Blue Skies in Camelot (Continued): An Alternate 80s and Beyond

Note: The writer is mixed race, and that's part of why racial and religious tolerance are important themes. I think a female could work, especially if we want the fantasy to be somewhat more feminist. It could be mentioned that getting it published was an uphill battle for her, and that when it was a hit everyone was taken by surprise. France can still be rather sexist despite itself.

Some more details:

1.) The main character is modelled after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland He starts out as a good sort but very privileged and seeing the world in black and white; he's forcibly confronted with the fact that the world is a lot more nuanced and complex then he thought, but still maintains his core decency. And just like the Roland in the saga, he dies in the end (he and the big bad score a mutual kill).

For instance, he starts out viewing his liege as someone who can do no wrong....but is forcibly confronted with the fact that his liege did a LOT of terrible things.

2.) I was thinking that the Charlemagne character isn't necessarily EVIL per say but he can be very...ambiguous. The real Charlemagne could be nasty (he didn't convert the Germans to Christianity by asking nicely let's just put it that way?) He could be somewhat arrogant and certain that he's god's chosen....just like the Caliph is. The Caliph might be manipulated but there's no brainwashing.

3.) Alt Roland has a love interest from the Caliphate, but he also has close friendships with his companions (which DOES lead to shipping inevitably).

4.) One major element is that both countries have done terrible things; the current Caliphate (just like the Abbisads) rose to power by overthrowing the previous dynasty and slaughtering most of them. One of the Fallen Angel's acolytes is a survivor of the old dynasty serving the dark one in order to get revenge and reclaim his throne (basically the "king returns" played for a VERY dark twist). Likewise, Alt Charlemagne did unethical things in the name of unifying the warring countries.
 
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Note: The writer is mixed race, and that's part of why racial and religious tolerance are important themes. I think a female could work, especially if we want the fantasy to be somewhat more feminist. It could be mentioned that getting it published was an uphill battle for her, and that when it was a hit everyone was taken by surprise.

Some more details:

1.) The main character is modelled after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland He starts out as a good sort but very privileged and seeing the world in black and white; he's forcibly confronted with the fact that the world is a lot more nuanced and complex then he thought, but still maintains his core decency.
2.) I was thinking that the Charlemagne character isn't necessarily EVIL per say but he can be very...ambiguous. The real Charlemagne could be nasty (he didn't convert the Germans to Christianity by asking nicely let's just put it that way?) He could be somewhat arrogant and certain that he's god's chosen....just like the Caliph is.
3.) Alt Roland has a love interest from the Caliphate (either girl or boy; if it's a boy it could be ballsy as hell).
I was also thinking what if the author is apart of the LGBTQ+ community?
 
I had an idea for a fictional series in this world, but I was hoping that some others might be able to help flesh it out into something more concrete.

1.) Epic/Gritty Epic Fantasy: The writer is French citizen of Algerian and French heritage, and the series itself is modelled on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matter_of_France
More specifically, the World itself is inspired from that time (Charlemagne's conquests would be a major source of inspiration, and the powers would be modelled on Europe during Charlemagne's time. For instance, there are expies of the Carolingians, the Byzantines, the Caliphates are combined into a single power, the First Bulgarian Empire, even the Vikings.) There's references to the Ravennan Empire in the past, with the ultimate antagonist being a fallen angel trying to manipulate both the Caliphate Expy and Carolingan France expy into a destructive war.

In many ways it's similar to Game of Thrones, and ultimately becomes popular not just in France, but in America and the UK. Funnily enough, there are people on both the left and right who dislike it (The right hates the message of racial and religious tolerance, while the left thinks that Charlemagne's atrocities were somewhat whitewashed.)
The ideas of alternate Epic Fantasy books are endless
 
So, is the USSR as a communist state salvageable in 1982, even if they get a Deng Xiaoping-like figure to lead it? Soviet society, both here and in OTL had entered a rut it didn't recover from, general apathy towards the state, low production, and even lower birth rates, anything with a POD post the '60s would have only ended in the New Union in my opinion.
First off the phrase Communist state is an oxymoron, communism is the negation of the status quo which includes the abolition of states.
Secondly nothing is inevitable in history. It would be entirely possible for the USSR to reform either in a pro-market direction, or in a more socialist direction. Mass politics wasn't dead in the USSR. History is fundamentally a material thing. It would be entirely possible to shift the USSR to a different course. Now I'm not going to put forward my own perspective because that involves a lot of obscure Marxist theory, forgotten parts of Soviet history, and rants about historiography. But nothing is pre-determined in history and to fall into that trap as an Ah writer is just boring in my opinion
 
The Matter of France is one of the big things of French Fiction, and was in some ways the grand daddy of epic fantasy (Paladins originate from there). Thing is the representation of Muslims isn't that good by modern standards; I think someone of mixed Arabic and French Heritage might be interested in exploring it.
 
The Matter of France is one of the big things of French Fiction, and was in some ways the grand daddy of epic fantasy (Paladins originate from there). Thing is the representation of Muslims isn't that good by modern standards; I think someone of mixed Arabic and French Heritage might be interested in exploring it.
That is interesting. Do you see the author being born in France or Arabia or is she an American with the mixed ancestry?
 
My idea was that she was born in France; her father is from Algeria and her mother is French. Although come to think of it the character of Bradamante is a warrior woman who falls in love with a Muslim knight. That could be an interesting angle to explore instead.
 
I kinda wanted general user feedback since I have VERY rough ideas.

A brief Star Wars Thing; Prowse got backlisted in part because he was wrongly accused of leaking I believe (it was really a technician). Maybe the leak doesn't happen.
 
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