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* ScaryAmoralReligion: The Children of Oblivion, [[ImmoralNihilist a nihilistic cult that seeks the destruction of all life in the universe.]]

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* ScaryAmoralReligion: The Children of Oblivion, [[ImmoralNihilist [[StrawNihilist a nihilistic cult that seeks the destruction of all life in the universe.]]


** Vacuity Pocket [=CA1497=] have [[{{Ringworld}} several gigantic ringworlds]] instead of planets orbiting Sol, the product of an ancient and advanced alien civilization.

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** Vacuity Pocket [=CA1497=] have [[{{Ringworld}} [[RingWorldPlanet several gigantic ringworlds]] instead of planets orbiting Sol, the product of an ancient and advanced alien civilization.


Written by rvbomally (but with plenty of contributions from other members), [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=181340 Ad Astra Per Aspera]] is one of the most developed and best-received timelines on Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, despite only having started back in 2011. Best described as [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]!, the timeline's [[GrimDark grimdarkness]] rivals that of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40k]]. Three galactic dictatorships lord over four trillion souls, galactic war is the status quo, democracy is virtually extinct, and a dozen conquered alien races are used as either slaves or cannon fodder.

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Written by rvbomally (but with plenty of contributions from other members), [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=181340 Ad Astra Per Aspera]] is one of the most developed and best-received timelines on Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, despite only having started back in 2011. Best A GrimDark setting best described as [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]!, or as the timeline's [[GrimDark grimdarkness]] rivals that of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40k]].author himself commented, a ColdWar-themed ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Three galactic dictatorships lord over four trillion souls, galactic war is the status quo, democracy is virtually extinct, and a dozen conquered alien races are used as either slaves or cannon fodder.


* TheKingdom: Nova Italia, while authoritarian and oppresive, it is also surprisingly confederated and the only relevant neutral nation.


Eventually, three [[GalacticSuperpower interstellar superpowers]] emerged from the ashes. The '''Coalition of Western Republics''', the Christian objectivist successor of the American and German Empires, wage constant war to impose UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny across the galaxy. The '''Conseil of Workers' Systems''', a communist state that worship its leader as a living god, wage constant war with the capitalist Coalition. The '''United Technocracies of Man''', a textbook 1984 dictatorship with ''obliteration of the self'' as its official ideology, is a nonaligned kingmaker [[spoiler:and the ultimate winner of the Galactic War]]. Hundreds of minor powers are under the Big Three's yoke. All are more or less equally oppressive, and wages war only to pacify their internal populace.

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Eventually, three [[GalacticSuperpower interstellar superpowers]] emerged from the ashes. The '''Coalition of Western Republics''', the Christian objectivist successor of the American and German Empires, wage constant war to impose UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny across the galaxy. The '''Conseil of Workers' Systems''', a communist state that worship its leader as a living god, wage constant war with the capitalist Coalition. The '''United Technocracies of Man''', a textbook 1984 dictatorship with ''obliteration of the self'' as its official ideology, is a nonaligned kingmaker [[spoiler:and the ultimate winner of the Galactic War]].kingmaker. Hundreds of minor powers are under the Big Three's yoke. All are more or less equally oppressive, and wages war only to pacify their internal populace.


* WeaponOfMassDestruction: And how. Nuclear and antimatter weaponry is considered standard-issue and are used with abandon. More exotic weapons include missiles that create miniature black holes and Vacuity portals, as well as the Merkwürdigliebe ([[DrStrangelove Strangelove]]) Device - a modified FTL engine that forces a star to collapse upon itself.

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* WeaponOfMassDestruction: And how. Nuclear and antimatter weaponry is considered standard-issue and are used with abandon. More exotic weapons include missiles that create miniature black holes and Vacuity portals, as well as the Merkwürdigliebe ([[DrStrangelove ([[Film/DrStrangelove Strangelove]]) Device - a modified FTL engine that forces a star to collapse upon itself.


The point of divergence is 1868, when President Andrew Johnson was successfully impeached by Benjamin Wade, who became his successor. The Wade-Davis Bill was passed, leading to increased tensions between the northern and southern states, as well as increased militarization. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII destroyed the British and French empires, leading to a tripolar world with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]], and the [[GloriousMotherRussia Soviet Union]] as the superpowers. When an US president was assasinated in 1965, an increasingly totalitarian US was remade into the expansionist American Empire. As the three empires expand into space with the advent of FTL travel, an apocalyptic nuclear war occured on Earth in 2239. Offworld colonists are cut off from their Earth-based governments and each other, sparking a period of galactic anarchy known as the Collapse.

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The point of divergence is 1868, when President Andrew Johnson was successfully impeached by Benjamin Wade, who became his successor. The Wade-Davis Bill was passed, leading to increased heightened tensions between the northern Northern and southern Southern states, as well as increased militarization. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII destroyed the British and French empires, leading to a tripolar world with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]], and the [[GloriousMotherRussia Soviet Union]] as the superpowers. When an US American president was assasinated assassinated in 1965, an the increasingly totalitarian US was remade into the expansionist American Empire. As the three empires expand into space with the advent of FTL travel, an apocalyptic nuclear war occured occurred on Earth in 2239. Offworld colonists are cut off from their Earth-based governments and each other, sparking a period of galactic anarchy known as the Collapse.



* BigBookOfWar: The [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=4079686&postcount=18 Pointers for the Smart Bombardier]] demonstrates the Coalition's utter disregard for civilian casualties in a hilariously macabre manner.
-->'''Point #4''': ''Show no mercy! Every civilian you leave standing is another guerilla our boys and girls on the ground will have to deal with later! The enemy will mobilize for total war; deny them everything!''

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* BigBookOfWar: The [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=4079686&postcount=18 [[https://rvbomally.deviantart.com/art/Duglace-IV-696561962 Pointers for the Smart Bombardier]] demonstrates the Coalition's utter disregard for civilian casualties in a hilariously macabre manner.
-->'''Point #1''': ''Target emergency services, such as fire and police stations, '''first'''. Enemy military forces will be forced to retreat to maintain order.''
-->'''Point #2''': ''Remember: every bomb not dropped on an enemy city is a bomb that will have to be carried again. There is no such thing as a bomb-free zone. Fuel is precious; don't waste it!''
-->'''Point #3''': ''If it doesn't look like a threat, it is. Conseil forces will hide anti-aircraft batteries and supply depots in schools, hospitals and other seemingly harmless places to catch you off guard. Don't fall for their tricks! Leave no building standing!''
-->'''Point #4''': ''Show no mercy! Every civilian you leave standing is another guerilla our boys and girls on the ground will have to deal with later! The enemy will '''will''' mobilize for total war; deny them everything!''everything!''
-->'''Point #5''': ''Nuclear is '''always''' an option! Even the smallest cities have elaborate defenses which can be a problem for our troops. Lend a hand and hit every city with a nuclear weapon at least once.''



** Early American history is a particularly hilarious example: America is ruled by a communistic Britain; after the Boston Massacre, where Americans are rounded into gas chambers, George Washington raised the Grand Army of the Republic and revolted. Washington took 300 men to a narrow pass at Yorktown to prevent the redcoat advance. Holding the line with swords and shields, Washington personally "cut through British soldiers and spilled their entrails on the snow-covered ground"; the subsequent Declaration of Independence enforced the American people’s unalienable right to capitalism. The United States Army sailed across the Pacific and conquered Chinese settlements there, fulfilling Washington's dreams of lebensraum. The northern states, influenced by communist Canada, seceded; UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln won the War on Treason with primitive missiles and steam tanks. After banning communism in America, a communist-influenced Congress sent killer-for-hire John Oswald to murder Lincoln in Dallas.

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** Early American history is a particularly hilarious example: example. America is was ruled by a communistic Britain; after the Boston Massacre, where Americans are rounded into gas chambers, George Washington raised the Grand Army of the Republic and revolted. Washington took 300 men to a narrow pass at Yorktown to prevent the redcoat advance. Holding the line with swords and shields, Washington personally "cut ''"cut through British soldiers and spilled their entrails on the snow-covered ground"; the ground".'' The subsequent Declaration of Independence enforced the American people’s unalienable right to capitalism. ''capitalism''. The United States Army sailed across the Pacific and conquered Chinese settlements there, fulfilling Washington's dreams of lebensraum. ''lebensraum.'' The northern Northern states, influenced by communist Canada, seceded; UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln won the War on Treason with primitive missiles and steam tanks. After banning communism in America, a communist-influenced Congress sent killer-for-hire John Oswald to murder Lincoln in Dallas.



** In the Battle of Masnchester, the food situation was so desperate that Coalition medics are ordered to [[Film/SoylentGreen execute the wounded and ship the bodies to protein processors.]]

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** In the Battle of Masnchester, Manchester, the food situation was so desperate that Coalition medics are ordered to [[Film/SoylentGreen execute the wounded and ship the bodies to protein processors.]]
** In "[[FutureImperfect The Legend of the Republic]]", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTcVNuNX8yY George Washington leads 300 of his greatest warriors to hold the narrow pass at Yorktown, fighting hand-to-hand against the British with swords and spears.
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** Vacuity Pocket [=OTS5MPF=] [[Literature/{{Timeline 191}} have an independent Confederate defeated in the 1940s]] by an elected, socialist US government. When Coalition forces arrive, a centrist United States is busy fighting off "[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare a rather insane invasion by socialist “ultranationalist” Russia]] and various insurgent groups in the Middle East".

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** Vacuity Pocket [=OTS5MPF=] [[Literature/{{Timeline 191}} have an independent Confederate Confederacy defeated in the 1940s]] by an elected, socialist US government. When Coalition forces arrive, a centrist United States is busy fighting off "[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare a rather insane invasion by socialist “ultranationalist” Russia]] and various insurgent groups in the Middle East".



** In "[[FutureImperfect The Legend of the Republic]]", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTcVNuNX8yY George Washington leads 300 of his greatest warriors to hold the narrow pass at Yorktown, fighting hand-to-hand against the British with swords and spears]]


* FullCircleRevolution: The typical cycle of this trope is ''inverted'' after the Collapse: survivors in Russia decide that anything to do with the Soviet Union must be done away with, and restore the Russian Empire. Despite this, the new Russian Empire is almost identical to the Soviet Union in governance, complete with the Tsar being the Premier.

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* FullCircleRevolution: The typical cycle of this trope is ''inverted'' inverted after the Collapse: survivors in Russia decide that anything to do with the Soviet Union must be done away with, and restore the Russian Empire. Despite this, the new Russian Empire is almost identical to the Soviet Union in governance, complete with the Tsar being the Premier.


Written by rvbomally (but with plenty of contributions from other members), [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=181340 Ad Astra Per Aspera]] is one of the most developed and best-received timelines on [[Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom AH.com]], despite only having started back in 2011. Best described as [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]!, the timeline's [[GrimDark grimdarkness]] rivals that of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40k]]. Three galactic dictatorships lord over four trillion souls, galactic war is the status quo, democracy is virtually extinct, and a dozen conquered alien races are used as either slaves or cannon fodder.

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Written by rvbomally (but with plenty of contributions from other members), [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=181340 Ad Astra Per Aspera]] is one of the most developed and best-received timelines on [[Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom AH.com]], Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, despite only having started back in 2011. Best described as [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]!, the timeline's [[GrimDark grimdarkness]] rivals that of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40k]]. Three galactic dictatorships lord over four trillion souls, galactic war is the status quo, democracy is virtually extinct, and a dozen conquered alien races are used as either slaves or cannon fodder.

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* GratuitousGerman: Since ImperialGermany remained a great power until the Collapse and was allied with the United States, the modern "American" language is derived from a mix of English and German.

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* GratuitousGerman: Since ImperialGermany UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany remained a great power until the Collapse and was allied with the United States, the modern "American" language is derived from a mix of English and German.


** Pidanayana (the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Pain Cycle]]) is a corrupted version of Buddhism that [[MiseryBuildsCharacter glorifies acceptance of suffering without resistance, which would allow the soul to reject earthly existence and attain "enlightenment"]]. Brutal sadomasochism is the norm, and advocates submit to state oppression so that mankind may suffer and be enlightened.

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** Pidanayana (the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Pain Cycle]]) Vehicle]]) is a corrupted version of Buddhism that [[MiseryBuildsCharacter glorifies acceptance of suffering without resistance, which would allow the soul to reject earthly existence and attain "enlightenment"]]. Brutal sadomasochism is the norm, and advocates submit to state oppression so that mankind may suffer and be enlightened.


The point of divergence is 1868, when President Andrew Johnson was successfully impeached by Benjamin Wade, who became his successor. The Wade-Davis Bill was passed, leading to increased tensions between the northern and southern states, as well as increased militarization. UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII destroyed the British and French empires, leading to a tripolar world with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]], and the [[GloriousMotherRussia Soviet Union]] as the superpowers. When an US president was assasinated in 1965, an increasingly totalitarian US was remade into the expansionist American Empire. As the three empires expand into space with the advent of FTL travel, an apocalyptic nuclear war occured on Earth in 2239. Offworld colonists are cut off from their Earth-based governments and each other, sparking a period of galactic anarchy known as the Collapse.

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The point of divergence is 1868, when President Andrew Johnson was successfully impeached by Benjamin Wade, who became his successor. The Wade-Davis Bill was passed, leading to increased tensions between the northern and southern states, as well as increased militarization. UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII destroyed the British and French empires, leading to a tripolar world with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates, the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]], and the [[GloriousMotherRussia Soviet Union]] as the superpowers. When an US president was assasinated in 1965, an increasingly totalitarian US was remade into the expansionist American Empire. As the three empires expand into space with the advent of FTL travel, an apocalyptic nuclear war occured on Earth in 2239. Offworld colonists are cut off from their Earth-based governments and each other, sparking a period of galactic anarchy known as the Collapse.


Written by rvbomally (but with plenty of contributions from other members), [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=181340 Ad Astra Per Aspera]] is one of the most developed and best-received timelines on [[AlternateHistoryDotCom AH.com]], despite only having started back in 2011. Best described as [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]!, the timeline's [[GrimDark grimdarkness]] rivals that of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40k]]. Three galactic dictatorships lord over four trillion souls, galactic war is the status quo, democracy is virtually extinct, and a dozen conquered alien races are used as either slaves or cannon fodder.

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Written by rvbomally (but with plenty of contributions from other members), [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=181340 Ad Astra Per Aspera]] is one of the most developed and best-received timelines on [[AlternateHistoryDotCom [[Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom AH.com]], despite only having started back in 2011. Best described as [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]!, the timeline's [[GrimDark grimdarkness]] rivals that of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40k]]. Three galactic dictatorships lord over four trillion souls, galactic war is the status quo, democracy is virtually extinct, and a dozen conquered alien races are used as either slaves or cannon fodder.

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