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  4. Unfortunately, the situation became quite bad today, which is why all the downtime -- well, that and we were on a long, 10 hour cross-country drive and had limited options available to us. I've tried a quick fix for now, which will hopefully last through the night at least, and hopefully tomorrow we can implement some tuning ideas we have. My sincere apologies for all the down time.
  5. Just to update, did some triage on issues that appeared tonight. For the first time we've caught the problem that periodically happens as it was happening, and have collected some new data which we think will help us eliminate it in the future once we can get some fixes figured out.
  6. Book spoiler discussion of the show goes here, for those who want to discuss the episode in relation to the books, and with reference to spoilers from them. This topic should open automatically around the start of airing.
  7. Book spoiler discussion of the show goes here, for those who want to discuss the episode in relation to the books, and with reference to spoilers from them. This topic should open automatically around the start of airing.
  8. There's a huge leap from "Terrorists did something awful" to "Enslave women, murder Catholics, gays, etc., etc." in this country. I can't rule it out as something that could happen, but not in the span of a single presidency. It's a matter of decades. People need to be driven toward religious fundamentalism in enormous numbers, and that's not something that happens at the flick of a switch.
  9. There's no way that a country that is 50%+ weakly or not at all affiliated with religion (over 20% are unaffiliated with any religion in the U.S., and you can bet that a significant portion of the 47% of people who claim in a Pew poll that they attend church once a week are fudging the truth and/or do so out of habit/social reasons rather than deep religious conviction, and even fewer are what we would consider fundamentalists) would suddenly be swept into theocracy with the above parameters. Martial law fueled by paranoia, yes, sure. But a theocracy leveraging off of that just can't happen, realistically, in the scenario presented on the TV show. They throw in the low birth rate and so on to try and justify it, but this is something that would take decades to sort out. In this regards, I think Children of Men is a more realistic depiction of the real chaos that would happen if birth rates spiraled down precipitously.
  10. That's another Turtledove series.
  11. And I. I definitely think the South _could_ have won the Civil War and maintained its independence in the short term, if you stack the dack enough in the South's favor. Turtledove obviusly worked that out pretty well, and I think the result therein is plausible. It's everything else, this idea of the Confederate States of America maintaining sovereignty for a century and a half, that seems insurmountable... but if they get some very clever historians to provide advice, maybe they can work it out. Or, you know, maybe they don't bother. The world of The Handmaid's Tale TV series makes nearly zero sense, because they wanted to show the before and the after as being very close together rather than a long-term change. The United States will not become a Christian fundamentalist dystopia inside of just a few years, it's a matter of decades. And yet if one is willing to suspend disbelief, the series is an excellent and thought-provoking drama. So perhaps Confederate can get away with not going too far into detail, and just saying, "Look, here's the premise, the important part is what's happening now."
  12. Certainly it can be explored without titillation, although I'm not sure a story about conflict can be told without the conflict tying to exploitation or oppression somewhere. Unless you mean CONFEDERATE will be exploiting black actors/writers/directors? I find it incredibly hard to imagine that any human event in history was inevitable, but I certainly know that Shelby Foote noted that the North fought with an arm essentially behind its back, and the number of Northern regiments which never got involved in the hostilties is substantial.
  13. There's really no such thing as a good story about people that doesn't feature some kind of conflict. A story that's about humanity's ills are going to often have to have oppression of someone, somewhere, as a mechanism to explore that.
  14. I'm not sure what's apocryphal about Special Order 191. There's maybe some dispute about how important it was, and a quick Google even shows lengthy arguments insisting it had been a Confederate ruse of war, deliberately placed in the hands of the Union, that somehow went wrong. But apocryphal, that's not something I've heard before. Haven't read Turtledove, but I'm going to guess that they're going to end up with a very different conception of what happened after that turning point. From what I've heard, his efforts to shoe-horn the alternate history to roughly correspond with (but be different from) the major events and wars of the first half of the 20th century was pretty strained. And to be fair, I think they're going to have a pretty hard time coming up with a genuinely recognizable world if they do it legitimately. A North America with a split between the U.S. and Confederacy is going to end up likely playing very different roles in conflicts that developed in Europe and Asia... I can fully understand why they're starting with writers to figure out the main thrust of the present story and the rough shape of the world, but they're going to need a historian or three to help them with the fine details.