Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Fountain Of Youth; Ekaterinburg

April 2nd, 2006

in 1495 AUC, Karlus Magnus, a Germanic leader in the Roman Republic, was born in Germania. He rose to prominence as a powerful native voice in the Senate, representing his people, and was even rumored to be a candidate for Proconsul, but Roman prejudices kept him from higher office.

in 1513, Ponce de Leon, conquistador of Spain, found the fabled Fountain of Youth in an area he called Florida in North America. Unfortunately, he was killed when he fell from a cliff trying to escape natives driving him from the site. His body, when it was found, looked like he was 20 years old.

in 1805, industrialist Hans Christian Andersen is born in Odensk, Denmark. He worked his way up from the bottom after starting work in a factory after his father died. As a hobby, he liked to entertain local children with fairy tales, which made him a beloved businessman in his country.

in 1941, the German Underground secured control of most of northern Africa with the capture of Libya. Out of the nations north of the Sahara, only Egypt remained outside their control, and it was poised to fall, as well. Seeing the G.U. so close to their borders united all of the Arab world and Islam against them.

in 1952, a tribe of Berbers takes in Velma Porter and Mikhail von Heflin as they wander across northern Africa. The pair find the simple life of the nomads enchanting, at least for the evening, and bed down with them to enjoy their first restful sleep in days.

in 1979, Ekaterinburg, Russia becomes the epicenter of a horrific bio-engineered plague as a mutated anthrax bacteria was released from the city's bio-weapons plant after an accident. Hundreds of thousands across Russia and northern Europe died before the Soviet Union was finally convinced to release a cure.

in 1982, Imperialist British troops landed on the Falkland Islands, starting a war with the People’s Republic of Argentina, which had reclaimed the islands from the British in the 50’s. It was thought that there was oil in the Falklands, but none was ever found after repeated drilling at the end of the war.

in 1992, Stormin’ Norman, General Norman Schwarzkopf, recaptures Venezuela after allied forces had pushed U.S. troops out of the country. President Ralph Shephard advanced the general to 4 stars for his victory, one of the biggest the Constitutionalists had won in South America.

in 2004, Jacob Sheridan surveys meteor damage to the exterior super-cooled chamber holding the Projection Virii and methane crabs they have retrieved from Saturn’s moon, Titan. Several methane crabs are crawling across the outer surface of the chamber, apparently oblivious to the fact that they are in space. Sheridan immediately retreats to the ship and goes through decontamination to get rid of any possible P.V. that might be making him see methane crabs.

in 2005, famous Polish actor Karol Wojtyla dies in his native city of Wadowice. Although he had traveled across the world in his career, and had even been banned from Poland for a brief period in the 80's for statements he had made against its communist regime, the Poles had never stopped loving him, and turned out in huge numbers to pay their respects to this beloved man.

Timelines in today's post: the Roman timeline, the GZR, von Heflin, The Sheridans, Communist America and the Ralph Shephard timeline

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