Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Glen, Feb 22, 2010.
I was hoping the dsa would decisevly beat the USA in the race, but still good as ever
Well, a decisive victory would be nice, but given the resources available and the politics and economics of the matter, might have been a might questionable.
Now here's the real question - who do YOU ALL think won the race?
The link to the poll that lets you chime in on who won:
Who Won The Great Transcontinental Railroad Race?
So basically no one really "won" the race.
Depends who you ask.
Still need to work on this.
King George the Fifth died quite suddenly at the age of 52 in the year 1858. His eldest daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1837, would thus ascend to the throne of the United Kingdom at the tender age of 21. This formalized the separation of the personal union between Hanover (now part of Germany) and Great Britain. While her father had come to side with the Liberals during the Reform Revolution as a matter of practicality, Elizabeth naturally leaned toward them. Thus when she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II, a new age was born, the Second Elizabethan Age. Elizabeth's reign would prove one of innovation but also controversy.
So in this TL I expect we will see the world covered in places or institutions named after Elizabeth (as IOTL we see Victoria)?
Might there be a colony in Australia called Elizabethia or Elizabethland?
<Shudder> Or Queensland...
An interesting OTL map 'liberated' from the LTTW discussion thread.
This remains a unique and interesting timline. I generally prefer the sort of timeline (as this is) in which big changes result gradually from a relatively obscure point of departure.
Thanks, Wendell, your compliments and support, as always, are appreciated!
Its great to see this TL back in action, and covering topics as varied as the trans-continental railroad in great detail, an inyteresting departure from the usual themes explored in timelines on AH.com
Thank you - we do try to build the picture of an alternate culture, not just alternate outcomes of wars and elections.
It was in the Presidential Election of 1844 that the United States of America gained her first Franco-American President, Pierre Nicolas de Condorcet. Pierre Nicolas de Condorcet was born in Quebec to his parents, recent emigres Sophie and Nicolas de Condorcet. His father, of course, was known as a famed philosopher, mathematician, and politician, and this did not hurt Pierre's early political career - indeed, partly to capitalize on the fame of his father, the former Marquis de Condorcet, that he chose to use de Condorcet as his surname rather than the older family name of Caritat. He ran on the Democratic ticket against the incumbent President Porter. There is some dispute as to whether or not President Condorcet was the first Catholic President of the United States. He did attend Catholic Church with his wife who came from a long established French Quebec Catholic family, but it is not known whether he was ever confirmed in the church. Also throwing the question into doubt were his strong associations with prominent Deists in Quebec and elsewhere. His father, of course, was a firm atheist.
President Pierre Nicolas de Condorcet
Note that pic has been added.
Cool an Early Catholic President.
I assume the Catholic Church will have a much greater role in the united states because they lose the non catholic south (Lousiana is an exception), and they gain the Catholic Quebec
I don't recall who all has been president here in this timeline, but is Condorcet the first to have spoken a language other than English at home during his upbringing? In our timeline, that distinction belonged to Martin Van Buren.
Oooh, a nice original bit. I always wondered how a USA would deal with an early Francophone President (even if he pulls a Van Buren and makes English his primary language).
I presume there's still no real conflict between Francophones and Anglophones by this point in the timeline, which would be nice to hear.
Good work once more!
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