Captain Zee wroteColonI think they would be closer to the "quarantine zones" the old US set up after their fighting men and women returning from the Great War brought back some sort of disease that resembled Europe's "Dark Plague."
feggula wroteColonWould the various states of America ever reunite at any time in history?
feggula wroteColonWould they ever form a United States of America under one rule again?
feggula wroteColonCould they ever be united militarily by one state, and if so which state?
feggula wroteColonIf WW2 never happened, when would the Crimson Skies era end, knowing that war fuels technology?
feggula wroteColon Hitler does not rise to power as he disappears in 1924 and the Nazi party is only one of the many radical parties operating in Germany at the time. With the 'permission' of the current President, the Chancellor and Minister of Defence - Kurt von Schleicher - organises a military take over and declares martial law. Over the next six months, there are many clashes in the streets as the military tackles the fringe parties, but eventually law and order are restored and martial law is dropped. Nationalism and unity are promoted and knowing that Germany is in a weak state, a major upgrading of the armed forces is started, over the protest of Britain and France (although they do nothing about it). Germany becomes a prime player politically in Europe in the late 30's and 40's but would always be at odds with the Soviet Union, which would eventually lead to the Great World War 2 in 1953.
feggula wroteColonThoughts, flames or parachutes?
foxmalcolm wroteColonRemind me what disease was this?
All I remember was the influenza pandemic that hit the states after the war, the only thing I remember about a "plague" from this time was a isolated report of a plague ship in Italy that was quarantined with Bubonic Plague, but nothing widespread . . .
feggula wroteColonDo you think that the various states might band together to form something like the NATO listed above for mutual defence against an outside aggressor or to promote trade and travel with America?
feggula wroteColonSo getting back to the topic, it seems then that once America splits, it probably will never reunite, but it might form alliances and treaties and maybe merges (or "absorbtions"). Do you think that the various states might band together to form something like the NATO listed above for mutual defence against an outside aggressor or to promote trade and travel with America? Trouble with that though, is that because most of the various states have strong links with other countries there would not be any single aggressor that would cause such a move - one persons ally is anothers enemy.
csadn wroteColonHere you run across one of the major problems _CS_ suffered from: Dear Old Uncle Adi. "As you know, Bob" [ ], in Europe, and Germany especially, depictions of Hitler, Nazis, swastikas, etc., are Strictly Verboten; yet most of the pulps of the period featured heroes who were full-time Fearless Nazi Smashers. So, the problem is: How to depict pulp-era villains, esp. Adolf, when doing so renders it impossible to sell the product in a large part of the world? (Not to mention the "it's for the children" types who go batflop-insane at the suggestion that kids might be exposed to Real-World Horror.)
Unfortunately, as I learned from my convos with Herr Trautmann, MS's solution was "the elephant in the living room": Ignore it, and hope like hell no one else comments on it. There was never to be any mention of the political situation in Germany (or Japan, or the Soviet Bunion); and any attempts by anyone to write about same were to be quietly suppressed. Unfortunately, this sort of game inevitably attracts historians -- like me -- and so the very issues which are most-desperately being swept under the rug are being dragged out the other side.
The timeline you propose is similar to the various suggestions made on the old CS Forum for "a final solution of the Hitler Question" -- in short: Hitler dies early in his political career, so the Nazis never become the major player they were historically, and *definitely* never get into position to commit their historical atrocities. It's workable, but it whacks head-on into another big problem writers for the game faced: "No WW2 -- at least not in-game"; WW2 was seen as "the end of the era" for pulp-fiction, so having it in CS would end the CS Era (see earlier remarks), which is sort of counterproductive.
(For reference: My solution for the Hitler Question was "his bodyguards weren't quite quick enough at Munich, and he dies in the gunfire; the party then collapses, and its members divide among various nationalist and regionalist parties". This leads to the Big Threat of the period being not Berlin; but Moscow, and the Communist International, who seek by means both overt and covert to overthrow the weakened and divided nations of Eurasia, and even unto the Americas.)
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