So in addition to American military members there were likely some American civilians who were outside of the US when disaster struck in July 1971. They would have benn unlikely to willingly return especially if they were black ,Jewish or very liberal,Is there an exiled American community of sorts anywhere ? Brazil seems likely but anywhere else ?
Oh man I hadn't even thought of that, but you're bound to be right. I'm not sure about Brazil though. It's possible, but it would have to be low-key I think. Brazil is friendly to the fascist states and isn't likely to be all that democratic itself ITTL. Switzerland seems like a likely candidate, again it would be low-key but there I'd imagine. Not sure about other places but somewhere in South America seems likely.