Yeah, the Roma often seem ignored in most TL's so I thought a Roma subculture in the West Indies would be an interesting twits.Whoa, mass importation of Romani people is going to have a huge impact on the West Indies, and probably the broader Caribbean as a whole, especially with the ban on emigration. I imagine the transatlantic passage is still going to be harrowing, especially on women and children, but that's still going to lead a a number of islands being plurality- or even majority-Romani by the mid-19th century. I don't think this move is going to fix the problem like the French think it will, either, as they're still brutalizing enslaved populations in awful conditions whatever their skin color, and there's not much stopping Romani slaves from running off and joining the insurgents and maroon bands. If anything, the French have just metastasized the West Indian tumor and indefinitely prolonged it, as they've done nothing to address the fundamental problem and have just added a huge new body of people who they hate (and who hate them in turn) who have the capacity to maintain their own population without needing a continuous influx of new enslaved people.
They would not be slaves in the West Indies akin to the Africans but a special class between slave and free.Rom slave is not legal they have a soul like all white people
I think the Kingdom of North America is probably too late to the party to form much of an Empire. By the time America has sufficient population, wealthy and a navy, most of the world would have been conquered by France, Russia, China, Spain, the Maratha's etc. I would think they are still at least a century away from any form of overseas colony be it Hawaii or someplace in Africa.Will the Americans eventually start trying to claim the legacy of the British Empire? Such as getting the BEIC accept their King and much later on getting a colonial empire of their own?
I do find it interesting how the fact North America is a monarchy seems to be helping them cooperate with the Spanish Empire though who knows how long that will last?
Also, how much longer will tensions last between the British exiles and Americans? I'd imagine time would eventually force some of them to work with "colonials", and if not them their Children will have grown up as "colonials".
You may wish to retcon to remove Ireland or to revise to include the Travellers (then known as Tinkers) instead. Interesting fact -Ireland has only acquired a Gypsy community since the fall of the Iron Curtain (from Romania and Slovakia) as the Irish Travelling community (who reputedly descend from the earliest inhabitants of the island prior to the coming of the Celts) historically occupied that economic niche as itinerant labour and craftspeople.the French were happy to accept Roma from Piedmont, the Dutch Republic (whom REALLY hated Gypsies), Portugal, England, Scotland, Ireland
It's really interesting to see how drastically different this world is shaping up to be. First Roma in the Caribbean, and now Pacific Islanders in Australia...
The interesting thing about Pacific Islanders is that the Oceanic languages of the Pacific are relatively homogenous- so all the new workers, from their various origins, should understand each other to an extent, and I'd expect that sooner or later the various mutually-intelligible Oceanic languages in Bourbonia would merge into one koiné language... which might even being the most-spoken language there rather than French... fascinating.
Interesting point. I just read a bit on Wikipedia about the Irish Travellers. I assumed the Irish tinkers that went back centuries were Gypsy in origin but genetically they appeared not to be. They were basically travelling poor people with no definite origin. Maybe they were just Irishmen whom lost their land over the centuries and became nomadic, no different genetically than the rest of the population.You may wish to retcon to remove Ireland or to revise to include the Travellers (then known as Tinkers) instead. Interesting fact -Ireland has only acquired a Gypsy community since the fall of the Iron Curtain (from Romania and Slovakia) as the Irish Travelling community (who reputedly descend from the earliest inhabitants of the island prior to the coming of the Celts) historically occupied that economic niche as itinerant labour and craftspeople.