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(OOC) Guide to the GD Corp Canon (START HERE)

NOTICE: The GD Corp Canon is permanently frozen in the year 2143 AD until further notice.

A map of the GD Corp Canon, with its many nations. Current as of 2/10/2021
The GD Corp Canon is an cesspit creative writing project alternate universe created by yours truly. It's an absolute mess, filled with living inanimate objects, a below-acceptable grasp on world history, and several rolls of duct tape that barely keep the entire thing together. Parts of it had been in the workshop since 2013, although the bulk of it was made in one big burst during 2019. Since its start, stuff has been incrementally added over the years, and is held together by hopes, dreams, and sheer apathy. You're welcome to stay and take a gander, although having first reactions akin to 'what on Earth am I looking at right now?' are very much welcome. I don't know the answer to that myself.

I've finally managed to find the time to tell the story of the GD Corp Canon in more detail, so here goes nothing:

A long time ago, like, before there was even running water, a massive space object fell from the sky and hit somewhere in the middle of North America. This magic space rock(?) happened to contain a mystery purple liquid known as Yoyle (dumb name, I know, but I didn't get a say in it). Yoyle does two important things: it absolutely freaking kills whatever living things drink enough of it through turning their skin into metal, and, most importantly, it latches onto non-living things like a parasite. Given enough Yoyle (and patience), the non-living inanimate objects turn into living inanimate objects (related search terms: "Battle for Dream Island", "object show", "man crying in corner"). Over millennia, the now-living objects wander the continent, eventually encountering, working with, and learning things from humans. Although the objects would gradually grow to become stronger than humans, their lesser knowledge of things like societies and stone tools prevented them from turning the continent into their own little paradise. This part of history is often, as most people put it, mega lame. So we're moving on.

Fast-forward a few thousand years, and some wise guy in Europe gets the bright idea to sail westward to get to India. Spoiler alert: he doesn't get to India, but he finds this wack place that becomes known as America. Fast-forward a few more years, and the Spanish are having a jolly old time conquering this new land (and also killing its human natives, but shh). As they are curbstomping the Aztec Empire, however, they discover these strange living objects, with a few of them even getting killed by them. As it turned out, not only was America rather wack, it also had an entirely foreign species that was similar in intelligence to humans. Word of this quickly spread to Europe, just in time for that time when people thought that the word of God shouldn't just be in the hands of the guys in big hats over in Rome. The Spanish (and by extension, the rest of the Catholic world) decided to immediately that the living objects were demons, but the Protestants, with their fancy new translated bibles, claimed that since God created all living things on Earth, they had just as much of a right to exist as they did. Whatever the objects truly were (probably the latter), it suddenly made the Americas not so much of a wack place. People then started coming to the New World en masse in order to see what all the fuss was about.

Yet more time passes, and things in the Americas are turning out really good. The English, with their brand new religion, decide (after spending some time trying to fight them) that the living objects were actually really good, and decided to actually work with them. As much as Objects (as the living objects will be referred to from here on out) were lacking in intelligence and also varied in strength, they were generally stronger than humans, and also knew where places were in this large continent. And so, a partnership was born: the English (and later British) would propel the Objects into the modern age by teaching them all they needed to know, and the Objects just had to do menial work for them. Some other colonial powers (such as the Spanish) also decide to try this out, although it doesn't go... quite as well (related search term: "slavery"). One of the nations that didn't get the memo, however, was Sweden. They set up a little colony in Delaware, then get absolutely destroyed by the Dutch. The Swedish were obviously enraged by this, of course, but in order to stop them from throwing a tantrum, they decided to allow them to bring a couple hundred Objects to Sweden, which definitely didn't come back to haunt them later on.

Once they had brought the Objects to Sweden, they realized that they now had an easily-impressionable workforce that, if they played their cards right, could be turned into the strongest and most loyal military force Europe had seen up to that point. As such, they decided to create some more Objects using Yoyle, and turn them into a brutally effective army (alongside the lame human Caroleans). After years of perfecting them, they'd eventually be put to the test in the Great Northern War. Instead of the Swedish Empire losing (their dignity), like in OTL, they actually completely beat the crap out of literally everyone and successfully invade Russia (only the European part, though). By the end of the war, the Swedish Empire now had complete control over the entirety of the Nordic countries (Denmark-Norway died offscreen), and had subjugated Poland-Lithuania and Hedelia (which is European Russia but ruled by a self-insert. Don't worry about it). Sweden then went on to spend the rest of the 18th century suppressing all attempts to contest their rule using their Object Army. The rest of Europe generally didn't care (because Eastern Europe might as well have been Australia), since they had better things to do, such as fighting each other. Much of the 18th century generally goes the same as in OTL, which is an example of good writing. As time passes, however, Sweden becomes a bit too reliant on its Object army, leading to foreshadowing.

The 19th century started with a revolution (like all good centuries do), with this one being French in flavor. The French Revolution actually happened during the end of the 18th century, but one can probably look past those irrelevant details. Much like any generic alternate history, the 19th century becomes all about Napoleon and his wacky hijinks. He takes over the French government and realizes that the Objects are actually pretty good. The French already thought this some time before, but they didn't think that they were good enough, leading to them still losing in the Seven Years' War some time prior. Napoleon manages to create a strong Object army out of veterans of the Seven Years' War, and goes on to do the usual Napoleon shtick, but it actually goes pretty well. By 1820, much of Europe had fallen under his influence, with the exception of the Swedish (with them fighting a few wars over Eastern Europe, though it ends up in a rather uneasy stalemate). Things were going pretty well for Napoleon until something very bad happened: he died. Everyone then immediately rose up against France, but the French army would manage to keep most of them (ie. not the Germans) in check, even though their leader was now dead. The rest of the century ended up being an uphill battle, where Napoleons successors desperately tried (and gradually) failed to keep the slowly-disintegrating Empire together, as Europe (though mostly Britain) began building up Object armies of their own (albeit smaller).

The 19th century wasn't all about Napoleon, however. The American Revolutionary War still happens, but it is violently suppressed by the British Army (which had Objects, as you could probably tell). After the war, however, the Objects begin having funny ideas such as democracy, republic, and independence. Realizing that they might now have a ticking time bomb on their hands, the British decide to give the Objects some independence, creating a nation similar in structure to the proposed United States in the Object homelands. In exchange for letting them practice their wacky ideas, however, the Objects would continue to cooperate with the British, particularly in their colonial hijinks. Speaking of colonial hijinks, those indeed do happen, but with significantly less France and Spain (who takes the whole 'object slavery' thing a bit too far and ends up having their empire completely destroyed, which the Spanish never forgive them for). Africa gets near-completely colonized like in OTL, but its somewhat different. China does still Chinese things, and Russia, angered by having lost horribly, decides to build up a strong army of their own and take out their frustrations on Siberia and the Far East. Things wouldn't go so well for those two, however, when Objects begin coming into Japan and the rest of Asia as part of the whole colonial shtick. The Japanese realize that the Objects were pretty good, and (after a Meiji Restoration-esque event), decides to rapidly modernize and become Britain 2.0. but more Asian. For now, however, they remain irrelevant.

The 20th century starts, and the Japanese immediately kick Russias shins in the Russo-Japanese War, causing Russia to lose even more dignity than they already had. The European powers would have something to say about it, however, they would be too busy with fighting each other. The Italians (who had just united and broken free from the French decades prior due to German help), decided to take a small nibble of Ottoman (who are obviously still collapsing) territory for, uh... living space. Fun fact, however: no. This leads to a whole bunch of alliances kicking off and starting the Great War, which is (Big) Germany and Italy (as well as a few friends they gain later on) vs. everyone else. Meanwhile, Sweden had gotten too complacent, and Hedelia, now with a far larger Object army and population, begins to make moves towards turning the master into the servant (which is the reason why the collection of post-Swedish nations are known as the Hedelic countries, probably). The Great War would be somewhat more brutal than it was in OTL, since it now has funky Objects and also far more deadly chemical warfare (with Yoyle being turned into a gas that can turn soldiers to steel statues). France and pals end up losing the war. The Ottoman Empire freaking dies, and things get set up for a second, far Greater War. Meanwhile, Japan was out doing things. I dunno. The Second Great War happens some time afterward, which has the same teams, but with bonus Hungary, as well as Britain siding with the Germans early on. The Swedish don't fight, however, as they're too busy reforming the Empire into a more equal arrangement, with Sweden itself becoming the Nordic Federation. The Second Great War was yet more brutal, with more modern technology used to stab each other. The ending phase of the war actually sees the German city of Stuttgart nuked (though it did get better). France loses yet again, and they lose a shred of dignity that they didn't know they even had.

Vowing for there to never be another Great War ever again (foreshadowing), the Quadruple Alliance (no, not that one. In this case it's Britain, Portugal, the United (Object) States and the Netherlands), along with a few others (Germany, Italy + more) create the World Security Organization in order to ensure world peace (seems legit). Problems immediately arise, however, when they realize that Japan was a thing. Japan, having used everyone's distraction as an advantage, had managed to carve out a large empire in East Asia using a large and devoted Object army, which was the exact same tactic the Swedish and French used, only more modern stuff. With self-determination and decolonization being the new hip thing in Europe, the WSO decides to teach it to the Japanese through force, leading to the WSO-Japanese Cold War. The Cold War spans much of the late 20th century, with a crisis involving Mali exporting nuclear material to Japan to create nukes of their own, an extremely bloody war in India (related search term: "Vietnam War"), the Spanish throwing a few tantrums, and some more minor conflicts over spheres of influence in post-colonial Africa and Russia. Things eventually get hot when a WSO-backed uprising in China goes sour, leading to the WSO-Japanese War (or Third Great War for the cool kids), which starts near the end of the 20th century, and extends to the 21st. The war was mostly a stalemate due to the sheer distances involved, with the main fighting between a Pan-Asian coalition of rebels rising up against the Empire of Japan. Nukes go flying (though not that many, since this world is actually a bit behind on that front), and the Japanese eventually lose the war, though they don't lose as much dignity as the French had.

The early 21st century finally sees some peace for once, though that means it ends up being rather boring. With so much money no longer being put towards finding new ways to kill the enemy, they decide to put that money into research into things that could actually benefit the people. They already had stuff like the Internet and cars by that point, though they lacked some things as well, most importantly, they didn't have that good of a space program compared to OTL. The nations of the world starts doing stuff like that, forming a few colonies on the Moon and sending missions to Mars that were manned by Objects (since they could be in space without oxygen, apparently). For the first time in a long while, things started to become actually pretty good. As the decades went on, however, things began to suck once again. The world ended up doing far more progress than the world could accommodate for, leading to the start of the Resource Crisis. A whole bunch of important stuff starts running out, and because so much of the farmable land had been turned purple by the Objects, the already-declining human population began to plummet. Everyone began to panic, as they thought that another major war, this time over resources, would be inevitable. It would get rather close at times, with a particularly close call over who was going to manage the decaying space colonies in these trying times, but it ended up not happening, since everyone was busy fighting each other, though only within their own countries this time. Things also get even more spicy when a mysterious self-insert company enters the fray: GD Corp. After tinkering around a bit, they managed to create something called the Atomic Fabricator, which does as the name suggests. The thing sells like hotcakes, and they start doing things that people with tons of money often do, such as taking over entire nations.

Which brings us to the present. The year is 2143, and the world has become pretty crap. By the 22nd century, the balance of power had shifted so dramatically, that humanity might end up losing their grip over the planet, and it could end up becoming dominated by the Objects. Tensions continue as the Resource Crisis only gets worse, and people begin demanding for the government to actually do something, like actually fight. As France has become more tolerable of progress, the Spanish has taken up the mantle of hating absolutely everybody. It was already bad enough with conflicts between people and nations, but things also start to sour once again between humans and Objects. Some more radical groups have been seeing humanity's decline, and have started blaming the Objects for their problems. And with the introduction of GD Corp to the scene, with their rampant expansion (especially into the political world), it isn't exactly something that can be resolved so easily. GD Corp's appearance has also set the stage for other corporations to rise up. Corporations within Japan seek to bring the country back to glory, and, with its still loyal Object population, perhaps bring back the empire. Between this and the several dozen other problems that are plaguing this story's plot this world, it appears as if the short peace that the world has enjoyed is overdue for its end, and it's only a matter of time before everything collapses once again. The question is no longer of if, but of when.

I wrote out a bunch of stuff about some prominent areas of the world, but because I am stupid, I have written them all out on images, and have not stored a written backup. But here they are regardless.
Do note that some of these were done during a previous version of the world, and so borders may vary!