Cool update! Looks like interesting times in the good old US of A. The different course of the whole slavery debate with the populists and liberationists is really interesting.
Yes, farmers are struggling to stay afloat and the poor are suffering, but unless they’re being horsewhipped, watching their wives get raped or having their children sold to strangers, they can take lots of seats as far as the Liberationists are concerned. And as for foreign policy, the big bad boogeyman Britain is abolishing slavery, which is a lot more than the U.S. can say right now. The Liberationists have elected two candidates to the House—a good first try, especially for a party dedicated to winning the votes of white men by telling them to shut up about their problems, but not enough to give them any clout to speak of.
(The Liberationists’ position on the banks is that they’re SEIZING AND AUCTIONING SLAVES, in case you were wondering.)
Alas, Dew has come down with a case of pneumonia and is in bed, being cared for by his wife until he can get his strength back and start writing his latest essay, which will be on the fundamental weakness of women and their need for men to look after them.
(I said he was of two minds. I didn’t say either one was any help.)
I’ve missed your one-liners.His ship is the USS Representation. and its adventures are as exciting as its name.
Yes, Delphine LaLaurie was a real person.Really good run down of the two places, Florida is a really fascinating locale alright, you've done well with its creation. Louisiana seems like it's going to be full of trouble at some point soon, the description of the slaves is rather... yikes. Was it based off a real person?
What is the status of Native people's in the Republic if I may ask? And what is going on in Tejas these days?
Sounds like Spain proper couldn't do much if Farias started making moves towards industrialization anyway, given how practically independent New Spain is.And not only is New Spain developing its own olive groves and vineyards, but Farías wants it to industrialize, especially in the area of railroads, textiles, steam engines, guns and ammunition. This point Madrid won’t compromise on—industry in Spain is having a rough enough start, and they need New Spain buying their textiles and manufactured goods rather than making its own.
Because Escobar's hippos weren't chaos enough. But please explain something: how the hell do you transport live Indian elephants across two oceans in the age of wooden ships and iron men?When Stephen got to Cayenne, he found that one of Campbell’s pet projects was already underway. The former governor felt that Cayenne’s timber industry had a lot of potential, but the colony was so lightly populated there weren’t a lot of people to cut trees and haul them. Inspired by the successful introduction of water buffaloes to Florida, he decided to try something bigger—importing elephants and elephant handlers from Asia. This is the sort of thing that takes a while to orchestrate, but once there are teams of elephants established in the back country, they’ll be breeding like… elephants. Don’t expect them to overrun the continent any time soon.
Ah, the Malê! (I still don't know how to pronounce that...) Jonathan Edelstein's timeline really put that obscure slave revolt on the map. While I doubt they'll get up to adventures as wild that timeline, it does sound like they'll be rather more influential than OTL.Things will get even more complicated next month in Salvador, when the Malê decide to take action towards their own freedom, rebelling against the rebellion.
Why do I think something horrible is about to happen?Which is good. The rest of the world needed something to laugh about.
Interesting, remind me what led to Entre Rios becoming independent of Argentina? They seem to be doing quite well.
is "Tucumán" San Miguel de Tucumán? Seems like a geographically questionable choice of capitol city.
One at a time, before they're full-grown, with many stops along the way to restock fodder, much shoveling out of manure and much cursing of the fact that the world's largest land mammal has just about the world's least efficient digestive system. (The males especially can't travel full-grown. With a voyage that long, an adult male would at some point go into musth and start trying to stomp on everybody in sight.)Because Escobar's hippos weren't chaos enough. But please explain something: how the hell do you transport live Indian elephants across two oceans in the age of wooden ships and iron men?
Hehe I can imagine, some parts of the country are over 1000 km away. Railroad travel will fix that somewhat, but that's probably a few decades off.Yes. They were trying to find the anti-Buenos Aires, some place that would never become the center of gravity for the whole country. More than one legislator has quietly regretted this choice on his way to and from the location.
OK thanks. So the elephants are trained from childhood with basically no interaction with wild adults? Curious what that may result in. Well, certainly will help for using them as work animals. Any plans to try breeding them in Guyana proper?One at a time, before they're full-grown, with many stops along the way to restock fodder, much shoveling out of manure and much cursing of the fact that the world's largest land mammal has just about the world's least efficient digestive system. (The males especially can't travel full-grown. With a voyage that long, an adult male would at some point go into musth and start trying to stomp on everybody in sight.)