Along with Lon Nol, and The King of Laos
Most Commonwealth countries stayed in the Commonwealth out of loyalty to the Queen/their fellow members, although because Britain's economy and global standing isn't as great as it once was, it isn't as dominant as it is OTL within the Commonwealth. It also means Britain has lost the moral high-ground when a developing country undergoes a civil war or coup. So generally the Commonwealth is weaker.What kind of economic or diplomatic relations the various members of the Commonwealth and former Empire have with the Nationalist government?
UhhhhhhhThe domestic pressure was too much to ignore, and Johnson announced the full withdrawal of all 40,000 troops from Iraqi soil. Getting acclaim within anti-war countries and with the EU. Johnson said the British Government was not shirking it’s responsibilities to the international community, pledging to send more troops to UN approved conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
Hi there pal, firstly I really appreciate this feedback, I'll try and go through point by pointI've been really enjoying the timeline so far Powerab! I think writing it is a far harder needle to thread than your previous timeline, given that we are 'missing' 30-40 years of history rather than only a few years as was the case in your previous work. Nevertheless, I think you've done a really good job and the timeline thus far is a fun and interesting read.
However, I have some problems with the Scottish section of chapter 5.
Genuinely didn't know that, nice bit of English ignorance for you there, mia culpa, I'll change some things aroundIt is factually wrong to call Gaelic Scotland's historical language and John Swinny would never say that
This is absolutely true, I didn't mean to make it seem like some big win for the Scottish Nationalists, they are still balkanised and under an English dominated Government, I just meant to emphasise that ScotsNats and the UK government were now talking rather than shooting at each other. As you go on to discuss in more detail and as I pointed out Gaelic is very much a minority language. The whole situation an inexperienced liberal government trying to help without actually supporting real change.It would exacerbate the situation to announce language rights but fail to address political rights
Again fairly similar to above I think I have misunderstood the context of the Gaelic language debate in the early 2000s, I tried to draw a parallel with negotiations in Ireland, Catalonia and the Basque County but obviously these are very different contextsThe current debate around the Gaelic language in Scotland is the result of very specific political circumstances that would not be replicated in TTL
I think I might have given the wrong impression that Scottish politicians were overjoyed at these cultural rights, apart from that one Swinney quote, most of the pride around the act was spoken of by Falconer and the SDP. For the provincial Presidents, especially radical ones like Colin Fox, unification is more important than cultural rights, but the SDP government won't grant them that.Thinking the body politic in Scotland would be happy with cultural rights without political rights shows a complete misunderstanding of the Scottish mindset and
Yes absolutely, the SNLA's heartlands were places like inner Glasgow, and leading SNLA figures such as Tommy Sheridan as Glaswegian. I didn't mean to make out that SNLA fighters were mostly disgruntled highlanders (as obviously they tend to be more Conservative), but as peace came under the Cardiff Accords the reaming cells were forced out to the countryside, despite most members being young urban men. Similar to how Sinn Fein's strongest neighbourhoods are in inner Belfast/Derry but lots of its activity took place in rural Northern Ireland where ironically unionist support can be stronger. The SNLA's main strongholds are still places like Glasgow and Dundee but since much of it's leaderships jumped ship to team politics, the old Glasgow stashes and safe-houses are no longer safe.Scottish extremist groups are far more likely to be city-based than rural-based.