History Literature / TheMerchantPrincesSeries

4th Sep '17 9:00:44 PM Peteman
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** It's worth noting that the series is quite a brutal {{Deconstruction}} of the usual "Alternate Universe" setting. The logistical and geopolitical consequences are explored quite thoroughly.

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** It's worth noting that the series is quite a brutal {{Deconstruction}} of the usual "Alternate Universe" setting. The logistical and geopolitical consequences are explored quite thoroughly.
10th Aug '17 9:32:56 AM Ramidel
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* PragmaticVillainy: Colonel Eric Smith is a Homeland Security spook, but one of his roles in the story is to explain in exhausting detail to Agent Gomez (a StupidEvil CommanderContrarian) why the American dark state tries to avoid such things as assassination, kidnapping and forced conscription. Human intelligence assets are impossible to control by force, and blunt instruments are incredibly clumsy and unreliable; spies need to be persuaded that they're on the right side.



* Pirates Of Penzance: The general was the perfect model of a modern military man



* StupidEvil: Agent Gomez in ''Empire Games'' [[CommanderContrarian consistently suggests]] using nasty, brute-force black-bag techniques when dealing with Rita. She gets shut down each time because Colonel Smith knows that that's the ''wrong'' way to train a covert agent.

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* StupidEvil: Agent Gomez in ''Empire Games'' [[CommanderContrarian consistently suggests]] using nasty, brute-force black-bag techniques when dealing with Rita. She gets shut down each time because Colonel Smith knows that that's the ''wrong'' way to train a covert agent. The incident that takes the cake is when she suggests threatening Rita's grandfather with deportation because he lied about his Stasi connections when immigrating. Even if Gomez could persuade an immigration judge to ''care'' about a defection from the long-gone GDR, Kurt would be deported to a rich country where he had family, would be received with open arms as someone who fled the GDR, and probably given a pension. Her threat was completely worthless.
10th Aug '17 8:41:22 AM Ramidel
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* EnemyMine: The defining feature of New British and French foreign policy in Timeline Three was their mutual enmity. However, after the Revolution toppled New Britain, the King-in-Exile became a fixture of the French court, and his son a fast friend of le Dauphin, while France began ramping up production for another world war with the New American Commonwealth. For all their previous enmity, the New British had been a fellow monarchy, and a Communist revolution represents an existential threat to the idea of monarchism.
10th Aug '17 8:28:28 AM Ramidel
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* ChummyCommies: The New American Commonwealth, established in 2003 in Timeline Three after the fall of New Britain's monarchy. The government is a theoretically-democratic one-party state running an economic program explicitly based on the New Economic Policy, and are introducing massive innovations from computer networks to antibiotic factories both to develop a defense against the United States, and to generally improve the lives of the people. Miriam and her Clan allies are working as hard as they can to step on the [[DirtyCommunists darker sister trope]], as they know exactly how ''that'' kind of Communism turns out.

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* ChummyCommies: The New American Commonwealth, established in 2003 in Timeline Three after the fall of New Britain's monarchy. The government is a theoretically-democratic nominally-democratic one-party state state[[note]]They're trying to democratize, but the people haven't really gotten the idea that you can vote ''against'' the government[[/note]] running an economic program explicitly based on the New Economic Policy, and are introducing massive innovations from computer networks to antibiotic factories both to develop a defense against the United States, and to generally improve the lives of the people. Miriam and her Clan allies are working as hard as they can to step on the [[DirtyCommunists darker sister trope]], as they know exactly how ''that'' kind of Communism turns out.
10th Aug '17 8:21:58 AM Ramidel
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* ChummyCommies: The New American Commonwealth, established in 2003 in Timeline Three after the fall of New Britain's monarchy. The government is a theoretically-democratic one-party state running an economic program explicitly based on the New Economic Policy, and are introducing massive innovations from computer networks to antibiotic factories both to develop a defense against the United States, and to generally improve the lives of the people. Miriam and her Clan allies are working as hard as they can to step on the [[DirtyCommies darker sister trope]], as they know exactly how ''that'' kind of Communism turns out.

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* ChummyCommies: The New American Commonwealth, established in 2003 in Timeline Three after the fall of New Britain's monarchy. The government is a theoretically-democratic one-party state running an economic program explicitly based on the New Economic Policy, and are introducing massive innovations from computer networks to antibiotic factories both to develop a defense against the United States, and to generally improve the lives of the people. Miriam and her Clan allies are working as hard as they can to step on the [[DirtyCommies [[DirtyCommunists darker sister trope]], as they know exactly how ''that'' kind of Communism turns out.
10th Aug '17 8:20:30 AM Ramidel
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* ChummyCommies: The New American Commonwealth, established in 2003 in Timeline Three after the fall of New Britain's monarchy. The government is a theoretically-democratic one-party state running an economic program explicitly based on the New Economic Policy, and are introducing massive innovations from computer networks to antibiotic factories both to develop a defense against the United States, and to generally improve the lives of the people. Miriam and her Clan allies are working as hard as they can to step on the [[DirtyCommies darker sister trope]], as they know exactly how ''that'' kind of Communism turns out.
10th Aug '17 8:05:06 AM Ramidel
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* UnitedEurope: In Timeline Three, France has become this; the capital is now in St. Petersburg and Britain is a nuclear testing ground.
10th Aug '17 7:25:43 AM Ramidel
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** After the 7/16 nuclear attack, the Department of Homeland Security receives this kind of authority, and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments both become largely theoretical concepts.
9th Aug '17 12:56:57 AM Requia
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* OutsideContextProblem: Everything is happening against a backdrop where the previous timeline hopping civilization's homeworld was [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX crushed into a black hole.]]

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* OutsideContextProblem: Everything is happening against a backdrop where the previous timeline hopping civilization's homeworld was [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX [[spoiler:[[ApocalypseHow/ClassX crushed into a black hole.]]]]]]
9th Aug '17 12:53:56 AM Requia
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* OutsideCOntextProblem: Everythign is happening against a backdrop where the previous timeline hopping civilization's homeworld was [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX crushed into a black hole.]]

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* OutsideCOntextProblem: Everythign OutsideContextProblem: Everything is happening against a backdrop where the previous timeline hopping civilization's homeworld was [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX crushed into a black hole.]]
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