Wow, just noticed it has been a long time since I've written anything Prussian-related....
Anyway, it occurred to me that we should probably coordinate on SDNW3 epilogues so that there may be no inconsistencies in storytelling for SDNW4.
Here is how I (in broad strokes) envisioned the end of the character arc for Johannes Sänger and the German Empire. This was already shared and coordinated with Steve regarding Cascadia.
The cornerstone of future German foreign policy will be:
- adhering to the treaty of Vienna
- continuing the alliance with France, Spain and Tuscany
- trying to achieve detente with the other blocks of power
- not engaging in any more military adventures.
That is about where we stand now. My epilogue post is half-written and will be sent to Steve soon, but I wanted to have this out in the open so that none of us writes stuff like "in 1933 France and Germany fought the fifth world war" and I write "Peace in Europe had reigned for ten years".
Steve and I thought it would be nice to close out SDNW3 with the same way it started, a meeting between Garret and Sänger. This time, two old men meeting shortly before Sänger's tenure as Reichskanzler ends in 1954, and this time with a German ship visiting Seattle, instead of the start where we had a Cascadian ship visit Wilhelmshaven and they met as young men. Along the way Sänger would have tried to visit as many dignitaries as possible, so if you want to have a meeting with him or so please PM me so we can coordinate.
However, we should also coordinate on technical prowess. Here is what I would suggest:
- the tank has become the most important tool in land warfare
- carriers have taken over the principal role in warfare instead of battleships, but not before some nations built nuclear-powered battleships. (Germany for example would have a lobbying battle which resulted in the construction of two such white elephants, adored by the populace but labelled wilhelm's follies in naval circles).
- it is 1954 now and the age of liners is slowly coming to an end due to even more air traffic. However, due to the hyperindustrialized world, ship travel will still be important for a long time.
- somewhere along in 1935 or so the trend to green industry started.
other than that, typical technical progression analogous to our universe.
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