Part 37: Lorraine Part 7: To the EndLorraine Part 7: To the End
Lorraine's desire for territorial expansion is beginning to wane as the year approaches 1700. There are some small enclaves within their territory and some other nearby minor powers that need to be brought into the fold, but the major struggles by this point are over.
In the early 1700s, small nations in Europe that have large colonial holdings begin moving their courts overseas. Genoa is the first to do so, followed later by Tuscany, Holland, and Brittany. Their European holdings are abandoned to the larger continental powers of Lorraine and Orleans.
A forced conversion of Austria to Protestantism in 1704 causes the Catholic electors to voice their disapproval by electing the King of Finland of Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The position is held by Finland for much of the next century.
The chief of the Creek Indians has an interesting lineage.
North America in the early 1700s is a patchwork mess. There isn't a clear winner developing there yet.
South America, on the other hand, is clearly dominated by Genoa, Sicily, and The Papal States.
Portugal attempts to find their own niche in Southeast Asia.
Egypt, Scotland, and Persia struggle over control of the Middle East.
In 1711, colonists in South Africa revolt from Breton rule and form the Orange Free State.
Lorraine finally pushes through Northern Italy into Rome and seizes the city in 1715. This final conquest makes Lorraine's borders an adequate match to old Lotharingia.
In 1719, Charles V takes the throne of the Kingdom of Lorraine. Charles V proves to be a weak man who is easily manipulated.
Repeated hounding from the enlightened members of Charles' cabinet and advisory council results in his signing of a Lorrainian Constitution and Bill of Rights.
This trend continues through Charles V's rule as further legislation continues to limit the scope of royal authority.
Colonial unrest grows to a boiling point in the mid 1700s.
Cascadia declares independence from Orleans and claims territory along the western coast of North America from Washington State up to Alaska.
South America is drowned in revolution.
American revolutionaries occupy cities along the eastern coast of North America.
The state of La Plata declares its freedom from European powers in South America.
The United States claims its independence as well, but has a less dramatic start.
In 1797, Scotland forms Great Britain.
Since Scotland forms the union rather than the English, St. Andrew's Cross is brought to the front of the Union Jack.
The World in 1821
Canada carves itself out of Tuscan and Aragonese North America and shares the region with Holland.
The United States gobbles up the eastern coast of North America and begins to take Native American land.
Brittany-Mexico's vast territory that stretched from Central America up through the Great Plains is cut in half by the revolutionary republic of Texas.
South America is dominated by strong colonial revolutionary states. Only Genoa, a small Papal State, and the indigenous Inca remain untouched.
Great Britain invades Persia and comes out as the victor, leaving Egypt as the only other major power in the Middle East. Candar has recently begun to push south, though.
In Central Asia, Manchu and Russia come head to head with one another.
Norway remains a faithful ally to Lorraine until the end date. They unite with Sweden to form a Scandinavian nation.
Scandinavia is the only European power to put any attention into India.
Lorraine has few colonies of its own, only Taiwan and a few islands in the Caribbean. Their continental holdings are extremely rich and well-developed. Orleans remains an ally to the west, while to the east Austria-Hungary feuds with Thuringia. Portugal's dominion over the Iberian peninsula is being shattered by revolution and incursions by Orleans.
World Map, December 1820