XIII and XIV: The Republic of Hainan and Grandrue Spectacle
Hi, I'm going to post the two next week's articles. Next post should be 1st of April (I thought of asking a friend but I don't want to bother people ...)
It used to be French China, now that it doesn't claim the rest of China, foreign powers are ok with its existence, or don't care enough about it to have an opinion.So Hainan is basically the unofficial "French China" in this world? Nice catch compared to Hong Kong or Macau. I know that Hainan is officially a fully independent nation, but that's not how many will see it.
The Grandrue movement is a nice look into the greater culture of France in this universe, but I would expect a little more overt influence from Vietnam or Africa. Maybe that will happen if we wait a few more decades for the Chancellerie to intermingle more fully.
The Stock Exchange basically died because of nationalisations and businessmen emptying their bank accounts and fleeing to Cuba, Mexico or Canada. The economy isn't doing super well but isn't dying either, the big business machine is broken, but smaller companies are doing way better. But since big business is dead and the government has promised they would improve native standards of living, the Natives are taking their chance while they can.The Stock Exchange went bankrupt? If things are this bad to the US, then it makes sense why the native Americans are getting more aggressive now - they can smell blood in the water.
The Carnation Revolution happens in Portugal decades earlier in this universe? That will have some side effects.
France made their own Catholic Church? Lol, I'm sure the Holy See is absolutely delighted about that.
Finally, I'm glad the apparent queen of Australia is seeing more of their apparent domain.
Thank you for the language correction, I'll do change that right after I post this reply I always struggle with umlauts in pluralsIt's fascinating to see a Germany which is both more progressive but also somewhat more regressive at the same time... Implementing women's right to vote two years later than OTL and replacing the Hohenzollerns with Prince Rupprecht (who narrowly avoided persecution as a war criminal after WW1 IOTL and was pretty antisemitic even during the interwar years) aren't really moments of pride for Germany, but the treatment of Germany's colonies has thankfully improved significantly, though given historical precedent that isn't super difficult and you've of course alluded to the uncertain future of Germany's colonies in the article itself. I also love the detail of the increased presence of West/Central African and Central European cuisines in at the very least Berlin, that really fits well with both the theme of the timeline and the feel Berlin has nowadays.
I do have ~two questions and one minor correction though:
First the correction, which is that it's Sanierungsjahre, not -jähren. "-jähren" is IIRC only used in the context of "verjähren", e.g. when a case's statute of limitations runs out.
And now my two questions:
1) Germany on the national level had a two chambered parliament since its founding (the Reichsrat and the Bundesrat, with the former of course being comprised of proportionally-elected delegates from the various states and the latter being formed from representatives chosen by the state governments (e.g. the monarchs) of the member states. Now the article talks about the Prussian parliamentary system with its infamous Dreiklassenwahlrecht (or three-class franchise), which, as the name implies, only applied to Prussia's Landtag and not the Reichstag, though your wording makes it seem that it applied nationally... Is that so? Or was that system abolished in Prussia in 1929 (and thus 11 years after OTL)? Also, for the record, does Prussia still exist as an entity and, if it does, who "rules" it?
2) How does the Confederation of Thuringia work? If it is still monarchical in nature, which one of the many princes and dukes of that area rules it? Were all the states that were merged into Thuringia included or not (and is Coburg, which shortly after WW1 IOTL joined Bavaria, part of it)?
The historic German electoral systems were weird, so it's not terrible that you thought that and German plurals are weird even for many native speakers FYI, e.g. I recently struggled for a minute to find the proper plural of the word Mundschutz (face mask).Thank you for the language correction, I'll do change that right after I post this reply I always struggle with umlauts in plurals
1) Ow, I thought the "Prussian system" had been forced upon the actual Reichsrat as well. I should've researched this bit more. It'll be corrected too. Thank you for pointing this out ^^ And then, yes, Prussia only stopped the differenciated vote based on class in 1929. The reason for that is similar to the reason why some aspects of Germany feel so backwards compared to the Weimar Republic : the governmental change has been way more progressive. The Years of Renovation have lasted more than a decade, and every aspects have been fought for step by step by reformists. Also the fact that Rupprecht died painfully ITTL was kind of a karmic balancing for his undeserved glory. The Kingdom of Prussia still exists as an entity, but it has lost Brandenburg to the Imperial Government (it basically acts as a royal domain), Rheinland to Prince Eitel Friedrich and Pomerania to Prince Adalbert. The fact that Prussia has lost these territories also partially explain the reason why the Prussian System was only abolished in 1929.
2) Thuringia has a Princely Council, with the monarchs of every state, and the "presidency" of the Confederation changes every year in a pre-established cycle. Legislative elections happen every four year, and the first vote of every new assembly is to choose a new representative to the Bundesrat. It would work perfectly if the Princely Council had the good taste of being purely ceremonial, but it is sadly not, and the executive power being in the hands of mostly unnacountable dukes and princes is not good for stability. The Confederation includes all the small states of the region (including Coburg and Sonderhausen), as well as small enclaves of the Prussian districts of Erfurt and Kassel. The internal borders of the Confederation are mostly ceremonial today.
Ow, I really didn't do my homework well enough about the German Empire... now that I have this under the eyes : Hannover, Nassau and Hesse-Cassel were given back to their pre-unification families; Westphalia and Rhine Province are parts of the Kingdom of Rheinland; Brandenburg, the Province of Saxony, Silesia and the Schleswig-Holstein are the "Royal Domain"; Hesse-Darmstadt was given the leftovers of Hesse; Pomerania used the borders of this map; Prussia got Prussia-per-se and Hohenzollern.Though just for a rough visualization of Prussia's situation... (I didn't want to use a very cluttered map, so excuse the pre-war map I've picked)
Are the only parts of Prussia still under the control of the Kingdom of Prussia Westphalia (14), Hesse-Nassau (4), Hanover (3), Schleswig-Holstein (6 & 11), Prussian Saxony (10), Silesia (12), and the remnant of Prussia (2 & 13)? Because that bisection of the kingdom by removing Brandenburg from it is honestly a bit jarring.
Okay, that makes a lot of sense, and lowkey reminds me of an OTL interwar proposal of turning Prussia (and smaller North German states) into a "Reichsland", directly under the control of the national/federal government, similar to how England works within the UK after the devolution of Scotland and Wales.Ow, I really didn't do my homework well enough about the German Empire... now that I have this under the eyes : Hannover, Nassau and Hesse-Cassel were given back to their pre-unification families; Westphalia and Rhine Province are parts of the Kingdom of Rheinland; Brandenburg, the Province of Saxony, Silesia and the Schleswig-Holstein are the "Royal Domain"; Hesse-Darmstadt was given the leftovers of Hesse; Pomerania used the borders of this map; Prussia got Prussia-per-se and Hohenzollern.
People in the Sahara ? They are under a semi-protectorate: there's a Chancellerie Comissaire in Timbuktu, that represents the French government, but whose authority in daily affairs doesn't go far out of the city's walls. An agreement has been negociated that only the people of the Sahara would be authorized to exploit the desert, but that in exchange they would let train tracks cross their desert, and they would help defend the rest of the Chancellerie if needed. There are a bunch of other towns that have an official existence, such as Tamanrasset, but they are similar the the old cities in the Far West, there's little to see apart from train tracks, an official building of sorts and a bunch of houses.How do people in the desert areas of north africa fare?