Tangents Of Terror
Code Name: Lovecraft Country
Current Division: Historical
Superspace Co-ordinates: 0.666, -0.666
Superspace Cluster: Great War
Original Division: Historical
Current Year: 1933 CE
Progress Level: 4
Law Level: United States of America 5, Germany 6, United Kingdom 5, Japanese Empire 6
GRAPH ratings: Baseline standard
Dominant Languages: English, German, Japanese
Confirmed Baseline Bleed Point(s): Lovecraft’s grave, Providence, Rhode Island.
Overview: H.P. Lovecraft has just been inaugurated to his 2nd term as President of the United States. Britain and France inch towards fascism in the wake of their stalemate against the Central Powers in World War I. Germany, less devastated than in Baseline history, still witnessed the rise of Nazism and Hitler (who looks poised to still become Chancellor), oversees a heavily-armed DMZ along the Western Front and props up the faltering Austria-Hungary with German military advisors.
Point Of Divergence: In our history, H.P. Lovecraft’s father died of syphilis while Howard was still a young boy, creating a great deal of emotional turmoil and throwing the family into financial dire straits from which it never recovered. On this tangent, Winfield Scott Lovecraft never contracted the deadly disease, and thus survived to give his son and family more stability. H.P. successfully completed high school and enrolled in Brown University, ostensibly to become an astronomer. Unable to master higher mathematics, however, he soon shifted focus to political science and literature. A supporter of Teddy Roosevelt’s Preparedness Movement, Lovecraft left the family business in 1916 to receive paramilitary training, and eventually entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. He served with distinction on the Western Front, but became disillusioned by the stalemate that ended the war, leaving Germany in possession of Alsace-Lorraine.
Upon his return to the U.S., Lovecraft entered politics and became governor of Rhode Island in 1922. His distinguished military service, along with his talents as a writer and speaker, earned him many allies in the Republican Party as a populist in the vein of Teddy Roosevelt, and in 1926, he successfully defeated Herbert Hoover in the Republican primaries, becoming his party’s nominee for President. Lovecraft handily defeated Democrat Al Smith in 1928, and became America’s 31st President. He averted a depression by vetoing the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, and kept the nation on a war-preparedness footing throughout his first term. When the Democrats nominated Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932, Lovecraft defeated him by a small but decisive margin.
Current Sketch: Aside from the U.S., the world is divided in three main power blocs: the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, which renewed in 1920 in the wake of the Great War stalemate, and is nominally allied with the U.S. (though President Lovecraft is wary of supporting “the Yellow Menace”); the Soviet Union under Stalin; and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire), restrained by stalemate but still itching for a fight… and in a much stronger position than they were left in our own history.
Baseline Penetration: None confirmed, though the Task Force is concerned at how events seem to keep working in Lovecraft’s favor. They suspect meddling by other some as-yet unidentified faction.
Other Tangential Penetration: None confirmed, though see above.