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Union soldier Stephen Rogers became the first Captain America during the American Civil War where he led the Union's victory a year earlier in the war; ensured Abraham Lincoln's longevity in his second term; supported a successful Reconstruction era (wherein every adult's rights were preserved); and prevented the Indian Wars from happening, which in turn spawned a popular and radical Native American culture craze. Also, DC gained voting rights and Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic became states.

Despite America's tolerant utopia, Rogers' former commander, Buck Barnes, also known as the White Skull, continued to plague America with racial terrorism using the decimated (due to low disenfranchisement) remains of the Ku Klux Klan. This continued to the modern day as Stephen Rogers' great-grandson General America foiled the descendants and followers of Barnes' terrorist organization, The White Skulls, from destroying the Lincoln Memorial.

During the Cold War, Latveria became part of the Soviet Union and Victor Von Doom became a Lieutenant in the USSR's Red Army, and Earth-717's Reed Richards analogue, Rudion Richards, manned a spaceflight with three other cosmonauts, and they received powers after being hit by cosmic rays.

The USSR was taken over by this universe's Fantastic Four analogue following their Cuban Missile Crisis.[1]



  • It was thought that Earth-717 to contain all the 2005 What If stories but has been designated to only one.
    • However, it has since been rectified according to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (softcover edition) #2 that these realities are all Earth-717.

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