of Europe as of 1922. Let me know if you want me to continue this with other continents! edit: just realised I accidentally missed Spain off the end so have added it.
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Thanks for the comments everyone. Eye of the beholder; people in TTL would say the same about OTL, though I can't say specifically what things without spoiling future updates.
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    In addition to the above update, I am pleased to announce that Look to the West Volume V: To Dream Again will now be released by SLP in a few days' time! Watch this space for updates. I know people have also asked about paperbacks for Vols 3 and 4 - as I understand it the pandemic caused an...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk
    Threadmarks: 286.1

    Part #286: Frozen Nightmare “Criticism continues to mount as Sir Robert Derby, First Commissary of the Imperial Diamondball Federation, insists that plans to reform the rules of the Imperial League to ban soakballs remain on track.[1] This comes despite the joint ultimatum by the Philadelphia...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Thanks as always for the comments everyone. Busy period at work coming up, got enough buffer for at least one week but bear in mind we may have to miss a week at some point - I'll let you know. That's a very nice take on the one I originally did in the illustration. In the published version of...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk
    Threadmarks: 285.2

    From: “Years of Infamy: The Black Twenties” by Maurice Yewdall and Ernest Young (1988)— As the plague spread across the world, several mass movements of people played a role in spreading it further. In the age of the steamship and even, increasingly, the sun-oil engine, this was no longer the...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    There was a brief global 'Peace Flu' described at the time (it shortened M. Mercier's life) which, though driven by similar factors to the OTL Spanish Flu, was far milder (more comparable to the Russian Flu of 1889-90 in OTL). In OTL the Third Plague happened earlier as the reservoir in Yunnan...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Thanks everyone for the comments. Science, and specifically chemistry, is my day job, so I like to bring it in. Again, if you want to know my main inspiration for both this and trying for the 'lived-in' feel, check out Tony Jones' alternate history settings (which were developed as RPG settings...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk
    Threadmarks: 285.1

    Part 285: A Greater Foe “Protests have resumed in farming towns across the region following a court ruling that the majority of the responsibility for the egg fever[1] outbreak two years ago rests with farmers and not with distributors. The ‘Magnolia Stamp’ Farmers’ League have repeated their...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Thanks again for the further comments. I am trying to split the difference between 'exactly the same as OTL' and 'unrealistically different for the sake of different'. As these commenters have said, I'm trying to go for wars that aren't too similar to the OTL world wars because their eras...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Thank you, and thanks everyone for the comments as always.
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk
    Threadmarks: 284.2

    From: “Europe - From Pandora to the Sunrise” by A. K. Dalziel and Alice Fielding (1980)— Historians argue over whether the offensives of autumn 1923 or spring 1924 should be considered as the last ‘pre-plague’ offensive of the European war. In reality there was no strict dividing line, of...
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    Look to the West Volume VIII: The Bear and the Basilisk

    Not really in the mood to write today thanks to the news about Prince Philip's passing (RIP) but fortunately I had managed to get a bit ahead with the buffer, so see next post for the next update.
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