I look forward to reading it, Fenny. I mentioned to a few friends that out of ninety-two books now, there are only two "Confederate victory" books in the whole of Sea Lion Press, and there is only one true "Nazi Victory" book.
So this idea came about not so much in a desire to write TL-191 fanfiction but it began from a discussion about Mussolini "doing better." The Italian army adopts reforms from the Spanish civil war, they make more economic solid moves, etc, etc. Namely it was a list of longer then a page of what was needed for Italy to be ready to sweep into the Balkans taking Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia and giving Hitler the chance to move into Russia three months early. The discussion shifted to "WI Franco joins the war" or "WI Hitler did X and not Y" and more and more.
Eventually this started to form in my head this rather weird idea of what I did not see a lot in AH. Namely someone is a fascist and someone is authoritarian and someone is in charge... but they suck. Like, not they are not that good but they are awful. Cause more often then not when we get AH involving fascism it ends in some fascist world state or a cold war involving said fascist states. So I wrote out what I felt was an awful leader and gave him power. Petty pointless power. A few outlines later... Vernon Smeade.
Part of my idea was trying to think of peace terms which would actually do harm to the CSA. And while taking land is important to me any CSA strength is linked to its black populations. Namely labor and economics.
I've got to Smeade's time working for the paper. I love the little asides to how things are actually and how he doesn't notice, and the bit where he hasn't noticed the women around the office want to avoid him is a nice touch.
Well as Hitler, Franco, or even Mussolini had this almost impossible to explain charisma there must likewise be those who just talk a good game but in truth people can barely stand to be in the room with them.