Tangents Of Terror
Code Name: Lone Star
Current Division: Historical
Superspace Co-ordinates: 0.0002, 0.0014
Superspace Cluster: American
Original Division: Historical
Current Year: 1955 CE
Progress Level: 4
Law Level: Republic of Texas 5, United States of America 5
GRAPH ratings: Baseline standard
Dominant Languages: English, French, Spanish
Confirmed Baseline Bleed Point(s): Roswell, NM; The Alamo
Overview: The Republic of Texas stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific coast, incorporating the Baseline U.S. states (roughly) of Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and California, as well as the former Republic of the Rio Grande. It fought on the Allied side in WW2, became the world’s second nuclear power in 1953, and squabbles with the U.S. over which of them will get to claim Hawaii as its next state. It dominates the world oil market, and is emerging as a global leader of aeronautical and space science… which may or may not have a little something to do with a strange incident that happened in Roswell back in ’47…
Point of Divergence: In 1841, Richard Bullock’s pigs stayed out of the bedroom of Alphonse Dubois de Saligny, French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas ((this really happened!); as a result, the French diplomat never got into the quarrel with Texan president Mirabeau Lamar that disrupted Baseline relations between Texas and France long enough to doom the Franco-Texian Bill in the Texan Senate.
The result on this tangent was full French diplomatic recognition for the Lone Star Republic, and an influx of French settlers and forts to the Texan frontier. This created diplomatic and political momentum for the nationalist faction in Texas elections, while in the U.S., James K. Polk lost the presidency to Henry Clay by suggesting that the U.S. should be prepared to fight France over Texas as well as the British over Oregon. The Mexican War still happened, but was over quickly with French mediation sponsored by Texas. The California Gold Rush attracted enough Franco-Texan homesteaders to tip the electoral scales in 1850 and prevent California from joining the U.S. During the U.S. Civil War, Texas remained officially neutral, but used the conflict as an opportunity to seize territory on its western frontier, which it held throughout the rest of the 1800s. By the turn of the 20th Century, California was firmly in the Texan camp, and became a Texan state in 1901. Texan troops helped turn the Allied tide in both World Wars, and today, the Lone Star is rising in international affairs as “the other America.”
Current Sketch: Life in the Republic of Texas is good for most whites (especially those of French descent), but a prison of segregation for African-Texans and Mexican-Texans (called “Texicans”). It is also the world’s capital of flying saucer sightings, including an alleged crash outside of Roswell in 1947. The Texas Rangers serve as the nation’s equivalent to the FBI, and have instituted a secret branch dedicated to the investigation of paranormal events (jokingly called “the Tex Files” by TF-13 agents from Baseline). On the world stage, Texas currently leads a three-way space race with the U.S. and the Soviet Union, considers Mexico and Latin America its “sphere of influence,” and has committed troops to Indochina in support of its French ally, presaging this tangent’s version of the Vietnam War.
Baseline Penetration: Confirmed – none.
Other Tangential Penetration: Confirmed – none.