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Well I just got hired by a rocket research company. So enjoy these posts while they last, because they're gonna dry up once I start working in the fall.
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Sean McKnight
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm just another denizen of the internet seeking enlightenment in a world of trolls, false flaggers, and flamers.

I'm from Western Washington, though I hate Nirvana, Coffee and Microsoft.

I'm an aerospace engineer in training (mostly so I can pick up women by saying I'm a rocket scientist)

Politically I can best be described as Liberal American Exceptionalist; so basically I want Universal Healthcare as an excuse to annex Canada.

I love sci-fi movies, books, and TV shows, classic cars and modern ones too, bitching about politics, speculating about the future, and analyzing the past.

Current Residence: Prescott, Arizona
Favourite genre of music: Rock in all its forms and all its glory!
Operating System: Mac, but switching to Ubuntu
MP3 player of choice: iPod Classic
Favourite cartoon character: Gene Starwind, Vegeta, Brian Griffin, Katara, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Spike, Batou
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been meaning to pick your mind on something. Let's assume that Franklin Roosevelt never took office whether he had died when he contracted polio or Giuseppe Zangara shot him in '33, how do you imagine that the United States would develop during the 1930s? Likewise, where would Huey Long go if he somehow avoided his own assassination attempt?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We most likely would have had another two term president who would have implemented similar policies as Roosevelt, if he never took office in the first place, and if John Nance Garner became President after a Roosevelt assassination, he most likely would have served two terms and implemented Roosevelt's policies with even more ease... save for the fact that a Southern Democrat would have avoided any attempt at giving African Americans a leg up in the 30s. Garner wouldn't have sought a third term in 1940 though, he wasn't as popular as FDR, or as skilled a politician to pull that one off. He most likely would have been succeeded by either Henry Wallace (in response to Garner's more aggressive economic policies), or an established democrat like Cordell Hull. Long would never have entered the White House with Garner as president (Two southerners would just give the Republicans an excuse to dig up the Civil War), so he'd be dead in 35' or at best a mostly ignored firebrand in the Senate before being removed for numerous corruption charges. Hull would be the better war president, but Wallace would work more closely with the Soviets. So if Wallace was President during WWII, he might eek out a second term in 44', but Dewey would probably win in 48' after 3 years of peace and a President who is still treating the Soviets like they're not trying to gobble up all of Europe. Hull would enact very similar policies as Roosevelt during the war, though Hull would probably work more directly with Molotov than Stalin, so you might see Yalta go a little better for the West. Hull wouldn't be nearly as popular as Roosevelt during the war, so his successor might win in 48' but I defer to Dewey finally getting a real shot at the Oval Office once again. Wallace might actually result in a more militant Republican take the office than Dewey, Douglas MacArthur might have actually become President in response to a soft-on-Communism president like Wallace. Which would mean no President Eisenhower (Unless he ran as a Democrat), and a much MUCH worse Red Scare in the 1950s. African Americans would have a much rougher time with Garner as President during the 30s, which would translate into poorer economic conditions and a civil rights movement that would probably have more Christian-Socialism concepts thrown around. All and all, the world would be worse off without FDR, but I don't buy the "The Nazis would have won if *Insert leader* had died" premise.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting interesting. Now... I suppose this next one might seem a bit... in the realm of impossibility, but I wonder do you think it's possible that Garner could've bungled the situation so badly that revolutionary forces in America whether it's the Communist Party of the United States or the Silver Legion could gather steam? Or more importantly, is it possible that a civil war could erupt due to the poor economic situation?

I do agree with you though in regards to the "If *Leader* had died." 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well Garner could go too far with his reforms and you might see a more effective version of "The Business Plot," with support from the more conservative members of the military, rather than a fascist veteran's association.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Do you think mind uploading will ever be possible and practical ?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Possible? Yes. Practical? No. I suspect that it would have to be a long and gradual process to maintain your continuous consciousness, and not simply risk creating a copy.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Oh yeah, sorry to be a pest but what do you think of this ? heliosmegistos.deviantart.com/…
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Would you say that an alt-historical heavily Socialistic or outright Communist United States would turn out somewhat similar to the Soviet Union or would it be an altogether different beast ?

I've been looking at their track record in history and all Communist or borderline Communist states "ones where the difference is practically non existence" seem to have started as or quickly become dictatorships that seem to have practiced very little or the actual ideology properly if at all.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think ATLs featuring that scenario almost always try to make parallels between the Soviet Union, but I think a communist USA scenario could look a lot more interesting. While there would be parallels to revolution in Russia (1930s most likely), the way a USSA would be set up would be a lot more different than that of the USSR. The US has access to both of the world's oceans, a more temperate climate, a larger population, an established industrial economy, easy access to natural resources, and an even larger neighbor to the north than anything Russia had. 

If the US became a communist country, with a totalitarian central government, it would most likely be a state atheist government due to the fear that divided every major sects of Christianity during the first half of the 20th Century. State control of media is a given, but where the Russians emphasized fear, an American regime would probably use a more folksy approach. The biggest difference between a Russian and American communist dictatorship would be lifestyle. Public works projects in the forms of 5 year plans would build mass transit systems across the country, but there's no getting away from the necessity of cars in a nation so spread out. Regulating interstate travel would help curb this, but some people are simply going to need private conveyances to get to their jobs, and situations like that would make for an interesting timeline. 

Also WWII would look profoundly different, as the US and Russia would most likely Ally against a more anti-Communist Britain and Nazi Germany.
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