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Welcome to the surreal world of Crimson Blues. This is the story of a very bizarre Cold War featuring demons, jets and atom bombs. Germany won WW1, Leon Trotsky inherited the Soviet Union's leadership, and World War II ended in a nuclear stalemate. To make matters worse, an unstable and unpredictable Australia filled with wonder and hazard in equal quantities may prove to be either kingmaker, or Earth's doom.

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Oceanyka, still sometimes known post-independence as Australia, is a confederation of tribes, villages, towns and city-states located in the continent of Oceania. It is an anarchic land filled with treasure, danger, cruelty and death. Outside of the palisades of villages, the stone walls of towns, the sniper towers of cities and the bunkers of colonial outposts anarchy reigns, and he with the biggest gun wins. Oceanyka autonomously developed two different civilisations which had been at war with each other for millennia before the arrival of foreign settlers; the Aboriginals and the Ferozen. In their last great war, they destroyed each other, leaving the continent ripe for British colonisation. This state of affairs lasted for almost a century, greatly enriching the Empire, but Oceanyka reached independence through bloody revolution in the late 19th century, as a confederation between all peoples within it. Originally aligned with the West, a left-wing revolution in the capital has brought it closer to the Moscow Pact, under the leadership of President Alan Redfort.

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From the Crimean War and forwards civil unrest became uncontrollable in the colony of Oceanyka. Many rebellions had to be put down by force as nationalist fervor spread throughout the nation, even towards isolated circles such as nomads. At the same time British control seeped over predesignated borders, encroaching further inland and overtaking foreign missions. This period was extremely bloody and costly for all involved. The British, as retaliation for all the revolts and invasions from inland, became increasingly totalitarian in governance. Cestlep was founded in 1864 and quickly became many things; melting pot, intellectual center, industrial heartland and most importantly, a nationalistic flame.

The Ferozen axe, like most other close range weapons in history, eventually evolved to have a higher reach. The Chinese guandao inspired the Ferozen to manufacture more axe-like polearms, with which they could fight both individually and in formations.

The banneret changed significantly with the beginning of the stagnation era, but remained largely the same thereafter. Iron weapons and scale armour were adopted alongside larger, sturdier shields. However, the lack of an effective ironworking culture in aboriginal society meant that laquered leather continued to be everywhere. Horse and klongen riding became highly popular, and the prevalence of nomadic aboriginal cultures in the Outback created a pool of very capable cavalrymen. Mounted archery also began to be developed as a skill unique to banneret warriors.

The Revolution is a very recent event in Oceanykan history, in which Alan Redfort's left-wing coalition forces revolted successfully against the presidential libertarian regime. The revolt began after Oceanyka's disastrous defeat in New Caledonia, brought about by federal incompetence. After Cestlep's largest prison was stormed by rebel commandos and its armoury seized, hours of urban combat followed. Just after dawn broke, the President and his heir-to-be nephew were executed in public, while the People's Party of Oceanyka claimed control of the Council.

After World War II, an evolution towards professional armies with high-tech weaponry began to unfold. As part of this process, "good enough" has started to become a liability. Contact fuzes have long been unreliable in the most critical of moments, and for this reason the world's military superpowers have steadily improved their own designs. Most of these are graze-sensitive, so they will detonate even if there is not a direct hit on target.

Blobs are bipedal underwater creatures with strong amphibious capabilities, a result of the type "B" melding virus. They are excellent swimmers, if somewhat slow. They don't cause many problems, but if left alone they will breed at alarming rates and could easily overwhelm a coastal settlement. Blobs seem to be a mixture between cephalopod and human genetics. Secret societies have failed to contain blobs and fishermen sometimes fight against them at sea, while villages near the beach face attacks frequently. An emergency program to rebrand blobs as a "new, dangerous, previously undiscovered species" is underway. 

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