A bit random, but I’ve also been wondering about the culinary traditions the Universal Empire will develop? Given all of that cultural, ethnic, and ecological diversity, I assume there’d be an plethora of foods to try that’d vary from place to place, many of which the Americans will enthusiastically bring back to the homeland (alongside a hodgepodge of other “foreign” trinkets and luxuries they encounter in their conquests). Personally, I’d be open to having Eastern European and Middle Eastern foods become more mainstream in American culture, and considering how those regions are probably within America’s line of sight, that could very well happen.
You know, something else that'd surprise many Greeks and Romans is how the Soviet Union broke up peacefully. Sure, it was "troublesome" for people living in the midst of it, but at least no shots were fired or nukes let loose.
(The Yugoslav Wars, on the other hand, would probably line up more with their expectations, though I can also imagine many Greco-Roman observers remaining wary and arguing that Russian Civil War II has only been delayed until after Putin dies, not prevented altogether.)
Had an "odd" idea from this thread, but because I'm curious, I don't suppose Imperial America could develop something of an "American" language descended from English?
Because personally, I don't think the influx of lots of foreign vocabulary will be the only significant change, as I imagine the language itself will come to accommodate the absorption of foreign peoples and colonial subjects who may struggle with its inconsistent grammar and orthographic rules. (e.g.: The institution of a standardized spelling system.)
Have some more creative-writing proposals in mind, and was wondering if I could run them by you via PM?
(Most of them aren't set in the same universe as my Two Empires scenario, though there's a couple far-future story ideas I've been toying with, in which the civilizations of 3000 A.D. or whatever inherit a mix of American and Chinese influences.)
Was wondering what you'd say, especially in light of your already-established views on what's to come at large. In which case, I don't suppose the twentieth century will be considered more of a "mid-Modernity" phase that builds on the nineteenth century, but is dwarfed by the carnage of the twenty-first?
Since you mentioned it in the AH thread, I don't suppose you'd be open to discussing other ATL ways the macro-historical cycle you discern could've happened?
A "Blue Trump" scenario where the parties switch trajectories and invert their platforms relative to OTL is fascinating, though more dramatic and further-back departures—such as a non-communist Russia becoming the next Persia—are also worth discussing, I think.
Certainly, it's idealistic and downplays the society's more "unsavory" aspects, but it doesn't seem too far from what you imagine such places might be like, so long as the Scarcity Paradigm is still with us.
Just out of curiosity, I don’t suppose you have any ancient-history or philosophy-themes TLs? I remember that you wrote a brief, several-entry one back on AH.com, but wasn’t sure if you’ve done and/or had plans for further writing since then.
My apologies if you woke up and saw a number of 'like' notifications from me. I just made an account on this site and discovered that you have one here as well! Though we haven't interacted much previously, it's nice to see you again Skallagrim.