BlitzpunkIn this world, different people take power in the United States in the 30s, preventing any blockade on exports of petroleum to Japan, and deterring Japanese aggression later on. This has some butterflies in concentrating Japanese firepower in China, and less on European colonial territory, but more importantly, it prevents the US from having any reason to entangle itself in Europe. Different President follows different President, maintaining America in its glorious isolation.
For Britain, the consequences were terrible. Isolated, they were bombed until the RAF was crippled, their Channel ports were eviscerated, and a U-Boat blockade slowly tightened it's grip. But Churchill was determined that Britain would not go quietly into the night. He watched on, his face set like stone, as America and Japan signed a treaty dividing the Pacific into spheres of influence, and Japan quietly and calmly started adding European territory to her own. He watched on as the German war-machine ground into
Blood DragonWelcome to the future. It is 2007. The apocalypse has had an apocalypse. By which we mean that the Soviet Union and the United States fell into the abyss of mutually assured destruction, but managed to clamber out before they hit the bottom. They've slipped a couple of times, but now they stand outside the pit. They have their problems but they have avoided Armageddon. Cold War tensions continue, but its strictly conventional these days.
This world was born in the 80s. The fear that Able Archer was genuine threat terrified the Soviets, so they struck first. A limited nuclear strike destroyed bases and cities across the West, and several weapons were detonated in the Van Allen Belts, wiping out the various satellite defences and weapons. Two massive conventional invasions were unleashed, one upon Western Europe and one upon North America.
Massive electromagnetic pulses and the destruction of satellite defences saw the capacity for the US to return nuclear war in kind massively reduced.
An Artilleryman's DreamThe Martians came in the 1890s. They did not flinch or falter. They conquered our planet, and stood as Gods above the fearful mass of Mankind. They used human blood to adapt themselves to our planet's conditions and began to farm our species as cattle. For fifty years, Earth was a colony of the Ulla Dynasty. The Martian Empire is most comparable in human experience to the Chinese Empire or maybe the old Islamic Caliphates. Powerful dynasties of Emperors have risen and fallen, and on a planet were seas have always been small, empires have always been big. Eventually, under the first Ulla Emperor, all Mars was conquered and its Golden Age began. It is a cosmopolitan empire of many Martian races (though humans maintain they all look the same), a thousand tongues. The Golden Age of Mars saw the dawn of a high technology civilisation. That golden age ended about two hundred years ago. Mars had always been dry, but massive irrigation projects to feed an ever growing population had led to Glo