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Well, I'm finally broke enough to open up for commissions. I've never done this before, don't really know how it works, so I apologize in advance for any difficulties that may arise.

===FLAGS AND SEALS===
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===MAPS===
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Sean McKnight
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm just another denizen of the internet trying to add a little nuance where its needed, and a little bluntness where it's not.

I'm from Western Washington, though I currently reside in California.

I'm an actual Rocket Scientist (did research with rockets, and am an Aerospace Engineer).

Politically I can best be described as Liberal American Imperialist; 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: Lancaster, California
Favorite genre of music: Rock in all its forms and all its glory!
Favorite animated character: Spike Spiegel
Favorite literary character: Takeshi Kovacs
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So if there is one opportunity for an amazing SciFi TV series that was just a pretty good movie, its 1980s, "The Final Countdown." If you're not familiar with it, its about a modern (then) crew aboard the USS Nimitz being sent back in time to December 7, 1941 near the Hawaiian islands. The movie is mostly about the crew trying to figure out where or indeed when they are, and they're returned to the present before ever getting to do much beyond shooting down a couple of Zeros (which incidentally is pretty goddamn bad-ass). A Book series called, "The Axis of Time," follows a very similar premise. What if instead of a short movie that ends too soon we got a TV series? So here's my pitch for a pilot:

December 7, 2021 - The USS Gerald R. Ford is beginning its first deployment to Korea to relieve the aging USS Nimitz. Carrier Strike Group 12. Five hundred miles out from Oahu, the Ford enters what looks to be an electrical storm and winds up on a clear day. Only the Ford, and the bows of two Ticonderoga-class cruisers make it through, three sailors aboard the other two ships are rescued, but the ship and crew have no Earthly idea what just happened. Aegis combat systems aboard the Ford detect two aircraft, and the captain, fearing his storm is some kind of attack, orders two F-35s to investigate with the rest of the carrier's aircraft on standby. They report, much to the surprise of the captain's surprise, that they have confirmed that the aircraft are indeed Mitsubishi A6M Zeros. The Zeros, unable to see the more advanced aircraft hiding in the sun, spot the American carrier and begin to approach to attack. The captain orders his planes to shoot down the Japanese aircraft, which they accomplish before the Japanese pilots even realize they're being targeted.

Later, the crew rescues the (fictional) US Senator Sam Chapman and his wife from their boat which was sunk by the two planes; along with one of the Japanese pilots. The Senator is greeted by the captain of the Ford and it quickly becomes clear that they are indeed in 1941, on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As the captain struggles to inform the Senator of their situation, word comes in that a massive squadron of aircraft are approaching, bearing down on Pearl Harbor. At this point the crew begin to panic and argue about what they should do, with the crew being split on interfering to save Pearl Harbor at the risk of causing a time paradox. The ship's resident nuclear engineer, a proponent of multiverse theory, argues that they're stuck in this timeline and might as well make the best of it. As the argument reaches a fever pitch, the captured Japanese pilot manages to escape, killing one of his guards with his own gun and one of the deck officers. The man is shot just after he warns his commander via radio about the American carrier. With his crew about to come under attack, the captain orders all aircraft and defense systems to prepare for battle, and destroy the Japanese aircraft. 

F-35s and F-18s fly off the deck of the Ford, Phalanx guns and lasers begin finding targets, and the captain radios to Pearl Harbor alerting them to the attack, claiming to be the USS Ward. The battle is an all out slaughter. 75 aircraft from the 21st century attacking over 300 WWII Japanese fighters. The Japanese planes don't stand a chance, and the battle is over in less than an hour, most of which is taken up by attacking retreating Japanese ships and aircraft. By the time the battle is over, the planes are spent on most of their munitions, and only a few dozen missiles remain on the ship. During the battle a few dozen P-38s and the actual USS Ward join the fight and meet the American supercarrier which follows them to Pearl Harbor. The massive ship 200 feet longer and twice as heavy as the largest American battleship leaves the sailors and civilians at Pearl in silent awe.

Later that day, the captain of the Ford meets with Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, and explains the situation. Kimmel is skeptical of what has happened, but Navy technicians having reviewed the ship and its weapons cannot deny that the ship that saved them is far beyond anything possible for their engineers. Kimmel orders to radio Washington, and announce the arrival of the time traveling Super Carrier, as well as the attempted Japanese attack. The shot closes with Kimmel being informed that bases in Guam, the Philippines, and the Marshal Islands have all been attacked by the Japanese. Kimmel orders the captain of the Ford to spend the day transferring their paperwork over to the 1941 Navy, and to debrief him and his staff on the events of the war that has just begun.

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So that's the pilot in my head. Basically the show would follow the Ford's crew as they join in the battles during the war, modify weapons from 1940s technology to fit their aircraft and maintain what they already have. Meet with historical figures and scientists to advance the Allied arsenal by decades (including giving Robert Oppenheimer everything he needs to not only produce an atomic bomb by 1943), breaking Axis codes in 1941, out maneuvering Japan with knowledge of future events and providing field intel via drones, and ending the war in the Pacific by 1943. Then the series could transfer to the War in Europe as the Germans have been beaten back with their codes broken and tactics known in advance, but a large overland invasion is still necessary to win the war. At this point in the series (season 3 or 4), the Ford and her crew play more of a commanding role and technology development role. A few of the ship's engineers are off at Los Alamos, or Groom Lake developing weapons, and by D-Day, the Americans now have FJ-1 Fury's to deploy (which look a lot more modern and are invisible to radar), as well as advanced missiles and rockets courtesy of Robert H. Goddard reverse engineering the Ford's BGM-109 Tomahawks. The US Navy has even begun reverse engineering the Gerald Ford, and three new Midway-class aircraft carriers will match the enormous ship in size and design, and are even being fitted with primitive nuclear reactors.

Just before D-Day the Ford is ordered to steam to Peenemünde with its team of Navy SEALS (which would have been doing awesome things in the 1940s and training soldiers from that era how to fight like they do). The goal is to destroy German rocket positions and capture the scientists, while Marines will secure a second beach-head while the Germans are busy defending their Atlantic coast from the Allied invasion. A few of the Marines landing on the beaches in Prussia are carrying assault rifles that bare a striking resemblance to FN-SCARs and M-4 carbines. The war ends in December 1944 after a second Allied invasion is opened up in Eastern Germany and the Americans drop an atomic bomb on Frankfurt. Hitler kills himself before Navy SEALs can capture him, and the Allies are able to capture Germany before the Russians even get too far into East Prussia.

If the series continues after that they could have a Cold-War story-line where some of the crew decide to leave the service and get rich with their knowledge of future events, only to find out Uncle Sam is keeping them on a very tight leash and hasn't even told the public that they're from the future, nor do they have any plans to do so. FDR dies in 1945 leaving the Presidency to Vice President Sam Chapman, who maneuvered his way into the Vice Presidency using information he gleaned about certain political figures and tricks of modern politics from his time aboard the Ford as its soul Congressional Investigator (a job he was appointed simply by being there when they first showed up in Pearl Harbor). Chapman is charming, affable, popular and incredibly corrupt, having made plans to remain in office for the rest of his days by blackmailing potential political opponents with information from the future. He eventually becomes a minor antagonist to the crew of the Ford, who see themselves as, "Chapman's personal hit squad." At the beginning of Chapman's Presidency, the crew are initially very supportive of him, as he was a friend of the crew when they first arrived in this time period. However as time goes on, it becomes clear that Chapman is the one keeping the Office of Naval  Intelligence and the FBI keep such a close eye on them.

The series reveals that Chapman's motives are selfish, but not entirely malevolent. He encourages the development of computers and a working civilian internet much like in the future, gets Congress to pass a single-payer healthcare plan and establishes NASA in 1947. As such, some of the crew are remain supportive of the President in the early days of his Presidency, and even argue that he's right to make sure the public isn't aware of such an advanced piece of military hardware like the Ford. But eventually things go to far. This would let the show spend a season focusing more on political intrigue and espionage. The show could probably continue until the captain of the Ford decides to retire and most of the crew have left.
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing
Credit to Void-Wolf for giving me this idea.

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Basically, Timeline 15 is a timeline in which things are just the way you like them. Your best possible timeline. Things that you like are popular, things that you dislike are unpopular.

Your political candidate of choice is doing well, your crush likes you back, you're healthy and happy. The way you currently dress is fashionable in Timeline 15, movies and tv-shows you enjoy are a critical and financial success while those you dislike are failures over there. Your favorite music is topping the charts, your favorite videogames are the most played, etc.

The catch is that Timeline 15 diverged from our world on the day of your birth and not sooner, so whatever Points of Departure you're introducing cannot happen earlier and the world was exactly like OTL until you were born."
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1989 - Newt Gingrich loses the election for House Minority Whip to Edward Rell Madigan in a razor thin election.

1992 - Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States.

1993 - President Clinton and House Republicans negotiate passage of the Health Security Act of 1993, largely borrowing from elements of Massachusetts' healthcare program. During this time Congress narrowly passes an approval to fund the Superconducting Supercollider after House Whips are able to negotiate a compromise funding package for expanding US Space Shuttle capabilities and defense spending to ensure a fairer distribution of resources to Southern and Midwestern States.

1994 - Republicans narrowly take back the House of Representatives and Senate.

1995 - NASA revives the Space Shuttle Wet Workshop program with the budget increase from the 1993 American Innovation Act. The successful deployment of the Wet Workshop leads to significant redesigns of the International Space Station program.

1996 - Bill Clinton wins re-election for the Presidency.

2000 - John McCain defeats Al Gore for the Presidency. The ISS is completed with 12 Space Shuttle Wet Workshops forming a habitation ring. Most countries involved with the program have been able to accelerate their commitments by simply shipping scientific components to the station directly rather than building costly modules of their own.

2001 - President McCain orders a series of airstrikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan as per the recommendation of the outgoing Clinton administration memo. The Superconducting Supercollider (renamed Teller National Accelerator Laboratory or Tellerlab) discovers proof of the "God Particle," advancing quantum mechanics by decades.

2002 - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is founded by Elon Musk. The company begins work on a new generation of long range vacuum thrusters for space travel.

2003 - DARPA begins quantum teleportation research with scientists at Tellerlab. Publically Tellerlab continues research into quantum physics and its applications toward nuclear fusion.

2004 - President McCain is re-elected. He comes under sharp criticism shortly after signing a series of cuts to the FAFSA program, prompting more graduates to seek trade skills.

2005 - New Orleans is devastated by the largest Hurricane in living memory. The McCain administration organizes a successful relief effort, and opens an executive advisory council to investigate the cause. Military, civilian, and public researchers all conclude anthropological climate change contributed to the weather conditions that caused the storm. President McCain, citing similar reversals by President George H.W. Bush, reverses the administration's policy and asks Congress to create ARPA-E to study ways to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions while creating new renewable energy sources. 

2006 - SpaceX becomes the first private company to lease space on the International Space Station to launch its Falcon 1 test vehicle. The small orbital tug is deployed from the space station to capture derelict satellites from Earth Orbit and return them to the station for repair and life-extension. The US military awards SpaceX a contract to field the newly completed Space Station Independence with a suite of space tugs to service KH-11 satellites.

2008 - The US economy suffers the largest stock market crash in its history. President McCain's bailout of the Housing Market is hotly criticized. Senator Barack Obama defeats Governor Mitt Romney in a landslide after Romney is caught espousing elitist sentiments about America's poorer voters. During the election, Russia invades Georgia, prompting President McCain to organize Congress and NATO to levee sanctions against Russia.

2009 - President Obama signs the Recovery Act, allotting trillions of dollars toward infrastructure reform and curtailing bailouts after receiving pressure from Democrats. SpaceX debuts the Falcon 9 Spacecraft, a much larger space Tug capable of capturing KH-11 spy satellites and propelling Shuttle Wet Workshops into higher orbits.

2010 - Accompanied by Buzz Aldrin, President Obama announces plans to build a next generation space shuttle and encourage private contractors to build privatized versions of the Shuttle launch system. President Obama's infrastructure program proves popular with Midwestern communities and tradesworkers, securing Democrats their majorities in the House and Senate during the midterms.

2011 - The US military begins outfitting next generation GPS satellites and military satellites with Quantum Entanglement communication systems that can't be hacked and are extremely precise.

2012 - President Obama wins a second term over Republican Jeb Bush. SpaceX launches its first manned mission aboard a Falcon 9 spacecraft using its Dragon Command Module (CM). Scientists at the National Ignition Facility initiate a sustained fusion reaction for the first time in history thanks to research derived from work at Tellerlab.

2014 - Boeing buys Masten Space Systems to provide higher quality landing accuracy for the next generation Space Shuttle. The Defense Department's annual budget request includes a proposal to build a small fusion power plant for the Gerald Ford Class Aircraft Carrier.

2015 - Built from abandoned concepts from the Venture Star and Orbital Space Plane projects, the Shuttle-2 is built in multiple configurations that use a more efficient Shuttle-Derived Launch System. The launch system can either be fully recoverable or be used as components for wet workshops. Boeing and Lockheed have begun to invest much more time and resource into improving their launch systems to capitalize on the growing demand of the Earth-Imaging and In Space Service markets.

2016 - Vice President Joe Biden is elected President of the United States, soundly defeating rival John Kasich after a bitter primary battle against former independent challenger Bernie Sanders. Biden enters office with a strong economy, a weak Russia, and an America experiencing a resurgence in pride and nationalism from a growing space program. President Obama's infrastructure program has created thousands of new jobs for rural communities and President McCain's renewable energy legacy has spurred the creation of a new generation of inexpensive electric vehicles. 

2017 - SpaceX launches the Falcon 9 to the moon for the first human return in close to 50 years. Elon Musk announces plans to build a large colony ship for Mars. North Korea threatens nuclear war with its missile program, but the US easily disables their capabilities after testing a long classified orbital bombardment weapon which harmlessly penetrates their missile silos. In doing so the US debuts the Orbital Defense Network, a collection of over 50 satellites coordinated by Wet Workshop space stations armed with orbital lasers and bombardment weapons capable of disabling any missile in-flight or silo prior to launch. Puerto Rico joins the Union as the 51st State.
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing
Here's a sneak preview of a project I've been working on for a while. imgur.com/gallery/FNQaXEU
I woke up to this prompt on reddit: You're given immortality but as a cost you are sent back 3000 years - would you accept and what would you do?

And because it already had like 3000 comments I didn't see the point of submitting one there... but unfortunately for you this is an opportunity to dust off an old idea I used to play around with involving self-insert time travel. But this one is a bit more of a challenge. Let's assume I go back in time with my whits, my actual unassisted knowledge, and the clothes on my back. I'm dropped off in LA country (where I happen to be at the moment) circa 1000 BCE, but as I had to consciously decide whether or not to accept this pact, I would by definition have a plan of action once I got there. This is a point in human history with only a handful of late Bronze Age Civilizations, but mostly nomads and pastoral farmers. So let's dive in. Oh, and I'm basically a Mirror Universe Vandal Savage.

I poof into existence in what would be Pasadena, California, 1000 BCE. I get my bearings and make my to the coast. I find a reasonably sharp rock and any trees that have fallen over recently and begin fashioning a really primitive canoe by progressively digging out a trough inside the log. I bind my sharp rock to a heavy branch and make an adze to aide in this endeavor. Meanwhile I craft a fishing pole from using the bark to make some passable string/light rope. While doing this I make Charcoal and gather any iron rich rock I can find. I use any clay I can source to make a primitive bloom forge fueled by the charcoal. Using a rock mallet and wet wooden tongs I shape a very simple knife from the impure iron. I use this to carve several fishooks, and oars for my boat. I suspect this will take several weeks if not months, during such time I'll live off of what food I can forage for, but mostly fish caught in a fixed trap. I'll load my boat with several fishing poles, my knife, what charcoal I can pack, some worms or bugs for bait and cast off for the mouth of the Rio Santiago would be today (It's pretty much the only major river in Western Mexico, so all I have to do is hug the coast until I find a wide mouth). My goal is the Valley of Mexico, which at the time the Olmecs only had a toehold in. Once I arrive I'll keep my head down for a few years and mostly farm Maize and Sweet Potatoes, work on my forge, and generally try to stay out of trouble. Time is on my side.

Once I have worked the bugs out of my forge, I should have some axes, spears, and even a few Gladius-style short swords to spare, which I'll use to ward off some bandit tribes (immortal, what do I have to lose?) and win the support of any locals, who I will outfit with metal farming tools and weapons. What I really want are cold-working tools, so I'll teach locals how to work the forge while the majority work the farms. Once I have files and knives for making more complex objects I can make sawblades. Once I have saws I can cut more precise wood components, and make simple wooden, water powered machines, like a Mill. Once my town has a mill, it will free up more of the population to help me in my tasks, and increase food production, and therefore population. I figure after about 20-50 years of this I can push East to capture the Olmec's coastal farmland. Plus I'll have not aged in 50 years, so I think they'll be calling me a God-King by now. 

After I capture the Olmec civilization, I'll spend 20 years consolidating my gains, and have my people start building Mills and Forges. After that We're at about 900 BCE, so I'll head South to Panama building roads, forts, and gathering some of those delightfully caloric food-sources from South American traders, and hopefully a few llamas. My civilization is without horses and oxen, so I'm stuck with foot soldiers and if I'm lucky Llamas for overland trade. So I'll put the bulk of my workers to making ports and building a few ships (literally 2-3 for now). I'll institute policies from the sanitary movement to reduce the risk of disease in cities, and after I consolidate my claim to Central America and Mexico I should be enjoying a modest population boom, with maybe a quarter to half a million people. I wont' conquer much outside of Mexico proper for a few centuries, save for one region: The Caribbean. That region was one of the most productive on the planet, home to lovely cash crops and a perfect staging point into the Americas. I'll spend my time working on improving Mills, infrastructure, and steel production, while making more complex machines and language systems (which will probably sound like English with an easier to understand set of rules for writing). I'll build a Palace in Valley of Mexico to fuel the Imperial Cult, and build my merchant navy to trade around the Americas and our colonies in the Gulf of Mexico.

Around 700 BCE I'll have a population of over a few million people and will push into North America to build colonies along the Mississippi river system. Most of my subjects would settle in present day Iowa and, Louisiana and Mississippi for now, as Cotton and Corn would be the primary drivers of the economy. But the overland river network would enable more mills, and a much larger economy. Around this point we should also have primitive steam engines in regular production on ships and power small trains. Capitalism will be practical at this point, having been slowly introduced as I create a larger government with a religious tribute system that mints fiat coins in exchange for Gold. Essentially the Crown/Church would be a National Bank. Growth will be more autonomous now and require less oversite from the government. Population growth would be akin to that of North America in the 19th Century, and by 600 BCE we should be enjoying a population between 5-7 Million people, fully integrated territories around the Caribbean and as far North as Iowa, with colonies covering most of North America, with coastal city-states established in South America and one big Colony in Argentina. This is an empire with steam trains not unlike those of the 19th Century, a complex writing system and spoken language. A unified Church to the only semi-divine figure on the planet that is, well, real; all supported by capital markets.

I'll run a few wars of conquest in the proto-Incan cultures, but around 500 BCE I'll be ready for the big war. I'll push my military to push East and West to explore beyond the known world, with the expectation of being attacked once we hit Carthage. I'll just have them set up show in Hawaii in the Pacific, but once we hit Europe we start the Great War. Armed with Steam cars, ships and tanks we'll steamroll over a Europe that is just now figuring out that Iron is a thing. We'll conquer everything up to the Urals and North Africa, and have steam-ships loaded with colonists come and set up shop. I'll probably spend the next 100 years fighting insurrections against the Persians, but I have time and a devoted population on my side. The War will officially continue, though we won't actually be advancing beyond the Mediterranean/European core. But around 400 CE we'll push into Persia and the Eurasian Steppe, staying away from the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush for now, and stopping once I have control over most of the Mongolian Empire, save for China. Meanwhile the Pacific fleet will be capturing most of the island chains short of Japan. The Empire should have a population of over 200 million by now, but I'm not going to try and take China, India, or Africa for a while. I have a lot of the planet to rule and while I'm stretched thin, I have the most valuable and productive territory. I'll spend the next 100-200 years biding my time, building up the conquered territories and erecting administrative centers for the global federation. I'm still an absolute monarch, but there's very little I have to actually do anymore. By 250 BCE my Empire should have a population of around 700 Million to a Billion people assuming growth rates comparable to industrial economies in OTL. We should have internal combustion, electric power, and telecommunications akin to the mid 20th Century. Once we test an atomic bomb, I'll have our forces knock out China, take over Africa and finish the Job in India and Afghanistan (I'm not fucking around in that country. It's getting nuked until they surrender). 

I'll rule the Earth with the technology of 2017 by 0 CE, or 200 AC (After Conquest). After that its onto the solar system!
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing
So if there is one opportunity for an amazing SciFi TV series that was just a pretty good movie, its 1980s, "The Final Countdown." If you're not familiar with it, its about a modern (then) crew aboard the USS Nimitz being sent back in time to December 7, 1941 near the Hawaiian islands. The movie is mostly about the crew trying to figure out where or indeed when they are, and they're returned to the present before ever getting to do much beyond shooting down a couple of Zeros (which incidentally is pretty goddamn bad-ass). A Book series called, "The Axis of Time," follows a very similar premise. What if instead of a short movie that ends too soon we got a TV series? So here's my pitch for a pilot:

December 7, 2021 - The USS Gerald R. Ford is beginning its first deployment to Korea to relieve the aging USS Nimitz. Carrier Strike Group 12. Five hundred miles out from Oahu, the Ford enters what looks to be an electrical storm and winds up on a clear day. Only the Ford, and the bows of two Ticonderoga-class cruisers make it through, three sailors aboard the other two ships are rescued, but the ship and crew have no Earthly idea what just happened. Aegis combat systems aboard the Ford detect two aircraft, and the captain, fearing his storm is some kind of attack, orders two F-35s to investigate with the rest of the carrier's aircraft on standby. They report, much to the surprise of the captain's surprise, that they have confirmed that the aircraft are indeed Mitsubishi A6M Zeros. The Zeros, unable to see the more advanced aircraft hiding in the sun, spot the American carrier and begin to approach to attack. The captain orders his planes to shoot down the Japanese aircraft, which they accomplish before the Japanese pilots even realize they're being targeted.

Later, the crew rescues the (fictional) US Senator Sam Chapman and his wife from their boat which was sunk by the two planes; along with one of the Japanese pilots. The Senator is greeted by the captain of the Ford and it quickly becomes clear that they are indeed in 1941, on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As the captain struggles to inform the Senator of their situation, word comes in that a massive squadron of aircraft are approaching, bearing down on Pearl Harbor. At this point the crew begin to panic and argue about what they should do, with the crew being split on interfering to save Pearl Harbor at the risk of causing a time paradox. The ship's resident nuclear engineer, a proponent of multiverse theory, argues that they're stuck in this timeline and might as well make the best of it. As the argument reaches a fever pitch, the captured Japanese pilot manages to escape, killing one of his guards with his own gun and one of the deck officers. The man is shot just after he warns his commander via radio about the American carrier. With his crew about to come under attack, the captain orders all aircraft and defense systems to prepare for battle, and destroy the Japanese aircraft. 

F-35s and F-18s fly off the deck of the Ford, Phalanx guns and lasers begin finding targets, and the captain radios to Pearl Harbor alerting them to the attack, claiming to be the USS Ward. The battle is an all out slaughter. 75 aircraft from the 21st century attacking over 300 WWII Japanese fighters. The Japanese planes don't stand a chance, and the battle is over in less than an hour, most of which is taken up by attacking retreating Japanese ships and aircraft. By the time the battle is over, the planes are spent on most of their munitions, and only a few dozen missiles remain on the ship. During the battle a few dozen P-38s and the actual USS Ward join the fight and meet the American supercarrier which follows them to Pearl Harbor. The massive ship 200 feet longer and twice as heavy as the largest American battleship leaves the sailors and civilians at Pearl in silent awe.

Later that day, the captain of the Ford meets with Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, and explains the situation. Kimmel is skeptical of what has happened, but Navy technicians having reviewed the ship and its weapons cannot deny that the ship that saved them is far beyond anything possible for their engineers. Kimmel orders to radio Washington, and announce the arrival of the time traveling Super Carrier, as well as the attempted Japanese attack. The shot closes with Kimmel being informed that bases in Guam, the Philippines, and the Marshal Islands have all been attacked by the Japanese. Kimmel orders the captain of the Ford to spend the day transferring their paperwork over to the 1941 Navy, and to debrief him and his staff on the events of the war that has just begun.

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So that's the pilot in my head. Basically the show would follow the Ford's crew as they join in the battles during the war, modify weapons from 1940s technology to fit their aircraft and maintain what they already have. Meet with historical figures and scientists to advance the Allied arsenal by decades (including giving Robert Oppenheimer everything he needs to not only produce an atomic bomb by 1943), breaking Axis codes in 1941, out maneuvering Japan with knowledge of future events and providing field intel via drones, and ending the war in the Pacific by 1943. Then the series could transfer to the War in Europe as the Germans have been beaten back with their codes broken and tactics known in advance, but a large overland invasion is still necessary to win the war. At this point in the series (season 3 or 4), the Ford and her crew play more of a commanding role and technology development role. A few of the ship's engineers are off at Los Alamos, or Groom Lake developing weapons, and by D-Day, the Americans now have FJ-1 Fury's to deploy (which look a lot more modern and are invisible to radar), as well as advanced missiles and rockets courtesy of Robert H. Goddard reverse engineering the Ford's BGM-109 Tomahawks. The US Navy has even begun reverse engineering the Gerald Ford, and three new Midway-class aircraft carriers will match the enormous ship in size and design, and are even being fitted with primitive nuclear reactors.

Just before D-Day the Ford is ordered to steam to Peenemünde with its team of Navy SEALS (which would have been doing awesome things in the 1940s and training soldiers from that era how to fight like they do). The goal is to destroy German rocket positions and capture the scientists, while Marines will secure a second beach-head while the Germans are busy defending their Atlantic coast from the Allied invasion. A few of the Marines landing on the beaches in Prussia are carrying assault rifles that bare a striking resemblance to FN-SCARs and M-4 carbines. The war ends in December 1944 after a second Allied invasion is opened up in Eastern Germany and the Americans drop an atomic bomb on Frankfurt. Hitler kills himself before Navy SEALs can capture him, and the Allies are able to capture Germany before the Russians even get too far into East Prussia.

If the series continues after that they could have a Cold-War story-line where some of the crew decide to leave the service and get rich with their knowledge of future events, only to find out Uncle Sam is keeping them on a very tight leash and hasn't even told the public that they're from the future, nor do they have any plans to do so. FDR dies in 1945 leaving the Presidency to Vice President Sam Chapman, who maneuvered his way into the Vice Presidency using information he gleaned about certain political figures and tricks of modern politics from his time aboard the Ford as its soul Congressional Investigator (a job he was appointed simply by being there when they first showed up in Pearl Harbor). Chapman is charming, affable, popular and incredibly corrupt, having made plans to remain in office for the rest of his days by blackmailing potential political opponents with information from the future. He eventually becomes a minor antagonist to the crew of the Ford, who see themselves as, "Chapman's personal hit squad." At the beginning of Chapman's Presidency, the crew are initially very supportive of him, as he was a friend of the crew when they first arrived in this time period. However as time goes on, it becomes clear that Chapman is the one keeping the Office of Naval  Intelligence and the FBI keep such a close eye on them.

The series reveals that Chapman's motives are selfish, but not entirely malevolent. He encourages the development of computers and a working civilian internet much like in the future, gets Congress to pass a single-payer healthcare plan and establishes NASA in 1947. As such, some of the crew are remain supportive of the President in the early days of his Presidency, and even argue that he's right to make sure the public isn't aware of such an advanced piece of military hardware like the Ford. But eventually things go to far. This would let the show spend a season focusing more on political intrigue and espionage. The show could probably continue until the captain of the Ford decides to retire and most of the crew have left.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah they're nice, interesting flag design for the "Reformed United States," but I've seen that flag of fascist America somewhere else before.
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torstan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Glad you like the map - thanks for the fave!
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NP
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vaipaBG Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank's for the fav, mate!
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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33k7 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Thank you for the fave
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np
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AYDeezy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
On my "NATO in Libya for what" poster, you wrote :


I always thought the Turks were pro-secular democracy?

Turkey is a democratic state, Turks want democracy and nothing other. And the government is democratic and pro-secular but just say that they are muslim. Like in Danmark where government is democratic but they says that they are christians.

Anyway, I don't understand why you post this comment on a Libyan poster ?

This poster explain that NATO is not in Libya for democracy but for stealing oil.

We have already saw this movie in Afghanistan, Iraq.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, they're in Libya because Ghaddafi failings as a leader has led to unrest that puts at risk the energy security of the region, and his disregard towards UN resolutions threatens the authority of the organization. It is about the oil, but there is far more to it than that.
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AYDeezy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Yeah I know, but in conclusion NATO is in Libya for oil.

If there is no oil, like in Tchad, there is no NATO.
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