I recently received an email from new SciFi Ideas subscriber Alfie Heugh detailing an interesting alternate history scenario. Alfie has created a timeline of alternate events, beginning in 1914, which sees the British Empire not only maintain its place as a world-leading superpower but also become a leader in space exploration and colonization, advancing mandkind’s technological development beyond the level we currently enjoy.
Perhaps this more properly belongs on an alternate history website – of which there are many great examples (Alternate History Weekly Update, alternatehistory.com, This Day in Alternate History; check them out if you’re interested in this kind of thing) – but I thought it would be interesting to share it here anyway and get your opinions on whether or not this chain of events is plausible.
Here’s Alfie’s alternate history timeline:
1914: Britain warns Germany not to attack Belgium or any other nation, Germany is aware and thus England never gets involved in the war, however they declare war on the Ottoman Empire, whilst signing a non-aggression pact with the rest of the central powers.
1915: As Soon as the Turks are defeated, they declare their part of the war over, Turkey is split as usual.
1920s: Because of less involvement, the British economy is stronger and not distressed from the war, because of this the army is more prepared for protecting the colonies, they defeat the free Irish forces and stop Egypt from gaining independence, they invade Saudi Arabia, Persia and Afghanistan because of their Oil reserves and resources.
1930s: Britain begins an era of expansion, they annex Thailand in 1931 and Tibet in 1935, the Brits also wage war over the weakened French and claim: Normandy and Brittany and French Indochina (The last remaining French possession in Asia).
1939 – 1945: Instead of Germany starting WW2, it’s the French, they take over Western Europe and ally with Italy but it’s not enough to defeat the British.
Peaceful Cold War: Germany and Britain are the worlds superpowers but are not enemies, instead they develop a special relationship, during the late world war 2 era, the British liberate German Scientists including rocket scientist Warner Von Braun and he is recruited.
1949: The first satellite, called Victory, is launched and becomes the first man made object in space.
1951: Britain puts the first man in space.
1953: The first space station: Elizabeth Station is assembled.
1960: Britain lands on the moon.
1969: The first lunar colony is established.
1974: Britain lands on Mars and establishes the first Martian colony.
1976: Britain announces that they will begin asteroid mining in the Asteroid Belt.
1981: Britain lands a man on Ganymede and Europa.
1983: The first colonies outside the inner planets are built.
1989: Elizabeth Station becomes a space habitat housing 10,000 people and is declared a crown colony.
In 2015: Technology is 30 years ahead on Earth and 75 years ahead on space exploration and colonization.
So, what do you think? Is this a plausible alternate history scenario? Would we all be better off if the British Empire and Germany had refused to enter the First World War?
I like to think so. And I like to think that in some alternate timeline there’s another version of me who runs a pub on Mars.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Timeline by Alfie Heugh.