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D-Day: Operation Sealion


Field Marshal Von Rundstedt of the Wehrmacht stood at his operations table and surveyed the large map of England. Around him his operations staff silently stood and waited for Von Rundstedt to give his praise or corrections to the intricate plan that they had developed for the Wehrmacht. On the map the German 16th Army would launch their attack across the channel and hit the English towns of Ramsgate, Dover, Folkestone, and Bexhill. In the central area of France the German the German 9th Army would launch off their attacks against Brighton, Portsmouth, and Ventnor. While in the southern part of France Army group C commanded by General Von Leeb would launch their attack from Cherbourg and hit Lyme Regis along the English coast. At the top of the map was the lable Unternehmen Seelowe, or Operation Sea Lion.

Back In the beginning of 1943 with the German Invasion of Russia going full bore, Stalin had suffered a serious heart attack brought on by the stress of the war, and by the numerous defeats that the Germasn had inflicted on the Red Army. Stalin had died in his sleep a few days later from the complications caused by the stroke. This had forced the Red Army leadership to back several other individuals who had made a play for Stalin’s position of leadership of Russia. The Red Army had immediately signed a peace agreement and cease fire with the Third Reich. The Reich had taken possession of all of Russia on a direct north south line with Moscow in the center. Everything east of that was what was left of Russia.

This peace had freed up hundred of divisions of troops, thousands of aircraft, and thousands of Panzers, and other armored vehicles. All enabling the Fuhrer to bring Operation Seal Lion off of the Drawing Board. The months following this victory for German arms the necessary forces were hurried back west to the English Channel. Reichsmarshal Herman Goering, chief of the German air force, or Luftwaffe hurried the transfer of all of the aircraft he could back to the channel as well. All during the latter part of 1943 and into the winter of 1944 the reinforced Luftwaffe began to decimate the English Royal Air Force. They weren’t necessarily beat by a better quality pilot but by a higher quantity of Aircraft. The RAF was, simply put, flooded by a tidal wave of German planes. By march of 1944 the Luftwaffe had declared air supremacy over the channel and eastern and southern England. The English Royal Navy had been therefore forced to move their remaining fleet units to the western coast of England to avoid their destruction as well. This left the English Channel wide open for a possible German Invasion.

The English knew this and had secretly removed the entire British treasury and the crown jewels to Canada. The British Army on the other hand were caught trying to identify possible landing sites along the shores and to reinforce them with tank traps, barbed wire, mines, and machine gun bunkers and artillery guns. The British Army wasn’t under any delusions though. They knew if that they lost the battle at the shoreline to the Wehrmacht, then they would lose England.

Slowly the German armada was assembled throughout the month of May 1944. The early morning of June 6th 1944, the Luftwaffe dropped thousands of Paratroopers around Dover and Brighton, to block any rapid English reinforcement of the beach heads. Then just as daylight was approaching, the German armada came into view by the English troops on the shores along eastern England. Slowly the large ships of the German navy began to swong around for the preinvasion bombardment. The battleships Bismark, Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, and Gneisenau. The Heavy cruisers Admiral Hipper, and Admiral Scheer, Prinz Eugen. These ships began their bombardment at 4am June 6th. After two hours of furious firing by the capital ships big guns, Von Rundstedt gave the order to begin the invasion.

Hundreds of invasion barges began leaving the circular patterns that they had assumed prior to the ending of the bombardment. Many barges carried 1 or 2 Panzer V tanks to support the infantry assaults. Overhead the roar of Luftwaffe planes could be hears as they strafed and bombed anything they found moving on the ground on and around the invasion beaches. The barges reached the shore disgorging their loads of grey clad infantry, and the squeaking panzers.

The remaining British soldiers on the beaches were simply overwhelmed by superior numbers and superior firepower. Within 4 hours of the first barge landing the Wehrmacht had established a beachhead from Rochester to Southampton. The Invasion of England was off to a resounding success.

[FONT=&quot]Meanwhile unknown to the Third Reich, all along the east coast of the [/FONT][FONT=&quot]united states[/FONT][FONT=&quot] a massive armada dwarfing the Germans in the channel was forming up. Over 5 thousand ships, all meant to reinforce [/FONT][FONT=&quot]England[/FONT][FONT=&quot] before she was lost. Silently the ships left ports and harbors along the coastlines, heading to sea to meet up at pre appointed spots to form up into convoys. On board one of the ships, a liberty ship, sat General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the relief fleet heading to [/FONT][FONT=&quot]England[/FONT][FONT=&quot]. He leaned against the railing looking out over the fleet with him and off towards [/FONT][FONT=&quot]England[/FONT][FONT=&quot]. “We are on our way cousins…hold out just a little longer.” He thought to himself.[/FONT]
The World of the CO-Sphere

The Second World War
• May to June 1940- with France defeated Britain is faced with the option of continuing the fight or coming to terms with Nazi Germany.
• June 1940- Start of the 2nd phony war, Germany’s first great air raid and Churchill’s great clash of civilizations turns into a propaganda campaign instead, as Germany drop leaflets not bombs. The leaflets ask the British people how Churchill and Britain intend to win the war alone?
• September 1940- the lack of actual war with Germany as well the failure of Churchill’s dramatic predictions of total war and his inability to offer a practical means of defeating Germany result in a vote of no confidence against him in the House of Commons which he losses.
• September 1940- this type of pressure also proves very effective in the Balkans, with most countries folding into the Axis, apart from Greece which retains British protection.
• October 1940- Lord Halifax becomes Prime Minster and offers peace with honor to the British people, Britain will supply Germany with resources of all kinds in return for British POW’s and peace, No German troops land on British soil.
• October 1940- Germany chooses to treat the defeated Allies better then Axis partner Italy, Italy gains nothing in Africa and Germany supports Britain over Italy in Greek dispute, this will have long term implications for the Axis
• December 1940- the Germans give an early Christmas present to France when her forces withdraw from Paris and other French regions bar an enlarged Alsace Lorraine, while maintaining Brest and other French Atlantic ports as war reparations which are also still demanded.
• January 1941- preparations begins for Operation Barbarossa, the Germans will commit many more troops in this version. Also unbeknownst to the world Britain and France signed a secret accord with Germany to join the invasion as condition of their surrender in 1940.
• January 1941- a secret agreement is reached between Germany and Japan, Japan will invade the Soviet Far East on the provision that she will keep all she takes, and that she be given French Indo-China and the Dutch East Indies, this will also create problems later.
• May 1941- Operation Barossa begins. The Germans launch a larger earlier attack, also British and French fleets operate in both the Black Sea ( Turkey is forced to allow this though does not to actively take part in the war) Baltic and Arctic waters. The Japanese advance is the least successful party due to technological factors, lack of training and Russian resistance. They also send large numbers of troops to peacefully occupy Indo-China and Dutch East indies. The Germans react badly to this as was a post war provision not an immediate one

• June 1941- most of the Ukraine as far Kharkov is occupied by the Germans and they get as far as Pskov and Minsk in the north, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk fall to the British Fleet, though Leningrad despite having to defend against the Finns, Germans, French and British Fleet holds,
• June- to December 1941- Japan cuts the Siberian Railway in October and Vladivostok becomes the Stalingrad of this war. The city only gives up 5 days after the end of the war.
• August to October 1941- Siege of Leningrad begins. Smolensk encirclement carried out successfully by the Germans. Red Army counter attacks against Murmansk and Arkhangelsk this is a massive disaster with the Finns log tactics successfully adopted by the French and British.
• Early October 1941- Assault on Moscow begins. Kremlin destroyed in French bombing on the 27th October. Though Stalin and most of the Stavka is already on a train to Kazan. The Train is derailed by Stuka attack on the 29th. Rumors begin of Stalin’s death on the 2nd November by the 5th this is confirmed when his body is identified by his crippled arm. He was found on a nearby collective farm where he bled to death.
• 1941 5th November- Moscow is declared an open city. Though not before the NKVD executes all possible witnesses to its crime’s and in the process destroys its own offices with dynamite killing even more innocent civilians uninformed of the sudden demolitions.
• 1941 7th November- forward elements of army group center enter Moscow.
• 1941 13th November- after being informed of the fall of Moscow and the death of Stalin Leningrad surrenders before major starvation begins.
• 1941 December 11th- despite most of the fighting being over it takes this long to find a surviving Russian in a high enough position to sign an armistice with the European States.
• January 1942- The Berlin Conference begins to discuss the post war situation for Europe and Russia. German Control of Poland is legally recognized Germany also gets Ukraine and Belarus. The Baltic States are liberated but under German Influence. A Russian Puppet state is created roughly corresponding to modern Russia today but without the Russian Far East.
• The war years In the USA- the USA was tipping towards war with Germany in June 1940 following the fall of France. As such when Britain signed the so called honorable peace with Germany the USA came to the same conclusion Britain came to. How would she ever fight a cross-continental war against Germany without the UK? With the mild peace terms imposed on the US’s public approval of Germany also increased. German victory was seen as either a positive or at last not a worry for the distant US. The invasion of the USSR did alarm Americans buts its international nature may it hard to oppose. Furthermore when the atrocities of the USSR such as the NKVD demolitions in Moscow were exposed public opinion went quickly pro-Nazi.

The Cold War 1943-1991
• 1943- The Post War World. Britain is now a firm ally of Germany ( mostly because of the swift and safe return of British POWS) though she is not under direct Nazi control. France is technically free but is under much tighter Nazi control then the UK. Japan is technically an equal ally to Germany but tensions between the two superpowers are building. The USA has used the War to undermine the British Empire economically. It has also recovered from the depression due to its foreign trade supplanting the UK and the emergence of the Military industrial complex.

Out of the three superpowers Germany is the most powerful by a moderate stretch. The US is not too far behind. The Japanese Empire lags quite a bit behind as it is both reactionary and exploitive of its empire instead of investing in it. Small guerilla actions continue in China, with Japan setting up a puppet state to rule the Chinese interior in 1944. Though this commitment to Japan is limited.
• 1946- The London Conference. The New World Order is officially recognized with spheres of influence agreed upon by the three major powers.
• Late 1946- The Atom Bomb. The USA invites delegates from the major and minor powers to Los Alamos for the demonstration of a new “defensive weapon”. The Americans show the other powers the first nuclear blast the footage is beamed across the world. Japan and Germany work desperately over the next couple of years to develop their own atomic weapons
• Peenemünde February 1948. The Germans develop only a slightly more powerful Atom Bomb then the Americans. Though they amaze the world when they launch the bomb in a rocket from Peenemunde and hit Spitsbergen above the Arctic Circle.
• July 1949- The Hydrogen Bomb. America develops a hydrogen bomb and also launch’s it in a missile though with a significantly less accurate targeting system and less range then its German Counterpart. American nuclear advantage vs German missile advantage will define the coming arms race.
• November 1951- the Japanese Bomb. Japan finally produces its own nuclear weapon. Its delivery system is by an advanced kamikaze jet plane. By the sixties Japan will only have a few of these planes left relying more on missile delivery systems like the other superpowers (without the kamikaze experience of World War Two, Germany and the US don’t believe the Japanese would really launch suicide attacks making it an ineffective nuclear deterrent )
• The post war years in the US- The reaction to the Cold War in the US created a few distinct foreign policy views defined along existing political divides. The first were the Anti-German group they argued that Germany was the largest most advanced rival the US had far greater then Japan. As such efforts should be made to contain or deal with this threat in any way. This group was strongly associated with army and military industries and was dominated by the Republican Party. The Anti- Japanese group saw Japan as a traditional adversary one that directly threatened American interests in the Far East. The US Navy and Republican party was strongly associated with this group. The extreme version of this view was also based on racism. With the most radical suggesting an alliance with Germany against Japan the so called Pan-European party. The center view was dominated by a less extreme form of isolationism which stressed that America should not be directly associated with either superpower. This group was led by moderate democrats like Joseph Kennedy who is seen as the founder of this view and helped his son Joseph Kennedy junior win the 1960 election with the slogan an American future. stressing that America should have a independent though still moderately interventionist foreign policy
• Late 1945- tensions in British India burn over into open revolt. Hitler considers the preservation of the British Empire as key to global stability and German Interests. With British consent German troops are sent to quell disturbances. In a stunning propaganda coup after many angry rows between Britain and Germany a German commander for the Indian crisis is chosen. Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck the famous commander of German guerrilla forces in East Africa during World War One is given the command despite his age due to his experience in colonial affairs and his honorable reputation. Over a 3 year period order is resorted to India though a carrot and stick system
• May 1948- Victory India. Nehru becomes the first Indian Viceroy and Gandhi walks into the Himalayas never to be seen again.
• June 2nd 1953- The Coronation. Queen Elisabeth the 2nd is crowned, delegates from all the powers including the main three attends the event in the name of peace and celebration. Though the coronation would always be remembered for Adolf Hitler’s stroke and death 6 days later at the eagles nest. This was the result of years of over medicating and syphilis neither would be revealed till the 1990’s.
• 1955- The succession crisis in Germany is finally coming to an end, Martin Bormann becomes the new head of the Nazi Party his title is Chancellor. Fuehrer become’s a mythical title used only when referring to Hitler. Groening is slowly forced out of active party affairs and takes over Lufthansa becoming rich but relatively politically irrelevant. The rest of the Party Big wigs maintain their positions.
• 1956- Italy, An aged Mussolini attempts to present his son as his successor. This finally breaks the dam in Italy where economic problems are rampant and her imperial failures still sting. Mass riots break out in Rome and Milan also effigies of both Hitler and Mussolini are burnt in Venice. The Panzers roll in and restore Mussolini. Though another party big wig will replace him in 1958 after his death. Mussolini’s son is garroted with piano wire in Capri in 1961 by a supposedly spurned gay lover most suspect the Germans though.
• 1956- The Suez crisis, the new Egyptian puppet government caves into public pressure and attempts to nationalize the Suez Canal to pay its debts. With Germany distracted in Italy, France and Britain are forced to act without Nazi support in colonial affairs for the first time since the end of the war. Their forces are overwhelmingly successful. Many historians see this as the end of indigenous nationalism as a force in the cold war. From now on nationalist movements will only be successful with foreign backing from one of the big three
• 1958- The cold war continues - The British Empire as well the French Empire have become the frontline for proxy battle between the Superpowers. The Japanese are behind most attempts to undermine British rule in the Far East and India. The Americans are also undermining British influence in India. Though the Americans are all ready the dominant power in Australasian affairs. Though this still creates issues between the powers. A classic repeating crisis throughout these years is status of Germany’s right to use British overseas bases. A British issue becomes a term used to describe a diplomatic incident where the Kriegsmarine puts its ships into a British port, this happened most famously in Singapore in 1957 when the Reich did not inform the other superpowers that the Aircraft Carrier Graff Zeppelin would be calling at the port. It happened again at Bermuda in 1958 where its use as a German Submarine base was exposed. This was a rare victory for the US as the base was shut down. This US victory and continuing British issues all form the back drop to the famous Irish Missile crisis.
• 1962- March. the Irish missile crisis- Germany continues to draw ahead in the missile race with the US despite her nuclear weapons being less powerful. German ICBM’S can reach the Eastern seaboard while American missiles in Iceland can only attack France and the UK. Prompted by this and reported human rights abuses in the Reich and rising global tensions Kennedy prepares to deploy missiles in Ireland. Ireland has stayed neutral during the war and has grown closer to the US since Britain joined the Axis. The Axis is also worried by the Kennedys Irish roots. Bormann imposes a blockade though the Atlantic seems too vast and the Kriegsmarine skill as major fleet is untested. The Royal Navy despite being large is seen as technologically outdated and many in the higher echelons of the Nazi Party see the UK as an unreliable ally.
• May- 1962 the Irish missile crisis continued. A British ship intercepts an American transport off the Irish coast, communications break down for 17 minutes. The Germans consider whether to launch a pre-emptive strike against the US before they lose their advantage. Suspicion then falls on the British ship as the captain is revealed to have fought against the Germans in the War. Where he lost his leg and brother. Communications are restored and the American ship has been turned back.
• June-1962 Irish missile crisis ends. Germans declare themselves the victor. Though both Kennedy and Borman will be out of office by the end of the year. Americans also close the missile gap putting their missiles in Iceland in range of Berlin. Kennedy narrowly losses the election over his handling of the Irish missile crisis though his supporters on the issue as well as his success with the economy and civil rights will see his brother Jack Kennedy become president in 1967. Bormann dies of a heart attack at the end of 62. Goring tries to make a comeback despite his advanced age, most pundits put him as the next chancellor. Though in a surprise twist a charismatic former U-boat ace Hanz Totter a rank outsider wins the day. This is mostly though the help of politically un-ambitious Speer who now rules the German economy.
• 1963- Speer passes away. 5 days later Totter is shoot by a Pole while driving though Danzig in a open top car every Pole’s is evicted from Danzig
• 1965- The formation of the Cabal. A cabal of generals now rule Germany. Though Donitz emerges as the key figure mostly due to naval nature of the rivalry with the US.
• 1965- Proposal to put a man on the Moon. Donitz initially rejects proposal to land a man on moon as a fool hardy folly. Though when shown fabricated evidence that the Americans have started a similar project and that the Japanese are planning one Donitz consents.
• 1967- US election- Democrat Jack Kennedy wins and appoints his older brother as sectary of state and his younger brother Robert Kennedy as attorney general. Nixon who has been running the nation since 1962 has mishandled the civil rights movements and needlessly provoked Japan to cover the Irish missile crisis. The debate is intense until Nixon’s famous sweating episode, but the clincher comes when Nixon supports closer relations with Germany and makes racist remarks about the Japanese.
• 1971- Moon landing. The Germans successfully land a man on the Moon and return him to the earth. Though all three pilots suffer from radiation sickness from the ships nuclear reactor. Also many minor accidents occur, one astronaut dies six months after his return.
• 1972- The Partisan War. Partisan activity intensifies in the former Belarus now Northern Greater Germany. The crisis is caused by a number of German colonists now taking Slavic lands. A forest republic centered around Pskov on the border between the Baltic States and German Russia is created by the insurgents. German casualties mount up to 100’s a month. While the Free Slavic Republic loses thousands. Riots in most of Greater Germany, isolated German colonists slaughtered etc, the Minsk to Warsaw, Autobahn is cut in several places.
• 1973- Germany attempt to land men on Mars. This is considered overly ambitions. But Donitz has to try to maintain control against the other high ranking generals and bureaucrats of the Reich. 6 weeks into the mission a micro-meteor shower cause’s explosive decompression. The event is suppressed for four days until scientist at Peenemünde let the information slip. Worried that more failed space missions could undermine their control of Reich the cabal prevents further missions slowing innovation in Germany.
• 1975- The Lewis and Clark. The American’s complete the Lewis and Clark. The first manned space station. They offer to allow Japanese and German astronauts on broad both powers refuse.
• 1976- End of the Partisan War. After four years of borderline major war with Partisans Germany ends the conflict by allowing any Slav in Greater Germany to leave the Reich and live in the Russian Republic. Minor conflict continues against Ukrainian and Belorussian nationalists. though more than 10 million will leave for the Russian Republic.
• 1976- Carter takes over from JFK
• 1979- Star Wars released in the USA, though Nevada makes for a less compelling Tattione then Tunisia
• 1979- The Thai War. A border dispute between Japanese Thailand and British Burma turns into an open conflict. Despite early Japanese victories Britain sends modern troops who thrash the Japanese in less than two weeks leading to the fall of the Bangkok regime. Both Japan and UK agree to leave Thailand independent. The defeat shows that Japan has made little progress since the Second World War. Her tanks and aircraft are particularly obsolete and she has no stealth or satellite technology. The Japanese air force in Thailand is destroyed in 24 hours by British airstrikes and missile attacks. Finally Japan still uses propeller driven planes for reconnaissance purposes.
• 1979- Japanese isolation. Following her defeat in the Thai War Japan begins a period of isolation and reform. The cold war becomes a two player game. This event has often been labeled as the most significant for later world history.
• 1981- Star Wars. the Germans create a version of the star wars missile defense system
• 1982- The Iceland incident. The Germans have argued since the 1946 London conference that the USA recognizes all of Germany’s additions to the Reich. This includes Denmark which includes by extension Iceland. The USA claims that its only recognizes its post 1940 conquests, and maintains its missile bases in Iceland. War is narrowly avoided.
• 1983- disbarment conference – a program of gradual disbarment of Germany and USA is agreed Japan is not seen as a super power
• 1985- Roland Regan is elected President, the arms race intensifies
• 1986- Margret Thatcher is elected PM, she calls for a limiting of British commitments to the Reich, Thatcher- “Britain must have a partner not an master”
• 1987- The Openness Policy. Karl Raider is made chancellor and begins a program of openness admits Hitler had flaws etc
• 1989, The French restoration. French Politicians demand the Return of Brest and the French parts of Alacse-Lorraine. the Panzers don’t go rolling in.
• 1990- The End of German East. In May Germany ends its control over the Baltic and Balkan states.
• 1990- The End of German East. In July Belarus and Ukraine are given their independence
• 1991- The end of the Cold War. On November 5th the Third Reich is formally dissolved. Poland and Denmark are the last countries to be given independence. Germany is now reduced to her pre 1939 borders bar the Danzig corridor which she retains. The map of Europe now looks much like the pre 1939 one.
• The US Supremacy 1991-2020
• 1992- The German Democratic Republic is proclaimed. The Christian Democratic Party is the Main party followed by the Federalists then the Speers (followers of his economic views) finally the Nazi Party or the Neo-Nazi Party remains a powerful force. Hitler’s legacy is seen much like Stalin’s in Russia in our timeline that is being very mixed.
• 1993- Reform in Japan. The new Japanese emperor proclaims a period of reform for the Empire.
• 1994- The de-nazifaction of Europe and decolonization. the post- cold war world, is much more violent and unstable then the original timeline. As now the de-nazifaction of Europe and the decolonization of Europe’s empire’s is happening at the same time
• 1989-1999- Global instability. More people die in this period then either the second or first world wars, the US intervenes in Africa on and on off for different reasons. India breaks down in religious strife. Apartheid is issue across all of Africa and most of Asia and is even more severe as more Europeans have immigrated to the colonies due to mass incentives from Nazi Germany to secure racial supremacy.
• 1999- The gradual restoration of global stability. The US has renewed the special relationship with UK and formed N.A.E.O, the North Atlantic Economic Organization. This group includes the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Norway. Polish independence is still a key issue. As Germany is still quite right wing and nuclear armed.
• 2001- September 11th attacks. The US failure to ensure a rapid British retreat from the Middle East and their takeover of bases as well support for corrupt regimes results in a terrorist attack on New York City. Former Saudi government agent Osama Bin Laden takes credit.
• 2001-2011- War on Terror. The US launches the war on terror, although terrorist attacks are considered more shocking as the US hasn’t been in a major war for almost a hundred years. Recession hits in 2007 though less integrated world is less damaged by it, No euro zone, though Europe is more at the mercy of economic events in the US, Germany makes a slight recovery as a result.
• 1997-2020- Japan’s reforms start to make a difference, concept of East Asian co-prosperity sphere becomes reality instead of the cheap lie of the 20th century. Massive boom in the Co-Sphere. From now on more and more people refer to the Japanese Empire as the Co-sphere.

The Rise of the Co-Sphere and the Third World War 2020-2037
• 2020- The Multi-power world. The former Japanese Empire has become the Eastern Co- Prosperity Sphere. Most simply refer to it as the Co-Sphere for short. The term was a cruel joke during the war and afterwards but is starting to become a reality now. The Co-Sphere and U.S are the two global super powers. India is also a power. Germany is relatively powerful again, the Russian Republic is becoming a major power again and Brazil is also a contender.

• 2031- The Failure of Deterrence- leaders in the Co-Sphere begin to accept the notion that nuclear deterrence may not be an effective means of preventing war in the current world system. As such they begin a secret nuclear armed satellites project. So that in the event of nuclear war they can win in the practical sense.
• 2035- Co-Sphere overtakes US economy and military. The US cements an alliance with a resurgent Russian Republic. The Co-Sphere allies with Germany and Brazil. India aligns with US. While Pakistan in response aligns with the Co-Sphere. War between the declining US alliance and the progressing Co-Sphere alliance seems inevitable.
• 2037- The Third World War. Almost a hundred years (98 years in actuality) since the Second World War a severe monsoon leads to the third. Weather control technology is the red herring of the 2030’s with every power claiming that they can do it even though it’s only been demonstrated in the lab. India’s has the most tense relationship with the Co-Sphere and paranoia rages so freak weather incident quickly leads to fighting.
• 2037 may 21st- Escalation. India crosses into Pakistan. The escalation begins between the two alliances. Germany invades Belgium. Russians don’t attack Co-sphere but invade Ukraine and Belarus who are barley associated with either alliance. Brazil Invades pro US Argentina.
• 2037 June 4th The Nuclear Holocaust – The US concludes that will it eventually lose a conventional war against the Co-sphere and its allies and resorts to desperate measures. 6.51 am June 4th the US launches a tactical nuclear strike against Co-sphere nuclear missile launch sites. This is intended to force the Co-sphere to back down this proves counterproductive. June 5th 7.43 pm the end finally comes when Co-sphere nuclear armed satellites rain death upon 80 percent of the US landmass. Of the 2037 US population of 434 million over 370 million are killed instantly with another 30 million dying over the coming weeks from radiation poisoning. The US’s own response is more limited due to its assumption that its tactical strike both removed the bulk of the Co-Sphere’s nuclear capability and its will to use it. Though the US’s tactical strike on the Co-sphere and its response to the Co-sphere direct attack on the US still kills over 200 million Co-sphere citizens.
• 2037-2114 The Post Atomic Horror and the 2nd rise of the Co-Sphere
• 2037 June 4TH - Start of the Yankee Diaspora. With the US rendered uninhabitable. The Yankee Diaspora begins. Americans will gradually be referred to as Yankee’s now and Yank becomes a racist term.
• 2037 late June. World peace- witnessing the atomic horror inflicted on the US and the Co-sphere’s nuclear equipped satellites convinces India, Western Europe and Russia to surrender unconditionally to the Co-sphere. The Co-sphere takes 3 days to reply when it does it asks for a cease fire from the US alliance as both sides and large parts of the world are now devastated.
• 2041- Recovery efforts are ongoing around the world though there are less than 15 million Americans now referred to as Yankee’s left. The continental US is declared a dead zone. Mexico and Canada have also both lost thousands to the fallout
• 2042- the United Nations is formed its first degree is to ban nuclear weapons forever
• 2042- the first Yankee Pogrom takes place in Mexico City. Over 50 Yankee’s will be lynched due to the view held by many that the Post Atomic horror is there fault.
• 2043- The global crisis. Scientist predict that the US will not be habitable for over 300 years and that’s there’s a 75 percent chance that the entire western hemisphere will become uninhabitable. Even if these predictions prove untrue the fact that global agricultural has dropped more than 40 percent makes global famine inevitable.
• 2044- Global rationing and mandatory birth control is introduced, food riots begin in Europe due to a lack of actual physical damage there. More Pogroms against Yankee’s in Europe and Asia.
• 2045- Proposal to colonize Mars. several solutions are put forward to solve the world crisis, including draining parts of the ocean to create a new landmass, using plankton as a food source, even letting the people supposedly responsible for world current condition perish i.e. Yankee’s, the final and perhaps most radical is to colonize Mars
• 2046- The UN Takes over the Mars Project. the Mars project is backed by the UN, on the condition that Mars is put under its authority
• 2049- the first ship is sent to Mars, before it lands its spends 6 weeks nuking asteroids in order to make them collide with the Red Planet to create life sustaining conditions. The irony of using these weapons to create life is lost on nobody
• 2051- First terra forming efforts. a year ahead of schedule the first UN ship arrives, with a very deadly green house gas which on Earth would kill hundreds but on Mars will be the first step in the Terra Forming project
• 2055- Ongoing global recovery. The Earth’s Population is declining mostly due to rationing and birth control. The Mars project will still take years to make an impact.
• 2067- Mars’s population passes 5 million most are Yankee’s, persecution of them is still severe and the loss of their homeland makes them perfect colonizers.
• 2097- 100th anniversary of the founding of the Co-Sphere, mass celebrations across Earth. While declassified historical details of post atomic horror are released. Many people in the 2090’s assumed that the rise of the co-sphere and its solving of the world crisis was inevitable. Though declassified documents reveal that the Co-sphere could barely feed itself in the 2040’s. The Government decided to put the world before the Co-sphere and feed it first. As such it could easily have been a combination of either Russia or Germany who could have become the basis of the Global Government
• The emergence of the Martian Nation 2114-2166
• 2114- Mars population reaches 50 million. The planet is much more habitable now. though it’s still would be like living in the Sahara in summer and the north pole in winter
• 2114- Mars is now in a small way feeding Earth, despite having a minimal atmosphere plants have been adapted to thrive off UV radiation and the long summers. Martians as their now known are mostly vegetarians as transporting meat would be costly and the animals would be difficult to keep alive in Mars’s climate.
• 2114- End of the Yankee Diaspora. Many people put this date as the end of the Yankee Diaspora. Though many Yankee’s are still scattered and debates still rage between who are the True Yankee’s those on Mars or those on Earth. The extreme example being the ones who choose to itch out a living in Cockroach Country ( the Former USA) the Cockroach Yankee’s
• 2114- End of the Post Atomic horror. Humans on Earth have adapted to as well as repaired most of the damage from the third world war. the US is still uninhabited, though the Southern Western Hemisphere is still supporting life. The Co-Sphere was the only government on Earth capable of dealing with the world crisis and though this become the global government. Despite the end of the harsh times following the war the Co-sphere maintains a high level of government control over the World from its capital Samarkand. The Co-Sphere has moved far beyond its limited Japanese beginnings and is now truly multi-cultural though still slightly Asian dominated. Also much like today in our world with internet being an English word the vast amount of modern technology has Japanese names.
• 2121- End of the UN, start of the Co-Sphere global government. the Co-Sphere declares the UN obsolete on Earth now that it’s the global government and by extension claims sovereignty over Mars. tensions rise not helped by the fact that many Martians consider themselves the heirs of the US and its free traditions and many what vengeance for the Third World War which they see the CO-sphere as being responsible for.
• 2132- Earth bans further emigration to Mars; tensions mount though a strong culture of anti-war still exists with the debate centered round what causes war not for war itself. Martian libertinism or Co-sphere repression the freedom versus stability debate. Nuclear weapons are still banned and despite the large co-sphere police force on Earth the means to wage war yet alone interplanetary war are relatively unknown
• 2132- Historical debate on the Third World War. Much of the dispute between Mars and Earth is put down to views on the causes of the Third World War. Martians view the conflict as having been caused by expansionist tyrannical governments’ notable the Co-sphere. Their views were that if people had a democratic choice war would never be declared. While most people on Earth put the cause of the Third World War down to the Multi-power system which emerged after the Cold War, they see the global government controlling everything as the only ultimate guarantee against war. Even the Martians who take a middle or different view would rather have freedom with the risk of war then peace at the cost of endless tyranny.
• 2134- No war between Mars and Earth. Despite tensions between Earth and Mars. War still seems unlikely as Earth and Mars are both self-sufficient. The war would only be driven by ideological differences not by any other economic factor etc. also although the Co-Sphere tells its own citizens that the Martians want war they know that Martian ideology would probably not allow them to make the first move. The joke being that it would be war fought over ideologically conflicting versions of pacifism.
• 2141- The Underground Railroad. Despite a ban on emigration from Mars to Earth many still find a way to leave the earth as space travel becomes ever more common and affordable. An underground rail road emerges from the un-policed Dead Zone (the former USA) to get people to mars from oppressed earth. Getting to Denver has become a common expression for escaping Co-Sphere controlled earth. Though it’s also an expression for an impossible task, as you would have to hike over 500 miles from Mexico or Canada while being exposed to almost lethal doses of radiation while avoiding the real Yankees a group of supposed cannibals. Despite this more than 10,000 a year make the trip.
• 2145- Earth announces plans to colonize Venus, Mars sees this as a deliberately provocative action. Though Mars is still much less populated then earth and less developed. she may also have the ability to prevent earth from taking over mars but this is mostly because of the lack of technology to transport an practical invasion force from earth and because both sides still officially practice non-violence.
• 2147- Terra forming begins on Venus, though only scientists will live on the planet in domes for the next 20 years or more, terra forming will take longer on Venus then on Mars
• 2151- Mars’s population reaches an 100 million
• 2160’s- attempts at Faster then light travel. various attempts have been made at achieving some form of F.T.L in this decade all have been unsuccessful, though the speed of light as a theoretical boundary no longer exists this was overcome by a team at Xining University though a complex equation in 2026, the problem now is an engineering one in creating a powerful enough energy source, most solutions have revolved around attempts to generate enough anti-matter to power FTL
• 2165- The Discovery of FTL on Mars. a Martian farmer/physicist Doctor Andrews overcomes the Xining equation’s demand for an impossible energy source. He discovery’s that much less energy is needed then actually predicted. Mars now faces a problem even with this scientific boundary conquered she still lacks the info structure to develop the FTL only Earth could do this. Mars also fears revealing its discovery on the basis that Earth’s desire for the FTL at any cost could finally lead to the dreaded interplanetary war.
• 2166- The FTL debates. Mars’s Government is also confronted by the secretive nature of the FTL debate. In that the government is forced to suppress knowledge of the discovery from her own people. Analysis reveals that it probably would take 25 years or more for Mars to develop FTL alone. it may not even be possible as the power source would need rare resources only available on Earth. Many also argue that FTL is not currently needed as finding planets outside the Solar system does not matter as overpopulation on Mars is not going to be an issue for hundreds if not thousands of years. The consensus was that Mars had time while Earth needed to disperse its population quickly or introduce birth control and rationing again which could bring down the Co-Sphere. The argument is finally swung in favor of cooperation with earth by Doctor Andrews himself who stresses that the supposed point of politics on mars is to benefit man. As such if Mars’s leaders choose to either not develop FTL or to develop FTL without Earth they would be deliberately limiting Human progress
• 2166- Mars informs Earth of its discovery of FTL. Mars sets down a list of conditions for the joint FTL project. First Earth must abandon all claims to Mars. She must openly reject the policy of peace though control. She will allow emigration to Mars again. Mars will also have the final say in the project. Earth argues fiercely for equal control over the project and her right to retain the policy of peace though control. Though this has all been a bluff as the Co-Sphere Government is desperate for FTL and was seriously considering begging Mars for emigration rights again. As Earth was much more overly populated then people on Mars had been led to believe. The Terra Forming of Venus was not a long term investment but a desperate attempt to deal with the population crisis. Then the Venus project failed but the Co-Sphere Government had not told their people and then they forced the scientist to remain on the Planet and had simple been setting the date for general colonization back again and again in a desperate attempt to maintain control. The fact that the Mars Government had inadvertently saved the now tyrannical Co-Sphere would haunt them in the years to come.


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A kindler gentler form of slavery

So I have been giving some thought to an idea that I have about the development of the slave culture in America post Constitution, and want to see if there is some plausibility to my ideas. The POD is during the Constitutional Convention and ultimately what the Constitution says about slaves, slavery, and free blacks.

If anti slavery delegates, along with the likes of Washington and Madison had pushed for more limits on slavery before agreeing to the 3/5s compromise, I think ultimately we would have still had all 13 states join the union.

What if the anti slavery delegates had insisted upon and ultimately gotten a constitution that made slavery and the rights and welfare of slaves (and free blacks) a federal question and so laws regarding slavery/slaves could only be made at the federal level and not at the state level. While the constitution is somewhat vague, what if shortly after the constitution is ratified and all 13 states are in the fold, a series of federal laws are passed regarding slaves and slavery (lets call them the slave codes).

The purpose of the slave codes are to provide some level of rights, and human dignity to slaves. While ultimately the laws did not (and could not) provide freedom, the laws could provide:

Basic human rights for slaves to marry and have a family. As such, slave owners would be prohibited during their lifetime or by inheritance, from splitting up a slave family (husband, wife and children under 18).

Slave owners could not rape their female slaves. Rape was a crime even if it was committed against one's slave.

Slaves could not be treated cruelly, and could not be punished without some due process.

Limits on the number of hours/days a slave could be forced to work, and slaves had to be provided with a certain minimum level of living conditions (food and shelter).

Slaves could not be denied an opportunity to learn to read and write. While education couldn't be compulsory, if organizations wanted to set up schools for slaves, they could not be prohibited from doing so, and slaves could not be prohibited from attending.

While emancipation or graduated manumission would most likely have to be left to the individual states - or be by constitutional amendment - some type of path to freedom could be legislated in Congress. Something like a slave can earn his freedom by working for 40 years.

Free blacks - whether born free or earn their freedom are no different than white citizens - they can own property, vote, etc.

Some type of federal agency is created to make sure these laws are enforced.

My premise is that if these more "humane" laws are enacted on a federal level and then also enforced on a federal level early on before King Cotton, then these laws could transform the slave culture in general.

If this POD is plausible, how do you think the slave culture would develop?

Would there be less racism? (I know when one race has enslaved another - that is clear cut racism) But IOT, the culture was that whites looked at blacks as being sub-human, completely inferior in every way - and the racism and hatred flowed from that mentality. While here in TTL, the racism and hated could be curbed I think such that most slaves would be granted much more in the way of human dignity, could have more opportunities to learn and to ultimately earn their freedom. Free blacks would be able to live with "freedom" in the South

Ultimately, I would hope that even with the profits to be made through slave labor, that the change in the culture and the way whites viewed slaves (and blacks in general), that gradual manumission would begin occurring throughout the South by the 1840s, and that thereafter the racism and discrimination that defined the South for centuries could be eradicated.

So is the POD plausible? And then my thoughts on how the United States might develop as a result, is that plausible?
The dynasty from Västerås

31st of October 1992 Gideonsbergs IF had become the Swedish champions for the first time after beating Öxabäck IF 3-1 home and won 0 – 1 away on a day that Game of thrones fans could say ”Winter has come” instead of Winter is coming. During the winter the teams regrouped and now it was time for a new season

For OTL results check Bolletinen.se and damallsvenskan on Wikipedia. International competitions like the Euro 1995 and World championships that year have info on squads etc on Wikipedia. Also outtakes from local paper found on microfilm.

Part 1. 1993. What a difference a goal makes
The first games of the season went well
Opening game against AIK at home won 4-0, second game against Sunnanå away was tied 1-1, Lindstal was beaten back at home with 5-3, Jitex crushed at home with 5-3 and Älvsjö was beaten away with 3-1.(OTL results).
Now it was time to face Wä IF. Defender on the left Marika Karlsson and left wing midfielder Malin Flink had mor thoughts about their graduation one week later from High school than on the upcoming game and had been invited to a small party at one of their classmates an hour after the game would end. The coach Lars-Erik ”Pyrran” Johansson tried to motivate them two days before the game.

He discussed the situation with his assistant coach Kjell Gustavsson

”Kjell, what are we to do with Marika and Malin, they will not have their heads in these two games, I fear that next week we will play with two players that are hung over.”

“Pyrran, the girls have studied hard for three years as you know as well as me. Graduation from high school comes one time in a persons life. My suggestion is that we allow them to sit the Hammarby game out either as substitutes or allow them time off.”

“Kjell, that is BS talk, they are professional players. They should think about the chances of winning a second straight championship, we could begin a dynasty here just like Öxabäck.”

“Pyrran, hold your horses, we are not IFK Göteborg or Malmö in Allsvenskan for me, we play in the Damallsvenska. We do not have the support IFK Göteborg have.”

And the argument went on for an hour before Pyrran had Kjell leave. Then he summoned Marika and Malin who by this time had been sitting in the locker room for around an hour and it was a school day tomorrow and Malin had a date with her boyfriend(later husband) and she really did not want to make him wait. They had heard the shouting but not the specifics and saw Kjell´s troubled face as he left

”Sit” the coach said and they both sat down. ”I know graduation from high school only comes one in a life time, but can you please try to focus on the game in two days.
Marika answered ”I am sure i speak for both of us when we say that we always give our best on the field and that goes for the next game. However, you know that at least on of us WILL be hungover for the game against Hammarby next week if you want us to play”
Malin looked at Marika ”And we both know who will have to be sober and who will be the bad girl. Just because I do not object like you do about certain things do not mean i don’t have a will of my own”
The coach looked at them ”Look, i can not have my best left wing players arguing, Both of you are free to party next Friday. BUT! I want you in bed by midnight between Friday and Saturday. I want someone to check up on you that you do it. Both of you will be in the squad for the game. Also, one of you will play and has to avoid being hung over.”
Both of them looked at him. Malin spoke first. ”Well, I still live at home so my parents will see to it.”
Marika then spoke. ”Pyrran, you are unfair, how do we decide who plays and who not. Please give us the game of instead, there are other girls to play that game.”
“Marika. I am the coach and you bloody well do as I say if you want to play for the rest of the season. I will let you know who will be the unlucky one”

As they walked out from the locker room they met the team captain Åsa Jakobsson. Malin explained because Marika was ready to kick someone in the teeth. Åsa sighted “Not this also, we need to get rid of him. He is destroying the team for the sake of winning.”

Two days later the team faced Wä IF(OTL draw 0-0). The revolution against Pyrran had begun and Åsa asked the Gideonsberg board to fire him and they did so 6 hrs before the game(OTL not for another month, same day as the Wimbledon womens final). Kjell Gustavsson took the helm of the team. Gideonsberg opened in a furious tempo and after 15 minutes Åsa Jakobsson shot the ball in the goal post and into the goal. After 35 minutes Malin Flink passed a long pass to Susanne Hedberg how headed the ball into the goal. Before half time Pernilla “Pilten” Larsson go the ball alone with the Wä goalie and rounded her and shot the ball in the goal. In the second half Gideonsberg had the most possession of the ball and Pilten scored twice, Marie Kolbert and Helen Nilsson once. In the final moments in the game Wä actually mustered an attack. One of the players ended up alone in the penalty box but was kicked down by Marika Karlsson who was sent off and would miss the next games. Wä got one goal on the penalty but the end result was 7 – 1.
As they walked of Malin Flink said to Marika “Always wanting to have it your way?” Marika looked at her. “Well, yes, come on, let’s not be late for Jesses party.”

The week passed, the shortest week in their lives and on the day before the graduation Kjell phones Malin
“Look Malin, tomorrow is your day. If you want you don’t have to play.”
Malin smiled “Thanks coach, see you on Monday”
Malin then turned to her parents “Do not have to play on Saturday.”
Malins dad just sighted “Just be careful tomorrow night, you know who to call to get a ride home.”
Malin laughed “Yes dad, I will phone you and not my boyfriend. I am a nice girl”

Gideonsberg then went on to face Hammarby(OTL 0-0). In the 12th minute Helene Nilsson set up Ylva Ekendahl in her first game for the season after a knee injury for a lonely trek against the goalkeeper and 0-1. Overall Gideonberg felt content and did not overdo it and the game ended 0-1.

Next game was repeat of the final last year at home against Öxabäck that ended 6-4 and the last game before the summer break against Tyresö ended 4-0(OTL results). Gideonsberg was 4 points ahead of Malmö in the top at half time. (Folksam cup will go as OTL this year btw).

Then the second half of the season began. GIF lost to Malmö FF with 2-3 away and then fell 1-3 at home. Then Jitex was beaten back with 1-0, Tyresö with 4-1, Mallbacken with 1-0, Öxabäck away with less snow was a 2-1 win and then Hammarby was faced at home and defeated 3-0(just like OTL).

Then it was time for Wä again, a team just above the relegation end of the table, away. (OTL Wä victory 1-0). Wä took the lead and Gideonsberg pressed for a goal. After 65 minutes they got a corner and Marie Kolbert took it and curled it straight into goal. Wä lost tempo and Gideonsberg attacked time and time again and in minute 78 Åsa Jakobsson scored on a header. In minute 89 Marika Karlsson redeemed herself for the incident in the last game when she saved a ball on the goal line and shot the goal to Susanne Hedberg who passed on to Ylva Ekendahl who made no error and Gideonsberg won 3-1. The team was now close to winning a second straight championship but underestimated Älvsjö and lost 0-2 at home just like OTL. But after winning just like OTL against Lindsdal with 6-0 Gideonsberg could secure the second championship at home.

Arosvallen 16 october 1993, a date that would be famous for sport in Västerås. For starters Gideonsberg had put on the big PR drum and instead of a meager 50 in the crowd like OTL the record for Gideonsberg would be 1500 people. Sunnanå was the opponent, or so people said. Gideonsberg had no opposition. The people who had gone to every Gideonsberg game for three years complained when people say that they were playing the best game ever when they had seen better games.
Gideonsberg – Sunnanå 10-0(OTL 6-0). Goal scorer: Susanne Hedberg(2), Helene Nilsson(3), Pernilla Larsson(4) and the one who scored the first goal and became the game winner and dubbed the championship grabber Susanne Bergström. The rest of the squad was gk Monica Nilsson, defenders Marika Karlsson, Åsa Jakobsson©, Pia Peurala, midfielder Marie Kolbert and Malin Flink. On the bench Ylva Ekendahl came in at half time and Ulrika Kärrman in minute 75
Gideonberg had won both the Swedish cup and Swedish championship and it is understandable that they won only with 1-0 on a late goal from Marika Karlsson who the ball bounced last on after o a corner against AIK in the last round

During the season of 1993 the butterflies had been at work. Little did Gideonsberg know it but with the victories they had sawn the seeds of their destruction. The scouting power diminished and would show in a few years. The PR Gideonsberg had from winning back to back was thrown away with their egos. During the winter break 1993/94 the team trained harder than ever. They would have to because of the derbies next year against BK30.

The team also got a new coach, his name was Tomas Nilsson.

1994: The butterflies work
And the butterflies had been working with the schedule also and GIF had a schedule like this:
(not OTL schedule)
Älvsjö AIK, home
BK30, away(a whole kilometer away)
Wä if, home
Malmö FF, away
Jitex JG93, home
Tyresö, away
AIK, home
Sunnanå, away
Öxabäck IF, home
Östers IF, away
Hammarby, home
Hammarby, away
Östers IF, home
Öxabäck IF, away
Tyresö, home
Älvsjö AIK, away
Wä IF, home
Jitex JG 93, away
BK 30, home
AIK, away
Sunnanå home
Malmö FF, home. The potential clash of the rivals in the first and last round had its thrill, but also the fact that Gideonsberg would face inter city rivals BK30 for the first time ever in Damallsvenskan(Folksam cup goes as up to the final).

Älvsjö AIK – Gideonsberg was a hyped opening but failed to deliver. Both teams was still adjusting to the fact that it was now the real thing and not training games anymore. The game ended 0-0.
BK30-Gideonsberg in the next round was also hyped, especially by the fact that BK30 had won their opening game against Wä IF(one of only two wins that year) and was ahead of Gideonsberg for the first time ever. It took 40 minutes of constant attacks by Gideonsberg before they got a corner. It was taken by Marie Kolbert and headed into the goal by Malin Flink. Before half time Helen Nilsson had scored once also. In the second half BK30 tried to attack, but lacked skill and Gideonsberg scored in the 55 minute by Ulrika Kärrman, in the 65 minute by Pernilla Larsson and in minute 80 on a penalty taken by Helen Nilsson

Wä IF at home were defeated with 13-0, it should be noted that no Gideonsberg player scored more than one goal and every Gideonsberg player on the field scored including the goalie(penalty).

Now it was time to face the rivals down in Malmö. It was to be the first loss of the season. The game was tied 0-0 when the clock reached minute 89 and team captain Åsa Jakobsson(mrs fantastic and mrs Gideonsberg) slipped and Lena Widekull took the ball and placed it in the net. Malmö won 1-0.

Jitex JG 93 was beaten back 3-2 at home, Tyresö away was defeated 2-0 and AIK defeated at home with 5-1. Sunnanå away was another story. Gideonsberg was down 2-0 after 80 minutes of play when Susanne Bergström made it 2-1. In minute 89 Helen Nilsson equalized and the game ended 2-2. Öxabäck was beaten back at home with 3-0 and Öster crushed with 9-2 at home despite Marie Kolbert and Pia Peurala sent off with red cards.

Then it was Hammarbys turn to face Gideonsberg on Gideonsbergs home turf. Hammarby had mustered a fine team that included the legendary player Pia Sundhage. Gideonsberg opened as usually with a big offensive, but Hammarby stood against the onslaught. In minute 30 Hammarby got a corner and Pia Sundhage went up from her defensive position to be able to head it in if necessary. The corner was taken and in the scramble in front of goal Pia Sundhage collided with Marika Karlsson. Marika could stand up after the collision with a bruise but Sundhage had broken her hip bone(out for the remainder of the season as well as the start of the next, would not be able to play until the middle of May 1995). At half time Marika was substituted because she did not feel 100 percent. In the second half Gideonsberg took advantage of the chaos that was Hammarby and won easily with 3-0.

When the series had reached half time Malmö FF and Gideonsberg shared the top spot. And during the summer break the thing that was to become the downfall of Gideonsbergs IF began. Midfielder Susanne Bergström left the team to study on a scholarship in USA. When the next half began after the July break Gideonsberg defeated Hammarby away(2-1),
Östers IF home(8-0), Öxabäck away(2-2), Tyresö home(4-1), before it was time for a top three team again, Älvsjö AIK away. Älvsjö had to win as they by this time had fallen 10 points behind Gideonsberg who led 2 points ahead of Malmö. Älvsjö opened desperately and Gideonsberg had trouble defending their goal. After 10 minutes Ulrika Kalte was alone in the penalty box and scored the first goal to make it 1 – 0. Only to make matters worse Kalte had scored a hattrick before half time. Tomas Nilsson made a few adjustment, send down Pia Peurala to become a sweeper instead of using Åsa Jakobsson, Peurala was faster he judged. Then Malin Flink was sent down to the left wing defensive position and Marika Karlsson moved into center defender position along Åsa Jakobsson and Ulrika Kärrman as the right defender. Susanne Hedberg, Marie Kolbert, Pernilla and Ia Larsson in the midfield and Helene Nilsson stayed as forward. That gave Gideonsberg a better defensive position, but lacked real offense. But only on paper. After 15 minutes Marie Kolbert made it 3-1, in minute 80 Malin Flink shot in the goal post and Helene Nilsson took the ball and put it into the net. Gideonsberg now had the upper hand and pressed for 3-3. After three minutes of extra time Pernilla Larsson went down in the penalty box and Gideonsberg was awarded a penalty. Åsa Jakobsson, the captain of the team took the ball, placed it on the spot and shot a hard shot in the bottom corner of the goal and Gideonsberg had made it 3-3. Meanwhile Malmö had won and had the same points as Gideonsberg.

Wä IF at home was a piece of cake when Gideonsberg fielded their second tier so that the top players could rest before the Folksam cup final. Gideonsberg won 3-0 without trouble

Next game was the Folksam cup final against Hammarby. It was played on “neutral” ground in Tyresö. It was almost home for Hammarby and Hammarbyfans ruled the stands. That did not help Hammarby who was less organized with the hospitalized Pia Sundhage due to complications from her injury(she would be out in the hospital soon enough). Gideonsberg had 2-0 at half time. During the second half Gideonsberg had 4-0 after 75 minutes when Hammarbys fans disgraced themselves and started throwing stuff at the Gideonsberg players and the referee. The game was not finished and Gideonsberg was awarded the cup trophy.

When the team faced Jitex a few days later the team was still in chock and they lost with 1-5. But since Malmö FF also had lost their game Gideonsberg still shared the top spot.

Gideonsberg and BK30 would be the next game. The day before that game however tragedy struck. The cruise ship Estonia sank with lots of causalities. Two BK30 players knew people onboard and had to be home. Gideonsberg was not affected in such manner, but they were still shocked. The game was nothing to write home about and Gideonsberg won as predicted but with only 3-0, all three goals by Helen Nilsson. AIK away was beaten with 0-5 and Sunnanå was another piece of cake at home and a crushing 6-0 win for Gideonsberg.

Now it was time for Malmö FF. The teams had the same points, same goal difference, same amounts of goals made and conceded so SVFF decided that if the game was tied then there would be a penalty shoot-out. Gideonsberg had trouble with their fans, because no matter how good they played they never got more than around 300 spectators. The game was hyped as a bitter rivalry existed between the teams and Malmö on a quest to take the nr 1 spot from Gideonsberg once and for all.

Saturday October 22 1994 was a clear autumn day with the temperature around 12 degrees Celsius in the city of Västerås as the stage was set for the final game of the season hyped as it were. The game was set to begin at 1400 and when the gates opened 30 minutes before there was long line. At 1355 the game was moved forward 15 minutes and then 15 more so that as many could see it. The biggest Malmö FF fan club in Malmö had sent 3 busses, Malmö fans around Lake Mälaren another bus. The official figure would say 2500 people watched this classic game.

Minute 5: Lena Videkull alone with the goalie but misses the goal
Minute 7: Lena Videkull again with a shot high above the goal
Minute 10: Corner Gideonsberg taken by Marie Kolbert, shot by Helen Nilsson outside
Minute 12: Pia Peurala booked.
Minute 18: Free kick Malmö and Videkull with a high ball than Annika Nessvold heads outside the goal
Minute 25: Malin Flink alone with Elisabeth Leidinge, waits to long and Leidinge takes the ball
Minute 29: Helene Nilsson alone with Leidinge but misses the goal
Minute 32: Marika Karlsson kicks down Videkull outside the penalty area, gets a yellow card. Malmö fails to score on the free kick
0 – 0 at half time
Minute 55: Pia Peurala passes long to Ia Larsson who passes Helen Nilsson inside the penalty box and scores behind Elisabeth Leidinge. 1 – 0 Gideonsberg. 35 minutes remain
Minute 60: Shot Videkull, off the bar
Minute 62: Shot Videkull, outside the goal
Minute 65: Corner Malmö FF, headed away by Marika Karlsson, picked up by Marie Kolbert who crosses to Malin Flink who runs on the other flank and makes a one in a lifetime pass to Helene Nilsson who score 2 – 0 Gideonsberg.
Minute 80: Corner Malmö FF, Marika Karlsson and Annika Nessvold collide in the air and Nessvold suffers a concussion as well as a broken ankle (away until June 1995) and is carried off the field. Marika gets a cut but get stitched up as she refused to leave the field until the engagement was over.
Minute 85: Malmö FF makes it 2-1 when Videkull scores on a free kick.
The game goes into injury time, and after a few minutes Videkull manages to get a corner. The corner is taken and headed away by Marika, but her wound is worsened and she starts to bleed again and goes toward the sideline while Marie Kolbert kicks the ball away. Standing alone in the center circle is Helen Nilsson. She have all the time in the world. The time stands still as Helen rushes toward the goal and shoots. Leidinge show why she is the keeper that defend the national team and forces the ball outside the goal and a corner. Then the whistle signals the end of the game.

Gideonsberg have won the championship three times in a row. Marika is rushed to the hospital and fixed up. She returns to the victory party later that night.

1995: Sleeping in the light(season schedule as OTL)
Without Pia Sundhage and Nessvold avalible to the national team when it was time for the semi final against Norway in the womens euro(last time it was played as a cup) Bengt Simonsson brought in younger players like Marika Karlsson and Jane Törnkvist. Neither played a minute when Sweden defeated Norway in the semifinal and lost to Germany in the final(same results as OTL)

Gideonsberg did not trade many players during these years and many from the 1992 squad was still important to the team. They began the season with a meager 1-0 victory at home against Tyresö, then crushed AIK at home with 9-1 and Öxabäck away with 8-3 and defeated Öster at home with 4-0(OTL results)

In the fourth round they faced Hammarby. Down with 3-0 at half time when the national coach Simonsson came into the dressing rom. “There are a few girls that might get on the nation squad but you need to play much better in the second half to do that” That woke Gideonsberg. After 20 minutes they had scored three goals and Carin Andersson made the winning goal after 89 minutes.

A few days later Bengt Simonsson announced the squad for the world cup
Goalkeepers Elisabeth Leidinge(Malmö FF) and Annelie Nilsson(Sunnå SK)
Defenders: Malin Lundgren(Malmö), Kristine Bengtsson(Hammarby), Marika Karlsson(Gideonsberg), Åsa Jakobsson(Gideonsberg) Jane Törnkvist(Tyresö FF).
Midfielders and forwards: Anna Pohjanen(Sunnanå), Lena Videkull(Malmö), Susanne Hedberg(Gideonsberg), Malin Andersson(Älvsjö AIK), Åsa Lönnqvist(Tyresö FF), Annelie Olsson(Hammarby IF), Eva Zeikfalvy(Malmö FF), Malin Flink(Gideonsbergs IF)
Anneli Andelen(Öxabäck IF), Ulrika Kalte(Älvsjö AIK), Helen Nilsson(Gideonsberg), Annika Bozicevic(Malmö FF) and Sofia Johansson(Malmö FF)

Pia Sundhage had yet to return to her previous form and said that she accepted being cut from the squad as she was not yet ready for such an important tournament but said that she would be ready for the Olympics.

Sweden would face Brazil, Germany and Japan in their group and Bengt Simonsson wanted to use a
3-5-2 offensive strategy

The press though that there was a bit risky bringing along three young players with no real experience and that Simonsson gambled a lot with Marika Karlsson, Jane Törnkvist and Malin Flink. They would be wrong.

The first game against Brazil started and Bengt Simonsson started with this team:
GK: Elisabeth Leidinge
Defenders: Malin Lundgren, Åsa Jakobsson, Kristine Bengtsson
Midfielders: Malin Andersson, Eva Zeikfalvy, Anneli Andelen, Anneli Olsson, Susanne Hedberg
Forwards: Lena Videkull and Ulrika Kalte

Brazil took command in the first half and Sweden had trouble getting offensive going. But they held 0-0 after 30 minutes when the Swedish offensive got into gear. Just before half time unfortunally Malin Lundgren had to be substituted as she suffered a concussion. Simonsson had two inexperienced defenders on the bench, but he trusted one more over the other and allowed Marika Karlsson to enter the game. During the second half Brazil stormed forward again and Simonsson could watch how Marika Karlsson became the savior time and time again when Brazil tried her side. After 60 minutes Malin Andersson crossed to Ulrika Kalte who scored 1-0. Ten minutes later Videkull scored 2-0 and Brazil was a beaten team.

Then it was time for the clash against Germany. Marika Karlsson and Anna Pohjanen would start in the game. Susanne Hedberg was out of the starting 11.

The German women was a different team than Brazil and was ahead 2-0 after 40 minutes. Bengt Simonsson substituted Anna Pohjanen with Malin Flink at half time. The next half would be legendary and called the Gideonsberg national team half. After two minutes Videkull had to go off and Helen Nilsson from Gideonsberg came on. First time she hit the ball she hit it into the net. Then Anneli Olsson suffered severe bruise and after a short time limping she was substituted for Susanne Hedberg after 60 minutes. Now the real Gideonsberg show began. Years after when they had reunions the players would tell that this was their finest hour. After 62 minutes Marika Karlsson made a short pass to Åsa Jakobsson who moved forward and walled the ball of Malin Flink and then passed to Susanne Hedberg who shot from a distance in the goal post and then Helen Nilsson put the ball in the net to make it 2-2. Every attack that the Germans attempted was stopped cold. Then a corner for Sweden happened. Malin Flink took it and shot it in the middle and Susanne Hedberg headed it into the goal, 3-2 Sweden with 11 minutes to go. Germany now tried offense and pressed on with the whole team. After 89 minutes there was a scramble in front of the Swedish goal and Marika Karlsson took the ball and shot it away up to Helen Nilsson who was all alone and almost could walk the entire German half but put the goal in the net anyway. 4-2 Sweden and Sweden had won the group.

Amid graduation parties it was time for Sweden to relocate to Västerås to play the final game of the group and then the quarter final. A record crowd for womens soccer in Västerås would be set, 9021 spectators, including the rest of the Gideonsberg squad as hosts, family of the players, coworkers and former classmates, including one student who almost fell asleep at a pivotal moment in one of his friends career. The stage was set for the final game Sweden vs Japan
Bengt Simonsson decided to go old-school Gideonsberg and a 3-4-3 selection and he talked to Leidinge and she was ok to rest
GK: Anneli Nilsson
Defenders: Marika Karlsson, Åsa Jakobsson and Jane Törnkvist.
Midfielders: Malin Flink, Susanne Hedberg, Malin Andersson and Åsa Lönnqvist
Forwards: Helen Nilsson, Lena Videkull, Ulrika Kalte
The message of the day was: ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK

Japan never stood a fighting chance. After 5 minutes Lena Videkull scored 1-0, after 7 minutes she scored 2-0 and after 15 minutes Helen Nilsson scored 3-0 in front of a jubilant home crowd. Sweden continued, and it continued to be fun to play on home turf. 4-0 came after 30 minutes by Åsa Jakobsson on a corner taken by Malin Flink. Ulrika Kalte was brought down in the penalty area after 44 minutes. Videkull handed the ball to Malin Flink with the words “It is your time to shine.” Malin smiled and looked towards her family that stood near the middle, then put the ball into the net to the right while the goalie went to the left. At half time Videkull was substituted with Anneli Andelen to save her strength(on request it would later be revealed). 7 minutes into the second half Sweden got another corner. Åsa Jakobsson said to Marika Karlsson to take her place in the box. Malin Flink shot a corner that went high. Malin Andersson shot and the goalie made a save and the ball came to Marika who shot it in the goal. Now the crowd waited for Susanne Hedberg to score, but she failed in every attempt and decided to pass the ball instead, to Andelen who scored. In the last minute Sweden got another penalty and now Hedberg could score. 8 – 0 to Sweden.

As the fans stormed the field to get autographs the Gideonsberg players were dubbed the future of Swedish football. One that heard that was Pia Sundhage who turned off the TV and went out and trained even harder to get her place back. Others that watched with interest was future stars Hanna Ljungberg and Tina Nordlund.

England in the quarter final proved a small obstacle. Now the crowd in Västerås was 10 000 spectators. Sweden played 3-5-2 again and won 3-1 after two late goals by Lena Videkull. Now it was on to Helsingborg and a semifinal against Germany, the long time rivals. The winners would face Norway in the final.

Bengt Simonsson now had the job of finding a balanced team for this game. A team with lots of inexperienced players would be chewed alive by the German team machine. Malin Lundgren was now back from her concussion. He choosed the team that started against Brazil. After the first half it was still 0 – 0. After 60 minutes Malin Lundgren had to go off because she was still not 100 percent and Marika Karlsson came in. First thing that happened was that Marika fouled a German in the penalty area. A yellow card for Marika and a penalty awarded for Germany and 0-1. After 70 minutes Ulrika Kalte went down with a injury, out for about a month. She was substituted with Helen Nilsson. Next injury came within two minutes when Malin Andersson broke her ankle and had to be substituted and Malin Flink came in. Sweden attacked and in the 89 minute Malin Flink shot a corner that Lena Videkull headed into the goal. The game was tied and would soon go into overtime. But one woman though enough was enough. That woman was Helen Nilsson who stole the ball from a uneasy German defense and put it into the net. Sweden was in the final!

The final was to be played at Råsunda and the team got 20 tickets each to hand out to friends. Marika and Malin gave 10 each to former high school classmates and the rest to the closest family. Marika had one remaining and was at a fan corner outside Råsunda the day before the final when a girl came up to her “Hi, I admire you. When I grow up I want to be as good as you” Marika answered “Thank you, what is your name?” The girl answered “Nilla Fischer”. Marika then said “Thank you Nilla, do you want a ticket? I only have one remaining? Do your parents know were you are? You don’t seem to old.” The blond girl called Nilla smiled “I am 10, almost 11. How old were you when you began playing in Allsvenskan? My parents are standing over there and they told me to ask nice for a ticket and if you give it to me I will be the happiest girl alive.” Marika smiled. “I was 16 when I started playing at Gideonsberg, who knows, maybe you will play beside me on the same team someday.” Marika looked at the parents who nodded and Marika gave Nilla the ticket as well as an autograph and a hug.

The day had finally come. This was the day that Swedish ladies football would come into their own(or so SVFF would believe until Damallsvenskan started again and continue believing until Tina Nordlund spoke at fotbollsgalan in 2000). Råsunda was packed, 25000 spectators, all but a few hundred were Swedish fans. SVT had switched their journalists and the best of the best talked in the microphones. Swedish Radio fielded Lasse Grankvist with Ralf Edström as expert. The rain poured down, but the cheers could not be stoped when Sweden entered the field. Bengt Simonsson had decided on the same
3-5-2 tactics as before, but with all the injuries he had to switch some. In goal was Elisabeth Leidinge as usual, the defence was held by Åsa Jakobsson, Marika Karlsson and Kristin Bengtsson. The midfield was held by Malin Flink, Anna Pohjanen, Susanne Hedberg, , Eva Zeikfalvy and Anneli Olsson. Lena Videkull and Anneli Andelen were forwards
It was a thin bench as Malin Lundgren was still not 100 percent, but on the bench just in case. Sofia Johansson and Annika Bozicevic had not played a minute. Ulrika Kalte, Anneli Olsson, and Malin Andersson were gone with injuries.

After 10 minutes Lena Videkull shot the first Swedish shot at goal, wide. First Norwegian shot was in the 24th minute and high over the bar. The teams blocked eachother well and the score was 0-0 at half time. When entering the locker room at half time the team was in a surprise. Outside the locker room was the national team on the manly side. Tomas Ravelli stepped forward “Go inside and rest ladies, then go outside and enjoy the ride, you are already heroes.” After the break and on the way out to the field ahead of Norway they could hear the Swedish crowd warming up. The cheers became bigger and bigger. Now was the time when time would decide who would be hero or who would think “If only”. In the stands one could see the opposition leader Ingvar Carlsson(soon to be PM), the entire royal family of Sweden and a few representatives of Norway. Old players in the national teams were shown on TV and the fans were led by the group that had created the official song “It is now that we break borders” (Det är nu vi spränger gränserna). It was a massive party and the players were invited. The teams continued to block attempts until the 65 minute when Susanne Hedberg shot a cross to Malin Flink who tried a shot to the middle but it was blocked and headed to a lonely Andelen who scored 1-0. The crowd went wild. Norway went on full attack. It was a full court press against the Swedish net. After 78 minutes Norway scored 1-1. Susanne Hedberg had to be substituted and Annika Bozicevic came in. After 89 minutes Sweden had to substitute again as Kristine Bengtsson was too tired to continue and Malin Lundgren came onto the field. The game was tied 1-1 at full time. Before the extra time would begin Simonsson had to make another substitute, Lena Videkull was too tired to be able to continue and Helen Nilsson came in. The extra time came and went, neither team wanting to concede a goal and the game went to penalties.

Team captain Elisabeth Leidinge along with Bengt Simonsson had agreed on who would take the penalties and the group that would decide the outcome had already been informed and they went to the center of the field.
Åsa Jakobsson
Anneli Andelen
Annika Bozicevic
Helen Nilsson
Malin Lundgren
The penalty shoot-out began. All of the Swedes scored, but so did all the five Norwegians and now it was one at a time. The first penalty by a Norwegian was shot, over the bar.
Now it was time for a Swede. This is a time when one person will be remembered as a hero or not depending on the outcome. Up stepped Malin Flink.

“Come on youngblood.” A voice screams. Malin smiles, she know who it is and she feels at ease knowing that people would still like her even if she missed. Lasse Grankvist whipsers on the radio “It is a gamble by Bengt Simonsson, but so has the entire championship been. Youngsters that are outperforming the old guard. Malin listens for the whistle. She runs to the ball. SHE SCORES! SWEDEN WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, SWEDEN WINS THE CHAMPIONSHIP. SWEDEN IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD.” Ralf Edström speaks in a somber voice “Yes, now calm down.”
Malin, age 20 years had secured the world championship for Sweden. This was to be her 15 minutes of fame. Malin was swarmed by the rest of the national squad and hoisted on their shoulders. She was carried around the stadium and when time came to hoist the cup she did it together with Leidinge. The new generation along with the old.

The team celebrated that night and the next day they were given a celebration at Sergels torg were 10 000 people came. Unfortunally there were no rest because it was back to reality. Three days later Damallsvenskan restarted and it restarted with a bang. Gideonsbergs IF vs Älvsjö AIK, the top two teams. Tomas Nilsson, the Gideonsberg coach allowed Marika Karlsson a bit of rest and put her on the bench while Carin Andersson took her spot. Sussie Bergström on summer leave from college in USA took Susanne Hedbergs spot. Älvsjö had injuries and lacked their best forward, Ulrika Kalte.
The number of spectators had not been influenced by the world championship unfortunally. After 25 minutes Malin Flink passed Sussie Bergström who scored 0-1. Älvsjö scored 2 goals after the half time break and in the 77 minute Helen Nilsson, who did not seem quite her self scored 2-2 and the game ended 2-2.

In the week before next game Helen Nilsson was not her self during training and the day before the game she asked to talk to the coach “Coach, I don’t think the game is fun aymore and I lack the necessary motivation to play at the moment. Please bench me.” Tomas Nilsson looked at her. “I have seen that you are not on the top of your game, I will allow you to start the next games on the bench and then after we restart after the summer break you will play again.” Helen agreed with that.

Then it was time to face Jitex at home. Gideonsberg did not seem their selves even though they tied Älvsjö. At half time Jitex had the lead with 0-1. Tomas Nilsson was upset during the break and gave them a hair dryer speech. It worked, after 5 minutes Pärnilla Larsson tied the game. After 56 minutes of play Malin Flink scored 2-1 after a pass from Susanne Hedbert. Jitex tied the game in the 85 minute but just before full time Marie Kolbert shot from a distance and in the goal by the post. Gideonsberg won the game 3-2.

Next game was Malmö away, a Malmö that still lacked Annika Nessvold, but she would return soon, but for now she was outside the squad. It was a see saw game. Malin Flink passed Susanne Hedberg who scored. Malin Flink then almost missed a pass but hit the ball and it went in. 2-2 at half time. During the second half Maria Kun shot a corner that Marika Karlsson headed into the goal and 2-3. Lena Videkull tied the game in the last minute to make it 3-3.

The games now came quick after eachother because of the world championships and the summer break. Bälinge at home was a classic game of a top team underachieving and missing chances by the dozens while Bälinge scored on the one chance they had. 0-1 came after 10 minutes. Gideonsberg attacked time and time again and in the 75 minute Pärnilla Larsson scored and in the 89 minute Malin Flink had a open goal, but almost missed and hit the post but the ball went in. Gideonsberg won 2-1. Gideonsberg was now in the top as the summer break happened

The aftermath of the game against Bälinge would be more remembered(especially among Marika Karlssons friends and family). A few hours after the game Marika flew with a friend to hike around the Greek islands in the Mediterranean and missed a call from Bengt Simonsson who wanted to bring Marika to a training camp with the national team in Atlanta USA in preparation for the Olympics in 1996. A wanted poster was put in the local paper. Marika was unaware of this until she as scheduled phoned her dad on the next Wednesday to tell that she was ok(years before mobile phones were popular) and the SVFF payed for her return flight and she was soon in Atlanta.

Before the Damallsvenska would resume Gideonsberg played Mallbacken in the Folksam cup and lost on penalties. 0-0 at full time and then Pärnilla Larsson, Marika Karlsson and Marie Kolbert scored their penalties while Susanne Hedberg and Helene Nilsson missed. Gideonsberg was ok with that because now they could focus on winning the gold that mattered most again.

Gideonsberg stormed forward. Bälinge defeated away 3-0, Öxabäck defeated away 6-1, AIK away was defeated 3-0, Malmö at home was defeated with 2-1 and now the gold was almost theirs. Jitex away defeated 3-2 at home. First loss of the season came against Mallbacken at home with 0-1. Things that happen when a team thinks it is unbeatable. Älvsjö was trying to reach Gideonsberg but was still 9 points behind and they hoped for more upsets. Öster away was beaten with 4-0. Then the workers at Arosvallen went on strike and Gideonsberg had to relocate. Älvsjö tied their game the day before Gideonsbeg faced Hammarby and now Gideonsberg only had to take one point against Hammarby to take the gold. On a reserve pitch in front of 400 spectators Gideonsberg won 4-0 with a hattrick by Helen Nilsson and one goal by Maria Kun.
In the next round Tyresö was defeated 3-1 away. Then Sunnanå away was a lackluster affair since Gideonsberg fielded their second squad as most of the players in the regular squad rather rested and stayed home. It was a tie 3-3. Älvsjö was the opponents in the final game of the season before Åsa Jakobsson could hoist the championship again. Two Gideonsberg players would make their final goals for the club, Malin Flink shot 1-1 in the middle of the first half and Helen Nilsson scored 2-1 just before half time. Ulrika Kalte scored 2-2 and 2-3 before the 70th minute. Marika Karlsson and Malin Flink, best friends off the pitch and former classmates in high school and team mates the the county team, national team and Gideonsberg made a play in the 75th minute. Marika passed Malin who ran along the line while Marika ran up behind her. Malin passed to Hedberg who passed back to Marika just outside the penalty area and she wanted her friend to make a final goal and passed Malin again, but Malins shot was blocked and Marika shot the ball into the net to make it 3-3. Malin and Helen were both substituted in the 85 minute to a standing ovation in the small crowd. When the game ended and Åsa raised the championship and the players saluted the crowd little did people know that this was the end of an era. Gideonsberg would never again reach these heights.

In the break between 1995 and 1996 two key players announced their retirement. Helen Nilsson who was fed up with fooball and Malin Flink who took a time out to begin study. Gideonsberg lost Marie Kolbert to a scholarship in the USA half way through 1996. Marika Karlsson who hoped being in the Olympic squad was not so lucky(in this story Pia Sundhage took her place, in OTL because of reasons). In 1997 Marika Karlsson and Maria Kun would leave for scholarships in the USA. Gideonsberg came in at place 7 two straight years and then suddenly the entire team defected because of various things and Gideonsberg finished last in the 1998 season has yet to return to Damallsvenskan and are currently in the forth division with BK30 one division higher along with Västerås IK.
What happened to Marika and Malin? Malin Flink became a teacher and married her boyfriend and lives with three kids outside Stockholm. To this day one of the greatest WI within ladies football is: How good could Malin Flink had been if she played a few more years?
Marika Karlsson played two years for Hartford before moving to Lynn university(Florida) for two years, reuniting one last time on the pitch with Marie Kolbert. At Lynn she also found true love. She played a few games in the 99 season with Gideonsberg, but upon returning to Sweden in 2001 and with aspirations to go to the police academy she moved to Stockholm and played for Älvsjö for 1,5 seasons before injuries forced her to retire before the 2003 season, the last of the Gideonsberg players that won the championship in 1992 to do so. In 2003 she was a proper police officer and she moved through the ranks and is currently an inspector for violent crimes. She still lives with her love and two kids in Stockholm. (ALL OTL)
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Take Cover!-The Cuban Missile Crisis goes pear-shaped

So, CF.net is shutting down. A good friend of mine from that site who goes by the username Carolina Dreaming has asked me to preserve his TL (Apparently, he wasn't interested in joining AH.com himself).

So, without further ado...

Take Cover!
A history of the Russo-American nuclear war and its effect on the world.

Part 1: The Pathway to War

When the first SS-4 missiles arrived in Cuba in September 1962, nobody could guess the massive repercussions that would result.

The Soviet Union had two main reasons for placing nuclear missiles in Cuba. In the aftermath of Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961, the Soviet Union sought to strengthen the position of Fidel Castro's communist regime in Cuba. In addition, putting missiles on an island close to the United States meant the Soviets would have a launch pad for missile strikes on the US in the event of war. The Soviets built six sites for medium-range SS-4 missiles, and three for intermediate-range SS-5 missiles. The goal of the Soviet Union was to have an eventual total of forty missiles on the island.

The increased Soviet military activity in Cuba certainly made the Americans suspicious, but they were in the dark regarding the operation's true nature. On October 14, A U2 reconnaissance plane was sent over Cuba to investigate the Soviet activity. The plane took pictures of the Soviet missile sites. Two days later, US President John F. Kennedy was notified of the development. In response, Kennedy brought together the National Security Council, along with five other advisers, into a committee formally named the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOMM).

The committee contemplated several options before narrowing their choices down to two options, a blockade of Cuba, or an air strike on the missile sites. In the meantime, US military forces in the Southeastern region of the country were placed on alert. On October 21, EXCOMM decided to place Cuba under blockade. Because blockades were considered acts of war, the administration instead used the term "quaratine." The next day, the Joint Chiefs of Staff lowered the DEFCON level from 5 to 3.

On October 24, mere hours before the quarantine was set to go into effect, a Soviet ship carrying twenty nuclear warheads arrived on the shores of Cuba. The crew of the ship, the Kimovsk*, had briefly considered turning back when word of the quarantine got out, but decided they could reach their destination in time. Many historians believe this to be the turning point in the crisis, the event that made the coming catastrophe inevitable...

* So, it turns out my friend was mistaken about the event and originally had the Poltava wrote down here. I decided to correct it.
The Union Forever

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January-May 1862;

Union fortunes were looking up in the early months on 1862. After a largely lackluster performance for most of 1861 Federal troops had scored a series of impressive victories against the South. General Grant had captured the Confederate Forts Donnellson and Henry on February 6th and 16th respectively opening up the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Nashville, then the capital of Tennessee, fell by the end of the Month. The Union even managed a costly victory at the Battle of Shiloh on April 7th. General Pope captured Island Number 10 on the Mississippi River and over 7,000 prisoners on April 8th. Further south the largest port in the Confederacy fell to Admiral Farragut and General Butler on May 1st crippling the confederate’s use of the Mississippi River. Union forces were also making impressive headway by capturing points along the Confederate coastline.

Confederate reverses had severely dampened Confederate spirits. Indeed, when Jefferson Davis was formally installed as the President of the Confederate States of America (Previously he had just been provisional president) on a rainy day in Richmond when an onlooker asked one of Davis’s footmen why he and President Davis were dressed in black suites the footman responded with “Well Ma’am this is how we always have done in Richmond for funerals and such.”[1] And with the large Army of the Potomac hovering north of the city many in the Confederacy were wondering whether their secessionist experiment might soon unravel.

The Beginning of the Peninsular Campaign and General McClellan’s Accident

With these successes in the west, Lincoln naturally pressed for similar results in the east. However President Lincoln and his eastern generals differed as to the performed method. He personally wished for, what appeared to him to be the obvious choice for, an overland campaign from Washington to destroy Johnston’s Army. The President however eventually bowed to General McClellan’s plan to land the Army of the Potomac on the coast of Virginia and then move onto Richmond.

The Union had been making steady but painfully slow progress up the Peninsular between the James and York Rivers sense March 1863 captured Yorktown, the former colonial capital of Williamsburg, and the vital naval base of Norfolk (the Confederates destroyed the CSS Merrimack to prevent her from falling into Union hands).

May 12, 1862; General McClellan must have been feeling very pleased with himself after the resent capture of Norfolk against what he consistently believed to be “vastly superior rebel numbers.” Whether this sense of overconfidence helped McClellan not see the shard of metal in the road on that spring morning however is lost to history. Around 8:00am after a light breakfast with some of his lieutenants, McClellan mounted his horse Baldy to inspect the camp and make his rounds amongst his troops. Unfortunately for McClellan however Baldy while trotting at a good pace along a fence line near Headquarters picked up 6 inch sliver of metal that had been protruding from the road (whether this piece of metal was placed there intentionally has never been proven). Because of the speed at which Baldy had been traveling the shard went through the frog of the forward right hoof. McClellan, despite being a confident horseman was thrown when Baldy came to an abrupt and jerking stop. McClellan would in all probability have been fine if it was not for the fence that ran alongside the road. As McClellan fell the fence caught him in the lower back breaking his spine. Captain Jeremiah O’Connor, one of McClellan’s aids was the first to reach McClellan. McClellan’s first words to O’Connor after realizing that he could not move his legs were “Who will save the Union now?.”


General McClellan
Army of the Potomac
Commander: July 26, 1861-May 13, 1862


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Does LTTW count? There's a thread over here, but it's basically as an 'update only' thread for an ongoing TL.
I would say probably not, but I'll leave it for Glen to judge. It's a grey area because some TLs "finish" and then start a new section under a different title, whereas I do LTTW in volumes all posted in the same thread here. If people want to nominate LTTW I would say do it in pre-1900.


Does LTTW count? There's a thread over here, but it's basically as an 'update only' thread for an ongoing TL.

I would say probably not, but I'll leave it for Glen to judge. It's a grey area because some TLs "finish" and then start a new section under a different title, whereas I do LTTW in volumes all posted in the same thread here. If people want to nominate LTTW I would say do it in pre-1900.

It counts. The Finished Timelines part is in relation to the name of the forum, but does not in fact require that the timeline be finished.
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