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Literature: Americas Stepbrother Americas Enemy
America's stepbrother, America's enemy is a story in AlternateHistory.com written by SergeantHeretic, as well as several collaborators, that tells an interesting story: what would happen if the United States of 2012, a month and a half after voting for Obama for the second time, were ISOTed to George Orwell's 1984?

The answer: after the initial chaos, an absolute curbstomping of the three superstates that control most of the planet.

War is not the only thing that happens, though. The United States has to deal with the sudden loss of all foreign trade, initial attacks across the border and rationing, and, as the liberated territory expands, the millions of people that have been freed and now have to be given a chance to gain a new life. As the problems for the United States diminish, they begin for the superstates, especially as it is discovered that the latter are not the only nations that exist. However, behind Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia lies a dark secret that only makes things more confusing.

Now undergoing a rewrite by Milarqui (author of The Legacy of the Glorious), to fix up the many problems with the retcons, organization and, in some cases, grammar. The original author has already stated her support for the rewrite. The Story-Only thread is here.


This story provides examples of...

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     Both the original and the rewrite 
  • Airstrip One: considering the inspiration for the story...
  • Alien Space Bats: considered the reason why the United States got sent to 1984. A discovery is made that Alien Space Bats travelled to Earth at some point between the formation of the superstates and 1984 and supplied them with very advanced technology.
  • America Saves the Day: this happens BIG TIME.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: the stasis chambers.
  • Balance of Power: Utterly wrecked by The Event.
  • Big Damn Heroes: an underscored one in that Winston Smith and Julia are saved from being tortured and brainwashed thanks to the Event and its consequences.
  • Curbstomp Battle: initially, whenever the United States Army meets a Threeist army, the former inflicts this on the latter. It becomes a bit tougher as time passes.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Michael Ramsay dreams of the arrival of the Americans and Queen Gabriella, and the Liberation of the United Kingdom
  • Due to the Dead: the Vietnamese have an enormous wall where they write the names of every soldier that has fallen to the Eastasian attacks. Several American Spec-Ops soldiers that were stationed in Vietnam when the US fell chose to stay and help, and after they died their names were inscribed there, as well.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: several times. First, the Oceanians are unable to understand how the Americans' minds work and demand their subjugation to Big Brother, even as they are getting pummelled. Then, the other superstates ask of the United States whether they are willing to replace Oceania in the War, and are surprised when the United States goes after them.
  • Expanded States of America: the people in the Canadian and Mexican territories vote to join the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and a few Caribbean Islands.
  • Forever War: what was taking place on 1984!Earth until the United States appeared.
  • Good Shepherd: Michael Ramsay, Archbishop of York and leader of the hidden Church of England.
  • Handicapped Badass: the Gimp Soldier Program, which recruits people that were discharged or rejected for medical reasons to fulfill bureaucratic and training roles, freeing fit soldiers for duty. This does not prevent them from playing important roles in the story.
  • Heel-Face Turn: not that the prole soldiers were much of a heel. As time advances, they kill their Thought Police Officers the first chance they get and surrender to the US Army. Many end up joining the Allied Army and in fact eventually become the bigger part of it. Also, many Outer Party members (or their equivalents in other places) surrender and aid the United States in the organization of the liberated territories.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Several American Spec-Ops soldiers that decided to stay in Vietnam after America fell to Oceania sacrificed themselves in a ploy to distract Eastasian troops while the Dalai Lama was taken out of Lhasa in a plane.
  • Idiot Ball: Everything the Oceanian military does. The consensus on Oceanian nuclear capability is that their nukes (if they have any) are in a warehouse guarded by a squad of Thought Police.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: one soldier, speaking about the Oceanian megalandcruisers (their tanks), which he describes as a hunk of metal, mentions that it took the helicopters a few minutes to change one letter, turning them from hunk to junk.
  • In-Series Nickname: the Oceanian soldiers are nicknamed "Waterboys".
  • La Résistance: despite the brutality of the Threeist states, there is still resistance.
    • The Church of England survives hiding among the Airstrip One proles.
    • Several redoubts in the Australian Outback fended off Oceanian attacks enough times that the Oceanians decided to declare victory and leave.
    • Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley led the Loyalist American troops against the Ingsoc conspiracy, but were killed in 1955.
    • In Indochina, the "Iron Triangle" formed by the Empire of Vietnam, Lan Xang and Cambodia have not only survived, but beaten back all attacks by Eastasian troops.
    • The Japanese resistance movement, led by someone implied to be Hiro-Hito's son, lays low for many years, and uprises when the Americans arrive.
    • The British-Indian Raj and Thailand were also resisting, but they were nuked when sabotage led the Threeist to realize that both nations were researching nuclear weapons.
    • A remnant of the invaded European nations exists in the Federated Kingdom of North Africa, an amalgamation of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya with the European people that evacuated.
    • There is mention by Vietnam of losing contact with Arabia, and Israel is suspected to have survived.
  • Mythology Gag: an US Army interrogator is called Emmanuel Goldstein, like Big Brother's fabled enemy. The interrogated Oceanians literally go Oh Crap when they learn this tidbit.
  • 1984: well, duh.
  • Nuke 'em: in the original Oceania tries to attack America like this after they invade South America, but the dirigible carrying the nukes gets shot down in the Arctic. America answers in kind by dropping an ICBM in London.
  • Operation Blank: several are made reference to. The first is Operation Southern Cross, the liberation of South America, and there are references to future Operations related to the liberation of Europe.
  • Orwellian Retcon: in universe, several times. The highest point comes when Big Brother's government in Airstrip One insists that there has never been a City of London after it is nuked by the United States in retaliation for Oceania's attempted nuclear bombardment of the East Coast.
  • Reality Ensues: the cumbersome tanks and ships used by the Threeist armed forces, which in the books are used only to waste resources and be as flashy as possible, have nothing on the far more technological advanced (not to mention motivated to actually win) United States.
  • Retired Badass: the Gimp Soldier Program also brings back many retired soldiers, willing to help the armed forces in any way they can.
  • Technology Porn: RamscoopRaider's "rants" over how bad the Threeist navies are quite long and full of information over the stats of the different ships.
  • The Emperor: Vietnam still conserves its Emperor, who is autocratic but benevolent, and as the Eastasian threat fades makes sure to democratize the nation. The Emperor of Japan (said to be Hiro-Hito's son) becomes the leader of the Japanese resistance, and is enthroned some time after the Americans liberate Japan.
  • The Fundamentalist: Emily Barksdale from New Mexico, one of the viewpoint characters, is one, although toned down from typical portrayals, and she eventually mellows when she meets a former Prole called Brel Frunk.
  • The House of Windsor: since all of the "local" Windsors have already been killed by the Oceanians, the crown is passed to Lady Gabriella Windsor, as she is the only member of the British Royal Family that was in the United States when the Event took place.

     The original 
  • Celebrity Paradox: averted. One of the things mentioned early in the story is that the book 1984 was not written in the original universe.
  • Cold War: the Point of Divergence, as established by ASAE's canon. During the Berlin Airlift, the Soviets attacked the supply planes and the US threatened to use nuclear weapons unless they backed off.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the fact that 1984 was not written, the world is exactly identical to the real one. Somehow Jersey Shore still gets created. Fortunately, this was later Retconned.
  • Long Runners: it started in July 2012 and has more than 3700 posts.
  • Scenery Gorn: the stories about the discovery of concentration camps in Eastasia are not for the faint of heart.
  • Side Bet: when the Core (Eastasian equivalent of the Inner Party) headquarters is about to be bombed, several characters make bets over what will happen to the building.
  • The Men of Downing Street: Winston Smith becomes the first post-Oceanian British Prime Minister.

     The rewrite 
  • Celebrity Paradox: 1984 becomes The Last Man of Europe, one of the book's working titles, but it never gained much fame until after the Event happens.
  • Fore Shadowing: there have been several references to events that have yet to take place, such as Operation COLUMBUS (the invasion of Spain) or some Wikipedia articles.
  • Project Manhattan: the Point of Divergence in the rewrite. After some discussion, it was agreed that the POD would be that the Soviet spies in Project Manhattan failed to obtain the important details about the fabrication of nuclear weapons.
  • Retcon: the rewrite takes care of retconning a few events that were confusing in the original writing.

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