Kingdom of America
Washington D.C. is a city I have seen in many timelines, and this is a smaller incarnation. The classical Greco-Roman architecture exemplified by the Capitol remains dominant, and the familiar large, concrete, administrative buildings such as the Pentagon are completely absent. This is a humbler America. A regional power, not the globe-spanning superpower many readers will be familiar with.
I take a cable car. It whisks past the White House, the official seat of American power. The building is humble by the standards of the French and Prussian emperors, designed by George I himself to resemble the royal palace in Mount Vernon. The American royals spend little time in the White House, preferring their many estates scattered throughout the country. Today, they are absent.
I notice a political rally beside the White House. The crowd is carrying handmade signs and American flags, with thirteen white stars instead of the three on the official Stars and Stripes. One man is shouting slogans t