Alt-History Aftermath Scenarios Implied by Media

Calculating Stars universe (spoilers ahead).

We can expect America's reputation and pacifism's image to suffer brutally if it ever gets out that the meteorite was launched to earth by an "ultra-pacifist"* militant, infiltrated in the JPL, who wanted to "punish" America for Hiroshima (and what he did was smash the rest of the world).

* Because nothing says more "I am a pacifist and I hate war and death" than deliberately causing the greatest catastrophe in the history of mankind (Sarcasm). As well as probably killing more people than in the two World Wars combined.
 
Calculating Stars universe (spoilers ahead).

We can expect America's reputation and pacifism's image to suffer brutally if it ever gets out that the meteorite was launched to earth by an "ultra-pacifist"* militant, infiltrated in the JPL, who wanted to "punish" America for Hiroshima (and what he did was smash the rest of the world).

* Because nothing says more "I am a pacifist and I hate war and death" than deliberately causing the greatest catastrophe in the history of mankind (Sarcasm). As well as probably killing more people than in the two World Wars combined.
It seems more like, "Well 15,000 years has been a good run, might as well end things before things get complicated politically or socially...
 
Consider that with Swordfish, you have a POD prior to 9/11, wherein a Middle Eastern terrorist leader who had attacked 3 U.S. embassies was suddenly assassinated,. Even more frightening is that the assassin in question, apparently has a few nuclear weapons they are willing to use in the "war against terror":


I actually completely forgot that movie had a plot.
 
I hope in a 4th book they manage to save Earth.
Given the fact that AFAIK they're not even trying I'll be surprised they get it. As far as I recall, the operational plan was to evacuate the United States, and only the United States, into space. Perhaps to some British to be able to say that they help the allies. But that's it. The rest of the planet can die of disgust as far as this America is concerned.
 
Garth Ennis' 303 (comic). I think the assasination of President Bush by a rogue Russian soldier in the middle of the War on Terror will have a lot of consequences
 
I've always wondered what the newly independent South of Guns of the South would look like circa 1900.

One where the South did a gradual emancipation, assault rifles and machine guns exist in the 1860s, and the south has a potential monopoly of things like Computers and Air Conditioning
 

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What would the consequences of a US strike on an Iranian nuclear plant and airbase be?
Anger, saber rattling, some rockets fired at US troops, and denying the facility had anything to do with nuclear science.
Garth Ennis' 303 (comic). I think the assasination of President Bush by a rogue Russian soldier in the middle of the War on Terror will have a lot of consequences
Suddenly the American people would want to start up a war with Russia.
The Soldier Girls book trilogy is an alternate history series where women are formally allowed to take up combat positions in WW2, which would have a load of consequences.
Was this for all sides in the war?
 
One of the biggest online shows, Bridgerton is actually an alternate history. It proposes that Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, was actually black. As a result , in ASB fashion, British society is racially blind by the 19th century. #Bridgerton

 
Seeing as the finale of Shin Godzilla had a frozen but still extremely dangerous monster in the center of Tokyo, I highly doubt the Olympic committee chose this city to host in 2020.

Perhaps Istanbul or Madrid?

Also I'm confident the pm and emperor's official residences and the diet were relocated to a city like Osaka (like in Godzilla X Megaguirus) or Kyoto.

Lastly, covid (if it still occurred) might likely transform that part of Tokyo into a ghost town between all the imminent dangers associated with it.
 
One of the biggest online shows, Bridgerton is actually an alternate history. It proposes that Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, was actually black. As a result , in ASB fashion, British society is racially blind by the 19th century. #Bridgerton

I've heard meh things about this show, even from the people in my life who usually eat this kind of thing up, but I was impressed when one of them told me it's genuinely acknowledging its own alternate historical nature instead of just doing colourblind casting (which I would have no issue with, I'm just impressed that they took it further than most).
 
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Given the fact that AFAIK they're not even trying I'll be surprised they get it. As far as I recall, the operational plan was to evacuate the United States, and only the United States, into space. Perhaps to some British to be able to say that they help the allies. But that's it. The rest of the planet can die of disgust as far as this America is concerned.
Also, how come no one mentions the Soviet Union, France or China?

To makes matters worse, just consider how terribly racist and anti-Semitic this would seem to the world's population. Some nutjob wants to commit global genocide because of Hiroshima, ignoring the genocide committed against China, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia. To make matters worse, it wasn't the mass slaughter of Jewish people by Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. For them, it was completely acceptable...
 
Here is a Norwegian series, entering its second season on HBO-TV, The Beforeigners wherein people from several periods of history are ISOT'd into the present, and are seen unfortunately as refugees :

 
There's several I can think of:

1) War of the Worlds (1953): how long did it take the Martians to start dying, and when did the last invaders arrive? Then there's picking up the pieces afterwards, likely turmoil in the Soviet Bloc, French and British Colonies declaring independence-and not much that could be done about it, trying to reverse-engineer Martian tech, etc. (and how would we know they were Martians?).

2) Countdown to Looking Glass (1984): Did the Superpowers go down the slippery slope to general war, or did cooler heads prevail?

3) Amerika (1987): What happened after the Battle of Milford? Did the spark of revolution start to spread, despite what the Soviets were hoping?

4) By Dawn's Early Light (1990) Several things here: Did the Soviet Union come apart-and how bloody was it? Fighting in Europe-conventional, nuclear, or a bit of both? Situation in the U.S: Martial Law, perhaps? And how to bring U.S. forces home from overseas to help in rebuilding?

5) V (the TV series, 1984-5): What happened after the cease-fire? Since the Leader initiated the cease-fire, he's understood that the war on Earth has gone very bad, and that there's no chance of an outright victory and his forces are being bled white. Earth's terms for a peace agreement are likely to be very serious from the Visitors' POV, but returning the people who were "processed" into cold sleep for eventual consumption/breeding/slave labor, reparations for the material damage (destroyed cities, infrastructure, etc., and return of the water (if possible). And how would the peace be kept? Earth's military forces are likely to start thinking about turning the Solar System into a fortress so that it never happens again-even if it means using captured/transferred Visitor tech as a basis for going forward.

6) War of the Worlds (2005): Similar to 1953 in many respects: post-invasion conflicts are a certainty, rebuilding is going to take a while, and then there's trying to find out who they were, how long were those tripods buried, and are there more, just waiting? And how fast can we get back into space to at least have some early warning?

7) Battle: Los Angeles (2011): The Battle in L.A. is turning in the Marines' favor, but it's going to be a tough slog. Same thing in the other invasion sites. Now, who are the invaders? Where are they from? We know what they want-our water and us out of the way. Do they have ships in orbit or past the Moon, still watching and waiting? And after the invasion is defeated, what's next?
 
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