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In this timeline, the U.S. flag has kept its configuration of 48 stars since 1912. (Over 104 years and counting)

Temporal Incursion 1918 is an alternate historical timeline that was created after a specialist with the joint Stanford University-United States Department of Defense Temporal Observations Group accidentally rescued 1st Lieutenant John Nichols who had originally died at the Battle of Belleau Wood on June 9, 1918.
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U.S. Senator from Indiana, Robert Nichols, in 1980 prior to his electoral victory.

This accident led to a severely injured John Nichols rescuing thirty-six U.S. Marines who had originally died during the battle as well. Nichols would later run for a U.S. Senate seat in his home state of Indiana and father a son that would become an iconic U.S. president.

The timeline also features as a direct result of John Nichols' survival:

  • The creation of a secret society that rules the world, allegedly.
  • Korea is reunited after the Korean War under Kim Il Sung.
  • Vietnam War occurs in the 1950s as popular support for revenge against the communists after the loss in Korea. Vietnam is a democratic state much like South Korea in OTL.
  • The counter-culture movement is not as intense as in OTL.
  • "In God We Trust" is rejected as a national motto and "E Pluribus Unum" is placed on U.S. currency instead.
  • Alaska and Hawaii remain U.S. territories (hence the 48-star flag)
  • The 1960s of this timeline are much more like the idealized version of the 1950s. However, social issues are still at the forefront in the political arena.
  • The Soviet Union beats the United States to the Moon in 1968. However, the U.S. defeats the Soviets to Mars, which leads to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1985.
  • Due to the resources involved with the Moon missions, the Soviet Union was unable to assist in the Vietnam conflict leading to a U.S. victory there. South Vietnam remains a democratic nation while North Vietnam remains a pseudo-communist state.
  • President Nixon chooses the Mars mission over the space shuttle. Space travel becomes a key part of American national security in its fight against communism.
  • Nixon resigns early due to a Watergate investigation led by Senator Robert Nichols. This means Gerald Ford is President six months earlier.
  • President Ford is assassinated by Lynette Fromme in Sacramento, California on September 5, 1975.
  • Ford's death leads to his Vice President Matthew Sinclair to ascend to the presidency.
  • Sinclair chooses Kansas Senator Bob Dole as his Vice President.
  • Sinclair defeats Governor Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election but is unable to solve many of the problems of the late seventies and helps lead Senator Robert Nichols to the presidency in 1980.
  • President Robert Nichols becomes a "New Democrat," someone who is a centrist politician with some left and right-leanings. Nichols' presidency, unlike Reagan's of the OTL, is not built on supply-side economy theory, instead supporting demand-side economics and his "trickle-up" theory. President Nichols pledged early support to the U.S. space program, creation of U.S. Space Command as a separate military branch including orbital defense grid, LGBT rights, reduced defense spending after the fall of the Soviet Union, refocused the War on Drugs towards rehabilitation rather than punishment.
  • Nichols would assist the Mujahideen in Afghanistan and is the final proxy war during the Cold War. The U.S. supports a stable government in Afghanistan.
  • After the Chernobyl disaster, the newly established Russian Republic gets embroiled in a four-year long civil war which concludes in 1990 and ultimately leads to the Yugoslav Wars in the Balkans. As well as the rise of General Vilkovia and the creation of Vilkovia.
  • Nichols approves an aid package to help rebuild the Russian Republic after the civil war.
  • Nichols approves development of a space station and shuttle as well as bases on the Moon and Mars by 2000.
  • Nichols did not support either the Iranians or the Iraqi governments during their war in the 1980s. But ultimately supported Iraq in the conflict. Iran was destabilized and Iraq remains under the control of Saddam Hussein to this day.
  • Tom Bradley is elected Governor of California in 1982, re-elected in 1986 and becomes President in 1988. In doing so, Bradley becomes the first African-American to hold the office.
  • Under President Bradley, the U.S. enters the Soviet breakaway nation of Vilkovia.
  • William Morgan is appointed to replace Bob Dole in 1975 and is elected to replace him as U.S. Senator from Kansas. Morgan then runs for President in 1992 and wins. Morgan ushers in a new era for "New Republicans," who are libertarian-minded fiscal conservatives.
  • The Christian Right never reaches the same level of influence as they have in the OTL.
  • Morgan's Vice President Ellis Briar is often characterized in the media as somewhat of a imbecile and constant misspells words. Nevertheless, Briar is elected President in 2000 in one of the closest elections in U.S. history.
  • During Briar's presidency, the U.S. is attacked by Vilkovian terrorists. This prompts the federal government to declare war on Vilkovia and invade Kazakhstan. This also results in the largest re-organization of the American armed forces and intelligence community in history. The highly-controversial Liberty Act goes into effect, as well as the formation of the National Intelligence Department. Briar's mistakes in Vilkovia and Kazakhstan leads to a quagmire and results in Briar becoming a one-term president. This births a new Red Scare.
  • Henry Raymond is elected President in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Raymond presides over one of the most divisive periods in American history. His Vice President Richard Agee (the first African-American Vice President in U.S. history) loses to Republican Governor John Hansen after the 2012 financial crisis.
  • John Hansen is the current President of the United States, having been re-elected in 2016. Hansen is the first Mormon to hold the office. His Vice President John Boyer is the first Catholic to serve as Vice President.

General things that remain the same as OTL:

  • The rest of the 1910s, 1920s, and parts of the 1930s and 1940s.
  • The presidencies of Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • The assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • The resignation of Richard Nixon
  • Development of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station
  • The Chernobyl disaster
  • The Arab Spring


  • This timeline will be set in the present day. [2017]
  • The timeline is meant to be a largely unbiased satirical/critical view of American culture and politics. Perhaps this timeline has more in common with counterfactual history, it does attempt to use historical facts and calculate events to their logical extremes. The goal of this timeline is to remain as realistic as possible without losing potential stylistic images, i.e. the 48-star U.S. flag; which has no realistic way of existing in the 2010s but per the "rule of cool" it will remain. Though symbolically, the 48-star US flag represents an older America, a much different America from OTL.
  • This timeline will be tied to at least two other potential timelines: one involving a town being catapulted from the 2010s to 1492 and another in which time travel was invented in 1994.
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