"A thought that crossed my mind was why are the SF writers wasting their time rehashing Roman or Byzantine history."
I don't write SF but I've run home-brewed SF campaigns and one model I've used is the rise and fall of the West Indies Federation (January 3, 1958 to May 31, 1962). I used it because the flaws that killed the Federation were ones particularly easy for a Canadian to wrap their mind around.
What choice bits of history would you recommend to those SF writers who want to use some historical model but not one as well-chewed as Roman history?
- The Dragon's Tale asks an interesting question