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"Weeding" the Timeline & Early Timeline Contribution Guidelines?
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(09-22-2016, 11:44 AM)Drashner1 Wrote: The one issue I have with removing these (And why I didn't remove them initially) is that most of them refer to articles in the EG (Static, various smoking/tobacco related articles). The European Federation is a part of the timeline, although I don't think we have a full on EG about it.

One of the criteria I used when weeding this section of the timeline was that the entries removed seemed to have no real connection to anything in the EG.

These entries don't have a terribly strong connection, but they do have one.

This doesn't mean I'm saying we can't remove them, but are we sure we should do so?

The NAFTA war against Andean druglords can go, IMO. History since that snippet was written has already made that line less plausible.

As for the whole improbable tobacco ban thing, I have a plan to make that bit a chunk of pseuodohistory inserted by later meme-warriors who meant to create a lesson about the unintended consequences that laws and taxes can have (apparently they were unsatisfied with the real examples like the War On Drugs, Prohibition, or 16th century British tea taxes and tea smuggling). The tobacco references can go out of the timeline now, or they can go later...

As for the EU, EF or whatever, I think references should be kept vague where we don't eliminate them entirely. What exactly will happen to the region in the real world of the next half century or so is hard to predict, which is why we are pruning the early timeline in the first place. Also, in the OA setting the details of which nation-states or former nation-states were inside or outside the EU or EF at which particular parts of the Information, Interplanetary and Nanotech Ages, or how that umbrella organization functioned at different times (it could have been quite radically different from one century to the next) is of small consequence after the Technocalypse and the Great Expulsion, however important it might have been to the people living in those ancient times.
Stephen
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RE: "Weeding" the Timeline & Early Timeline Contribution Guidelines? - by Matterplay1 - 09-24-2016, 02:36 PM

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