From some research on the book, I've come to the conclusion that this Emperors War is a mix of World War I and the Franco Prussian War.In my german copy they say:"Wird es einen Kaiserkrieg geben, jetzt wo die Deutschen einen Kaiser haben?"//"Will there be an Emperores War, now that the Germans have an Emperor?" Like I said, maybe it was mistranslated, but it sounded for me, as if the Germans have no Emperor ITTL. The Emperors War, would the be a war of the european emperors (France, Russia, maybe Austria) against the German Union.
While I love this, there is only one problem; in the novel, the incadecent light bulb was never invented, just like the internal combustion engine wasn't either., while Edison brought the incandescent bulb to the South.
I rather like it. So, you theorized that the German Union unlocked the secrets of heavier than air flight in the late 1930s?For possible future reference?
Lighting The Fuse
In 1940 the world was at a precarious crossroads. Both the United States and the Confederacy were eager to stay out of foreign conflicts, which caused some strain with their British and French allies. A strong isolationist movement had arisen in the South over South American revolts and the failures of the Russian intervention. At the same time, Northern President Dewey was eager to continue to modernise the American navy and its fledgling Air Force with an eye towards defending American interests in the Pacific.
Those fears were realized by the surprise attacks from Japan on the coastal cities of Seattle and Portland, as waves of fighter planes, developed in part with help from German Union engineers, were launched from bases in occupied Alaska. At the same time, German submarines launched "buzz bomb" attacks against targets in Virginia and the Carolinas, as part of their campaign against Great Britain and France which began in the Spring of that year. Shocked out of their isolationism, the South reached out to President Dewey as he and President Truman quickly signed a mutual defense treaty. The two men held an unprecedented diplomatic meeting in Philadelphia, and another in Richmond, to discuss a formal alliance against their common enemies. For the first time in nearly a hundred years since the Mexican American War, North and South found themselves allies as Germany and Japan brought both into what was now a global war.
Truman and Dewey during their first historic meeting in Philadelphia
Aftermath of Seattle attack, 1940
Damage from German "buzz bomb" attack, North Carolina, 1940
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Probably the 1920s. They use the war to test their new weapons for the first time, shocking the rest of the world. America's Air Force (and presumably the other countries) probably consists of airships although there were probably experiments (Langley, etc) as in OTL but apparently no Wright Brothers.I rather like it. So, you theorized that the German Union unlocked the secrets of heavier than air flight in the late 1930s?
In the book they do mention Butler's deflation policy. They also mention his expelling of the Jewish population from Missouri (which in the book is supposed to be Confederate, hence North Missouri).Quite an interesting thread here! I find it kind of ironic that Benjamin Butler is pushing hard money policies given he ran as a Greenback candidate IOTL. I know that President Butler is mentioned but is it stated he implemented deflationary policies? I think your US segments could use more information about the activities of the Grand Army though. It also seems to me that the Confederacy is a bit more tolerant in terms of granting citizenship status to nonwhites compared to Moore's novel where they are reluctant to grant it even to white immigrants who come after 1865.
I will say, while I like your contributions, I always figured Moore's union was leading to an eventual communist revolution (seeing as it's kinda like pre boxer China). Do you think it will fall to communism after the war?