(BBC) The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule. The move was backed 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by opposition MPs.That'll go well.
Because every eighty years or so we need to replay facists vs. communists with real people as the poker chips.
Incidentally, there's also a lesson in there for those jackasses who still can't wrap their heads around the finality of Appomattox.
The correct historical divergence you're looking for is Rome, vs. the Dark Ages.
A pity if your karma runs over your dogma, but them's the cards you've been dealt.
There's a reason Utopia didn't spring out of the ground when the Visigoths and Vandals sacked Rome. As Casey Stengel used to note, "You could look it up."
Thanks to commenter RandyGC for reminding me of this apropos gem.