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This is a concise timeline of the alternative history of World Empires at Play where, in 1806, Holy Roman Emperor Francis II defeats Napoleon Bonaparte in a decisive military battle. The victory of the Holy Roman Empire results into the survival of the empire, and other empires all over the world, into the present day.

The timeline starts on August 6, 1806; the point-of-divergence (POD) of this alternative history.

19th Century

1806

In Europe

  • Francis II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, defeats Napoleon Bonaparte, Emp
    FrancisII

    Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor from 1792 to 1816.

    eror of the French, in a military struggle. This victory boosts the morale of the empire, and the emperor himself.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte is forced to retreat back to France following a military defeat between him and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II.

In the Rest of the World

  • Meriwether Lewis and William Clark reaches St. Louis, ending their successful expedition across the Louisiana Territory and the Pacific Northwest.

1807

In Europe

  • Emperor Francis II announces the reopening of the Perpetual Imperial Diet (their last meeting was in 1803), with the Kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian Empire gaining the most seats. One of their first acts is to invade the northern Italian region of Veneto, which Prussia initially opposed. The invasion is successful, signaling the start of farther expansion of the Empire in Europe.
  • Emperor Francis II, together with the Perpetual Diet, proposes for further centralization of the Empire. Monarchs and nobles all over the Empire, particularly those from the northern part of the Empire, protest as a result.
  • After some agreement among, the Perpetual Diet abolishes serfdom across the Empire through the Serf Act.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte decides to plan another invasion of the Holy Roman Empire. He begins to order his troops to march towards Flanders, near the borders of the Empire.
  • In Britain, the Slave Trade Act is passed by Parliament, abolishing the slave trade (but not slavery) across the British Empire.

In the Rest of the World

  • Mustafa IV becomes Ottoman Emperor after the deposition of his cousin, Selim III.

1808

In Europe

  • Napoleon is defeated a second time to the forces of the Holy Roman Empire in the Battle of Flanders. Subsequently, Francis II acquires the regions of Flanders and Waloonia. After much thought, Napoleon sets his sights on Russia.
  • Russian troops try to cross the border into Finland, but failed after a surprise attack by the Swedish army near Swedish-Russian border in Karelia. It won't be for another twenty years until Russia acquires Finland.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert in Vienna with the premiere of one of his most well-known compositions, his Symphony No. 5.
  • Francis II announces he would discontinue the centralization of the Holy Roman Empire, after King Frederick William III of Prussia threatens to declare war on the Austrian Empire.
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe publishes his first part of Faust.

In the Rest of the World

  • Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV in the Ottoman throne.

1809

In Europe

  • The Holy Roman Empire declares war on Russia, and consequently, expands into the region of Livonia.
  • While en route to Russia, Napoleon suggests and alliance between his empire and Francis II's, having heard of the Holy Roman Empire's declaration of war against Russia. Francis II declines, leaving Napoleon to continue his own invasion of Russia without any powerful allies.
  • The Holy Roman Empire conquers the cities of Milan and Florence, thus acquiring the northern Italian territories of Lombardy and Tuscany, respectively.
  • King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden abdicates after a military coup. Charles XIII succeeds him.

In the Rest of the World

  • Robert Fulton patents the steamboat in the United States.
  • James Madison becomes president of the United States.
  • Ecuador and the city of La Paz declare independence from Spain.

1810

In Europe

  • As Napoleon marches towards Russia, Holy Roman troops conquer and acquire most of north-eastern France. Napoleon hears word of this, and fears that Francis II's troops might conquer Paris.
  • Royals in the state of Bavaria invites the citizens of Munich to join in the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese. This marks the first Oktoberfest.
  • Sweden declares war on Britain, sparking the one-year long Anglo-Swedish War
  • Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise.

In the Rest of the World

  • Colombia declare their independence from Spain.
  • Argentina initiates the May Revolution, which signals the start of the Argentine War of Independence.
  • Father Miguel Hidalgo incites a revolt and declares independence from Spain. This starts the Mexican War of Independence.
  • The Republic of West Florida declares independence from Spain, only to be annexed by the United States a month later.

1811

In Europe

  • The Holy Roman Empire conquers the Rhodanic Republic (in OTL modern-day Valais in Switzerland), the Batavian Republic (in OTL the modern-day Netherlands), the northern Italian region of Piedmont and, as a consequence of conquering Piedmont, the island of Sardinia.
  • Holy Roman troops close in on Paris as they prepare to initiate a siege on the city.
  • A truce was declared between Britain and Sweden, ending the Anglo-Swedish War.
  • George, Prince of Wales becomes Prince Regent because of the perceived insanity of his father, George III, thus beginning the Regency Era in the United Kingdom.
  • Francis II pardons King Frederick William III of Prussia three years after Prussia threatened Austria with war. As a result, Prussia gains more seats in the Perpetual Diet
  • Regions that were conquered by the Empire after 1806 (Veneto, Flanders, Waloonia, Livonia, Lombardy, Tuscany, Piedmont, Sardinia, the Batavian Republic and the Rhodanic Republic) finally gain representation in the Perpetual Diet.

In the Rest of the World

  • Muhammad Ali of Egypt kills the last Mamluk leaders.
  • Paraguay and Venezuela declare independence.

1812

Napoleons retreat from moscow

Napoleon's retreat from Russia

In Europe

  • Napoleon starts invading Russia.
  • The Siege of Paris ends when Holy Roman troops broke into the city and seized Notre Dame Cathedral. Luckily, the cathedral was left unscarred after the siege. As a result, the Empire acquires the northern half of France.
  • The Batavian Republic conquers and acquires Waloonia and Flanders, and renames itself the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • On October 19 of this year, Napoleon begins his retreat from Russia after Moscow is deliberately set on fire. Later on, Napoleon hears the "devastating" news of the Holy Roman Empire having taken the city of Paris and northern France. Napoleon orders his troops to conquer the south shore of Britain as compensation for the territories lost to the Holy Roman Empire.
  • French troops successfully took over the southern shore of Great Britain (but only briefly) on December 7 of this year. A member of the British Parliament warns that this may lead to the United Kingdom's "downfall as a nation and empire", since it is already at war with the United States.

In the Rest of the World

  • President James Madison asks the United States Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom sparking the War of 1812.

1813

In Europe

  • After the Siege of Paris, Napoleon, having just returned from Russia, moves his capital from Paris to Lyon, where he would place his base of operations.
  • The United Kingdom asks for help from the Holy Roman Empire to help drive the French out of Great Britain. The Empire sends its troops to Dover, while ordering its navy to guard the north coast of France. This sparks the Battle of Dover.
  • The Holy Roman Empire conquers Brittany while trying to keep Napoleon's troops from reaching the southern coast of Britain. Napoleon tries to retaliate by sending his navy towards the English Channel from Marseille, but fails when his first fleet was defeated by the Prussian navy, who were stationed near the shore of Brittany.
  • Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, leads the British army to drive out French troops stationed in Bristol and Cornwall.
  • King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria contributes to the Holy Roman effort in the Battle of Dover by sending mercenaries from the Ottoman Empire and the principality of Montenegro.
  • Admist the Battle of Dover, Jane Austen publishes her famous book, Pride and Prejudice.

In the Rest of the World

  • James Madison is inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States.

1814

In Europe

  • On May 4 of this year, the British army is victorious in the final standoff betw
    KNTEL ~1

    A colored poster celebrating the first anniversary of the victory of the British in the Battle of Dover; made in 1815.

    een them and the remaining French forces in the village of West Hougham, less than six km south west of Dover. This marks the end of the Battle of Dover and the departure of French troops in Great Britain.
  • Holy Roman troops conquer the northern cantons of Switzerland.
  • The northern regions (and latern on the southern regions) of the Kingdom of Hungary become part of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite being a Habsburg possession, the kingdom hadn't been part of the Empire before.
  • Prussia recommends Francis II to invade northward further into the Russian Empire, targeting mostly the rest of Livonia and the Governorate of Estonia. Despite the proposal being against the Emperor's wishes, King Frederick William III proceeds with the invasion.
  • Pope Pius VII re-establishes the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

In the Rest of the World

  • Guyana is transferred from the Netherlands to Britain, and is renamed British Guiana.

1815

In Europe

  • The Holy Roman Empire completes their conquest of Switzerland. The Swiss immediately get representation in the Perpetual Diet.
  • Francis II finally acquires the southern part, and as a result the whole, of the Kingdom of Hungary after some tough negotiation with his fellow Habsburg nobles, on the condition that Hungary doesn't get representation in the Perpetual Diet. The Hungarian populace is not aware of this.
  • On April 11, under the pressure of Britain, Prussia, Austria and Bavaria, Napoleon, already given up on conquering the whole of Europe, abdicates as Emperor of the French under the Treaty of Lyon. The treaty also states that Napoleon must give the lands of southern France to the Holy Roman Empire, and that he must let Louis XVIII, the pretender to the French Bourbon throne, take the throne of France.
  • The Kingdom of Naples declares a brief, and unnecessary war, on Austria, after a fatal diplomatic faux pas between the two countries, sparking the Neapolitan War. It ends within the year.
  • William I becomes King of the Netherlands.
  • An uprising takes place in Takovo in Serbia against Ottoman rule (the second since a previous one that started in 1804).
  • Francis II moves the Perpetual Diet from Regensburg to Aachen, making the latter the de facto capital of the Empire.

In the Rest of the World

  • Ceylon (in OTL modern-day Sri Lanka) becomes part of the British Empire.
  • Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies erupts, releasing thousands of tons of sulfide gas compounds into the atmosphere and killing 92,000 people.

1816

In Europe

  • As a result of the eruption of Mount Tambora, crops fail food shortages occur across the Northern Hemisphere. Because of this, this year is named the "Year Without a Summer".
  • Friederich Wilhelm of the House of Glücksburg succeeds his father as Duke of Glücksburg.
  • Francis II, together with the Perpetual Diet, pass the Aachen Code, a series of laws that will change the way the Empire is run. The code states that:
  1. Only the heads of each state represented in the Imperial Diet are eligible to become Holy Roman Emperor. The Emperor shall no longer be selected from a house.
  2. The system of prince-electors shall be abolished. To take their place are the representatives of each state represented in the Perpetual Diet.
  3. The Emperor shall not select an heir to succeed him as Holy Roman Emperor.
  4. The Emperor's reign shall not last more than four years.
  5. The official name of the Empire shall revert to its simplified, common form (Holy Roman Empire).
  6. Any territory conquered by any of the states in the Empire, or the Empire as a whole, is eligible for representation in the Perpetual Diet.
On May 4, the code is put into effect, and immediately, Francis II abdicates as Emperor, and is "demoted" to Emperor of Austria, initiating an Imperial Election.
  • Mary Shelley starts writing her masterpiece, Frankenstein.
  • On June 1, William I of the Netherlands is elected Holy Roman Emperor. His coronation as Emperor is set on May 24 of next year.
  • Serbia is granted local autonomy by the Ottomans.

In the Rest of the World

  • Argentina declares independence from Spain.
  • James Monroe is elected President of the United States.

1817

In Europe

  • Holy Roman troops conquer the western part of the Papal States. The Perpetual Diet asks Pope Pius VII to give him the rest of his lands in exchange for representation in the Diet and addition troops for the Papal States. The Pope reluctantly agrees with the deal.
  • Holy Roman troops conquer San Marino and immediately the Perpetual Diet grants the tiny republic representation while acknowledging its sovereignty.
  • On May 24, William I, King of the Netherlands, is crowned Holy Roman Emperor in a lavish ceremony in Aachen Cathedral, with all the heads of state in Europe in attendance.

In the Rest of the World

  • Emperor Ninko accedes to the throne of Japan.

1818

In Europe

  • Charles XIV is crowned King of Sweden after the death of his adopted fa
    1818 Europe

    Map of Europe in the year 1818

    ther, Charles XIII.
  • Franz Xaver Gruber and Josef Mohr compose Silent Night.
  • Frederick William III successfully invades Estonia and Livonia, and includes them into the Kingdom of Prussia as vassal states.
  • Russia conquers the lands in the Caucasus Mountains.

In the Rest of the World

  • Chile declares independence from Spain.
  • Sir Stamford Raffles establishes a trading station at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula (in OTL, modern-day Singapore)
  • Shaka starts to rule the Zulu Kingdom.

1819

In Europe

  • France declares war on Spain after a territorial dispute over the region of the Pyrenees. The principality of Andorra, already at this time part of the Holy Roman Empire, is caught up in the conflict yet remains neutral in this war.
  • Austria conquers the autonomous state of Serbia from the Ottomans. The Serbs rebel against the Austrian government, but their uprising is quickly oppressed by Austrian troops.
  • Serfdom is abolished in what King Frederick William III calls "Prussian Livonia"

In the Rest of the World

  • Simon Bolivar proclaims the Republic of Gran Columbia.
  • Spain cedes Florida to the United States.

1820

In Europe

  • George IV ascends to the British throne ending the Regency Era in the United Kingdom.
  • King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs a truce with Louis XVIII to end the War of the Pyrenees. Louis XVIII offers Ferdinand VII of including Spain in the Holy Roman Empire. The Spanish king, intrigued by the possibility of Spain gaining allies and economic assistance from other member states, accepted his offer. As a result, the Holy Roman Empire acquires Spain's colonial possessions. At the time Spain was accepted into the Holy Roman Empire, it had the third-largest number of seats in the Perpetual Diet, just after Prussia and France.
  • William I ends his reign as Holy Roman Emperor and is "demoted" back to King of the Netherlands. An Imperial Election is held.
  • King Ferdinand VII accepts a new constitution by the newly-formed Spanish parliament, starting the period known as the Trienio Liberal, where a liberal government ruled for three years.
  • Frederick William III of Prussia is elected Holy Roman Emperor under the name Frederick William I. He is to be crowned in May 24, the same day as the last coronation (later this date is made the official coronation date for all future Emperors).
  • Through an agreement between Frederick VI, King of Denmark and Emperor Frederick William I, Denmark becomes part of the Holy Roman Empire, one of a few instances (up until the 20th century) that a state has joined the Empire through peaceful means.
  • As Denmark joins the Holy Roman Empire, Norway saw this as an opportunity to declare independence from Denmark. They did so this year, and their first act is to plan to join the Holy Roman Empire within the year. Their plan was a success.
  • The Norwegian parliament chooses Charles XIV (King of Sweden) as their king (under the name Charles II), thus beginning a personal union between Norway and Sweden.
  • A constitutionalist revolution occurs in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

In the Rest of the World

  • Minh Mang becomes Emperor of Vietnam
  • James Monroe is re-elected President of the United States

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