Alternative History

Growing democratization in Japan did not translate into her possessions. In contrast, greater centralization began to take place. This lead to discontent in the Japanese colonies, especially in Aruta, already one of the most developed colonies. In 1752, a revolution began in Aruta-dô, as modern-day Aruta was known at the time. The Arutans demanded the same freedoms as their compatriots in Japan proper. In 1754, the rebels proclaimed their leader Quampaku of Aruta. Japan immediately set out to crush the rebellion. Revolutionary sentiment soon crossed the Eastern Ocean to Xinnoranda. Japan now had two widely-separated rebellions to contend with. Rebellions began to spring up in Chôxen and the East Indies, but they were less serious.

France, Britain and Spain saw an opportunity to profit at Japan's expense, and proclaimed their support of the rebels. Japan sought allies against her own rebels and the European powers arrayed against her, and promised Russia territory in Siberia as well as Britain's Indian possessions if she aided her. The Russians agreed, and the First Global War thus began. Other European powers soon joined. Austria and Sweden joined Russia in the pro-Japanese alliance, while Prussia joined the English and the French in the anti-Japanese alliance, hoping to gain greater land from Austria. Portugal joined the pro-Japanese alliance, hoping to capture more colonies from Spain.

China, beginning her resurgence, saw the opportunity for greater power, and joined the anti-Japanese alliance. The old Japanese protectorate of Zhou quickly fell to China, and Chinese troops entered Chôxen, where they were initially welcomed as liberators by the Choxenese.

Japan, fearing the destruction of her Empire, quickly came to a compromise with her colonies. The Empire was restructured into a vast federation, with each territory governed by a Quampaku, appointed by the Emperor at the advice of the local nobles and People's Assembly. The Treaty of Federation was ratified, and most of the former rebels accepted it. The brief Wars of Independance were thus ended, but the First Global War continued.

Main Powers

Not all powers listed here were formally in alliance, some were merely opportunistic co-belligerants.

Results of the War

The war continued until 1765, when the Treaty of Kyôto was signed, ending the war. Japan ceded Louisianne to France, and the Oregon territory to Britain. She also surrendered her claims to territory in India, with the exception of the Maldive Islands. Most of Indonesia was likewise surrendered, most of it going to Britain, but some also to France. China was granted most of Chôxen. Aruta east of the Colorado river was retroceded to Spain.

Britain took control of the Austrian Netherlands.

Prussia had dropped out of the war in 1762, having been overwhelmed by Russian and Austrian forces. Silesia was returned to Austria, and East Prussia was ceded to Russia. Prussia's territories west of the Elbe River were lost, becoming sovreign states in the Holy Roman Empire. Though Prussia (barely) survived as a state, she would never again be an important power in Europe, remaining dominated by Austria.

In India, the Indus River became Russia's eastern border.

Though France had gained territory, the expense of the war bankrupted the royal government, and lead directly to the French Revolution.

Portugal was completely driven out of the Americas, and soon fell under Spanish domination.

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