The Dark Lord Kelebek
- Mar 4, 2016
You'd expect that however, because people still need to eat and the state needs to buy. Plus labourers can migrate around easily enough to harvest your farm, then clear out. Enough to keep the system running, but only just. Whereas in the north, industry, banking and insurance was gone, and so there wasn't much left to do.Interestingly, the rural agricultural South in the US suffered more slowly from the Depression than the industrialized North, but the effects eventually hit just as hard and lingered longer. Programs like the Tennessee Valley electrification were very helpful.
I think the only thing that they could have done to help in this way and keep the armed forces supplied in a meaningful capacity would probably be slowly ditching all the grear war and prewar ships for newer models, starring with the smallest and working their way up to the big boys.Instead I was thinking of a steadier, higher rate of expenditures aimed at keeping plants open and jobs available as well as preserving capacity for things like Italian adventurism.
This would keep the system of industries needed for the navu running, modernise the navy incrementally a little better than OTL (though they did do this in actual too) and keep experience and funding around in order to build and push through the important 30s designs.
It also means brittania doesn't look like an emaciated wreck all the way through the 20s and 30s if they're constantly improving their fleet every year and use it as they always did, sticking it to other powers where it hurts. Ethiopia is always the big one but they had a ton of mishaps they could have done better with a more modern and more confident force...