“Where I come from, it’s the United State of Vespuccia. I met a guy once from the Columbian Confederacy, a real asshole and a racist to boot, though I’m not sure if it’s his fault or his lousy parallel skein.”

“Uh-huh.”

“The really spicy alternate realities, at least as far as I’ve gone, are ones where things worked out a lot better for the people living there when the Europeans showed up. One lady from…Ixachilan, I think it was. No smallpox in that one. What I’d give for one of their history books. I actually read one from the Republican Empire of Runa Pacha. Remember Pizarro? The Incas sent home his head on a spike. Same with the Empire of Abyayala. And boy oh boy, you’d love the Turtle Island Confederation. Let’s just say that Tippecanoe went very differently there, and leave it at that.”

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