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VIII - Mexican Machinations



VIII - Mexican Machinations


Not all was quite during the Confederate War of Independence, and the Foreign office was busy. First was the purchase of Lagos for the paltry sum of £5,000, giving the Empire direct rule over the area this was a plesant piece of bussiness, but what was happening is British Honduras was not. The Maya peoples were almost an independent state within the Mexican government, they had for years been a constant thorn in the side of successive Mexican leaders, and from time to time drifted over the border into British territory raiding[1]. The activity of these tribes was increasing gaining the attention of London, and when in the closing months of 1862 one group lead by Marcos Canul, attacked a mahogany camp and demanded a ransom from their prisoners, the newly installed foreign minister Disraeli had a problem. As the veteran minister investigated the reports he saw that the Mayans were getting equally bolder and better armed[2], he smelt a rat and sent agents to the obvious candidates of Guatemala and Mexico to see what could be uncovered. When rumours of a weapons cash, just beyond the border in Yucatan, came to the fore the foreign minister allowed a small force of British soldiers to 'get lost' in Mexico to try and locate it. The tiny force of only around 300, quickly found what they were looking for, but were immediately fired upon by Mexican regular soldiers.

When the story came to the fore, Disraeli sent a formal note of apology to the Mexico City, but was astounded to find that diplomatic channels had been closed. The Mexican's had been planning the operation for some time, as the British found to their cost.[3] A large force of Mexican regulars flowed over the border and proclaimed Mexican sovereignty over the new state of Belize. President Juárez was hopeing to cement his control over the country by distracting the conservative elements of his opposition with a quick and short victory. He and his generals chose Britain and Belize for two reasons, it could be quickly be taken, and Juárez figured that without a base of operations and with the British Army still being rebuilt London would not be in a position to do much and just accept the fait a compli, he could not have been more incorrect.[4]


It was in the early months of 1862 that Edward Cardwell, a protege of Gladstone, published his grand set of reforms that would sweep away Wellingtonian policy for ever. The work was truly stunning and set the tone of the British army for a century or more, the main crux of the reforms came to rest upon the quality of troops and officers and a restructuring of the regiments of the army.

The first portion was dealt with by;

* The abolition of flogging and other harsh punishments, during peacetime (and later in war time as well) - to attract good quality recruits
* The reduction of service terms from 21 years to 6, after which the soldier could re-enlist for another 6 years, or join the reserves on reduced pay for the 6 years - creating a highly trained reserve
* The sale of commissions was abolished with merit being the primary factor in promotion & the establishment of officer training corps in public schools and universities - to create and maintain a large and well trained officer corps.

The structure was laid out thus;

* The Creation of 25 regionally based regiments, based upon county boundaries and population densities consisting of;
* Four Battalions, two line (serving regulars) and two Yeoman (The Yeomanry now being the name for the reserve), save in the Guards Regiments of three line and one Yeoman.

In effect this meant that a force of some 137,500 men made up the line battalions while a trained reserve of 112,500 was available at short notice to be deployed as Horse Guards saw fit from the middle of the 1870's. This also meant that at the time of the the Mexican action a newly formed army of around 120,000 linesmen and reserves was ready along with the impressive new armoured fleet at Portsmouth.


The 'New Model Army'[5] as it was quickly coined during the Mexican war, was soon found to be formidable and different to its forbears who had been slaughtered in the Crimea and Washington. Much of this was circumstantial however, it was just as much due to the massive increase in the use of artillery, better leadership and the dearth in quality of the Mexican army, which never matched up to what the British had faced in Union and Russian armies, than to any new reforms. Californian, Texan and Confederate forces fell upon the almost unguarded Mexican north and Texas quickly anexed Sonora, Revilla, San Fernando and Caliente to its borders while General Wolseley and his British regulars made a lightening advance up from liberating Belize and the peninsular and driving on straight to Mexico City.

When the Mexican government capitulated to the Empire, the Liberal-Conservative administration had the option to impose an imperial regime or pull out of the country and leave the situation to the anarchy which it had become. There was no option really and over the next decades Britain would have to spend increasing amounts of time and money on building the Dominion of Mexico.[6]


[1] This very much happened in OTL
[2] This did not, but I used the event to declare war... so I needed to make something up...
[3] Those Mexican cavalry really can move fast :(
[4] Oh yes... 25 new infantry divisions, all with attached artillery, just happened to complete very shortly after going to war ;)
[5] Sorry I couldn't resist.... ;)
[6] Yes that's right, I have now satellited California, Texas, Mexico, humbled the US and have the CS eating out of my hand :D

 
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The US idea of "Manifest Destiny" is looking increasingly laughable.

Good work! :D
 

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IX - The webs we weave



IX - The webs we weave


Elsewhere in the world Spain finally recognised Argentinian independence in February 1863[1], shortley after France had started to cement it's strategic position off the African east coast, signing a treaty of Perpetual friendship with Madagascar in January. The year of 1863 did not start so well for Russia, with its polish population rising in January while the Maori's did the same for the Empire. The problems in New Zealand would not be settled until October of when the New Zealand Native Settlements Act was implemented bringing both the northern and southern islands fully under Imperial control while the Imperial position in the Pacific was further strengthened by Tonga requesting British protection.

In early 1864, the foreign office managed to embarrass the French[2] in Africa by signing the Anglo-Tunisian Convention, which did much to cement British trading rights at the expense of both Italian and French merchants. It was decided that Greece could be an important player in blocking the Russians if the "sick man of Europe", the Ottoman Empire finally fell. The gift of the Ionian Islands to the Greek king, George I, was greatly welcomed by both sides and paved the way for many high level discussions to follow, including the issue of the ownership of the straits, should Russia be threatening to topple the eastern status quo.


While the Mediterranean gave calm news of diplomatic measures, the same could not be said for the North Sea, which would see an eruption of violence. Events in northern Europe had been running at a pace since Christian IX of Denmark had signed the November constitution in violation of the London Protocol, which had brought an end to the First Schleswig War in 1851. This meant that January and February of 1864 became packed with diplomatic intrigue, the Scandinavian states gave lukewarm support to the Danes and stopped well short of any military action or assistance, while the Empire sought to shore up it's 'continental edifice'.[3] This was done first by forming what was to become known as the "Iron Insurance Treaties" where Benjamin Disraeli managed to sign an alliance with the Austrians and French, while Austria was promised support in the event of a Prussian attack, critically France was not[4]. The upshot of all of this activity was that when the German states declared war upon the Dane's, the Empire was also dragged in. British involvement was limited and while the newly named "Grand Fleet" destroyed the Royal Danish navy[5], the fighting on land was left to the Germans. The war was a short one ending on the, 29th July 1864, with the signing of the Treaty of Vienna which gave Prussia control over Schleswig and the land of Holstein to Austria.

1865 was a busy year for the enginers of the British Empire, with no less than 35 great naval bases around the Empire being either en-larged or created[6] from Inverness to Auckland and the Falkland Islands. While botanists were kept busy by the worrying strike of 'Coffee Rust' or Hemileia Vastatrix on Ceylon[7]. Throughout the year many states, including France, looked to begin the noble project of The Latin Monetary Union, a scheme which promised much, but would fail due to war. The French were also busy in south-east Asia where they lead an expedition against Annam for it's crimes of being Anti-Christian, although these were not much believed in their own time, let lone ours.[8]


While the influence of the socialist Karl Marx grew outside the Empire, he was seen as little more than work-shy[9] by the general pouplace of London. Things had never looked rosier for Gladstone and his Liberal-Conservatives, as they were swept to power again, with a small increase in majority.

Code:
          United Kingdom general election, 1866

          Seats          Votes
Party     won   Gain     Total     Percentage
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Liberal-Conservative 419 +2 593,026   55.5[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Yellow"]Liberal 239 -2 475,490   44.5[/COLOR]
[1] About time too ;) they did declare it in 1816!
[2] Always the long-term policy of the Foreign Office :D I can't find any information on this event, does anyone have any ideas?
[3] IE. stopping any one power from getting too powerful :D
[4] Still not sure if I want Germany to form or not?
[5] Don't look t me like that!... it was a fair fight!... their 5 Men-o-War against my 75 ironclads!... :p
[6] Got to have level 10 ports for HOI!
[7] As in OTL... tea is coming to India!
[8] Can't actually find an excuse for this... they just invaded as in OTL
[9] This shows that socialism is not a growing force in the Empire, this is due to the Liberal-Conservative's unifying the reactionary portions of the working class and aristocracy, which is one of the major distinctions between this time line and ours.

 
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So you are going onto HOI, most interesting and something else to look forward to. :)

On Germany forming, how comfortable do you feel in controlling the beast is the question. Left unchecked I'd imagine germany would become formidable. That said what does the HoI conversion do? If you end up with Germany anyway was it worth the effort to stop it forming?
 

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So you are going onto HOI, most interesting and something else to look forward to. :)
Oh yes indeed... a very different Britain in a modern age :D

On Germany forming, how comfortable do you feel in controlling the beast is the question. Left unchecked I'd imagine germany would become formidable.
Germany/Prussia can not be left unchecked, I look to intervene, but I can not allow Austria or France to get too strong so it is a head-ache... :(

That said what does the HoI conversion do? If you end up with Germany anyway was it worth the effort to stop it forming?
I will not be converting, as I have decided to use HOI3 as the ship for the continuation of this story... therefore I shall be modding it. :)
 

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X - Titans, diets and War!



X - Titans, diets and War!


One of the most fertile areas for alternate-history is the idea of a German unification, and this is scarcely surprising when this period has left us with so many 'what if' moments. The story primarily comes down to two towering personalities of their age, the Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismark and British foreign minister, Benjamin Disraeli. It was Bismark who looked to fulfill what he saw as Prussia's destiny and unite Germany under it's domination in the so-called kleindeutschlandor 'lesser-Germany', and it was quite equally Disraeli who saw it as the Empire's job to retain the status quo, if this meant Britannia stepping on yet another 'manifest destiny' then so be it. Bismark's grand plan was to bind together the states of Germany with 'Blood and Iron' through a succession of successful wars with Prussia leading the loose German Confederation. The first easy target was that of Denmark and the first and second Schleswig wars had completed this task, the next two were not to be as easy with Prussia having to crush first Austria and then France. The pretext that was used by Bismark to create a stand of with his southern neighbour was the disputed administration of Holstein and Schleswig, when Austria took this disagreement to the German diet Prussia declared that the earlier agreement, the Gastein Convention, had been rendered defunct, in reaction to this, the German Diet voted for a partial mobilisation upon which Bismark declared the Confederation dead in January 1866 and proceeded to war with Austria.

The battle lines in Germany were clearly drawn with Baden, Bavaria, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse-Darmstadt, Saxony, Württemberg Hannover, Holstein all joining the war on the same side as Austria while Lübeck, Saxe-Meiningen, Lippe-Detmold, Anhalt, Hamburg, Mecklenburg, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Braunschweig, Bremen and Oldenburg joined Prussia. Only the tiny state of Saxe-Weimar stayed neutral in the conflict. Outside of Germany the question of what would happen came down to 'the Big Three' France, Italy and Great Britain, Disraeli looked to match the machinations of Bismark by bringing both the French and Imperial armies to bear on Prussia. The Prussian chancellor was also busy and landed a major coup Bringing the new nation of Italy against his foe's southern border. The commanders of the Prussian military von Roon and von Moltke knew that to defeat the numerically superior Austrian army they would have to strike Vienna rapidly as the Austrian process of mobilisation was slower than that of Prussia. And so some 285,000 men were quickly concentrated within 25 days and the first and second armee's assaulted south through Saxony and Silesia driving upon the Austrian capital. While in Paris Napoleon dithered on the question of supporting Austria, Disraeli and the new War Minister Edward Cardwell put in motion Plan F which laid out for a landing by British forces in the Kiel area to distract the Prussian's, gaining vital time for Austria to mobilise. This period in the short war is on of the great turning points that historians point to, with the majority of von Moltke's forces driving into Austria reserve forces held up the British,who were numerically inferior, and awaited the return of the two armies in the south, if France had taken this opportunity to invade the Rhineland it is possible to suppose that the Prussian generals would have had to withdraw at least one half of their forces from Austria, and that war far from being quick and decisive could have turned into a bloody quagmire.


All of this, however, forgets that unbeknown to many, Bismark had held talks with Napoleon in Biarritz where it is rumoured that they agreed that France would not intervene in the coming conflict. In the end the the war ws over by the , 5th April 1866, with Prussia victorious and Austria ceding Verona to Italy. With the major opposition combatants now out of the war, Britain soon saw that the game was up and came to a 'white peace' with Prussia also in April, Bismark and his armies looked to smash the opposition in German lands. Saxony was soon annexed on in May, Holstein followed in September as did Frankfurt am Main in January of the following year. Hesse-Darmstadt and Württemberg would follow their unfortunate German brothers in October and November of 1867 respectivley while Oldenburg accepted peace with ceding Göttingen & Osnabrück, Hannover gave Emden, Lingen, Lüneburg, Nienburg and Stade to Prussia. Bavaria was to become a rump of its former self ceding Würzburg to Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, Aschaffenburg, Augsburg, Bayreuth and Nürnberg to Prussia. Diplomatically Austria accepted Prussian leaderhip and accepted the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, which effectively gave great automoney to the Hungarians and changed the face of the former Habsburg empire, while the French were wary of Bismarks intentions and so decided not to try and by Luxemburg from the Dutch.

While in happier times the foundations for the world famous Jack Daniel's Distillery was laid down and the coming of rail networks in Texas saw the end of the immortalised 'Texas Trail Drives', athletics had its first championship and great tea clippers raced each other from China to London other goings on were also proceeding. Russia looked to sell Alaska to the US, but found that the country was apparently still cash strapped from its war with its southern neighbour, and so the Tsar decided to cement his relationship with the British Queen, and Alaska passed into Canadian hands with gold from HM Treasury providing the lubrication for the transaction. More good news came during 1867 with the 'straights settlements', Singapor and the Malacca being taken from Raj control to those of the Crown. In Asia France managed to defeat all opposition in Annam, and claim it to be a French colony, but the CSA was rejected in its overtones to buy Spanish Cuba. A debt crisis in Tunisia prompted the French to intervene in north Africa once again, with the Foreign office for once outwitted, Paris managed to get both the Ottomans and Italians to agree to French economic oversight, that meant little more than that Tunisia became the second new French colony in a year.


It was not just Europe that was set ablaze in the latter part of the 1860's, north America was also, once again to see a Yankee, Dixie conflagration. The United States had been shattered enconomically and military by the war that had only ended six years previously, it had been dominated by the 'Old Republicans', but the intervening years had seen a campaign of revanchism lead by the 'undefeated' war hero McClellan. Gladstone and his Confederate opposite number Jefferson Davis, made the mistake of believing that only a fool or madman would strike at the united powers of the Richmond Treaty, which had bound the CS, Texas, California, Canada and the British Empire together in a lasting defensive treaty. History teaches that the 'Richmond Powers' were unwise to ignore the sabre rattling from the north and so on the, 6th March 1867, columns of Union troops once again drove upon Richmond. It was the US planners hope that they could emulate Prussia, they hoped that a drive on Richmond and swift victory would force the CS to surrender before the British and other allies could mobilise and so the USA was officially at war with the CSA, Texas, The British Empire, Mexico, California, Canada, British Indian, Austria and France.

It was with frightening speed that the Union army under the command of William Tecumseh Sherman descended upon the Confederate lines, the small Confederate army looked to block their was at Fredericksburg, but was easily brushed aside in a battle that took place on the, 29th June 1867, The Grand Fleet was powerless to interven, but again destroied the federal fleet near Chesapeake Bay. Sherman sent one of his most Brilliant Corps commanders on ahead and Ulysses S Grant quickly laid siege to Richmond. In the event Richmond was forced to surrender on the, 16th August 1867, and was set alight causing great damage and, the Grey House was burnt to the ground, under the orders of Sherman. The Confederates refused to talk of surrender, however and McClellan's plan quickly unravelled as the state armies of Tennessee and North Carolina quickly concentrated and sent the smaller Union force into swift retreat. With the landing of British Forces to the north the Federal Army was dispatched and liquidated in detail leaving the road to Washington open.


The war was quickly brought to a collusion and the Treaty of Washington was not as cordial as the last, it was stated that all territory beyond the 95 degree of longitude, including all Indian territory, along with the state of Michigan was ceded to the British Empire. Nebraska and Kansas was given to the CSA. Washington had to accept that it had no interest in any territory outside it's borders and had to amend its own constitution to allow succession, the cassius belle had once again been succession by the Southern states. The blockade of the US was also to be on-going with the states having to pay a 100% import-export duty in way of reparations. The duty was too much for New Englander's who, in 1868 succeed from the Union to form the country of New England, they were soon joined by New Yorker's and New Jersey who had suffered federal rath in two wars due to conscription riots. The Island of Manhattan went it's own way during the war when British ships had protected this commune from Federal troops.

The tumult of the 1860's showed no signs of relenting when Queen Isabella II of Spain crossed the Pryanise and into exile leaving the Spanish throne empty. The liberal rebels of Spain, flushed with success, sought out a new monarch and looked to the house of Hohenzollern. Bismark's quite expert doctoring of the Ems Dispatch caused a general bad fealing between France and the German states, and so enraged Napoleon III, that he immediately declared war upon Prussia, playing perfectly into the hands of the 'Iron Chancellor'.


It was then in this atmosphere that Gladstone once again went to the hustings, he had been buoyed by the successful 2nd War of American Aggression, but soundly defeated in the Austro-Prussian war. The Ultra Tories in the House of Lords were starting to give him trouble and in John Russell, the Liberal Party had finally dropped the idea of "free trade" and now only differed in the greater extent of reforms that they wished to carry out. It was a tough election campaign and one that would cost Gladstone greatley in terms of his majority, but the Liberal-Conservatives managed to once again carry the vote.

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Party     won   Gain     Total     Percentage
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Liberal-Conservative 362 -57 544,934   51[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Yellow"]Liberal 296 +57 523,572   49[/COLOR]
 

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So it is that Prussia beats Austria (just like always), the French capture colonies in Tunisia, and the United States is much different than what most of us know. Ohm and the Liberal-Conservative Party gets smashed in the 1870 election... must be because no one really knows if they're liberal or conservative! :p

Excellent AAR, and little is better than an excellent British AAR! ;)
 

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I'm impressed you've held up the normal Vicki march towards Liberal Party domination. Surely can't be long though, all those liberal clerks and craftsman will soon bring about a change in government (how long have the Lib-Cons been in office now?)

Marvellous news from the US, a quite wonderful map. Less good from Europe mind, though I suppose the balance of power is still pretty much maintained so not all bad.
 

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So it is that Prussia beats Austria (just like always), the French capture colonies in Tunisia, and the United States is much different than what most of us know. Ohm and the Liberal-Conservative Party gets smashed in the 1870 election... must be because no one really knows if they're liberal or conservative! :p
Worse is to come for the Lib-Con party... and yes Austria always gets smashed :mad: maybe I need to write a new AAR :rolleyes:

Excellent AAR, and little is better than an excellent British AAR! ;)
Thank you for the praise... :)

I'm impressed you've held up the normal Vicki march towards Liberal Party domination. Surely can't be long though, all those liberal clerks and craftsman will soon bring about a change in government (how long have the Lib-Cons been in office now?)
Almost 30 years... and no it will not be lond at all ;)

Marvellous news from the US, a quite wonderful map. Less good from Europe mind, though I suppose the balance of power is still pretty much maintained so not all bad.[/QUOTE]
The Prussian's are too strong and must be stopped... but yes North America is looking very good :D
 

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XI - The Liberals Strike Back!


The Franco-Prussia war was seen at the time as the defining moment in the European balance of power, however, it can easily be seen that both this premise and the name of the conflict are both, while largely descriptive, incorrect. The war was actually only the first of two great struggles that would set the balance of power in Europe for a generation. Far from being confined to just France and Prussia both this war and the next created two coalitions that slugged it out over bloody battlefields, the major factor in both wars was the disposition of the British Empire and the forces and allies that it could muster, this is when Disraeli showed that he, and not Bismark, was the master manipulator.


The French plan , created by the late Marshal Niel, for war called for a swift invasion of the Prussian Rhur region, pushing the Germanic forces all the way back to Berlin creating terms for a swift victory. Napoleon and his marshal's, though, realised that it was likely that Austria and their allies Great Britain would join the war and so rejected this plan in favour of a defensive arrangement forwarded by Generals Lebrun and Frossard. As such Napoleon III moved forward to Metz where he joined just over 200,000 men of the newly named "Army of the Rhine", placing Marshal MacMahon in command of the I Corps while Chanrobert and his VI Corps were placed as a reserve behind the lines. In opposition to this von Moltke's vision was to have three armies, commanded by von Steinmetz, Prince Karl and Crown Prince Wilhelm, cross the border into France and take advantage of Prussia's superior speed of mobilisation.[1]

The early fortunes of war did indeed favour the Prussian's as their numerically superior forces pushed the French back into the interior. The left (Northern) wing of French forces retreated westward back to the great fortress at Metz, where Prince Karl's forces immediately laid a siege. With it's right wing reeling under the Prussian forces of General von Steinmetz, France was beginning to loose the war. The tide was about to be turned, however, by a new army marching from the French port of Amiens, General Charles George Gordon[2] had arrived with 250,000 front line British troops and was rapidly moving toward the front when he met Napoleon III and formed a new plan. It had been decided that to try and break the siege of Metz with a small force was not advisable as the Prussian's had already out manovered the French time and time again, but it was the young General's idea to use this weakness as a undeniable strength.


As such Napoleon III personally lead a force of some 120,000 toward Metz and started to attack Prine Karl's formation that was laying siege to the monstrous fortress. The Prussian Crown Prince, Wilhelm, saw his chance and attacked the French formation with superior numbers. His hope was to push the French into Sedan and there to encircle and destroy them. What the young Prince did not know was that a quarter of a million British troops under Gordon had been shadowing Napoleon and this force fell upon the sides and rear of the Prussian army[3]. It was thus that Wilhelm was encircled, the prince himself was killed in the ensuing and Otto von Bismark[4], who had ridden with the crown prince's army, was the one who gave the order to lay down arms and give up the struggle and so he and thousands of Prussia soldiers went into captivity. From here the Anglo-French force crushed Prince Karl's forces and relieved Metz. With the Prussian's having lost in details two of their three armies the Austro-Hungarian empire soon declared war and started to invade Schlesien only being stopped as Moltke, threw his reserves at them.

It was at this point that Disraeli played his master stroke, the foreign minister had been in St Petersburg, meeting with the Tsar and his officials to discuss small trade disputed that the two countries had when news of Gordon's victory in France was delivered. Soon further news came of the Austrian deceleration of war to the delight of the Englishman and the increasing interest of Alexander II. What happened in the meeting is still unknown, but only days later Russian forces were mobilising and soon marching into eastern Prussia[5]. With British, French, Russian and Austrian, not to mention the small detachments from the Raj, Texas, the CSA and even California, rampaging almost unopposed through Germany, the Prussian's had little choice but to accept defeat. The treaty of Strasbourg was a stunning victory for Napoleon and Britain as they ensured that a united Germany would not exist and they had checked the growing Prussian military power, Lübeck was made a satellite of France, but little else changed for the other Germanic states. The first half of the 'European Settlement' was over.


Further afield from the continent events still plodded along, the Confederate states went into national morning on the, 13th October 1870, as the great hero General Robert E. Lee passed in his sleep, while in the Union the Great Chicago fire caused great loss of life. Further north New England signed one of its first treaties, enlarging its fishing rights in the Grand Banks and further south Texas started the process of emancipation of slaves, one of the barriers to increased British support[6], while the CSA refused such a measure in 1872. In Africa the hugely profitable Kimberley diamond mine was the source of much tension as both the Cape Colony, Oranje and natives claimed the diamond fields, arbitration went in favour of the natives and Chief Waterboer immediately sought British protection, in effect making the territory British. In the Balkans Russia used its self-proclaimed title of Defender of Balkan Christians, to meddle in the Ottoman Empire once again, by supporting seperatists in the region. The Tzar also strengthened his grip on central Asia by annexing Kokand.

The Empire was further strengthened in 1871, with Italy consenting to become part of Disraeli's web of alliances[7]. The Dutch went about strengthening their position in south east Asia signing the Sumatra Treaty that allowed them a sphere of influence over Atjeh while they accepted British control over Johore. This treaty lead to the Treaty Of Pangkor with the Malay Sultans, whereby they accepted British oversight, and to a dreadfuly bloody Dutch war with Atjeh, where the army resorted to buring villages to bring the Atjeh to annexation.


In 1873, Japan started to impose itself upon its neighbour Korea, opening up the country to Japanese merchants and ending a great era of isolationism. In return the Koreans gained much from a technical mission to Japan, and started a gradual reform process, hoping to emulate its island neighbour. In December of the same year British colonists and the African state of Asante clashed over the latter's claims over the Ghana coastal region. A short and sharp war was fought with the African tribesmen no match for the rifels of the government supported colonists, as a result the Treaty Of Fomena asserted British domination of the coast. Elsewhere in Africa Egypt declared war upon the Darfur in 1874 anexing the nation in only three days. While in the Pacific Fiji was request British protection and was duly named a British colony. Back in Europe Denmark was still reeling from its loss of power in Germany and so in this weakened state gave home rule to Iceland.

The nation was called to the hustings in June of 1875 with the country divided, after his great 'victory' in 1870 Russell, leader of the Liberals, had re-named the party to the Imperial Liberal Party[8]. It had thrown off its label of being pro-free trade and anti-Empire and placed itself as being Imperialistic and in support of further reforms of the nascent 'welfare state'. The combination worked and Russell and his 'imperial Liberals' were thrust into power after 29 years of Liberal-Conservative government.[9]

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          Seats          Votes
Party     won   Gain     Total     Percentage
[COLOR="Yellow"]Imperial Liberal Party 337 +41 544,934   51[/COLOR] 
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Liberal-Conservative 321 -41 523,572   49[/COLOR]
[1] All from our history
[2] Oh yeah... Gordon baby! :D
[3] This is all from our timeline, but instead of being Napoleon who is encircled it is Wilhelm
[4] A nice little mirror to our time, allowing me to use the famous picture of Bismark and Napoleon together :D
[5] Oh yes I did... the Prussian's were a tough nut to crack... I needed more military tech :(
[6] Texan Dominion... who said that? ;)
[7] I seem to be allied with pretty much everybody at this point
[8] Loving the new name :D
[9] Yes the Liberal's are here to stay now...

 

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There goes classical liberalism. Bugger. :(
 

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So, the Prussians get crushed and the West attempts to keep a unified Germany from forthcoming... that was a great read and certainly going to cause future problems I think.

And, the Liberal-Conservatives get trashed again, and the Liberals take up a new name... well, there's always another election to continue the Liberal Party's success, or maybe the Lib-Cons will dump their party name? Great stuff again SirClive! A shame that there aren't as many people commenting or following this AAR. ;)