On September 26, 1983, a false alarm in a bunker near Moscow quickly led to a two-hour war between the United States/NATO and Soviet Union/Warsaw Pact. This resulted in the deaths of billions of peopleand atomic fire raining over much of the planet. Those who survived found themselves forced to confront a brave new world. Life had to move on...but for certain Nations, some things are easier said than done.The 1983: Doomsday Stories, or the "Doomsday-verse" is an Alternate Universe /Alternate History crossover between Axis Powers Hetalia and 1983: Doomsday, which follows the changing face of the world through the perspective of the Nations themselves, mainly around what was once Central Europe. But instead of dwelling on the destruction or major global players, the stories put more focus on how the Nations go about their lives and cope with their losses After the End, among others. And as time passes, new Nations are born, more realizations are made and Austria finally finds peace with an old love.In part, it is inspired as well by this kink meme fanfic (definitely Safe For Work), also set in the Doomsday timeline, though following England's death. Said fic can also be found here.The AU is still ongoing, and currently comprises over 30 stories. So far, most of the stories primarily revolve around Austria, America, Prussia and Hungary, although a few fics focus on the British survivor nations, the Nordics, French survivor nations and others, covering the years from 1983 to 2013 (though one fic takes place further down the line in 2031 and 2067, with another set in 1967).It can be found in its (current) entirety here. It also has its own Tumblr account here as well.
Ambiguous Innocence: Most of the Survivor Nations, including Sopron, can come across as this. Though they too were forced to go through the chaos that followed Doomsday, these new countries for the most part have far less trauma and baggage than the remaining Old World ones.
Back from the Dead: Angelic!Hungary. Though it's also hinted that England and France may become this as well. And likewise, America.
Balkanize Me: England and (West) Germany left a good deal of Survivor-Nations in their wake.
Bedmate Reveal: Played with in One Unexpected Day. Prussia suspects that an oddly naked Austria might have had another bitter dream when the latter realizes that there's no one alongside him. Then Angelic!Hungary smacks the albino with her frying pan just as he's about to "comfort" him.
Big Brother Instinct: Features in What Family's For, with a total of three survivor nations coming to the aid of a younger sibling. England would be proud.
Body Horror: The stories don't shy away in describing how scarred (physically or otherwise) the remaining Nations are from either the bombs or the chaos. (West) Germany and Hungary, meanwhile, before they died were portrayed as burned, torn and warped almost beyond recognition.
Broad Strokes: Given its treatment of the source material and due to the wiki-style nature of said source, there are some differences in the AU's details, though still keeping with the spirit of it as much as possible. Among the more noticeable ones include:
Broken Bird: Both Austria and Prussia are shown at some points as on the very brink of becoming this.
Brother-Sister Incest: Switzerland and Liechtenstein, which Austria very carefully tolerates, as much as the thought disturbs him. It's also stated in An Unexpected Union that Liechtenstein herself may have first initiated it.
Cold War: Is prominent in the backstory, especially since it explains how things got the way it did in the AU. References are made to the Iron Curtain, Berlin Wall and the wider standoff between Russia and America.
The Constant: While the Nations themselves fill this role (hence why they show up in different time periods), it's shown that they have constants of their own. It also takes on a darker tone when it's revealed that a particularly dear constant in Austria's life is Dead All Along.
Cozy Catastrophe: Subverted in the case of the Alpines. Neutrality spared most of their land and people from the bombs. This didn't stop the swarms of refugees or the struggle to fight off the chaos surrounded them. Neither did it stop the Soviets from destroying Vienna and attempting to invade Austria via Hungary. Then again, like in the source timeline, they also turn out to be one of the more dominant powers in the wasteland.
Crapsack World: In the immediate aftermath, just about everyone left alive is struggling to survive. Even further down the line, there are still large parts of the world that are still wasteland.
Cruel Mercy: Austria tried doing this to Col. Andrei in The Vanishing Shadows by offering him surrender. Subverted in that he got shot in reply...leaving Hungary to take care of the officer.
Dark Fic: Just about any story or scene set in the 1980s. Especially Hungary's actual death.
Determinator: The remaining "old world" Nations are pretty much this. Hungary herself applies. Even after she died.
Many of the Survivor-Nations are also this out of necessity, generally treating their mere existence as an act of defiance against the chaos around them. Examples include Sopron, Partium and Orleans, the latter of which is located near the irradiated ruins of Paris. That Orleans also went by Joan of Arc probably helps.
Deus ex Machina: Angelic!Hungary's direct intervention in the Alpine Expedition's discovery of her own corpse. Although it's justified as a way to save Austria from snapping altogether, and is at least subtle enough that the people involved merely consider it a Contrived Coincidence.
Fanservice / Fan Disservice: The implied sex scenes between Austria and Hungary. The "deleted scene" versions even more so.
The fight scene between Prussia and Hungary in Dreams of Another Time, especially once she strips down to her old and revealing formfitting armor. Which is soon averted once Hungary reveals her decayed form similar to her remains in A Wasteland Melody.
The Federation: The Alpine Confederation (Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) serves this role along with True Neutral. Though in practice, it's implied that the siblings are the more dominant pair in the partnership. The Nordic Union (all the Nordics) and Celtic Alliance (originally a pact between Ireland and Scotland) are also implied to be this as well.
Five Rounds Rapid: Played with in what happens to both Sopron and Austria. Nations could be taken down by regular humans given enough ordinance or certain kinds of bullets in Col. Andrei's case. It's played straight however when it's shown that even that doesn't work against Nations that are already deadlike Hungary.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Whether it's certain bits of untranslated German (Scheiße) or the carefully worded references to both Switzerland and Liechtenstein's relationship and Austria and Angelic!Hungary's intimate lovemaking in the 2000s-era stories.
Great Offscreen War: Both Prussia's "Polish Adventure" and the Alpines' squabbles with Sicily/Romano are mentioned though never actually shown in action. On the other hand, the consequences of the former are expounded upon. Doomsday itself averts this, however, given that the opening shots of nuclear war are shown.
Guardian Angel: If Hungary's any indication in the Austria-centric tales.
Applied to a degree regarding the Nations' activities, though a more significant example is Austria and Hungary's relationship. Thanks to Switzerland destroying much of the incriminating evidence, many unofficial and personal details regarding the couple's affair now exist only in Austria's head and a handful of Nations.
The Expeditionary Report is one. As while the human explorers' exploits would be saved for posterity, one detail would be left out. The discovery of Hungary's remains.
I Did What I Had to Do: How the Alpines justify closing down the borders and forcing out refugees in An Unexpected Union, which was taken from the source material. While they're not proud of it, it had to be done just to survive. Switzerland meanwhile is revealed in the "RE:" version of An Alpine Dawn to have had a good deal of Austria's private past purged using this justification.
In Spite of a Nail: Like in 1983: Doomsday, some events similar to those that happen in real life either still occur or take place under different circumstances.
Just Before the End: The Last Minutes to Midnight, as well as the Americentric An American Twilight are all about this, showing a snapshot of what the world looked like just before everything went to hell in 1983. It culminates in Austria helplessly watching Doomsday unfold before his very eyes.
Lighter and Softer: The Christmas Episode, which focuses on Sopron and Austria, is the most blatant, considering the bleak or at least bittersweet tone of the AU. The more recent Halloween fic is also this with a dash of Genre Shift.
The Nations in general are this in various ways. Just as in Hetalia and Real Life, they're portrayed as all good-at-heart and none of them are completely evil (even the more antagonistic ones). Although it's also mentioned that they're not saints either, considering the "regrettable things" they've done.
The Mafia: They pretty much run Sicily/South Italy, who's at odds with both the Alpines and the Survivor-Nations of what was once his brother's land.
Missing Mom: Subverted. Death hasn't stopped Angelic!Hungary from visiting and looking after her daughter.
Mood Whiplash: Bordering on Hetalia'sGenre-Busting, with stories ranging from light-hearted fluff to bittersweet tales, Historical Fiction elements, action and even horror. Given the perspective flips and time jumps, this was inevitable.
No Sense of Direction: Austria, especially in The Last Minutes to Midnight, where he had trouble finding a flower shop despite having the address. The time lost in that, however, would come to haunt him.
Noodle Incident: There are a number of references to events from the source timeline that are mentioned. One of the more common ones are to Prussia's "Polish Adventure," involving the "reconquest" of Pomerania and the subsequent asskicking from the Poles.
Nostalgia Filter: Subverted, if not outright averted. The Nations remember both the best and worst of times, at once cherishing and regretting them. The flashbacks serve to drive home that point. It's in part because of this that Austria insists that Sopron (and to an extent, the Survivor-Nations in general) become better than any of them ever were.
Nostalgia Heaven: Implied to be where dead Nations end up if Hungary's any indication.
Not Quite The Right Thing: In order to survive the initial years following Doomsday, the Alpine Nations decide to close down their borders for the sake of security. This also meant leaving swarms of refugees to either die or be killed on sight. Even Switzerland wonders whether it was ultimately such a good idea in the first place.
Official Couple: Like in Hetalia, Austria and Hungary. Although their relationship is even further expounded upon, showing how they remain together despite all the grievances and misgivings of the past.
Only Sane Man: Switzerland and Austria try to be this, although Liechtenstein seems to actually live up to it.
Prequel in the Lost Age: A Forgotten Anniversary, which takes place in The Sixties (specifically the 100th anniversary of the Augsleich in 1967). It's distant enough from Doomsday to stand alone but nonetheless contains some foreshadowing to what's about to happen. A number of other fics also take place at some point in the historical past, the most far back taking place in 1867.
Proper Lady: Liechtenstein. Her pure, innocent and mature facade remains intact after Doomsday. But partly out of necessity and her eventual position as the heart of the Alpine Confederation, she also turns out physically older in the later-era stories. Her relationship with Switzerland meanwhile, at least in Austria's eyes, is anything but.
Purple Prose: Deliberately invoked to a degree in the 19th Century flashbacks alongside Antiquated Linguistics. Austria in general though retains some elements of this well into the "present."
Ragnarok-Proofing: Varies, depending on the time period and setting. Though even relatively unharmed places show signs of neglect and decay.
Sanity Slippage: Doomsday wasn't exactly merciful to Poland (having developed a split personality) and Sicily/South Italy (who hasn't taken his brother's death all too well). While One Unexpected Day initially give the impression that Austria may have finally lost it. Thankfully, he didn't.
Scavenger World: Much of The Eighties is portrayed as this, which is especially evident in Sopron and the British survivor-nations' arcs. It's also mentioned as the case for at least some of the Survivor-Nations even in the present.
Sex for Solace: Arguably played with in the case of Austria, who vents decades of repressed emotions through passionate, if somewhat desperate lovemaking in A Symphony for a New World as he tries to cope with Hungary's death. Coincidentally, the lady he goes to bed with also happens to be her.
Time Abyss: This is hinted at to a degree by the 2000s-era stories, which Austria is trying to avoid. Though it's also stated that he had largely forgotten how Hungary sounded when she sang after all those years.
Vestigial Empire: Despite being a core member of the Alpine Confederation, Austria still misses his old Imperial days (among others). Justified in a sense given that as in the source timeline, Switzerland (and to an extent Liechtenstein) holds greater influence having been completely untouched by the bombs. The same could be said of Prussia as well.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Austria is inferred to have succumbed to this. He may have survived the bombs, but the nuclear death of Vienna and the eventual passing on of the pre-Doomsday generation as well as confirmation on Hungary's death left him with a bad case of grief and survivor guilt lasting decades. Granted, he does get better eventually.
Russia also gets this, in part due to his direct involvement in Doomsday as well as his guilt over losing Ukraine.
World Half Full: By the 1990s and especially the early 21st Century, life is returning to something resembling normal. Humanity is rebuilding and starting anew. Still, many parts of the world are still in ruins, much remains to be done and not everyone's happy.