GURPS Alternate Earths 2. Available as a digital file! Written by Kenneth Hite, Craig Neumeier, and Michael S. Schiffer Edited by James L. Cambias * Cover art . List of Alternate Earths. Britannica-6 (GURPS Infinite Worlds: Britannica-6, entire book), Year: , TL: 5+2, Mana Level: none, Quantum: 6. GURPS Alternate Earths is (as you may have guessed) a GURPS sourcebook ( well, rather two books, but they’re both covered here) about Alternate History.
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Cornwallis takes as its point of divergence from our history the decision of Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot to not criticise the extravagances of Marie Antoinette as he did in the real world. Without French support the American colonies’ cause failed and the Tories in Britain acquiesced to a Second Restoration of true royal power. The “current year” in Cornwallis isand the world is carved into colonial slices by Russia which holds KoreaJapan and Alaska and the Five Thrones.
Mercantilist economic theory holds sway, resulting in a restrictive network of tariffsrail gauge changes and state monopolies throughout the globe although the theories of Friedrich Hayek are having a stimulating effect in his native Austria. The American colonies are pinned between the Atlantic and treaty boundaries set by Britain to protect the Native American peoples of the interior.
Oregon Country has been used for decades a dumping ground for undesirables of all sorts including Jeremy BenthamEric Blair and survivors of the ” Lincoln – Lee ” rebellion of Russia has been generally ignored by the Five Thrones after its defeat, but Aternate Citizen Gromov has rebuilt its industry and plots to export revolution throughout the world.
Ming-3 is a parallel universe almost entirely dominated by a Chinese empire whose fleets of exploration under Zheng He Jeng Ho in the text were never scrapped as they were in our history; the scenario credits the mother of the Xuande Emperor with having persuaded her son eartjs put a final end to his voyages her husband, the Hongxi Emperorhaving opposed burps during his short reignand posits a plague that ended her life and her influence over Alternnate.
The plague also alternaet the imperial household to remain in the southern port city of Nanjing instead of moving to Beijing ; accordingly, Zheng He’s fleets were sustained, reached every corner of the Indian Ocean and rounded the Cape of Good Hope.
Amphibious delivery of soldiers and supplies was developed out of necessity during a war with Annan province Vietnamearyhs stood China in good stead when it found the need to pacify the lands in its naval trading sphere: Indonesiathe Malay Peninsulasouthern Indiavarious Arabian portsand the eastern coast of Africa from Mogadishu to Mozambique. When Portuguese atlernate entered the Indian Ocean and seized exrths port of Goa in defiance of Chinese authority, a fleet was sent to round the Cape of Good Hope, captured European ports on the west coast, and landed at Lisbon in War with Portugal led to war with Spain under King Charles I which ended in victory for the Chinese and the seizure of Spain’s Mexican alternahe and their gold.
ugrps The kings of France became the Holy Roman Emperors, but their dominance in Christian Europe came to an end when Emperor Louis II attacked ggurps he believed to be a weakly garrisoned Iberian province but could not sustain the war economically; a similar fate befell England after its ships raided a Mexican silver shipment.
The “current year” is ; Nanjing is the effective capital of the world, the vassal realm of Datsin controls Europe from Poland to the Pyreneessouthern Africa is a de facto independent nation and a cosmopolitan outpost of Chinese culture on the edge of relatively unexplored central Africa, and the Americas are increasingly being populated with Asian rather than native subjects of the Empire.
Unfortunately, imperial control is beginning to break down and many fear the Emperor has lost the Mandate of Heaven. Midgard diverges from real history inwhen the Viking captains Hoskuld and Tyri set out to sack Mikligardr Constantinople alternxte emperor Michael III “the Drunkard” was campaigning against the Saracens. In our history their fleet turned back; in Midgard they captured the city and were given the secret of Greek fire alterhate religious dissidents, enabling them to destroy the Byzantine fleet on its return.
With the riches of the alternatw, a garrison left to hold it, and Greek fire, the Vikings’ future raids against southern Europe were vastly more successful.
Combined with the effects of the eartha of Europe by altsrnate Bulgars and MagyarsChristian Europe had no hope of survival. The “current year” is ; the pre-eminent Norse powers are Danemark DenmarkSvearika SwedenGardarika a Varangian -founded territory stretching across northern Eurasiaand Vinland in North America. Christianity still exists, but it must compete with Norse paganism and “Thorism”, a syncretic religion where Thor fights on man’s behalf in Heaven in return for fealty in the afterlife.
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Caliph is perhaps the strangest of the Alternate Earths settings. The “current year” is only but the world is technologically far in advance of our present day. The point of divergence which made this possible is the invention of the printing press in the Abbasid Caliphate during the 9th century, which enabled the emergence of an Islamic Renaissance and consequent technological development about seven centuries ahead of real history. Calculus was devised in the early 11th century, oil-powered steamships were first built in the midth century, and man first walked on the moon in The secular Jamahariya Alliance based in the New World controls a third of the globe along with its ally, the totalitarian Caliphate of Hind India ; they are currently pushing for further conquest in an ultra-tech world that has not seen global war in centuries.
Humanity has also spread to the rest of the solar system and to colony worlds in four other star systems accessible through FTL stargates. All humans living “beyond planetary atmospheres” are claimed as subjects of the corporation-dominated Rightly Guided Stellar Caliphate which did so ostensibly to preserve humanity in case the fighting on Earth became genocidal in nature.
Along with the reality of extraterrestrial lifethe Stellar Caliphs also recently developed mainframe artificial intelligence agents called djinnwho are accepted as equals in Muslim society. Aeolus breaks with our history inwhen the favourable winds which allowed William of Orange to safely cross the English Channel and invade England in the real world never materialized and his fleet was lost in the attempt.
King James II was therefore never driven from his throne, and subsequently executed the anti-Catholic parliamentarians who had invited William to take the throne for treason. After this victory, James’ Catholic sympathies were displayed openly as he ignored Parliament and allied with France. The eventual reunion of the Church of England with the Church of Rome in drove British Protestants to North America en masse ; a series of succession crises and wars throughout the 19th century left 20th century Europe discontented and dissatisfied.
Central Europe experienced a series of republican revolutions in the s; the Republican Alliance that emerged is pinned between the Habsburg Dominions across northern Eurasia and yurps Bourbon Dominions of western Europe.
The American Commonwealth, a near-theocratic Protestant nation governed by a Lord Protector appointed for life, is smaller, of a size with Nouvelle France, the sole remaining colonial possession in North America. The character of Aeolus is of a world with near-modern technology the “current year” is in which political thought is many years behind its course of development in our world. Fortunately for the Republican Alliance, the presence of Mikhail Gurevich and Henri Coanda has given them sole possession of jet aircraft technology and, indeed, the only airplanes on the planet.
Its point of divergence is the successful crossing of the White Shipmeaning that William Adelinthe sole male heir of King Henry I of Englandwas never drowned. This not only prevented the succession struggle between his sister Matilda and Stephen of Blois and the Anarchy which followed Stephen’s accession to the thronebut also led to Eleanor of Aquitaine becoming even more important to Centrum’s history than she was to ours.
Married not to Henry II of England but to William Adelin’s son Robert the Crusader, Eleanor ruled in her husband’s absence and during their son’s infancy, establishing an incredibly powerful Anglo-French Empire by her death in Chinese technology imported by the Mongols and royal patronage of Roger Bacon’s scientific inquiries meant that, although scientific progress in Centrum was slower than in our history, it maintained a head start of around a century.
Eventually, the Anglo-French Empire dominated not only Europe but most of the globe. In the nuclear obliteration of London by parties unknown decapitated the AFE and kicked off a decade of civil war that killed more than half the world’s population mostly through unrestricted biowarfare. A military-industrial cabal based in Terraustralis Australiathe Centrum, imposed draconian social controls in order to survive this Last War, and eventually ventured out with the aim of reconquering the globe and incorporating all humanity into a single, rational culture and social order.
The development of “parachronics”, the parallel-jumping technology central to the GURPS Time Travel setting, enabled Centran society to quickly recover from the war.
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The “current year” in Centrum isand much of Centrum’s efforts focus on resisting the influences of “Secundus” the “Homeline” parallel which the Infinity Patrol calls home over the parallels Centrum itself can reach and manipulate.