Thursday, February 08, 2007

Rasputin In The Mesh

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February 8th, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: We are working on a new project – a collection in book format of several timelines with more-or-less complete stories inside them – The Fall, the Tolman timeline, the Mormon War, the Lascaux Cave story, and more – that will have our NaNoWriMo novel, After, included with it. Once they're edited together, we'll put the lot up 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. And, speaking of side projects, Guest Historian Stephen Payne has one, Crimson Kiss, available for free on Lulu. Check it out and put up a review!

in 1887, in a rare moment of prescience, President Grover Cleveland vetoes the Dawes Severalty Act, which would have forcefully integrated Native Americans into the US population and confiscated their land. Although Congress comes within 4 votes of overriding his veto, the act lapses and native negotiators craft an agreement more favorable to their people. The Sioux, in particular, are able to negotiate virtual autonomy for their people and huge areas of the northern US are ceded to them. This all comes to nothing when the xenophobic Arden administration assumes office in 1897 and begins chewing away the corners of Sioux territory. This leads right into the so-called Indian Wars of the early 20th century that ravaged the American west.

in 2007, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts reluctantly opens the impeachment trial of President George W. Bush in the US Senate. Just as the prosecutors from the House begin their presentation on the murders that led them to move against the president, Secret Service agents burst into the chamber and arrest them. Pandemonium ensues as several Senators attempt to stop the SS and are shot. Senators John McCain and Jim Webb both die from the wounds they suffer on the Senate floor, and four others are rushed to the hospital. Vice President Dick Cheney takes the speaker's podium and tells the remaining senators and representatives, “Until further notice from the office of the Commander-in-Chief, this legislative body is dissolved.” President Bush, rather obviously drunk, takes to the airwaves and makes a rambling, barely coherent speech in which he tells the nation that unlawful enemy combatants have taken over the US Congress, and he had no choice but to, “shut 'em all down.”

In 1913 the greatest magician of the age Grigory Rasputin hacked into the Mesh, interrupting the global consciousness that had protected First Nations from European Colonialism since 1492. The Mad Monk soon succumbed to the melancholy of exclusion and the Mesh was back up and running after ..
.. just forty-eight hours of down-time.

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

In 1622 King James I of England disbanded the English Parliament as democracy faltered in Great Britain. Whilst James I was the first Stuart advocate of the Divine Right of Kings, the task of abolishing the mother of parliaments would wait for his grandson King Charles II. This act ensured .. King James I
King James I
.. that the nascent British Empire was given an appropriate governance structure; effective and dynamic Stuart rule was of course superior to an assembly of laypeople, a model which could not possibly work in the global superstate which survives to this day.

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

Spring Heeled Jack
Spring Heeled J..
In 1855 the Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon with the contemporaneous sightings of Spring Heeled Jack, a mysterious figure known for his extraordinary jumps. Jack was described by alleged victims as having a terrifying and frightful appearance, with diabolical physiognomy ..
.. that included clawed hands and eyes that resembled red balls of fire. He was finally trapped in the East End of London where he was captured for the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 and later executed at the Tower of London.

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

In 1974 the temporary American space station Skylab returns to earth after 84 days in space. The crew included a stowaway, the alien intelligence known as the Avatar who quickly establishes a global tyranny.Skylab

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

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