History Literature / DecadesOfDarkness

13th Jul '16 6:49:28 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While the *US has built its identity on the preservation of slavery, the populace is only willing to tolerate so much in how slaves and peons are treated. After the North American War, the enslavement of [[spoiler:Canadian rebels in occupied British Columbia]] causes outrage due to the spectacle of [[spoiler:white people being enslaved, with many fearing that they may be next]] -- an admittedly self-serving case, but one all the same. A more clear-cut example comes when outrage over the use of Latina peons as {{sex slave}}s leads to the formation of a peon rights group, the Society for the Ethical Peon Treatment (SEPT).



** Inverted: The government of His Majesty the Czar of All the Russias would like to make perfectly clear that it's Constantinople, not Istanbul.

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** Inverted: Inverted in one important case. The government of His Majesty the Czar of All the Russias [[InsistentTerminology would like to make make]] [[BerserkButton perfectly clear clear]] that it's Constantinople, not Istanbul.''not'' Istanbul.
* LatinoIsBrown: Played with and explored as the *US presses ever further south in Latin America. Due to the logistical challenges of ruling over so many people, they try to co-opt the white ''criollo'' upper classes of the conquered territories as LesCollaborateurs, granting them citizenship and using them to help consolidate their control. Occasionally, some rich ''mestizos'' manage to buy their way into citizenship as well, though this grows tougher as time goes on. The effect of this is that, while the *US remains a white supremacist state, upper-class Hispanic culture forms a large component of its identity, almost as much as [[SouthernGentleman upper-class]] [[SouthernBelle Southern culture]], and in many areas further south, even the white people can look fairly swarthy by non-*American standards. ''Indios'' and ''mestizos'' who couldn't use money to whiten wind up in the ranks of [[EthnicMenialLabor the peons]].



* ReassignedToAntarctica: The transfer to Whydah, an isolated *American colony in West Africa if you belong to the *American military and to Liberia if you belong to the *American State Department.
** Subverted: A decorated Jaguar veteran is handpicked for the prestigious mission of planting the *American flag in Antarctica, symbolizing how *America now stretches not only from "sea to shining sea," but "pole to pole" as well.

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: ReassignedToAntarctica:
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The transfer to Whydah, an isolated *American colony in West Africa Africa, if you belong to the *American military military, and to Liberia if you belong to the *American State Department.
** Subverted: Subverted with Antarctica itself. A decorated Jaguar veteran is handpicked for the prestigious mission of planting the *American flag in Antarctica, symbolizing how *America now stretches not only from "sea to shining sea," but "pole to pole" as well.



* ShoutOut: Many, given to ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', AlanisMorissette, a group of popular rock bands, and more.

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* ShoutOut: Many, given to ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', AlanisMorissette, Music/AlanisMorissette, a group of popular rock bands, and more.



-->Carlson: [[TheSimpsons Lisa needs braces.]]

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-->Carlson: [[TheSimpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa needs braces.]]



* TakeThat: In-story. The Latino revolutionary theorist who calls himself "Eunuco Mitchell" used his pseudonym for this trope. It means "the eunuch Mitchell" and refers to the *US president who conquered Colombia and Venezuela.

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* TakeThat: In-story. The Latino revolutionary theorist who calls himself "Eunuco Mitchell" (TTL's rough analogue of UsefulNotes/CheGuevara) used his pseudonym for this trope. It means "the eunuch Mitchell" and refers to the *US president who conquered Colombia and Venezuela.



** The description of the plans for [[spoiler:Germany's invasion of Britain]] contains a lot of detail about just how many years of planning and preparation went into them. This is a reference to the real-life [[spoiler:Operation Sealion, Hitler's plan to invade the UK, which is a RunningGag on AH.com due to how [[TooDumbToLive monumentally stupid and poorly thought-out]] it was, and how it would have been a total disaster if executed]].
** Operation Sealion was never meant to be carried out, as Hitler repeatedly offered peace negotiations to Britain, which he had always respected, and never wanted to invade it (it was Britain and France that declared war on Germany, not the other way around). Sealion was therefore only the beginning of a plan never meant to be used.

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** The description of the plans for [[spoiler:Germany's invasion of Britain]] contains a lot of detail about just how many years of planning and preparation went into them. This is a reference to the real-life [[spoiler:Operation Sealion, Hitler's plan to invade the UK, which is a RunningGag on AH.com due to how [[TooDumbToLive monumentally stupid and poorly thought-out]] it was, and how it would have been a total disaster if executed]].
** Operation
executed. This is likely because Sealion was never meant to be carried out, as Hitler repeatedly offered peace negotiations to Britain, which he had always respected, and never wanted to invade it (it was Britain and France that declared war on Germany, not the other way around). Sealion was therefore only the beginning of a plan never meant to be used.]]



* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Used to great success in the North American War. Later {{deconstructed}} when they are put to use in the Brazilian Civil War a few years later, where they make easy targets for the new anti-air weapons and fighter planes, causing them to be replaced by conventional bombers in later wars.

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* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Used to great success in the North American War. Later {{deconstructed}} RealityEnsues, however, when they are put to use in the Brazilian Civil War a few years later, where they make easy targets for the new anti-air weapons and fighter planes, causing planes. This causes them to be replaced by conventional bombers in later wars.



* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed.]] In our history, the attacking powers in World War II were defeated and all their conquests undone, so there's the general idea that countries aren't allowed to just attack and conquer each other. In ''Decades of Darkness'', the attacking country ([[spoiler:UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany]]) successfully turned [[spoiler:France]] and [[spoiler:Great Britain]] into [[BalkaniseMe lots of tiny little puppet states]], and annexed lots of [[spoiler:France]]'s territory. As a result, there's the general idea that countries attacking and conquering each other is [[CrapsackWorld just perfectly normal]].

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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed.]] In our history, the attacking powers in World War II were defeated and all their conquests undone, so there's the general idea that countries aren't allowed to just attack and conquer each other. In ''Decades of Darkness'', the attacking country ([[spoiler:UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany]]) successfully turned [[spoiler:France]] [[spoiler:France and [[spoiler:Great Great Britain]] into [[BalkaniseMe lots of tiny little puppet states]], and annexed lots of [[spoiler:France]]'s territory. As a result, there's the general idea that countries attacking and conquering each other is [[CrapsackWorld just perfectly normal]].



* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Averted. France doesn't end well in TTL, but fights hard. In particular, the trope itself is inverted because for much of the 19th century, the USA considers France to be one of her closest friends and allies.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Averted. France doesn't end well in TTL, but fights hard. In particular, the trope itself is inverted because for much of the 19th century, the USA *USA considers France to be one of her closest friends and allies.



* EthnicMenialLabor: It starts with black slaves as in our world, after the Mexican conquest more and more ''mestizos'' and ''indios'' are added to the pool, and after the North American War even ''anglos'' (read: Canadian resistance fighters) get enslaved.

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* EthnicMenialLabor: It starts with black slaves as in our world, after the Mexican conquest more and more ''mestizos'' and ''indios'' are added to the pool, and after the North American War even [[spoiler:even ''anglos'' (read: Canadian resistance fighters) get enslaved.enslaved]].



* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: ''So'' averted: The *USA conquers and enslaves half the world, while the British, German, and Russian empires are all comparatively nice. Played relatively straight in Brazil, where the monarchy is pro-*US and pro-slavery and the republic is pro-German and immediately abolishes slavery, but it becomes a dictatorship.

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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: ''So'' averted: GoodRepublicEvilEmpire:
** Thoroughly averted.
The *USA conquers and enslaves half most of the world, Western Hemisphere while still remaining a republic, while the British, German, and Russian empires are all comparatively nice. nice.
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Played relatively straight in Brazil, where the monarchy is pro-*US and pro-slavery and the republic is pro-German and immediately abolishes slavery, but it becomes a dictatorship.



* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: But of course. UsefulNotes/JamesMadison causes the USA to break up. UsefulNotes/JeffersonDavis also becomes one. UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren become presidents of New England instead. As do Phineas T. Barnum and Daniel Webster. UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant even is a reporter.

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* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: But of course. UsefulNotes/JamesMadison causes the USA to break up. UsefulNotes/JeffersonDavis also becomes one. UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren become presidents of New England instead. As instead, as do Phineas T. Barnum and Daniel Webster. UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant even is a reporter.
2nd Jul '16 11:12:29 AM JustynS
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It ends in 1935 as the world seems to be settling into a four-way [[SecretWar Cold War]] (called the Silent War) between [[AllNationsAreSuperpowers the four world-dominating power blocs]], the USA (known, owing to its evil, as "Alt USA" or *USA), the German Empire (a mostly monarchist federation under the Hapsburgs), the Russian Federation (an enormously complicated Czarist-federal-democratic... ''thing'' stretching from Constantinople to Beijing), and the Restored Empire (an Indian Rim-centered, Australian-led alliance) and its main ally, Nippon. Needless to say, much has changed in the intervening time.

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It ends in 1935 as the world seems to be settling into a four-way [[SecretWar Cold War]] (called the Silent War) between [[AllNationsAreSuperpowers the four world-dominating power blocs]], the USA (known, owing to its evil, as "Alt USA" or *USA), the German Empire (a mostly monarchist federation under the Hapsburgs), Habsburgs), the Russian Federation (an enormously complicated Czarist-federal-democratic... ''thing'' stretching from Constantinople to Beijing), and the Restored Empire (an Indian Rim-centered, Australian-led alliance) and its main ally, Nippon. Needless to say, much has changed in the intervening time.
25th Jun '16 6:15:42 AM FordPrefect
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** The *US makes a point of assimilating those Latinos in the conquered Mexico and Latin America who can either pass for white or are rich enough to buy their citizenship. According to some, this could the ironic effect of making the ruling upper and middle classes of the *US, a nation built upon white supremacy, look rather swarthy and Mediterranean in comparison to their lily-white rivals(though it is highly doubtful that the WASP elites would just stand by and allow this without a fight).

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** The *US makes a point of assimilating those Latinos in the conquered Mexico and Latin America who can either pass for white or are rich enough to buy their citizenship. According to some, this could have the ironic effect of making the ruling upper and middle classes of the *US, a nation built upon white supremacy, look rather swarthy and Mediterranean in comparison to their lily-white rivals(though rivals (though it is highly doubtful that the WASP elites would just stand by and allow this without a fight).
20th May '16 5:48:35 PM Doug86
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'''Decades Of Darkness''' is an AlternateHistory timeline originating on AlternateHistoryDotCom. The creator, Jared, got the idea from a contest to create a historically plausible version of SMStirling's ''Literature/TheDraka'' series: a [[TheEmpire mega evil slaver doom empire]], built on opposition to the very values that the Western world holds dear, takes over the world. "[=DoD=]", as it's commonly abbreviated, deviated considerably from this origin, which is just as well for that part of the world's population not living under said Empire.

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'''Decades Of Darkness''' is an AlternateHistory timeline originating on AlternateHistoryDotCom.Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom. The creator, Jared, got the idea from a contest to create a historically plausible version of SMStirling's ''Literature/TheDraka'' series: a [[TheEmpire mega evil slaver doom empire]], built on opposition to the very values that the Western world holds dear, takes over the world. "[=DoD=]", as it's commonly abbreviated, deviated considerably from this origin, which is just as well for that part of the world's population not living under said Empire.
5th May '16 9:13:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmericanPoliticalSystem: One of the central, recurring themes is the evolution of the political systems of the *USA and the Republic of New England.
5th May '16 9:12:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* AspergerSyndrome: Some Dr. Hans Asperger appears in an AllohistoricalAllusion and becomes the namesake of a medical condition in this world as well. But instead of an autism spectrum disorder, he described full-blown AIDS.



* UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations: the Restored Empire is a closer version. [[spoiler:Interestingly enough, Australia and South Africa have not only replaced the United Kingdom as leading nations, but the fragmented Britain is not even a part of the organization.]]



* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: The term used to describe the civil war in Canada, fought between the socialist, republican west (which is largely Irish-Canadian) and the monarchist, authoritarian east. Ireland itself, oddly and ironically enough, manages to avoid the Catholic-Protestant tension that plagued it in real life, and remains relatively peaceful.



* UsefulNotes/UnitedNations: The Council of Nations is the in-universe counterpart.
18th Dec '15 4:50:38 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Vitalism. Fun fact: The New England Vitalists' [[{{Blackshirt}} paramilitary wing]] wears [[{{Redshirt}} red shirts]].

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Vitalism. ANaziByAnyOtherName:
** Vitalism, a political movement that emerges from a defeated, bitter New England in the 1920s, is TTL's name for fascism (the name derived from the idea of 'restoring vitality to a dying nation'), and it comes complete with all manner of academic arguments as to what ''real'' vitalism is and just what nations qualified as vitalist (arguments that should be familiar to anybody who's studied OTL's fascism).
Fun fact: The New England Vitalists' [[{{Blackshirt}} paramilitary wing]] wears [[{{Redshirt}} red shirts]].shirts]].
** A good case can be made that the *US is starting to approach this by the end of the timeline, with Amber Jarrett's pseudo-Nietzschean philosophy indicating that its white nationalist/supremacist ideology is crystallizing into something even nastier. Another case can be made that the *US crossed that line long ago.
18th Dec '15 4:31:03 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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''Decades of Darkness'' is one of the most influential AH.com timelines, and its style of presentation has inspired many others. It is often cited alongside earlier works from soc.history.what-if such as ''For All Time'' as among the classics of AlternateHistory WebOriginal work. It was concluded on January 20, 2009. A series of vignettes and a novel exploring the future of this world remain in the works.

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''Decades of Darkness'' is one of the most influential AH.com timelines, and its style of presentation presentation, a mix of academic/historical documents providing the 'big picture' and narrative segments following the characters involved with and observing the events (from the leaders and generals to the average Joes and Janes), has inspired many others. It is often cited alongside earlier works from soc.history.what-if such as ''For All Time'' as among the classics of AlternateHistory WebOriginal work. It was concluded on January 20, 2009. A series of vignettes and a novel exploring the future of this world remain in the works.
16th Nov '15 12:42:26 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* DeepSouth: The *US is this trope writ large, with the culture and values of the planter elites of Old Dixie guiding the nation in its conquest of the Americas.



* MarySueTopia: While not really implausible, the Kingdom of Australia and its people are too perfect and successful to be a realistic country, in the eyes of some.
** Actually, they're still not as good as the real Australia is. Just kidding. I'd like to point out this may be a case of AuthorAppeal(as is the case with many other things in the TL). Not to mention that real problems in the country have been talked about, including not having enough water and extreme environmental degradation.
** Liberia fits this trope squarely, the land of former slaves from the Americas. Contrary to real-world Liberia, where different factions have fought one another in one of Africa's longest and cruelest civil wars, it is peaceful and prosperous, with leading figures declaring that race does not matter in their eyes. Even more remarkable when the citizens come not only from the United States, as in the real Liberia, but also from all over the Caribbean, yet still enjoy enlightened fraternal harmony. With no enforced servitude, contrary to black history in real-world Africa. Certainly a case of AuthorAppeal.
*** Not quite. It experienced [[spoiler:a coup d'etat in the last phase of the Great war]]. *Liberia's status as a model nation is the result of a more favorable location and greater immigration and investment into the new nation.
**** While there is a coup d'état toward the end of the story, there is nowhere near the brutality of the real Liberia, or the strife and corruption in most African nations. Likewise, tribal divisions are mostly non-existent in Liberia, making it highly distinct from real-world Africa.
***** It fits for the story Liberia to be highly distinct from real-world Liberia. Real-world Liberia was founded by a little over ten thousand voluntary emigrants to an unwelcoming environment, while the story Liberia was formed by over a hundred thousand people expelled from the United States because of their race, and moved to a different climate. The story Liberia is essentially part of the United States transplanted into Africa.

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* MarySueTopia: MarySueTopia:
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While not really implausible, the Kingdom of Australia and its people are too perfect and successful to be a realistic country, in the eyes of some.
** Actually, they're still not as good as the real Australia is. Just kidding. I'd like to point out this
some. This may be a case of AuthorAppeal(as AuthorAppeal (as is the case with many other things in the TL). Not to mention that TL; the writer is Australian). Furthermore, real problems in the country have been talked about, including not having enough water and extreme environmental degradation.
degradation and water shortages from having a population of 52 million people by TheFifties (greater than that of OTL's combined Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea -- in the present day, mind you).
** Liberia fits this trope squarely, Whether or not Liberia, the land of former slaves from the Americas. Contrary to Americas, counts is very much debatable. Unlike real-world Liberia, where different factions have fought one another in one of Africa's longest and cruelest civil wars, it is peaceful and prosperous, with leading figures declaring that race does not matter in their eyes. Even more remarkable when the citizens come not only from the United States, as in the real Liberia, but also from all over the Caribbean, yet still enjoy enlightened fraternal harmony. With no enforced servitude, contrary \\\
Liberia's status is explained in-story as the result of a more favorable location in Southwest Africa, greater immigration and investment into the new nation (especially once the *US starts expelling free blacks), and most importantly, the fact that the region being settled was only thinly inhabited prior
to black the creation of the first colonies. (OTL Liberia's location in West Africa is a disease-filled jungle that was already filled with natives, most of who viewed the African Americans as just another colonizing force.) And even then, Liberia's history in real-world Africa. Certainly a case of AuthorAppeal.
*** Not quite. It experienced
isn't entirely rosy -- the government commits genocide against the native Herero and Namaqua tribes to make room for "civilized" Liberians, and it experiences [[spoiler:a coup d'etat in the last phase of the Great war]]. *Liberia's status as a model nation is the result of a more favorable location and greater immigration and investment into the new nation.
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War]]. While there is a coup d'état toward it doesn't suffer the end of the story, there is nowhere near the brutality brutality, strife, and corruption of the real Liberia, or the strife and corruption in most African nations. Likewise, tribal divisions are mostly non-existent in Liberia, making it highly distinct from real-world Africa.
***** It fits for the story Liberia to be highly distinct from real-world Liberia. Real-world Liberia was founded by a little over ten thousand voluntary emigrants to an unwelcoming environment, while the story Liberia was formed by over a hundred thousand people expelled from the United States
this isn't because of their race, the seeds for such weren't present -- they just never blossomed because it took much less effort to ethnically cleanse the land and moved to create a different climate. The story Liberia is essentially part of the United States transplanted into Africa."model" nation.
9th Jun '15 4:37:06 AM KevinBWilson
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* SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility: Though some of its more devoted aficionados may want to disagree, [=DoD=] is definitely quite a bit more soft than hard AH, for a very large number of reasons(slavery surviving in the mid 20th Century is a huge example!); may be somewhat more plausible Stirling's Draka, but is beaten out by most other works on AH.com, as well as even Turtledove's "Southern Victory" series, itself criticized for a seeming lack of plausibility.
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