Fear & Paranoia

November 26, 2006

The state of TIAH

November 26th, 2006

Alternate Historian’s Note: November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. In 2004, we produced our novel Warp, and last year we got a start on The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion during this annual event. Both of these novels were based on timelines from TIAH – Warp was based on the Mlosh timeline, and Protocols on the Greater Zionist Resistance timeline. Although we posted numerous links to these novels on Lulu, TIAH didn’t post any excerpts from them. We’re going to do it a little differently this year. This year, the November posts on TIAH will be excerpts from the novel that is being written by us for NaNoWriMo. We will still have Guest Historian entries – Stephen Payne (who has compiled several and made them available on Lulu for free – just go through the Add to Cart system to get it) has some already written and waiting, and he is going to be joined by Guest Historian JD – so, if you want to make a Guest Post this month, go ahead and send it to us, and it will appear along with our novel post.

in 1872, the Mary Celeste leaves the island of St Mary in the Azores without the Briggs on-board. First Mate Albert Richardson tells the crew that a rescue ship is on its way and they need not be concerned. He assumes the Captaincy with a heavy heart. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

in 1941, planes and midget submarines of the Imperial British Navy began a surprise attack on French North Africa under the command of British Admiral James Somerville. This attack brought the French Republic into World War II. At 6:00 a.m. on November 26, the six British carriers launched a first wave of 181 planes composed of torpedo bombers, dive-bombers, level bombers and fighters. The British hit French ships and military installations at Oran at 7:53 a.m. They attacked military airfields and at the same time they hit the fleet anchored in Mers-el-Kébir. Overall, twenty-one ships of the French Mediterranean fleet were damaged and the death toll reached 1,297 with 350 injured. At 9:00 US Forces seize the French colony of Martinique in the Caribbean as the Axis Powers of Anglo-America strike the first blows in World War II. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

in 1946, on arrival at Union Station, Toronto former British Prime Minister Winston Spencer Churchill gives his famous Iron Curtain speech – ‘From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an “Iron curtain” has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Nazi sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Nazi influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Berlin.’ Lord Halifax can only seethe in silence from Ottawa where he is a guest at Rideau Hall, residence of the Governor General of Canada. Halifax hoped for an accommodation with the Nazis which would enable a speedy return to London before winter sets in, and this speech from Churchill is (in the words of US President Charles Lindbergh) ‘an unnecessary insult to the German Nazi Government’. He actually preferred his time as Viceroy of India to this current position as Head of the British Government in Exile which he had taken at His Majesty’s insistence. In fact he had even preferred his role as US Ambassador from 1940, a neutral location that had enabled him to take up his current position when the Royal Family fled to North America. Its getting too cold for comfort out here in Ontario, really. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

in 1970, the National Olympic Committee announce that for the first time the Winter Games will be held outside North America or Europe. The ’72 games will be the first major international sporting event since the ‘Dropshot’ War of 1957, and a neutral location is necessary to involve athletes from the combative nations of America, China and the Soviet Union. –entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context – You’re the Judge!

After nearly getting caught for the third time, Janice decided that she needed a rest. She pulled off into a ditch and turned off her goggles. The battery was almost dead, anyway. She had a spare, so she probably had one more night of exploring she could do, but after that, she was going to have to drive with her lights on – and that meant she was going to be caught.
She was going to be dead if she kept driving tonight, though. She had nearly run off the road several times when her eyelids drooped too far. She got a blanket from the trunk, locked all her doors, and curled up in the back seat.
She startled herself awake after a few minutes and pulled the cell phone out of her purse in the front seat. She set it to buzz at 5 in the morning and set it down on the floorboard next to her head. She then lay her head back down, got as comfortable as she could, and tried to calm the hundreds of thoughts buzzing around in her head. She was exhausted, but every time she felt the sandman’s grip, another thought ran to the front of her mind to distract her. She knew that she needed to keep an eye on the Geiger counter; that she should have done something to camouflage the car, or hide herself better; that she should have updated her web page, but then thought that might give away her position… and all these little flies buzzed about in her head until she couldn’t stand it anymore. She pulled a sleeping pill from her purse and swallowed it down with some her bottled water. The jug was nearly empty – she’d need to fill it again in the morning, provided she was able to.
Tapping on her window startled her awake. She reached for her gun and opened her eyes. Standing outside of her window was a young woman who looked even more exhausted than Janice; her brown hair hung limply over her eyes, which were barely open at all. Janice rolled the window down slightly and said, “What do you want?”
“Please, ma’am, I just want someplace to sleep out the night,” the young woman said. “I been hikin’ all day and night and ain’t seen nary a car, and my feet are killin’ me.” She tried a small smile, but Janice’s expression withered it.
“Look, chick, I have no way of knowing you aren’t feeling me out for your rapist boyfriend who’s waiting to see if I have a gun or not. I do, by the way,” she said, pointing the pistol at the woman’s face, “and I don’t mind using it. There’s a farmhouse you can flop in about 15 miles down that road,” she said, pointing down the long, long road. “Get going.”
“Please, lady, I ain’t got no boyfriend with me, and I won’t try nothin’. I just wanna sleep someplace ‘sides the ground.”
Janice rolled the window back up and tightened her grip on the pistol. She threw off the blanket and unlocked the door, holding her gun on the woman while she got out. “Tell you what. You get your happy little butt down the road that way,” she pointed in Waco’s direction, “and the National Guard will be happy to give you a place to sleep for the night.”
“What’re you talkin’ about?”
“You don’t know?”
“Don’t know what?”
Janice snorted. She looked around with one eye on her guest, but couldn’t see anybody else. “Martial law’s been declared. They’re saying that they nuked the president in Crawford.”
The young woman looked like she’d been slapped in the face. “That… that cain’t be,” she whispered. “I was just there this mornin’.”
Janice’s attitude changed immediately. “Well, why didn’t you say so in the first place? Have a seat, honey. I got a lot of questions for you.”

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