Carnavon really is quite inept. The country is on the verge of open rebellion. Malcolm X was right - people should vote but if they can't vote then the bullet may be the next step.
Granted one of the difficulties with this project is my goal to elevate could-have-been figures to prominence, and there’s understandably little detail on historically obscure figures. Everything Ive turned up on Lord Carnarvon’s experience in the Reform Act debate and Colonial Office OTL suggested he was an aristocratic brat who failed upwards. That’s sort of been my overarching template for extrapolating his Premiership.Carnavon really is quite inept. The country is on the verge of open rebellion. Malcolm X was right - people should vote but if they can't vote then the bullet may be the next step.
Some ideas of potential local caudillos for the late 70s early 1880s would actually be pretty useful, if you know of anyImagine if he ends up getting back into his old antics as the caudillo of the North. But nah, he's probably a bit too aged for those sorts of shenanigans now.
This is a really difficult position they’re in, isn’t it? You either support Russia and dismember the Ottomans on the off-chance France doesn’t deepen her influence in Egypt/North Africa as a result... or you hope your main rival in Asia loses and that you stay on Nappy 4’s good side.Is Britain going to just let France control the main route to India/Australia? If not, this war could get a lot bigger and uglier.
Some interesting thoughts!Yeah... France is expanding her navy and has just seized control of the canal. Neither of these things is long-term viable for British interests at this point. Russia might be a threat to British interests in India, if they're not kept distracted by adventures into the Balkans. France is a threat right now.
I'm betting that Carnarvon and Co. can make a deal with Alexander to settle spheres of influence in the east in exchange for a free hand in the Balkans and a Russian military presence on the Black Sea. Granted, Britain also doesn't want Russia to control the Dardanelles, but that's something of a separate issue.
Their allies are Russia and Italy under reinsurance treaties - unless they want to let Austria attack them first and hope Moscow keeps her promises, which is suicidal for Vienna now, Drang Nach Osten is foreclosed to Berlin in the immediate futurewhat thing? the worst thing the germans would do would waste political capital for scandinavia when the true prize is eastern europe