So, I am cheating with this alternate history theory because I have actually written about it before on the wiki! However, none of you have probably seen it because it exists as a blog post. However, this blog post doesn't really look like a blog post. It uses the same code as the Vector Troop article to make it appear as if it's a real wiki article. However, the article title and URL make it pretty obviously not the real article. I'm not sure how google indexes blog posts, so I don't think it's at risk of cannibalizing the real Vector Troop article. You can find the blog post here.
I'll briefly summarize what happens in the fake article!
What really happened was I was discouraged with a lack of progress and decided to step down as leader of Vector Troop. This led to Vector Troop dying and turning into the Silentium Contra which did pretty much nothing afterward, unless you count their role in the Judgment-LBP Union conflict.
The fake article addresses some key points. For starters, the original Vector Troop leaders continue to aid me in my leadership, but I am also much more willing to learn from them and grow. I was trying to learn back then, but I just wasn't learning how to create at a pace that was really beneficial for the group. It partly was because of how much I focused on making vehicles and weapons. If I had focused on scenery instead, I could have cranked out a lot more levels that would have convinced people to join. I think level development is one of the most important aspects of recruitment for a clan, so this would have been extremely helpful. Plus, it would have helped retain the VT people to help me out.
However, I didn't discount the issues that still would have been there. Nick_C11 didn't like me because of my reputation. In this timeline I decided to purge many CRO members who weren't active or didn't want to put effort into helping VT grow, However soon thereafter I recruited a lot of new members to spread VT's influence, regardless of skill level. Since Deadpool, Wanida, and Nick were all very elitist, in this timeline I chose to restrict privileges of common members to hopefully get them to be okay with it.
I didn't really agree with the elitist perspective. It was good that they were willing to teach people, and it's true that some people just don't want to learn, but you will never get people to want to learn how to create if you are constantly pushing people away and setting a higher and higher bar. In my opinion, you should reward people for doing great things but don't put others down and hold them back when they don't know how to do something. You might just reinforce the idea that they will never be good enough.
Anyway, back on track here. In this timeline, there is a 'military academy' set up to do just this, to enable members to pass tests and learn how to do stuff. However, the me in this alternate universe has become more pro-elitist. With "aggressive propaganda" as I put it, those common members are "weaker" and "lower". So, yeah. Heel faced turn. I can imagine a different story where this does not play out this way, but this is important because it gets really interesting later.
In the alternate universe article that I wrote, I talked about how this campaign caused many new members to come to Vector Troop. This assumes that those new members are motivated to work their way up the ladder and learn how to create, a bootstraps vision on clans. This is perhaps the dream of people like Deadpool010, Wanida12, and Nick_C11, although I have a feeling they might feel torn about it since they might feel as if the new members would mean stiffer competition.
I actually think that the result of this move is very unrealistic in hindsight. Like I said before, creating those barriers to entry and portraying lesser skilled creators as a lower class will only drive them away. It's kind of like watching a video of someone making a beautiful painting and instead of feeling inspired you just feel useless. "There is no way I can make a painting that good, so why should I even try?" This is a very challenging issue to get around, but for right now let's just pretend like this is actually what happens. Feel free to leave a comment or hit me up if you want to talk about what might have happened instead of a member increase, because we have more to cover from here!
So, the new members means Vector Troop gets big. This is really important because clans are at a bit of a low point right now. There are many smaller, less organized clans, and now Vector Troop is at the front of the hype train, and there is a very interesting class system at play here. The Vector Troop Parliament is filled, but it's mostly filled by upper class VT members. This of course means that the lower class isn't represented much at all. Yeah, one party system makes the parliament pretty much useless since everyone has the same ideology and goals. "Aesthetic good! No skill = bad!" You know, the more refined political ideologies...
Eventually Nick_C11 gets tired of my crap, so he wars me. Even though I would be improving in creative skill, Nick probably still feels jealous. He may still be better than me at creating at this point in time so he could have maybe tried to challenge me for power with a create war, but in this alternate universe when I wrote this fake article I chose to have him convince five parliament members to align with his faction, Silentium Contra: a far more radical elite group that wants to purge the lower class of VT entirely. The most critical part of this divide is that although Wanida and Deadpool favor Nick's position, they feel that my way of balancing Vector Troop is what's good for the longevity of the organization and they convince Nick to stand down. This is a very volatile situation that I can imagine going the opposite way, creating a Vector Troop civil war.
Right after this is the RAVEN-Soldier Wolves conflict. There's a bit where Vector Troop declares war on RAVEN to aid the Soldier Wolves, and after they are defeated M88youngling offered RAVEN leaders and members a place in Vector Troop. Wkendall, RAVEN's leader, became the Minister of Intelligence.
Importantly, creative education at this time was not extended to the Soldier Wolves because VT stronk!
So later VT gets a cool city called the Iron Citadel with three published levels. Seems kind of familiar to the Union Refoundation Day thing from 2014, but this is supposedly happening in November 2013. Wow! There's a lot of new other content too. Imagine like an RSR blitz effect.
There's a big rivalry between Remnants Union and Vector Troop, and Vector Troop comes out on top.
Ok, so, here comes the fun part. January, 2014. Vector Troop becomes a member state of the Axis, and I get to be Head of the Secret Service and Nick_C11 gets to be Lord Vice President. "But wait!" you cry, "Nick_C11 is below M88youngling in Vector Troop's ranks!". I think I was being extra creative on adding more drama to this alternate universe lol
Yeah, so Nick gets a higher position in the fascist party than me. Yikes! I at least get some more sympathetic people appointed as other lower party members to back me up, but this is a major issue, especially with how Nick was oppositional to me earlier on in this timeline. However, I am at least learning some more advanced sticker art during this time supposedly.
Vector Troop declares war on the Soldier Wolves eventually, but they are extremely stubborn and won't give up so easily. They become a bit of an annoying problem for the Axis as time goes on. Nick eventually calls me out for this and cites it as a reason for me to be removed as head of state. I make some new cool content to show him up. By gaining the favor of other Axis state leaders, He gets mad about it, so I'm able to remove him for treason as head of the secret service.
Psyche. Polar vetoes the order as Lord President. Still, he decides to demote Nick and promotes me to Lord Vice President. Nice!
So things are all well and good. Axis and Vector Troop are both doing really well. That is, until Judgment comes back. They do some create wars and initially win, but several important leaders in the Axis defect. Judgment has some crazy stuff planned like DyOS that really just screw over the Axis for another create war, resulting in their defeat.
This is where I stopped in the article, but, wow. It seems to imply that in this timeline, without the LBP Union's experience with dealing with RU and the Axis in terms of grief reporting and 'don't feed the trolls' tactics, the Axis is pretty much screwed in dealing with Judgment. However, it's entirely possible that Judgment might not arise the same way in this timeline at all. It's possible that they might become part of the Axis, but I don't think they would like Polar well enough for that to happen.
There are a lot of things that could have gone differently. I'm curious to hear what you think about it. What do you think would have happened instead? What do you think would have happened if things would have gone slightly differently?