American history is, for a nation not yet three centuries old, a long, storied, and epic procession. It's many times the stuff of legend, the modern day reimagining of the myths of the Old World overlaid on the frontiers and wilderness of North America. With so many exciting events and influental or interesting people between 1776 and today, it becomes almost impossible for a timeline to encompass it all. I've done my best to include a lot, but I've also had to gloss over and skip around more than I'd like in writing A More Perfect Union: An Alternate History of the Land of the Free. This timeline is the story of a United States that never lost sight of the ideals of the Revolution. In the eyes of this America, all men (and women) are truly created equal, and the nation's existence has been nothing more than attempting to prove those beliefs to the rest of the world, or go down trying.
This is my place to expand upon this universe. In the great struggle between the Union and its enemies (be it the boisterous Mexicans, the rebellious South, the unstable French, or the perennial, tyrannical archnemesis in the shape of the British Empire), there was little time to plunge into the intricacies of this world, and no time at all to follow the lives of men and women who didn't directly move the country forward, however interesting they may have been in our timeline. Here, through Wikiboxes, graphics, art, videos, more than a few written blurbs, and really any other medium out there, I and anyone who wants to join me (provided you're familiar with the world of AMPU) will be delving into all that. I'll be answering questions like, "What was W. E. B. Du Bois up to in a truly equal United States?" And you can help, too! Want to write about Cathay Williams in the American Civil War? The time Abraham Lincoln waterboarded a would-be assassin for information? The culture of New Orleans? The history of the Great Manhattan Pickle? Go for it! There are just a few rules to abide by:
- In general, don't go past where I am in writing the timeline. As I'm writing this, I'm entrenched in the Grand War of the late-1910s, early-1920s, so that means don't write about anything after that... unless you ask me and I okay it. Really, this is a case-by-case basis sort of thing. I've got a lot of twists and turns planned for this TL, so I'm not sure how well a lot of fan predictions would hold up (and also I want to be the one progressing the story).
- Threadmarked posts are officially canon in the world of A More Perfect Union. As a rule of thumb, most of my posts here will be threadmarked, and therefore canon, and most of them will consist of Wikiboxes or short written vignettes. However, any non-threadmarked post--including my own of that type--are non-canon. In general, if a post fits well within the world of AMPU, then it'll threadmark and canonize it. This is more of an insurance policy for me to maintain creative control over the timeline, but I probably won't enforce it too harshly.