me and catsmate discussed this essentially its a 500 (without the first page) or so pages of adventure seeds with 6 seeds per page and we all contribute! ie historical psuedo historical sci fi modern the likes
OK here's my first one, inspired by a discussion over at alternatehistory.com.
12APR - The Brusilov Bombing. Historians consider the Brusilov Offensive of June to September 1916 as the Russian Empire's greatest military achievement of the Great War, creating a crisis for Austria-Hungary and a the major victory for the Entente. The officer mostly responsible was General Aleksei Brusilov, commander of the Southwestern Front of the Imperial Russian Army,
What if he never organised the offensive?
On 12 April 1916, seven Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen bombers, commanded by future ace Godwin von Brumowski, launched an audacious bombing raid on the Russian city of Chotin. While they were not the target of the raid, Tsar Nicholas II and General Aleksei Brusilov were there for a military review; historically both escaped unharmed. What if they'd been killed?
This would create huge changes in Imperial Russia. The Imperial Heir Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich, only son of Nicholas II, was to young to ascend the throne so a Regent would be needed. With Brusilov dead, and the Russian military hierarchy decapitated (Tsar Nicholas had recently taken personal command) things would be rather chaotic for a time. Brusilov hasn't been in command for a month, the extensive preparations for his offensive that he'd made, including rigorous training for infantry and artillery haven't happened. Whomever replaces him will not be as competent and it's unlikely in the extreme that they'll manage the same level of success. It'll probably be far more localised and less of a threat to Austria-Hungary.
Perhaps more interesting, and potentially more damaging, is the court power struggle over the Regency; Tsarina Alexandra has been marginalised by now due to her German connections (and she was never popular anyway) so it's probable that Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich (Nicholas's younger brother will be appointed Regent, and she and Rasputin will be quietly isolated somewhere ("in mourning") at least until someone kills Rasputin.
So what will Regent Michael do? He was historically a good Army officer, not particularly 'political' and wanted the war over as soon as possible; he understood how bad things were for Russia far more than his older brother. Now this idea, of Russia exiting the war, will terrify France and Britain; they're facing economic collapse as their US holdings have almost been burned through and they'll soon need to raise huge loans to pay for the war; a Russian exit makes an Entente victory look remote and will deter investors and not even Morgan can work miracles.
Even if Russia stays in the war the consequences are probably bad for the Entente; no successful Brusilov offensive means Italy will likely collapse, Romania stays out of the war (helping keep Germany fed), von Falkenhayn remains in command (eliminating both the submarine warfare that irritated the USA and the disasterous military meddling with. the German economy).
The war ends either by Christmas 1916 with a USA brokered 'White Peace' or the Entente collapses by May 1917. Millions don't die but the stage is perhaps set for a second round in a couple of decades. Russia staggers on but probably faces a revolution within a decade; the stresses were there well before 1914. Airpower, and especially strategic bombing, gets a lot of interest.
But why did the bombing succeed? Blind chance? Careful meddling? Was there perhaps an eighth Knoller-Albatros B.1 in the sky that day (or something more advanced lurking in the clouds?) armed with more precise weapons?
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