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A More Idealistic America by FederalRepublic A More Idealistic America by FederalRepublic
The 1830s went on to define the future of America: Abolitionism became an important force in the United States, arguing that human morals contradicted with the inhumane practices of the "particular institution" of slavery. But not only slavery was a target of idealistic and moralistic Americans: gender inequality and racism against other whites were also fought against by the people that went on to change America. In the 1840s America saw a major phase of expansion because of the Mexican-American War, in which the US fought for the rights of the Texan settlers. America was victorious and annexed the Republic of Texas as well as New Mexico and Alto California, integrating the old Hispanic elites into the US political landscape, resulting in the Hispanics (IOTL Chicano) to become an equal to the white Protestant majority. During the 1870s the Protected States of Sequoyah, Hesapa and Dinétah were created, with Haiti following in 1902. The 1890s saw America enter the Pacific, annexing Hawaii and the Phoenix Islands. The US also helped to free Cuba from Spain in 1897, which resulted in the young republic joining the US. With all of this the USA became a nation of equality and prosperity.

In the remainder of the world history also changed drastically. Both the Habsburgs and the Ottomans, two dynasties of old, faced severe problems in the 19th century and failed to resolve them. The Habsburgs lost Hungary thanks to Russian support in the 1849 War of Hungarian Independence (part of the Liberal Revolutions), while the Ottomans collapsed due to Rashidi and Russian pressure. Spain also saw the end of its era of glory, losing the Spanish-American War in the late 1890s and selling most of their remaining colonies to the Prussian-dominated German Empire, the rising star of the 19th century. This however ruined the legitimacy of the conservative Spanish government, resulting in the Spanish Socialist Revolution of 1914 and the creation of the Spanish People's Republic and the rump Republic of Spain (the monarchy was unsalvageable).

Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Russia and France however became the big players on the global stage: The Germans, who united in 1867 after fighting Austria (and annexing the Sudetenland), became the second neutral great power being only second in terms of average income to the USA. The UK still rules the waves, controling most of the Pacific and having colonies in every corner of the globe. France returned to Bonapartism in the late 1850s after being rather unhappy with the House of Orleans. Napoleon III led France to glory in West Africa and became responsible for the Anglo-French Entente. Russia meanwhile began to dominate Asia during the so-called Tournament of Shadows, which will most likely result in the Entente and Russia clashing in the near future. War seems imminent with almost everyone being afraid of the bear operating out of St. Petersburg...
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yeeeup DEFINITELY fits the fantasy the founding fathers had.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Seems like Mexico still got the short end of the stick.
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
They did, after all changing the outcome of the Mexican-American War wasn't part of the plan ;) But Mexican-American relations are probably a bit better than IOTL, which is at least something. 
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
There's that. Still, they got California. ;)
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Woah woah woah woah woah... you gave the Russian Empire Somalia? I can't envision that without them owning Djibouti as well, which they had a tiny colonial interest in OTL.
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Well, as you (maybe) can see, southern Djibouti (including the port of Djibouti) is an international territory (just like the Panama Canal, Tangier, Salonika and Shanghai). This means that the International Community (TTL's League of Nations/UN for all intents and purposes) has made these areas neutral. However the Russians have a notable presence in Djibouti (and Ethiopia for that matter), so I figured "Why the hell not?" and gave them Somalia. I mean I have a tendency to give (portions of) Somalia to rather random nations, so...
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I used to do the same thing, but having learned much about Somalia I can't imagine in retrospect how places like Greece or Russia could conceivably hold down such hostile territory, far from their power centers, without much benefit to themselves. Italy didn't want Somalia, remember? Just got left with the scraps nobody wanted to have. 

So I'm just going to assume this is a much stronger Russian Empire, which makes me hope it's not as god-awful and that'd be good thing, though my family lineage and history would be much different :P
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
It's quite stronger, yes and it is only kinda awful... Opposition left of the political center is heavily supressed, Jews are frequently targeted in pogroms. Other minorities and centrists however are in a rather good spot. So it's basically a bit meaner and anti-semetic than OTL's Imperial Germany.

Also yes, I know that Somalia was hard to colonize and definitely not something most Europeans wanted, but sometimes, sometimes... Well, let's just say that the Russians wanted to relieve the Ethiopians ;)
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Would be interesting to see the constituent Somali emirates still independent, as a place of intrigue... maybe with Russia just having Mogadishu and its surroundings, and the rest as influenced states still de facto independent, warring against one another with Russian guns... a never-ending market for Russian firearms, eh?
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Tuskin38 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Hm, so Russia still has Alaska (or should I say Alyeska).

Seems the POD also effected how the Canadian provinces/Territories were divided No Yukon Territory, or maybe no NWT. The Quebec separation makes sense, there is very little up there. Manitoba seems to be split in half.
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Yes, they do.

The Northwest Territory still exists, but it lacks the areas occupied by the Territory of Keewatin (formerly District of Keewatin), which is that nothern part of Manitoba. Canada in this timeline even has 4 territories: NWT, Keewatin, Ungava (northern Quebec) and the Arctic Islands Territory.
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014

*Tries to examine it meanwhile* Hmmmmm, let's see. US still has some territories, not all full states, yet owns Baja California and Cuba (change in the war with Mexico?) yet not Alaska, Russia still is Tsarist (assumes this as Finnland is still part of it), Germany has still its eastern parts....if I'd take a guess we are somewhere in the mid 20s after a WW I where the US never entered the war and Germany was able to hold both sides of the front at bay and negotiate a peace treaty without loosing any territory (but also not gaining anything).


So I think the POD is somewhere after the American-Mexican war (Baja California) . But I cannot figure out how this would make America more idealistic. ^^

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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Well I guess I can already say two things:
#1) The POD is mostly a change in ideology in the US during the 1830s and 1840s, with a stronger Free Soil Party (and thus a stronger Abolitionist movement) and a better political integration of the people who became American citizens after the Mexican-American War (IOTL known as the Chicano). During the Civil War ALL slaves are emancipated (instead of only those in the rebellious states, as was the case with OTL's Emancipation Proclamation). And all of that results in the US being more tolerant of its minorities (including Native Americans to some degree), more honest in Reconstruction and also a bit more isolationist.

#2) There hasn't been any real World War at this point (roughly 1920).
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I see. Yet there were surely local wars, as Japan does not own Korea (probably Russia won the war against Japan) and Austria did break up (Russia again the winner) And how the heck did Germany manage to get all of central Africa and even the Philipines, did the unite earlier to get more land?
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
There was no war between Japan and Russia. TTL's Meiji Restoration was a bit more rocky than IOTL and the Russians just managed to bring Korea in line before Tokyo was able to do it itself.

Austria's break-up happened during the equivalent of the 1848 revolutions, with Hungary gaining independence and autonomy movements in Croatia and Bohemia gaining steam. Russia profited from it by supporting the Hungarians in exchange for Galicia. It probalby was one of the bigger European conflicts, besides the Russo-Ottoman War and the Austro-Prussian War.

Speaking of the Austro-Prussian War: In the early 1860s Prussia and Austria clashed over control of the German Confederation, with Prussia (naturally) winning. Prussia annexed Saxony (which was Austria's staunchest ally), the Sudetenland and parts of Hannover (also Brunswick and Nassau, but they were rather irrelevant). Bavaria switched sides when Prussia offered them greater autonomy compared to the other member states in the young German Empire. Also the King of Prussia became the patron of the Central Africa Company, which formed TTL's equivalent of the Congo Free State, which thankfully didn't last that long. Germany later bought the Philippines (together with Micronesia and Fernandó Po and Annobón) after Spain lost TTL's Spanish-American War (in which the US only annexed the areas which were close to their home turf: Cuba and Puerto Rico).
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Wow, you truly put an amazing amount of thought into it all. The only thing that is now still bothering me....why does the UK own a part of France, in Normandy? Something they conquered during the Napoleonic wars?
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Those islands are Guernsey, Alderney and Jersey (aka the Channel Islands) which were kept by England when they abandoned mainland Normany in 1204. The islands are highly autonomous, with them actually having the status of a Crown Dependency (just like the Isle of Man). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_…
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