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Icarus Falls, as of May 2014, is complete, having chronicled its world's events from late 1967 until the aftermath of the 1972 presidential elections. The author indicated that a sequel was forthcoming. Said sequel, Icarus Rising, has since begun, and is currently in early 1973, with the author intending to take it up to at least 1976. Another sequel, Icarus: 2000, was created due to the author suffering from Writer'sBlock. Icarus: 2000 takes place in 2000 and consists of interviews from people in a style similar to ''Literature/WorldWarZ''.

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Icarus Falls, as of May 2014, is complete, having chronicled its world's events from late 1967 until the aftermath of the 1972 presidential elections. The author indicated that a sequel was forthcoming. Said sequel, Icarus Rising, has since begun, and is currently in early 1973, with the author intending to take it up to at least 1976. Another sequel, Icarus: 2000, was created due to the author suffering from Writer'sBlock.WritersBlock. Icarus: 2000 takes place in 2000 and consists of interviews from people in a style similar to ''Literature/WorldWarZ''.


* BalkanizeMe: Mongolia, Tibet, Uyghuristan, Manchuria, Guangdong, and Taiwan (the Republic of China) split up a large swath of Asia among themselves. Some of the splinter states (and a few neighboring countries to boot) gain unaccounted-for nuclear weapons in the process. [[spoiler:The land being from a defeated China, of course.]]

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* BalkanizeMe: Mongolia, Tibet, Uyghuristan, Manchuria, Guangdong, and Taiwan (the Republic of China) split up a large swath of Asia China among themselves. Some of the splinter states (and a few neighboring countries to boot) gain unaccounted-for nuclear weapons in the process. [[spoiler:The land being from a defeated China, of course.]]



* CIAEvilFBIGood: Averted utterly. Both agencies are horribly corrupt and authoritarian, the FBI having been responsible for the unlawful detention and killings of thousands of (mostly black) citizens deemed "subversive", while the CIA sponsors Neo-Nazi terrorism and supports overseas dictatorships. Gets to ridiculous levels when the director of the CIA ''tries to launch a coup''.
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: ROC troops serving on mainland China have to contend with mass starvation, biological warfare, and near-anarchy on a daily basis, and end up coping surprisingly well to the litany of horrors.



* DirtyCommunists: Averted, despite Cambodia being a Communist country, the President reaches out to its new government for some peace and stability after the Vietnam War ends.
* DownerEnding: Thanks to the FBI, [[spoiler:Woodstock becomes a bloodbath]].
** The first part itself ends with [[spoiler:former president Lyndon Johnson kidnapped by government agents, while investigating voter fraud by President Bush in New Mexico.]]
** Also thanks to the FBI and the CIA [[spoiler:the MK-Ultra project is sanctioned by the president and used to 'cure' subversive behavior in those who speak out against the status quo.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For the time being; [[spoiler:Hunter S. Thompson has managed to overcome his MK-Ultra treatments for the most part and fled to London, managing to dodge the CIA and FBI in the process]].

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* DirtyCommunists: Averted, despite Cambodia being a Communist country, the President Reagan reaches out to its new government for some peace and stability after the Vietnam War ends.
ends. Post civil war USSR is also on its way to becoming a more free and prosperous nation.
* DownerEnding: Thanks to the FBI, [[spoiler:Woodstock becomes a bloodbath]].
**
The first part itself ends with [[spoiler:former president Lyndon Johnson kidnapped by government agents, while investigating voter fraud by President Bush in New Mexico.]]
** Also thanks to the FBI and the CIA [[spoiler:the MK-Ultra project is sanctioned by the president and used to 'cure' subversive behavior in those who speak out against the status quo.
]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For the time being; [[spoiler:Hunter S. Thompson has managed to overcome his MK-Ultra treatments for the most part and fled to London, managing to dodge the CIA and FBI in the process]].



** LeonidBrezhnev also uses nuclear weapons against Soviet cities to try to win the Soviet Civil War.

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** LeonidBrezhnev Leonid Brezhnev also uses nuclear weapons against Soviet cities to try to win the Soviet Civil War.



* SanitySlippage: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President Bush.

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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Seemingly a never ending parade of these occur whenever the narrative puts focus on China after the Sino-Soviet nuclear exchange. Impalement of civilians and prisoners of war are only one of many gruesome atrocities carried out by the remnants of the communist government.
* PoliceBrutality: Becomes a major plot point after Congress passes an anti-crime bill that greatly expands police power. The Woodstock festival ends in a riot that causes 29 deaths as police and FBI agents attack the crowd with tear gas and plastic bullets, arrests of suspicious looking black men without due process becomes routine, and most disturbingly, the police carry out extra-judicial killings estimated to number in the '''thousands'''. Naturally, once the story leaks, nationwide riots ensue.
* SanitySlippage: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President Bush. The increasing stress of managing a world that's on the brink 24/7 causes him to lose entire days of sleep and begin to abuse his power, constantly afraid that he's the only person capable of leading the nation.



** President Reagan is an example, especially when he passes a draconian security bill called the EPAB to ensure the nation's safety after a devastating series of race riots that kill hundreds, and refuses to repeal it even after evidence surfaces that reveals that the FBI and other police units have been using their powers to kill hundreds of suspected 'subversives' in prison.

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** President Reagan is an example, especially when he passes a draconian security bill called the EPAB to ensure the nation's safety after a devastating series of race riots that kill hundreds, and refuses to repeal it even after evidence surfaces that reveals that the FBI and other police units have been using their powers to kill hundreds thousands of suspected 'subversives' in prison.


* AlternateHistoryWank: [[spoiler: Israel]] gets a big one when they end up conquering [[spoiler:Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan through the use of nuclear weapons.]]
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:China]] gets subjected to a class 0 [[spoiler:in the nuclear exchange with the USSR.]]
** [[spoiler:the Soviet republics of Central Asia]] also get a class 0 [[spoiler:when they get nuked in retaliation for siding with Kosygin in the Soviet Civil War]].
* BalkanizeMe: [[spoiler:China, after being nuked by the Soviet Union. Mongolia, Tibet, Uyghuristan, Manchuria, Guangdong, and Taiwan (the Republic of China) split the remains between themselves. Some of the splinter states (and a few neighboring countries to boot) gain unaccounted-for Chinese nukes.]]
** After [[spoiler:the Soviet Civil War, the Soviet Union loses every country that they lost in 1991 except Central Asia and Ukraine]]
** Icarus: 2000 mentions [[spoiler:independent Assam and Khalistan as a result of the Indian Civil War.]]
* BerserkButton: In-universe, this is pressed for [[spoiler:China when they discover Chairman Mao was assassinated by a Soviet agent.]]
** This is the [[spoiler: [[DeepSouth South's]]]] reaction when [[spoiler:Edward Brooke, an African American, succeeds the Presidency after UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.]]
* TheChewToy: A college-aged UsefulNotes/BillClinton, who makes several cameo appearances in the timeline. First he gets thrown through a window by law enforcement during a protest, then gets carjacked by [[spoiler:Director Helms of the CIA.]]
* TheCoup: One major arc of the timeline features [[spoiler:Richard Helms, the director of the CIA, attempting to pull a behind-the-scenes coup against President Bush. It fails when Bush goes public with what happened.]]

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* AlternateHistoryWank: [[spoiler: Israel]] Israel gets a big one when they end up conquering [[spoiler:Egypt, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan through the use of nuclear weapons.weapons.
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:China]] gets subjected to a class 0 in a nuclear exchange with the USSR.
** [[spoiler:The Soviet republics of Central Asia]] also get a class when they get nuked in retaliation for siding with Kosygin in the Soviet Civil War.
* BalkanizeMe: Mongolia, Tibet, Uyghuristan, Manchuria, Guangdong, and Taiwan (the Republic of China) split up a large swath of Asia among themselves. Some of the splinter states (and a few neighboring countries to boot) gain unaccounted-for nuclear weapons in the process. [[spoiler:The land being from a defeated China, of course.
]]
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:China]] gets subjected to a class 0 [[spoiler:in ** After [[spoiler:the Soviet Civil War, the nuclear exchange with the USSR.Soviet Union loses every country that they lost in 1991 except Central Asia and Ukraine.]]
** [[spoiler:the Soviet republics of Central Asia]] also get a class 0 [[spoiler:when they get nuked in retaliation for siding with Kosygin in the Soviet Civil War]].
* BalkanizeMe: [[spoiler:China, after being nuked by the Soviet Union. Mongolia, Tibet, Uyghuristan, Manchuria, Guangdong, and Taiwan (the Republic of China) split the remains between themselves. Some of the splinter states (and a few neighboring countries to boot) gain unaccounted-for Chinese nukes.]]
** After [[spoiler:the Soviet Civil War, the Soviet Union loses every country that they lost in 1991 except Central Asia and Ukraine]]
** Icarus: 2000 mentions [[spoiler:independent independent Assam and Khalistan as a result of the Indian Civil War.]]
* BerserkButton: In-universe, this is pressed for [[spoiler:China when they discover Chairman Mao was assassinated by a Soviet agent.]]
** This is the [[spoiler: [[DeepSouth South's]]]] reaction when [[spoiler:Edward Brooke, an African American, succeeds the Presidency after UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.]]
War.
* TheChewToy: A college-aged UsefulNotes/BillClinton, who makes several cameo appearances in the timeline. First he gets thrown through a window by law enforcement during a protest, then gets carjacked by [[spoiler:Director Director Helms of the CIA.]]
CIA.
* TheCoup: One major arc of the timeline features [[spoiler:Richard Richard Helms, the director of the CIA, attempting to pull a behind-the-scenes coup against President Bush. It [[spoiler:It fails when Bush goes public with what happened.]]



** A group of fascist terrorists launch one in Italy, [[spoiler: but only succeed in having the parliament building blow up with them and a large number of Italian policians being held hostage inside.]]
** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]] tries to launch one against [[spoiler:President Bush]], but ends up [[spoiler:getting both of them blown up by a car bomb.]]

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** A group of fascist terrorists launch one in Italy, [[spoiler: but only succeed in having the parliament building blow up with them and a large number of Italian policians being held hostage inside.]]
inside.
** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]] tries to launch one One is attempted against [[spoiler:President Bush]], President Bush, but it fails to go as plan. [[spoiler:The head of the coup, Donald Rumsfeld, ends up [[spoiler:getting getting both of them blown up by a car bomb.]]



** AWorldHalfFull: Despite all the darkness, there are a few noticable bright spots. The American manned space program is much further advanced than even our present day, with a manned mission to Mars and a permanent Moon base both scheduled for launch within the 1970s. And thanks to the cool-headed policies of President [[spoiler: Bush]] the domestic situation has improved. And Music/TheBeatles are still together as of 1973.
* DirtyCommunists: Averted, despite Cambodia being a Communist country, President [[spoiler: Reagan]] reaches out to its new government for some peace and stability after the Vietnam War ends.

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** AWorldHalfFull: Despite all the darkness, there are a few noticable bright spots. The American manned space program is much further advanced than even our present day, with a manned mission to Mars and a permanent Moon base both scheduled for launch within the 1970s. And thanks to the cool-headed policies of President [[spoiler: Bush]] Bush the domestic situation has improved. And Music/TheBeatles are still together as of 1973.
* DirtyCommunists: Averted, despite Cambodia being a Communist country, the President [[spoiler: Reagan]] reaches out to its new government for some peace and stability after the Vietnam War ends.



* EnemyMine: Robert Kennedy and Barry Goldwater form an impromptu alliance to oppose the policies of President [[spoiler: Reagan.]]
* ForWantOfANail: The death of a then twice failed politician, who lost the Presidency and the California Governorship in 2 years, leads to a ''very'' different world. Tell anyone in-universe that Richard Nixon of all people being elected would have butterflied [[spoiler:the nuclear war in China]], and they'd probably think you're nuts.

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* EnemyMine: Robert Kennedy and Barry Goldwater form an impromptu alliance to oppose the policies of President [[spoiler: Reagan.]]
the President.
* ForWantOfANail: The death of a then twice failed politician, who lost the Presidency and the California Governorship in 2 years, leads to a ''very'' different world. Tell anyone in-universe that Richard Nixon of all people being elected would have butterflied [[spoiler:the nuclear war in China]], war, and they'd probably think you're nuts.



* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Soviet Union attempts to stop the brewing war with China by [[spoiler:assassinating Mao]]. Unfortunately, his successor ends up [[spoiler:escalating the conflict into a nuclear exchange]].

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Soviet Union attempts to stop the brewing war with China by [[spoiler:assassinating Mao]]. Unfortunately, his successor ends up [[spoiler:escalating escalating the conflict into a nuclear exchange]].to tragic results.



** UsefulNotes/DanQuayle becomes a war hero due to his actions in putting down [[spoiler:the race war that erupts in the South.]]
** UsefulNotes/JerryBrown [[spoiler:becomes the first independent President in 1984 under the Reform Party and brings about an end to the chaos of the TheSixties and TheSeventies.]]

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** UsefulNotes/DanQuayle becomes a war hero due to his actions in putting down [[spoiler:the the race war that erupts in the South.]]
South.
** UsefulNotes/JerryBrown [[spoiler:becomes becomes the first independent President in 1984 under the Reform Party and brings about an end to the chaos of the TheSixties and TheSeventies.]]



** Lin Biao [[spoiler:uses nuclear and chemical weapons against his own people to stop the Nationalist invasion.]]
** LeonidBrezhnev [[spoiler:also uses nuclear weapons against Soviet cities to try to win the Soviet Civil War.]]
** Donald Rumsfeld [[spoiler:tries to launch a coup against Bush and take control of the country's nuclear weapons.]]
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]: [[spoiler:Bush rigs Rumsfeld's car with a bomb, only to be killed when Rumsfeld takes him hostage and tries to escape using said car.]]
* {{Irony}}: The fact that 69, a number involving [[DoubleEntendre people getting screwed]], is the number of the post where [[spoiler:China [[NukeEm gets screwed]]]].

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** Lin Biao [[spoiler:uses uses nuclear and chemical weapons against his own people to stop the Nationalist invasion.invasion.
** LeonidBrezhnev also uses nuclear weapons against Soviet cities to try to win the Soviet Civil War.
** Donald Rumsfeld becomes a major thorn during Bush's presidency. [[spoiler:He tries to launch a coup against Bush and take control of the country's nuclear weapons.
]]
** LeonidBrezhnev [[spoiler:also uses nuclear weapons against Soviet cities to try to win the Soviet Civil War.]]
** Donald Rumsfeld [[spoiler:tries to launch a coup against Bush and take control of the country's nuclear weapons.]]
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]: [[spoiler:Bush HoistByHisOwnPetard: One character rigs Rumsfeld's a car with a bomb, to explode only to be killed when Rumsfeld takes him taken hostage and tries to escape using in said car.]]
car, which explodes as planned.
* {{Irony}}: The fact that 69, a number involving [[DoubleEntendre people getting screwed]], is the number of the post where [[spoiler:China [[NukeEm China gets screwed]]]].screwed in their war.



* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: [[spoiler:Forever and completely broken with the Sino-Soviet nuclear war. Since then - a mere three in-universe years - over ''two hundred'' nuclear weapons have been used, not only in the aforementioned Sino-Soviet war, but also by the collapsing North Vietnamese government in Hanoi, the collapsing People's Republic of China, in an Indo-Pakistani War, in the Soviet civil war, by Nazi terrorists, and by Israel. The only silver lining - if it even is that - is that so far nukes have only been used in regional conflicts, and not to start World War III.]]
* SanitySlippage: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President [[spoiler:Bush]].
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: [[spoiler:Subverted; Apollo 13 ITTL goes off smoother than IOTL. It helps that Apollo ''12'' was the unlucky one, having been scrubbed after being struck by lightning twice.]]
** However, [[spoiler:the Apollo 13 crew ''did'' find some Soviet artifacts this time...]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: President [[spoiler:Reagan]] is an example, especially when he [[spoiler:passes a draconian security bill called the EPAB to ensure the nation's safety after a devastating series of race riots that kill hundreds,]] and [[spoiler:refuses to repeal it even after evidence surfaces that reveals that the FBI and other police units have been using their powers to kill hundreds of suspected 'subversives' in prison.]]
** President [[spoiler:Rhodes]], is another example, [[spoiler:allowing the CIA and the FBI to experiment with mind control on people arrested for subversive activities, including Hunter S. Thompson.]]
** President [[spoiler:Bush]] slowly turns into this under the strain of trying to clean up the mess left by his predecessors, [[spoiler:eventually rigging the 1972 election and killing several people to cover it up.]]

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* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: [[spoiler:Forever Unlike real life, nuclear weapons get used quite a bit throughout the twentieth century. [[spoiler:The taboo was forever and completely broken with the Sino-Soviet nuclear war. Since then - a mere three in-universe years - over ''two hundred'' nuclear weapons have been used, not only in the aforementioned Sino-Soviet war, but also by the collapsing North Vietnamese government in Hanoi, the collapsing People's Republic of China, in an Indo-Pakistani War, in the Soviet civil war, by Nazi terrorists, and by Israel. The only silver lining - if it even is that - is that so far nukes have only been used in regional conflicts, and not to start World War III.]]
* SanitySlippage: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President [[spoiler:Bush]].
Bush.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: [[spoiler:Subverted; Subverted; Apollo 13 ITTL goes off smoother than IOTL. It helps that Apollo ''12'' was the unlucky one, having been scrubbed after being struck by lightning twice.]]
twice.
** However, [[spoiler:the the Apollo 13 crew ''did'' find some Soviet artifacts this time...]]
time...
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A few of the altered Presidents fall under this.
**
President [[spoiler:Reagan]] Reagan is an example, especially when he [[spoiler:passes passes a draconian security bill called the EPAB to ensure the nation's safety after a devastating series of race riots that kill hundreds,]] hundreds, and [[spoiler:refuses refuses to repeal it even after evidence surfaces that reveals that the FBI and other police units have been using their powers to kill hundreds of suspected 'subversives' in prison.]]
prison.
** President [[spoiler:Rhodes]], Rhodes, is another example, [[spoiler:allowing the CIA and the FBI to experiment with mind control on people arrested for subversive activities, including Hunter S. Thompson.]]
** President [[spoiler:Bush]] Bush slowly turns into this under the strain of trying to clean up the mess left by his predecessors, [[spoiler:eventually predecessors. [[spoiler:He eventually rigging the 1972 election and killing several people to cover it up.]]


* DrivenToMadness: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President [[spoiler:Bush]].


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* KillSat: The United States launches one of these.


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* SanitySlippage: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President [[spoiler:Bush]].


** AWorldHalfFull: Despite all the darkness, there are a few noticable bright spots. The American manned space program is much further advanced than even our present day, with a manned mission to Mars and a permanent Moon base both scheduled for launch within the 1970s. And thanks to the cool-headed policies of President [[spoiler: Bush]] the domestic situation has improved. And TheBeatles are still together as of 1973.

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** AWorldHalfFull: Despite all the darkness, there are a few noticable bright spots. The American manned space program is much further advanced than even our present day, with a manned mission to Mars and a permanent Moon base both scheduled for launch within the 1970s. And thanks to the cool-headed policies of President [[spoiler: Bush]] the domestic situation has improved. And TheBeatles Music/TheBeatles are still together as of 1973.


* TheVietnamWar: Ends by 1969 thanks to a less successful Tet Offensive and an EnemyCivilWar between the Vietcong and North Vietnam.


A rather dystopian [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=291410 alternate history work]] by [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/member.php?u=73442 AnywhereButOTL]], posted on AlternateHistoryDotCom.

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A rather dystopian [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=291410 alternate history work]] by [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/member.php?u=73442 AnywhereButOTL]], posted on AlternateHistoryDotCom.Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom.


This world's history diverges from ours when RichardNixon is fatally struck by a car on October 28, 1967, before he can announce his candidacy for President. Initially, the timeline details the course of the 1968 presidential election without Nixon involved, before turning its focus to the events of the victor's administration. Things go up. [[FromBadToWorse And then things go way down]].

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This world's history diverges from ours when RichardNixon UsefulNotes/RichardNixon is fatally struck by a car on October 28, 1967, before he can announce his candidacy for President. Initially, the timeline details the course of the 1968 presidential election without Nixon involved, before turning its focus to the events of the victor's administration. Things go up. [[FromBadToWorse And then things go way down]].


** DanQuayle becomes a war hero due to his actions in putting down [[spoiler:the race war that erupts in the South.]]
** JerryBrown [[spoiler:becomes the first independent President in 1984 under the Reform Party and brings about an end to the chaos of the TheSixties and TheSeventies.]]

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** DanQuayle UsefulNotes/DanQuayle becomes a war hero due to his actions in putting down [[spoiler:the race war that erupts in the South.]]
** JerryBrown UsefulNotes/JerryBrown [[spoiler:becomes the first independent President in 1984 under the Reform Party and brings about an end to the chaos of the TheSixties and TheSeventies.]]


Icarus Falls, as of May 2014, is complete, having chronicled its world's events from late 1967 until the aftermath of the 1972 presidential elections. The author indicated that a sequel was forthcoming. Said sequel, Icarus Rising, has since begun, and is currently in early 1973, with the author intending to take it up to at least 1976. Another sequel, Icarus: 2000, was created due to the author suffering from Writer'sBlock. Icarus: 2000 takes place in 2000 and consists of interviews from people in a style similar to WorldWarZ.

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Icarus Falls, as of May 2014, is complete, having chronicled its world's events from late 1967 until the aftermath of the 1972 presidential elections. The author indicated that a sequel was forthcoming. Said sequel, Icarus Rising, has since begun, and is currently in early 1973, with the author intending to take it up to at least 1976. Another sequel, Icarus: 2000, was created due to the author suffering from Writer'sBlock. Icarus: 2000 takes place in 2000 and consists of interviews from people in a style similar to WorldWarZ.
''Literature/WorldWarZ''.

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* MyBrainIsBig: A group of young Kurdish soldiers encounter a boy with this condition in a circus sideshow. Though whether it's a genuine example of this trope or simply a kid with hydrocephalus who happens to be extremely smart is unclear.


* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:China]] gets subjected to a class 0 [[spoiler:in the nuclear exchange with the USSR.]]
** [[spoiler:the Soviet republics of Central Asia]] also get a class 0 [[spoiler:when they get nuked in retaliation for siding with Kosygin in the Soviet Civil War]].



* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Soviet Union attempts to stop the brewing war with China by [[spoiler:assassinating Mao]]. Unfortunately, his successor ends up [[spoiler:escalating the conflict into a nuclear exchange]].



** LeonidBrehnev [[spoiler:also uses nuclear weapons against Soviet cities to try to win the Soviet Civil War.]]

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** LeonidBrehnev LeonidBrezhnev [[spoiler:also uses nuclear weapons against Soviet cities to try to win the Soviet Civil War.]]


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* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]: [[spoiler:Bush rigs Rumsfeld's car with a bomb, only to be killed when Rumsfeld takes him hostage and tries to escape using said car.]]


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** President [[spoiler:Bush]] slowly turns into this under the strain of trying to clean up the mess left by his predecessors, [[spoiler:eventually rigging the 1972 election and killing several people to cover it up.]]


** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]] tries to launch one against [[spoiler:President Bush]], but ends up [[spoiler:getting each other blown up by a car bomb.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]] tries to launch one against [[spoiler:President Bush]], but ends up [[spoiler:getting each other both of them blown up by a car bomb.]]



** CrapsaccharineWorld: Despite all the darkness, there are a few noticable bright spots. The American manned space program is much further advanced than even our present day, with a manned mission to Mars and a permanent Moon base both scheduled for launch within the 1970s. And thanks to the cool-headed policies of President [[spoiler: Bush]] the domestic situation has improved. And TheBeatles are still together as of 1973.

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** CrapsaccharineWorld: AWorldHalfFull: Despite all the darkness, there are a few noticable bright spots. The American manned space program is much further advanced than even our present day, with a manned mission to Mars and a permanent Moon base both scheduled for launch within the 1970s. And thanks to the cool-headed policies of President [[spoiler: Bush]] the domestic situation has improved. And TheBeatles are still together as of 1973.


** A group of fascist terrorists launch one in Italy, [[spoiler:only succeeding in having the parliament building blow up with them and a large number of Italian policians being held hostage inside.]]

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** A group of fascist terrorists launch one in Italy, [[spoiler:only succeeding [[spoiler: but only succeed in having the parliament building blow up with them and a large number of Italian policians being held hostage inside.]]



* TheVietnamWar: Ends by 1969.

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* TheVietnamWar: Ends by 1969.1969 thanks to a less successful Tet Offensive and an EnemyCivilWar between the Vietcong and North Vietnam.


* DrivenToMadness: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President [[spoiler:Bush]].



** Also thanks to the FBI and the CIA [[spoiler:the MK-Ultra project is sanctioned by the president and used to 'cure' subversive behavior in those who speak out against the status quo.]]
* DrivenToMadness: Happens, in rather tragic fashion, to President [[spoiler:Bush]].



** Also thanks to the FBI and the CIA [[spoiler:the MK-Ultra project is sanctioned by the president and used to 'cure' subversive behavior in those who speak out against the status quo.]]



* TheWoobie: [[spoiler:China. The Sino-Soviet Exchange occurs which destroys every major city in the country. This leads to Tibet, Uyghurstan, and even Manchuria and Guangdong declaring independence. The Nationalists, led by the authoritarian President Chen Ta-Ching, goes to war against Chairman Lin Biao over control of China in a brutal conflict known as the Mainland War. The Communists use nukes and chemical weapons but are eventually defeated. Unfortunately, [[MeetTheNewBoss the Nationalists turn China into a right-wing police state]].]]
** Is later averted when [[spoiler: [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified The Revolution]] is launched against the authoritarian Nationalist regime. China then becomes a democratic government called the New Chinese Republic.]]

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