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Federation of the West Indies
Timeline: Russian America

OTL equivalent: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Flag of the West Indies Federation Coat of arms of the Federation of the West Indies
Flag Coat of Arms
Guyana (orthographic projection)
Location of the West Indies

To dwell together in unity (English)

Anthem "Forged from the Love of Liberty"
Capital Chaguaramas
Largest city Kingston
Other cities Bridgetown, Georgetown, Nassau
Creole and English
  others Bhojpuri, French, Portuguese
Hindus and Protestants
  others Catholics, Muslims, Rastafarians
Ethnic Groups
Africans and Indians
  others Amerindians, Asians, Europeans
Demonym West Indian
Government Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  legislature Federal Parliament
Queen Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer (Liberal)
Established January 3, 1958
Currency Dollar (WI$) (WID)
Time Zone (UTC-4 to -5)
Internet TLD .wi
Calling Code +1
Organizations CARICOM, CoN, OAS, UN

The Federation of the West Indies (FWI), colloquially know as the West Indies (WI), is a sovereign state located along the Caribbean Sea. The nation includes the majority of the Antilles and a portion of the Guianas in South America. The West Indies is bordered by Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela in South America; and having maritime borders with France, the Netherlands Antilles, and the United States.

The West Indies was established in 1958 as a federation of several British colonies in the Caribbean, becoming the sixth dominion of the Commonwealth Realm (after Acadia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Borealia). As a member of the Commonwealth Realm, Queen Elizabeth II also serves as the nation's queen.

Charles Camilla Jamaica 2008

Prince Charles during a visit to the West Indies in 2008.

As with the majority of the New World, the population of the West Indies is a melting pot of various cultures and peoples. The majority of West Indians are the descendants of former African slaves. The second largest ancestral group are those of Indian descent. The rest of the population consists of Amerindians, Asians, Europeans. The majority of West Indians are Protestant Christians. Hindus, Muslims, and Rastafarians form the largest minorities. The official language of the West Indies is English. Alongside English, several English-based creole languages are also spoken.

Throughout the region's history, agriculture formed the basis of the nation's economy. In recent years, tourism has begun to surpass agriculture as the primary economic source for the West Indies.

Administrative Divisions

Map of the West Indies (Russian America)

The 18 provinces of the West Indies.

The Federation of the West Indies is a federation currently comprised of 18 provinces. With the exclusion of Guyana, the majority of the provinces are islands with no physical borders to speak of.

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