List of people in the alternate history Early Colonization.
Stephen F. Austin
Biography: Stephen F. Austin was born in southwestern Virginia in 1793. When he was four years old his family moved to the western part of Tennessee. His parents wanted to move to a lead-mining region in Spanish Missouri, but could not because the Spanish would not let Virginian settlers into their colonies. From then Austin wanted to expand Virginia into Spanish colonies.
Following the Panic of 1816, Austin was broke. Austin decided to move south to Georgia. Austin desires for Virginian territory in Spanish colonies was still strong. A chance came when the Texican War of Independence began in 1829. Texans across the colony took up arms against the Spanish. Austin led a group of 300 Virginian to Texas. Austin's group started the settlement of Moses, named after his father. The Spanish defeated the rebellion, however, and trouble a rose for Austin and his group.
The Spanish demanded that Austin and his group leave Moses and Texas. However Austin refused, and in 1835 Spanish soldiers besieged the town. Austin's settlers fought back, beginning the Battle of Moses. After 13 days of defending the settlement the Spanish finally made it inside and eventually all of the defenders were killed, including Austin himself.
The Battle of Moses was another reason for the Spanish-Virginian War to begin.
Biography: Vitus Bering was born in Denmark in 1681. However, he decided to serve Russia and its navy. He would serve in the Baltic Fleet during the Great Northern War. After the war's end, he would be sent east on an expedition to discover if Asia and North America were separate landmasses. During this expedition he became interested in Alaska, Russia's colony in North Brendania.
Bering's second expedition explored the north-western coast of North Brendania. Bering discovered the Commander Islands, which were off the coast of Kamchatka. He discovered some of the Aleutian Islands, along the Shumagin Islands, named after Nikita Shumagin, who died on the expedition. Bering would also land on Vancouver Island and enter the Puget Sound.
Bering would then lead expeditions into the heart of Alaska. His first was in 1728, his second was in 1731 and his last was from 1733 to 1734. On his last, his expedition got into a skirmish with an Indian tribe. More skirmishes came until the Battle of Fort Peter in 1734, where Bering would be killed.
Bering's death would lead to the Bering War, where Russia would invade Indian lands east of Alaska. The war led to Alaska nearly doubling its area size.
Biography: Robert Bye was born in the Welsh town of Pontypridd in 1889. Bye would sign up for the military in 1912, and would participate in World War I. During the Battle of Ypres Robert Bye won the Owain Cross, the highest military award in the Welsh military. Bye would be later injured during the Battle of Paris in 1917. In 1918 Wales signed an armistice along with the other World Entente members, ending World War I. Bye felt that the war could have gone and Wales was no where near defeat.
In 1924 he founded the Nationalist Socialist Welsh Workers Party. He would attempt to win the prime minister election in 1930, but failed. Following the Great Depression Bye gained support and won the prime minister election. He transformed the Welsh government into a dictatorship, making the government only answerable to him and his party.
Bye would lead Wales during World War II, but he be overthrown in 1944 due to Operation Celtic Tiger, the invasion of Wales by the Celtic Union. He would go to the southern part of the country and create the Wales Socialist Republic. However, he would be overthrown again and forced to leave Wales. Bye would later be captured by Celtic soldiers and shot to death in 1945.
Nationality: SpanishBiography: Castro was born in 1926 in Texas. In 1944 at age 18 he joined the military to fight for the Spanish Army in World War II. He was promoted to a corporal in 1945, but would not advance in rank for the rest of the war. In 1947 Spanish surrender near the end of World War II. The Spanish colonies were split into a northern Scandinavian and a southern Virginian occupation zone.
Castro did not like having his homeland occupied by Virginia. Thus he began a movement that supported Virginia ending its occupation of Texas. Virginian officials did not like this and sent an agent to assassinate him. Castro survived the assassination attempt, but his brother, Raul, another person in the movement did not. This grew Castro's hatred of Virginian occupation. On July 26 1957 Castro's movement began the Texas Revolution.
Virginian troops were sent to stop the movement. By 1959 Virginia had secured the majority of the cities. The movement continued in the countrysides in the form of guerrilla warfare. Castro's troops continued to attack Virginian soldiers into 1962. By this time Virginia had had enough and ordered that Castro be captured. Castro continued to be out of reach until August 1962, where Virginian soldiers found him. Castro was killed in the crossfire between his soldiers and the Virginian soldiers. Castro's movement would die by 1964.
Biography: William Clark was born in the British colony of Virginia in 1700. His five older brothers served in Virginian War of Independence, but Clark could not go off to fight because he was too young. From that day he wanted to join the military. He would begin his military career serving in the Northwest Indian War fighting in a militia under Major John Hardin. Clark then participated in Josiah Harmar's military campaign. In the Battle of the Pumpkin Fields he would help hold back the attacking Indians, and this would help be promoted to Captain. He would later lead a company in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and his company would lead Virginia to victory. After the battle Clark was promoted to Colonel serving under Anthony Wayne.
Clark would be promoted to General after Wayne's death in the Battle of St. Louis in Napoleon's War, and would lead Virginia in victory in the battle. He would occupy St. Louis until 1807, when the Spanish launched a huge counter-attack and liberated St. Louis. The Spanish would later launch attacks on Virginian soil. Clark would secure one of the last victories of the war, successfully defending Springfield, Illinois from attack and driving the Spanish back. Despite this victory Virginia would be on the losing side of Napoleon's War.
After the war Clark would enter politics. In 1813 he would be appointed territorial governor by President James Madison and later by President James Monroe. In 1820 he would become the first governor of Missouri, defeating Alexander McNair in the elections. Clark would run for president in 1824, and narrowly defeated John Quincy Adams. Clark would not seek reelection and Andrew Jackson became president. William Clark died in 1838.
Stephen A. Douglas
Nationality: VirginianBiography: Stephen A. Douglas was born in 1813 in the Celtic colony of Vermont. In 1830 he moved to Illinois, originally being a teacher. He decided not to serve in the Black Hawk War but would join the Illinois militia as a captain when the Spanish-Virginia War began in 1835. There he would meet his long-time friend, Abraham Lincoln. Douglas was wounded later in the war, which would lead to him joining politics.
In 1840 Douglas would be elected to his first of four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1856 he was a presidential nomination in the Democratic party, but he was unsuccessful. In 1860 he would finally win the nomination, and would become president. However, Southern states threatened to secede if Douglas won the nomination because he supported the creation of West Virginia, which would even the number of free states and slave states. So when Douglas won the election the states of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia succeeded and formed the Confederate States of Virginia. The civil war had begun.
Douglas rallied supporters for the Union. His friendship with Abraham Lincoln, who was now a general, was shown when he sent him to defend Illinois from the Spanish, who declared their support for the Confederacy. Despite not defeating the Confederacy by 1864 Douglas would still win reelection. In late 1866 he sent Abraham Lincoln to capture Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. Lincoln captured it in 1867, securing victory for the Union. Douglas would die in 1870.
Biography: Noel Edouard was born in 1851 to a family with a long history of military service. He joined the army in 1870 and fought in the War of 1870. He would be nicknamed le Capucin Botte (the fighting friar). In World War I Edouard was the organizer of the initial defense of Verdun, before appointing Philippe Petain to the command. There a friendship began.
France was defeated in World War I in 1917 after the Battle of Paris. Edouard believed the France could have fought on and he did not think it should have surrendered. Thus, he joined Petain's party in France. He created the FM, the French Militia. The FM soon expanded to about three million men, and Edouard thought that the FM should become the army of France.
Edouard then expanded the FM even more. Many leaders believed that the FM was preparing a rebellion against Petain and his followers. This worried Petain. Another was that President Raymond Poincare was soon going to die, and planned to give control of France to the military. This would end Petain's goal of becoming dictator, so he signed a pact with the French military to suppress the FM. This meant a showdown with Edouard.
In May 1934, Petain ordered the arrest of Edouard. Edouard, unaware of the arrest, was caught by surprise. Petain personally arrested Edouard and other FM leaders. He was thrown in jail. Petain was uneasy ordering Edouard's execution so he gave him a chance to commit suicide. Charles de Gaulle, head of the FP, place a gun on the table and gave Edouard ten minutes to use it. Edouard refused and after ten minutes stood there in defiance. De Gaulle then shot him in the chest, killing him.
Edouard's arrest marked the beginning of Operation Island, a purge led by Philippe Petain where leaders of the FM were arrested and executed.
Biography: Leif Ericsson was the son of Erik the Red, an explorer who discovered the Red Mountains and a person who fought in the Helluland War. Leif was born in the middle of the Helluland War, and as a young boy was fascinated by the fighting. Leif trained to be a warrior and fought at the end of the war. Leif was also fascinated by explorers and wanted to also be an explorer.
In 990 the Great Lakes were discovered, and Leif was among the men who traveled them. Leif, along with 35 crew members, reached the western side of the Great Lakes and landed in present-day Minnesota. He established the settlement of Kensington, but was forced to return to Markland following skrimished with the Indians. Leif vowed to return and defeat the Indians.
He did in 1002, a year after he retreated to Markland. He fought in many battles, the most famous the Battle of Little Creek. Leif's warriors fought hardly but were gradually were overrun. Many fighters died, including Leif himself. The Vikings did manage to win the war eventually, and Kensington was finally safe. A statue of Leif is erected in the town, and managed to survive both World Wars.
Leif Ericsson is regarded as a martyr to the people of Markland and Scandinavia. His determination to start the settlement of Kensington led to the movement of several Indians from that area south and to the west, and areas in Northern Minnesota were safe for colonization. Leif's descendants would fight in later wars, such as Otto Olafsson in the First Colonial War.
Charles de Gaulle
Biography: Charles de Gaulle was born in 1890 in France. De Gaulle went to the Saint-Cyr, an elite military academy, and graduated in 1912. He joined the French 33rd infantry regiment, which was based at Alencon and commanded by Colonel (later Marshall) Philipe Petain.
When World War I broke out, de Gaulle would be sent to fight in the Somme against the Normans and the Germans. De Gaulle would rise the ranks and become a captain, and commanded a company. During the Battle of Verdun, he would captured by the Germans. He would successfully escape back to the 33rd Regiment and would fight in the Battle of Paris. Following the fall of Paris France would surrender, ending France's involvement in World War I.
After the end of World War I, de Gaulle would stay by Petain's side. Petain attempted to become dictator of France, and appointed de Gaulle as commander of Petain's bodyguards, the FP. De Gaulle would begin a major expansion in the FP. In 1939 de Gaulle and FP masterminded Operation False Flag, which was to create the appearance of Norman aggression against France, in order to justify an invasion of Normandy. This was one of the first operations in World War II.
Following this de Gaulle would placed in charge of the extermination of people deem "undesirable" by Petain. This was directed at the Normans and Germans.
In 1945 Petain ordered the FP to defend France from the advancing German and Norman soldiers. During The Great Counter-Attack, de Gaulle's soldiers pushed the Germans and Normans back to their original starting positions. However, in 1947 the Normans and Germans advanced again, and this de Gaulle's troops could not push them back. After the capture of Paris and Petain's death, de Gaulle became leader of France and went to Montpelier. After refusing to surrender, de Gaulle would be killed in nuclear attack on Montpelier which ended the war.
Biography: Nathan Hale was born in the Celtic colony of Connecticut in 1755. As a child he would move to the English colony of Maryland. There he would become a farmer. When the Virginian War of Independence broke out, he joined a Maryland militia and became a first lieutenant. Hale's militia unit would fight in the Battle of New York. Following this Hale would join the continental army and would be promoted to captain.
As a captain Hale would command a unit in Thomas Knowlton's Ranger's, who were fighting in New Jersey. There, Hale's men would fight along the Celtics in the Battle of Trenton. The Continental Army and Celtics would capture many British prisoners, which hurt the British war effort. With New Jersey secured Hale's men moved to the Chesapeake Bay, where they would help in the Virginian win in the Battle of Yorktown, securing Virginia's independence.
After the war Hale would return to Maryland. He would be sent to court because of unpaid debts, which Hale could not pay for. Hale learned that other veterans and farmers were not able to pay debts, either. So Hale and the other veterans and farmers led a rebellion.
The rebellion, known as Hale's rebellion, would start in August 1779, and would end five months later in January, after the Battle of Hardscrabble, which is now known as Westernport. Following the war Hale would be condemned to death on a charge of treason, but he would petition for amnesty, and the petition was granted.
Hale would then be paid $20 a month as pension. Hale would die in 1801.
Biography: Sam Houston was born in the state of Virginia in Virginia in 1793. His father was a major in the Virginian Army, which led to Houston's interest in the military. During Napoleon's War Houston joined the military and enlisted in the 39th Infantry Regiment which was commanded by John Williams. Houston would rise through the ranks, rising from a private to a lieutenant. Houston would be wounded in the Battle of Brookhaven.
Following the war Houston would be given a command in the Tennessee militia. Houston would stay in the military and would be a colonel by the time the Black Hawk broke out. Houston would US soldiers in the Battle of Horicon Marsh in 1833. Houston continued to fight in the Black Hawk War, and would fight as a general in the Spanish-Virginian War
During the Spanish-Virginian War, Houston would still be stationed in Wisconsin. There, he had to stop a Spanish attack that was posed to take land near the Scandinavian-controlled Great Lakes. Houston's men would stop the Spanish at Eagle River, and would begin to push the Spaniards back. Following another Virginian victory at Readstown, the Spanish fully retreated from Wisconsin.
Following the war Houston would return to Tennessee. He would be elected to the House of Representatives and later governor of Tennessee. In the 1850s the debate over slavery divided Americans, and Houston was on the side of the Union. Because of Tennessee's hope to secede, Houston lost the election to governor to Isham Harris. Houston would later return to Timber Ridge, where he would die in 1863, in the middle of the Civil War.
Nationality: EnglishBiography: William Hull would be born in 1753 in the British colony of Maryland. When the Virginian War of Independence began, Hull joined the local militia originally as a private, but would be promoted to a captain, then a major, then a lieutenant colonel. Hull would serve in many battles, including the famous Battle of Trenton and Battle of Yorktown. Hull would be recognized by George Washington and the Continental Congress for his service.
After the war Hull would move to Georgia, and would be appointed by President Thomas Jefferson to command of the Army of Georgia, a US Army unit, in 1802. The Army of Georgia was one of the military units created by the US for the upcoming Napoleon's War. Hull and the Army of Georgia would be sent in the war to take New Barcelona, OTL New Orleans.
Hull's unit would capture the city early in the war. Hull would then commit other operations in Louisiana, and in 1808 he managed to occupy most of Louisiana. However, he and his units would be pushed back from Louisiana. Hull and his men had a stand in New Barcelona. Despite holding onto the city for 2 weeks New Barcelona fell. Hull would be killed in the battle.
Biography: Saddam Hussein was born near the town of Tikrit in Iraq which was part of the Ottoman Empire. Throughout his early life Iraq would be the site of many rebellions in the Ottoman government. The Ottomans soon sent soldiers to occupy Iraq to stop the revolutions. Saddam did not like this, and joined in a rebellion led by General Abd al-Karim Qasim. The rebellion would fail, and Saddam would be forced to leave the county to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan would be invaded by the Ottomans in 1969, and Hussein joined in the resistance movement. Hussein fought in many battles, most famously the Battle of Kabul. He would soon become well-known in the resistance, as well as in most of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans would finally withdraw from Afghanistan in 1979, and Hussein returned to Iraq.
In Iraq, Hussein, inspired by the resistance in Afghanistan, which attempt to rally the people in Iraq to fight back against the Ottomans. His reputation helped him recruit soldiers. In 1982, when Mehmed VII died, Hussein's forces struck. Battles broke out all over Iraq, and Ottoman soldiers left Iraq in 1989.
Hussein then established the Republic of Iraq, and he would be elected as the first president. He would serve as president from 1990 to 2002. Hussein would die in 2007.
John F. Kennedy
Biography: John F. Kennedy, often referred to as JFK, was the son of Joseph P. Kennedy. Kennedy was born in Belfast, the same as Joseph P. John F. Kennedy was interest about the military because of his father's service in World War I. Thus, he signed up to join the military when he was 19, a few months before the outbreak of World War II. When he learned his brother, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., died in the Battle of Ireland Kennedy went to a flight school in order to join the air force.
Kennedy finished his training in late 1940 and then joined the air force. Right before he finished his training the Invasion of Ireland began. He then began to pilot bombers. He participated in the Battle of Dublin by bombing British and Welsh tanks to the south of the city. Following the British defeat in Ireland he was assigned to bomb bases, cities, and towns in Wales. Kennedy also participated in Operation Celtic Tiger, the Celtic invasion of Wales, by bombing Welsh bases fortifications along the coast. Kennedy's bombings greatly helped the operation; his bombings near Yellow Beach allowed the Celtics on the beach to advance.
During the later Battle of Cardiff, Lieutenant Kennedy would be assigned to bomb Welsh positions around the city. His bomber would be shot down, and Kennedy would be subsequently captured and executed.
Kennedy's service would be remembered. The Kennedy Medal is given to all pilots in the Celtic Air Force who were shot down.
Joseph P. Kennedy
Biography: Kennedy was born in Belfast, Celtic Union in 1888. Kennedy's father, P. J. Kennedy, was president of the Celtic Union during World War I, and led the country to victory. Joseph fought in the Celtic Army in World War I and fought in the famous Battle of Trenton. He service in the military helped him when he joined politics.
Kennedy would try to be elected president in 1936, but was defeated by incumbent Domhnall Ua Buachalla. Buachalla supported the neutrality of the Celtic Union in World War II and many supported him, but after the Irish Sea Incident many people wanted war. Thus, Kennedy would be elected president in 1940, in World War II.
Kennedy would begin his leadership in the middle of World War II, right before the Battle of Ireland. During the Battle English and Welsh aircraft tried to destroy the Celtic Air Force and drop Celtic morale. Kennedy did not want this to happen and inspired the Celtics with his speeches. He began improving the Air Force and making it bigger. Soon the tide turned in the Battle of Britain and Celtic forces prevailed. Kennedy would then lead the Celtic people to victory over the Axis. Kennedy would die in 1969.
Biography: Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy would be born in Belfast in 1932. His father and his two older brothers would fight in the world wars, which gave Kennedy interest in the military. By the time he was old enough the join the military, the war had already ended. Kennedy still joined the military.
A chance for Kennedy to fight would be during The Troubles, which began in 1968. Kennedy would sent to Wales to fight, and would participate in the Battle of St David's and minor skirmishes, and would survive Bloody Sunday, also known as the Sunday Massacre. In the Battle of Swansea, now Sergeant Kennedy would be injured, ending his military service.
Following his service in the army during The Troubles, Kennedy would enter politics. In 1978 Kennedy would be elected mayor of Belfast. He would then be elected governor of the Northern Province. He would successfully attempt to be elected president in 1996, and would serve one term until 2003. Following his term as president he would return to Belfast, where he would live until his death in 2009.
Nationality: VirginianBiography: Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a log cabin in Kentucky. Lincoln only had a formal education of 18 months. Lincoln's family would move to Illinois when Lincoln was 21. When Lincoln turned 22 he struck it out on own by moving to Kentucky. Lincoln would then go to Sagamon County in Illinois after witnessing slavery in Kentucky.
When the Black Hawk War began Lincoln joined the Illinois militia. He saw action in the Battle of Wisconsin Heights and the Battle of Bad Axe, during which he was a captain. He would later meet Stephen A. Douglas when the Spanish-Virginia War broke out. In late 1835 he would join the Virginian Army, and he moved through the ranks and became a general by the war's end.
Lincoln would also lend his hand in the Virginian Civil War. He fought the Spanish in Illinois, and defeated them in several battles. In 1866 Lincoln would be sent to capture Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. He would do so in 1867, a feat no one had accomplished before. Confederate General Robert E. Lee would surrender to Lincoln at Appomattox Court House. Lincoln would die in 1881.
Manfred von Richthofen
Biography: Manfred von Richthofen was born in Germany in 1892. Richthofen would join the German Army as a cavalry reconnaissance officer in the Western Front. Due to cavalry operations becoming nearly impossible due to barbed wire and machine guns, Richthofen joined the German Air Force, the Luftstreitkrafte, in order to get more action. Richthofen would become a pilot, flying an Albatross C.III. He would become one of the best pilots in the war, shooting down 80 aircraft.
In between World War I and World War II would stay in the air force and be an instructor at a flight school in Berlin. In 1933 Richthofen would become a General in the Luftstreitkrafte. In 1934 he met talented pilot Hermann Göring. Richthofen would be placed in command of the German Air Force. In 1937 the Air Force would join the side of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, and would bomb the Spanish town of Guernica. The inaccuracy of the bombs led the whole town being destroyed. Richthofen would remember this tactic and use it in World War II.
In World War II Richthofen would still be in command of the Luftstreitkrafte. It had become one of the most modern, powerful, and experienced air forces in the world. But it would have to stop the powerful French Air Force and Soviet Air Force. By late 1941 the Russian Air Force had been destroyed, and the French was weakened. The German Air Force deployed advance aircraft such as the Messerschmitt Me 262, that helped it defeat the French Air Force. The Luftstreitkrafte would bomb much of France to ruins, and carry the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Montpelier which ended the war.
After the war Richthofen would retire from the military. During his years of service he was awarded the Order Pour le Merite and the Iron Cross. Richthofen would die in 1954.
Biography: Daniel Shays was born in 1741 in western Massachusetts. When Shays was 13 the Fourth Colonial War broke out and Shays wanted to fight in the war. However, he could not because he was too young. By the time Shays was old enough to fight in the war it had ended. Shays then became a farmer and lived near Springfield, Massachusetts.
However, another chance came in the Virginian War of Independence. Following the Battle of Saratoga the Celtic Union recognized Virginia and sent soldiers to help the rebels. Shays signed up to fight and was sent to fight. Shays would fight in the Battle of Yorktown, which secured Virginian Independence. This began Shays career in the military.
After the Virginian War of Independence Shays would stay in the military and advance in ranks. Shays would stationed at the Pennsylvania-Maryland border when Napoleon's War began. Shays was a Lieutenant and commanded a company of soldiers. His soldiers fought in the Battle of New York, where Celtic soldiers and ships attacked the Virginian city of New York. After losing the battle, Shays soldiers would be sent to defend the Virginian Invasion of Pennsylvania. Shays would fight in the Battle of Philadelphia, successfully defending the city from the Virginians. Shays would spend the rest of the war pushing the Virginians out of Pennsylvania.
After the war Shays retired from the military at the rank of Lieutenant and settled as a farmer near Philadelphia. Shays was well-known and popular in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Shays would receive an equivalent of 10 USD a month as a pension for his service in the military. Shays would die in 1825.