The divergence has Napoleonic France holding on to much of Europe. French-dominated continental Europe and the British Empire competed with each other for puppets in order to embarrass one another. The Qing Empire appears to have modernized itself to the point where it can resist outside influence as well as outside influence within the tributary system. The United States never became a major state and remains a rather limited state without access to the Pacific; a powerful French-backed state of Louisiana has control over the continent from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Technology is more advanced than expected for the local year (1890), being around what would be seen in the Great War. As of now, little is certain surrounding the Vacuity pocket.