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Poem: "The Tea Tempest"
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aubergine_pilot From: aubergine_pilot Date: October 25th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
WHY COULDN'T THIS BE HISTORICAL CANON???

*cough* Er. I have strong feelings about the British Empire (and really hate how so much alternate history fetishizes it as this wonderful thing that the sun should never have set on). Not sure an Italy/China alliance would have brought sunny wonderful happytimes to the rest of the world, in fact that's probably not the case at all, but... damn it.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: October 25th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
We would have made our share of mistakes and horrid political decisions, but... the idea of two countries in different continents (or at the very least at opposite ends of the same one, depending on how one sees Eurasia)seeing each other as equal partners makes me too wish that was the direction history had taken for real.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 25th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I think the parallax of experience helps. In nether-Earth the two superpowers are the United Kingdom and China. The UK is a little less trigger-happy and China is a little less insular. So they're rivals rather than enemies, and occasionally people manage to cooperate. That's important background for The Steamsmith series.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 25th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> WHY COULDN'T THIS BE HISTORICAL CANON??? <<

History consists of the choices made by whomever happened to be present when something important occurred, or could have occurred. We just live in a universe where things went differently.

>>*cough* Er. I have strong feelings about the British Empire (and really hate how so much alternate history fetishizes it as this wonderful thing that the sun should never have set on).<<

The British Empire had many great ideas and practices, and some downright stupid ones. I often take a Kipling-esque approach to it, praising the good parts and slyly pointing out the severe flaws. Feel free to prompt me in a fishbowl to stuff the Empire in a barrel.

>> Not sure an Italy/China alliance would have brought sunny wonderful happytimes to the rest of the world, in fact that's probably not the case at all, but... damn it. <<

All histories have strengths and weaknesses, just as all cultures and individuals do. But in my observation, diversity is a better choice than monoculture, based on demonstrated patterns throughout nature. Occasionally things go much better or much worse. Usually the amount of angst and awe remains similar, just because most results are going to fall in the middle of a bell curve.
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