idea that @Turquoise Blue gave me:
a kind of British futurama setting with the lead characters being a small trotskyite group hawking newspapers on the street, where the "point of divergence" is that Wilson didn't slow down on the "white heat of technology" stuff
- the chinese government insisting that the death cult in control of their country is still socialism with chinese characteristics, and a desperate communist character insisting that it's true
- an alexa-style ai powered personal assistant who got really depressed and is now looking for some kind of release with the group of trotskyites
- britain's main religion is worship of the god-monarch who lords over the United Kingdom, but half the country is atheist and doesn't believe in the god-monarch despite the unity of church and state
This is absolutely not a problem, as most alt-hist writers don't really understand policy and its implications either.There's also the fact that I'm shit at policy, specifically understanding any kind of bigger picture. Writing the politics would be all well and good, but when it gets to the actual policy application, I would be absolutely dead in the water.
Take Ken. I would have a lot of fun writing the hypothetical random chance that would lead to his rise to power as he always wanted. But how he would operate and reorganise, say, local government, something very close to his heart? Not a fucking clue.
Ah,I see that Prescott got slightly inspired by Elena Ceausescu’s idea of “building an entire city and forcing most of the pensioners in the country to live in it forever and never be allowed to leave”
My old idea for “Blair succeeds at everything and then everything goes wrong” now has an entire city