Here the finished map showing what would happen had the world and events of Code Geass
) for reasons unknown transpired in the same time period (aka "atb 2017-18)...but in our
world's version of that era (which translates to AD 1962-63). All beginning with a strange disturbance just as the Britannian Empire ([link]
) fully occupies "Area 11"...in our 1955, during the days of the Cold War.
Consider this a logical conclusion of sorts to those
-inspired ASB scenarios. Also, I thought of trying something different before getting back to fic-writing. In any case, this is not
a political/ideological propaganda screed at all. This is a work of fiction so feel free to critique it to your heart's content.
Also, thanks to
for allowing me to use this map ([link]
) as a basis for some of the details. You may also notice something vaguely lurking in the map as well.
On the 10th of August, atb 2010, the Holy Britannian Empire invaded the island nation of Japan, allegedly over resources and ideology. Within a month, the country crumbled before the advanced might of the invading forces and their army of war machines called “Knightmare Frames.” The defeated Japanese were subsequently deprived of their rights, identity and even their name as the newly conquered/colonized land was designated “Area 11.”
All that happened in AD 1955, seven years ago in another version of our world. The strange anomaly known simply as the Event that transpired soon after had not only brought to light such knowledge but had also displaced elements of that reality into this one. But while the initial chaos and signing of the so-called Goodwill Armistice have long since passed, the times have definitely changed.
Of note is Britannia itself. The result of a world and history different yet oddly similar to our own, the Empire is in ways a warped mirror of Great Britain and the European powers of old, right down to a powerful if bloated aristocracy. Though little is really certain, it seems to follow what could be described as a strange mix of Social Darwinism, Absolutism and Feudal Imperialism, all embodied by its omnipotent Emperor. At the same time, Britannians are a paradox. Full-fledged citizens enjoy considerable rights, liberties and standards regardless of race or even gender. While “Numbers,” conquered locals residing in the Areas are purposefully ghettoized and deprived of those comforts lest they choose to become “honorary Britannians.” And despite the socio-cultural strangeness, they are nonetheless technologically advanced, possessing devices and weaponry (such as the Knightmares) generations ahead of even the pre-Event superpowers. It is also in part to this that they were able to “integrate” a recently evacuated South Korea and parts of an unstable Mexico despite the Armistice.
With the loss of western North America and Hawaii, the United States had virtually lost much of its reach in the Pacific overnight. The remaining soldiers were withdrawn from much of Asia as frantic skirmishes between National Guard and Britannian forces raged along the new border. The mere fact that American soil was not simply being fought over but reduced served only to weaken morale, dissuading the military from resorting to atom bombs. If not for the Armistice, some claimed that the country would have suffered much worse against “those damn tin cans.” Still, the US has persevered as major world power. New York has once again become a cultural, financial and diplomatic hub. Thanks in part to Eisenhower’s efforts and newly elected President Nixon’s “Second Manifest Destiny,” America’s strength across the Atlantic remains a strong deterrent against the Soviets through the Iron Curtain even as a new one against the newcomers continues to grow.
Meanwhile, the Event has brought an unexpected turn of events for their supposed counterparts in this world: the United Kingdom. The British, their Commonwealth and what remained of their own Empire saw in Britannia a distorted mirror image of themselves: showing both the heights they could have achieved and the excesses of their worst aspects. At the same time, the US retreat had left open an opportunity to reestablish their prominence in what’s left of the free Pacific (and to a degree, Asia). Thus while efforts were made to aid Canada in the wake of the Armistice, an ambitious plan was put into motion. With public and royal support, it was announced that “there is only one family of realms deserving of the name Britannia.
And it shall rule the waves once more.” Against the expectations of even their American allies, reforms were implemented to not only strengthen themselves but to become a Commonwealth deserving of their “genuinely civilized” ideals. In the process, they have emerged revitalized and poised to stand on more solid footing against their otherworldly rivals, although some still insist that this is the “British Empire’s last hurrah.”
The Soviet Union, while relatively unaffected at first, tried to take advantage of the sudden changes, with some success. With the American withdrawals, the Russians and their Communist comrades attempted to expand their influence in Asia beginning with Korea, only to find that the approaching Britannians were even worse. Many among the Politburo considered launching propaganda campaigns and even their atomic weapons against “Area 11” by the time of the Armistice. Indeed, the focus put on dealing with the newcomers proved distracting enough that the unrest in the Warsaw Pact (beginning in Hungary) only settled down by the start of 1957. Their expansion into America’s doorstep on the other hand was more successful with the Socialists of Cuba and Nicaragua showing themselves willing allies to the Soviet cause, especially with the Anglo-American spheres increasingly hostile to them.
Elsewhere, the world continues to undergo change as a new status quo is setting in. In Europe, pan-Continental ideals and the threats posed by the newcomers are inspiring some NATO countries to consider a “United States of Western Europe.” Decolonization outside of the Commonwealth has more or less stabilized, with the French attempting to copy the UK’s success with mixed results. Attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions against Britannia have rung hollow. Technology meanwhile, while still behind the Empire’s standards, is catching up. Among others, efforts are made to reverse engineer and mass-produce the humanoid Knightmares that have made short work of conventional post-World War II tanks (which still seem to defy modern military thinking even now), while attempts are underway to replicate the efficiency of Sakuradite” (called the “Wonder-Rock” in the American press) with diesel and nuclear power. Their success in turn has so far been limited even with the aid given by political prisoners who had escaped the Empire, which aren’t helped by rumors of a secret weapon known only to the CIA, KGB and MI6 as “FLEIJA.” All while the arms race continues to build up, the great powers simultaneously try to outdo each other and the world inches ever closer to war.
Such is the state of affairs in the present time of 1962, or 2017 in the Britannian calendar. And with reports of Area 11’s Viceroy Clovis li Britannia murdered by a masked vigilante known as “Zero,” this could turn out to be an interesting year.
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