A scenario based on a game of Imperial Diplomacy I played back in 2009: www.variantbank.org/results/ru… I made an old map of this way back in the day, and I decided to update it so I could submit something despite my busy schedule. Lifting borders isn't that time-consuming. This incarnation has taken some inspiration from RoyalPsycho's Inheritance of the Draka: royalpsycho.deviantart.com/art…
Since the scenario is based on the outcome of a board game, it's quite ASB.
The War between the States, originally believed by both sides to be a short, decisive confrontation, plunged the world into a global war. By 1863, the British, French and Ottoman empires were fighting on the Confederate side against the Prussian, Austrian and Russian empires, which backed the Union. Fighting broke out throughout North America, central Europe, central Asia and even Africa. It was, in many ways, a truly global war. The war had no decisive victors, ending in 1872 when all sides were too exhausted to continue. The world was changed in ways that none of the warring powers wanted. The Russian Revolution of 1870 ended with the Tsar abdicating and a republican government taking his place, the Boers successfully created an independent state in south Africa, and the Germans united under the Prussian throne and dominated the center of the continent.
The order forged by the American War was tenuous, to say the least. The German Reich dominated Europe like a colossus, but its dominance was challenged by the British, French and Russians. The United States, bitter over the loss of the Confederacy and part of the state of Maine, sought revenge against the rebels and the European meddlers. And in the far east, the Chinese Empire declined while the Japanese rose to challenge it. Another war was inevitable, and it finally arrived in 1903.
The Great War began as a dispute between the Russians and Germans over their common border in Poland, which quickly dragged in their respective allies. The Germans, Italians, Dutch, Turks and Americans fought against the British, French, Russians and Confederates. The war also dragged in Colombia, Argentina and Brazil in South America, the Hispano-Japanese dispute over the Philippine islands, and even a Boer attempt to create like-minded republics in Africa. The Great War proved even more destructive than the American War. Millions died in the trenches of Europe and the Americas. Entire fleets were sunk, and new and terrible weapons saw widespread use: the airplane, mustard gas, the machine gun.
Like the American War, the Great War was cut short by revolutions, although this time the revolutions were communist in nature. The red revolutions began in Italy, when protesting workers in Rome were mercilessly gunned down by local police. The workers were joined by deserting soldiers, and soon fighting broke out between pro- and anti-government forces in Italy. The revolution spread to Germany, Brazil, Russia, the Boer republics, the United States and Europe's continental empires. This revolutionary wave forced the warring powers to the negotiating table, and by 1910 a general agreement was reached to stop fighting in order to crush the communists. The revolution was destroyed in most places, save for South America, the Mediterranean, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. The defeated powers were neutralized and carved up, and the victorious had to face off against the new, communist threat.
The Russian Republic dominates the so-called Industrialist Powers, a name chosen for its implications of strength and progress. The Russian rise to power after the Revolution of 1870 was amazing, especially as they faced many difficulties against the Germans during the Great War. However, Russia's greater industrial output by the end of the Great War allowed them to triumph over Germany and become masters of Eastern Europe. Russia remains a free, democratic state, albeit one with a massive military and a worrying habit of antagonizing countries it suspects of being communist-aligned.
The United Kingdom has suffered great loss during the Great War, including most of their colonial empire. The British have held on to Canada, but only through greater political integration which has had the side effect of giving Canada more power than the British Isles proper. The British are also fairly democratic, and their old rivalry with Russia is now water under the bridge thanks to their common political ideals and goals.
The Confederate States is the token bad guy of the Industrialist powers. Although vehemently anti-communist and glad to participate in any Industrialist attempts to contain or push back the Marxists, the Confederacy sees itself as an independent partner of the Industrialists as opposed to a central participant. Because of this attitude, it often runs into disputes with Petrograd and London. Domestically, the Confederacy is a fundamentalist Christian dictatorship, a government which rose to power prior to the Great War and still dominates the Confederacy. Under pressure from the British and Russians, institutionalized racism has eroded over the decades, but it has been replaced with religious bigotry which places Protestant Christians on top of the social hierarchy.
The Japanese Empire is another tenuous Industrialist power. The Japanese have many disputes with the Russians, although they recognize that staying in the good graces of the Industrialists is the only thing preventing the Marxists from attacking them. Like the Confederates, the Japanese remain under the militarist dictatorship which has run the country since the Great War.
The big dog of the Marxist Powers is the Union of African Communes. Initially a group of black republics which overthrew the Boer governments during the Great War, the revolution quickly spread through the African continent. The UAC was extremely fortunate to be formed during a time when the European colonial powers were unable to stop these revolts, and by the end of the Great War the UAC dominated most of southern Africa. Subsequent revolutions and expansions throughout the early 20th century have turned the UAC into the great power in Africa. The UAC maintains its control over its many subjects through extreme oppression, although the UAC government makes a point of giving historically powerful ethnic groups dominance over some areas of the UAC and remaining blind to such divisions at a national level. While this has prevented the UAC from imploding, unrest is still present within areas that are not under the UAC's firm control, such as former Abyssinia and the Congo.
The People's Republic of South America dominates its home continent, and like the UAC has a problem in keeping itself together. However, unlike the UAC, the PRSA's government is dominated by Portuguese speakers, the progenitors of the revolution in South America. This has led to problems with the Spanish-speaking parts of the PRSA, especially the Argentine Socialist Republic, but in recent years the PRSA has devolved more of its power to its "constituent republics." This, along with fears of Confederate dominance, has alleviated tensions somewhat.
The Mediterranean Socialist Republic, the first communist state in the world, has become a third-rate power among the Marxists. Surrounded by enemies in northern Europe, the MSR has devoted much of its economy to building up a massive military, a policy which has damaged its commercial sector. The MSR is considering some economic reform which would loosen central control over the economy in order to deal with this problem, but they risk alienating their communist allies.
Both the Indian Socialist Republic and the Union of East Asia are far more interested in nationalism than communism, as were the revolutionary organizations that formed these states. Both states remain the most vehement anti-Industrialists, opposing the "imperialists" at every turn. Because of the dominance of particular ethnic groups in both states, both suffer from unrest and discontent, which they counter with extreme force. Mass arrests, the destruction of entire villages and the use of defoliants over farmland held by "counterrevolutionaries" have become commonplace since the 1970s.
Since I'm on a roll finishing old maps, here's one that's been in development hell since August 2011. The premise is rather straightforward: the year 1998 as viewed from 1898. There are some influences Iron Storm and B_Munro's 1900s punk map.
America's victory in the Spanish-American War marked the beginning of the new order which would come to dominate the Earth for the next century. With the defeat of the last vestiges of the atrophied Spanish Empire, the United States established itself as a colonial power on par with the great powers of Europe. Likewise, in the East, the combined forces of Britain and Japan defeated the Russian bear, paving the way for the Japanese rise to great power status.
When the Great War broke out in 1913, with the disastrous collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Europe, Asia and North America were dragged into the war. The Americans, under Theodore Roosevelt, joined the forces of the "free world" of Britain, France and Japan against the "absolutist" alliance of Germany, Russia and the Ottoman Empire. The world was plunged into war, a war which would last for nearly a century.
The world of 1998 has changed in many ways, but are similar in others. The Great War still rages on, although only in Europe; the warring powers agreed to stop fighting in the rest of the world in order to maintain their colonial empires. Soldiers still use bolt-action rifles, although large, mechanically-assisted soldiers accompany them, wielding large cannons or machine guns. Large, lumbering tanks the size of houses crawl through the battlefield, carrying enough firepower to destroy an entire army from the beginning of the war. Zeppelins remain the kings of the skies, although they are more heavily armed and armored than even the battleships of old, and some can hold entire air wings and armies within their cavernous bellies. Rocketry is only used in small scales, but large cannons which can shoot projectiles to the Moon occasionally roar in No Man's Land. Chemical and biological weapons of all sorts are hurled across the battlefield, turning any unfortunate enough to have inadequate protection into a gibbering mass of diseased, poisoned flesh.
Civilian life has also changed, and for the worse. The nations of the world have embraced the doctrine of total war, and so the civilian exists only to supply the soldier on the battlefield. The United States and Russia have become the main suppliers of the Great War, keeping the conflict going for nearly a century. Most people work in factories from age eight to age eighty, if they are fortunate enough not to be conscripted. The large war factories of the Steel Belt and the Urals supply the armies of the Alliance and the Imperials, respectively. These industrial zones have grown so large that they cover hundreds of square miles, and it is very possible for a person born in a factory complex to die without ever seeing the world outside. New weapons are being constantly tested in the deserts of New Mexico and Mongolia. Entire populations of prisoners, paupers and the otherwise unfortunate inhabit these areas, fearing the day that they would have some horrible weapon tested on them. The farmers of the Corn Belt, Ukraine and the colonies toil day and night to feed the massive armies first, the city-dwellers second, and themselves last.
Perhaps the greatest power in the world is the United States of the Americas. The so-called Empire of Liberty stretches from sea to sea and pole to pole, a colossus far away from the battlefields of the Great War. Those who are not of Anglo-Saxon stock are looked down upon, and those who are not considered "white" are virtual slaves. The federal government is a fig leaf for industrial and military interests, whose forefathers took over the country during the early stages of the Great War. Any who challenge the American government are sent to penal battalions, become guinea pigs for a new weapon, or are summarily executed on the streets. The black heart of the empire, Boswash, extends from the Potomac to Massachusetts Bay. Under a constant cloud of smog from the factories of the Steel Belt, the people of Boswash are frequently conscripted en masse to fight in Europe. The eastern seaboard is defended by massive coastal guns which could sink a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, preventing any Imperial forces from landing. The United States plans on expanding its influence to include the entirety of the Americas, although it is wary of reigniting the non-European fronts of the Great War.
The British Empire is no longer as great as it once was, its manpower and wealth expended in the battlefields of France and Belgium. However, with the assistance of their American allies, the British have stood strong, successfully maintaining their independence and empire even as the rest of “free Europe” was forced to unite. The British serve as the Alliance’s navy, protecting the vital trade routes from America to Europe. The British Isles themselves have become a massive fortress-factory, dotted with shipyards and massive cannons. Being so close to Germany, the British are frequently bombarded by cannons and zeppelins. As a result, the British Isles are in a near-constant state of disrepair, with many buildings patched up from assaults over a hundred times. The British do provide vital manpower to the Alliance war effort through their colonies. In Britain, as with anywhere else, military service is expected of all young men, although as the combined Imperial navies are still unable to challenge the Royal Navy, most of these young men make it back home.
The United States of Western Europe, originally the Continental Entente, is a union of European powers which have united to resist the eastern menace. Claiming to be the last defense against authoritarianism and absolutism in Europe, the USWE is a military dictatorship which views its citizens as little more than lambs to throw into the meat grinders of No Man’s Land. The industry of the USWE is practically nonexistent, although what little there is left is used to maintain their massive armies. The USWE’s primary contribution to the war effort is manpower. The citizens of the USWE are born and raised to fight, creating a culture of intense martial pride. Those who die peacefully in their beds are viewed as cowards and traitors, the eternal shame of their families. Unlike the other Alliance armies, the USWE is willing to have women fight in its armies, for it is in no position to be picky.
As America supplies the Alliance, the Russian Empire supplies the Imperials. With her inexhaustible armies, massive factories and, most importantly, distance from the war, the Russians have become the dominant power in the Emperors’ League. An absolutist monarchy in theory, in practice Russia is run by the oligarchs who own the factories and the Russian military, which has turned the rest of the Imperial militaries into its organs. In Russia, religion is more important than race, and after their successful extermination of eastern European Jews in the 1940s and 1950s, they have begun to “pressure” their Muslim subjects into converting. Political dissidents are sent to the so-called “Katorga archipelago,” which covers much of Siberia. There, they are tortured and broken in mind, body and spirit, before being sent as living land mines to the front lines.
Across No Man’s Land is Mitteleuropa, more commonly known as Germany. Having absorbed much of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during its collapse, Germany was the greatest military and industrial power in the world in the early Great War. However, over the years, as its factories were bombarded and its young men perished, it slowly became nothing more but the military of the Imperial alliance. Kaiser Wilhelm II remains the absolute ruler of Germany, despite having died in 1940. In truth, the German military runs Mitteleuropa, with the assistance of the Russians.
The Ottomans are reluctant members of the Emperors’ League, and its “sick man.” The Ottomans provide the vital role of supplying the Imperials’ vast war machine with the oil it needs. Because of this contribution, the Ottomans send few of their soldiers to the front lines. Suffering from Islamist and nationalist revolts, the Sultan has turned to Russia for help in putting down these dissidents. Because they need Russia, the Ottomans have turned a blind eye to the persecution of Muslims within Russia’s borders.
In the east, the Great Empire of Eastern Asia watches the world tear itself apart. Forged by the Japanese during the Chinese Wars of the 1920s and the 1930s, Eastern Asia is still run from Tokyo, although the Chinese have a much greater influence than the Japanese thanks to their population. The Japanese made a separate peace with the Imperials in the 1940s, in order to quell rebellion in China. The Eastern Asians revere the Emperor of Japan as a god, although the exact nature of this divinity is different for different people. The Eastern Asians believe that it may be possible to create an even larger empire if they strike against both the Alliance and the Imperials at the right time. However, Tokyo knows that either side could crush them if they were not distracted, so the Eastern Asians continue to bide their time.
You can think of this as a crossover of sorts, with elements from Bioshock, Halo, Leviathan and countless other works playing a part. I’ll also have to give special credit to vongrief, Royal Psycho, Ephraim Ben Raphael, Todyo1798 and B_Munro for giving me a lot of inspiration for this scenario.
It is the year 2008 and the world is about to enter what could perhaps be the last war in human history. The last few centuries have been tumultuous ones for mankind. Never before has the human race faced so many threats to its existence. Mankind triumphed, and now it is on equal footing with many of the horrors and abominations it now shares Earth with. But without a threat to galvanize them, humanity has splintered into many different factions, each with its own agenda and each convinced that they, and they alone, should have dominion over the known universe.
The revolutions of 1848 shook Europe to its core, the greatest change to sweep across the continent since the Napoleonic Wars. To the east of the Rhine, the new German Federation arose from the ashes of thirty-eight independent German states. But the Austrian, French and Russian empires endured, forming a strategic alliance to oppose the “radical” states in the rapidly industrializing Germany.
But the revolutions of 1848 were nothing compared to humanity’s first encounter with an extraterrestrial species. The Sarmak, or Martian, Empire was dying as their homeworld slowly became desert. Seeking greener pastures, the sarmaks invaded Earth in the year 1858, along with the various sapient species they had enslaved on their homeworld. For the first time in history, mankind united against this common threat, even halting ongoing conflicts such as the Nanking Rebellion and the American Civil War. The sarmaks succumbed eventually, not to the efforts of mankind but to microscopic bacteria. The sarmaks were forced to abandon their attempt to conquer Earth, and mankind was free to pick over the remains of the Sarmak Empire’s war machine.
The introduction of alien technology sparked a new technological revolution on Earth. Powered by steam and phlogiston, new machines were adopted by mankind in gusto. Clankers, computational machines, made the processing of information extraordinarily easy. Industrial workers were gradually replaced by automated machinery; even the slave systems of Brazil and the Confederate States were gradually abolished in favor of mechanized agriculture. Meanwhile, biotechnology began as its own separate field with the introduction of sarmak technology. Genetically engineered creatures found their way into the military, such as whale-like creatures filled with lighter-than-air gas or mice which can generate powerful electrical charges, but also found use in the civilian sphere. But perhaps the greatest of the new technologies was space travel. Eager to ensure that mankind would not be threatened with extinction, the great powers of Earth moved to Luna and Venus, settling those worlds and subjugating their native populations.
The twentieth century was inaugurated by the Great War, a titanic conflict between the great powers of the Solar System. There were minor conflicts throughout the late 19th century, such as the Sino-Japanese War and the collapse of the Confederate States after its disastrous attempt to take Cuba, these paled in comparison to the conflagration which began with a Serbian revolt in Ottoman Europe. The Russian, Austrian, French and Chinese empires challenged the British, German, Ottoman, Japanese and, later, American empires.
The conflict would rage until 1912, when the American floating fortress-city of Columbia exploded above Peking after a Russian attack, an event now known as the Columbia Incident. Equipped with an experimental teleporter based on ancient Martian technology, the city was intended to launch quick surprise attacks against enemy forces. With the attack over Peking, Columbia’s onboard teleporter exploded, tearing a hole in spacetime. The hole became a gateway for abominations from beyond, both familiar and unfamiliar. Humanity’s old gods, banished from the Earth for reasons unknown, reentered this dimension and waged a war to subjugate humanity once more. Faced with this new foe, the warring powers set aside their differences and focused on fighting the horrors from beyond time and space. The Occult War began.
No victors emerge from the conflict, although humanity did prevent itself from being enslaved. The French, Russian and German governments are overthrown by their people, following radical new ideologies. The French and German governments were overthrown by Rationalists, an ideology espousing focus on the individual and the reduction of government power. Ironically, these Rationalist governments would quickly turn dictatorial in their attempt to assert their power over external and internal enemies. The Russians, on the other hand, embraced Technocracy. Believing human systems to be inefficient, the Russians instead placed their faith in megaclankers, powerful thinking machines. By the 1990s, Russian Technocracy would deem the human form to be too weak, and the Russians seek a way to abandon their flesh and bone for steel and wire.
The British and Portuguese empires fractured under prolonged attack by the Celtic and Norse pantheons. South Africa broke away from British rule and carved out its own empire, controversially reintroducing slavery directed at both humans and aliens. During the global chaos, the Brazilian and Sarmak empires were replaced with communist governments, and the Chinese Empire fractured into many bickering parts. And in the New World, the National Conservative Party took power in Washington and established a one-party dictatorship with ambitions for world domination.
The occult powers, on the other hand, were defeated but not destroyed. The development of atomic weaponry by the human powers forced the gods to the peace table; these weapons could kill gods, but humanity did not have enough to kill all of the gods. The Celtic deities held onto various parts of Britain and France, before exhaustion on both sides forced an uneasy peace. The Norse pantheon was driven away to the far north, while the Olympians were fortunate enough to hold onto parts of Italy. But the Occult War goes on in Egypt, where the forces Akhenaten wage an eternal war against the old Egyptian pantheon and Islamic militants.
The rest of the twentieth century did not see a war as great as the Occult War, but these wars still claimed the lives of millions. In 1941, lizard-esque aliens called the Race invaded Earth, only to be thrown into the Sahara and Arabian deserts after the destruction of their fleet by a combined human-sarmak force. In 1958, an Ottoman megaclanker revolted and founded a “machine empire” in Mesopotamia. Although the Ottomans were able to contain the rebellion, the threat of Russian intervention on behalf of its “machine brother” saved the new Integrated Constructs from destruction. And in 1976, an alien collective known as the Covenant invaded Earth. Having their fleets destroyed by an unknown force, the Covenant were reduced to a small planetoid known as High Charity, and fled to Earth in an attempt to find a refuge from their old foe. Threatened by this presence, humanity made an unholy alliance with both the other sapients of the Sol System and the occult powers to destroy what remained of the Covenant fleet. The city of High Charity crashed into East Africa, where the Covenant were subsequently able to secure some territory for themselves.
By the 21st century, many fear that the final war is approaching. The global system is too unstable to last for long. Humanity is fractured: communists, rationalists, nationalists and conservatives could not stand one another, and each is sure that their ideologies and nations will triumph over all the others. The fanatical red hordes of the Federation of Proletarian Communes thirst for the blood of American soldiers, who likewise wish for nothing more than the destruction of all who oppose the American nation. The unfeeling machine armies of Russia plan on marching through and destroying its friend-turned-enemy, Austria, which has embraced the “illogic” of the preternatural after the Columbia Incident inexplicably gave members of the Habsburg line supernatural powers, but first the abomination known as Chernobog must be made a servant of the megaclankers of Petrograd. The British seek to restore their glory, destroying any who stand in their way.
The non-human threats have also forged their own alliances and have their own designs for world domination. The Misanthropic Understanding seeks to cleanse the planet of the humans and the otherworldy powers which feed off them. The gods seek to expand their power and once more bring the Earth under their rule.
Through valleys and mountains, rivers and oceans, in the skies and in orbit and in the worlds beyond, armies stand at the ready to fight the last war. Only the fear of mutually assured destruction, whether through the atom, the germ, phased plasma or the souls of countless sacrifices, keeps the various powers from starting a war in an instant. But there are countless low-level conflicts and points of contention throughout the Solar System, and if any of these spiral out of control, then who knows what sorts of horrors would be unleashed upon the Earth and the worlds beyond?
A redo of the Supervillain World scenario map: [link]. I haven't changed the scenario text, but I am reposting it here for those who are unfamiliar with the original scenario.
During the eighteenth century, the time of the ancient Asgardian race was over. The dark gods of the Void, to whom the Asgardians sold their souls to in exchange for godlike powers over the puny human race, had come to collect. In desperation, an Asgardian couple send their son to the Earth so that he may escape the death of his race. This child finally arrives at the the turn of the twentieth century, landing on the farm of the Kempf family in rural Bavaria. The Kempfs adopted the human-looking child as one of their own.
Klaus Kempf grew up in a kind, patriotic household and loved his "parents" dearly. However, things would take a turn for the worst when Klaus' father dies in the trenches of the Great War. Distraught, his mother turns to alcohol and eventually took her own life. Orphaned, Klaus wandered around Munich looking for work. He began to resent the Allied powers for killing his father and humiliating Germany with the Treaty of Versailles. By chance, he stumbled into a bar where he heard a passionate Austrian corporal speak about Germany's troubles.
A well-built man and a stunning example of the Aryan race, Klaus became another thug of Adolf Hitler's National Socialist German Workers' Party. He began to discover his otherworldly powers during the failed Beer Hall Putsch, when the bullets fired by government troops bounced off of him. Still, he was overwhelmed by the soldiers and arrested. He was eventually released in 1931 and went back to work for his Führer.
In the street brawls against the enemies of the Nazi Party, Klaus truly began to tap into his superpowers. Whenever he felt angry or proud, he was capable of feats of strength no other man would be able to accomplish. He was nicknamed the Übermensch by his comrades and his amazing feats would eventually catch the eye of Hitler. Hitler saw Klaus as a gift from the gods, one that proved his vision. He ordered Klaus to explore the limits of his powers; during this phase, Klaus learned he could fly, shoot heat rays out of his eyes, and was impervious to small arms fire. After seizing power in 1933, Hitler made the Übermensch his personal bodyguard, never leaving without him. After the Night of the Long Knives, Klaus replaced Ernst Röhm as head of the SA.
Nazi propaganda immediately painted the Übermensch as the embodiment of the master race: a man faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. The Übermensch's abilities were finally tested during the German invasion of Poland in 1939, where he decimated Polish tanks and infantry and helped the Germans secure the country within weeks. The world was horrified and awed by Germany's successes, but they all had answers to this new Germanic hero.
In the USSR, a highly-advanced spacecraft of unknown origin that crashed in Tunguska was finally being understood. Soviet scientists successfully replicated the ship's nanorobotic factories and artificial intelligence systems, allowing the Soviets to create mindless robotic soldiers by the millions. While these machines were mostly unsophisticated and cheap, the ship's other technologies were used to create new weapons for the Red Army. These electolaser systems were lightweight and yet could gut enemy armor with ease. Unbeknownst to the Soviets, the Japanese Empire has also acquired alien technology: the Tunguska craft's medical pod. This gave the Japanese a high boost in their bioweapons program, while studying artificial intelligence for their own purposes.
The United States and United Kingdom would have no such luck. However, they did have the gift of the brilliant Tony Weyland. Weyland Enterprises was the premier Anglo-American weapons manufacturing corporation, thanks to the scientific and financial genius of Tony Weyland himself. Asked by both Roosevelt and Churchill to aid the war effort (and paid gratuitously), Weyland Enterprises developed three key technologies. The first was super-soldier serum: a chemical cocktail that could turn any soldier into a perfect specimen of mankind. Secondly was powered armor, which allowed soldiers on the field to shrug off small arms fire and bring heavy weapons to bear on enemy troops. The third was the atomic bomb, developed in 1945 and used in an unsuccessful attempt to end the war.
Although the Wehrmacht had many glorious successes early on in the war, the industrial and numerical advantage of the Allies offset the advantage granted by the Übermensch, Slowly but surely, the Germans were pushed back, until France itself was invaded by the Western Allies on June 6, 1944. Hitler redirected the Übermensch to fight in the reopened Western Front. Power armored supersoldiers were no match for the Übermensch individually, but he could not fight an army of them. Defeated, the Übermensch went back to Berlin to report to Hitler personally. It was during this meeting with the Führer that the dark gods arrived on Earth to consume the last son of Asgard. As the Übermensch writhed in pain before Hitler, the Führer decided to strike a deal with the abominations. If Klaus was spared and he were granted power, he would sacrifice the souls of the entire human race to them. The gods accepted. They possessed Hitler and took direct command of the Third Reich. Throughout Europe, the dark gods raised the dead of both sides to attack the Allies. Maleficent energies ran through Axis-occupied territory and drove millions mad through visions of unspeakable horror. A nuclear attack on a German army in the Ardennes only created what are now known as geists: spirit-like entities composed of the irradiated ashes of German soldiers.
When it was made clear that these monsters were under German control, the Allies accepted a conditional peace. France and southern Italy were to regain their independence as democratic countries. The eastern border with the USSR was to be the one before Operation Barbarossa (with the exception of Romania). In the Far East, the technological terrors of the Japanese military allowed them to survive as well.
By 2011, the world is a multipolar battlefield, as it has been since the 1960s. The Western Allies went their separate ways after the war. Weyland Enterprises eventually took de facto control of the American government when Lester Weyland won the presidential election of 1960. The American government is merely an extension of Weyland Enterprises, which has a virtual monopoly over the entire United States economy. Many Weyland executives run countries in the Alliance of Democratic States like slave masters. MI6, Britain's intelligence agency, executed a covert coup after the Martian invasion and is a police run by the enigmatic Agent 001. South Africa broke away from the Commonwealth of Nations after supporting Nigerian secessionists against the British. The French, feeling that the Americans and British were not doing enough against the Germans to their east, took matters into their own hands and founded the European Union. This union is equal only on paper, and is nothing more than a French empire. It is notorious for its African adventures, moves painted by most of the "free" world as neocolonialism.
China fell to communism thanks to a Soviet invasion in 1948, but eventually became separate from the Soviet-led Comintern. The USSR is run by hardline Stalinists who occasionally threaten to destroy the world. It is rumored that the Soviets found some ancient horror in the South Pacific that it keeps locked away in the Ukraine, giving some credibility to these hyperbolic threats.
The old Axis powers, no longer needing each other, grew separately. The Third Reich is still ruled by a possessed Adolf Hitler, and is waging an eternal war against the Soviet automotons at the border. The Übermensch acts as the ever-vigilant enforcer of truth, justice and the master race. The Japanese have continued to develop their technology and have become one of the most technologically advanced societies on the planet. A series of advanced artificial intelligences, modeled after the past emperors of Japan, runs the country in what is increasingly becoming less of a figurehead role.
In addition to the various great powers, there are more threats to mankind's continued existence. The Martian invasion of 1958 galvanized mankind under one banner momentarily, but the different great powers soon broke off after the Martians were sent back to their homeworld. Plans to invade Mars in the 1960s were scrapped when the humans couldn't agree on a plan. Other aliens, both from outer space and beyond the native dimension, have tried their hand at invasion but have also been repelled. Non-state actors, such as the enigmatic GHOST organization and other terrorist groups, also threaten the world with either destruction or conquest on a regular basis.
i love samurai jack....i love him so much hes so awesome!! he cuts and slices better than anime samurais yet hes american in origin! its a triumph for american animation! plus the whole show is like watching a comic book! the only thing i dont like about it is that the network disallows him from killing anything that can bleed...which is a real restriction on the creators...but they always find a way...i did this in 40 minutes using a refrence image (a triumph for matts pixel art!) (note: i upload this agian because the backgound was white on the other one and when i tryed to edit it the damn thing screwed up...)
I redone Mothman sprite from the old schwarbage. After getting Richard Williams' Animator's Survival Kit, I began to actually hand draw each frame for everything I did in pixel form. The old version of this was just a bunch of rotating static sprites that constituted movement.
This new version not only has 24 frames of movement (a full second of animated film!), but a more defined appearance than the old one what with red ripples moving downward its body.