American Empire (series)

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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), Newfoundland, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Sandwich Islands. Along with that, Kentucky has been readmitted into the Union, western Texas has been admitted to the Union as the new state of Houston, and Sequoyah has been occupied. Small portions of other CS states have been annexed by the US, the northeastern portion of Arkansas was annexed into Missouri, northwestern Sonora was annexed into New Mexico, and northern Virginia north of the Rappahannock River 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. Conservative Winston Churchill becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1932 with Oswald Mosley's Silver Shirts gaining 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.