I don't know what got me thinking about it, but yesterday I came to realize how cool it would be to do a weird little alternate-history mod in which the Americas have not been colonized. There are a few open areas, but it'd be pretty trivial to kill off all of the New World nations -- the important bit is moving pops around and creating new nations to represent the major ethnic groups existing in pre-Columbian America. What this would do to the rest of the world ca. 1836 is truly beyond me -- I haven't even managed to work out what'd happen to the Americas yet!
I know there are probably students of all kinds of history here, and Amerindian history isn't that obscure. I'll give you what I have so far (note that no files have been made of it yet except for a big text file and a bitmap -- both of which purely for personal reference), and I'd like to have any suggestions on areas which are empty, or even areas which are full! I'm not by any means an expert on this, I haven't had any sort of formal or informal education in the area, so this is likely to be pretty risible to someone who is.
BIG NEED: I don't know the first thing about major South American groups, or really about SA groups at all except the Incans and possibly the Amazonians. So any help at all in this area would be hugely appreciated -- making a colonial landgrab out of all of SA would make me feel sort of silly.
American countries to be removed and replaced, with replacement when applicable
Columbia (Washington) -> Chinook
Canada -> Iroquois
California -> Sioux
Deseret -> Pueblo
Texas -> Utes
Mexico -> Mexica
CSA -> American Confederation
Cherokee Nation -> Cherokees
Quebec -> Inuit
Metis Nation -> Athapascan Dakota
Brazil -> Amazonians (?)
Colombia (South America)
Chile -> Incans
Guatemala -> Mayans
Argentina -> Patagonians (?)
Patagonians: Small nation rendering Patagonia claimable without disrupting flow-block; obvious annexation target. National value: order. (Argentina)
Amazonians: Large, poor, big annexation target. National value: order. (Brazil)
Incans: Most of Chile, parts of Bolivia and Peru -- possibly some coastal areas left open. Southern colonial power. National value: order. Government: Presidential dictatorship, single party/decree. (Chile)
Mayans: Sketchy. Northern USCA, Yucutan? National value: order. Government: Conservative monarchy, single party. (Guatemala)
Preliminary provinces owned by Mayans:
Mexica: BIG civilization -- want events for this one. Central Mexico, and perhaps parts of Texas for balance reasons -- and it is 1836, after all. Central-southern colonial power. National value: order. Government: Conservative monarchy, single-party. (Mexico)
Preliminary provinces owned by Mexica:
Jose del Parral
Nombre de Dios
San Luis Potosi
Villa de Leon
San Juan del Rio
Pueblo: Southwest US amalgamate, maybe extending as far as Utah and Nevada and having a mooring in California. National value: equality. Government: Presidential dictatorship, multi-party/HMS Gov. (Deseret)
Preliminary provinces owned by Pueblo:
Santa Fe (Capital?)
Chinook: Washington, British Columbia. National value: order. Government: Presidential dictatorship, single-party/decree. (Columbia)
Preliminary provinces owned by Chinook:
Sioux: Great Plains. Strongly militarist, with some tech -- makes them a terror in the early era but in the late game they're none such. National value: order. Government: Presidential dictatorship, single-party/decree. (California)
Preliminary provinces owned by Sioux:
Cherokee: American southeast, possibly bordering Iroquois, perhaps not. Might also border Aztecs and/or Sioux along the Miss. National value: equality. Government: Presidential dictatorship, multi-party/HMS Gov. (Cherokee)
Preliminary provinces owned by Cherokee:
Iroquois: THE American power, with possible exception of Aztecs. Might have event turning them into CSA/American Confederation (prestige, HUGE clamant area, auto-civilize). Nothern NY, Pennsylvania, the Canadian heartland. Central-northern colonial power. National value: liberty. Government: Democracy, multi-party/HMS Government. (Canada)
Preliminary provinces owned by Iroquois:
Buffalo (NY) (Capital?)
Utes: May or may not exist. If not, the Rockies will be open; if so, that's where they'll go. National value: order. Government: Presidential dictatorship, single-party/Decree. (Texas)
Preliminary provinces owned by Utes:
Salt Lake City
Inuit: Northerners, hugging the edge of the map. Possibly Northern colonial power. National value: order. Government: Presidential Dictatorship, single-party/decree. (Quebec)
Preliminary provinces owned by Inuit:
Baffin Island (Capital)
Athapascan Dakota: Mostly there to prevent the areas the Sioux should occupy from being tremendous. National value: order. Government: Presidential dictatorship, single-party/decree. (Metis)
Preliminary provinces owned by Athapascan Dakota:
Saulte Ste. Marie
Notes on government/values:
ORDER reflects either a cultural desire for order (Aztecs, Sioux) or being possessed of relatively little political theory to speak of. Equality reflects a civilized, tolerant society by European standards, and Liberty the unique mission and philosophical dominance of the Iroquois Confederation.
Presidential Dictatorship is clearly the default for these groups -- as there are, in most cases, no formally organized laws for succession of leadership. HMS-Government reflects a reasonably culturally unified government, or at least one capable of projecting itself, whereas Decree represents a lack of mutual concern between the people and the rulers.
In some cases, there is a conservative monarchy; this represents a clear line of Imperial succession by law, and these governments are almost always reactionary and bloody-minded.
Democratic -- again, the sole province of the Iroquois -- represents the advanced state of Iroquois government and political thought, having been a federal semi-representative republic for centuries at the outset of Victoria.
As you can see, there is plenty of room for more native countries -- but adding more would probably make existing ones weaker, so I'm not sure if it's preferable.
Which European powers will want to colonize where is still up in the air, but I'm hoping for a situation like VIP Africa -- the interior is sectioned off by uncivilized countries so a colonial rush isn't possible.
Also, if anyone could point me to a list of cultures -- specifically a list of American cultures -- I'd much appreciate it.
Any and all comments, questions, or help will be greatly appreciated. If this is the wrong forum for this, please let me know. Thanks!
Watch this post for a list of preliminary possessed/core provinces for individual groups...