Think I’m going to need my own Staff Group to plan and organise this war. Been getting some very detailed and valuable material in addition to the thread below. So thanks to all involved in that.
It’s convinced me to bring WW 3.1 forward in my writing schedule. I’ll start it after I finish A Girl in Time, which is now sitting at about 35K words of a planned 90K manuscript. I wanted to get it out before the US election, for reasons which will become obvious when you read it. But I can already tell that’s not gonna happen. And I don’t want to rush the project (and have it explode on me, Samsung style - oooh! Burn!). So I’ll be taking the couple of extra weeks needed to make sure that Girl gets all the attention she needs.
It’s now time to cast the speculative net a little wider than Orders of Battle.
One of the things I enjoyed most in the Stalin’s Hammer series was playing with the economic and social histories of the 1950s. I think the cinematic premiere of Capture Von Braun! was my favourite, although I also enjoyed Harry’s walk through London at the start of Cairo, and building my own Hilton hotel later in that book.
In Rome, you might recall, there was some talk during Harry’s briefing (at the US embassy?) of the Soviets flooding western markets with cheap consumer goods, following the uptime China model. I don’t think this would have actually happened in reality, even in an alternate reality, but I’m going with it because I can. So there.
What I’d be interested in collecting over the next few days are any other ideas, thought balloons, wild speculations etc, as to how the economy, society and culture of the West would have changed since the Transition.
Something other than ‘All your cool shit are belong to Slim Jim now’