Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by chris N, Mar 14, 2017.
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Here it was 1936 and the airplanes development still had just approached the level of preWWI in our time line. Frankly without a war there seemed not to be a desire to develop something that might replace the Air ship. The Grand Zeppelin was a magnificent air ship capable of carrlying passengers and or cargo long distances without the burning of massive amounts of fuel. True it took time to get there but less than to travel by ship.
The Germans and Austrians were supplying the Poles with aid to allow it to contain the Russians and prevent the Russians from regaining the western Ukraine and the Baltic states. There were increasing clashes between the two parties. The Russians had not yet made it an all out war.
Secretary of Defense William Kamehameha II arrived in Ireland to begin a meeting with Hawaii's European Allies. The retired Admiral was expected to visit Germany and Austria and would also visit Portugal.
Russia was becoming far more active as it sought to regain territory that had broken away. Both Germany and Austria were supporting the Poles with aid.
Austria's Foreign Minister traveled to Germany and then to Poland to discuss the increasing acts of violence on the frontier with Russia. The Russians had also begun to carry out military actions against the Ottomans and the Persians. He expect to travel to the British Isles and met with the British King/Emperor.
The Russians and the Poles had clashed in several spots along the border of the two nations. It appeared that Russia was beginning to press to reclaim the Ukraine as part of its nation and the Poles were resisting with help from the Austrian Empire.
The Austrians and the Italians were quite concern about earthquakes. They had shared the data with the University of Hawaii's Special earth studies program and it was being compared.
The Poles were surprised when the Russians stopped carrying out attacks in the Ukraine. A calm seemed to settle along the frontier between the two sides. The Russians also reached an agreement with the Swedes and Finns regarding the border between the two sides.
The Germans had sold some naval vessels to Argentina. Italy had also seen some of its people immigrate to Argentina.
The Austrian and British Government were receiving reports from Eastern Africa which indicated a massive eruption of a Volcano Reports indicated an incredible amount of destruction . A massive volcanic lava flow triggered fires, quakes and a lot of deth. The Royal Navy sent ships from India. Indication was a death total that had hit 500,000 and was steadily climbing. It was estimated that the death total could reach more than 19,000,000,
The level of destruction in Eastern Africa was unbelievable. Lava. destroyed massive amounts of vegetation and people were unable to flee fast enough to get out of the way. Roads and rail lines vanished animals and people disappeared. Then came the ash which fell from the sky making thing even worse. The sky was cloudy and those that had survived the assault now felt something that those who had lived threw the Fall would have known. There were storms and falling temperatures. Data was transmitted to Hawaii where it was compared with other data.
The French, Austrians and British had been probing the outer limits of the devastation in East Africa. Reports were chilling but photographs really showed how lush fields had been turned into something resembling a lunar landscape.. The deaths were beyond belief. Snow had been seen in the region including southern Arabia but the equator seemed to be trying to fight it off with the result of floods.
Assuming the volcano stays silent, it will require a few decades to achieve a pre eruption level of population.
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