It's a bit awkward to start it all over again. A year and a half ago lord_k presented the case in Ottens' Smoking Lounge, then we blogged it. But I hope that this time we'll be able to discuss the matter.
Of course, imaginary world doesn't need a seal of community approval. It's the question of credibility. So I present our outline, an envelope for the action, a few features of the Strangers' World that looks rather old-fashioned compared to OTL 1972. Here are some points of interest. Feel the difference.
- Flying boat is still a popular way to travel between the North Sea and Baltic ports.
- Pneumatic mail is still widely used, and not only for in-office communication.
- Transistor radio is a novelty. You've got television, but cannot enjoy satellite transmission - there are no satellites. And nobody has landed on the Moon yet (no 'Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!'). Actually, nobody has entered the Space.
- Nuclear threat is pure science-fiction - the Bomb hasn't been tested, it simply doesn't exist.
- There are battleships in different navies, some of them completed not so long ago.
- No Japanese cars. Japanese cameras and home electronics are illegal, but you can purchase them from a trusted vendor - in case you are a trusted customer.
- And jazz festivals are held every summer in Fiume, which is still Fiume and not Rijeka. The map is different. Very different from real 1972, very much alike a prewar one.
The pace of progress is slower. Something has never happened.
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