For 60 years the British Empire had struggled to recover from The Fall. It had been three places that the British had evacuated to depending upon where they had been during the terrible event that was known as the Fall. India had been the crown Jewel of the Empire and it was there that the Monarchy, Military and a great deal of the population had fled. Yet not everyone had made it. some had arrived in South Africa and some had ended up in Australia. Much had been lost in the Fall and it had taken decades to recover and rebuild what had been lost. It wasn't until the start of the 20th Century that the Empire had seen that the grip of endless winter was being broken and that in time it might be possible to recover. The Empire had found allies in the struggle to survive. One of those allies had been a small Kingdom called Hawaii which had grown over the years to become the British strongest ally. Hawaii had helped to step in when the British Government just did not have the resources to spare. Britain worried about two threat one from the East and the other from the Northwest. The Fall had seen the Japanese sweep into China and take its territory and the islands. The Fall made it imperative that Japan find lands to insure its people. Over the years the Empire of the Rising Sun had been perceived as a threat both by members of the Commonwealth ( Australia and New Zealand) and friend ( Netherlands East Indies, Hawaii, France and Spain). In fact the Royal Hawaiian Navy and the Empire of the Rising Sun had clashed twice and Spain had felt the heat of the threat in the Philippines. It had been the threat which had finally resulted in them moving to grant independence to its colony as the strain on resources prevented it from involving itself in a struggle so far from home. By the 1920s Britain had begun to rebuild its position in the homeland that had been lost 50 years earlier. It had now begun to make changes to allow the native population of India to have more of a say in government. Indians were now accepted as officers in New Sandhurst and it would not be long before they held the Kings Commission and commanded Battalions and perhaps Brigades. This is how I see things but I would welcome others thoughts as this is a world that SM Stirling created but many of us have added to in many post.