Great War (Harry Turtledove)

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Great War
Part of Southern Victory Series
Timeline-191 WWI.png
World Map with the participants in World War I.
The Entente depicted in green, the Central Powers are in orange, and neutral countries are in grey.
Date June 28, 1914 – September 1917
Location Worldwide
Result Central Powers victory,

North America: The Confederate States is forced to pay war reparations to the United States. The U.S. annexes Kentucky, Sequoyah, and portions of Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, and Sonora. Also, the British Empire surrenders the Sandwich Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Canada to the United States. Quebec splits from Canada and becomes an independent republic.

Europe: Austro-Hungarian occupation of Serbia. Germany occupies Belgium and annexes Luxembourg. Germany also occupies Eastern Europe according to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Ireland successfully splits from the United Kingdom and becomes an independent republic. Although remaining neutral in the war, the Netherlands and Denmark become under German influence.

Africa: The Belgian and French Congo colonies become the German Congo.

Asia: Ottoman occupation of the Caucasus region of Russia.

Entente Powers:

 United Kingdom
France France
 Confederate States
Canada Canada
 New Zealand
South Africa South Africa
 British India
Mexico Mexico
Utah Mormon rebels
Thailand Thailand
Poland Polish rebels against Germany

Central Powers:

 United States
 Ottoman Empire
 Quebec(Later war)
Republic of Ireland Irish Rebels
Hammer and sickle.svg Congaree and Black Belt Socialist Republics (1915-1916)
Flag of the UNIA.svg Other African American resistance groups
Poland Polish Rebels against Russia

The Great War saga[edit]

Smarting from two defeats at the hands of the Confederate States of America, which was allied with the United Kingdom and the French Third Republic, the United States of America has turned to an alliance with the strengthening German Empire as well as Austria Hungary, and The Ottoman Empire. The US military has been reformed along German lines, and gets a great deal of technical assistance from Germany, especially with regard to fighter aircraft. The antebellum Republican Party has mostly collapsed, discredited by the defeats, leaving the Democratic Party and the Socialist Party (whose rise was aided by the defection of former president Abraham Lincoln and his supporters from the Republicans to the Socialists) as the main political parties in the United States.

When in 1914 the Great War breaks out in Europe, both the USA and CSA join almost immediately on the side of their respective allies, and the USA is fighting a two-front war against Britain's primary representative on North America, Canada and Newfoundland to the north, and the CSA to the south. In eastern North America, the conflict soon bogs down into trench warfare, while in the West the battle lines are more fluid. Various characters are traced through the war, with several male characters changed forever by their military service. In South America, Chile went to war with Argentina.


Southern Victory Series[edit]

The Great War trilogy is followed by the American Empire trilogy and Settling Accounts tetralogy. It is preceded by his novel How Few Remain.