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The Russian Imperial Dominion of Novorossiya by Martin23230 The Russian Imperial Dominion of Novorossiya by Martin23230
My entry for MotF 46: Novorossiya (New Russia), an extended Russian Alaska and Cascadia.

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There are two relatively minor PoDs in this scenario; firstly better Russo-Japanese relations lead to Japanese ports being opened to Russian merchants in the 1820s, this means Russia has more trading opportunities and the US and HBC traders have less of an advantage. Secondly Kuskov's expedition doesn't go as far south as California, instead he founds his settlement (Fort Ross is butterflied into Fort Russ ITTL) roughly where OTL Portland is. Whilst limiting southern expansion this has the effect of bringing the two Russian colonies much closer together.

After coming into conflict with the Hudson Bay company, Russia and the UK settle with the Anglo-Russian Treaty of 1829 - Russia can settle all land West of the continental divide provided they hand over Vancouver Island (known as Vancouverland) and all their colonies in Hawaii to British control. The Russians accept this, and begin heavily colonising, founding new towns such as Saint Andrewsburg and Novomagadan.

Russia also formalises it's boundries to the Californian and Salt Lake watersheds in the south. This is disputed by Spain who, following on from the Spanish-American Treaty that settled the US-Spanish boarder at the 44th parallel, continue to claim along the same line until the Pacific. That also gives rise to what is known as the Jefferson Territory, or more commonly as Jefferson's Oddity. It comprises a small American exclave that exists as part of a strange cross-over of the two treaties, which neither Russia nor Spain can claim; in a similar situation to OTL's Bir Tawil.

Novorossiya got off lightly in the ATL *Crimean War, but the UK seized one of the largest cities and part time capital of Novomagadan. The British (English) General that captured the place remarked "This place was named after a small, dull, damp, cold region at the arse-end of the Empire we took it from. I intend to respect that." He then proceeded to rename it "New Wales". (:D)

Finally, to the present day, and although there has been no Great War yet the people of Novorossiya are not entirly satisfied. Despite being called an "Imperial Dominion" - the same status (generously) granted to Poland and Finland, a good third of the country want more independence from St Petersburg but to keep the Tsar (who is pretty popular all things considered, Novorossiya is liberal compared to much of the Russian Empire) whilst another third want full independence and a US-style republic (mainly foreign immigrants from the US, Canada and Mexico) whislt the final third (mainly the lower classes) are pretty happy with the status quo.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Pretty excellent work.
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Supreme-Commissar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see that Putin is now calling eastern Ukraine by its old name: Novorossiya (New Russia). I think he has some aggressive intentions in mind.Ninja Versus Alien - Who will win?
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
In Russias dreams. And because they are butthurt because they can get Alaska back, now they start taking bits from Ukraine
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jagir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Good work, but Russians called it's "Russian Amerika".. Novorossia were a North caucassion region: Cuban, Don, Azov.
But still called "Novorossia" lot of siberian people.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I have a feeling I've seen this before. XD
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Martin23230 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Well, I made the map a while ago. If you mean the idea then it is incredibly common, especially in Alternate History. This one, for example:[link] , the same eastern boarder because it is the continental divide, so it's not exactly an original idea...
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I see. Still, no wonder it looks so familiar. XD
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is all amazing great work mate!
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Martin23230 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks!
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np dude!
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