For a few months now I've been finally developing an idea that's been ruminating for years. It started from a simple observation; the United States and the American Revolution are, to be controvertial, really rather British in character. Despite the modern understanding of Britain as a heartland of Monarchy, Britain was an early breeding ground for democratic and republican philosophy. Somehow, we just never got around to putting it into practice.
But what would a British republic look like? Not a modern, Blairite republic like in President Ashdowne is Retiring or an expy for mainland European republics. What would a democratic, republican Commonwealth look like? Maybe it would look like this.
What's the PoD?
Inthe later years of the 17th century, England was wracked with tension over the succession crisis, Parliament was spooked by the Prince of Wales' open Catholicism and saw the future King James II as a potential papist tyrant straight out of their most feverish nightmares. The Rye House Plot of OTL was a relatively disastrous attempt to assassinate him that boosted James' popularity and saw many of Britain's leading Whig and anti-Stuart politicians arrested, killed or driven into exile. Here, the plot never went ahead; James remained unpopular and the Whigs remained free. When James does come to the throne, his illegitimate brother the Duke of Monmouth raises an army to remove him as he did in OTL. This time however; Monmouth is fighting against a hated and feared King and is backed by a vibrant and popular anti-Stuart alliance. Their combined forces rise in the Great Albionic Revolution and the rest, to be very cliched, is history.
Why a graphics TL?
Many of the most well developed worlds on this site run in this format; I'm obviously taking inspiration (see: stealing ideas) from Our Fair Country and Hail Britannia amongst others. However I think there's room to diverge. Most graphics TLs hug tightly to OTL - real life political figures play a key role, butterfly nets are applied and we tend to see some very familiar things. German Empires, Soviet Unions, Republics of China and the like. Fear Nothing But God is going to try and break that mold and give every region, every country a distinct and divergent history from OTL.
Is it going to focus on Britain exclusively?
No! A key idea I've been working on is that the whole world deserves attention, not just the Anglophone North-Western quadrant. Whilst the PoD as well as my personal historical knowledge mean that we'll start in Britain, slowly we'll work our way out until everything from Mejico to Huaxia is fleshed out.
--If you do have any questions, any suggested revisions, any comments or thoughts, please do let me know! I'd love to get a discussion going and once I've laid some of the ground works, exploring topics that most interest readers is going to be a key way I plan out my work.
So enjoy what I've got! I'll be updating at least weekly and I hope you like what you see!