These Fair Shores: The Commonwealth of New England

I did notice that Cantonese is the second most common language in England, I assume this has a lot to do with Hong Kong being officially part of the UK and the presumptive freedom of travel between them, also I did notice that the Commonwealths get far more seats at the House of Delegates than the Dominions.
What's the ideology behind the five Californian parties? How is the balance of power between Presidency and Cortes Generales in TTL California compared to OTL US?
How many inhabitants does California have compared to OTL? 106 congressmen seem very few.
How much power do departments and provinces have? Is there a municipal level below provinces?

-PPP: Social Democratic broad tent party. The left-wing is pretty much socialist, and the right-wing is market socialist.
-VOCA: Right-wing populism. Focus is on traditional family values, strong borders, and the preservation of the Spanish language.
-UD: Councilist/Socialist. The left-wing of the party advocates for Spanish-style socialist reforms, while the right-wing of the party are more radical socialists than would be allowed in the PPP.
-PPL: Liberal, capitalist party. Focus on social liberalism and market reforms to expand prosperity. Emphasis on public-private initiatives.
-PCU: Conservative, capitalist party. Some focus on the family, moderate social conservatism. Seeks market reforms and privatisation in all aspects. Lower government spending, lower taxes.

The Presidency is a very powerful office. The President of California has broad executive powers, far more than the United States. California operates under a philosophy of "the powers of the President are limitless, until Congress limits them." This is why a split government is incredibly harmful towards good governance in California. Elections are only every 5 years, no midterms or recalls.

California has around 22.2 millions inhabitants.

California is officially unitary. Departments can, and do, change, but the provinces have more or less been stable for several decades. New ones are not often created historically. The last department to have been created was Armando Cicerón, which was split off from La Plata, which used to Casalektavi, Moraleja, Tierras Vastas, and Natakkoa. There are many, many municipalities in each province - those are rather arbitrary and are not effective government structures. Most of the power rests in the provinces.

Is voting compulsory in California?

It is not. The voting period is extremely long, extremely accessible, and there is a tax credit for doing so.


How goes it on a list of US presidents? So far we know Alexander Hamilton and George Clinton, but who else before the office's untimely abolishment by President-Chairman Hogan?

The Presidential list is still a work in progress. It is not high on the list of upcoming updates, sorry!

That and Quebecois. I wonder if stronger assimilation policies or whatever gave a stronger Anglo influence, or the two tongues really standardized themselves in an attempt to keep unique.
Any particular reason why Acadian French is considered a separate language from European French?

France and the Empire fought a rather big war, and had a rather long period of tensions before then. Rebranding was done on purpose. Also, Acadian sounds more like Chiac than, well, French.

Wait a second - when did Corsica become part of the Empire?
I think they were occupied when the Napoleonic pretender returned, IIRC.
I think they were actually taken after the Great Continental War.
Were they? The wikipedia article for France still showed Corsica as part of the metropole, and that was before the ITL Napoleonic fracas. The lack of a local flag and representation also suggests that this annexation is a recent development.

There is a major revision to the world map (well, not major - I am changing the art style slightly, and I only did a single major rework of an area that has thus far been untouched) in the works. The lag of a flag or representation is intentional.

There are no elections on the island of Corsica.

What's the difference, if any, between a Commonwealth and a Dominion?
What is the difference between a Dominion and a Commonwealth? Great work, @CosmicAsh

A Dominion does not have control over its external affairs, and is only allowed to communicate freely with other members of the Empire without having to go through London, with the exception that if a Dominion is in a location that requires it to have constant contact with a foreign power, they are eligible to maintain an office in the British embassy of that country to engage in discussions without having to send a message to London to negotiate for them. A Commonwealth has a fully staffed external diplomatic corps, and is able to enter into treaties, ect with foreign powers and conduct negotiations without British involvement. To an extent.

Commonwealths also get more representation in the House of Delegates, and have (slightly) lower contribution rates towards Imperial management.

It seems the British Empire still consists of a quarter of the globe. Does the German Empire still consist of a small sausage factory in Tanganyika?

The German Empire never existed.

Brilliant as always, @CosmicAsh.

Just one question: why does "Great Britain" not officially exist, and is composed instead of England, Scotland, and Wales? When did this change occur?

Great Britain absolutely exists, it is the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland, and Hong Kong after all.

Any reason why Jamaica has a lower population ITTL? Was there an equivalent to the Windrush generation?

Jamaica was hit very badly from the Long Depression, and as such has never quite recovered. Jamaicans have in general moved to other parts of the Empire.

I did notice that Cantonese is the second most common language in England, I assume this has a lot to do with Hong Kong being officially part of the UK and the presumptive freedom of travel between them, also I did notice that the Commonwealths get far more seats at the House of Delegates than the Dominions.

Indeed, there is free movement between all parts of the Empire, and someone living in Hong Kong can freely move to anywhere in the United Kingdom without any repercussions or needing to apply for residency, as they are already residents of the United Kingdom.

Commonwealths do have more political power than Dominions.

Very interesting.
Are Acadian politics typically so... fractious, or is this an exception? Apologies for my ignorance of parliamentary systems....

Additionally, beyond Carbone's bypassing of the New England Constitution, how has the country been affected by the war domestically? I'd love to see an update on the wartime situation soon...

Excellent as always.
How has the ongoing war in the US affected local politics like the Acadian elections? I imagine Acadia is too far from the border to be a viable target and likely hasn't suffered as much as other provinces like Connecticut, Long Island, and Adirondack.