When the Wind Blew: a P&S Open Thread

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Gen_Patton, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. BrianD From OTL or ATL depending on your perspective

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    IMHO, yes.
     
  2. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    Technically speaking, the concept of suicide as a sin (let alone something punishable by Hell) is a later dogma in Christianity. It is not canonical. It isn't Biblical. It's more a popular religious opinion than a religious tenet.
     
  3. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    Heck, there's an idea in that too: Dante's Inferno for the 1980s. Someone from the nuclear war is lead through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven meeting all the historic figures and seeing where they are and hearing their philosophy contrasted to the nuclear apocalypse, and seeing people they knew when they were alive and where they ended up in the Afterlife. It'd be Curtis LeMay in some Circle of Hell boasting about how he was right and they just should have nuked sooner when the US had the advantage in the 60s and stuff like that. That'd actually be interesting because it would be timely, and good writing is a reflection of a time. The social period of Dante's Inferno really does not mean a lot to us now because it's a lot of context that is half a millenia out of date and a fan fiction about how people Dante hated went to Hell.

    Maybe it could be a story in the context of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory being flooded with more souls than any of them know what to do with, the Celestial Beings are confused as to what to do, the deceased souls who died long ago and are there are not sure what to do in welcoming the new dead, God didn't intend for that to be the Rapture, people are looking for their loved ones but can't find them because it's basically a metaphysical refugee crisis where millions upon millions of people are dropped in the Afterlife at once and are aimless and dispersed everywhere, and it's hard to find who you're looking for.

    I wish I had the energy to write that. I can think it up, though. "Angels in America" comes to mind.
     
  4. wolverinethad InfoSec for America

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    Holy crap, guys, I was in the car driving to a coffee shop to work, listening to the radio (being in the Detroit area, we get Canadian stations too) and the song just cut straight out into the Canadian Alert System (which sounds just like the British and Aussie ones you see in those Youtube scenarios) and I just about went through the roof of the car. Mouth was legit hanging open until I heard the words "There is no danger to your health and safety at this time." The Canadians apparently don't give you the "This is a test" part first.
     
  5. Dwyn Arthur Active Member

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    At least you were spared getting it on your phone, too.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wireless-emergency-alert-test-1.4923636
     
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  6. JN1 Has been called the C word on Twitter

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    I don't think there is actually a British one, other than the BBC using 'breaking news'. The ones I've seen on YouTube seem to be Anglicised versions of the American EAS.

    BBC article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42684261.
     
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    Further sharing my love of Synthwave (the soundtrack to a good 80s timeline's soul) I present Mitch Murder.

     
  8. Gillan1220 Gillan, God Emperor of Craft Cafe Bar

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    I was thinking of writing a Protect & Survive set in the Philippines but I am working on others projects for now. I need to know first what targets struck the country.

    Proposed Title: Pearl of the Orient - A Protect and Survive Spinoff
    Setting: Republic of the Philippines, Sabah, South China Sea
    Description: How the Philippines, one of America's oldest allies in the region, weathered the exchanged and the aftermath. I'm assuming the Soviets nuked the U.S. bases in the region.
     
  9. modelcitizen note2self, no ranting ninjas

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    Points to Canadians for dry humor.
     
  10. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    Canadians have a Ginger Ale Dry sense humor.
     
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    That is a rousing good idea.
     
  12. modelcitizen note2self, no ranting ninjas

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    Refreshing!
     
  13. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    Ask a Canadian to tell you a joke when you have the flu, and it's like vitamins.
     
  14. Mumbles Well-Known Member

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    I'm not so sure. Elements of government perhaps, but since dispersal of government could be interpreted as a prelude to initiating nuclear use it could possibly precipitate that use in a pre-emptive strike. On that basis I have a feeling that dispersal of top government personnel would be delayed until as late as possible (and in all likelihood until it would be impossible). Historically during the Cuban crisis the British government dispersed neither its government or its bombers for this reason. There is also a slight precedent from Able Archer '83, when certain high officials who were originally scheduled to participate ultimately did not as there was concern about the message that participation would have sent
     
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  15. Simeon La empresa crecerá más grande

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  16. Gillan1220 Gillan, God Emperor of Craft Cafe Bar

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    @Simeon, that's a promising project. I;m not sure if the Soviets spared Manila like in 1983: Doomsday but for sure Clark, Subic, Baguio, and other military bases went up in smoke. I guess from August 1983 when Aquino was asssinated all the way to the exchange, the Philippine military would have intensified campaigns against the NPA.
     
  17. wolverinethad InfoSec for America

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    Canada Dry IS the best ginger ale, and I'll fight anyone on this. (Yes, I'm a Detroit traitor for not saying Vernors, but Vernors has too much ginger in it)
     
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  18. wolverinethad InfoSec for America

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    I did a 1963 war over JFK being murdered in Berlin (see it here), and Clark AFB took it on the chin, which caused a lot of fallout. Feel free to use the information in it towards your own work.
     
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  19. Gillan1220 Gillan, God Emperor of Craft Cafe Bar

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    That's some good information. Subic Naval Base would be gone too.
     
  20. Apollo 20 Well-Known Member

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    This is heresy and I've lost all respect for you. :p

    I'll bet you hate Coneys and redpop, too.