Unnamed Journal Volume 2, Issue 3 - Page 4

From the Publisher A pril marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the First World War. By some unforseen serendipity, we happen to have a few WWI-related content for this issue. History nerds love to ponder what might have been if someone could harness a time machine and kill Hitler. I’ve always found that a tedious exercise. By the time Hitler came along, some manner of German disaster was already baked into the inflationary cake. If the country didn’t get swallowed by fascism, then the Communists would have taken over, and that would not have been any better for anyone. The bastards would simply have starved millions of Jews to collectivize farming rather than killing them directly. Communists always have an alibi. But I digress. No one consideres the most obvious way to prevent the Third Reich: the triumph of the Second. Mostly because not many people have any idea how close the Germans came to winning the First World War. They won everywhere but on the Western Front. Not six months before they had to beg the Allies for an Armistice, Germany imposed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk on the Soviet Union, which handed the Kaiser control of Poland, the Baltics, Ukraine, even the oil-fields of the Caucasus. Even a draw with the Western Allies would have made Germany master of Central and Eastern Europe. It’s an intriguing scenario. Admit it: wouldn’t you rather have had a 1945 with Kaiser Wilhelm III ruling contendedly over a Germanic Mitteleuropa, as opposed to the 1945 we did get? Our first piece, which is either a one-act play or a Socratic dialogue, depending on how regularly you believe Socrates said “fuck”, imagines a scenario in which Wilhelm II radically re-imagines German strategy for WWI, attempting to direct his war machine at the enemies he wanted to, and in fact did defeat. It’s played for laughs. Next, there’s “The Teutonic Beast” which riffs off anti-German progaganda into an unexplained nightmare scenario. Arthur Guy Empey meets Erich Maria Remarque, if you will. This is followed by some of our regular features: another missive from the cat empire in “Catakuri: Taxation”, and the fifth chapter of Void. Finally, we have one of Alfred Underhill’s longest pieces, “Lost in the Strange, Cold Pleasure of the Night.” It has nothing to do with violence or war. It’s a charming romance involving a scarecrow, and so goes well as a palate cleanser. Enjoy. Thomas Fitz Publisher