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2024 Sans Terror: RDNA-verse by mdc01957 2024 Sans Terror: RDNA-verse by mdc01957
Here's a map of what the RDNA-verse might probably have looked liked had the Terror simple didn't take place. In contrast, here's what the actual 'verse looks like in 2024: [link] (The Updated Version: [link]). And this is a glimpse at the pre-Terror world c.1920: [link] .

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"One can only imagine what the present world would be like had the Terror never happened, or at least the way it did. It is another matter to provide an accurate guess on this, which is only possible through reasonable conjecture and from existing trends and plans from the early 20th Century.

In such a scenario the Old World would have undergone a period of relatively peaceful and organized decolonization, generally either along the lines of autonomy or independence, especially in Asia and Africa, perhaps helped along by efforts from their home countries. Some would have formed pacts in the vein of the Spanish-led Latin Alliance, such as France. While others would likely remain as close partners of their former rulers, as is the case of the pre-Terror British Commonwealth, which was already spearheading the transition from Empire. Other Post-Colonial Nations meanwhile, particularly those sharing common histories would have banded together into confederations, such as the German colonies in Africa. In the case of the Asian Powers, decolonization would have provided them both valuable allies and new opportunities to “explore.”

Europe itself would have settled down to a state of sustained stability, a couple of small conflicts notwithstanding. Trade and cooperation would likely keep the continent united, with its myriad states forming power blocs to maintain the balance and keep the reformist Russians sedate. For instance, it was found in old records that were proposals and agreements that would have in time led to a Mitteleuropan Bloc, West European Entente and a Nordic Community forming a common system on the Continent. In any case, it’s not out of the question that the Alpine Nations would have maintained their vaunted neutrality.

The Americas would have seen a continuation of trends already underway in the early 1920s. Canada may still remain Britannia’s industrial center, if perhaps serving as a more powerful “balance” to the American Federation. Further south, Brazil could likely have further solidified its position as a Co-Kingdom with Portugal, strengthening its position opposite Gran Patagonia. There is also evidence pointing out that had the Terror never taken place, the RDNA would have eventually “refined” its dominion status to formally being the Archduchy of New Austria by the 1930s-40s, preserving its close ties to the Crownlands and place as the Habsburgs’ foothold in the New World.

Beyond these, it becomes much less certain. Picturing cultural and socio-technological changes from such a vantage point would be a vague and perhaps unpredictable venture beyond the immediate decades, at least for the latter. The Assembly of the Free World would not exist had its predecessor, the Global League of Nations remained functional. Reactionarism may or may not have continued to fester in Australia and Southern Africa but would not have assumed the current dominance it has in those countries. The fate of Collectivism itself is an open question. Perhaps the Reds would have established their own country peacefully, undergone several reforms, or many other things.

Would the world really have been better off? With the actual state of the world, one can only imagine..."
- Dr. Josef Falk; A Retrospective of the Past Century, 2023.

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The Arrival of 2024: [link]
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spineless-laugh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Love this, I often imagine how the world might have looked if Europe hadn't been as fervently gripped by nationalism, then split into two factions led by other powers because of two costly wars that also meant having to let go of the colonies and leave them to said superpowers...
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Though sadly, things didn't turn out that way in the RDNA-verse's "real" version of events.
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spineless-laugh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
I know. :)
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
It does get a bit better...though it involves a bit of "outside intervention." :)
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spineless-laugh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
^^
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Assamite36 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Who's Fanrong again? Are they a Chinese dynasty? Did SYS never succeed in this timeline, or is this Yuan Shikai's empire?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
They're a Chinese dynasty that replaced the Manchus sometime in the 19th Century, though the family is the same as that of Yuan Shikai.
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