Thursday, November 11, 2004

Armistice Day

November 11th, 2004

in 1915, Austria’s conflict with Serbia ends with the collapse of Serbian opposition to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Serbia had held out hope that its web of treaties with other nations would bring in some allies to its cause, but no nation in Europe was willing to plunge the continent into war over tiny little Serbia.

in 1918, the Great War ends with the Treaty of Berlin. The eastern half of France is divided between the triumphant Germany and Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire assumes control over Italy.

in 1918, the Great European War ends with the downfall of all the monarchies on the continent. After the Christmas Truce of 1914 had produced a huge body of soldiers unwilling to fight each other, these soldiers had returned their native countries and began fighting the regimes there. The 4 year struggle finally ended on this day with an agreement among the new governments in a dozen nations to never commit war against each other again. The Treaty of Prague, signed by over a hundred soldiers and representatives of the new Peace governments, marked what President Wilson of America called, “the end of the war to end all wars.”

in 1298, the Turkish Caliphs crush the rebellion of the Romans and their Frankish allies, and force them to accept the will of Allah, outlawing the infidel’s religion of Christianity once and for all. Although the move is denounced as unduly harsh across Islam, the Turk’s realm is peaceful for decades following the move.

in 4614, the emperor negotiates an end to a minor civil war in his eastern possessions. Several of the tribal people of Europe, still savage in many ways, claimed the same small patch of land in the center of the continent, and struggled over it for many years. Emperor Chengzu had considered it a minor conflict and had not thought to expend much effort towards ending it until requested by several thousand of his subjects in the east to intervene.

in 12-15-4-9-6, the Oueztecan Empire, a year after entering the war on behalf of its Norse allies, achieves victory on the tiny continent of Europe. A great war had broken out among the barbarians 4 years before, and blood had spilled across the continent. The Norse and other western people of the continent, being the most civilized after contact with Ouezteca, called out to the great empire for assistance, and the Emperor finally heard their pleas and ended the war.

in 1973, Russia announces that it will not play the People’s Republic of Chile in soccer’s World Cup competition. The protest is made because of the overthrow of President Augusto Pinochet by American-backed socialist Salvadore Allende. The Soviet States of America claimed no official role in the coup, but Allende was seen by the capitalist world as an American puppet.

in 1977, authors/publishers Robert and Gari Strawn were married. The Strawns began a publishing empire with their Heron View Literary Services in 1996, using the internet to help dozens of authors publish their work and give it mass distribution. Although several other companies attempted to copy their formula, the founders of Heron View always remained in front of the competition, selling almost 17 million books online in the last year.


David said...

I'm sorry your Heron View Literary Services didn't prosper in this reality. There are still quite a few references to it out there -- many with now-dead links :( . But congratulations on the anniversary of your more important venture.

Robbie Taylor said...

While I am related to the Strawns, and did work as the editor for Heron View, it's their anniversary, not mine - and a happy anniversary to them today!

TIAH Editor says we'd like to move you off the blog, if you're browsing the archives - and most people are - more than half of them are already on the new site. We need to be sure the new web site accomodates your archive browsing needs because we don't want to lose any readers. Please supply any feedback or comments by email to the Editor and please note the blogger site is shutting on December 1st.