WI - Early Amhara nationalist movement?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by twistedirregular, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. twistedirregular Negus Negast

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    Is there any way to have an early Amhara nationalist movement arise by the time other ethnic nationalist movements do under Haile Selassie's government?
     
  2. Quintuplicate Well-Known Member

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    Would this movement be republican or pro-Selassie?
     
  3. twistedirregular Negus Negast

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    I'm unsure but depending on how this Amhara nationalist movement develops, it could become disillusioned with the Ethiopian Monarchy as many in the Ethiopian intelligentsia were becoming at the time and pursue a course not too unlike of that of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front.
     
  4. OurSacredWar Meri of Ethiopia

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    It seems quite unlikely for an Amhara nationalist movement to arise, considering the circumstances in which other ethno-nationalist movements came along by the '60s - it might happen, if say, the Italian colonial administration encourages the establishment of an Amhara identity independent from Ethiopia to further the divisions being exploited in Italian-occupied Ethiopia as a means of consolidating Italian control of Ethiopia (this is unlikely to change the fact that the Italians can barely project their influence into the Ethiopian countryside). This could serve as a starting point from which Amhara nationalism could emerge in the aftermath of World War II where some figure (perhaps some popular veteran from the Second World War) rises as the face of a nascent Amhara nationalist movement in the 1960s and transforms the movement into an armed one similar to the TPLF around the time the Derg comes around.
    As twistedirregular points out, TTL's Amhara nationalist movement could take on a Republican bent upon becoming disillusioned with the Monarchy.
     
  5. Quintuplicate Well-Known Member

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    Would this movement agitate for an Amharic Republic or an Amhara-dominated Ethiopian Republic?
     
  6. OurSacredWar Meri of Ethiopia

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    It could go either way but I doubt the desire for independence from Ethiopia would occur, considering even modern-day Amhara nationalist movements reject that. An Amhara-dominated Republican state is possible but it all depends on what series of events occur - for any Amhara nationalist movement to be successful, you’d need to get rid of most (if not all) ethnic nationalist movements in Ethiopia who opposed “Amhara colonialism” and whatnot.
     
  7. Quintuplicate Well-Known Member

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    Could there be a federation/confederation of nationalist republics like OTL Ethiopia?
     
  8. OurSacredWar Meri of Ethiopia

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    I think it's definitely possible, perhaps even along the same lines of the TPLF but the Amhara take their place ITTL - however, I'm not completely sure about all of this.