American Empire (Harry Turtledove)

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The American Empire series is a trilogy of alternate history novels by Harry Turtledove. It follows How Few Remain and the Great War trilogy, and is part of the Southern Victory Series. It takes the Southern Victory Series Earth from 1917 to 1941.


American Empire[edit]

Following the Great War, the United States and German Empire are the dominant world powers. The United States has occupied Canada (less the Republic of Quebec, a U.S. puppet state) and Sequoyah (Oklahoma), has annexed Kentucky and western Texas to become the new state of Houston, part of northeastern Arkansas was annexed into Missouri, northwestern Sonora was annexed into New Mexico, and northern Virginia was annexed into West Virginia. The rebellious state of Utah under military occupation. Having led the U.S. to victory, Theodore Roosevelt now faces a challenge to his third-term bid by the Socialist candidate Upton Sinclair and his running mate Hosea Blackford, and struggles to maintain order in the occupied territories as rebels and terrorists strike.

Meanwhile, in a defeated Confederacy wracked by inflation and despair, a former Confederate Army sergeant named Jake Featherston and his Freedom Party are preaching a message of hate, blaming the southern aristocracy and the "niggers who stabbed us in the back" for the Confederacy's defeat.

The European situations mirrors that in North America: the aging Kaiser Wilhelm II and his victorious Germans fight to hold on to captured Belgium, Alsace-Lorraine, and the Ukraine, and their vassal state of Poland. The Roman Catholic monarchists of Action Française wish to topple the Third Republic and enthrone Charles XI, which ends up happening by 1930. Oswald Mosley's Silver Shirts are a growing power in the British Parliament.

As the 1920s draw to a close the world economy crashes and the Great Depression begins, paving the way for fanatics and demagogues the world over to seize power.

Southern Victory series[edit]

It is followed by the Settling Accounts tetralogy, of which the first book, Return Engagement, was published in August 2004.