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The TLIAD, or TimeLine In A Day, is a particular style of timeline coined by Meadow in early 2013. As the name implies, the original concept was to write an entire short timeline within 24 hours, taking the form of a series of short updates with much of the background left to the reader's imagination.
However, after Meadow's second TLIAD “I Am A Legend” overran into more than one day, the name started to lose its strict definition and became something of an artefact (appropriately, given its British origins). Some have suggested that “TLIAW” (TimeLine In A Week) would be more accurate. It was also at this point that the format became much praised among others of The Politibrits and many people jumped on Meadow's bandwagon to do TLIADs of their own.
The pronunciation remains a matter for debate, with Roem advocating “Tee-ell-iad” (like “Iliad” etc.) while some others prefer “Tliad” as one vaguely Aztec-sounding word.
It is not actually required that a TLIAD be about contemporary British politics, but almost all of them are. One expected characteristic of a TLIAD, even those which go on for longer than a day, is that updates come frequently and throughout the day - readers are encouraged to be vigilant and comment just as often!
See also Vignettes, the TLIAD genre's little brother.
Given in chronological order of production.
|Title||Author||Year of PoD||Synopsis||Date of creation|
|Better Weather, Less Revolutionary Bloodshed, More Indigestions : An Alternate History of the Kingdom of Hawaii||Petike||1770s, several PODs||James Cook escapes an earlier death, Kamehameha doesn't, and a different French Revolution reshapes British and French competition in empire-building. A “Kingdom of Hawaii” TL done differently.||13 March 2012 (proofread version 23 May 2012)|
|A Brief History of Nuthekrofívotracu and the Holy Dhaklada Commonwealth||Petike||ASB, prehistory||The Doggerland peninsula survives into historical times. Everything changes…||10 November 2012|
|Things Can Really Get Worse||Meadow||1997||John Major somehow wins the 1997 general election with a tiny majority; ENDS BADLY||8 March 2013, first official TLIAD|
|Gone the Dream Ticket||AlfieJ||1983||Neil Kinnock is killed in a car accident just prior to the 1983 Labour Leadership Election||9 March 2013|
|England's Rose||EdT||1918||Cristabel Pankhurst gets into Parliament in 1918 and eventually becomes Prime Minister in time for WW2||10 March 2013|
|Share or Shaft||EdT||1986||Britain gets a different tanned, mental New Labour Prime Minister…||11 March 2013|
|Centuries of Shadow||Mumby||1772||James Somersett loses his case, becomes a villein, and slavery becomes ubiquitous across a grimdark British Empire||8 April 2013|
|Call Me Dave||AlfieJ The Red||2007||Gordon Brown calls a snap election in 2007 and David Cameron ends up leading a Conservative minority government. Currently on hiatus.||13 May 2013|
|I Am A Legend||Meadow||2008||Boris Johnson loses the 2008 London mayoral election, but goes on to become an all-powerful Prime Minister with dystopic ambitions||12 June 2013|
|Cain and Unable: A Tragedy||Lord Roem||2010||What if David Miliband really was the bitter schemer plotting the downfall of his brother Ed that the media think he is?||17 June 2013|
|Be Careful What You Wish For||Thande||2007||Gordon Brown gets stuck in a lift with Nick Clegg and decides to cancel the 2010 election debates||18 June 2013|
|For Want Of A Microphone||AlfieJ||2010||Gordon Brown doesn't make his 'Bigotgate' gaffe at the 2010 election||18 June 2013|
|Meet The New Boss||Meadow||1935||George Lansbury somehow survives as Labour Party leader and leads a hyper-pacifistic government after the 1935 General Election. With Britain defenseless in 1940, it falls to Operation Sea Lion and endures six years of puppet rule under Lloyd George. In 1946, however, it is 'liberated' by the Red Army, and becomes a Soviet satellite state…||9 January 2014|
|An Accident No More||Whanztastic||1976||The first American-focused TLIAD, based on an analogous set of party-reversed Presidents ultimately stemming from Gerald Ford winning the 1976 election.||12 February 2014|
|The Extraordinary Men of Downing Street||Lord Roem||N/A||An ASB entry influenced by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill’s seminal “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, in which all works of fiction exist in the same universe. Anthony Trollope, Chris Morris and Tintin reference abound.||18 February 2014|
|A Comical Affair||Mumby||1950 or N/A||An ASB entry inspired by Roem's “Extraordinary Men”, but instead with all the post-Attlee Prime Ministers consisting of the cast of iconic British children's comic The Beano.||21 February 2014|
|The Limpid Stream||Lord Roem||1917||Vladimir Lenin is assassinated at Finland Station soon after his return from exile in Switzerland. Without his leadership during the July Days, Alexander Kerensky, consolidates the Provisional Government's position and negotiates a ceasefire with the Central Powers. A different, multi-polar Europe results, with a Russian Republic dominated by OTL's Russian émigrés.||7 April 2014|
|The Quiet Death of Liberal England||Agent Boot||1979||The traditional third party fails to break through electorally in the 1980s and British politics remains a strictly two party affair. Broad churches, hipster PMs and butterflies abound.||7 April 2014|
|From the Ashes||Techdread||1940||Lord Halifax become PM in 1940, bungles everything and leads to a Nazi-dominated Britain; at least for a decade or two…||15 April 2014|
|Fifty Glorious Years||Ares96||1941||Sweden gets invaded by the Nazis during the war, and subsequently falls under Soviet domination. A sort of Swedish version of Meet the New Boss.||21 April 2014|
|From the Darkest Moment||AlfieJ & Techdread||1991||John Major is killed in an IRA Mortar Attack in 1991, leading to a very dark era in British politics…||13 June 2014|
|Shuffling The Deck||Lord Roem & Meadow||1942||The premature death of Winston Churchill does not spell disaster for the Allies - indeed, many of the Prime Ministers seem familiar, but, there is something odd about them…||16 June 2014|
|Shuffling the Deck USA||Thande||1944||Thande's American take on Roem and Meadow's Shuffling the Deck concept, which sparked a whole host of new variations from other writers||20 October 2014|
|The Deadliest Meatball||Ares96||1931||Finland becomes a Soviet puppet state, leading to Sweden going much further in developing its nuclear programme.||25 October 2014|
|Advance Australia Where?||Thunderbolt||1945||An Australian Take on Shuffling The Deck.||16 November 2014|
|Zonen||Meadow||1945||British preoccupation leads to Denmark being brought into the post war occupation of Germany…||17 November 2014|
|Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee?||Lord Roem||1999||With John Prescott subsumed by scandal, Mo Mowlam spearheads the establishment of regional assemblies in the North of England.||18 November 2014|
|In Soviet Russia, Deck Shuffles You||Maeglin||1917||A Soviet Russian take on Shuffling The Deck.||19 November 2014|
|A Red Sun||Sulemain||WWII didn't occur||Cold War-esque thriller, recorded in memoir interview form.||19 November 2014|
|The Unicorn and the Stag||Alex Richards||1575||Arabella Stuart has a brief reign between Elizabeth I and James I||19 November 2014|
|Damaged Goods are Still Good||Nofix||1908||A history of a William Jennings Bryan Presidency.||19 November 2014|
|Cantando los Cuarenta||Dr. Strangelove||1977||Spanish PM Suárez doesn't legalize the Communist Party, resulting in a Spanish Shuffling the Deck situation.||26 November 2014|
|Bombard the Headquarters!||Japhy||1971||Marshal Lin Biao successes in assassinating Mao Zedong and seizing control of Communist China. Chaos follows.||11 December 2014|
|For Want of A Paragraph||Meadow||2008||David Miliband writes an additional paragraph in his Guardian article in the summer of 2008, becoming explicitly critical of Gordon Brown and initiating a leadership challenge. The Labour rulebook, however, makes things difficult.||14 December 2014|
|La Isla Blanca||Lord Roem||1588||The Marquis of Santa Cruz survives his illness, leading the Spanish Armada to capture the Isle of Wight. A curious inversion of Anglo-Spanish history follows.||15 December 2014|
|Hirneth heb dha weles Kernow||Techdread||around 2001||Cornwall gets more autonomy within the UK. TL currently on hiatus.||21 December 2014|
|Into the Frying Pan - A Politibrit Thick Of It||Lord Roem||N/A||A humourous TLIAD involving AH.com's Politbrits in the style of The Thick of It.||1 January 2015|
|The Curse of Maggie||Thande||1988||After an earlier end to the Thatcher premiership, the office of Prime Minister is “cursed” and she is followed by a large number of short-term PMs, including some surprising ones.||29 January 2015|
|The Crapgames of New York||Japhy||1928||Mabel Walker Willebrandt decides to launch an investigation into New York Mayor Jimmy Walker to attack Al Smith's Presidential Campaign. The result if a Shuffle the Deck in a very different New York City.||29 March 2015|
|UK Presidential Election 2015||Meadow & Lord Roem||1992||Princess Diana giggles when the Queen falls over in front of her, resulting in Her Majesty's heart being even more hardened against her. In 1997, the death of Diana leads to a constitutional crisis and outcry against the monarchy, and by 2015, Britain is holding its fifth Presidential Election…||6 April 2015|
|Partying Like It's 1999||Thande||1999||ASB TLIAF in which Tony Blair is forced to call a general election in 1999, if anyone happens to notice it that is. And there is something wrong with William Hague's eyes…||16 April 2015|
|A Rigged Deck for A Rigged System||Nofix||1797||The various losers and winners in Presidential elections throughout U.S. history see their roles altered.||16 April 2015|
|Ed Balls||Ed Balls & Ed Balls||Ed Balls||Ed Balls Ed Balls Ed Balls Ed Balls Ed Balls Ed Balls Ed Balls||Ed Balls Day|
|The Unreformed Kingdom||Thande||1815||The deaths of three prominent figures of the 19th century leads to a world where the Reform Act of 1832 failed.||August 15th 2015|
|TLIAW: David Cronenberg's Spider-Man||TehIrishSoap||1989||David Cronenberg decides to direct a comic book film.||October 18th 2015|
|Yo me bajo en Atocha: A Spanish political TLIAD||Goldstein||2004||The Atocha bombings (Madrid terrorist attack on trains) were thwarted.||November 13th 2015|