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The King is Dead by Kurarun The King is Dead by Kurarun
I don't have a full explanation for this map yet, unfortunately, but I'd rather it didn't just sit around rotting on my hard drive, so I'm going to upload it.

The point of divergence centres around the Seven Years War, which goes a bit differently in terms of America. Britain beats France and takes all of New France, including Louisiana west of the Mississippi, which in our timeline was given to Spain. This means that the Acadian French don't flee en mass to Louisiana in the belief that it will remain French, and instead attempt to either return to France, or remain in Acadia.

British policy, however, is to dilute the French Acadian population with English-speaking colonists. This takes place both in a drive to colonise Acadia with British colonists, and in a brutal campaign to drive Acadians out of Acadia and into areas already predominantly English-speaking (primarily the New England colonies and New York).

Instead of diluting possible rebellious sentiments, this spreads the unrest to New England and New York. The region was already unstable due to the imposition of various "Intolerable Acts", but Acadian leaders masterfully add their own expulsion and the massacre of many hundreds of Acadians as another of Britain's many crimes against its colonies. This sparks an earlier American revolution, one where the colonies' populations are much more divided over the issues. Whilst some of the thirteen colonies were considered to be loyal to the British crown in our timeline, in this one no state can be considered to be steadfast in their loyalty; a significant portion of all their populations supports revolution and independence.

The British respond to the revolution in force, and George Washington is appointed by the Continental Congress to lead the Continental Army against their oppressors. Washington makes some early blunders, and is forced to retreat to Virginia to regroup. This is one of the major reasons why he is not considered the almost messianic figure he was in our timeline. This retreat, whilst it was certainly the sanest thing to do in Washington's position, was seen as a slight by the people of Maryland in particular, and the population of all states north of Virginia in general. It was seen as an abandonment of Washington's responsibilities to all the separate states, and this fostered a belief that Washington, as a Virginian, was out to protect Virginia above all others.

Washington's retreat to Virginia was also a blow to the Congress' and France's confidence in his abilities. France was waiting for Washington to prove his worth and win a battle against the British, and therefore show that the Americans could win this war with French help. Washington later advanced and fought an almost phyrric battle against the British forces. It was a victory, if a poor one, and it was enough for France to throw their lot in with the revolutionaries and declare war on Britain.

With France's help the American rebellion had become a war between two great powers, a war that the Americans and the French would go on to win.

What had begun with a riot in Boston had ended with the independence of over half of Britain's American empire. France had gained Louisiana west of the Mississippi back, and the satisfaction of knowing that it had managed to knock Britain down a notch or two.

The newly independent states were far from united, however. Border disputes with each other and with colonies still under Britain's control were common, and occasionally broke out into small conflicts between the militia of the different states. The central government was too weak to do anything to stop the conflict and unite the states. A new constitution was written, but it was rejected by many of the states; it placed too much power in the hands of men they simply could not trust. The Congress ignored the will of the states, and the states ignored the Congress. Chaos reigned.

It became clear that the republican form of government that the Founding Fathers aspired to was either flawed or would simply not work in such an atmosphere of regional conflict.

Another constitution was written, calling for a King to rule the American States. The issue was with who this King was to be; if the American people could not decide on a President to rule them for a few years, they could hardly decide on a King to rule them for the rest of his life. The King could not be an American, as no American could appeal to all states, but then who could he be? That was when a German noble put himself forward for the position.

In our timeline Christian Friedrich Karl Alexander of the House of Hohenzollern had no children, but in this world he did. Christian Alexander died in the mid-1780s, leaving the Margravates of Brandenburg-Ansbach and Brandenburg-Bayreuth to his son, William Augustus.

William was a learned man, with a good head for organisation and a silver tongue that could speak German, Dutch, French and English. He had sold his Margravate to Prussia in 1790, and so had no obligations in Europe. Further still, he was married with a young son; a young son that could be brought up to be a truly American King. As a candidate he seemed perfect, but several state legislatures still rejected the new constitution, that was until William paid them each a visit.

William spoke English with no discernible German accent, and he spoke it fluently. He had been keeping up with developments in the American colonies since the end of the Seven Years War, and was able to quote many of the great men who fostered the revolution. His oratory skills were not always enough to convince everyone that confirming him as King would be in their best interests, but William was a keen political negotiator, and he exploited his knowledge of the different states' histories to make enough promises to convince those last few crucial legislators. The new constitution was passed, and William made the first King of the American States.

William was certainly not a man to sit about idly, and he quickly made good on many of his promises, negotiating treaties between states in order to confirm their borders and even negotiating the Treaty of Albany with Britain, cementing the American States' borders with British North America, most importantly the confirmation of the control of the Ontario area by New York.

Regional rivalries persisted, however, and various voting blocks persisted despite the newly found national unity. Seeing this, William talked with members of the Continental Congress on the possibility of demanding certain frontier territories from the various states, and reforming them as new states. The idea was to balance out the regional blocks, and to create neutral states that belonged to none of them. The idea was approved, and various new states popped up overnight. New York lost the Ontario area, but gained the State of Ontario's legislators and Congressmen as closely-aligned voters. Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia lost various inland territories, but gained Kentucky, Tennessee and Montgomery as allies in Congress. In 1800 the new state of Erie was created, and quickly fell in line with most North-East states in terms of voting.

Now, it is 1801, and interesting events are taking place in France...


To cut a long story short: a different Seven Years War leads to a different American revolution. America's "experiment" in republicanism fails leading to an enlighted, constitutional monarchy, but regional differences persist and all is not well in Europe.


Oh, and you may be wondering about the title; the full term is "The King is dead! Long live the King!", which originally refers to the seamless passage of the title from the deceased King to his heir. In this case "The King is dead!" refers to the ending of British oppression under King George III, and "Long live the King!" is a celebration of King William's enlightened reign.
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HATEALLYALL Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Why is the Capital of North Carolina Lenoir? During the early 1800's New Bern, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Raleigh were the largest towns. 
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe my excuse for that was that they moved the capital inland in order to protect against coastal invasion, though in retrospect Charlotte or Raleigh would be a more sensible choice - I think I didn't do enough research at the time, I'm afraid.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So Im going to warn you, I might try and make a similar map of the Kingdom of Guatemala, but I might not or it might turn out completely different so we'll see.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. I'm not sure why you needed to warn me, but go ahead. :)
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Animadefensor Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can forsee this United States being an ally for the future German Empire... or even Kingdom of Prussia.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've written the future of this alternate timeline in any great detail, but what I have has them joining Britain's system of allies, I'm afraid.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Germany can also be in that system, after all, they can back up the Brits against the French and Russians :D
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Kurarun Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't write much background for what might happen to Germany, but what I can find suggests they were going to be generally anti-British in sentiment, maybe even being the primary opponent to Britain's 'Glorious Regime' of international allies.

That's not set in stone though - it might change if I ever get around to fleshing out this timeline.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Better to have the Germans an ally than an enemy, in pretty much ANY alt-history scenario.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Isn't it true of every country that it's better to have them as an ally than an enemy?
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Depends on the country. Italy, for example, I don't think I'd want as my ally. At least not if they are trying to do other shit at the same time.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would depend on what Italy's like in whatever timeline you're in. They could be competent and powerful for all you know. :p
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Animadefensor Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Lenoir is the capital of North Carolina here? I was born there. What a coincidence.
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Spec-Evo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was entirely possible. If I remember correctly the continental congress offered Washington a crown, so they would be eager enough with someone else.

Also, would the civil war take place in this timeline. That would be an interesting map.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't find any evidence that Washington was offered the crown, but it definitely wasn't certain that America would become a republic.

As for the civil war, I never went into too much detail with it, but there's a description of this timeline's version of it in the description for this map ( [link] ), which is set in the same timeline. :)
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Spec-Evo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, my memory isn't great and I'm probably am not the best source on Washington, so I'll go with you on that.

As soon as I posted the comment I went to the other one and read it so, I saw. It wasn't as big as our Civil War, but just as important.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great map, one of my favorites, but a few questions;
Did Penn. not get the Erie Triangle?
Did we ever claim the Ontario region?
Isnt the city of Montgomery actually in West Florida?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

1. I made this map I while ago, so I can't remember anything exact that I decided about it, but Pennsylvania did get the Erie Triangle (or at least most of it) - it just looks like it didn't because the Penn. - New York border has been moved North equally across its length.

2. The Province of New York did claim the region marked as "Ontario" on that map between 1763 and 1774, if Wikipedia's correct.

3. "Montgomery" is the name of the state, not the city. :P If you're talking about what is Montgomery, Alabam in OTL, I'm not sure which state it'd be in, but it's not one of the state capitals shown on this map. :)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just recently did a map that featured West Florida and I found out that the city of Montgomery was in it. Out of curiosity, why did you name it Montgomery?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In retrospect, I can't fully remember. I thought I'd named it after some Revolutionary Georgian politician, but I was thinking of Treutlensberg (named after John A. Treutlen ( [link] )). I might've named it after John Montgomery ( [link](pioneer) ), but I'm not 100% sure, I'm afraid. :)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I found where on wikipedia it talks about NY claiming Ontario
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Does Napoleon still take power ITTL?
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Yes.
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
How can you be so sure?
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Because the second addition to the timeline says so in the Author's Note.
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You're right, it does. Too bad.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Very nice map.

America as a monarchy? Very interesting concept. I especially like your idea of bringing in European royalty for the role. I like it when people put thought into their back-histories.

Nice job!
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Kurarun Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

I've seen a few monarchist America timelines, but most seem to go with a "native" monarch, usually George Washington, instead of bringing in an outside family. In this timeline I wanted to foster and emphasise a regional rivalry between the states, so having George Washington retreat to his native Virginia - leaving Maryland and the other northern states essentially undefended - seemed like a good way to foster a dislike of Virginia and George Washington among the northern states. This leaves the American States without a powerful, universally loved war hero to gather around, though, hence the subsequent chaos and the necessity of bringing in a neutral European to act as the head of a revitalised federal government.
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Aenek-Lycaon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
I'd really like seeing this timeline continued, it sounds really interesting!
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Red-Star-Flag Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly wonderful. Your writing skills make an American monarchy sound entirely plausible. This is really one of the best works I've seen in a while.

By the way, the italic tag uses lowercase i.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D

As absurd as it sounds in the modern day, an American monarchy was certainly plausible at the time, considering there had been no successful democratic republics before then.

I'm certainly going to make more of these maps in future, once I find a base map with all the information I need on it (state boundaries, rivers etc.).

And thanks for pointing out the [I][/I] tags! I copied the description from one I wrote on a forum and forgot to take out all the formatting tags - I didn't even know dA had italics tags!
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wminsing Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Love the map, and love the history. Already dreaming up the uniforms for the Royal Army.... :)

-Will
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
This is fucking glorious. And I say that with respect :iconawesomeplz:
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LiquidNerve Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
wow, this was very interesting. its easy to get absorbed into this alternate timeline. Look forward to more.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Monarchist!America. That's a start.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fine map. The black labels are however a bit hard to read on the dark green.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

The labels look okay to me; it might be something to do with your monitor. That said, I did start off with a much lighter green and then made it darker as the map developed, so I shall try to keep the contrast between the labels and the background in future.
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Chanimur Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the real gem here is the timeline; that's a FANTASTIC idea.

And the map ain't too shabby either. :D
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic map!
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