The state of TIAH
November 12th, 2006
Alternate Historian's Note: November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. In 2004, we produced our novel Warp, and last year we got a start on The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion during this annual event. Both of these novels were based on timelines from TIAH – Warp was based on the Mlosh timeline, and Protocols on the Greater Zionist Resistance timeline. Although we posted numerous links to these novels on Lulu, TIAH didn't post any excerpts from them. We're going to do it a little differently this year. This year, the November posts on TIAH will be excerpts from the novel that is being written by us for NaNoWriMo. We will still have Guest Historian entries – Stephen Payne (who has compiled several and made them available on Lulu for free – just go through the Add to Cart system to get it) has some already written and waiting – so, if you want to make a Guest Post this month, go ahead and send it to us, and it will appear along with our novel post.
in 1872, on board the Mary Celeste, light sleeper Captain Benjamin Briggs is awakened by a solitary piano note. Careful not to disturb his sleeping wife Sarah, he leaves the Captain's Quarters to investigate, summoning night-watchman Arian Martens for backup. Without warning the ship heels over and the piano breaks loose, crushing the 35-year old Dutch seaman Martens to death. Unseen below, a third barrel has started to rattle. -entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!-
in 1948, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) also known as the Tokyo Trials were adjourned. Leaders of the Empire of Japan were tried for three types of crimes: "Class A" (crimes against peace), "Class B" (war crimes), and "Class C" (crimes against humanity) committed during World War II. Twenty-seven Japanese military and political leaders including Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Prince Asaka were charged with Class A crimes, and more than 300,000 Japanese nationals were charged with Class B and C crimes, mostly over prisoner abuse. Executions at Sugamo Prison in Ikebukuro planned for December 23, 1948 were canceled due to the unexplained escape of Hirohito and Asaka. Their flight to Formosa with the entire gold and foreign currency reserve of imperial Japan laid the foundations for the dramatic economic development of the island in the 1950s. -entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!-
Kevin was starting to get hungry again. It had been a long time since the convenience store this morning. By this time, he had expected to have a massive amount of money in his bank account, a new truck, and freedom to enjoy the world for a while.
Instead, he was roaming around downtown Austin, trying to find a parking space. Unfortunately, traffic was bumper-to-bumper, and he hadn't been able to find a free spot. He thought that he should have abandoned his truck on the highway and just walked to the Lottery Headquarters on 6th Street; he would've gotten there faster. He was only about 10 or 12 blocks away, now, and was prepared to snag the first open area that his truck could fit in.
A few times, he saw National Guard trucks roll by on the sidewalk or shoulder of the road. He thought he saw a tank back on the highway, too. They were really rolling out everything. Too bad they weren't directing traffic; this crowd could use someone moving them along.
While he was patting his stomach after it growled, he saw an open parking spot and snuck into it. He cut the engine on his truck, thankful that it had gotten him this far, got out and locked up. He didn't know if he'd be coming back to the old thing, so he pulled out the couple of personal items he had stashed in the glove compartment – a picture of his dog and his insurance policy.
He turned his face towards 6th Street and began walking. Except for the occasional car driving along it, the sidewalk was deserted. By this point, he guessed, most people had either gotten themselves trapped on the road or had decided to stay home.
Janice studied the map on her laptop again. It wasn't much better than the printout she had made at home. She was sitting at a crossroads that didn't appear on either her printout or on-screen map, and was a little confused as to which was to go. According to her directions, though, she needed to travel to the west for a little bit before turning north again, so she looked at her compass and took the road that went approximately west. It was rough going, and her car bounced around a lot.
About noon, she pulled over to the side of the road and pulled out her recorder again. “So far, the military-industrial complex is sticking with its cover story of the nuclear explosion. The Emergency Broadcast System has been exhorting all citizens to be good little robots and obey, obey, obey. I have yet to be confronted by any Guardsmen, but it's only a matter of time as I move closer to the truth.”
She turned off the recorder and looked around. The hill country was long gone behind her, and she thought she had probably moved into the Brazos Valley. It wouldn't be too long before she got near Waco, which had supposedly been evacuated by the Guard, and that's where she could expect the first trouble. They would be pulling out all the stops to make it appear dangerous to her.
She got out of the car and opened the trunk. She kept a lot of strange things in her trunk; being a paranormal investigator meant being something of a pack rat. She pulled out the Geiger counter and flipped the power switch. “Normal levels,” she muttered as she read the device. She flipped it back off and took it with her into the car. After a quick lunch of an energy bar and some water, she started off again towards Crawford.
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