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->''"If you're going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."''
-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw''', presented before the film starts.

->''"I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the Confederate States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all... white people."''

2004 independent film produced as a {{Mockumentary}} and released by Hodcarrier Films, presented as a British documentary airing on Confederate television for the first time. It depicts an AlternateHistory where the Confederacy not only won UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar but grew in power and conquered the North as well, and focuses on the socioeconomic ramifications of such a world. Aiding this telling are several false newsreels, film clips, and even some real historical paintings and pictures.

Since it's supposedly airing on television, there are also faux commercial breaks advertising things like Confederate versions of American TV shows and Afrophobic products that you'd think were made up. Sadly, most of them [[ValuesDissonance actually once existed]], as shown during the credits. The CSA documentary was produced by the British Broadcasting Service, likely the [[FictionalCounterpart in-universe version]] of the BBC.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: The website has a timeline that gives some info that wasn't in the movie.
* AlternateHistory: A definite Level IV on the SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility. The creator openly admits that it fails as a work of alternate history, because his goal was to make a point about modern American race relations.
* AlternateHistoryWank:
** A rather bizarre case. Although the Confederacy's presented in a ''strong'' negative light, it still manages to become a dominant world power and conquers one of the largest empires in human history, capturing most of Central America and the entire ''continent'' of South America with far less effort and expenditure than would realistically be expected.
** Canada becomes to this universe what the USA is to the real one — culturally and economically dominant on the world stage, and rapidly outstripping the Confederacy militarily as well.
** The Soviet Union is presumed to be practically running smoothly in this universe.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Disturbingly, a lot of the fake commercials advertise racist products that once were real ''after'' the Civil War. '''In the North.'''
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: Where the film's history diverges from our own.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: The only way the alternate history could happen. Slavery is unsustainable as a means of procuring labor at the industrial level, once you have even basic automation it is cheaper to just pay workers than to feed them, provide shelter, and hire guards to keep them from running away. How do you think that the North won the real war?
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quotes from ''Literature/TheBible'' are used by the Confederates to support their methods of slavery and racism.
* {{Blackface}}: Given the racial attitudes, white actors in blackface remain a common sight in the CSA (although black actors still exist to some degree). Also, Lincoln apparently donned blackface when on the run.
* CanadaEh: Inverted. Since many of those responsible for what we think of as American culture (from MarkTwain to Elvis Presley) are forced into Canada due to Confederate morality laws, it essentially becomes the America of this world--the heart of global popular culture.
* ContentWarnings: Because CSA (the in-universe documentary) is so controversial from the Confederate perspective, Channel 6 puts up this Viewer Discretion Advised disclaimer:
-->''The following program is of foreign origin. The content does not reflect the views of this station and may be unsuitable for children and servants. Viewer Discretion is advised.''
* CrapsackWorld: The CSA, if you're of any nationality apart from those considered white, and even then you can be accused of "passing". Just ask [[spoiler:John Ambrose Fauntroy V]]. But if you're European-American, life in the CSA would most likely have been pretty swell ... assuming you were a full-blooded conservative heterosexual traditionalist male, that is.
* CulturePolice: The repression of black music and those inspired by such, due to Confederate culture laws, end up making American culture stupid and boring, while Canada benefits as mentioned above.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:John Ambrose Fauntroy V]], after he's accused of having a trace of black ancestry. [[spoiler:He didn't.]] Then again, [[{{Futureshadowing}} earlier in the film]], the Newsbreak segment happened to mention [[spoiler:common errors in DNA tests conducted by the Department of Racial Identity which could lead citizens to question who they really are]]. Also, the film never makes it clear [[spoiler:whether negative means "negative white" or "negative black"]].
* EaglelandOsmosis: Averted as without African influences, American culture never evolves beyond "extensions of government propaganda". Imagine an America with no jazz, blues, soul, or rock 'n' roll. ''Heinous.''
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The CSA turns a cold shoulder to Nazi Germany after finding out they kill the Jews outright, rather than enslaving them. Jefferson Davis ''does'' spread a terrible system of oppression throughout the South, but he will not tolerate antisemitism, considering it was the Jewish Judah P. Benjamin in this timeline that was able to form an alliance with England and France.
* TheEmpire: By the documentary's present day, the CSA appears to have successfully conquered the majority of Central and South America, in addition to possessing all territory the United States holds in real life. The CSA also conquered Japan, and according to extra materials, also controls much of Southeast Asia and, soon, all of the Middle East. By square mileage, this would make the CSA the largest (or second-largest) empire in human history.
* Expy: The "documentary" is produced by the BBS (British Broadcasting Service) an obvious take on this world's BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
* FauxAffablyEvil: Many of the modern-day Confederate-Americans come off this way. They seem perfectly pleasant...or at least as pleasant as someone who subscribes to white supremacy can possibly be.
* ForWantOfANail: Judah P. Benjamin's earnest diplomacy convinced Britain to support the Confederacy, France following their lead. Combined with Confederate victory at the Battle of Gettysburg, this won them not just their independence but political supremacy over the states of the North.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The House Committee of Racial Identity, a thinly-veiled parody of the once very real House Un-American Activities Committee.
* HappinessInSlavery: How slaves are depicted in CSA productions. In (the film's) reality, not so much.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln is remembered as the man who lost the war of Northern Aggression.
** UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was an ally of the CSA, but couldn't reach an agreement over slavery.
** UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein still flees Nazi Germany, still lends his research to building atomic bombs. His gift from the government is a plantation in the Southwest, complete with a handful of slaves.
** UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy: Still becomes president (as a ''Republican''), and still gets shot (for supporting the ending of slavery).
** UsefulNotes/RichardNixon: Seen briefly in a debate against Kennedy. As the Democratic candidate against Republican Kennedy.
* HistoricalInJoke:
** "My great-grandfather did not have sexual relations with that woman!"
** "Are you now, or have you ever been, a homosexual?"
** A Confederate leader demanding reparations for slavery...in the form of Canada paying the Confederacy for all of the labor that had been lost due to slaves escaping to Canada.
** There are also deliberate references to actual United States history, albeit with the Confederacy's actions being far more villainous. For instance, the Confederacy engages in a war of conquest against South America. While this detail was based on an actual ambition of the Confederacy, the idea of that war being a uniter of America following the division of the Civil War is equally true of the actual Spanish-American War.
** The idea of Lincoln escaping in blackface and being caught seems to be just a joke, but it's a reference/reversal of a Northern urban legend in actual history that claimed Jefferson Davis had tried to escape [[http://www.picturehistory.com/product/id/17652 dressed as a woman.]]
** The film shows a {{Retraux}} imagined film, ''A Northern Wind'', representing the move towards presenting the Union as a WorthyOpponent / HeroAntagonist rather than evil. This mirrors how the Confederacy was presented in America by the 1930s, and the fictional film is essentially the alternate universe equivalent to ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
** Project "Aryan Angel", where the CSA rescues hundreds of Nazi scientists in return for their services. [[InSpiteOfANail Yes, this happened in real life, as]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip "Operation Paperclip".]]
** The CSA conquers Japan using the Atomic Bomb.
** In the part of the documentary regarding the Native Americans' failed resistance, it's mentioned their children are put into schools focused on assimilation, to "take the native out of the native." A parallel to very real government schools that natives were forced to attend in ''both'' the United States and Canada.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Among other things, the Confederacy is so gung-ho about slavery that their first act after annexing the former Union is to enslave all free blacks. The money quote is at the very end:
-->'''Sherman Hoyle:''' "Slavery, like nothing else, is what defines us, shapes us as a people, as a nation."
** Sherman Hoyle's quote is a send-up of a similarly phrased quote by historian Shelby Foote in Ken Burns' ''TheCivilWar'':
-->'''Shelby Foote:''' "Any understanding of this nation has to be based--and I mean really based--on an understanding of the Civil War. I believe that, firmly. It defined us [...] The Civil War defined us as what we are, and it opened us to what we became--both good and bad things."
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The same kind of racism that the Fauntroy family has harnessed and applauded for centuries [[spoiler: ultimately kills John Ambrose Fauntroy V's chances at the Presidency when he can't overcome allegations of black ancestry]].
* IdenticalGrandson: The Fauntroy family.
* InSpiteOfANail: Done deliberately to make satirical parallels with actual history. The opening quote by George Bernard Shaw (subtly) lampshades this.
** On the DVDCommentary, the creators note this trope with the Indian Wars.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Apparently, porn is still the top-selling item on the Internet, even with [=eBay=] being used as a 21st-Century slave auction block.
* LaResistance: The John Brown Underground, a covert abolitionist movement that is mentioned repeatedly. By the film's present time they are operating out of Canada.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The documentary, especially in its coverage of the 19th Century, is a subtle parody of Ken Burns' ''TheCivilWar''. Two of the prominent talking heads in ''CSA'' are, likewise, parodies of two historians interviewed for Ken Burns' documentary: Sherman Hoyle is a parody of Shelby Foote, and Patricia Johnson is a parody of Barbara Fields.
* MayContainEvil: Contrari, a drug that supposedly "cures" drapetomania[[note]](a.k.a. the desire to run away)[[/note]]. In reality, it just dopes the slaves enough to be compliant.
* {{Mockumentary}}
* MoodWhiplash: The film seesaws between jokey segments and more serious bits dealing with race.
* NoWomansLand: Although the main focus is on racism and slavery, it's briefly touched on that women never got the vote and are still treated like second-class citizens.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The end of the film reveals that a number of the products displayed during the fake commercials actually existed, and that slave imagery in marketing still continues to this day.
* NotSoDifferent: One scene in the film is a news clip about a football game. The Washington Indians [[note]](as opposed to the Washington ''Redskins'')[[/note]] are playing the New York Niggers. Highlights the racist undertones of modern society.
* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: In the Confederacy (which now includes even the Northern states and most of the Americas after their conquests) the entire black population is enslaved, gender equality is non-existent, sexual orientation is not a free choice, and there is not much political freedom.
* PlanetOfHats: American culture as depicted in this film seems ''obsessed'' with slavery, to a frankly absurd degree.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Played with. After the Civil War, there's an attempt to make the abolition movement, and the North, look misguided in popular culture.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The CSA's enslaved its black and Chinese population, is highly sexist, and the Jews have either fled the country or been forced into what are essentially ghettos.
* PragmaticVillainy: The CSA rejects Hitler's final solution because it "wastes human livestock".
* PropagandaMachine: John Ambrose Fauntroy V's "Family Values" program.
* PublicExecution: The Confederate News cheerfully announces the live execution of a slave who had betrayed his master.
* {{Retraux}}: Many segments are altered to look like old footage dating to the earliest days of film.
* RedScare:
** Subverted with an abolitionist movement in the 1950s. It emerges from Canada and creates its own version of the "Weather Underground". It ends with the construction of a wall dividing the CSA and Canada.
** Averted with actual communists, which is ironic considering how the USSR used America's unequal treatment of blacks and women for anti-American propaganda purposes in the pre- and post-[=WW2=] eras.
* RegionalRiff: The Jew's harp theme heard in the "Runaway" commercial, as well as the African drum in the credits explaining the basis of the movie.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Runaways'' and ''Leave It To Beulah'', among others. ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beulah_(series) Beulah]]'' was a real show, though, and you're watching actual clips from it. It's just that the credits fail to mention it at all in its rundown of what was legit.
* SpeculativeDocumentary
* TheThemeParkVersion: In the name of its message, the movie discards some pretty attractive opportunities for a serious look at the subject of a successful CSA.
* TruthInTelevision:
** Regardless of how it's presented, the movie's real purpose is to highlight a serious and legitimate real-world issue--namely, racism, both de facto and institutionalized. For example, virtually all of the "fake" advertisements used in the commercial breaks are for real products. Granted, most of the products were discontinued or renamed to remove racist imagery within the last hundred years, but it mentions that the restaurant chain Sambo's was in operation as late as the 1980s and Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are still in use as advertising icons.
** The CSA's obsession with slavery can seem like a PlanetOfHats situation, but by the 1840s the "confederacy" really was getting consumed by slavery as a lynchpin and focus of society; just as with the above examples, it's more an extrapolation than anything else. (The real question is whether or not it would have gone quite that far nationally since even in the 1840s some southerners were beginning to express dismay at the direction their society was taking.)
** Aside from America's imperial interests in the late 19th century, there were a lot of Southerners that wanted to annex Latin American countries and turn them into slave states. One of them, William Walker, conquered Nicaragua in 1856 and ruled, for about a year. He continued to harass the region until he was executed in Honduras.
* TheUnreveal: We never find out what “negetive” means in the context of a ‘Passing’ DNA test. As a consequence [[spoiler:we never find out if the test conducted on the corpse of Fauntroy Ⅴ confirms he had a black ancestor or not.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Me and Fauntroy... we kin."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** The couple dozen anti-slavery, anti-secession counties in northwestern Virginia that broke away from that state to remain in the Union (eventually becoming West Virginia). Yet here, the Union's conquered. Presumably those legislators who supported the breakaway that could be caught were arrested, tried, and punished, and the two Virginias were reunited (not that different from Reconstruction as it actually happened).
** The Soviet Union, Communist China, and the entirety of the real UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: The Confederacy's an Axis-friendly country that perceives the regime of Nazi Germany as a "biologically correct" campaign. Confederate Secretary John Ambrose Fauntroy III fails to persuade Hitler to consider enslavement of the Jews as a more productive alternative to the Nazi program of mass extermination, but nevertheless guarantees him that the Confederacy won't interfere with Germany on the battlefield. However, the Confederacy perceives the existence of Japan, an ''Asian'' power, as an inherent challenge to their racialist policies. So the Confederation of American States launches a surprise attack on Yokohama, Tokyo Bay, followed up by a full-scale invasion of Japan in a reversal of Japan's historical entrance into World War II.
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