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Contest 25: My Favorite Pastime (Monday, May 11th - Monday, May 25)
- Make a country form sooner (or later) than OTL.
- It could have a different government than OTL, but must take up the role of the OTL nation (ex. United Kingdom of America).
House of Stewart, Kings of America (Upvoteanthology)
The PoD is in the late-1500's, when the Roanoke colony survives and thrives. The English colonies become much more successful in the south, but leaves New England less settled (this leads to a lack of conflict with New Netherland). After the Stewart defeat in the British Civil War, they decided to flee to Plymouth, and attempted to unite the other formerly English colonies under their crown. However, after a failed invasion of New Netherland and counter invasion of England, much of the House of Stewart was exiled to Louisiana. The loyalist revolt that followed was put down by the "American Founding Organization", who wrote up a new constitution for the newly-independent "United States of America". The USA won its independence from English Monarchy in 1676, but wasn't strong enough to achieve anything large.The loss of these colonies caused the British Commonwealth to lose the Seven Years' War, and the French kept and strengthened their colonies. New Netherland survived, due to good relations with England after they helped take out the Stewarts. While the USA managed to stay independent, it went under brief monarchist rule in the late-1700's, after England took the US in a violent war. This didn't last, however, and America threw off its chains again. New Sweden voluntarily joined the US in 1816, afraid that New Netherland would attack it soon enough. It had frequent bouts with Louisiana (it gained independence from France in 1846) over East Mississippi (OTL Indiana), but managed to keep good relations in the 20th century. It never came close to a world power, but has been in negotiations to merge with New England (they also want Hudson, but they aren't ready for a full-scale invasion of that nation just yet).
A Rejected Bride (LightningLynx89)
A Bride's Tears, and A Quick Turn Around
In 1858 the next heir to The Kingdom of Prussia, a 27-year old Frederick III, rejects the marriage proposal from the British Princess Victoria. With a broken heart and spiteful intent toward the Prussians wanting to formally create their proud German Empire, Queen Victoria begins to influence the Danish Kingdom's ruler Alexandra. When it came time for the Prussians to make their move on German lands currently under the control of the Danes. When the Prussians invaded they were surprised to be met by both combined Danish and British forces. The war ended in a matter of months the Prussians were forced to surrender and meet the British terms. The terms were quite strange and forced a marriage between Fredrick III and the woman he rejected, Princess Victoria. A strange request, but it would all fall under Britain's plan. As Bismarck was forced out by the nobility and high politicians for being beaten by the Brits and Danes, and saw this as their best chance to salvage their current situation. With Frederick III on the throne and with a great power, the now much more liberal politicians in power, and the now-crowned Queen Victoria by her husband's side, the Prussians became one of Great Britain's closest allies.
With Prussia claiming more and more land in Central Europe and an alliance formed with the British Empire in 1870, scared other European powers. Eventually the North German Empire was formed near the end of Frederick III's reign, those southern German kingdoms would remain under the protection of Austria until a vast and terrible war consumed Europe.
A Fierce War, and the Repercussions
A strong European alliance was formed from the foundation of the Anglo-German alliance, the Quadruple Alliance (QA). An alliance formed between the British Empire, North German Empire, Kingdom of Italy, and the Ottoman Empire; with an associated alliance with the Britain of Asia, the Empire of Japan. Meanwhile, opposite to the Quadruple Alliance was the Continental Alliance; Led by the French, Russians, and Austro-Hungarians. With a closely associated Chinese State to counter the QA's Japan. Eventually war broke out between the two sides. A long eight year bloody war, even dragging the now powerful USA onto the side of the QA thankfully, alleviating pressure on Germany and Italy; as both nations were sandwiched by the combined might of the Austro-Hungarians, French and Russians. Thank god that a majority of the Continental Alliances generals were incompetent and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire into much smaller more nationalistic states.
British wars of Unification (Dreamcaster1)
Three Desires -Seiga
In this timeline, shortly after the First Opium War against the British, the Qing Dynasty decides to start industrialising to try and prevent another major incident. By the 1890s, China managed to fare decently against Japan, and though they lost Korea from their sphere of influence, they were able to keep Taiwan. Along with being stronger, the Chinese were able to remain more unified and resisted against any further European influence. The monarchy of the Qing managed to last slightly longer than OTL, though by 1916 the Qing Dynasty was dissolved and replaced by the Republic of China. The transition was more peaceful than OTL, and China managed to avoid falling into civil war. While there was a Communist rebellion, it was quickly crushed by 1929.
In the 1930s when Japan attempted to invade, the Chinese managed to fight back even more strongly and better than ever before, and by 1940 Japan decided to sue for peace and withdraw from the war. After war ended in Europe, the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan went to align with the US and its allies against the Soviet Union and their allies. With this, Communism was not able to gain a foothold in South East Asia and North Vietnam became crushed by South Vietnam.
After the Cold War, the Republic of China continues to have a growing economy and soon surpassed Japan as the second largest economy in 2012. It is predicted to become the world's largest economy as early as 2020.
The main characters of the Touhou Project are Seiga Kaku and Toyosatomimi no Miko.
2 Stronk 2 Ludicrous (Scraw)
United Sagamore of America (Fallacy)
The PoD is in the late 15th century, when the Huron joins the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee). The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, with full control over the Great Lakes region, arguably one of the most prosperous American region in Pre-Columbian America, was able to exert influence towards North Eastern America. In the following 16th century, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy was able to defeat and capitulate the Algonquian tribes, expanding its influence and territory to the Northeast American Coast, Ohio and Potomac rivers, the Ottawa and St Lawrence River and White Mountains. However, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy still existed as a loose Confederation of Tribes. The centralization of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy occurred after the beginning of minor European colonization. The spread of smallpox to the Americas greatly decreased the population of the Confederacy, forcing them to band even closer together.
In the 17th century, as European colonization of North America began, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, now much more centralized than OTL, began reforming their government with the model of Holland and England, who has established colonies in Nieuwe Friesland (OTL Nova Scotia) and Newfoundland, respectively. Moreover, England began colonizing Virginia and established trade and other connections with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Despite English interests in attacking the Confederacy, they refrained due to European interests and wars.
In response to the European arrival, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy established a unique form of government, where the head of the Confederacy is elected from the chiefs of each tribe by all Haudenosaunee citizen past the age of 16 and their coming of age rites. The chief in turn was elected in an inter-tribal election. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy begin to adopt Western technology, trading guns, glass beads and other foreign products for animal skins. With the beginning of contact and trade with the Europeans, and the import of metal weapons and tools, the demand for metal objects increased. Thus, a new profession began to grow in the League society: metalworking.
As the first chief of the reformed Confederacy, now named the Haudenosaunee League, Sa No Wa Keath decided, after witnessing a devastating colonial conflict in his childhood, decided that the European colonizers would become a threat to the League. He decided that Western technology, weaponry and society must be adopted to expand the strength of the League. Under his appointment, a council of elders created the written Haudenosaunee language, similar to the Cherokee language in OTL. Meanwhile, European gunsmiths and metalworkers were hired from the colonies. Despite many failures, some efforts succeeded and the most notable one being the League's employment of the gunsmith Anthony Bowen from a British colony in Virginia. Bowen went on to become one of the most celebrated figure in Haudenosaunee history. Under Bowen and the many metalworker's training and teachings, the Haudesaunee metalworkers experienced a rapid technological advancement. In just 15 years, mining operations, especially for the rich copper and iron mines in the Great Lakes Area (Lake Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, Superior is called Lake Onondaga, Erie (absorbed in 1498), Huron, Ottawa (conquered by the Huron-Wyandot), Mamaceqtaw (absorbed in 1524) in this TL). Metal tools, such as bow and arrow, hammers, chisels, shovels and farming equipment, such as scythes and hoes also started to become much more common. These farming equipment also made sustenance farming possible, and led to a population boom. In 1624, the Haudenosaunee League attacked the territory east and north to it (OTL Illinois, Ontario and Great Lakes Region).
With a centralized military, the League crushed the native tribes in OTL Illinois, Indiana, Great Lakes Region and Delaware, as well as the Ojibwe. The League also attacked the Cree tribes of Moose Cree and Eastern Cree for their fur hunting grounds. Despite the tribes of these regions forming a league, they were not able to defend themselves against the Haudenosaunee. The most decisive engagement came when 3000 Haudenosaunee men were attacked by 10,000 enemy forces. The Haudenosaunee use metal weapons and the first use of firearms by Native Americans (only ten arquebuses, mostly for shock purpose) managed to overcome their numerical disadvantage and overwhelm the enemy. After breaking the enemy's center, they routed and the Haudenosaunee pursued, slaughtering most of the other tribes. At the end of the war, the Haudenosaunee League has expanded greatly in size and now includes 27 tribes, including the Shawnee (absorbed in 1567), Mamaceqtaw (absorbed in 1524), Erie (absorbed in 1498), Potawatomi (absorbed in 1513), Powhatan (absorbed in 1624), Ojibwe (absorbed in 1628) tribes.
Meanwhile in Europe, rather than colonizing Boston, England intensified their efforts in colonizing OTL Virginia and Georgia. The settlements of Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston were constructed and Norfolk, in particular, thanks to its large natural harbor, became the center of English Colonization in OTL Southern USA. The English colonial divisions were also set up, with Virginia, Carolinas and Olivia (named after Oliver Cromwell). The Dutch Republic began expanding its colony in Nieuwe Friesland into OTL New Brunswick, which was named Nieuwe Flevoland. The proximity of Dutch colonies and Newfoundland led to a start of trade conflicts, which would later exacerbate into the first Anglo-Dutch War. France, on the other hand, was concentrated on expansion efforts in Quebec. In the early 17th Century, France established several forts down the St Lawrence River, but stopped when they encountered the Haudenosaunee. However, this began exacerbating French and League tensions.
The League continued their efforts of improving technology during the time with the first schools and Indian cities being established in the capital of the Haudenosaunee League - OTL Toronto.
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