If I'm honest, the start of WWI OTL makes sense if you frame it as a playground dispute.This is an angle I don't usually hear about when it comes to WW1 - that everyone was used to diplomatic crises that involved "YEAH?! YEAH?!?! I'LL HIT YOU" but no war actually starting, international politics as Year 7s, and then one day whoops.
I always feel that Time Lines that don't include the occasional completely bonkers "What was everyone drinking?" incident is missing out on verisimilitude.I was aware of most of these before, but Casablanca still came up as a surprise. Mental.
This could be the start of a beautiful timeline.I am so tempted to write a Timeline/long vignette based on the Casablanca Incident starting to get out of hand. Possibly with the main action revolving around a cafe, possibly owned by someone from a country without an interest in the international situation, desperately trying to stay neutral as French and German interests gradually move the world towards war. Toss in a romantic distraction, some shady goings on, outpourings of patriotic sentiment under difficult circumstances.
Maybe written in the format of a film about the incident.
I could call it "Casablanca."
Tbh, after they'd almost started war with Sweden and the British Empire before even rounding the Breton Coast, the biggest surprise is that the world seemed stunned when the Baltic Fleet was destroyed fairly handily. I'm more surprised that they didn't shell Valparaiso, thinking it was Kobe.The Russo-Japanese War is frightening in how incompetent much of the Russian military revealed itself to be.