A Long Way From Tipperary is a retelling of World War 2 in space. Yes, I'm aware that has been done before. It just hasn't been done recently. What makes my story different is that I didn't use aliens or robots to represent the Axis Powers. Instead I sought to create sympathetic villains and flawed heroes. I suspect the reason why scifi leans on robots, zombies, and aliens so much is that you can kill them all without feeling bad about yourself. (To be sure, maybe I might feel as bad about killing an alien as I would about hitting a dog with my car. Or worse. Depends on the alien.) My goal is depict the horrors of war, not to glorify it. At the same time, I have to acknowledge that war is sometimes needed to survive and resist tyranny.
So ALWFT is about humanity making the same mistakes over again in the distant future. History totally repeats itself sometimes. See the Spanish-American War and Gulf War II for a real life example of this: The Commonwealth of Worlds, the New Magellanic Cloud, and the Democratic Association of Worlds represent the UK, the USA, and the USSR, respectively. Cygnus Starclan and Azul Starclan represent Germany and Japan. Atrocities are committed by both sides, so instead of black vs white morality, we have black vs dark grey morality
Of course, there are Gab.ai users who feel that war is sometimes needed for survival and to promote tyranny. These folks might choose to root for Cygnus and Azul. I hope I never meet any of you on the street, but you are still welcome to read my book. Thanks for listening!