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Although it is widely believed that For Want of a Nail cites a handful of real pre-POD works, multiple close readings of the book by members of the "For All Nails" project at soc.history.what-if failed to locate any. In the absence of proof otherwise, it must be assumed that all of the works cited in the book are fictional. Johnny Pez 01:45, 27 January 2006 (UTC)
There are at least three self-references too, including two books that I could not find on Sobel's Wikipedia page.22.214.171.124 (talk) 15:24, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
Specifically, the ownership of Northern Quebec and the locations of the state boundaries in the USM? (Arizona for example is in a completely different place.)
The map of North America on the For All Nails website was modified by the members of the FAN Cabal to make the boundaries more historically realistic. Noel Maurer, in particular, found the state boundaries Sobel established for the USM to be utterly implausible. The map on this wikipedia page more closely follows the original map found in For Want of a Nail. Johnny Pez 15:21, 10 May 2006 (UTC)
Thank you. I presume this includes things like having Chiapas take up close to half of OTL Mexico including areas which held more than half of the population in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Naraht 12:21, 11 May 2006 (UTC)