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24th Mar '14 8:37:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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''A Greater Britain'' is an AlternateHistory timeline by Ed "[=EdT=]" Thomas, originally posted on AlternateHistoryDotCom. It can be found [[http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs51/f/2009/291/4/f/__A_Greater_Britain___by_edthomasten.pdf here]].

The aim of the timeline was to [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Rescue From The Scrappy Heap]] one of the most hated political figures in British history, Oswald Mosley. In popular history he's usually dismissed as a Nazi collaborator, while Ed demonstrates that he had a distinguished political career long before the rise of fascism in Europe: specifically Mosley is compared to Tony Blair (emphasised by each chapter being prefaced by a Blair quote) in that he was a Labour politician who foresaw centrism as the way forward, but one who nailed his colours to an unwise mast (fascism and the Iraq war respectively).

''A Greater Britain'' diverges from our timeline when a few votes at a close by-election go the other way and Mosley scrapes into Parliament a little earlier. Consequences and butterflies from this mean Mosley never quixotically abandons Labour to start his dead-end New Party and instead reforms Labour from within, becoming Prime Minister in 1932. His domestic policy such as House of Lords reform and devolving power in India is explored, but most significant is his foreign policy, as he pursues an alliance with Mussolini's Italy. This means the Rome-Berlin Axis never forms, and when thanks to butterflies Austria contests the Anschluss, Italy and Britain call Hitler's bluff and war begins before Germany is ready...

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!!This work contains examples of :
* BalkanizeMe: Yugoslavia, [[TropeNamer of course]]. And [[spoiler:India after 1953]].
* UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem
* UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion: Very different to our version, though it has the same name - it's a cordon sanitaire aimed at Germany and Hungary, at least initially.
* [[ForWantOfANail For Want Of A Hundred Votes]]
* HappilyEverBefore: The timeline proper ends with a short victorious Second World War, no Holocaust, peace in Europe and an India which has seen a peaceful transition to a confederation within the British Commonwealth. The ''epilogue'' set in 1974, on the other hand, has [[spoiler:a crazy North Korea-style Fourth Reich run by Reinhard Heydrich armed with nuclear space stations, India having broken apart through civil war and strife, and more]].
* HistoricalInJoke: Many, but in particular the epilogue features MargaretThatcher and Alan Clark as members of the Labour Party thanks to Mosley's move to the centre.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:[[AppealToForce Nuclear-armed]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] {{IN SPACE}}!]]
* PeaceConference: The Stockholm Conference, which ends the Austrian War.
* RedScare: [[spoiler:After the defeat of Germany in the Austrian War, the Soviet Union was regarded as the "main threat to world peace". Later replaced by the more radical-left People's Republic of China.]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Averted, though the major wars in Europe and East Asia still occur.
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''A Greater Britain'' is an AlternateHistory timeline by Ed "[=EdT=]" Thomas, originally posted on AlternateHistoryDotCom. It can be found [[http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs51/f/2009/291/4/f/__A_Greater_Britain___by_edthomasten.pdf here]].

The aim of the timeline was to [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Rescue From The Scrappy Heap]] one of the most hated political figures in British history, Oswald Mosley. In popular history he's usually dismissed as a Nazi collaborator, while Ed demonstrates that he had a distinguished political career long before the rise of fascism in Europe: specifically Mosley is compared to Tony Blair (emphasised by each chapter being prefaced by a Blair quote) in that he was a Labour politician who foresaw centrism as the way forward, but one who nailed his colours to an unwise mast (fascism and the Iraq war respectively).

''A Greater Britain'' diverges from our timeline when a few votes at a close by-election go the other way and Mosley scrapes into Parliament a little earlier. Consequences and butterflies from this mean Mosley never quixotically abandons Labour to start his dead-end New Party and instead reforms Labour from within, becoming Prime Minister in 1932. His domestic policy such as House of Lords reform and devolving power in India is explored, but most significant is his foreign policy, as he pursues an alliance with Mussolini's Italy. This means the Rome-Berlin Axis never forms, and when thanks to butterflies Austria contests the Anschluss, Italy and Britain call Hitler's bluff and war begins before Germany is ready...

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!!This work contains examples of :
* BalkanizeMe: Yugoslavia, [[TropeNamer of course]]. And [[spoiler:India after 1953]].
* UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem
* UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion: Very different to our version, though it has the same name - it's a cordon sanitaire aimed at Germany and Hungary, at least initially.
* [[ForWantOfANail For Want Of A Hundred Votes]]
* HappilyEverBefore: The timeline proper ends with a short victorious Second World War, no Holocaust, peace in Europe and an India which has seen a peaceful transition to a confederation within the British Commonwealth. The ''epilogue'' set in 1974, on the other hand, has [[spoiler:a crazy North Korea-style Fourth Reich run by Reinhard Heydrich armed with nuclear space stations, India having broken apart through civil war and strife, and more]].
* HistoricalInJoke: Many, but in particular the epilogue features MargaretThatcher and Alan Clark as members of the Labour Party thanks to Mosley's move to the centre.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:[[AppealToForce Nuclear-armed]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] {{IN SPACE}}!]]
* PeaceConference: The Stockholm Conference, which ends the Austrian War.
* RedScare: [[spoiler:After the defeat of Germany in the Austrian War, the Soviet Union was regarded as the "main threat to world peace". Later replaced by the more radical-left People's Republic of China.]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Averted, though the major wars in Europe and East Asia still occur.
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14th May '13 3:28:45 PM MarkLungo
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* WorldWarTwo: Averted, though the major wars in Europe and East Asia still occur.

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* WorldWarTwo: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Averted, though the major wars in Europe and East Asia still occur.
14th May '13 3:28:30 PM MarkLungo
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* EuropeanUnion: Very different to our version, though it has the same name - it's a cordon sanitaire aimed at Germany and Hungary, at least initially.

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* EuropeanUnion: UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion: Very different to our version, though it has the same name - it's a cordon sanitaire aimed at Germany and Hungary, at least initially.
26th Mar '13 7:06:39 AM LongLiveHumour
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* BritishPoliticalSystem

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* BritishPoliticalSystemUsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem
21st Jan '13 12:06:06 PM SeptimusHeap
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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveANuke Nuclear-armed]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] {{IN SPACE}}!]]

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveANuke [[spoiler:[[AppealToForce Nuclear-armed]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] {{IN SPACE}}!]]



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16th Jan '13 9:00:24 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MagnificentBastard: Mussolini, of all people, gets to be one.
** Franco, who managed to become the president of the Spanish Republic despite being one of the leader of an earlier coup against said republic.
* MarySue: Oswald Mosley [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade (the revised version of him)]] can come across as this.



* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: The main purpose of this timeline is to do this to Mosley.
** To a lesser degree, Edward VIII and Subhas Chandra Bose.
8th Sep '12 9:42:08 AM TVRulezAgain
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* HappilyEverBefore: The timeline proper ends with a short victorious Second World War, no Holocaust, peace in Europe and an India which has seen a peaceful transition to a confederation within the British Commonwealth. The ''epilogue'' set in 1974, on the other hand, has [[spoiler:a crazy North Korea-style Fourth Reich run by [[CompleteMonster Reinhard Heydrich]] armed with nuclear space stations, India having broken apart through civil war and strife, and more]].

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* HappilyEverBefore: The timeline proper ends with a short victorious Second World War, no Holocaust, peace in Europe and an India which has seen a peaceful transition to a confederation within the British Commonwealth. The ''epilogue'' set in 1974, on the other hand, has [[spoiler:a crazy North Korea-style Fourth Reich run by [[CompleteMonster Reinhard Heydrich]] Heydrich armed with nuclear space stations, India having broken apart through civil war and strife, and more]].
28th Feb '11 5:07:59 AM Thande
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* HistoricalInJoke: Many, but in particular the epilogue features MargaretThatcher and Alan Clark as members of the Labour Party thanks to Mosley's move to the centre.
28th Feb '11 5:07:14 AM Thande
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* HappilyEverBefore: The timeline proper ends with a short victorious Second World War, no Holocaust, peace in Europe and an India which has seen a peaceful transition to a confederation within the British Commonwealth. The ''epilogue'' set in 1974, on the other hand, has [[spoiler:a crazy North Korea-style Fourth Reich run by [[CompleteMonster Reinhard Heydrich]] armed with nuclear space stations, India having broken apart through civil war and strife, and more]].



** To a lesser degree, Edward VII and Subhas Chandra Bose.

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** To a lesser degree, Edward VII VIII and Subhas Chandra Bose.
14th Nov '10 5:40:42 PM Twentington
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''A Greater Britain'' is an AlternateHistory timeline by Ed "EdT" Thomas, originally posted on AlternateHistoryDotCom. It can be found [[http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs51/f/2009/291/4/f/__A_Greater_Britain___by_edthomasten.pdf here]].

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''A Greater Britain'' is an AlternateHistory timeline by Ed "EdT" "[=EdT=]" Thomas, originally posted on AlternateHistoryDotCom. It can be found [[http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs51/f/2009/291/4/f/__A_Greater_Britain___by_edthomasten.pdf here]].



* WaitWhatWhoa: The epilogue set in the 1970s. If the timeline can be criticised up till then it's on the grounds that it seems too optimistic compared to real life. Then we find out that in the intervening years after the end of Mosley's premiership, [[spoiler:his Indian dominion fell apart and the Nazis came back in Germany (not discredited due to the lack of WW2) and have founded a North Korea-like ''Fourth'' Reich with nuclear-armed space satellites.]]
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