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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.
  • Brits with Battleships: And aircraft carriers as well.
  • 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.
  • Cold War: Between the Allied Pact led by the British Empire and the Wake Island Association led by the Union of American People's Republics.
  • Cool Ship: Several such as the Type 82 destroyers, Implacable-class fleet carriers, Lion and Union-class battleships are a few examples
  • Cool Plane: The Atlas Carver, Avro Canada CF-103 Canuck II and CF-105 Arrow, B-1R Lancer, Breguet Br1120 Sirocco, CAC CA-31, Convair Model 200, Dassault Mirage 4000, Hawker P.1103, Hawker P.1121, Helwan HA-300, IAI Lavi, Vickers-Supermarine Type 583, TSR-2 (as the De Havilland dH.501 Mosquito II), Yakovlev Ya-43 and Yakovlev Yak-44 are all several aircraft that were cancelled in OTL but exist in AAO.
  • 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. There is also the 1st Battle of Midway where the American People's Navy has its ass handed to it and the Battle of the Blockade where the Graf Zeppelin sinks four British battleship while only losing a few planes.
  • 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.
  • Falklands War
  • 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. Including the SAS Gurkha regiment.
  • Last Stand: The Poles at Warsaw.
  • Oppressive States of America: The communist Union of American People's Republics
  • Reporting Names: The Allied Pact has these for aircraft of the Wake Island Association.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Allies and the UAPR in this case.
  • The Alliance: The Allied Pact and the Wake Island Association.
  • The Siege: Warsaw again.
  • The Other Chinese Army: Five of them infact. There is the Republic of China, People's Republic of China, Manchuria, Shinjang and Tibet
  • The Wiki Rule: It does indeed have a wiki
  • 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.
  • Villain Team-Up: Nazi Germany and Soviet Union against the Allies.
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