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This book is followed by:
Confederated States of America (alternate)
by Marc Pasquin
"How Few Remain" is based on a history in which the CSA won their
independence as the result of some changed circumstances at the battle of Sharpsburg in
1862. The CSA resulting from this was a federation composed of 12 States
(including Kentucky), plus the Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma; but
in Turtledove's world ("How Few Remain" is the prequel to a series of novels
involving the two American federations and World War I), modern Oklahoma
becomes the Confederate State of Sequoyah, which eventually adds a 13th star
back to the flags of the CSA.
In this timeline, the late 19th and ealy 20th century CSA have a national flag, which is the "Stars and Bars" with its 3 bars of red/white/red and its circle of white stars on a blue canton, and the Saltire battle flag, which is used as a military flag and a navy ensign. Since Confederate independence was secured in 1862, before the "Stas and Bars" was replaced as the CSA national flag, it makes sense that it would have continued as their national flag. It is unclear whether the military flag is the square pattern of the Army of Northern Virginia or the rectangular pattern of the Army of Tennessee. The cover art would seem to suggest the latter.
In addition to the USA's flag having a reduced number of stars, Mexico is still under Maxillian's Empire in the 1880 timeline of "How Few Remain", and continues as the Empire of Mexico in the later World War I volumes. I would assume, therefore, that the Mexican flag continues to have an imperial crown over the eagle.
Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr , 21 october 2000