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  1. Wolfram Fair to middlin'

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    I sort of imagined that a good number of the people who voted for Accra but against Tierra del Fuego either considered the latter too small to be a full dominion or, alternately, wanted to admit them as separate dominions.
     
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  2. Threadmarks: Alaskan Uprising

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    So a bit of a redux one here, looking a bit more in depth at a very important event in Alaskan and British history, the Alaskan Uprising:

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    The Alaskan Uprising, also known as the Communist Revolution in Alaska, was an armed revolutionary uprising and civil conflict that occured between July 1917 and February 1918, primarily in the Russian-speaking regions of the Pacific Northwest, prirmarily the Canadian province of Alaska and, to a lesser extent, the Oregonian region of Lower Alaska. Although the uprising against the Alaskan, Canadian and British governments primarily consisted of Alaskan communists, and was led by communist leaders, various socialist, republican, anarchist and revolutionary groups also took up arms against the British authorities.

    Beginning at a time when the British Armed Forces and the Royal Guard were distracted by fighting along the Mexican Front, part of the American Theatre of the First World War, revolutionary forces were able to quickly seize control of major Alaskan urban areas including Vasiliya, Kenai, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Pavlovskaya. The capture of the British military base outside Vasiliya provided the revolutionaries with much needed weaponry and ammunition. Fierce fighting on the streets of the capital Novo Arkhangelsk between rebels and the local police bought time for the State Minister and members of the National Duma to escape, although a bomb blast killed the Prince of Alaska and many members of the provincial cabinet. A government-in-exile was established in Prince Rupert, Oregon, whilst the revolutionaries organised themselves as the Alaskan Soviet in October 1917, led by Russian Bolshevik exile Nikolai Bukharin, and modelled after the revolutionary government in Russia which had overthrown the Russian Republic.

    The collapse of the Mexican Republic to its own Revoloution relieved the pressure on British forces in North America, allowing units to be redeployed to put down the uprising. From November 1917 to January 1918, the Royal Navy shelled many coastal cities to clear the revolutionaries out whilst the British Army engaged in urban combat on the streets of many Alaskan cities as they moved northwards from Ketchikan. Alaskan Cossacks played a key role in the liberation of the interior city of Chena, where they routed revolutionary forces and executed Alexander Krasnoshchyokov. For the actions of the Cossacks, King-Emperor George V created the Royal Cossack Battalion as a permanent fixture of the British Army, which persists to this day. After nearly six months of fierce fighting, the uprising ended on 3 February 1918 with the surrender of the surviving revolutionary leadership in Vasiliya after the assassinsation of its two surviving leaders, Igor Petrov and Krzystof Racz, two days previous by members of the Corps of Royal Rangers who had infiltrated the city. Bukharin and some communists had already fled across the Bering Strait to Russia.

    The Uprising had far reaching consequences, not only in Alaska but across British America and the entire Empire. All communist organisations were banned throughout Britain, and communists sympathisers were arrested, a law not repealed until 2000. Alaska's responsible government was revoked until 1919, and the province remained under martial law with a heavy military presence and limited self-government until 1949. The actions of Canadian First Minister William H. Hearst in declaring a state of emergency, as well as his controversial policies in response to the uprising and the questionable legality of postpoing the 1917 federal election, led to the split of the Conservative Party of Canada and the fracturing of Canadian politices. The Uprising and its effects have been a major theme in Alaskan society, culture and art, with the conflict having been protrayed in numerous works of fiction, including the TV series Vasiliya and the Academy Award-winning film Red Snow.

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  3. LeinadB93 Just Leinad

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    Yep - a majority of the electorate in a majority of the dominions.

    Indeed, the Southrons are bonkers...

    I'd like to think that Carolina isn't being rascist. Accra and Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands are predominantly and majority white respectively. I think that Carolina and Missouri voting No was more a response to the memory of how much effort and money it cost to get Sierra Leone to its current level of development (and even now it lags behind the rest of the Empire considerably), whereas they believe that tax-payers money should be better spent making things better for British people - improving infrastucture, like the promised high-speed rail link between the east coast and the Mississippi Basin, or the health service.

    Sure some are voting on a racial basis, but a lot of people are thinking that the government should do more for homegrown issues than be admitting new territories.

    I suppose that would make sense. TBH given the prevalence of social media, there could easily be a disinformation campaign that the Falkland Islands don't want to be part of Tierra del Fuego, or that admitting them would allow Latin American migrants easier access to the British labour market...
     
  4. Ugly Idiot Beautiful Genius

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    How did Bukharin end up in Alaska?
     
  5. TPL99 Well-Known Member

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    Didn't someone called for a Carolxit? (or a Southern revolt).
     
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  6. FleetMac Patriotic Scalawag

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    Good to know, especially since I don't agree with the "Carolina = racists" thing at all (among other reasons, it's a tired-ass trope). I had forgotten that Accra had a lot of white people along with Americo-Accran, Akan, and mixed-race folks, I guess a reflection of a more globally-spread British diaspora.
     
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  7. Lewie Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious, what's been the reaction from Patagonia to the accession. I imagine there exist quite a few people that view the land as rightfully theirs.
     
  8. LeinadB93 Just Leinad

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    Exiled from Russia as OTL but ends up going to Russophone Alaska. He's a key player in the Alaskan Uprising before fleeing back to Soviet Russia. Ends up falling from grace and executed as OTL

    Not recently, although the Southern Tories, who governed Carolina the 1950s to 1975 were quite nationalist. The Republican Rebellion (1848-1851) saw a mass uprising amongst the Southern colonies, and I'll go into it in more detail at a later date...

    Exactly :)

    Oh some on the right definitely see Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands as rightful Patagonian territory. However the response has been generally muted, except for the Unionists who REALLY want Patagonia to join the U.K.E. as well. The country is in the process of joining the Common Travel Area anyway, so this maybe just pushes that issue up the agenda.
     
  9. LeinadB93 Just Leinad

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    Whilst I'm working on the write-ups for the last three Canadian provinces, plus Canada itself and the most recent (2019) federal election, I've been playing with some flag redesigns. Thoughts?

    State of Zambia
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    United Provinces of the Cape
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  10. FleetMac Patriotic Scalawag

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    I like the new Capeland (Capish? Caper? Capelander?) flag, the old one could reserve the coat of arms for the monarchy itself given it's still a kingdom.
     
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    I believe this Capeland flag it's more shiny than the original one. And Zambia it's a well-played national symbol too.
     
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  12. Tyche Hand of Providence

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    Both look fantastic, and the cape flag is especially better than the OG
     
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  13. MasterSanders Every Man a King

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    Appreciate the sentiment

    - a Southron.
     
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  14. Witch0Winter Witch ❄️f Winter (formerly ToixStory)

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    Interesting that Missouri voted against both. As a resident of the Commonwealth of Missouri, I would put forth the guess that Missouri is a place with people reluctant to extend more funds to new members of the Union rather than using those funds on current members. Would I be near the mark?
     
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  15. Turquoise Blue Blossoming Tibby!

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    Wales probably voted narrowly against both because of scepticism on new dominions and a concern that there should be more money spent on dealing with already existing dominions' problems instead of aligning new ones. Basically "Why should we bring them in? We need the money ourselves..."
     
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  16. Wayside If It Were Up To Me

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    Yes:extremelyhappy:
     
  18. LeinadB93 Just Leinad

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    I think these are both quite accurate in terms of the reasons for voting against accessions. More of a financial choice (existing vs. new) rather than a racial one.

    Haha :p

    Brilliant :D consider them both canon. I might re-purpose the old Capeland flag as the royal standard... but I think I can do better. Demonym for someone from Capeland is "Capelander" or "Capish".

    I've got two more ideas for a couple of British territories ITTL that don't exist IOTL. Thoughts?

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  19. celt9 Well-Known Member

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    Polling for next Imperial Election (my guess)
    Party of Imperial Social Democrats and Progressives (19%)
    Imperial Conservatives, Democrats and Unionists (18%)
    Alliance of Imperial Liberals and Reformists (18%)
    Imperial Greens (18%)
    People's Alliance for Democracy (9%)
    Imperial Socialist Labour Party (6%)
    Alliance of Regions (4%)
    British Heritage (3%)
    Imperial Progressive Conservative Association (2%)
    Libertarian Party of Great Britannia (2%)
    British Republican Movement (1%)
     
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  20. celt9 Well-Known Member

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    Seat Projections for Next Imperial Election (my guess)
    Party of Imperial Social Democrats and Progressives- 203 (-23)
    Imperial Conservatives, Democrats and Unionists- 184 (-27)
    Alliance of Imperial Liberals and Reformists- 169 (-36)
    Imperial Greens- 98 (+48)
    People's Alliance for Democracy- 61 (+48)
    Imperial Socialist Labour Party- 50 (+35)
    Alliance of Regions- 32 (-6)
    British Heritage- 30 (-12)
    Imperial Progressive Conservative Association- 28 (-7)
    Libertarian Party of Great Britannia- 12 (-19)
    British Republican Movement- 1 (-1)
     
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