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The State of Jefferson Stories is a series of short works by Harry Turtledove, published in short order between May and June, 2016. The stories are light alternate history tales set in a world where sasquatches and some related cryptids are real. However, unlike common popular depictions of such creatures as less evolved primates, in Turtledove's work, they are essentially human beings, and have been integrated into society.

Moreover, in 1919, several counties in northern California and southern Oregon seceded from their respective states and formed the new U.S. state of Jefferson. This is the relevant Point of Divergence, as the discovery of cryptids did not affect the broader strokes of world history. Even after 1919, history does not differ appreciably from OTL; aside from the aforementioned map redrawing, the lives of a few historical individuals seem to be the only things altered in this timeline.

The three stories published thus far center on Bill Williamson, the governor of Jefferson in the late 1970s. Williamson is a sasquatch, who entered politics after a career in real estate sales. The first two tales, "Visitor from the East" and "Peace is Better" were both published in May 2016 in Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time, a collection of short stories with each author setting works 30 days apart. Both are slight vignettes focused more on world building, giving the reader insight into the culture and politics of Jefferson and its sasquatch governor. The third work, "Typecasting" is more a developed story, featuring Williamson's efforts to help his daughter while combating certain negative stereotypes about sasquatch.

Turtledove has announced that there will be three additional stories in the series: "Something Fishy", "Always Something New",[1] and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon".[2]

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