TL-191: After the End

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  1. David bar Elias Well-Known Member

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    Here's 1962:

    January 1, 1962 onwards—In a New Year’s Day announcement broadcasted to the nation, President Humphrey announces the capture of two notorious (and long-wanted) ex-Confederate war criminals: Albert Wirtz, the former administrator of Camp Defiance, an extermination camp in Louisiana, and Dr. Martin Josephs, who is accused of conducting horrific and pointless “medical” experiments on inmates all over the former Confederacy during the war.

    Subsequently, the two men will be tried in New York City, an event that will become the biggest media story in the country throughout the next year, and will have an international impact as well (especially in the German Empire, still reeling from the fallout of the Congo Affair). The trial will also help to spark a new focus in American academia on the Southern Holocaust. For Cassius Madison and his Remembrance Center, this is his biggest triumph to date.

    January 31, 1962—The United States and Haiti sign a new treaty affirming their “Special Relationship,” which entails Haiti continuing to use the Dollar as its currency, as well as allowing Haitian citizens to serve in the U.S. military. Haiti therefore enters into a permanent “Compact of Free Alliance” with the USA.

    February 3, 1962-December 1965 onwards—The Ottoman government begins several massive urban renewal projects aimed at both increasing water and energy efficiency for its fastest growing metropolitan centers and for showcasing its booming economy with the establishment of new public buildings and other facilities. Constantinople, Ankara, Izmir, Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mecca, and Medina will be the beneficiaries of this planned first round of urban rebuilding and expansion. Aleppo, Basra, Mosul, Muscat, Aden, and Hims are scheduled for a second round of renewal, set to begin by 1967 at the latest. This “Great Rebuilding” is meant to revitalize the urban cores of these cities, as well as restoring run-down historical sites, and establishing new parkland and industrial projects. Several foreign architects, many of them Americans, will participate in this series of mega-projects. The Great Rebuilding will not be without controversy, however: the rural poor throughout the Empire will be outraged at the neglect that their villages and towns receive from the government relative to the big cities in these first rounds. Historians and archaeologists express concern that the many building projects will result in the loss of important artifacts in the process, though the government manages to placate their fears by allowing them first access to construction sites.

    The Ottoman “Great Rebuilding” will also inspire a similar series of projects by their Brazilian allies later in the decade.

    February 15, 1962—In German East Africa, the leaders of several left-wing independence groups and labor organizations come together in Dar es Salaam to found the Tanganyika People’s Union. Advocating both a socialist economic program to eradicate poverty in the colony, as well as greater autonomy for German East Africa, the leadership of the TPU was finally motivated towards greater cooperation by the outrageous revelations from the Congo Affair.

    Adhering strictly to non-violence, the TPU quickly begins to attract mass support throughout the colony, especially in the rapidly growing urban centers. The German authorities keep a wary eye on the group, but do nothing to halt its activities, a policy ordered by Berlin to avoid another disaster akin to the Congo Affair. The General Secretary of the TPU, Matthias Nyerere, is a talented organizer, and, by the beginning of 1963, he has established the Union in every major East African city. He begins to lay the groundwork for a possible general strike if their demands for improved wages and greater democratization are not met by the local administration.

    March 12, 1962—President Humphrey, in a ceremony at the White House, signs the Universal Healthcare for America Act into law. A new single-payer system is implemented by the bill, and will give the United States one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

    March 20, 1962—Sonora, Chihuahua, Baja California, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Manitoba are admitted into the Union.

    May 8, 1962—The American government quietly begins Project Orion, an attempt to replicate the German/Austro-Hungarian plans at harnessing fusion power.

    July 14, 1962 onwards—Massive anti-Japanese riots erupt in Singapore after the brutal slayings of several labor organizers in the city. Although the Japanese military governor coldly claims that the men were “American agents,” this doesn’t stop the violence from continuing for three days, mostly perpetrated by the Chinese residents of the city, before Japanese troops brought in from nearby Malaysia finally put the disturbances down, killing many civilians in the process.

    The Singapore Riots gain the attention of President Humphrey, who condemns the Japanese crackdown the follows the disturbances, which in turn earns him a sharp rebuke from Tokyo. Relations between the two nations, never warm to begin with, begin yet another downward slide.

    August 1962 onwards—In the Russian Empire, socialists and Veteran’s Patriot Movement activists begin increasingly nasty fighting in the streets, escalating a conflict that has been waging for years. This comes as the leaders of Russia’s underground socialist and labor parties begin planning for a great strike for 1963 to demand economic equality and political liberty.

    September 5, 1962—Germany begins to redeploy several brigades of occupation troops from Northwestern France. It’s the start of a drawdown that will end by the start of 1964 with a final end to the military rule in that part of the country, as per the Treaty of Aachen.

    October 18, 1962—The prosecution rests in the trial of Albert Wirtz and Martin Josephs.

    November 6, 1962—In the Midterm elections, the Socialists maintain their hold on Congress, and gain several seats, especially in the new Caribbean and Canadian states. However, it’s the performance of the Republican Party, long sidelined from power, which startles political observers, which manages to win Congressional seats in several Canadian states, suggesting to some in the GOP that a “Northern Strategy,” of focusing on expanding in the Midwest, the Great Plains, and former Canada might one day win even win them back the White House.

    November 9, 1962—The Japanese begin deployment of their two newest carriers, the upgraded Musashi and Shinaro to the Central Pacific, facing the American Custer group out of Pearl Harbor. Many international observers fear a new Pacific War erupting, and President Humphrey is worried that the American-German threat of economic sanctions will not be enough to deter Tokyo from building its own superbombs.

    December 19, 1962 onwards—Germany and Austria-Hungary begin the construction of a joint rocketry base not far from Dar es Salaam, in German East Africa. The two governments hope to potentially launch satellites from the new base. Taking note of this development, the United States will begin building its own rocketry facility in Cuba by mid-1963.

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  2. Saladan Member

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    I like it. But I do have some questions, 1. How long will Austria-Hungary last? and 2. will there be any attempts to land on the moon and who will do it?
     
  3. David bar Elias Well-Known Member

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    They'll still be around at century's end.

    There will be. Several major powers will pool their resources, but that's all I can reveal for now. ;)
     
  4. T3h_shammy Well-Known Member

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    German Austro-Hungarian Moon expedition? Or are the major powers the massive United States of America.
     
  5. Hawkeye Source?

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    I liked it. Great job Dave.
     
  6. manofsteelwool Well-Known Member

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    Will the Japanese, Americans, Germans, or any other power directly interfere in Russia, such as invasion? Or will they give weapons and funds to the various groups and let Russia "eat itself alive" and take advantage when Russia is at its weakest?

    Could Germany use this unrest in Russia to improve its international stature and/or expand the EC even more, if that is even possible?

    As the TPU grows in power and the rocket base in Dar es Salaam is closer to completion, will the Germans do more to ensure the base and Tanganyika are still under German control?

    With the Socialists seeming to no longer be pacifist, is there any political party that is? Or do the Socialists still have a good amount of pacifists, but the peace-wing isn't in control of the party?

    Is this Republican Party left, right, centrist, a mixture of the three depending on the issue, or something totally different?
     
  7. Georgepatton Rollerblading into the Synthwave Future

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    You don't want to build a rocket base in New Mexico. In OTL, Cape Canaveral (sic) was selected so that, the launches heading east, a flight error would dump the rocket and a few thousand pounds of volaitile fuel in the ocean, not on top of Texas, as will happen in your scenario.
     
  8. Faeelin Lord of Ten Thousand Years

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    Hey, let them write to their Congressmen.
     
  9. David bar Elias Well-Known Member

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    Edited it. The base will be in Cuba.
     
  10. Georgepatton Rollerblading into the Synthwave Future

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    It's not politics, it's common sense. Oh, wait, umm nevermind.

    But seriously, one Saturn V exploding on top of Lubbock would be enough to throw the whole space program into the fire, excuse the expression.
    Okay, good. Terrific stuff, by the way.
     
  11. David bar Elias Well-Known Member

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    It'll be one heck of an endeavor, for all of the powers involved in TTL's Space Race.

    Thanks! :)

    Russia's going to be going through some rough times in the next couple of years, but the country will be on a much more stable trajectory by century's end.

    The Germans won't be seizing any additional Russian territory.

    No matter East Africa's status, the Germans plan for that base to stay under their control...

    There are pacifists in the SP, but they do remain rather marginalized.

    They're something of a mix. A somewhat more coherent agenda will be forged by the GOP in the seventies.

    Glad you're enjoying it. :)
     
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  12. CT23 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome update. :)

    By the way, is "British" Columbia going to be renamed now that it's a state?
     
  13. jycee Well-Known Member

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    I would call it Roosevelt. It seems appropriate for this TL191.

    I would also imagine some provinces might change shape, maybe even carved into states with different borders.
     
  14. Fenrir_Angerboda Guitar Dad Dads you

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    I think Either Roosevelt, Custer or Pershing would be good.
    Maybe even Morrell
     
  15. David bar Elias Well-Known Member

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    I just stuck with "British Columbia," if only because, if the series was to be believed, nobody bothered to change the name during the long military occuation of Canada.
     
  16. Matt Wiser Well-Known Member

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    Only one carrier at Pearl Harbor? I'd think that as tensions rise with Japan, there'll be more based either at Pearl, or on the West Coast. With the canal done, transferring ships from LANTFLT to PACFLT is easier now, unless it's too narrow for the supercarriers to pass through, but this TL's analogue to the Essex-class ships should be able to, no problem. Not to mention that ADC and the Army's Air Defense Command are probably putting Nikes (or their analogue) into the Sandwich Islands, as well as more interceptor squadrons, as fast as they can be delivered. And the garrisons on Wake and Midway have no doubt been reinforced.

    Good call on moving the space launch center from New Mexico to Cuba: having spent boosters falling on folks doesn't go down with the locals so well.
     
  17. Fenrir_Angerboda Guitar Dad Dads you

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    Fair enough.
    Kinda like Hawa.....the Sandwitch Islands.
    God, No matter how much I see that I still think 'Sandwitch islands' is a Stupid name.
     
  18. David bar Elias Well-Known Member

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    There's far more than one carrier based out of Pearl. I've simply only mentioned one carrier group so far. ;)

    Yeah, Turtledove I suppose liked to keep things consistent in that regard.
     
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  19. Georgepatton Rollerblading into the Synthwave Future

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    It's the "give things a slightly different name to remind people this is an AH," thing. Ya know, like barrels.
     
  20. Malta Kirked

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    Hmmmm I wonder whats the status of India amd how do they look at Japan's actions? Possibly move them more toward the US?

    I wonder what is going to be the US's Vietnam? Have to have one.

    I still think a socialist uprising could succeed in the Russian Far East. All those labor camps probably with socialist and communist political prisinors and what not.