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This page covers the differences between the Revolution Timeline and OTL (Our TimeLine)

Great Powers in Revolution!

The Great Powers of the world of Revolution!, circa 1989

  1. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
  2. United States of America
  3. German Confederation
  4. Kingdom of France
  5. Austro-Hungarian Federation
  6. Republic of California

Due to the unrelenting dominance of the British in this Timeline, British culture is more well known in this timeline, sometimes surpassing the American cultural dominance that has occurred in OTL. Due to this alternate balance of power, ideals like monarchism are more widespread, along with the liberal ideals spread by the French Revolution, resulting in a more tolerable society than OTL, although major tensions still remain in certain parts of the world. For example, the Deep South in the USA, where slavery was abolished in the mid 1860s, albeit reluctantly, the tensions between the North and South has since healed, but a few Southerners still dislike the North.

Technology

For more information see the corresponding Technology Page

Technology in this TL (circa 1989) is an odd mix of early OTL 2000s, 1990s and 1980s technology. To put it bluntly, most technology is around three to five years more advanced than OTL, especially in the field of computers. 

Media and Entertainment

For more information see the corresponding Media Page

There are a few films/video games/TV shows that were created in this Universe that mirror their OTL counterparts.

Examples include:

  • Fallout (Basically OTL Fallout, still owned by Bethesda, but set in different areas of North America)
  • Command and Conquer (Similar to the OTL version, but with a different storyline)
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert (focusing on a World War scenario between a Unified Communalist state and the ATO Powers)
  • The X-Files (Same as OTL, but ended up running for another year before being axed, a revival is slated for 2016 however) 
  • James Bond (A few different Books and Films, but still have a few of the same actors from OTL)
  • Atlantic Powers Hetalia (similar to OTL Hetalia. Albeit with different alliances that reflected the alternate Cold War
  • The Day After (Similar to OTL, it depicts a nuclear exchange between the ATO and Warsaw Pact Nations and it's immediate aftermath)
  • Mein Kampf (Hitler still went into politics, but wasn't an anti-Semite in this ALT. Mein Kampf (written in the 1960s) was about Hitler's struggle to unite the Austro-Hungarian peoples under one banner and promote unity in the nation.

Political Ideologies

Due to the prominence of British culture around the world compared to OTL, Monarchism is more widespread, mainly in Europe, with the exception of the Russian Republic however. The Americas and some parts of Africa and Oceania are seen as the home of republics.

Socialism is seen as a more acceptable form of Communalism and is widely used in the former Communalist states (especially in Scandinavia). Conservatives remain a powerful force in the world, but not as much as Liberlism, which is the primary ideology in Europe, while the Americas have a mixture of Socialism (This is speculated to be caused by the influences from the former Communalist regime in California) and Conservatism, which generally form the major parties in the various nations.

Cold War and MAD

The closest thing that would be seen as the Berlin Wall in this TL would the the California Wall, and the DMZ that separated North and South Japan/Nippon. The California Wall was set up by a paranoid United States to contain the Communalist Californians. California is similar to OTL Cuba in terms of their relationship with the US, although by the end of the Cold War, they restored relations with the US. Meanwhile, this TL's version of Fidel Castro was Vice President of Mexico for a time...

Africa, South America and South East Asia were the home for various Proxy Wars that were fought to expand ATO and Warsaw interests and get a one-up on each other. The ALT Vietnam War (Running from 1963-1972) was in Siam/Thailand, with the British and United States being kicked out of South East Asia, giving the Germans a base to spread Communalism through the Pacific Ocean. The Monarchy was overthrown and was replaced with a shaky Communalist dictatorship that was backed up by the Germans. The AKA (Anthu a Kumasuka Army. Peoples Liberation Army in Thai) was the ALT version of the NVA/Vietcong. 

China never fell to Communism but was subjected to an absolute Monarchy for most of the 20th Century, only reforming after the Peking Protests of 1989 (Similar to the Tianamen Square Protests, with Tank Man and everything). China then transitioned to a Constitutional Monarchy in 1990 under international pressure.

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) was coined in the 1890s. This version of MAD was originally (before nuclear weapons were developed) if a World War were to break out between the Communalist and non Red Powers, industrial, farming and government facilities would be destroyed and would leave many nations on the verge of collapse and would destroy the global economy. This idea made a global war less likely, but when nuclear weapons were developed, the theory was updated to what would be considered like OTL MAD.

Other Global Events

Apartheid was used in The Republic of Friesland (OTL South Australia that was colonised by the Dutch) that had a similar history to OTL South Africa (Called Transvaal in this alt. Afrikaans still exists as a language in this TL, but South Africa is seen as a textbook example of unity between the native peoples and the white settlers.) Transvaal in this TL is co-ruled between the UK and the Netherlands, (A unified Netherlands and Belgium. Everyone just calls it the Netherlands, however) as a result of being under the all-seeing-eye of Europe, racial tensions are not as high and the most non-whites are above the poverty line.

The OTL War in Afghanistan/Iraq War occurs in the 1980s, as a result of militant groups revolting against the Italians in North Africa. The Tripolitanian People’s Army led by one Colonel Gaddafi, led the rogue state in an armed revolt against the Italians and their ATO allies. The Mediterranean War expanded into Southern Europe, with terrorist attacks occurring in Rome, Palermo, Gibraltar, Athens and Constantinople. The newly democratic Warsaw States remained neutral in this conflict, with the exception of the newly unified Japan, who sent the aircraft carrier, the IJS Showa, to the Mediterranean to assist as a medical ship and held host to American, British and Italian aircraft during the course of the war.

Decolonisation, like in OTL, occurred during the 20th Century, albeit at the slower pace. The process of Decolonisation started in the 1970s and ended in the 1990s, but the European powers oversaw the introduction of democratic elections, rather than just leaving the various nations to their own devices.

Here's a list of events from OTL and their Revolution! equivalents. 

  • American Civil War = Emancipation Act of 1861</li>
  • Franco-Prussian War = Franco-German Treaty on the Question of Alsace-Lorraine</li>
  • Formation of the German Empire  = Communalist Revolutions of 1871 </li>
  • Korean War = Japanese War</li>
  • Balkan Wars/WWI = Balkans Wars of 1924-1927</li>
  • The Holocaust is still called the Holocaust in this TL</li>
  • Hitler's Nazi Regime (1933-1945) = Chancellor Hitler of Austria-Hungary (1933-1948)</li>
  • Vietnam War = Siamese War</li>
  • Cuban Missile Crisis = Faroe Islands Standoff/North Sea Crisis</li>
  • Mikhail Gorbachev = Helmut Khol</li>
  • Josef Stalin = Otto von Bismark </li>
  • Revolutions of 1989/Fall of the USSR = Revolutions of 1983-86/Fall of the ADR</li>
  • Soviet War in Afghanistan/Post-9/11 Conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East = Tripolitanian War</li>
  • Yugoslav Wars = Baltic Wars</li>
  • Tianamen Square Protests of 1989 = Peking Pro-Democratic Demonstrations in Imperial China</li>
  • Fall of the USSR leaves the US as only Superpower = Fall of the ADR leaves the US, UK, German Confederation and Japan as the four 'Major Economic Powers'.</li>

    Languages

    The Celtic Languages (Gaelic, Cornish, Welsh, Norman, Breton etc) are more widely spoken then in OTL after the United Kingdom and France passed legislation that made the languages official in their respective regions, this was done to stop the surge in nationalism that was starting to plague Europe as the French and American Revolution's spread the ideals of liberalism and freedom to the rest of Europe. Native languages are also spoken more frequently, but only slightly higher compared to OTL.

    Politics

    The US isn't as conservative as OTL, in fact, the Liberals hold a majority in Congress, followed by the Socialists then the aforementioned Conservatives. As a consequence of this, the religious right of OTL doesn't exist. The closest thing to Fascism in this TL is 'de Gaulleism', the political ideology that was created up by French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle, but this ideology has fallen out of favour in the French government, although some of his core ideas are still visible in French society, along with Spain and the Netherlands to a certain extent. 

    Leaders who would have been considered dictators in OTL are seen as Western friendly leaders, especially when it comes to the Arab World. Saddam Hussein was the Prime Minister of the Ottoman Empire from 1979-1983 and 1987-1991, his rule was marked with numerous reforms that aided in distancing the Empire from their dark past, having apologising to the Kurds and Armenians for the genocide that took place in the early 20th century. Francisco Franco was a highly decorated General in the Spanish Army, while Osama bin Laden currently serves in the Ottoman Air Force, as a cargo plane pilot.

    Adolf Hitler isn't seen as a symbol of evil, rather as a symbol of unity in Austria-Hungary as he saved the Empire from Civil War in the 1940s and 50s. After his retirement from politics, Hitler got back into painting and as a result is also known as an award winning artist. On the other end of the spectrum, people like Otto von Bismark would be synonymous with people like OTL Stalin, the latter serving as Defence Minister of Alyeska. Mussolini oversaw the recovery of the Italian economy in the 1930s, after the Great Depression ended, making Italy one of the most economically powerful nations in the world.

    HitlerandMussolini

    Austro-Hungarian Chancellor Adolf Hitler and Italian Economics Minister Benito Mussolini. Circa 1944

    Religion

    Due to the lack of a Holocaust and September 11th Attacks, religious tolerance is higher than OTL. The Jewish population in Europe is higher, and Israelis and Palestinians live in relative harmony. The Catholic Church is more liberal and accepting of women in the clergy as of the early 2000s. Thanks to the lack of a 9/11-esque event, Islam is tolerated in the Western world, along the same lines of Christianity and Judaism in OTL. The Eastern religions are more popular in China due to the lack of a Communist regime in the nation, while religions like Atheism are higher in the former Communalist states, especially in northern Japan and former Communalist Europe. In India, Christianity (especially Anglicanism) is popular in Western India, while Calvinism is popular in the South, due to the Dutch colonisation in the 1700s. Roman Catholiscim is popular in the French portions of India. Hinduism is also prevalent in all of the states, but also make up the majority in the Mughal Empire.

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