According to the Grandfather Paradox this couldn't work properly. By going back and colonizing Britain, 'Murica would have never branched of and colonized therefore causing them to never exist. This means that there would never have been an America Ball to go back and Colonize which means that events would have proceeded as normal and there would be an America Ball to go back in time. Of course, there are several solutions to this all equally as confusing. :)
@Tajiil, ur a nerd
@Tiny Tina, Yep. A nerd who studies paradoxes for fun.
@Tajiil, easy solution: it creates an alternate timeline where America starts at the moment it arrives in the past. It actually wouldn't change the timeline of the one where Britain insults the USA, it would just move it over to a different timeline altogether allowing the other one to continue without the presence of the USA.
@Tajiil, you have that completely wrong. This is a causality, or bootstrap, paradox. First off, America doesn't kill off ye olde England, so there is no grandfather scenario. Secondly, his arrival causes England to start colonizing, which causes England to be a dick, which makes America to time travel. If any of those things weren't to happen, THEN we'd have a paradox. America will forever attempt to colonize old England, because it must to exist later. A true nerd who studies paradoxes would know that, and not just regurgitate some crap he heard on the syfy channel.
@The Law of Murphy, I was thinking that.
@Goestrider, @Goestrider, First off, no need to be crass or hasty with it. Secondly, the Grandfather paradox doesn't have to involve killing. It simply requires a series of events to occurs that interfere with the future subjects cause for time travel. I am simply stating that if America went back in time and successfully colonized Britain, there would never be a Britain for America to branch off of therefore causing a lack of America to go back in time which would allow Britain to exist, America to branch of, go back in time and we now have the paradox. Whether this is a causality paradox or not doesn't matter in this because I am not implying that this exact scenario in the comic is a Grandfather Paradox. I am suggesting that if America succeeded then it would become one. And no, I did not simply regurgitate some crap off SyFy. I actually study this paradox and similar ones for fun like a true nerd.
@Tajiil, I figured you probably were, I just thought I'd flesh out a possible way out for those who didn't know.
@Tajiil, I say that the America that travels back has some sort of mental issues (time travel side effect) later on and becomes the England that he went back to screw over. A sort of Futurama - grandfather effect
@Tajiil, well, you're wrong. The grandfather requires a preventive action by the time traveler. Bootstrap requires an initiating action by the time traveler. Try studying more than one paradox, there's quite a few out there.
@Goestrider, Good Sir, I don't think you're understanding my point in any shape, way or form whatsoever and are quite sour over nothing. I certainly do not appreciate your hostile and arrogant jabs at me either. They are absolutely uncalled for in my opinion.
@The Law of Murphy, wonderful. Btw, your name wouldn't happen to be a ZNation reference would it?....
@The Law of Murphy, yet it would baffle historians. They'd make a lie about some lone king or group of radicals who rose up and started the country in a dark room in the dead of winter or something to try and explain the sudden appearance
@Tajiil, no, I'm afraid not. Since FP doesn't allow apostrophes (I wanted to be Murphy's Law) I had to make use of the more formal possessive instead of the more common. I did what I could.
@lakewood20, there are plenty of mysteries throughout history that can be rationalized away. Eventually such claims would be waved away by any "reputable" individuals and such rumours would only be entertained by fringe conspiracy theorists. Any archaeological evidence to support the idea of time travel would be hidden or obscured by the government. I mean, probably...
@The Law of Murphy, I think after a long time, like 200 years after the time travel occurred, where there was no more political bearing, historians would debate on what happened and try to make a logical / geopolitical reason. I mean none of them would suspect time travel, so they wouldn't use that. They'd force the piece in to the puzzle and play it off as fact. It might have happened several times before. We have no way of knowing because we weren't actually there.
@The Law of Murphy, Ah, well I like the name regardless!
Polandball makes history fun
Why did murica not just shoot them?
Yay Poland ball
....You forgot to use your 'Murrican Gun though!