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9th Jul '17 8:36:30 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, WorldWarII is interrupted by a fleet of lizard-people from outer space (a.k.a. The Race) in 1942. This is both unlucky and lucky for the aliens: if they'd shown up 50 years early they would've swiftly annihilated a planet who had yet to discover military flight, rocketry, and the basic building blocks of nuclear weapons. If The Race had shown up 50 years later they would have been soundly defeated by humans with modern technology that matched The Race but with much greater understanding of tactics and strategy, not to mention several nations having massive nuclear weapons programs.
* Another Turtledove series, ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'' diverges from our timeline when the German ambassador to Czechoslavakia is assassinated by a Czech nationalist while Hitler is negotiating over the Sudetenland in 1938. This prompts Hitler to invade Czechoslovakia, with Britain and France declaring war on Germany in turn. Germany has to fight to get Czechoslovakia instead of taking it over without a fight, and as a result loses the momentum that let them take most of Europe in real life. Instead they wind up in a bloody two-front slog for most of the rest of the series. On a smaller scale, [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar Jose Sanjurjo]] in Spain listens to some good advice, leaves a bit of baggage behind, and survives the plane ride that killed him in real life. Because of the early outbreak of WorldWarTwo, the Spanish Republicans are saved by aid from the Allies rather than being defeated in 1939, and Spain also turns into a stalemate.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is interrupted by a fleet of lizard-people from outer space (a.k.a. The Race) in 1942. This is both unlucky and lucky for the aliens: if they'd shown up 50 years early they would've swiftly annihilated a planet who had yet to discover military flight, rocketry, and the basic building blocks of nuclear weapons. If The Race had shown up 50 years later they would have been soundly defeated by humans with modern technology that matched The Race but with much greater understanding of tactics and strategy, not to mention several nations having massive nuclear weapons programs.
* Another Turtledove series, ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'' diverges from our timeline when the German ambassador to Czechoslavakia is assassinated by a Czech nationalist while Hitler is negotiating over the Sudetenland in 1938. This prompts Hitler to invade Czechoslovakia, with Britain and France declaring war on Germany in turn. Germany has to fight to get Czechoslovakia instead of taking it over without a fight, and as a result loses the momentum that let them take most of Europe in real life. Instead they wind up in a bloody two-front slog for most of the rest of the series. On a smaller scale, [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar Jose Sanjurjo]] in Spain listens to some good advice, leaves a bit of baggage behind, and survives the plane ride that killed him in real life. Because of the early outbreak of WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Spanish Republicans are saved by aid from the Allies rather than being defeated in 1939, and Spain also turns into a stalemate.



* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', which deals with parallel universes on a regular basis, often has its main characters deduce the point of divergence between the universe they are currently in and their home universe (Earth Prime). In the pilot, the point of divergence between Earth Prime and the Communist-ruled USA world is the outcome of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar (loss for the US as opposed to a draw). In another episode, UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo lasts for several years longer than expected, resulting in a different president being in office during the [[RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell incident]]. Unlike most other worlds, this guy decides to make the knowledge of aliens public, forming a trade partnership with them. By the turn of the century, the US has ubiquitous ArtificialGravity and [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture near-perfect health]], and an almost-successful manned mission to Mars has taken place a few years prior.

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', which deals with parallel universes on a regular basis, often has its main characters deduce the point of divergence between the universe they are currently in and their home universe (Earth Prime). In the pilot, the point of divergence between Earth Prime and the Communist-ruled USA world is the outcome of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar (loss for the US as opposed to a draw). In another episode, UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII lasts for several years longer than expected, resulting in a different president being in office during the [[RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell incident]]. Unlike most other worlds, this guy decides to make the knowledge of aliens public, forming a trade partnership with them. By the turn of the century, the US has ubiquitous ArtificialGravity and [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture near-perfect health]], and an almost-successful manned mission to Mars has taken place a few years prior.



* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'': The [=PoD=] occurs when Spain decides to heed U.S. demands after the destruction of the ''U.S.S. Maine'' in Havana in 1898. They agreed to give Cuba independence, averting the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar. Then the 1908 Tunguska Event brought with it in this world an alien menace, a virus that infects and turns humans into savage alien creatures. WorldWarII as ''we'' know it is averted in this world, but the aliens then invade at the end of 1949 from Russia (which had been slowly overrun in the proceeding decades.
* ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'': The [=PoD=] is the death of Winston Churchill from a car accident in 1931, instead of surviving as in RealLife. Without his leadership, Britain quickly falls to the Nazis in WorldWarII. The Nazis, along with Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan proceed to conquer their areas of interest, while the Germans built up the military even more. Eventually they launch a full-scale invasion of the United States in 1952.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'': The [=PoD=] occurs when Spain decides to heed U.S. demands after the destruction of the ''U.S.S. Maine'' in Havana in 1898. They agreed to give Cuba independence, averting the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar. Then the 1908 Tunguska Event brought with it in this world an alien menace, a virus that infects and turns humans into savage alien creatures. WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as ''we'' know it is averted in this world, but the aliens then invade at the end of 1949 from Russia (which had been slowly overrun in the proceeding decades.
* ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'': The [=PoD=] is the death of Winston Churchill from a car accident in 1931, instead of surviving as in RealLife. Without his leadership, Britain quickly falls to the Nazis in WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The Nazis, along with Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan proceed to conquer their areas of interest, while the Germans built up the military even more. Eventually they launch a full-scale invasion of the United States in 1952.



* According to [[AllInTheManual the backstory]] for ''Enigma: Rising Tide'', the RMS ''Lusitania'' was never sunk by a German U-boat, which prevented the US from entering UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. The Central Powers win the war, with Germany annexing France and Britain. Churchill flees Britain for Hong Kong with the rest of the government aboard the HMS ''Hood'' and forms the League of Free Nations, which includes Britain's government-in-exile and Imperial Japan. The game is centered on controlling ships during this world's version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, a MeleeATrois between the German Empire, the US, and the LFN. The game even includes an event that is a direct parallel to the attack on Pearl Harbor, except, in this version, it's the Americans performing a sneak attack on the German fleet at Scapa Flow, with Chancellor von Richthofen (yes, [[TheRedBaron that one]]) giving a speech eerily similar to FDR's and announcing the end to the age of the battleship.

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* According to [[AllInTheManual the backstory]] for ''Enigma: Rising Tide'', the RMS ''Lusitania'' was never sunk by a German U-boat, which prevented the US from entering UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The Central Powers win the war, with Germany annexing France and Britain. Churchill flees Britain for Hong Kong with the rest of the government aboard the HMS ''Hood'' and forms the League of Free Nations, which includes Britain's government-in-exile and Imperial Japan. The game is centered on controlling ships during this world's version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a MeleeATrois between the German Empire, the US, and the LFN. The game even includes an event that is a direct parallel to the attack on Pearl Harbor, except, in this version, it's the Americans performing a sneak attack on the German fleet at Scapa Flow, with Chancellor von Richthofen (yes, [[TheRedBaron that one]]) giving a speech eerily similar to FDR's and announcing the end to the age of the battleship.
1st Apr '17 9:16:17 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'': {{Jesus}} was killed by Herod's troops and the Redeemer took his place as the {{Messia|nicArchetype}}h.

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* ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'': {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} was killed by Herod's troops and the Redeemer took his place as the {{Messia|nicArchetype}}h.
30th Mar '17 8:59:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''VideoGame/WarFrontTurningPoint'', Hitler is killed in the early days of the war, and the new chancellor is much more competent. Under his leadership, Operation Sea Lion succeeds, and Britain falls to Germany. However, this also means that Germany never attacked the Soviet Union, and the Soviets build up their forces in preparation to strike at them.
30th Mar '17 8:55:52 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Timelines: Assault on America'', the OSS manages to assassinate Hitler in 1942, along with a number of high-ranking Nazi officials. As a result, more competent generals take charge of Nazi Germany and find out what the Americans have done. With that knowledge, they cancel Operation Barbarossa (strangely, the invasion happened the prior year in RealLife) and direct their efforts towards the US, making plans with Japan to perform a simultaneous two-pronged assault.
30th Mar '17 8:48:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* According to [[AllInTheManual the backstory]] for ''Enigma: Rising Tide'', the RMS ''Lusitania'' was never sunk by a German U-boat, which prevented the US from entering UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. The Central Powers win the war, with Germany annexing France and Britain. Churchill flees Britain for Hong Kong with the rest of the government aboard the HMS ''Hood'' and forms the League of Free Nations, which includes Britain's government-in-exile and Imperial Japan. The game is centered on controlling ships during this world's version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, a MeleeATrois between the German Empire, the US, and the LFN. The game even includes an event that is a direct parallel to the attack on Pearl Harbor, except, in this version, it's the Americans performing a sneak attack on the German fleet at Scapa Flow, with Chancellor von Richthofen (yes, [[TheRedBaron that one]]) giving a speech eerily similar to FDR's and announcing the end to the age of the battleship.
30th Mar '17 8:38:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', which deals with parallel universes on a regular basis, often has its main characters deduce the point of divergence between the universe they are currently in and their home universe (Earth Prime). In the pilot, the point of divergence between Earth Prime and the Communist-ruled USA world is the outcome of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar (loss for the US as opposed to a draw).

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', which deals with parallel universes on a regular basis, often has its main characters deduce the point of divergence between the universe they are currently in and their home universe (Earth Prime). In the pilot, the point of divergence between Earth Prime and the Communist-ruled USA world is the outcome of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar (loss for the US as opposed to a draw). In another episode, UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo lasts for several years longer than expected, resulting in a different president being in office during the [[RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell incident]]. Unlike most other worlds, this guy decides to make the knowledge of aliens public, forming a trade partnership with them. By the turn of the century, the US has ubiquitous ArtificialGravity and [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture near-perfect health]], and an almost-successful manned mission to Mars has taken place a few years prior.
30th Mar '17 8:34:54 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/FyodorBerezin's ''Red Stars'' books, the parallel world's history diverges from ours mere weeks before Nazi Germany's invasion of the USSR. A British warship intervenes to aid the pockets of resistance in the Balkans against Nazi occupation, resulting in Hitler having to put Operation Barbarossa on hold in order to divert troops to put down the opposition. This, in turn, gives Stalin the chance to finish his own preparations for a BackStab and invade the German-occupied part of Poland. As a result, Germany is beaten in under two years (i.e. way before D-Day), and the USSR proceeds to "liberate" the rest of Europe. By the time 21st century rolls around, much of the world is in the hands of a powerful, militant Communist power, with North America being the only region still "free". The reason for the quotes is that the steady losses and liberal use of tactical nukes by both sides have forced the remaining nations to declare martial law and become just as militant as the USSR just to keep up. When the leaders of our world learn of this other world, they're horrified what might happen should the other world's leaders learn of ours.
5th Oct '16 7:53:43 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the point of divergence is New Year's Eve of 1981, with everyone born on that day possessing low-level PsychicPowers and knowledge of science and technology far beyond than the current level of human progress; these people have been dubbed "Whispered". [[spoiler:The actual cause was the "Yamsk 11 Incident", wherein Russian experiments on a psychic girl named Sofia somehow gave her that advanced knowledge and [[PsychicLink mind-linked]] her to everyone born at that moment, making her the "Whisperer" who grants them that knowledge]]. This in turn spurred more changes: the Soviet Union still exists in the early 21st century because UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev was assassinated, and the technological advances brought about by the Whispereds produced HumongousMecha, among other things.
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* In still another Turtledove series, the ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' series, the point of divergence is right before the battle of Antietam. In real life the chance Union discovery of Confederate marching orders (Special Order 191) led to that battle, in which Lee's invasion of the north failed and his army barely escaped destruction. In Turtledove's books, the marching orders are not found, Lee wins a crushing victory over [=McClellan=]'s army at a different location, and the Confederacy wins its independence.

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* In still another Turtledove series, the ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' series, the point of divergence is right before the battle of Antietam. In the real life the chance Union discovery of world, a Confederate marching orders (Special officer carelessly threw away a copy of General Lee's Special Order 191) led to that battle, in 191; the Union found the orders, which not only let them thwart Lee's invasion of the north failed and his army barely escaped destruction. but almost completely destroyed the Army of North Virginia. In Turtledove's books, the marching orders are not found, recovered by a Confederate soldier instead, meaning Lee wins a crushing victory over steamrolls [=McClellan=]'s army at a different location, and eventually manage to capture the Confederacy wins its White House, forcing Abraham Lincoln to recognize Southern independence.
7th Jul '16 6:46:27 PM freesefan
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* In still another Turtledove series, the ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' series, the point of divergence is right before the battle of Antietam. In real life the chance Union discovery of Confederate marching orders (Special Order 191) led to that battle, in which Lee's invasion of the north failed and his army barely escaped destruction. In Turtledove's books, the marching orders are not found, Lee wins a crushing victory over [=McClellan=]'s army at a different location, and the Confederacy wins its independence.
27th Jan '16 7:47:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WorldInConflict''. The game asks the question, what if the Soviet Union decided to go to war in 1989 rather than face collapse? The Berlin Wall still comes down in this world, but it comes down when the Soviets blow it down with demolition charges and flood West Berlin with their troops. They proceed to [[WorldWarIII invade Western Europe]], with varying degrees of success and failure. Then they decide to launch an [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion of the United States]] in the hopes of at least tricking the U.S. into pulling it's forces from Europe to reinforce the home front.
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'': The [=PoD=] occurs when Spain decides to heed U.S. demands after the destruction of the ''U.S.S. Maine'' in Havana in 1898. They agreed to give Cuba independence, averting the SpanishAmericanWar. Then the 1908 Tunguska Event brought with it in this world an alien menace, a virus that infects and turns humans into savage alien creatures. WorldWarII as ''we'' know it is averted in this world, but the aliens then invade at the end of 1949 from Russia (which had been slowly overrun in the proceeding decades.
* ''TurningPointFallOfLiberty'': The [=PoD=] is the death of Winston Churchill from a car accident in 1931, instead of surviving as in RealLife. Without his leadership, Britain quickly falls to the Nazis in WorldWarII. The Nazis, along with Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan proceed to conquer their areas of interest, while the Germans built up the military even more. Eventually they launch a full-scale invasion of the United States in 1952.

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* ''WorldInConflict''.''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''. The game asks the question, what if the Soviet Union decided to go to war in 1989 rather than face collapse? The Berlin Wall still comes down in this world, but it comes down when the Soviets blow it down with demolition charges and flood West Berlin with their troops. They proceed to [[WorldWarIII invade Western Europe]], with varying degrees of success and failure. Then they decide to launch an [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion of the United States]] in the hopes of at least tricking the U.S. into pulling it's forces from Europe to reinforce the home front.
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'': The [=PoD=] occurs when Spain decides to heed U.S. demands after the destruction of the ''U.S.S. Maine'' in Havana in 1898. They agreed to give Cuba independence, averting the SpanishAmericanWar.UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar. Then the 1908 Tunguska Event brought with it in this world an alien menace, a virus that infects and turns humans into savage alien creatures. WorldWarII as ''we'' know it is averted in this world, but the aliens then invade at the end of 1949 from Russia (which had been slowly overrun in the proceeding decades.
* ''TurningPointFallOfLiberty'': ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'': The [=PoD=] is the death of Winston Churchill from a car accident in 1931, instead of surviving as in RealLife. Without his leadership, Britain quickly falls to the Nazis in WorldWarII. The Nazis, along with Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan proceed to conquer their areas of interest, while the Germans built up the military even more. Eventually they launch a full-scale invasion of the United States in 1952.
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