AH Figure Descriptions

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by NiGHTS, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. NiGHTS BMC-14

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    A thread inspired by the AH quotes and cultural descriptions threads. But, in this thread the same is done for people rather than quotes or cultural works. Specific guidelines for this thread are that you say a name and the next person gives a description of any length of that person, who can be "real" or fictional. You can use the names of people that were or are real, who are fictional, or who you entirely made up, though in the case of the former, you may want to change things a bit. I'll go first.

    A German soldier-spy from New Holland. She, and many others, would infiltrate the Russian empire and covertly sabotage much of it's nuclear projects in order to keep setting the Russians back decades in the research and development of nuclear weapons. This would be instrumental in helping Germany to win the Dark Wars of the 1980s. Her specific notoriety comes from how efficient she was in her line of work thanks toh her uncanny ability to make sabotages look like accidents of local incompetence. These incidents would lead to popular anti nuclear sentiment in Russia as well as the weakening of the local populations through radiation sickness. After the war, she in her mid-50s by then, would go on to pass on her skills and abilities to the Jägerhexen, a German special ops group that she would found. She would also, indirectly, be a great figure of inspiration for anti-racist and feminist groups in New Holland and even Germany itself.

    Carlos Xavier
     
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    Although other war poets from the Second Franco-Spanish War are better known, Carlos Xavier holds the distinction of having written the most famous poem from the war: Las mariposas ya no vuelan ('The butterflies no longer fly'). He wrote this after an artillery bombardment on Spanish positions near Pamplona turned a wildflower meadow filled with butterflies into a field of mud; the first thing he saw on raising his head out of his fox-hole were two dead butterflies, which he saw as wanton killing of God's innocent creatures at the hand of man. He was killed only a few months later but this poem, published posthumously, became an allegory for the futility of war. The Sociedad de mariposas (Butterflies Society) was founded a few months after the signing of the peace treaty, dedicated to remembering the innocent victims of war. Its symbol is a slightly adapted montañesa de banda larga (Erebia meolans 'Piedmont ringlet'), all black apart from a red 'blood' spot on each wing. The society is active in both Spain and France, with mariposa symbols being sold to raise money for the charity every year on the anniversary of the signing of the armistice. 100 years after his death, a statue of Xavier was erected on the spot where he is traditionally believed to have seen the dead butterflies.

    (Apologies if my Spanish is wrong!)

    Jiang 'Caesar' Gaolian
     
  3. Hindustani Person Ambiguously Brown

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    Jiang Gaolian, nicknamed ‘Caesar’ for his military genius and political power, was a general and later President of the First Chinese Republic, who fought in the Chinese Civil War, and, after the death of Chiang-Kai Shek, took power in China. He was most famous for his invasion of the Korean Peninsula. Like Caesar, he was assassinated in 1991 by a member of the People’s Democratic Union, by the name of Zhang Futian.
    Muhammad Ali, 1st Baronet
     
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    A Canadian football. After Gilead had banned Islam from its soil and expelled it's Muslim population, including non Muslim Arabs, Adam Lee had decided to stand in solidarity with Muslims by becoming one so that he would have an excuse to not go play in Gilead when the World Cup was held there. Whether or not he genuinely converted is a matter of debate, but he never did set foot in Gilead again. Years later, the Kingdom of Canada would award him with the honor of being made a baronwr in honor of staying true to Canadian values, even after having been disparaged for his decisions. He would be the first Muslim I'm Canadian history to be inducted into nobility.

    Annabelle Comstock
     
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    Queen-Consort of Denmark-Norway. when Christopher I fell into a coma that lasted most of his reign, the pregnant woman ruled in his name, while raisng her child. The woman has long been a national hero, and an icon in northern European feminism ever since

    Johan I of Germania
     
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    While the position of German Emperor was rejected by king Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia at the Frankfurt parliament, King Aloys of Liechtenstein allowed for his eldest son, Johann, to become the new German emperor, and was crowned Emperor Johann I of Germania.
    The Right and Honourable Patroon Roosevelt
     
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    Bejamen Roosevelt (October 12, 1828 – January 6, 1907) was a landholder and fishing baron in Nieuwnederland, controversial for his methods, such as his support of slavery and later sharecropping.

    Annette-Marie Bichard
     
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    A Canadian doctor who would go on to perfect open-heart surgery in the 1950s. She would become renowned worldwide for her medical discoveries and would go on to teach future generations about the intricacies of the performing heart surgery. Though she isn't a household name today, her actions would change world history, for it would be her protege, Emily Schneider, who would go on to operate on Victoria I of Canada after she had a bullet lodged in her heart by an English assassin. Bichard would also start her own Hospital in Ontario that would act as a research center for the problems of the heart. Today, Bichard Hospital has grown to become one of North America's best medical centers for Cardiology treatment, for both children and adults, and would also go on to become one of the world's most important centers for improving the human condition by improving the human heart. Some of the most important research conducted at Bichard hospital would be highly critical in developing the prosthetic heart design widely used by cyborgs today. She can be widely seen as one of the greatest and most influential Canadians to exist, and is responsible for Canada being sometimes known as the "Kingdom of Hearts" within the global medical community.

    Tushar Wei (Wei Tushar)
     
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    Tushar Wei, known as Wei Tushar in China, was one of the greatest biochemists in history. She was born in Portuguese Macau when it was occupied by Korean forces during the Great War (the 'Great Oriental War' in 'western' history books). She was brought up by her Bengali mother after her Chinese father died in custody just two weeks before Macau's liberation by combined Dutch-Portuguese forces. Despite suffering discrimination due to her mixed heritage, she excelled at school and gained a scholarship to the University of Bombay. Having gained a first-class degree with honours, she went on to complete her PhD, studying under the great Indian biochemist Dr Ravindra Krishan. Her PhD, On the Interaction between early-stage tumours and the genetic material of cells (short title), saw her awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine, conjointly with her tutor. She remains the only Nobel laureate ever to have been awarded a prize based on a PhD thesis.

    Jonas Marquinhos do Nascimento
     
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    A Portuguese nationalist who sought to have Portugal separate from the Empire of Spain. While he wasn't violent, he would try to revive the declining Portuguese language by creating works of literature within that tongue. And while he would produce a large archive of works in Portuguese, these wouldn't go anywhere as ultimately very few people left in Spain spoke Portuguese as a first language. This would be due to the educational reforms of the First Empress of Spain, who would not only lead to the centralization of all the Iberian crowns that she wore, but who would make a point to dissolve the old kingdoms that she once ruled over separately. For Jonas to succeed in his goal in having the Portuguese language restored to its former glory, he would have to erode nearly 300 years of Castilian linguistic dominance. Ultimately, Jonas' works would not succeed in reviving Portuguese, but, once he died and Castilian translations of his work were made publicly available, interest in his work would be generated mostly by how they would lead to the foundation of Spanish fantasy. Unfortunately for Jonas;however, the failure of his work to generate interest in the Portuguese language, and nation, would cause him to go into a deep depression that would lead to his suicide at the age of 67. It didn't help that he was unable to make his children into native Portuguese speakers as they simply became to exposed to Castilian through media absorption and do to Jonas having to town down the lessons do to his nature as the only person speaking Portuguese for miles within his community. Eventually though, despite his miserable ending, at the very least his family would benefit from the money that would be gained from what his works would later bring in.

    Pan Kaori
     
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    An asian american activist who went on to be a candidate for the new 'American Salvation Party,' a liberal christian party that argued for deregulation and prayer in school, but gun control and equal rights, even socialized healthcare (increase the corporation profits to tax the owner more). While she never won the presidency, she was able to win a Senate Seat, where she was a crucial bipartisan vote
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    Emperor Carlos of Brazil, king of Argentina, Columbia, and all the Amazonas, Duke of Angola, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, and of the Malayas, Viceroy of Thailand, Baron of Macau. Patron of South America, Missionary to All Africa. Born: 1817. Died: 1923. Ruled: 1832-1923.
     
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    The emperor of the South Portuguese Empire, who is committed various cultural genocides of native peoples in the empire, all while producing much grandiose lies about his life.

    Henry DeHorse
     
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    Henry DeHorse: English pirate, explorer, poet of noble Norman descent who had been famous for setting up a Republic on the North American soil in 17th Century named , Sir Henry's Land'. Originally a British naval officer of high birth, he became a privateer after not being promoted. Henry DeHorse´s fleet plundered French,Spanish and Dutch ships and also liberated several hundred slaves, whom he set free or joined his ranks. He adopted the last name De Horse to mock the French, who set a bounty on him. Henry DeHorse traded with Indians and made alliances against the French. He declined the title of govenor and wanted his private Republic to expand. Henry DeHorse founded a parlaiment, which consisted of former pirates. DeHorse himself wrote the constitution of his new Republic. Eventually the British turned also against him for rebelling against the crown and declared war on ,Sir Henry Land'. Henry DeHorse, who had given himself the title Lord Captain of Sir Henry's Land, vanished. Legend has, that he never had been caught and escaped further West. Antonin La' Sarrazin
     
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    A Portuguese cinematographer, known for his use of rags mounted on horseback as seen in films like Modango and Bayonets.

    Benjamin Laroux
     
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    a would be French counter-revolutionary, who plotted the death of Napoleon I. instead he was caught, tried, and used as an example of the cruelty and prevasiveness of the old order. Though he did caution Napoleon significantly, and motivated the establishment of a permanent peace (that in fairness, held till Bonaparte's death)

    Alfred Maximus, Thirty Second President of the United States, First Casualty of the Second American Revolution