The Ballad of the Lovecraft: A Collaborative Pop Culture TL

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December 12, 1977: Simon Whatley claims to have received a Greek translation of the Necronomicon by a group of monks, in New York City.

January 31, 1989: Serial killer Richard Ramirez (a.k.a. "Night Stalker") claims at his trial to have signed a "blood pact with Nyarlothrotep" in Los Angeles, California,...

March 3, 1989: Bob Larson writes Losing Paradise: America's Occult Epidemic, fueling the "Satanic Panic." One of the chapters claims that teenagers can be possessed if they read the Necronomicon.

July 31, 1999: Bob Larson claims that teenaged murderer Cary Stayner was influenced to read the Necronomicon and begin a crime spree after hearing a "witch" speak at a school assembly.
 
Here are a few PODs to flag that the United States would still be wielding it "big stick policy" despite the Anglo-French Union presence and divided China:

July 1, 1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaims the creation of Special Operations Command China (SOCC) in Nanjing, sparking international attention and concern,...

January 4, 1965: U.S. Corporal Charles Jenkins crosses the Chinese demilitarized zone (DMZ) defecting to DPRM forces at Changchun, sparking international attention,...

April 27, 1965: Chinese MiG-17s fly over Yokota AFB in Japan, triggering fears of a possible Manchurian attack, sparking international attention,...

January 17, 1968: Manchurian troops are accused of attempting to breach the demilitarized zone between China and Manchuria, sparking international attention,...

April 5, 1975: Chiang Kai-shek dies in his sleep in Nanjing, triggering a massive succession crisis, sparking international attention and concern,...

August 18, 1976: U.S. and Chinese military forces in Nanjing, report Manchurian forces launching incursions along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) sparking international attention,...

October 19, 1983: President Chiang Ching-Kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek survives an assassination attempt in Rangoon by alleged Manchurian agents, sparking international attention,...

June 9-15, 1999: Chinese and American naval vessels report harassment by Manchurian military forces, fueling fears of an escalating military crisis in the region,....
 
Probably in the late 1980s, before 1996. It was roughly around this time that people began to fear Japanese influence on the economy...
Okay, like this:

April 3, 1987: Tokyo Broadcasting System launches their American affiliate TOKYO-TV with (insert 2-3 shows here) as their starting lineup,...

You can add more to it if you want.
 
Here is the "big stick policy" in Latin America and Middle East:

October 30, 1950: Jayuya Uprising; U.S. troops are deployed into Puerto Rico crushing an armed insurrection in San Juan, sparking international attention,...

July 26, 1953: President Fuglencio Bautista calls for U.S. military deployment in Cuba, after Communist rebels launch an armed insurrection in Havana, sparking international attention,...

April 17, 1961: U.S. capture Fidel Castro and his troops at Bahia de Cochinos, Cuba, sparking international attention and concern,...

April 24, 1965: U.S. troops are deployed into Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic amidst reports of Communist guerrillas, sparking international attention,...

July 22, 1976: U.S. troops are deployed into Beirut, Lebanon, amidst heavy fighting be Christian and Muslim militias, sparking international attention,...

September 15, 1989: U.S. troops are deployed into Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru in an effort to curb and block the drug trade, sparking international attention and concern,...

December 21, 1989: U.S. military forces launch an invasion of Panama, overthrowing General Manuel Noriega, sparking international attention,...
 
How about this...

Okay, like this:

April 3, 1987: Tokyo Broadcasting System launches their American affiliate TOKYO-TV with anchors Ken Kashiwahara , James Hattori, and Wendy Tokuda as their starting lineup; The network is initially criticized for its coverage of U.S. military deployments, ...

You can add more to it if you want.
 
Okay, like this:

April 3, 1987: Tokyo Broadcasting System launches their American affiliate TOKYO-TV with Voltron: Defender of the Universe, Robotech Saga, Gundam as their starting lineup. The network is initially criticized for the level of violence. It is also criticized for the initial investment by cult leader Ryuho Okawa...

You can add more to it if you want.
 
Much better.

Now this is a news channel:

(insert date here): Air America TV is created by Cenk Uygur of Air America Radio, with The Young Turks as their starting lineup,...
 
Here is the beginning of the Dark Age of Video Games:

March 19, 1987: Atari releases the Family Computer Disk System peripheral worldwide as the Tengen Disk System (TDS), which made Atari gain suspicion from parents and Moral Guardians due to the fact that it requires owning the regular Tengen console; the peripheral have save states within every game by default and boosts the capabilities of the Tengen console to the point that what would later be known as 'cutscenes' is now possible, and to take advantage of the leap of power the console now has a 3-button controller; Atari released a two-in-one console (called the Tengen Double Dip) and a standalone Disk System (called the Tengen Disk Drive) to expand the market reach of the peripheral,...

October 28, 1988: The Consuming Shadow (Alliance Entertainment) makes it's hit debut, becoming a major bestseller; an side scrolling, action-RPG roguelike game heavily inspired by Lovecraftian horror; the game sparks controversy due the fact the player is able to commit suicide in the game,...

October 31, 1988: Nightshade (Konami) makes it's hit debut, becoming a major bestseller; an dark, gritty and complex game that infusied the stealth/beat-em-up hybrid gameplay with greater political and psychological complexity and an amount of graphic sexual and violent content not seen in any game prior,...

August 3, 1990: Music composer 'Moving Shadow' Rob Playford joins the video game industry, with the game Orbital Madness (Virgo Games/Dyna Vision Corp)

December 12, 1991: (insert name here) is founded by (insert name here) as a venue for creator-owned properties, in which developers could publish games of their own creation without giving up the copyrights to those properties; several people including (insert 2-3 names here) ended up joining the foundation of the company due to how they're either underpaid, overworked and/or not getting credited for their work,...
 
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Just to flag America is going to be dragged into Southeast Asia:

January 20, 1963: Kalimantan Incident; U.S. and Australian military forces are attacked by Sarawak guerrillas of the Communist Party of Indonesia (CPI) and the North Kalimantan National Army (NKNA), sparking international attention,...

January 25, 1963: The Kalimantan Resolution; President John F. Kennedy orders the deployment of troops to Indonesia, fueling political tensions in Southeast Asia,...

August 2, 1964: Gulf of Tonkin Incident; USS Maddox is attacked by Viet Cong/ North Vietnamese Army (NVA) guerrillas, sparking international attention,...

August 7, 1964: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is promoted by President Lyndon B. Johnson after talks with Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek, sparking international attention and concern,...

February 17, 1967: Chinese "volunteer militia" troops enter into Vietnam, causing a major turning point for the military conflict,...

March 6, 1967: Chinese and American troops capture Hanoi, sparking international attention and concern; Soviet and Manchurian governments threaten retaliation,...

June 21, 1970: Tensions mount as President Sukarno dies in Jakarta, fueling tensions for Chinese, Anglo-French Union, Australia, New Zealand and United States troops, creating a succession crisis,...
 
Here is the beginning of the Dark Age of Video Games:

December 12, 1991: Riverhillsoft is founded by Kenichiro Hayashi as a venue for creator-owned properties, in which developers could publish games of their own creation without giving up the copyrights to those properties; several people including Junji Ito, Sumiji Miyake, and Takao Niita ended up joining the foundation of the company due to how they're either underpaid, overworked and/or not getting credited for their work,...
 
Since you wanted American try this one
Here is the beginning of the Dark Age of Video Games:

December 12, 1991: Blue Ribbon is founded by Rob Liefeld as a venue for creator-owned properties, in which developers could publish games of their own creation without giving up the copyrights to those properties; several people including Curt Schilling, Jennifer MacLean, and R.A. Salvatore ended up joining the foundation of the company due to how they're either underpaid, overworked and/or not getting credited for their work,...
 
Nice!

That means Youngblood will be a video game ITTL.
Like this:

April 13, 1992: Youngblood (Blue Ribbon/Artech Studios) makes it's hot debut, becoming a major bestseller, despite receiving poor reviews from critics for its inconsistent quality of the gameplay, poor dialogue, confusing graphics, and rampant fake difficulty,...

October 28, 1993: Youngblood Extreme Edition (Blue Ribbon/Artech Studios) an improved CD version of the first game makes it's hot debut on all CD consoles, becoming a major bestseller; while the game now has animated cutscenes with voice acting and an graphics and music upgrade due to being on a CD, it receives poor reviews from critics for its terrible voice acting and not addressing the problems of the original,...

[Also, is Canada independent or they're a part of Anglo-French Union? Why, because Alliance Entertainment is Canadian]
 
So, how about these?:

October 23, 1978: ACE Games' Channel H console is released; also known as the Channel F Mark II, the console keeps the Channel F design (sort of) and cartridge style, but now has removable controllers and the sound is now mixed into the TV signal, no longer needing a speaker on the unit; the console's launch titles are upgraded versions of every video arcade game ACE ever released up to that point,...

October 8, 1982: Toy company Hasbro released the Mindvision as a response to their rival Mattel getting into the market with the Intellivision, which also put them up against the Atari Gosei, ACE ColecoVision and the Anglo-French console, Magnavox/Vivendi Odyssey II; the console came packaged with a Romper Room game as well as other games such as Borderline (by Sega), Mr. Potato Head, Snoopy, Scooby-Doo, and Mindvision Basketball, the only original title on the list,...

November 25, 1984: After a successful marketing test, Apple releases the Macintosh console in the USA and beyond; using the same hardware as the Apple II computer, the Macintosh has the ability to have up to 8 players using the same console, and comes with 8 easy to use wireless controllers; the first working wireless controllers to date,...
 
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