MotF 230: Musical Thrones

MotF 230: Musical Thrones

The Challenge

Make a map that shows an OTL dynasty ruling a country they did not rule in our history.

The Restrictions

There are no restrictions on when the PoD of your map should be. Fantasy, sci-fi, and future maps are allowed.

If you're not sure whether your idea meets the criteria of this challenge, please feel free to PM me or comment in the main thread.
Entries will end for this round when the voting thread is posted on Monday, February 15, 2021.
Any discussion must take place in the main thread. If you post anything other than a map entry (or a description accompanying a map entry) in this thread, you will be asked to delete the post.

Don't forget to vote on Map of the Month 8!
In retrospect, François d'Orléans, prince de Joinville was the logical choice to become the ruler of Greece after the fall of Otto of Bavaria. (POD) Joinville was of royal blood, but not a member of a then-ruling house. Unlike other candidates, he had previously visited Greece, and as a man with experience at sea, he brought valuable experience to the fore when tapped to lead a small country of peninsulas and islands. Though already married, his son was not not, thus the selection of Joinville brought some measure of dynastic stability other candidates lacked. Unknowable at the time, however, was that this would be the first step in a revival of fortunes for scions of the Capetian House of Orleans.

While the main line of his dynasty would never again reign, within twenty years, another Orleanist prince, Antoine Duke of Montpensier, brother in law of Napoleon IV, Emperor of the French (butterfly), would ascend to the Spanish throne following the assassination of Alfonso XII, the brother of their wives, in 1879 while on his honeymoon (butterfly) to the consternation of another brother-in-law (butterfly) and previously deposed king Amadeo, Duke of Aosta. It would only be a mater of time before the Orleans son of Isabella of Brazil succeeded his mother there (butterfly), and Orleanist matches proved suitable for heiresses in the Mexican Empire and Luxembourg, whose progeny reign i those countries today. No dynasty in all the world is more illustrious, with the possible exception of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha whose main line reigns among subsidiaries in several European countries and former British colonies.


The International Legation during the Boxer Rebellion falls and is slaughtered, leading to a much bigger Eight Nation Alliance. After the Rebellion is crushed, bits of China are handed out, with Austria-Hungary getting Hainan. It is a very quiet corner of the world until 1917, when after the Great European War, the Hapsburg throne flees to the island ahead of Red revolts in their former empire. The year is 1925 and a few die-hards still hold out hope of a Imperial Reconquista but the dreams are fading, leaving behind a small, backward island full of rubber plantations and mixed-race subjects.
ED: This is technically from my RDNA-verse TL. While the Habsburgs in OTL briefly claimed Mexico (through Maximillian's ill-fated and tragic "rule"), it tends to be seen more as a foreign occupation compared to the "legitimate" republican government or earlier Iturbide era. At any rate, the idea of an Austrian Habsburg line not only being established in place of the Spanish viceroys, but also thriving, would likely count. Moreover, while the map is taken from here, the description is taken from this. Anyway, hope you enjoy!

The R.D.N.A.: A General Overview

The Royal Dominion of New Austria is considered one of the predominant powers in the Free World. A constitutional monarchy under the long-reigning Archduke Franz Ferdinand II of the ancient Habsburg line, it is also a pluralist “Societal Democracy” whose cultural and socio-political clout make the realm a major power in North America alongside its Commonwealth allies and the republican American Federation. Its heritage, diversity, and traditions likewise serve as living reminders of a Mitteleuropa now lost to time and the so-called Collectivist Internationale.

Although New Austria’s present state dates to the signing of its current 1928 Constitution, the realm has evolved over centuries, derived from both the old Holy Roman Empire and former Austro-Hungarian Crownlands. The R.D.N.A. itself is comprised of 14 Crown Provinces – previously a varied collection of margraviates, duchies, baronies and other colonial territories until the 1874 Reforms – with the historic city of New Vienna (Neu Wien) as the capital. The Reichstag is the realm’s democratic legislature, its elective Chamber of Deputies representing a host of political parties and associations, including Revivalists. But while actual power rests firmly in the hands of the Prime Minister, both the Habsburg monarchs and nobility still retain significant formal as well as informal influence in public affairs. Also notable is the Vatican-in-Exile, which has been granted semi-autonomous rule over the religious enclave of Mariazell-am-Meer as a result of the 1927 and 1938 Papal Concordats. The Duchy of Kuba, which in addition to its predominantly Spanish-based culture is also unique in being independent in most respects while remaining a loyal, integrated domain within New Austria; an enduring legacy of the Carriedo Compromise of 1934.

The realm’s economy matches Loyalist Canada in terms of prosperity. Its reliance on specialized agriculture, flexible industries and cultural output, has guaranteed wealth for the 130 million people calling the R.D.N.A. home. From the vineyards of Kalifornien to the factories in New Burgenland and Kuba’s vast plantations, each Province offers its own specialties. While the influence of “Societal Democracy” and generations of labour reforms have ensured that both noble and commoner alike benefit in some manner. Such is New Austria’s wealth that New Austrians are capable of supporting a handful of protectorates, a sizable military and even their Brazilian allies in South America. In fact, it also bears the honourable distinction of being one of the only Free Nations with both orbital and atomics access.

Compared to the realm’s neighbors however, the R.D.N.A. is decidedly “mixed” and home to a diverse, integrated population. “Full-blood” or otherwise, much of the citizenry outside of Kuba in general claim descent from Europeans, whether German, Hungarian, Czech or other colonists from Mitteleuropa. Mirroring their ancestors’ homelands, this is reflected in the myriad cultures, traditions, tongues and communities that make up the New Austrian identity. The indigenous Mesoamerikaners meanwhile, though a small proportion, have at large integrated into wider society over generations and since ascended to positions of influence.* All are united, however by common languages (New Austrian Deutsch in particular), a shared history, religion (the majority remain Roman Catholic with sizable groups of Jews and Protestants) and sense of solidarity. In addition to the consistent popularity of the monarchy, this also fostered a blend of meritocracy and Noblesse Oblige that seems unique to this part of the world, regardless of one’s status or descent.

At the same time, the turmoil wrought by the Terror has since left a lasting mark on New Austrians, long after chaos the forged the Collectivist Internationale subsided. A sizable number are descended from refugees escaping the Crownlands in the 1920s as the Danube crumbled, Most of the “Non-New Austrians” among the population meanwhile include the Spanish groups in Kuba and Swiss communities across the Crown Provinces. In fact, the countryside still bears preserved traces of the Upheaval that ensured, which threatened to destroy the realm at its darkest hour. Combined with the clout Revivalist organizations have in government and society as well as the constant threat from the Internationale, there is little wonder as to why the monarchy to this day is still referred to as the Throne-in-Exile. Or why, despite unpopular objections from some politicians and fringe republicans, the R.D.N.A. considers itself as such rather than the independent “Archduchy” that it would be in practice.

As certain foreign journalists claim, the desire to reclaim the former Crownlands continues to haunt the national zeitgeist. But against tremendous odds, New Austria continues to persevere. Both as a memorial to a lost world and a beacon for carrying Mitteleuropa’s legacy into a better future. Perhaps in the hopes in outlasting those who have torched the Old World in the flames of Revolution.

A Brief History of New Austria

Although one could point to the ancestral kingdoms of today’s Mesoamerikaners or the Spanish conquistadors of the early 16th Century, New Austria’s origins can be traced to 1554, when the budding settlements of what was called “New Spain” were delegated to the Austrian Habsburgs. This proved to have tremendous consequences, as it opened up potential opportunities for nobles, missionaries and aspiring colonists from across Mitteleuropa. By the time New Austria was formally placed under Imperial sovereignty in 1611, German had become the lingua franca among the educated and the remaining Spanish settlers had either moved to Kuba or married into the growing number of new arrivals. The stage was set for the burgeoning colony’s rise to prominence in North America.

Over the course of the 17th Century, the growing territories of New Austria were organized into a varied patchwork of fiefs, margraviates, duchies, and baronies that, with the approval of the then-Holy Roman Emperor, swore fealty to both the Habsburgs in New Vienna and their counterparts across the Atlantic. In contrast to the French and English settlements being founded further north, both mutual co-existence and intermingling were at the very least tolerated (the latter made into official policy in 1697) to ensure order as well as further stabilize colonial rule. Thus, as the realm’s territories began to prosper and more colonists arrived, its demographics likewise began changing, gradually defining New Austrian notions of ethnicity and in time, rendering issues like the color of one’s skin irrelevant. And while scattered uprisings from rogue nobles or disgruntled bandits weren’t unknown, New Austria’s growing clout and loyalty to its liege in Mitteleuropa meant that by the 18th Century, the colony was considered an Imperial domain. A status further solidified with the absorption of the Spanish Governorate of Cuba (now the Duchy of Kuba) in 1726.

By then, even as the Habsburgs’ New World lands continued to expand, more challenges – and opportunities – emerged. While New Austria’s southern borders with the colonies in so-called Mittelamerika had always been relatively stable, the Caribbean Sea and the sparsely-populated, let alone explored northern frontiers remained vulnerable, especially from its burgeoning neighbors to the north. Skirmishes with American privateers and settlers grew in intensity, culminating in the War of the Western Frontiers in 1859-66; fierce resistance from New Austrian regiments as well as reinforcements from what was then the Austro-Hungarian Crownlands and British intervention contributed to the Treaty of Ottawa and present day borders with the American Federation. Closer to home, controversies like the infamous Sugar Cane Question in Kuba (which led to the outlawing of slavery across New Austria in 1793) and growing clamor for civil representation from both commoners and nobles continued the drive for further reforms. While the New Austrians at large remained loyal to their sovereigns, the foundations were laid for both the colony’s democratization and its elevation into a Royal Dominion in the 1820s. By the 1874 Reforms, which among other changes consolidated the various territories into Crown Provinces, the R.D.N.A. had already become all but equal to the realms of Mitteleuropa and was well on the road to becoming an Archduchy independent but united with the Crownlands.

The events of the Terror in the 1920s, however, proved to be one of the darkest moments in New Austria’s history. While the origins and initial events leading up to Collectivism’s horrid notoriety remain muddled and disputed to this day, what is certain is that over the course of less than a decade, entire countries and empires were erased from the map by a warped ideology promising the salvation of labour and Revolution through the so-called “Will of the Workers.” As the Crownlands crumbled, the R.D.N.A. escaped the worst of the chaos. But food shortages, simmering social tensions and the influx of refugees fleeing the “Reds” across the New World contributed to a horrid period of disorder known only as the “Upheaval;” in the midst of which Archduke Franz Ferdinand – one of the handful of surviving Habsburgs left from the Crownlands – ratified the 1928 Constitution. It wasn’t until 1934 with the signing of the Carriedo Compromise, itself the consequence of the bloodied Kuban Insurrection that the last traces of those riotous times were put to rest.

A sense of normalcy began to return in the 1930s-40s. But the trauma of those years took longer still to mend. The United Kingdom, one of the few isolated European realms that escaped the clutches of what had become the Collectivist Internationale, was attacked in late 1942. Alongside the Americans and British Imperial Commonwealth forces in Loyalist Canada, R.D.N.A. soldiers with the Throne-in-Exile’s approval were sent to Britain the following year to stop the invasion. While the campaign was successful in throwing Collectivist influence back across the English Channel in 1944, it was a pyrrhic victory. For the brutal “scorched earth” and “pacification” tactics employed by the New Austrians contributed to the U.K.’s reluctant protectorate status under the Canadians as well as the Throne-in-Exile’s realm being made a pariah. A tragically low point in their history next to the Terror that forced New Austria to re-evaluate itself until Canadian delegates renewed the long-standing alliance between the two dominions in 1949.

Despite such chaotic episodes, the R.D.N.A. refused to give in to self-destruction. Soon it rose back into prominence, eventually rejoining the other Free Nations as a great power in its own right even while keeping vigil over the Collectivist territories in what was once Panama. A distinguished and honourable position that the realm has maintained throughout the 20th Century and to this day.

- “Atlas Sans Frontieres: The Gaspereau-Thomson Guide to the New World.” Loyalist Canada. 2023.

* The Mayan and Nahuatl peoples in particular have benefited considerably from New Austrian "peerage" and have a sizable population in certain Crown Provinces.



The House of Bourbon-Bhopal
the most branched-out cadet



written from Calcutta, October 1803


Whilst marching across India in our war against the Maratha, our armies have been received sometimes gladly with treaties of friendship among Indian princes, with whom we have gladly taken sides, and other times with hatred and battle, battles which we have been rather successful at. The Maharajas have been forced to cede their land to our Empire and it has become increasingly clear that all of India is, in one way or another, under the command of the Company, be it directly, or through the mediation of one of the princely states aligned to its interests.

All, that is, for a small, almost insignificant state, in the very heart of India, centered around the city of Bhopal and which, for all its insignificancy and general powerlessness, has managed, for some unexplainable reason, to remain defiant to any and all of our attempts to curb it, and simply remains out of our control. All attempts by our forces to push them back have failed and, while they do not express any interest in expanding their territory or to stir up revolts against Company-rule or our allies in any other places, their mere continued existence remains a thorn in the side of British honour.

I suppose part of what afflicts me is the understanding that, despite how impossible it might seem, it is a scion of the House of Bourbon who rules this petty princedom. Going by the name of Balthazar, it seems this prince declares himself and is widely believed to be a salic descendant of a French prince of old who, having been exiled from France centuries back, came to India through Madras and went on to serve first the Sultan of Delhi and later the princes of Bohar, only to inherit that princedom for themselves later on. Traditionally a steadfast ally to the Peshwa, this prince seems to hold a fierce hatred to our nation akin to that of his, dare I say, countrymen, which inspires his own resistance to our hegemony.

Rest assured however that, I will either bring this French prince to his knees, or die trying.

Your most obedient servant,


In case anyone is wondering, the Bourbon-Bhopals are a real thing. I've never seen anything done with them, so I decided to give them a try, especially since they were never rulers, but rather palace nobles and ministerial people within the Mughal and Bhopal monarchies. And since it's India in the 18th century, why not just give them a long-lasting rivalry with the British? And since it's a tiny princely state having a rivalry with the British, why not throw a little Asterix reference?

Ok this was a really fun map. It's always nice to do something with India, I always enjoy tracing all those rivers, they just look beautiful.
"Tsar Dimitri II was old and very ill. From the window of his room he could see the Court of the Forbidden City and the Basilica of St. Anne. The Palace was resplendent with its many Asian decorations, bulbous bell towers, dragons and two-headed eagles. But it was not joy or love that vibrated in the heart of the old Tsar but deep sadness.
With him was coming to an end the long epic of his dynasty. His House, which had become Tsar of Russia at the beginning of the 17th century, had been driven out of Moscow by the flames of revolt 150 years later. From the depths of Siberia, his glorious ancestors had set out to conquer the Han people and their dying Shun dynasty. The conversion of the Hans elite to the Orthodox faith had enabled Peking to become its own Orthodox Patriarchate and the Fourth Rome.
The Jirjaks, born of the Union between the Russians and the Hans, spearheaded the powerful armies of the Tsarat in the East, subjugating many peoples to the rule of the Empire. Many vassals bowed to the Emperor and demanded conversion to the Orthodox faith. But after a dazzling golden age, it seemed that the Tsarat was falling into decadence.
The numerous struggles against heretics from Confucian, Buddhist and Mohammedan faiths led to latent wars that were increasingly difficult for the local dioceses and the Patriarchate of Peking and Nanking to control.
The collapse of the Burgundians in India had allowed Peking to interfere in the Indian sub-continent, but at the cost of conflicts that were difficult to wage. Added to this were the incursions of nomads from Central Asia to the borders of the Empire.
The loss of possessions in North America to New Spain, the numerous skirmishes against the Moscovia of Orleans and the Great Revolt south of the Blue River further weakened the foundations of the Tsarat.
The Sick Man of Asia does not seem to have much time left and his leader is his personification. All the sons of Tsar Dimitri II died before him and he now knew that on his death, a terrible war of succession would follow for the Throne and probably break his Empire forever.
He would not have long to live, and he prayed one last time, with a three-branch crucifix in his hands, for the salvation of the Chinese Tsarat".

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From the box of the The Lily & The Dragon:

2 Players, or see solo rules
Ages 12+
2-4 hours

May 5, 1827: For nearly a century Japan has been at peace, though disunited. But as Emperor Nacamicado II’s funerary rites draw to a close and the moon rises over Kyoto, silent men move between the opposing palisades that surround the city. Soldiers loyal to Date Macomaru, Shogun in Xendai, cross the lines under cover of darkness and overwhelm their European counterparts. The pretext for war is the Christian Learning Decree promulgated by the Shogun in Osaca, Louis Joseph de Bourbon-Condé, but the real impetus comes from the same source as the war fleet secretly approaching Quelpart on that night: Mucden, primary capital of Bouyeo.

July 30, 1830: The meeting is not going as expected. Date Munetaca tears the treaty papers from the envoy’s pale and trembling hands. He spits and stamps on them. He curses France. He renounces Bouyeo. Those Manchus have bossed and bullied the House of Date for long enough. Let Mucden burn! No foreign king will trade Japan for peace. The blood of cowardly Macomaru is still wet on his sleeves when the assembled lords swear loyalty to him and to his cause. Yes, Mucden will burn.

January 16, 1837: Wind scourges the walls of Alcouca, and drifting snow scales the besiegers’ fortifications. The diplomatic wine, shipped from Burgundy, is frozen in its casks. Teeth chatter in the gatehouse as the message from Versailles is read. The terms are agreed. The soldiers of France will be spared. Spared, and evacuated to a man from the domains of the resplendent Emperor of Bouyeo. The war is over. The French will retain their island conquests, but they must surrender the cities they hold on the mainland, or the great army at Alcouca will be slaughtered.

Territory gained, the attack of 1827 avenged: it is a victory of sorts for the House of Bourbon. So it will be called in Paris, at least by the friends of the king. But it is the citizens of Alcouca who cheer. Five years of siege are over. Their country will be restored. Thanks to ingenuity, courage, and good fortune, Bouyeo has won when it was almost beaten. They too have reason to call this victory.

Yet to historians, it is defeat for both. The disaster at Alcouca cannot be disguised, any more than the tremendous expense of the invasion of Bouyeo. The defense of Louis Joseph--not, strictly, a subject of the French crown--need not have been taken so far at such cost. The financial and political crisis that will bring down the Bourbon monarchy and fracture the empire approaches. The House of Bourbon-Condé’s oriental line will scarcely outlive their western counterparts, perishing under a renewed Date assault or facing execution at the hands of the Formosan Republic.

Bouyeo, meanwhile, has lost influence in Japan forever. The Manchu north is devastated, and Korean nationalism, stoked by the French during their years of occupation, will bring bloodshed and ruin to the peninsular provinces as well. The successful military modernization of the 30s only makes the civil wars to come more deadly. No longer a great power of Asia, Bouyeo will survive as a pawn in the struggle between Russia and China. Buyeo’s imperial, later merely royal, House of Aisin Gioro will outlast the Bourbons by nearly a century, but its days of greatness have passed.

Can you do better? As Emperor of Bouyeo, can you drive the French back into the sea while not alienating your Japanese clients? As King of France, can you support and avenge your cousin the Shogun without wasting your people’s blood and treasure? Will one of you establish your nation as the first power in the Eastern seas? Or will both fail, as in history, leaving the way open for Romanov and Latter Ming? Only you can decide.


“The Lily & The Dragon” is a board game covering the Franco-Bouyeonese War (1827-37), a conflict which, by exhausting the major participants, reshaped the politics of East Asia. Victory is not assured to either player.

To win, the French must control a majority in the Court at Qyoto, hold both Bouyeonese capitals and two of the three Shogunal seats (with the hats), and have a positive value on the Political Unity track. Bouyeo must control a majority in the Court, have a positive value on the Date Loyalty track, and hold 13 cities (the square spaces) in their own right (rather than through the Date--Date cities can be converted to Bouyeonese by garrison, at the cost of Date loyalty). If sixteen years (thirty-two rounds) pass without a winner, both players lose.


The POD for this scenario is the victory of the self-proclaimed Shun dynasty against their Manchu opponents (the OTL soon-to-be Qing dynasty) at Shanhai Pass in 1644. The Manchus instead strike east. They overthrow Korea’s Joseon dynasty and establish the state and dynasty of Bouyeo or Buyeo, taking the name from a Korean kingdom once located in the Manchu heartland. Soon its king will be an emperor.

Meanwhile, with no retreating Ming loyalists and refugees of Qing coastal resettlement to overwhelm the VOC’s power and Taiwanese aborigines numbers, Formosa remains in Dutch hands until 1668, when the vagaries of European politics transfer it to the French. It becomes a settler colony and the nucleus of the French empire in East Asia.

The two rising powers meet for the first time in Japan in 1706. Bouyeo has sparked a civil war in the north from its base in Hokkaido, and its ally the Date clan has captured Edo and broken the power of the Tokugawa. The French in Nagasaki (another Dutch inheritance) respond to the Japanese Emperor’s call for aid. Aided by the larger forces stationed in Formosa, they push the Date-Bouyeonese armies back. They cannot get much farther, but they don’t care to leave either. For the next century and a half, Japan will be divided between the Date Shogunate, supported by Bouyeo, and the Bourbon-Condé Shogunate, nominally outside the French Empire but nonetheless loyal to Paris.

The peace ends in 1827 with an opportunistic attack by Date and Bouyeonese forces on the French Quelpart and the Bourbon-Condé capital of Osaca. At first nearly overwhelmed, the French rebound and, with their superior military capacity, invade both Date Japan and the Bouyeonese mainland. They quickly take the Korean peninsula and sack the capital of Mucden, but further advances are slow and bloody. Bouyeo manages to copy French weaponry and fortifications, helped largely by the Russians. Over ten years the struggle continues, as partially narrated in the game box text above. It culminates in the siege of Alcouca, the secondary capital of Bouyeo after the fall of Mucden. The siege ends in a Bouyeonese victory: the massive French army is surrounded and captured, except a contingent that escapes down the Amur, and peace is the ransom. France takes Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kurils, and the Date do not permit the return of Bouyeonese garrisons in Japan.

In the end, the war weakens both powers grievously. It spells the end of the “Long 18th Century” of East Asian politics, an age of maritime domination and armed peace, and the beginning of a period defined by Sino-Russian conflict. Its events--the defense of Quelpart, the Date repudiation of Bouyeo, the relief of Alcouca, the escape down the wild Amur--will become central to the national mythologies of the lesser powers of that new era. For the Japanese in their reunified but weak empire, the Koreans and Manchus in their separate protectorates (respectively Chinese and Russian), and the isolated French in the Republic of Formosa, those tales will be reminders of greatness lost--greatness proved and then destroyed in war.


The original Musical Throne in this map was the OTL Qings in Korea, but I liked the idea of them keeping Manchuria and being a major power. That meant probably keeping the old capital, i.e. a normal, unmusical throne scenario. So Japanese Bourbons it is!

It was fun to try out a board game style! I sort of wish I could play it now. And I feel like I might revisit this timeline for a future MotF....
POD: 1606
Current Year: 1967
(This post is also an ASB)
Austria was never seen as a Colonial Empire, unlike its other European rivals such as the French and Spanish. However, in 1763, An Austrian Expoler in the name Philip Haspel would accidentally discover a large unknown Continent thought of as Terra-Australias. Haspel would explore the coast of Australia, from east to west. He would later report his finding to Leopold I. Leopold knew that this discovery would allow Austria to become a major colonial power. In 1765 the first colony of Australia was founded in what is now Westralia, known as Francisville (in what is OTL Perth). Austria would use these new colonies as a Penial colony for Criminals and Prisoners of War. In 1769 Haspel would discover the Islands of Zwillingsinseln (The Twin Islands) Austria would also begin its colonization of the islands in 1773.

As the colonies grew, so did envy. The Dutch attempted to colonize Northern Australia in 1784, but were beaten and kicked out. During the Napoleonic wars, Austria would send many of their French and Italian POWS there, fearing that if they were to escape in the Mainland they would rejoin with the French. Following the Napoleonic wars, Europe was in ruins, and thus thousands of Germans, Italians, and Dutchs would flee to the Colony, as they have begun to allow settlement in the regions. With Austria expanding into the Outback, wars between them and the Aboriginals would increase. In Zwillingsinseln, Conflict between the Maori and the settlers would also become more common. With this Austria begun to ship more and more troops to these lands. During the Austro-Prussian War, thousands of Prussian POWS were also shipped to the colonies. Following the war, Austria would become friendly with France, as Germany would move close to Russia. As ethnic violence became more common, Austria would ship many of their minorities such as the Hungarians and Slavs to the colony. Australia would begin sending the Aboriginals and Maori Residental schools, hoping to 'Whitentize" them. Sterilization also became very common.

WW1 would still happen just like our timeline when Ferdinard was assassinated by Gavrilo. Russia, Italy Germany would both invade Austria, crushing them and their ally the French. Austria j7ust like in the last two major wars shipped thousands of POWs to the colonies, not wanting them to return to the Central Powers army if liberated. In response to their collapse of the war front, the People of Austria and Hungary launch a communist revolution on the Habsburgs. Following their peace with the Triple Alliance, the Austrian and French governments would be overthrown by the communist. The Government of Austria, as well as the Loyalist and Conservatives, and the army, would all flee to Australia. on October 14, 1921, The Empire of Australia was declared. In WW2, between the Communists and the Monarchists, Australia would join the Central Powers side against the Communists of France, Austria, and Britain. However, following the Communist defeat in 1944, The Germans would annex Austria. As such the Habsburgs would be forced to remain on the Island. As of 1967, The Empire of Australia remains dominant in Asia politics, aiding Anti-German rebels in the German colonies. While the Habsburgs would wait until the Germans would finally flee Austria and they would regain their throne.

(Credit gose to @Comte de Dordogne for the Basedmap)

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