Pop-culture in TL-191


War Thunder (2015) A multiplayer based GW2 Game that features air, land, sea battles in the form of warships, aircraft, and tanks. The current playable nations in War Thunder are Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Japan, Austria-Hungary, United States, and the Confederacy with an upcoming update that will release the Ottoman Tech Tree. Back in the Spring of 2018, War Thunder ran into controversy when it release the CSA tech tree, which the icon for it was originally the Freedom Flag, which the game was threatened with a potential ban in the United States unless the Freedom flag was removed. A patch however was quickly release which not only fixed the usual bugs on launch but also replaced the Freedom flag with the Confederate Battle Flag.​
 

After the end of the Japanese Empire in 1989, the newly formed Japanese Republic became more open to the outside world and began to consume many different types of popular culture. One of them was the Japanese adaptation of the American show, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which was localized as Go Rangers! until the introduction of more than five characters.

Extremely popular in the United States and around the world, the show was praised for its racially and culturally diverse cast. Initially for children's entertainment, the show eventually began to include more mature themes. When it was dubbed for Japanese audiences, the show was cut and combined from different seasons and with original footage, which resulted in a completely different show. American audiences who were aware of this noted how surprised they were to see the Yellow Ranger portrayed as a woman!

Currently, the Power Rangers franchise continues to produce more seasons and episodes for nearly thirty years. Many Japanese fans are looking forward to the new season to be dubbed in Japanese.
 
Following on from that...

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One of the most well-known British exports, Detective Conan follows the escapades of former teen supersleuth (and Sherlock Holmes devotee) James Kuddow, who is shrunk down to the size of a seven-year-old after being forced to take a mysterious poison and takes on the alias Conan Christie. In order to gather clues about his attackers, he moves in with his friend Rachel Moore, whose father Richard is a private detective. The show has been going on since 1996, and Conan has solved cases in every county in Britain, as well as Ireland and the United States. The latest film, Fist of the Blue Sapphire, takes place in Singapore.
 

Intro to "The Tex Avery Show", an American cartoon that features a collection of all the animated works made by then-Confederate animator/cartoonist, Frederick "Tex" Avery.

Initially controversial due to the creator's Confederate heritage, the show was very popular with viewers of all ages and it featured rare cartoons that were thought to be lost forever.
 
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Cover of the alternate history game, Imperial Peril, released in 1995

In 1945, Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer at Trinity Site, New Mexico, invents a time machine and goes back to Autumn 1917 in Richmond. There he meets a young, discharged Confederate man leaving a restaurant. He addresses him by name: "Sergeant Featherston!" and offers to shake his hand after telling him that he sympathizes with how terrible the war was for the Confederacy and how it deserves a better fate. The moment they hold hands, the sergeant disappears in a puff of electrified dust...

Oppenheimer returns to 1945, looks around the room and down at his stopwatch and says "Time will tell... sooner or later... time will tell."


Petroglyph Studios Proudly Presents...

IMPERIAL PERIL

-Without Featherston's Confederacy rising to power, there is a great peace between the USA and the CSA. Neither side wants to go to war again against each other and it seems that it will remain like that for a long time. The European powers of Britain, France, Russia continue their own war against Germany, but it seems that all the fighting will remain on the other side of the Atlantic. What else could North America fear as long as it avoids a European war...?

The Empire of Japan has been expanding and now plans to take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen it's grip in Asia and the Pacific. With its army, navy, and air force weakened due to Socialist policies and dealing with its own domestic troubles handling occupied territory, can the USA be prepared to defend their homeland against the Land of the Rising Sun? Will the Confederacy remain neutral, an ally, or an enemy? Who else will be on your side or against it?

Make decisive commands on the Pacific battlefield in this alternate 1940's as you try to prevent the Japanese from gaining a stronghold in North America!

Determine the future of the Pacific, the American Continent, and the world, NOW!!!


Cutscene from the game in which you drag, point and click toward your target in a strategy of real-time.

Inspiration:

Source for the image: http://instagr.am/p/BasTyKvBSCC/

And a screenshot from the first US Mission to Imperial Peril, which involves the player using a commando force to rescue Robert Oppenheimer from a Japanese Base in the Kuril Islands.
 
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Cover of the alternate history game, Imperial Peril, released in 1995

In 1945, Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer at Trinity Site, New Mexico, invents a time machine and goes back to Autumn 1917 in Richmond. There he meets a young, discharged Confederate man leaving a restaurant. He addresses him by name: "Sergeant Featherston!" and offers to shake his hand after telling him that he sympathizes with how terrible the war was for the Confederacy and how it deserves a better fate. The moment they hold hands, the sergeant disappears in a puff of electrified dust...

Oppenheimer returns to 1945, looks around the room and down at his stopwatch and says "Time will tell... sooner or later... time will tell."


Petroglyph Studios Proudly Presents...

IMPERIAL PERIL

-Without Featherston's Confederacy rising to power, there is a great peace between the USA and the CSA. Neither side wants to go to war again against each other and it seems that it will remain like that for a long time. The European powers of Britain, France, Russia continue their own war against Germany, but it seems that all the fighting will remain on the other side of the Atlantic. What else could North America fear as long as it avoids a European war...?

The Empire of Japan has been expanding and now plans to take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen it's grip in Asia and the Pacific. With its army, navy, and air force weakened due to Socialist policies and dealing with its own domestic troubles handling occupied territory, can the USA be prepared to defend their homeland against the Land of the Rising Sun? Will the Confederacy remain neutral, an ally, or an enemy? Who else will be on your side or against it?

Make decisive commands on the Pacific battlefield in this alternate 1940's as you try to prevent the Japanese from gaining a stronghold in North America!

Determine the future of the Pacific, the American Continent, and the world, NOW!!!


Cutscene from the game in which you drag, point and click toward your target in a strategy of real-time.

Inspiration:

Source for the image: http://instagr.am/p/BasTyKvBSCC/
What other factions are in Imperial Peril?
 
History of the Snake's Lair Franchise Part 2

Karl Pfieffner, who is the main protagonist of the New Snake's Lair Franchise.

Following the debacle of Snake's Lair 3, IG Software now in serious financial trouble sold to the rights Snake's Lair to Bohemian based gaming company called
Strojové Hry in 2010. Who made the decision to make a new Snake's Lair video game, but from a new direction. This new direction was based off of the idea of "What if the Freedomites won the Second Great War?" and in late 2012 the company would begin work on this concept, which would finally be released in late 2015 as Snake's Lair: The New Order. The plot follows: Due to the successful development and use of their new weapons, the Confederacy not only defeated the Union Military, but also began to pose a threat to the Central Powers in Europe. In June of 1945, a German led Command Raid would be launched on Colonel Stuart's fortress along the coast of Nova Scotia, among them was German Commando Karl Pfieffner, veteran Czech pilot Frantisek Rosny, and an inexperienced Fallschirmjager named Ernst Wagner. After the operation failed and the remaining team being captured by Stuart and his Super Soldiers, Stuart gives Pfieffner a choice to pick between Rosny or Wagner or everyone in the room would be killed. After deciding and the off screen death of the chosen sqaudmate, Stuart would set off the incinerator in the room to kill everyone. However, Pfieffner and two men would escape before the room being blown up and a metal shard would hit Pfieffner's head, rendering him unconscious as he fell into the water below. Having survived the fall, Pfieffner was taken to a hospital in what used to be Quebec, where he remains in a vegitative state, being cared for by the head nurse named Abelie Belanger, which the hospital was run by her parents. Pfieffner would often watch as Freedomite authorities come to the hospital to take away the patients whom they deem "unfit" for society. In 1960, the Freedomites would order the hospital to be shut down and the remainder of the patients to be executed and killing Abelie's parents in the process. Pfieffner would then awake from his vegitative state and killing the Freedomites and escaping the hospital with Abelie. The duo would then drive to Abelie's grandparents' farm, where they inform the German that the Confederacy forced the Central Powers to surrender in 1947 by using nuclear weapons on cities such as Berlin, Vienna, and Munich. They would also inform Karl that resistance members would be captured, and from interrogating a captured Freedomite officer, would learn that the leadership was imprisoned in Richmond. So Abelie's grandparents would smuggle both Pfieffner and Abelie into Richmond, in which they would stop at a checkpoint in Washington D.C. before they go to Richmond. On the train over, Pfieffner would encounter camp commander Gibbons and her assistant Harry "Bub" Winkle. Gibbons would subject Pfieffner to a racial purity test, which Karl would "fail" before revealing that the test was a joke and letting it go by discarding the results. Afterwards, both Pfieffner and Abelie would seemingly enter into a romantic relationship. After reaching Richmond, Abelie would help Pfieffner break into a prison, where he rescues the teammate that he helped save fifteen years earlier. The survivor would lead the two of them to the secret headquarters of a Yankee resistance organization called the Pennsylvanian Circle, led by a man named Joseph Hendricks, a former officer of the Union Army. Inspired by the addition of the German Commando, the circle would step up their operations by attacking a Confederate Laboratory in New York City, which they found secret weapons papers and stole them along with some VTOL aircraft. They had also discovered that the Confederates have been relying heavily on an artificial marble, which builds cities quickly, which someone was tampering with it by adding a material that erodes the "marble" over time. After examining the paperwork, they discover that the saboteur was a man named Samyr Rescouf, a Haitian fisherman who was detained by Gibbons in Nevada. Pfieffner would infiltrate the camp and find Samyr, who fills the German in about the Confederates stealing and co-opting their technology made by him and a secret African society to create machines that won the war, and offers to aid the resistance in return for leveling the camp. As they were creating a device that was to hijack a Confederate robot, they were captured by Gibbons, who recognized Karl from the train. As the two of them were about to executed, Samyr activates the robot, which disfigures Gibbons before freeing them to destroy the camp and to free it's inmates. With the assistance of Samyr, the resistance would then infiltrate a Confederate Cruiser and find the secret society's technological keeps. They use it to find information about a Freedomite that was going to inspect a Confederate Lunar Base, where the decryption keys for the cruiser's nuclear missiles were stored. Pfieffner kills the official and takes his place, and would obtain the keys from the base. Upon returning to earth, Pfieffner discovered that the Freedomites raided the resistance headquarters, capturing Abelie and Samyr. He evacuates the hideout with Hendricks and Rosny/Wagner to the cruiser. Equipped with Samyr's technology, they set out to raid Stuart's fortress, but Bub ambushes Pfieffner but was executed in a brutal manner. After rescuing the prisoners from the lower levels of the fortress and evacuates them. Pfieffner would then fight all the way to the top of the fortress where Stuart's laboratories were located. Stuart greets Pfieffner, revealing the he kept the brain of the soldier that Karl choose to die, and places it in a robot soldier. Karl would fight the robot and would prevail by destroying the brain. Then Stuart attacks Pfieffner in a mecha suit, which followed an extensive battle. Karl would defeat Stuart's mecha suit and drag him out of the cockpit, but as the German prepared to execute Stuart, the Colonel pulls out a grenade and sets it off, killing himself and mauling the German. As he crawled to safety, Pfieffner watches as Hendricks, Samyr, and Abelie from the beachhead below. Pfieffner likens Abelie to a Valkyrie as she covered their escape from the Freedom Party Guards soldiers. The survivor asks for permission to blow up the fortress with the cruiser's nuclear missiles, to which Pfieffner would confirm the order and the screen cuts to black. The game would receive a very warm reception and criticism, and would be a catalyst on popularizing the speculative fiction genre in pop-culture.

Pfieffner fighting against Freedom Party Guardsmen and a Barrel Hound in the mission, Florida Straits Bridge.

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Part 3 coming soon.​
 

And a screenshot from the first US Mission to Imperial Peril, which involves the player using a commando force to rescue Robert Oppenheimer from a Japanese Base in the Kuril Islands.
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What other factions are in Imperial Peril?
I envisioned it as a Japan vs. USA only kind of game.

However, depending on what missions you complete and how/if the objectives are done, you may have to deal with the British, Russians, or French on the Pacific. Maybe try to get them to go against Japan.

A major plot point in the game is to get the Confederacy to remain neutral, if not an ally, in the war against Japan.
 
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I envisioned it as a Japan vs. USA only kind of game.

However, depending on what missions you complete and how/if the objectives are done, you may have to deal with the British, Russians, or French on the Pacific. Maybe try to get them to go against Japan.

A major plot point in the game is to get the Confederacy to remain neutral, if not an ally, in the war against Japan.
Imperial Brits in Australia as the antagonists in a future sequel could work, especially if you turn them up to 11 in true Red Alert Imperial Peril style
 
History of the Snake's Lair Franchise Part 3
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A comparison of two screenshots from both the German and American versions of Snake's Lair: The New Colossus, which there shown here a two different versions of President Jake Featherston.

The game to follow-on the success of The New Order would be Snake's Lair: The New Colossus, which released on September 4th, 2017, which was set immediately after the events of the New Order. Prior to the destruction of Stuart's Laboratory, Pfieffner would be rescued by the Pennsylvanian Circle and he went into a 5 month coma and had some of his organs removed to facilitate his survival. As Karl fades in and out of his coma aboard the South Carolina (the Cruiser hijacked by the Pennsylvanian Circle), it revealed that his lover, Abelie, was pregnant with twins. The cruiser was raided by Gibbons, a sadistic Freedomite commander who despises Pfieffner for dismembering her in Nevada and killing her lover, Bub, in the events of the previous game. Pfieffner, disorientated and handicapped to a wheel chair, fights his way to Abelie and Samyr, who the three proceed to the main deck. Soon after, however, they learn that Hendricks and Rosny/Wagner (whoever survived the events of the last game is chosen by the player at the beginning) are captured by Gibbons and her forces. Desperate to save his friends, Pfieffner devises a plan to get himself captured and taken to Gibbons' airship, the Appalachia, which is suspending the cruiser's engines via a tractor beam. There Gibbons beats and mocks him, Hendricks, and Rosny/Wagner. She then tries to get her abused daughter named Sandy to decapitate Hendricks, but the former refuses. Gibbons hits and belittles her daughter, particularly on the "treasonous passages" she read in the diary, before killing Hendricks. After Gibbons taunts Pfieffner with Hendrick's severed head, Sandy has a change of heart and tackles Gibbons, allowing Rosny/Wagner to break free and Pfieffner to use Hendricks Power Suit to regain his strength. Pfieffer fights his way through the Appalachia, destroying the tractor beam and flees back to the South Carolina with Hendrick's body. The cruiser was continued to be shot at by missiles from the Appalachia. With Sandy's information, they learn about a secret compartment aboard the cruiser called Section F, where some surviving Confederate Sailors hid themselves in and sent the coordinates of the ship to the Appalachia, which enabled Gibbons to find it in the first place. Pfieffner was sent to go kill them and to fire an EMP warhead to disable the electronics aboard the Appalachia, enabling them to escape. Following Hendricks' funeral, it was decided that the Pennsylvanian Circle should head to Europe in order to free the continent from the Confederacy and to use it as a springboard to free the rest of the world. Pfieffner had set out make contact with a resistance group hiding in the Reichstag within the ruins of Berlin, which was destroyed by a Confederate Superbomb which resulted in the surrender of the German Reich and her allies to the CSA. As his armor is radiation proof, Karl ventures into the building and find Golda Rosenberg, passionate, scarred Jewish-German, her baby Emma, and Erno Mazyosti, a Hungarian lawyer turned conspiracy theorist. The Confederate Army would attack the Reichstag, but were all killed by Pfieffner and the group was then evacuated to the South Carolina. On the way back, Pfieffner tries to convince his new allies "That they need to bring the fighting spirit back into the Europeans." Golda is highly skeptical, claiming that the Slavs and Jews "are fighting every day and night," that Germany "has been beaten and now being ruled over" She informs him that after the Confederates conquered Europe, the British and French have been ruling over the Western Part of this land. Pfieffner then tells to forget those bootlickers and focus on the grassroots and then confesses that "he is running empty." Following the return to the cruiser, Pfieffner would retrieve a nuclear warhead from the armory and would get into an argument with his mate, Abelie, but would be interrupted by Golda, who had requested to kill the top Freedomite commanders in Bergen, Norway, which nearby is an unearthed Sek Sekre cache, which was the largest yet unearthed according to Samyr. The secret society was willing to give their technology to the Germans in order to level the playing field of the Freedomite's own, but was too as the they won the war. Pfieffner goes to Norway disguised a fisherman with the nuclear warhead hidden within his toolbox. At a local bar where he got recognized by a Freedomite Stalwart but dies from a poison in his beer placed by the barman who turned out to be Mazyosti. Mazyosti then takes him to his bunker where he has been researching into a long lost Nordic Civilization and explaining his obsession. He then leads Pfieffner into a tunnel that leads to a relay station where the commanders were inspecting the site, which Karl would deposit the bomb in the bases' reactor and escapes on a motorbike, then setting off the bomb, killing off the Confederacy's European High Command. After escaping, Pfieffner would travel to Posen, his hometown under a set of false travel papers. Here, we get introduced to flashbacks from his childhood, including his affection for a neighboring Polish peasant girl named called Beata, saving a rat from drowning in a bucket, and looking over the casket which held his brother named Hans, after dying from a fever. At his home, we would grab an heirloom of his mother's, a ring, which he was told to give to his love. Pfieffner's drunkard father, Fritz, in his First Great War uniform then appears and was shocked to see him home and informs him that his mother was killed to make an example of the town of Posen because she committed ration fraud. Then would go on to rant about "how the cowardly German Aristocracy lost us the war." Then Freedomites with General Gibbons came to the house, who arrests Karl and shoots his father who struck one of the Freedomite officers. While in a prison camp called Camp Honorable in Bohemia, Mazyosti visits him disguised as a camp inspector, informing him that the local resistance intends to free him. However with his famous last words "Remember, we will prevail over these bastards." Gibbons would blow Mazyosti's head up with her magnum and tells him that he discovered his ruse the moment he entered the camp. The partisans who were sent in to rescue Pfieffner were captured and executed while the two watched from a TV screen. For crimes deemed the highest treason, he was executed by hanging at the Deutches Ecke in front of millions in a televised event. When his corpse was put into a furnace, his body was recovered by a robot which was taken to a resistance hideout where Samyr detaches his head and grafts on the body of a bio-engineered Confederate super-soldier, which after getting back on his feet, Pfieffner would say that he feels "like a freight train at high speed." After breaking into a Confederate bunker underneath Berlin, he finds a file on Konigsberg, which was according to the files was to be leveled with it's inhabitants about to be set in motion. As he was on the way there in the Prussian wilderness, he encounters a group of resistance who turned out to be what is left of the Imperial German Army with their leader, Crown Prince Wilhelm. The Crown Prince would then introduce his men to Pfieffner, including the violin playing Nikolaus Waltz and marksman Otto von Stolz, who was a German nobleman. Pfieffner would get them to join his cause when he said, "I'll be damned if I were to raise my kids where these Freedomites rule the world!" After the Prince and his band got aboard the South Carolina, he told the members of the circle that the Appalachia was designed to clamp down on all revolts across Europe, so it is necessary to take control of that airship, but it the codes to it's central system were stored in a secure location somewhere around the plant Venus. Pfieffner assumes the alias of Viktor Rothenberg to take part in an audition of a propaganda based on the capture and defeat of Karl the Terrible (Pfieffner's name for the Confederates) directed by an ailing Jake Featherston. After playing his role at gunpoint, Pfieffner would brave the harsh climate of Venus to obtain the codes and returns to earth to be deciphered. The partisans led by Pfieffner would then assault the Appalachia and get to it's core and shut down it's security system and hijacks it's command systems. Pfieffner would then travel to the ground and enter a broadcast studio where Gibbons was on television. Karl would shoot him to avenge Hendricks and would proclaim the start of the revolution. Crown Prince Wilhelm, Golda, and Pfieffner would go up on the television in front of the millions of Europeans watching that the Freedomites lying and propaganda had made their thoughts a crime, and if they forgot to fight, and it was the Freedomites that invades their shores. Following the speech in a post credits scene, Pfieffner takes the ring off the corpse of Gibbons and proposes to Abelie. Like Snake's Lair 4, the game would prove to be successful and was as popular as the previous game. The game would also be offered in the Gold Anniversary Pack with all of the previous titles, including a remastered version of Snake's Lair 2 and it's GameStation exclusive expansion pack, which this time was released to all ports. It would also include the canned Dark Winter Expansion Pack for Snake's Lair 3 along with an expansion pack titled Rogue System featuring BJ Blazkowicz leading a Yankee resistance cell in Michigan taking out a new AI called C.A.S.S.I. which developed by the Confederates, which ended up going self-aware and turning on it's Freedomite creators in the year 1961.

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Part 4 coming soon.​
 
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