|A robotic hive mind plots a coup d’état against a technocratic Imperial Germany; its cyborg assassins are killing key future leaders of the human resistance.|
|1840; Baron Karl Ludwig von Reichenbach demonstrates the Odic force scientifically. Kaiserreich-4 remained a “close parallel” until 1912, when Professor C.A. Ritter-Deissen invented the Odic dynamo, allowing German super-weapons (including sentient androids) to win the Great War.|
|Western (empire with rivals), Japanese (empire), Indic (unitary), Islamic (empire).|
German Empire (technocratic dictatorship, CR4, CR6 in the East), Japanese Empire (oligarchy, CR5), United States (representative democracy, CR3, CR5 for blacks), British Empire (representative democracy, CR4), Austro-Hungarian Empire (dictatorship, CR4), Republic of India (representative democracy with caste system, CR4), Ottoman Empire (dictatorship, CR5), EZNW android underground (hive entity, CR6).
|Tech Level||(6+1) (German military and androids are TL(6+3))|
The great Metropolis of Berlin doesn’t quite rule this world-line. Kaiser Wilhelm II can be forgiven for thinking it does:
Britain has conceded the Continent to Germany after the defeat of 1918, and builds its socialist dreams as a consolation for the loss of India and the colonies.
America apes German science when it bothers to pay attention to anything at all across the Atlantic. France and Italy cringe at Germany’s feet;Austria feasts from Germany’s scraps in Russia and the Ottoman East.
The Empire of Japan might threaten the Reich some day, but for now, they are even more devoted pupils than the Americans. Japanese scientists and technicians have flooded into the new suburb of Yoshiwara, a forest of steel towers sprung up around Berlin’s vast Adlershof aerodrome.T here, the rocketplanes roar down out of purple near-space, after soaring from Tokyo across Japan’s “Siberian Economic Zone” and Germany’s “associated Eastern states.” They land in Berlin Metropolis, guided by the calm, efficient minds of the Reich’s finest soldier-servants: the Maschinenmenschen.
The Maschinenmenschen don’t quite rule this worldline, either. Not yet.
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