i'm bumping this because it's the best thing i've ever read.
radical_neutural said:i'd like to hear about the social side. what is the attitude towards sexuality? are traditional gender roles still in place?
Scarecrow said:just a question about Australia ITTL...does the settlement patern follow OTL, or is there a more western focused? after all, it is kinda easier to get to the western coast rather then the east, several VOC ships (notibly the Batavia) were shipwreaked of the coast north of Perth...
I am guesing that there will still be a Greenwich Meridian in TTL?Flocculencio said:A quick map I put together to show how much larger Greater London is in TTL.
East London, as the capital of the Empire as a whole is an Imperial city and administered seperately from the UK in a similar way to Washington D.C. in OTL's US.
Unlike OTL's London, much of the city outside the central area is high-rise although like our London it's suburbs stretch far into the surrounding counties. With a population of 18 million it is the largest city on the planet.
Any major city on the island of Great Britain is within 2 hours journey of London due to the extensive maglev rail links. Five airports service the city, linking it to the other parts of the Empire.
Floid said:Hmm, Flocculencio, that map of London just looks... weird, it just looks too rectangular. Also, I don't think you'd have an official Imperial section of London, most likely there would be Imperial buildings and the Imperial Parliament, but it would be ruled by the London authorities just like Westminster is in OTL or Moscow was in the Soviet Union. It'ld be Imperial London colloquially.
by following the 'Roaring Forties' east from the cape its easy to get to the west coast. my naval history isnt that great so i dont know the exact route taken to get to Sydney, Melbourne et al.Flocculencio said:Don't you mean it's easier to get to the Eastern coast than the West? Perth is in the West.
Australia (or vanDiemensland) was mainly settled by hardcore Calvinist and Lutheran Dutch and Germans (a lot like the settlement pattern of OTL's S. Africa) who mainly produced temperate crops for the Anglo-Dutch colonies in Asia. There was a large population of black slaves along with enslaved Aboriginals. When slavery was abolished in the early 19th Century, Indian and Chinese indentured servants were brought in. The white vanDiemenslanders still maintained a small majority but adopted a rather brutal racist system which was their main basis for rebelling and seceding from the Empire.
Scarecrow said:by following the 'Roaring Forties' east from the cape its easy to get to the west coast. my naval history isnt that great so i dont know the exact route taken to get to Sydney, Melbourne et al.
and i know Perth is on the west coast
i mean, you could have two patterns of colonisation, one on the west, one on the east. also as a note, perhaps northern Queensland could be called New Guniea? its labled that way on some early dutch maps...Flocculencio said:Oh ok- I was under the impression that they approached Sydney et al from the East, coming through the Indies and then South. I might well be mistaken though.
I'm sorry- that was bad of me