Now, before the first flames or stupid-useless posts arise: Yes, this is 'What if' thread. Nothing of this will ever happen and everything in here is just immagination.
I was thinking, if the Uchiha coup d'etat wouldnt have been planed, Itachi would probably have been choosen to be the 5th Hokage. We know, that the third had very high expectations of him and that his reasoning was just like a Hokages when he was still a child. In my eyes, he had everything to be a Hokage.
The question now is, could the coup d'etat have been prevented, if the 3rd would have given up his title as Hokage and Itachi would have been elected as the new Hokage? With an Uchiha at the top, a coup d'etat wouldnt have been necessary and a civil war would have been prevented without a massacre...
On top of that, the chain of hatred between the Uchiha and the Senju would have finally been broken, since it would have been a sign of total trust to let an Uchiha be Hokage.
So why did the 3rd act that way and decided to slaughter all Uchiha instead?