LNH20: Bite-Size Tales of the LNH v20 #7: "First Republic"
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Wed May 2 03:52:43 PDT 2012
Bite-Size Tales of the LNH v20 #7:
By Andrew Perron
A dark room with a bright screen, lit up but blank.
"Let me explain to you the history of Earth-Chi."
With a *click*, an image is projected of Europe, with red and green
arrows crawling over it.
"World War II. Hitler is assassinated before he can break Nazi
Germany's pact with Communist Russia. A combined Nazi-Soviet-Fascist
force steamrolls, slowly but surely, through all defending forces.
Britain falls, and once the Axis has spread across Europe, they make
the leap across the Atlantic."
A *click* showing bombers over New York City.
"The United States has not been idle. They have prepared for this
moment with all their might. Their arms and men are ready."
"And they fail."
A *click* and the bombers are over Washington DC.
"They are not expecting the tactics and technology the Axis brings to
bear. They are faster than expected, and manage to sweep past the bulk
of American defense. The defenders rally, but are routed repeatedly."
A *click* shows men burning papers on the Capitol steps.
"By the time the Axis war machine approaches DC, the government is
panicking. Roosevelt tries to keep order, but congressmen and senators
flee in droves. He leaves for parts unknown."
*Click.* A man in a suit hands a rolled-up sheet of paper to a
"A collaborationist government is setup and delivers an official
declaration of armistice, and message are broadcast, telling the people
to stand down."
*Click.* Soldiers, faces smeared with mud, standing in a forest around
a tank, in which Roosevelt defiantly stands.
"Some do... and many do not. The Free States of America comes
together, declaring themselves the true government, and the American
*Click.* A pitched battle between two armies, planes dogfighting
"For five long years, they battle, and though it is hard, endlessly
hard, they never stop."
*Click.* The map of Europe again, with bright blue lines over the red
and green ones.
"In Europe, the Axis cannot hold what they have taken; in victory, they
turn on each other. From without and from within, they are broken
apart, as nations rise up. Forces are called back to the mainland, and
as World War II ends years late, America is free once more."
*Click.* Cheering and celebration in the streets of a war-torn
"Now, there will be a short quiz. Just the one question."
The lights come up, showing Doc Nostalgia operating the projector. He
turns to face Configuration Man, sitting at a desk, fidgeting and
"Would you say," said Doc Nostalgia, pacing back and forth, seemingly
relaxed, "that what happened is something you could reasonably call
'the US surrendering'?"
"Well, uh, I mean, technically the government did--" Configuration Man
squirmed as Doc Nostalgia looked at him. "Um, no."
Doc Nostalgia nodded, turning away from Configuration Man. "And would
you say this speaks to anything about the national character, and their
tendency towards surrender?"
Doc Nostalgia spun around, eyes blazing, and smacked his hands down
hard on the desk. "Then WHY, for the LOVE of EVERYTHING you hold dear,
do you assume that JUST THAT ASSOCIATION holds true for FRANCE!?"
Fearless Leader raised an eyebrow as Doc Nostalgia ranted and raved at
the quailing Configuration Man. "Not the kind of reaction I expected
January Frost shrugged. "He fought alongside the French Resistance in
Operation Dragoon. Quite the eye-opening experience, it seems."
FL nodded, and they walked off to check on the Peril Room.
"...and another thing!"
Author's Note: Yeah, this is basically just me putting a personal rant
into story form. But I hope it was at least interesting.
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, written in less than three hours.
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