I'm actually holding out hope for the Beutalists unifying Latin America more successfully than the South having a chance of survival. The South's still a divided lot, them getting picked off one by one ala Nazi Germany is likely unless they get outside support, and I just don't see France stepping up in either case because they have Europe and Africa to deal with. Maybe Russia? They have a land border. Also is this RU as intent on reclaiming the mantle of the old USA? I'd assume so, considering the AFC's propaganda features the old Stars and Stripes.
 
Well, seems to me that TTL’s Industrial Age is going to be a lot worse. Perhaps Communism or some variant rises earlier?

Also, there’s a World Congress? I’m suspecting it’s more like a French organization for its allies.
 
There's also very likely a Union-friendly fifth column inside the Deep South who haven't forgotten the Old Republic, see slavery as on its way out, and dislike seeing old allies fight. The Union propaganda would probably say, "We don't want to erase the Old South, we just want to make it great again and unify the grand jigsaw puzzle that is the Anglo-Saxon-Teutonic American Race."

Also, my gosh, while writing Redux and researching scientific racism, immigration, phrenology and the like, the things I have learned about how the 19th Century USA treated its immigrants is astounding. While innocently reading up on the Erie Canal on Wikipedia, I have found this gem:

"The remaining problem was finding labor; increased immigration helped fill the need. Many of the laborers working on the canal were Irish, who had recently come to the United States as a group of about 5,000. Most of them were Roman Catholic, a religion that raised much suspicion in early America due to its hierarchic structure, and many laborers on the canal suffered violent assault as the result of misjudgment and xenophobia."

Once again, "Hey that's like Nazis!" becomes "Ohhhhhh. I see it now." What I was going to already include to make the construction of the canal more dystopian ALREADY HAPPENED OTL.
 
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CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 12:
THE CONGRESS OF VIENNA 1826

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Napoleon I arrives at the Congress

In early 1826, after over a decade since the end of the Great Wars of the Empire and the beginning of the "Pax Napoleonica," Austria's Kaiser Franz I, his own father-in-law, started to protest the way Napoleon had not broken up the British Empire among the Allies and rewarded them in other ways, as had been the promised arrangement and one of the main reasons the other countries fought for Napoleon in the first place (the other being blatant fear of total destruction). Thus, Napoleon, who was seemingly surprised by the anger and proclaimed to have just been busy conquering India from the British and East India Company holdouts and the native Indian warlords, agreed to hold a World Congress, the first of its kind, at Vienna.

The Indian topic needs not to be glossed over, however, as when Britain collapsed in Europe, India fell into civil war and unimaginable bloodshed. The East India Company, under Governor-General Paul Horace Greer, had attempted to maintain order as they waited on word from the homeland on what step to take next. Finally, as word spread that the Royal Navy had been sunk and Great Britain was in the midst of falling apart, Greer and his top officers proclaimed the independent "Empire of India," with Greer taking power as Emperor after snuffing out all opposition within the Company. When couriers arrived from England saying half of Indian holdings were to be turned over to the French, anyone who doubted Greer's leadership put aside their enmities and fought together against the Frogs.
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Flag of the Empire of India, following the collapse of Great Britain

In early 1816, the French Imperial Navy seized all islands near the Indian coast and, ironically, arrested EIC officers for treason against the English Crown and Parliament. Also ironically, the English Royal Navy was also on the scene fighting alongside the French against a mutual enemy. While some English supported the Empire of India as a last stand of Britannia against the French tyrants, others indeed viewed them as backstabbing traitors. After all, under Napoleon's terms England would have kept a substantial portion of their holdings. Now with the EIC rebelling and the lack of manpower to police the innumerable regions of the Indian subcontinent, it became unlikely that England would keep much at all.

For nine years the battle raged in India. Greer was a fierce opponent who wasn't going to go down easily, but he would eventually make a fatal mistake. In January, 1825, Greer, or the self-styled "Paul I, Emperor of India," was invited by the Maharajah of Mysore, Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, to come to his palace to discuss an alliance against the French and English. Supposedly, Mysore would fight for the Empire of India and in exchange keep its independence and a yearly tribute. This sounded like a great deal to Greer, and he, several loyal native warlords, and some of his troops made the trip to the massive city.
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Arrival of Emperor Paul I in Mysore

However, all was not what it seemed. Following a lavish banquet and much trinket-exchanging, the Maharajah's favorite dancing girls entertained Greer and his men. All the while, outside the impressive, ornate palace, footsteps could be heard. At first just a few. Then many. Before long, English and French troops had completely surrounded the building. Now drunk out of their minds and enjoying wine, women, and song, Greer and his loyalists had no idea the Maharajah had betrayed them and sold them out to France in exchange for nominal independence.

Outside, the orders finally came. With loud rally cries of "Down with the Traitor Greer!" and "Vive César de France!", the combined forces smashed their way into the palace, their boots clicking by the dozens on the marble mosaic floors. When Greer, drunk and just waking from a nap, finally noticed the betrayal, troops were already two rooms away. The Maharajah fled the room as his bodyguards drew their curved swords and began gutting Greer's men like fish. It was a bloodbath. Greer, panicked and stumbling, drew his sword and charged into the fray. French and English troops burst into the room, their bayonets shining in the light of the chandeliers and their faces filled with rage. Then and there, Paul Horace Greer, the first and only Emperor of independent India, was cut down.
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Illustration of a battle between Franco-Indian troops and Greer loyalists

Upon the news of Greer's demise, the warlords who were originally loyal to him started to send apologies and tribute to Bombay, the main French occupied city in India. In other parts of India, fighting would rage on as former EIC men now fought for native warlords and princes, but it was never the same. The death of Greer sealed India's fate to resubmit to European rule. France would ruthlessly stamp out all forms of resistance and Bombay was renamed as the Principality of Bombay. The old British colonial borders were reinstated, and English officers were brought in to try to normalize French rule.
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Flag of French Imperial Indian holdings

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Thousands of troops had been dying in this "Pax Napoleonica," and the Continental Alliance felt more and more like something that was falling apart every day. Napoleon grew very worried about increasing discontent among the Allies and feared that he might yet loose his throne in a last War of the Coalition. He need to keep the peace and show the other nations they were respected and their problems could be solved peacefully. And so it was that he summoned the long-anticipated Congress of Vienna. He had planned for it to be held in 1820, but continued problems in India, South America, and Africa had kept him too busy. Now, at last, the leaders of the world would gather in peace at the first meeting of its kind, and a step closer to a peaceful Napoleonic system Caesar desperately wanted to leave his children.

The Congress's opening was full of pomp and circumstance. Several days were allotted for the monarchs and leaders to drown themselves in the praise and salutes and bows of the others, all given and received with doubtful sincerity. The following is a list of most of the leaders present (their dignitaries are not counted, which sometimes numbered in the hundreds):

France:
  • Napoleon I, Caesar (also Emperor of India, King of Andorra, King of Italy, Lord of Mann, Mediator of the Helvetic Confederation, Protector of Brazil, Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine, and Protector of the Free City of Lisbon)
  • Michel Ney, Prime Minister
Denmark-Norway:
  • Frederick VI, King
  • Otto Joachim Moltke, Prime Minister
England:
  • Edward VII, King (traditional title of King of Hanover given to Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia six years prior to the Congress)
  • John Wallace, Prime Minister
Austria:
  • Franz I, Kaiser (also King of Hungary and Bohemia)
  • Prinz von Metternich, Chancellor
Kingdom of Prussia and Hanover:
  • Friedrich Wilhelm III, King
  • Count von Wylich, Chief Minister
Kingdom of Bavaria:
  • Ludwig I
Kingdom of Saxony and Grand Duchy of Warsaw:
  • Frederick Augustus I, King, Grand Duke
Württemberg:
  • Wilhelm, King
Baden:
  • Karl, Grand Duke
  • Stéphanie, Consort, Daughter of Napoleon I
Portuguese Confederation and Etruria:
  • Louis, King (Powerless puppet following orders directly from Napoleon I)
Principality of Lucca and Piombino:
  • Elisa Napoleona, Princess
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (formerly Naples and Sicily):
  • Zénaïde, Queen, Daughter of Joseph Bonaparte
Kingdom of Holland:
  • Louis I, King, Brother of Napoleon I
Kingdom of Sweden:
  • Karl XIV, King (Jean Bernadotte, former grand marshal under and bitter rival of Napoleon I)
Spain:
  • Ferdinand VII
Ottoman Empire:
  • Benderli Selim Sirri Pasha, Ottoman Grand Vizier
Russian Empire:
  • Nicholas I, Czar (also Grand Duke of Finland)
Republican Union:
  • Charles Goodyear, Representative
  • Miles Romney, Representative
Confederation of the Carolinas:
  • Andrew Jackson, Chancellor
  • John C. Calhoun, Colonel of the Confederation (unique title; essentially Prime Minister)
Virgin Islands Confederacy:
  • Thomas Bragg, Governor-General (answered directly to Jackson and also brought young son Braxton with him; the Congress had a "profound" effect on the boy)
Republic of Virginia:
  • Henry Clay, President (also representing the Chesapeake Republic of Maryland)
  • Daniel Webster, Vice President
Republic of Georgia:
  • John Hardee, Representative (also representing the West Florida Republic and the Republic of Jamaica)
Green Mountain Republic of Vermont:
  • Jay Thomas Powell, Chancellor (stormed out after being ridiculed by Ludwig of Bavaria)



The Canadian Question and Goodyear's Tirade, July 5th-6th, 1826:
The whole reason that the Republican Union really bothered to show up to "Napoleon's tea party" was the long-standing dispute over the Canadian territories. The Republican Union had a fiery young businessman named Charles Goodyear as their chief negotiator, who was in turn balanced by the mild and moderate Miles Romney, a State Consul of Massachusetts. Goodyear had become a Union icon in recent years following his almost single-handed turnaround of the the Erie Lake Canal Company, founding his own business empire, Goodyear Enterprises, and bringing industry and commerce booming back to the Republican Union. He was a fiery orator as well, and he absolutely detested Europeans, and especially the French. He blamed the French and the Southron governments for the death of his father in the War of 1812 and for the Canadian Invasion killing tens of thousands of his countrymen. He was still largely unknown to most European at the time of the Congress of Vienna, but when he left everyone would remember him.

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Charles Goodyear
The millionaire ranted for over an hour on July 5th, the first official day, over how the Republican Union had been abandoned by France and its allies and how 50%, if not more, of Canada should be theirs. Frederick Augustus, of Saxony and Warsaw, and Louis, of the Portuguese Confederation and Etruria, both stood up, along with their entire entourages, and booed him publicly. Goodyear had never been doubted or ridiculed to his face, and that face "looked red as a hot coal" and he turned and launched a brutal tirade of anti-Polish, anti-Eastern European, anti-Catholic, anti-Portuguese, and anti-Italian slurs, until Henry Clay of Virginia stood up calmly and told him to "calm down, you ignorant fool." Incensed, Goodyear stormed out and would not come back till the next day, leaving his job to Romney.

Romney calmly discussed Canada with the other parties concerned, and agreed to drop all other claims to to the French Colony in exchange for Nova Scotia. Goodyear would allegedly slap Romney in the face and call him a gutless coward to his face the next day. Furious beyond words, Goodyear again came before the Congress and ripped up the yet-unsigned Treaty of Canada right before everyone. Napoleon sighed audibly and the aging Caesar lifted his hand. Finally, after another hour of Goodyear explaining about the death of his father and the feelings in America of complete and total betrayal, Napoleon invited him to a private room. There, for five hours, the two men bickered back and forth, with Romney and Ney simply watching from the sidelines. Crippled with economic problems, possible conflict in Europe, and rebellions in India, Napoleon finally agreed to a better treaty. The Union was to receive Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, disputed areas of Maine, New Brunswick, and the Ontario Peninsula, with its gem Toronto, for 20 million dollars. Romney couldn't believe the way Goodyear was getting away with such a steal. Acquiring the Ontario Peninsula meant cementing the Great Lakes under Union control. This also helped Goodyear on a personal level, as he owned half the shares in the Erie Lake Canal Company at this point. All the new trade traffic would directly enrich him.

Goodyear stood, man-to-man, with Caesar Napoleon, a god among men. The grand restorer of the Roman Empire. And he treated him like a business rival. Napoleon actually developed a weird sort of respect for Goodyear, as he reminded him a bit of himself in his younger days, always pushing, pushing, pushing, usually more than he knew he would get, always seeking the offensive. Goodyear was obviously a racist crackpot of sorts, but it couldn't be said he wasn't successful and an amazingly relentless opponent. At last the men came back to the Congress and before the world announced the new Treaty of Canada and signed it immediately. This was a major victory for America, and Goodyear was about to become the greatest living American this side of the Prophet Burr. Andrew Jackson, Chancellor of the Confederation of the Carolinas, meanwhile, stormed out of the building and never returned, furious at the Union's growth. It was at that moment that relations between France and the Carolinas began to break down. The other Southron nations also weren't happy with France's concessions, but realized they couldn't do anything about it.

A courier was immediately dispatched back to the Union to spread the news, and long before the Goodyear and Romney returned there were mass celebrations in the streets. For once, the Union had won. Thousands of people flooded into the streets, waving flags and singing patriotic songs. The wounds from 1812 were far from healed, but at last they were starting to get their way. At the same time, as news hit the new American Canadian holdings, a mass immigration began of people fearing American rule and the spread of the AFC Church. Among those who fled were thousands of people who had already fled America once, mostly on religious grounds.

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Celebrations in Boston over the Treaty of Canada (or the Goodyear Treaty as Americans called it)


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King Karl of Sweden Dies and Oscar I Speaks, July 7th-9th, 1826:
Another of the most shocking episodes came on the third day of the Congress, on July 7th, when, following a heated exchange with Napoleon I, King Karl (Bernadotte) of Sweden dropped dead, struck down by a massive heart attack. The decision as to who would be speak for Sweden had to be made immediately. War was brewing between Sweden and Russia over the Finland Question, and with no leader, the matter might spiral out of control.

The little-known Swedish heir, Oscar I, now an un-crowned king, stood up and shocked everyone in attendance with his excellent speeches and oratory. The fact that he was Napoleon's godson and that he, unlike Karl, loved and respected the French emperor did not hurt his case with many of France's puppets. Frederick Augustus, of Saxony and Warsaw, and Louis, of the Portuguese Confederation and Etruria, stood up, beckoned their entourages to do the same, and "openly wept like babies, as if their very thrones depended on this tearful action." The graying French Caesar nodded approvingly. The matter was then resolved so that Finland became independent and completely neutral. Trade was opened to both Russia and Sweden. If any country violated the treaty, they would have to answer to the Continental Alliance and the French Empire.

The Spanish Bankruptcy Question, July 10th-15th:
Certainly one of the most pressing and potentially devastating matters undertaken at Vienna was the growing instability of Spain, its colonial empire, and its economy. Despite the gift of a good 60% of Portugal from France during the Great Wars, it was still a backward, poor country, a mere shadow of its former glory and power. It was also rapidly losing control of its colonies, especially in the Americas.

New Spain had experienced its first real revolt just five months prior to the World Congress, when 50 Spanish troops were killed by a mob of impoverished farmers in Cuba. Spain had responded with brutal and quick reprisal, killing citizens senselessly in what Napoleon I called "a needless massacre." The open revolt that followed was still raging at the time of the Congress, where Spain was told to get its act together on the island and stop murdering the Cubans or suffer dire consequences. Little did those in Vienna know that Cuba had declared independence five days before, or that Virginian and Carolinian ships were currently peacefully blockading Havana to prevent Spanish troops from landing.

In the end, the Congress refused to help Spain if it suffered rebellions, as the nations feared a brutal, prolonged conflict in the jungles and deserts of North and South America helping an elderly empire no one really liked much anymore. It also didn't help that many nations were verging on declaring war with Spain since it wouldn't (and couldn't) pay back huge loans stretching back a century. Austria was the most angry about not being recompensed, and it showed when charismatic Prinz von Metternich personally threatened war. Napoleon barely defused the situation, but it was just prolonging the inevitable. Many were suspecting that multiple European countries would support insurrections in New Spain.


The Partition of India, July 16th-28th, 1826:
After the grueling talks over Spain's looming collapse, the Congress brought up the most touchy subject of the entire meeting: India. Napoleon and Ney declared that they had fought and bled for the conquest of India and the overthrow of the insane Paul Horace Greer, but they would be willing to "fairly" divide the spoils with their Allies.

Everyone who was anyone got trading rights with the valuable subcontinent. France had set up its Asian capital in Bombay, and declared the entirety of "Bombay Principality," stretching from the Baluchistan border down to allied Mysore and including Kutch and Kathiawar, to be an official colony of France. The Sikh Empire nearby detested the return of a strong European military presence so near to their country when the French had first sent expeditions in in 1816. The British East India Company and its later incarnation as the Empire of India had suffered multiple horrific defeats at the hands of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the fearsome Sikh emperor, after he had tried to expand his borders and faith into Rajputana.

France had favored the Muslims of India for quite some time, and after the East India Company holdouts destroyed the Hindu Maratha Confederacy in 1818 (their last real conquest), the Muslims of the remnants of the Mughal Empire agreed to submit to being French clients in exchange for protection against the Sikhs and the destruction of the Greer-supporting holdouts still occupying Mughal territory. Thus, by the time of the World Congress, the Franco-Sikh War was well underway. Napoleon II, the baby-faced, half-Austrian 15 year-old "King of Rome," grandson of Kaiser Franz, had volunteered to serve in Bombay during the beginning of the invasion, and there he began to show he had inherited his father's knack for strategy as he worked on mapping under the supervision of the French generals stationed there. Everyone gathered in Vienna expected the Sikhs to crumble before long, and many also expected that Napoleon II would be proclaimed Prince of Bombay once he came of age in a few years time. At the Congress, Kaiser Franz was proud of his grandson and awarded him the title of Duke of Reichstadt, and a medallion representing his new title was gifted to Napoleon I, for him to present to the King of Rome upon his return.

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Napoleon II
Bengal, the makeshift capital of the East India Company and later Empire of India, put up some stiff resistance to French rule, but in the end surrendered by the end of 1825. This effectively ended any real form of English-born rule in Asia for good. At the World Congress of Vienna, Bengal was proclaimed a principality, and Napoleon offered the position of prince to Ferdinand of Austria, Kaiser Franz's son and the future leader of Austria. Once it was made clear to the mentally deficient Ferdinand that he would not actually be living in Bengal, he accepted gladly. Thus, Bengal fell under Austrian domination and essentially became the first colonial administration of the Hapsburg Crown, though it would not have been able to function without French support. Austria did not even have a seaport, with goods from Bengal having to be brought in through France's Illyrian Provinces, sometimes known as Slovenia.

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Ferdinand, Prince of Bengal
Goa, which had been under Portuguese rule for centuries until the East India Company seized it once British-allied Portugal collapsed in 1809 and was under Dutch occupation in 1826. At Vienna, Napoleon announced that the Portuguese Confederation was simply not economically capable of managing the far off colony. Instead, it was given to Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and Hanover.

Denmark-Norway, desiring to further its efforts in Africa and because they were no longer making a profit in places like Trankebar, on the south-east coast of India, sold all of its Indian possessions to France. The Danish East India Company thereby permanently closed its doors.

The Mughal Empire was known to be failing in Hyderabad in the face of civil unrest and economic collapse. The French announced they were going in, and the Principality of Hyderabad was declared in Vienna on July 27th, 1826. French Prime Minister Michel Ney was awarded honorary title of Prince; as in Bombay, Napoleon and the French military and navy would make day-to-day decisions involved in the running of the colonies- the princely titles were strictly honorary. Another interesting locale was Bhutan, which had been under fire from every Western power in India for decades, and it finally submitted to being a satellite state of France in 1825. It's independence was "guaranteed" by France at Vienna.

The Australia and Malay Archipelago Partition, July 29th-August 2nd, 1826:

The Australian Question was raised by Louis Bonaparte of Holland, who had been in a joint occupation with France of the former British colony since the last year of the Great Wars of the Empire. Louis requested official borders be drawn up. France agreed, and the border disputes were promptly put to rest, though several days of negotiations went on over various nearby islands. The Andaman Islands, a British penal colony, were awarded to the Dutch. The Dutch had long desired a monopoly in the Maylay Archipelago, and the local Spanish outposts were almost all abandoned. Thus, Louis requested sovereignty over all of the Archipelago, including New Guinea. Napoleon feared a total monopoly of the Dutch in the area but did not have enough time or manpower to police the region itself. Instead, Australia was divided directly in half, with the western half going to France and the eastern half actually being reinstated under English rule, partly as kickback for helping to end the Empire of India. Dutch control over the Malay Archipelago was guaranteed, however, so this kept the Dutch from being too upset. Many Dutch were disappointed that total Dutch rule over Malaysia and Australia hadn't been achieved, but Australia was looked upon as a backwater; a large backwater, but a backwater none the less.

The Finland Independence Question, August 3rd-15th, 1826:
Since it had been agreed to by Russia and Sweden that Finland would be a neutral independent state, the matter of who would lead the frozen northern country lingered until August 3rd, when Napoleon presented the faithful, elderly, French lapdog Frederick Augustus I, King of Saxony and Grand Duke of Warsaw, as a candidate for the new Finnish Crown. Sweden, under the very cooperative Oscar, and Russia, under Napoleon's personal friend the Czar, agreed to this, and the "Fat Saxon" gained yet another hereditary title for himself and his daughter Maria Augusta. Prinz von Metternich called the Saxon monarch "a man with far more titles then he deserves. Three too many, in fact."

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Frederick Augustus I, King of Saxony, Grand Duke of Warsaw, Grand Prince of Finland

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Caesar Napoleon I, Age 57 (drawing by a Prussian diplomat at the World Congress)
The first-ever World Congress continued until October 15th, 1826, though many leaders had gone home earlier. Almost all American diplomats, for instance, had left in early August (with the exceptions of Goodyear and Romney), shortly after Virginia had purchased Bermuda (which incensed Goodyear yet again). Goodyear continued to launch angry tirades almost daily, even when the leaders were discussing matters with little to no effect to the entire North American Continent. This scored him even more major popularity points back home when the young tycoon returned to a hero's welcome as the "Man who stood up to Europe." The Congress was, overall, a civil affair, despite Goodyear, the death of Karl of Sweden, and the fact that many countries being represented hated each other beyond reason. Plans were made to convene again in 1832, and Berlin was voted to be the site of the next Congress. Friedrich Wilhelm III left in an extremely good mood and was already jotting down notes on how he would shock the world with a splendorous militaristic circus of an event when his city's time came.

The Congress had taken up a good part of Vienna, with the troops and guards and horses from all over the world needing food, shelter, and drink. The housing for most of the leaders was beyond extravagant, and the more powerful a leader was, the more luxurious and showy it became. The Czar of Russia, for instance, had a "camp" so large, that Austrian citizens said it was like "some sort of reenactment of life in downtown Moscow." Meanwhile, the hotel being rented by the Republican Union was set up by Goodyear to show off the latest technological gimmickry and machines from his workshop. The highlight was Napoleon, who always claimed to be a "scientist at heart," stopping by to see "Goodyear Enterprises' Vulcanized Rubber" and the latest version of the steam engine. One of Goodyear's aides gifted a small piece of "chicle candy," wrapped in a wax paper to Bonaparte. Unfortunately, Napoleon quickly bit his tongue and broke one of his fragile teeth, and he left the hotel in agony. Rumors flew that Goodyear had deliberately offered the "dirty Frog" a stale piece of the sweet, though the Republican Union ambassadors promptly denied this.

Thus, the "Pax Napoleonica" continued. Until the North American and Spanish leaders returned home to find their countries on the brink of all-out war...

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MAP OF THE WORLD FOLLOWING THE 1826 CONGRESS OF VIENNA
 

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How exactly did this not patch up relations between the Union and France? It sounds like they got everything they wanted through Napoleon's magnamity.
 
How exactly did this not patch up relations between the Union and France? It sounds like they got everything they wanted through Napoleon's magnamity.

The Ontario Peninsula is many things.... half of Canada it isn't. Plus, many Americans would probably still blame them for the emotional trauma they endured in the war, regardless of borders or what the government said.
 
How exactly did this not patch up relations between the Union and France? It sounds like they got everything they wanted through Napoleon's magnamity.

This is a big departure from Classic. Just wait and see. *rubs hands and evil laughter*

  • The Union now knows it can barter with the most powerful nation on earth.
  • Republican Union can into space!
  • They really hate Catholics still. The full impression of just how much Catholicism is despised by the Union hasn't sank in yet. A lot of chapter are passed since the founding of the AFC and all, but it's not been that long since even 1812 really. The Scourge of 1812 is still within recent memory. It's not going away.
  • They still hate the South.
  • The South is still endorsed by France.
  • The South still supports slavery.
  • Thereby France supports slavery.
  • Give the devil an inch and he'll take a mile. If France is "scared" enough to give up parts of Canada, why not ALL of Canada?*
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  • They really hate Catholics still. The full impression of just how much Catholicism is despised by the Union hasn't sank in yet. A lot of chapter are passed since the founding of the AFC and all, but it's not been that long since even 1812 really. The Scourge of 1812 is still within recent memory. It's not going away.

Well, yeah, but France is still led by the man who created a "National Catholic Church" headed by his uncle, imprisoned the Pope, publicly humiliated him at his coronation, annexed the Papal States, and positioned an artillery battery with guns pointing on the Apostolic Palace if any of them got any ideas (ok, granted some of those things probably didn't happen TTL, but still). France would probably look less Catholic than the Protestants to an outsider.

The South is still endorsed by France.

And Andrew Jackson left in a boiling rage at France. That endorsement sounds like its about to end.
 
Well, yeah, but France is still led by the man who created a "National Catholic Church" headed by his uncle, imprisoned the Pope, publicly humiliated him at his coronation, annexed the Papal States, and positioned an artillery battery with guns pointing on the Apostolic Palace if any of them got any ideas (ok, granted some of those things probably didn't happen TTL, but still). France would probably look less Catholic than the Protestants to an outsider.



And Andrew Jackson left in a boiling rage at France. That endorsement sounds like its about to end.

The Union never much cared for "specifics" or "what people actually believe," so long as they could blame em for their problems.

And it sounds like Carolina might be the exception to the rule and/or will still have a begrudging alliance with the French built on mutual interest.
 
The Union never much cared for "specifics" or "what people actually believe," so long as they could blame em for their problems.

And it sounds like Carolina might be the exception to the rule and/or will still have a begrudging alliance with the French built on mutual interest.

Exactly. The average American is poor to okay-level educated and they've been taught their whole lives France is to blame for their problems. The French are still technically Catholic, and just the stereotype alone is enough to fuel propaganda for 100 years.

Carolina is indeed the exception. The other nations know they need French help if the Yankees ever come southaway. Jackson is just fiery and independent.
 
Carolina is indeed the exception. The other nations know they need French help if the Yankees ever come southaway. Jackson is just fiery and independent.

Well as a proud North Carolinian (and knowing they won't be doing the Trail of Tears) I say "Go get em Andy! God Bless Ol' Caroline!" Plus, the French aren't exactly nice, lol
 
CHAPTER 13
This reads exactly like the WMiT Classic... and then you get to the end for the radical departure.

CHAPTER 13

"Remember the Madison!"
- Virginia President Henry Clay

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The R.V.S. James Madison explodes into a gigantic fireball in Havana Harbor on All Hallows' Eve, 1826, killing 296 sailors
When Virginian President Henry Clay and his Vice President Daniel Webster were returning home from the Congress, they were met out at sea by allied Carolinian warships reporting that there was a quickly escalating crisis on and around the Spanish island of Cuba. Spain had been attempting to send in troops after Cuba had declared independence and overthrown much of the local garrison. Spain had already been internationally condemned by France and its allies for atrocities (even though the French were being brutal in India and Brazil) and was also infamous for never repaying loans it owed to a large number of powerful countries. In short, almost everyone wanted to punish Spain. Virginian, Carolinian, and some patrolling French and Georgian vessels had peacefully blockaded the island, and no shots had been fired as King Ferdinand's ships dropped anchor about a half-mile out to sea. The tension was high, however, as the enemy admirals stared each other down through spyglasses and waited to see if the other would try something first.

Webster sailed on home to Virginia to make sure someone was in a position of authority there, but Clay insisted on personally taking charge of the situation and sailed to Cuba. Just hours after Clay arrived in Havana Harbor, the R.V.S. James Madison, a large, expensive, recently constructed frigate, blew sky-high extremely close to Clay's R.V.S. Newport News. Around 296 sailors lost their lives in the horrific explosion that also caused several other ships to catch fire, causing even more fatalities. No one was ever sure what sparked the explosion. Immediately, screaming about Spanish treachery, Captain Bartholomew Daniels of the R.V.S. Portsmouth ordered his guns to open up on the Spanish fleet. Clay stood on the deck of the Newport News, hands clasped behind his back, gazing at the unfolding battle. Virginia was now at war with Spain. Bellowing out "Remember the Madison!" Several thousand "For Old Virginia!" "For Georgia!" "God Bless Ol' Caroline!" and "Vive César!" cries came after as the Allied fleet broke formation and went full speed ahead at the shocked Spanish navy. Within minutes, the Spanish admiral and most of his officers were floating face down in the deep blue sea, and many of the Spanish sailors were disheartened and simply surrendering en masse. Clay's men whooped cheers of victory and most of the other nations' ships went after the fleeing Spanish, but the Virginians stayed and landed at the docks. They were met with a huge celebration. The locals began acting like Clay was a god of liberty as they raised him and his men on their shoulders and carried them to the Colonial Administration Office. In front of the building where over two hundred surrendered and starving Spanish troops begging for mercy. The Revolucion in Cuba had succeeded.

However, the heroes began to outstay their welcome. At Christmas Time, thousands of Virginian troops landed on Cuba and the whole "Cuban nation" began to look a whole lot like a Virginian colony. This was deliberate; Clay had drawn up a plan with Webster to gradually ease the island republic from its independence ("as independence for such a place is not tenable in the long run"), and make it an occupied puppet state. With the exception of Bermuda, Virginia had no colonies or territories, but now they found themselves masters of the Grand Prize of the Gulf. This incensed CoCaro Chancellor Andrew Jackson, who thought it a back-stab to go behind the other Sothron nations' backs an magnanimously take Cuba as a Virginian colony, if not officially. Jackson had been seething since the Treaty of Canada at the Congress of Vienna, and at this point he further distanced himself of Virginia and France. Maryland was opinionated about Virginia's acquisition, but Georgia was also upset that they didn't at least discuss taking Cuba before just outright conquering it.​

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Flag of the Republic of Cuba
When the news reached Europe, everyone blamed Spain for the "act of aggression" and breaching of the Pax Napoleonica. King Ferdinand VII was already a hated figure, and many countries finally wanted to do away with his entire rule and give it to someone more sane and capable while also doing away with his backwards feudalism and Inquisition tactics. Austria in particular was still seething over unpaid Spanish debts, and Kaiser Franz seemed more than happy with the idea of an Allied Invasion to take Madrid and exile Ferdinand. Caesar Napoleon approved of this plan, and in April of 1827, French troops stationed in Andorra (of which Napoleon was king) brutally crushed the under-prepared Spanish border garrison and trekked further southwards into the impoverished Iberian country. Austrian troops were sent in not long afterward, followed by soldiers from the German Confederation, Prussia, Bavaria, and other Central European countries. Dutch, Irish, and a few Scottish ships sailed in and reinforced the Portuguese Confederation and the Free City of Lisbon. A small Spanish attack at Corunna was was brutally crushed by the Dutch soon after.

Ferdinand's court was flying into a panic. Just a French invasion would have been bad enough, but in the face of a united European assault, it seemed only a matter of time before the imminent and total defeat.

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Spanish militia horsemen clash with Andorran troops

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Spanish infantry are scythed down by Napoleon's lancers at Vitoria

Spain's economy went directly down the abyss of no return. Revolts were widespread in New Spain. "Gran Colombia" had just declared independence under General Simon Bolivar and was being guarded by the French Navy. Mexico was on the verge of being "liberated" by French Louisiana and the Republic of Georgia. Spain's side of Hispaniola was about to crumble to an assault from French Haiti. Cuba was lost. The Dutch were moving in on the Philippines, the prized Gateway to the Orient. Gibraltar was seized by France, making the Mediterranean a French lake. The Spanish Army had captured a large portion of the southern part of the Portuguese Confederation, but had to abandon it to return to Madrid to build up defenses there. Louis of the Confederation and Etruria was being told that the pre-1809 borders of Portugal, with the exception of Lisbon (which would remain French), would be restored or even enlarged, a simply terrifying thought to any Spaniard. And the worst thing was that Napoleon seemed to be thinking about a grand unification of the French and Spanish empires, likely in the form of placing himself or a relative, possibly the King of Rome, on the throne. The King of Rome was half-Austrian, and making him monarch of Spain would solidify Southern Europe firmly on the French bloc, maybe even forever.

It was with these thoughts that King Ferdinand retired to his chambers in Madrid on June 8, 1827. That night, he shot himself in the face with the flintlock pistol that always sat in the top drawer of his dresser. The Last King of Spain was dead.

Now, back in North America, a further breakdown of relations between the Confederation of the Carolinas was occurring. Henry Clay had tried to assure Jackson that Virginian efforts in Cuba were merely temporary "to make Cuba safe for democracy." Jackson had none of it and asked the Virginian troops to leave Cuba. Clay refused. Tensions in the Old South were escalating very quickly. Jackson threatened to have his navy anchored in the Virgin Islands Confederacy blockade Cuba, just as had been done with Spain. Clay was furious, and ordered all but three of the thirty personnel at the Carolinian embassy in Richmond be expelled. Jackson, in turn, expelled all but one Virginian diplomat. Ol' Hickory addressed the Confederation House of Citizens on July 1, 1827:

"All this century we have been girding up our strength to face down the Yankee bastards. I never dreamed we might get double-crossed by Virginia. They shall leave Cuba or I will march north and hang Henry Clay from the highest gallows in Richmond. And then I'll ship his right hand to Caesar, and then maybe I'll send Daniel Webster in a box as a present for the Prince of Bombay. The Carolinas bow to no marauder or his French overlord, and I'll be dogged and damned if I let Virginian troops stand guard in Havana Harbor and tell me they ain't colonizing the place! Lot of damn good this Congress of Vienna did. A ravenous den of political vipers and thieves puttin' on their smiles and fancy uniforms and all the while ready to stab you right in the back, that is what it really was. Shove that Pax up Napoleon's ass. I will stand no more, gentlemen of the House. The fair Carolinas answer to no one but God almighty!"

The Confederation House of Citizens broke into thunderous applause.

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Chancellor Andrew Jackson
 
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"All this century we have been girding up our strength to face down the Yankee bastards. I never dreamed we might get double-crossed by Virginia. They shall leave Cuba or I will march north and hang Henry Clay from the highest gallows in Richmond. And then I'll ship his right hand to Caesar, and see how he likes them apples. The Carolinas bow to no marauder or his French overlord, and I'll be dogged and damned if I let Virginian troops stand guard in Havana Harbor and tell me they ain't colonizing the place! Lot of damn good this Congress of Vienna did. A bunch of political snakes puttin' on their smiles and all the while ready to stab you right in the back is what it really was. Shove that Pax up Napoleon's ass. I will stand no more, gentlemen of the House. The fair Carolinas answer to no one but God almighty!"
I'm getting some weird George Wallace vibes here.

Also, I must say Napo that I have been absolutely startled and delighted with the pace of these updates! Keep on trucking and maybe one day the Stars and Stripes can fly over the whole world!
 
"All this century we have been girding up our strength to face down the Yankee bastards. I never dreamed we might get double-crossed by Virginia. They shall leave Cuba or I will march north and hang Henry Clay from the highest gallows in Richmond. And then I'll ship his right hand to Caesar, and see how he likes them apples. The Carolinas bow to no marauder or his French overlord, and I'll be dogged and damned if I let Virginian troops stand guard in Havana Harbor and tell me they ain't colonizing the place! Lot of damn good this Congress of Vienna did. A bunch of political snakes puttin' on their smiles and all the while ready to stab you right in the back is what it really was. Shove that Pax up Napoleon's ass. I will stand no more, gentlemen of the House. The fair Carolinas answer to no one but God almighty!"

This is reminding me of my school's fight song right now, particularly this part:

I'm a Tar Heel born,
I'm a Tar Heel bred,
and when I die I'm a Tar Heel dead!
So it's RAH, RAH, Car'lina 'lina
RAH, RAH, Car'lina 'lina
RAH, RAH, Car'lina
RAH! RAH! RAH!

Go get em Andy!

Edit: Now that I think about it, the whole song could be an excellent National Anthem of CoCaro
 
I'm getting some weird George Wallace vibes here.

Also, I must say Napo that I have been absolutely startled and delighted with the pace of these updates! Keep on trucking and maybe one day the Stars and Stripes can fly over the whole world!

It's one of those things were you're like, "Yeah! Ole Hickory bein' a badass! I think? YEAH UP WITH FREEDOM! Wait, how much freedom does he believe in? DOWN WITH VIRGINIAN IMPERIALISTS! Wait, doesn't Carolina holds a vast amount of colonial islands and didn't Jackson skirt the constitution of the very country he helped found by making the Virgin Islands basically his own personal vacation country?" XD

I've just felt unleashed on this TL. I have thoroughly reread Classic many times now, and I know so much more fun can be had with this universe. Pretty much any TL or universe I create will never be as unique or interesting as WMiT.
 
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This is reminding me of my school's fight song right now, particularly this part:

I'm a Tar Heel born,
I'm a Tar Heel bred,
and when I die I'm a Tar Heel dead!
So it's RAH, RAH, Car'lina 'lina
RAH, RAH, Car'lina 'lina
RAH, RAH, Car'lina
RAH! RAH! RAH!

Go get em Andy!

Edit: Now that I think about it, the whole song could be an excellent National Anthem of CoCaro


Hark the sound of free men's voices
Ringing clear and True
Singing Carolina's praises
Freedom for me and you

Hail to the brightest Star of all
Clear its radiance shine
Confed'ration priceless gem,
Receive all praises thine.

'Neath the oaks the sons true hearted
Homage pay to thee
Time worn halls give back their echo
Here in the land of liberty

Already on it! XD
 
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