An experimental anti tank unit based upon an arctic rescue vehicle. An unusual design, designed for low ground pressure combined with good speed.
The example depicted here is near the southern border of Germany, sometime in the November of 2054. It's accompanied by a mixture of regular PanSoc infantry and local militia as part of the 'October Banner' incident. The knocked-out BTR-20 is a drone command vehicle destroyed that summer.
The whole incident will likely be debated by scholars for some time, and even the basic outlines of the event are sketchy. Combining elements of mass hysteria, memory editing, and armed insurgency, it was the basis for Granaud's thesis concerning the emergence of fifth generation warfare. Both absurd and disturbing, the central idea was that individuals would participate in events without real motive, and sometimes without basic awareness of their actions. While widely ridiculed, Granaud's ideas would find some adherents in the coming century.
Are you telling me this sucker is NUCLEAR?
The title is a deliberate oxymoron: A situation where unconnected people with similar motives will perform similar actions, delivering the illusion of planned and concerted effort.
This reminds me of Challenge magazine, when they ran covers relating to Twilight: 2000. A squad-level unit going about its business and hoping for a nice quiet day.
If anything, it's a little like the tower of Babel done on an installment plan. Ethnic and political tensions were inflamed via the implanting of false memories by unknown parties. These memories were of personal and political events that never happened, interspersed with leaks of classified information concerning war crimes in the previous conflict. A mixture of internal and external misinformation led to rumors of a popular uprising against PanSoc by the EU successor states. This in turn caused a cascade of events that they're still trying to understand. The widespread use of embedded expert systems with inadequate security has further complicated the post mortem as the records themselves are suspect.
It's a sort of game of Chinese whispers, or a Baudrillardian replica iterated through many generations. Quite simply, nobody knows what really happened, or where. Even the source of the false memories was never identified, though there are many suspects.
I'm familiar with some of these sources, and I'll be sure to look into the others.
If there is a useful classification, it may be related to Magic Realism.
Structurally, I could see this related to Through the Looking-Glass. Alter one set of assumptions or input, and watch the cascading effects. Without sounding (hopefully) too pompous I think a lot of fantasy suffers because it lacks the details and wonder of the ordinary. This is fine if you're using some sort of framing device for narration, but if you're right there in the middle of it there should be those things that make one small moment different from another in the real world. If popular histories are a sort of recreation (or even simulation) what happens if we put that same filter over the fantastic?
Hey, whenever you got something takin' place in Germany, I can try and make you some custom landscape reference photos, if you like.
Does also belong to the spacecraft of WWI verse? I'm so looking forward to when it all comes together in a story one day.
That's a very kind offer, I'll keep it in mind. Thank you.
It's a different continuity, but it may connect in a meta sense. I should be back to the book soon, as my situation stabilizes.
Although the stabilization could as well just refer to new job, new state. I still suspect you're busy with Star Wars.
Is it Star Wars?
So, no Star Wars I'm afraid.