Saturday, January 13, 2007

Reflections In Exile

The state of TIAH

January 13th, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: Although I still feel weak, I think I'm well enough to continue writing After, so we will move forward today. I would also like to let you all know of a side-project that I'm going to be assembling. I have several timelines with more-or-less complete stories inside them – The Fall, the Tolman timeline, the Mormon War – and I would like to put them all into a collection for sale on Lulu. If you would be interested in this, or would like to suggest something for inclusion in the collection, please email me and let me know. Meanwhile, enjoy Guest Historian Stephen Payne's entry for today, followed by the continuation of our NaNoWriMo novel.

1st Earl of Halifax
In 1947 Head of the British Government in Exile Lord Halifax reflects on his miserable condition as a guest at Rideau Hall, residence of the Governor General of Canada in Ottawa. At long last the Nazis had prepared terms that would permit the Government to return to London, possibly before ..
.. the long and freezing Canadian winter got a great deal worse. The price is that Halifax must hand over the Royal Navy to the Germans, and that is a big heating bill by anyone's reckoning.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1935 as Germany completes a remarkable recovery from the ashes of .. Saarland Flag
Saarland Flag
.. defeat in World War I a plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wished to join the Weimar Republic. By the time of the 'day of infamy' strikes by the fascist forces of Anglo America on 'deux six un un' (26/11/1941), Germany would be close to 1914 levels of key demographics including population, production and national output.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

King David Kalākaua
King David Kalā..
In 1887 Marines from the U.S.S. Boston landed in Honolulu and imposed the Bayonet Constitution, stripping the Hawaiian monarchy of much of its authority, disenfranchised all Asians and poor citizens while generally empowering rich citizens, including American, European and native Hawaiian ..
.. elites. This new imperialism led ultimately to the expulsion of the Americans from AsiaPac in the 1940s at the hands of the liberating troops of the Empire of Japan.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1610 by deductive logic Galileo Galilei discovers the counter-earth, a same sized planet rotating on the far side of the sun.Galileo Galilei
Galileo Galilei..

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

in 1991, game designer Taylor Strawn (nee White) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Overcoming the tragedy of his pre-teen years, he became one of the most successful computer game programmers in the industry. After his work with Maxis on Spore II, he left the company to concentrate on his own designs, beginning with the virtual reality hit The World Underneath, which garnered several awards on release and established his company as one of the top in the country.

Off-roading was rough. There was a reason that Bush was always filmed clearing brush on his ranch – there was brush everywhere. The jeep could barely make it through a lot of it; there were several points where everyone had to get out, clear the path, and then move the jeep forward.
“We should just leave the jeep and go forward on foot,” Jake said.
“I think I speak for everyone else when I say that you're probably the only one of us who's in that kinda shape, Jake,” Janice said.
“Nothin' like a good 10-mile hike to get you in shape,” Jake said, laughing at her.
“Yeah, the kinda shape that lies flat on the ground and can't shoot back or escape when the bad guys come and get us.”
“Good point,” Jake muttered, pushing and pulling on a particularly nasty plant that wanted his blood. It got it, but at the cost of its own life. He pulled it out of the ground and tossed it as far away as he could. “I'm just afraid that this is gonna take too long for us to be any good.”
“The president will be able to hold out,” Kevin said. Out of his sight, Eli rolled his eyes. “He's going to be OK till we get there.”
“Right,” Jake said, returning to his task. Janice helped him pull out the last big obstacle in their path, and then he looked ahead. He estimated they had maybe a mile that the jeep didn't need any help to cover in front of them. “Pile in the car, everybody.” They all jumped in and he tore off, trying to make up for the lost time by driving as recklessly as he dared.
“I kinda wish we'd taken the SUV,” Kevin said.
“We wouldn't have made it past the road blocks,” Janice said. “And all this would've ruined it.” A particularly hard bump knocked her back, and she struggled back up. “Nice drivin', Sarge.”
“I ain't drivin' Miss Daisy.” Jake pulled up to another clump of vegetation and scanned the horizon. “Where's west?”
Kevin looked at Janice's GPS and pointed. “That way. We're still about 18 miles from the ranch, according to this thing.”
“It took us two hours to cover the last 5 miles.” He looked up at the sun, which was now dipping into its downward path to afternoon. “This is crap. We can't move forward at night because the lights'll be seen.”
“You can wear my night-vision goggles,” Janice volunteered.
“The Sergeant was right before,” Eli said. “We need to go forward on foot. It'll be faster.”
“Says you,” Janice told him. “These little legs don't do hiking.”
“Maybe they need to start,” Jake said, looking over at Kevin. “What do you say, Bradley? Think you can make 18 miles before nightfall?”
“Probably not, and I've got another reason we need the jeep.” He turned back to the others. “We may need to carry the president out of there. Once we've got him, we don't need to worry about roadblocks; we can take the main roads.”
“Good point,” Janice said, hopefully looking over at Jake.
“Yeah, that is a good point.” Jake looked at the enemy line – he wished that he had a little elevation so that he could see if there was an easier route through. The flatness of the countryside was wonderful from a defensive standpoint; it was almost impossible to get through to the ranch. He bet that the security detail in charge of the president was grateful for the natural advantage this land gave them. “OK, we'll keep the jeep. But, everybody needs to be lookin' for an easier way to drive. Keep your eyes peeled.”
“Aye, aye, sir,” Janice said, throwing him a happy salute.

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