a reply to: makemap
If you could really consider this worthy of the history forum, then...
Damnit makemap, you actually posted something that's making me think.
I think that we really had the technology to begin with. We just didn't make it or think it were practical. It would have been expensive as hell and
it might have delayed the beginning of the war by a couple of years. Once we understood
how the rocket and engine worked, albeit not at the same time, obviously... we could have used that together along with air tight and pressurized
craft to get it up there. But there is a severe downside with little gain.
I see it something like:
Axis and Allies having perhaps a 1/3 of their aircraft space worthy due to cost. You might even have 1 or 2 Spacecraft Carriers and maybe even a
couple of torpedo carrying Supramarines.
Axis (such a cool word - why didn't we name ourselves Axis) would have bombed the hell out of England until none were left. With a little math, Space
Bombs would have been far easier to pinpoint, unlike the unguided V1&2 Rockets that devastated England. This meaning that much of the military forces
would have been destroyed before they even had a chance to deploy. Their Space Force would have been the only thing left to fight back.
Japan in kind, would have obliterated Hawaii and all the surrounding islands including the Philippians. China would have been destroyed as well.
Considering that Axis are taking out everyone but themselves, they'll have already included the US and any territories that weren't theirs to begin
with. Buildings would be a thing of the past for everyone, including all Axis territories. People on earth would live in the fields because being
anywhere else would be a target. Forests would be burned to a crisp.
So the only thing left are the Space Fleets. It would probably boil down to who had the most craft with bonuses applied from the skillful. Since
Axis struck first, they would likely have the advantage. If there were anyone left on earth, we'd probably be Nazis because Germany would have hit
Japan once their usefulness came to an end.
Still, you would have to consider Germany being struck by Japan first. In that case, we would be all teched out.
So the answer is - Whoever has the advantage.
- Expensive. All counties would go bankrupt and there wouldn't be a war.
- Couldn't mine enough minerals in time to build a few major craft.
- The few survivors, and I do mean few, would live in a post apocalyptic iron-age world, had the war taken place.
Take your pick. Imagination or reality. That's pretty much what it comes to.