The American Crown

A modern alternate history drama, in which the United States has a royal family.

The American Revolution went badly, worse than in our real world, as France and Spain sent the rebels a common message: Without the guarantee of a stable monarchy, the promises of the Continental Congress could not be trusted. After New England was brutally scoured following the American loss of the Saratoga Campaign, the signatories of the Declaration of Independence feared for their lives and the lives of their families. Under this threat, republicanism surrendered to parliamentary monarchism, and George Washington was pressured to accept a crown to secure the support of anti-British regimes in Europe.

With the late assistance of France and Spain, the Americans barely won their independence. From there, the history of the United States progressed as it did in our world as far as democratic elections are concerned. After John Adams’ three terms in the White House under American King George I, the White House  passed through the same presidents, party politics much the but with different names. The Republicans were founded as the Freedom Party (the real-world original Republicans using the slogan “Free Labor, Free Soil, Free Men”) and the Jeffersonian Party (Democrats) renamed themselves the Liberal Party in the 1960s.

The Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln, World War II and the social revolution under Roosevelt, and so on. Through this turmoil, the American crown passed from the House of Washington to the House of Hancock and finally to the House begun by Founders Daniel and Charles Carroll.

In the 21st Century, King Alexander is under scrutiny in the media for his silence after Trump’s election, despite the king’s known support for progressive causes and candidates. The refusal of his daughter, Princess Sarah, to marry has raised concerns about her sexuality and the future of the monarchy. Second in line for the throne is a playboy Duke from Maryland with multiple illegitimate progeny.

Welcome to the world of The American Crown.

I am only doing one episode of The American Crown, as an experiment in capturing television drama rhythms in text fiction without sacrificing the strengths of text fiction. Namely the expository power that film and television fiction lacks without the difficult technique of voice-overs.

This first episode will be roughly 9000 words, so it’s about four times longer than my typical chapter length. Consider it a pilot.