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Internet is discovered in 1925

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This article describes how would be our history if the advent of computers occurred decades before it did in OTL, with the Internet being "discovered" in the year 1925.

Early inventions

Early operating system

SMC-OS 1.3, an early 1929 British operating system.

In the late 1910s, after the end of World War I, the first personal computers were introduced to the public. They were developed by British scientists and initially recognized as an efficient way to organize text in folders and files, as well as turn them into paper documents (since they had a printing system included). They were very expansive as completely new products, causing only rich people to use them. But the curiosity about the new machine grew so much that the price fell substantially in the first half of the 1920s. In 1925, an Austrian engineer named Franz Breuer created the first communication network between computers, the Wien Super-Netzwerke (Vienna Super Network). It initially worked only in Austrian capital of Vienna.

The Great Expansion

Vienna shortly became the most technologically advanced city in the world, even more than London or New York. The Viennese people could communicate more quickly now; they could send instant text and voice messages in few seconds with the advance computers connected to the Wien Super-Netzwerke. Also, there were created websites of many types: digital newspapers, discussion forums, encyclopedias, company sites and many others. The great computer network soon spread throughout Austria, connecting about ten million Austrians and changing its name to Große Österreich Netzwerk (Great Austrian Network). All countries of the world wished to have similar technology, then German Austria quickly regained its economy due to several agreements involving the trade of online network technologies. In 1931, German Austria was the richest country in the world. During these times, Austria had the beautiful scenery of old streets summed with the modernity: the Great Austrian Netork, which brought education and several social interactions to people. After the wide trade of the newly discovered technology, countries such as United Kingdom, United States, France, Italy, Norway, Brazil and Australia adopted similar systems in their respective regions. But each country had its own system. The great union of World networks emerged some years later. The great fusion of online networks occurred in 1933 and was inaugurated with a great party in Vienna. It received the name of Weltweites Netzwerk (International Network). After that event, long-distance contact through letters became quite unusual in the world, since communication was much more common by e-mail. It is also notable that the monitors were black and white by the time. Digital watches have also become common throughout the 1930s. The use of radios also decreased a little. It was also common for cartoon celebrities of the time (such as Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat) to use internet and computer in their films.

World War II

Since the publication of Hitler's Mein Kampf and the foundation Third German Reich, the biased politics of this then newly formed realm became very suspicious. Many authors have consequently written books about the possible threat to humanity that Nazism would be. As a result, many Europeans immigrated to other parts of the world much earlier than they did in OTL. The allies were also better prepared because of the digital inclusion. However, Nazi propaganda on the Internet was also very common in the 1930s and 1940s. With the end of World War II in 1945, the summed death toll was around 30 million (not 72 million as in OTL). Also, after the fall of Nazi Germany, Vienna was in ruins and the economy of Austria dropped again. From there, the Weltweites Netzwerk was renamed to Internet and no longer was believed to had a "cradle" since it was considered a world heritage.


During the Cold War, the dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Internet played a very important role since capitalist and socialist propaganda appeared ​​online.

In the early 1950s, full-color monitors came out together with the television.

In 1956, computers and the Internet were already present in virtually all lives in the world. Computer games have also become very common in the 1950s, with the early color monitors. The transport of voice had become as fast as the transport of text. The Internet expanded along with the television during the second half of the 20th century.

Rhythms such as Rock 'n' Roll and derivatives never arise because the internet made social classes closer to each other; popular and formal artists plays classical music and jazz, characteristic rhythms of earlier decades.


The 1960s were a decade of revolt against the Internet. In 1962, the use of computers and the Internet in schools was approved but in the following year series of public demonstrations by hundreds of people occurred in various places in the world. They supported the idea that the use of computers and the Internet was damaging people's health and social habilities, they wished the ban and of it. In an attempt of answering the riots, the governments have created campaigns encouraging people to worry about other things besides computer and television. In 1960, the number of people who accessed regularly the Internet was 47%. It dropped to 39% in 1966 due to the campaigns. In the late 1960s, letters had an important return as a result of these protests. In 1969, the arrival of the first American astronauts to the moon, an event widely watched in the Internet and television with an audience of over one billion people made the percentage of internet users increase a bit and later estabilize. Due to the invention of the Internet earlier, the space race is far more advanced, with a man on the Moon by 1962 and a man on Mars by 1964. Colonization of the Moon and Mars also began in the late 1960s. America lands on Venus by 1969.


Due to the success of the Internet, the Soviet Union could expand communist and Russian propaganda to more countries in the world. In 1972, nations like Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica were socialist countries like with Cuba. Southern African countries like Mozambique, Angola, Botswana, Swaziland and Zambia also had great Russian socialist influence. The second half of the 1970s was an era of job opportunities to junior artists and performers. Many people showed their artistic talent on the Internet, and managed contracts in capitalist countries. The fight against the Internet continued. Many Islamic countries such as Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia banned all forms Internet at this time. But liberal countries like Netherlands encouraged their citizens to use it online services. In 1979, all political parties which were against the Internet were publicly attacked, which significantly reduced the number of protests.

1980s and 1990s

From the early 1980s, online disclosures against violence and war were very common, due to the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was the only nation with its own Internet system, which was called Великий массовой цифровой системы связи в Союз Советских Социалистических Республик (The Great Mass Digital Communication Systems of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), or simply Soviet Internet or Sovinet. After the Perestroika and the fall of the Soviet Union, the Soviet Internet droped as an independent system and then joined the global Internet. The number of protests against war and socialism in the late 1980s was immense. Until 1996, most socialist and dictatorial regimes were overthrown. Then a new era of peace, democracy and capitalism rised in that year.

Unlike in the OTL, most neutral countries during the Cold War became part of the first world, due to the fastest disclosure of ideologies by capitalist countries. Almost the entire American continent (except the socialist part of the Caribbean) was considered First World before 1980. From 1996, there were numerous predictions that the millennium bug, Y2K, was about to come. People became scared before 2000, but it was not mainly for religious reasons like in OTL, but because of the great confusion that Y2K, the millennium bug, would cause in digital systems in the entire world.

2000s and beyond

Y2K the millennium bug actually happened on January 1, 2000. Millions of people had negative balances in their bank accounts. Specialists initially believed that the bug would be completely fixed only by around 2060, but it happened in 2010 with very hard work.

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