There's still a petty massive well of anger towards Japan for the Japanese strikes against the US mainland, which have killed an awful lot of civilians. People want revenge for their friends and family. War fatigue is starting to set in though.A question - how does the American public perceive the Pacific War right now? After a controversial decision to back off from the fight with Drakia, the lack of success against India and Japan's Asia-Pacific League of Friendship (compared to OTL, where Germany First doctrine meant the US beat Japan while sending huge amounts of aid to the European Front) would lead to some attenuation of support for the sitting government I'd imagine, even accounting for the power of *USA patriotism.
New York lodged an official diplomatic protest, but the Rex feel like they need every able-bodied man and don't really care.I do wonder how the United States reacted to this.
"Ok, giving him asylum was one thing, but did you have to go and give him a military command?! There will be consequences for this once we finally beat Japan and India!"
Crude thermobaric weapons exist, but they're not in air-droppable form yet. The Latin American countries are doing fine- they haven't been targeted nearly as badly as the USA and aren't feeling the strain of the war to the same degree.Has anyone developed fuel-air explosives? How are the Latin American countries doing with the war?
India has some pie-in-the-sky plans to become the dominant global hegemon a la the America New Order of the Ages and some more realistic plans to replace Japan as the leader of the Asia-Pacific League and become the hegemon of Asia.Does India have plans to form her own bloc once the war is over?
Sabaton is one of my favorite bands, full stop.
It's hard to see Muslim Afghanistan placidly accepting protection from a Hindu Nationalist India that has been.... less than kind to its Muslim minority. Buddhist Tibet is less impossible, but still difficult. Maybe if it was because they genuinely felt threatened by Japan or Russia.Also can Tibet and Afghanistan become Indian protectorates?
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That's a really interesting thought. Technology has been pretty different ITTL, so elements of what OTL regards as steampunk making their way into westerns makes sense. You'd also have a lot more stuff set in OTL northern Mexico and Native Americans would be portrayed very differently.I do wonder what the western genre would be like here. Generally I'm thinking something along the lines of the Dollar trilogy mixed with elements of Legend, generally being a bit grittier than what was standard along with being mixed with what we'd recognize as steampunk elements.
Just read the last couple of updates. Glad to see the Pan-Europeans were able to take back Italy and aren't knocked out of the fight, but this could definitely go either way. The conscription of bondsmen definitely doesn't seem like it could foreshadow negative consequences for Drakia whatsoever! Also, with the way things have been going for practically every major country in this timeline, I suspect situationism is going to be a pretty bizarre ideology no matter where it develops or what it specifically entails...
I bet considering the earlier emergence of airships alongside steam cars and much more developed fire arms technology. Am kinda curious how the native American's ended up being generally portrayed in the genre.That's a really interesting thought. Technology has been pretty different ITTL, so elements of what OTL regards as steampunk making their way into westerns makes sense. You'd also have a lot more stuff set in OTL northern Mexico and Native Americans would be portrayed very differently.
Pretty high. India was attacked, India is winning, and they're feeling pretty good about themselves right now.I wonder how is the morale in India ? Especially as for India, it's a war of defence and revenge triggered by the US attack.
I'd expect it would depend to some extent on the director, but Native Americans would be portrayed very differently in Westerns. For one thing there would be a clear distinction between the "civilized" Native tribes who end up working with the USA and being rewarded for it, versus the "uncivilized" tribes who attempt to fight. I'd think that "uncivilized Natives are killing/enslaving civilized Natives who are then saved by magic white people and the US cavalry" would be a common trope.I bet considering the earlier emergence of airships alongside steam cars and much more developed fire arms technology. Am kinda curious how the native American's ended up being generally portrayed in the genre.
Go west young man, go west!Does anyone mind if I do an in universe western?
Loving this.Images of Separated at Birth's wild west
This is very, very good. It's possible to operate slavery and forced labor profitably, and it's possible to yield substantial production from slavery and forced labor (the Soviets did it), but it will never be as efficient or productive per-capita as free labor. Drakia has partially gotten around that by addicting Bondsmen to drugs, and by having a system where non-white Bonded can usually secure their freedom by the time they're old/sick/crippled enough to be worthless, and white Bondsmen can usually earn their freedom for real, they have not found a solution to this fundamental problem.I imagine if someone somehow got into the statistical meat of a lot of these Societist grand infrastructure projects and central plans they might discover that despite Stoker mobilizing ever greater numbers of the population in aggregate in actual fact the productivity of each individual Bondsperson has never been lower.
Thank you!I just got caught up on this timeline, and I'm enjoying it so far. The Draka are significantly more plausible than Stirling's villain-sues, and the United States, while better than OTL's at this point in history, is still somewhat morally grey. I like the different route technology has taken too, as that's not something you see too often.
I mean, the story is technically about America and the Draka. We do need to focus on other world events, but let's be honest we are here for the world-building of the two "brothers."Apologies if we moved a little quickly with this chapter- I realized that if I was going to do a chapter for each year of the war we were going to end up taking forever.