YMMV / For Want of a Nail

YMMVs that apply to the book:

  • Acceptable Political Targets: The progressive politicians of the CNA can often err to obviously quixotic idealism, especially Governor-General Mason.
  • Artistic License – Geography: The settlements described for Mexico fail to accord to what they were in our timeline
  • Artistic License-Statistics: Averted for the most part, but the population of Manitoba is pegged at 31.5 million in 1930, which is way more than the 4 million it sustained in our timeline at the same period.
  • Big Name Fan: Johnny Pez, the founder of the Sobel Wiki who generates a large portion of its content. He also regularly blogs about the book in-depth, in addition to his fan fiction.
  • Critical Research Failure: The conspicuous omission of the Hudson Bay Company in the description of Manitoba, and the anachronistic names for some of the Mexican states (e.g. Arizona) among other things.
  • Designated Hero: The review at the end of the book by another author In-Universe accuses Robert Sobel of making the CNA this.
  • Designated Villain: ...and Mexico this.
  • Fanon: Most of the maps, the constitution and other expansions from the original text that are featured in the above site.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The map that comes with the book in some editions has been subject to this in some circles.
  • Fridge Logic: As this post notes, the butterfly effect should have prevented Henry Gilpin's parents from meeting, considering they were 3000+ miles apart before the 1790s and met by chance in Lancaster.
    • It's also noted here here that Governor-General Bruce Hogg has impeachment measures drawn up against him, despite this being a parliamentary form of government wherein the vote of no confidence is clearly addressed earlier on. Similar problems exist with the surprisingly stable minority governments of John Mc Dowell and Ezra Gullivan.
  • Genius Bonus: "Chapultapec", "Conceptión" and "Guatamala" may seem like outdated misspellings of the corresponding Spanish terms, but they may actually reflect the In-Universe Robert Sobel's bias in favor of the Anglos in Mexico. This is why the Sobel Wiki uses different spellings, as delineated here: (http://johnnypez9.blogspot.com/2013/07/sobel-wiki-shibboleth.html ).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jimmy Carter would become president three years after the publication of the book, and some people have noted (unflattering) parallels between him and Governor-General Mason.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Bernard Kramer and Diego Cortez y Catalán.
  • Too Cool to Live: Pedro Hermíon.