Given the Societist penchant for population transfers, could it even be a newly planned city a la Brasilia or Canberra of OTL on steroids?Probably the main population center of Nusantara, the region nearest the initial outbreak with a substantial Societist presence. Did Jakarta get big TTL?
I have a feeling the bubonic plague outbreak wasn't going to be in the story before the Pandemic.
I feel called out here I've known there would be A Big Thing That's Not Just War in the 1920s for a couple of years but had not decided on the details - the pandemic did inspire this, specifically that it led me to research past ones and find out about the Third Plague. When I wrote The Twilight's Last Gleaming I used a quote from HG Wells about how the American spirit enthusiastically rebuilds, coming from something he overheard from some Americans hearing about the San Francisco earthquake. I mentioned at the time that I had to cut out part of the quote in which the Americans add that at least it was the Chinatown that suffered worst, because this sounded appallingly racist even by 1900s standards - which it was, but the context I didn't realise was that people at the time blamed the Chinese for having recently spread the plague into San Francisco. (Come to think of it, plague followed by unrelated disaster which helps snuff it out seems to be a theme in history, see also 1665/6 in London).My own guess is that this was always the plan.
The first mention of the black death was in an update from march last year. Post pandemic admittedly but it seems a little tight for extensive rewrites and a bit reckless to not have any idea what would happen in your 'black 20s', a thing you've been talking about for years, until it actually happens.
The what now?
East Russia (aka Greater Alaska).
This was footnoted a few posts ago, in Russian it is Vostochnaya but westerners just say 'Vostok' indiscriminately, in the same way in OTL we'd always say 'Soviet' and not 'Sovietsky' when using it as an adjective.Oh, Vostochnaya. Got it now.
"Crossing the Scientific Frontier" - is this LTTW jargon for "used WMDs"?
Correct.It specifically refers to chemical weapons, as their first usage was termed "The Scientific Attack" or something similar.
The Sunrise War is supposed to occur in the 1950s and it's impliedAs far as “wars we know happen” it seems far too early to be the Last War of Supremacy. Seems a bit early to be the Sunrise War as well
‘They die at the end’
At this time, though little known to European society, Societist activity in Europe was largely focused on Spain, partly for reasons which the Societists themselves would strenuously deny – the old cultural ties between the former UPSA and its old colonial master.
What is a "historical arc"?Belgium's historical arc ITTL is really weird.
You misspelled Vlaanderen. Also, as a native Dutch-speaker, it strikes me as strange that the term 'Mönster' would become common in this timeline's Dutch, given how rare ö's are in general. And I keep forgetting that the Waddeneilanden are known as the "West Frisian Islands" in English.The Scandinavians took Noord-Mönster, Oost-Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel. The Germans took Palts, Limburg and Luxemburg. And the remainder would go to France, taking in Brabant, Vlaanderan, Antwerpen and, of course, Luik
U mean besides the fact it encompasses most of the Low Countries, didn’t get invaded twice by Germany to flank France, and so far as I can tell never did anything a tenth as bad as the Congo Free State with TTL colonial holdings?Belgium's historical arc ITTL is really weird.
We don't have a full picture of the situation towards the end of 1923 but it seems to be pretty bad for the Russians. The ENA is presumably advancing in North America. Russian forces in India have been described as just barely strong enough to prevent total defeat. The German armies were performing decently on the central European front so now that the French armies are free to join them the liberation of Poland may be on the cards. And even if Persia is on the defensive, events elsewhere seem to justify its strategy of taking on the main Russian attack to allow the allies to make decisive victories elsewhere. The Cannae Mondiale may well think that they have basically won. But the Tsar evidently thinks that he can still turn the tide or at least bleed the Cannae Mondiale enough to make them limit their demands.
As I understand it, TTL Belgium's official language is a Flemish-derived "Standaard-Nederlands" which is distinct enough from the northern dialects to have engendered some resentment in the past. I'm not quite sure if it would manifest as those spelling changes, but there's also just the fact that it's been two hundred years since the POD and spelling could very well have been standardized differently (as it was with TTL's English).You misspelled Vlaanderen. Also, as a native Dutch-speaker, it strikes me as strange that the term 'Mönster' would become common in this timeline's Dutch, given how rare ö's are in general. And I keep forgetting that the Waddeneilanden are known as the "West Frisian Islands" in English.
Aside from that, though, this is pretty great.