Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Worlds of 'What If's and alternate realities



A few days back, I watched Fatherland, a movie based on the Robert Harris novel, set in an alternate 1960s where Germany had won the Second World War.

As noted earlier, I have been fascinated by alternate realities.

Following the release of government archives in 1978, which noted the UK was totally unprepared for a Soviet invasion, the Daily Maily speculated what might have been if the Soviets were aware of Britain's weaknesses and had taken advantage of them.

Indeed, I am sure we could think of a few fresh what ifs.

What if 1978 UK PM Jim Callaghan had called an election that autumn as suspected and won it, denying Britain and the world Thatcherism?

What if Al Gore had won Election 2000. How might America have coped with 9-11? Saddam Hussein? etc?

And what if Uncle Helen had snook back in on November 8, with New Zealand ruled by Hisself and a seven- headed-hydra?

Indeed, what might have been? How might we have fared? And what other scenarios tempt your fantasies?

3 comments:

showmethetaxcut said...

One words for all those scenarios - anarchy.

Anonymous said...

And what if Uncle Helen had snook back in on November 8, with New Zealand ruled by Hisself and a seven- headed-hydra?

Well based on their performance so far - it seems that the Spirit of Helen was transplanted into John Key's brain.

Paul said...

What if the USA had decided not to get involved in South-East Asia? What if the Soviet Union had stayed out of Afghanistan?