Our Fair Country: The Commonwealth of New England

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Kanan, Jan 11, 2018.

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  1. LeinadB93 Just Leinad

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    Been on a bit of a Newfoundland kick for Hail, Britannia (results to come soon). So here's a DBWI entry - What if Newfoundland remained independent? Nicking a bit from Kanan's New Zealand

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    Newfoundland is a country in northeastern North America, sharing a land border with Canada to the west and a maritime border with New England in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The country geographically comprises the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador to the northwest, with a combined area of 405,212 square kilometres (156,500 sq mi). In 2018, the country's population was estimated at 812,400. About 90% of the province's population lives on the island of Newfoundland (and its neighbouring smaller islands), of whom more than half live on the Avalon Peninsula. A former English then British colony, Newfoundland gained responsible government in 1855 and was elevated to a dominion of the United Kingdom in 1907. Despite a significant economic crisis during the Great Depression and the aftermath of the Great War, Newfoundland remained independent of its larger continental neighbour and is a close ally of the United Kingdom and New England as part of the Commonwealth.

    Since the 1960s, Newfoundland has welcomed refugees from southern Africa escaping the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and Black Africans now make up ten per cent of the country's population with 15 per cent being Europeans of African origin. Incumbent Prime Minister Derek Hanekom is a South African refugee who's family fled the Apartheid regime, making him one of two Commonwealth leaders of South African origin, the other being Helen Zille of New Zealand. Much like New Zealand, Newfoundland's position on African refugees has long been the subject of debate within the country, with the two main parties, the United Nation and Democratic parties strongly supporting an open immigration policy and ensuring that the refugees from Africa are able to find a safe home. Whilst others such as the Heritage and Alliance'49 parties have campaigned against further African immigration, calling for "Newfoundland for Newfoundlanders". The country has also seen a rise in support for leaving the Commonwealth, largely in opposition to the ongoing War in Burma and the African refugee question, whilst republicanism has become a mainstream part of the political discussion, culminating in the 2009 flag referendum which replace the Red Ensign with the Newfoundland Tricolor.

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  2. Danishbro Well-Known Member

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    I want to make a submission to the DBWI contest. But first, don't DBWI generally invovled hypothically situations in which events that actually occured in history are discussed as if they hadn't actually occured (i.e.-Would the South have succeeded if Abraham Lincoln had been elected President) or to give a OFC example 'What if Prime Minister Bush had gotten New England involved in the Falklands War?". Anyways- Kanan's rules don't seem to indicate this, with the Socialist Republic of Germany example, so I'm just going to assume it's an alternate OFC history contest?

    At any rate, here's my submission: patroon.jpg
     
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    Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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  4. Israel_Dan the Man Well-Known Member

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    Darn it, @Kanan , I built up this reputation from 2017 as someone who can’t be impressed, and here you come along blowing my mind.
     
  5. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    Kanan:

     
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  7. Turquoise Blue Floraison Tibby!

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    That's surprisingly early.
     
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  8. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

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    Interesting.
    How much of an impact did this have on calls for decimalisation of Sterling?
     
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    It’s the third time you keep asking this in less than two weeks, it’ll come when it’ll be ready
     

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  10. Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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    Not a lot. It was just seen as easier to trade with the Provinces of Canada (which used a decimal system) and the United States (likewise). The New England Pound was, for a lot of its history, pegged to the value of two and a half Crowns, and conversions between the two outside of trade was fairly rare.
     
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  11. DPKdebator Hmm...

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    Have you ever thought of setting up some sort of webpage to act as a wiki for this scenario? Based off your format that makes extensive use of wikiboxes and articles, I think it would be a great idea.
     
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  13. MatthewFirth Well-Known Member

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    Why did they want to close the line completely? Can't they just electrify it?
     
  14. Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

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    Much cheaper to close it than to spend money to upgrade it!
     
  15. phrynolatry Well-Known Member

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    I love trains!
     
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  16. Ferd42 Wished away:Thinks he is funny, in fact an idiot.

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    If it is a steam route it might be obsorded into a preveseres railway
    electricity wouldn't be worth it.
     
  17. Israel_Dan the Man Well-Known Member

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    I'm no Sheldon Cooper, but boy is that an impressive wikibox on trains!
     
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    I could see a public outcry along with some sort of campaign to privatize the service (public corporation) with donors and advertisers.
     
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    What do we know about the history of higher education in New England besides the Connecticut University of New England? Is the University of Cambridge, MA (1779?) the first institution to bear the name 'university'? Is there a Royal University of Boston?
     
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    I took a quick pitstop from what I'm working on to *kinda* answer your question...

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