Crossposting from Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes VI
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The Kaisermanöver in summer 1900 is a watershed moment for European and Global history. Not so much for the exercises themselves, but rather for what happened in the immediate aftermath. The incident that Kaiser Wilhelm II described as 'the day that blasted animal decided to attempt a coup' saw the Kaiser be thrown by his horse for the first time in a very long time. What was more, it then proceeded to clip the imperial head with one of it's hooves, sending Wilhelm into a three week coma.

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The offending horse can be seen led by the reigns

Once he awoke, those around him quickly noticed a number of personality changes, as such things are wont to cause. He expressed a now intense dislike for horses, and would, indeed, ever only sit on one of them if there was absolutely no choice. However, the idea that this incident is the reason why cavalry so quickly fell out of favour in Germany in the years to come is blatantly false. Wilhelm approached horses with an understandable weariness from then on, but never had a malicious hatred towards them as animals. In fact, the horse that had caused the accident eventually died of old age at Castle Hohenzollern.

Somewhat more amusingly, he also banned any and all smoking in his presence, saying when asked that tar belonged onto the streets and not into ones lungs, and that he had no desire to end like his father.

What was a more drastic change was a complete overhaul of foreign and military policy. In terms of the former, Wilhelm sought improved relations with the British Empire and the United States of America, being perfectly willing to sacrifice his naval ambitions for that goal. In his private diaries, released to the public in 1989, forty-one years after his death, he described any naval race with the British race as 'a pointless measuring contest'* and that maintaining the balance of power in the world was reliant on keeping the USA far away from any European conflict. He also described his dream of an Anglo-German Alliance against their common foes, opining that 'the greatest Navy and the greatest Army in the world, side by side like in the days of Napoleon' would certainly be enough to keep Russia and France at bay. However, he would only see this come to pass in his later years during the Second Global War (1938 - 1944). This desire is exemplified by the Anglo-German Naval Treaty of 1904 (re-negotiated after the appearance of HMS Dreadnought in 1906, and then once again in 1919 and 1927) which is the cornerstone of the Portsmouth Treaty to this day.

Generally, the German military saw great reform and a massive mechanization effort, from more machine guns than anyone in a pre- First Global War Europe thought sane over the creation of the 'Universal lorry' designed for cheap and quick mass production above all else to first embryonic experiments with armoured vehicles. This is most exemplified by the foundation of the Imperial German Air Force just in time for the outbreak of the First Global War in 1915. How much he can be credited with the East First strategy is debated still, but it is confirmed that he ended all talk of an offensive through Belgium, stating that he'd rather use the Alsacian fortresses to show how stupid it was to charge machine guns with Cavalry than his precious Infantry. In the long term it must be said that he likely realized after signing the Naval Treaty and lengthy talks with the British establishment that attacking Belgium was a Very Bad Idea if one wanted an at the very least neutral British Empire.

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Kaiserliche Luftwaffe JaSta 26 three months before the outbreak of the war. It was in this unit that later Chief of the Combined General Staff Manfred von Richthofen would earn his spurs

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Leichter Panzerwagen I, first deployed in 1915, albeit with limited success. The markings applied to this example would be more accurate for the early 1920s, and applied to the much-improved Mod. C version of the Panzer I

Changes were also afoot domestically even before the war, but when it ended in summer 1918, the German Empire set about 'winning the peace' , in the Kaiser's own words. Throughout the 1920s,among many other radical measures, worker's rights were strengthened, anti-semitism was fought at every turn, the power of the Reichstag was greatly increased, albeit differently than in the UK (though even today, the German Monarch has more powers and plays a more active role than his or her British counterpart, for example, or the title 'King/Queen of Prussia' always being the title given to the Heir Apparent) and steps were taken to generally strengthen the German economy against sudden, dramatic shifts. This latter part especially would come to be a good idea come the crisis of 1931.

Although he had shifted to a less active role by 1938, when the Second Global War broke out, Wilhelm II insisted on attending the funeral of Edward VIII in London during what would be some of the darkest days of the war, at the request of his godchild, the future Queen Elizabeth II. This gesture was heavily criticized in Germany at the time, but together with his personal friendship with George VI, is generally credited for how smooth and painless the 1939 Portsmouth Alliance treaty was accepted by the British populace.

By 1942, his health declined. But between the best medical care available and his ingrained stubbornness, he lived long enough not only to see the end of the war, but also to have one of his last public appearances be opening the 1948 Olympic Games in Berlin, a replacement for the cancelled games in 1916 and loosing the competition for the 1936 games to Ottawa. Reportedly, his last words were: "Damnit, I wanted to make it to the 50s!", but this is generally considered to be apocryphal.

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Wilhelm II, German Emperor (27th January 1859 - 9th November 1948)
Today beloved by the Germans, respected by the Portsmouth Treaty powers, disliked in France and hated in the USSR



*the version that was released to the public had a certain NSFW word removed.

EDITed for typos and a few small additions.
 
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Jiang-SI Aftermath II

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FROCS Zheng He, here pictured in 1954. The Chinese Navy's first aircraft carrier, the Zheng He was formerly the HMS Glory, built and launched during the Second Great War. However, the ship was only commissioned a month prior to the end of hostilities, and as such saw no action. While she would be retained for a few years after the conflict, reductions in the Royal Navy would see her being sold to China in 1948, becoming the flagship of the growing FROC Navy.

Though the Zheng He's initial air-group consisted of piston-driven aircraft, by 1952 these had been replaced by an air-group of eight Dongfeng J6 jet fighter-bombers, 3 J5s refit for an AEW role, and four Westland Whirlwind helicopters. She would continue to operate with a similar air-group for the rest of her service life, ultimately being decommissioned in 1972. She saw action once, during the Sarawakian-Indonesian Border Conflict of 1960, wherein she provided support to Sarawakian forces against Indonesian light surface elements.

Since 1961, the FROC Navy has maintained a fleet built around 2-3 carriers, transitioning to domestic-built models in the 1980s, which together with the Air Force allows power projection across the Asia-Pacific region.


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Lyuh Woon-hyung, First elected President of the Republic of Korea 1940-1948. While the Second Sino-Japanese War had been primarily concerned with repelling the Japanese invaders, the Chinese government had also worked to supply older weapons - as it gained newer ones from America and others - to Korean resistance groups, the better to stymie the Japanese invasion. This would see the Korean peninsula becoming engulfed in fighting, which in turn forced the Japanese to dedicate units to Korea that should have gone to China, and all the while Japan lost money and support on the world stage. Ultimately, following the attempted coup in 1937 and the outbreak of civil war and major unrest (both leftist and rightist) on the Home Islands, the Japanese were forced to call large portions of their forces home, effectively abandoning Korea. The Republic of Korea would be declared shortly thereafter, though Japan did not recognise it - or officially end their war with China, though a de facto ceasefire prevailed - until 1945.

Despite Japan not initially recognising that they had lost Korea, President Lyuh was able to get a number of other nations to recognise his. China would be their main local supporter, with both ultimately becoming founder-members of the Association of East Asian Nations, while America would also prove to be a reliable trading partner. Gradually, Korea would stabilise, while the seeds for the rapid economic growth that began in the mid-1950s would be lain at this time. While both the hard-right and hard-left would slam President Lyuh for his centre-leftist policies, the moderate approach was what the fledgling nation needed most, while it would also see the foundations for a stable welfare state laid in Korea, mirroring developments in China.

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Poster art depicting nightlife in Shanghai. From the 1920s, Shanghai had been a vibrant, alternative city, home to Shidaiqu music and other avant-garde developments. It had also been home to...issues with corruption, especially in the old Shanghai International Settlement, and to less-than-legal enterprises.

Both before and after the war with Japan, Jiang Jieshi had sought to crack down on extralegal activities within Shanghai, in particular to combat the growth of organised crime and the narcotics trade. However, in something that struck many as odd, an effort was made to do so while not losing the alternative character of Shanghai. Much of this, it would later transpire, was because Jiang saw opportunities for new art forms arising - as indeed became the case, with the growth in popularity of Shidaiqu and other offshoots, the firm establishing of the Chinese film industry within Shanghai, and the city becoming somewhat of an 'artist's haven' in general.

Today, while Shanghai is a major financial and manufacturing hub, and home to the world's largest container port, it remains one of the more liberal and alternative cities within the Federal Republic.​
 
Another Crossposting from Infoboxes VI, although this is somewhat of an update.

David Fincher's Watchmen

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Jackie Earle Haley - Walter Kovacs / Rorschach
John Cusack - Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl II
Natalie Portman - Laurie Juspeczysk / Silk Spectre II
Edward Norton - Jon Osterman / Doctor Manhattan
Jude Law - Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Mel Gibson - Edward Blake / The Comedian
Sigourney Weaver - Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre I
Ed Harris - Hollis T. Mason / Nite Owl I
Michael Douglas - Nelson Gardner / Captain Metropolis
Billy Dee Williams - Malcom Long
Terence Stamp - Edgar Jacobi / Moloch the Mystic
Elizabeth Banks - Janey Slater

Episode 1 (Chapters 1-3) 79 Minutes
Episode 2 (Chapters 4-6) 82 Minutes
Episode 3 (Chapters 7-9) 76 Minutes
Episode 4 (Chapters 10-12) 81 Minutes
 
Striders! A Kaiserreich SI (I Promise I was thinking of this Before Theg started the trend):​
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James FitzSimmons , Famous Industirialist, Inventor and Political figure in the Roosvelt Administration

Born in 1900, FitzSimmons was part of a family of wealthy nut neglectful bankers in New York, he had a tumultuous childhood full of runs in with the cops and just passing Grades, along with Partying in boarding school and college. However, after his parents died in 1924, after losing all but a handful of their fortune to the Syndicalist Revolution and the subsquent Revolution in Britian...However it seems that the death of his parents changed him overnight. Instead of going for what people who knew him, thought he would do (spend it all on drinks and parties and sink into obscurity) he invested his money wisely, setting up a factory for daily appliances and fooware, striking gold with the Strider Shoes, which caught on across the country as a popular, fast comfortable shoe for youth, and was soon a hot new thing and became a millonaire. Along with this his personality changed suddenly too, from Wrecklose Party boy which everyone knew in college to responsible suave buissnessman, deep into culture and religon (He converted to Roman Catholocism over his native Anglicanism, which struck many the wrong way and made those who knew him question, as he was never exactly the religous man before). He would remain famously elusive about the changes, saying that "well, I reevaluated my life after the rather striking events of my parents death...". One thing he is famous for is his freindship and political connection with President QUinten Roosvelt, connected after the latter opted to do a endorsement for the Strider Shoe, the two became fast freinds and political partners, as it seemed the two thought alike in many issues. Indeed It was James who convinced him to run against President Hoover in 1932, and helped him through the tumultuous thirties and the begging of the second World War (1937-1948), implementing economic reforms like the Square Deal and dealing with Radicals. Indeed Many credit this administration from averting a catostrophic civil war and putting the nation on a better path to better take the massive responsiblities when it eventually faced down the Sainkovist Menace in 1945... He would demur from further actions to take the presidency, but instead fund many causes including Civil Rights and education which he cared deeply aboutk as well as taking a commentator role. He would die in 1984 but the Company, still lives onto this day
 
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Painting of Abu Bakr II meetings with the natives of what would become “New Mecca” (OTL Cuba) the first oversea holdings of the Mail Empire which would stay within the empire until gaining its Independence in 1957.
 
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The Kaisermanöver in summer 1900 is a watershed moment for European and Global history. Not so much for the exercises themselves, but rather for what happened in the immediate aftermath. The incident that Kaiser Wilhelm II described as 'the day that blasted animal decided to attempt a coup' saw the Kaiser be thrown by his horse for the first time in a very long time. What was more, it then proceeded to clip the imperial head with one of it's hooves, sending Wilhelm into a three week coma.

fq60tmt.jpg

The offending horse can be seen led by the reigns

Once he awoke, those around him quickly noticed a number of personality changes, as such things are wont to cause. He expressed a now intense dislike for horses, and would, indeed, ever only sit on one of them if there was absolutely no choice. However, the idea that this incident is the reason why cavalry so quickly fell out of favour in Germany in the years to come is blatantly false. Wilhelm approached horses with an understandable weariness from then on, but never had a malicious hatred towards them as animals. In fact, the horse that had caused the accident eventually died of old age at Castle Hohenzollern.

Somewhat more amusingly, he also banned any and all smoking in his presence, saying when asked that tar belonged onto the streets and not into ones lungs, and that he had no desire to end like his father.

What was a more drastic change was a complete overhaul of foreign and military policy. In terms of the former, Wilhelm sought improved relations with the British Empire and the United States of America, being perfectly willing to sacrifice his naval ambitions for that goal. In his private diaries, released to the public in 1989, forty-one years after his death, he described any naval race with the British race as 'a pointless measuring contest'* and that maintaining the balance of power in the world was reliant on keeping the USA far away from any European conflict. He also described his dream of an Anglo-German Alliance against their common foes, opining that 'the greatest Navy and the greatest Army in the world, side by side like in the days of Napoleon' would certainly be enough to keep Russia and France at bay. However, he would only see this come to pass in his later years during the Second Global War (1938 - 1944). This desire is exemplified by the Anglo-German Naval Treaty of 1904 (re-negotiated after the appearance of HMS Dreadnought in 1906, and then once again in 1919 and 1927) which is the cornerstone of the Portsmouth Treaty to this day.

Generally, the German military saw great reform and a massive mechanization effort, from more machine guns than anyone in a pre- First Global War Europe thought sane over the creation of the 'Universal lorry' designed for cheap and quick mass production above all else to first embryonic experiments with armoured vehicles. This is most exemplified by the foundation of the Imperial German Air Force just in time for the outbreak of the First Global War in 1915. How much he can be credited with the East First strategy is debated still, but it is confirmed that he ended all talk of an offensive through Belgium, stating that he'd rather use the Alsacian fortresses to show how stupid it was to charge machine guns with Cavalry than his precious Infantry. In the long term it must be said that he likely realized after signing the Naval Treaty and lengthy talks with the British establishment that attacking Belgium was a Very Bad Idea if one wanted an at the very least neutral British Empire.

scQId1u.jpg

Kaiserliche Luftwaffe JaSta 26 three months before the outbreak of the war. It was in this unit that later Chief of the Combined General Staff Manfred von Richthofen would earn his spurs

ZVlHecQ.jpg

Leichter Panzerwagen I, first deployed in 1915, albeit with limited success. The markings applied to this example would be more accurate for the early 1920s, and applied to the much-improved Mod. C version of the Panzer I

Changes were also afoot domestically even before the war, but when it ended in summer 1918, the German Empire set about 'winning the peace' , in the Kaiser's own words. Throughout the 1920s,among many other radical measures, worker's rights were strengthened, anti-semitism was fought at every turn, the power of the Reichstag was greatly increased, albeit differently than in the UK (though even today, the German Monarch has more powers and plays a more active role than his or her British counterpart, for example, or the title 'King/Queen of Prussia' always being the title given to the Heir Apparent) and steps were taken to generally strengthen the German economy against sudden, dramatic shifts. This latter part especially would come to be a good idea come the crisis of 1931.

Although he had shifted to a less active role by 1938, when the Second Global War broke out, Wilhelm II insisted on attending the funeral of Edward VIII in London during what would be some of the darkest days of the war, at the request of his godchild, the future Queen Elizabeth II. This gesture was heavily criticized in Germany at the time, but together with his personal friendship with George VI, is generally credited for how smooth and painless the 1939 Portsmouth Alliance treaty was accepted by the British populace.

By 1942, his health declined. But between the best medical care available and his ingrained stubbornness, he lived long enough not only to see the end of the war, but also to have one of his last public appearances be opening the 1948 Olympic Games in Berlin, a replacement for the cancelled games in 1916 and loosing the competition for the 1936 games to Ottawa. Reportedly, his last words were: "Damnit, I wanted to make it to the 50s!", but this is generally considered to be apocryphal.

jDIWRtz.jpg

Wilhelm II, German Emperor (27th January 1859 - 9th November 1948)
Today beloved by the Germans, respected by the Portsmouth Treaty powers, disliked in France and hated in the USSR



*the version that was released to the public had a certain NSFW word removed.

EDITed for typos and a few small additions.
Somehow missed this when I posted mine up. This is awesome :love::love::love:
 
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