A WebOriginal AlternateHistory series created by Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom member Linkwerk. Set in the late 1950s and 1960s, it features everyone's [[LoveItOrHateIt favourite/hated]] wacky founder of UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}}, Creator/AynRand, and a lot of various {{Historical Domain Character}}s. All of them get involved in a rather peculiar game of geopolitics.

Long story short, this timeline diverges from our own when Rand decides to recreate the MarySuetopia described in her novel ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' in RealLife. And what better place to do so than in the then chaotic landscape of the former Congo Free State, specifically, the southern Congolese historical region of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katanga_Province Katanga]]...

She convinces various businessmen and sympathizers to aid her in the construction of the supposedly utopian artificial town of Galtville, run along the principles of her infamous and polarizing Objectivist philosophy. And let's just say that the timeline starts getting weirder and weirder from there on...

Read it [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=235733 here]]. A chapter guide can be found [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/timelines/the_fountainhead_fillibuster_-_tales_from_objectivist_katanga here]].

!!Tropes seen in this series :
* AlternateHistory: A pretty unusual one, set during the height of the early UsefulNotes/ColdWar, referencing a lot of the changing geopolitics (the decolonisation of Africa and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katanga_Crisis conflicts it spawned]], etc.).
* AllohistoricalAllusion: The military and diplomatic doctrine of Rand's African regime grows eerily similar to that of the unrecognized [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodesia Republic of Rhodesia]], which appeared a few years later in our own history. Linkwerk has confirmed the parallels and said he's deliberately aiming for some overlap of historical patterns in this area.
* AnachronicOrder: All of the episodes so far have been of this variety. Hell, the ''first'' episode of the series is set in [[{{Foreshadowing}} what looks like the beginning of the end of Rand's regime-building experiment]].
* Creator/AynRand: Well, ''duh''. Pretty much the VillainProtagonist of the series. She starts out as a relatively reasonable (if kooky) writer, philosopher and investor. But as the installments set in the mid-60s reveal, she eventually undergoes severe SanitySlippage and becomes a NotSoHarmlessVillain.
* AnimatedAdaptation: One writer speculated on an in-universe cartoon based of the UN's battles with Galtville, called ''The Hammershields''.
* TheBaroness: Rand becomes one (Rosa Klebb-variant) in Katanga.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor : It's evident from the episodes set chronologically later in the timeline's story that Rand's dreams of founding a brilliantly working economic and social utopia gradually fall to pieces over the course of several years.
* [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] : Ernesto "Che" Guevara to Patrice Lumumba and indirectly, Dag Hammarskjöld.
* CoolPlane: Rand secretly purchases all of the [[spoiler:legendary Argentine FMA Pulqui II fighters, designed by famous German engineer Kurt Tank]] and has them smuggled to Katanga via freighter and then river barge. Soon after that, the planes become the core of the [[spoiler:secret Objectivist Air Force of Katanga]]. Also, the SAAB Tunnans and other 1950s and 1960s planes flown by UN peacekeepers in the Kongo.
* {{Crossover}}: None so far, but several AH.com members who read the series suggested doing one with ''Series/MadMen''.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of Objectivism as a means of building a country.
* {{Egopolis}}: Rand's aptly named "Galtville" (after John Galt from ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''), [[IstanbulNotConstantinople formerly known as the Katangan city of Kolwezi]]. In a slight subversion, it's less about celebrating her and more about celebrating the ideology of Objectivism she created. An in-universe ShoutOut to the aforementioned novel is the statue of Atlas in the main square.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: An unusual variation-kind of an ''inversion'', really-since Rand's new utopian community in Katanga objects to communal activities done in groups, even ''common group sports like football/soccer'' ! There is also little to no welfare and a POV character African worker notes that everything in shops is overpriced and sold along ruthlessly capitalist lines. Galtville and its surroundings take the whole "run according to Objectivist principles" thing very seriously.
* FantasticDrug: Crystal Lites, which are amphetamine-laced cigarettes. And under the Objectivist regime, they're completely legal. Recollect that this was the era of EverybodySmokes, and Rand herself was a chain smoker (who died of lung cancer).
* ForWantOfANail: The start of the whole mess is a controversial sci-fi writer and a very cunning con artist recognizing Rand in a bar and giving her some tips on strategy, inadvertently giving her the idea to "start her own" (country). His name ? ''[[Creator/LRonHubbard L. Ron freaking Hubbard]]!''
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Much as in RealLife, Bob Denard used to be a washing machine salesman (though he did have some military experience before this).
** [[spoiler: Ayn herself grows from an eccentric writer, to deranged dictator within a few years]].
* HerrDoktor: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Tank Kurt Tank]], though he is a tame and realistic example of this, being a highly skilled RealLife [[GadgeteerGenius aviation engineer]]. He is eccentric and a bit full of himself, but is far from a MadScientist.
* HiredGuns: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Denard famous mercenary]] [[BadassNormal Bob Denard]] and his crew, who become the backbone of Rand's security forces.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Most of the cast are historical personalities from that era. Rand, Kurt Tank, L. Ron Hubbard, Dag Hammarskjold, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Bob Denard, Alan Greenspan, etc. There are surprisingly few fictional characters when compared to other AH.com timelines and stories.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The aforementioned Che Guevara comes off as a much nicer guy than he's generally regarded as by historians, [[ALighterShadeOfGrey though even the real Che would look good by comparison considering what he's up against]] and he's still shown to be rather nasty and violent compared to the more level-headed Patrice Lumumba. One thing that particularly stands out is how well he and the aforementioned Congolese political figure get along despite Che's well documented antipathy toward blacks, though spending time with the African resistance fighters may have caused him to have a change of heart.
* InsistentTerminology : They're ''mundanes'', not [[spoiler:slaves]].
* IronLady: It's lampshaded that this short Russian lady was able to convince businessmen, economists and mercenaries to embark on this grand endeavor. [[spoiler: By 1966, she's become the ''evil'' version]].
* TheLeader: Rand is literally referred to by this title in the mid-60s episodes.
* MegaCorp: The Union Miniere de Haut Katanga (UMHK) which is stated to have its own private army to control the mines.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Rand's supposedly utopian mini-country has [[SinisterSurveillance some of these traits from the get go]], but it seems to have gone pretty much full blown in the installments set chronologically later-of which we've only seen a few glimpses so far. Still, the very first episode blatantly shows that by 1966, Rand's utopia has morphed into a [[spoiler:white supremacist totalitarian regime that uses modern slavery on the locals]].
* PsychoForHire: Bob Denard arguably counts.
** Van Owen, Alan Greenspan's TriggerHappy fellow.
* ShoutOut: "My name is Ernesto Guevara. [[Film/TheTerminator Come with me if you want to live.]]"
** Van Owen is a character borrowed from Creator/WarrenZevon's "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner", a song about the real-life Congo Wars of the '60s.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: From kooky (if personally abusive to anyone who disagrees with her) writer to insane slave-owning dictator.
* SpaceBrasilia / {{Zeerust}}: Galtville's architecture in a nutshell. Linkwerk even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the name of the first trope by noting that some buildings in Galtville were designed by the same architect that worked on Brazil's new capital city.
* StartMyOwn: Essentially, Rand wants to start her own utopian city project in a resource rich African backwater and then [[spoiler:[[ASimplePlan move on to creating a whole utopian Objectivist country]], which she can rule as her own personal dictatorship]].
* StrawCharacter: Where to begin... Isn't one of the central tenets of UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} "[[Literature/AtlasShrugged I will never live for another man's sake, nor ask another man to live for mine]]"? Doesn't ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' call "the man who goes after power" the ''worst'' type of human being? How does one go from ''that'' to a dictatorship?
** In a similar manner as to how communist states do: the logic of the ideology eventually has an end different then that it's creators thought it would.
** Both that, and that remaining true to armchair principles in a real world situation spiraling out of your control is essentially impossible, especially if your philosophy tends to invite people who'd help cause the situation to spiral out of control. If you took an Objectivist Utopia out of the controlled fantasy of Rand's novels and placed it into the real world mess up that was Katanga, under the control of the already unstable and hypocritical Rand herself, it shouldn't be a surprise that it might not live up to its ideals.
* TookALevelInBadass: The UN is a more influential and powerful institution with a surviving Dag Hammersjkold. In first chapter, they are shown [[spoiler: bombing the crap out of Galtville]].
* YoureInsane: Pretty much everybody's response to Galtville.