This article is the first in a line of articles (in bad english, sorry for that) containing some basic information about the german Ubiquity edition of the Space: 1889 RPG, so that our friends in Great Britain and the colonies see, what might come to english speaking markets in near future. I don't know whether Clockwork Publishing will do 1:1 translations of the german editions or whether they will make some changes to cover american or british interests.
One main difference between the classic Space: 1889 and the german edition is of course the rules engine. The german edition uses Ubiquity, a ruleset developed by Exile Game Studios for their Hollow Earth Expedition RPG. And I think, Ubiquity works really great with Space: 1889.
But there are other changes too. There is much more setting information. Many topics which had only small information in Classic Space: 1889 are much expanded in the german edition. As you can think especially information about Germany and the german colonies in space get more attention than in the Classic edition. Of course the german edition has all information to play for example american, british, russian, french or belgian characters too, so don't worry.
But there are some changes in comparison to the Classic setting. These changes were done in cooperation with Frank Chadwick. To be honest, these changes based on Frank Chadwicks wishes.
So, which historical facts were changed? Regarding the United States, in the Ubiquity Space: 1889 president Abraham Lincoln dies in 1862 by typhus. His dead causes some political trouble and the northern states victory in the civil war is lost. In 1864 USA and CSA start peace talks and the country will be devided into USA and CSA.
There are some changes in french history too. In 1871 there are a lot of conflicts between french monarchists and republicans. In the fall of 1871 the conflicts result in the foundation of a french “Republique Democratique et Social“. Bourgeoisie and aristocracy together build the Commune, which governs France. Like after the French Revolution 100 years before, France gets isolated in Europe.
After the unsuccessful Metis-rebellion Louis Riehl escapes from Canada to France and helps building the Commune.
In 1879 there is a successful attempt on Maximilian of Mexikos life. Agustín de Itúrbide y Green is Maximilian's successor.