History Literature / DecadesOfDarkness

11th Jul '17 7:06:56 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* GratuitousSpanish: Quite some, since *American English contains very many Spanish loan words.

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* GratuitousSpanish: Quite some, some examples, since *American English contains very many Spanish loan words.
29th May '17 1:43:21 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* EiffelTowerEffect: Since urban development patterns were among the many things altered over the years, cities have different landmarks from those known in OTL. For instance, New York, instead of the Statue of Liberty, has the Colossus of New York, a figure resembling an ancient Greek hoplite that was gifted to New England by the Greeks. The New England capital of Hartford and the *US capital of Columbia City ([[PleaseSelectNewCityName formerly]] Knoxville, Tennessee) are nearly unrecognizable from their OTL forms by the 20th century due to all the government buildings and monuments that have been built. There is still a Statue of Liberty... only she's overlooking UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} Harbour instead.



* 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 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]]) country, [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany]], successfully turned [[spoiler:France and Great Britain]] into [[BalkaniseMe lots of tiny little puppet states]], and annexed lots of [[spoiler:France]]'s territory.territory. The *US, meanwhile, is still extending UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny all the way into South America as late as the 1930s. As a result, there's the general idea that countries attacking and conquering each other is [[CrapsackWorld just perfectly normal]].


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* EiffelTowerEffect: Since urban development patterns were among the many things altered over the years, cities have different landmarks from those known in OTL. For instance, New York, instead of the Statue of Liberty, has the Colossus of New York, a figure resembling an ancient Greek hoplite that was gifted to New England by the Greeks. The New England capital of Hartford and the *US capital of Columbia City ([[PleaseSelectNewCityName formerly]] Knoxville, Tennessee) are nearly unrecognizable from their OTL forms by the 20th century due to all the government buildings and monuments that have been built. There is still a Statue of Liberty... only she's overlooking UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} Harbour instead, reflecting the status of Australia in this world as the land of freedom, liberty, opportunity, and multiculturalism.
15th Apr '17 1:09:28 PM nombretomado
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'''Decades Of Darkness''' is an AlternateHistory timeline originating on 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.

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'''Decades Of Darkness''' is an AlternateHistory timeline originating on Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom. The creator, Jared, got the idea from a contest to create a historically plausible version of SMStirling's Creator/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.
27th Jan '17 9:37:16 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: The *US, as a consequence of falling under the dominion of the planter aristocrats early in its history. If you're white, or can otherwise pass for white, you can have a decent life. [[MadeASlave If not...]]
19th Jan '17 4:12:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* LovecraftCountry: While the Republic of New England itself isn't portrayed as such, its literary scene produces an analogue of Creator/HPLovecraft and the CthulhuMythos in the form of L. H. Phillips, who is far more successful in life than his inspiration was. While Phillips doesn't share Lovecraft's virulent racism (the *US' [[MoralEventHorizon monstrous behavior]] having discredited white supremacy in most of the world by the 1910s), he does have an equally virulent anti-*Americanism one of his most popular novels depicts, in vivid detail, the collapse of the *US. Given New England's [[spoiler:then-recent and humiliating loss in the North American War]], comparisons can be drawn to [[spoiler:German expressionism and Weimar art]].

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* LovecraftCountry: While the Republic of New England itself isn't portrayed as such, its literary scene produces an analogue of Creator/HPLovecraft and the CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos in the form of L. H. Phillips, who is far more successful in life than his inspiration was. While Phillips doesn't share Lovecraft's virulent racism (the *US' [[MoralEventHorizon monstrous behavior]] having discredited white supremacy in most of the world by the 1910s), he does have an equally virulent anti-*Americanism one of his most popular novels depicts, in vivid detail, the collapse of the *US. Given New England's [[spoiler:then-recent and humiliating loss in the North American War]], comparisons can be drawn to [[spoiler:German expressionism and Weimar art]].
10th Jan '17 3:32:54 PM Gillimer
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** The reactionary "blackshorts" recall Spode's Fascist Black Shorts ("There were no shirts left") mocked in the Literature/JeevesAndWooster novels.
7th Jan '17 8:27:38 AM Gillimer
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** There is widespread revulsion in the US at [[General Fierro's scorched earth/"safety camp" campaign against the rural population in occupied Colombia]]. although he gets away with it in the end.

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** There is widespread revulsion in the US at [[General [[spoiler: General Fierro's scorched earth/"safety camp" campaign against the rural population in occupied Colombia]]. although he gets away with it in the end.
7th Jan '17 8:26:34 AM Gillimer
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** There is widespread revulsion in the US at [[General Fierro's scorched earth/"safety camp" campaign against the rural population in occupied Colombia]]. although he gets away with it in the end.
21st Nov '16 11:13:22 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* CoolShip: The battleships, with 18-inch cannons - bigger than almost anything in our world, except the Yamato.

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* CoolShip: The battleships, with 18-inch cannons - -- bigger than almost anything in our world, except the Yamato.



* EiffelTowerEffect: Since urban development patterns were among the many things altered over the years, cities have different landmarks from those known in OTL. For instance, New York, instead of the Statue of Liberty, has the Colossus of New York, a figure resembling an ancient Greek hoplite that was gifted to New England by the Greeks. The New England capital of Hartford and the *US capital of Columbia City ([[PleaseSelectNewCityName formerly]] Knoxville, Tennessee) are nearly unrecognizable from their OTL forms by the 20th century due to all the government buildings and monuments that have been built. There is still a Statue of Liberty... only she's overlooking UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} Harbour instead.



* NightSwimEqualsDeath: *US president Donald Bellamy. [[spoiler:He was deep in debt after a big recession, so he made a secret agreement with a fascist leader from New England to have him picked up on the sea, with a submarine. It didn't work out. The details remain a mystery.]]

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* NightSwimEqualsDeath: *US president Donald Bellamy. [[spoiler:He was deep in debt after a big recession, so he made a secret agreement with a fascist leader from New England to have him picked up on the sea, with a submarine. It didn't work out. The Publicly, the details remain a mystery.]]mystery, and Bellamy's disappearance becomes the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Inspired by the OTL disappearance of Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt (the writer is Australian); one fringe theory about his disappearance claims that he was a spy for RedChina who was picked up by a Chinese submarine.]]
* PleaseSelectNewCityName:
** After UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC gets burned to the ground again in the War of 1833, the *US moves its capital to Knoxville, Tennessee, out of the reach of British and Yankee assault. Knoxville was named for the Bostonian Henry Knox, which just cannot do for the nation's new capital given the actions of 'treasonous' New England, and so it is rechristened Columbia City.
** When the [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Nephites]] on Vancouver Island gain their own independent state in the wake of the North American War, they rename the capital city of Edwardsville (OTL's Victoria, British Columbia) to Brigham, after the famed Nephite pioneer Brigham Young.
13th Nov '16 3:30:22 AM patton14
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''Decades of Darkness'' is one of the most influential AH.com timelines, and its style of 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.

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''Decades of Darkness'' is one of the most influential AH.com timelines, and its style of 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'' ''ForAllTime'' 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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