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Our Country, Right or Wrong by Kurarun Our Country, Right or Wrong by Kurarun
The Kingdom of American States had a tumultuous early history. Having won their independence from Britain in the dying years of the 18th century the thirteen colonies joined in a loose coalition of states. Unfortunately their coalition was flawed; the states fought constantly, both in the political arenas of federal government and, occasionally, on the battlefield. Their overlapping claims to territory, disputes over slavery and the disagreement about how the federal government should be organised caused constant friction.

This enmity existed between the states themselves as well as between the state governments and the federal government in Philadelphia - it was rare for Virginia to listen to the decisions made by the Continental Congress less than 250 kilometres away, and the rest of the states wavered between obedience and outright defiance.

It was decided something must be done. Either the United States remained strong together, or divided and became weak. In Europe Kings and nobility laughed at the Americans - "Their 'Republican Experiment' has failed!" they cried, "No common, elected man could rule a country!". In America, many people agreed.

An absolute monarchy was out of the question, so America must have a monarch tempered by elected bodies and meritocratic institutions. But even after the Americans had decided on the constitution, who would be King?

Virginia and its southern allies championed George Washington - their hero of the revolutionary war! The northern states disagree - Virginia had too much power as it was without their statesmen sitting on the throne! Again the nation was split, until one man stepped forward.

Christian Friedrich Karl Alexander of the German noble house of Hohenzollern was not an unknown to the American people. In the last few years of the revolution Prussia had thrown in its lot with America, hoping to damage the powerful Britain and, with a little luck, gain a new ally. Their contribution to the war was small, but significant. A handful of men under the command of a low-ranking nobleman, Christian Friedrich.

Though late on the scene, Christian Friedrich's contribution to the war was disproportionately large. He took command of a small force of volunteers and was fundamental to the American victory in the Florida campaign. He wasn't the greatest hero of the war, but he wasn't from any state in particular and was liked by statesmen across the nation. He spoke English and French with no real accent from his native German, and his Spanish was passable - though he could have only spoken Chinese for all the Spanish-speaking Floridians cared.

The states were in agreement. They had a central government strong enough to decisively solve disputes between the states; they had a modern, centralised military to protect the nation; and they had a King.

The hardships were not over for the Americans, though. In the mid 1840s, as Europe was wracked by revolutions calling for more reasonable government and greater democracy, so too did the people of America call for action.

In the north many stood with the King - known as the Imperialists they favoured a strong, federal government headed by a powerful monarch. They believed in the American state and the power of a nation over the rights of the people. In the south there were the plantation owners and those who were pro-slavery - many called for the preservation of states' rights, some even believed it.

At first it looked like the states were to be locked in a political stalemate. Then the people called for some else, a sentiment much more powerful than thinly-veiled support for slavery. They called for a republic.

It wasn't just the south that rose, but the west too. The Oregon territory was home to some of America's greatest republican thinkers, and their people rose up in support of their ideals of reasonable government and freedom from tyranny.

The fighting was brutal and bloody. Brother fought brother, fathers fought their sons. Thousands died to move the line a mere inch, and fields and cities were burnt down and laid bare. Both sides took their share of the casualties until, one by one, everything the south had going for it started to fall apart.

Mexico, which had covertly supplied the revolutionaries with funding and arms, had to withdraw its support in the face of domestic rebels. Britain, who had remained staunchly neutral, threw its weighty opinion behind the Imperialists - it did little to help the war in the field, but it did much to sway opinion. The people of East Florida, who had not joined the revolution but had it imposed upon them, rose up against the republicans. In the West the republican armies were destroyed by Maj. Gen. Thomas Williamson's Army of Montana, and the Army of Virginia under Maj. Gen. Josias "Buffalo" Krieger routed the republican forces and captured Richmond. It took less than a year for the Imperialist forces to push their way down the Mississippi and force the republicans to surrender.

Britain's official backing of the imperialists during the war was a surprise. America had revolted from under British rule and they had remained rivals throughout America's history. Cynics claimed that the British merely supported the Imperialists in order to get in their good books, hoping for something in return once the war was over. Others claimed the British merely wanted to prevent the republicans from winning, fearing a similar revolution in Britain itself. Both of these reasons are true, but there were other factors that contributed towards Britain's decision. Many British politicians were staunchly abolitionist and had been appalled that the Kingdom of American States had not outlawed slavery entirely - seeing that one side of the war supported slavery, they supported the other. In addition to this more pragmatic British politicians observed America's local dominance of North America and saw that they could not hope to regain control of the region. Seeing the American States' as the "natural leader of North America" they hoped they could exert more influence over the world, as well as expand their trade empire, if America were their friend and ally.

In the latter half of the 19th century Britain truly came into its own as a world power. The dominance of the British empire over the globe was so effective and absolute that contemporary historians came to refer to the era as "the Glorious Peace" and the diplomatic system that allowed for this peace as "the Glorious Regime". In effect Britain had, through their advantages in trade and cunning diplomacy, created a system whereby they ruled the world through trade and could use concessions and sanctions as sticks and carrots to get the rest of the world to do what they want.

Britain was also willing to sacrifice their interest in favour of their allies in hopes of engendering an unwavering loyalty to the system. Portugal was promised line of territory running from the east coast of Africa in the Congo to the west coast in Mocambique and the Netherlands had Sri Lanka, Austronesia and various trade outposts handed over for a reasonable sum. In order to cement America's place in the Glorious Regime Britain made an offer of much of British North America, excluding the more populated east. America accepted and gave up a tidy sum in return for the confirmation of their position as the natural great power of the Americas. Following this purchase the Americans sought to broadcast to the rest of the world that they had come into their own, that they were a great power not to be messed with, and they did this with a simple name change. The Kingdom of American States had become an Empire.


In bringing America into the Regime Britain also paved the way for the Cape Verde purchase, whereby Portugal sold the Cape Verde islands to America as an outlying naval base in return for a decent sum and trade concessions, helping to bolster their dying economy and give the Portuguese King much needed support when republican revolutionaries looked to overthrow the outdated monarchy.

When Haiti revolted and called for annexation to the EAS Britain co-ordinated a diplomatic effort with Prussia to have France back down and concede the colony to the Empire. And when the Spanish-American War broke out Britain threw its support behind America, harassing Spanish shipping in Europe and imposing a blockade that allowed America to overrun its American and Pacific colonies unimpeded.

Now it is 1900 and America enters the 20th century as a great power united with Britain in an alliance that rules the world. But, as always, the struggle is never truly over.

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This took a couple of weeks to make and finish, and it took me another week or two to get around to writing the description and actually posting it. Sorry it's so late, but I hope you enjoy it!

The title comes from a quote from Stephen Decatur ([link]):

"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong!"
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DurinVIII Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
How come they never bought Alaska? It may have explained that and I missed it.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made this map ages ago - I may have had an explanation in mind at the time, but I don't remember what it is now. It was probably that the Russians found gold there before they sold it and decided to keep it instead.
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Parasky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another reason you might consider is that Russia originally sold Alaska to the United States as a way of keeping it out of British hands. Russia and Britain had quite the rivalry and the Russians knew that if it came to war and Britain wanted to take Alaska then there would be nothing they could do about it. Essentially Alaska was a disaster waiting to happen for the Russians so they decided to cut their losses and try to make some money off of the territory. If in this world the Americans were allied with the British then there would be no real desire to sell the territory to them since America and Russia would likely not be on good diplomatic terms. 
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DurinVIII Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I love it!
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Arbarano Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
You forgot CM in your table. Is it for Columbia?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I didn't (it's the second one underneath the "States, Provinces, and Commonwealths of the Empire" box), and yes it is. :p
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MTARIOS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Interesting map.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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MTARIOS Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
It's cool. It is a very interesting concept. 
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coldblood11 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
You should make this into a series.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks! I was planning to make it a full timeline at some point, but my enthusiasm and inspiration for the project has unfortunately declined (as has my assessment of how plausible it is). I might get around to revitalising it... after I write this Afghanistan timeline, and design this fantasy world, and write this ASB timeline, and design this other fantasy world...
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coldblood11 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Also, great idea with the Hohenzollern Dynasty... me was thrilled, considering it was the same dynasty that ruled Romania (my homeland) during the 19th Century. 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
American Monarchy?
You have my interest...
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I see it says "States, provinces, and commonwealths", so what would the "provinces" be?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"States, provinces, and commonwealths" all have the same federal status; they're just named differently. A couple of modern US states are officially called commonwealths, in this world there are a fair few more commonwealths, and some of the states shown - mainly those in former British North America/Canada, and a few nearby states that became states after the joining of the British/Canadian territory - are named provinces. :)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ohhhh okay, I didnt realize that the former British provinces didnt become "states" of their own. New concept, and I like it.
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WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is really well thought out.--an interesting deviation to look at and read about. Now I'm all interested in how the rest of the 20th Century will play out!
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

I might make a more detailed and well-researched timeline for this map and others set in the same alternate world, but unfortunately I'm focusing more on the alternate world shown in my two most recent maps at the moment.
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mccrj Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
truly impressive, I want more.
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Would the Kingdom look the same in 2013?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Kingdom? Do you mean the Empire of American States?
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
The empire in total.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a strange way of phrasing it, but I imagine the Empire would look much the same in this timeline's 2013. Some territories may have become states, but I can't see it losing territory in that time.
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
That's what I meant. Were there more states made of the Mackenzie and Northwest territories? Things like that.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly need to redesign the states of the Empire, as many of them don't make sense or have no history behind their formation at all. I don't think any new states would be made out of the Mackenzie or Northwest territories, as they're very sparsely populated. The Hamilton, Cheyenne, and Utah territories might be split into a few states, though.
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Awesome.
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AnEnemySpy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Ha! Suck it, Canada! That'll show those syrup suckers who's boss.
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1313kittycat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Artist
U-uh I-I uhm... *go cries in a corner*
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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I guess that would make me an East Floridian.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you live in (or come from) Florida, then yes I suppose it would. :)
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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:)
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lordmep Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love alternat histories and maps.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
This is seriously awesome work.
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:iconkurarun:
Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I've actually been working on something similar, an American monarchy. An idea I got from Empire: Total War. It's not as big as this America though. Not sure how to go about drawing a map though.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm planning on doing a map tutorial sometime soon, which I'll be posting on here and on AlternateHistory.com. That should give you some idea of how to go about making such a map! :)
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Awesome, thanks. I'm trying to come up with a name for such a country though, but I found out my idea wasn't original. Haha.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose the country's name would depend on how it is founded - what form of government it has, what ideals it aspires to, etc. It doesn't really *need* to be original, just good and logical. :)
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
My idea was the United Kingdom of American States, but it sounds a lot like yours.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a bit unwieldy, too. Just "United Kingdom of America" or perhaps "United Kingdom of Columbia" would sound better, I think. :)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whats up with the states of superior, north wisconsin and south wisconsin? Did more people settle there than OTL?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To a certain extent that was just me changing things for the sake of changing things. I imagine that more people settled in the region than OTL, but I haven't thought of an in-universe explanation yet. :)
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Germans!
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Germans? I suppose with a German monarch there might be some more immigration, but there'd need to be some extra pressure to immigrate for it to be significant. Of course, given butterflies, such a pressure could easily exist, I just don't know what it might be! :p
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well, the Midwest was the destination for the majority of German immigrants OTL.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed? I know there were a lot of Swedish and Norwegian immigrants to the area in OTL, possibly due to the similar climate, but I wasn't aware that it was a prime area for German immigrants. :)

There still needs to be some extra pressure from Europe to make more Germans immigrate across at just the right time, though.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
North Dakota's capital is named Bismarck for a reason :P

German monarchy, prime land, lots of open space, why wouldn't Germans want to go?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because if things are good in Germany then there's not much reason to cross half the world and set up your entire life from scratch in a foreign country. A decent war or famine would push a very significant number of Germans across the Atlantic, though, and shouldn't be very hard to pull off plausibly. :)
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