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AUTHOR'S NOTE: Hello all! I'm currently doing a minor retcon to some of Napoleon's World. I began writing this timeline when I was 18 and knew very little of actual history, mostly just throwing stuff together for fun. While keeping with the thesis of the work, I wanted to explore a more realistic scenario and so certain aspects are going to be changed, mostly by adding more countries to the mix as the vast multiethnic empires that existed before are probably not that realistic.

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US flag 35 stars January 20, 2013, United States Brian Williams is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States

US flag 35 stars November 6, 2012, United States Nationalist Brian Williams defeats Democrat Jim Carrey to be elected President of the United States.

Flag of Thailand April 4, 2012, Siam Military leaders have arrested close to 180 pro-communist agitators in rural cities and announced a temporary ceasefire with military leaders in Vietnam. Demands for the return of Deputy President Shinawatra remain outstanding.

Flag of South Vietnam April 2, 2012, Vietnam Reports indicate that the world's last fully communist regime has been removed, with a military coup being staged in Saigon. Four Hanoi-area Worker's Party officials were killed and displayed by a mob. Border clashes with Siamese soldiers are expected to cease after two days of minor hostilities. Whereabouts of former Siamese Deputy President Yingluck Shinawatra are unknown, although she remains wanted for "crimes against the population of Siam" in her home country.

Flag of South Vietnam March 31, 2012, Vietnam The Worker's Party of Vietnam has announced that it's government will immediately cease all diplomatic relations with Siam and that a state of war exists between the two countries. Riots in Hue destroy local party administrative center as protestors and anti-communists overrun police to set government buildings ablaze. An estimated 200 people have been killed countrywide with almost 1,000 arrests made.

Flag of South Vietnam March 28, 2012, Vietnam Vietnam claims it has been attacked by Siamese soldiers after demands of turning over exiled Siamese Deputy President Yingluck Shinawatra have been refused. Vietnamese troops have been placed on full alert and many regional observers believe both a war with Siam and a coup may be imminent.

Flag of Thailand March 20, 2012, Siam A month after seizing control of Siam and violent protests and clashes have claimed the lives of nearly 1,800 people in the country, the military of Siam has executed former President Thaksin Shinawatra and seven other leading Communist Party officials and declared a transition government, with the Communists outlawed. Clashes between pro-government and pro-military supporters have rocked Bangkok.

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March 13, 2012, United States After sweeping winner-take-all primaries in Florida, home state New York and Illinois, Nationalist Presidential candidate and former Governor of New York Brian Williams has secured enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee for the National Party of the United States.

Flag of South Vietnam March 9, 2012, Vietnam Under popular protest and moved by the sudden fall of the Siamese government two weeks ago, the ruling Worker's Party of Vietnam has announced 

broad reforms under military pressure. Riots in Saigon and Hue caused 14 deaths and 104 injuries as the situation grows more dire. Party officials have refused to extradite deposed Deputy President Yingluck Shinawatra of Siam.

Flag of Thailand February 27, 2012, Siam Following the coup d'etat, the Siamese military has instigated a crackdown on pro-government protestors. 24 people were killed in Bangkok and 72 were injured. President Thaksin Shinawatra remains under arrest at an undisclosed location. Acting President Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin has demanded the extradition of Yingluck Shinawatra to Siam to receive her formal resignation as Deputy Prime Minister.

Flag of Thailand February 24, 2012, Siam The Siamese military, backed by a popular protests which began in late December of 2011, has staged a coup in Bangkok. Several prominent Communist Party officials have been arrested, including President Thaksin Shinawatra. The President's sister and Deputy President, Yingluck Shinawatra, has reportedly fled to exile in neighboring Vietnam.

US flag 35 stars January 3, 2012, United States Former New York Governor Brian Williams wins the first-in-the-nation Georgia primary for the Nationalist Party in an upset, cementing his position as the presumptive frontrunner.

Flag of France November 3, 2011, France - The center-right coalition majority in the General Assembly's College of Citizens has been defeated in nationwide elections by the center-left coalition. Francois Hollande is expected to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as the President of the General Assembly

Flag of Japan August 17, 2011, Japan - Due to criticisms over his reaction to the 2011 Tohuku earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Shogun Kosuke Hirosha has announced he will step down from the post and has received permission from Emperor Akihito to commit seppuku. Hirosha's replacement is expected to be named within the next few days, likely after his death

Flag of France June 23, 2011, France - Former Empress Madeline, wife of the late Emperor Albert II, has passed away at the age of 72.

Alaskaflagnw May 20, 2011, Alaska - Tsar Nicholas II has passed away at the age of 71 in Sitka following complications from a stroke suffered in February. His state funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 after lying in state for five days.

Flag of England April 14, 2011, England - Leadership Debates for May 1, 2011 general election held between Whig Party leader and incumbent PM Hugh Grant and Labour Party leader Jack Davenport.

Flag of France April 8, 2011, France - Crown Princess Christine Marie turns 18 today, officially and legally making her second-in-line to Maurice Napoleon I's throne under French law, and the first legally recognized Crown Princess in French history

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April 4, 2011, United States - Senator Jack Kennedy has formally announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for the Presidency in 2012, becoming the first Democrat to officially announce that they will challenge incumbent President Bruce Springsteen for the Democratic nomination.

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April 2, 2011, Baku, Persia - There has been a bit of an uprising in the Azerbaijani region, over 20 arrests have been made by the Persian police.

Point of Divergence and Basis of World[]

In 1813, Napoleon emerges from winter quarters at Borodino, swiftly defeats Tsar Alexander's forces outside of Moscow and then marches north to Petrograd, where he devastates the still-powerful Russian army. The Tsar falls in battle at Petrograd, making the battle the symbolic end of the Russian Empire, although many Russian nobles would flee to Siberia and Alaska and form somewhat powerful governments there, known as "exile states" by the condescending French Empire.

In the fall of 1813, having completed his bloody scour of southern Russia and the Ukraine, Napoleon invades Austria from the East, taking Emperor Franz by surprise and defeating him in a quick succession of battles. Napoleon turned his attention south in spring of 1814, conquering northern Italy with a decisive victory at Malena and later a bloody slaughter of retreating Neopolitan and British forces at Bologna. Napoleon rode into Rome unopposed, raising the French flag over St. Peter's Basilica. In May of 1814, with the Peninsular War in full swing, the Duke of Wellington was killed in the Battle of Toledo and the British were later crushed at several battles near the Portuguese border. Portugal sued for peace in September of that year and was stripped of all colonial possessions excluding Brazil.

In late 1814, Napoleon began designing his Invasion of England, which was executed in what became known as the Forty Days Campaign in early 1815. The Battle of Hastings stymied British forces and Britain formally surrendered 31 days later once London was fully under French control.

From there on out, the age of Napoleon began. Napoleon and his descendants would continuously consolidate power; some through violent purges, others through instruments and policies of fairness and unity. Today, the French Empire is the world's superpower, competing only with the rival military powers of America and China.

Much of this Alternate History focuses on what the modern world is like politically, economically, and culturally - attention is given equally to political events as it is to significant sports moments and film and literature. The 20th century is the main focal point of Napoleon's World, although the 19th century is when the POD occurs.

OTL vs. ATL[]

The alternative conclusion to the Napoleonic War created a very different future for the world, among the following:

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Political Map of Europe in 2010 (French Empire and territories in blue)

  • America was victorious in the War of 1812 (known in ATL as the Canadian War). As a result, the United States and France split the winnings of British Canada
  • The collapse of the Russian Empire encouraged the rapid expansion of Persia, Mongolia, China and Korea into previously Russian-held territory. The 'exile states' of Siberia and Alyeska (Alaska) were formed in the early 1800's by Russian expatriates
  • With all of Europe either consolidated into the monstrous French Empire or a rump state (Portugal, Josephite Castile, Denmark, England, Scotland, Ireland, Papal States, Ostpreussen) the colonial scramble for Africa and Asia never occurred. France would eventually come to hold sway over a large coastal swatch of territory on the Arabian Sea, with their colonial headquarters at Karachi, Goa and Mumbai, but never in the domineering way that Europeans oppressed colonies in OTL. 
  • Without foreign intervention, the Chinese Empire grew to include large parts of Southeast Asia and they created a more competitive nature out of fear of the French Empire's colonial ambition
  • Japan would become an Imperial Power under a strong Shogunate in the late 1800's, and still has a samurai order even in modern day
  • Due to expansion north into Canada and eventually south into former Mexican territory, the United States slavery issue was never as contentious. The Civil War never occurred as a result
  • Without colonial repression or a competitive United States, Brazil and Colombia grew as regional powers that could compete on par with the US for control of the Caribbean and South Atlantic.
  • Since European nationalism was never an issue, World War I and II never happened. A vicious civil war did rock the Empire in the 1930's and 40's, however
  • The Great Depression never occurred either, and every economic recession throughout the 20th century was largely regional. Nations tend to be far more isolationist in nature
  • Since there were no colonial ambitions or establishment of a Jewish state (since the Jews were tolerated by the Empire), the Middle East is a moderately peaceful region - the primary conflict revolves around the massive Persian, Arabic and Turkish Empires.
  • African nations developed with influence from foreign powers, but never in the exploitative way that defined the 19th century. Most of Africa is controlled by foreign-backed "mega-states" such as the French-supported Mali, the English/American-backed Zanzibar, and Japanese funded Konga. The resident mega-states are, however, Zululand and Ethiopia, two ultra-nationalistic countries deeply involved in the Cold War conflict
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  • In 2009, the French Empire is the undisputed master of the world, with the United States, Turkey, Japan and China the only rival military powers. Pax Francia is the name given to the age of global peace brought upon by the rise of Napoleon's Empire.

Key Events[]

See also: List of Wars (Napoleon's World)

View full Timeline, these are only highlights:

  • 1813: Battle of Petrograd and Napoleon's victory over Russian Empire
  • 1815: Forty Days Campaign and conquest of Britain; partitioning of United Kingdom into England, Scotland and Ireland
  • 1819: Formation of Imperial Districts, effectively consolidating all of Napoleon's conquered lands under Paris
  • 1822: Berber Wars in North Africa
  • 1825: Siberian kingdom established
  • 1830: Kingdom of Alaska established
  • 1837: Texan Revolution
  • 1839: American-Mexican War begins
  • 1842: First Franco-Turkish War begins
  • 1844: Napoleon I dies
  • 1845: Louis Bonaparte, brother of Emperor Napoleon II, stages coup against Viceroy Laurence D'Villieon of the Churat. Napoleon II abdicates
  • 1850: Darnier expedition to Japan; establishment of French presence in port of Nagasaki
  • 1866: Sino-Korean War; despite overwhelming odds, the Kingdom of Korea survives
  • 1873: Second Franco-Turkish War begins
  • 1874: King James of Ireland abdicates following death of son; power vacuum results in establishment of Irish Republic
  • 1884: Alaskan War begins between the United States and Alaskan Empire
  • 1888: Treaty of Sofiyagrad establishes boundary between Alaska and US at 51st parallel
  • 1889: The Parisian Tower is completed, designed by Gustave Eiffel

    The Parisian/Imperial Spire

  • 1893: Third Franco-Turkish War begins between France and Ottoman Empire
  • 1895: Japanese Invasion of Korea
  • 1901: Yellow Sea War between Japan and China begins
  • 1906: Korean Revolution ends Yellow Sea War and results in Korean independence
  • 1909: Revolution in England topples monarchy
  • 1912: Mexican Civil War begins
  • 1915: Colombian Civil War begins
  • 1920: Socialist Revolution in England
  • 1924: Torpedoing of USS Rockefeller; Pacific War begins
  • 1925: Iron Revolution in France leads to rise of Emperor Albert I
  • 1927: US President Al Smith is assassinated in Chicago
  • 1928: Oktoberkreig in eastern French Empire
  • 1931: Umberto Ruiz elected in Colombia
  • 1934: Irish War begins
  • 1937: Sebastien's flight to Russia
  • 1938: Founding of European Alliance
  • 1939: Coronation of Edmond Bonaparte, Battle of Prievnya, Communist Revolution in Siberia
  • 1940: Polish Campaign, Battle of Kalau, Thirty Hungarian Nights, Dalmatian Engagement
  • 1941: Battle of Dresden, Battle of Prague, Bavarian Campaign
  • 1942: Winter of Death, March on Paris
  • 1943: Battle of Limoges, Coronation of Sebastien, Execution of Edmond, Battle of the English Channel. Siberian-Alaskan War begins
  • 1944: Siege of Bordeaux, Pyrenees Campaign, Armistice, Assassination of Churchill
  • 1945: Polynesian War
  • 1950: Beginning of the Anarchy in England, Formation of Imperial Office under Sebastien
  • 1952: English Adventure begins
  • 1957: Black Sea War begins
  • 1959: France detonates first atomic bomb
  • 1963: France puts first man in space
  • 1966: America tests first atomic device
  • 1969: St. Lawrence River standoff
  • 1971: Japanese banking crash
  • 1972: Hugo Savala comes to power in Brazil
  • 1975: Sebastien dies, Albert II coronated
  • 1976: China enters Burmese War, detonates two atomic weapons against Burmese troops
  • 1978: President Adam Eisler assassinated
  • 1979: Brazilian War begins
  • 1983: Covenant Race Riots
  • 1988: Persian Gulf War begins
  • 1990: Icelandic Crisis, Siamese War begins
  • 1991: Revolution of 1991 in Alaska, Chinese-Siberian War begins
  • 1994: Cyrene Coup
  • 1995: Arabian Civil War begins
  • 1996: France withdraws from Siam
  • 1998: Cyrene War
  • 2000: 3rd Millenium begins
  • 2004: Philippine War begins
  • 2006: Albert II dies; coronation of Maurice I