(I’m not sure if this is the right place, so please couldthe mods move it if not.) Some explanation first. Some time ago I had a chat with Matt Bracken, who wroteEnemies Foreign and Domestic and its two sequels. (Both of which are well worth a read.) He is a very good guy and we chatted back andforth for a little bit. I noted that thegood guys in both his books and Unintended Consequences operate as independentagents – there’s no serious attempt at coordinating their efforts OR evenoffering the Feds much of a chance to get out without being assassinated, whichin real life would cause them to dig in their heels and concentrate on the war. Nothing concentrates the mind like theprospect of being hanged – and normally it concentrates on the fact that it isabout to be hanged... Anyway, I had a basic idea that comprised a group thatactually did try to coordinate its efforts. A group of ex-soldiers perhaps, betrayed by their political masters in Afghanistan,form a group intended to resist the expansion of federal authority. With political and financial problemsspreading, the feds start trying to clamp down harder on dissent...and overstepthemselves. (What might actually happento start the war?) The group then triesto take the war to the Federal Government. There are other issues that should be considered. Innocent people will get caught in the crossfire. There will be a very open debate over ifthese guys are freedom fighters – or terrorists. How will this play out in a media more openlydivided between the MSM and independent bloggers, particularly if the group is concentratingon both Democrats and Republicans? Canthe FBI and state police track down a group that has the best in SFtraining? Which way will stategovernments jump? Will some of them turnto the rebels instead of the Feds? Whatabout the National Guard and the Army? Or the CIA’s private armies, complete with their own UAVs and stuff? And there will be spin-off effects. What about the rest of the world? Will some actually try to help the Feds? Or what about helping the rebels on thegrounds that a long near-civil war will torpedo American power around theworld? What will this do to immigration(legal or otherwise) into America? And if this is fought out, what will be the end result? This will be a very long term project, if I embark on it atall. Any comments, advice andsuggestions would be very helpful. And Iam not adverse to taking on collaborators? The working title is ‘Disunited States.’ I actually came up with the title, but HarryTurtledove pinched it...he’s always one step ahead. Chris PS – and I really think that someone should update Absolved.