As the forum's resident 'Israel guy,' IA character who is an expert ‘Arabist’ gives a potted history of the Israel-Palestine conflict to MI6 (the expert thinks Jewish immigration kicked off in 1945 and it was the silly Americans & not Britain that committed to Jewish states, but never mind that) and it's explicitly a litany of being screwed over
Are we absolutely positive that Mike Lunnon-Wood isn't the pen name of someone from the other place?One of the key ideas of the fight back is that Ireland needs a symbol, something to rally people, something that can represent the nation to the world. And so, the government –in–exile temporarily reinstate the monarchy, crowning a random nineteen-year-old girl at Tara as the High Queen. And it works!
I think most AH is that. That's steampunk. That's most mainstream AH of the likes of 'naughts and crosses' or 'man in the high castle'. That's stuff like the Eyre Affair or the various different 19th century conflicts but with dragons/magic/zombies etc.What his meandering thought has come to is this point - why can't AH also be fantastical and semi-realistic or even completely unrealistic like Dark Rose? Is there anything stopping the genre having a sub-genre like that? Can we have Switzerland occupying Scotland, or a Reverse Gulf War and Saddam Hussein occupying London or something? Does this go back to the concept of whether AH is a setting or a background?
Besides what @Charles EP M. and @Gary Oswald already said, there's the issue of anything but the most blatant alternate history not really being worth the branding. Unless it's the kind of "Nazi Confederates Take Over The World" or a similar counterpart for another country (ie "Ceausescu Survived!" for Romania), it just makes more business sense to market and proclaim it either contemporary or historical fiction. Even if the actual work could easily be considered AH.What his meandering thought has come to is this point - why can't AH also be fantastical and semi-realistic or even completely unrealistic like Dark Rose? Is there anything stopping the genre having a sub-genre like that?
I keep seeing that when browsing Amazon! And I have to give points to Dark Rose, where the Arabic forces are specifically targeting a militarily weak nation and trying to gradually build up forces VS what sounds like 2000AD'S Invasion! if 2000AD had it in for Muslims.I haven't read 'Dark Rose' yet but this review made me think of this series "Invasion UK" by D C Alden where the invasion is by some sort of Islamic Caliphate and virtually every Muslim in the UK is a supporter. Throw in some homophobia for good measure.
I believe that one has a British agent who is heavily implied to be James Bond?Cussler, Clive. Night Probe!NY: Bantam, 1981; Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1981.—As the Parti Québécois and the left-wing Free Québec Society struggle for control of the new independent Québec republic, the Canadian Prime Minister, Charles Sarveux, and the American President secretly move to unify the rest of Canada with the US, against the wishes of the British, who desperately try to destroy the remaining copies of a forgotten 1914 treaty in which Canada was sold to the US for one billion dollars in order to finance England's war with Germany.