I doubt the french king is still around, in large part because their (deceased) reinstated king was the driving force behind action francaise. In britain, I would imagine the monarch is still around, both to give some legitimacy to the new, german imposed government (think hirohito in japan) and because he is a distant relative of the Kaiser.
The nations of COSTA RICA, EL SALVADOR, LIBERIA, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, ECUADOR, and THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC round out the membership of the CDS, giving America the ability to project its power and influence around the globe.
Do rememember that Churchill lost power at the end of the war, and was replaced with Lord Howe (I think) a committed appeaser in OTL.
That would make more sense... Geoffrey Howe would have been a bit young, assuming it's the same one!It was Horace Wilson I belive, (in OTL, a Civil Servant and ally of Lord Halifax)
Seconded.Good so far, can we have more on Europe in the next instalment?
Hm...good stuff, as always, Dave. Seems like the stage is set for some major catastrophe(s) to happen...something I don't think the world is ready for so 'soon' after a major world conflict, but it seems the power order makes that inevitable. Hopefully, they'll be able to persevere through it, though. Interesting that you've essentially made France and Britain third world countries in a way...I assume that Germany and Austria-Hungary dominating Europe is a poke at France and Britain doing just that with the USSR after World War II.
Also, I don't know if you've gotten my PM on the issue, but I feel that the actual Austrian-Hungarian emperor-king is probably Otto I, and not Karl II. You see, Otto I was, and is, still alive at the time of the writing, so Turtledove probably avoided offending him and placed a relative on the throne, at least implied, instead of Otto himself.
Will the next installment(s) be over the Empire of the Rising Sun (and, as one other reader cleverly, IMO, called it, their 'Bamboo Curtain'?) and the Independence Movement nations/the Ottoman empire? Maybe more of Britain and France? Also, if you're looking for whose currently leading the sultanate in Turkey...Abdul Mejid II died in 1944, being succeeded by Prince Ahmed Nihad Efendi (from 1944-1954), and currently it would probably be Osman Fuad Efendi (1954-1973), all of this being information from our world, at least, but that's how I'd think it would probably go.
Part 2: The German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the European Community
THE GERMAN EMPIRE is currently the strongest nation in the world, along with the United States of America and the Empire of Japan. With a large and very professional military, and home to the most advanced scientific institutions on Earth, it completely dominates Europe, along with its old ally, Austria-Hungary.
Ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm III, the Empire rules over what was once Belgium (where the occupation forces are considering copying America’s method of dealing with the Mormons)
Why? These are Belgians, not crazed religious fanatics. There's probably some low-level terrorism, but I can hardly see it being bad enough to make the Germans think forcibly displacing the local population would be anything but a horrible idea.
Funny enough, in OTL the Germans had planned not to annex Belgium but to turn it into a puppet state once WW1 had finished out of fear that occupying it would be exactly as mentioned in this. Basically a massive headache.Why? These are Belgians, not crazed religious fanatics. There's probably some low-level terrorism, but I can hardly see it being bad enough to make the Germans think forcibly displacing the local population would be anything but a horrible idea.