What is going worldwide in the We Happy Few universe? (with surprising evidence)
First, the essentials divided in two sections1) The lore of this game so far:
This alternative universe takes place only because the US never went to WWII. An unemployed and disgruntled bricklayer assasinates Roosevelt and Senator Huey Long, a outspoken populist, becomes president by keeping the US out of the war. This, in turn, allows the german invation ( Hitler and the Nazis lost their grip in 1936 and a new German Empire was born from that) of the UK through a successful Operation Sea Lion. The Brits fought back with the called "very bad thing", which kicked the germans out of the island, however, this event was so traumatizing that they had to take happy pills in order to forget what they did.
The lore may be subject to changes, thats understandable, but that's all what we know so far2) WWII and Roosevelt's New Deal stopped the Great Depression by increasing production:
According to the interesting documentary "The Secret of Oz" (2008), Roosevelt's New Deal worked perfectly as a ceiling for the problems that the Great Depression caused to the economy. It wouldn't recover in a full extent until the US's involvement in WWII, which forced a increased production due resources and, basicaly, pure industrial and men power.
With a populist Huey Long that keeps the US out of war for votes and popularity, it would be no surprise that he would
squander Treasury to the point of bankrupcy and with that, the US would had faced two options: split into independent states in order to divide the debt into even parts or get into a default. The first situation would cause unestability, unrest and even a civil war between goverment supporters and those who do not want to take part of a federal goverment anymore, fueling the desire of turning each or some states into independent countries (think about those states that wouldn't be avaiable to pay off their part of the debt and those who can, would they like to pay someone else's burden?). The second one would had caused a situation as Argentina faced back in 2001.
The arguments that support my theory1) The effects of Joy:
Joy does not only make people forget the very bad thing and anything sad from their past, it also makes them childish, easily controlable and unacapable to recognice moral and long-term consecuences. They tend to force-feed or inject a liquid form of Joy anyone who doesn't take the pills in ways that often end up being deadly.2) Uncle Jack hints the UK's behaviour towards the world with the song "Rule Britania":
Uncle Jack sings "Rule Britania" (Rule Britania,Britania rules the waves.Britanins shall never never never be slaves) in the show "Well Well Well", which is about scurvy. For those who don't know, the song isn't just patriotic, it also can be seen as a symbolism of British exceptionalism.
In fact, Uncle Jack uses lots of british exceptionalism-related phrases as "The British always win at the end", "we defeated them with British ingenuity" and so on. 3) Wellingtonians think that anyone that doesn't take Joy is an enemy:
they way they react to anyone who doesn't take Joy is self explanatory.
If the consumption of Joy isn't limited just to Wellington Wells, we can say that the UK is completely isolated from the world and that can be proved with the interesting retro-futuristic tech achievements that they did, as Tesla-styled weapon systems, mobile power cells, and home security systems. Such technological advancements would put the British as a superpower,especialy if they could defeat the Germans on their own according to the lore. However, as the effects of Joy makes Wellingtonians higly agressive towards the country men and women that doesn't take the drug on daily basis, its easy to picture that they would wage war against anyone who doesn't follow what they see as "perfectly fine".
Knowing for what we had seen on news articles at the begining of the game, we can guess that the UK is currently at war against the Soviet Union and who knows what are they doing in the world. Maybe they are trying to force-feed people abroad at point of a gun and threats of annexation and/or colonization
What do you think about my theory? Does it make sense to you?