The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.
Charles Baudelaire, Le spleen de Paris, XXIX (1862), the prefacing quote.Weber's Germany: The Veterinarian Totalitarian
) is a counterfactual history
hosted on AlternateHistory.com
, written by the user "Tom Colton".
The primary focus of the timeline is on a certain Friedrich Weber
, who in Real Life
was a a scholar in veterinary science who led one of the paramilitary Freikorps
in the early days of the Weimar Republic, joined the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler
and involved himself in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch
, in this timeline, a meddling American named Paul Driscoll
shoots Hitler in the middle of the Beer Hall Putsch
, injuring him just grievously enough for him to dictate Mein Kampf
(called Der Deutsche Kampf
in-universe) to Weber before dying. Weber takes over the Nazi Party after Hitler's death, and eventually the Nazi Party takes over all of Germany - but some things are just noticeably different, and the divergences become full-blown once World War II
The primary inspiration for this timeline were the plethora of threads discussing slightly saner wartime policies for Nazi Germany
to pursue during World War Two, all mostly coming to the conclusion that any adjustment of German policy in such a direction would require someone besides Hitler and his cronies, with their lunatic ambitions for Europe and the World, to be in charge of Germany.
The main question thus posited by this series is: What if a slightly more pragmatic Führer had led Nazi Germany?
Not everyone, especially not the populace of Eastern Europe, will like the answer...
Weber's Germany: The Veterinarian Totalitarian provides examples of the following tropes:
- Alternate History: Diverging from a critical moment in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch.
- Allohistorical Allusion: An admitted habit by the author.
- Kristallnacht now refers to a clash between Nazi Party supporters and rival right-wingers, giving Weber and co. a pretext to take over the government.
- The Stasi takes over the role of the SD and the Gestapo in this timeline.
- The European Economic Community is now a trade bloc formed solely by Axis powers.
- Balkanize Me: Following the alternate Munich Conference, Czechoslovakia eventually gets divided into Czechia and the Slovak Republic.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Himmler never forms, let alone takes command of the SS, instead dying as a stepping stone for Weber to seize control of Germany.
- Fictional Document: The main narrative is told in the pages of The Rise and Fall of the Greater German Reich, by Professor Norman Iverson.
- For Want of a Nail: What if Hitler was killed early in his career, leaving another Nazi, Friedrich Weber, to take up the reins of the Nazi Party?
- Also, the first other major change not arising directly from this divergence is Nikolai Yezhov choosing to blow the lid open on the Great Purge after he'd been declared inessential to the State.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: See page image.
- Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Second type. Hitler dies, and Weber seizes control of his legacy, his party and his country.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Technically, the first divergence is Paul Driscoll choosing to kill Hitler before his rise to power, in an environment where bullets are flying everywhere anyway. He couldn't have predicted that someone even worse would take the helm.
- OC Stand In: By Word of God, Weber, otherwise a historical enigma, was chosen so that any character traits necessary for the plot could be projected onto him.
- Pretext for War: Clashes between Nazis in Danzig with Polish authorities provide one for World War II to begin.
- Sublime Rhyme: The main reason why the subtitle is as such.
- World War II: Naturally, although noticeably different.