Two men travel to the 1940s in order to help Nazi Germany win the war and change history.
| On May 27th, 2021, the many worlds hypothesis was proven true in spectacular fashion. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had built a machine that could tunnel into another Universe. This was an shocking discovery for the scientists involved, as the machine (called the Chicago device) had only been built to generate gravitational disturbances. With trial and error, they eventually learned how to send objects back and forth through these vortexs. This enabled them to discover over a hundred alternate Universes, each with their own version of Earth. All of these worlds were identical to our own, but temporally displaced. For some inexplicable reason, the Chicago device could only create vortexs within the gravity well of an 'alternate Earth.' The researchers feared what would happen if the government found out about their discovery, so they kept it a secret for a number of years.
On October 30, 2022, two members of the team mysteriously vanished. No one knew how or why, and the incident was covered up by the scientists. In the midst of an economic recession, when MIT considered shutting down the laboratory, they began using the machine in unethical ways to play the stock market and reap huge windfalls of cash. Emboldened by their success, the researchers gradually began using the Chicago device less for science and more for personal gain. They even began fighting an information war against the government, in an attempt to expose their covert plots. This state of affairs continued for years, but things slowly began to unravel. In the autumn of 2025, one of the lab directors was suspected of insider trading in the stock market, and was investigated by the Securitys and Exchange Commission (SEC). This eventually led to the entire MIT laboratory being seized in July 10, 2026, and all of the researchers being arrested and prosecuted.
Soon after, the government took over the project and assigned a new team of scientists to use the Chicago device. Using the known catalogue of alternate Earths, they begin systematically exploring each. To their shock, they find that one of them had undergone a divergence. System 40, as it was called, had been fighting WW2. Due to some malign influence, the Nazi party emerged as the victor, conquering the Soviet Union and then the British Empire. The scientists quickly determine the source of this divergence. Four years earlier, on October 30, 2022, two researchers used the Chicago device to transport themselves to this alternate Earth. It turned out that both these men were German emigres who had extreme right wing views. They were deeply upset by the political events taking place in their country (particularly Muslim immigration), and grew increasingly angry with Europes ethnic transformation.
Lukas Wilhelm and Theodor Luether later gained employment at the MIT laboratory, where they kept their political views a secret. Not an easy task, given how much they hated world leaders. After learning about the existence of System 40, the two men underwent a rapture and crafted a perverse plan: To use the Chicago device to travel to this alternate Earth and change the course of history there. That they were willing to throw their lot in with a murderous regime like the Nazis spoke to their desperation. Lukas and Theodor did not care about anything except for their chance of redemption. They spent months gathering information and crafting a strategy that would help Germany to win WW2. And then, one fateful night, they burned their bridges and made the transition to another world. An older world based on intolerance, hatred, ignorance, and something else: Hope.