In OTL, during the '50's Germany and France, as well as the Low Countries and Italy, had started to discuss the creation of what would eventually become the European Union, which, while engaging the mainland, Britain would feel distant from for decades. However, at this time a second option was proposed: "Plan G". This was a strategy to either create an European Trade Community while favouring the status of the Commonwealth, or inviting various European Countries to the Commonwealth.The Scenario, therefore, imagines what would have happened if the Treaty of Rome had failed and Britain, through the Commonwealth, invited other nations, first European Countries, and later other trade partners such as the United States and Japan, as well as Ireland rejoining. Eventually the Commonwealth takes a form closer to the EU, with an elected Parliament meeting, and becomes the leading world organisation, after the UN.
In the 1990's, with stronger nearby trading partners, only the New Territories cede to China, with Hong Kong itself joining the Commonwealth as an Independent Nation
For ease, the current year while be stuck at 1980 until information is satisfactory. It'll then more to 1990, 2000, 2010 and then anything up to present.
"At a time when Germany and France, together with Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, were planning for what later became the European Union, and newly independent African countries were joining the Commonwealth, new ideas were floated to prevent Britain from becoming isolated in economic affairs. British trade with the Commonwealth was four times larger than trade with Europe. The British government under Prime Minister Anthony Eden considered in 1956 and 1957 a "plan G" to create a European free trade zone while also protecting the favoured status of the Commonwealth. Britain also considered inviting Scandinavian and other European countries to join the Commonwealth so it would become a major economic common market. At one point in October 1956 Eden and French Prime Minister Guy Mollet discussed having France join the Commonwealth. Nothing came of any of the proposals."
Main differences from OTL
- British Regional Independence Movements are almost non-existant
- EU does not exist
- Commonwealth is strongest Economic Union, though occasionaly shows signs of fracture in the non-traditionally Anglo nations
- Hong Kong Island is an independent Nation, able to import goods needed through the Commonwealth