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Raj of India
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Anthem "I Vow To Thee My Country"
(and largest city)
Other cities Chittagong, Dacca
Language English, Bengali, others
Religion Islam, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism
Demonym Indian
Lord Protector HH Sir Oswald Mosley
Established 2 August 1858

The Raj of India, colloquially known as British India, is a British possession in the northeastern corner of the Indian Subcontinent: it is bordered by Burma (a British colony as well) to its east, Nepal and Bhutan to its north, Hindustan to its west, Dravidadesa to its southwest, and the Indian Ocean to its north.

British rule in India began in the times of the East India Company, during the 18th century. Subsequently, the whole of British India was reformed into a complex system of princely states, presidencies and provinces which put administration of India, for the most part, directly in the hands of the United Kingdom. During the Great War, indpendentist revolts started up all over those parts of the Indian Subcontinent which had been under British rule: in the last years of the war, the British lost control of over two thirds of the territory, which would later become the Federation of Hindustan. However, the British managed to keep control of the most vital area of India, the northeast, around Calcutta and the bay of Bengal, for the whole of the war: after some diplomatic battles, it was decided that the newborn Commonwealth could keep control of this region, also out of fear that a single power controlling the whole Indian subcontinent would upset the world balance between the Great Powers.

British India's administration has been, in recent times, reformed and simplfied to streamline its government: princely states no longer exist, substituted by a series of provinces further divided into districts. English and Bengali (the most widely spoken indigenous languages) are used as lingua franca by the government, but a variety of other languages are spoken, including Assamese and Oriya. Most of the population is Muslim, but several other religious minority exist as well, including a large number of people of British descent. The Raj of India is, when it comes to internal affairs, largely autonomous from the homeland. Its economy depends on agriculture, manufacturing, and naval industry.