Albion, where the Sun never set

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The World in 2020
A crack-treated-seriously* TL based around the idea of (due to a variety of foggy reasons and methods) Queen Victoria pulling a Gustav III in making Britain a executive/absolute monarchy; that exploded from a single wikipedia infobox when I started doing a series and then a world map.
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As a start, here is the world in Anno Domini, 2020, right before the midnight of December 31st
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Empress Victoria of Albion
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Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 16 March 1908), often known as Victoria the Great or simply The Founding Empress was the 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, being the first Albish monarch since Edward the Confessor to officially use imperial titles. 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 Vitoria 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, known for acting as her surrogate father, while the former raised Victoria under the ideals of noblesse oblige and enlightened absolutism, and instilled on her on a path of determination and cunning.

Originally a minor princess of the royal family, she inherited the throne at the age of 18 after her father’s three elder brothers died without issue, and though a constitutional monarchy, Victoria spent the first decades of her reign using her charm and long planning to strengthen her power, which reached its zenith in 1878 when Parliament overwhelmingly voted to create the Empire, turning the government to the executive monarchy it has been ever since. A national icon and one among the few Albish monarchs to receive the eponymous “the Great”, Victoria established the modern idea of the Imperial Family.

Victoria married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840, following a three-year-long courtship. Their children married into royal and noble lines across Europe (as well as Africa and Bharat), earning them (Victoria in special) the nickname of “the grandparents of Europe” as well as being frequently used to support the empire’s international ambitions. A carrier of type-2 hemophilia, her daughter’s marriages also spread the disease through the ruling classes of the continent. After Albert’s death in 1876, Victoria was plunged into a period of deep mourning and isolation as she avoided public appearances and focused on government work. A workaholic, she suffered a debilitating stroke in 1885, which resulted in the second regency of the Prince of Wales while she took three years to recover.

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 British India and the establishment of the imperial kingdoms, and the changes on women’s rights, with the gaining of the vote in 1893 and, in the nobility, the changing to inheritance to semi-salic in all non-inheritable titles. Education also saw great expansion, and there was a renewed interest in Welsh, Irish, Scottish and Cornish culture and language, which were, together with some others, recognized as official languages of the empire in 1899. Victoria’s reign was, though, considered a failure on the matter of child labor, and saw a steady decay in relations with the United States and France (both of whom the empress deeply despised), as well as the United Provinces, which were direct causes for the First World War.

A lover of discovery since her youth, Victoria was the first Albish monarch to go through the Imperial Tour, taking with her most of her family (a decision that was widely criticized at the time due to the dangers of the sea) into a 2-years-long travel visiting all the corners of the empire that was widely publicized through the use of telegraphs and inspired the empress and her children on the championing for the rights of native peoples and, of all things, ambientalism, as after falling in love with the unique fauna of Australia and seeing in first hand a whaling ship dispatching a sperm whale near the Galápagos Islands (shortly before sort-of-adopting a pod of whales), Victoria acted upon her new interest to create the Bill of Nature Protection of 1861, and invest on the research for new oil sources outside of blubber, besides introducing koalas, the tasmanian devil and the kiwi bird to Albion as pets.

The tour also saw the royal fleet make stops and detours through the Pacific, starting with Victoria’s short visit to Japan after Hong Kong (the first time a foreign ruler had visited the country), during which she met then shogun Tokugawa Iemochi, a young ruler with whom she would develop a friendship and later give him asylum following his deposition in 1866 by a coup, later granting lands to the Tokugawa in Oregon following their mass-exile in 1868. Following that, the royal fleets stops in the South Pacific also marked the tour, as a docking in the Galápagos would motivate the empress to use the crown’s funds to buy the Islands from Equador in 1872 after failing to convince Parliament to do it, while a stop at Easter Island caused a chain of events that resulted on the Blackbird Wars of 1860 in the South Pacific and the end to slavery in much of the region; and, while docked Saavedra, Victoria would meet a then French lawyer that, much like in Easter Island, would start a chain of events that would establish the nation of Patagonia and set the stage for the First World War in South America.

A devout Christian known for her strong moral sense and personal piety, nonetheless Victoria became rather infamous for some of her more unique personal beliefs, in special her belief in that “There is but one God, the rest is over trifles” when religion was a matter, being rather nonchalant about marrying many of her children to not only non-protestants but even non-Christians. This belief in special more than once caused Victoria to receive criticism from various areas (including a short-reigning Archbishop of Canterbury), and even among her supporters the matter brought disagreements.

The last Albish monarch of the House of Hanover and the founder of the Windsor Dynasty, Victoria died in her personal palace on the Isle of Wight in 1908 from breast cancer, having retired to there in late 1905 after receiving a diagnosis of the disease, surrounded by her many relatives who had been in visit for a commemoration of her wedding anniversary, now serving as a annual family reunion. She was succeeded by her son, Arthur, who had been serving as imperial regent since 1906.

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As an added bonus, here is what the Imperial Tour section would comprehend if it included the majority of the stops during it:
7 Imperial Tour
7.1 The Maiden Voyage of HMS Britannia​
7.2 Africa​
7.2.1 Gibraltar​
7.2.2 Bathurst​
7.2.3 Sierra Leone​
7.2.4 Gold Coast​
7.2.4.1 Dutch Gold Coast​
7.2.4.2 Cape Coast​
7.2.4.3 Kwaku Dua and Sarah Aina Forbes​
7.2.5 Saint Hellena​
7.2.6 The Cape​
7.2.7 Seychelles​
7.2.7.8. The Birth of Princess Mary​
7.3 The Subcontinent​
7.3.1 Arabian Stop​
7.3.1.1 Aden​
7.3.1.2 Khuriya Muriya​
7.3.1.3 Muscat​
7.3.1.4 Into the Gulf​
7.3.1.5 Bahrain​
7.3.1.6 Khasab​
7.3.2 Landing in Bombay​
7.3.3 Tour of the Deccan​
7.3.3.1 Hubli​
7.3.3.2 Mysore and Hyderabad​
7.3.3.3 Reestablishing of the Coorg Kingdom​
7.3.3.4 Detour at Ceylon​
7.3.3.5 Madras and the Carnatic​
7.3.3.6 Up the Circars​
7.3.4 Touring the Central Provinces and Rajputana​
7.3.5 Up the Indus and through the Punjab​
7.3.6 Meeting at Agra​
7.3.6.1 Dheli​
7.3.6.2 The fate of the Mughals​
7.3.7 Touring the Himalayas​
7.3.7.1 Jammu and Kashmir​
7.3.7.2 Ladakh​
7.3.7.3 Nepal​
7.3.7.4 Sikkim​
7.3.7.5 Bhutan​
7.3.7.6 Visit to Powo​
7.3.8 Assam and Bengal​
7.3.8.1 Ahom Kingdom​
7.3.8.2 Rural Intervention​
7.3.8.3 Visiting Murshidabad​
7.3.8.4 Parting at Calcutta​
7.3.9 Bharati Princes​
7.3.10 Reactions​
7.3.10.1 At Home​
7.3.10.2 In the Subcontinent​
7.3.10.3 Abroad​
7.4 Southern and Eastern Asia​
7.4.1 Burma​
7.4.1.1 Lower Burma​
7.4.1.2 Mon Kingdoms​
7.4.1.3 Tenasserim​
7.4.2 Andaman and Nicobar Islands​
7.4.2.1 The Sentinelese Incident​
7.4.2.2 The Native Question​
7.4.2.3 The Cocos​
7.4.3 Singapore and the Straits​
7.4.4 Riau Sultanate​
7.4.5 Sarawak​
7.4.6 Hong Kong​
7.4.7 Detour to Japan​
7.4.8 Birth of Prince Michael​
7.5 Australia​
7.5.1 Stop in Fiji​
7.5.2 Docking at Sydney​
7.5.3 Tour of the East Coast​
7.5.4 Trekking the Outback​
7.5.5 Aboriginal visitors​
7.5.6 West Australia​
7.5.7 Tasmania​
7.5.8 The Floating Menagerie​
7.6 New Zealand​
7.6.1 The Maori Treaty​
7.6.2 Kiwis​
7.6.3 The Princess’ Penguin​
7.7 Pacific​
7.7.1 Rarotonga​
7.7.2 Easter Island​
7.7.3 Meeting at Saavedra​
7.7.4 The Whaling Ship Colefield​
7.7.5 The Royal Pod​
7.7.6 Galápagos Islands​
7.7.7 Hawaii​
7.7.7.1 Kamehameha IV​
7.7.8 San Francisco​
7.7.9 Columbia​
7.7.10 All the way back​
7.7.11 Crossing at Cape Horn​
7.8 South America​
7.8.1 Punta Arenas and the Maldives​
7.8.2 Brazil​
7.8.2.1 Princess Margaret and Dom Afonso​
7.8.3 Guiana​
7.9 The Caribbean and North America​
7.9.1 The Antilles​
7.9.2 Jamaica​
7.9.3 The Bahamas​
7.9.4 Barbados​
7.9.5 Canada and Newfoundland​
7.10 Return​
 
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Emperor Arthur of Albion
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Arthur (Albert Vincent Arthur Charles Theodore; 9 November 1841 – 18 April 1916), also known as Arthur II or Arthur the Old, was Emperor of Albion from 16 March 1908 until his death in 1916.

The eldest son and second child of Empress Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Arthur was, through blood or marriage, related to royalty throughout Eurasia, Africa and the America. Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the Albish throne for over 6 decades, holding the position from birth to the age of 66, he was and remains the longest-serving heir apparent in Albish history. During his mother’s long reign, he was constantly involved in the politics of the empire and held various offices in government, serving as regent in three different occasions and holding the position of Chief of the Defense Staff from 1895 to 1906. He also served as one of the empire’s main diplomats during his adulthood, inheriting Victoria’s deep-seethed dislike of the French, who nicknamed him “Prince Astringent” or “Sourpuss Arthur” for his infamous habit of scowling in any visit to the country.

Educated privately by tutors before entering the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, at the age of 15, he graduated at the age of 19 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army, where he would serve for nearly 50 years until his ascension to the throne. Placed mostly in North America and Africa, but also seeing service in other parts of the Empire, Arthur served as a commander during the Fenian Raids in Canada as well as the Willamette Rising in Oregon, becoming famous for ordering the burning of the rebels’ last stronghold in Champoeg. Later he also commanded forces during many of the empire’s wars in Africa, as well as leading the Albish forces during the empire’s involvement on the Brazilian Civil War, commanding the intervention army in Northern Brazil.

Considered the embodiment of the ideal Albish nobleman, marked by his good looks, interests on arts and culture, fine manners and military service, Arthur served during his time as Prince of Wales as the Imperial Family’s main representative, helping establish its position in the heart of Albish society as a glue between the empire’s various cultures and entities. Attending as much as 10.000 public events and ceremonies during his tenure as heir, Arthur is frequently credited for creating the modern saying of “monarchs rule, princes appear” in relation to the functions of royals. He founded and/or was president, chairman or member of over a hundred charities and organizations, the major of which was the Prince’s Trust.

A lover of African history and culture, it was during his services in Africa that Arthur became known for his credit in establishing the modern Commonwealth in Africa, more than once serving as an unofficial ambassador to royal courts of the continent and being directly involved on the development of the system of Albish protectorates and clients that became Imperial Africa. Easy-going and charming, Arthur was known for his friendships with various African rulers, including individuals such as King Cetshwayo of the Zulu, Empress Sara of the Ashante (his mother’s adopted daughter), King Letsie I of Lesotho, King Kanyembo X of Kazembe; and Queen Khesetoane of the Balobedu. Arthur is, through Khesetoane, also an ancestor of all subsequent Rain Queens, as her daughter and successor, Makoma, was reveled to have been his daughter following genetic tests in the 90s.

The oldest Albish monarch at the time of his ascension to the throne, surpassing William IV’s 64 years, 10 months and 5 days by over 14 months. Arthur’s reign, while short, was marked by the presence of the First World War (1910-1921), started after the assassination of his son, Prince Alexander, while in a diplomatic visit to the United States, and by the time of Arthur’s death had already seen tens of millions of causalities both civilian and military across the world.

Already ill from what is believed to have been an undiagnosed diabetes together with the stress of the war, Arthur died of a sudden stroke after receiving the news of the Burning of Toronto and the death of his youngest son, Prince-Marshall John Albert, he was 74. Succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Henry, a popular myth is that Arthur’s last action was the orders for the Razing of Chicago, although eyewitness records show that by the time of the attack the emperor hadn’t yet received news of the events in North America.
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Children of Empress Victoria, Eldest Daughters
As Victoria and Prince Albert had a total of eighteen children in the course of their 25 years of marriage, their offspring’s lives will be shown divided among the eldest daughters, the younger son, and the youngest daughters

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Victoria, German Empress
The Empress Victoria of Germany (most commonly known in Albion as “Victoria, Princess Royal”, to differentiate her from her mother), was Victoria’s eldest child and daughter, born only 8 months after her parents’ marriage. While considered by many as her mother’s least “interesting” child due to her relatively peaceful life, the German Empress was still a remarkable woman in her own right, 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[1], Victoria, in the end, developed into a staunchly conservative individual[2] perfect for her time as Crown Princess of Prussia, during which she became a close friend with Otto von Bismarck[3] at the same time she had frequent political disagreements with her husband[4]. A believer of the “natural relationship of Germany and Albion”, during her entire married and widowed life she lobbied for an alliance between the two empires, an endeavor that many draw upon to credit her as one of the individuals directly responsible for the establishment of the Imperial Alliance.
A prolific write and sketcher, although she mostly remembered in that area for the novels written during her widowhood[5], Victoria also published dozens of essays and pamphlets on politics and social theory[6], developing a now infamous long-distance enmity with Karl Marx[7]. Interested in architecture, after her husband’s death only 135 days into his reign Victoria became known for her friendship with king Ludwig II of Bavaria[8], with whom she shared a love for palaces and castles, and for investing most of her allowances into the building of her palatial residence in Kronberg in Taunus[9], where she would spend most of her life after 1888.
Extremely close to her children, of them the most famous are Wolfgang[10], Eric[11], Sigismund[12], Victoria[13] and Adelheid[14]​

[1] From 1840 to 1876, the British Royal Court was marked by the strange dichotomy of values present among its members, as the empress was herself a mixed bag of liberal and autocratic ideals and basically affected the court in a similar manner, with her mother and husband’s own personalities and beliefs more oft than not only blurring things even more
[2] Victoria’s beliefs could be quite easily summed up as believing that society would collapse without strong hereditary monarchs being presents to fend off the instability of democracy (or, as she called “mobocracy”). Interestingly, one majorly liberal fact about Victoria was her belief on women’s rights, being a fervent suffraget who, in her later years, used the fact she was dying of tuberculosis to emotionally manipulate her son and his government into giving women the vote, with the official documents being signed only hours before her death
[3] About whom she declared “He understands what I am saying so well! If only he’d break-off with the anti-Semites…”
[4] Although the two were known for being akin to eternal newlyweds most of the time, Frederick III was known for his liberal ideals that clashed quite starkly with her conservatism. If urban legends are to be believed their arguments could get so heated that once a bedpan was seen flying from a window at their personal wing at the Kronprinzenpalais
[5] A total of 38, most of them steamy romances using Victoria and her husband as the basis for the bodies, they were all the rage in Europe during the turn of the century and, besides retaining a following to modern times, basically kickstarted the genre of the “bodice rippers” on literature. She mainly used the pseudonyms of “Erika Lonergan” and “Michela Jürstein”
[6] Under the pseudonym of “Albert Heinlein”, she published over 150 writings on her political and social theories
[7] As their beliefs were of almost complete antithesis to each other, through the 1860s and all the way to Marx’s death the two of them had a highly publicized and infamously violent enmity based around letters and newspaper publications critiquing and often taking jabs at each other’s beliefs
[8] Through a mix of butterfly effect and luck (and including ending up going through with his OTL engagement), Ludwig II was less of a spender during his reign and although he still commissioned the OTL palaces and castles (and managed to go through some of his planned but not completed ones), he managed to do so without going into bankruptcy and living a secluded life. Because of that, he is not deposed in 1886 and dies in 1915 of old age
[9] Schloss Friedrichshof would be greatly damaged by both world wars, but remains to modern times as the main residence of the German dowager consort monarch
[10] Her undisputed favorite almost from birth, during which a delayed process caused him to be born with a withered left arm, and named by Victoria as a homage to Mozart (a avid fan of the composer, Victoria is believed to have manipulated much of the Prussian establishment into giving her the liberty to do so due to the belief held that the baby would die due to the complications during the birth), he is often remembered for being the unholy mix of his mother and Bismarck in his personality, and for his rule of Germany during the early 20th century
[11] A general of the western front known for his frequent use of acts of mass killings to frighten the enemy, beforehand he beca-me famous for winning the title of “Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg” from his grandfather in 1876 when he won it on a drunken poker match, changing his name from Prince Heinrich of Prussia to “Eric VI, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg”
[12] Marked by his less-than-stellar relationship with his parents, Sigismund became infamous for, at the age of 14, faking his own death and skedaddling to Albion after a fight with them, entering the Navy under a false name and living there in secret for 8 years before being accidentally discovered during an award ceremony where one of his aunts was present. Some years later he was made King of the Bahamas by his grandmother
[13] Called by contemporary sources “the most vivacious princess of Europe” but most probable to have been a trans man, Viktoria became known for more often than not wearing masculine clothes when capable of getting away with it as a youth, often expressing a desire to having been born a man and be capable of serving in the army, and in adulthood living with a masculine demeanor and appearance privately. Viktoria caused a scandal in Berlin for eloping with the son of Bismarck’s greatest rival in 1888 and forcing Frederick III to make him into an imperial prince
[14] Known for her interest in fashion (popularizing large-trimmed hats with silk flowers on Germany and Switzerland) and for dying of eclampsia at the age of 27, I am mostly mentioning her here as an excuse for commenting on her marriage and the fact that, unlike OTL, when the 1848 revolution in Neuchatel happened, it ended up with the canton retaining its monarchy due to the fact that a morganatic cadet of the Hohenzollerns (the ITTL son of Christian Friedrich, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach and Brandenburg-Kulmbach, with his second, and morganatic, wife, Elizabeth Craven, Princess Berkeley, born long after his father sold the family’s domains to the Prussians) lived there and had become something of a social cornerstone in Neuchatel after living there for over 30 years, which resulted on the bloodless revolution making him a entirely ceremonial Prince of Neuchatel
Elizabeth, Hapsburg Empress
Empress Elizabeth of the Hapsburgs, Victoria’s third child and the first of her brood to marry outside of the expected protestant matches. She tied the knot in 1860 with Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Austria, who had recently become a widower[1], and, while not without its hiccups[2], the 55-years-long marriage would be marked by a close and dedicated relationship between them, who considered each other as being both their lovers, closest friends and confidants. Elizabeth served as his councilor and frequently acted as his second-in-command.
Cunning and extremely intelligent, Elizabeth’s tenure as empress was marked by firstly pestering and manipulating, and later by actually helping, her husband in dealing with the many instabilities of the Hapsburgs’ domains, being ones of the creators of the idea of a “United Hapsburg Imperial”[3] and responsible for convincing the Austrian government to grant independence to their Italian territories[4] after the War of 1866[5]. During her time as empress she also supported the gaining of the Cypriot throne[6] for one of her sons[7], acquired the Sabah Colony to the empire[8] and led the inciative for the establishment of an independent kingdom of Bosnia[9].
Although many times using of her husband’s semi-autocratic powers to get her way when she wanted, Elizabeth was, for the standards of her family and court at least, something of a liberal, supporting the idea of regional autonomy within the United Hapsburg Empire and the championing of “executive-monarchism”[10].
Having a somewhat colorful personal life, Elizabeth was a fashion icon in the empire, making the kiwi bird a fashionable pet for the aristocratic woman[11] as well as being (both in support and chagrin) credited with popularizing the use of colorful clothing on the Hapsburg court, to the point that even while the rest of the world had its monochromatic periods, the Hapsburg’s became known for both the extravagant moustaches[12] and for their almost garishly vibrant clothing. A carrier of hemophilia, two of her daughters[13] and four of her sons[14] carried and/or suffered from the disease.​

[1] Franz Joseph I’s first wife, Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria (nicknamed “Sissi”) died giving birth to their youngest daughter, Marie Valerie, in 1859, from what is believed to have been a severe case of eclampsia, the empress dying convulsing by her husband’s side less than 5 hours after the birth
[2] Besides hemophilia, which caused much grief for the couple, another major cause of strife was Elizabeth’s relationship with her mother-in-law, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, whom she called “that most infuriating woman” and with whom Elizabeth butted heads frequently, it was only in the 1870s, after a mighty fight that saw the emperor himself becoming closed-off from his wife and mother for months, that the two of them tried to make amends to each other, and when Sophie died of a tumor in 1877 it is believed the two of them were in somewhat good terms
[3] Using in some level inspiration from, of all things, the Persian empires old (with their autonomous satrapies) as well as Elizabeth’s own brother’s, the idea of the UHI was based around the establishment of a federalized empire comprised of “member-states” autonomous in their local policies but still united under the aegis of Vienna, being ruled by branches of the Hapsburg Dynasty. Although successful in the end, the process was an arduous one marked by conflicts with the Hungarians, which resulted on the Bloody July Uprising, and although most of the empire remai-ned in one piece, it would still see the Dobruja and Galicia seceding from it (the latter to become a part of its’ Grand Prince’s new kingdom in Poland
[4] Renamed to the “Kingdom of Venetia” after the lost of Lombardy (which would be retaken in the Third Italian War), the kingdom was given to Elizabeth’s eldest surviving son, Karl Joseph (more commonly known by his Italian name of “Giuseppe”), at the time only a second son to Franz Joseph, who moved there at the age of 17
[5] One of the (if not the) most humiliating moments in imperial history, even if 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 and leadership of the German Confederation or any other large German entity, and the only reason why Italy didn’t manage to snatch Venetia was basically sheer dumb luck
[6] In the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War of 1878 Albion ended up with control over Cyprus as a de facto new colony (even if it would only be in the 1920s that the Ottoman’s nominal control over the island would stop) but outside of naval basing rights it wasn’t really interested in actually administrating the multiethnic island. Because of that, following the establishment of the two first imperial kingdoms, it was decided that a royal would gain control of Cyprus as a kingdom (the Ottomans ended up agreeing with making Cyprus a Khedivate)
[7] Originally Empress Victoria was looking into making one of her grandsons by one of the princes into Cyprus' new ruler, but Elizabeth sweet-talked her mother into giving the throne to her then 14-year-old son, Alexander, who would be groomed for the position in Vienna before moving to Cyprus at the age of 17 (interestingly, he would never convert to Greek Orthodoxy, as a compromise between the Greek and Turkish groups of the island he remained Roman Catholic)
[8] Elizabeth personally bought Sabah from Baron Gustav von Overbeck in 1879, having a gut feeling that the region could be extremely lucrative, and using support from her relatives (as the British Navy was used by the Hapsburgs to access Sabah due to their infamously pilfered navy) ended up establishing the “Crown Jewel of Austria” due to Sabah’s rich mineral resources. Due to her ownership of Sabah (which remai-ned technically under her ownership until her death), Elizabeth is also the only Austrian or Hapsburg Empress consort to have a royal title on her own
[9] Originally a “Condominium” under Hapsburg rule (but that was still oficially under Ottoman sovereignty, in a similar vein to Cyprus), the region was formally annexed by the empire in 1908 following the first Balkan War but, understanding that it would be a better decision if the empire didn’t add another multiethnic region to its already bustling territory, Elizabeth commandeered the political faction calling for the establishment of a separate Bosnian monarchy under protectorate status, which resulted in the creation of a reborn Bosnian kingdom in 1909 (creating the first Bosnian nation in 446 years) under the rule of Prince Stevan of Serbia, the younger son of Elizabeth’s youngest daughter, Maria Valkyria, who had been living in exile in Vienna with her children ever since her husband’s assassination and pos-thumous deposal in 1903
[10] Although an executive monarchy can come in various flavors (going from nearly powerless to basically absolute), it normally means that, unlike a parliamentary or absolute monarch, an executive monarch is neither a figurehead nor all-powerful, with the strict definition being that the monarch holds control over the executive branch of government, which on itself can have various levels of power over the rest of the administration
[11] Turing the Imperial Tour of 1858-1860, Elizabeth was known for accumulating pet animals, and after adopting a koala in Australia and a thylacine in Tasmania, she was gifted a group of young kiwis (the great spotted species in specific) during the stop in New Zealand which she took with her in her move to Vienna, where she popularized the bird as a pet in a similar vein to her mother and sisters’ doings on Albion and the rest of Europe. An interesting effect of the popularization of the kiwi as a pet in Europe was the diminishing of the use of stuffed birds and feathers on hats, with Empress Elizabeth herself prohibiting the use of them in any way, shape, or form in her presence
[12] To this day Franz Joseph’s stile of large sideburns connecting with a large slightly curved moustache (but lacking hair on the chin) have remained the most common facial hair styling in the Hapsburg Empire, and the only emperor since him to not have facial hair did so due to his young age at the time of death
[13] Maria Antonia’s only son suffered from the disease, living just long enough to produce offspring, and Maria Valkirya’s eldest not only suffered from the disease but was also born with deformed legs that prohibited him from walking, causing him to live his entire life with a constant fear of bedsores due to it
[14] Franz died young after bumping his head on a door while playing tag, Alexander lived his entire life waring a padded jacket in constant paranoia that he would cut himself and die (he seldom ate harder or chewier foods and most of his meat was from beef stroganoff due to not needing the use of a knife or fork), Fritz suffered from similar mental problems and anxiety and killed himself by jumping of a window of the Hofburg; the last, Stephen, not only did similar protections as his brothers but also went a wee-bit mad in his later years, believing he could be cured by drinking human blood (he died at the age of 27 from iron poisoning)

Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine
The Princess Alice, Grand Duchess consort of Hesse and by Rhine and Duchess of Devonshire, who while uninvolved in politics became famous (or 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 Alice developed a deep interest in nursing after having a random encounter with Mary Seacole[2] and hearing of the tales of the intrepid nurses of the Crimean War. Hard-working, Alice devoted most of her time during her first marriage to either her family or to managing hospitals and tending for the sick. She nearly died in 1878 during an outbreak of diphtheria at the Hessian court, having exhausted herself ten-ding for her family over the course of a month before contracting the disease herself. Only four years later Alice would become a widower, after her husband, an infamous chain smoker, died of pulmonary emphysema in 1882, leaving Alice to serve as their son’s regent until 1886[3].
Following the end of her regency, Alice, wanting to stay away from the memories of her first husband and Hesse, decided to return to Albion, living two quiet years[4] before deciding to secretly enroll on the London School of Medicine for Women[5], becoming the first member of the royal family[6] to pursue an occupation outside the traditional rules on the military and simple royal duties. She graduated with a degree of Master of Surgery in 1891[7].
Following the scandal of her career choice, Alice was soon thereafter involved in another one when she remarried on July 30th, 1892, to Lord Victor Christian William Cavendish[8], a man half her age, in a small ceremony at a parish in Woolwich, with her daughter[9] and his brother serving as the testimonies[10]. Considered a scandal in Victoria society majorly due to their age gap, the two became the butt of jokes and caricatures[11] through the empire for the early years of their marriage, and many believe that they only returned to society’s good graces following the birth of their first son[12].
A hemophilia carrier, of her 14 children five[13] carried the disease and two[14] suffered with it​

[1] Originally the two were deeply in love with each, but over the years their relationship degenerated to such a point that it couldn’t even be called a passing respect. Only during Ludwig’s wasting away that they somewhat mended things as Alice cared for him
[2] The two of them met during a gala hosted by one of Alice’s cousins, Prince Victor of Hohenhole-Lagenburg, in honor of Seacole in 1859, and became fast friends due to Seacole’s own somewhat charming personality, remaining close until Mary’s death in 1881. Alice also corresponded with Florence Nightingale, although the two were never extremely close to each-other
[3] Alice’s regency was considered, overall, as beign rather laid-back and mellow, with her main doings during that time being investing on the building of public hospitals and nursing institutions
[4] Although Alice sometimes worked as a volunteer nurse, she for the most part lived in a rather low-profile house on a middle-class neighborhood near Piccadilly, with most of her neighbors not even known she was a princess until she moved out in 1908, being known until then as “the widowed Mrs. Lewis, who lives with her son Freddie and married a man half her age” (the only people to know of her identity was her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Kelly Stownar, a retired governess with whom she was friends until Stownar’s death in 1898)
[5] Founded in 1874, it was the first medical school in Albion to train women as doctors
[6] An interesting curiosity in relation to Alice’s status as a member of the royal family was that, until her return to Albion, she wasn’t, technically speaking, a member of the House of Windsor (the documents changing the name of the family specified that daughters already married outside of the country didn’t count). Another interesting point is that, as a child of a monarch, she had the right to pass the style of Highness and the title of “Prince” to any of her children as long as their father was Albish (that being a major point established by the change to the House of Windsor, although stipulations for this included that unless naturalized as British the children could only inherit said titles and styles if their father didn’t hold any foreign title)
[7] Although her mother was at the beginning adamantly against it, over time she ended up mellowing down (after one or two screaming matches) and was even present during Alice’s graduation ceremony, where she also granted imperial patronage to the institution
[8] Who in 1908 became the 9th Duke of Devonshire, the two met while at a party hosted by his grandfather, the 8th duke, in 1890, and, as the saying goes, the rest is history
[9] A colorful character on herself, having married her aunt’s brother-in-law (even though she and her husband, Prince Louis of Battenberg, only had an 8-year age gap, something not so uncommon at the time), Victoria entered politics in 1895 after having herself be naturalized as Albish and served as a MP from there until her retirement in the 1930s, also serving as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Board of Trade from 1910 to 1916. In 1935 she was made Duchess of Halifax in respect of her political work
[10] Outside of them and the registrar the only other people present were Alice’s maid, son and neighbor; and Victor’s valet
[11] Who frequently presented Alice as being an elderly seductress looking to conquer and ravage young men and Victor was a daft fool not seeing that he was marrying a hag (that or that he had a fetish for older women)
[12] The first of seven, of whom the most memorable are probably Maud, Rachel and Isobel. The first was the first woman to reach the position of Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy (and was later given the title of “Duchess of Valletta”), the second be-came famous as one of the world’s greatest chemist (and her husband was a famous jewish physicist and mathematician), and the last not only followed her mother’s path on nursing and medicine but married a distant relative of a clan of Yorkshire earls, with her son later on inheriting the family’s title
[13] Of Alice’s daughters by her first marriage, both Irene, Alix and Ludwiga carried the disease (Ludwiga showed signs, although as she died young, she had no offspring with the disease to guarantee that it was true), while of her second both Rachel and Blanche had sons (and, in Blanche’s case, three female-line grandsons) who suffered from the disease
[14] The Duke of Orkney and the Marquess of Aberdaugleddau and Gelliswick (often known for his anglicized title of “Marquess of Milford Haven”) suffered from the disease, both dying before the age of 50. While Charles was a known politician, serving as a liberal MP for Flinsbury for over 15 years, and gained his title while in a coma after hitting his head on a doorframe (which would result on his death at age 48); Frederick was known for being what the time would consider an absolute madman as he decided to, against all reason, enter the navy after accompanying his mother back to Albion, there, he not only survived service but married at the age of 25 to Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (gaining his dukedom through it), dying during the Battle of Jamaica in the First World War

Margaret, Empress of Brazil
Empress Margaret of Brazil, the second of her siblings to marry a Catholic and the first to marry outside of Europe[1], being known in fact for rarely traveling outside of Brazil[2] after her marriage.
Remarkably shy[3] and known for her love of tea[4] and literature[5], Margaret became famous for, almost by herself, kickstarting the Brazilian tea industry[6] as well as for her service as a shadowy supporter of writers and artists[7] during her tenure as Princess Imperial, two actions that have, sadly, come to greatly overshadow her other actions in industrialization[8] and abolitionism[9].
Originally content with going through the route of slow but steady reform and not actively antagonizing the landowning elites of the empire, Margaret’s life and opinions would be dramatically changed in 1889 when a failed coup against her father-in-law[10] started a 6-years-long civil war[11] that would mar her time as empress, radicalize the imperial couple[12], and almost completely upend Brazilian society[13].
After the civil war ended, Margaret would become famous (or infamous) for her voracious taking of causes, actively supporting a variety of endeavors like land redistribution[14], women’s rights[15], helping the poor[16], ambientalism[17], and even government-run orphanages[18], the later of which she would run intermittently through her widowhood[19].
Ruling over Uruguay for nearly 9 years following the First World War[20], Margaret was the last of her siblings to pass away, dying only in 1951 from breast cancer, although by that time she had been suffering with Alzheimer for years[21], and was buried in the Imperial Pantheon of the Braganzas at Petrópolis[22].​

[1] Margaret and Afonso had met when the Royal Fleet made its stop in Rio de Janeiro in 1860 during the late stages of the Imperial Tour, and after their stay the two of them spent the following 12 years in a long-distance courtship through let-ters, only seeing each other face-to-face again when Afonso came to Albion in 1872 to spend some months in a more serious court
[2] Margaret made, after her marriage, a total of 3 travels outside of Brazil (not counting her honeymoon, which was a grand tour), twice to Albion and once to Argentina (reportedly to spit on the grave of her husband’s assassin). On other hand, Margaret did extensive travels through the empire, including a horse caravan through the Midwest, a trekking through the Caatinga and a boat travel through the entire course of the Amazon
[3] For all her actions in life, Margaret was known for her shyness even in her later years, disliking being on the spotlight even as she was forced to be on it for her causes and rarely even speaking on social gatherings due to her dislike of attention
[4] Margaret was an amateur herbalist and farmer and became known for her love for growing, brewing and drinking tea of almost any kind, and even had a small farm for tea leaves near the Petrópolis Imperial Palace. She was also incredibly interested on the history of tea and on tea sets, becoming a friend with Empress Keiun of Japan after a diplomatic visit where the two spent the entire event talking about the beverage
[5] An avid reader, Margaret even dabbled in writing on her later years, publishing a total of 5 books, although her memoir is the only one widely known (she also published a travel book of Brazil in the 30s and a trilogy about the art of tea)
[6] Although coffee remains the most consumed infusion in the country (as well as one of Brazil’s biggest exports), Margaret made tea another common beverage following the civil war (during which much of the Brazilian coffee industry was damaged by the fighting), and to this day it is a widely liked drink, in special the cold varieties popularized by her daughter
[7] Fond of Brazilian Realism, Margaret was involved on the founding of the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL) in 1877 (and was one of its main donors) and was a great admirer of some of the country’s greatest writers, even convincing her husband to grant an earldom and a pension to Machado de Assis in 1897 due to her love for his works
[8] Although she would have some somewhat contradicting views later, Margaret was a strong supporter of the idea that a nation’s way for growth was the development of its industry, and championed the cause for Brazil to go outside of farming cash crops for the basis of its economy, going as far as using part of the Imperial Family’s funds (as well as her dowry) to establish factories on the country and even fo as far as bailing out the Viscount of Maua, who while being Brazil’s greatest industrial had nearly gone bankrupt in the 1870s due to some unfortunate decisions on investments and politics
[9] Famous for freeing every single slave owned by the Imperial Family the day she was made the administrator of the estates, Margaret’s fervent belief on the right of all men for freedom put her and her similarly-minded husband at odds with much of the slave-owning aristocracy of the South and Southwest, who liked to portray them as radicals wishing to end their way of life (which even some of their ranks considered a stretch, seeing as they were, at least initially, open to the idea of possibly bankrupting the country just to pay compensations to the slave owners in a manner similar to Britain, as Margaret considered it a “necessary evil” for the sake of mantaining peace)
[10] Led by the war-hero Marshall Deodoro da Fonseca (nowadays believed to have been simply a useful figurehead and possible scapegoat in the case of the coup’s failure), the 15th November Coup of 1889 (to this day remembered as the holiday for the “Day of Infamy”) had the objective of establishing an oligarchical republic in Brazil but failed due to the Imperial Family’s own actions to resist it, as they still had much popular support. Abetting and supporting the coup where large republican factions in the military and aristocracy, with the unspoken approval of the Church (who had been at odds with Dom Pedro II for years by that point) and active support of much of the past landowning elite (rancorous over the abolition of slavery in 1888)
[11] The Brazilian Civil War (which also involved a near was against the United Provinces and a proxy conflict between Albion and them on Patagonia), which lasted for a total of 6 years and killed around 500.000 Brazilians on total, was a make-it-or-break-it moment for the empire, and when it ended after years of brutal fighting it completely changed the nation’s course. Fought between the Loyalists (made of the Imperial Family, around 60% of the army and large portions of the population, in special among the black, mulatto and poor portions of society) and the Republicans (also called “Traitors” and “Golpistas” (something akin to “Putschists” in English), comprising of much of the landowning elites as well as around 40% of the army, with a larger support in the North, South and western Southwest), each supported by foreign factions as well (while the Republicans had support from the United Provinces, some say the United States, and France, in what makes many consider the civil war also a proxy war between the later forces of the First World War; the Loyalists had the support of Albion, Russia, Germany and Bolivia, the latter due to the fact that the country had been ruled by Queen Isabel I (Dom Afonso’s younger sister) since the 1879 Bolivian Revolution) the war say fighting across the country, from as far south as Porto Alegre to all the way to the Amazon and Amapá (which the French tried to snatch away), and during it created large amounts of destruction and devastation that the country had barely recovered from 15 years later. Won by the loyalists following the fall of Porto Alegre (the last center of power of the republicans) in 1896, the civil war was also nearly lost more than once, and saw during it the deaths of Pedro II (from a stroke in 1892, although some say he was poisoned by his enemies), his third son, the Duke of Pernambuco (died during the coup of 1889) , as well as the death of Margaret’s youngest son, Antonio, who died fighting in the Battle of Desterro in 1896 at the age of 17
[12] Although the two of them were originally open to reaching some sort of compromise with the republicans (this lasted until around the death of Pedro II), by the war’s end the couple was basically one step away from ordering that no quarter be given to the traitors, and were, shall we say, rather vindictive in their punishment
[13] The war’s greatest effect, besides radicalizing the ruling family and the army, was, most of all, breaking the pre-existing social norms and hierarchy of the empire, as its aftermath saw the ruin of most of the landowning elites of the empire (the only region to overall retain their elites’ power and standing was probably the Northeast, where the traditionalist colonels mostly supported the monarchy (and Francisco V of Palmares even died commanding loyalist armies), and the Midwest, where there was almost no aristocracy outside of a town level due to the vast emptiness of the region), with most of them having their properties taken by the government or used to pay the astounding fines placed upon them; as well as the end of Brazil’s agrarian economy with the monarchy pursuing the development of state-run industries during and after the war (the industrialists being the percentage of the elite with the smallest amount per-capita of treason due to imperial patronage) and the devastation of harvests during the war; this besides the changes in government, as the groups that supported the monarch were granted franchise at the same time that the period of war strengthened the power of the monarch (which was already a wide-reaching one due to Brazil’s fourth power of government, the “Moderator”)

]14] An idea that had already started being proposed during the reign of Pedro II (the emperor himself being one of its early proponents), the redistribution of land through the empire happened mostly during the 1900s, following the Rebuilding Era, and saw the granting of lands on the Midwest (which besides being barely inhabited was mostly owned by the Crown due to laws passed decades earlier reserving all unowned lands as a possession of the estate) to freedmen and immigrants alike. The great estates of the Southeast and South were never ended similarly, as although leased (in perpetuity sometimes) they remain under the direct ownership of the government as some of the world’s largest state-run farms
[15] Although the first step was taken in 1897 when Princess Victoria (then only Duchess of Paraná) was made Princess Imperial following the changes on the succession (although Margaret defended that it be changed to absolute primogeniture, Afonso established the succession as being similar to old Russia or even China, with the heir being chosen by the emperor but having to be from his children or, at most, his siblings/nephews), later inheriting the Brazilian throne, the suffrage was only gained by women in 1909 following a plebiscite (in which, confusingly seeing the subject of it, only men could vote, it still won by 73%)
[16] Besides the granting of leases for poor or landless farmers, Margaret also established a charitable fund for poor relief, which later was taken over by her daughter in what became the “Bolsa Familia” program in the 30s
[17] While her mother introduced animal conservation to Europe, Margaret’s focus was, besides that, on nature in general, and at the same time that she proposed industrialization she also came to defend that the fauna and flora of Brazil be still respected and protected at the same time. Becoming more defensive of the idea following the civil war, Margaret is sometimes credited for developing the idea of “green in grey” that has now become standard for Brazilian city planning (an example of it being the network of parks on the banks of the various rivers in São Paulo City, creating a web of green among the largest city in the Americas)
[18] Following the First World War and the Swiss Flu, it is estimated that over half a million children in Brazil became destitute orphans (a term used in Brazil to refer to an orphan who lacks any kind of guardian, the total number of orphans by the census of 1925 places the number at around 60% of all children bellow the age of 15) and the religious orphanages on the country were filled to such a level that they were forced to either expel or not permit the entrance of more children, with the population of homeless youths on the country skyrocketing. Seeing that, Margaret convinced her daughter to establish the modern system of children’s care and state-run orphanages in Brazil.
[19] Following the end of her tenure as Regent of Uruguay, Margaret was made Minister of Child Services, and ran the ministry until her death, mostly from her residence at the “Dowager’s House” (“Casa da Viúva” in Portuguese, it is the nickname given to the Petrópolis Imperial Palace, where Margaret lived most of her life after becoming a widow)
[20] In the treaties following the First World War and the end of the United Provinces, Brazil annexed large swathes of land from her deceased enemy (Bolivia did similarly) and, as per plans made by Emperor Afonso earlier on the war, much of these newly annexed lands were made into the kingdoms of Entrerrios and Uruguay. Originally those two kingdoms (like Acre and Equador) were the be ruled by one of her siblings, in specific they were to be held in personal union by the Duke of Goiás until his death, at which point they would be divided between his sons, but, as Dom Luis died in the war, Entrerrios was granted to his eldest son and Uruguay to his youngest, who, as both children, had to be under a regency. While Entrerrios was placed under a regency of Luis wife, Maria Pia of the Two Sicilies, Uruguay was granted to Margaret, who administrated it until Gustavo I’s 18th birthday
[21] Possessing photographic memory, Margaret quickly noticed when, around 1945, she started forgetting things like speeches and events she was to appear on; many believe that she wrote her books (all of them within the span of 1945-48) due to not wishing to forget those things she knew and cared about. By the time of her death, Margaret was barely conscious, having to be constantly accompanied by a nurse and her maid due to her memory having degenerated to the point she often forgot who she even was.
[22] Originally a small personal retreat that Margaret and Afonso has bought after getting stranded inside a tree during a rainstorm in the 1870s, the Imperial Pantheon was officially established in 1910 when, following the death of Empress Mother Theresa Christina, she was buried there. More akin to an open field than even a burial ground (and completely different from the Portuguese Pantheon, which is a mausoleum), the pantheon is marked by the fact that graves are marked by trees and no body buried there is either embalmed or even put on a coffin, being instead draped on a shroud (Empress Theresa Christina was the one responsible for establishing this, as in her later years she became a member of a semi-religious group that would in OTL be something of a mix between Catholicism, Umbanda and the hippies)

Eudoxia Antonova, Empress of All Russia
Princess Ophelia, more commonly known for her post-conversion name of Eudoxia Antonova, she was the only one among her siblings to marry into the Orthodox Church, as well as the only one whose children fought on the Allied side of the First World War[1].
During her youth considered the most active and “unruly” among the children of Empress Victoria, known for her feisty personality and love for the thrill[2] and for wearing her status as the complete antithesis of what a “respectable woman” of her time would be as a badge of honor[3], Ophelia gained a quite large amount of infamy in 1865 when, during Grand Duke Alexander of Russia’s visit to Albion[4], she eloped with him[5], the two hastily marrying soon after[6].
Sharing many beliefs in relation to ruling[7] and in their opinion of Alexander II[8], the two of them disagreed the most of all in relation to Russia’s ethnic minorities[9], which Ophelia somewhat championed during her time as empress together with raising her children[10] and putting an effort in nurturing the Romanov’s image[11], the last one being a job she continued to do even in widowhood in what she perceived as damage control[12], together with working twice as hard to defend the dynasty, by any means necessary[13].
Although dedicated to what she saw as her lifework, Ophelia’s dreams of a united, multiethnic, Russian Empire were crushed by the calamity of the early 20th century, and she died in a deep melancholia after losing most of her siblings and watching her grandson rule over only a fraction of the domain her son had inherited[14].​

[1] While the nations and descendants of her siblings either stayed out of the war or actively fought for the Imperial side, the Russian Empire was one of the leaders of the Allies due to its long-standing enmity with the Albish
[2] Normally she spent her days either escaping tutors, running (and sometimes climbing) through the royal estates, playing pranks, shooting or horse-riding, she also once convinced her maid (when the royal family was in a visit to Scotland) for the two of them to sneak outside and sail through the Strait of Corryvreckan, home of the world’s third strongest whirlpool. The two survived
[3] Once her mother asked her “are you a princess or a hooligan?” and for over three years she called herself “Hooligan Ophelia of the United Kingdom” because of that. Her sister’s diaries also show how she frequently exaggerated her antics for the sheer hilarity (her own words) of seeing people getting flustered or aghast over it
[4] Then not even heir to the Russian throne, the visit was a part of the traditional Grand Tour of a gentleman of the era
[5] During Alexander’s stay on Albion the two of them were actually known for despising each-other (and would be so for at least the first year or two of their marriage), but for some reason chemistry still caused the two to not be capable of stay out of the other’s clothes. With time hateful intercourse developed into cold toleration, then to respect, then friendship, and finally, to a loving relationship
[6] As Alexander was still not the Russian heir in 1865 (his brother dying in early 1867 with a young widow and a daughter still on her womb), when he and Ophelia discovered her pregnancy there was scandal but both in Albion and in Russia it was understood that a marriage was to occur. They married in January 1866, and in May Nicholas II was born
[7] Both of them believed in both the sanctity of the monarchy (for a holing Ophelia was quite religious after converting) and that a monarch should be strong and authoritative (although they also agreed that he should be capable of delegating and not hoarding all functions of government so as to not make government impossible)
[8] Ophelia once said in a banquet to Alexander: “your father’s greatest decision was to end serfdom, but even then he was an incompetent fool when he did it” and both considered the emperor as being idiotic in his liberalizing decisions (Ophelia’s opinion was that while, admittedly, a weaker monarch could work, it had taken over 500 years in Britain for that and still it was getting to its end, and so Alexander II was insane to think a similar thing could work on Russia, where not even the nobility had much say in politics). Interestingly, Ophelia was fond of her half-siblings-in-law (children of Alexander II by his morganatic wife and mistress), with one of them, Alexandra, even working as one of her private secretaries and seconds-in-command
[9] Fond of allegories, she used one to express her opinions to Alexander (which a maid ended up recording to posterity on a diary) “Alexander, we both know that you love your food, am I not right? So, I’d like to ask you this: If the only thing that you ate was a single food, even the one you most love, how would you think of it? Now think of a banquet, with only said food, maybe showed on various styles and colors but the same flavor over and over… I think you understand what I am saying”. She did support the mass migration of Old Believers from Russia proper to Alyaska, though, so there the two of them were alike
[10] A protective helicopter parent, Ophelia was extremely paranoid with her children, whom she rarely left out of her sight. Following Alexander II’s assassination, she even ordered that they have at least a personal guard at all moments and even forced her husband to permit defense lessons for them (which really paid off when, in 1897, Nicholas II survived an assassination attempt while visiting Japan by kicking his attackers face in)
[11] Alexander II’s lackluster reforms, the spread of Marxist ideas and a less-than-stellar 19th century for Russia really took their toll on the dynasty’s image, and Ophelia spent years working to present the Imperial Family as a symbol of unity among a gigantic and multiethnic empire
[12] Besides the antics of her younger children, just her eldest alone already was a handful for the empress, as due to Nicholas II’s literal mindedness he was incredibly incompetent when it came to things like delegating offices, forcing more than once conspiracies to form among Ophelia’s circle to basically not let him know of work so it could be done properly and efficiently; this without the problem of his personal life, as besides his wife’s unpopularity with the public (due to her German birth, which caused many to distrust her) their children’s’ health problems (two of their sons, including the Tsesarevich, suffered from brittle-bone disease, while their youngest had a severe case of autism
[13] Ophelia was famously fond of gardening, and her gardens in Tsarskoye Selo were known for their lush appearance
[14] When Ophelia died, the Russian Empire (although the country never officially changed its name, from the end of the First World War to the reunification it is mostly known as the “Tsardom of Muscovy”) had a territory basically comprising the one of the Grand Principality of Moscow at its end, with various warlord states in Siberia and the South, while much of the empire’s east and Central Asia broke off permanently from the empire
 
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George V of Bengal and Bihar
King George V[1] of Bengal (and Bihar), originally titled “Duke of York and Albany”, he was known before his enthronement mostly as a charming playboy infamous for his fondness for luxury[2] and hedonism[3] as much as for his stormy relationship with his wife[4], the latter of them something that would get only stormier with George’s “harem” of mistresses[5].

A liberal man for all his trappings of an autocratic monarch[6], during his reign George V introduced a parliament to Bengal[7] and extended the freedoms and rights of his subjects[8], helped steer the Bengali economy[9] and supported de development of local cultures and the arts[10]. Deeply affected by Hinduism after being introduced to it by one of his mistresses[11], although he never converted, by the time of his death George was almost openly a practicing Hindu-Anglican[12] and even had himself cremated upon his death[13].

A lover of animals[14], George became known for establishing the Royal Zoo of Bengal[15] in the 1890s after years already becoming famous for his large menagerie.​

[1] As by the laws established by the Statute of Westminster, 1878, the line of kings of any and all imperial kingdoms is to consider as if all British monarchs that came before then had ruled over the region
[2] During his reign George V’s court at Victoria Palace (originally the residence of the Governor General of Bengal, having been built in 1803. OTL it housed the Viceroy fo India until 1911 and is nowadays the residence of the governor of West Bengal) was known for its lavish banquets and balls (as well as for its large renovation project, which would only be completely paid by George’s great-grandson), with some going as far as comparing it to the Romanov’s opulence in Saint Petersburg (interestingly one are were he wasn’t known for his spending was in his mistresses, as instead of taking from his privy purse he traditionally provided them with sources of money, like, for example, helping their husband’s find good jobs or granting them lands or shares in companies)
[3] One of the great gossips of the 19th century was the fact that George V was such a common sight on high class brothels on Albion and France that he was considered special clientele by them, with one going as far as, in his later years, ordering a chair for him so he could have an easier time with the workers
[4] The Princess Dagmar of Denmark (and Tsesarevna Dowager of Russia), the two of them married in 1868 after she moved in with her sister in Albion to forget about her deceased first husband (her daughter, the Grand Duchess Ekatherina, also coming with her and, later on, marrying her first-cousin, Kirill I of Bulgaria) and although the two most certainly liked each other, they constantly butted heads and were constantly at odds due to George’s infidelities, which Dagmar took years to become somewhat accepting of. They nonetheless were devoted to each other, and, when he died, Dagmar took 8 days to permit people to take his body out of their rooms
[5] Although many of the tales spread over said “harem” were exaggerated and made to get people’s attention, it was true that George, over the course of his life, had over 22 mistresses, and, from 1880 to 1910, had a total of 15 of them, many at the same time, coming from various backgrounds (many of his later mistresses being Anglo-Indians or even Indian princesses and noblewomen). With them, he had a total of 11 illegitimate children, 9 of them after 1880. Granted the name of “FitzRoy-Windsor” by George in 1903, they were:
- Lavinia Marie LeBreton, Countess consort of Rangat (b.1876:d.1902)
- George Albert LeBreton, Viscount of Bishmuri (b.1879:d.1890)
- Christopher FitzRoy-Windsor, 1st Maharaja of Madaripur (b.1883:d.1919)
- Margaret FitzRoy-Windsor, Begum of Murshidabad (b.1885:d.1972)
- Elizabeth FitzRoy-Windsor, Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry (b.1887:d.1921)
- Anne FitzRoy-Windsor, Maharani of Manipur (b.1889:d.1940)
- Henry FitzRoy-Windsor, 1st Duke Kipling of Madaripur (b.1891:d.1966)
- Lord Reginald FitzRoy-Windsor (b.1893:d.1899)
- Katherine FitzRoy-Windsor, Countess consort of Fife (b.1895:d.1937)
- Arthur FitzRoy-Windsor, 1st Rajah of Patna (b.1895:d.1940)
- Mary Evangeline FitzRoy-Windsor (b.1899:d.2005)
[6] Besides his lavish spending and the way his court worked, the act that created the Bengali Parliament explicitly says that it was created and remains by the grace and gentleness of the king, and George’s powers would more frankly be on the level of those held by the Tudors than even his own mother
[7] Established in 1895, the Parliament of Bengal is the highest legislative house of the kingdom. Following the Westminster System, the organ is made of the Commons (originally made of 670 MPs, nowadays it has nearly two thousand) and the Lords (originally comprehending 244 noblemen, mostly taken from the Zamindars and Bengal’s large Anglo-Indian population, nowadays it has 418 members, and has the trait of using more native titles than European ones)
[8] He granted the right of suffrage to nearly 80% of the population, expanded the rights for religion and minority languages on the government and education, besides, even if only slightly, he also diminished the power of the nobility through the establishment of the Parliament
[9] George believed that the wisest way to enrich Bengal was to return the region’s lost textile industry, and by the time of his death while the countryside was a breadbasket Calcutta and it’s metropolitan area were already in route to becoming the “London of the East” (as an Albish journalist once said), even though it would also result on high levels of pollution on the western Ganges delta, which would take decades to be solved
[10] A lover of the culture, besides the already mentioned textile industry, George invested on government subsidies, scholarships and awards to incentivize Bengal’s literature and arts, which would reach a golden age in the early 20th century
[11] The Princess Deeptimayee Singh of Gidhaur, his mistress from 1884 to 1910 (considered almost like his secondary wife), a fervently devout Hindu who was also extremely convincing, she ended up partially converting both George, his wife, and a chunk of his court that was of European origin
[12] One of the reasons believed to be behind George never converting and very rarely openly showing his Hindu leanings was the royal family’s belief that remaining Christian served as a middle ground between the kingdom’s two main religions, and although they have over time absorbed traits from both, the main branch of the Windsors of Bengal remains Anglican
[13] Although he originally wished to be cremated at Manikarnika Ghat, he was convinced on his later years against it, and in the end his funeral pyre drifted down the Hooghly River, which was what occurred
[14] He was vegetarian since the age of 17 and forbade hunting on his presence
[15] One of the largest zoos in the world (being the third largest in total area), the Royal Zoo of Bengal (located on the open lands north of Calcutta where the old Royal Ranch was located) is home to over 300 different animal species, including about a third of the world’s population of the Quagga and some of the last living specimens of the Algerian Red Gazelle, the Lesser Mascarene Flying Fox, the Falkland Islands Wolf and three different lion subspecies (the Cape, Mesopotamian and Iranian groups, which while existing in other zoological parks, have most of their surviving population in Bengal)

Victor I of Bombay and Kafiristan
King Victor I of Bombay (and Lord of Kafiristan). Originally titled as the “Duke of Connaught and Strathearn” before his enthronement over Bombay, he was one of the three sons of Empress Victoria to serve on the military, entering the Army when he was 16 and having a career of 14 years on it, during which he was majorly deployed to India[1], where he headed the Bombay Army[2] and served on the Second Anglo-Afghan War[3]. Although mostly remembered with his royal title over Bombay, he was also the first child of an Albish monarch to become by himself the ruler of another country[4] since Richard, King of the Romans.
An extremely serious and no-nonsense person[5], who when not on the presence of his family spent almost all of his time either on work or in some sort of public event[6], Victor’s rule over Bombay was one marked by a level of autocracy not dissimilar from those of Louis XIV[7] through most of its run, and it was only in 1928 that he gave Bombay a Parliament[8], abdicating from his thrones in 1932 in the name of his grandson[9].
A Hindu-Anglican[10] like his brother[11], his own wife[12] and some others of his relatives, Victor is greatly remembered both of his realms for his support of religious freedom as well as for his investment on education, establishing compulsory schooling in 1903[13]​

[1] Ever since the Imperial Tour Victor had become infatuated with the subcontinent and of all his time in the military only his first year was served outside of it (being, instead, on Canada)
[2] Although the position was mostly nominal, he was made the commander of the Bombay Army in 1878, and would hold the position until 1880 when the division was changed into the Royal Army of Bombay, to which, as the kingdom’s ruler, Victor was automatically its commander-in-chief
[3] During it Victor ended up serving as a member of the Albish embassy to Kabul in August of 1880 for the Early Treaty of Gandamak, and, on September 3rd of that year, he nearly died when the Afghan forces attacked the Albish residency, only surviving due to a similar-looking officer dying on his place and being confused for him. Deeply injured (his leg was gored by a bullet during the siege), he somehow managed to escape through Kafiristan, where he was brought back to health (although in the process his leg was amputated and he placed a hard iron prosthetic on its place) and through a series of events united the Kafiristani clans into a small army, which he commanded as a ragtag army until the war’s end in 1882
[4] During the Treaty of Gandamak, Victor strongly advocated for Kafiristani independence (which would end up leading to the British safeguarding the independence of most of the northeastern states of the region) and in the end was given the title of “Lord of Kafiristan” by a council made of his main lieutenants and the leaders of most of the region’s settlements and clans. He traditionally spent his summers on the region
[5] An enemy of small talk whose main hobbies where piano and dactylography, Victor’s nickname on the press and even among his court as “the Cold One” due to his tendency to lack any visible emotion (the only time he is recorded smiling was at his youngest daughter’s wedding, and it was such a garish grin that the groom’s mother fainted)
[6] He once nonchalantly pulled out a stack of papers at his son’s 15th birthday and started doing late paperwork, which resulted on his wife nearly caving his head in with a candelabra
[7] During most of Victor’s time as a monarch (at least in Bombay, as his rule on Kafiristan was more of a mediator and military protector than a direct ruler) he was basically the center of all bureaucracy and the government was known for being made of the fewest possibly, but extremely overworked, civil servants
[8] Similar to other parliaments on the subcontinent, many believe that Victor only agreed to it due to a mix of being tired after decades of overworking and the death of his wife, who most agree took something out of him that left him incapable of continuing with his old ways
[9] King Albert Edward of Bombay (later of Maharashtra) (b.1916:d.1969), his son’s only son (Crown Prince Arthur having died on a car accident in Monte Carlo in the 1920s), he was markedly more liberal than his grandfather
[10] Although his beliefs also absorbed traits from his Kafir subjects’ faith
[11] The two of them had only their rough beliefs as a similarity, as Victor personally though George was a foolhardy spender, calling his investments on the arts as “frivolities” when, in a letter to his sister Beatrice, he said their brother ought to use his money on something other than them
[12] The Princess Louise of Prussia, 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
[13] With all children between the ages of 7 to 14 being obligated to go to school (under the threat of a hefty fine for their parents) between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM. This would be changed in the 40s when the age and hours would be expanded (nowadays it is all children between 13 and 18, from 7 to 5

Cedric I of Portugal and the Algarve
King Cedric I of Portugal and the Algarve[1], he was the only one among his siblings to enter the Royal Navy[2] and was the only son of Empress Victoria to marry a catholic as well as the only one to marry twice[3].
A lover of the sea and water since childhood[4], during his youth Cedric spent most of his time in the Mediterranean as a sailor[5] while being, sometimes without knowing, considered a contender for a variety of thrones, firstly as a jure uxoris monarch of Greece[6], then as the heir to Saxe-Coburg and Gotha[7], and finally as a jure uxoris monarch of Portugal[8], which would be the one to occur.
Although originally a monarch in name only[9], focusing his time as a developer of the Portuguese Navy[10] and as the unofficial middleman between his home country and his country by marriage[11], this when not getting involved with Portugal’s colonial empire[12], his involvement with governance would permanently change in 1909 with the Lisbon Regicide[13], which, besides taking his wife and eldest son, forced him to enact what was basically an internal coup[14], dealing not only the fallout of the assassinations but also having to fight a series of republican uprisings[15] and failed coups[16] while as a regent for his grandson[17].
A de facto absolute monarch[18] from 1909 to 1923, he finally abdicated that year as Pedro VI reached his majority[19], dying the following year from tuberculosis[20] and leaving behind the world’s largest collection of glass and ceramic objects[21].​

[1] The laws of Portugal specify that the husband of a reigning queen is to become a jure uxoris “King of Portugal and the Algarve” upon the birth of their first child, with Cedric (which although being the only Portuguese monarch of that name still is counted as being a “first”) being beforehand the “Prince Consort” only
[2] Cedric would serve for nearly 20 years on it, reaching the rank of Vice-Admiral and, at the time of his marriage, holding the command over the Channel Fleet
[3] Married in 1874 to the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (the only surviving daughter of Alexander II, she was his sister’s sister-in-law already. The two of them would be married to a total of 5 years and had 4 daughters together before Maria’s untimely death from eclampsia after giving birth to a stillborn son
[4] He seems to have been enraptured by the sea during the Imperial Tour as a child, being remembered for deciding to swim with dolphins during its stop in Hawaii, and from there he didn’t change much
[5] Most of his daughters with his first wife were born in Malta, and the only one who didn’t, Beatrice, was born during a short stay in Athens
[6] During the early 1860s the most eligible bachelorette of Europe was probably Irene (born in 1848), Queen of the Hellenes, whose father, King Otto of the Hellenes, died under mysterious circumstances in 1863. Although in the end she would marry a Danish prince (who in OTL became King George I of the Hellenes), Irene and Alfred became friends in the 1870s during a visit to Greece, with his youngest daughter by his first marriage being born during one of his visits
[7] His paternal uncle, Duke Ernest II of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was childless until the age of 66 and, as his older brother’s either got separate thrones or declined to inherit his, Cedric ended up as the heir presumptive to the duchy. It was only in 1884 that Ernest would have his first and only son and child, as after the death of his first wife, Alexandrine of Baden, in a carriage accident in 1883 he remarried to Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna of Russia (niece of Alexander II and OTL wife of George I of the Hellene)
[8] Following the death of Pedro V in 1865, his two young daughter, Carlotta and Maria Amalia, became the queen and heiress presumptive of Portugal (their uncle, the Duke of Coimbra, serving as regent), and, like Irene of the Hellenes, were some of the most sought-after bachelorettes of the continent, and Empress Victoria was especially keen on the idea of seeing a marriage between the royal houses of Albion and Portugal
[9] The title of King was purely ceremonial for him (as it had been for the two previous kings consort of Portugal)
[10] Given command of the Portuguese Navy in 1887 following the birth of Luis, Prince Royal, Cedric worked tirelessly to bring it up to par with the Royal Navy he had been accustomed to
[11] Being, for example, responsible for the “Pink Map Compromise”, which saw the Albish recognizing Portugal’s right to the region as a connection between its main African colonies (as well as its overlordship of the Chokwe and Lozi states) while the Portuguese recognized Albion’s already existing control over the region, with the Zambezi being made a condominium of the two countries together with Germany
[12] Cedric is credited with saving the existence of the Kingdom of Kongo (even if it lost some ancient territories to the North to the Congo Free State), which had its suzerainty and independence guaranteed by Portugal in the 1890s and even had, later on, a royal marriage with the Braganzas
[13] Occurring on February 1st, 1909, the Regicide happened when, during their return from a country retreat, the royal family was attacked by two assailants, Manuel Buíça and Alfredo Luís da Costa, who shot and threw a grenade at them, killing both Queen Carlotta and the Prince Royal (who survived in a coma for some hours after his mother’s death and was posthumously recognized as “King Luís I of Portugal”). Outside of them, the Duke of Barcelos was shot in the shoulder, permanently damaging his nerves on the right arm, while the infantas Alexandra, Beatrice and Maria suffered various injuries from the explosion, the first losing a chunk of her left leg. In the aftermath, Cedric ordered the assassin’s bodies (the two having died in the crossfire) cremated and their ashes used as litter for his wife’s cats, in a posthumous punishment
[14] Using his power over the navy and knowing of the republican presence on government, he took power from the prime-minister (who remained nominally in power but was de facto deposed) and established martial law on Portugal’s major cities
[15] Although there would be many small uprisings and plots during Cedric’s time in power, the main one occurred in May of 1909 when republican elements on the government and political class, emboldened by the regicide, tried to overthrow the monarchy. A brutal affair that saw fighting on the streets of Portugal’s major cities and on parliament, the uprising ended with the defeat of the republicans, which suffered harsh crackdowns on the following years
[16] The July Coup of 1913 being the most infamous, as, supported by the French, an underground republican faction tried to depose Cedric I. It ended with the houses of parliament in flames and the death of over a hundred people
[17] Officially Cedric’s co-monarch (but de facto his heir), Pedro VI was only 3 at the time of his father’s death in 1909, having been born as Luís illegitimate son with his mistress, Joana Amelia dos Santos Marrocos, and only becoming legitimate in 1908 when his grandparents discovered of his existence, forcing his parents’ to marry and having the church legitimize him in the same way that the Grimaldi Dynasty did with their illegitimate offspring
[18] As mentioned above, he held control of the military and, following the uprisings and coups, had completely crippled much of the country’s political class, where he focused much of his anger and distrust
[19] He had already been groomed by his grandfather for years by that point, and his short reign would mark the return of Portugal to some sense of democracy
[20] He had been fighting the disease for years at that time, and it had, by the time of his death, spread to his bones
[21] Cedric made collecting bibelots, vases and china his way to cope with his position, and by the time of his death it amounted to over thirty thousand artifacts totaling millions of pounds in total value

Leopold of the Carnatic
King Leopold of the Carnatic, the last of Empress Victoria’s sons’ to gain a kingdom[1] as well as one of the most colorful characters of the era, he was never a man greatly interested in politics or the military like most of his siblings, and, instead, was deeply interested in the arts[2] and the bohemian lifestyle, being infamous on high society as a “hooligan”[3] and “hedonist”[4] who openly had lovers of both sexes[5] and shocked even the more liberal members of the nobility, although in a way his children managed to outshine him on said matter[6].
Made king almost out of spite[7] and married to Empress Victoria’s only Bharati daughter-in-law[8], his time ruling over the Carnatic was marked by his frequent lack of involvement, with the government being often delegated to his private secretary[9] and parliament while the king, highly popular among his subjects[10] spent his time either in public events, his private life, or in traveling through the subcontinent and southeast Asia[11], which served as a great source of inspiration for his paintings[12].
Surprisingly religious, in his later years Leopold became known for his open conversion to Hinduism, being cremated at Manikarnika Ghat upon his death[13].​

[1] Although he was the fourth oldest, he was the sixth among his brothers to gain his own crown (Arthur was already set to inherit the Albish throne, while of the others only Henry wouldn’t be made a king)
[2] A talented painter, he had a style extremely similar to his friend and lover, the American émigré, John Singer Sargent
[3] Compared to his older sister, he loved pranks and mischief, and had the gall of frequently going under disguise to the East End and get involved in street fights and pub brawls
[4] His residence, Clarence House, was called a “den of vice and sin” by the Marquess of Shrewsbury, and it was said that although he never held a single ball on its halls, he had guests coming in every night that only left the following day
[5] Involved for some year in a threesome with his friends, John Singer Sargent and Albert de Belleroche (whom he met in Paris in the early 1880s), that ended amicably around 1891; Leopold’s most famous lovers were Lillie Le Breton (1853-1929), previously his brother’s lover, with whom he had a 14-years-long affair lasting from 1880 to 1894, and Julio Pastrana (1860-1918), a Mexican-American performer whose mother (another famous performer due to her hypertrichosis, which he inherited), Julia, was a member of the court of Leopold’s mother, the two of them had an affair lasting from 1875, when Julio was 15, all the way to Leopold’s death in 1914
[6] While Elizabeth managed to cause a scandal by sleeping with her first cousin at his brother’s wedding (and later marrying him), Rajna married two congenital twins that had been washerwomen before meeting him, Vincent married at the age of 5 (as part of the peace treaty that ended the Third Anglo-Burmese War he married the country’s new queen, whose father had started the conflict and lost badly on it), Indira slept more with her sister-in-law than with her own husband and Frederick took from his father and had a literal harem on his court, where many believe he probably slept with even his ministers if the tales are correct
[7] Known for his rivalry with his twin brother, Cedric. Following the latter’s acclamation in 1888 Leonard was filled to the brim with envy, and, in a move that his mother had planned for (Victoria was looking to make him the ruler of the Carnatic for years, to which he had until then declined), he asked her to finally accept the offer of a kingship, being made “King of the Carnatic” less than two weeks after Cedric’s acclamation
[8] The eldest daughter and child of Queen Victoria I of Coorg (whose father had been deposed by the East India Company, she was a goddaughter of Empress Victoria, who, during the Imperial Tour, basically returned Coorg to her as a sort-of-present as much as it was a political move to attract the goodwill of the subcontinent’s elites), she and Leopold had met in 1870s when their mothers started pushing them to be together in a match that was luckily successful. Accepting of Leopold’s affairs, Charlotte herself had many lovers over the years, the most famous of them being writer Violet Paget
[9] To this day the Private Secretary to the Sovereign of the Carnatic has powers akin to those of pre-1878 Albish prime ministers
[10] Although much of his personal life was scandalous for the era and for many should have destroyed his image, Leopold was one charming bastard who regularly saw a high level of respect and approval among his subjects
[11] Of his 26 years on the throne of the Carnatic, about a tenth of it was spent traveling
[12] A lover of painting views instead of people (although some of his most known paintings are portraits), of his over 800 works (mostly housed on the Royal Museum of Madras) nearly 80% of them were of either views and buildings of his travels or of random people he met during them
[13] A particularly devout follower of Shiva and Khali, when he felt death was coming Leopold abdicated in the name of his son and moved to a small (if comfortable) residence in Varanasi, and spent his last months going from it to the temples to meditate with his wife (who committed Sati in his funeral pyre)

Michael of Oregon
King Michael I of Oregon and Columbia, he was the first child of Empress Victoria to perish[1], having been born prematurely during the Imperial Tour[2] and being, of her sons, the only one who actually suffered from hemophilia[3].

Known as “the baby” among his relatives due to his frail health and body[4] as well as his naivete during his youth[5], Michael was an incredibly intelligent man, who, before becoming a monarch, became known as a dedicated student and intellectual, which left Oxford with an honorary doctorate in civil law[5].
Made king of Oregon and Columbia[6] in 1881 after a year spent convincing his mother to go through it[7] and moving to Victoria[8] following his marriage[9], Michael’s reign, marked by his popularity among both the peasantry[10] and the nobility[11], was a successful one, being marked by both the growth of population[12] and the growth of local industries[13], although, unlike his brothers, he remained an “absolute” monarch through it all[14].
Dying of his disease in 1891 while visiting the Prince of Desmond[15], although he remains a highly commemorated and remembered figure in Oregon as the father of the nation, his children have undoubtedly outshined him[16].​

[1] He died at the age of 32 less than two years before the Empress of the French after tripping on his own feet and bashing his head on a table, dying of expressive brain hemorrhage a day later
[2] The HMS Britannia had left Japan some three days before Michael’s birth
[3] The disease was discovered shortly after the tour left Australia, during the remainder of the trip his crib was held by a contraption of cables and pulleys made so he would never have the danger of smashing into something (it was also basically a padded box)
[4] Born with weak lungs due to his premature deliver, Michael lived with asthma and nearly died dozens of times during his lifetime, including 15 serious colds, three of which resulted on survived pneumonias
[5] He was also known for being a heavy drinker in Oxford, once challenging one of his professors to a drunken battle of limericks revolving on the laws of England
[6] Acquired on its totality by the British in the Oregon Treaty of 1846 (after they completely overwhelmed the American pioneers on the region by helping the migration of over 50.000 Irishmen to the region during the Great Famine), the colony was originally known only as Columbia on official texts (only American loyalists, much of whom were expelled en masse following the Willamette, called the region “Oregon” for much of its early history), the name of Oregon (or “Orejon”) started to gain a following the 1870s, and when the empire was established in 1878 the colony was renamed to “Oregon & Columbia”, which remains the country’s official name even if “Oregon” is colloquially used for it on its entirety (Columbia is mostly used nowadays to refer to the northern lands of the kingdom)
[7] Victoria originally didn’t plan on actually having Michael become a king in light of his health problems, and it was only through his insistence and buttering her up that the empress finally relented to it, using the excuse that the region would be good for his health to convince herself (during the Imperial Tour’s stop on the colony Michael’s health was, surprisingly, decidedly better)
[8] Although Oregon has no official capital, Victoria (not exactly the ITTL one, as it’s center is in San Juan Island) has been, over the years, its political center and second-largest city, housing both Parliament, the Houses of Justice and the royal family, whose main residence is located where the old Fort Victoria (ITTL military building made on the 1840s around Ten Mile Point) was. In general the whole area of the Salish Sea is considered the heart of the country with it’s housing of both Victoria, Musqueam (OTL Vancouver) and Rupert (OTL Seattle)
[9] The Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who later served as one of their daughter’s regents, her sister, Emma, married his nephew three years later, the two having met during Michael’s marriage
[10] A charming couple of philanthropes, Michael and Helena became known for their social works, like the establishment of the Royal Food Banks and the Impoverished Workers Program, which directed the unemployed and the homeless to large government farms (although in the latter was also a genius move to supply cheap workers for the government in light of the state’s semi-feudal (if not outright feudal) administration
[11] Michael’s influence over the nobility was especially necessary due to Oregon’s unique nature, as (unlike his brother’s domains were the nobility was mostly defanged and administration was already centralized) due to the crown’s own lack of oversights for much of its rule in the region much of the state had, by the time of Michael’s coming, developed into something akin to Medieval France as for decades settlers, native peoples and the Tokugawa had established a patchwork of fiefdoms and states across much of the territory. During his reign one of Michael’s jobs was, in fact, bringing all those powers (the Tokugawa being the only ones that had already been de jure recognized by Victoria due to their land grant) into the fold of the royal administration, recognizing various petty republics and noble fiefs (over 1500 letters of nobility were granted by him between 1882 and 1891) across much of the territory, as overall only the lands around the Salish Sea and the Willamette were really under direct royal control.
[12] Although much of it was due to natural growth (in special after the 1870s and 1880s inoculation campaigns), another reason for the growth was immigration, as while Oregon was already a multiethnic region (besides the Irish, Japanese and First Nations there were also Anglo-Scottish settlers and even some Spanish from old missions in Oregon and Vancouver Island, as well as the remnants of the American pioneers) during Michael’s reign (as well as the early period of his daughter’s) the region saw a massive number of immigrants come in both from Europe (mostly in the way of Eastern Slavs and Jews, with Michael’s court painter being, in fact, Polish by birth) and from Oregon’s southern/eastern neighbor, as the United States’ expulsion of much of its Native American and Latino populations from the west (mostly as a “side-effect” of the “naturalist” turn the country had been seeing since their civil war) meant that while some of them went to Mexico (in special those on the southwest, which ITTL included Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua) and Canada, the bulk moved to Oregon, rising by a fourth and a third the country’s population
[13] During Michael’s reign Oregon entered the industrial revolution, with the great development of its textile, canning, mining and armament industries
[14] Although his power wasn’t absolute by any means (seeing as much of Oregon’s land was under a system of suzerainty and vassalage), Michael de jure held all powers of government during his time on the throne, being even responsible for serving as judge on tribunals involving members of the high nobility. Oregon would only gain a Parliament during the reign of his daughter, Emma, who established it in 1924 on a style almost exactly like the one of the Tudors of old
[15] One of the more unique examples of nobility in Oregon, the first Oregonian Prince of Desmond, Samuel, was a member of the Irish MacCarthy Clan (being a nephew of the head of the Srugrena Sept of the clan, which has since 1876 been considered by the Ulster King of Arms as being the seniormost branch of the family) migrated to Oregon in the 1840s and ended up establishing control over much of the region around the lower reaches of the Columbia River Basin. Following the death of his first cousin once removed (and whose daughter was his granddaughter in law), also named Samuel, in 1885, he officially claimed the title, which was recognized by Michael I in 1886 together with the Albish government in London.
[16] Although Albert died at the age of 5 from polio, Emma I is often compared as a mix between Catherine the Great, Cleopatra, Henry VIII and Augustus due to her status as the first woman to serve on the Royal Navy, her command of the nation during the First World War and her massive expansion of the kingdom’s territory; Alice, whose husband was the Shogun of Edo and head of the Tokugawa, is remembered for her command of Fort Briggs and command of the army, holding the line and breaking the charges made by the Americans against the fort during the First World War, before attacking back against them and expanding into Utah and the Great Basin; Mary, finally, was the ace of the skies of Oregon known as one of the world’s first bombers. Of Michael’s illegitimate children (during his later years the king had two affairs, one with a member of the Quileute Tribe and another with Charlotte Suliman, a German chemist and cult leader) the one most memorable was probably Sieglinde, who is known for developing one of the world’s most terrible poisonous gases

Henry, Prince Consort of Madagascar
Henry, Prince Consort of Madagascar (sometimes also known as “Prince Henry, Duke of Kendal”[1]), he was the youngest son of the empress, as well as the only one to not have a throne, although he was the second to marry a queen regnant.
Born in a quite uncommon situation[2], Henry was a terribly melancholic man, known for his introverted nature[3] and for loving dogs more than any human[4], who, in 1892, was unexpectedly married to Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar[5] in what was her prime-minister’s last desperate bid to save Malagasy independence[6], from then on guaranteed by the Albish[7].
The consort of a figurehead monarch stuck on a loveless marriage, he and Ranavalona rarely interacted with each other following the birth of their twin daughters in 1895[8], spending most of his time alone following it until his death in 1913 from malaria[9]​

[1] Although Henry was being married to a queen, his mother believed that he still should have a royal dukedom of his own as a species of dowry, granting him the title of “Duke of Kendal” and an annuity of 10.000 pounds
[2] Not knowing she was pregnant, Empress Victoria was at a ball in Northumberland House when she started having contractions, giving birth on a hastily made bed on the rooms of the Duchess (the story that she gave birth on the ballroom was a wild gossip spread by tabloids). Bought by the Empress in 1866, the house (which is the last of the manorial homes of Trafalgar Square) was inherited by Henry in 1908, becoming the official residence and embassy of the Malagasy monarch in London
[3] Similar to his older sister, Georgiana, suffering of selective mutism and spending his time almost as if in his own little separate world, most modern analysis believe he had a mix of both autism and depression
[4] He shared his mother’s love of Pomeranians
[5] Something that was almost the antithesis of the Malagasy government at the time, as the custom of the era was that the ruling queen of Madagascar would be married to her prime-minister (almost a king on his own right) as a way of cementing the political arrangement that had made the Malagasy government since the aristocratic revolution of 1863
[6] Although Rainilaiarivony (Ranavalona III’s first husband and prime-minister) had for years used his diplomatic skills and political acumen to try and protect the kingdom’s independence, the French were starting to become bolder in the late 1880s and early 18902, and he feared that without a strong backer Madagascar’s days as an independent nation were numbered
[7] Which Albish would need to do shortly after, as when the last Franco-Hova War occurred in 1895 the Royal Navy and the Albish Army had more men than the entire Malagasy Navy
[8] Ranavalona IV being akin to Madagascar’s version of OTL Elizabeth II while her twin sister became the co-monarch of Réunion Island (independent since 1913) with her husband, a morganatic biracial descendant of the House of Bourbon-Condé
[9] Henry’s death was a sad one, as he died with only his youngest daughter by his side while his funeral, while opulent (for one occurring in the middle of the First World War), had the presence of only one of his siblings, Leopold of the Carnatic, who had always been his favorite
 
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Children of Empress Victoria, Youngest Daughters
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Princess Beatrice, 1st Duchess of Albany and Princess Henry of Battenberg
The Princess Beatrice, suo jure 1st Duchess of Albany and Princess Henry of Battenberg, was the daughter with whom Empress Victoria was the closest[1], and although considered unremarkable in her personality and rather shy in her demeanor[2] she reached during her mother’s reign levels of power only matched by the Prince of Wales, serving as Private Secretary to the Sovereign from 1876 to 1908[3] and using it on her favor[4].
Believed for a time to be in route to spinsterhood[5], Beatrice fell in love and finally married in 1880 to Prince Henry of Battenberg[6], being, in a unique turn of things, threated more like a prince than a princess during the process[7].
Following her mother’s death in 1908, Beatrice, who was made the executor of her will[8], retired[9], and, outside of her involvements with her mother’s diaries[10], spent most of her time traveling[11] during her silver years, dying at the age of 93 at her main residence, Peacock Park[12], having outlived all of her children[13].
A hemophilia carrier, her eldest daughter and two of her sons had it[14].​

[1] Of all of Victoria’s children (which, in an interesting turn for a woman who was a monarch of the 19th century and though babies were ugly, was in general loving to her offspring) the only ones that could possibly challenge Beatrice in the ranks of “most-liked child” were her brother’s Michael and Henry
[2] It is believed that that was a carefully crafted image made by the princess, as it seems that in her childhood Beatrice was extremely wild and volatile and only in her teenage years that she started to change into her most known character
[3] Assuming the office following her father’s death in 1876, Beatrice’s position made her the figurative door for the empress (outside of members of the Firm and Downing Street), and the princess used her place to gain favors across the political classes, magnates and aristocracy of the empire, with her nephew, the future Emperor Henry, once even joking that she had half of Albion in her debt
[4] It is almost common knowledge that the main residences of the Dukes of Albany, Peacock Palace (Twickenham), Battenberg House (Chelsea) and Chesrie Manor (Cornwall), were paid by Beatrice with her personal fortune, which was built on the back of monetary “gifts” she accumulated over the years
[5] Beatrice never seemed interested in any man (the closest she ever came to have a relationship with was in the 1870s when she had a short fling with Lady Georgiana Wellesley, sister of the 3rd and 4th Dukes of Wellington) and was mostly by her mother’s side taking care of her, which after she reached the age of 25 was considered as a very spinster-like behavior
[6] A morganatic relative of the Grand Dukes of Hesse and by Rhine (he would later become her nephew-in-law and her sister Alice’s first cousin-in-law), the two of them met while his family was visiting the British court in 1877 and fell in love while dancing the Blue Danube (her own words on a letter to her sister, Elizabeth). After 3 years of courtship and of Beatrice tiring down her mother, she finally managed to convince the empress to approve the marriage in 1880
[7] Although Henry continued being a Battenberg and technically Beatrice entered his family, she was granted the title of “Duchess of Albany” by her mother at the time of their wedding and, in a de facto manner, it was him who became a part of the wider Windsor clan, with their children being most often known as “Princes of Albany” than “Princes of Battenberg” (it was a joke in the courts of Europe that the Battenbergs had become extinct on the second generation, as Henry and his brother Louis became husband of royal duchesses while their brother Alexander died with a morganatic marriage and the youngest, Francis Joseph, married Olga of Berar, who was a great-great-granddaughter of George III as well as Empress Victoria’s goddaughter)
[8] Besides guaranteeing that the separate inheritances went to the correct people (like Northumberland House going to her brother Henry), one of Beatrice’s duties as the executor of her mother’s will was editing and publishing her mother’s diaries, as well as saving a preserved version of them on a vault to be open in 2008, as the empress knew that many people spoken on her diaries were still alive and didn’t want to risk their images
[9] Or, quite frankly, being sacked by her own brother, who while loving his sister did not want her on his administration
[10] The process of editing her mother’s diaries and journals, which encompassed 135 volumes written between July 1832 and the day of her death (her last words were taken from her last journal, as the empress hadn’t been capable of speaking for some days before her death. They said “Took a nap during tea, dreamed Albert, miss him so much”), took Beatrice a total of 30 years to be completed. After it she also dabbled in writing, publishing the biographies of her grandmother, the Duchess of Kent, and of Duchess Augusta of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, another ancestress
[11] Owning her own state-of-the art vessel, the HMS Virginia, between 1909 and 1947 Beatrice visited a total of 85 countries and traveled the equivalent of circumnavigating the earth five times. With events like fighting two Chinese boxers with a parasol while visiting Peking and getting in the middle of a succession crisis on a cannibal tribe on the Congo, Beatrice became known through the empire for the animals she collected during it, as, besides having a pride of 38 peacocks and adopting two Javanese tigers, she went as far north as the Arctic Circle, where she found the last herd of the sea cow (believed to be extinct since they migrated there in the 18th century to escape human predation), while in later visit she adopted a polar bear cub. Another of her most known tales with animals was in relation to her infatuation with Aotearoa (where she built Motley Castle on the Southern Island) ever since childhood due to failing to catch a penguin during her stay there; Beatrice visited the islands over 20 times during her life, with two of her visits, the 1898 and 1909 ones, being marked for giving birth to the “Duke of Albany Sea Lions” when, in the first one, she adopted a female sea lion cub (named Dora), who, during their 1909 visit, became pregnant, giving birth to the progenitor of the world’s most famous family of sea mammals
[12] Built between 1905 and 1909 for around a million pounds (the equivalent to around 28 million on today’s money) and to this day serving as the main residence of the Dukes of Albany, the Peacock Palace (named for its colors and outer design being a mix between a literal peacock and the Mughal’s Peacock Throne) is an 8-stories tall orientalist mansion built on a block of the district of Twickenham in Kingston-upon-Thames. Known for its large verandas and the fact that its gardens are a large greenhouse on the building’s roof, the palace has been for decades considered one of the most luxurious houses built by the Albish nobility in the 20th century, being also known for the fact that it stands out among the buildings around it, seeing as the palace was built on the middle of Twickenham urban area
[13] While Maurice and Thomas will be commented shortly; Alexander died of the Swiss Flu in 1922 together with his sister, the Duchess of Trowbridge and Warminster; Victoria Eugenia died during the Barcelona Regicide in 1939; and Leopold died while fighting in the First World War during the Battle on Battenberg Island
[14] Maurice and Thomas suffered from the disease, with the first dying at the age of 25 (married to Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in 1900, the two of them were parents of one of the few recorded cases of female hemophilia, as she was a carrier of the disease and their eldest daughter, Caroline, died of it on her first period) while the second lived to the age of 35, dying during a knee replacement surgery. Victoria Eugenie was the only daughter of Beatrice to be a carrier of the disease (her sister had as her main problem her husband’s family’s history of congenital birth defects), and of her children two of her daughters carried it (and had children with symptoms) while of her six sons, only two didn’t suffer from the disease

Emma, Princess of Orange
Princess Emma (most commonly known in the Netherlands as the “Princess Mother” or the “Regent of Orange”[1]), was the daughter of Empress Victoria with the shortest marriage, being often compared to Augusta, Princess of Wales[2] on the fact that she was set to become queen, but widowhood came at a quite untimely moment.
A charming and dutiful woman, known for her fiery hair[3] and poor sight[4] in her youth, Emma’s short marriage to Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange was, truly, a miserable one, as his mental illness[5] following the death of his mother[6] meant that the couple was barely close following the birth of their son, the short-lived William[7], and even before his death she was closer to Alexander’s father, King William[8], with whom she was probably having an affair[9].
Made regent to the king when he became seriously ill in 1887, a position she would hold for 13 years[10], Emma became known for taking to the position like a duck to water, taking it extremely seriously from day one[11] and going as far as meeting every government minister and major official once every two weeks[12], strictly adhering to the rules of the monarchy. Also responsible for the upbringing of her daughter[13], Emma was responsible for giving the idea of having Wilhelmina do a tour similar to her maternal grandmother’s one in 1899 as an introduction of the soon-to-be-adult queen[14]. Following her retirement, the princess spent the 1900s counseling her daughter, who mantained the Dutch would the First World War[15], and in 1925 she decided to make a visit to the Dutch East Indies, which would be prolonged to lasting until her death in 1932[16].
A hemophilia carrier, with her only son dying of the disease, every ruling queen of the Netherlands since 1889 has both descended from her and carried the gene of the illness[17].​

[1] Although her daughter gave Emma the title of “Queen Mother of the Netherlands” in 1917, Emma never frequently used it, and preferred to be known as “Princess Mother”. Following the popularization of the “Regent of Orange” nickname in the 1920s, Emma started using it, and was mostly known as the “Regent Mother” by the end of her life
[2] Wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and mother of George III
[3] Emma was born with a mix of copper and ginger curls, probably resulting from a genetic mutation
[4] Emma was known for her extreme near-sightedness since childhood (she started wearing glasses at the age of 7) and wore a pair of thick spectacles for all her life. Often mocked for it in her youth (as her eyes seemed extremely small through the lenses)), she wore tom almost like a badge of honor out of spite, creating the first prototype for cat-eye glasses and often matching her pairs with her jewelry and clothing, seeing as not even in social events she took them out
[5] Alexander developed a severe case of depression following his mother’s death, and was often taken by crippling melancholia before his death from typhoid fever in 1884, having lived as de fact invalid on a separate ward of the Hague, where he had become the only patient in a home-made sanatorium following a suicide attempt in 1883
[6] Unlike OTL, Queen Sophie of Württemberg lived until 1880, dying mere weeks after her son’s wedding (Sophie was also the one who made the match, as she was a warm friend to Empress Victoria, with whom she mantained correspondence from 1849 up until her death)
[7] Born in 1884, William suffered from a severe case of hemophilia, and died in 1886 after, like some other of his hemophilic cousins, bumping into something and suffering an internal hemorrhage
[8] Emma was considered something of a moderating influence on the king, serving as a stand-in for Queen Sophie and often toning down William III autocratic nature and frankly deranged personality (mental disorders were the norm for the House of Orange-Nassau of the 19th century, it seems). Because of that, she is often remembered for making the last decade of William’s reign possibly the best one he had, as he finally stopped butting heads with Parliament and became less brash on his actions, trying to work with or around the government instead of trying to force his way
[9] Although William III remarried in 1882 to his niece, Princess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar (with whom he had a daughter, quite curiously named Emma, in 1885), it was Emma who held the position as his first lady (in the sense of acting as the female center of court and government) and, following her husband’s death, the two, who had already become close as she sought comfort on the royal couple with her husband’s problems, entered a relationship that no-one is quite sure how far it went. In her diaries Emma tells of dinners and encounters with the king (the queen being frequently present as a sort-of chaperone and friend, Pauline was rather uninterested on her husband romantically, who himself noticed his own lack of interest for her following the wedding, and mostly just lived her own best life), but they never are explicit if they ever went over kissing or at most fondling each other. Some believe it went all the way to having children, as many believe that the Princess Emma was, in fact, the daughter of the Regent Emma, whose pregnancy was hidden and passed as being the queens (possible, as the two’s similarities in appearance were frequently commented and, during the early months of 1886, Emma took to a retreat after suffering from “pneumonia”, returning only after the queen gave birth)
[10] Emma, in fact, only loses to her granddaughter, Juliana, and the Dowager Princess Marie Louise in the length of regencies
[11] When she discovered that she would become regent, Emma literally hired a series of tutors and asked for the input of previous prime ministers of the Netherlands to be prepared for the position, and on her first day had literally a 900-pages-thick folder with information and advices
[12] Some believe it reached the level where it stopped being dedication and became micromanaging
[13] Emma dedicated herself, as tirelessly as she did in governing, in the upbring of her daughter and “sister-in-law” so that Wilhelmine would be the most capable ruler possible when she took the reins of power, with her tutors numbering on the dozens and going from government history, to culture to even how to speak, act and dress with different accents depending on the region of the Netherlands she was (besides having her learn Frisian, Javanese, Balinese, Sumatran, Ahanta and Nzema)
[14] Where Wilhelmina made a splash by making some of her speeches on (if thickly accented) local languages
[15] Although fighting did occur around the Dutch and there were frequent treats to the country’s sovereign waters, the Netherlands remained neutral through the entire conflict, and in fact profited of the war as it diminished the exporting capacities of many of the nations involved on it
[16] The princess fell in love with the region (she hadn’t accompanied her daughter on her tour due to needing to continue serving as regent, so when she came in 1925 it was her first time in the islands) and, settling on Bogor Palace, spent the remainder of her life there, becoming known for her use of veils and shawls due to her sensitive skin
[17] As no man as born to the main branch of the House fo Orange-Nassau for over a century (after William, Prince of Orange’s birth in 1885, no male was born to a Dutch monarch until 1988), it was only discovered in the late 1980s that Emma’s hemophilic gene, somehow, managed to be passed continuously from queen to queen for three generations, as her eldest son, the current Prince of Orange, as well as his younger brothers, Louis and Constantin, have the disease

Georgiana, Empress of the French
Empress Georgiana of the French, the last of Empress Victoria’s daughter and the third of her children to marry a catholic, she was also the last twin born to her mother, having been the younger dizygotic twin sister of Princess Emma above, and, due to being born on an awkward angle, taking over three owners to be birthed after her, having a withered leg and possible mental difficulties because of it[1].
A misanthropic, anxious and chronically depressed individual[2], Georgiana’s life, the second shortest among her siblings[3], was marked by her marriage in 1881, a union promised in 1871 when France d’Outre-mer came into being[4]. Sent to the court at Saint-Louis in 1874 upon her 18th birthday, Georgiana spent 7 years there as a lady-in-waiting to Empress Eugénie[5] while her husband stalled their wedding with his wars[6] before finally relenting and taking a break to finally do the deed[7].
As empress consort, Georgiana’s life continued being a difficult one, as she became responsible for leading the court[8] while also serving as the empire’s main hostess and, in a way, diplomat[9], and during it she became completely distanced from her children[10]. Her only joy during those times was the building of her personal residence, the Millefleur Palace[11]
Never totally acclimated to her new life, Georgiana died in 1897 from uncertain reasons[12], being outlived by her husband, children, and their empire.​

[1] Possible lack of oxygen during the birth is believed to have negatively affected Georgiana’s mental development (similarly to OTL Wilhelm II, although instead of being temperamental she was akin to Philip V of Spain), while her left leg, which developed a paralysis due to her breeched position during birth, was withered and so weak that to walk Georgiana had to use especially made braces under her dresses, and she recorded it felt like it was eternally in the point when blood rushes into a numb limb. In her later years, as she developed thrombosis on her legs, Georgiana was forced to move only in a wheelchair, and finally had her left leg amputated in 1890 due to overwhelming pain
[2] Not much different from her brother Henry, Georgiana disliked being around other people and had as her closest friend dogs and flowers, she also suffered, like Henry, of selective mutism, and is recorded as having, from 1875 to 1881, spoken about 20 sentences out loud
[3] Of Empress Victoria’s children, Georgiana was the only other besides Michael I of Oregon to die before she made to 50
[4] Although France d’Outre-mer’s official name continued being the “Second French Empire”, the state was, de facto, born from the Franco-Prussia War in 1871, as, during its aftermath, the deposed Napoleon III managed to retain the allegiance of some of France’s colonies in West Africa and the Pacific, and, with an ironic turn on things, he was backed by Albion, who until his son’s conquests was the lifeline and spine of the empire
[5] An agitated and lively court, she was miserable in there
[6] During his 30-years-long reign, Napoleon IV spent nearly two thirds of them on campaign while his empire was ruled by his mother, ministers, and the local nobility; he fought a total of 18 wars over the course of his rule, many of them with France but also various conflicts against West Africa’s native states (establishing what has been called the “Second Continental System”), and even including a naval war all the way on Polynesia to establish control over the region. He never did manage to conquer Algeria, though
[7] Many joked that the emperor was hoping that she would die of some tropical disease before having to marry her, and that Napoleon IV only relented after Georgiana somehow managed to beat, back-to-back, both malaria and yellow fever; after their marriage he mantained various mistresses over the years, and had over ten recognized bastards
[8] She was so overwhelmed by it that a courtesan once wrote “the empress is the living embodiment of pitifulness”
[9] In a semi-absolute monarchy like that of France d’Outre-mer, the great function of the empress was the receive dignitaries and foreign royalty in, a job that was excruciating for Georgiana and that she often times had to recruit her mother-in-law’s help to do
[10] Although Georgiana seems to have loved them, she left the care of her children to servants and tutors at court, and they absorbed much of the local customs of the land, with Princess Eugénie, for example, being better at her nanny’s Wolof than her father’s French, Princess Esmé talking a creole so thick that neither her husband or the priest understood when she said yes at their marriage, and Napoleon V being raised in a mix of Maliki Sunni Islam and Roman Catholicism
[11] Built by her orders between 1886 and 1890 on the outskirts of Saint-Louis as a retreat, the Millefleur Palace (named after the gigantic garden complex around it) has been called “The Versailles of Africa”, being possibly the most opulent and exuberant building made during the empire’s lifetime
[12] Georgiana may have suffered from type-1 diabetes, and managed to survive just a bit longer than most people did at the time

Miriam, Empress of Ethiopia
The Princess Mary Guinevere, more commonly known as Empress Miriam of Ethiopia/Abyssinia following her conversion to Ethiopian Orthodoxy[1], was the penultimate child and daughter of Empress Victoria, as well as the only one among her daughters to be born during the Imperial Tour[2].
Considered “rather bland” in her personality[3], Miriam is most commonly known for her marital life, which started in 1890 when she was wedded to Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia in a diplomatic match[4]. Mostly not remarked upon beforehand, as empress consort Miriam became known for, less than a year into her marriage, finally securing Menelik II’s succession[5] when she gave birth to her son and only child[6], and, although not the most loving of marriages, she and her husband were known for their mutual care for each other[7], something quite interesting as Miriam, never interested in politics, left the affairs of the court to her husband’s ex-wife, with whom she was close friends[8].
Having as her only main achievement convincing her husband to do like in India in relation to subjugated monarchs[9], following Menelik’s death in 1913 Miriam led a mostly secluded life on the Gebi[10] for the next 6 years before dying of a wasting disease[11].​

[1] To which she was strongly devoted to, frequently visiting religious sites and doing pilgrimages during the years (When her son fell ill as a child, Miriam went as far as walking on her knees from Addis Ababa all the way to the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, with her entourage being prohibited from stopping her at any point in her 1.118 km travel, to pray for his recover)
[2] Mary was born during a tropical storm in the Seychelles, with the fort where the birth occurred being renamed as “Fort Guinevere” 4 years later in her name
[3] Miriam is theorized to have had some syndrome within the spectrum of autism, and was known for tending to shut down when involved on matters outside things she was interested (she was a lover of dresses and fashion, and was a talented painter and seamstress, being responsible for drafting and commanding the making of her son and daughter-in-law’s wedding clothes as well as doing their wedding portrait)
[4] It was a two-way agreement in which, in exchange for the Ethiopians officially entering Albion’s sphere of influence and alliances, the Albish would in turn guarantee Ethiopian independence from any country
[5] Before Salomon IV, Menelik II only had three daughters, the Princesses Shoaregga, Zewditu and Werknesh (the latter being a child had by Menelik with his ex-wife with whom he had a rekindling of relationships), and there was a realistic fear that their gender (and different levels of respect by the populace and nobility) would open an opportunity for usurpers or cause disputes and civil war due to the Solomonic Dynasty’s historical preference for male heir
[6] Born in a difficult birth that made him mother barren, Emperor Salomon IV of Ethiopia (born as Kifle Yaqob in 1891) was the first Ethiopian monarch in generations to have a reign that was in its majority peaceful, as outside of the Amhara Rebellion (which was a part of the wider First World War due to his cousin receiving support from the French) the empire was not involved in any conflict and saw a rise in wealth, development, and prosperity
[7] They had a relationship that could be characterized as being “friends with benefits” by any modern standard, as outside of the official duties of the two as monarchs they acted and interacted as they were a mix between being close friends and Menelik being Miriam’s surrogate father figure
[8] The formidable Taytu Betul (following her divorce known as Woizero Hoy and Sefanit Oromia), she was the one who, after being married since 1883, gave the idea of Menelik divorcing her so that he may find a younger and international useful wife, and was also the one responsible for giving the idea of Miriam (as at the time the Albish had already become known for her younger sister’s marriage to the Khedive of Egypt). Taytu remained Menelik’s “common law” wife until his death, and for Miriam was both a friend, mentor and even something of a mother figure
[9] Shortly after Miriam’s marriage Ethiopia started finishing its expansion over its modern territory, and, in the process, formally annexing its then either enemy or just vassal states (like Harar, Aussa and Medri Bahri), it was Miriam who prosed that, maybe, it could be better to just retain them in the same manner that in the subcontinent the Albish had established the Princely States. It is also very possible that Menelik had already been planning for something of this vein beforehand, and just used his wife as an excuse in the same manner that in the past medieval kings used their wives to excuse not executing minor offenders
[10] OTL it is now named the Menelik Palace, it is more akin to the Qing’s Forbidden City than any sort of European palace, as the entire thing (known as either the “Gebi” or “Great Ghebbi”) is a massive complex that houses various churches, mausoleums, tombs and gardens
[11] It is believed that Miriam had developed a tumor on her intestines that had damaged the functions of her duodenum and stopped her from being capable of digesting food correctly, and through 1918 and 1919 she slowly wasted away, being in a state of starvation by the time of her death

Charlotte, Queen of Denmark
Queen Charlotte of Denmark was the penultimate daughter and child of Empress Victoria, being born in an extremely untimely manner during a trip made by her parents[1] and was the last of her siblings to marry[2].
Known in her youth as being quite “strange”[3], with her mother fearing that she would become a spinster, Charlotte finally married at the age of 34 to Prince Christian of Denmark[4], 8 years her junior, following a quick engagement[5].
Becoming Queen consort of Denmark following her father-in-law’s sudden death in 1907, Charlotte was, during that time, known for her public image as a “quirky” individual[6], which ended following her husband’s assassination[7] and the 1916 Danish Succession Crisis[8], which saw her make some life-long enemies.
Serving as her daughter’s regent following her recognition as queen, Charlotte’s widowhood was marked by melancholy as much as it was marked by seriousness and strict decisions[9], and in her later years the queen mother became increasingly recluse, wither last public appearance being the baptism of the future Christopher IV of Iceland in 1935[10]
A hemophilia carrier, her two sons died from it.​

[1] Her parents had been making a vacation trip through the Southwest when, in Empress Victoria’s second unknown pregnancy, they ended up stranded on a semi-abandoned manor house on Somerset in the middle of a storm, during which the empress gave birth. Currently Lytes Carry has remained a minor residence of the Albish Royal Family after the empress bought it in 1907
[2] Charlotte was, in fact, her niece’s sister-in-law, with Maud’s husband being Christian’s younger brother (and the future king of Norway), although this may not be as extreme as it sounds due to the two of them having only 7 years apart between them due to the long span of time where Empress Victoria had children
[3] Think of her as a black-haired Luna Lovegood with a bit of Ginny and Hermione sprinkled in
[4] A love match, Christian had originally come to Albion only as his brother’s chaperone in his courtship of Princess Maud of Wales while Charlotte served as her niece’s chaperone; while their relatives courted each other, it was Maud and Christian who became closer, with him asking for her hand in marriage during their engagement party
[5] Not to save costs but due to their hurry to marry, Christian and Charlotte ended up having a double wedding with Maud and Karl, less than a semester after they became engaged
[6] Known for her colorful clothing style and approachable demeanor
[7] Christian was shot twice in the chest and once in the head by a Danish anarchist while crossing Copenhagen
[8] As at the time of Christian’s assassination Danish succession followed a strict Salic Law (although the king had been pressuring Parliament to pass a law making it male-preference primogeniture), there was some confusion among the political class as to who was going to be the next monarch, Hereditary Prince Harald or the Princess Margrethe. He had declared himself king with some support but in the end a 3-months-long interregnum occurred while Harald and Charlotte fought a shadow war for the throne, with the crisis finally ending when Parliament officially declared that Margrethe was legally a man (and accidentally causing the string of events that would result on same-sex marriage becoming legal in Denmark in 1921)
[9] At the same time that Charlotte appeared a likeable figure, she was also extremely defensive of her daughter’s birthright, in special seeing as even after Margrethe’s ascension there were still those who sided with Prince Harald, so her time as regent (which lasted from 1916 to 1920 when Margrethe became 21) was marked mostly by her trying her damn hardest to squash dissent in the manner that a constitutional ruler can, and de facto exiling her brother-in-law to Sweden in 1918
[10] Queen Margrethe ended up marrying in 1921 her double first cousin, Prince Magnus Adolphus of Norway, and, in 1924, he also became King Magnus VIII of Norway with his brother’s death from typhus, creating a crisis as no-one in Denmark or Norway was really interested in remaking the Oldenburg Monarchy. So, in 1927, a compromise was reached, in which the two countries would become united in paper as a federation, known as the “Nordic Federation”, who although marked by military and economy unity, was separate in relation to administration, as upon their deaths the couple’s first son would inherit Denmark and the imperial title and the second would get Norway. Over time, in a move that was strangely reminiscent, of all people, to the Wettins, the two realms started to create new states (mostly on territorial “fringes”) within the federation and grant them to other members of the family, with one of them being Prince Christopher, who became the first independent king of Iceland

Euphemia, Khediva of Egypt

The princess Euphemia, Khediva consort of Egypt and Sudan, was the only one among her siblings to marry outside of Christendom, as well as being the first of the two children of Albish monarchs to convert to Islam[1].
Called “the exemplification of unremarkability” in her childhood[2], Euphemia entered the popular mind in 1883 when, at the age of 19, she was practically forced to marry to the recently widowed[3] Khedive of Egypt, Tewfik Pasha[4], with whom she would, over time, become mutually dedicated to[5].
An overprotective mother, after Tewfik’s untimely death in 1902 Euphemia’s main objective in life would become guaranteeing her children’s inheritance[6], conspiring against her stepson[7] and ultimately deposing him in a coup on 1905[8]. From then on, she would serve as her eldest son’s[9] regent until he reached adulthood in 1910, becoming during those 5 years infamous for her use of murder to deal with her enemies[10] as well as for the brutal crushing of the Mahdist State in 1909[11].
Following her son’s majority, Euphemia would step down from power, dying under suspicious circumstances 4 years later. Her legacy in Egypt is a conflicting one as at the same time she was a ruthless tyrant for many, she laid the groundwork for the creation fo the Qattara Sea[12] and supported the protection of Egypt’s cultural heritage; she also brought hemophilia to the dynasties of the Middle East and North Africa, as one of her sons suffered from the disease[13] while her daughters, like her, were carriers of it[14].​

[1] Although she did so, Euphemia for sure wasn’t a devout Muslim, unlike Albion’s other example
[2] Outside of a commentary by one of her governesses on her interest on animals, which the woman characterized as “troubling”
[3] Tewfik’s first wife, Princess Emina Il-Hami, had died in 1882 from a miscarriage, and both he and Euphemia were pressured into marrying due to Albion’s wish to bring Egypt closer into its sphere of influence through it
[4] The sixth ruler of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty who assumed the country at a time when his father’s ineptitude had ruined the economy, although he was Khedive of Egypt for all of his reign, he is often remembered as “Emperor Tewfik I” due to Ismail II’s retroactively recognizing his predecessors as sultans
[5] Although they first met at their wedding, the two ended up getting close to each other due to Euphemia’s moderate charm and Tewfik’s amiability, developing a friendship and love that managed to withstand their fertility issues during the early years of the union (one of the first shows of their care was probably when Euphemia pulled an Alice and nursed him to health when Tewfik contracted cholera in late 1883 while visiting Alexandria during its epidemic)
[6] A paranoid and anxious person, Euphemia staunchly believed that the only way of guaranteeing her children’s security was by guaranteeing them the throne of Egypt, as she was known for her bad relationship with Abbas II and most of her in-laws, who considered her children as not being “of-Egypt”
[7] Euphemia and Abbas II had a true case of hate-at-first sight, and Euphemia became convinced that he planned on doing to his brothers what the Ottoman Sultans of old did to theirs (not entirely ture, but Euphemia was known for being capable of reaching great levels of paranoia)
[8] Which saw Abbas II being imprisoned (and later dying in exile) together with most of the adults of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty
[9] Who would be the one responsible for officially declaring Egyptian independence from the Ottomans in the 1920s
[10] Especially fond of a wide array of poisons for those of high rank and the secret police for others, it is estimated that during the five years she stayed on power Euphemia was responsible for around 30 deaths every day
[11] Controlling at its peak most of the Nile between the Shilluk (taking over much of the Funj Sultanate) and the Tewfik Dam, the Mahdist State was a jihadist Sudanese separatist country established in 1884 that had, by 1905, become mostly a shadow of its former self as it was nearing defeat by the Egyptians. With the coup and the year of instability that followed, the state regained some of its old force, and, not wanting it to pose any threat, Euphemia decided to finally get rid of it in 1908, with the last Mahdist-Egyptian war resulting on the death of tens of thousands and the razing of Omdurman. The war also represented the establishment of the modern structure of southern Egypt, as the support of the southern monarchies in the war convinced Euphemia to officially recognize them as states under Egyptian authority but with still some autonomy, not much different from the princely states
[12] Euphemia invested on the development, of all things, of the Egyptian engineering industry, and was responsible for firstly making a serious proposal on the creation of the sea (which would happen only decades later); in her honor, the main canal connecting the Qattara to the Mediterranean is named “Khediva Euphemia Canal”
[13] Prince Muhammad of Egypt, he died at the age of 22 after a minor car accident
[14] Although Nazli did not have any children she showed the signs of the disease when having surgery; Hanim had ten children with Abdullah of Hejaz, and of them two of her sons had the disease and three of her daughters carried it (bringing hemophilia to Cyrenaica, Qatar and Yemen); and all of Fatima’s sons suffered from the disease
 
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Emperor Henry of Albion
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Henry (Henry Maximillian Albert Friedrich; 8 December 1865 – 25 September 1943), most commonly known as Henry the Warrior or Henry the Navigator, was the Emperor of Albion and her Dominions from 18 April 1916 until his death in 1943.

Born during his reign of his grandmother, Victoria the Great, at the time still Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, as the second son and child of the Prince of Wales, Henry was from birth to the age of 19 the third in the line of succession, behind only his father and older brother, Arthur. Following his brother’s death in 1885 unwed and without legitimate heirs, Henry became the second in line to the throne, with his title during that period, Duke of Cambridge, becoming since then the traditional title for the Prince of Wales’ eldest child. Untalented and uninterested in politics, during his father and grandmother’s reigns Henry tended to veer away from it, and during his own preferred to leave that side of ruling to his son and heir, Leonard, serving as a diplomat and figurehead when outside of military affairs.

Educated by tutors, Henry entered the Navy in 1877 at the age of 12, and, outside of a five-year-leave to attend Trinity College, Cambridge, between 1883 and 1888, he would serve on it continuously for nearly 4 decades. Seeing service across the globe, Henry fought on both the Zanzibari Civil War, the Patagonian War (where he was believed to be dead for 101 days after his ship was blown up during the Battle of cape Horn) and the Second Franco-Hova War before he became Commander-in-Chief, Great Lakes Fleet, in 1908, commanding the fleet up until his ascension to the throne. Following his ascension, he also served unofficially as the First Sea Lord for another 3 years before finally stepping down.

Considered charming and good looking, Henry married in 1893 his second cousin once-removed, Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, an Anglo-German heiress-turned-magnate whose father had become incredibly wealthy in a stroke of luck and who would herself be considered one of the world’s richest women on all history. Smitten almost from day one (and made close by Henry’s near death from pneumonia in 1891), the two would remain devoted for each other for the remainder of their lives and stand together as a bulwark on some of the worst moments of their lives. Mary would outlive Henry by 22 years, only wearing black after his death.

Ascending to the throne in the middle of the First World War, Henry reign saw the conflict’s resolution after over a decade of war and over 50 million deaths; and would continue to be marked by war and tragedies for the following 3 decades. From the Swiss Flu, which killed around 8% of the world’s population at the time (around 150 million people) between 1920 and 1923; the fiery collapse of both the Ottoman and Bonapartist empires during the late 1920s; and the Russian, American and Chinese civil wars. Overseeing the great growth of the empire’s economy as well, which resulted on the catastrophic Black Monday and the start of the Great Depression, henry tried his best to try and steer the empire away from the chaos surrounding it, as well as fend of the rise in political extremism and fascism.

A heavy smoker, Henry suffered from health problems related to it, and died from a stroke while walking through the Trentham Estate, one of his favorite retreats after Sandringham. An exhausted man by the time of his death, Henry was succeeded by his eldest son, Leonard, who had been serving as his unofficial regent for some years and would officially take the reins of power amidst the lowest point of 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 the Empress consort of Albion and her Dominions from the ascension of her husband, Emperor Henry, in 1916, until his death in 1943.

Although styled a princess of Teck from the Kingdom of Württemberg, Mary was born and raised in Albion as a member of the extended British Royal Family. Her parents were Francis, Duke of Teck, a first-generation morganatic member of the House of Württemberg, and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, who was a male-line granddaughter of King George III. She was known as “Betty” among her relatives, after her birth month.

Born a minor royal who lived in apartments at Kensington Palace sustained by her mother’s allowance, Mary’s family became incredibly wealthy in the 1870s following a lucky investment made by the duke in the american Standard Oil Co. Inc., which almost overnight added millions to the Tecks’ fortune, from which Mary inherited £1 million (equivalent to around £28 million in today's money) following her father’s untimely death in 1882 on a train accident. Intelligent and with a talent for calculus and probability, Mary took the reins of the family in the aftermath of his death and made series of investments on food companies and the textile industry, establishing Evergreen Textile Inc. in 1887 and founding with her brothers the United Fruit Company in 1892. Following her brother’s marriage to Evelina Rotschild, the Teck siblings also bought shares in the Bank of England.

Created the Countess Evergreen (which was later elevated to a dukedom) on 22 July 1892, two days later Mary accepted a betrothal to her second cousin once-removed, Henry, the eldest surviving son of the Prince of Wales, with whom she had been in a courtship for some time. Before her husband’s ascension Mary was successively Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess of Wales.

As empress consort from 1916, Mary worked as a sponsor to the war effort and supported her husband through the First World War, the many sorrows of the 1920s and the changes arising from the aftermath of the war, and his ill health, being often characterized as a cornerstone during his entire reign. After Henry’s death in 1943, which sent Mary into a deep mourning that lasted until her death. As Empress Mother she was mostly involved on monetarily supporting the government, in special during the dark years of the Second World War.

Mary died in 1965 during the reign of her granddaughter, Jessamine, having spent the previous years focusing herself on philanthropy, investing on new businesses and entrepreneurs during the post-war boom, and creating a large collection of art, jewelry and antiques, as well as buying hundreds of properties across the empire, which have for the most part remained under the ownership of the Crown since then. At the time of her death, she was the oldest member of the Royal Family and the richest woman and second-richest person in the world.

Among much else, an ocean liner, a battlecruiser, a university, and a planet were named in her honor.

(I was for some reason obsessed 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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The World's Major Supranational Entities
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The Big Three
The Albish Imperial Commonwealth (often known as simply “The Commonwealth”), considered mostly an extension of the Albish Empire, being made on its bulk by the country’s members, protectorates, and vassals, the commonwealth, headed since its beginning during the reign of Emperor Leonard by London, is an economic and military alliance as much as it is a diplomatic one, with much of the economies and militaries of its members being integrated with each other. Although incredibly large and wealthy, the commonwealth is still not the entirety of its block.
The Caracas Pact (officially named the “Treaty of Prosperity, Friendship and Mutual Assistance”), established in 1970 nominally as a response to the Albish proposal for the reunification of France (but most of the time considered as being mostly Brazil’s sphere of direct influence, as it has been seen as a direct successor of the Brazilian American Alliance), the pact is very much similar to the Commonwealth on its nature as a military-economic-diplomatic block, as well as being marked by the fact that all of its members have a system of government based or at least influenced by the ideas of Lenin
The Pacific Union (the East Asia Coprosperity Sphere from 1941 to 1971, the East Asian Union from 1971 to 1989, and the Asian Union from 1989 to 2005), the somewhat distant third on this group, having been born of the military alliance of Japan, Manchuria and Korea against Kuomitang China in the 1940s that, following the Second World War, developed into a venue for the countries of East Asia to support each other both economically (creating an open marked between them) and in defending against the remnants of the Kuomitang (at the time still considered a threat) that over time expanded from East Asia to the South and the Pacific. Neutral on the Cold War even when it was hotter, the Union was frequently backed by the Commonwealth in the past but is also known for its pleasant relations with the Pact; and is known for being an economic powerhouse that controls some of the Asian continent’s main population centers. In resume, it is a more militarized version of the EU

Other Entities
The European Community, de facto born in 1961 when the Pan-European Coal and Steel Community was established at the Treaty of Warsaw (and officially established in 1979 when they took out the “Pan” and the “Coal and Steel” from the name), the EC is a free-movement region that extends not only through Central Europe but also through its members’ (most importantly Germany) overseas territories. It is also closely related to The Eurasian Union, another massive international group (although sometimes called “Russia’s sphere of influence”, as it was her who started it in the 1950s) with whom the EC has been in a state of de facto unity since 2005 when the two of them agreed on having open borders between them. Together the two make the largest contiguous international group in the world, and control over half of Eurasia
The Maghreb Union, established in the 1940s by Morocco as an economic block/sphere of influence, the MU has become known mostly for its establishment of the world’s first free-movement zone in the early 1950s, and for its ambientalist initiatives in the past decades, investing strongly on projects against desertification and on the production of green energy
The Nilotic Alliance and The Abyssinian Cooperative, two groups that exist in a similar manner to the EC and EU (and are considered as being the combined sphere of influence of Egypt and Ethiopia), they are, overall, based on the mighty Nile, as the groups were started over water disputes between the nations of the upper and lower river before de facto uniting in 2001. They have recently established a free-movement region, although it had been the state of things since they started uniting
The Hashemite Compact, the closest thing to a family alliance, as its member’s royal families are frequently intermarrying, the entity, which controls western Arabia and much of Mesopotamia, is mostly known for controlling large amounts of oil reservoirs, its current influence on the Iranian Civil War, and the fact that it is nominally headed by the Hashemite Caliph
The Fourth Comintern, headed by the USSA as her shambling sphere of influence, although the entity has a relatively large territory, over 90% of it is made of its head state, as outside of the US the only other members of the Comintern are the Haitian Democratic People’s Republic and the Socialist Republic of Bohol
The Tanganyikan Union, born from the various plantation states and protectorates of the French colonial era, that following the end of France’s rule over the region became a series of states and statelets that, following some decades of infighting, finally started becoming more acclimated to each other during the 1970s, when the union was born as a free market region
The Nordic Federation and The Portuguese Empire, the odd ones of the mix, they are two de jure states who constituent-states, outside of having free market areas and a united foreign diplomacy, function as de facto independent countries more akin to the members of something like the European Community than a single nation
The Comorian Tetrarchy, the world’s smallest international organization (something quite ironic seeing as its members are also a part of the United Small Nations), it is only on here due to the fact that it was established as a military alliance between its member states and now has become mostly a sporting organization with a knack for coming together shitting on the French

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In comparison to the OTL Cold War, the ITTL one is remarkably less violent and antagonistic between both sides (at least nowadays, now that proxy wars and military buildup have stopped being the norm for ‘friendly competition”) and has devolved since the 2000s into mostly a diplomatic rivalry instead of a ideological fight between two superpowers that mostly translates to sniping at each other periodically while competing on technological developments, pop culture and sports, it has also seen much cooperation between the two sides, in special in relation to space travel and colonization. Just because the cold war has become a in-name-only one over the years, it doesn’t mean that things are entirely well and dandy, as the Brazilian Succession remains a contested issue, the USSA remains an angry pariah state and the world has seen some of its most destructive wars since the 1950s and 60s.

The UN still exists, and is, ironically, called the League of Nations​
 
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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 already mentioned Kingdom of Oregon, currently under the rule of Queen Emma III
- The United Socialist States of America (USSA), the major socialist-communist country in the world since her establishment. It started as a legitimately democratic, if one-party, state but after the Second World War it developed into something that is by now roughly similar to how the USSR was in its late stages. The state is divided into three types of subdivisions: the seven “commonwealths” (red), which are on themselves divided into states; the capital district of America (red), which was established in the early years of the state; and the autonomous states (pale red), based around being the autonomous homelands of ethnic minorities
- The Federal Kingdom of Canada, one of the “big three” of the empire’s dominions, it is ruled by a mix between the local Canadian parliament, its First Minister, and the Royal Viceroy, a position currently held by the Prince of Wales
- The Kingdom of Quebec, an Albish imperial kingdom established in the early 1980s, she has been ruled ever since by Queen Anne II, younger sister to the empress, which is an executive monarch mostly in name only as, in a manner similar to the Carnatic, it is her Private Secretary and Cabinet who do much of the day-to-day government.
- The Tsardom of Alyeska/Alyaska, a constitutional parliamentary monarchy under the rule of Tsarina Ekatherina I, the country’s population is made of a weird mix between a considerable minority of american descendants and exiles, a Russian Old Believer majority and a respectable First Nation minority which make both its language and culture quite unique. Another trait of the country is the fact that she has a serious gender imbalance, as there are over two women for every man, a problem that has caused many to fear a demographic crisis on the generations to come
- The Californian Republic, a state founded following the Second American Civil War and the birth of the USSA when the remnants of the American government and the state of California held out west of the Colorado. Considering herself the legitimate American government (she had been in a more cordial relationship with the USSA in the 40s and 50s, surprisingly) in a manner not much different from the OTL China-Taiwan), the country is marked by a deep divide between the west, which is richer and holds nearly 90% of the population, and the east, which is markedly poorer, rural, thinly populated and with a large military presence
- The Third Mexican Empire, a developing nation under the House of Hapsburg-Iturbide (currently represented by Empress Maria Antonia), the country’s history is marked by lost progress, as following the First World War the country had entered an era of perceived prosperity (as she reannexed much of the lands she lost to the Americans in the Mexican-American War), which ended in the 1930s as a series of coups and countercoups by the military set the nation into being a member of the Allies during the Second World War, during which she was responsible for some of the greatest atrocities of the conflict. Mexico is currently considered a developing state, with three semi-autonomous kingdoms within her territory
- The Albish Empire proper. While the empire is also represented by Canada and Quebec, it directly holds control over Newfoundland, Labrador, Rhode Island and Long Island (Including Eastern New York and Manhattan), the latter which were annexed following the First World War and nowadays both house one of the America’s largest cities and are basically a police state, as they have remained a military territory ever since the 1980s
- And, finishing things up, there are the 3 American fringe-"republics", a triad of states born from the Second American Civil War mostly under Albish influence:
- Nantucket/Massachussets, a manticore born when the state government of Massachussets fled to the island of Nantucket in 1921 and called for Albish help, which it gained by the Royal Navy basically serving as a ship-wall against the USSA. Due to her origins and developments since then, the republic is a mix between military dictatorship, oligarchy, and monarchy, as the Commonwealth treats Nantucket as being de facto an extension of the Long Island military territory, the republic’s government is almost completely held by its oldest and most influential families (the current Governor has 15 of his predecessors in his family tree), and it recognizes the suzerainty of the Albish monarch over the entire state​
- Nevada, a den of vice and sin, the republic’s only source of wealth is her capital’s cassinos and hotels, and it is ruled by a mix of old-money families, new-money magnates, and crime syndicates of a variety of kinds and breeds (think of it as being Gotham on the middle of the desert)​
- Yellowstone, the best among the three of them, Yellowstone was, before her establishment as an independent state, already a tourism resort centered around hotels on the mountains overlooking her wondrous nature (which was the reason why she became a tourism spot to begin with, being the first case of environmental tourism instead of becoming a national park). Considered neutral territory between the Commonwealth and the USSA, the state (which is ruled by a directory of 8 appointed individuals) is a vacation spot for the elites of both states as much as it is a hub for backdoor deals and meetings​

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, lost lands on the fringes, her colonial empire and suffered harsh monetary penalties) in the early 20th century and after the Second World War (1950s) the post-war treaties made that although still being nominally in a single piece, France would be hindered and internally fragmented. Because of that, two new countries were established: the kingdoms of champagne and Provence (ruled respectively by the main branch of the House of Orléans and by the House of Bourbon-Grimaldi, whose origins are… complicated), while the remainder of France (which also lost some other lands on the fringes) was divided between the lands directly under the administration of Paris (which most consider as being the only part worth of being called the “Fifth French Republic”) and three “autonomous” (de facto independent) states: Aquitaine (under Brazilian influence), Britanny (under Albish influence) and Burgundy (under German influence)
 
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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, 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 with some other quirks added in)
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 in some areas):

- Balkanized China Is fun, with a *healthy* mix between republican and monarchist states as much as of internal and external strife.
- Yes, there is an independent Hassa region (ruled by a branch of the Al-Said dynasty of Oman), the Hashemites still retain Hejaz (there have been some other changes in relation to them that are probably more interesting than just that) and Asir remains independent (if highly federated between Upper and Lower Asir). The Saud Dynasty never managed to reestablish their rule over the Nejd a third time, and instead while a part of them live in Kuwait (and constantly intermarry with the Sabah Dynasty) the main branch of the family has become the ruler of the Sinai
- The salmon glob is the Confederacy of the Rajputana, which is an ITTL Commonwealth Realm (somewhat different from how they work OTL), India does remain as a part of the Commonwealth though, if under a family branch instead of remaining under the direct rule of the big one in London
 
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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 that a big part of my reasoning was based on the fact that I though the idea was cool, although my explanation for it in universe would be something on the lines of “Victoria and the government decided that it would be a good idea to have some of the more complicated Colonies have rulers that would be seen as a mix between being local rulers and representatives of the empress” (although the empress herself had a good popularity in India and in some parts of Oregon, the Albish government in general did not, so it seemed like a good idea to play up the connection), with the position of king being envisioned as something in between hereditary viceroys and Indian princes instead of fully-fledged monarchs.
Following the establishment of the four first kingdoms (Cyprus not being counted on here since she had her own circumstances behind the monarchy), it became something of a craze on the Albish Imperial Family during Victoria’s lifetime (with even one of her cousins gaining a kingdom for himself), and following Victoria’s death it became the norm for the children (or at least the sons) of an emperor or empress to gain imperial kingdoms, although later generations mostly gained smaller kingdoms instead of the larger ones gained by the first one.

The reason why some children of monarchs don’t receive any kingdoms comes to being from either of them not desiring it or from them being prohibited from gaining it due to some reason (like having bastards, being unmarried or marrying without permission, they normally just become royal dukes instead), although Arthur and Henry’s children can be explained by the former’s few sons and the latter’s sons’ having other things to get involved with.

(The Albish’s imperial kingdoms were used as inspiration by many other nations to deal with ethnic minorities or more far-away regions, with, for example, Germany making all her overseas territories not ruled by native monarchs be ruled by branches of the Hohenzollerns. They for some reason decided following Wettin-style succession laws in the Pacific, though, reason why the region is marked by decidedly smaller territories, although most of them stopped doing it have by now)
 
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World War I
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The First World War (often called World War I or WWI), also known as The Great War, was a global conflict that lasted from April 25th, 1910, to May 9th, 1921. Contemporaneously described as “the war to end all wars”, it led to the mobilization of nearly a hundred million military personal, making it one of the largest wars in human history. It was also one of the deadliest, with it being estimated that over 60 millions people (both military and civilian) died as a direct result of the conflict, while the related influenza pandemic of 1920-23 was responsible for another 150 to 400 million deaths worldwide.

Preceded by decades of rising tensions between the great powers, the conflict came into fruition after, in January 26th, 1910, Anthony I. McLorne, a Canadian republican americanist, assassinated the King Consort of Mexico, Prince Alexander, during his visit to Buffalo, New York, leading to the Easter Crisis. In response to the murder, Albion (in agreement with Mexico) issued the Asquith Ultimatum to the US on April 19th. 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, at its core, a staring match between two of the world’s major powers), the network of interwoven 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 the United Provinces; and the Imperial Alliance/Grand Coalition of Albion, Germany, Brazil and the Hapsburgs. France felt it necessary to back her ally, and approved partial mobilization after Mexico shelled Brownsville, a town at the River Grande border, on the 25th of April, while Albion invaded Maine in the 26th. Full French mobilization was announced on the 28th, and, in the following day, Germany and the Hapsburgs did the same, while Germany demanded that France demobilize within a day, declaring war on May 3rd when she failed to comply. The Hapsburgs[1] followed suit on the 10th. Russia ordered a full mobilization in support of France on May 4th, bringing with her Serbia[2]. While the United Provinces had mobilized on the 1st 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 northeast, invading the Rhinelands, 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 by North America, working with the Americans to face the Royal Navy and do an invasion of the isles in what was known as the Petain Plan. On May 2nd, France demanded free passage through Belgium, as a two-pronged attack was considered an essential element for achieving a quick victory over Germany. When this was refused, French forces invaded Belgium, only some 3 hours after Germany had declared war on France. Although only a formality, the Belgian government invoked the 1839 Treaty of London to the Albish. On May 15th, Albion and Brazil also declared war on Russia; on August 4th, Italy sided with France, feeling threatened by the Hapsburg presence in the peninsula, and th same day the Two Sicilies entered the war, siding with Albion. In December 1910, the Qing Imperial Dynasty of China entered the war on the side of the Entente, seizing all Albish and German territories near it, while Japan and Korean remained neutral[3] for most of the conflict. The war was also fought (and drew from) each power’s colonial empires, spreading the conflict across the globe.

The war, which was a long and often confusing conflict, was divided into various theatres and dozens of fronts during its decade-long run, and during that period aw a variety of styles of warfare, from the attrition of the Western and Mesopotamian fronts to the high mobility of northeastern America, and from the proxy wars of Africa to the mess that was the Western American. The War also saw a great deal of naval battling, with the Caribbean front mostly comprehending of naval or amphibious battles. In 1914 Ethiopia entered the war on the side of the Imperial Powers following the Amhara Rebellion[, and in 1915 Bulgaria entered the war in the hopes of grabbing something out of, expanding the war on the Balkans.

Though China dropped out of the war in 1915[4] and Serbia was defeated in 1917[5], it wasn’t until 1920 when any of the great powers of the war were knocked out of it. The 1919 November Coup in the United States deposed President Woodrow Wilson following the highly controversial 1919 election[6] and replaced him whit Charles W. Fairbanks, but continuing discontent with the cost of the war led to the February Revolution and the signing of the Treaty of Cleveland by the new government in May 1920[7], ending their involvement in the war. Almost at the same time the Russian Empire started to collapse at the seams after the failed February Uprising, and by the end of the year she had unofficially left the war on its entirety. While France managed to make a short comeback with the 100 Days Offensive, it failed to be decisive and exhausted the last of the French reserves, which together with the coming of new troops from North America and the 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 one to sign an armistice – the Armistice at Portoferraio on January 1st, 1921. On April 25th, the war’s 11th anniversary, the United Provinces agreed to the Armistice of Itatí. With her allies defeated, uprisings at home, and the military no longer to fight, Alexandre Millerand resigned on May 7th, and France signed an armistice on the 9th, effectively ending the war.

The First World War was a significant point in the political, cultural, economic and social climate of the world. The conflict and its immediate aftermath sparked numerous revolutions and uprisings. The Big Four (Albion, Brazil, Germany and the Hapsburgs) 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, the Treaty of El Escorial. Ultimately, as a result of the war, the United States, United Provinces and the old Russian Empire ceased to exist, while the subsequent unrest caused by it spelled doom for the Qing Dynasty in China, and numerous states were born from their remains. However, despite the conclusive Imperial Victoria (and the creation of the International League, intended to prevent future wars), a second world war followed just over 30 years later.

[1] As a result of the First Balkan War (happened in 1908, saw smaller effects), three of the countries in the region were ruled by members or relatives of the House of Hapsburg: King Stephen of Bosnia (who was through his mother a grandson of Franz Joseph I), King Aleksandër of Albania (born Archduke Eugen Alexander of Austria-Teschen, also Hereditary Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights), and Prince Françesku of Berat (born Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nominal Duke of Modena and Reggio), besides the Kingdom of Venetia, which, together with Montenegro (whose king, Nikola II, was a grandson of Franz Joseph I by second daughter Archduchess Gisela), formed the era’s “Hapsburg Family Compact”
[2] Ever since the November Coup of 1903 assassinated King Alexander I Obrenović, Austria and Serbia held utter contempt for each other, as following the assassination (when the king’s wife and children were visiting her parents in Vienna) the Serbian government passed a law disinheriting them and inviting Peter I Karadjordjevic to take the throne. It is still a mystery how that didn’t cause a war
[3] Although Japan was a major power in the Far East, having colonies in the Pacific (bought from Spain in the 1870s) and even managing to get a stalemate out of Russia in their war in 1905 (which saw Korea become a satellite state of the Japanese, even if not a protectorate or de facto colony, and Jeju island being annexed), the conflict also brought an epidemic of the pneumonic plague from Manchuria to the Home Islands, who, by the time of the FWW, had barely managed to recover after staying under a self-imposed quarantine for most of the past five years. The empire only entered the war in 1919 when Russia’s control of her Far East was already starting to slip and had as her only achievements in the war the annexation of Port Arthur and the Russian Far Eastern Islands (Karafuto, Aleutians and the Kurils)
[4] The Prince Regent Chu (unlike OTL a maternal uncle to Emperor Xuantong, ITTL a grandson of a longer-lived Emperor Tongzhi) signed the Treaty of Hong Kong with the Imperial Powers on June 16th, 1915, after seeing the painting at the wall in the matters of the dynasty’s ability to continue fighting as the Albish already controlled much of the Grand Canal and the Yangtze and were almost at shelling distance from Peking. Due to the state of affairs at the time (and China’s admittedly lukewarm actions during the entire conflict), the punishments of the treaty were extremely mild in comparison to most others, and can be boiled down to “the leased ports are now permanent, and you’ll pay a fine”
[5] With Peter I fleeing to Ottoman Rumelia in secret with his last forces while King Alexander II of the House of Obrenović was placed back on the throne at the age of 19, having until then served mostly as a resource’s coordinator in light of his hemophilia
[6] Already considered unconstitutional due to the fact that it was caused by a delay of the Senate elections, Wilson and the Democrats were accused of widespread voter fraud and of trying to become dictators; the last nail in the coffin was the fact that, in November of 1919, Wilson decided to circumvent the House and the Supreme Court in what was basically a coup, with the most commonly known Coup of November starting as a sort of counter to the president’s self-coup
[7] Interestingly, the head of the Albish delegation at the Treaty was actually born an American and held double citizenship, as his parents were Welsh immigrants (his father being a preacher), who moved to Glens Falls, New York, but, when Hughes was 3, decided to move to Canada and resettled in Winnipeg (in OTL he, instead, lived in the US and ran as the Republican candidate against Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 elections)

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