The following are common PODs that can be described as being cliches:
- The Confederate States of America wins the Battle of Gettysburg and goes on to win its independence.
- Germany carries out Operation Sea Lion and defeats Great Britain.
- A failure at D-Day causes the US to pull out of WWII.
- Airships/zeppplins are commonplace.
- Balkanized North America: The United States collapse/never form. North America ends up resembling Europe with several states squabbling/fighting with one another for supremacy.
- Texas secedes from the Confederacy soon after the South wins the Civil War, while at the same time the West leaves the Union. This is usually a variant on the Balkanized North America AH meme.
- Robert E. Lee becomes President of the Confederate States.