The South Island was more thoroughly colonized than the North Island at the time right?
I wonder what would be the reaction in London once the news 'd start to arrive about what and how happen to be created this Australasian Union. Perhaps, given their limited resources and strategic priorities 'd seem that HM Government would have to face the dilemma of non accept the new situation or to decide that should accept it as a fait accompli, or if rather wouldn't accept it... Also, I guess that the reaction of the US press and government, if well, perhaps different, IMO, at least, might be very interesting, too...New Zealand(essentially the South Isle) and Aotearoa(the North Isle) joined the Union, bringing the component states up to 10.
What had started as a miners rebellion at Eureka had spread like wildfire, burning away the traces of British colonialism at a rapid pace.
Thanks. Real life has been hammering me recently so happy to be back.This is interesting, and welcome back, @johnboy...
Wondering how this develops...
Thanks for that. Yes, that would make an interesting SILove this update you wrote three four great stories that are now books. Is there any ideas for your future timelines alternate history or self insert ideas? One idea I have is self insert McClellan we’re he makes him a better general cause you don’t see many stories that make McClellan a better general. That’s my ideas keep up the good work!👍👍
Very much so, probably due to the scattered nature of native settlement in the South at the time.The South Island was more thoroughly colonized than the North Island at the time right?
There will be some stirrings on that front soon.I wonder what would be the reaction in London once the news 'd start to arrive about what and how happen to be created this Australasian Union. Perhaps, given their limited resources and strategic priorities 'd seem that HM Government would have to face the dilemma of non accept the new situation or to decide that should accept it as a fait accompli, or if rather wouldn't accept it... Also, I guess that the reaction of the US press and government, if well, perhaps different, IMO, at least, might be very interesting, too...
Somewhat, his son in law is a Government Minister, his third son a junior minister.Does the Swanston family have any influence?
South Australia won't be happy...1 June 1855, Toorak House, Melbourne, Australasian Union
The Swan River Colony had fallen into line. With a population of only 2,000 at Perth and a similar number at Fremantle, they had little option in the matter. The fact now was that Peter Lalor and the new government of the Australasian Union now controlled territories as distant as 3,500 miles apart. He had expanded his government to a cabinet of some 12 members, not only to help assist with the administrative workload, but also to show that he was prepared to include people from all areas of the country and those outside his immediate circle and non Victorians. The Cabinet now consisted of:
President pro tem and Foreign Secretary: Horatio Wills
Prime Minister and Minister for War: Peter Lalor
Home Secretary: Raffaello Carboni
Minister for Mining and Postmaster General: Duncan Gillies
Lord Protector: Richard Plantagenet- Brydges
Minister for Trade: Foster Fyans
Attorney General: Adye Douglas
Treasurer: Boyle Finnis
Minister of Health: William Bland
Minister for Justice: Alfred Stephen
Minister for Agriculture and Forestry: Edward Willis
Commissioner for Work and Education: Charles Cowper
Minister for New Zealand and Native Affairs: Tāmihana Te Rauparaha
It was a mix from all walks of life, but all had agreed to work from Melbourne and all were on site except the later and Richard Plantagenet- Brydges, seemingly delayed in New Zealand. Hopefully, they could meet as a unit for the first time within a fortnight. There were important matters to deal with. At this stage, London must know of events that had occurred. Peter Lalor was not to know that on the following day, 2nd June 1855, two events would occur. Buckingham would return to London and the latterly known "4th Fleet", under the command of Captain John-Dalrymple-Hay consisting of fur ships under the protection of the old 2 decker HMS Cambridge, for which a crew had been scraped together, the other three ships being convicts transports.
Lalor had much on his mind. They had made promises to review the cases of every convict not convicted of a crime within the former colonies. It would be a monumental task, especially in New South Wales, where transportation had continued unabated until some two months ago. They had promised a revised version of the Treaty of Waitangi and had, as yet, little idea of how to go about such an undertaking. Then there was Foreign Affairs. Horatio Wills had dispatched a ship to travel to the United States, via Hawaii. Recognition via foreign governments was essential. Recognition from Russia could be easily obtained, but this was felt to be to provocative. It was not yet known whether Great Britain, in all her power, would fight, or simply accept what had occurred as a fait accompli. This, of course, led on to the country's ability to withstand a military conflict. He was doing all that he possibly could to build up with colonial militia forces he could and at the same time organise and arm the disparate elements of that were available and under construction in the shipyards of the former colonies, hoping to be able to present a force that would give those sent to the colony pause, thereby making London ask themselves whether it was worth to cost to impose their will on such a distant prize. Especially in the middle of a war and a rebellion in that most valuable of places, India.
Then there was the question of those that held their loyalty firmly to the crown and wished to leave the breakaway state. It was not like there was shipping available to transport anything like the numbers wishing to do so. In any case, the government had outlawed any such emigration, although he had made promises that this would be lifted in July. By that stage the cat would be well and truly out of the bag, in any case.
Then there was the question of the system of government, whether such a government would be monarchical or republican. Then a constitution would need to be drawn up. Elections, which had been promised, would have to occur. How much freedom would individual areas have. certainly, in the North Island of New Zealand, where the Maori King movement had it's heart, much autonomy had already been promised. Adye Douglas had a huge task to preform, when agreement had finally been reached. Finally, there was the question of the states themselves. Buckingham had created four new states, Queensland, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island and North Australia, putting his own sycophants in charge, all to increase his own influence. It was in New South Wales that most of the problems of the current government were to be found. The state contained many of Buckingham's cronies, men who had benefited from his stance against abolition. For that reason alone, much work needed to be done to curb the power of New South Wales. The location of the capital was one thing. Melbourne had a population of 140,000, Sydney 210,000, yet Melbourne was growing at the larger rate, as was Victoria. Another question - should the state continue to be known as Victoria, considering the circumstances? The extent of state powers was another matter. Finally, there was question of state boundaries. It seemed to Lalor that anything that could be done to lessen the power of New South Wales the better. To that end, he had drawn a new map of the country, one designed to reduce the power of men formerly loyal to Buckingham.
Proposed new Divisions to Australasia (initial proposal is to have New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Norfolk and Lord Howe Island as one state, along with New Zealand(south island) and Aotearoa(NZ North Island)
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Australia can't compete with North America.Based, I don't think I've ever seen a successful early Australian tl. Encouraging earlier mass migration from Europe and seeking Russian/American protection might be a way to strengthen it demographically and to preserve Australia's new independence.
Yeah obviously it's not as fertile or close, however it can still plausibly attract more settlers than in OTL.Australia can't compete with North America.
The American Civil War benefited Australia by putting settlers off of the US, and the same will happen in reverse here.Yeah obviously it's not as fertile or close, however it can still plausibly attract more settlers than in OTL.