What if; in the era of the 19th century, Brazil diverged from a slave based Empire, to a neo-socialist, capitalist system which would allow it to prosper and Brazil would become a superpower. To put it simply, Brazil in our world would be like saying what if the US never had the northern states.
Brazil is focused around its slave labor force which is slowly dragging the empire towards prosperity. However, Northern businessmen from the US decide to boycott slavery in the American south and head for Brazil. Looking at the Empire, these men and entrepreneurs would shape Brazil for the future.
Brazil continues to industrialize using its own people as a labor force. Brazil strengthens relations with the USA and France. Other Brazilian merchants travel to the USA and do business.
Brazilian slave plantations begin to lose relations with both the government and the USA after John Browns storming of Harpers Ferry.
Brazilian slave owners cut ties with Northern US companies.
The Free or Slave Crisis in the United States boils over and South Carolina succeeds from the federal government.
1861. In the Imperial Palace, Emperor Pedro II decided to outlaw slavery in Brazil. The slave owners of Brazil revolt against the monarchy. Pedro II sends in the armed forces. The army is beaten back in the first battles due to its size and inexperience in combat showed the Brazilian army needed help. So with France already fighting a colonial war in Mexico, Brazil asked for advisors and weapons. The slavers meanwhile struck back against the 1st Brazilian Army. The slavers gathered and waited.
The Brazilian Civil War would be concluded in this year as the Brazilian army pushed into rebel held territory. The slaverys would be tried and executed for their rebellion.
Pedro II puts in reforms to the nation to stop any trading with any slave based powers. Pedro II along with members of the Brazilian leadership start to see the Pan-South American Alliance lead by Brazil.
Brazil continues to industrialize while in the USA, the Civil War ends.
France turns its back on Brazil and fortifies French Guiana.
Brazil finds friends with Frances hated neighbor, Prussia.
Germany is formed out of the Franco-Prussian War. In the Brazilian Senate, a Bill passes which favors Germany over France.
Pedro II plan to unite South America under a Brazilian banner begins and Colombia and Uruguay become Brazilian protectorates and allies.
Brazil and Venezuela become partners and agree to divide Guiana from the British and French eventually.
Brazils Pan-American League is crushed when Chile launches a surprise assault on Bolivia and Peru in order to grab more riches on the Atacama coast. The Great Guano War or War of the Pacific is hard fought but eventually Chile will win out thanks to its navy. Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina would all become Brazilian allies.
Brazil finally settles the Great Guano War between Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. Brazilian influence starts to grow in Peru and Bolivia.
Peru and Bolivia become Brazilian allies. Bolivia invades Paraguay while Peru invades Ecuador.
Brazil begins construction of its Grand Army and Grand Fleet.
Brazilian army reaches 300,000 active troops. The Brazilian Grand Fleet now contains 5 active battleships.
Brazil joins the central powers along with their allies.
Continued US aggression in the Caribbean worries Brazilian lawmakers and congressmen.
Spanish-American War occurs. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Philippines, and Guam are taken by the Americans.