Recent discussion in the Media thread reminded me of this line of thought.
As fans of the show and the game of Survivor, there's always that question of "What if?" What if certain events played out a different way? Things that did happen didn't? Or things that didn't happen did? Multiversal theory says there are alternate universes out there where those are the reality, and that what we saw play out is the "what if".
So, let's speculate and discuss how we think these AU Survivor seasons went down. But first, some basic rules.
Every initial change has to start from a real event or possibility as presented in the show. The thread like this back on TWoP said: no creating random new events to change things, like Fairplay getting chomped on by a shark and medevaced, or creating a brilliant strategy for the cute but less-than-strategic player you may be crushing on. But random events that did happen (ex: Jeff in Palau tripping on the coconut) can be undone, and failed coups/bootings can succeed instead.
Unless the event is specifically changing the winner of a single challenge, the original winning tribe/team/individual still does so. How they do so may change, and any other results, like additional placement and take-alongs on rewards, may also change. However, if the winner of a challenge was voted out before that challenge in this AU, then the 2nd place (or later, depending) should probably be the winner, unless someone else now in play makes even more sense as the winner.
After the change, play out the chain of events as far as you can, and show your reasoning.
Since all possibilities can be real (per the multiverse), anyone can construct another timeline based on the same initial change, but it can go in a different direction. And all are valid. (IOW: Disagree politely, but no one is ever "wrong".)