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Literature: Against All Odds
Against All Odds (AAO) is a series of Alternate History stories written primarily by Trekaddict. The main (and by far the largest) of the stories is Against All Odds: The British Empire in World War II, originally written as an After Action Report for a game of Hearts of Iron II.

The world of Against All Odds diverges from our own in 1901, when US President William Mckinley survives an assassination attempt which was fatal in our own timeline. This small change sets off a chain of events which results in the United States falling to a communist revolution in the early 1930s. Finding itself increasingly alone, Britain takes the plunge and enacts Imperial Federation, giving her colonies equal status with the United Kingdom. The British Empire in World War II follows exactly what it says it does, chronicling the Empire's struggle against an Unholy Alliance of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, as well as Japan. Other stories in the series include The Nerve of War and Operation Tidespring, both set during flashpoints of the Cold War that follows.

The main story can be found on the Paradox Interactive forums here. Has its own wiki here, with links to all of the associated stories.


Against All Odds provides examples of:

  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: As per real life, the Canadians in Europe manage to kludge together Kangaroo AP Cs out of surplus tanks which outperform most purposely designed AP Cs of the time.
  • Canucks with Chinooks: In this case, Canucks with carriers.
    Trekaddict: But fear not, for as long as there is Canada, there will be Canadian Carriers.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Pointedly averted; even when the Nazis and Soviets take over metropolitan France, the government flees to Algiers and fights on from exile. Other French stereotypes still apply, though.
  • Citadel City: The Poles hastily rig Warsaw into one of these in 1939.
  • Civil War: In the US, leading to a communist victory. In Spain. (Very) briefly in Canada.
  • Conscription: Pretty much everybody, especially the Axis and the Japanese. Notably averted in Canada.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Battle of the South China Sea, in which Japan loses almost all of its remaining capital ships without dealing anything more than negligible damage to the Allied fleet.
  • Delaying Action: The Battle of Warsaw results in the near obliteration of the Polish capital, but it ties down Axis forces long enough for Britain, France and the Commonwealth to mobilize.
  • Doorstopper: The main story clocks in at over 350 chapters - and not short ones, either.
  • Enemy Mine: Idealogical enemies Hitler and Stalin join forces, each planning on backstabbing the other as soon as the Allies and Japanese are out of the way.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union under Stalin against the Empire of Japan.
  • From Russia with Nukes: During the Cold War, the neutral Soviet Union builds up a small number of nuclear weapons. Since they're technically forbidden from having them by various treaties, a policy of opacity regarding them (like real-life Isreal) is used.
  • Government in Exile: The USA has one in Ottawa after the Second Civil War. The Poles, Dutch, Belgians and Luxembourgers have theirs in London during World War II, while France operates one out of Algiers.
  • It's Raining Men: Airborne forces in general, but especially the SAS.
  • Last Stand: The Poles at Warsaw.
  • The Siege: Warsaw again.
  • Ultimate Defence of the Realm: The British Empire's Project Torchwood is the first to create nuclear weapons; Britain's also the only one who's used them - one on the Nazis, two on the Soviets.
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