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A nucleus page for the CWIC timeline. The timeline's premise is an alternate trend (in this case, a stronger sense of "British American irredentism" among the Canadian population) culminating in a single point of divergence — Canadian parliamentary mediation in the formation and subsequent dissolution of the West Indies Federation. These talks between Canadian and West Indian delegates are successful in reaching mutually-agreeable terms for the admission of much of the former British Caribbean into the Canadian Confederation. Over the next several decades, Canada incorporates all British territories in the Americas north of the equator (except for the Turks and Caicos islands, which are returned to the United Kingdom in the 1970s to prevent a total loss of British sovereignty in North America).

Much of the content for this timeline will likely be contained within the article for Canada, with other pages serving more as supplementary material.

I have some plans for an analogous confederal movement in the United Kingdom, hinging on the Maltese referendum of 1956 and expanding to include Gibraltar (thus heightening Anglo—Spanish tensions) and perhaps other overseas territories. I also have plans for a transferral of the Bailiwick of Guernsey to the Crown of Canada, in part as an exchange for the Turks and Caicos, in part to prevent the constitutional changes mandated on Sark by the ECHR, and in part to enable Canada to join the EFTA.

The name "CWIC" no longer has any true meaning. The original concept for the timeline was of a "Canadian—West Indian Confederation," but as research and planning progressed, I decided that such a Confederation would likely have maintained the simpler official name "Canada". "CWIC" had already stuck in my mind as a name for the timeline, though, so I decided to keep it.

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