History Literature / DecadesOfDarkness

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.
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.
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