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Obsidian by YNot1989
Obsidian
Well, its time I came out about my love for Steven Universe. And I'm gonna do it the only way I know how: Pathetic fan content! NOTE: This Gem isn't meant to represent me, but rather an idea I had for a character who would add a new dynamic to the show.

This is Obsidian, one of the Gems who fought along side Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl and Rose during the War. After the War, he agreed to take on the lonely job of traveling across the galaxy disabling the warp pads that lead to Earth, returning via round about ways every few centuries to update the Gems on any Homeworld activities he discovers while out in space. The last time he was on Earth was in 1951. Like the other gems his physical form reflects his mental maturity, and Obsidian bares the appearance of a man in his early 60s. Obsidian has been fighting for a long time, and its taken its toll on him, when he really just wants to find a quiet place on the Earth to call home and live in peace. Where Rose fought to defend the Earth, Obsidian fought more to defend humanity. For him, they weren't a curiosity, they were everything he wanted to be. To Obsidian, humans possessed the one thing Gems were never capable of taking from the Earth: Empathy.

(Now we're getting into some headcannon, not just fanwank) Obsidian, like Lapis Lazuli, is a very ancient class of Gem: an Elemental. Elementals were produced in very low volumes, out of fear that their power in large numbers would be too dangerous to control. A Heat Elemental, Obsidian is a master of manipulating thermal energy. This means he can create and control fire, melt metal with a single touch, and even freeze objects by pulling their heat into himself. Like Lapis, he also possesses the power of flight, but oddly enough, he enjoys the sea more than the air. Every time he's on Earth for one of his hiatuses, he finds himself working as a sailor or mariner. When he was last on Earth, he worked aboard a US Navy supply ship during the Korean War, before that he worked a British Man o' War, and before that a Genoan Carrack. Where the Gems have tried to stay out of human affairs, Obsidian has enjoyed getting a little too close at times.
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Endgame in Eurasia by YNot1989
Endgame in Eurasia

The Third Mexican War has entered its fourth year, and is drawing to a close. The United States and her allies finally have the upper hand with the arrival of the second and third waves of reinforcements from the Colonies. After pushing the Poles out of Germany and the Balkans, and securing Pakistan and Southern China, Planetary Task Forces India and Atlantic are now coordinating together to operate in a single Eurasian Theater.

From the Balkans and Germany, the Americans begin the big push into the heart of the Intermarium, while French forces prepare to send a killing blow to Spain. Poland is fighting to the last man to hold onto their homeland, while reports swirl of mass desertions in Austria and the Czech Republic. With ground and space forces invading and dropping in from all sides, the Poles have gone so far as to use nuclear ordinance at the outskirts of Warsaw to stop the enemy advance from reaching their capital. Meanwhile, the Russians, though a shadow of the empire that once shook the world, are reminding the colonials why no invader has taken Moscow in over seven centuries.  General Loveridge, not wanting to risk a prolonged assault, conducted a series of drops with the highest casualty rates of the war to secure key Russian economic and military positions before the Russian winter would stall the conflict in its tracks. On September 14, 2138, Moscow fell to the US, leaving the poles to fight a two front war. In Africa and the Middle East, fighting has slowed as more forces sue for peace and the American-Allied forces commit only a half-hearted fight for Arabia beyond control of the major sea-lanes.  Most of the fighting in the Middle East is in the Caucasus where Turkish and Kurdish forces, finally breaking their neutrality, continue to hammer the Intermarium’s southern frontier.

Meanwhile in South Asia, General Zaya has enjoyed considerable success. On June 14, 2138 US-Allied forces in China entered Guangdong in a combined orbital drop and amphibious assault from Taiwan. After a two week assault the industrial heart of China fell to the US-Allied forces, recapturing the port of Hong Kong in the process and opening South-East Asia for a full assault. In India, with the arrival of the third wave of colonial reinforcements and the capture of the New Maldives, Mexican-Allied naval forces were left crippled, leaving southern India without a shield from an assault like that seen in China. After brining the Chinese separatist states to heel, many forces have begun to defect or surrender lest they face the Angelfire. The Indonesia campaign was long and arduous, but between Naval and orbital invasions the final battle for East Asia is converging at the Strait of Malacca. Zarya's Government in Shanghai has brought order to a China that has been choking under its own weight for decades and with the upgrades to the Beanstalk, the first wave of colonists bound for Venus will depart by the end of the year. Despite the continued threat from Mexican-Allied naval forces, the colonials have continued construction of the tower in the New Maldives. With supremacy in space, the fight in India is down to the last holdouts in the south of the subcontinent.

While the battle for Eurasia comes to a close, whispers of the American endgame travel the world. Rumors of European and Chinese political and military leaders traveling to some secret conference in London, the sight of the great O’Neil Ships in low orbit dropping prebuilt towers across the planet, and talk of a global rail-line modeled after the ones used to unite the colonies. To the Soldiers of the Union, the question of, “what has all this been for,” seems to be being answered behind closed doors in London.

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This is just a short alternate timeline that I cranked out last night after reading a Wired piece on an alternate Apollo program. The Point of Divergence is that Sergei Korolev, not Chelomei, is the designer that Soviet military planners support at that fateful meeting in 1959...

December 1959: At a meeting with the chief designers of the Soviet Space program, the military planners forgo Chelomei's UR-100 and Yangel's R-36 for Segei Korolev's N-series of rockets.

1960: Now with support from the military,  Korolev heeds his doctor's warning and begins to delegate more to his staff, building a stronger institution from within the Soviet Air Force.

1962: Design Bureau OKB-1 marshals support for the creation of the N1 rocket. Development begins in Ernest the following year.

1965: The N2 and N3 ICBMs enter service. OKB-1 and members of the Soviet Air Force form the Soviet Space Force to fully control the development of space projects.

1966: Project Gemeni's successes drives greater support for Korolev's program.

1967: The Soyuz Circumlunar mission is launched on the 50th anneversary of the Bolshevic Revolution. The US Congress approves a substantial boost in NASA's funding to beat the Russians to the moon. Lobbying by military leaders and the aerospace industry forces President Johnson to reduce additional troops to Vietnam to fund the Space Race.

1968: Korolev dies the same day Apollo 10 reaches the moon after being re-tasked from a dress rehearsal to a full mission. It was later found that a tumor in his abdomen was the most likely the cause of death, compounded by his stressful work schedule. President Johnson narrowly wins re-election in 1968 as the Vietnam conflict de-escalates to cover the costs of the Space Race. The Tet Ceasefire is a watershed  moment between the US and North Vietnam.

1969: The Soviet LK Mission reaches the moon. Russia begins designing its first military space station based off of Korolev's old proposals. US and Soviet Union agree to an armistice in Vietnam, leaving the country divided, the cost of their space programs putting too much demand on a relatively unimportant war in Asia.

1971: Almaz 1 is launched, the US space station Olympus 1 reaches orbit at the end of the year. Almaz is intended to provide maintenance and communications for soviet spy satellites. The first K-Type Apollo CM Shuttles enter service to provide support for Earth-Orbit programs.

1973: Apollo 21 and LK-9 reach polar orbit of the moon on the same day, passing within 5 km of eachother at closest approach. Olympus is boosted into a higher orbit, extending its lifespan by another decade. Olympus 2 is launched by the first of the new generation of Saturn V-b launch vehicles. Olypus 2 is intended to service communication and KH-9 spy satellites, as well as provide civilian research. President Reagan begins implementing the Last Offset Strategy, abandoning conventional heavy bombers for space based ISR and missile guidance.

1974: The Soviets launch Almaz 5 into polar orbit, completing their military space station network.

1975: The Olympus 3 space station is launched from NASA's new Texas launch site. The far larger station is the first to include a module specifically for satellite maintanence.

1976: The Soviets land the first component of their Lunar base in the Sea of Moscow on the Moon's terminator. Its observatory provides both civilian exploration and military surveillance capabilities of the whole of the US Spy Satellite Network.

1977: The US and Soviet bomber fleet is reduced to the lowest levels since the beginning of the Cold War. Advances in rocket technology make bomber aircraft increasingly obsolete.

1978: The Saur Revolution in Afghanistan turns into a protracted civil war. US and Soviet support for their respective fractions are limited to covert training and intelligence operations.

1979: The US deploys its first KH-10 Dorian spy satellite a semi-autonomous fully digital satellite to be maintained by Olympus 3 crews. The Soviets demonstrate the first kinetic bombardment weapon on the moon, launching a large moonrock from the surface dropping it just on the border of the US controlled Sea of Tranquility and creating a 6 km wide crater and a dust cloud visible from the surface of the Earth.

1982: The US military begins quietly funding the creation of a series of purely military space vehicles based on the Apollo Shuttles. President Rockefeller meets with General Secretary Andropov to discuss a ban on Space Based Weapons. The summit is not a success and the Rockefeller administration is largely outmaneuvered by the more militant Soviet leader. The SALT treaty is considered largely irrelevant with the birth of bombardment weapons.

1985: President Glenn begins a far more aggressive arms race in space, funding the creation of new orbital strike platforms and a next generation series of Launch Vehicles with reusable stages. Additionally, a manned mission to Mars is planned for within the next ten years.

1989: The Soviet Union, unable to keep up with the arms race in space, begins a series of negotiations with the US to limit the use of bombardment weapons.

1991: Members of the Soviet Military attempt a coup against President Gorbachev, but are unsuccessful with Gorbachev's support from the Intelligence Services, and the limited numbers of forces at the disposal of the conspirators. Several members of the KGB stationed on Mir 3 attempt to drop a bombardment weapon on the Kremlin, but are overpowered by regular Soviet Space Forces.

1993: Orbital Weapons are limited in size and scope by the START Treaty. Reforms to the Soviet Union result in the secession of the Baltic States, Georgia and Armenia, but the rest of the Union remains intact. The Warsaw Pact is dissolved by the end of the Year. Story Musgrave becomes the first human on Mars.

1995: Researchers at the University of Madison Wisconsin complete work on the HOMER fusion reactor, using Helium-3 extracted from Tranquility Base.

1997: The Soviets retask a number of their Mir stations to provide purely relay and repair services for a number of private communication satellites. President Dole announces the construction of the first fusion power plant in Texas and a signs a bill into law allowing NASA to sell seats on Artemis lunar shuttles to private outfits seeking to mine Helium-3.

1999: Lunar Services Inc. consolidates the majority of lunar mining contracts through NASA.

2004: President Clinton announces the end of the Ares program as part of cost-cutting measures.

2008: The Soviet Union invades Georgia. Bombardment weapons are used to clear a path to the capital.

2010: President Powell oversees the first increase to the Air Force Space command in 20 years. 

2012: The Soviets deploy a small electric laser on a repurposed Mir platform, capable of disabling satellites. The cancellation of the Nova boosters is repealed by Congress and the rockets are upgraded to provide new launch capabilities.

2014: The Soviets invade Lithuania to secure a rout to the Kaliningrad oblast. Cold War II is now the primary focus of the day.
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Sean McKnight
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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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microwavedreams Featured By Owner 3 days ago
What would a worst case scenerio look like environment wise? Or at least a less than optimal one where climate change isn't halted until much later? Full societal collapse to the stone age? A breakup of the US? Migration north?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A full scale disaster is one similar to what I outlined in my much earlier Flood maps. Loss of major coastal lowland sand with it the more important farmlands, mass starvation followed by War, drought, and eventually a mad max style apocalypse.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Politically, would any modern nation survive the rough and tumble? Would any nations end up as beneficiaries from the new climate?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The arctic states would, but most else would be in for a rough haul.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Congratulations on America finally granting gays equal marriage rights.

Seems a lot of Christians are pissed off if comments on MSN and other sites covering the news are anything to go by but screw them, they should remember that it's their gods place to judge not theirs and the whole let he who is without sin caste the first stone statement by Jesus.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That follow up paragraph was a little weird, but thanks I guess? Its a Supreme Court decision, its more of a validation of our system of government than some triumph of the people.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Would any Republican Presidency (assuming it's the far right scary christian fundamentalist kind) be able to reverse it if in power ?

My apologies about the last paragraph, it was more an observation I've made of the reactions from certain groups in the comment sections of various websites reporting on the decision and how they are actually been fairly unchristian going by their own book. I probably shouldn't have added it.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but it would be an uphill battle. At least one of the Justices on the Supreme Court who ruled in favor of marriage equality would have to die/retire and be replaced by a conservative Justice, and they have to be confirmed by Senate, which would have to be majority conservative to have a chance at passage. 
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