True story of the last socialist king
the True story of the last socialist king is a novel uchronic of the writer Britannique Roy Lewis. The first publication in English took place in 1990 under the title The Extraordinary Reign off King Ludd (in French: the extraordinary reign of king Ludd).
The original title refers to Ned Ludd, character historical or mythical having destroyed a machine.
SynopsisThe young person George Akbar Ier becomes king of England and emperor of the Indies in 1929. England is dominated by a Socialisme which limits the technical Progrès; this progress is perceived as too dangerous for the working masses if it is not controlled. Impatco thus isolates all the inventions in its fortified camps and makes them available to the public only when one is sure that they will create neither Chômage, nor Surpopulation.
The king, who is the narrator of the account, does not have any capacity, any freedom and is just used to ensure appearances of monarchical peace and universal peace with other European socialist monarchies. But, several moments of its life will make a member of Impatco of it.
Not divergenceThe point of divergence of this uchronie in comparison with the real history is placed by Lewis in 1848. He imagines the 20th century if the revolutions of 1848 had succeeded and if, starting from the Prime Minister Disraeli in England, monarchies had been saved by Socialists luddites.
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