Albion, where the Sun never set

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A crack-ish TL based around the idea I had of an absolutist Queen Victoria that exploded out of proportion as infoboxes and became a TL when I decided to make a map of it
 
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Empress Victoria of Albion
Due to a variety of foggy reasons, Queen Victoria ends up being incredibly cunning and ambitious and over the course of 50 years manages to pull a Gustav III in making Britain a semi-absolute monarchy (in the line of the monarch being the head of state and government, with the Prime Minister being the second-in-command, and have some power over legislation)​
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Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 16 March 1908) was ruler of the Albish Empire from 20 June 1837 until her death, firstly as queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later as empress. Known as the Victorian era, her reign of 71 years and nearly 9 months remains the longest among albish monarchs and the third longest in human history. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political and military changes within Albion, and was marked by the great expansion of the empire.

The daughter and only child of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (the fourth son of King George III), and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. After both the duke and his father died in 1820, she was raised under close supervision by her mother and the Duke of Clarence, the latter being a doting uncle who introduced her to court while the former raised Victoria under the ideals of noblesse oblige and enlightened absolutism, and instilled on her an extremely determined and cunning personality.

Originally only a minor princess in the royal family, she inherited the throne aged 18 after her father's three elder brothers died without legitimate issure, and though a constitutional monarch, Victoria used her own personal image and influence to strengthen her power, which reached its apex when Parliament voted with overwhelming majority to the create the empire in 1878, returning the government to the semi-absolute monarchy it has been since. A national icon and one of the few Albish monarchs to receive the eponymous "the Great", she established the modern idea of the Imperial Family, whom she changed in March of 1878.
Victoria married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840, Their children married into royal and noble lines across Europe (as well as Africa and Bharat), earning Victoria the sobriquet "the grandmother of Europe" and spreading hemophilia into European and African royalty at the same time that they helped her establish foreign alliances. After Albert's death in 1876, Victoria plunged into a deep mourning and avoided public appearances, preferring to simply focus on working. A workaholic, Victoria suffered a stroke in 1885, which resulted in her taking a long vacation to recover and rest as the Prince of Wales became regent until 1888.

A liberal, her reign, while considered backwards by those who supported the idea of a figurehead monarchy, was still marked by many advances in relation to Albish society and government, with the enfranchisement of the Irish in the aftermath of the Great Famine and the granting of equality to non-whites and native peoples, the restructuring of the empire with the division of the British Raj and the establishment of the imperial kingdoms, and the change on inheritance of titles to male-preference cognatic primogeniture; the right to vote was dramatically extended, with women gaining it in 1893, education saw an expansion and there was a renewed interested in Welsh, Irish, Scottish and Cornish culture and languages, which were recognized as official languages of the empire in 1899 (together with some others). Victoria's reign was also, though, a failure on the matter of child labor, and saw the steady decay in relations with the United States and France (both of whom the empress despised), which were direct causes for the First World War.

A lover of discovering new things since childhood, Victoria was the first Albish monarch to do the imperial tour, taking with her most of her family (a decision that was widely criticized due to the dangers of the ships sinking) into a 2-years-long travel visiting all corners of the empire that was widely publicized through the use of telegraphs and inspired the empress and her children on championing for the rights of native peoples and, of all things, animal preservation, as their visit to Australia made them fall in love with the continent's unique fauna while their travel through the Pacific saw the fleet docking in Easter Island and Galapagos and seeing in first hand a whaling ship in the process of killing a whale, which inspired her to create the Bill of Nature Protection of 1861 and to convince Parliament to seize the first in 1862 (after fending off a Peruvian slave raid) and buy the second from Equador in 1872, besides introducing koalas, the tasmanian devil and the kiwi to Albion as pets. Victoria also made a small visit to Japan, the first time a foreign ruler visited the country, during which she met then Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi and the two became friends, with Victoria giving him asylum after he was deposed in the 1866 coup and later granting lands of the Tokugawa Clan in Oregon after their exile in 1868.

A devout person, nonetheless Victoria became rather infamous in Europe for her personal belies in that "There is but one God, the rest is over trifles" when religion was of the matter, being rather nonchalant about marrying six of her children to people who were not Protestant, with her youngest daughter in fact marrying a Muslim. This belief and her actions more than once drew her a variety critics (including a short-reigning Archbishop of Canterbury), and even among her supporters there was disagreement on the matter.

Victoria died in her personal palace at the Isle of Wight in 1908, having permanently moved there in late 1906 after receiving news of suffering from breast cancer, surrounded by her children and descendants (who had been there for a family reunion planned by the empress). The last Albish monarch of the House of Hanover and the founder of the House of Windsor, she was succeeded by her son, Arthur.​

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(and here's an overdetailed version of the box of contents showing most of the stops in the imperial tour of 1858-60)
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Emperor Arthur of Albion
An alternate Edward VIII who had a much better relationship with his mother (Victoria was a kinder and better parent, if distant)​
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Arthur (Arthur Vincent Theodore Charles; 9 November 1841 – 18 April 1916) was Emperor of Albion from 16 March 1908 until his death in 1916.

The eldest son of Victoria the Great and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Arthur was related to royalty through Eurasia and Africa. He was Prince of Wales and heir apparent of the Albish Throne for over 60 years, being the longest-serving heir in Albish history, having held the position from birth to age 66. During the long reign of his mother he was constantly involved in politics and held various offices in government, serving as regent or as her representative multiple times and holding the position of Chief of the Defence Staff from 1890 to 1908. A trained diplomat, he also served as the empire's head of foreign relations during his adulthood, and inherited his mother's deep-seethed dislike of the french, who called him "Sourface".

Educated by private tutors before entering the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, at the age of 15, and while absent during his first venture as regent, he graduated at age 19 and was comissioned as a lieutenant in the Army, where he would serve for nearly 50 years until his ascension to the throne, seeing service in various parts of the empire. Placed mostly on North America and Africa, Arthur served as a commander during the Fenian Raids in Canada as well as the Willamette Rising in Oregon, gaining widespread fame and admiration form the public both there and in the Home Islands. He later also commanded armies during the Boer Wars and the Albish intervention in the Brazilian Civil War and the Anglo-La Platan War, ordering the infamous Raid of Montevideo.

The embodiment of the ideal Albish nobleman, with his good looks, interest in the arts and culture, good manners and military service, Arthur served during his time as Prince of Wales as one of the main faces of the Royal Family, helping cement its position in the heart of Albish society as the glue which connects the various cultures and entities that make the Empire. Attending as much as 10.000 public events and ceremonies during his tenure as heir, Arthur was responsible for creating the modern saying of "monarchs rule, princes appear" in relation to the functions of members of the family, he also founded, was president, chairman or member of over 100 charities and organizations, the major of which was The Prince's Trust.

A lover of African culture and history, Arthur has been many times credited for establishing many of the treaties between Albion and her natives subjects in the continent, serving as an ambassador more than once to royal courts there and helping develop the system of protectorates and clients that comprehend most of Imperial Africa, being also a personal friend of some local rulers, like king Cetshwayo of the Zulu; chief Mgolombane of the Ngqika (one of the Paramount Chiefs of the Xhosa Confederacy); king X Kanyembo Ntemena of Kazembe and queen Khesetoane of the Balobedo, who was his lover, with her daughter and successor, Makoma, being theorized to have been his daughter.

The oldest albish monarch at the time of his ascension to the throne, surpassing William IV's 64 years, 10 months and 5 days. Arthur's reign, while short, was marked by the First World War (1910-1921), started after the assassination of his son, Alexander, Prince Consort of Mexico, while in a visit to Buffalo, New York, and at the time of his death had seen tens of millions of causalities both military and civilian across all continents with the exception of Antarctica

Arthur died of a sudden stroke while in Caernarfon Castle, returned to the status of royal residence in 1895, after receiving news of the Burning of Toronto and the death of Prince Jon. Succeeded by his eldest son, Henry, a popular myth is that his last action was ordering the Razing of Chicago in retaliation, although documents show it was his successor the one responsible​
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Daughters of the Empress , part 1
So it is easier to read, I'm dividing the children into older daughter, other sons, younger daughters​

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The Empress Victoria (called in Albion “Victoria, the Princess Royal” to not confuse her with her mother) was Victoria of Albion’s first child and daughter, and while considered by many as her mother’s least “interesting” child, the German Empress was still a remarkable woman in her own right among the colorful array that were her siblings, being known for her involvement in Prussian (and later German) politics and in shaping her children’s ideologies and personality. Raised in the political Frankenstein that was her mother’s court, Victoria grew up a staunchly conservative individual[1] and during her time as Crown Princess became known for her close friendship with Otto von Bismarck[2]. A believer in “the natural amity between Germany and Albion”, during her entire adult life she lobbied for the alliance between the two empires, which would culminate in the Great Coalition during the First World War.
A prolific writer, although she is remembered mostly for the novels of her widowhood[3], the empress also published under a pseudonym dozens of essays and pamphlets on politics and social theory[4], through which she also developed a long-standing enmity with Karl Marx[5]. Interested in architecture and art, after her husband’s death less than a year into his reign she retired from public life, living in a palace she ordered built on Kronberg in Taunus[6] and mostly only interacting with her children, of which Wolfgang[7], Eric[8], Sigismund[9] and Victoria[10] were the most important​

[1] Believing that only a strong hereditary monarch could maintain any form of government from devolving into some sort of mob-rule or be completely useless due to party-based instability, she was, however, a fervent suffragette, and basically used her tuberculosis to shame the government into giving women the vote in 1905, with it being passed literally the day of her death
[2] Whom she declared “that man knows what I am saying, if only he’d stop allying with the anti-Semites…”
[3] A total of 38, most of them steamy romances using her husband and herself as the basis for the bodies, they were all the rage in Europe during the turn of the century and retain a niche following to this day. She used the pseudonyms “Erika Lonergan” or “Michela Jürstein”
[4] Under the pseudonym “Albert Heinlein”, she published 1 manifesto and over 150 essays and pamphlets on her political opinions her social theory around monarchy and its importance to society at large
[5] As their beliefs were almost the complete antithesis of each other, and through the 1860s all the way to his death the two had a highly publicized and infamously violent enmity through words (they never met), either through letters or through critiques and jabs at each other’s beliefs
[6] Schloss Friedrichshof ended up becoming the traditional residence of German Empress dowagers or mothers
[7] Her undisputed favorite (even though he was born with a withered left arm), Victoria groomed him in politics together with Bismarck and was responsible for naming him that way (she loved Mozart, and strong-armed her husband into not naming him Wilhelm)
[8] Who was made the “Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg” by his grandfather in 1876 after winning it on a poker match
[9] Who disliked his parents, skedaddled to Albion at age 14 after a fight with his parents and entered the Navy under a false name, he was discovered only a decade later when he became a commodore at age 22, two years later he was made King of the Bahamas by his grandmother
[10] Called “the most vivacious princess of Europe”, who declared at age 11 she “wanted to be a boy so she could enter the army”, walked more in breeches than in a dress, and when she was 21 eloped with the son of Bismarck’s greatest rival and forced her father to make him a prince​










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Empress Elizabeth, Victoria’s third child and the first of her brood to marry outside of the traditional protestant matches, as she was married in 1860 to the recently widowed[1] Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Austria, it was, while not one without its hiccups[2], a close and dedicated union, and the two of them were each other’s lovers, closest friends and confidants, and she served as his councilor and second-in-command.
Cunning and extremely intelligent, Elizabeth spent her tenure as empress first pestering and manipulating into, and later actually helping, her husband deal with the instabilities of the Austrian Empire, being one of the leaders of the proposal for the creation of a “United Hapsburg Empire”[3] and responsible for convincing the Austrian government to separate Venetia-Lombardy[4] after the War of 1866[5], besides helping with the creation of the Bosnian Kingdom[6] and gaining the throne of Cyprus[7] to one of her sons[8]. Although many times using of her husband’s semi-autocratic powers to get her way, Elizabeth was, in fact, a liberal, and supported the idea of an “executive-monarchy” in which the monarch retains the position of head of government and has powers similar to that of a president. Elizabeth was also something of a icon in the empire’s high society, and made kiwis a fashionable pet for the aristocratic woman[9]
A carrier of hemophilia, four of Elizabeth’s sons[10] and two of her daughters[11] would suffer or carry the disease​

[1] His first wife (and maternal first cousin), Duchess Elizabeth of Bavaria, died giving birth to their only son, Crown Prince Rudolph (1858-1889), from what is theorized to have been eclampsia
[2] The hemophilia was a source of grief, and she was constantly at odds with his mother
[3] A federalized empire made of “member-states” united under the common banner of imperial authority, it was a complicated and arduous process for it to be developed, and the territories of Galicia and the Dobruja still ended up seceding from it (even if both remained under Hapsburg rule in a way)
[4] Renamed after Lombardy was retaken in the Third Italian War, it was given to her eldest surviving son, Joseph (more commonly known as “Giuseppe” in his kingdom)
[5] One of the most humiliating moments in imperial history, but a necessary one in the long run, the War of 1866 (also known as the Austro-Prussian War) represented the end of Austria’s membership of the German Confederation and any larger German entity, and the only reason why Italy didn’t get it was due to sheer dumb luck
[6] Originally a “Condominium” under Austrian/Hapsburg rule, when the Balkan War started in 1908 they finally annexed it, but, understanding that it would be better if the empire didn’t add another multiethnic region to its territory, Elizabeth served as the head of the faction in the government who saw that an independent Bosnia was easier to administrate in general, which resulted in the Kingdom of Bosnia being created in 1909, ruled by one of the sons of Queen Valkyrie of Serbia, who was living in exile in Vienna since her husband’s assassination in 1903
[7] In the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War of 1878, Albion ended up acquiring Cyprus as a new territory but didn’t really desire to rule it outside of the useful naval bases it had, and so in 1880 it was decided that the island would become a kingdom within the empire
[8] Originally Empress Victoria was looking to make one of her male-line grandchildren the rulers of Cyprus, but Elizabeth sweet-talked her mother into giving the throne to the then 12-year-old Alexander, who would move to the island shortly after his enthronement to be groomed into the position
[9] Elizabeth gained a small nest of kiwis during the Imperial Tour’s stop at New Zealand, and ended up popularizing them as pets after bringing them with her to Austria (her mother and sisters did the same in Albion)
[10] Franz, Alexander, Fritz and Wadislaw, the first died young after bumping his head on a door, the second lived his entire life wearing a padded jacket, the third had mental health problems and killed himself at age 15 and the fourth wore a padded jacket to protect himself and died while sleeping with his lover at age 27 (he also went a wee-bit mad and though drinking human blood would cure him, although he had the decency of using people on the death row)
[11] Maria Antonia had a son who lived just long enough to have children, and Valkyrie had two sons, both who had the disease, living the same life as their uncle Alexander always fearful of dying from bumping into anything​














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Princess Alice, who while completely uninterested in politics became famous (and infamous) for her quite unique for her personal life instead.
Married firstly to the Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and by Rhine[1], it was during her years in Germany that she developed a deep interest in nursing, in special after hearing tales of intrepid nurses on the Crimea, and during it was during this marriage that she devoted her time to either her family or in managing hospitals[2] or actively nursing the sick. After an outbreak of diphtheria in 1878 which put most of her family to bed, Alice nearly died of a mix of exhaustion and the disease after nursing them for over a month without much rest. She would live on Hesse until 1886, having ruled as regent for her son for four years after her husband died of tuberculosis.
After ending her regency, Alice decided to return to Albion[3], and in 1888 decided to seek a career instead of continuing to be supported by the Civil List or the Crown Estates and enrolled in secret on the London School of Medicine for Women[4], being the first member of the royal family to have an occupation outside of the military or traditional royal duties and graduating with a degree of Master of Surgery[5].
Besides the scandal of her career, Alice was soon thereafter also involved in another when she remarried in 30 July 1830 to Lord Victor Cavendish[6], who was half her age, in a small ceremony on a civil parish in Woolwich, with her daughter[7] and his brother serving as the testimonies and the only attendees besides her son, her maid and his valet. A scandal for a multitude of reasons, during the first decade or so of the relationship the two ended up as the butt of jokes and caricatures[8] through the empire, and only gained some sense of respectability after the birth of their first son, which would be the first of five children[9].
A hemophilia carrier, of her many children, five of her daughters[10] were carries and two of her sons[11] had the disease
[1] Originally the two were deeply in love with each other, but their relationship degenerated over the years to the point of barely being a friendship, and only recovered relatively when he was wasting away
[2] Field hospitals during the War of 1866, which consequentially basically ruined her relationship with her older sister Victoria
[3] Living in a rather low-profile house near Piccadilly on a middle-class neighborhood, most people didn’t even know she was a princess until she moved in 1908, being known until then as “the widow Mrs. Lewis, who lives with her son Freddie and married a man half her age”
[4] Founded in 1874, it was the first medical school in Albion to train women as doctor (its entirely OTL, BTW)
[5] Although her mother was initially adamantly against it, Empress Victoria ended up mellowing down after a screaming match or two, and even was present during the graduation ceremony
[6] Who would end up becoming the 9th Duke of Devonshire in 1908, the two met while in a party hosted by his grandfather, the 8th Duke, in 1890, and the rest is history
[7] A colorful character by herself, having married her aunt’s brother-in-law (although she was rather close in age to Prince Louis, having been born in 1862 and he in 1854), she entered politics in 1895 after having herself naturalized as Albish and served as a MP from 1895 until her retirement in the 30s. Made Duchess of Halifax in 1935, she became known for being the Parliamentary Secretary for the Board of Trade from 1910 to 1916 and for passing the Bill of Parliamentary Garbs
[8] Who liked to show her as being an elderly seductress obsessed on conquering young men and him as a dumb fool who preferred sleeping with older women
[9] Of whom the most memorable have most certainly been Lady Maud and Lady Isobel, the former was the first woman to reach the position of Admiral of the Fleet in the Imperial Navy (and was made the first "Duchess of Valletta" for it) while the latter is considered one of the world’s greatest chemists
[10] The Princesses Irene, Alix and Ludwiga of Hesse and by Rhine, Lady Isobel and Queen Blanche of Albania, all of whom had sons or female-line grandsons with the disease
[11] The Duke of Orkney and the Marquess of Aberdaugleddau and Gelliswick (sometimes called Marquess of Milford Haven and Gelliswick), both of whom would not live to the age of 50 but not live uneventful lives, as Frederick (who accompanied his mother) somehow entered the navy and managed not to die while serving on it, being made duke after his marriage to Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont at age 25 (she was considered a spinster), and served during the First World War during the Siege of Jamaica, while Charles entered politics as an MP for Flinsbury, being made a marquess while in a coma after hitting his head in a doorframe (which would result in his death at age 48​















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Empress Margaret of Brazil, the second among her siblings to marry a catholic, having married Dom Afonso of Brazil after years of a letter-based courtship[1], she is also infamous among them for being the only one of her sisters to never visit Albion after her marriage, and only leaving Brazil once after it[2].
Remarkably shy and known for her deep love of tea[3] and literature[4], Margaret became famous in Brazil for her expansion of the tea industry[5] and support of local writers and artists[6] during her time as Princess Imperial, which have been for decades only overshadowed by her dedication and championing of industrialization[7] and abolitionism, going so far as to free all slaves owned by the Crown during her husband’s second regency[8].
Originally content with pushing for reforms but not actively antagonizing the landowning elites of the empire, her life and opinions would be drastically changed by 1889, when a failed coup against her father-in-law[9] started a 16-year-long civil war that would mark her time as empress[10], radicalize the imperial couple[11] and completely upend Brazilian society[12].
After the war ended with an imperial victory, her life would never be the same, and she would become known for taking a variety of causes, from land distribution[13], to women’s rights[14], to helping the poor[15] to natural preservation[16], and later created a government-run orphanage system to deal with the large amount of orphans of the First World War[17], which she would run intermittently throughout her widowhood[18]
Margaret was the last of her siblings to pass way, dying at age 105 from breast cancer after years suffering from Alzheimer[19], and was buried in the Imperial Pantheon of the Braganzas, in Petrópolis[20]​

1] The two of them met during the Royal Family’s stop in Brazil during the Imperial Tour, and struck a friendship during the near month they stayed there, exchanging letters for the next decade before being officially betrothed
[2] Margaret made a short visit to Argentina in the 1930s, reportedly to spit on the grave of her husband’s murder
[3] Margaret loved growing, brewing and drinking tea, and even had a small farm of it near the Petrópolis Imperial Palace
[4] She loved reading, and even dabbled on writing in her later years when she wrote her memories in 1940s
[5] Although coffee remains the most consumed infusion in the country, tea is also a common beverage, in special the cold variations or the mate in the south
[6] A liker of Brazilian Realism, Margaret helped create the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL) in 1877 and was an admirer of Machado de Assis, whom her husband granted an earldom in 1897 by her insistence
[7] Believing that the way for a nation to grow was the industrial development seen in Albion, Margaret strongly defended that Brazil develop beyond exporting cash crops, and went as far as to actively establish factories and even bail out the Viscount of Maua, which was Brazil’s greatest industrial but nearly went bankrupt in the 1870s
[8] This put her and her similarly-minded husband at odds with the large slave-owning aristocracy of the South and Southwest, although even with her staunch abolitionism Margaret believed that the empire would need to give monetary compensation to the slave owners like Britain had done, calling it “a necessary evil”
[9] Led by the Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca (believed nowadays to have been a useful scapegoat), the Coup of 15 November 1889 had the objective of establishing a republic in Brazil by deposing the emperor and his cabinet, it was supported by large republican factions in the military and aristocracy, and had an unspoken support of the Church, who had been at odds with Dom Pedro II for years
[10] The Brazilian Civil War (which also involved the Anglo-La Platan War when La Plata tried to intervene after Albion also intervened on the conflict), it was a make-it-or-break-it in the empire’s history and killed around 50.000 people across Brazil, seeing battles in the Southwest, Northwest and even in the Amazon, on one side were the Republicans, supported by the republican and slave-owning factions of the aristocracy (after slavery was abolished in 1888) and having around 50% of the original military, and the Imperials, supported by the poor, middle-class and freed slaves, together with backing from Albion. It lasted until 1905 and was more than once a near-victory for the republicans, who controlled major centers of power and population for years
[11] Originally the two were fine with reaching a compromise with the republicans, by the end, the only thing they didn’t do was say that “no quarter is to be given” in relation to them, and were rather vindictive in the punishment of the rebels
[12] The war, most of all, broke the pre-existing social norms in the empire, as its aftermath saw the ruin of most of the old landowning aristocracy of the Southwest and South, which majorly supported the republicans and saw their lands either taken or were fined so heavily they had to use them as payment, the end of the agrarian economy of Brazil, as the monarchy pursued as heavy development of state-run industry during and after the war, and the enfranchisement of the poor and most of the black and mulatto population, who had made most of the early supporters of the imperials and basically sustained the imperial army through the conflict
[13] Which would happen through the 1910s and 20s by granting of lands in the Middle-West to freed slaves and immigrants, most of the old great farms taken from the old aristocracy became (and many times remain) state-run affairs
[14] Which culminated with women gaining the right to vote in 1910 and Empress Victoria being passed over her brothers to the throne
[15] She gave many donations to poor relief, and is credited as one of the inspirations for the “Bolsa Familia”
[16] While her mother defended animal protection, Margaret was more focused on nature, and at the same time that she proposed the industrialization of Brazil she also defended that the nature within its border be protected and that it have an equilibrium in cities, defending the city-planning that is now standard in Brazil of mixing the urban sprawl with large green pockets (the most famous example being the network of parks around the shores of the rivers of São Paulo City)
[17] The conflict and the Swiss Flu are estimated to have orphaned over half a million of children in Brazil alone
[18] Mostly from her residence in the Petrópolis Imperial Palace, more commonly know as the “Dowager’s House”
[19] Starting to show symptoms in the 1940s while writing her memories, by 1951 the empress was constantly accompanied by a nurse and a maid, and had become so senile she could rarely remember even her own name and barely spoke, ad her family seems to have been relieved of not having to see her suffer anymore from it
[20] The Imperial Pantheon, which was founded in 1910 to bury the Empress Theresa Christina, is the traditional burial grounds of the Brazilian Imperial Family located on far east of Petrópolis, unlike most cemeteries (and the Royal Pantheon in Portugal, which is a mausoleum), it is more akin to an open field, as the graves are dug near trees, and has the unique quirk that all dead are buried in shrouds without embalming; Margaret herself was buried beside her husband under a willow the two had planted there in 1898 (it originally was a personal retreat of theirs)​

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Princess Ophelia, more commonly known as “Empress Eudoxia Antonova” outside of Albion and the one among her siblings to marry into Russian Orthodoxy. During her youth the most active and “unruly” amongst the children of Empress Victoria, known for having a feisty personality and love of the thrill of life[1] and being considered quite the antithesis of what a “respectable woman” of the time would be, Ophelia became rather infamous across Europe in 1865, when during Grand Duke Alexander of Russia’s visit to Albion[2] she eloped with the royal[3] and the two were hastily married soon after[4].
A sharer of Alexander’s beliefs on government[5] but quite fond of ethnic minorities[6], during her time as empress consort Ophelia focused most of her efforts in either raising her children[7] or nurturing the image of the Romanov Dynasty[8], and while dowager she had to work twice as hard so her children didn’t do any damage[9], by any means necessary[10]. Her main enforcer was the Baron Lenin[11].
Losing many of her siblings on the 1910s and 20s and many relatives in the First World War, Empress Eudoxia died a melancholic woman, whose grandson ruled only part of a Russia who was only in the start of a long era of conflict, and whose dreams of an united Russian Empire were crushed by a conflict too large even for it
[1] Normally spending her days either escaping tutors, on a shooting range, playing pranks or riding across the royal estates
[2] Who was doing the traditional “tour” of a young male aristocrat
[3] Having become acquaintances during his time there, the two actually hated each other for around the first year of their relationship, but still couldn’t stay out of each-other’s clothes, hate-powered sex devolved into toleration and culminated in a actually loving relationship
[4] When his brother died in late 1865, it was expected that Alexander, now Tsarevich, would marry Dagmar of Denmark (as the late Nicholas had wished his brother to marry his bride), but, against those plans, Princess Ophelia ended up getting pregnant from their escapades, and they were married in quite a hurry, with the future Nicholas II being born in May 1866, 4 months after their ceremony
[5] Ophelia once said to her husband “your father’s greatest decision was the end serfdom, but even then that fool managed to screw up”, although she also understood that an autocrat should know to delegate, which caused a great number of discussions among her family due to her son’s literal-mindedness
[6] In her late years, she characterized it in a quite interesting way “humanity is like a banquet, and peoples are the dishes. Now tell me, would you like if all banquets only had a single one?”
[7] A protective helicopter parent, Ophelia disliked having her children out of her sight and after Alexander II’s assassination ordered that they be at all places with at least a guard and learn how to defend themselves, which proved to be quite the genius when Nicholas II killed a man trying to assassinate him in 1897
[8] The russification and genocides, besides the lackluster works of Alexander II in relation to the poor and other social classes, really took a tool in the prestige of the Imperial Family, and at the same time that she mellowed her husband’s views (Alexander took over a decade in the throne to stop thinking some sense of ethnic homogeneity was needed in Russia) Ophelia worked to present the Imperial Family as symbol of unity for the gigantic empire (she also supported the mass-migration of Old Believers to Alyeska, later ruled by one of her sons (who himself became an Old Believer), but no-one likes to mention it)
[9] Which was not easy due to Nicholas II’s literal-mindedness in government and his family problems (his wife's mental-health problems, extrapolated due to having to worry over the fact that two of their sons suffered from brittle-bone disease, including the Tsarevich, while their youngest had a severe case of autism, being most commonly called to attention), together with her other children's antics
[10] Ophelia was famously fond of gardening, and the gardens of her palace at Tsarskoye Selo remain charming even a hundred years after she created them
[11] Originally only known for being a university professor and journalist who created the theory for social-monarchism, documents released in the 1990s revealed his position as the head of the empress’ secret police​










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Empress Georgiana, the third of her siblings to marry a catholic and the one who married the latest, she was also the one with the most complicated birth, having been born in a breeched position over three hours after her twin sister Ophelia and having a withered leg because of it[1].
A misanthropic, anxious and chronically depressed woman who also had selective mutism[2], Georgiana’s life has been historically characterized by her marriage, which was promised in 1871 after Albion helped prop-up France d’Outre-mer[3] but took an entire decade to come into fruition[4], during which time she served as lady-in-waiting to Empress Eugénie at the imperial court in Saint Louis[5]; after finally marrying at age 33 when her husband finally took a break on his wars[6] life didn’t get any easier, as Georgiana became responsible for controlling the court and serving as the host of all foreign and domestic dignitaries[7]. Only after entering widowhood that her life became more easier, retiring to her beloved Millefleur[8] where she would live for the remainder of her days[9].
Although a caring mother, Georgiana was rather hands-off in raising her children, who grew up mostly surrounded by local tutors and servants[10]. She would not live to see their empire crumble[11]​

[1] Incapable of walking without a special brace sustaining her left side, Georgiana would live with a constant literal pain on the leg and in her later years be forced to use a wheelchair to move due to her muscles and bones not managing to do the work in giving a foundation to the brace.
[2] Georgiana disliked staying around other people and had as her closest friend her dogs and flowers, who would be largely the only things she would utter words to, and was known to be always in some state of melancholy or sadness
[3] Technically still the Second French Empire, France d’Outre-mer was a state born of the Franco-Prussian War of 1871, when in its aftermath Napoleon III was deposed in Metropolitan France but managed to hold the allegiance of some colonies in West Africa and the Pacific, while also being supported by Albion (who was basically the empire’s lifeline before Napoleon IV’s conquests)
[4] Firstly her husband was fourteen when they were betrothed and after reaching his majority he stalled the marriage constantly, as he didn’t actually want to marry her (some joked he was hoping she would die of some tropical disease if he waited long enough and gave up after she beat malaria)
[5] An agitated and lively court, she was miserable in there
[6] During his reign Napoleon IV fought over 10 wars against either France (who only recognized his empire in 1884) or West African native kingdoms (whom he subjugated in what has been called “The Second Continental System”), besides even having an expedition to establish control over French Polynesia. His dream of conquering Algeria, though, was never realized
[7] She was so overwhelmed by it that a courtesan once wrote “the empress is the living embodiment of pitifulness”
[8] Built by her orders between 1890 and 1896 on the outskirts of Dakar as a retreat to the empress, the Millefleur Palace (named after the gigantic garden complex around it) has been called “The Versailles of Africa”, being the most opulent and exuberant building made during the empire’s lifetime
[9] With a workforce made mostly of semi-nude manservants
[10] And absorbed some local customs and even language, with Princess Eugénie, for example, speaking her nanny’s Wolof better than French and Princess Esmé talking in a creole mix so thick her husband didn’t understand her words during their marriage, while Napoleon V was almost averse to European-style clothing, and preferred a variety of tunics
[11] Already mostly a federation of various native kingdoms under the rule of the Emperor from Saint Louis, the empire ended up crumbling after the death of Napoleon V in 1929 as the southern kingdoms broke away while the crownlands were held onto by his children together with the northern vassals, establishing the Second Mali Empire in 1948, while one of their uncles took over the Polynesian Protectorate​
 
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King George I of Bengal, originally title the “Duke of York” before he was made one of the first kings of the empire in 1880, during his time as a duke he developed a reputation as a roughish playboy, being infamously fond of luxury and a wee bit hedonism[1], which was said to have only developed after his enthronement, as the Victoria Palace[2] became famous for its lavish court with balls and parties periodically, and the “harem” that George was said to have[3] was the victim of constant caricatures on the press, in special after he drastically expanded it[4].
A liberal man, who during his reign gave Bengal a parliament[5], helped the economy[6] and supported local artists, intellectuals and craftsmen[7]. Although never converting to Hinduism, he is recorded as having become and Indo-Anglican[8] by the time of his death, and asked to follow more Hindu burial traditions when he died[9].
[1] To the point of being considered “special clientele” by high class brothels in Albion and France, one of which made him a special chair just so he would have an easier time “coupling” with the workers
[2] OTL Government House in Kolkata, was the residence of the Governor-General of India from 1858 to 1931
[3] Although would like to say it was simple caricatures of the king, he did in fact had over 15 mistresses during his time in Bengal, of which only 2 weren’t of Indian origins, and had for most of it more than a single one at a time. With them he had nine children besides his legitimate ones
[4] Already a large palace when he took it, by the time of George’s death it was a lavish complex in par with the one of the great princes and kings of the subcontinent, it cost a large penny and his grandson was the one to finish paying the bill
[5] Established in 1895, the Bengali Parliament is based on the Westminster System, originally with a House of Lords made of 224 members and a House of Commons made of 670 of them (nowadays it’s over thrice that size), of all those peers, most where local Bengalis of Anglo-Indians (and many who were already local nobility and were simply made part of the peerage), of them there were 15 dukes, 24 marquesses, 97 earl, 13 viscounts and the rest an amalgamation of barons and lords
[6] George believed the best way to enrich Bengal was to industrialize, and by the time of his death Calcutta was in route to being a “London of the East”, as an Albish journalist once said, although the pollution of the Ganges would take nearly 2 decades to be solved because of it
[7] As he was known for having fallen in love with the culture
[8] He quite certainly was reaching the point of believing that all Hindu gods were aspects of God
[9] He asked that his body be cremated in a pyre floating down the Ganges​























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King Victor I of Bombay, originally the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn before gaining the throne in 1880, he was one of the three children of Empress Victoria to look for a career on the military, entering the Army at age 16 and serving on it for 12 years before retiring upon his enthronement, having been deployed for most of that time on India, where he became the head of the Bombay Army[1].
A serious and pragmatic person[2] who when not with family spent most of his time either working or on some sort of public event[3], Victor’s rule over Bombay was one marked by being based on him as the center of the machine of bureaucracy, and it was only in 1928 that he gave the kingdom a parliament[4] as he believed he didn’t need one to do his job well[5].
An Indo-Anglican like his older brother and his wife[6] but much less interested in the arts than him[7], Victor dedicated himself on supporting education, which was made compulsory to all children between the ages of 8 and 14 in 1903.​

[1] Ever since the Imperial Tour Victor had become infatuated with the subcontinent, and during his time as a soldier he spent almost a decade in India, serving as the commander of the Bombay Army from 1878 to 1880 before it was disbanded into the Royal Army of Bombay in 1880
[2] Disliking small-talk and having piano and dactylography as his main hobbies, Victor’s nickname in the press and even with his servants was “the Cold One” due to his tendency to almost never show any emotion (the only recorded time he smiled was in the birth of his first child, a nurse fainted after looking at him)
[3] His wife was enraged once when he started doing paperwork at their son’s 15th anniversary
[4] Based off Westminster, initially with 180 lords and 240 commons, most of them Indians or Anglo-Indians
[5] It was a mix of age knocking at the door and his son’s more liberal leanings that convinced Victor to do it, together with start delegating more after years of having the smallest personal staff possible
[6] The Princess Louise of Prussia, who married Victor exactly a year before his enthronement, she openly stated to praying both to God and a myriad of Hindu deities and asked to be cremated after her death, Victor was of a similar leaning to her, and their urns are together within the Royal Catacombs of Bombay
[7] Victor called his brother’s support of artists and craftsmen (together with his buildings) an “overt spending” and that the money could be “used on something other than frivolities” in a letter to his sister Beatrice, in 1905​




































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King Cedric I of Portugal[1], the last of his siblings to marry a catholic.
A lover of the sea since childhood and entering the navy at age 14[2], Cedric’s youth was one marked by sailing through the Mediterranean and being considered as a contender for various thrones, first as a husband to the Queen of the Hellenes[3], then as the heir of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha[4] and lastly as his wife’s husband[5], whom he married in 1885 with great fanfare.
Although originally a king in name only[6], focusing his time in developing the Portuguese Navy[7] or in easing up relations between Portugal and Albion[8] or with Portugal’s vassals[9], Cedric’s involvement in governance would change drastically in 1908, when his wife and eldest son where assassinated[10] and he was forced to take control, dealing with not only the fallout of the assassination but also having to fight a republican uprising[11] and stabilize the country while his grandson grew up[12].
Ruling as an undisputed absolute monarch[13], Cedric abdicated in 1923 after his grandson reached majority, and died a year later of tuberculosis, leaving behind a large collection of glass and ceramic wares​

[1] Made king together with his wife, Carlota, as Portuguese law says that the consort of a female monarch is also a king by law (he was also the only Cedric to ever rule Portugal)
[2] Cedric would serve on it for 20 years, and reach the position of Rear-Admiral before retiring when his wife became regent of Portugal during her father’s last years
[3] Irene of the Hellenes, who was born in 1846 and was considered as one of the most eligible bachelorettes on Europe (her father, Otto, died in 1863 under suspicious circumstances). In the end she married the Prince William of Denmark in 1865, with him taking the name George upon his conversion to Greek Orthodoxy. Cedric and Irene actually met in the 1870s, and became friends for a lifetime
[4] His paternal uncle, Ernst II, was childless until age 66, when in 1884 he had a song with his second wife, Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (his first wife, the dutiful Alexandrine of Baden, died in a carriage accident in 1883. Like with her, he constantly flaunted mistress in front of Maria, who many joked had murdered him)
[5] Like Irene, Carlota was considered one of the most sought-after brides in Europe, seeing as she and her sister were literally the only candidates to the Portuguese Throne due to two branches being ineligible to it
[6] As was the tradition for king consorts of Portugal
[7] Cedric was given command of the Navy in 1888, and worked tirelessly to bring it to par with the Royal Navy
[8] Being responsible for proposing the compromise between them (basically Albion agreed to give Portugal the right to use the region to connect Angola and Mozambique while Portugal agreed to recognize Albion’s de facto control over the territory)
[9] In special the Kingdom of Kongo, who was promised to have its independence guaranteed by Portugal and even had a royal marriage thrown in the mix, with Cedric’s youngest daughter marrying King Manuel III in 1914
[10] The infamous Lisbon Regicide, it occurred in February 1st, 1908, when two assailants, Manuel Buíça and Alfredo Luís da Costa, attacked the royal carriage while the entire royal family was returning from their country retreat, managing to kill both the Queen and the Prince Royal and injure all other members of the family, on its aftermath Cedric took over as regent, and had the assassins, who had died in the crossfire, be cremated as a post-mortem punishment
[11] Basically a coup mixed with barricades in Portugal’s major cities, caused in part by the republican factions of the Portuguese government feeling emboldened by the assassination
[12] King Pedro VI was the son of Luís, Prince Royal, with his mistress, and later morganatic wife, Joana dos Santos Marrocos, having been made legitimate when his grandmother forced the two of them to marry in 1905 a month after his birth
[13] After the uprising Cedric used his leverage in the Navy to take full dictatorial powers, his grandson would be the one responsible for returning Portugal to some sense of democracy​


















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King Leonard of Madras, who has been consistently counted as one of the most colorful and interesting characters of the Victorian Era, he was never a man interested in politics or the military like most of his brothers, and, instead, became known on his youth for being a “hooligan”[1] and having a bohemian and hedonistic lifestyle[2] that shocked even the more liberals on society, although his children managed to outshine him on that matter[3]
Raised to the position of king almost against his will[4] and mostly delegating government to his main secretary[5] and parliament[6], Leonard’s reign, which basically started with his “local marriage”[7], was one marked by his popularity among his subjects[8] and his constant travels through the subcontinent[9], which served as a source of constant inspiration for his paintings[10], besides the fact that he was the only one of his siblings to “convert” to Hinduism[11].
[1] Leonard loved pranking people and causing mischief (together with “loving a good brawl”)
[2] His residence, Clarence House, was called a “den of vice and sin” by high society, as it was said that he never held a single ball within it, but still had many guests almost every evening…
[3] Indira married a first cousin after they slept together at his brother’s wedding, Rajna married a washerwoman, Benedict had 3 wives who were all sisters, Vincent was married at age 5 to the Queen of Burma (whose father had started the Third Anglo-Burmese war and lost, badly), Catherine most certainly slept more with her sister-in-law than with her husband, and Frederick had 65 wives
[4] Leonard was perfectly fine in living a life of luxury as a prince, which was rather against the empress’ wishes
[5] The position of Private Secretary of the King has been Madras’ equivalent of a Prime Minister ever since
[6] Westminster style, with 100 lords and 300 commons
[7] He was married to one of the daughters of the Maharaja Krishnaraja III of Mysore only a month after being made king
[8] One thing Leonard was good at was charming people
[9] Of his reign’s 34 years, around 6 were spent in total doing some sort of traveling
[10] Leonard was a talented painter of scenes and portraits, with his over three hundred works being mostly shown in the Royal Gallery of Madras, among them are included the portraits of every member of his family
[11] Although George and Victor openly believed on the Hindu gods, Leonard was the only one to openly identify himself as not being Christian (although not officially), although he still ate fish, poultry and goat meat (his son, Frederick, remained an Indo-Anglican, as do most of his descendants)​





















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King Michael I of Oregon (also Grand Duke of Columbia), who was born prematurely during the Imperial Tour[1] and suffered from hemophilia[2].
Called “the baby” among his relatives due to his frail health and body[3], Michael was an incredibly intelligent man who, during his time before becoming king, became known for being a dedicated student and intellectual, which left Oxford with a honorary doctorate in civil law.
Made king of Oregon[4] in 1880 after a year discussing it with his mother[5], and moving there in 1882 after his marriage[6], Michael’s reign, marked by his popularity with the common folk[7] and nobility[8], was a successful one, being marked by the development of industry and by a growth in population[9] although the kingdom lacked a Parliament until 1924[10]
Dying due to his disease in 1891[11], although Michael has bene a memorable figure, his children have undoubtedly outshined him[12]​

[1] The fleet had sailed out of Edo just 3 days before his birth
[2] Michael was discovered to have the disease before the turn of 1859 (the crossing of Cape Horn involved him being placed inside a padded box held onto by his mother)
[3] Born with weak lungs due to his premature delivery, Michael had chronic asthma and nearly died of some sort of cold over 15 times during his lifetime
[4] Although originally the territory was called Columbia (after the British managed to snatch the entire region from the Americans by helping over 40.000 Irish move there during the Great Famine, completely overpopulating the American pioneers, who were mostly expelled after their failed Uprising in the 1870s), the name the Americans had given to the region, Oregon, managed to gain some following after 1840, and in 1875 the region was renamed (Columbia is nowadays more of a name for the lands held by the king in direct rule)
[5] Victoria originally didn’t plan on having her son become a king, since his health always worried her, but Michael over time convinced her to grant him Oregon, which had been good for his health during the Imperial Tour
[6] Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who was, in fact, the sister of one of his nieces-in-law (and served as regent for their daughter)
[7] The royal couple enacted many social works to help the poor and became known for their good looks and charm, which helped with their popularity
[8] Michael’s influence over the nobility was especially necessary, since, unlike his brother’s kingdoms and most Albish colonies, Oregon was basically a feudal nation outside of the regions around the Salish Sea, as settlement (outside of the Irish settlement and the Tokugawa Land Grant) of the entire kingdom was basically left to the settlers (which was helped by the fact that Oregon never entered the Canadian Confederacy), which over the course of 40 years basically developed into a North American version of Middle Ages Europe. One of Michael’s jobs was, in fact, granting titles to those unofficial “lords” and to the many native chiefs who also ruled over parts of the kingdom
[9] Mostly due to the mass expulsion of Native Americans and Mexicans from the American West (due to the loss of Oregon, the US ended up annexing more of Mexico, taking Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua)
[10] When Emma I created a Tudor-style parliament that originally only had influence over the fiefs directly under the crown's control, as the more independent territories would take decades to enter the fold
[11] While visiting a friend of his, Duke Anthony McCarthy, Michael tripped and bashed his head in a table, dying of a brain hemorrhage two days later
[12] Although Albert died at age 5 from polio, Emma I was compared to Catherine the Great in her handling of the nation and made Oregon an industrial powerhouse, Alice, who married the Shogun Tokugawa Iemori of Edo, was responsible for building Fort Briggs and breaking all the 15 charges made by the Americans against it, and Mary was comparable to her husband, Manfred, in her dominion over the skies of the Northwestern American Front in the First World War​





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Prince Henry, more commonly known as Henry, Prince Consort, in relation to Madagascar, he was the last son of Empress Victoria and the second son to marry a reigning monarch.
Born in quite a uncommon situation[1], Henry was a melancholic man, known for his tendency to spend most of his time either alone reading or playing with his dogs[2], in 1892 he was married to Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar in a completely unexpected move, as it was completely against the political basis of her kingdom[3] and was basically the Prime Minister’s last bid to save Malagasy independence[4], who was from them onwards guaranteed by the Albish[5].
Serving as consort to a figurehead monarch, Henry spent his days mostly by himself and rarely interacting with the Queen after they had their twin daughters[6], and he constantly traveled outside of Madagascar, dying shortly after returning from a year-long-visit to Albion from malaria​

[1] The empress didn't, in fact, know she was pregnant, and entered labor during a ball in Northumberland House, nowadays the residence of the Malagasy monarch in London
[2] He shared his mother’s love of Pomeranians
[3] The custom of the time was that the ruling queen of Madagascar would be married to her prime minister as an way of cementing the political arrangement between the nobility and freemen that had ruled the kingdom since the aristocratic revolution of 1863 (in which King Radama II was deposed by his prime minister, Rainilaiarivony’s older brother, and his wife, Rasoherina, put in the throne as a figurehead)
[4] Although Rainilaiarivony had managed to for year use his diplomatic skills and political acumen to protect the kingdom’s independence, the French started becoming more bold in the 1890s, and he feared that without a strong alliance to the Albish soon the kingdom would fall to them
[5] Which it did; when the last Franco-Hova War occurred in 1895, the army was made more of Albish soldiers than native malagasy
[6] Ranavalona IV was basically Madagascar’s version of OTL Queen Victoria​
 
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Princess Beatrice, the Duchess of Albany, the child to whom Victoria was the closest[1], although most unremarkable in her personality and rather shy demeanor, during her lifetime Beatrice reached levels of power only matched by her brother Arthur during their mother’s reign, serving as her Private Secretary from 1876 until her death[2] and using it on her favor[3]
Believed for a time to be in route to becoming a spinster, Beatrice ended up falling in love and marrying Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1880[4], and, unlike her sisters and most women of the era, having him marry into the royal family instead of the opposite[5], receiving her noble title in the process[6].
After her mother’s death, Beatrice served as the executor of her will, being responsible for sealing her complete diaries in a century-old vault[7] and publish an edited version that took 30 years to complete[8] and marked most of her elderly years, only sharing time with serving as a main retainer on the imperial court of her brother and nephew and visiting the empire[9], finally dying at age 93 at her personal residence, Peacock Park[10]
A carrier of hemophilia, her only daughter and two of her sons had the disease[11], and in her later years Beatrice had to contend with the fact that she outlived all her children[12]​

[1] Only her younger brother Michael could rival Beatrice’s position on that regard (until he moved to Oregon)
[2] Beatrice’s position made her the person needed for anyone outside of the cabinet to enter contact with the empress, and the princess used that position to gain favors across the political classes of the empire and Europe, with her nephew Henry once joking that she had half of Albion in her debt (many believe that the building of her seaside manor on Cornwall and the Peacock Palace were paid by those favors)
[3] The main residences of the Duke of Albany, Peacock Palace in Chelsea and the Chesrie Manor in seaside Cornwall were mostly paid by Beatrice using her favors to take “monetary gifts” from her various rich indebted, including Albion’s main industrials and nobles
[4] The morganatic relative of the Grand Dukes of Hesse and by Rhine (and whose brother was Beatrice’s nephew by law), the two of them met while his family was visiting the Albish court in the 1870s and fell in love, with Beatrice convincing her mother to permit the union after she promised to remain her secretary, having taken the position after the Prince Consort’s death in 1876
[5] Although not in the sense of taking the name, Henry’s life after the marriage was much more akin to him marrying into the House of Windsor than the opposite, which has since been their modus operanti when daughters marry untitled men
[6] Beatrice was made Duchess of Albany upon her marriage in 15 July, 1880, and following the laws on styles of children of royal princesses, all her offspring were considered princes and princesses of the empire, instead of inheriting only their father’s styles
[7] Empress Victoria, knowing that many of the people spoken on her diaries were still alive, ordered her daughter to edit them into a version that could be published, while also taking the originals and locking them in a safe to be open a century later, in 2008
[8] After it Beatrice also ventured in writing a biography of the Duchess of Kent, her grandmother, and Duchess Augusta of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, another ancestress
[9] Beatrice loved traveling, and had a special care for New Zealand ever since the Imperial Tour, even having as her favorite pet she found during a visit there in 1898, in a later visit the pet, which was female, ended up pregnant, and is the progenitor the famous “Duke of Albany Sea Lions”
[10] Built by Beatrice mostly out of money that she collected from favor between 1905 and 1909, serving as the seat of the Dukes of Albany to this day, Peacock Park is a tall neoclassical building occupying a block in the district of Twickenham in Kingston-upon-Thames, famous for being taller than it is wider (with 8 stories and a tower to the side) and for being mostly painted in a warry of colors similar to a peacock
[11] Maurice, who married his first cousin Wilhelmina (and who had a daughter, Caroline, who was hemophiliac and died during her first period at age 16) and died at age 25, Victoria, whose eldest and youngest sons had the disease, and Thomas, who died at age 35 during a knee surgery
[12] Victoria Eugenie died on the Regicide of Barcelona in 1939, Alexander died of the Swiss Flu in 1922 and Leopold died in 1915 during the First World War​





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Princess Emma, who was also Princess Dowager of Orange and ruled as regent of the Netherlands during her daughter’s minority.
A charming and dutiful woman, her marriage to Prince Alexander of the Netherlands (heir from 1879 to his death) was frankly miserable, as he was mentally ill[1] after his mother’s death and left her to basically do her best to deal with their relationship, which ended with his death from typhus. After it, many say that Emma became quite close to her father-in-law, King William III, and there were even whispers that they were having an affair[2].
Made regent to the king when he became bedridden in 1887, she continued to hold the position after his death in 1889, and ruled as her daughter’s regent until Wilhelmina reached majority in 1900, being known for taking her position extremely seriously, going as far as meeting every government minister at least once every two weeks and strictly adhering to the rules of the constitutional monarchy. In addition to that, she also paid great attention to her daughter’s upbringing[3].
A carrier of hemophilia, every ruling queen of the Netherlands since her daughter would carry it[4]​

[1] Most agree he suffered from some sort of depression
[2] Emma’s diaries show that they were simply friends, united because her daughter was his only living legitimate descendant
[3] Emma dedicated herself tirelessly so that Wilhelmina would be the most capable to rule the Netherlands, with her tutors going from government to history, to culture to even how to speak with different accents depending on the region she was. After 1898, when she reached 16, Emma also added etiquette to her lessons
[4] From 1851 until 1988 no male was born in the House of Orange-Nassau, and somehow the hemophiliac gene was continuously passed down the line, with the three sons of Queen Emma (daughter of Queen Beatrix and grand-daughter of Queen Juliana, daughter of Queen Wilhelmina), William, Prince of Orange, Louis and Constantin, having the disease​

















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Princess Guinevere, more commonly known as “Empress Miriam” after her conversion to Ethiopian Orthodoxy[1].

Born during the Imperial Tour[2], Guinevere was a woman known less for her personality, which was considered by many as being “rather bland”[3], and more for her marriage, as in 1890 she was married to Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia to seal a treaty between his country and Albion[4] and ended up securing the Ethiopian line of succession[5] when she gave birth to a son a year into their marriage[6], although his difficult birth left her barren.
Never involved in the politics of the empire, Guinevere mostly left the affairs of court to her husband’s previous wife[7], and after his death lived a secluded life in the Gebi[8] until her death from what was probably a brain tumor
[1] Miriam being a rough translation of her first name, Mary”
[2] Born during a tropical storm in the Seychelles, the fort were Empress Victoria gave birth was named after her in 1862
[3] Guinevere is theorized to have suffered from autism and when not interested in something (loved dresses) she tended to simply shut down
[4] Basically an agreement that in exchange for Ethiopia allying herself to Albion the empire would swear to guarantee the country’s independence
[5] Menelik only had two daughters, Shoaregga and Zewditu, and there were fears that their gender would give opportunity to usurpers or disputes over who had the right over the throne
[6] Born Kifle Yaqob in 1891 and taking the name “Salomon IV” upon his ascension to the throne, his reign was rather peaceful, outside of the civil war when his cousin, Haile Selassie, tried to take the throne with the backing of the French
[7] The formidable Taytu Betul, she was the one in fact responsible for proposing that he marry Princess Guinevere (Taytu was barren and thought it would be a good bet, seeing as one of Guinevere’s sisters was married to the Sultan of Egypt) and remained in a “common law” marriage to Menelik until his death, besides being a close friend to Guinevere, who saw her as a mentor
[8] The palace complex that serves as the official residence of the emperor​




















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Princess Charlotte, who was the last of her siblings to marry[1]
Known in her youth for being quite “strange”[2] and feared to end up becoming a spinster, Charlotte, nonetheless, met and fell in love with Prince Christian of Denmark[3], then second-in-line to the Danish throne, and after a short engagement[4] married, living in Amalienborg.
Becoming Queen of Denmark with King Frederick’s sudden death in 1907 and then Queen Regent after her husband’s assassination in 1916[5], outside of her fight for the inheritance[6], Charlotte’s later years were marked by a long melancholy and grief, with her last public appearance being her daughter’s marriage[7].
A carrier of hemophilia, her two sons died in childhood from the disease​

[1] In fact, her niece’s, Maud, sister-in-law, as they had a double marriage with the brothers Christian and Karl of Denmark, due to the long span of time that her mother had children, Charlotte was only 7 years older than Maud
[2] Think of her a black-haired Luna Lovegood
[3] He had come to Albion due to the plans for his brother to marry Princess Maud of Wales, but during that time he and Charlotte (who was a close friend of her niece) ended up becoming close to each other while chaperoning to the two, by the time the date of the marriage was set the two were in love, and Christian ended up asking for her hand in marriage on the last day of the visit
[4] It lasted less than half a year, as they decided to do a double marriage with Karl and Maud
[5] From a Danish anarchist
[6] At the time of Christian’s assassination Danish succession followed a strick Salic Law, but while dying from his wounds the king left in his will the wish that the throne be passed to his daughter, Brunhilde, changing the succession of a male-preference primogeniture. Because of that, there was a 3-months-long interregnum while Prince Harald and the Queen Dowager fought each other in a succession dispute that ended with Brunhilde being legally declared a man (reason why her marriage accidentally made same-sex marriages legal in Denmark)
[7] Queen Brunhilde I of Denmark ended up marrying her first cousin and first cousin once removed, Magnus VIII of Norway, creating a union of crowns between Denmark and Norway that would later on end up creating the modern Nordic Empire, an federative entity made of separate kingdoms ruled by the branches made by their children that is united in an economic and diplomatic sense but entirely federated in government​















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Princess Euphemia, the only one among her siblings to marry outside of Christendom[1]
Called “completely unremarkable” in childhood[2], Euphemia became known in part due to her marriage, as she was the first European royal to marry an Islamic ruler in centuries when she was practically forced into a marriage[3] to the Khedive of Egypt, Tewfik Pasha[4], to whom she would be dedicated to[5].
After Tewfik’s untimely death[6], Charlotte’s sole objective in life would be guaranteeing her sons’ throne[7], firstly by conspiring in the court of her stepson, Abbas II[8] and later by taking the throne with a coup in 1905[9], establishing herself as the regent to her eldest son, Ismail[10], and ruling over Egypt until he reached majority in 1910, during that time gaining infamy for her preference for poisoning or murder to deal with any enemies[11] and crushing a rebellion in Sudan. She died 4 years later under suspicious circumstances.
A carrier of hemophilia, one of her sons had the disease[12] and her daughters carried it[13]​

[1] Although she for sure wasn’t a devout Muslim
[2] Outside of an interesting in animals that her nurse called “troubling”
[3] His first wife had died early that year from a miscarriage, and her mother and the Albish government saw it as the perfect opportunity to align Egypt closer to the empire
[4] Although her son, Ismail II, was the first ruler of an independent Egypt, he declared his father as the first Emperor/Sultan of Egypt posthumously, and his mother as his Empress consort, during their time married she held the title of “Khediva consort”
[5] Their first meeting was in their ceremony, but the two of them ended up getting close to each other, as Tewfik was courteous and amiable and they became close friends even with their fertility problems early in the marriage
[6] He died suddenly at age 49, and while his eldest son was of age, the same couldn't be said about Euphemia's
[7] Euphemia believed the only way of her children beign safe in their position was by them having the throne, as she had an terrible relationship with her stepson and they were considered as not being “entirely-Egyptian” by most of her in-laws
[8] Abbas and Euphema had a hate-at-first-sight relationship, and she feared he would do with her sons what the Ottoman Sultans did with younger siblings (not entirely true, but she was rather paranoid over it)
[9] That saw Abbas and most of the adults in the House of Muhammad Ali either assassinated or imprisoned
[10] Who declared Egyptian independence when the Ottomans collapsed in the 1920, while his youngest brother ended up becoming the King of Jordan, one of the nine kingdoms (and two free cities) that make the Levantine Confederacy (established by the Albish)
[11] Including her closest friend in court, who was implied in a plot to depose her
[12] Prince Muhammad, who died at age 22 in a car accident
[13] Nazli did not have any children (she was a spinster and in the 1920s is believed to have fallen in love with her cousin, Prince Arthur, shortly before his disappearance) but showed signs of being a carrier, while Hanim married Abdullah of Hejaz and had ten children, including two sons who had the disease and three daughters who carried it and married the sultans of Cyrenaica and Oman and the Emir of Qatar​
 
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Emperor Henry of Albion
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Henry (Henry Maximilian; 8 December – 25 September 1943), most commonly known as Henry the Warrior, was Emperor of Albion and her Dominions from 18 April 1916 until his death in 1943.

Born during the reign of his grandmother, Victoria the Great, still during her time as queen, as the eldest son of Arthur the Old and Princess Alexandra of Denmark, Henry was second in the line of succession from birth, with his title during that period, Duke of Cambridge, becoming the now traditional title of the Prince of Wales's eldest child. Not talented in politics, during his grandmother and father's reign Henry tended to veer away from it, and during his own rule preferred to leave it to his son and heir, Leonard, serving as a diplomat and figurehead in matters that didn't involve the military, on which Henry was exceptionally versed.

Educated by tutors, Henry would enter the Navy in 1877 at age 12, and outside of a five-year-long leave to attend Trinity College, Cambridge, between 1883 and 1888, Henry would serve for nearly 4 decades on it, traveling across the empire and fighting on both the Anglo-La Platan War (nearly dying when his ship, HMS Cavalier, was sunk during the Battle of Cape Horn) and the Second Franco-Hova War before becoming Admiral of the Great Lakes Fleet in 1908, commanding it until his ascension to the throne in 1916, with his last battle being the Razing of Chicago in retaliation for the Burning of Toronto, which saw his brother killed in action. After it he also was the unofficial First Sea Lord of the empire for three more years before definitively stepping down and retiring from service.

Charming and good looking, Henry married in 1893 his second cousin once removed, Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, whose father had become wealthy in a stroke of luck and would herself be considered one of the richest women in history due to a mix of inheritance, ingenuity and good investments. Smitten almost from day one (and made closer by his near death from pneumonia), the two would remain devoted for each other for all their lives and would stand together as bulwark on their worst moments, from his brother's assassination to the fire that killed her brother and nephews, and after Prince Arthur's disappearance. Mary would outlive Henry by 22 years, only wearing black after his death.

Ascending in the middle of the First World War, Henry's reign saw the conflict's end, having already killed over 50 million people, and would continue to see many tragedies during its nearly 30 years on the throne, from the Swiss Flu, which killed around 8% of the population (around 150 million people, including various relatives of some closeness to him) in the course of 2 years; to the collapse of both the Ottoman Empire (from the failed genocides) and France d'Outre-mer (from the death of Napoleon V); the birth of the USSA, two thirds of the Russian Civil War and the First Chinese Civil War; during which the emperor tried his best to steer the empire away from the chaos that was the world around it with the rise in political extremism and fascism. Henry's reign also saw great economic growth in the empire which resulted in the catastrophic Black Monday and the start of the Great Depression.

Suffering from smoking-related health problems in his later years, Henry died an exhausted man in Caernarfon Castle, his favorite retreat outside of Sandringham, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Leonard, who had been serving as his stand-in for some years and would officially take the reins of power amidst the lowest point in the Great Depression.​

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Fascinating stuff!

I would like to hear more about the First Great War

Though I will say I'm not 100% sold on the Imperial family using the name "Leonard"
 
Fascinating stuff!

I would like to hear more about the First Great War

Though I will say I'm not 100% sold on the Imperial family using the name "Leonard"
I wanted to add some different names to the family (like the Euphemia and Cedric), and was between it and "Leonhart" (which I decided was a bit too tacky in the end)

About the war, I plan on doing something about it, but for the moment think of WWI if it had fronts on both North and South America (and the Caribbean) and was over twice as deadly, long and brutal as OTL
 
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Mary of Teck, Empress Consort
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Mary of Teck (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes; 14 October 1867 – 6 August 1965) was Empress consort of Albion and her Dominions from the ascension of her husband, Emperor Henry, in 1916 until his death in 1943

Although technically a princess of Teck, in the Kingdom of Württemberg, she was born and raised in Albion. Her parents were Francis, Duke of Teck, who was the first generation of a morganatic branch of the House of Württemberg, and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, who was a granddaughter of King George III. She was informally known as "Betty", after her birth month.

Born in a minor royal family who lived in apartments in Kensington Palace sustained by her mother's allowance, Mary's family became incredibly wealthy after the Duke made a lucky investment in the american Standard Oil Co. Inc. in the 1870s and made millions almost overnight, a sum from which Mary inherited £1 million (equivalent to around £78 million in today's money) with her father's untimely death in 1882 in a train accident. Incredibly intelligent and possessing a talent for numbers and probability, Mary took the reins of the family in the aftermath of the death and started investing on food companies and in the textile industry, founding Evergreen in 1887 and starting the United Fruit Company with her brothers in 1892, besides buying shares in the Bank of England after her brother's marriage to Evelina Rotschild.

Created Countess Evergreen, later elevated to a duchy, in 22 July 1892, two days later Mary accepted a betrothal to her second cousin once removed, Henry, the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, with whom she had been in a tentative courting for months in great success. Before her husband's accession, she was successively Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess of Wales.

As empress consort from 1916, Mary acted as a sponsor to the war effort and supported her husband through the First World War, the many sorrows of the 1920s, his ill health and the changes arising from the aftermath of the war, being constantly compared to a pillar during her husband's turbulent reign. After Henry's death in 1943, which sent her into a deep mourning, she became empress mother when her son, Leonard, ascended to the throne, and during the Second World War used her fortune and influence to support him and the nation, not stopping even after his death.

Mary died in 1965 during the reign of her granddaughter, Jessamine, having spent her last years focused on philanthropy, backing new businesses during the post war boom, and acquiring art, jewelry, antiques and hundreds of properties which have mostly remained under possession of the Crown since then. At the time of her death she was the oldest member of the Royal Family by marriage and the richest woman in the world. Among much else, an ocean liner, a battlecruiser, a university, a award and a planet were named in her honour.
(I was for some reason obssessed with having Mary of Teck be absurdly rich after I read about how she collected royal jewelry in her later years. After this I plan on getting my ideas on the ITTL!WWI so i can do a box on it)​
 
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World Map at 2020
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(Wars, foreign or intestine, not shown), any questions?​
 

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My computer is complete shit and can't load an image that it's "too large", so here is the world map divided in three so I can actually post it
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(Wars, foreign or intestine, not shown), any questions?

This looks very interesting. I love the borders in Africa and Asia, and the fact that even with a late POD you manage to greatly change the borders of Western Europe is nice.

How did this all happen? What's up with Asia? When and how did France Break (I assume Germany is to blame)? Were Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro ever united? If Yugoslavism was anywhere near as popular as IOTL, I'd assume yes unless foreign powers prevented it. Did Italy just never fully unite? Is that Lombardy-Venetia looking country in the Austrian sphere?
 
You've already touched on Oregon, but could you explain more about the different North American nations what government systems they use?
Also, how did France come to be divided and what states are those?
Of course, here it goes:
- The United Socialist States of America (USSA), the major socialist-communist country in the world since its foundation in the 1920s (although it has gone through some major developments). The state is divided into 5 "commonwealths" each one divided into states (red), a national district of Washington (dark red) and the State of Texas (pale red), the later one being an addition following WWII (to be explained later) that is nominally independent. The government of the country is roughly similar to the USSR in its late stages

- The Federal Kingdom of Canada, one of the "great triad" of the dominions of the Empire (together with the South African Union and the Commonwealth of Australia), it is ruled by the mix of local parliament and Prime Minister with an Royal Viceroy, post which is currently held by the Prince of Wales

- The Kingdom of Quebec, one of the "imperial kingdoms" and one of the most recent, having been founded in the early 80s, it is ruled by the Queen Anne, younger sister to the empress, which is in name an executive monarch, but in fact leaves most of the day-to-day governance to her Private Secretary and cabinet. Although officially separated from Canada, it is still constantly interacting with it as both are still a part of the commonwealth

- The Kingdom of Oregon, which was already commented upon, currently ruled by Queen Emma III. The Haida Gwaii archipelago is in fact a part of it, as a mostly autonomous domain of the Haida Nation

- The Tsardom of Alyeska, a constitutional parliamentary monarchy ruled by Tsarina Ekatherina I, mostly inhabited by Russian Old Believers, it has a serious problem of gender imbalance as there are over 2 women to every men

- The Californian Republic, a state founded during the civil war that gave birth to the USSA and considering itself the legitimate successor of the US (think of its relationship with the USSA as very China.vs.Taiwan situation), it possesses a great divide between the coast, which is rich with tourism and technology (and the movie industry) and holds most of the population, and the west, which is mostly rural, relatively poorer and thinly populated

- The Third Mexican Empire, a developing nation ruled by the House of Hapsburg-Iturbide, it was originally promising (in special after the reconquest in the First Great War of half of the lands lost in the Mexican-American War), but a series of coups by the military in the 30s and a long civil war between 1961 and 1970 drastically hindered the country.

France is a bit complicated, but the gist of it is that it ended up following a similar path to OTL Germany (it "started" WWI and lost lands on the fringes together with harsh monetary penalties) and after the Second Great War (roughly the 1950s) it was decided that while the country would continue existing, it would be severely hindered, with two new countries, the kingdoms of Champagne (ruled by the House of Orléans) and Provence (ruled by the House of Bourbon-Grimaldi, whose origins are... complicated), being carved out of it. The current France is the Fifth French Republic, which is a federal parliamentary republic, the lighter blue is the Autonomous State of Aquitaine, which while a part of France, has been de facto independent for over 50 years
 
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This looks very interesting. I love the borders in Africa and Asia, and the fact that even with a late POD you manage to greatly change the borders of Western Europe is nice.

How did this all happen? What's up with Asia? When and how did France Break (I assume Germany is to blame)? Were Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro ever united? If Yugoslavism was anywhere near as popular as IOTL, I'd assume yes unless foreign powers prevented it. Did Italy just never fully unite? Is that Lombardy-Venetia looking country in the Austrian sphere?
1: Which part, this is a world map after all and the pod was roughly in the early 19th century, so...
2: Again, which part of it? Although you could sum up what's up with Asia as "too much"
3: I answered it on the post above this one (and yes, Germany was in part to blame)
4: Never, Serbia and Bosnia's ruling dynasties are branches of the House of Obrenovic though, you are also correct on the reason why
5: Austria managed to retain Veneto in the War of 1866 while Sardinia didn't manage to conquer the Two Sicilies, later on the Kingdom of Italy (still exists, is the green), ended up losing most of the Po Basin in the aftermath of the First Great War, while the Romagna and Lacio (the first a kingdom ruled by the House of Orsini... its complicated, the second a republic that recognizes the pope as the Head of State and has an House of Lords made of the Papal Nobility, though it has only the power to counsel)
6: Roughly, both it and Romagna have ruling houses which are branches of the Hapsburgs (the infobox of Elizabeth, daughter of Empress Victoria, shows the origins of the Veneto-Lombardian branch) and while they have stopped "keeping it in the family" on the matter of marriages, they do remain close
 
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1: Which part, this is a world map after all and the pod was roughly in the early 19th century, so...
2: Again, which part of it? Although you could sum up what's up with Asia as "too much"

1: was more of a general "wow, a lot has changed, can't wait to learn more, TTL seems interesting" sort of statement. Sorry for any confusion.
2: Honestly, I'd like to find out a lot, though I assume you'll eventually get to it. Balkanized China looks fun. Arabia looks more interesting than IOTL. Are those Al Hassa, a Hashemite Hejaz, and an independent Asir? Finally, is that salmon glob in India a Raj remnant? Like, is that still British/Albionic?

[edit: thanks for all the answers of course]
 
1: was more of a general "wow, a lot has changed, can't wait to learn more, TTL seems interesting" sort of statement. Sorry for any confusion.
2: Honestly, I'd like to find out a lot, though I assume you'll eventually get to it. Balkanized China looks fun. Arabia looks more interesting than IOTL. Are those Al Hassa, a Hashemite Hejaz, and an independent Asir? Finally, is that salmon glob in India a Raj remnant? Like, is that still British/Albionic?

[edit: thanks for all the answers of course]
No problem (and yes, a lot has changed in comparison to OTL), I actually like questioning and commenting, since It makes me have a hard proof that people are interested in what I'm doing

I do wish to get into the countries of Asia (I also wish to one day pull a @Archangel Michael and write a narrative involving the british royalty from this TL, but that's more of a hope than a set objective), but as a small peep (basically my rough ideas, I haven't entirely made the TL outside of the broad strokes):
- Balkanized China is fun, with a healthy mix of a republican successor state, a Qing remnant in Manchuria, imperial dynasties and a healthy mix of internal strife and warring (the main reason why I said that the map doesn't show wars foreign or intestine is because of China)
- Yes, there is an indepentent Hassa region (ruled by a branch of the ruling dynasty of Oman, placed in there by their Albish cousins), Hejaz remains Hashemite (Syria, Mesopotamia and Moab also have Hashemite rulers) and Asir remains independent, the House of Saud never tried to reestablish the Nedj, and instead a part of them live in Kuwait (where they are constantly intermarrying with the House of Sabah) while the main branch rules over the Sinai
- The salmon glob is the Confederacy of the Rajputana, which is in a personal union with Albion. India is still technically a part of the commonwealth though (as do many states in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, although they are independent)
 
A more general question: why did Albion decide to turn its colonies into independent monarchies under different branches of the family rather than establishing an empire entirely under Victoria?
 
A more general question: why did Albion decide to turn its colonies into independent monarchies under different branches of the family rather than establishing an empire entirely under Victoria?
I will admit my personal reasoning was because I though it was cool, my in universe explanation is something in the lines of "Victoria and the government decide it would be a good idea to have some more problematic colonies, like Oregon or the three largest Indian ones (the Raj was dismantled in 1877 and while the empress herself had a good popularity since her tour, most Indians were still distrustful of the Albish government, so her sons, which had accompanied her in the tour like most of her children, seemed as a good bet to help sooth that distrust since they would be seen as being representatives of their mother and not of Albion herself), have rulers that would be considered more "local", with the position of kings being visioned as something of "hereditary viceroys", with the kingdoms being basically dominions that are ruled by hereditary monarchs, all of whom are "vassal" to the Imperial Crown. After the first four it became something of a tradition for members of the royal family (originally children and grandchildren of Victoria, but in later generations mostly children of monarchs), with most of the subsequent kingdoms either being other parts of India (Lower Burma and Punjab, both of whom were given in the reign of Victoria) or relatively minor parts of the empire (reason why most of the following kingdoms were either in the Caribbean or Pacific)".

The reason some children of monarchs don't receive kingdoms is a bit complicated, but my explanation at the moment is that after Victoria's reign there was a stop in the creation of imperial kingdoms which only returned after the reign of Emperor Henry, with the only king created during that period, Albert, having been previously Governor of Singapore and the Straits and Admiral of the Eastern Fleet for years before his enthronement (and he was already married with children for nearly a decade).

(Interestingly, Germany also tried following a similar route with her territories overseas that remained a part of the empire (the light grey), although they had the main difference that some of those kingdoms decided for some reason to follow Old German succession laws in which every son inherits parts of their father's lands (most of them already stopped with it after seeing the absurdity that is German Melanesia) and are almost completely independent)
 
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First World War
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The First World War (often called World War I or WWI), also known as the Great War, was a global war that lasted from 25 April 1910 to 9 May 1921. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of nearly a hundred million military personnel, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also on of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated 25 million combatant and 35 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while the related influenza pandemic of 1921-23 caused another 150 to 400 million deaths worldwide.

Preceded by decades of rising tensions between the world's great powers, the conflict came into fruition after, in 25 February 1910, Anthony I. McLorne, a Canadian republican, assassinated the Prince Consort of Mexico, Alexander, in Buffalo, New York, leading to the Easter Crisis. In response, Albion (in agreement with Mexico), issued the Asquith Ultimatum to the US on 19 April. The American reply failed to satisfy either the Albish or the Mexicans, and the nations moved to a war footing.

Although the situation was already alarming, seeing as the crisis was a staring match between two of the major nations in the globe, the network of interlocking alliances and rivalries only worsened it, and by late April the great powers were divided into two coalitions: the Entente, consisting of France, the United States, Russia and La Plata; and the Great Coalition of Albion, Germany, Brazil and the Hapsburg Empire. France felt it necessary to back the United States, and approved partial mobilization after Mexico shelled Brownsville, a town in the River Grande Border, on 25 April, while Albion entered Maine in the 26. Full French mobilization was announced on 28 April; the following day, Germany and the Hapsburgs did the same, while Germany demanded France demobilize within a day. When France failed to comply, Germany declared war on France on 3 May, while the Hapsburgs (as the empire brought with it Bosnia, Albania, Berat and the Veneto[1]) followed suit on the 10th. Russia ordered full mobilization in support of France on 4 May, bringing with it Serbia[2], while La Plata mobilized in 1 May in support of the US, to which Brazil responded by also mobilizing a day later.

France's strategy for a war against Germany and Albion was to rapidly concentrate its army in the East, invading the Rhineland, which were an industrial heartland, and taking Germany out of the war as soon as possible, then shift forces to the north while Albion was distracted in North America, working together with the Americans to face the Royal Navy and do a invasion of the British Isles; this was later known as the Petain Plan. On 2 May, France demanded free passage through Belgium, as a two pronged attack was considered an essential element in achieving a quick victory over Germany. When this was refused, French forces invaded Belgium, just some 3 hours after Germany declared war on France; the Belgian government invoked the 1839 Treaty of London, although that was simply a formality, as Albion was already in a state of war against France by that point. On 15 May, Albion and Brazil also declared war on Russia; on 4 August, Italy sided with France, feeling threatened by Hapsburg presence in the peninsula, and the same day the Two Sicilies entered the war in the side of Albion. In December 1910, the Chinese Empire entered the war on the side of the Entente, seizing the Albish and German territories on the coast, while Japan remained neutral[3]. The war was also fought in (and drew upon) each power's colonial empires , spreading the conflict to Africa and across the globe. The Entente and its allies eventually became known as the Allied Powers, while the grouping of Albion, Germany and their allies became known as the Imperial Powers.

The war, which was a long and often confusing conflict, was divided into various theaters and dozens of fronts during its decade-long run, and during that period saw a variety of styles of warfare, from the attrition of the Western and Mesopotamian fronts, to the high mobility of the Eastern and Northeastern American, to the proxy wars of Africa and the mess that was the Western American, it also saw a great deal of naval warfare, with the Caribbean comprehending mostly naval or amphibious battles. In 1914 Ethiopia entered the war on the side of the Imperial Powers following the start of the Amhara Rebellion by Prince Haile Selassie, to whom France declared support, while in 1915 Greece did the same in the hopes of grabbing a bit out of Serbia, with Bulgaria following suit a year later, expanding the war in the Balkans.

Though China dropped out of the war in 1915[4] and Serbia was defeated in 1917[5], none of the great powers were knocked out of the war until 1920. The 1919 November Coup in the United States deposedPresident Woodrow Wilson shortly after his highly disputed moves to circumvent congress and replaced him with Charles W. Fairbanks, but continuing discontent with the cost of the war led to the February Revolution, the creation of the American Socialist Republic, and the signing of the Treaty of Cleveland[6] by the new government in May 1920, ending the US's involvement in the war. Almost at the same time the Russian Empire started to collapse at the bits after the failed February Uprising, and by the end of the year it had unofficially left the war entirely. While France managed to make a short comeback with the 100 Days Offensive, but it failed to be decisive and exhausted the last of the French reserves, which together with the coming of new troops from the North American Theater and Eastern Front meant that the war now had become a waiting time for France's capitulation. Italy, battered and bruised by the Venetians and Sicilians, was the first to sign an armistice - the Armistice at Portoferraio in 1 January 1921. On 25 April, the 11th anniversary of the conflict, La Plata agreed to the Armistice of Itatí. With its allies defeated, uprisings at home, and the military no longer willing to fight, Allexandre Millerand resigned in 7 May and France signed an armistice on 9 May 1921, effectively ending the war.

The First World War was a significant point in the political, cultural, economic and social climate of the world. The war and its immediate aftermath sparked numerous revolutions and uprising. The Big Four (the main empires of the Alliance) imposed their terms on the defeated powers in a series of treaties agreed at the Madrid Peace Conference, the most well known being the French peace treaty: the Treaty of El Escorial. Ultimately, as a result of the war, the United States, United Provinces and the Russian Empire ceased to exist, while the unrest caused by it spelled the doom of the Qing Dynasty in China, and numerous states were born from their remains. However, despite the conclusive Imperial victory (and the creation of the International League during the Peace Conference, intended to prevent future wars), a second world war followed just over 30 years later.

[1] As a result of the Balkan Wars, three of the countries in the region were ruled by members or relatives of the House of Hapsburg, King Stephen of Bosnia (who was a grandson of Franz Joseph I through his mother Valkyrie), King Françesku of Albania (In Austria Archduke Franz Ferdinand, also titutlar Duke of Modena and Reggion) and Prince Frederikos I of Berat (Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen, in Austria)
[2] Austria and Serbia despised each other ever since the November Coup of 1903, when King Alexander I Obrenovic was assassinated and the Serbian parliament passed a law disinheriting his sons, then inviting Peter I Karadjordjevic to take the throne, it is still a mistery how the even didn't start a war
[3] Although Japan was a major power in the Far East, and managed to get a stalemate out of Russia in their war in 1905, it also brought an epidemic of pneumonic plague from Manchuria to Japan, and by the time the war started the country, which put itself through five years of self-imposed quarantine, was incapable of waging war. Even on the aftermath of the First World War the only achievements it had was snatching Karafuto and the Kurils from Russia after it lost control over Siberia
[4] The Prince Regent Chu (who unlike OTL was maternal uncle to Emperor Xuantong, who was a grandson of Emperor Tongzhi) signed the Treaty of Hong Kong with the Imperial Powers in 16 June 1915, after seeing the painting at the wall in the matters of the Chinese front as they got closer and closer to Beijing. Due to the state of affairs to the Imperial Powers at the time, the punishments imposed in China were extremely mild, and can be summed up as "the leases are eternal and you'll pay a fine"
[5] With the Karadjorevic being deposed once again and King Alexander II of House Obrenovic being placed on the throne at age 19
[6] Interestingly, the head of the Albish Delegation was Charles Evans Hughes, the son of a welsh immigrant preacher who was actually born in Glens Falls, New York, but moved with his family to Canada in 1865 at age 3 (and in OTL runned against Woodrow Wilson for president in 1916)​

(Any questions?)​
 
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