Nice Work!,The "Empire of the Americas" sounds very interesting.
Who’s Charlotte of Mexico?
I'm glad you like it, another person already comented about it, which is a pity because as you can infer from this wikiboxes it didn't last long and never really covered all the lands it claimed. The Empire of the Americas and the Indies (Imperio de las Américas y las Indias) was the far-fetched attempt of Ferdinand of Bourbon to reimpose the Spanish Empire, just from Mexico City instead of Madrid. It didn't succeed, and as you can see after his death his successors relinquished their claim to non-Novohispanic lands and intitled themselves "Emperors of Mexico", Emperadores de México (or Empresses, Emperatrices, as it seems...)Nice Work!,The "Empire of the Americas" sounds very interesting.
I'm ashamed to admit that it was unitended, an interference from my native language: I'm used to writting centuries with Roman numerals, and in the previous updates I took care to follow Wikipedia structure using Arabics, but this time It seems I have forgotten. However, to avoid having to change it, we can assume that ITL the article would be written mainly by Spanish-speaking Texans, who would consider the Roman numerals the norm, so it's their fault and not mineI really like the subtle signs of the influence of Spanish-as-a-global-language in modern English, like the use of the term "líder" and the writing of centuries with Roman numerals.
What a neat idea! It's always fascinating to see how the prestige of a language can just as much result in not loaning a word to another language. OTL French, while not a global lingua franca, is the clear language of administration and education/second language of choice in many areas such as its former colonies in West Africa. Does Spanish have that kind of relationship with any places? Or is English still insidiously dominant?I'm ashamed to admit that it was unitended, an interference from my native language: I'm used to writting centuries with Roman numerals, and in the previous updates I took care to follow Wikipedia structure using Arabics, but this time It seems I have forgotten. However, to avoid having to change it, we can assume that ITL the article would be written mainly by Spanish-speaking Texans, who would consider the Roman numerals the norm, so it's their fault and not mine
The "liders" idem, when the words sound the same in English and Spanish I sometimes write the Spanish form unwillingly and it doesn't seem wrong when I read to check. Again, in an exercise of immersion we can consider that the Texan equivalent to the Founding Fathers are called Líderes de la Patria, and the world is used in English with the Spanish ortography to talk about Latin American non-authoritarian leaders in analogy to OTL Caudillos and Libertadores.
A change it is intended and that reflects the influence (or lack thereof) of Spanish in English ITTL is the use of "petty warfare" instead of "guerrilla", as the Peninsular War was fundamentally different . I hadn't thought much about it before, but it feels right that with more successful Spanish American countries ITTL, the status of Spanish is more akin to OTL French, regarded as a more prestigious language and less a working class language in the United States (which has a significantly lower Spanish American population owing to less push factors and a bigger European immigrational stream).
To be honest, I don't really know much about Botswana except a vague notion of it being IOTL sucessful by African standards. A quick and shallow research seems to indicate that is the case, with relatively high growth standards and a strong economy centered on mining. So, ITTL, I plan it to be somewhat more sucessful, a British aligned republic with a democratic history tracing back to their very independence, a strong rule of law and human rights observance, which uses revenue afforded by its natural resources to fund a strong social state that provides welfare to its citizens, and that is able to better cope with the HIV epidemic of Africa.Botswana looks like an empty space on the map.
This interests me. Which countries are more (or less, or just differently) democratic than the map would let on?Disclaimer: this index is elaborated by a British company, and as such it is biased in its interptretation of "democracy"; as a result, this does not reflect perception by a country's citizens, but a Western one.
Let me ask you two questions:
Keep in mind that about many areas of the world I only have a broad idea of how they are ITTL, I need to thoroughly research more before establishing a cannon and I don´t want to have to retcon things, but one of such examples would be China.This interests me. Which countries are more (or less, or just differently) democratic than the map would let on?
Well, the Republic of India is a democracy indeed, not fully flawed yet not at the level of say the United Kingdom nor the German Empire, but it doesn't have much to envy (politically-wise) the United States. The process of independence from the UK was longer and more cooperative from the metropole, progressively building a sucessful state before finally cuting the colonial links. The lack of partition has also contributed to create a modern democratic state. The Ottoman State is a constitutional democracy, but to Western standards it is a badly flawed democracy, I'm sorry I cannot go fully into it but I haven't sorted out the details yetLet me ask you two questions:
- How did India became neither Full or Flawed democracies?
- Why is the Ottoman Empire has medium score on democracy index? Is the country has flawed democratic characteristics?
Awesome! Did japan get additional territory in the Russian Far East? (I guess if it did it lost them latter)
In Rhodesia (it dropped the "South" after Zambia renamed itself shortly after attaining self-rule), for Euro-Rhodesians life is quite good, the country is doing well economically, while for Afro-Rhodesians it is quite frankly like living in OTL 1950 US South: segregation, discrimination and poverty are rife within the community, and the areas designated as Native Land (basically like reservations for Africans) are mismanaged. Afrhodies officially have political rights, but are specifically less that the ones Eurhodies enjoy, and even those they have (like voting) are difficult to exercise due to Eurhodie discrimination. The administration of the state is mostly composed of Eurhodies, including police and military, and abuse of authority isn'tuncommon.Also how bad is life in the Transvaal for its different inhabitant , and orange free state/southern Rhodesia?