Monday, 17 August 2015
Would We Still Be Here?
On the other hand, a minor change, like the War beginning or ending a few hours earlier or later, would probably not affect very much so how big does a historical change have to be before it changes the population? In SM Stirling's Marching Through Georgia, in 1783, the Dutch Cape Colony is renamed the Crown Colony of Drakia and this new colony proceeds to become a world power, later renamed the Domination of the Draka. Yet, in the subsequent history, we recognize the names of:
Also, events like the Great War, the stock market crisis and the Spanish Civil War occur on schedule. The Eurasian War beginning in 1939 is followed by the "Covert Struggle" between Alliance and Domination.
Thus, the premise of the Draka series is not only that a new world power was founded back in 1783 but also that the subsequent history continued to parallel ours in many ways, even including the participation of certain named individuals. However, an Oscar Wilde who had grown up knowing of a Domination of Draka and who even emigrated to the Domination would not be exactly the same Oscar Wilde as the individual of that name in our timeline.