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Mr Toad as an avatar for Kaiser Wilhem II. I did not see that coming, but it works, in this circumstance !For British public, the new popular children’s book of Kenneth Grahame was widely regarded as a direct allegorical reference to the recent events in Germany. And just like in the book, at the end everything and nothing had really changed: Mr. Toad would continue to cause embarrassment and worry to himself and his friends alike, but definitely not out of malice.
It has been used by several other authors before me. Personally I like the comparison a lot: an irritating and completely irresponsible, but definitively not malevolent character.Mr Toad as an avatar for Kaiser Wilhem II. I did not see that coming, but it works, in this circumstance !
He's still more than capable of making life really difficult for many people, his son and family included.You capture Wilhelm quite well. He was a fundamentally pathetic person, who might have been quite sympathetic had his position not been such that his vanities and neuroses affected so many millions.
Thanks for the feedback. The first chapters from seven years ago show that proof-reading software back then was far from the modern standards.I've reached post #220 so far - what an awesome Timeline! Well-deserved Turtledove nomination. An excellent and knowledgeable Panorama of the period and very interesting and plausible divergences!
Portugal and Spain will both eventually feature in this TL, but right now the European royalty (and this TL) will focus their attention to Germany, for obvious reasons.Will the assassination of the King Carlos I of Portugal and of his son and heir Luís Filipe be avoided ITTL?
Thanks for the compliment. The style I've chosen is definitively not for everyone's taste, but I'm glad to hear you liked it.Just finished reading through all of this. An incredibly well-written, thoroughly researched, and in-depth timeline. I must say it is the first time on this site where I have seen a narrative written so in-depth and still interesting, despite the relatively slow pace. As someone highly interested in the Belle Epoque/Fin de Siecle period, I'm eager to see where you will take this timeline @Karelian!
Good question. Grand Duchy of Finland will definitively be affected by the events on the other shore of the Gulf of Bothnia, but I'll deal with that in detail once the situation in Germany is covered first.What is the fate of Swedes in Russia, now that the two states are on the brink of conflict?