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#211 · 6d, 21h ago · · ·

>>1829314 Like I said in my blog entry, without friends to ground her in reality and show her a world beyond her textbooks and preconceptions and without a mentor to steer her curiosity to useful channels and teach her humility, we'd have gotten somepony like the arrogant, condescending blowhard we're going to see in the movie. You saw that before everyone else and should be given credit for it.

#210 · 1w, 4m ago · · ·

>>1829009

I kept telling people that I didn't think L!Twilight seemed that out of character compared to M!Twilight, especially considering the alternate universe, but nooo...

#209 · 1w, 3h ago · · ·

If I didn't know better, I'd assume that whoever wrote Equestria Girls: I Hate Alternate Universe MeFriendship Games was familiar with this community. This is because H!Twilight Sparkle seems to be a lot like the L!Twilight of Boast Busted: an arrogant jerk who thinks that friendship just slows her down. If things roll out the way I think they will, Sunset Shimmer will have to tag in the only pony who can defeat her: M!TWILIGHT.  (Therefore making it into Crisis on two other Equestrias...)

#208 · 2w, 2d ago · · ·

hello

#207 · 13w, 6d ago · · ·

Thanks again for the words, and the fav~! :twilightsmile:

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"What the Hell?!" is what you're thinking. I have an answer...but it's a long one.

In this timeline, in 1836 the Spanish were able to put down the Carlist revolutionaries much faster than in our timeline. While Carlist sentiment would linger for decades, the Carlists were more-or-less broken as a political and certainly as a military force. This, coupled with the Spanish subjugating the native kingdom of Brunei in the Far East and creating extremely protectionist tariffs and several years of positively backbreaking taxes, allowed the Spanish to arrest the generally downward economic trend that had been going on for centuries. Even still, Spain was a very weak and poor nation, almost certainly in no condition to continue calling itself a Great Power, and the Queen of Spain, Isabella II - six years old at the time - was set to reign over a once-great but now faded nation.

But fortune favors the Spanish, it seems. War broke out between the French and the Dutch in 1837 for control of Dutch Guyana. Though the Spanish had nothing to do with the war, the British did, entering the war on the side of the Dutch in 1838 in order to check French expansion. History is unclear about exactly what happened, but the British performed poorly in the war - very, very poorly. Dutch Guyana fell to the French, as did a few small Caribbean islands held by the British.

The French might have been driven from British soil and punished with impunity had history not taken an even more bizarre turn: Russia and the United States of America both declared war on Britain in 1848, perhaps smelling blood in the water. This choice is particularly strange because the Russians had almost no navy and the United States was busy helping Texas fight its war of Independence against Mexico. Nevertheless, the British, already stretched thin against the French, could not also fight a war in Canada against the United States and a war in Russia against the Tsar. The British sued for peace against the French in 1850, forcing the Dutch to accept the loss of Guyana, and turned their attention to Russia and America.

The Anglo-Russian War lasted for four years, from 1848 to 1852. In eastern Canada, the British successfully took much of Russian America (Alaska), helped by the Portuguese for reasons that the Spanish were never able to quite figure out. However, much of western Canada was occupied by the United States. This was harder than the Americans believed it would be, however, and as a result although the Texan War of Independence was won in America and Texas' favor, the Americans settled for just the state of Texas and did not push to acquire more of northern Mexico.

In the end, the British prevailed against both the United States and Russia. A white peace - status quo ante bellum - was settled on between the three powers. However, the effects of the Anglo-Russian War and the War of Dutch Guyana Concession had a profound impact on the balance of power throughout the rest of Europe and, therefore, the world. France was stronger and more confident in its power; Russia and America, both weakened; the Dutch, meanwhile, had bled over a third of their army and navy into the war with the French, crushing the nascent Great Power.

But let us return to the Spanish. The Carlists were soundly defeated and Isabella II's throne was secured. However, as Isabella was only six years old in 1866, her mother, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, served as Queen Regent. Maria Christina took one look at the condition of the world between 1848 and 1852 and said, quite simply, "no," which is translated into English roughly as "fuck that shit." The Spanish remained neutral through the dual wars, despite being entreated by the French, the Russians, the Americans, and the British. Instead, the Queen Regent and Spain used the distraction of the two wars to further Spanish ambitions in the Far East, always careful to avoid threatening the Great Powers by focusing on native nations rather than the admittedly very enticing Dutch and British colonies of the Far East. By the time the dust from the dual wars settled, Spain had subjugated Atjeh, Jahore, and Bali, and the Spanish Army and Navy of the Philippines were transformed from glorified colonial guards and police vessels into a well-organized and trained, if somewhat poorly equipped due to the limits of the Spanish budget, Army and Navy of the Spanish Far East (El Ejército y El Armada del Lejano Oriente de Española)

The next few decades saw Spain opening up trade with practically all the nations of the Far East, securing a foothold in the region before the exhausted powers of Europe could begin to do so themselves. The British, French, Dutch, Belgians and Prussians would arrive in the royal courts of Siam, Dai Nam, Japan, and other such locations to find the Spanish already there. Spanish merchants brought material wealth back to Spain such as she had not seen in centuries - and not mere gold and silver this time, but commodities of great value as well. Silk, coffee, tea, dyes, and other such luxuries enriched Spain. Spain had also learned the hard lessons of maintaining a global Empire. While they thought little of subjugating smaller nations - such as the already mentioned Jahore or Brunei - the Spanish worked hard to establish and maintain cordial and respectful relations with China, Siam, and others.

The money and, just as importantly, the confidence that Spain acquired from the Far East reverberated in Europe. The Spanish annexed Morocco, essentially nullifying the British base at Gibraltar by doing so. A border incident with Portugal gave Spain a casus belli to declare war, but the war was a short and simple affair and the Spanish were eminently kind in their peace dealings - they took nothing from Portugal save the Portuguese colony of Macau, giving Spain a foothold on the Chinese mainland. The Spanish intervened on behalf of the Danish when that nation was attacked by the Prussians, becoming part of a multi-national army made up of herself, Britain, Austria, and a number of lesser German states formed to contain the Prussian menace - but even as it left Prussian dreams of Kleindeutschland stillborn, it aided the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in uniting Italy. Threatened by that action, the Ottoman Empire declared war on Spain, but this action backfired immensely and resulted in the Spanish liberating hard-won Egypt - which the Spanish moved under their influence - and being forced to pay indemnities to Spain for five years. A second attempt at war shattered the sick man of Europe once and for all, as Austria, Spain, and Italy together dismantled the Ottoman Empire between 1855-57, freeing the subjugated nations of Bulgaria, Wallachia, Albania, Greece, Iraq, and others.

But now, we return to the New World. As mentioned, the Anglo-Russian War of 1838-42 forced America to seek a quick, indecisive victory against Mexico. The victory left America with a new state - Texas - but no other spoils of war, and the British had given as good as they got during the war. Even as the American star waved, the rising star of Spain reached out once more to the New World. The Spanish had no imperial dreams here, however - they sought only alliances and partnership with their former colonies, as well as Brazil. Not long after the conclusion of the Mexican-American War, the Spanish signed a treaty of alliance with Mexico against future American aggression. In truth, the Spanish feared America above all other powers - most of the great powers of Europe were busy with their own internal squabbles that scarcely concerned Spain. America, however, had openly spoken about dreams of Manifest Destiny, the desire to have a nation stretching not only from the Atlantic to the Pacific - already accomplished with their state of Washington - but also from the northern border with Canada down to the Gulf Coast and the Rio Grande - that is, they wanted half of Mexico, including California, Nuevo México. and large portions of Sonora, Nueva Vizcaya, and what remained of the state of Tejas. The Spanish knew, as well, that American dreams would not stop there - already the Americans had spoken of making war with Spain in order to seize Cuba and Puerto Rico, and perhaps even the Philippines. The Spanish fear of America took on a moral aspect as well when Spain abolished the practice of slavery throughout its empire in 1850, while in America the institution continued.

America was, in other words, the single greatest threat to Spain, the Main Enemy to be defeated. Even as Spain acquired wealth and prestige in the Far East, it focused much of that wealth into the New World, building up its Caribbean holdings and raising and maintaining a large Ejército y Armada del Caribe in anticipation of one day facing America on the field of battle.

The Second Mexican-American War of 1845-1850 came as a surprise to no one. The Spanish honored their alliance with the Mexicans, deploying their army from Cuba into Mexico's Lejano region to stop an American army out of Texas, even as the Mexicans themselves took the bulk of their army north into California to fight the Americans there. The Americans took and maintained strategic advantage against the Mexicans in the north for the duration of the war, but in the south it was a different story. The Americans, though possessing an industrialization and population advantage over Spain, were unable to capitalize on this advantage. The American invasion of southern Mexico was disorganized and piecemeal, perhaps because they were expecting only Mexican irregulars, not trained Spanish divisions. The Spanish Armada del Caribe, meanwhile - by itself nearly as large as the entire American navy combined - blockaded most of the Gulf of Mexico, preventing rapid reinforcement or conter-invasion of Cuba.

The war dragged on for five long years. Though the Americans held the advantage in the north of Mexico and even closed to within sight of the Rio Grande, the Spanish managed to hold the line in the south, and more, push that line forward. American Texas fell to the Spanish advance - with admittedly some Mexican help - and soon the Spanish found themselves attacking and sacking Baton Rouge and New Orleans almost without opposition. In 1850, the Americans were forced to sue for status quo ante bellum.

The Main Enemy had been confronted, but not beaten. Had the Americans been able to reinforce the south faster, or put the bulk of their army against the Spanish in Texas, many historians are certain that the Americans could have defeated Spain. By pursuing a north first strategy, however, the Americans wasted men and material against the Mexicans. The humiliation of the Second Mexican-American War no doubt added fuel to the fire that was already starting to burn in America. A third Mexican-American War in 1856 saw American fortunes improve, as they were able to take the regions of California and New Mexico from Mexico while Spain was still recovering from the previous war and busy with a war of its own in China that would eventually see the Spanish gaining control of the Guangdong province. The American gain, however, proved to be a double-edged sword, as rebellions against American rule were common in California. The Californians didn't want to be Mexican anymore, it turned out, but they had no desire to be Americans, either.

The American Civil War broke out in 1863, pitting North against South, Free State against Slave State, brother against brother. The Southerners, fighting in their homeland and with their war subsidized by British and Spanish money - both countries having a vested interest in weakening America, even if it meant aiding the cause of slavery that the Confederate States of America was fighting for - were able to win a desperate peace against the North by 1865. Alas, the future of the Confederacy would be a short one. An attempt to invade Spanish Morocco in 1867 would end poorly, as the few thousand men sent across the Atlantic fell to dehydration, lack of supplies, and eventually the guns and bayonets of the Spanish Ejército de Marruecos; the Spanish used the incident as an excuse to launch an invasion of the Confederacy themselves and, with Mexican help, liberate Texas and return it to Mexican control. Northern revanchism saw the War of American Reclamation break out in 1869 soon thereafter, and by 1871 the Confederate States were no more.

Perhaps looking to reclaim Texas or searching for some means to distract the continued rebel activity in California, the United States would go to war with Mexico again in 1872. Anticipating the war this time, however, and looking to try and end the American threat once and for all, the Spanish came to the aid of their Mexican allies once again. The American army so painstakingly constructed to reclaim the Confederate States was smashed and beaten, and Spaniards and Mexicans moved with impunity throughout the already war-torn South even as the Spanish launched an invasion of New England and New York from Spain itself.

The Fourth Mexican-American War ended in 1876 with America soundly defeated. America was forced to reduce its army by 50% for five years, as well as pay 25% of its national budget to Spain for the same period. Mexico had, in truth, lost a lot of dead weight with the previous loss of New Mexico and California, and so settled on similar reparations rather than a return of lost land. The Spanish, knowing the material wealth in California and wishing the Americans to have none of it, forced the Americans to surrender California to their control. The Spanish considered annexing the territory, but even with the newly-constructed Panama Canal, maintaining the colony would have been difficult. Instead, the Spanish helped to set up Joshua Abraham Norton as the first King of California.

Time alone will show if the Americans have finally learned their lesson.

TL;DR: Weird stuff happens in games like Victoria II, and I love every moment of it.

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