I don't think I'll try another 'history' for the 3-day novel contest. Can't really free-associate that well when you're stuck to re-interpreting events that actually happened.
Final score: 14,000 words, 67 pages, far too much coffee, and an alienated Significant Other I'm now off to make amends to.
Let's see if I can fall asleep now, shall we? Work tomorrow, after all.