"[The Crimean War] was not the result of a calculated plan, nor even of hasty last-minute decisions made under stress. It was the consequence of more than two years of fatal blundering in slow-motion by inept statesmen who had months to reflect upon the actions they took."-Shepard Clough
Austria had few options in the Crimean War, none of them good. Although Russia helped Austria put down the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, and the both belonged to the Holy Alliance, Austria feared Russian power in the Balkans. Not wishing to anger Russia removed the possibility of an alliance with Great Powers, so Austria remained (mostly) neutral. Yet, she lost the most of any power, that being her alliance with Russia, leading directly to defeats at the hands of France and Prussia, diplomatically isolating Austria and leading to the formation of the Central Powers. But what if Austria honored her Russian ally?
POD:Austria intervenes on Russia's side during the Crimean War, resulting in a Russian Victory. (Or, the put it more correctly, the Danubian War )
The Balkans after the Danubian War .
Differences From OTL
- The European Alliance System is completely different than OTL.
- World War One is earlier, shorter, and generally less earth-shattering than OTL.
- German and Italian Unification is delayed by three decades.
- The Balkan states are far more controlled than OTL.
- Neither Fascism nor Communism become global ideologies.
This is now an invite-only collab TL.