History TabletopGame / GURPSAlternateEarths

14th Jun '16 5:14:26 AM ProfessorDetective
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Ming China doesn't scrap its [[CoolShip treasure fleet]] after the 15th century voyages of Zheng He, and starts to almost accidentally expand - first into Vietnam, India, and Arabia, then Africa, and later into Europe when [[SirFrancisDrake the lackeys]] of their bandit [[ElizabethI queens]] and kings start to become a nuisance... and there's no end, it seems...

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Ming China doesn't scrap its it's [[CoolShip treasure fleet]] after the 15th century voyages of Zheng He, and starts to to, almost accidentally accidentally, expand - first into Vietnam, India, and Arabia, then Africa, and later into Europe when [[SirFrancisDrake the lackeys]] of their bandit [[ElizabethI queens]] and kings start to become a nuisance... and there's no end, it seems...



* {{Pirate}}: Everyone's doing it. Except for the Scandinavians (no surprise), the [[LongList Moors, Chinese, Malay, Yanomami, Hanse Germans, Gujerati and Nihonese]] are also into it.

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* {{Pirate}}: Everyone's doing it. Except for the Scandinavians (no surprise), the [[LongList Moors, Chinese, Malay, Yanomami, Hanse Germans, Gujerati Gujarati and Nihonese]] are also into it.



An eccentric 9th century Muslim scholar refutes the pagan Greek philosophers using rationalism. In combination with an Arab printing press and an oil-powered Industrial Revolution, the Muslims become the prime power in the world and develop science and technology at a breakneck pace. The first man lands on the moon in 1434, and in the present time (1683 AD), the world has reached an age of progress far beyond that of Homeline. However, a secular, rationalist movement known as the Jamahariya ("Republic") has recently taken over much of Talentis (the New World) in a lightning bid for power, and an apocalyptic war may be at hand.

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An eccentric 9th century Muslim scholar refutes the pagan Greek philosophers using rationalism. In combination with an Arab printing press and an oil-powered Industrial Revolution, the Muslims become the prime power in the world and develop science and technology at a breakneck pace. The first man lands on the moon in 1434, and in the present time (1683 AD), the world has reached an age of progress far beyond that of Homeline. However, a secular, rationalist movement known as the Jamahariya Jamahiriya ("Republic") has recently taken over much of Talentis (the New World) in a lightning bid for power, and an apocalyptic war may be at hand.



* AnarchyIsChaos: Averted. The Umma (territory not governed by a caliphate) has no sovereign government (though local government still exists in many places), but is a very peaceful place - and in many ways ''more'' restrictive and orderly than in the Caliphates.
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant[=/=]SealedBadassInACan: The whole timeline is presented as this with regards to the Infinite Worlds setting. Both Homeline and Centrum are, quite rightly, scared shitless of the prospect that Caliph might learn the Secret.
* BenevolentAI: Sentient computers (called ''djinns'') have to be educated just like humans; consequentially, all are friendly to organic life (and devout Muslims to boot). Of course, that may change in areas under control of the Jamahariya.

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* AnarchyIsChaos: Averted. The Umma (territory not governed by a caliphate) has no sovereign government (though (although local government still exists in many places), but is a very peaceful place - and in many ways ''more'' restrictive and orderly than in the Caliphates.
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant[=/=]SealedBadassInACan: The whole timeline is presented as this with regards to the Infinite Worlds setting. Both Homeline and Centrum are, quite rightly, scared shitless ''shitless'' of the prospect that Caliph might learn the Secret.
* BenevolentAI: Sentient computers (called ''djinns'') have to be educated just like humans; consequentially, consequently, all are friendly to organic life (and devout Muslims to boot). Of course, that may change in areas under control of the Jamahariya.Jamahiriya.



* OneNationUnderCopyright: The Rightly Guided Stellar Caliphate is an unusual example; once war between the Jamahariya and the rest of Earth's nations seemed likely, the MegaCorp that controls most space travel seceded as the RGSC in order to ensure the continuity of human civilization in case of an EarthThatWas situation.

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* OneNationUnderCopyright: The Rightly Guided Stellar Caliphate is an unusual example; once war between the Jamahariya Jamahiriya and the rest of Earth's nations seemed likely, the MegaCorp that controls most space travel seceded as the RGSC in order to ensure the continuity of human civilization in case of an EarthThatWas situation.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Jamahariya intend to expand the possibilities of science beyond the limitations imposed by Islamic law and custom (as if nanotechnology, [[SpaceElevator space elevators]], and [=FTL=] travel weren't enough); they do tend to push ForScience to [[ScaleOfScientificSins its limits]], and in the Caliph of Hind they may have made a poor choice of friends.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Jamahariya Jamahiriya intend to expand the possibilities of science beyond the limitations imposed by Islamic law and custom (as if nanotechnology, [[SpaceElevator space elevators]], and [=FTL=] travel weren't enough); they do tend to push ForScience to [[ScaleOfScientificSins its limits]], and in the Caliph of Hind they may have made a poor choice of friends.



* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Played broadly straight with the Republican Alliance being firmly represented as the good guys. That said some of the monarchies - Britain and Lousiana - are presented as not ''that'' bad and conversely the American Commownwealth is a HolierThanThou quasi-theocracy.

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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Played broadly straight with the Republican Alliance being firmly represented as the good guys. That said some of the monarchies - Britain and Lousiana Louisiana - are presented as not ''that'' bad and conversely the American Commownwealth is a HolierThanThou quasi-theocracy.
10th Jun '16 10:43:17 AM Doug86
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Starts to diverge when [[PrivateMilitaryContractors filibuster]] William Walker succeeds in taking over UsefulNotes/{{Nicaragua}} in 1856; during the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar, it broke the Union blockade and helped the CSA win recognition from the European powers and ultimately independence. Later, the "Southrons" take over most of Mexico and Central America. The US (which took much of Canada in revenge for British aid to the rebels) is allied with Germany and helps them win UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. In the present day, the two Americas face off across a border of mines and barbed wire that stretches from the Gulf of California to the Potomac.

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Starts to diverge when [[PrivateMilitaryContractors filibuster]] William Walker succeeds in taking over UsefulNotes/{{Nicaragua}} in 1856; during the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar, it broke the Union blockade and helped the CSA win recognition from the European powers and ultimately independence. Later, the "Southrons" take over most of Mexico and Central America. The US (which took much of Canada in revenge for British aid to the rebels) is allied with Germany and helps them win UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. In the present day, the two Americas face off across a border of mines and barbed wire that stretches from the Gulf of California to the Potomac.



* TheFifties: Even about twenty years later, the world is still much like this. (UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo was avoided, the war which brought down the SovietUnion was shorter and more one-sided, thus less upsetting for the world.)

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* TheFifties: Even about twenty years later, the world is still much like this. (UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo (UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was avoided, the war which brought down the SovietUnion was shorter and more one-sided, thus less upsetting for the world.)
16th Feb '16 11:41:04 AM Ramidel
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* GivingRadioToTheRomans: The I-Cops have their hands full keeping some wise guy from selling transistors to Gernsback and sparking an information revolution.
16th Feb '16 11:22:25 AM Ramidel
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* TechnologyLevels: A slight aversion. The Republican Alliance essentially leapfrogged the TechTree when they developed jet engines without propeller engines; the current limiting factor in aircraft speed is because the available airframe technology isn't up to handling the speed that their engines can pull.
21st Jan '16 11:31:47 AM Milarqui
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* CoolPlane: the Republican Alliance's most important weapon, jet planes - mostly because they are the first planes in the setting.
20th Jan '16 3:09:59 PM Ramidel
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* TechnologyLevels: Thrown completely to the wind. Most GURPS settings have a fairly clear tech level, but due to the advent of Science!, you have aircars and death rays developed by slide rule.
20th Jan '16 3:02:45 PM Ramidel
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''[[TabletopGame/InfiniteWorlds GURPS Infinite Worlds]]''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''[[TabletopGame/InfiniteWorlds GURPS Infinite Worlds]]''.
11th Jan '16 7:57:58 PM jormis29
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* UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Gnarlier than ever. In the present, their army has Kevlar armor, tanks with railguns and neutron bomb howitzers.

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* UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Gnarlier than ever. In the present, their army has Kevlar armor, tanks with railguns [[MagneticWeapons railguns]] and neutron bomb NeutronBomb howitzers.



** They also wiped out those pesky guerrillas in Afghanistan and the Andes by saturation bombardment with neutron bomb howitzers.

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** They also wiped out those pesky guerrillas in Afghanistan and the Andes by saturation bombardment with neutron bomb NeutronBomb howitzers.
5th Jan '16 5:44:20 AM SorPepita
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!!!Centrum:
A more successful Angevin (Anglo-French) empire gradually takes over all the world. When the empire falls apart, a meritocracy centered on Terraustralis (Australia) rebuilds the empire. And then, they start discovering and conquering other timelines...
* AlternateHistoryWank: The Angevins, and the British Empire in general... until 1902, then it becomes a completely new society.
* TheRival: Centrum for Homeline




!!!Centrum:
A more successful Angevin (Anglo-French) empire gradually takes over all the world. When the empire falls apart, a meritocracy centered on Terraustralis (Australia) rebuilds the empire. And then, they start discovering and conquering other timelines...
* AlternateHistoryWank: The Angevins, and the British Empire in general... until 1902, then it becomes a completely new society.
* TheRival: Centrum for Homeline
28th Dec '15 6:35:10 PM mlsmithca
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* [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower League of Nations Is a Superpower]]: Due to the power of the World Science Council (established with the aid of JP Morgan's money and Nikola Tesla's inventions), and the war against Stalin's Soviet Union, the League is rapidly developing into a world government.



* [[spoiler:MinovskyPhysics: It is hinted that the laws of physics might differ a bit in this timeline.]]

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* [[spoiler:MinovskyPhysics: It MinovskyPhysics: [[spoiler:It is hinted that the laws of physics might differ a bit in this timeline.]]


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* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: Due to the power of the World Science Council (established with the aid of JP Morgan's money and Nikola Tesla's inventions), and the war against Stalin's Soviet Union, the League of Nations is rapidly developing into a world government.
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