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YMMV / For Want of a Nail

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YMMVs that apply to the book For Want of a Nail:

  • Acceptable Political Targets: The progressive politicians of the CNA can often err to obviously quixotic idealism, especially Governor-General Mason.
  • 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.
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  • Designated Villain: The in-universe review at the end accuses Sobel of making the 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.
  • Fandom VIP: 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.
  • 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 McDowell and Ezra Gullivan.
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  • Genius Bonus: "Chapultapec", "Conceptión" and "Guatamala" may seem like outdated misspellings of the corresponding Spanish terms, but they may actually reflect the In-Universe Robert Sobel's bias in favor of the Anglos in Mexico.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: ( ).
  • 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.
  • Too Cool to Live: Pedro Hermíon.