Photos from Featherston's Confederacy/ TL-191

Does anyone feel like this could be a Confederate soldier on the western front of SGW?
That would fit well
I always felt like the South Western fronts would be on the anachronistic side of things during both Great Wars. With cavalry battles between Union, Confederate and Mexican cowboys taking place in the desert of New Mexico, even as airplanes fought overhead and barrels charged alongside.

Something similar probably happened in the Northwestern region during the First Great War around the Canadian border with Montana, Washington and Idaho.

Alfred Rosenberg (1892-?)
Alfred Rosenberg served as a second lieutenant in the White Army, under the command of Colonel Max Erwin von Schneubner-Richter, a fellow Baltic German, who despite his First Great War service in the Imperial German Army, returned to Russia to fight for the White Army. Both men shared a vile fascination with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, especially those of Socialist/revolutionary flavors, along with other secondary prejudices such as Islamaphobia and the Yellow Peril, and the belief that the "Indo-European master races" had the natural right to rule the world. After the Romanov victory, von Schneuber-Richter arranged for Rosenberg to join the Foreign Section of the Okhrana.

Rosenberg seemed destined to fester in mid level bureaucratic mediocrity, if not for a chance meeting with General Pyotr Wrangel at a war veteran reception. While Wrangel personally held a deep aristocratic contempt for Actionism, Rosenberg's sentiments about uniting the Indo-European peoples to fight "Jewish capital and revolution" were also held by the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter and brother to the late Tsars Nicolai II and Alexander IV. Wrangel arranged an audience between the Grand Duchess and the engineering student. Anastasia became Rosenberg's patron as he rose through the ranks of the Okhrana, becoming Director of Foreign Section Departments II and III, the Okhrana Departments respectively responsible for Germany and Austria-Hungary, in 1931.

The Great Depression found fertile grounds for Imperial Russian subversion, especially in eastern Poland, Prussian provinces east of the Oder, Hungary (Anastasia had issued a proclamation declaring the Magyars to be honorary Indo-Europeans), Romania, Bohemia and the Sudetenland. Surreptitiously Russian controlled newspapers and radios swarmed east and central European audiences with venomous attacks and fake news against the large corporations, socialists, Freemasons, atheists, Muslims, Romani, and above all, Jews. Rosenberg also acted as the conduit between Anastasia and disaffected German nobles, chief among them Prince August Wilhelm, the fourth son of the Kaiser, and managed Russian relations with far right and Actionist political parties, including the German Fatherland National Party (DVNP), the Agarian League, Polish National Democrats, the Magyar Arrow Cross, Iron Guard in Romania, the Czech Vlajka and Sudeten Young German Bund.

Angered by the 1936 Pogroms in Russia that murdered 10,000 Jews, Herschel Greenspan assassinated the Grand Duchess Tatiana in Nuremberg at the 1937 DVNP rally. Anastasia and Tsar Michael directed Rosenberg to conduct a wave a terror bombings against Jewish and socialist targets in Germany. Prince August Wilhelm had a final falling out with his father over the former's sympathy for the Russian position, as well as the German government's belated crackdown on volkisch terrorism, and the Prince went on a six month long world tour before going into exile in Saint Petersburg.

Upon the outbreak of the Second Great War, Rosenberg's years of plotting bore a terrible fruit, as waves of far right sabotage terrorism swept across Germany, Austria-Hungary, Poland, the Baltics and Ukraine. Prince August Wilhelm was declared the Teutonic Grand Duke of Prussia, and installed in 1942 by General von Ungern-Sternberg in East Prussia as the head of a puppet government. The Teutonic Grand Duke was supported by volkisch militants, the dispossessed lower middle class, Junkers impoverished by mass bankruptcies and actionists, who would rather fight for Indo-European brotherhood against the "Jewish socialist yoke", instead of staying true to the "puppet Kaiser". Upon the capture of Brest, Congress Poland was declared restored and the National Democrats massacred the city's Jewish population and Polish government officials.

Rosenberg's crowning achievement was the July Days of Prague in 1942. Konrad Heinlein, the fugitive leader of the Sudeten Young German Bund, launched simultaneous uprisings in Reichenberg and Pilsen on the morning of July 3rd, 1942. At the same time, Lieutenant General Emanuel Moravec, commander of the KuK forces in Prague, declared for the Romanovs and launched an attack on Prague Castle to capture the Austro-Hungarian Prime Minister Benes and Minister of War von Trapp. Scrambling onto an armored train that blasted and rammed its way past Moravec's barrels, Benes and von Trapp barely escaped to Slovakia. It took the diversion of two German Group Armies, three Polish divisions and five weeks for Austria-Hungary to crush the Bohemian-Sudeten Uprising).

In the end, Rosenberg's hateful machine of subversion and mass terror could not avert the defeat of Imperial Russia on the Eastern Front. The collaborationist formations proved to be worthless in pitched combat, the Imperial Jan Sobieski Grenadiers Mechanized Division was routed from its fortifications by a Polish regiment from a division of the same appellation. Teutonic Grand Ducal troops fared even worse in battle. By November 1943, Imperial Russia and its puppet collaborator governments had all been chased from "redeemed soil".

The fate of Rosenberg himself is still unknown to this day. His last confirmed sighting was on September 1944 in Kazan, ruling out his death in the earlier atomic bombing of Saint Petersburg. While the Grand Duchess Anastasia was handed over in 1949 by Zhukov's government, along with collaborators like Heinlein and Moravec, to all be hung for crimes against humanity or high treason, the Russian republican government denied all knowledge as to Rosenberg's whereabouts. Most historians do not think it likely that Rosenberg followed the example of the Grand Teutonic Duke in taking his life. Unverified sightings and rumors still filtered in from the 1950s to 1980s from around the world, though concentrated in South Africa, Argentina and Australia.

Regardless of his final disposition, Rosenberg left a terrible legacy of hate, division subversion and violence, in deep societal scars across eastern Germany, Poland, and northeastern Austria-Hungary, as brothers raised the flag of treason and Freedomism, to fight brother. His reputation for omnipresent evil, though somewhat exaggerated in popular culture, can be seen in villains such as the Orange Skull, the Mouth of Sauron and SPECTRE.
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After Featherston: The Untold Story

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Title card of a documentary film made sometime in the early 21st Century that shows the viewer the immediate aftermath of North America after the end of the Second Great War to the beginning of the Second Great Game between the United States, Germany, and Japan.

After Featherston is filled with never-before seen historical footage of the life of average former Confederate citizens and how the American government attempted to destroy all trace of Freedomite power within the former Confederate States. Included in the film are videos of Canadian and Mormon rebellion being put down, the beginning of Reintegration of states from the Confederacy, the remaining Canadian provinces becoming American states, the Houston Trials involving major and minor Freedomite leaders, and the cooperation of American, German, and Japanese governments dividing up the world within their own respective orders. An extra, but brief, segment involves Germany and Japan dealing with Britain, France, and Russia.

The film ends during the last years of the 1940's passing by, but not without the birth of an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations.

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President Richard Nixon with Queen Elizabeth II of England, Scotland and Wales, as part of the "Anglophone Accords," 1975

With the reemergence of the Republican Party following the "Lincoln Reversal" of 1972 and the beginning of the "Rose Bowl" era as the former CSA moved towards full reintegration, President Nixon, feeling domestic affairs were settling into a pattern of stability in North America, began to focus his attention on foreign affairs. Foremost among these was the USA's relationship with the UK, as the former wartime adversaries faced a new power dynamic in Europe.

With the rise of Wilhelm IV to the German throne following the sudden death of Wilhelm III in 1951, Relations between the US and Imperial Germany, already showing signs of tension before the Second Great War, reached a new cooling point. The "Great Falling Out" of 1963, when a meeting between President Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. and the German Foreign Minister went horribly wrong following a discussion over Germany's heavy-handed subduing of a rebellion in her East African colonies, combined with the imminent collapse of Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman's move to strengthen her ties with the USA, nearly caused another War to break out. Though conflict was averted, the relationship between the two powers seemed inextricably sundered.

With the weakening of the Socialist Party, increasing dissatisfaction with the Democrats and the growing number of ex-Confederates returning to US citizenship, the Republican party, long sidelined in US politics since the Second Mexican War, saw their chance to reemerge, and following the election of Nixon began courting the UK and French governments.

In the wake of a second defeat in a war against Germany, as well as the Superbombing of several of her major cities, the UK was in dire straits economically and socially. While the Silvershirt party had been outlawed and their leader, Oswald Mosely, handed over to and imprisoned by the Germans, rumblings of far-right dissent still shook the rundown slums and mining towns of what remained of the Home Islands. Of greater concern to Parliament and the Royal family, however, were the increasing statements of LEFT-wing groups, particularly the underground "Red Front" organization, who staged a series of protest marches and strikes in major industrial towns, further crippling an already staggered economy. Queen Elizabeth II's rise to the throne in 1955 following the death of her father quelled dissent for a time, as it was hoped this new, young monarch could help affect meaningful change, but 10 years on little had been done, and the Socialist and Anarchist groups seemed stronger than ever.

To say the British Royal Family and the Parliament were surprised when, shortly after Nixon's election, the US government reached out to "expand relations" with the country would be an understatement. The Prime Minister, Anthony Eden, quickly convened a meeting with US Ambassador Gerald Ford, where a US proposal to expand investments in British businesses to help repair her economic structure was outlined. Furthermore, the US agreed to roll back some of the restrictions on British trade and military strength in exchange for a British guarantee that she would respect Irish sovereignty and not attempt to reclaim any of her defeat-stripped colonies.

Given the UK's state, the latter obligation was easy enough to accept, and the "US-UK Treaty of Cooperation" was signed in a private meeting on January 8th, 1973. Given the desire of the US government to retain cordiality with Germany, it was hoped to keep these negotiations secret for as long as possible.

With the influx of cash from US businesses and investment groups, as well as the pro-socialist cant of the USA's politics, it wasn't long before much of the tension in the British Isles began to ease, and indeed a period of economic prosperity was soon unfolding. Modernization of such services as the Railway network was begun with the introduction of Diesel and Electric locomotives to replace the UK's steam fleet, and the new security of Banks allowed for local investment in infrastructure updating and advancement of technological assets. For this, US companies got new markets to sell their goods and services, as well as a new ally in the growing global crisis of Imperial hegemony: Japan was making inroads into China and threatened India, and while Wartime expedience had caused the US to turn a blind eye to their expansion, the Ottomans were becoming increasingly concerned about the approach of the Imperial Army. the US needed regional allies in the event of a renewed war, and the UK still held some territories in the Indian Ocean and Southern Pacific.

The Secret could not be kept for long, however, as the treaty was followed two years later by an invitation from the British Royal Family to the president, to visit the UK and meet the Queen personally. Nixon, hoping his overtures would earn him votes from the "Feddies" as the nickname for the former Confederates went, readily accepted.

In what would be dubbed the "Anglophone Accords" by the Media, Nixon arrived for a formal state visit in 1975, the first sitting US president to visit the UK, and met with the Prime Minister and the Queen at Chequers, the PM's estate. Nixon delivered several gifts to the Queen that had come from friendship groups in the USA (more so the former CSA) and following a private luncheon where the two discussed several informal topics, Nixon made a public address citing the two countries' shared history, and expressing his desire that the pre-1862 cordiality could be restored. The Prime Minister followed up his speech, thanking the President for his words and expressing the gratitude of the nation for America's aid in these trying times. Following a tour of Edinburgh Castle and a review of the Coldstream Guards, Nixon would return home to the well-wishes of the English people, and the glowing praise of the "Feddies." His reelection was all but guaranteed, and he would serve another 4 years as President.​
Notable Fighter Aces of the Confederate Air Force

A propaganda photo of Confederate Fighter Ace Captain "Happy Jack" Ifrey.
Jack Milton Ifrey was the CSA's top ace during the Second Great War with a total 147 air victories, third highest for the Radius after Alexander Pokryshkin and Ivan Kozhedub. Born to a First Great War veteran in 1920, Ifrey would join the Confederate Air Force in 1938 and would become a fighter pilot. During the Second Great War, he would take part in air operations during Operation Blackbeard, Jupiter, and Coalscuttle, the latter one he almost got killed in. After the Pittsburgh Fiasco, Featherston would make Ifrey a senior commander for Confederate Air Defensive units to combat the ever increasing Union Bombing Raids on the CSA. At war's end, Ifrey would surrender to Union Forces in the Wilmington Pocket and would spend a few years in captivity before being released back to Texas where would become a senior officer for the Texan Air Defense Force from 1949 until his retirement in 1972. He would life a quiet life in his home town of Houston, Texas until his passing in 2004. During his SGW service, Ifrey would pilot in the A-38 Hound Dog fighter and towards the very end, would fly the A44 Raptor, in which he got 17 confirmed kills in.

A photo of Tex Hill next to his Hound Dog at Confederate controlled Wright Field in Ohio, circa 1941.
Born in July of 1915 to Confederate Missionaries in Japanese ruled Korea, David Lee "Tex" Hill would be raised in Confederate Texas. He would initially join the Confederate Navy in 1936 serving as a recon plane pilot aboard the cruiser CSS Virginia, Hill would then transfer into the CSAF in 1939, in which he would become a fighter pilot. Hill and his unit, the 14th Fighter Wing, would take part in Operation Blackbeard in the Summer of 1941, where they made escort missions to CSAF Mule dive bombers. During that time, Hill would shoot down his first air victories, 7 P-24 Hawks, 2 P-16 Peashooters, and 3 P-27 Sky Shark fighters along with 2 Douglas B-18 bombers in his Hound Dog fighter. His unit would then be transferred over to New Mexico in late 1941 where they also provided escort mission to Confederate Mule and Falcon bombers in that region. From December 1941 until May 1944, Hill would have a total of 94 confirmed air kills, making him the 2nd highest ace of the CSAF. In May of 1944, the Texans would revolt against the Confederates and Captain Hill and few others in his unit would join the rebels. During the last months of the war on the side of the Texan Rebels, Hill would shoot down a total of 6 Confederate and 2 Mexican aircraft over Texas. After the war, Hill would be a senior commander for the newly formed Texan Air Defense Force and later become it's commander until his retirement in 1974. In 1976, Hill would be elected as President of the Republic of Texas, in which he used his status as a war hero to get him elected. He would remain as president of Texas until his term expired in 1983, after which he would live out a peaceful life at his Ranch outside of Terrel Hills until his passing in 2007. Tex Hill during the duration of the SGW would fly 3 different variants of the Hound Dog fighter.

A photo of Vermont Garrison in the service of the United States Air Force, circa 1952.
Vermont Garrison, who was the third highest ace of the CSAF during the Second Great War, was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1915. His father was be killed in the First Great War not after Vermont's birth. From 1936 to 1940, he would serve as a school teacher in London, Kentucky in one room elementary schools. Following the return of Kentucky to the Confederacy in 1940, Garrison would join the Confederate States Air Force as part of his conscription requirements. During the Second Great War, Garrison would serve in the 96th Fighter Wing in the Missouri Region of the American Front from August 1941 to May 1942, in which he had gained a total of 8.5 confirmed air kills there. In May of 1942, his unit would be redeployed to Ohio where they provided escort to bombers attacking Detroit and also cargo planes supplying Canadian Rebels across Lake Erie. The 96th Wing filled that role until September of 1942 when they were redeployed yet again, this time to support ground operations of the 14th Corps in the Monongahela Region south of Pittsburgh. During the Battle of Monongahela and the subsequent fighting around Pittsburgh, Garrison would shoot down a total of 26 Union aircraft as well as destroying 4 Union ground vehicles and 2 barrels. During Operation Rosebud, Garrison's unit, which was refitting at Wright Field in Ohio, would be hastily sent to the front to counter the Union attacks in Western Ohio. During this time, Garrison would shoot down another 12.5 Union aircraft and destroy 10 ground units, and on December 27th, 1942, Garrison's plane would be shot down and Garrison would be taken as Prisoner-of-War, which he spent the rest of the war at a POW camp in Wisconsin near Fort McCoy. Following his release in 1946, Garrison would return to his pre-war job as a school teacher in Kentucky, which he had occupied in until 1952. That year, Garrison would join the United States Air Force and would be a fighter pilot, in he would effectively become one of the few wartime CSAF pilots to also serve in the USAF post-war. He would serve in the USAF until his retirement in 1973 and would live until 1994 in Kentucky. During his service in the CSAF, he would fly the Hound Dog fighter and would have a total of 47 confirmed air victories, making him the 9th highest Confederate ace of the war.​
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Our Intrepid Johnny here has managed to seize some important Yankee information and is heading back to his lines!
There's honestly a lot you could with New Mexico and west Texas during SGW anti Confederate and Mexican guerrillas made up of American ranchers and cattlemen, someone actually managing a horseback train robbery, camel rider scouts, Mormon gun runners etc.
Celebrations of St. Patrick's Batallion in the Mexican Empire and the Irish Republic, ca. 2010's

Military tribute to the St. Patrick's Batallion in Mexico City, 1995

*One of those few things in TL-191 that would be nearly unchanged and still occur in a similar manner OTL
**Per my Reconciliation between USA and Mexico post, it is my head canon that Ireland becomes a moderator between American and Mexican diplomacy, since both nations would view Ireland in a positive manner.
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I wonder which OTL German officer would likely to command a formation of German collaborators/defecting prisoners of war/far right militants under Russian command, in the Eastern Theater during the Second Great War?

Ferdinand Schorner? Walter Model? Von Reichnau? Erich von Manstein (for irony points)?
I wonder which OTL German officer would likely to command a formation of German collaborators/defecting prisoners of war/far right militants under Russian command, in the Eastern Theater during the Second Great War?

Ferdinand Schorner? Walter Model? Von Reichnau? Erich von Manstein (for irony points)?

Paul Hausser might be the man, if we imagine the collaborators to be of the "man, wouldn't it be cool if we had regular Pogroms against our Jewish populace in Germany as well" variety.
Paul Hausser might be the man, if we imagine the collaborators to be of the "man, wouldn't it be cool if we had regular Pogroms against our Jewish populace in Germany as well" variety.
Here's another question: what about the Ukrainian resistance? The UPA, the Banderists, men like Dmytro Klyachkivsky? The region was occupied by Germany, but I doubt they'd want to go back under Russia either.
Considering in OTL a lot of British nobility actually married into American new money during the 19th and early twentieth century, to the point it actually became a popular literary trope. I wonder if with the decline of Anglo-American relations and growing political ties between the United States and Central Powers would lead to marriages between German nobility and the American new money class.
So I'm aware that Charles XI is probably supposed to be Charles Maurras or something, but in my head, I always imagined him looking like this:
So I'm aware that Charles XI is probably supposed to be Charles Maurras or something, but in my head, I always imagined him looking like this:

Who "Charles XI" was before France became a kingdom again is never stated in the books.

However, it is another error that Dr. Turtledove did when you do some research into the royal lineages of France. Technically, it can't be a Charles XI, since that title was already taken by an uncrowned relative in either the Orleanist or Legitimist branch nearly a century before the mid-1900's.

I did a head canon post that fixed this mistake awhile ago.