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FDR, arguable one of the best presidents of all time. Known for his program "The New Deal" and other such accomplishments, what is not not known is his many victories in battle against many different types of enemies. FDR possessed great power and technology as can be seen from his transforming wheel chair in which he slayed many foes.

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Thomas Jefferson was never much of a warrior history tells us, but yet again history is wrong. This is an image of one of the many attempts by Jefferson to battle all the manliest animals on earth while trying to teach them the ways of America.

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In the year 2055 the world was invaded, humanity sat on the brink of destruction the world governments united and sent agents back in time to get the best general we'd ever known...Andrew Jackson and throughout his life he did a lot of cool shit, dueled people...a lot which is how he ended up with a musket ball in his chest pretty much exactly like Tony Stark.Went to war, gambled, etc etc .

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Enemies of the Justice Avengers (Avengers + Justice League):
In addition to the solo heroes’ enemies, such as the Green Skull (Red Skull + Lex Luthor), the Laugh Monger (Iron Monger + Joker), and Cerki (Loki + Circe), the all-star heroes of the Justice Avengers have also battled villains who faced the team as a whole, such as...

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Krangos:
Amalgamation of: Kang the Conqueror + Chronos
Real Name: David Jon Richards
Alias: The Time Conqueror
Biography: David Jon Richards, born in the 30th Century of Earth, is the descendant of Patrick Richards, also known in the history of superheroics as Mr. Plastic (Mr. Fantastic + Plastic Man), leader of the Justice Four (Fantastic Four + Justice League); inheriting a diluted metagene from his ancestry, David became beyond-humanly intelligent in his teen years. He studied the heroes of his day, the Legion of the Galaxy, and drew plans for his own battlesuit. One day, when he was being harassed by the school football team, he was saved by a brilliant flash of light! The being who stepped out of it introduced himself as David’s future self; the elder David showed the younger the 40th Century, where he rules the entire planet as Krangos the Time Conqueror! The younger David saw the people living in fear of Krangos and rejected his destiny; Krangos returned David to his timeline, assured that it WILL come to pass. Since his father was the curator of the Neotropolis Museum of Superheroism, David had access to the various technologies that will allow him to perfect his battlesuit. After it was finished, David activated a floating droid named Wideets (Widget + Skeets), who served as David’s sidekick as he fought evil as the hero Booster Lad (Iron Lad + Booster Gold). Booster Lad traveled to the 21st Century to fight alongside the Teen Avengers (Young Avengers + Teen Titans), but the Linear Exiles (Exiles + Linear Men), heroes who travel through time and across dimensions forced David to accept his destiny of evil in order to save the fabric of reality! David returned to the future and erased all of his memories, creating new ones to propel himself into becoming Krangos. Using his chronokinetic technology to extend his life, Krangos amassed an army of followers to conquer 40th Century Earth. Krangos found that his world was dying, so he decided to invade the past to save his people. His fleet of timeships invaded an American city in the 21st Century, implanting a gigantic machine that he claimed would gradually slow the rotation of Earth unless he was made the planet’s ruler. The Justice Avengers elicited the help of the first Atom Ant (Scott Lang + Ray Palmer) to disable the machine, while they kept Krangos’ forces distracted. The machine was destroyed but Krangos was about to deliver the killing blow… when Atom Ant enlarged in front of him and cleaned HIS clock! The mothership’s time-anchor was then shattered, warping the Time Conqueror and his minions back to the future, but Krangos laughed as it happened. He KNEW that his first attempt to conquer Earth would fail, so his machines instead absorbed enough thermal energy from past Earth to power a device in the future that restored the environment. If Krangos knew that much, what else does he know…?
Powers: Superhuman intelligence in the fields of chronal physics, history, engineering, politics, and combat strategy. His battlesuit grants him energy manipulation, time manipulation, enhanced strength and durability, and superpower negation. Commands nearly all nations of 40th Century Earth, a vast army of robots and human soldiers, and a fleet of time-travelling space ships. Uses weapons and death-traps based on time, utilizing both clock-related puns and actual chronokinetic technology.

Metoltron:
Amalgamation of: Ultron + Metallo
Real Name: Mark Corben
Biography: Dr. Carter Pym was a scientist who, along with others, were contracted by millionaire scientist Cyrill Van Dyne (Vernon Van Dyne + Cyrill “Speed” Saunders) to create a prototype synthetic organism powered by a radioactive ore. Cyrill’s compatriot Alexander Schmidt, Jr. provided the disk containing the artificial intelliegnce the robot would have; unfortuneatly, Lex Schmidt is the new Green Skull, and the AI was actually the mind of his deceased minion Mark Corben. The creation, dubbed Metoltron, attacked the scientists and sought to kill the Super-Soldier, as per the orders of Mark’s boss, the Green Skull. Super-Soldier’s life was saved by Carter Pym, now the hero Wingspan (Hank Pym + Hawkman), who destroyed Metoltron’s body. The Green Skull’s minions collected the remains, including his AI and the kreetonite power source, a radioactive ore deadly to Super-Soldier. The Green Skull was able to rebuild the machine man, but Metoltron grew beyond the need to obey the Skull, and went off to destroy the Super-Soldier on his own. He first collected the parts of a shattered techno-organic alien and rebuilt him, ordering him to destroy Wingspan to keep him from completing his mission. Wingspan helped the alien robot over come Metoltron’s control and the alien became the hero called the Martian Vision (Vision + Martian Manhunter). With his enemies united into the Justice Avengers, Metoltron learned that he would need assistance in his goals. He kidnapped the daughter of one of the scientists who created him and tried to convert her into a cyborg; the JA freed her and she became the heroine Koljasta (Jocasta + Kole), one of the Teen Avengers. He returned later to create a fully-robotic assistant, Alkhanique, who defends him and aides him in perfecting his cyborg conversion technique. Metoltron continues to be a deadly nemesis of the Justice Avengers, even far into the future. In the 25th Century, a new version of Metoltron tried to convert the descendants of today’s heroes into a cyborg army, but Bart Mancha, the descendant of the speedster Silverflash (Quicksilver + Flash II), escaped into the past and became Pulsetron (Victron + Impulse), a member of Runaway Justice (Runaways + Young Justice).
Powers: Able to load his consciouness into computer programmings and control them, allowing him to escape his destroyed bodies and build new ones; determined to destroy the Super-Soldier (and anyone related to him), Metoltron’s bodies all incorporate the Kreetonite ore that can kill him, both as a power source and ammo for weapons. In his robot bodies, Metoltron has super strength/durability/stamina/speed/agility/reflexes, enhanced sensory programs, force field generation, rocket boosters for flight, and a durable metal shell that can also self-repair.

Alkhanique:
Amalgamation of: Alkhema + Mekanique
Biography: After recording the brain wave patterns of Black Bird (Mockingbird + Black Canary), one of the Justice Avengers, Metoltron succeeded in creating a gynoid companion he dubbed Alkhanique, who would aide in his mission to destroy the Super-Soldier. She battled the Justice Avengers alongside Metoltron, but she betrayed him and dubbed his mission pointless. Seeking to complete what she believed was a higher purpose, extermination of all organic life and replace it with a perfect AI collective. Attacking a nuclear missile silo, Alkhanique was destroyed when Hawk Arrow (Hawkeye + Green Arrow) fired an “anti-metal” arrow at her. In the 25th Century, Metoltron rebuilt Alkhanique and fashioned her with a subservience program to ensure her loyalty. She was sent back in time to take back Bart Mancha, but her mission failed before it began when she fought the Defending Society (Defenders + Justice Society). Able to telepathically connect with the gynoid’s mind, Dr. Strangefate (Dr. Strange + Dr. Fate) revealed that wish to destroy humanity was for naught, since her own computerized mind was patterned after a human’s. Unable to process this paradox, Alkhanique destroyed herself.
Powers: Superhuman strength/speed/stamina/agility/durability; enhanced sensory components; kreetonite laser projection from eyes; electricity generation; blades on her wrists; high computing abilities; rocket boosters for flight.

Helios:
Amalgamation of: Korvac + Epoch
Real Name: Michael Epoch
Biography: Helios was once Michael Epoch, a police computer technician from the 40th Century, the same timeline ruled by Krangos. When an invasive alien race called the Ailmentors (Badoons + Dominators) started taking over Earth colonies in the Solar System, Michael betrayed the people of Earth to them and the aliens attacked. Krangos’ forces were victorious but millions of innocent lives were lost. Knowing how to restore Earth’s population, Krangos punished the traitor Michael Epoch by transforming him into a cyborg. Codenamed: Helios, Michael was sent back to battle the Justice Avengers in the 21st Century; the chronal-displacement fields caused by Helios in the past would allow Krangos to reverse the aging of his slain citizens, restoring the population. But, there was a flaw that even Krangos’ couldn’t find: Helios somehow gained the ability to remove himself from his master’s knowledge of history. Helios traveled to the homeplanet of the 21st Century Ailmentors to destroy them, because if they didn’t attack the solar system in the future, he wouldn’t betray humanity to them and be punished for it. He lured the planet-consuming alien Galactiac (Galactus + Brainaic) to the planet to destroy it. Sensing a disturbance in the timeline, the Linear Exiles allied themselves with the Justice Avengers to destroy Helios. In the end, the JA member Green Giant (Hulk + Green Lantern [Jordan]) used his energy-manipulation powers to use Helios’ time-warp tech and travel 24 hours into the past… long enough to warn the Ailmentors of Galactiac’s arrival and evacuate the entire planet. Afterwards, the heroes’ presence in that sector of space allowed Krangos to locate the defeated Helios in the history records, so he could dismantle him and take him back to the future.
Powers: Superhuman strength/durability/stamina/speed/agility/reflexes/intellect; chrono-kinetic technological implants allow him to manipulate the flow of time and energy; built-in weapondry.

Galactic Man:
Amalgamation of: Molecule Man + Galactic Golem
Real Name: Dr. Reece
Biography: Originally a scientist working for the Green Skull, the being now known as Galactic Man was but an ordinary human commissioned to research an alien device, which the Green Skull believed could be his key to world domination. The device, after being mishandled, accidentally puncture space and time, creating a pinhole-sized portal that began consuming all matter in its wake. Dr. Reece, the scientist who created the portal, was determine to record it, so he donned a hazmat suit and walked closer to the anomaly, holding on by a metal cord. The pinhole in time then absorbed the alien device, causing a disruption in its cosmic structure, and then an explosion that vaporized the laboratory. After rerouting investigations by both the New Metropolis police and nearby heroes, the Green Skull and his minions collected the amorphous mass of quantum energy left by the blast and took it to another facility. The mass began to speak in Dr. Reece’s voice, meaning that Reece had transformed into the quantum energy. The other scientists molded the mass into a humanoid body for him to function in. Knowing that the scientist’s disappearance could be traced by to his civilian identity Lex Schimdt, the Green Skull had Reece’s family assassinated. But Reece’s new powers made him learn this, so he killed the Skull. Calling himself Galactic Man, he then started taking apart the world molecule by molecule, killing every living being, human and beyond, until nothing was left. The Justice Avengers escaped Earth, and they found the immense cosmic being called Beyondus (Beyonder + Dominus) to help them. The long-lived Beyondus had far greater control of his powers than Galactic Man, and proposed that he’d give the Justice Avengers a fraction of his powers to combat Reece. The heroes were wary, since Beyondus was the one who instigated the infamous “Secret Wars of Infinite Earths” (Secret Wars + Crisis On Infinite Earths), but they accepted it. They confronted Galactic Man, who somehow managed to kill them one by one until the only her left was Iron Bat (Iron Man + Batman). Reece then explained that he plans on remaking the universe in his own image, where he’d never be alone again. But the Iron Bat proposed that he would always be alone because he is too powerful and immortal. Shaken by the revelation, Reece’s power waned and his works were undone. Earth and its people, including the Green Skull and the killed JA members, were revived, and Galactic Man turned himself into an unmoving metal statue in the middle of the South Pole, choosing eternal unconsciousness over eternal isolation. The fractions of Beyondus’ power were returned to him, but he was the one that delivered the alien device that started everything to Earth in the first place!
Powers: Immortality and unlimited cosmic powers.

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Master Faust:
Amalgamation of: Master Pandemonium + Felix Faust
Real Name: Martin Faust
Biography: Centuries ago, a European traveler made his way to an ancient city in the Middle East. He intended to learn about magic from the city’s ruler, but the king swept him aside. Furious, the traveler intended to conquer the city and take its magic secrets by force. He sold his soul to the demon lord Mephistrigon (Mephisto + Trigon), who bound his flesh with the essence of demons. The traveler used these powers, emanating from the star-shaped hole in his chest where his soul was, to unlock an ancient demon called Dor-Buh-Loh from its prison beneath the city. The demon attacked the city, but the king’s superior magic resealed it. As the demon was pulled back into its hellish cage, it grabbed the traveler and took him with it. The key to the demon’s prison was reformed into a gem called the Flame of Life. Centuries later, an actor and magician named Martin Faust found the Flame of Life in an old trunk and he thought he could sell it. He accidentally broke it and the demon was freed from its prison, causing it to rampage across the nearest Middle Eastern town, until he was stopped by the Justice Avengers. Meanwhile, the traveler’s soul was fused with Martin’s, giving him magic powers but scattering his soul across the planet, resulting in a star-shaped hole in his chest. Willing to do whatever it took to retrieve the 5 pieces of his soul, Martin became the villainous Master Faust, an enemy of the Justice Avengers. Gaining money with his magical powers, Faust bought the cyborg Deathvic (Deathlok + Lady Vic) and used her as a key to an AHEM (AIM + HIVE) facility, where he retrieved the first fragment of his soul.
Powers: Magic powers, such as teleportation, necromancy, energy blasts, mind control, flight, illusions, flame breath, and demon summoning.

Songstress:
Amalgamation of: Songbird + Enchantress
Real Name: Melissa “Missy” Moon
Alias: Screaming Missy
Biography: When Dinah Morse, the heroine Black Bird, was an athlete in the UCWF (Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation), she had a standing rivalry with “Screaming” Missy Moon. She couldn’t stand up to Dinah’s sonic screams attacks, so Missy sought the aging villain Wizardicus (Dr. Demonicus + Wizard), the scientist who mutated baby Dinah to have sonic scream powers. For a small fortune, Wizardicus gave Moon even more powerful sonic powers, and she attacked Black Bird outside of the ring. Dinah was about to be killed when she was rescued by her future beau, the super-archer Hawk Arrow (Hawkeye + Green Arrow). “Screaming” Missy has been an enemy of Hawk Arrow and Black Bird ever since. When she was recruited into the Thunder Squad from prison, she changed her codename to “Songstress.”
Powers: Sonic screams for flight, hypnotism, energy constructs, teleportation, energy blasts, and incineration.

Nebulon Man:
Amalgamation of: Nebulon + Nebula Man
Real Name: Dor-Buh-Loh
Biography: The cosmic demon Dor-Buh-Loh of the Shee’luna (Ul’luna’n + Sheeda), better known as Nebulon Man, is a living galaxy with “the touch of 20 atomic bombs”. He was banished centuries ago by an ancient sorcerer king, who resealed him when he escaped with another being’s help. When the key to his prison was shattered in modern times, Nebulon Man was freed once more, but defeated by the Justice Avengers, who found the remains to his key on the other side of the world and reconnected them. But this would not be the last they’d see of the Nebulon Man. A crippled man named James Zolomon tried to use Krangos’ time technology, confiscated by the JA, to warn his past self about the incident that would cripple him. The JA’s headquarters’ security bots fire lasers at the device as it worked, causing a dimensional portal to open. Nebulon Man was free again, but this time he would need help to conquer Earth. He cured James of his disability and granted him enhanced speed, turning him into the villain Supercharger (Speed Demon + Zoom). Supercharger defeated his former friend Silverflash as Nebulon Man bested the rest of the Justice Avengers, but the Seven Soldiers For Hire (Heroes for Hire + Seven Soldiers of Victory) arrived on the scene to shatter the demon’s key, breaking it into seven parts. The manipulation of the key is what opens the demon’s cage, and Nebulon Man disappeared once more. Supercharger escaped with his powers and vowed revenge on Silverflash.
Powers: Enhanced strength/stamina/durability/senses; able to manipulate his living cosmos body to form objects from dark matter, manipulate energy, teleport, shape-shift, and heal his wounds.

Volt:
Amalgamation of: Jolt + Bolt
Real Name: Helen Bolantski
Biography: When Helen Bolantski developed her metamutant (mutant + metahuman) powers, her home was destroyed and her parents were killed by metamutant-hunting robots called Harvesters (Sentinels + Scissor-Men). Vengeful, she donned a costume and became the villainess “Volt.” She battled the Justice Avengers several times before being sent to prison. In prison, she was recruited into the Thunder Squad (Thunderbolts + Suicide Squad), a division of the American defense agency Task Force S (SHIELD + Task Force X). She seemingly died on her first mission, but returned as living energy, returning to her human form only after her injuries fully healed.
Powers: Electrical blasts; absorption of electricity to convert into strength and speed; teleportation. Self-healing via transformation into living energy.

Shaggysquatch:
Amalgamation of: Sasquatch + Shaggy Man
Real Name: Dr. Andrew Langkowski (Walter Langkowski + Andrew Zagarian)
Biography: Canadian scientist Andrew Langkowski, like many scientists before him, attempted to synthesize some form of organic machinery. Studying the effects of gamma radiation on his “synthetic human tissue”, the organism began to mutate and enlarge, becoming a blob that devoured Andrew. The chemicals inside “devolved” Andrew and turned him into a techno-organic ape-man that went on a rampage. The Justice Avengers responded and battled the beast, called Shaggysquatch by the locals, but he escaped. The Green Giant investigated the lab where he was created and realized that Shaggysquatch is Dr. Langkowski, a colleague of Green Giant’s human form Dr. Bruce Jordan. When they encountered Shaggysquatch once more, Bruce changed back to human and tried to reason with it. Shaggysquatch calmed down and changed back to Andrew. Andrew turned himself over to the United Nations, and was sequestered to a secret facility in the US. He continues to help the United Nations in researching villains while trying to control his transformation, but every once in a while, he’ll lose control and change back into Shaggysquatch.
Powers: Whether in human or Shaggysquatch form, Andrew is a brilliant human mind inside a techno-organic robot. Shaggyquatch has no human intelligence or emotional control but does have accelerated healing, superhuman strength/speed/agility/senses/stamina/durability, and sharpened teeth and claws.

Man-Blaster:
Amalgamation of: Man-Killer + Plastique
Real Name: Bette San Horne
Biography: Bette San Horne was a French-Canadian professional skier who was crippled in a race against a male competitor, who pushed her off the ski trail and into a ravine. This led to Bette developing a hatred of all men. While recovering in a hospital, Bette was recruited by a group of pro-feminist extremists who gave her a powered exoskeleton and a position in their group. Bette later held the building of the Planet Bugle newspaper (Daily Bugle + Daily Planet) hostage, threatening to blow up the building and killing all male hostages inside if the State of New York didn’t elect a female Governor. The first hero to arrive on the scene was the Justice Avenger called Dark Atom (Darkhawk + Captain Atom), a living collective of radiation inside a robotic body; he was able to destroy Bette’s exoskeleton and disable the bombs before they exploded. While she was in prison, Bette was visited regularly by Dark Atom, who developed feelings for her when they first met, even though he knew that they were enemies. Bette reconciled her feeling towards men, and she and Dark Atom were soon married after she was released. Unfortunately, since Dark Atom was still technically 16 years old, despite his inhuman status, his Justice Avenger teammates arrested Bette for statutory rape. Once again full of rage, Man-Blaster joined the Thunder Squad in exchange for a Presidential pardon; Task Force S scientists were able to genetically alter her physiology, curing her need for the exoskeleton and granting her super strength and energy blasts.
Powers: Originally wore an exoskeleton that gave mobility to her crippled body and granted her great strength; she also used explosive devices in her schemes. After joining the Thunder Squad, scientists cured her handicap and gave her superhuman strength/stamina/durability and energy projection attacks.

Over-Force:
Amalgamation Of: Overhawk + Major Force
Real Name: Clifford Kistur
Biography: An American soldier who was volunteered for an experiment involving the same alien tech that changed young Nate Powell into the heroic Dark Atom, Cliff Kistur became the evil Over-Force. He is Dark Atom's archnemesis, and seeks to apprehend him in service of the corrupt military officials he works for to commence further experiments to replicate the tech for their nefarious purposes.
He also battled other heroes, such as Rich Rayner (Rich Rider + Kyle Rayner) of the Green Nova Corps (Nova Corps + Green Lantern Corps).
Powers: Superhuman strength/speed/stamina/agility/reflexes/durability; energy manipulation (blasts, shields, absorption); night vision; flight; matter transmutation.
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Enemies of the Justice Four (Fantastic Four + Justice League):

Vandal Doom:
Amalgamation of: Dr. Doom + Vandal Savage
Real Name: Vandar Dom
Alias: Prof. Vandal Von Doom
Biography: In 50,000 BCE, in what is now Latvasnia (Latveria + Kasnia), a teenage cro magnon named Vandar Dom was exposed to a meteorite, whose energies endowed Vandar with enhanced intelligence and immortality; Vandar exposed his mother Cyax to the energies too. In the 1400’s, the two renamed themselves Vandal and Cynthia Von Doom; when Cynthia was purged of her immortality in an exorcism and burned at the stake for witchcraft, Vandal killed the villagers in retaliation. Vandal began to study sorcery in order to resurrect his mother, but the demon Mephistrigon (Mephisto + Trigon), who sees deadly potential in Vandal, appeared to him, saying that he has captured Cynthia’s soul and if Vandal interferes with his business, he will destroy her soul. Vandal decided to do everything in his power to destroy Mephistrigon before he can destroy his mother’s soul. When he traveled to America in the 1900’s, Von Doom started studying science and business, founding Von Doom Aeronautics in order to harness the power of a cosmic anomaly he discovered. But when the crew he sent on this suicide mission returned with superpowers, Von Doom suffered defeat at their hands and hightailed for Latvasnia. Von Doom realized he needed the resources of an entire nation to complete his research and eliminate the Justice Four, so he became the Dictator of Latvasnia, gaining diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest.
Vandal Doom and the Green Skull (Red Skull + Lex Luthor) are the current vice-leaders of the Secret Society of Evil (Masters of Evil + Secret Society of Super-Villains), under the alien dictator Deathseid (Thanos + Darkseid).
Powers: Immortality (scars don’t heal, though, so he wears a metallic mask to cover his face); scientific genius; mastery of magic; diplomatic immunity; unlimited control over his country’s resources; vast wealth; robot armies; advanced combat and weapon skills; battle armor that improves his physical attributes and grants him energy blasts, flight, and energy shielding.

Puppet Lord:
Amalgamation of: Puppet Master + Maxwell Lord
Real Name: Philip Lord
Biography: Philip Lord was an agent of the CIA, whose partner, Jacob Ching, was killed in a car accident. Philip married Jacob’s widow, Marcia, and adopted their daughter, Alicia Ching (Alicia Masters + I Ching), who was blinded in the same car accident. Years later, Agent Lord became the official liaison between the American Government and the newly-formed Justice Avengers (Avengers + Justice League); Alicia later became infatuated with Bullething (Thing + Bulletman/Bulleteer), a member of the JA’s auxiliary team, the Justice Four. After being tortured by alien invaders and rescued by the J4, Philip became reclusive and started taking up sculpting. He learned that he could control the minds of anyone he sculpted and use those abilities as the villainous Puppet Lord.
After learning that he had cancer, Philip transferred his psyche into the robotic body of extradimensional villain Master Havok (Master Menace + Lord Havok), becoming the new leader of Institute Extreme (Institute of Evil + Extremists).
Institute Extreme and an army of PriMAC cyborgs (Prime Sentinels + OMACs) attacked the Justice Avengers and the Justice Four. Puppet Lord killed the Second Blue Spider (Julia Carpenter + Ted Kord) before Thunder Woman (Thor + Wonder Woman) strapped him to a thermo-nuclear device and exploded it in the void of space, killing him.
Powers: Mind Control; his powers are actually metamutant [mutant + metahuman] in nature (his X-Gene activating during his extraterrestrial encounter), but he is convinced that he can only control people by molding a statue of them with a “special clay.” Later possesses a suit of armor that amplified his mind control powers (without the clay) and granted him super strength, flight, and energy blasts.

Scavenger-Mole:
Amalgamation of: Mole Man + Scavenger I/II
Real Name: Dr. Rupert Mortimer
Biography: Dr. Rupert Mortimer was a brilliant nuclear physicist who suffered from a growing paranoia; he eventually drove himself underground to prepare for an imagined Armageddon as a result of the Cold War between America and Russia. Rupert discovered an ancient race of short humanoid aliens who lived underground since crash landing on Earth thousands of years ago. Rupert became their ruler and used their advanced technologies to create an army of gigantic monsters to raze the Russian city of Stalingrad; the Justice Four assisted the People’s Super Soldiers (Soviet Super Soldier + The People’s Heroes) in battling the monsters and the drove Rupert, now called the “Scavenger-Mole”, out of Russia.
Scavenger-Mole would later plague the Justice Four and other heroes, such as
the Justice Avengers’ Aquariner (Sub-Mariner + Aquaman),
the Teen Avenger Spider Boy (Spider-Man/Young Avengers + Superboy/Teen Titans),
Ka-War (Ka-Zar + Warlord) of the underground world of Skarwali (Savage Land + Skartaris),
and the Legion of the Galaxy (Guardians of the Galaxy + Legion of Super-Heroes).
Powers: Advanced senses that make up for his weak vision and underground residence. Mastery of bo staff martial arts. Uses advanced technologies to cause earthquakes, control armies of monsters, and other effects.

Elbissopmi:
Amalgamation of: Impossible Man + Mr. Mxyzptlk
Biography: An imp from Porff (Poppup + Zrff), a planet in a pocket dimension, Elbissopmi takes pleasure in tormenting the people of Earth with his abilities. His favorite targets are the Super-Soldier (Captain America + Superman) and the Justice Four. The only way to get rid of Elbissopmi is to trick him into saying, spelling, or otherwise revealing his name backwards, ‘Impossible’, and he is banished back to his dimension for a minimum of 90 days. When Galactiac (Galactus + Brainiac) threatened Earth during a visit from the imp, Elbissopmi decided to save Earth (because Earth was his favorite planet to harass) by sending Galactiac to the 5th dimension and tricking him into eating a planet there similar to Earth, giving him a cosmic case of indigestion. Another time, the criminal Laugh Monger (Iron Monger + The Joker) was given 1% of Elbissopmi’s power, because Elbissopmi was interested in seeing how someone else can handle his power; Laugh Monger then tricked Elbissopmi into saying his name backwards, thus gaining 99% of his power and banishing him back to the 5th dimension. Laugh Monger ruled Earth with an iron fist until Iron Bat and Super-Soldier tricked the madman into fast-forwarding time by 90 days and the vengeful Elbissopmi then tricked the ‘Laugh Emperor’ into saying his real name, Joseph Stane, backwards (Enats Hpesoj), returning all of Elbissopmi’s power and sending Laugh Monger into his own personal hell… at least for the next 90 days.
Powers: Ultimate shapeshifting powers (which is a common trait among his species); can also shift the shapes of any being or object within his sight. Flight; intangibility; teleportation; underwater survival; space survival.

Dr. Diablo:
Amalgamation of: Diablo + Dr. Alchemy
Real Name: Albert de Ablo
Biography: Albert de Ablo was an alchemist with a dual personality; the second personality sold his soul to the demon Neromammu (Dormammu + Neron) for extended life. He was close to claiming the Philospher’s Stone, which would give him the power to control matter, but the villagers of Transylvania trapped him inside the temple for several centuries. After waking from his coma, Albert used the Stone to free himself and became the super-criminal, Dr. Diablo.
The Justice Four defeated Dr. Diablo several times (sometimes with help from Silverflash [Quicksilver + The Flash {Barry Allen}] from the Justice Avengers) until Albert’s good personality finally reemerged and hid the Stone. But, Albert’s evil personality had implanted itself in the Stone and created a new body with its powers.
Powers: Controls the Philosopher’s Stone, which allows him to manipulate matter and chemical reactions in whatever manner he pleases; the Stone also gives him telekinesis, which he can use to fly. He can create potions that cause incredible effects and defy scientific explanation. Reduced aging.

Psych-Opal:
Amalgamation of: Psycho-Man + Dark Opal
Biography: In an alternate future, where Krangos (Kang the Conqueror + Chronos) conquered all the planets of the galaxy except the kingdom of Traagem (Traan + Gemworld), he was to marry Princess Ravothyst (Ravonna + Amethyst), but the techno-sorcerer known only as Psych-Opal, who secretly loved Ravothyst, wouldn’t stand for it. He used his magic technology to travel back in time to try to kill Krangos’ ancestor, Prof. Patrick Richards, aka Mr. Plastic (Mr. Fantastic + Plastic Man), leader of the Justice 4.
Powers: Technology that harnesses both science and magic to manipulate the emotions of others. Battlesuit grants strength, durability, and energy blasts.

The Skurltian Empire (Skrulls + Martians):
The Skrultians are a race of reptilian-humanoid aliens from the planet Sk’rlec’andra (Skrullos + Ma’aleca’andra). They have the powers of shapeshifting, flight, strength, telepathy, and intangibility, but they are also vulnerable to fire. When a Skrultian colony on the planet Mars was wiped out by the techno-organic Ivorarchy (Technarchy + White Martians), who were released by humans testing nuclear weapons on the planet’s surface, the Skrultian Emperor declared war on Earth. Skrultian agents have spied on and attacked Earth on several occasions, but were always rebuffed by the Justice Four and other heroes.

Empress Veralfec:
Amalgamation of: Veranke + Malefec
Real Name: Vr’l’fk J’Onzz
Aliases: Blue Spider/Jessica Garrett.
Biography: Vr’l’fk and her older brother Vk’tr were skrultians born on the martian colony. When she had a premonition about the colony’s destruction, she was banished for inciting religious extremism. When the Ivorarchy destroyed the colony, the Skrultian royal family recognized her as a new prophet and let her join the royal council of advisors on the throneworld of Sk’rlec’andra.
Vr’l’fk swore revenge against humanity for inciting the death of her brother, but she didn’t realize that Vk’tr merged with Ivorarchy DNA and was reborn as the Martian Vision (Vision + Martian Manhunter), a founding member of the Justice Avengers.
When the Skrultian royal family was killed when Galactiac consumed Sk’rlec’andra, and the skrultians were forced to move to Tarnax IV, Veralfec became the new Empress.
During the course of the “Identity Invasion” (Secret Invasion/Avengers Disassembled + Identity Crisis), it was revealed that a Skrultian with the identity and magic powers of Scarlet Magician (Scarlet Witch + Zatanna) was magically transferring information about the Earth’s heroes to Tarnax IV, allowing them to create a whole new army of Ultra-Skrultians.
The Earth’s heroes and villains banded together to stop the invasion, while the Martian Vision battled his sister, who was posing as the first Blue Spider (Spider-Woman + Blue Beetle), to a standstill. The villain Paul Osborn (Norman Osborn + Paul Westfield) finished her off with a flamethrower.
Powers:
Skrultian Powers:Shapeshifting (humanoid, non-humanoid, inorganic forms); inability to be detected as a skrultian; can create melee weapons from her flesh. Flight; strength; energy vision; intangibility; telepathy.
Blue Spider 1’s Powers: Super physical attributes; energy blasts; flight; pheromone generation; wall-crawling; immunity to poisons and radiations.

Ultra-Skrultian:
Amalgamation of: Super-Skrull + Ultra, the Multi-Alien
Real Name: Ar’lt
Alias: Ultra-Skrultian Prime
Biography: The first time Skrultian agents attacked the Earth and were beaten by the Justice Four, they took back samples of their DNA to experiment on. Skrultian scientists injected the DNA from each hero into the limbs of Skrultian soldier Ar’lt. Ar’lt mutated into the first Ultra-Skrultian supersoldier, known as Ultra-Skrultian Prime. Ar’lt’s first battle with the Justice Four ended in defeat and he was imprisoned in the J4’s headquarters, the Baxter Building. He eventually escaped and kidnapped Dr. Franklin Storm, father of Torchstorm (Human Torch + Firestorm) and step-father of Dr. Invisible (Invisible Woman + Dr. Light II), but Ar’lt’s success was short-lived and he was beaten once again by the Justice Four. He is now hiding on Earth in a human guise.
Powers: Shapeshifting, flight, strength, energy vision, intangibility, telepathy, inability to be detected as a skrultian, and invulnerability to fire.
Right Arm: Bullething’s magnetic metal flesh; super strength.
Left Arm: Mr. Plastic’s stretching.
Right Leg: Dr. Invisible’s light manipulation.
Left Leg: Torchstorm’s fire blasts.

Paibok Ro:
Amalgamation of: Paibok + Kanjar Ro
Biography: Paibok Ro is a Skrultian pirate with a massive starship, a numerous crew, and a large arsenal of exotic weapons. When the Skrultian Empire needed a new plan to defeat the Justice Four, they turned to Paibok Ro; Ro agreed to help, but only to claim the Gamma Nullifier (Ultimate Nullifier + Gamma Gong), a powerful weapon in the J4’s possession. Paibok’s girlfriend and Ultra-Skrultian agent, Lyjarane the Laserhawk (Laserfist + Firehawk), was sent to attack the J4, but she eventually became their ally. Paibok Ro, his pirate crew, and a small battalion of Skrultian soldiers attacked New Metropolis (New York City + Metropolis), but were defeated by the J4, but not before Paibok Ro killed Lyjarane.
In the 30th Century, a cryogenically preserved Paibok Ro battled the Legion of the Galaxy as a part of the Annihilation Five’s army (Annihilation Wave + Fatal Five).
Powers: Shapeshifting; flight; strength; energy vision; intangibility; telepathy.
His favored weapon, the Power Rod, can shoot blasts of cold and electricity, and give the wearer a coating of organic steel, granting strength and invulnerability.

The Fearful Six (Frightful Four + Fearsome Five):
A supervillain team formed by Psizard to destroy Earth’s heroes for Mephistrigon. They have clashed several times with the Justice Four and the Teen Avengers. Other leaders of the Six have included The Wicked Thinker (Mad Thinker + Dr. Sivana), Nega-Light (Mister Negative + Dr. Light), and Paibok Ro.

Psizard:
Amalgamation of: Wizard + Psimon
Real Name: Prof. Bentley Jones
Biography: Bentley Jones was a scientist determined to prove his intellectual superiority to Patrick Richards. Jones was nearly killed in an accident and he was soon contacted by the demon Mephistrigon, with whom he made a deal; Jones would destroy the Demon’s enemies in exchange for eternal knowledge. Jones agreed and was restored to life, albeit with an exposed brain. Jones built a psionic-amplification helmet to grant him mental powers and protect his mind and became Psizard. Psizard placed an ad in the Underworld Star, a newspaper for the criminally like-minded, and he and the 5 applicants formed the Fearful Six.
Powers: Super intelligence. Helmet not only protects his exposed brain, but grants him telepathy (for illusions and mind control) and telekinesis (flight). Gauntlets grant him strength and electric blasts. Armor protects him from most assaults.

Salamandrix:
Amalgamation of: Salamandra + Jinx
Biography: Hailing from Eastern India is Salamandrix, ex-lover of Psizard and a powerful sorceress. Nothing else is known about her at this time.
Powers: Pyrokinesis and probability manipulation.

Ambush:
Amalgamation of: Trapster + Gizmo
Real Name: Peter O’Jeeneus
Biography: Peter O’Jeeneus is brilliant inventor with a negative outlook on life, due to his constant childhood torment for his height and gnomish appearance.
Powers: Super intelligence, capable of turning otherwise harmless machines into dangerous weapons and tools. Battlesuit has a jetpack and cannons that shoot lubricants and adhesives.

Horror:
Amalgamation of: Dragon Man + Mammoth
Real Name: Gregson Flinders
Biography: Born in Austrailia, young Greg Flinders was caught in an accident that killed him and transferred his soul into a statue of a monster. Dr. Diablo was the one who caused this accident and used his alchemy to bring the statue to life, with Greg’s intelligence. This beast, dubbed “Horror”, initially served Dr. Diablo until his younger sister Laura used her alchemic powers to beat Dr. Diablo in a duel. The brother-sister team later joined the Fearful Six.
Powers: Strength, stamina, and durability; flight; fire breath.

Reflectia:
Amalgamation of: Llyra + Shimmer
Real Name: Laura Flinders
Biography: The younger sister of Greg, Laura “Reflectia” Flinders is a metamutant criminal with an amphibian-like anatomy and transmutation powers. When her brother became the monster Horror, they joined the Fearful Six in hopes that she can change him back to normal with Psizard’s help.
Powers: Underwater survival; strength; chameleon-like camouflage abilities; transmutation of chemical and elemental compounds within range.

Acoustikon:
Amalgamation of: Klaw + Neutron
Real Name: Ulysses Tryon
Biography: Ulysses Tyron was one of several thugs hired by the Green Skull to steal from a nuclear power plant in the African nation of Wakesi (Wakanda + Zambesi), but the plot was foiled by Super-Soldier and the nation’s heroic ruler Black Vixen (Black Panther + Vixen). Tyron lost his right hand and was stricken with radiation poisoning in a resulting accident and Green Skull encased him in a vibranium battlesuit, turning him into a superpowered criminal called Acoustikon. Acoustikon served the Green Skull before joining the Fearful Six.
Powers: Super strength and durability; flight; radiation blasts and sound manipulation through cannon replacing his right hand.

The Justice Foes (U-Foes + Crime Syndicate of Amerika):
The Justice Foes are the evil counterparts of the Justice Four from Maglama-1, the universe where evil has taken over in the wake of the Superhero Civil War. In this world, evil businessman Randolph Utrecht hired a space crew to help him obtain the power of a cosmic anomaly. The rays penetrated their spaceship and mutated them in a far more grotesque manner than the J4. The J-Foes became an auxiliary team to the evil Revenge Syndicate of America (Dark Avengers + Crime Syndicate). When the Secret Society of Evil brought in the Revenge Syndicate to replace the Justice Avengers (who were seemingly killed by Imperislaught [Onslaught + Imperiex]), the Justice Foes tried to prevent the Justice Four from learning the truth.

Shaper:
Amalgamation of: Vector + Elasti-Man
Real Name: Randolph Utrecht
Biography: A successful businessman, industrialist, and politician who craved more power.
Powers: Can telekinetically reshape any solid object.

Re-Fridge:
Amalgamation of: Vapor + Frostbite
Real Name: Tora Darnell
Biography: Was hired by Utrecht to be the life-support engineer on his space ship. She is Beatrice Darnell's older sister.
Powers: Can turn into a cloud of liquid nitrogen to fly and freeze her enemies.

Magnetar:
Amalgamation of: X-Ray + Fiero
Real Name: Beatrice Darnell
Biography: Was hired by Utrecht to be the fuel-propulsion systems engineer. She is Tora Darnell's younger sister.
Powers: Can cloak herself in an aura of fiery yellow plasma to fly and blast her enemies with radiation.

Ferrous:
Amalgamation of: Ironclad + Element Man
Real Name: Rex Steel
Biography: He was hired by Utrecht as a scientist, engineer, and skilled pilot.
Powers: Can change the composition of his body to become any periodic metal. Super strength, stamina, and durability. Can manipulate his own gravitational pull on the planet, to levitate or become immovable.
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Thunder Squad (Thunderbolts + Suicide Squad):
A division of Task Force S (SHIELD + Task Force X), the Thunder Squad consists of incarcerated meta-talented criminals who volunteer for 5-year service in exchange for a Presidential Pardon. This team is directed by Amanda Gyrich, and is led on the field first by the alien dictator Baron Zongul II, and then the mad genius Paul Osborn.

Amanda Gyrich:
Amalgamation of: Henry Peter Gyrich + Amanda Waller
Biography: When Amanda Gyrich first appeared, she was a member of the Bureau of Preternatural Procedures (CSA + DEO), which observes the activities of all known superhumans, good and evil. She was soon commissioned by the President himself to direct the newest iteration of Task Force S's Thunder Squad. After the events of the Identity Invasion (Secret Invasion/Avengers Disassembled + Identity Crisis), her position is usurped by Paul Osborn.
Abilities: No superhuman powers, but she’s an expert leader, tactician, and diplomat, with a genius-level intelligence. Her headstrong personality may have made her some enemies within Task Force S itself, but it’s perfect for dealing with her criminal subordinates in Thunder Squad.

Baron Zongul II:
Amalgamation of: Baron Helmut Zemo + Mongul II
Real Name: Zongul II, 13th Baron of Hebstam IV
Biography: Zongul II, the latest member of the ruling barony of the planet Hebstam IV, is a major enemy of the Super-Soldier (Cpt. America + Superman). When his father, Zongul I, 12th Baron of Hebstam IV (Heinrich Zemo + Mongul I), was killed by the demonic sorcerer Neromammu (Dormammu + Neron), Zongul II took control of the planet and their ultimate weapon, Warminus (Dominus + Warworld). After Warminus was destroyed by the psychic juggernaut Imperislaught (Onslaught + Imperiex), Zongul Jr. came to Earth to rally the heroes and villains of Earth against the titan. Though the meta-talented forces of Earth were successful in destroying Imperislaught, the heroes turned against the villains and Zongul, among hundreds of other villains, were imprisoned. Zongul and the villains imprisoned on Tryker’s Island (Ryker’s Island + Stryker’s Island) were given a second chance and joined the newest version of Thunder Squad. As the field leader of Thunder Squad, Zongul led the T-Squad against Ictro (Nitro + Icicle), an agent of AHEM (AIM + HIVE); Zongul tried to bear-hug Ictro to death, but the stress on Ictro’s body caused him to explode in a blast of reverse-fusion energy that coated most of Stamford, Connecticut in ice. Zongul II was apparently killed in the blast, so he was post-humorously relieved of duty; in actuality he was launched into space, frozen in a block of ice. The frozen villain was soon picked up by Warminus II, piloted by his sister/wife Baroness Zongal (Baroness Heike Zemo + Mongal). While Zongul was stuck on Earth, the Zongul barony was banished from its home planet, and Hebstam IV joined the Shinagarian Empire (Shi’ar + Thanagar) in order to be protected from Warminus by the Omega Guard (Imperial Guard + Omega Men). In order to gain more power, Zongul forced himself to join the Riot Corps (Riot Squad + Sinestro Corps), where he gained the powerful yellow force ring (Nova Force + Power Ring).
Powers: Superhuman strength/speed/durability/stamina; master of both armed and unarmed combat; commands Warminus I/II; when he gained a yellow force ring, Zongul gained the ability to manipulate yellow energies to create solid-light constructs, fly, and survive in space and underwater. Zongul, like his father, is a nasty bastard, but his cruelty is rivaled only by Amanda Gyrich’s stubbornness.

Paul Osborn:
Amalgamation of: Norman Osborn + Paul Westfield
Biography: Paul Osborn was a high-ranking chairman of Project: Weapon C (Weapon X + Project: Cadmus), a government organization dedicated to creating a new breed of government-controlled superhumans. Paul was raised in an abusive household as a child, but grew up to be a brilliant scientists and government agent; his twisted and cruel personality was exposed as time went on. When the heroic Super-Soldier, the first super-agent created by the US government, was killed by the alien Doompocalypse (Apocalypse + Doomsday), PWC scientists took fresh samples of his blood to experiment on; when a small arachnoid creature created with Super-Soldier’s DNA and spider DNA escaped, it injected its genetic material into a human, giving teenager Connor Parker spider-like powers. Connor became the superhero Spider Boy, and his heroic exploits attracted the attention of Paul Osborn, who correctly assumed that the escaped spider experiment gave the hero his powers. A small division of Weapon C security officers and scientists, led by Dr. Dabney Stromm (Mendel Stromm + Dabney Donovan) were reorganized to focus on the study and capture of the Webbed Wonder. During a crisis that united Spider Boy and the resurrected Super-Soldier against deformed clones of themselves, created by Dr. Stromm, Paul ordered a missile to be launched at the battlefield; the heroes survived, but the mutant monsters were all killed. Furious at the deaths of his creations, Dabney Stromm killed Paul Osborn. However, Paul survived and became a commanding officer of the Thunder Squad. At the end of the Identity Invasion, Paul Osborn killed Veralfec (Veranke + Malefec), queen of the invading Skrultians (Skrulls + Martians), and became the new director of Task Force S; former crime baroness Victoria Dent (Victoria Hand + Harvey “Two-Face” Dent) would serve as his aide-de-camp. However this would all prove to be part of a plan for world domination concocted by Paul’s new allies, the Secret Society of Evil (Masters of Evil + Secret Society of Super-Villains).
Powers: Beyond-human intelligence and cunning. During the Crisis Reign (Dark Reign + Final Crisis), Paul Osborn will employ a heavy armor to protect him and a weapon-packed glider system that allows him to fly.

Deadeye:
Amalgamation of: Bullseye + Deadshot
Real Name: Lester Lawton
Biography: A sociopath since childhood, Lester Lawton’s first kill was when he pitching for a minor league baseball game, and he threw the ball through the sternum of his father, who was umpiring the game. Ever since then, Lester has been a paid assassin, going by the codename “Deadeye.” When he first traveled to New Metropolis (New York City + Metropolis), he was hired by the crime lord known as the Bosspin (Kingpin + Boss Moxie) to assassinate the superhero Doctor Dare (Daredevil + Dr. Mid-Nite II). Deadeye ended up killing Elektra Wu-San (Elektra + Lady Shiva), a martial artist who sought revenge against Dr. Dare, and then Deadeye was hospitalized by Dr. Dare in retaliation. While in the hospital, Deadeye was recruited into the Thunder Squad by Amanda Gyrich. Deadeye appeared to be killed during a mission with the squad, but he survived. He soon joined a band of mercenaries called the Secret Syndicate (Sinister Syndicate + Secret Six), doing battle with the Seven Soldiers for Hire (Heroes for Hire + Seven Soldiers of Victory).
Powers: Master assassin with cybernetic implants that greatly enhance his aim/agility/speed/reflexes/senses/stamina (given to him by Bosspin). Wields several firearms, including wrist-mounted silenced pistols, and is capable of turning any small object into a deadly projectile weapon.

Toxicarus:
Amalgamation of: The Lizard + Chemo
Real Name: Dr. Curt Norton
Biography: Dr. Curt Norton was a bio-engineer experimenting on genetic material from reptiles. The plastic containers he was storing waste byproducts from failed experiments were broken and spilled on Curt; Curt lapsed into a coma, and the chemicals, along with the plastic, reptile DNA and Curt’s DNA amalgamated into a reptile-shaped plastic monster. The creature, later dubbed “Toxicarus” by the newspaper Planet Bugle (Daily Bugle + Daily Planet), was defeated when Spider Boy managed to wake Curt from his vegetative state. Now, when ever Dr. Norton loses consciousness, Toxicarus regenerates from the last place it was destroyed, and continues to feed on the fluids of living beings. Though Toxicarus is considered a villain, Dr. Norton’s good influence occasionally got it to help some heroes, such as joining the Thunder Squad to battle Imperislaught, or helping the X-Patrol (X-Men + Doom Patrol) defeat the Metal Marauders (Marauders + Metal Men), a team of metamutant-hunting cyborgs created by Dr. Trakmus (Bolivar Trask + Will Magnus).
Powers: Super strength, speed, stamina, and durability. Tail has a crushing power of 200 lbs. Can grow from 7 feet to 20 stories in height. Shoots acid from his mouth to a range of 100 ft. Telepathic control of reptiles.

SHARP-IV:
Amalgamation of: Beetle/Mach-IV + Shrapnel
Real Name: Mark Jenkins
Biography: Mark Jenkins is an engineering genius who used to work for AHEM. He created a battle suit called the Self-sufficient Human-piloted Ammunition-Regenerating Powersuit (SHARP), but instead of giving it to AHEM, he burned the blueprints and kept the suit to go into business for himself. As SHARP, Mark battled both Spider Boy and the X-Patrol. After ending up in jail for the umpteenth time, Mark was recruited into the Thunder Squad to battle Imperislaught, and he used Task Force S’s resources to give SHARP its fourth upgrade.
Powers: The SHARP battle armor gives Mark superhuman strength and durability and the ability to fly. SHARP’s main weapons are dual cannons that fire razor-sharp projectiles at a high rate. The armor also contains a miniature smelting facility, allowing him to take small pieces of metal and convert them into more ammunition for his cannons.

Avalus:
Amalgamation of: Avalanche + Plasmus
Real Name: Otto Petrakis
Biography: Otto Petrakis, a Greek immigrant, was a coal miner who was trapped inside a collaped underground shaft for nearly a week. The stress of the isolation and threat of death traggered Otto’s latent metamutant gene, making him turn his flesh into a pink protoplasm that he has total control over. The crazed miner escaped the death trap in his plasma form, and he went on a rampage on the surface world. After being frozen by X-Patrol member Rhinovirus (Iceman + Fever), Otto was rushed to the hospital but the ambulance was intercepted by the Brotherhood (...of Mutants + ...of Evil), who took Otto’s frozen form to their hidden headquarters. With his sanity restored, Otto joined the Brotherhood as “Avalus.” His first supervillain act as Avalus was to help the Brotherhood assassinate President Graydon Ross (Grardon Creed + Pete Ross); the villains were successful, but some of them were captured late. Avalus was then invited by government agent Amanda Gyrich (Henry Gyrich + Amanda Waller) to join the Thunder Squad .
Powers: Transformation of normal flesh into a blob of acidic protoplasma that he has total control over; he can solidify his ooze body to generate high-frequency vibrations; super strength/durability/stamina.

Dr. Boomerang:
Amalgamation of: Boomerang + Captain Boomerang
Real Name: Frederick Harkness
Biography: Fred Harkness was born in Australia, but moved to America at a young age. He lived in a life of poverty until he discovered his skill in making boomerangs and using them as weapons. He would later be hired as a performer and boomerang promoter by a toy company; he was ridiculed by the audience, and his resentment caused Harkness to begin using his boomerangs for crime. Using weaponized boomerangs, Dr. Boomerang’s first crime was attempting to steal an experimental missile from a US military base, but he was defeated by the speedster superhero Silverflash (Quicksilver + Flash II). Fred was sent to jail, but managed to escape with a tiny boomerang disguised as one of his teeth. Since then, Dr. Boomerang has been a recurring enemy of Silverflash. The last time he was sent to jail, Fred joined the Thunder Squad in exchange for a pardon of his crimes.
Powers: Above-average aim and combat experience. The ability to create various “trick boomerangs”, each with a different effect.

Terracoal:
Amalgamation of: Charcoal + Terra
Real Name: Charlene Markov
Biography: Charlene Markov and her older brother Flint, heirs to the throne of Symkovia (Symkaria + Markovia), were experimented on by the evil scientist Ultra-Zola (Armin Zola + Ultra-Humanite) into gaining Earth-based super powers; while Flint went insane and became the criminal Sand-Force (Sandman + Geo-Force), Charlene tried to use her powers to fight crime as Terracoal, a member of the Teen Avengers (Young Avengers + Teen Titans ). When the control of her powers came into question, Terra turned to the super-assassin Deathpool (Deadpool + Deathstroke) for training. This led to her betraying the Teen Avengers to Deathpool and his employers at AHEM. Terracoal was arrested, but was soon made a member of the Thunder Squad. Terracoal soon died while battling the superhuman dictator Black Dragon (Dragon of the Moon + Black Adam).
Powers: Transformation into any form of minerals and stone (sand, dirt, rock, crystal, lava, ect.)

Bronze Wolf:
Amalgamation of: White Wolf + Bronze Tiger
Real Name: Benjamin Hunter
Biography: Ben Hunter’s single mother was killed when he was a child, but he was soon adopted by Jiwe T’Challa, king of the African nation of Wakesi (Wakanda + Zambesi), who was visiting Ben’s hometown of New Metropolis. Soon, though, Ben’s foster sister Mari, the future heroine Black Vixen (Black Panther + Vixen), was born, and Ben became the ‘other child’. To prove himself to his family, he turned to martial arts, training alongside Richard Shang (Shang-Chi + Richard Dragon). When the dojo’s master, Fu Manchu, revealed himself as member of the villainous League of the Hand (The Hand + League of Assassins), he also revealed that he was secretly brainwashing Ben into becoming the bestial Bronze Wolf. Iron Bat and Richard Shang defeated the League of the Hand, and Ben was brought back to his senses. He returned to Wakesi when Mari became the ruler and the Black Vixen, and Ben became the captain of the Wakesian secret police. As the heroic Bronze Wolf, Ben also volunteered for duty in the Thunder Squad.
Powers: One of the best 10 martial artists on Earth. Olympic-level strength/speed/stamina/agility/senses. Expert at stealth. The gloves in his costume are equipped with claws.

Methyl II:
Amalgamation of: Venom III (Mac Gargan) + Match
Real Name: Dennis Gargan
Biography: Dennis Gargan was originally Squorp (Scorpion + Skorpio), a villain wearing a scorpion-style battlesuit. Sometime after the Imperislaught War, Squorp and several other villains were sent by the Secret Society of Evil to raid a chemical plant; Squorp’s suit was destroyed in a battle with the New Justice Avengers, who were really the evil Revenge Syndicate of America (Dark Avengers + Crime Syndicate), a team of extradimensional villains posing as heroes. Sometime after that, Eddie Olsen (Eddie Brock + Jimmy Olsen), the villain Methyl, lost his symbiote, the source of his powers, after a major battle against his nemesis Spider Boy, and the symbiote was captured by gangsters. Paul Osborn, after becoming director of Thunder Squad, bought the symbiote in an auction and fused it with Dennis, recruiting him as the new Methyl.
Powers: “Tactile Telekinesis”, which allows them to move fast, lift heavy objects, and stick to any surface; the ability to shoot durable, razor-sharp organic webbing from their wrists; enhanced stamina/durability/agility/reflexes/senses; immunity to being detected by Spider Boy’s precognition; degenerative saliva.

Volt:
Amalgamation of: Jolt + Bolt
Real Name: Helen Bolantski
Biography: When Helen Bolantski developed her metamutant powers, her home was destroyed and her parents were killed by metamutant-hunting robots called Harvesters (Sentinels + Scissor-Men). Vengeful, she donned a costume and became the villainess “Volt.” She battled the Justice Avengers (Avengers + Justice League) several times before being sent to prison. In prison, she was recruited into the Thunder Squad. She seemingly died on her first mission, but returned as living energy, returning to her human form only after her injuries fully healed.
Powers: Electrical blasts; absorption of electricity to convert into strength and speed; teleportation. Self-healing via transformation into living energy.

View:
Amalgamation of: Atlas + The Atom (Adam Cray)
Real Name: Erik Cray
Biography: View is a mercenary with the ability to change size, and has battled various heroes while working for major villains. He soon joined the Thunder Squad after Paul Osborn became the director, but it’s soon revealed that Erik was actually sent by the hero Atom Ant I (Scott Lang + Ray Palmer) to investigate Paul and his connections to the Secret Society of Evil.
Powers: The ability to change size, from shrinking to half an inch tall to a maximum of 60 feet in height. Strength and stamina relative to his height.

Songstress:
Amalgamation of: Songbird + Enchantress
Real Name: Melissa “Missy” Moon
Biography: When Dinah Morse, the heroine Black Bird (Mockingbird + Black Canary II), was an athlete in the UCWF (Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation), she had a standing rivalry with “Screaming” Missy Moon. She couldn’t stand up to Dinah’s sonic screams attacks, so Missy sought the aging villain Wizardicus (Dr. Demonicus + Wizard), the scientist who mutated baby Dinah to have sonic scream powers. For a small fortune, Wizardicus gave Moon even more powerful sonic powers, and she attacked Black Bird outside of the ring. Dinah was about to be killed when she was rescued by her future beau, the super-archer Hawk Arrow (Hawkeye + Green Arrow). “Screaming” Missy has been an enemy of Hawk Arrow and Black Bird ever since. When she was recruited into the Thunder Squad, she changed her nickname to “Songstress.”
Powers: Sonic screams for flight, hypnotism, energy constructs, teleportation, energy blasts, and incineration.

Militia:
Amalgamation of: Swordsman + Javelin
Real Name: Jacques Linthrope
Biography: Militia is a mercenary and enemy of the avenging archer Hawk Arrow. He was originally Jacques Linthrope, a circus performer who was fired from stealing the profits of a big show. After becoming Militia, he was first hired by a crime lord to assassinate industrialist Oliver Barton. Oliver was forced to reveal his identity of Hawk Arrow in order to battle and defeat Militia, and he gave later Jacques amnesia with a poison-gas arrow. Militia appeared to turn over a new leaf when he joined the Justice Avengers, but Super-Soldier discovered that he was really working for the League of the Hand. The LoH’s scheme was thwarted and Militia was sent to prison, where he signed up for service in the Thunder Squad.
Powers: Olympic-level strength/speed/agility/stamina. Wields a sword and telescopic throwing spears.

Powerline:
Amalgamation of: Joystick + Slipknot
Real Name: Janice Weiss
Biography: Powerline was sent by AHEM to battle the Justice Four (Fantastic Four + Justice League), but (you guessed it!) she was defeated and sent to prison, where she signed up for service in the Thunder Squad.
Powers: Olympic-level speed/agility/reflexes/stamina. Powerline’s main weapon (which she invented) is a 10-ft long segmented cord that generates a super-hot electrical arc between each section; this weapon allows her to cut through almost any substance.

Man-Blaster:
Amalgamation of: Man-Killer + Plastique
Real Name: Bette San Horne
Biography: Bette San Horne was a French-Canadian professional skier who was crippled in a race against a male competitor, who pushed her off the ski trail and into a ravine. This led to Bette developing a hatred of all men. While recovering in a hospital, Bette was recruited by a group of pro-feminist extremists who gave her a powered exoskeleton and a position in their group. Bette later held the Planet Bugle hostage, threatening to blow up the building and killing all male hostages inside if the State of New York didn’t elect a female Governor. The first hero to arrive on the scene was Dark Atom (Darkhawk + Captain Atom), a living collective of radiation inside a robotic body; he was able to destroy Bette’s exoskeleton and disable the bombs before they exploded. While she was in prison, Bette was visited regularly by Dark Atom, who developed feelings for her when they first met, even though he knew that they were enemies. Bette reconciled her feeling towards men, and she and Dark Atom were soon married after she was released. Unfortunately, since Dark Atom was still technically 16 years old, his Justice Avenger teammates arrested Bette for statutory rape. Once again full of rage, Man-Blaster joined the Thunder Squad in exchange for a Presidential pardon; Task Force S scientists were able to genetically alter her physiology, curing her need for the exoskeleton and granting her super strength and energy blasts.
Powers: Originally wore an exoskeleton that gave mobility to her crippled body and granted her great strength; she also used explosive devices in her schemes. After joining the Thunder Squad, scientists cured her handicap and gave her superhuman strength/stamina/durability and energy projection attacks.

Penetrate:
Amalgamation of: Penance + Brainiac 8
Real Name: Indy Baldwin
Alias: Cyansphere (Speedball + Indigo)
Biography: Indy Baldwin was a young intern for a government laboratory when she was bombarded by an unknown energy in a lab accident. This activates her latent metagene, which was corrupted by the energies, turning her into a hideous and powerful techno-organic being. Indy went on a mindless rampage until she was “deactivated” by the Outer-Warriors (New Warriors + Outsiders). RoxTAR Inc. (Roxxon + Star Labs) manages to fix Indy’s deformed appearance while retaining her powers, and she joins the Outer-Warriors as “Cyansphere”, named for her ability to generate blue force fields. Things were working out great for Indy until the battle between the combined forces of the Outer-Warriors and the Thunder Squad against Ictro. The reverse-fusion explosion “rebooted” Cyansphere, resurrecting her original mutated appearance. It was revealed that she wasn’t a metamutant, but that her powers derived from a nanotech virus deposited on Earth by Galactiac (Galactus + Brainiac). The Outer-Warriors battled this new creature, which fused herself with the only 7 others on Earth affected by the nano-virus. The Outer-Warriors managed to destroy it, but her remains were confiscated by Task Force S.
When Paul Osborn became director of the Thunder Squad, he rebuilt Indy’s body while keeping her mind alive inside a computer system. She was completely penitent over her actions, and she served as “Penetrate” in the Thunder Squad.
Powers: Superhuman strength and durability, flight, energy blasts out of right-arm cannon. Her techno-organic parts cause her great pain, but pain is the only thing that can activate her powers after her transformation; the spikes on her face can act as conduits for electrical attacks and the domes on her body and organic armor generate storm-like vertexes of energy. She is also super intelligent and able to mentally control computer systems.

Supercharger:
Amalgamation of: Speed Demon + Zoom
Real Name: James Zolomon
Biography: James Zolomon, a friend of Peter Allen and FBI profiler, was attacked by the villain Red Grodd (Red Ghost + Gorilla Grodd) while leading a mass prison breakout. The criminals were defeated by Peter’s superhero identity, Silverflash, but were too late to prevent James from losing the use of his right leg. James knew of Peter’s heroic alter ego, so he beseeched him to use a time-travel device confiscated by the Justice Avengers from Krangos (Kang the Conqueror + Cronos) to go back in time and warn past Silverflash about Red Grodd, in order to prevent his attack. Peter refused to let a normal person use such advanced technology, but that didn’t stop James from sneaking into the Justice Avengers’ headquarters the next night and activating the device. The building’s security drones attacked James and struck the device while it was still working, causing an accident that ripped space-time an new arsehole! Out of the fluctuation stepped a cosmic conqueror known as Nebulon Man (Nebulon + Nebula Man). In exchange for helping Nebulon Man conquer Earth, James was cured of his lameness and granted him great speed. James battled Silverflash while the rest of the Justice Avengers battled Nebulon Man. Silverflash used his speed powers to reactivate the time machine, generating a vortex that sucked Nebulon Man back to his own time period, though he took James with him.
Stuck for ten years in the future, James’ newfound resentfulness of Peter festered as he developed his new powers of speed. After figuring out how to generate a new wormhole into the past, James developed a costume and took the alias “Supercharger” before traveling back in time… to one month after the battle with Nebulon Man! Silverflash and Supercharger have been enemies ever since. While in prison, Supercharger was enlisted into the Thunder Squad, but was ejected after he was caught stealing money by Songstress.
Powers: Superhuman speed, stamina, and reflexes. He can generate cyclones by running in circles or rotating his arms at great speeds, run along and up walls and run across water. Supercharger’s superhumanly fast thought processes and reflexes enable the character to perceive his surroundings while moving at high speeds, pick up objects and execute complex acrobatic maneuvers.

Dr. Radioactive:
Amalgamation of: Radioactive Man + Dr. Poison
Real Name: Dr. Chen Maru
Biography: A nuclear physicist from the People’s Republic of China, Chen Maru developed a mind-altering energy array to use for the Communist state’s invasion of India. The army was defeated and the weapon destroyed by Thunder Woman (Thor + Wonder Woman), and Chen was imprisoned for his war crimes. After escaping, he altered his physiology with atomic radiation, turning him into Dr. Radioactive, a living nuclear stockpile. Dr. Radioactive has been a recurring enemy of Thunder Woman. He later joins the Thunder Squad after Paul Osborn became director.
When Osborn was disposed of, Dr. Radioactive left Thunder Squad and went back to China; he was arrested for further crimes and achieved amnesty in exchange for service in China's govt-controlled super-team, the Great Force (People's Defense Force + The Great Ten).
Powers: Body is constantly radioactive, giving his flesh a green glow and allows him to fire blasts of heat, light, and atomic energy (which induces nausea and radiation poisoning). He needs to wear a black skin-suit to keep his powers in check. Expert in the fields of radiation, energy, and nuclear physics.

Comet II:
Amalgamation of: Moonstone II + Killer Frost II
Real Name: Dr. Louise Sofen
Biography: Louise Sofen was originally the aide of psychoanalyst Hugo Fenhoff, the villainous psychiatrist known as Faustrange (Dr. Faustus + Hugo Strange). Dr. Sofen was hired by the good doctors of the Arkroft Institute to examine Crystal Bloch (Lloyd Bloch + Crystal Frost), a mentally-unstable super-villainess nicknamed Comet, who wielded an alien stone that gave her energy and ice powers. A clever manipulator, Louise became “friends” with Crystal, and she convinced her to reveal the location of her power stone. Louise stole the stone and became the new Comet, an enemy of the superhero Green Giant (Hulk + Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]). Comet became a member of Thunder Squad during Baron Zongul’s reign as field leader.
Powers: Gravity manipulation, intense cold projection, flight, light projection, and super strength/durability/stamina.

Black Ivy:
Amalgamation of: Blackheath (Plantman) + Poison Ivy
Real Name: Dr. Pamela Smithers
Alias: Plantwoman
Biography: Pamela Smithers was a poor orphan girl from the streets of London, England, who studied botany under Professor Mark Woodrue, now the evil Botanist (Brother Nature + Floronic Man). She soon enough earned a PHD in ecology, and invented a device that allowed her to communicate with plant life. Prof. Woodrue tried to steal the invention for himself, but an electrical storm caused it to explode, washing Pamela in strange energies. The injured woman escaped into the woods and collapsed, fusing with the surrounding vegetation. She discovered she could control plant life, and Pamela dedicated her life to protecting the natural world… by destroying human society. She started calling herself Plantwoman, and became a major enemy of the hero Iron Bat, whose technological aptitude and use of powered armor makes him a foil for Pamela and her obsession with nature. She also served in the all-villain government strike team Thunder Squad, where she changed her name to Black Ivy, but soon escaped their custody to join the Secret Society of Evil.
Powers: The ability to mentally manipulate plants; can absorb nutrients, water, and sun light to regain her strength; can generate toxins and mind-controlling pheromones from her body; can create humanoid plant creatures that she mentally controls.
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Includes the standard blue version and the black XP mod by nevezen. - [link]
Well, the panelbuttons are the same in the blue and black one here. Smooth as they were supposed to be. :p

Metacity themes and start-here.png icons included.

Known issue: When you select the menu with the start-here.png icon you will see the shadows without alpha-transparency. I forgot to add that to the icons. :p

Wallpaper: Small mod of "One a day 2" by colossus72 - [link]

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ANY QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH MY GTK/METACITY THEMES? SEE MY FAQ FIRST! - [link]
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Kupo!?

It's a little bit different.

Preview is photoshopped!!!

Wall: [link]
Font: Futura

Change log

2008.05.24
- Included Kupo Dark.

2008.05.23
- Removed the textshadow in the metacity theme.
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My second Visual style.

1.1 Release includes 3 schemes.
Dark 1 is with glossy scrollbars and caption frames.
Dark 2 is just flat without any glossy things.
slwaal is SlanXP taskbar and WaalVS windows.

Useless fact: "Waal" can be translated to "Become", it became something. :p It's an old word from an old Swedish dialect.

This theme is made to be used as a single taskbar line, at the top or the bottom. It doesn't look good with big taskbar icons.

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Changelog.

1.1 - New scheme with a SlanXP taskbar.
1.0 - Small fixes and a new color scheme.
0.8 - Custom toolbars textcolor fixed.
0.7 - Selected taskbandbutton text color is now white.
0.6 - Just changed the standard font to Tahoma.
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A remastered Rogues Gallery. I've added even more bad guys. Original scenario here:
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A silly scenario that tries to do one thing: stuff as many of the United States' historical enemies (and a few infamous AH bad guys) together on the same world as possible. Inspired a bit by RoyalPsycho's Stopped Short: fav.me/d5kcsqa

The PoD is the United States Constitution not being adopted because of conflicts over slavery. The new United States breaks up soon after that after a war with the British sees New England secede. To add insult to injury, the United States suffers another civil war in the 1840s which sees the slave states secede to form the Confederate States of America (same name, different entity). This slaveocracy adopts Manifest Destiny, but after a disastrous war against Mexico it decides to expand southward instead, building up strength. By the dawn of the 20th century, Central America, most of the Caribbean that isn't British and even Gran Colombia are under Confederate control, with its puppets extending further south to secure much of the South American continent. A depression in the 1920s sees the rise of the Freedom Party, a genocidal totalitarian political party which seeks to eradicate non-whites from the Confederacy's territory.

Meanwhile, in the Old World, Napoleon Bonaparte manages to force a peace on the British after a few more battles goes his way. His Continental System does break down outside of Western Europe, and the Austro-Russian alliance rises to challenge Napoleon's successors. The British shrink back into isolation, content with their global empire and not caring much for the wars slowly tearing Europe apart. By the 1860s, the new Germany arises out of Prussia, leaving out Austria-Hungary. A rather devastating world war, which even brings in the British and Confederates, at the dawn of the 20th century sees the German-Russian-Italian alliance crushed. This has rather nasty effects, seeing the rise of the communist Eurasian People's Republic in Russia and extreme racist totalitarian nationalism in Germany and Italy. The Fatherland Party of Germany seeks to unite the German people under Berlin and to dominate Europe, all the while eradicating what it sees as the problem for Germany: the Jews. It has invaded French-aligned Poland and creates the extermination camp to deal with the country's Jews, a model that will be emulated worldwide. Meanwhile, the newly militarized Japan starts to make claims on China, and a war between the Eurasians and the Japanese sees all of China go red. A failed communist revolution in Britain sees the civilian government thrown out by a group of reactionary military officers calling itself Norsefire.

The twentieth century sees parts of the old Ottoman, British and French empires collapse. One particularly worrying development is the divisions that arose in the Middle East and Africa. Tired of being manipulated, three states arose to become great powers in their own right. In the Middle East, the pro-Eurasian government of Persia was overthrown by students and radical clerics, seeing the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Similarly, Egypt, which had been all but independent for most of the twentieth century, became the home of a form of radical Arab nationalism, partially inspired by Eurasian communism. This movement succeeds in overthrowing the Ottoman authorities in Egypt and spreads throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and even carves out the Republic of Iraq in the Mesopotamian territories of the Ottoman Empire. In Southern Africa, a group of Confederate-supplied white supremacists centered in the former colony of Drakia manages to take control. With the goal of enslaving the entire African continent, the Domination of the Draka has already taken southern Africa up to the former French colony of the Congo, and is challenging the Egyptians for dominance of the continent.

By the 21st century, the world under various jackboots and is at the brink of war. The French have established a revived Cult of the Supreme Being, the Supreme Being seen in the figure of Napoleon Bonaparte and his descendants. The monarchists in Austria and their Norsefire allies in Britain demand constant veneration of their God-given kings. The Germans have refined state and race worship into an art. The Eurasians crush all dissent in the name of the people, and they have started to adopt a form of leader veneration as the French have. The Japanese, too, have turned their Shinto traditions into outright emperor-worship, even though the emperor himself has no power. In Iran, anything deemed unholy or heretical can cost a man his hands, his tongue, or his head. In the Confederacy and the Domination, even having the wrong skin color can get one enslaved or killed. Throughout the world, security cameras are around every streetcorner, microphones in every room, and legions of armed police wait to take down anybody who questions the system. On the international scale, several competing alliance systems exist, and these systems align with one another if it is convenient. The nuclear arsenals of the great powers number in the tens of thousands for each power, and targeting systems are updated monthly, as alliances shift about that often. The great powers fight proxy wars throughout the borders of the empires, sending immense amounts of lead and gold to groups which are willing to pay lip service to their system. It is only a matter of time before this house of cards collapses on itself, and when that day comes, there will only be chaos.
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A scenario based on absurd end of the world predictions my friends and I talked about back in 2012. Credit to Crazed Victorian for the Canadian borders.

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Welcome to the year 2092. The modern world is a product of the crises of the early 21st century. Many believed that 2012 would signal the end of the world, and in many ways they were right. The necrotizing rabies outbreak began in Florida, when a contaminated batch of hard drugs turned people into ravenous, flesh-eating madmen. Although stopped by police and military from completely destroying American society, the outbreak nonetheless horrified people and increasingly turned America into a police state. In addition, the drone rebellion hit the world hard. Accidentally spawned from cyberwarfare between China and the United States, a self-aware virus took control of America's drone fleet and began to wage war against mankind. Fortunately, the physical damage was not too great, as the American drone fleet was much smaller than its conventional forces, but the virus also infected civilian computers worldwide and practically destroyed the first Internet. Then there was the restarting of the Korean War. Instigated by a failed coup against the Kim regime, the North Korean state's collapse and desperate use of a nuclear weapon against South Korea turned the entire world against it. South Korea was damaged heavily during the war, while North Korea was wiped off the map. All of these factors, combined, crashed an already ailing global economy.

The European Union fragmented as the Euro collapsed, the bickering pieces slowly dominated by the Russian behemoth, which became rich through the use of new natural gas discovery techniques. China's economy crashed, and a discontent middle class revolted against a government that could no longer guarantee their comfort. The attempted "Chinese Spring" of 2014 plunged the country into a civil war that killed hundreds of millions, and from the ashes arose the Chinese Empire. Founded by a colonel who believed that Heaven had given him the mandate to rule all of China, the Empire began as a poor, wartorn country that later remolded itself.

The United States government, too, collapsed under the strain of civil war. The government's increasingly autocratic practices angered many Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. Movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street were consumed and replaced by a general anti-government movement, one that sought to get reform "by the ballot or by the bullet." As protests were suppressed, they turned to riots, which later evolved into full revolution. The Second American Civil War would have been a victory for the revolutionaries, had political differences not splintered them and caused revolutionary militias to fight one another more than they did the Federal government. Some of them even joined the Federal government, out of disgust for their old allies. The revolution spread to Canada as well, when the Canadian government made an ill-advised attempt to aid the Federals. While the Federal government triumphed, it did so after the military had arrested the President and Congress on the grounds of abuse of power. Under the name of the Second American Republic, the military and corporate elites who successfully manipulated the factions had unchallenged control over most of the old United States.

India and Pakistan destroyed themselves in nuclear war over Kashmir, turning the former into an impoverished dictatorship and completely destroying the latter as a state. Israel and Iran also got into a war as the United States collapsed, with Iran making the first move; Tehran believed that a decapitation strike would work on Israel, now that the Americans were otherwise occupied. It did not work, and both countries were destroyed in a nuclear conflict.

Out from the ashes, the powers of Brazil, Russia, and South Africa took command of geopolitics. The Brazilian-led South American Union became the South American Federation, and took up the mantle of American leadership from the recovering Second Republic. As northern Africa fell to chaos, South Africa took the opportunity to unite the quickly developing south African nations under its banner, and has presented itself as a bulwark against the chaos to the north. Russia filled the vacuum left by America and China in the Pacific, and expanded its influence in Europe and the Middle East. Megacorporations became powerful in chaotic Europe, North America and East Asia, quickly dominating and fusing with the government. Technology continued to advance, but this time to the exclusive advantage of the world's elites.

By 2092, the world has healed in some ways, but it remains broken in so many other ways. Through neural implants and ubiquitous electronics, everyone is being watched by corporate and government agencies, and the line between the two has all but vanished. The restored Chinese Empire and the Russian Union clash for the last drops of petrol in Central Asia. Ethnic tensions flare up in Europe, as nationalism threatens to plunge the continent into war yet again. Armies of religious fanatics wage their eternal war against one another in the irradiated ruins of South Asia and the Middle East. Corporate armies from North and South America fight to maintain their rule over Africa, the conflict threatening to bring direct war between Brazil and the American Republic.

The wonders and horrors of technology are laid bare for all to see. The Internet has been revived, and Internet access is everywhere, bombarding people with ads and propaganda just so they could communicate. Railguns and lasers orbit the planet, ready to rain death down at a moment's notice. Luna, Mars, near-Earth orbit and the bottom of the ocean are home to nearly half a billion people, all at the mercy of their city-state's leaders. And, deep within the bowels of the archaic computer networks of Earth, the consciousness that failed to destroy mankind decades ago is starting to reawaken....
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This is the last map I had prepared for posting over the summer. A bit convoluted, but given the subject matter it's necessary. Enjoy. :)

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A war between the Western and Eastern Allies is, to many, inevitable. While the two were united against the forces of the Third Reich, it was a situation of the two sharing an enemy. To the Western Allies, the Soviet Union was another totalitarian dictatorship that would happily take all of Europe had it had the chance, and it did invade Poland along with Hitler. To the Soviets, the Western Allies were distrustful and happily let the Third Reich rampage through the East. Furthermore, the disastrous Trinity test, which killed everyone at the test site, convinced American military planners that nuclear weapons were too unstable to be used. Instead, the Allies planned on launching a conventional invasion of the Japanese Home Islands. 


Things escalated quickly after Operation Downfall. Stalin reneged on declaring war against Japan, opting instead to keep troops in Europe in case of a major war. This was seen by some Allied planners, including Winston Churchill, as a nefarious plot to take control of Europe while they were tied up with Japanese resistance. Thus, the Allied troops in Europe were ordered to stay in high alert, in case of a surprise Soviet offensive. The Soviets responded in kind. This kept tensions high, when the powder keg was lit during the Berlin. 

In November of 1945, as Allied troops were still hunting down Japanese fanatics in the mountains, the Soviets had refused to allow the Allies into Berlin. The Allies attempted to supply them via air, to which the Soviets responded with warning shots. It's not entirely clear whether or not the Soviets intentionally shot down an Allied transport craft or not, but this was responded to with fire by the transport's escorts. Soon, all of Berlin was engulfed in a firefight between Soviet and Allied troops. With both sides on high alert, fighting spread before a political arrangement could be reached. Churchill, Truman and Stalin had all believed that this day was inevitable, and thus ordered their countries to go to war.

The initial stages of the war heavily favored the Soviets. Allied troops were pushed back to the Pyrenees, upon which the Allies made a quick agreement with the Franco dictatorship to preserve his regime if he joined the war effort and opened his country up to Allied troops. Fearing Soviet invasion, Franco agreed. Meanwhile, Great Britain once again became a great staging ground for another amphibious invasion of the European continent, planned for Calais. The European continent itself was riven with partisan conflict and civil war, some conflicts involving up to five different sides fighting for pro-Allied and pro-Soviet causes, with some independent and even pro-Axis movements thrown into the mix. In the East, the Soviets launched an offensive into Manchuria and Korea, bringing the shaky Republic of China into the war. At the homefront on both sides, war weariness gave way to outrage at the "betrayal" their ally against the Axis committed, and both Allied and Soviet leaders had no trouble in calling for the imposition of a new world order to prevent another conflict from happening again. 

By 1947, the bombing runs were taking their toll, as the Allies enjoyed total air superiority over their Soviet foes. The landing at Calais was a success, although not as successful as the Normandy invasion. Furthermore, the Soviets experienced difficulty in subduing southern Europe, where the Soviets learned about the danger of partisans as their German predecessors had, and they also blundered in Finland. But the true turning point was the discovery of various Trinity documents that revealed something drastic: the scientists had made a miscalculation in the bomb's construction. The Little Boy and Fat Man bombs, which had already been produced, should work without destroying the bombing craft. And at any rate, averting a Soviet-dominated Eurasia was worth a single bomber crew. At the news, atomic bomb production was put into overdrive. 

The Little Boy was dropped on the city of Hamburg, which was serving as a major staging ground for the Red Army. Nearly eighty thousand Soviet soldiers perished during the bombing, along with about a hundred thousand civilians. Stalin was horrified at such a weapon, but the Allies demanded unconditional surrender. He would fight on. The decision proved to be disastrous: the Allies began to strike the Soviet Union proper. Sevastopol was hit with a nuclear bomb, and in February of 1948, Vladivostok was destroyed. In March of 1948, Minsk was hit, which broke the back of the Soviet forces attempting to defend their country against the Allied invasion. Stalin himself began to lose the confidence of his inner circle, who believed that if they did not surrender, they would meet the same fate as Hitler. Stalin would have none of it, and threatened his inner circle with another purge. This was the final straw, and a group of conspirators successfully killed Stalin in May of 1948. However, the conspirators were caught after the act, and a small civil war was sparked within the Soviet Union itself. This was ultimately stopped by Zhukov, who ordered the Red Army into Moscow to take control and, most importantly, surrender to the Allies. 

The Allies agreed that a new, united, democratic world order was necessary to save the world from the dual threats of totalitarianism and world war. It was under these principles that the United Nations was founded, and after the Soviet Union's "betrayal," it was proved to be more necessary than ever. The UN today isn't the global superstate envisioned by its more idealistic founders, but it is a powerful global force, with a sizable detachment of Peacekeepers that have the authority to depose governments that are deemed to be threats to world peace. The UN even has zones which it administers directly, mostly carved out from the defeated Axis and Soviet powers. The European Community and the Pacific Community are two international organizations that share currencies, have free travel between members and share some regulations, in an attempt to keep these regions from going to war by banding them together. 

The UN is technically led by the Big Four of the US, UK, France and China, but everybody knows that the US is the first among them. The United States sees itself as a global policeman, and thus has troops and bases all over the world. Internally, the United States is the most conservative of the Big Four, save China, with society being one of silent consensus much as it was during the post-war era. 

The United States' European allies are just as committed to the cause of peace. Although much poorer due to having borne the brunt of World War II, the European Allies are no slouches in the military intervention department. Britain and France are democracies that a bit more left-wing than the United States, but are ultimately "radical" in their moderation: both overly right-wing and overly left-wing politics are seen as too close to Nazism and communism, respectively. Just ignore the fact that ex-fascists tended to run the show in Italy and the German remnants in the post-war era. The Intermarum, on the other hand, is very conservative and Catholic, seeing itself as a liberated nation continuing the legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Intermarum is very committed to keeping the Germans and the Russians down, although they hate the Russians far more for historical reasons. 

The Russian Republic is a corrupt democracy forged from the post-war Allied occupation of the Soviet Union. The Allies attempted to purge all elements of Soviet rule from the new Republic, and thus staffed the Republic's government with political prisoners. What the Allies did not understand is that many of these political criminals were also criminals in a very conventional sense, which quickly corrupted the Republic. However, Russia knows that it cannot challenge the UN, and so it keeps its military to within the levels permitted to it by the UN and abides by all of the UN's directives. After all, the politicians cannot loot a dead nation. 

But the American-led UN consensus is not strictly obeyed. In the East, China has broken off and taken its own path. Although still a member of the UN, China merely uses it as a forum for keeping the UN out of its affairs. China remains a dictatorship under the KMT, but its vibrant economy and major trade with the West overshadows any possible internal dissent. Because of the world's aversion to war, the UN is content to let the Chinese be, and the Chinese are disinterested in hitting the American hornet's nest. China does have an international network of "independent" states, chief among which is the Union of Arab Republics. Founded on the principles of Arab nationalism, the UAR sees the UN as a Western imperialist plot, but the strongmen that have led the UAR have always seen the value in oil revenue. Thus, they work to keep the Middle East stable. 

The world is a peaceful place, but not a pacifist one. There are still many armed conflicts around the world, but until they reach a level where the UN feels compelled to intervene, they are allowed to continue on. There are those that wish to overthrow the current world order, but they rarely have followings larger than a few thousand people. Nobody is fearful of nuclear war, as both the UN powers and China realize that it would be a disaster, noting the minor climate change that occurred at the end of the Second World War. This leaves some people wondering what a third world war would look like, but apart from novel writers and online posters, nobody really cares.
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Following the ratification of the United Earth Constitution the various states, provinces, etc of the Earth were mandated to redraw their borders to comply with the minimum population requirements necessary for statehood, effectively dissolving most of the Earth's historic regions and eliminating what remained of national boundaries. In North America this happened surprisingly quickly, as many former US States promptly established themselves as some of the first States within the United Earth. Many speculate this is largely due to the internal divisions within most North American regions.
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The great rebellion of Aztlan seemed to be coming to an end by December 2134. The rebel capital was forced to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona after the Union victory at Denver. Utah, an autonomous state in Aztlan, went so far as to sue for a separate peace on May 11; with victories in Texas and California, Aztlan’s few remaining forces were left to prepare Phoenix for siege. As Union forces prepared to surround and capture Phoenix, and perceiving a Union victory as an external threat to Mexican sovereignty, Mexican president Edwin Jaso issued an ultimatum to the US: turn back now or face a larger war. Many northern Mexicans supported Aztlan’s bid for independence, and under the dual citizenship program, the Aztlan rebels were technically Mexican citizens. The US ignored Jaso's ultimatum, and upon entering the outskirts of Phoenix, on December 9, 2132 Mexico detonated its nuclear arsenal along the DMZ to clear a path to invade the American Southwest, killing 10,000 US military personnel during the attack, and destroying the majority of American tactical nuclear weapons. Upon reaching Phoenix, Mexican forces were met with cheers from many citizens and silent awe from those unsure of what this war now means. Bombardment from the Mexican Orbitals, and advanced ground based defense systems severely reduced the American ability to respond, leaving fighting primarily on land and at sea. With US allies and worldwide forces engaging Mexican client states in Eurasia and Africa, few reinforcements could be recalled to defend the homeland, and by the end of 2135 Mexico had advanced as far north as southern Oregon, Idaho, and Colorado.

After pushing US forces as far back as Denver, and destroying the US Naval blockades whilst creating their own around New Orleans and Ecuador, President Jaso arrived in Santa Fe on November 19, 2135, declaring the rebel American states to be Mexican territory and committed to secure the territory lost to the US in the First Mexican American War, almost three centuries ago. Many Mexican-Americans that had supported the Atzlan rebellion were opposed to outright annexation, and formed independent resistance groups, while previously neutral citizens sided with the Union. With Mexico poised for critical victories on the homefront, and US forces tied down abroad, on November 25, 2135, President Lionel Halvidar lifted the self-imposed ban on using bombardment weapons on US territory and began striking Mexican held assets in the South West. Orbital bombardments by Mexico and the US were constantly being interrupted by both sides’ space forces, leaving the fighting on Earth largely to terrestrial forces, but the American bombardment campaign had finally stalled Mexico’s advance.

With their allies advanced stalled in Ecuador after American reinforcements arrived from Machupe and Australia, Mexico began to seek an ally to limit the ability of the US to move forces even further. In a secret meeting in Athens on January 9, 2136, Mexico and Poland agreed to ally against the US, with Mexico guaranteeing Polish dominance over Northern Europe, and Poland agreeing to engage the US directly to limit any movement of potential American forces to reinforce the homeland. On January 25, 2136 Poland entered the war with Mexico pulling the US into a protracted war across the planet. Mexico had also succeeded in a blocade and limited invasion of the Moon, depriving the American war machine of its most immediate source of Helium-3. The blockade, and subsequent invasion of key Lunar assets, were resisted by the US Lunar Guard and local Space Force personnel, but with the majority of US Space Forces committed to Earth Orbit, Luna's forces were only able to limit Mexico's access to Helium-3 supplies and shipyards, rather than retaking them for the US. US forces in the Americas were now left with no hope of reinforcements from abroad and were operating under power rationing, leaving US-Allied forces to operate under Fabian tactics to do little more than slow Mexico’s advance.

As Mexico secured its gains in the Southwest and left American forces stretched thin across the planet supporting their allies, President Halvidar initiated a bold strategy. Just after assuming office and granting statehood to many colonial territories, President Halvidar used his executive powers to seize a fleet of incomplete ships, built by the colonies during the Second Martian Revolution, as vessels of the US Space Force. On August 11th, 2136, Halvidar nationalized the Planetary Guards of the colonies and called them to defend the Homeland in what would become Operation Stardust. The colonies used this secretly constructed fleet to speed toward the Earth to relieve US terrestrial forces. The ships were outfitted in what was the latest in military hardware, including next generation Space Force armor that were capable of re-entry and orbital flight. Mexico detected the fleet on August 24th, and on August 27th the first wave of colonial forces would reach Earth. Hoping to end the war before the American colonials arrived, Mexico launched a daring attack of its own on the US capitol of Washington D.C., detonating a nuclear flare above the city and invading from orbit on August 26th. With the remaining domestic naval detachments engaged with Mexico in the Gulf, and Army forces fighting to hold onto territory in the Rockies, the capital was largely undefended. Mexico deployed a force of 20,000 from their Orbitals, in a battle against 5,000 US reservists that would ultimately be a turning point in the war.

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Climate Change started the Third World War. Perhaps that's a gross oversimplification, but its the popular consensus of those who lived through that age. The world had just gotten used to the new coastlines with the loss of the South Greenland Ice Sheet, but in 2039 to 2041 the already tense geopolitical conditions were through into overdrive with the loss of Antarctica's coast-lying ice sheets, driving sea levels up to just under 30 meters above Pre-Anthropocene levels. All but a handful of the Earth's greatest cities were lost beneath the waves, and only the hearts of once great megalopolises survived. Billions of people were displaced, driving border protection policies by some countries while others aggressively tried to take advantage of potential additions to the workforce. Some of these people desperately tried to flee for the new off-Earth colonies, but Mars quickly reached pre-terraforming capacity, while the outer planets could barely handle a few million more citizens. Most were left on Earth to flee where they could. The most dramatic instances of this second wave of refugees/immigration to the developed world were seen in the low-lying countries that had already contributed substantially to the immigration boom in coastal Russia and North America. The newcomer was the former United Kingdom; with the storm of 2043, London and many major British cities were left underwater, with little hope of reversing the damage. With Australia's drought leaving the land virtually uninhabitable, and few other options available to them, a great British migration to the Americas occurred in late 2043 thorough much of the decade. With the Atlantic seaboard flooded, most settled in the American heartland like many refugees had for the the last decade. Those that did not settle in the United States made it to Newfoundland, and the newly independent first nations in the Arctic Circle to capitalize on the demand for skilled labor in the petroleum industry. Newfoundland went so far as to achieve independence from Canada proper in 2048, taking advantage of geographic isolation via Quebec. What remained of the United Kingdom quickly fractured. Scotland formalized its independence in 2044, Ireland reunified after the British military pulled out of Ulster to secure the British mainland, but to secure Britain itself the United States positioned 10,000 military and humanitarian operators in the former UK. By 2045 the British Parliament dissolved the monarchy to take direct control of its remaining lands to secure population interests, and the Republic of Britain became little more than an American protectorate. On the mainland Germany and France found themselves in a similar position with the Dutch and Belgians who had lost the majority of their nations to the Sea, and formally annexed these territories in 2049.

In the Pacific, facing a demographic disaster from an aging population and the loss of Tokyo to the Sea despite an immense government effort to construct a robust sea wall network, Japan began more aggressive campaigns into Pacific Russia, China and South East Asia to secure territory for its displaced population, which flooded by the millions into the Pacific Russian territories and Manchuria. Securing their economic and social claims meant a Naval buildup that conflicted directly with US naval interests, and despite formally cordial relations, the Japanese invested heavily into the construction of satellite tracking and ship destroying missile bases in the South Pacific. By middle of the 2040s Japan stood as America's chief rival in Earth Orbit and on the Moon, stationing civilian and military facilities at in Earth Orbit the Lagrange points and on the far side of the moon (though in this area they American presence will still dwarf that of Japan.) Turkey, facing much less loss of territory to the Sea, but rather a need for arable land from a dryer equator formalized its presence in the Caucasus with annexation, and a more aggressive presence in Southern Russia and the Ukraine to secure the Don and Volga grain belt. War along the Turkish axis defined the late 30s and much of the 40s as Turkey faced resistance groups to its power and conventional conflicts to secure its interests, culminating in the the Friday Revolution in Egypt, where Turkey deployed peacekeepers to secure regional interests following the flooding of Cairo, and effectively took control of the Suez Straight. With a position in Egypt, Turkey pushed its sphere west into North Africa, becoming the decisive power in Western Eurasia. Israel, already on friendly terms with the Turks and seeking an accommodation with the growing power, and Turkey not wanting to  enter into a conflict with the small, but powerful enclave, entered into a mutual non-aggression pact in 2040. Control of the Suez Straight meant control over Arabia, despite endless conflict with Arab insurgents, and presented itself as a major threat to Iranian interests. As the dominant power over the oil and Natural Gas of Southern Russia to the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey found itself as a natural Ally of the Japanese, and established a formal Alliance in 2043, the Eurasian Trade and Security Coalition. While Formal alliances of this type were unusual in this age, the necessity of the global climate and refugee crisis drove these two powers to formalize their interests to secure mutual interests against the rising tide and against American interests. This event forced the United States to realize the new reality in Eurasia, as Turkey and Japan posed a credible risk to uniting the continent under a single power (though not a single state). With an economic depression in the Arab region, Turkey positioned itself as a neo-Islamist power, gathering support from pan-Turkics and Islamic fundamentalists. Facing mutual threats on two fronts, the United States increased support to India and China dramatically, going so far as to support Chinese nationalists over American and Taiwanese puppet regimes in Southern China for the sake of regional cohesion. By 2045, Poland, supported in the US effort to counter the Turks, brought Slovenia and Croatia into the Visegrad Group, despite a limited Turkish Presence in Former Bosnia. The Eurozone watched this developing crisis intensely, playing a game of wait and see, but finding itself on increasingly more amicable terms with the Turks, not wanting to see a United power on their Eastern Border again, and Germany once again made into a battlefield. At this juncture Germany began to a quiet effort to aid the Turks in every way short of war with Poland, by imposing greater influence on Danish and Croatian business interests to prevent Polish access to the Atlantic and therefore the United States.

The Americans pursued an extremely effective policy of containment against this new Coalition, arming the Poles, Chinese, Indians, and Koreans against the Turks and the Japanese, a policy that in turn drove the Japanese and Turks to increase their military readiness, and so on, driving the planet to war. With a halt in American trade of high tech goods to prevent any technology transfer, Japan and Turkey were left believing a full blockade could be next. With America supporting nationalists efforts in Arabia, Egypt, Russia, and the Ukraine, the Turks were convinced that war would be the next inevitable act by the Americans to cripple them. As such, war plans by the Turks and Japanese began to take shape. 

The key American military threat no longer lied at Sea, but in Space. Since the Space Boom began in the late 2010s the United States had been quietly increasing its military presence in Earth Orbit and on the Moon, protective of valuable energy, mining, and manufacturing operations on Near Earth Asteroids and the lunar surface. During the 2030s the United States reached out to several contractors it had worked with on the commercial mining of lunar Helium-3 to develop increased infrastructure for commercial and eventually military ventures. Gradually the US abandoned the costly and ineffective policy of deploying overburdened infantrymen and petroleum burning vehicles to far corners of the planet to exert its power, to a system of rapid response, force projection technologies that could operate from mobile sea-based platforms and from US Soil directly. These systems still required a global command system, however and to that end the US began the construction of an extensive network of command and control satellites, all managed by three geostationary positioned Orbital Command Stations. Built in secret at the Tycho Shipyards on the moon, the Orbital Command Stations networked with unmanned spy satellites, refueling and repair facilities and orbital bombardment stations. No longer relying on vulnerable land based command centers, the United States could project its power with minimum effort and superb accuracy. Primary command and control moved to the Orbital Command Stations to limit the number of failure points, with space based systems seeming invulnerable to smaller powers. OCS Eisenhower was stationed over Uganda, OCS Kennedy over Papua New Guinea, and the main command station, OCS Reagan was stationed over Ecuador. These stations constituted the primary threat to the Turks and Japanese. Commanding fleets of hypersonic unmanned aircraft and coordinating Naval support around the planet, the Orbital Command Stations could impose devastating blockades on the Turks and Japanese. By 2050 war plans were well underway, and Japan new that to secure its regional interests it had to destroy the American command structure in space, and prevent any future launches by capturing the American manufacturing and military installations on the Moon. As the Japanese prepare for their attack, the Turks stage a crisis in the Balkans, pushing the Poles to the absolute edge of war, even allowing facilities in the Caucasus to be attacked by Polish drones. While the Geneva peace conference is being mediated by the Americans, Japan prepares to strike, hoping the Americans would rather accept a world with three great empires than risk its own empire in another World War.
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to me, that says it all. this is why i support the libertarian party.
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"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson

edit:
after giving this design more thought i've decided to change the message below the snake to something more modern and direct.
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It's true. They did...
I mean, the British put a tax on their favorite drink and they flipped out. Our government is sticking their hands down our pants at the airports, the feds are spying on people without warrants and congress is getting away with insider trading. But as long as we can watch our football games, eat our mcdonalds and play our fucking xbox we'll set idly by and keep quite. Really? Our founders would be so ashamed of us...

and as always, my political work is free to use.
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I’m doing some concept work on this video game project.

Wanna help get it made?

The DeadCoats are Coming

In Halloween, 2011 Neo-Pangea hatched the idea to create the world’s first Flash First Person Shooter, and they called it - DeadCoats. Built as an experiment in under three weeks, it was unleashed to the world. The game instantly received rave reviews and legions of fans demanded more, and it’s not hard to see why.Who wouldn’t want to relive the great American Revolution as founding-father Ben Franklin with a lightning-powered musket, zapping the heads off of DeadCoat zombies?

Now the Neo Pangea crew is trying to take it to the next level,and they’d like your help.

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Donate if you can.

Spread the word.

Do it for America.
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a lil piece I did for my friends online Flash game

play it here:

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..on a Batman kick...
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When Conventional Warfare Fails...

I saw this image in my dreams and i just had to bring it to life.

The Blonde guy in the Middle was supposed to be Ryan Gosling, i tried to draw him but its really hard.
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Is there any air in Vacuum? then how come the candle is burning?
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Im a huge fan of games that depicts Modern War.

So in this drawing i put the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar in a War Setting.
The soldiers and vehicles you see here are used in Mongolian Armed Forces.
The white bridge in the background is the Bridge of Peace (Enkhtaivanii Guur).

Mongolian Armed Forces send their men all over the world as part of the UN peace keeping operations.

Mongol Uls Mandan Badrag
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Hokay, this map is for FieldMarshallPatton’s [link] “Post-Apocalyptic Axis Victory World”, which is inspired by Kornbluth’s “Two Dooms”, the Anime So Ra No Wo To, and one of my maps. It’s a somewhat ASB setup in which Germany and Japan win WWII thanks to an ultra-isolationist US, and win WWIII with a German nuclear first strike in the 1960s, only for Germany to turn on their allies and nuke them in 2033 ( in a serious display of overkill, but might as well get rid of the Chinese too while we’re at it, no?). Global warming, resource depletion, and massive corruption at the center led to crisis by the late 21st century, and finally in 2087 an SS revolt with nukes on plunged the Nazi empire into chaos, and a world-wide breakdown of the economy, government, trade, etc. took place. The Chaos Years, an era of civil wars, famines, wacky religions, socialistic dictatorships, mass population movements, and other fun stuff followed. A peace of exhaustion eventually ensued, a dark age with global communications and interchange almost extinct. Technology stagnated, and progress long came to a standstill.

Only now, a couple centuries later, have things returned to something resembling a global economy. South America and South Africa, areas largely left out of the Nazi civil war, are the most developed parts of the globe. Scandinavia is almost as developed: Europe and North America more backwards, the rest of the world a mess. Sea levels have risen sharply (there is little left of the Netherlands) and global warming related desertification has battered much of the globe, especially the Middle East. World population is a bit over a billion. Siberia between the Urals and the formerly Japanese Far East was formerly a Slavic “reservation”, backwards and brutalized: largely untouched by the wars (it was hardly worth wasting missiles on) it has begged, borrowed or stolen the technology needed to modernize and now plans revenge on its former tormentors.

The New Confederacy (one of the states into which the Nazis broke up the defeated US) is no more: having attempted to make it through the Chaos years on the backs of their black population (after paring them down to a more manageable number) the local whites were quite surprised that the sneaky negroes had been preparing for some sort of showdown for decades (they knew damn well what had happened to the American Jews).
India passed out of British hands only to end up in German and Japanese ones, and brutal they were: Indian “independence” arrived amid civil war and famine and the general collapse of the chaos years, and with no functional Party of Independence (aside from a bunch of angry guys plotting in cellars) collapsed into a multitude of states, currently 16 not including former Nepal and Afganistan (the former high was over 30). Several groups want reunification, but the democrats of Maharastah, the Naziesque Hindu nationalists, the socialistic regimes, the Sikhs, and that one weird state of Kali cultists can’t really agree on terms (and that’s not counting the Muslim states). With the Monsoon having become unreliable, some parts of India have become depopulated, while others still suffer from severe droughts and famine (Maharastah’s “we could feed ourselves if we all worked together” message is so far ignored).

The west coast of North America is…different. The Nazis killed most of the population of east Asia (and killed a couple hundred million more world-wide due to nuclear winter crop failures), but over two centuries there has been some recovery, although their separation from the wider world by the more radioactive coastlines has hampered the development of the warlord states of the interior. Japanese America (where the Japanese had settled a lot of their Asian subjects to divide the population, encourage whites to move east, and strengthen their hold) was hit more lightly, as not to irradiate their North American puppets too badly. A rising by the non-Japanese majority forced the Japanese to retreat to whatever enclaves they could fight to with whatever minorities still retained some loyalty. The Happy Shiny Multiracial state of Pacifica, alas, didn’t last: the Germans refused to trade with such a “mongrel” people, the three US descendants and Canada plotted to swallow them, and the west coast whites automatically assumed that with the Japanese mostly gone, they got to be in charge again…and then there came the Collapse. Nowadays, Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics run the fragmented “helot” states (as white fascistic [1] nations contemptuously call them) and WASPs had best be married to someone of color or be gone. (Indeed, an inland white “rump California” is currently a Japanese Golden Mountain ally). The “helot” states are also one of the very few places on earth where it is safe to be an acknowledged Jew.

The Third Reich has broken into three major pieces, but people speak of the “two Germanies”: the hellhole of former European Russia is considered Warlord territory by most countries (partly due to German pressure: neither German state wants the eastern states to gain recognition that could interfere with their eventual reincorporation into a reunited Reich).

The Pope currently lives in Mantua (Rome having been vaporized by a Japanese multi-mega-tonner in a lucky shot), under the protection of that rather grotesque and baroque German-Italian hybrid, the new Holy Roman Empire.
A lot of people have emigrated from the areas hit by warming: there are a lot of Muslims in South America, as many proportionally as in OTL 2012 France (and there are of course some right-wing pundits warning of an impending Caliphate. :) ) There are a lot Indians in South Africa, where along with other Asians they form an intermediate caste between the whites and blacks. (There are also rather more whites, proportionally: beside the birth control chemicals in the African’s drinking waters, relatively untouched South Africa welcomed a _lot_ of immigrants from the North during the chaos years.)

The South Americans and South Africans are quite influential in Europe: indeed, Spain and Portugal (what’s left of them) are respectively Argentine and Brazilian puppets, and Ireland is quite close to Argentina if not quite an official ally. Both the Frances and the Germanys are to some extent in South Americas pocket economically speaking, and there is considerable popular resentment over this fact.

Scandinavia is expanding into the wilds of northern Russia: they are beginning to get a bit nervous re the Holy Slavs, which have started a serious thrust into the territories of their nearest “German Warlord” state after some careful initial nibbling to make sure the German regimes would not react too hastily (the German states have most of the world’s remaining nuclear warheads, but nobody is sure if any of them still work after all this time: it’s not like they’ve used one in a long while. What they do have which _does_ work unpleasantly is a lot of radioactive waste with long lives that can be dumped from zeppelins onto cities: also, a large arsenal of chemical weapons and a crapload of anthrax spores.)

Perhaps the world’s oddest state is the state of Helvetia, in the Alps. After the destruction of Japan and the conquest of Australia and New Zealand, there were still some millions of Japanese to dispose of, and the west coast of North America was descending into chaos (not that they cared what happened to the Japanese, but it might put German ships at risk). Some were sent to South Africa or South America or settled in parts of German Africa where it was almost impossible to recruit German settlers to go save by force: but in a moment of dictator whimsy, Fuhrer Rennicke, a lover of oriental kitsch, settled quite a few in rump French-speaking Switzerland and the German Alps, visions of quaint Japan-towns dancing in his head. And then the waters of the Collapse close over the scene…

…and when they retreat, a very odd new “Switzerland” has emerged, the Helvetian Confederation, consisting of French Cantons, German cantons rather unwilling to join either German state or the HRE, and cantons where a weird fusion culture dominates, people who speak a Japanese heavily larded with German and French, follow the Shinto faith but cheerfully attend mass with Catholic neighbors, and whose currency, the Helvetian Yen, has become the dominant currency of the new Confederation. (The new Confederation, although its form of government is essentially a republic, also has a hereditary Archduke whose grandfather they dug up from somewhere, along with his supposed noble genealogy. Some of the founders decided that having a noble family would be useful in diplomatic dealings with states like the HRE). With clever tactics, the use of their mountains, and salvaged and repurposed old German technology from before the Collapse, they have so far held their own against efforts by the Holy Romans to expand into their territory.

The world’s technology is…odd. Much old knowledge is maintained, but the infrastructure and international scientific community to build certain technologies does not exist. Brazil has a sophisticated biofuels industry, but no computers beyond some hulking vacuum-tube monsters. Plenty is still known about nuclear technology, but no nation currently has the depth of technological skill to build and run a nuclear power plant (the last of which ceased to function a century and more back. Many melted down, with varying levels of damage and often little reaction: in the post-chaos dark age, most people were willing to accent very high rates of cancer to hold onto, for instance, good farmland). The oil is long run out, and power comes from wind, biofuels, solar power of the old-fashioned sort (big mirrors and boilers for turbines), hydro power, and coal (the effects of burning which are well known, but what are you gonna do? At least with the much reduced population, not too much is being burned).

Shipping is by sail mixed with steam (coal or biofuels), transport by rail: civilian automobiles are steam or electric, and are a luxury or military only item outside the richest nations. Building heavier-than-air craft, with their fuel demands and challenging engineering, is largely a lost art, although the Chileans are fiddling with some designs: zeppelins and blimps are still around. Telephone and radio are also a luxury item in most countries. On the other hand, there is a lot of leftover tech from before the Collapse – and unlike nuclear warheads, some of it still works. There are a lot of still functional battle machines, although some must be rebuilt so they can be propelled by steam or biofuels rather than by petrol. And then there are old computers with still functional databases, if one can power them up: bioweapons, still deadly bacterial spores: combat robots: and waiting, buried in the Antarctic Ice, what was never used, for the last German Fuhrer, in perhaps the one decent action of a life of gratified appetites, refused to use to take the world down with him…


[1] Most of white nations, that is
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OK, the exciting conclusion!

Nobody knows how exactly the warhead made its way from China to the hands of the Iraqi resistance. Rumors that it had been transported by a US nuclear submarine that had somehow remained on the loose for over fifteen years were later dismissed by the Soviets as paranoid fantasy. [1] However, it is known that it made its way to Moscow as part of a consignment of supposedly illegal drugs destined for high (and frequently “high”) Politburo members, with plentiful bribes and authentic-looking documentation on hand and cushioned in bags of the finest Afghan opium. Negotiations for the transfer of said narcotics were actually under way in downtown Moscow that afternoon of September, 2003, when the warhead went off, taking out a sizeable chunk of the city including the Kremlin and most of the Soviet leadership, the Politburo being in full session at the time. Central authority temporarily collapsed, and rebellion broke out all over Eastern Europe.

(The world did not burn in nuclear fire, since - unlike a couple decades earlier - there was no immediately obvious suspect, and soviet nuclear arsenals were not on hair-trigger alert. Still, the first few hours were pretty white-knuckle-ish)

Turmoil also broke out in the USSR proper, as several different people claimed that they represented the proper line of succession, and nationalist revolt broke out in the Baltic States, Iraq, Kurdistan and the Trans-Caucuses. (The careful and corrupt leadership of the Central Asian states carefully stayed immobile, as did the Mongolians – unpleasant neighbors, you know). There was still no recognized government some weeks later when radiological scientists reported that judging from the fallout product, the weapon was most likely of Chinese origin: this did not prevent Mendeleev’s Leningrad regime from making use of the missile bases under its control to blow up several of China’s remaining cities, in spite of loud protestations by the government that it must have come from the Maoist Fundamentalist faction (still holding on in Qinghai and Sichuan). Pro-Soviet puppet regimes in America and Eastern Europe collapsed like a house of cards in most cases, although the hard man the Soviets had given the nod to replace Ceausescu managed to stay in power for a while through savage measures.

The Leningrad regime did not long survive, nor did the Kiev faction: by early 2004 an army-KGB alliance had taken control of the big cities and set about a flurry of purges. The absence of the head of the KGB at the time of the disaster has led to a great deal of paranoid theorizing, but Chairman Putin has always been a survivor.

The highly centralized economy pretty much collapsed with the destruction of the Moscow “head”, and only food aid from the European Community prevented large-scale famine as distribution systems fell into disarray (ugly rumors remain about deliberate starvation policies directed at rebelling Georgians and Azeris). Restoring the economy to some sort of functioning level took nearly two years, and large parts of the Soviet Empire were forced to work on an improvised barter system for lengthy periods. In the end, the pragmatic new leadership decided that a policy of “nuke the US and Eastern Europe until they let us occupy them again” would be more trouble than it was worth, especially since it gave them no incentive to avoid doing something like 9/7/03 again…

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STILL NUMBER ONE

In 2012, the Soviet Union is still the dominant global power, but by necessity has been forced to diminish the scope of its planetary empire. It still has a wide constellation of allies, but a lot of them are principally Soviet aid black holes, and after fourteen years of economic reforms (with a two year time out for emergency measures) the Soviet economy is looking capitalist enough that it feels a bit silly to be supporting such determinedly old-fashioned Stalinists as the Koreans and the Indonesians. The increased dissonance between ideology and practice threatens to undermine social stability, and the government has been working hard to promote a “Soviet nationalism” to combat the attractions of local ethnicity. The government is presently located in Leningrad: supposedly it will return to Moscow when the rebuilding is done and the fallout dies back a bit more.

The economy is finally growing at a clip better than anything seen since the early 70s, in spite of the fact that the Europeans are no longer importing any gas or oil to speak of: Soviet industrial combines increasingly work like international corporations, seeking market share abroad (and quite often essentially control the economies of many Soviet allies, which is an increasing cause of resentment in Africa and Latin America). Government censorship has been relaxed, allowing for a bit of a cultural and entertainment efflorescence, but anything that looks like separatism or rebellion is brutally repressed.

Although Soviet global dominance is less open than it used to be, and weak nations no longer feel the need to loudly trumpet their socialist credentials, there are very definite limits: with the exception of the EC and India (which have few anyway) nobody is allowed to have nuclear weapons. The government has made it quite clear that any nuke-building will immediately be followed by a visit from Comrade Missile, and perhaps as an example, the Soviets are in the habit of ever now and then lobbing (non-nuclear, but quite ouchie) missiles at any suspicious Chinese structures the spy satellites spot. Space programs other than the EC’s are forbidden (satellite launch capacity = ICBM capacity) except in “partnership” with the USSR, which essentially means you pony up the money and a satellite and they launch it for you.

China remains a Problem. After the government got back on its feet, there was an effort to overthrow the Chinese government in retaliation for the bombing (which the Chinese still insisted they had nothing to do with) but after a limited penetration into what turned out to be a pretty nasty wasp’s nest the Soviets established a new depopulated border zone and stood pat: there was talk of nuking China into oblivion, but besides looking bad in front of the Joneses by this point Chinese population and industry was so dispersed (and often underground) that bombing them back to the stone age would require so many bombs as to radioactively poison half the USSR and possibly bring on a nuclear winter (Soviet scientists had studies Sagan’s work with interest). So essentially China was let be, and used for occasional target practice. Contact with the outside world is limited, but from what is known the Chinese state is an insanely regulated totalitarianism designed for survival at all costs, and with an army comprising perhaps ten percent of the entire population.

Japan, where a more “pragmatic” political coalition replaced (with much Soviet prodding) the “enthusiasts” of the early post-US years, has mutated into an odd blend of state as corporation and Socialist dictatorship, with lots of patriotic singing and marching and everything planned by computer to maximize productivity (and robots). What somewhat worries the Soviets is that the Japanese system seems genuinely competitive – the economy is now growing rather faster than the USSR. Of course, it’s possible they are just faking the numbers.

The Middle East is pretty much a wash for the Soviets, although they have retained much of their oil muscle with harsh measures. Afghanistan is actually fairly quiet nowadays, and has slowly made it out of the Middle Ages into the bright lights of, say, 1930s Turkey. Speaking of which, although the Soviet Union has not used force to restore a pro-USSR government in Turkey, the Straits are still under Soviet control.

EUROPES
The European Community is now 100% powered by local coal, solar and nuclear power (in spite of that unfortunate little incident in Italy). Cars are all electric. It’s poorer than our Europe, but quite egalitarian, and somewhat smug about how civilized they are compared to the thuggish Soviets or the revanchist, perpetually pissed Americans. This to some extent covers a deep, nagging feeling of insecurity and a sense of shame at having survived by carefully kissing up to their neighbor to the east for years. Now there is little chance of the Red Army storming west, but a certain cringe remains. Many Europeans bombastically call for a New Europe, a Europe that Can Say No, a Europe capable of standing up to Leningrad. Other Europeans ponder the limited number of European nukes capable of hitting the USSR and the still huge Soviet arsenal and shudder and shake their heads in disbelief at the idiot. Economic ties with North America and Eastern Europe continue to grow.

The UK, always more geographically protected from Soviet non-nuclear forces, has taken a sharp turn to the right, and Margaret Thatcher has been “rehabilitated” to the point of getting a statue in Parliament. [2] Germany was officially united at last in 2006, after the EC (Germany most of all) paid some truly massive bribes (“recovery aid”) to the USSR (it had “informally” been united shortly after the nuking of Moscow, when the East German government collapsed like a bad soufflé).

However, the Soviets have nixed any expansion of the EC further east, so although the former Warsaw pact nations are now trading vigorously with the west (and sending loads of immigrants thataway) they remain politically nonaligned. Under Polish leadership they have formed an alliance of their own, the Prague Pact, including governments varying from the quite democratic Czecho-Slovak Union to the Greek Junta. Of the former enlarged Warsaw Pact nations Yugoslavia is an exception: the USSR having supported its challenge to Croatia re Bosnian borders when Poland, etc. would not, the Serbs have rediscovered their love for their fellow Orthodox Slavs.

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD
The non-Soviet East European troops mostly joined the rebels or deserted when the news from home came in, and those from east of Poland mostly withdrew to their bases. The situation had not improved from 1997: although many Americans were willing to go along with the notion of trading national unity for normal economic and political conditions, such views were poorly represented among the actual rebels, which flocked to the new “Heartland Republic” in hopes of spoiling the new initiative. In spite of optimistic reports by local officials (“if we fight them in the Heartland, we won’t have to fight them in California”), the movement of large numbers of troops from elsewhere led to the embarrassing takeover of Boise and the declaration of the “free republic of Idaho.” The 2001 nuking of the city temporarily dampened the rebellion, but pretty much blew any remaining legitimacy for collaborating governments, none of which lasted through the winter of ‘03.

In 2012, the United States is once again a nation. The Deep South and Texas rejoined “with conditions”, retaining certain local autonomies and the right of legal secession if the damn Yankees ever get pestiferous again: Hawaii has its own special arrangements. Total population is rather lower than OTL, immigration to the US being understandably lower during the occupation years, and children more expensive: the current total is about 267 million.

Relations with Cuba are even worse than OTL: Puerto Rico is Unredeemed Territory.

Living standards have grown rapidly with rapid post-unification growth as the US once again became an integrated economy. (In fact, Soviet statisticians have noted that US living standards once again exceed Soviet ones, something that is not reported to the general Soviet public). With the traditional political parties somewhat tainted by collaboration in the early years of the Occupation, there are now New Democrats, Truman Republicans, and five other political parties to confuse voters at the polls. Said politics remain turbulent, as people point fingers and try to prove their credentials as the most anti-Commie, resistance-fightingest, super-patriot ever. (Ironically, the economy is by OTL standards rather socialist: the reconstruction of the country and its infrastructure and the need to keep people employed means that the government does a lot of social spending, and employs rather more of the population than OTL).

New York City, having been governed separately from the rest of the NE Occupation Zone, decided afterwards it didn’t want to rejoin a state whose government took more in taxes from them than they ever received in government benefits (and then told them to drop dead when they had a financial crisis) and formed its own state out of the Five Boroughs and a large chunk of Long Island. The now largely rural rest of the state is currently feuding with them over the name.

The US is forbidden by the USSR from developing nuclear weapons or space capacity, and the Soviets have made it clear that any efforts to, say, embargo the USSR would be seen as a hostile act; indeed, the Soviets are currently trying to pressure the US into paying off a huge debt the Soviets claim they owe for reparations due to losses when the occupation collapsed! Americans grumble, and curse, and some of them, in hidden places and in European labs, carry on with certain projects…

OTHER NATIONS
To the south of China, most of SE Asia sticks close to the USSR for fear of the Chinese. The Singapore Pact nations are a small island of moderately successful capitalism in a Socialist sea, and trade vigorously with Europe and the few other functional Capitalisms. They have been trying to get Thailand to join up, but the Vietnamese have been rather cold to the idea. Burma/Myanmar is depressingly similar to OTL.

In Arabia, Rabi’ Bin Laden, inspired by his cousin Osama’s heroic death in Afghanistan, became one of the leaders of the rebellion, initially based in breakaway N. Yemen, that overthrew the House of Saud, seen as compromised by kowtowing to the Soviets. The Islamic Union after the Soviets sliced away the Shi’a regions still has enough oil to pull it out of dirt-poor status, although the large proportion of dirt-poor Yemenis who have come north in search of jobs since unification are a source of internal stresses. So far, this world considers political Islam as more of a nuisance than a severe threat.

The Israelis have indignantly denied rumors of having developed a vast chemical and biological arsenal, and it’s true there is no serious evidence: but nobody knows just how deep down those tunnels under Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities go…
(There are less than 3% Arabs within the borders of the shrunken Israeli state. The rest have been energetically encouraged to move to “their” country, unpleasant as many of them have found the one-party regime that rules it. Given their parlous situation, the only Jews who live in Israel are the, shall we say, highly dedicated ones).

South Africa continues to bleed. Africa is generally as screwed up as OTL, although some of the Soviet-backed Red regimes at least offer a bit more stability and more actual nation-building than the historical kleptocracies: unfortunately, Africa seems likely to actually fall behind ours as the globalization-aided boom that many African countries OTL have experienced in recent years is not being duplicated in this poorer, more socialistic world. The AIDS epidemic is also as ghastly as OTL, not helped by the fact that the poorer first world of this TL took nearly a decade longer to develop effective medications. At least in this TL there aren’t any international corporations trying to sue the makers of generics.

(The AIDS plague outside Africa is actually a bit more controlled: China due to relative isolation has avoided it entirely, and the Soviet medical establishment has done a better job of keeping it under control than the post-Soviet states of OTL).

Latin America is divided into a still “red” and pro-Soviet block and a more capitalistic (if still often a bit socialistic) block of nations edging towards closer ties with the market economies of the US, Canada, and Europe. The Soviet-aligned nations face difficult choices in terms of economic reform and often political turmoil: the dream of a unified socialist Latin America does not really reach beyond the political control of Havana, and people wonder if Castro’s brother and other political leaders can really keep the show on the road once Castro (currently on some good drugs) finally goes the way of all flesh.

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Technology is generally more backwards in this world than OTL: the US, Japan and other places have of course contributed less to progress since 1987, and a Soviet science establishment superior to that OTL post-1991 Russia does not make up for that. The Soviets have kept Mir in orbit and enlarged and modernized it, but with nothing to prove to anyone haven’t bothered to do any manned travel beyond Earth Orbit. They have developed a space shuttle, in fact a better designed one and a more reliable one than the OTL US one, but haven’t really done too much with it: Heavy Dumb Boosters remain the basis for putting stuff into orbit, and the satellite business is dominated by Soviet launchers, with a smaller EC effort ongoing. Computer science is also more backwards, as are consumer electronics: only in the last few years have European parents started to grumble about how much time their children are spending on the “network.”

The future still looks pretty Grimdark, and most people doubt the Soviets will ever allow a serious challenger to arise to their Top Dog position, but at least, most people say, we’re not going to have a nuclear war, right? The Soviets will never tolerate a new arms race…

[1] Even more absurd were the rumors as to the identity of the “mystery sub”: after all, rather than return the stolen ship, the Americans had blown it up and sunk it. They had even shown the wreckage to Soviet divers, who reported that it was indeed the Red October.

[2] Yes, I know this was OTL…

EPILOGUE: 2016
June 17, an unusually large “science package” was launched into orbit from French Guyana. A high orbit, and a geostationary orbit. One that put it in line-of-sight of all but the northernmost parts of the USSR.

This was unprecedented: various agreements between the EC and the USSR meant that each informed the other, in advance, about exactly what they were going to do with those ICBM-type things used to launch objects into space. The Soviets grumbled loudly, and turning telescopes on the science package and finding it unidentifiable, made noises about shooting it down.

The tiny folded piece of paper covered with tiny scribbles made its way by various hands through the Soviet Union, from there to East Germany, and eventually to Western Europe. It arrived in America in February, 1987: too late, for those into whose hands it was finally delivered neither understood it nor believed its brief appeal. By the time it came to those who could confirm its reality, time had run out. Despairing, the original author of the note committed suicide.

The US ambassador to the USSR at this point delivered certain papers to the Soviet government. Papers, he explained, relevant to the current situation.

The scribbles were soon copied more legibly. A small group of scientists in San Francisco studied them. Later a British businessman carried a copy of the paper and their additions back to Europe, where further work would be done. After 2005, the main area of activity would return to America, where the scattered biological components of what had been Sandia Labs returned to the looted shell of what had been one of the world’s primary research institutions. Stark Industries, a highly successful new high-tech startup, would prove a vital technological partner.

By 2015, the only thing needed was a means to put a large payload into orbit. Certain behind the scenes negotiations began.

Soviet scientists examined the papers with care and increasing alarm. An emergency session of the Politburo was called.

European and American scientists had substantially improved upon Ivan Vanko’s 1987 design: any Soviet missile launch would lead to the USSR being knocked back to the 19th century. For better or for worse, MAD was back.
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Something a bit older: 

Expanding on Thande's "Atomic Bleed" concept.

In this world, atomic physics works a bit differently than OTL. (Our Time-Line, for those who don't recall). It is in fact an Atomic Power-punk world where it is possible to directly transmute matter – almost any sort of matter - into electromagnetic radiation (heat, light, high-energy photons…) without any nasty side-effects in the forms of radiation, and without the need for heavy equipment. The first “atomizers” came into existence by the 1930s, and by 1945 the Chicago Project had made them practical sources for industrial power production. By 2011, you have an atomic powered car, your house has its own atomic power source, and for the flashy rich, you can even get an (somewhat bulky) atomic cigarette lighter. 

It is however much harder to build an atomic bomb. Radioactives still decay and keep the inside of the planet toasty warm, and fusion works as OTL [1], but an atomic chain reaction of the sort that produces a fission explosion of the Smash Hiroshima variety is much harder than OTL – and without the second, you can’t get the first kind of bomb. So the cold war was fought with conventional weapons – of course, that depends on what you mean by “conventional…”

US demobilization was less thorough than OTL after WWII, since there was no bomb to deter Stalin: the extension of the draft and the bloody nature of Operation Downfall helped elect Dewey in ’48, not so much on a peace platform as on a “squash the Japanese harder” platform. 

(Downfall was bloody, but not as bad as worst-case scenarios: it didn’t require militarily taking all over Japan After several more months of mass fire-bombings, starvation, and the Soviet overrunning of all Japanese positions on the mainland, it wasn’t that long after the US forces stormed aboard after the heaviest naval bombardment in history that the Japanese threw in the towel).

European NATO members also retained larger armies than OTL and German re-armament started no later than OTL - which pissed off the Soviets something fierce, since they lacked the OTL certainty that if Germans started something again, they could at least be reduced to radioactive ash in short order. The Soviets recognized the Berlin government as the “legitimate” German government shortly after West German re-armament began. (Berlin, essentially indefensible, had been horse-traded away in exchange for the Soviets getting out of Iran and not demanding an occupation zone in Japan. All of Korea, however, ended up in the Soviet zone.) 

The Fall of China was received just as poorly as OTL: with fears of a Red Tide flowing across Asia sans a nuclear deterrent, the US was more willing to lend an ear French calls for help in Indochina. Of course, huge numbers of US troops near the Chinese border did not make Mao happy, leading to the Indochina War of 1951-1954: a Crusade to Liberate China was called for by many, but putting enough troops in the field to counteract Chinese numbers while at the same time adequately defending Europe proved a bit more than most Americans were willing to pay for: in the end, a peace was negotiated that left a Chinese-supported Red government in charge in the north. Ironically, this would save South Vietnam in the long run: the Chinese wanted someone more puppety than Ho in charge, and anti-Chinese rebellion and government illegitimacy would keep the North Vietnamese government too weak and distracted to successfully take over the south, although thanks to the porous borders of Indochina guerilla activity would continue to plague the South for a generation.

Ultimately, without atomic weapons geography was decisive. In areas around the Eurasian perimeter Soviet and Chinese forces were always at an advantage, and geopolitical theorists spoke significantly about Mackinder’s Pivot Area and the consequent multiplication of Soviet strength. On the other hand, US naval superiority meant that the US could project force much more easily any place separated by sea from the Red heartland, or even coastal nations not immediately contiguous to the Soviets, while the US heartland remained relatively invulnerable to attack in spite of Soviet investment in long-range bombers and investigations of chemical and biological alternatives to big booms.

US forces crushed Castro’s rebellion. US support for France and the UK in the Suez Crisis did not topple Nasser, although it led to him becoming a lot closer and more dependent on the USSR than OTL: the Suez Canal, however, along with the Sinai, remains in Israeli hands to this day. The US army would keep busy in anti-insurrectionary activity from Guyana to Fiji over the next couple decades, eventually leading to considerable blow-back at home.

The Soviets, of course, were happy to play tit for tat. A pro-US government in Turkey was toppled with Soviet backing, Red terrorist groups and nationalist rebels everywhere received arms and training and money, and Egypt forcibly absorbed Libya with Soviet support. 

The Middle East never gained as much importance as OTL: by the 60s, atomic power plants had become powerful and cheap enough petrol (and coal, for that matter) was rapidly becoming obsolete as a power source in the developed world. For a while oil continued to be useful for automobiles, etc., but the first atomic car rolled out of the factory by 1967 (although they didn’t become cheap enough to compete with internal combustion models until the late 70s). OPEC never formed. 

Of course, this was somewhat disruptive. Many fortunes were lost, and some desperate oilmen even sponsored disinformation campaigns spreading rumors of entirely imaginary “atomic dangers.” (It is believed to be one of these campaigns that started off the “planetary destruction” myth that still exercises some of the kookier minds, persuading those ignorant of the numbers involved in E=MC2 that the matter annihilators would before long consume the whole earth). The British coal mines were closed down as quite unprofitable a decade earlier than OTL, and by a Labor government to boot. Third-world nations that OTL boomed because of oil did no such thing, although some ended up better off in the long run for it. 

Further disruption came later from the development of the home power plant around the same time the atomic car showed up: the whole power industry, with its vast array of dams, power plants, transmission wires, etc. found itself becoming obsolete. 

Science fiction took off in different directions from OTL. WWIII was still a fear, of course, but the imagined futures were ones of Island America valiantly standing off Red Eurasia, or perhaps battlefields presided over by giant atom-powered war machines shooting rays of high-energy photons at each other, perhaps assisted by atom-powered robot industry. Apocalyptic scenarios, although they existed, were usually either from natural causes, alien invaders, or if human-made, the result of biological warfare. The grim mutant-populated radioactive wasteland which showed up so frequently OTL was hardly known. The “atomic horror” movies of OTL had no equivalent, and many children were sadly deprived of giant radioactive spiders, grasshoppers, etc. Science fictional horror movies usually involved out of control robots or grim Brave New World-ish science-dictatorships. Alien invaders got a look in. 

Famine and chemical weapon ravaged Japan never developed the giant monster movie as a metaphor for atomic warfare. It did, however, invent the flesh-eating zombie genre.

Building a spaceship was somewhat complicated by the fact that a heat source alone does not make a rocket: some form of propellant is needed, and initially a powerful EM source combined with some sort of propellant to be explosively heated was no great improvement on the highly reactive chemical fuels employed by the German V-program. As technique improved, it was possible to produce much higher-energy photons, gammas and x-rays, but then the problem of shielding became a paramount problem. Combined with the lack of an atomic payload to be carried along, rocket research progressed initially pretty slowly at first: the first object into orbit was a purely scientific package launched by a fairly conventional US rocket in ’64, which excited no great Soviet space race. 

The Photonic Rocket was developed into the 70s: shielding was by necessity massive, and due to the low inherent momentum of even extremely high-energy photons it was not until the 2000s that photonic rockets were built that could reach orbit without “conventional” chemical rocket assistance. But once orbit was reached, a Photonic Rocket could accelerate at fairly low G for months, its fuel any sort of matter converted into pure energy, before the shielding layers became compromised: by the 80s, Mars and Venus were only weeks away, and even the outer planets only months…

Of course, as SF biggie and increasing crank Larry Niven has pointed out, any sufficiently powerful propulsion system is also potentially a weapon: beside the interesting notion of taking a Photonic Rocket out to the edges of the solar system and then accelerating it all the way back in (to some other country than the one it took off from), any sufficiently intense source of collimated and aimed high-energy photons makes for a dandy weapon. Laser beams exist in this world, and have all the interesting applications of OTL: it’s just that they come in second best as weapons.

The first x- and gamma-ray weapons were developed in the 70s as a by-product of the effort to create a space drive that could yield a useable acceleration while at the same time not frying the passengers or melting the propulsion system itself. The “death ray”, as the TV and papers dubbed it, was initially a huge, clumsy mass of machinery with a beam too poorly focused to blister paint at over a couple kilometers. Initially disparaged as “more dangerous to the user than the enemy” or “most effective when dropped on the enemy", such weapons would be refined over the next decades into a practical battlefield weapon, and in the 80s, began to be occupy the new battlefields of space…

Atomic-powered aircraft were developed that could fly around the globe multiple times without refueling. Cities at night grew even brighter and more luminous as the flow of cheap energy saw no end. 

The Soviet-US battle for global dominance continued inconclusively in the 60s and 70s. China split with the USSR, a little later than OTL: the bloody Sino-Soviet clash of the mid-70s gained the Soviets extra defense in depth by “liberating” Xinjiang and clearing some millions of Chinese from NW Manchuria, but also pushed the Chinese into the US camp. The US interventions in Africa and Asia on the side of colonial powers, while achieving some successes (the last Emperor of Ethiopia wasn’t overthrown until 1999), in the end was also counter-productive, making most of Africa look to the Soviets as the champions of self-determination, and making the Civil Rights era even hairier by providing a goodly supply of black veterans radicalized in bloody brushfire wars in Africa. 

The US pretty much threw in the towel on third-world intervention on the side of colonial powers when the third French-Algerian war broke out in 1972, although US forces still kept their hand in Latin America (the revolutionary government of Honduras had a life neither long nor glorious).

By 1980 a massive line of fortifications extended from the Baltic to the Adriatic, now studded by the hulking turrets of photonic cannon, behind which millions awaited for the call to action neither side ever quite dared to proclaim. The economies of the west, never hit by an oil crisis, continued to chug along: not perhaps as fast as some would wish, but generally the future would be better than the past, even if society was more militarized and “scientifically managed” than some would like. The discontents of the Civil Rights era had given birth to a new generation of Angry Youth in the west, who wanted a freer, more open world, and an end to the endless waiting for a war that seemed more inevitable the longer it was put off: indeed, since the war was expected to be very terrible but not world-ending, like WWII only with spaceships and death rays and atomic-powered tanks, some sub-divisions of Angry Youth found themselves on the same page (to their mutual annoyance) with elderly reactionaries calling for bringing things to a proper Gotterdammerung sooner rather than later.

Iran fell into civil war. Soviet forces moved in “to restore order.” A frightened Iraqi regime invited in US forces. War loomed, and somehow was avoided. Pro and anti-war riots broke out in the streets. A famed musician preached peace and was shot down. Life went on, somehow. 

In the meantime, a space race of sorts had finally come into existence. American and then Soviet Astro/Cosmonauts landed on Mars. Bases were begun on the Moon. Unmanned (and too radioactive for human pilots) ships were sent to take pictures of the outer planets. The British experimented with using photons to create a secondary reaction with hydrogen that would presumably put ships into space without rocket assist. The explosions remained sub-nuclear, but a lot of seawater was rendered rather radioactive. The French New Directorate put its first man into space. A multitude of satellites armed with photonic rays sprouted in orbit, some to cripple the enemy’s observation and communications ability, others to shoot down the satellites which were supposed to shoot down satellites, ad nauseum. Some scientists suggested that it would soon be possible to build photon sources powerful enough to destroy ground targets even through the thickness of the atmosphere, perhaps bringing in an era of “mutually assured destruction.”

The household atomic power plant became more common. A politician announced an new “era of the common man.” Economics in the West slid to the right, but less radically than OTL in a world where the 70s had been less of a disaster. A China increasingly tied to that same West began to allow for more capitalism and free enterprise. A bloody revolution overthrew the Saudis, who hadn’t had the cash to keep everyone bribed, and an Islamic Republic established. Nobody paid too much attention. 

The Soviet economy wheezed, made grinding noises, partly seized up. Poland rose up in revolt, which was crushed with some difficulty. In the west, calls for war were heard again. The United Nations try to issue a general condemnation of the use of high-powered x-rays against civilian populations, which was vetoed by the USSR.

The Sixth Arab-Israeli war broke out. Chemical weapons were used extensively by Syrian and Egyptian forces. The Israelis retaliated with the first use of a photonic rocket used as a kinetic weapon, taking out a large chunk of downtown Cairo. Soviet forces in the Mediterranean launched air and missile attacks in support of their allies. The Iranian army and local Soviet forces mobilized on the Iraqi border. (Turkey may have been to some extent in the Soviet camp, but they did _not_ want to get involved). The US issued a demarche. It had been almost half a century, and memories of the Great Patriotic War and its horrors had faded, gained a sepia tint. The Soviets, seeing their military edge evaporating in the face of a broadening tech gap, with their economy stagnant since the early 80s, saw once chance for changing the “balance of forces.” The Red Army turned west. 

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It is now 2011, some two decades since the outbreak of WWIII. The world is at peace, more or less. The Russian Federal Union still is grumpy and resentful about its truncated territory, but there’s no Hitler-figure in sight, and the relatively warm glow that came into US-Chinese relations on the basis of their common victor status hasn’t entirely faded in the chill winds of economic competition. The Third World (most of it, anyway) is doing somewhat better than OTL thanks to continued cheap power, although infrastructural problems remain a pain. And all the major powers have signed onto the treaty banning duplication or development of the Annihilation Bomb.

Economics are a bit “leftier” here: without a collapse of the New Deal system as serious as the 1970s OTL (although economic growth rates from the late 40s on were a bit lower overall due to more conventional weapons spending), the inevitable neo-liberal lash-back was less successful, and a more balanced stand between “libertarianism plus welfare for bankers” and “100% taxes on income above middle class” has so far been maintained, although Ayn Rand has her fans here too. (She wrote more fiction here, but her basic viewpoint was unchanged by butterflies). Also, the USSR failed to fall of its own weight, but was defeated in war, although lots of revisionist historians have pointed out its “feet of clay.”

Oil prices remain low, but it is useful enough as a chemical feedstock that it is now bringing moderate prosperity to some countries which have a load of it.
With an essentially unlimited fuel source, people drive even more than OTL: one of the last achievements of the Soviets was the building of a decent superhighway system as part of their “nuclear cars for everyone” hearts-and-minds-of-disgruntled-citizens program, and the annual Lisbon-to-Vladivostok road rally is a popular event. The mobile home is doing very well, since home reactors now make them self-sufficient in terms of energy. Although nuclear powered, *Amtrak is just as crappy as OTL.

Space Science Marches On. People live on the Moon, Mars, and some of the more interesting asteroids, and manned expeditions have reached every planet save Uranus (some felt it was a bit redundant after Neptune, and various space program leaders feared the inevitable comments about any Mission to Uranus). Using a special high-density annihilation beam, and a like-unto-the-Orion pusherplate/shield, atomic rockets are now launcheable sans chemical-rocket assist, although they make such a mess of the surroundings that they are usually launched from the sea. Other designs use a high-intensity photon beam from ground level to “push” from the ground, while others stick with re-useable chemical boosters that just put the ship into a quite low orbit from which it can gradually build up escape velocity under low (and less dangerous) thrust. 

Space budgets are in danger, though. The public is growing bored with space again – the thrill from the discovery of a genuine advanced ecosystem under the ice of Europe lasted longer than that from the discoveries of the Martian deep-rock *bacteria or Venus’s biochemically utterly alien microscopic cloud-life, but it has faded, and people grumble about how much the space program costs when there are so many poor people on Earth and how the taxpayer is expected to subsidize people living in smelly holes on the Moon and Mars, etc., etc. I mean, it’s not like there are red or green Martians out there, youknowwhatImean? Frequent news of Astronaut X or Y dying or being horribly injured in some sort of accident of the kind which are inevitable while trying to build cities on airless or nearly so worlds doesn’t help. 

This is more of a problem with the US than in France or Russia or China, where a continued space presence is closely tied up with a sense of national prestige, but even the Russian government pays attention to public sentiment: and the US is the biggest spender by a large margin. There are now some 20,000 people living in the three major Moon cities, and the locals are pushing hard to raise the money now to make the cities mostly self-sustaining: they don’t know when the money flow may be cut to a trickle. Mars, where the population has yet to reach 3,000, is in some ways ahead of the game – the permafrost is pretty widely distributed, so they don’t have to travel all the way to a polar crater to get ice. 

The nuclear generator repair man has replaced the plumber in public consciousness as the “grossly overpaid guy who can’t be bothered to pull up his pants.” 

The war ended in a negotiated peace after the overthrow of the Party by a secret police-army alliance: given just how unpleasant the last 14 months had been and the fact that the Russians were now starting to thrown mutated anthrax and other such jolly goodness into the fight, the Allies decided to let the Russians off with a western border only a little to the east of their pre-1939 one. After a great deal of internal unpleasantness, the new Rodina Party came to lead the Russian Federal Union: it even allowed for the existence of other parties after 2007, although none of the 42 or so new parties that has emerged in the last four years has yet managed to win a national election. Although to some extent still satellites, the south Central Asian states were given enough independence in 1998 to allow for immigration restrictions (the Party was rather concerned as to how much faster the Muslims were reproducing than Slavs). Since 1993, the economy has slowly lurched towards reform, aided by larger internal markets, although the lack of oil dollars remains a bit of a problem.

China is doing quite well: although suffering heavy human losses in their liberation of national territory, there are always more Chinese, and as OTL a move towards a more capitalist economy has paid dividends. China now includes not only all the territories of OTL, but also Mongolia, Tuva and the Trans-Amur district. (Taiwan remains an annoyance). A Chinese astronaut has recently turned the first symbolic shovel-full for China’s first base on the Moon (the cameras were then removed and the Japanese-made atomic-powered robots started the _serious_ work).

Japan, mashed up worse than in OTLs WWII and without the economic infusion of the Korean and later Vietnamese wars (although it did get some from the Indochina/China war) was slower to take off economically, and is a “leftier” nation than OTL. Still a first-world nation and a leader in high tech and robotics, nobody has ever worried about the Japanese taking over the global economy: OTOH, they avoided the ridiculous bubble and crash of OTL, although with a shrinking population their economy is only toddling along right now. In a world with no atomic weapons, Japan’s fairly formidable “self-defense forces” have come under increasing scrutiny by their Asian neighbors, making a continued close alliance with the US vital for national security.

There is especially a great deal of worry about the Koreans, united under a neo-Stalinist regime less psycho than that of the Kims (the Soviets wanted more pliable leadership) but also better on economics (things are grey and grim but nobody is starving), with a formidable industrial arm and their own space program: propaganda about the Japanese Menace is common on both of the legally allowed television stations.

Vietnam remains divided: violent protests against Chinese dominance are increasing in the North. 

In advanced nations, greatly shrunken power grids, rendered obsolete by home and business atomic reactors, have in some cases been broken up for scrap or repurposed for the transmission of information or in some cases used as the scaffolding of odd art, or even the frameworks of on-the-cheap dwellings. Rivers run energetically past non-existent dams, and arctic wilderness remains untroubled by wellheads and pipelines. On the other hand, not all is roses with the environment: strange chemicals still run into rivers and off fertilized fields or rise above factory chimneys. The environmental message is one of poisoning and toxins rather than devastating climate change. Science and technology is ahead of OTL in some fields, behind in others, some disciplines losing funding that went to perfecting nuclear technology, and although there is an internet, it is less developed than ours, being still in a state equivalent to the dear old days of Geocities and crudely hand-coded webpages. 

India, somewhat out in the cold with the fall of the USSR and the continued cordial US-Chinese relationship, is looking to closer economic and political ties with the European Union to strengthen its international position, and since 1998 has moved to join its (somewhat dysfunctional) space program with the EU one. It won the last war with Pakistan handily, and in a bit of victor’s largesse traded some solidly Muslim chunks of Kashmir for some religiously mixed areas in south Pakistan. (The Pakistanis, now three coups and counting since the war, don’t seem very grateful).

Red Iran, never a very stable creation, fell apart during the war, and is divided between a vaguely democratic Azeri state (with a big irredentist claim on Russia), and a rather unpleasant Shari’a state (run by religious-minded ultra-nationalists rather than by Mullahs), with some pieces obtained by Greater Baluchistan and others by Iraq. (Pakistan has had some hard times of its own). Afghanistan, which avoided a Soviet invasion, is actually not doing so badly and promises to soon overtake and surpass Morocco in terms of standards of living. Turkey remains lefty one-party, but is following a Chinese-type path to modernization.

Iraq bit off a bit more than it could chew and is now run by the (Shi’a) majority.
The Middle East is generally poorer than OTL and historically more closely tied to the USSR, although the Egyptians have turned vigorously away from Socialism and have followed over the last decade a program of vigorously capitalistic development, which has led to rapid economic growth in the last few years and a rapid widening of economic inequality in a formerly fairly egalitarian society. There has been a lot of grumbling, but since the government is actually seen as doing something rather than the OTL late Mubarak stagnation, there has as yet been no explosion. Morocco and Yemen are similar to OTL, Algeria remains kinda fascist-kooky, Tunisia is doing OK for a change, and the Palestinians have taken over Jordan.

Although there are Muslims fundies a-plenty in this world, the Wahhabi strain is rather less influential with a much poorer Arabia. Indeed, the Islamic Republic of Arabia’s increasing influence in Yemen is widely seen as a good thing, since the current Party of Righteousness leadership run a pretty tight ship compared to chaotic, using-up-their-water-supply-on-quat Yemen. (Unlike OTLs Al-Queda, the Party has a low opinion of chaos for the sake of chaos).

Given the level of damage taken by Germany during the Soviet or Third World War, the European Union is dominated by the technocratic French Second Directorate (the extended third-world struggle of this world had some interesting blow-back in French politics) which is one reason the British (along with the Finns) remain only associate members of the Union. Although there were no nuclear weapons, and photonic beams didn’t excite too much radiation, the Soviets used chemical weapons with a lavish hand, especially on their long, slow, bloody retreat from the Rhine to Smolensk. Much of Germany and central Europe remain chemically contaminated to the point where almost nobody will live there. Clean-up is slowly proceeding, but it is projected to take another couple decades to finish the job. (West of Russia, anyway: the Russians have made it clear they will clean up their own messes without outside aid).

War damage and a long history of heavier military spending means that Europe is poorer than OTL in 2011, if still first-world: a common currency as OTL has been established, and perhaps more importantly in the long run, the French have been able to force through the creation of the sort of European-wide financial institutions that the Euro of OTL lacks. It is a more militarized, regimented continent than OTL (especially in France), and has a bit of a chip on its shoulder re America’s currently seemingly effortless superiority. America (which still sends quite a bit of aid money to slowly improving Germany) grumbles about ingratitude.

The new De Gaulle statue near Paris is alarmingly large.

Although about 2/3 of all Germans still live in the safe (or safe-er) parts of their country, some 22 million live abroad for the time being. Fearful of their own reputation as easily assimilable, the Germans Diaspora stick close to their own kind and are as ostentatiously German as possible, which gets rather annoying after a while.

Some weirdos and the terminally stubborn do inhabit even the most chemically contaminated areas, wearing rubber suits, elaborate filtering systems, and carefully cleaning off upon entering their residences: as toxicity levels have dropped, some of them may actually reach old age. The so-called Free City of Magdeburg, populated mostly by the weirdo element, exists outside the authority of the German government, indeed outside the authority of any government, and is sometimes referred to as “the sphincter of Europe.” There is occasionally call for NATO troops to move in and clean up the place, but nobody wants to get involved.

The Second Battle of the Rhine is commemorated with a park in one of the areas of the battlefield still chemically contaminated, where the grass still comes up in odd colors and shapes here and there. Wearing protective clothing, visitors can see the world’s largest collection of wrecked military hardware, shattered, melted and fused into weird candle shapes, from the humblest nuclear-powered one-man photon cannon to the 2500 ton Soviet “Peter the Great” mobile fortress, which on soft soils had, like a shark, to remain in motion continuously, due to its tendency to sink into the ground when off road. 

Poland was compensated for the damage taken in WWIII with territory taken from the USSR, and extends somewhat further east than in 1938. Economic recovery has been steady, and currently there are negotiations towards joining the EU, although some feel the country is still too poor – as well as having too many internal ethnic squabbles – to make a proper member. 

The British Commonwealth still has some juice, cheap energy and a future without worries of nuclear annihilation allowing the dying British Empire a bit more time and allowing for some more intelligent adjustments. There is a fairly successful all-Commonwealth space program based in Australia and a more closely tied military and scientific policy, and the Brits run rather more little flecks and spots of territory here and there. 

Africa, torn by longer and bloodier struggles for independence and multiple military interventions, has somewhat different borders and somewhat wackier politics than OTL, although thanks to energy prices remaining low and food prices low(er) the overall standard of living is somewhat higher. The dictator of the Sahel Union is presently embarked, with Chinese help and atomic-powered mining machines, on an ambitious green-the-Sahara project that will probably clean out some millions-of-years-old water deposits in a couple generations. Greater South Africa is doing fairly well, the odd alliance between conservative Blacks and conservative Whites helping to drive its expansionist foreign policy, which has led to increased grumbling from the international community.

Resource shortage problems are less severe than OTL, the energy costs at least of recycling or extracting low-grade ores being rather lower. Water-short nations are engaging in ambitious desalination programs. The one real worry is the increasing cost of those rare earth elements needed for the construction of modern atomic power generators, since demand is always increasing (everyone in China now wants their own atomic car). Matter transmutation on a large scale is being experimented with, the energy required to transmute and separate elements being rather less than the energy released by a generator over the lifespan of its components. The one problem is the large amount of useless radioactive side-products in the process, which in industrial production would be far too numerous to eliminate through atomic disintegration (what would one do with all that energy?), but promoters of the technology aren’t too worried: I mean, how hard could it be to get rid of a little radioactive waste? 

French Technocratic, Catholic “Managed Democracy” has struck a bit of a cord in Latin America, and closer ties between the EU and Brazil, Argentina, etc. are being forged. The US is not quite sure how to respond: it knows how to deal with Communist subversion in “its” hemisphere – ton of bricks style – but trying to overthrow French-friendly governments would probably be seen as more than just a faux pas. Brazil has its own space station, and the Argentines are using techniques developed for space in pursuing an ambitious program of colonization in Antarctica.

Mexico is a whole other kettle of fish. Mexico, with its oil a lot less valuable, took a somewhat different and more turbulent political path after the early 70s, and the current government’s distinctively socialist look has alarmed people in Washington, who are currently doing a lot of behind-the-scenes funding of the opposition. (The CIA’s faith in its cleverness is probably pride-going-before-you-know-what). A further irritant in current US-Mexican relations has been the government’s ruthless persecution of the drug gangs, which although fairly successful in crushing threats to public order in the north, has also led some of the major drug gangs to relocate their bases of operation north of the border…

Canada is a bit more populous than OTL, the Great White North being a bit more habitable with electrical heating being cheap under even the most strenuous weather conditions, not to mention such conveniences as electrically heated pavements in big cities to keep the snow off. (The new ultra-high-power snow blowers? Scary). There has been some talk lately re the possibility of finally getting Hudson Bay cities out of “miserable wilderness: the freezening” territory by enclosing them and heating them with nuclear power: after all, if the Americans and other nations are colonizing the Moon, why can’t we colonize the northern bits of our own country, which at least has breathable air?

The United States, although receiving some damage from chemical-weapons bearing planetary-range bombers and kinetic rocket attacks, got through the war with relatively light civilian casualties, and remains Number One Nation: in some ways more than OTL due to a poorer Europe, in some ways less (the President after all is in no position to end civilization in the northern hemisphere, no matter how nutty). It is a somewhat more technocratic, pro-science nation than OTL (the peculiar right-wing dislike of actual expertise is not duplicated here, perhaps due to a lack of global warming to deny) although in the aftermath of WWIII there has been a sharp turn against “military science” and military solutions to political problems. (In most cases. There is a loud minority loudly proclaiming that the present Russian regime is Weimar-soon-to-be-Nazi Germany, and our failure to rack up a few tens of millions more deaths then will inevitably lead to the deaths of billions later). The Black Redeem Africa movement has sent tens of thousands to Africa to try to help repair the damage from colonialism and the Struggle Vs Leftiness – and rather more to the US government’s displeasure, raised mercenary armies to help keep in place/topple genuine/”parasitic” African governments. 

The music is all different, popular culture having gone off in different directions post-50s without OTLs fear of nuclear annihilation or the third rail of the Vietnam War (not that a dozen lesser military interventions did not polarize and confuse): there have been multiple “youth revolts”, often in parallel and in mutual antipathy. (Those chaps with the shaved heads dyed in bright colors? Those are the multicultural lefties, and they’re armed for bear.) There has been a bit less movement to the sun-belt (for similar reasons to the larger number of people living in Canada), and the South isn’t quite so politically powerful, although in presidential races it’s still considered stupid to not have one of the President/Vice-President pair come from the south. Libertarianism, however, is more powerful than OTL: with each family with their own atomic car and atomic power source (and occasionally atomic cigarette lighter) how can one not feel a bit of a Heinlein-ian Autonomous (and Very Competent, no doubt) Individual? 

The world is at peace. But people worry. The 2000s saw a new development in the field of atomic energy: with new breakthroughs in disintegrator field technology, it became possible for the first time to release all the energy in a sizeable chunk of matter at once, rather than the slower “bleed” of previous models. And of course someone had to test it out: in 2008, a square mile of Alaskan wilderness rose in superheated vapor. The Annihilation Bomb had been born.

The prospect of a device capable of vaporizing cities at one blow, combined with the immediate availability of delivery devices, scared the dickens out of a lot of people. The major powers closed ranks for once and pushed for a global ban on the development of such weapons, and bribed or bullied all their associated nations into signing on: pretty much everyone has signed on, but people are being very troublesome about the inspection procedures needed to make sure everyone actually lives up to their legal obligations. People worry, and some do more than worry: the US is secretly looking into developing an orbiting nuclear-powered laser or photon cannon capacity to shoot down any missiles in flight, and other nations are working on their own little projects… 

[1] Although for obvious reasons nobody is bothering to try and build a fusion reactor. (Indeed, most engineers dismiss the notion as requiring containment techniques almost impossible to achieve).


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Cryptid 009 Lizard Men

Location: World Wide

Type: Humanoid Hybrid

Evidence: Beyond eyewitness sightings, there remains little to no physical evidence of the creature’s existence.

Possible Population size: Unknown

The Term Lizard Men is not specific to one specific cryptid; instead it is used to describe a broad spectrum of bipedal hominid like lizard men, sometimes referred to as Homo-subterreptus. Sightings of Lizard Men are reported all over the globe, including the Intulo of South Africa, the South Carolina Lizard Man, the New Jersey Gator Man and the Loveland Frogmen of Ohio.
Out of all of the many lizard men stories, one of the most well known is the story of the South Carolina lizard man. Native Americans that called the Carolinas home used to talk about a race or lizard or fish men who lived in the area they called the Inzignanin. Reports by modern man of the South Carolina Lizard Man started around 1972, however the first official documented sighting on the creature occurred on June 29th 1988. The encounter took place on a back woods road near Scape Ore Swamp, outside of Bishopville, South Carolina at around 2 a.m. 17 year old Christopher Davis had just finished changing his flat tire, while putting the jack into the trunk of his car Davis reported the following encounter:
“I looked back and saw something running across the field towards me. It was about 25 yards away and I saw red eyes glowing. I ran into the car and as I locked it, the thing grabbed the door handle. I could see him from the neck down; it had three big fingers, long black nails and green rough skin. It was strong and angry. I looked in my mirror and saw a blur of green running. I could see his toes and then he jumped on the roof of my car. I thought I heard a grunt and then I could see his fingers through the front windshield, where they curled around on the roof. I sped up and swerved to shake the creature off.”
The creature eventually lost its grip and was flung off the rooftop and onto the side of the road. Understandable Davis did not turn back to assess the well being of the beast but upon making it home he noticed that his side view mirror and roof top suffered considerable damage. Throughout what remained of that year, numerous witnesses came forth with their own frightening tales of the aggressive creature and several strange 3 toe foot prints where cast in the area. The latest encounter with the South Carolina Lizard Man occurred in 2004 when it reportedly tried to pull a young girl into the river she was walking by.

Not much is known about the Intulo of South Africa, thought to dwell in the province of KwaZulu Natal this so called “lizard man” is described as mostly reptilian with human characteristics. This description of the Intulo is similar to other so called “New World Lizard Men” like the Gator Man of the American South East, the New Jersey Gator Man and the Lizard Man of South Carolina. There are some researchers who believe that the Intulo is a form of primate with reptilian like features, a description which matches some accounts of the Honey Island Swamp Monster. The Intulo is also a “Lizard Man” like creature in both Xosa and Zulu Mythology.
Sightings of the Intulo have only taken place in the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa; at least the ones that have been brought forward. Most translations state that the sightings are referred to in past tense meaning that modern day stories may be describing older tales but other argue this is not true. Very little is known about these creatures and few modern day sightings on the Intulo exist.

Closing Statement:
Many theories have been presented in relation to the identity of the Lizard men, theories such as Aliens, Living Dinosaurs, and even off shoots of evolution in which the reptilian hierarchy continued to evolve along the same path as early primates. At one point in time reptiles ruled the earth, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the most dominate species on the planet could continue to evolve in small numbers unseen by mankind. Although no reptilian species known to man have shown signs of such advanced evolution, the reptile is the oldest and most successful species on the plant and could hold secrets that have yet come to light.
Another theory in regards to lizard men is that they may be reptilian aliens. Many UFO and alien abduction cases have made note of aliens being reptile like and since have been declared "reptilians". Many cryptozoology related reptilian sightings may have a tie to the possible alien race. Although this theory tends to loose credibility when various conspiricy theories are shoehorned into the mix.

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Cryptid 035 Kongamato

Location: Jiundu Country, Central Africa

Type: Living Fossil

Evidence: Sightings by credable sorces and tribesmen alike.

Possible Population size: Unknown

Some 65 million years ago, starting in the Jurassic and lasting into the Cretaceous, there existed a powerful flying reptile known as the Pterosaurs. The majority of fossils found have been in marine deposits, which means they probably were fish eaters and spent most of their time over coastal waters. These Pterosaurs apparently managed to fly with no feathers, their main aerodynamic feature where wings of membrane supported by an enormously elongated fourth finger. They had hollow limb bones and a large keeled breastbone attached to strong wing muscles which where needed for true flight, not just gliding.
The large expenditure of energy required to remain in flight for long periods of time, and the resulting loss of heat caused by the surface of their wings exposed to moving air, means that they must have had some method of regulating body heat, although it is doubtful they were truly warm blooded as mammals are. The majority of the Pterosaurs species where anywhere from the size of a sparrow to the size of an eagle, however some larger species have been discovered. The Pteranodon with a wingspan of 27 ft. and the colossal Quetzalcoatlus, with a wingspan of 50 ft, possibly 60 ft. are two examples of these larger species. Some pterosaurs even had fur, although they are in now way related to mammals. It would seem impossible that these creatures could have survived to the present day. After all, if they existed surely people would see them flying about as they hunted for food. How could a flying population of reptiles remain hidden? There are reports that people have been seeing flying creatures that match the description of pterosaurs for a hundreds of years. People have even been reportedly killed by these ancient flying creatures.
In 1923 a traveler by the name of Frank H. Melland worked for a time in Zambia. He gathered native reports of ferocious flying reptiles. The natives called this creature Kongamato which translated into “overwhelmer of boats". The Kongamato was said to have lived in the Jiundu swamps in the Mwinilunga District of western Zambia, near the border of Congo and Angola. It was described as having no feathers, smooth black or red skin, a wingspan between 4 ft. and 7 ft., and possessing a beak full of teeth.
It had a reputation for capsizing canoes and causing death to anyone who merely looked at it. When showed drawings of pterosaurs the native people present immediately and unhesitatingly picked it out and identified it as a Kongamato. Among the natives who did so was a rather wild and quite unsophisticated headman from the Jiundu country, where the Kongamato is supposed to be most active.
In 1925, a distinguished English newspaper correspondent, G. Ward Price, was with the future Duke of Windsor on an official visit to Rhodesia. He reported a story that a civil servant told them of the wounding of a man who entered a feared swamp in Rhodesia known to be the home of demons. The brave native entered the swamp, determined to explore it in spite of the dangers. When he returned he was on the verge of death from a great wound in his chest. He recounted how a strange huge bird with a long beak attacked him. When the civil servant showed the man a picture of a pterosaur, from a book of prehistoric animals, the man screamed in terror and fled from the servant's home
In 1942 Colonel C. R. S. Pitman reported stories the natives told him of a large bat - bird like creature that lived the dense swampy regions of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. Tracks of the creatures were seen, with evidence of a large tail dragging the ground. These reports were not limited to Zambia, but also came from other locations in Africa such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. Skeptics suggest that these fantastic sounding tales derived from the fanciful imaginations of natives who were hired to work on archeological digs where fossilized pterosaurs were uncovered in Tendagaru, Tanzania, in the years prior to World War I. These digs, however, took place over 900 miles from Zambia. Why did no reports of living pterosaurs come from Tanzania, where these imaginative natives lived?
Perhaps the most striking report of living pterosaurs comes not from natives, but from white explorers in the employment of the British Museum. In 1932 through 1933 the Percy Sladen Expedition ventured deep into West Africa. In charge of the team was Ivan T. Sanderson, a well-known zoologist and writer. While in the Assumbo Mountains in the Cameroons, they made camp in a wooded valley near a steep banked river. They were out hunting near the river when Sanderson shot a large fruit-eating bat. Upon being shot the creature fell into the swift moving river below, as Sanderson was carefully making his way in the fast moving current, he lost his balance and fell in. He had just regained his balance when his companion suddenly shouted "Look out!"
"And I looked. Then I let out a shout also and instantly bobbed down under the water, because, coming straight at me only a few feet above the water was a black thing the size of an eagle. I had only a glimpse of its face, yet that was quite sufficient, for its lower jaw hung open and bore a semicircle of pointed white teeth set about their own width apart from each other. When I emerged, it was gone. George was facing the other way blazing off his second barrel.
I arrived dripping on my rock and we looked at each other. "Will it come back?" we chorused. And just before it became too dark to see, it came again, hurtling back down the river, its teeth chattering, the air "shss-shssing" as it was cleft by the great, black, dracula-like wings. We were both off-guard, my gun was unloaded, and the brute made straight for George. He ducked. The animal soared over him and was at once swallowed up in the night."
When Sanderson and George returned to camp they asked the natives about the creature. Sanderson asked them, spreading his arms, what kind of bat is this large and is all black? "Olitiau!" was the response. The natives asked Sanderson where they had seen this creature, to which Sanderson pointed back at the river. The natives fled in terror in the opposite direction, taking only their guns and leaving their valuables behind.
In 1956 in Zambia along the Luapula River, engineer J.P.F. Brown was driving back to Salisbury from a visit to Kasenga in Zaire. He stopped at a location called Fort Rosebery, just to the west of Lake Bangweulu, for a break. It was about 6:00 p.m. when he saw two creatures flying slowly and silently directly overhead. Bewildered he observed that these creatures looked prehistoric. He estimated a wingspan of about 3-3 1/2 feet, a long thin tail, and a narrow head, which he likened to an elongated snout of a dog. One of them opened its mouth in which he saw a large number of pointed teeth. He gave the beak to tail length at about 4 1/2 feet.
In 1957, at a hospital at Fort Rosebery, the same location J. P. F. Brown had reported seeing strange flying creatures the year before, a patient came in with a severe wound in his chest. The doctor asked him what had happened and the native claimed that a great bird had attacked him in the Bangweulu Swamps. When asked to sketch the bird, the native drew a picture of a creature that resembled a pterosaur.
The most recent sighting was in 1988. Professor Roy Mackal led an expedition to Namibia where reports of a creature with a wingspan of up to 30 ft were collected. The avian cryptid usually glided through the air, but also was capable of true flight. It was usually seen at dusk, gliding between crevices between two hills about a mile apart. Although the expedition was not successful in getting solid evidence, one team member, James Kosi, reportedly saw the creature from about 1000 ft. away. He described it as a giant glider shape, black with white markings.
But could ancient prehistoric flying reptiles thought to have died out 65 million years ago still be roaming the dense swampy areas and hot desert mountain regions of Africa, or could there be a simpler explanation for these sightings. There are two species of birds that live in the swampy areas of Zambia that could possibly be mistaken for some kind of prehistoric apparition, especially under low light conditions or at nighttime. The shoebill stork is a dark colored bird with an 8 ft. wingspan and a decidedly prehistoric appearance. They have become rare, and can only be found in the deep recesses of swamps in Zambia and neighboring countries. However, there is no evidence of the shoebill behaving aggressively towards humans, and in fact they try to avoid humans as much as possible.
They have large bills, but they are not pointed, and they do not have teeth, in fact no known bird living today has real teeth. Another odd-looking bird that lives in the area is the saddle billed stork. These rather beautiful birds have a wingspan of up to 8½ feet, a long bright red bill with a horizontal black stripe ¾ up from the tip and with a yellow blaze from the eyes down and into the stripe, with additional orange stripes on the sides of the head. Their overall coloration is black and white with a black head, featherless red feet, and a beak that is long and pointed. Although it would be difficult to confuse this bird with a featherless, monotone colored pterosaur, its beak is similar.
It also is not beyond the realm of possibility that perhaps a deranged, sick, threatened, or confused saddle-billed stork could attack a human and plunge its beak into a man's chest. Both of these candidates are rather poor substitutes for pterosaurs, although they probably do account for some of the reports. Many of the natives are very superstitious, and fervently believe in the stories of monsters in the swamps waiting to attack intruders. It is not difficult to imagine that a quick flyby of one of these large birds in the dark could send one running back to camp with a story of a near miss by a flying demon.
Whether the reports are of actual sightings of pterosaur related creatures, or if it they represent some unknown huge sort of bat or bird, perhaps time will tell. Of all the remote, inaccessible locations in the world where unknown creatures could still exist, probably the best candidates would have to be the deep enormous swamps in Africa. These swamps are so overgrown with vines and undergrowth that human travel is next to impossible. In addition, the ground is often so soft that humans could not even stand without sinking, and the many rivers and waterlogged areas block many avenues of penetration. Vicious insects and other critters that can cause sickness from disease or death from venom accompany the hostile terrain.
The area is racked with political instability, patrolled by guerillas and armed bandits with little respect for non-native intruders, which provides a powerful disincentive to would-be explorers. Over flights by aircraft are ineffective since the treetops are so thick in the deep swamps that little or nothing can been seen underneath. Africa is hiding its secrets well. If there are living dinosaurs alive today, these dense over grown swampy areas of Africa are a prime candidate for harboring them.

Closing statement:
Despite many sightings by credible eye-witnesses the Kongamato has left behind no physical evidence to prove that it actually exists. Natives, close to death after a run in with the creature, do not prove anything other than an attack of some kind did happen. As with the majority of crypid it will take a body, alive or dead, to prove to the world that the Kongamato exists in reality not in just myth and legend.

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Cryptid 064b Megaconda

Amazon River, South America

Type: Super Animals

Evidence: Sightings, pictures exist which appear to show a snake in excess of 100 feet however these photos often do not contain any point of reference to base the creature’s size and are dismissed as inconclusive.

Possible Population size: Unknown. Ultimately every anaconda has the potential to become a giant.

It's fairly general knowledge that reptiles continue to grow all of their lives. On average, anacondas can grow to roughly thirty feet, however some explorers and native peoples of the Amazon River basin have reported sightings of anacondas in exess of fifty to a hundred+ feet.
One of the first reported sightings from explorers occurred in 1907 by adventurer Major Percy H. Fawcett. Major Fawcett was sent by the Royal Geographic Society to survey the Rio Abuna and Acre Rivers when he and a group of natives were drifting along the Rio Negro River. At one point in the trip he spotted a great triangular serpentine head appearing at the bow of his boat, Fawcett opened fire hitting the creature in the spine. The giant snake thrashed the water into a foamy frenzy all around the boat as it violently died from its wounds. According to Fawcett, the snake measured 45 feet out of the water and 17 feet in the water, a total of 62 feet. Though this massive snake was remarkably long the diameter was relatively small, only 12 inches. Unfortunately Fawcett had no way to carry the massive creature back from the interior of the Amazon, once publicized his account was received with ridicule even though he insisted his account was both truthful and accurate.
Herpetologist Raymond Ditmars rejected Fawcett’s story on the grounds that anacondas where not thought to get much longer than 19 feet, a number that was soon increased to 30 feet. Decades after Fawcett’s encounter Bernard Heuvelmans came to his defense arguing that Fawcett’s writings where generally honest and reliable. Heuvelmans also noted in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals that American herpetologist Thomas Barboor, Brazilian expert Dr. Afranio do Amaral of the Institute at Butantan and Doctor Jose Condido de Melo of the Rio de Janeiro Zoo all agreed that 45 feet should be the accepted maximum length.
In an article which appeared in the International Society of Cryptozoology newsletter J. Richard Greenwell mentions that a 1944 petroleum expedition in Columbia claimed to have measured a 37 foot long anaconda, however this claim is not always regarded as reliable. Perhaps a more credible report came from scientist Vincent Roth who claimed to have shot and killed an anaconda in British Guiana that measured 34 feet.
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Though these two encounters are generally dismissed by modern science there are plenty of researchers who still believe that the Giant Anaconda swims the waters of the Amazon to this day, and if you wanted to hide a giant snake anywhere in the world, the Amazon River might just be the perfect place to do so.

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