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A general overview of international politics and alliances in the world of Napoleon's Australian Victory .
The modern world has developed quite differently in this universe. Instead of the Bipolar alliance system which has prevailed since the 20th century, there is a strong Tripolar tradition, with three separate power blocs; the Continental Bloc, the Coalition, and the Greater Asian Sphere. Each bloc is centred on one particular power, the French Empire, the Brazllian Empire, and the Sino-Japanese Empire respectively.
The French Bloc
The Continental, or French Bloc, is arguably the most powerful of the three. Although it has all the typical characteristics of a proper alliance, the Continental Bloc is, in fact, not. There is no treaty to which the member states have agreed to. Instead, the members are each individually allied to France by its own treaties and alliances.
The origins of the "bloc" can be found in the reigns of the first two French emperors. The puppet and client states established by the first Napoleon supported France during the Napoleonic Wars, and in turn, were supported economically and politically by France. This symbiotic relationship resulted in a closely knit family of nations in Europe. Russia is an anomoly in this sense. It became allied to France in 1807 with the signing of the Treaty of Tilsit.
Nations currently considered as part of this bloc are: the French Empire, Russian Empire, United States of America, Nigeria, the Confederation of the Rhine, Duchy of Warsaw, Switzerland, Naples, Scotland, Ireland, Hyderabad, Siam, and New South Wales.
Although members of the bloc generally vote together in FN resolutions, there is some animosity between the members of the alliance. For example, New South Wales and Warsaw have viewed each other with suspicion ever since the Polish War of the early twentieth Century. The leaderhsip of France however, has managed to largely keep the peace between conflicting nations within the alliance.
Unlike the Continental Bloc, the Coalition is a proper alliance with a treaty. Although officially established in 1840, the Coalition can trace it's roots back to the anti-French Coalitions of the Napoleonic Wars. When the Portuguese royal family fled to Brazil in 1808, they kept up the fight with Napoleonic forces. Even after the end of hostilities and the exile of the British to Saint Helena, Brazil maintained alliances with the nations traditionally anti-French/Napoleon. This band of dissatisfied francophobes was made official in 1840, with the signing of the Rio Accords in Rio de Janeiro.
The Coalition consists of Brazil , Peru, Chile, Haiti, the Rio de Plata, Iceland , the Ottoman Empire, the Congo, Madagascar, the Dutch Republic of the East Indies, Van Diemen's Land , and New Zealand.
The Coalition, despite being the oldest of the alliances, is commonly regarded the the "Third" alliance, keeping the balance of power between the Continental Alliance and the Greater Asian Sphere. In this way, the Coalition is able to counter the numerical superiority of the Contenintals in the FA .
The Greater Asian Sphere
The Asian Sphere is the newest of the major alliances, but by no means the least powerful.
The origins of the alliance can be traced back to 1860, when the imperial thrones of China and Japan were combined into the Sino-Japanese Empire. Seen by many Asians as a bastion against the Imperialism of the Europeans, the Empire gained many allies Eastern and African allies. In 1900, Emperor Meiji held a convention of his allies in Taipei, during which Sino-Japan, Burma, India, Persia, Arabia, Ethiopia and the Zulus signed the Pact of Eternal Opposition and Solidarity against the Barbarians.
The Sphere was one of the combatants of the Asia-Pacific War and regard the war as a victory, since they gained much land in the final peace settlement.
After the war, the South American dictatorships of Martinia and the United Provinces joined the pact, and started receiving aid from it's new allies.
The Sphere always votes together in the FN on issues of political consequence. The individual nations are generally allowed a conscience vote on Environmental and humanitarian matters.
National Geopolitical Goals
France, as a large, multinational world empire, has many foreign policy aims. First and foremost, the maintenance of hegemony over Europe. Ever since the end of the Napoleonic Wars, this has been Imperial France's highest goal. Knowing that a continental enemy would be detrimental to the security of the empire, France's policy makers have tried bery hard to keep the nations of Europe allied to, if not dependent on, France.
Another part of this is keeping Russia on it's side. This is the second major French geopolitical aim. Having an enemy Russia behind allied Europe's back would throw any sense of continental security out the window. Also, the Russian ports of Pertopavlovsk, Vladivostok (before the Asia-Pacific War), and Svatoy Frantsisk have opened up the Pacific to the French navy. Luckily for France, since the Treaty of Tilsit in 1807, and the subsequent joint invasion of Austria and the Ottoman Empire, Russia has been quite loyal to it's French allies.
The third major aim of French foreign policy is to keep the sea lines between the metropole and the overseas provinces open. The overseas provinces are vital for furnishing European France with goods, foods, and raw materials. It is because of this that the French Navymaintains such a presence in French ports across the globe, and in the bases of it's allies. The achievement of this goal is, to some extent, reliant on the first two goals, seeing as the European Allies and Russia do control ports of high geopolitical worth.