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Old 07-02-2019, 03:32 PM   #21
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Actually, for the surprise decapitation strike described smuggling things in railroad cars might do if it weren't for the "airburst" part of the description.
Keeping in mind July 4 is currently just around the corner (and hearing several "mortar" fireworks going off as I write this), I have to wonder if it might be possible to have the bombs be launched straight up into the air for the most epic fireworks in history. This is markedly more problematic for the attacks on the Frankish army, of course. For those, you pretty much have to have rockets, bombers, or something akin to projectors/conveyors (if performed directly by outtimers, or internal time travelers or whatever), at which point you might as well have the attacks on the cities use the same means.
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Old 07-03-2019, 02:01 AM   #22
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Tsarist, or Stalinist? Either one would make a really fun fifth wheel to contrast with Reich-5.
A truly tsarist Russia probably would have problems reaching the advantage in advanced technology it would need to become the primary or sole power. I gave it a shot (Tsar-1), but the social structure, as some pointed out, seems to be not the best environment for a fast scientific and technological progress.

Stalin was a careful man. This operation seems too blatant and crass for him and/or for some successor of his having his same style. He also was the man of "Socialism in one country".

A Trotskist Soviet Union, OTOH, would come with the nice detail that Trotsky did believe in the all-out exportation of the revolution, and until he became a hunted man, he could be rather bold.
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Old 07-03-2019, 06:30 PM   #23
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A truly tsarist Russia probably would have problems reaching the advantage in advanced technology it would need to become the primary or sole power. I gave it a shot (Tsar-1), but the social structure, as some pointed out, seems to be not the best environment for a fast scientific and technological progress.

Stalin was a careful man. This operation seems too blatant and crass for him and/or for some successor of his having his same style. He also was the man of "Socialism in one country".

A Trotskist Soviet Union, OTOH, would come with the nice detail that Trotsky did believe in the all-out exportation of the revolution, and until he became a hunted man, he could be rather bold.
AlternateHistoryHub has a video (What if Stalin Never Came to Power?) going into what a Trotskist Soviet Union likely would be like.
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