Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au (from Latin: aurum) and an atomic number of 79. It has been a highly sought-after precious metal for coinage, jewelry, and other arts since the beginning of recorded history. The metal occurs as nuggets or grains in rocks, in veins and in alluvial deposits. Gold is dense, soft, shiny and the most malleable and ductile pure metal known. Pure gold has a bright yellow color and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water.

Literary CommentEdit

Just as it has been a critical driving force in human history, gold is a driving force in the works of Harry Turtledove, including his alternate history, fantasy, and science fiction. Gold and its acquisition have not been plot points specific to any one work, but general relevance is worth noting in an article.

Gold in Southern VictoryEdit

Gold was a precious metal and the driving force behind all economies of the world, resulting in the Gold Standard: A monetary system in which the standard economic unit of account is based on a fixed quantity of gold.

When the Confederate States won the War of Secession in 1862, they had very little in the way of naturally produced gold in which to back their economy under the Gold Standard. This caused the CSA to import quite a lot of its gold.

After the Great War, the CSA was forced by treaty to pay huge reparations to the USA in as much gold as it could, damaging the value of the CS dollar. The same applied with France to Germany, which resulted in France leaving the Gold Standard in the 1920s.

Gold in "Vilcabamba"Edit

The Krolp found some gold along with the large deposit of silver deep below the surface of northeastern Utah within the territory of the rump United States. Despite a treaty recognizing the sovereignty of the U.S., the Krolp demanded access to the desposit. U.S. President Harris Moffatt III realized that the Krolp's mining efforts would probably leave what was left of his country uninhabitable, and staged a desperate, doomed uprising.

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