Nobody Expects: The Spanish Revolution

Fascinating, so Portugal retains Mozambique (and Angola?).
Yes, as dubiously integrated parts of a Lusotropical concept of Portugal, together with Cape Verde, Macao and East Timor.

Any other colonies still in European hands?
  • The UK retains most of her American Overseas Territories (Jamaica, Belize, Guayana, etc.), as well as many islands around the Atlantic, Indic and Pacific oceans; Singapour, Hong Kong and Weihaiwei in China, Suez, Malta and Gibraltar in the Mediterranean.
  • France holds Algeria as an integral part of the metropole while West Africa is under colonial status with the eventual goal of final assimilation into the Republic (despite increasing unrest on the part of the natives...)
  • Tunisia and Libya are autonomous republics inside Italy, with the latter being majority Italian, so they aren't colonies but neither independent. They also have some islands on the Indic Ocean taken from the French after the Great War.
  • Germany holds Kiautschou and Kwangchow Wan in China, but they retreated from Zentralafrika at an unspecified-to-avoid-retconns date.
  • Russia holds Central Asia and Dalniy in China.
  • Japan (although not European) holds Korea and Taiwan.
  • The Ottoman Empire (again, not European but still) retains most of the Arabian Peninsula, Levant and Mesopotamia.
  • Spain, as OTL, holds Ceuta and Melilla in Africa but are not considered colonies but integral territory.

Why didn't Botswana and South Africa remain with UK?
Botswana was a British protectorate instead of full colony, as OTL. The native chiefs succesfully lobbied against incorporation into the Cape owing to the lack of European settlers, so when India achieved independence and the British policy shifted to colonial disengagement from the remaining native colonies, Botswana acceded to independence with close association with the UK.

The South African Republic (Transvaal), instead, was independent since after the Boer War (OTL First Boer War) together with the Orange Free State. ITTL the Second Boer War was avoided and both remained associated with the UK but fully independent. Despite calls by warmongering politicians of the Cape, the British Capelanders feared that if incorporated, Afrikaners would dominate the resulting polity and the UK would lose their position in Southern Africa. Boers wanted to preserve their newly declared ethnic homelands, while the Cape Dutch were divided between the Afrikanders who promoted a federation with their ethnic bethren and the Kaaplanders who saw themselves as part of a wider Euro-Capelander identity tied to Britain.
 
Wait mauritius is Italian? How did they gain it from the british?

I wonder how the canaries are... They haven't been Spanish in over 200 years, how's their culture and economy like. Have the british tried to separate them culturally/identify them differently from spaniards? Maybe a "hispano-berber Canarian" identification. Was it further settled by spanish, north african or mediteranean people during the british period?
 
Wait mauritius is Italian? How did they gain it from the british?
Probably a mistake on my part making the map, the Italian islands on the Indic are only the ones OTL France has.

I wonder how the canaries are... They haven't been Spanish in over 200 years, how's their culture and economy like. Have the british tried to separate them culturally/identify them differently from spaniards? Maybe a "hispano-berber Canarian" identification. Was it further settled by spanish, north african or mediteranean people during the british period?
IOTL the UK exerted considerable influence on the islands during the 19th and 20th centuries, with some Canary Islander even telling me that Spain was only the "subsidiary colonial power". Even today there's a widespread feeling of being a Canary Islander first, and a Spaniard second while some people don't even feel Spaniard at all. 200 years ago, the distinction between the Canary Islander and the Godo (Peninsular Spaniard) was even wider, so the British wouldn't need to push much to create a separatio, it would rather arise naturally from the situation.

ITTL economically the situation is very similar, and the turistic sector would be the main engine of the Canarian economy. The country has been historically a source of emigration, so I imagine not much people have settled apart from British colonial and military administrators and some businessmen, although I envision that from the late 20th century it has become the preferred destiny for British retirees to settle, so in the 21st century they are the main Anglophone contingent. The majority if the population though is of local extraction and Spanish-English bilingual, and identify themselves either as solely Canarian or as Canarian and British, with the push for reunification with Spain as low as OTL Puerto Rico's.
 
This is some damn good stuff.
Thanks!

Curious though as i appear to be useless at researching stuff around Edward VIII...
He's OTL Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor. ITTL Edward VIII (of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) doesn't meet Wallis Simpson and as a result he doesn't have to abdicate the throne, although his infatuation and eventual marriage to a Catholic does spark a minor crisis.

Who's Alexandra of Bourbon? and also who's your picture for George VI?
She's a fictional character, part of the former Spanish Royal Family exiled in the UK. The picture is OTL's Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
 
Given that the UK has the second largest economy, shouldn't its defence spending be higher than being sixith?
It spends less on military as a percentage of GDP than 4 of the other 5 countries, which mantain large land armies, while the US spends more by virtue of its economy being the largest even if it spends less than IOTL.
 
Very nice! What were the novohispanic states’s stance in the ACW?
None recognized either the Confederacy nor Colorado because Washington made it clear that it would mean war with the Union, but the peoples of Texas, Sonora and Río Bravo (not yet called "Bravine Republic") generally favored secessionists because they linked it to their own secessions from Mexico, even if they didn't particularly backed slavery.

Colorado enlisted Sonoran volunteers in its militia, and Sonoran guerrillas fought along Coloradoans after the Union forces occupied the state. As a result, there were Union raids into Sonora and its government eventually ceded and extradited the wanted men to the US to appeasse them.

In Texas, a couple thousand Americo-Texans enlisted into the Confederate ranks and Texas was important as the only country with overland access to the CS, becoming the most essential way of bypassing the blockade, meaning that Texas thrieved with the war industry. After the Conquest of Louisiana, the Union posed to much threat and the Texan government didn't want to risk the relations, so they delivered Confederate units which fled to Texas to the US military.

In the Republic of Río Bravo, lacking direct access to either party, the war was a more distant event without direct repercussions, although Bravines volunteered both to Confederate and Unionist units.
 
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