In 1988, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Soviet scientist Dmitri Kuznetsov invented the Kuznetsov device, a machine for travel through time and space.
As he utilises the machine's capability, however, it becomes increasingly clear that the history of the world he lived in and understood has become increasingly unrecognisable, and the travellers he picked up along the way are similarly displaced.
After his sudden and premature death, the remaining time travellers band together to form the Laikoseimas, or LS, an organisation dedicated to fixing the mistakes of the past (and present, and future) and to prevent the device from ever being used again. But just as their aims are complete, a defector in their ranks takes to naming himself Ensi, hides himself in the upper time dimensions, and attempts to sell opportunities for various, previously ignorant individuals to take advantage of the technology, for good or ill.
At the nadir of the situation, the LS makes one last attempt at destroying time travel before its invention - the one supposedly impossible temporal paradox. As the mission once again fails, one more traveller is dragged into the mire - and this time, events become even more complex.
This work provides examples of:
- After the End: the United States (and possibly the world) after The Bowler.
- Alternate Timeline: inevitable given the premise.
- Another Dimension: the LS operate in the fourth dimension. Their opponents operate even higher still.
- Applied Phlebotinum: robots, nanotechnology, cyborg partitions, programmable swords. Justified somewhat in that the LS has all of time and space from which to claim it.
- Bad Future: the Class Wars, The Bowler and the Renouncement Era.
- Bad Present: the version of the Cold War Tony Richards came from. Both sides are on the verge of collapse.
- Big Bad: Ragnarok
- Bizarrchitecture: Unreal City.
- Chekhov's Gun: the Roygbiv Seven.
- Conqueror from the Future
- The Constant: a low-key one, actually: the invention of time travel.
- Divided States of America: at some point, it becomes the Hundred States of America.
- Fake American: ROMAN, quite literally a fake American.
- Free-Love Future: implied in Bhuttos time.
- Fun with Acronyms: ROMAN, LEGION and ZURICH
- Godwin's Law of Time Travel: subverted. Its possible to kill the Nazi high command, but the consequences arent necessarily better than WW2, and the LS shuts things down anyway.
- Military Mashup Machine: the ARFAST machines.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: the Subjugator of Nations, Localised Armageddon, Holocaust Provision and Doomsday. These arent even the bad guys vehicles. Also Ragnarok, Tempurian the Hammer, and Asha the Pyro.
- No Equal-Opportunity Time Travel: the LS multiracial membership mostly travels to the future. That doesnt mean that tolerance is guaranteed, however.
- No-Sell: ROMAN is durable enough to jump from a window several storeys up, but she cant budge Ragnarok more than a few inches when hitting him.
- Our Time Machine Is Different: the K-Sphere.
- Paranoia Fuel: Kofrynas description of the Roygbiv Seven drone.
- Pink Mist
- Ridiculously Human Robots: ROMAN.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: justified, as the travellers are often outside of the timeline when the "ripple" occurs.
- Southern-Fried Genius: ROMAN
- Springtime for Hitler: a mild case when the LS manages to get $150 million out of a business deal. They didnt really need the money.
- Stable Time Loop: occurs early on; it's stable and it isn't, depending on the position in time from which it is viewed.
- Terminator Twosome: although the LS doesn't always send just one operative.
- The '80s: Tonys 1980s isnt quite ours, but it still has Tron, Tetris and the Cold War.
- The Slow Path: inverted for the ARFAS Ts.
- Time Travel
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Ensis goal. It really doesnt work out that way.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: time travel is a complex, difficult science, made more so by the fact that very few people study it.
- You Can't Fight Fate: actually, you sorta can. What you can't do is stop time travel, or "dodge the one that kills you", because your future self isn't there to stop it, and your past self only has so many tries.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: the Quantum Elimination Device.
- Zerg Rush: Ragnaroks Plan B