The way everyone has described it, including yourself, this doesn't sound like a source as much as an established result. Thus, the source would have to come from something deeper.
I didn't say that it "reverts the past". I said it '"reverts" the past'. The quotes are there for a reason. I honestly don't believe I can describe this accurately. To "revert" the past doesn't necessarily require time travel, nor even removal of a state. It requires a re-development in meaning of what has already happened. Remember that a source of The Past is the same as a source from Knowledge of the Universe. You could also view it as the "Understanding" of a static, external thing.
From the sounds of it, planting the flag would bring new meaning, and new knowledge, to the historical events that have occurred. The occupation would no longer be viewed as externally imposed, but instead seen as the historical result of having done nothing. An inspiration and/or reminder of sorts. A visualization of what can be done. Every way I try to describe this, it comes out as knowledge-based, and that's kind of my point.
Fate vs Destiny?
Sounds like a source here... For Miguel, it wouldn't matter at all whether he was stuck in the Land of the Dead, or some desert somewhere with Barney & Friends. (Yes, I somehow made that reference.) It would be the same exact argument, only dressed extremely differently.
Through this set of posts, it sounds like if the history had happened in AitVC in any other way, then the argument itself could not be made as is. Something else in the story would have to give, too. Definitely not the case for Miguel; almost certainly the case here.
Speaking to that, if it is a Failure, what is the Consequence?
What memories have they kept, let go, or forgotten, either already or of which they must?
Or, in the case of the Present, what considerations and musings exist already or must come about?
I'd like to try a different approach to this. Ignoring the Dramatica terms completely, I pose this question:
Does this story carry weight, is it heavy and deep, with a lot of meaning buried within?
Or does it approach a more philosophical bent, considerate and thoughtful, musing?
I'd venture to say that whether it comes through or not, and by pure description, I believe it does, it was the Author's Intent that it be deep, heavy, and almost a burden to shoulder. Correct me if I'm wrong @Lakis.
The other thing you could try is coming up with a narrative argument:
- Peace of mind awaits those who _________, even if it means ________.
- Keep ______ and you can _______.
- Vindication awaits those who _________, even if it means ________.
- Start/Stop (choose one) ________, and you can ________.
There are other shapes, though from the posts, I suspect that the story fits one of these best. Notice that I am completely leaving out the Dramatica terms where possible, intentionally. Choose one and fill it out, then go from there. What's the argument of the story?