History Literature / SixteenThirtyTwo

5th Aug '17 7:23:00 AM Bissek
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* WorthlessForeignDegree: Thanks to a 350 year knowledge gap, most downtimer degrees are considered less prestigious than a GED from Grantville High.
9th Jul '17 2:26:23 PM Bissek
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* BodyDouble: Maria Anna considers switching places with her maid as part of her plan to escape her marriage to Maximillian. This quickly gets discarded as she considers the two women in her household she is trusting with her plans - one of them is thirty years older than she is, and the other is a good eight inches too short to convincingly take her place.
4th Jul '17 11:21:10 AM Bissek
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** Though ''1635: The Dreeson Incident'' gets pretty bad about it with the 250 Club members. One literally thinks that "conspirator" and "Commie" are synonyms.

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** Though ''1635: The Dreeson Incident'' gets pretty bad about it with the 250 Club members. One literally thinks that "conspirator" and "Commie" are synonyms. Another also thinks that because the US was allied with France against Germany in WWII, the French are the good guys and the Germans are the bad guys now, despite the fact that they're living in Germany and mercenaries paid by the French had tried to burn the town to the ground a few years before.
13th Apr '17 4:25:53 PM Bissek
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* DumbDodoBird: The Grantville Gazette serial "Second Chance Bird" centers around an uptimer bird-watcher who realizes that since the dodo didn't become extinct until the 1680s, they were still alive after the Ring of Fire, and sets up a USE colony on Mauritus to, among other things, save them from extinction.
13th Apr '17 5:36:07 AM Bissek
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* ''1637: The Volga Rules'' with Paula Goodlet (coming in 2017)

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* ''1636: Mission to the Mughals'', with Griffin Barber
* ''1637: The Volga Rules'' with Paula Goodlet Goodlett (coming in 2017)
13th Mar '17 5:20:23 PM Bissek
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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Suffice it to say that no up-timer has a favorable view of slavery and no downtimer that does is shown with any redeeming traits. One of the themes of the books is the attempt to avert the catastrophes that would happen in real life after the point of divergence and slavery is probably second only to the Shoah in the priorities of the protagonists on their "don't let this happen" list.

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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Suffice it to say that no up-timer has a favorable view of slavery and no downtimer that does is shown with any redeeming traits. One of the themes of the books is the attempt to avert the catastrophes that would happen in real life after the point of divergence and slavery is probably second only to the Shoah in the priorities of the protagonists on their "don't let this happen" list. One short story centers around a plan to make cotton farming economically feasible without the need for slaves (mechanical harvesters and cotton gins, which can do the work of a dozen slaves or more and don't need to be fed year round), thus removing one of the key factors that created the demand for a large scale slave trade.
13th Mar '17 4:56:02 PM Bissek
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* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: The greatest power in 17th century Europe has yet to enter the fray: The Ottoman Empire is in the early 17th century still at the peak of its military and economic power, with a very advanced technology for its time, and while the official stance of the regime is that the Ring of Fire did not happen, its spies and [[OhCrap engineers are already reverse engineering the best that Grantville has to offer]]. This might count as a subversion as the giant is already awake and just staying on the sidelines, until the end of ''1636: The Saxon Uprising''. [[spoiler:The Ottomans are massing forces in their Balkan territories for an invasion of Austria.]]

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* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: The greatest power in 17th century Europe has yet to enter the fray: The Ottoman Empire is in the early 17th century still at the peak of its military and economic power, with a very advanced technology for its time, and while the official stance of the regime is that the Ring of Fire did not happen, its spies and [[OhCrap engineers are already reverse engineering the best that Grantville has to offer]]. This might count as a subversion as the giant is already awake and just staying on the sidelines, until the end of ''1636: The Saxon Uprising''. [[spoiler:The Ottomans are massing forces in their Balkan territories for an invasion of Austria. In ''The Ottoman Uprising'' Murad's armies successfully take Vienna before a combined alliance of Austria, Bohemia and the USE stops his advance, and by book's end Murad hasn't been defeated, just kept from seizing more territory.]]
22nd Feb '17 1:33:25 PM tromag
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* ExploitedImmunity: In ''1636: the Saxon Uprising'', General Mike Stearns finds himself facing General Baner, who has half again as many troops and has never been beaten on an open field. Stearns waits until February when said field has two feet of snow on it, then rolls up with an army equipped with toasty-warm winter gear and ski-mounted artillery and logistics vehicles, laughing about how cold Baner's mercenaries look. And then he attacks in the middle of a whiteout blizzard, which paralyzes Baner's centralized army (which is used to sweeping maneuvers requiring an awareness of the whole battlefield) but is much less of an obstacle for Stearns' self-directed regiments.

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* ExploitedImmunity: When Mike Stearns becomes a General, he becomes renowned for making sure all of his men have warm clothing, decent food and gear, and exercise proper hygiene, in an era where most armies are composed of mercenaries who have to provide their own clothes and equipment. In ''1636: the Saxon Uprising'', General Mike Stearns he finds himself facing General Baner, who has half again as many troops and has never been beaten on an open field. Stearns waits until February when said field has two feet of snow on it, then rolls up with an army equipped with toasty-warm winter gear and ski-mounted artillery and logistics vehicles, laughing about how cold lets Baner's mercenaries look. And men freeze, starve and sicken in their trenches all winter, and then he attacks in the middle of a whiteout blizzard, which blizzard. This paralyzes Baner's centralized army (which is used to sweeping maneuvers requiring an awareness of the whole battlefield) army, but is much less of an obstacle for Stearns' self-directed regiments.
20th Feb '17 7:35:26 AM KazutoAbridged
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* RummageSaleReject: Elisabeth Lukretia von Teschen might be amused by the Viennese crowd remaking downtime Vienna according to an uptime guidebook of the city. She is not pleased with the people who have taken to mixing their apparel from 400 years of fashion. All at once.
1st Feb '17 7:00:31 PM Bissek
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* JobStealingRobot: An unavoidable consequence of introducing nineteenth and early twentieth century technology to the seventeenth century. Mills, factories, sewing machines and machine presses produce more goods in less time - and also at less cost once the initial equipment expenses are paid off - than small guild-run shops, so the guildsmen who adopt the uptime methods become extremely rich while those who do not quickly find themselves out of business. In one short story automated cotton pickers and gins are introduced for the purpose of making slave plantations economically unfeasible (why bother buying slaves to harvest and clean cotton if one man with two machines and a donkey can do all that work himself in a week?).
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