Miscellaneous <1900 (Alternate) History Thread

It's just hard to see the CSA doing well when they don't have their two most populous states (Virginia and Tennessee) which also serve as a shield for the rest of the country (Arkansas would also count, since losing Arkansas means New Orleans is even closer to the frontlines). Considering the amount of resources those two states have (including coal, copper, etc.), industrial potential (all the swift Appalachian rivers were used for cotton mills and other industry) and the fact Virginia had the most industry and development of any CSA state in 1861, taking away those two states is pretty much kneecapping the independent South right from the start. It also further chains the CSA to the plantation owners since it kneecaps two of the best states for investment in industry and creating a counterweight to the planters.

On the other hand, it could be so backwards that only the most hardcore American nationalists want to reintegrate the CSA so it could be left alone and peaceful Yankee investment allowed to and encouraged to occur.
The Civil War ITTL is a pretty much defense only when it comes to the Confederates. Southern and eastern Virginia go Confederate (aka the State of South Virginia) but are conquered and defeated in 1862.

Tennessee is taken in 1863 and Arkansas in 1864 though both states are full of skirmishes and Guerilla fighters, tying down tens of thousands of Union troops.

This rump Confederacy that survives the Civil War is pretty much crippled from the get go with it barely making it to the 1880s when things start to
Improve a smidge. Their debt is manageable (barely), their dollar has some backing and weight to it though the American dollar is 2-3x as strong.

By the early 1900s things are on the rise. Industrialization has been slow and steady while the Confederate Army is a small sized and highly trained as it is involved in many small wars in Central America and the Caribbean. The C.S. Armed Forces is volunteer only while the State Militias (Confederate National Guard) are conscription based for six months to provide some form of training in case they have to be drafted into the Army or Navy.

When the Great War breaks out the Confederates make some progression in parts while the Americans make progression in others as well. The U.S. has a Canada First policy as they felt it would be easier to knock out, estimated to be less than a year. Well it takes over 3 so by the time the U.S. Switches fully to the Confederacy it is a brutal slog but that sees Confederate forces pushed back, American territory liberated, and a scattering of slivers and chunks of Confederate land is in American hands by the time the war ends. The Confederacy has to pay massive reparations, lose the pieces of territory the Americans hold, and that New Orleans becomes a Free City, which quickly becomes a city of espionage, betrayal, and business. It is controlled by High Commissioner Huey Long as a pocket fiefdom. He doesn’t want the U.S. to get too involved but also wants to remain delegate from the Confederacy as many non-National Redemptionists fled to New Orleans when the NRCCP came to power in 1934.

The U.S. has long given up the idea of conquering and reintegrating the Confederacy back into the Union, but this might change if there ever is a Second Great War. The U.S. and most Confederates agree that the U.S. would win the war but it would bloody and devastating and then if the Americans had to occupy the Confederacy it would prove to be an occupation nightmare.
 
What happened to the Dutch Colonists of New York? Were they assimilated among the British Colonists or did most of them move further in the United States in the 19th century?
When the directeur-generaal of Nieuw Amsterdam surrendered the city in 1664, he did so in return for a number of guarantees, including freedom of conscience, the right of Dutch ships to continue to moor in the harbour, the continuance of the leaders of the Dutch colony in their posts–in return for swearing allegiance to the King of Great Britain, the right of residents of the city of Manhattan to elect delegates to vote on colony matters and agreement that troops would not be billeted in the city of Manhattan.
There were about 6000 colonists, of whom about 1500 lived in Nieuw Amsterdam (New York) itself. There continued to be Dutch speakers there until the mid-nineteenth century.
Source: Dutch wikipedia: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nieuw-Amsterdam_(Nieuw-Nederland)#Verovering_door_de_Engelsen

So although the article doesn't specifically answer your question, it certainly implies that a lot of them assimilated. I would assume that there were a few who moved west as well, but in the same way as others did, not through being forced out.
 
I was thinking about this question for quite a bit. How to Slow technological advance in Medieval to renaissance Europe, and the wider world. I have come up with a wide amount of ideas, but the problem is i do not want the world to change as much as it could. I need a status quo, cemented and technological advances to become obselete, or slower in appearence.

The first idea was to change the Great famine, to make it more restricted to the low countries, Northern Germany and western Poland. This would mean that most of the leading international players in Europe (with the exception of the Holy roman empire) would not have initially the population drop.

The second was for the black death to peter out somewhere in china, South Asia or the steppes, in some remote mountinous region no contact could have physically reached. With the villiage having a small scale epidemic, the virus is eradicated quite quickly, due to it running out of hosts to infect, and the fact that in this timeline, it did not jump from rats to humans, but from monkeys? This could make occasionaly localised epidemics happen across south east asia, but the scale would inhibit it travelling to europe.

The last but not least was for the western schism to not happen, or at least to have happened on a smaller scale, with overwelming odds on the Rome papacys side.

the question is.... what would be the most efficient way to halt advance without it being considered ASB, and being plausible
 
Random question, what was the livery and emblem of John of Lancaster, Duke of Bedford? Can't seem to find it anywhere.
 
If the Byzantine Empire had managed to weather the High and Late Middle Ages without losing Anatolia proper, thus butterflying away the Ottomans and the northward and seaward displacement of Serbs and Croats they caused in the Balkans, how likely do you think it would have been for both Istria and Dalmatia to become majority Italian-speaking regions?
 
When the directeur-generaal of Nieuw Amsterdam surrendered the city in 1664, he did so in return for a number of guarantees, including freedom of conscience, the right of Dutch ships to continue to moor in the harbour, the continuance of the leaders of the Dutch colony in their posts–in return for swearing allegiance to the King of Great Britain, the right of residents of the city of Manhattan to elect delegates to vote on colony matters and agreement that troops would not be billeted in the city of Manhattan.
There were about 6000 colonists, of whom about 1500 lived in Nieuw Amsterdam (New York) itself. There continued to be Dutch speakers there until the mid-nineteenth century.
Source: Dutch wikipedia: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nieuw-Amsterdam_(Nieuw-Nederland)#Verovering_door_de_Engelsen

So although the article doesn't specifically answer your question, it certainly implies that a lot of them assimilated. I would assume that there were a few who moved west as well, but in the same way as others did, not through being forced out.

Considering the size I think I got my answer. Thanks
 
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Another question. How French was the state of Louisiana afted purchase? Like how many French speaking Colonists lived there? How likely where they to support other Southerners in national affairs?
 
Another question. How French was the state of Louisiana afted purchase? Like how many French speaking Colonists lived there? How likely where they to support other Southerners in national affairs?
You may want to check Sarthaka's Revenge of the Crown TL for more on this. Apparently the Francophone and French-descent population remained quite large for a while after statehood. A good many were also slaveholders, so that at least wasn't a point of contention between the Louisiana French and the other southern states....
 
Another question. How French was the state of Louisiana afted purchase? Like how many French speaking Colonists lived there? How likely where they to support other Southerners in national affairs?
According to Sarthaka the French remained a majority in Louisiana until the 1840s and a plurality until the late 1850s . They also were slavers but were less harsh on their slaves and their were punition to the slavers treating their slaves too badly
 
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Were there any concert halls for classical music in colonial America / the early days of the U.S.? I’m thinking either large public venues or smaller family ones like at Esterhaza.
 
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