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Fanfic / Grey Skies Universe

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The Grey Skies Universe is a two-fic series written by Gemini Star01 for the Hetalia: Axis Powers fandom. It consists of Grey Skies Over London and its sequel, Every Generation. It is based on what might have happened if the American Revolution failed, from a Hetalian perspective.

This fic includes the following Tropes:

  • America Is Still a Colony: Due to the French not assisting in the Revolution, America loses the war and remains a British Colony until Canada starts a new rebellion.
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  • Beware the Nice Ones: Because of Arthur's actions and what he did to America, Canada rebels against the British Empire and proves to be a force to be reckoned with. He will be free or die trying. He also trains with Russia to learn how to use his cold weather to his advantage.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Alfred dies, but Matthew wins the war and the United States of Columbia is free of the British Empire. Alfred passed away, but his dream came to fruition.
  • Break the Cutie: After losing the Revolution, Alfred is imprisoned by Arthur. He becomes mostly mute and never fully recovers his previous strength.
  • Character Death: Alfred is killed by Arthur.
  • Entitled to Have You: Non-romantic version. Arthur feels like Alfred belongs to him and should only be under his care. Even when he is about to lose the war, he demands Alfred back. Matthew calls him out for treating Alfred like a prize and not a person.
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  • Expanded States of America: After Alfred's death, Matthew becomes the personification of the United States of Columbia, a country which consists of both America and Canada's land.
  • For Want of a Nail: The French fail to assist the Americans in their revolution, so America loses.
  • Forced to Watch: Alfred is forced to attend the hanging of George Washington. He collapses in shock and grief.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Arthur rejects the truth that Alfred willingly rebelled against him. He genuinely believes Alfred was kidnapped, and when he shows a negative reaction to George Washington's execution, Arthur thinks it is because Alfred is afraid of his "captor" and not because one of his Founding Fathers is being hanged.
  • Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: Arthur goes from delusional to unsympathetic when he attempts to kill Matthew and ends up killing Alfred. Matthew never forgives Arthur for murdering his twin.
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  • Madness Mantra: "Free. Free. Free. Free. Free."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Arthur is horrified after he accidentally kills Alfred.
  • My Greatest Failure: France feels guilty for not assisting Alfred and tries to make up for it.
  • Never My Fault: Arthur refuses to see he is responsible for Alfred's pain, and that executing the leaders of America's Revolution is hurting his colony. Arthur pins the blame for Alfred’s grief and near-silence on the rebels that "kidnapped and tried to brainwash" him.
  • Offing the Offspring: Arthur tries to kill Matthew to stop his rebellion. He accidentally shoots Alfred instead.
  • Series Fic: It consists of two fics altogether.
  • Shrinking Violet: Losing the Revolution (and what happened afterward) left Alfred quiet, timid, and shy.
  • Taking the Bullet: Arthur attempts to shoot Matthew. Alfred jumps in the way.
  • That Man Is Dead: After Alfred's death, Matthew declares Canada is not his name anymore. He becomes the United States of Columbia.

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