I confess I know very little about the Quasi-War, but...
Originally Posted by Ping
What if the U.S.A. entered the French Revolution against the armies of Napolean?
I don't know how much you know about Napoleon, or the period in general (Although, I guess you wouldn't be writing about the Quasi-War if you had no interest in the time), but I figured i'd share some of what I know with you.
In 1798, General Bonaparte's star was rising, and fast. Napoleon had led his Army of Italy against the Austrian army, and gained several important victories (Arcole being the most notable), and eventually forced the Austrians to relinquish control of most of Northern Italy.
All the while, he was gaining a political reputation in addition to a military one. He would later support Barras' 18 Fructidor coup which would purge most of the royalists from french politics.
After this, and successful negotiations with the Austrians, he returned to France, where he would meet Talleyrand (who, as foreign minister, was a pretty important figure in French politics, and very important in the negotiations of the Quasi-War).
In 1798, Napoleon postponed a plan to invade Britain, instead creating a plan to create French presence in the Middle-East, with a further goal of threatening British dominance in India. In May (two months before the start of the Quasi-War) Napoleon left for Egypt, but would be trapped there until 1799 due to the Royal Navy's dominance of the Mediterranean Sea.
After that, he would overthrow the Directory, becoming First Consul of France, and would eventually direct the Republic to sign the Convention of 1800, which ended the hostilities between the USA and France. But I bet you already knew that part.
I'm very interested to see this. I've written a few historical fictions myself, and read quite a few, so more is always welcome. I'm curious to see whether Britain would become involved, as they were at war with France pretty much continuously between 1796 and 1815 (with a notable lull during Napoleon's exile on Elba, of course), or whether they would leave America to it's fate (which I wouldn't think so, as a French-held US would be a definite threat to Canada).
Anyways, I apologise for the long post, and I apologise again if i'm just telling you stuff you already know, but this looks like it could be great.