Point of Divergence: 1765
1765-1776: William Pitt re-joins British government under the Marquis of Rockingham’s administration. With a policy of ‘measures, not men’, he later serves for three terms as Prime Minister, and refuses a title, keeping him in the House of Commons, where he is able to argue for a compromise with the American Colonies.
1777: The North American Union is established. Self-governed internally, but still under Westminster authority on the global stage, the NAU begins expanding westward at a great pace.
1812: Washington City is attack by the French and razed. Britain takes reprisals and razes Calais and Dunkerque to the ground. Hostilities escalate and remain so until Napoleon’s death in 1815 at Waterloo.
1833: Slavery is abolished in all British territories. The NAU is given a period of thirty years to phase out all use of slaves.
1846: Worried by Britain’s military strength, Spanish and French monarchs meet in secret to discuss plans for a new state. Isabella II marries Francisco de Asís de Borbón the same day that her younger sister, Infanta Luisa Fernanda, marries Antoine d’Orléans, Duke of Montpensier.
1850-1860: A stronger British Empire is responsible for the re-establishment of the Kalmar Union, a consolidation of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, to hold off Russian advances. Efforts are made to introduce Lithuania and Latvia into the Union, but Russia annexes these countries before they are able to join.
1863-1864: Some of the Southern provinces of the NAU revolt, unwilling to give up their slaves. The revolt is very quickly and bloodily put down, using troops from India and Africa.
1865: Almost overnight the Franco-Spanish Holy League is formed. In a lightning series of attacks, the young state of Italy is invaded and annexed, and Portugal is invaded. Through a lucky circumstance, the Portuguese royal family is warned, and sets sail for Brazil immediately, moving the seat of power to Salvador. A Catholic superpower is formed, and almost immediately the new power pushes into the German states, attempting to add them as well. Russia takes the opportunity to gobble up more of eastern Europe, occupying Ukraine and much of Poland.
1865-1879: In what is known as the Grand War, The British Alliance, made up of Britain, Portugal-in-Exile, the Ottoman Empire, and the Germanic States, fight the new Holy League. Over the nearly fifteen year war, technology and weaponry are advanced greatly. the first ironclads and landships are soon, and steam-power is first seen as a major power source. Prussian inventor Nikola Tesla is responsible for many advances in the Allied forces. When an armistice is finally signed in 1978, the death toll is estimated at nearly 100,000 soldiers. Borders are frozen at their current locations to prevent even more loss of life. With small changes, these are the borders in place now.
1879: The Portuguese royal family renounces all claims to Portugal, in return for the ‘assisted patriation’ of any Portuguese that wish to join the new government in Brazil. Almost 80% of the population of Portugal set sail on the Convoy of Tears. many die on the way, owing to lack of planning, bad weather, and deprivation.
1880: Germany is formed, and the various Holdings in Africa are consolidated under the new German Empire.
It is now 1894, and the world believes it is at peace.