Siam should have ended up as a British protectorate ITTL based off of being completely surrounded. Also, the Tian dynasty seemed to pop out of nowhere - a more realistic Japanese colonization of China would have been --> China balkanizes into multiple remnants with the toppling of the Qing --> some of these are colonized/proxied by the Europeans/Japanese/Russians/the Vietnamese(?!) --> Japan drives out most of the competitors with the collapse of Russia and European powers --> proclaims dynastically unified Chinese state under the Emperor of Japan or something and banks ironically on Chinese nationalism (reunified even if under a Yamato dynasty, allied to our Japanese benefactors thing)Or another possibility could be Vietnam is able to maintain its independence ala Siam in our world.
France had a history of involvement in Vietnam going back to the 18th century, when they supported the rising Nguyen dynasty against the Tay Son. However, later Nguyen emperors were much less conciliatory towards the West, which often manifested in the suppression of Catholicism. In the mid-1800s, the French Empire wanted a foothold in East Asia and used persecution of Catholic missionaries as a pretext to intervene. After annexing the provinces that would become Cochinchina and establishing a protectorate over Cambodia, they managed to fully subdue Vietnam between 1883 and 1886 and split off the viceroyalty of Tonkin as a separate protectorate. This is a sequence of events that could be avoided without a strong French overseas presence, since the Spanish aren't any stronger and Britain wouldn't need any more colonies in the region.Why was Vietnam colonized IOTL?
I find the timeline’s focus on wanking polities already known to new AH members like the USA, the British, Russian, German and Japanese (this following canon) to be neat but at the same time somewhat implausible given the POD
Good point. Also someone raised the idea of British America as the *Draka and @Dan1988 said that a longer-lasting British America would be less industrialized and more oligarchical along the lines of Latin America or South Africa due to colonialism, with longer-lasting slavery. And the reaction to that might be centralized ultranationalism that views all the electoralism in the colonial federations as uselessAt least some of these followed simple dice rolls.
And in the true victors of the timeline were (unexpectedly) people like the Dutch, China, Myanmar of all places, and Spain.