Told almost exclusively in news bulletins and transcripts of recordings, the story begins when Alabama state troopers open fire on the first Selma-Montgomery march, killing dozens, including Martin Luther King Jr.. What results is a far more militarized civil rights movement and an equal pushback, bringing the southern United States into chaos.
Tropes in this story:
- Anyone Can Die: So far, Martin Luther King Jr (whose early death kicks off everything), Muhammad Ali, President Johnson, and George Wallace have kicked the bucket.
- Determinator: The more militarized civil rights movement does away with "We Shall Overcome" in favor of a new motto: "By Any Means Necessary."
- Doorstopper: Despite its format, it's nonetheless a lengthy and detailed story.
- Everyone Has Standards: For one thing, one of the story's tags is "Texas is the sane one".
- For Want of a Nail
- The pop culture of the 60s and beyond is radically changed because of the backlash towards the South.
- Meanwhile, The Vietnam War is still going on, but due to the chaos in the South, the US isn't as involved. As a result, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines are playing a bigger role instead.
- From Bad to Worse: The defining trait of this whole story.
- The Klan: They play a major role. Many Southern municipalities, along with the entire state of Louisiana, have deputized them. Then President Johnson declares them a terrorist organization, earning him their wrath.
- Red Scare: One of the major claims of the segregationists is that the civil rights movement is a Communist plot.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: The KKK and other affiliated persons are not afraid to use lethal measures to rid themselves of those pesky civil rights activists.
- The Savage South: Oh dear Lord, yes. Neither side is holding back, requiring military intervention as a result.
- Scrapbook Story: Most of the entries are (short) news bulletins or excerpts from in-universe recordings.