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  • In Larry Niven's story The Return of William Proxmire, Robert A. Heinlein was cured of tuberculosis as a midshipman and remained in the Navy. In the resulting Alternate History, "Admiral Heinlein doesn't let the Soviets build spacecraft." So... in what kind of government does a military officer have that kind of power to make political decisions and impose them on other nations?
    • Possibly Fridge Brilliance, If Goddard was taken seriously by Heinlein, the German Rocket Club may have been cut off earlier from Goddard's research and so at the end of the war not nearly as well developed, denying the Russian's the German Rocket technology they used in the Space Race, so the Russians never got Space Travel and are trying to buy it, but denied because Heinlein is the rocket equivalent of Rickover.
      • Still a problem in that case. The US Apollo program relied heavily on the same German Rocket technology the Soviets used. Especially the scientists who headed the German program like Werner Von Braun.
      • But the German Rocket Club, lead by Werner Von Braun, which was the core of the entire German rocket program, was dependent on getting access to Goddard's research to get their early successes. IF Goddard was not allowed to export his research, but had massive naval funding, the US would never had needed German scientists.

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