Photos from Featherston's Confederacy/ TL-191

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German scientists retrieving Kleine Biene and Kleiner Käfer from the prototype Forscher space capsule, 19 August 1960. Primarily a test of life support and re-entry systems prior to the planned manned misson, the 3 orbit mission and return made the two dogs international celebrities overnight, becoming the first creatures to orbit planet Earth. While both dogs expierenced vomiting along with seizures in Käfer, both dogs were deemed healty if somewhat stressed after their return to Earth. Biene would even go on to have puppies, two of which would go on to be gifted to the Kaiser and President of the United States.

(Obviously based on Sputnik 2 blended with some Korabl-Sputnik 2. Apologies for my terrible german)
 
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German scientists retrieving Kleine Biene and Kleiner Käfer from the prototype Forscher space capsule, 19 August 1960. Primarily a test of life support and re-entry systems prior to the planned manned misson, the 3 orbit mission and return made the two dogs international celebrities overnight, becoming the first creatures to orbit planet Earth. While both dogs expierenced vomiting along with seizures in Käfer, both dogs were deemed healty if somewhat stressed after their return to Earth. Biene would even go on to have puppies, two of which would go on to be gifted to the Kaiser and President of the United States.

(Obviously based on Sputnik 2 blended with some Korabl-Sputnik 2. Apologies for my terrible german)
The question is whether by 1960 the US and German space programs are at the level of racing that the USSR and US were iOTL 1960 or if it is closer to a US/ESA or US/UK competition?
 
The question is whether by 1960 the US and German space programs are at the level of racing that the USSR and US were iOTL 1960 or if it is closer to a US/ESA or US/UK competition?
I imagine it’s probably a much slower race. There would still considerable investment by each nations respective governments and militaries so that they can reap the advantages of technology like communications, long range rockets, and spy satellites (got to keep an eye on Japan, Russia, South Africa etc) but as there aren’t really any huge ideological or existential threats to worry about, so overall investment in those space programs are quite a bit lower.

However, I’m imagining the side effect of this being that space programs and missions are this doing more with less. What might be 2 or 3 missions otl are compressed into 1 with a bigger gap between each milestone. So the first manned missions would also include the first spacewalk for example
 
The question is whether by 1960 the US and German space programs are at the level of racing that the USSR and US were iOTL 1960 or if it is closer to a US/ESA or US/UK competition?
Why would the US and Germany be in a space race against each other? If anything they'd be collaborating with each other and splitting the costs while being in a space race with Japan.
 
AF spreading hate in Occupied Germany: Rhineland Reich

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Actionist mob destroying Jewish own store during the rave of anti-Semitic attacks in Cologne, 1941

When the Radius forces invade and later occupied the Rhineland, there was already a large amount of Anti-Semitism sentiment across Germany even before the German states was unified under Bismarck. As for German history, there were numerous attacked against the local Jewish population in noticeable events in history such as the Rhineland, Erfurt massacre and Hep-Hep riots prior to the 20th century as well of removing Jewish civil liberties in the German states in the early 19th century. Even with all of antisemitic rhetoric against the Jews under the Fatherland, they still have their culture intact even with the heavy assimilation under German Society in the latter half of 19th century and 20th century. Even fought for the Kaiser during the FGW even though the German generals was trying to undermine the Jewish loyalty of the Reich with Judenzählung but embarrassingly revealed document of being the opposite result.


But even after the FGW victory didn’t convince certain people of the Jewish loyalty to Germany as the interwar period began. Notable examples of anti-Semites in Germany at a time was Anton Drexler who created the far right political group called German Worker Party which spoken about the creation of Pan-Germanic Reich which comprise of Kaiserreich, german parts of AH and Switzerland. Even if they’ve claimed to be german nationalist group, they did talk about Overthrowing of the parliament and starting purging the “degeneracy” of German Society notably with regarding the Socialists, Romani and of course the Jewry the most. Unfortunately for them, they weren’t typically popular with average German citizen as well as the majority of the population was satisfied after the great war and isn't war scarred as much of France and Britain, which DAP was influence by the notable group like the Action Française which they were heavily dependent on to stay float throughout the 1920s to 30s.

During the Great Depression, DAP reshape themselves to be more mainstream with struggling German families lost their jobs in the middle of the recession and rebranding to be called “National Socialist German Workers’ Party” or NSDAP for short lead by the former journalist, Joseph Goebbels and military officer, Ernst Röhm. New members arose in the tens of thousands as well growing paramilitary forces called “Sturmabteilung” during the depression as many German want to move their blame on the government actions and minorities as a big conspiracy to destroy your Germany knew. This led to many incidents of Brownshirts violence against German Jews, Unionist activists and Romani communities which were targeted but thankfully police crackdown on them went hard it after causing riots across Germany and the arise of Actionism in Europe have them eventually banned from the country in 1939.

The key figures of the party flea to France were their activity won’t be prosecuted by Germany authority including Anton Drexler, Ernst Röhm and Gregor Strasser with many of their supporters coming with them. French actionist while anti-German to the core, accepted the NSDAP and the territory to operate and train in their own plan for the invasion of the Fatherland few years prior.

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French collaborators breaking inside of Jewish home during the night of the French sponsored Pogroms in Frankfurt, 1942 circa.

During the beginning of SGW, Western Germany were occupied by the Radius power and as for thanks for Brownshirt intelligence to giving away Heer positions for combine Anglo-French forces, were in charge of much of Rhineland as Actionist collaborator regime of NSDAP led by Anton Drexler and now freed Joseph Goebbels. NSDAP can now achieve their brutish goals as a puppet for the French Royals. Soon the “Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich” Drexler immediately stripped away the Jewish right across Actionst controlled of Rhineland and put them into the second class citizens along with Socialist and Romani citizens.


Goebbels use his propaganda and speech as hateful rhetoric against the German jews which historians shockingly have similarities with the Snake pattern of blaming Afro-Confederates in the South which scholars debate over if he either inspiration by Featherstone speeches, or even used Saul Goldman tactic propaganda against the Jews. Regardless, condition of the Jews under Goebbels administration was hellish as they were forced into moved to small cramped ghetto, private property was seized by the Occupy French forces and NSDAP and were moved out of German Society which Jews were separated from the non-Jewish spouses, friends and families. Jews couldn’t even go in the same sidewalk as regular German and France officers. They were so extreme that even Anti-Semites figure from Germany at the time thought they were too far.

There was even a daily pogroms called “Judenjagdnächte” translate as Jew hunt nights” against the Jews under Drexler Germany as some nights. The mobs who comprise of the Brownshirts collaborators, Royal Guard and average citizens to loot, burnt, and destroy every Jewish owned businesses, cemeteries, shops and religious synagogues across the historic German communities in occupy cities. In each night, the mobs kill and assaulting hundreds of Jews in the streets and have the Milice Francaise arresting Jewish men out their homes to be deported on mass to be taken into concentration camps or on the factories of France to be slave labor.


Naturally with the great deportation of German Jews, as well as Abused by both the brown shirts and the French army in their homeland since the time of Napoleon make the Jews in occupied Germany to be a large percentage of the german resistance against the Entente forces to undermine the war effort and even help with operations to liberate Germany from Radius hands. The great push by the German offensive in 1943 against the Raidus power were gratefully helped by the resistance fighters in the occupation which notable being the Jewish forces who detail the crime of what happened in Drexler Germany and his thugs collaborating with the French to deport the Jews in mass numbers.

Even the Jews of Germany have their own revenge with their persecution as jewish resistant fighters assassinated the Fuhrer, Anton Drexler were killed in his visited movie theater in Cologne with a hidden pistol in 1942 and Joseph Goebbels, the Second Fuhrer when he trying to flee from the heer army into French frontline before getting caught by a surviving Jewish ghetto who beat him near death before the Feldgendarmerie arrest him into German custody in 1943.
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German Jew owner sweeping up his destroyed business after Actionist attacked at night, Aachen 1943 circa

At the end of the AF occupation of Germany, many jewish property were destroyed and looted during the French sponsored pogroms led by Ernst Rohm men with the help with antisemitic mobs helping them to identifying notable Jews, in their communities. Historic Jewish community were ravage and mass deported by the French occupiers to work on their factories to walk under war effort as France doesn’t have a large population against Imperial Germany and tried to exterminate the Jews through hard labor alongside with the average citizen of Germany who were perceived to be a threat in Actionist occupation. Alongside with mass graves of execute German prisoners and civilians in the invasion and occupation by French forces advancing into Germany as well, help seal the fate of NSDAP as numerous incident of brownshirts militiamen’s getting executed on mass by German resistance, common civilian and even the Army were common in liberated Rhineland in 1943-44.

After the Superbomb of Paris and the eventual surrender of AF France to the Central Power, many key figures and members who are parts of the collaborator with the French in Rhineland Reich were captured and sent back to Germany to await trial. In 1945. The German courts trials and condemned many collaborators such as Joseph Goebbels, Ernst Rohm and Gregor Strasser for high treason, conspiracy to overthrow the Reich and participating with the deportation of German Jews into French factories & concentration camps that were similar to what happened in tsarist camps in Ukraine with their campaign a mass terror against Jews. Both men were sentence to death by firing squad in the same week as each other.


NSDAP and their Rhineland regime were responsible for killing over 40,000 Jews and deporting several more of Jewish men and boys into labor camps in Actionist France.

Today after 81 years after the Rhineland Reich fell, the Jews of Germany were able to be free citizens under the Reich like average German citizen in 2024. Multiple organizations like German Yiddish Society led by survivor, Anne Frank helped with combating antisemitic sentiment within the fatherland after the Jewish killings in France and Russia in SGW that followed up with improving conditions with the Jews throughout the 1950s to 60s. Even with that helped healed the trauma of Actionism in Germany, there are still occasional antisemitic sentiment in Society similar to the most terrible history of the Jews in Germany.

But even so, the German Jews still survive as well as many European Jewry still thriving after the Radius boot try to scratch them before collapsing on its own weight. They are still here even after the attempted reduction in Europe.
 
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An enlistment photograph of the infamous William (Willy) Harold. During the last weeks of the Second Great War in North Carolina after getting separated from his unit, Private Harold would find an intact uniform of a decorated officer of the Confederate Army, which he would put it on replacing his wet and dirty uniform. At that moment, he had put on more than just a uniform, but also the persona of an Army Captain, commanding and proud. He would then build up a force of soldiers that were stragglers from other units and would take part in a few skirmishes with the enemy, but however, Harold was looking for more men. So, in a conversation with Freedom Party official, he was pointed to a Cool Springs, where there was an interment camp filled with deserters, which upon arriving there, the camp in question was overcrowded. After being told of the camp's problems by it's commandant, Harold would take it upon himself, and (after getting permission from the Freedom Party official), would conduct and execution of a handful of the inmates. Within a few days, Harold and his troop would effectively take over the camp, which the inmates were subjected to brutal work, beaten, and summarily executed, before on June 19th, 1944, the camp was destroyed in an air raid. Following this, Harold and his troop would move from town to town, terrorizing the local population, blackmailing local leader, drinking, partying, and on one occasion, his men under his orders would lynch a Mexican laborer accused of spying. But on July 2nd, his reign of terror was brought to an end when a CS Army MP detachment would arrest him and his men at a hotel in Rockwell, North Carolina, but was soon reassigned to a Penal Unit after his charges were dropped by the behest of some Confederate officers at the dismay of the prosecution. But Harold would quickly desert from the unit, laying low for a few days before finding work as a carpenter. In 1945, US Army MPs would arrest Harold after a failed attempt of theft, which they originally intended to charge him for that crime, but then his wartime record came to light, which during the trial, he was found unusually relaxed in the face of the prosecution, as if "he enjoyed the attention." But this would not save him as he was charged and executed in late 1945, which he was 21 years old at the time.

In the years that followed his demise, there has been speculation about Willy Harold's motivations and personality, was he simply a horrible person whose time for cruelty arose, or did the Freedomite system allowed people like to do what they did? We may never know the truth behind his actions.
 
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Tennessee Mountaineers confronting Confederate soldier with their guns, 1918 circa

Despite the common notion of Confederates being descendants of slave owners and despising the yanks to the core, there is a large percent of former confederates who aren’t like that in the south. These Confederates were known as “mountain whites” in the Appalachian region of the South and because of the geography of the region, weren’t much slave owner as many in the Deep South as they were poor farmers and were even pro-unionist during the War of Secession despite being part of the Southern States. After the secession war, the mountain whites of the CSA had become more isolated from Southern society overtime that make the Mountains whites more distinct as they keep their European roots intact throughout the development of the late 19th century. Mountain whites were often mistaken called as “white trash” or “hillbilly” from regular confederates in the Deep South who regard them as poor uneducated fools who live in the inland regions separately from society

In regard politics, between 1870s to 1900s, Mountain whites were very critical of aspect of confederacy society regarding the status of slavery before 1881 abolished and the strong aristocracy’s dominating in the south policy that make them more likely to vote the radical liberal party and improvements of social class, especially in the arise of socialism across the 20th century at time. The Mountaineers weren’t a big fan especially with big authority pushing through Appalachian to establish order in result, making them fiercely independent people similar to the natives in Sequoyah. Which makes the Mountain whites did during the Great Wars fascinating. In FGW, they both opposite with any authority drafting to march on Washington, battling with occupied Kentucky and even some whites community joined during the failed Red Rebellion in 1915, then even helped the escaped black rebels to hid within the Appalachian mountains before the Great War ended in September 1917. This hints at the rebuilding nature against the Confederates authority in the coming years within Mountain white

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Confederate home guard taking rebelling white mountaineers into custody after standoff, 1936 circa

During the early years of Featherstone administration, Mountain Whites become more distance to confederate society, as well as voted against the Freedomite which makes them a headache for the Snake of Richmond. Which made him a lot more pressured for the Appalachian Mountaineer to handover their guns and be integrated in confederate society or be arrested and sent to Camps in the following years prior. In the SGW, the Mountain whites Initially fighting with the confederates turned against them when Featherstone have a stronger hold on confederacy similar to what the autocrats did in the Deep South in the Secession War and threaten execution against the snakes which made them become anti-Freedomite partisans in the Appalachian Mountains. The mountains were a lot more difficult for the Confederate authority they can handle so they shelled the mountains but usually sieges incidents compared to the full range battlefield fighting in Cuba and Louisiana at the same time. The mountaineers partisan were even helps the black folks to get the safety to their own homes and joints their community instead of being sent away to concentration camps of the Freedomite reduction

They were supplied the black resistance who now have the same enemy with Featherstone taking their liberty away, which them being more hated by the Snake for being “race traitors” in the confederacy and beginning to sent the mountaineers who got captured sent to death camps across the deeper south, where many died due to abusing with the guards and condition during the population reduction program. Regardless of the threat to sent off into concentration camps, they fight on in the mountains against the freedom guards and while saving countless black folks in the Appalachian Mountains throughout the war until the Yanks invasion through Georgia and liberated of black folks off the snake camps. Many of them were welcome the Yankee occupation as they see the satisfaction of finally destroying the autocrat rule in the south, and Want to be left alone in mountain separate from the occupation south.


Throughout the years, the thought of mountain whites change recently research by surviving accounts to be just regular confederate hillbillies in the mountains to Anti-Freedomite fighters as status as the Cubans and Louisianan partisans fighting against the Freedomite administration during the Second Great War as well as saving countless black lives, who would’ve been killed if Mountain whites weren’t for sheltering them in the mountains.
Which made them enigma inside of the South as the Mountain Whites were distant from confederate identity to be seen as different cultures, hatred of Richmond authority and even somewhat tolerant with the Afro-Confederates as they weren’t a huge slave culture in Upper south compared to the rest of the South.

They still living to this day in the mountains as American citizens, and still pro union throughout the decades, as mountain whites
 
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Anne Colleton witnessing a massacre at Burnsville, Kanawha, 1942, while serving as a war correspondent. At least 15 adults of Lewis County were massacred as "Mad Dog" retaliation for a Jayhawker attack on the occupying forces.
 
This makes absolutely no sense
it's a photo of Leni Riefenstahl suddenly distraught at a civilian massacre in Poland 1939 while making a propaganda film; "Mad Dog" tactics are Featherston's order to use terror tactics to shock and numb the occupied Yankees (and "Kanawha" is just West Virginia)
(also the uniforms are dead wrong)
 
it's a photo of Leni Riefenstahl suddenly distraught at a civilian massacre in Poland 1939 while making a propaganda film; "Mad Dog" tactics are Featherston's order to use terror tactics to shock and numb the occupied Yankees (and "Kanawha" is just West Virginia)
(also the uniforms are dead wrong)
What I meant is it makes no sense in the context of the story. Anne Colleton was never a war correspondent and never would’ve felt remorse for dead Yankees
 
What I meant is it makes no sense in the context of the story. Anne Colleton was never a war correspondent and never would’ve felt remorse for dead Yankees
Not to mention Anne
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Rare photograph of Balkan partisans in Novi Sad, ca. 1944.

What I meant is it makes no sense in the context of the story. Anne Colleton was never a war correspondent and never would’ve felt remorse for dead Yankees
Not to mention Anne Colleton.was killed in 1941, during a naval air raid of Charleston South Carolina.
 
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Polish soldier raise his national flag on top of Kyiv liberation column on 4 March 1943

When the Russians tried to drive from the west in the Second Great War, the Polish military was an important part of the Central Powers strength to push back against the Russian Army to stop them drive all the way to Berlin and prevented of invasion of the remaining countries. In the height of the war, 3,600,000 Polish troops fought from Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic states and even the capital of Warsaw itself before the combined German-Polish forces repelled the tsarist army from the destroyed Phoenix City. This amount of bravery however, comes with an great sacrifices as reported by the Polish government estimates shows that over 800,000 Polish soldiers died fighting the Russians and unfortunately another 600,000 civilians were killed in the Tsarist occupation of Poland.

The Polish deaths didn’t die in vain in the long run. As the largest land campaign begins with combine force of the German, Austro and Polish troops against the Russian army in spring 1943, who were already overstretch and tired forces caused by brave partisan, struck by military key points and overall incompetency of the Russian generals made the liberation of Eastern Europe easier. In the next year, the German deploy the superbomb on Petrograd that cause the Russian empire to surrender to central powers once again after more than 26 years later.


In the aftermath of the war, the nation of Poland endured with many terror bombings, hundreds of thousands of poles deported into Siberia and mass killings under the Russian boots on the eastern front, but even with the worst horror of SGW. They were somehow with sheer willpower, supported their Allies from Berlin, Vienna and Pittsburgh in their most critical moment, survive as sovereign nations into the 21th century.

May the poles sacrifices forever live on
 
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