Created By: Paul A on July 16, 2009
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Modern Mayincatec Empire

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A common feature of alternate histories where the point-of-divergence is far enough back is that a Mayincatec civilization has somehow survived to the present day, and now rules a large chunk of the Americas.

Like Zeppelins from Another World, generally done as a throwaway "Look how different this world is" detail, without any serious or detailed consideration of how it happened or what the geopolitical effects were. (Possibly correlated with alternate worlds where the technology level never got high enough for zeppelins.)

Examples:
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  • July 16, 2009
    Nasrudith
    In Rise Of Nation the Mayans get special versions of modern units. They don't look really different from normal modern units however.
  • July 16, 2009
    Cao Cao
    One of the virtual reality settings in Otherland is a modern Inca empire.
  • July 16, 2009
    Micah
    • In '"The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' by Harry Turtledove, Spain didn't colonize America until considerably later than in our world. So there's an Aztec empire (with a thin veneer of Spanishness) in the place of Mexico, and all the Spanish names in the southwestern United States are in English (the protagonist lives in Angels City; the spell dump of the title is in St. Ferdinand's Valley; and so on...)
  • July 17, 2009
    Earnest
    Comic Books
    • One story in Tom Strong has an expansionist intedimensional Aztec Empire.
  • July 17, 2009
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • GURPS.
      • Alternate Earths. One of the alternate realities was Ezcalli, a world dominated by the Tenocha Empire (a heavy updating of the Aztec Empire, set in 1840).
      • Alternate Earths II. The 15th century Midgard setting included human-sacrificing Mixtecs.
  • July 19, 2009
    Paul A
    Okay, plenty of examples. Is the proposed title all right?
  • August 2, 2009
    Paul A
    Second call: Is the proposed title all right?

    I'm insecure about my title-creating abilities, so if I don't get the Rule of Three support, this may never get launched.
  • August 3, 2009
    Arivne

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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