Depends on the country. Latin America could still have national TV markets. In North America, though, that was basically nonexistent. Radio was the entertainment medium of choice for most of the continent and still is today.
There's actually a thing where OTL celebrities end up in political office. It was cute when it happened once, but too many people had the same idea and now it's kind of silly. Billy Joel was the president of something, he's one of the most prominent. There are others.
I agree, it's different because the Future Wiki is pretty strictly cordoned off to just the future. If you want a timeline that starts in the past but continues beyond the present, you can't put it here or there.
There is an Alternate Future Wiki for that exact purpose. But it's mostly quiet, and it looks like your wiki has surpassed it in size in just a few days. You might consider contacting the people over there to cooperate somehow.
One of the biggest advantages of WP is its convenience: all these obscure facts, gathered into one place. That aspect might have been replaced by content agregators that draw info from other sites all over the internet. So if you need to know the name of the mayor of a mid-sized German city, the agregator site has pulled it from somewhere. Just sort of speculating.
Hey hey. No Covid, definitely. The timeline has vastly different patterns of human population and movement, which means that the virus evolution that produced Covid went in a completely different direction. It's sort of the same thing with people born after the point of divergence. Unlike some timelines, with 1983dd we can't say "Things were basically the same, probably this person would still have been born." *Nothing* was basically the same anywhere, and that means every living thing was affected from humans to viruses.
Some work has gone into pop-culture topics, so I'll link to the category and let you explore. A big theme is the collapse of the system of global copyright. So people did the natural human thing, took the pre-war cultural products, and ran with them in creative directions. Lots of unauthorized sequels exist for Star Wars, for example, and it's probably the same with other popular movies and shows.
Again, this may have momentarily confused you, but this site isn't pretending to be anything other than fiction. In fact we're quite committed to solid, truthful historical scholarship here: good althistory should be based on good research. In a world that has thousands of terrible sites, thousands of lying politicians, and millions of Facebook uncles, I very much doubt that our creative outlet is causing any damage.
Hey. Despite the old usage on Usenet, Alternate History is a recognized genre that has existed for many years under that name. It's to history what science fiction is to science. Compared to science fiction, it's of course less well known - you're hearing about it for the first time, clearly. But that's what we do. Clicking on the icon to take you to our main page gets you this:
"Alternate History imagines what would happen if history had gone differently. We are a community for creating and discussing a wide range of alternate timelines: large and small, ancient and recent, realistic and fanciful."
Then if you click on "Alternate History," you'll get a more complete definition:
"Alternate History or AH is a fictional genre that imagines what would happen if history had gone differently. It often begins by changing a single historical event, called the point of divergence or POD, and tracing how this produces big changes in the world, diverging it from Our Timeline (OTL) and creating a new, alternate and parallel world."
Sorry that we confused you, but I don't think we can be accused of trying to mislead anyone. Other people do get fooled by AH semi-regularly, and the blog post of mine that FirstStooge linked gives a few examples. Most of the time I think people get confused when they stumble upon our work from a Google search, looking for real history but accidentally finding us. May I ask how you found us?
On Desktop, the green menu at the top of each page has Talk. Talk (0) means that nobody has started it yet, and clicking on it will allow you to create the page.
Talk pages can only be edited in Source mode, so any links or whatever have to be coded manually. Also sign any comments that you make on a talk page by writing ~~~~ at the end of the comment.
PM Reich, make America short again
Best of luck. If you haven't yet, check out the Ideas and Points of Divergence pages for inspiration.
It's a site-wide setting. I believe it was turned on for a brief time many years ago. Instead we have the more old-school talk pages. Those are better for extended comments and discussion.
Oof, that looks terrible
I'll say one thing, article talk pages don't see much use anymore. If comments would increase the level of collaboration I'd be willing to try them out. On the other hand yes, it would be yet one more thing to have to police.
Major nations in the area were the Natchez and the Chitimacha, so those are possibilities. So is simply calling it "Mississippi". Or choosing a different European king to name it after. It really could be anything.
Each game has rules for participation, so read those. But generally you just add your name to the list. Contacting one of the game mods on their user talk page would also be a good idea.
In source editor, you add [[Category:X]] to the bottom of all the pages that you want to put in the category. If you use the Add Category tool, just start typing X, then press enter.
Then, you can click on the category to create the category page. You can have a short description at the top, and it's best to put it in a larger category, like [[Category:Timelines]].
Oh, that's an editable page. Just add them yourself.
What do you mean by the Althist Area?
China is so different that it's hard to make comparisons. The organization that put on the race probably does not exist in this timeline. Even the country doesn't, not really. Gansu happens to be part of the People's Republic of China, but the PRC in this timeline is confined to... pretty much just Gansu.
And then there's the disaster itself, caused by cold weather and high winds. Well the events of 1983 completely changed weather patterns around the world, so there was no temperature drop exactly like that in that specific time and place.
Way more generally: a lot of timelines an do parallel events like that, have things in the other timeline mirror what happens here in real life. Doomsday can't do that, since the PoD changed absolutely everything. We've generally kept things like earthquakes and volcanoes, assuming that the Earth's seismic activity would not have been affected. (But even that might be too big an assumption.) And of course when there's something astronomical that happens like a meteorite, it happens the same in 1983dd. But definitely not weather events or events caused by human actions. Those are all different.
Well not the same thing, certainly. A general rule is that anything that started in OTL after 1983, would not happen in that world. The doomsday event was just too disruptive of everything. For sports, we've created entirely new events rather than work from those of real life. If you look through this category, you'll see what I mean.
Maybe you can write more generally about some kind of athletic event in China. Or marathons more generally. Surely these kinds of disasters are even more common in that world.