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Kingdom of the West Indies
British West Indies
OTL equivalent: Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis
BWI-0
Flag of West Indies
BWI
British West Indies in the Caribbean
Capital
(and largest city)
George Town
Other cities West Bay,Cockburn Town, Road Town, The Valley, Plymouth
Language
  official
 
English
  others Spanish
Monarch of the West Indies Queen Elizabeth the Second
Prime minister of the West Indies name of chief of government
Area 1039 km²
Population 196,024 
Established 1976 (established as division)
Currency West Indies Dollar (WI$)

The British West Indies is the smallest division of the UK both in terms of population and size. It has a total population of around 150,000 and has a total area of just over 1000 sq km (though most of that territorial waters).

History

Much of the West indies was at one point rules by the Spanish, but though many wars much of the territory came under British control. In the 1958 the West Indies Federation was established in the hopes that it would become a single independent nation, however this quickly fell apart and the federation was dissolved.

In 1971 Nevis was split from St Kitts as its own separate colony due to internal desire for self-government. This action reduced the United Kingdoms view that either colony could become independent nations due to their small size. Despite this there was still a strong desire among the populace to become independent (which ultimately led to the creation of the Progress Party)

Over time the UK established the Kingdom of the West Indies as a self governing region to reduce the incentive of the remaining colonies to become independent, though most colonies refused to join the kingdom as the still wanted to become fully independent, rather than as they believed to become puppets of an aging super power. The division grew over the 1970's to encompass much of what remained of the British Caribbean (excluding Bermuda) to become an important part of the British realm as well as allowing the UK to maintain a moderate presence in the Caribbean.

Economy

The economy of the West Indies is mainly based around tourism with other major industries being shipping and financial services. In Saint Kitts and Nevis there was a booming sugar industry in the 1950's and 60's however this slowly declined due to rising costs and increased competition from South America.

Politics

The West Indies has its own parliament with a total of 36 seats. And makes up three seats in the British parliament

Major Parties

Party West Indies
Parliament
Members
United Kingdom
Parliament
Members
Notes
Progress Party 13 1 A center-left party which main policy is further developing the kingdom to the point where it can become an independent nation.
Democratic Party 11 1 A center-right party which main policies involve improving the economy of the West Indies and reducing dependency on the UK (though it is against independence).
Patriot Alliance 6 1 A central party which supports remaining part of the UK and that the West Indies are better off with them. It's main support is centered outside of the lesser Antilles

Minor Parties

Party West Indies
Parliament
Members
United Kingdom
Parliament
Members
Notes
United Front 3 0 A left wing party which is primarily based on Anguilla and Montserrat. It is a strong supported of Independence though on most issues its members refuse to co-operate with those of the progressive party
Liberal Party 2 0 A center-right party with liberal views and values that was set up based on the success of other liberal parties throughout the United Kingdom.
Tropic party 1 0 The West Indies' youngest party and only Green party to gain major support in the division.

Possible expansion

Talks of bringing Bermuda into the kingdom have been discussed. However, many politicians are unsure of such an expansion as it would offset the political landscape of the kingdom as well as forcing the kingdom to increase its logistics to support its new territory.

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