I agree with this statement, the start of this story was the American Civil War with divergences and now we are simply seeing the ripples it has on the US and the world.
Was it? The author can take the story wherever he wants to but the title clearly states it is an “Alternate Civil War” with Irish, British, Mexican, Canadian and French flavours added. Nothing about ‘the History of the World in 300 pages’ or ‘Emperor Pedro’s World Tour’ or such.
I took it to be an ATL about the American Civil War where Britain gets involved and thus Canada is up for grabs and a confrontation between USA and Imperial France in Mexico. Kinda like a Confederate wet dream or Lincoln having to pull out all the stops to contain a civil war with foreign interventions.
Instead, the story had meandered far beyond the ACW and a vast array of other nations pop up and then disappear. And it’s supreme Americawank to imagine the ACW had that much effect on the rest of the world. But to each their own. If people enjoy the story, that’s great. I’ve merely lost interest.