Very, very helpful. I saw that map already.
But still I have some questions:
1. Did Mexico remain like that? Is Mexico democratic?
2. Did Germany retain these colonies (basically, it is Mittelafrika)? If not - what I think is more plausible - how did they fare?
3. Is there any mention of Austrian or Czech separatism/secessionism? Have these areas seceded? Should that not be the case, shouldn't we (@Riley Uhr
) consider adding an Austrian and a Czech nationalist/separatist party?
Okay, So I'll just start with these three questions, because they are arguable good starting points for the world: Germany is arguably the single greatest geopolitical topic besides the UK for this thread, Mexico is important for local foreign relations, and lets throw the UK onto this pile for good measure since that's the Dominions single most valuble ally. Frankly, i think its good to have a reminder of what is already enshrined in the past lore so as to not counteract it.
1: Mexico. Most of the Mexico lore can be found in this thread.
The general gist is that Mexico is a unwieldy mass of a state that started unified. However, the speculation of worldwide powers, the gradual decent into authoritarianism, and the entrapment between both the rising Colombia and the Dominion meant something was going to give way. it was Mexico's poor luck that this all happened during the beginning of the Great War, and the powers all backed sides in the conflict, and then encouraged their sides to fortify and hunker down as the world got multipolar. Mexico in general became very left leaning, with socialist types seizing the center sending the regional caudillos off. the Northerners in broad strokes 'democratic' states as far as your normal latin american nation can be democratic, where as mexico is transformed from Authoritarian Socialist/communist to Authoritarian similar to post-communist regimes. Also, it is important to remember that present Mexico had to reconquer some of the territory she holds, she is a very jingoistic state that still has a subculture that would love to reunite the north, even as she sends embassies to these accepted members of the global order.
2: Germany. This is not your normal Greater Germany, and in fact it has very little to do with Kaiserreich. Various bits of German Lore are scattered throughout the 19th century timelines from way long ago (links chronologically Here
, and Here
), but the general divergence like everything in Europe begins in the 1848 revolutions period. The two big divergences concerning Germany are that Russia has a greater liberal presence and cannot intervene in Hungary following the liberal revolutions. Hungary wins her war of independence with Russia thanks to outside aid, and Austria ends up kneecapped. This begins the rapprochement of Austria as she now turns towards her last bastions of influence - Southern Germany. The unification of germany also goes in a much different direction than OTL, with a Rhine crisis seeing france banned from German politics and no longer serving as the great demon for the kaiser. The German Brothers war of 1864-67 is a bloody affair similar to the US civil war with Austria and South Germany fighting Northern Germany over who will eventually untie the whole. Berlin wins, but not after getting far more bloodied than OTL. Germany goes against Russia instead of France because Russia was austrias big foe, and a war to heal the bonds would be better to the east. This gives germany the baltic coast. There is a Great War, and Germany wins, but as usual the terms are far worse for Russia (who adopted nationalist liberals following the german war) than France. Then there is the mutlipolar cold war and we have a few locked in German interests around the globe. In General though, one should probably think of German politics as far more 'TriParti' than OTL, kinda similar to Austria. There are the SocDems (whomever we name them) with their base in the rhine, the Catholic conservatives in the South, and Protestant Reactionary/Junker types in the east, and they would be surrounded by a few minors as usual.
3: UK. We actually have not talked that much about the UK, for all its importance here. You can find the UK's history in the 19th century in the German links. This big POD for UK politics is though that she stays out entirely from the great war, so the Liberal party never has to go through that process of promising to stay out of war but then enter anyway. So the Liberal party never dies, and instead reforms itself to fit the rising demands of Labour. This isn't like the lib Dems are the largest party, the Liberal ticket and their allies are just a 'different' type of OTL Labour party these day, with less ties to things like the TUC. One thign that I think needs to be discussed is the UK's national psyche that we havn't really talked about before. Presently in OTL, the UK is caught in a crisis where she doesn't know whether to look to Europe or America as her benefactor in the national version of retirement. In TTL, there is no such discussion: the UK is now second dog to her BFF ally across the pond, who has risen far above anything that the Island ever could hope to achieve. perhaps the UK would retain pride through Commonwealth style politics: more prominent commonwealth games and events, a free trade zone with other commonwealth zones (and perhaps free movement considering the deeper ties between the Anglo states), and maybe some sort of commonwealth forum like a mini-UN.