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Persephone

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Has anyone read or heard of this book?

Alternate Tyrants is a 1997 Toralternate history anthology, edited by Mike Resnick.[1] [2]The anthology contains 20 short stories, with each story by a different author, and presents a scenario where an individual becomes a tyrant or dictator in a way that did not occur in real life.”

Scenarios vary from “Caesar Lives”, “Cleopatra seduces Octavian” and “Mandela dies” to “ President Capone” and “Einstein, dictator” to:
I really like that Caligula idea, especially since I'm of the opinion that the man himself wasn't a monster insomuch as he was a victim of untreated mental illness that had the misfortune to grow up as part of an awful extended family.
 

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I really like that Caligula idea, especially since I'm of the opinion that the man himself wasn't a monster insomuch as he was a victim of untreated mental illness that had the misfortune to grow up as part of an awful extended family.
I'm personally sceptical of the idea that Christianity would make an emperor less violent and arbitrary, given that it seemingly didn't stop Ivan the Terrible or Eric XIV.
 

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French Revolution and Napoleonic PODs pretty popular pre-WW2.
Kennedy lives seems a reasonably common idea, but I can't think of any works about it.
I keep thinking a fantastic way to do Kennedy Lives would be some unholy cross between The West Wing and The Crown (I'm not saying it's called Camelot but, er, it is) where critics get more and more nitpicky about the liberties with the historical record until suddenly it’s the S3 finale and what if the pavement just did that

How can we discuss the Alternate ____ series and not tag @zaffre
“there must be an easier way to raise the unemployment rate by 23 percent” thought President Mondale as he prepared to deploy the Dukakis Squad (sejm membership optional) to the most alligator-cannon-proof parts of Mexico


this post may also have inspired something else
 

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Well this seems...more elaborate than most Nazi’s do well in World War 2 stories which makes it slightly interesting, though there are quite a few historical flaws. Also Nazi’s in Africa, what is this Afrika Reich?!
As (very) soft AH, it's not too bad. Nazis Into Central Africa is LOLwhat, but it does have the USSR survive the loss of Moscow and eventually turn the tide, so there's that.
 

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As (very) soft AH, it's not too bad. Nazis Into Central Africa is LOLwhat, but it does have the USSR survive the loss of Moscow and eventually turn the tide, so there's that.
I agree, I think Nazi’s in Africa and America waiting until 1955 (have they been sleeping under a rock for 15 years?) to fight the Germany’s are it’s biggest flaws but for very Soft AH it ain’t bad. Also the Nazi’s performing a nuclear holocaust makes sense if anything.
 

Persephone

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Well this seems...more elaborate than most Nazi’s do well in World War 2 stories which makes it slightly interesting, though there are quite a few historical flaws. Also Nazi’s in Africa, what is this Afrika Reich?!
Devs: "How can we make it blatantly clear that this is a game by a Polish studio?"
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It's definitely an interesting idea, and whatever weird timeline they've come up with is secondary to the actual game. Rather than lose, the Nazis dug themselves a national bunker and irradiated Europe, but now the bunker is empty and you're going in to find out what happened, solid enough premise for a game about exploring abandoned ruins. It reminds me of WWZ and what happened with North Korea, where the country went underground and no one has heard from them since.
 

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Well this seems...more elaborate than most Nazi’s do well in World War 2 stories which makes it slightly interesting, though there are quite a few historical flaws. Also Nazi’s in Africa, what is this Afrika Reich?!
An intriguing idea, even with the flaws. Any clues yet as to the release date?
 

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Jumping back to this, I've had Afrika Reich on my "maybe" reading list for a while; any (ideally non-spoiler) comments for or against it?
Imagine The Wild Geese in an ATL Nazi dominated Africa.

I enjoyed it on that basis.
Pretty much this, it's an enjoyable book in a very 'ACTION FOR MEN' way and it's villain is incredibly repulsive which means he's effective.
 

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Hadn't heard of that film till now; interesting. Based on what little I knew of the plot and setting, I suspected something more along the lines of Heart of Darkness.
Oh there's aspects of that too, but a lot of it is just boilerplate action/thriller.

Again though, if you can enjoy it on those merits...
 
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