Perhaps it is a manifestation of some historical calamity, one that wreaked such widespread psychic trauma that the painful memories were nigh-universally suppressed. But the repression bubbled up as a cultural neurosis, and residual engrams seeped through the seams of amnesia
In the time-line we presently inhabit, linguists evidently did not accept the notion that the Uralic group of languages (which is to say, the Fenno-Ugric group, broadened by the inclusion of the Samoyedic language outliers, spread out across the Siberian steppes) evolved from the same common ancestor as the Altaic languages (i.e. the Turkic and Tungusic and Mongolic families).* Uralic languages are weird of grammar and morphology, also agglutinative, so should be avoided if you have a wheat intolerance. The weirdness peaks in the Ugric branch which gave us Hungarians.** Meanwhile Altaic languages are united by their own forms of weirdness.
So in this time-line, the speakers of Proto-Uraltaic did not raise up armies seeking the world domination to which they felt entitled, and the world was not plunged into a cauldron of war. But do we get any thanks? DO WE BOGROLL.
Never mind, we've forgotten the whole thing ourselves.
"You are still loonies", opined head barmaid Evangeline van Holsterin.
---------------------------------------------------------------* There are still a few dead-enders -- not all of them cultural chauvinists and racial supremacists! -- convinced that Hungarian is too exotic and Romantic and Outsider to be just another European language, and must instead be linked to Turkish; this leads to entertaining academic knife-fights. At least they have abandoned the notion that Hungarians are galactic explorers, stranded on Earth amid savages when the mothership left prematurely.
** In one example of Weird, the colour lexicon in Komi-Zyrian -- a member of the Permian branch -- fits into MacLaury's aberrant developmental trajectory, in contrast to the usual Berlin-Kay sequence. That is, the language developed through a stage of having a single "Yellow-with-Green" colour category, stretching the same basic term to cover "warm" yellows as well as "cool" greens, only recently making a lexical distinction... so now ‘yellow’ in Komi is koĺkviž (egg-viž) while 'green' is turunviž (grass-viž). There are similar traces of the same pathway in other Fenno-Ugric tongues. I was going to write a paper about this but Ryabina got there first.