TL-191: After the End

Thomas Dewey (Democrat): 1945-1953
Harry Truman (Democrat): 1953-1961
Hubert H. Humphrey (Socialist): 1961-1973
Joshua Blackford (Democrat): 1973-1981
Morgan Reynolds (Republican): 1981-1989
Leo Enos (Socialist): 1989-1993
Thurston DeFrancis (Democrat): 1993-1997
Patrick Gutierrez (Republican): 1997-2005
Sergio Hernandez (Socialist): 2005-2013
Alfred Astaire (Democrat): 2013-2021
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Also very great timeline. I took a lot of inspiration from yours into my own version of after the end.
 
The trajectory of the TL admittedly changed as it was written. Supported by the German Empire, and victorious in both Great Wars, Austria-Hungary ultimately endured and prospered, even through domestic political conflicts, the strain of the interwar business collapse, and periods of violent unrest in the empire’s Balkan territories.

Had you gone through with an Austro-Hungarian collapse, it would have huge repercussions for Europe as a whole, especially if it became a Yugoslav style collapse. Namely coinciding with the 2nd Russian Civil War means that the Germans and the rest of the EC won't be too focused on the final fall of the Romavos, not to mention the intervention in South Africa would've been butterflied due to Germany being far more hesitant following them cleaning up A-H's messy collapse. Although if anything, a violent Civil War there is all the more likely as well assuming the Americans don't have the stomach for intervention following the Fourth Pacific War.

Interestingly, a messy Austro-Hungarian collapse could also butterfly away Abdul Hamid III's rise to power in the Ottoman Empire and the worse excesses he approved of near the end of the Empire. Although granted, he only came to power due to his brother dying in a horse riding accident.
 
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What is the state of sci-fi and fantasy in TTL by 2021?

Is there a close equivalent to Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones as well?
 
Had you gone through with an Austro-Hungarian collapse, it would have huge repercussions for Europe as a whole, especially if it became a Yugoslav style collapse. Namely coinciding with the 2nd Russian Civil War means that the Germans and the rest of the EC won't be too focused on the final fall of the Romavos, not to mention the intervention in South Africa would've been butterflied due to Germany being far more hesitant following them cleaning up A-H's messy collapse. Although if anything, a violent Civil War there is all the more likely as well assuming the Americans don't have the stomach for intervention following the Fourth Pacific War.

Interestingly, a messy Austro-Hungarian collapse could also butterfly away Abdul Hamid III's rise to power in the Ottoman Empire and the worse excesses he approved of near the end of the Empire. Although granted, he only came to power due to his brother dying in a horse riding accident.

There certainly are numerous instances in this world where things could have developed differently. Of course, a version of TTL where Austria-Hungary is on the verge of political disintegration by the 1960s, instead of the politically stable and wealthy ally of Germany of TTL, means that things must have diverged long before the ‘60s.
 
What is the state of sci-fi and fantasy in TTL by 2021?

Is there a close equivalent to Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones as well?

Science fiction, as of TTL’s 2021, remains a very popular genre in many countries, including in the USA and German Empire. This is tied in to continued public interest in space exploration, and the ongoing contest between competing blocs of countries to establish a permanent presence in Low Earth Orbit, on the Moon, and Mars.

One of the major differences in general in world cinema compared to our world has been the lack of a trend towards mega-franchises that occurred in OTL Hollywood. For example, this world never had any real equivalent to the James Bond or Godzilla franchise, although movie serials are certainly present as far apart as the US, Germany, Russia, Brazil, China, Bharat, ect.

The closest equivalent to Star Wars in this world is the quartet of movies directed by US filmmaker Ella Nunez: Planet of the Flotsam (2005), Moon of the Villains (2008), Star of the Harlequins (2011), and Galaxy of the Smugglers (2014). Each movie focuses on a different segment of the series’ fictional galactic society. However, there is no equivalent in this series to either the “Hero’s Journey” or to the mysticism/Light Side-Dark Side conflict from OTL Star Wars.

There is no equivalent to OTL Star Trek, and such a TV series and franchise likely would not be successful in TTL’s 2021. Audiences in various countries, including in the US and German Empire, would likely not be able to accept the premise of a powerful, benevolent Federation not being backed by a powerful military force.

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Fantasy, as of TTL’s 2021, has developed on a very different trajectory compared to our world. JRR Tolkien, while managing to survive the First Great War, did not lead a happy existence afterwards: he returned to a Great Britain shattered by military defeat and territorial loss, and later found himself under suspicion during the Silver Shirt years due to his background as a Catholic of German heritage and professor of Germanic languages. Tolkien wound up as an exile in New Zealand, where he eventually completed a single epic novel: The Fall of Numenor, published in Australia and New Zealand after the end of the Second Great War, but not published in the US until TTL’s 1980s. This novel is widely seen as an allegory for the fall of the British Empire in this world. Tolkien never completed any other major works of what could have been an alternate Legendarium.

As of TTL 2021, a genre referred to as “American Fantasy”, which emerged in the mid-1990s, tends to dominate the US market for fantastic literature. In terms of themes, settings, and story lines, many American Fantasy stories might be best described as what would happen if you combined the setting of OTL’s Wizard of Oz with the themes and overall brutality from OTL’s A Song of Ice and Fire. For instance, the 1995 novel widely considered to have launched American Fantasy as its own distinct genre, The Terrible Land of Iz, by Linda Straubing, has a similar plot to that of the OTL horror movie The Night of the Hunter.

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On a side note, as of TTL’s 2021, there is no close equivalent series or franchise to Doctor Who or Harry Potter.
 
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