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We'll Make It Out, Together Ch.11949, Soviet Russia
The wooden doors to the basement creaked open. A silhouette of a man trailed down the stairs. He grumbled about how "demeaning" and "embarrassing" this was.
He reached the ground with a loud huff. Finally taking in his surroundings, what he saw in front of him was an absolute amazement. A woman with long brown hair sat on the floor. The last time he had seen her, she had looked perfectly healthy. Now she looked frail and malnourished. She picked away at various items and put them back in their proper spots.
The man's red eyes filled with hope for the women to be who he suspected. "Lizzie?" His words were barely a whisper. Elizaveta – as she preferred to be called – looked up. Her greens met his reds with an equal amount of small hope.
"Gil." She breathed. For the first time in years she felt truly happy.
Gilbert gave a big grin. "Well aren't you a sight for sore eyes." He sat down beside her. He remembered where they were once more and lost his signature smil
Loyalist Canada: A General Overview
Situated northeast of the American Federation and at the Atlantic doorstep of the Collectivist Internationale, the Loyalist Dominion of Canada (Loyaliste Canada) is one of the leading Free Nations on this globe. The realm, similarly to its New Austrian allies is a constitutional monarchy under Queen Victoria III of the House of Windsor-Romanov. It is also the defacto centre of the British Imperial Commonwealth, an honour owed as much to the enduring legacy of the Terror and historical circumstance as to its people’s cultural heritage and socio-industrial integrity. From the Arctic frontier to the storied capital of Montreal, Loyalist Canada has much to offer. All presented with a courteous if resolute streak.
While its systems of governance and law are of the British mold, including the Magna Carta, Loyalist Canada is both unique and in accords with Old World traditions. The Dominion is a federation of seven Provinces and a network of special territories, not counting protectorates and other members of the Commonwealth. The Provinces in particular can trace their lineage to the Francophone and Anglophone colonists who established them as well as the Confederation Act of 1860. Parliament, based in the present capital of Montreal since 1931, serves as the realm’s democratic legislature, split between the House of Commons and House of Lords with the Prime Minister serving as the elected Head of Government, though the various political parties include sizable Revivalist groups. The old aristocracy and gentry nonetheless continue to exert influence in public affairs with a general, informal sense of Noblesse Oblige; a number of whom, including members of the Royal Family distinguishing themselves in the armed services and diplomatic corps. Combined with its status in the Commonwealth meanwhile, the Canadians rival the Americans in territorial expanse and form alongside their dear New Austrian allies lead the prime monarchist bloc in the Free World.
The realm’s prestige is matched by its prosperity as well. Although more known for its trading firms and economic stability, the 30 Million people calling Loyalist Canada their home take pride of their various industries and harmonious work ethic. Be it the fisheries of Newfoundland, the foundries outside Toronto or the myriad farmsteads, factories and mines dotting the countryside, one can find much proof of Canadians’ diligence. Putting traditions of shared experiences and solidarity into consideration as well as the most comprehensive labour laws among the Free Nations, there is little surprise then why this land considers itself fortunate. Nor is there surprise as to how it can meet its commitments (especially with regards to the indefinitely-recuperating United Kingdom) and maintain its leadership in the Commonwealth with firm distinction, including an orbital presence and foreign outposts at the very frontiers of the Collectivist Internationale.
Loyalist Canada is, in a similar manner like its American neighbours and erstwhile brothers, a nation of immigrants, home to a variety of peoples, faiths (of which Catholic and Protestant Christianity predominate) and races. Most Canadians are classified as White, majorities of which are of European descent, be it Quebecois Francophones descended from early French settlers, Anglos from across the old British Empire or those hailing from other parts of old Europe. Others such as Blacks and Orientals form a relatively small proportion of the population but nonetheless are respected and treated fairly as honourable citizens of the realm. The indigenous First Nations meanwhile, despite their numbers have long since become recognized as “separate but equal” and reconciled with the rest of society after centuries of at times tense dialogue. All of which are united by common threads like shared culture, a tradition of solidarity, common language (with Commonwealth English and Français Canadien serving as lingua franca) and centuries’ worth of communal experience. And in a similar manner to New Austria’s comparatively more peculiar and racially mixed society, much attention is given to merit, duty and liberty as well as one’s commitments to another.
Also notable however is the enduring legacy of the Terror, which is found across the realm. A sizable proportion of Non-Anglo Whites as well as certain Orientals claim descent from those fleeing the Terror that ravaged their lost Old World homelands. While a number are of Scandinavian and even Russian origin, many hailed from what had been France and the Ukraine, the former over time becoming largely intertwined with their Quebecois peers while the latter joining their Pre-Terror counterparts in Northern Ontario.
And I won’t fail any of them. A number of communities, whether established cities like the old capital of Ottawa or settlements such as New Kiev and New Bordeaux still bear traces of the chaos that defined those times and what came after. Never again. While in Parliament and other aspects of society, Revivalist organizations ma The Royal Family as well serves as a living testament to it; King Alexander I (nee Alexei; died 1958) in particular, the first of the Windsor-Romanovs was the last surviving son of Tsar Mikhail II of Russia, who died in the Fall of St. Petersburg in 1925.
Amidst even the worst of moments, however, there is no question that Loyalist Canada remains firm, strong and defiant in the face of a contemptible, heinous foe. A power truly deserving of its distinction as the heart of Britannia.
A Brief History of Loyalist Canada
Although the forefathers of today’s First Nations were among the first to inhabit this land and so-called “Vinland” Vikings traversed what is now Newfoundland in the medieval era, it was only when Englishmen and the French began arriving from the 1580s onwards that Canada took form. But as more landed on what became Nova Scotia and crossed the St. Lawrence, their rivalries from the Old World crossed over as well; most Provinces in fact trace their ancestries to trading posts, farmsteads and settlements belonging to either kingdom as well as the myriad trading companies. Intermittent skirmishes after 1654 amongst the expanding colonies in time led to the infamous Franco-Indian Conflicts of 1693 and 1714. These in turn gave the now-British Crown an opportunity to both earn the favour of First Nations like the Iroquois and the local settlers. By the time the last French territories in Quebec were to the United Kingdom in 1756, there was no dispute as to who held sovereignty over this portion of North America.
To guarantee order and prosperity, the British granted relative autonomy to the Canadians as well as equal recognition to Francophones and First Nations, allowing the colonies to manage their own affairs, it was during this period that trading with New Austrian houses grew, sowing the first seeds of mutual friendship. Combined with their shared experiences over the generations, these helped foster a sense of solidarity and loyalty to the Old World, which proved decisive in the 1770s as unrest among their southern brethren turned into revolution. The Loyalists, as they began to be known valiantly fended off the “Continental” republicans, even while welcoming those still in fealty to the Crown. It came with a deep cost, yet despite the turmoil that followed the crushing defeat in New York, which led to the Treaty of Philadelphia in 1780 acknowledging the American Federation’s independence, Canada persevered.
As reward for such loyalty, Parliament in London saw to it that the burgeoning Provinces were properly invested. This meant more infrastructure, more connections to Europe and a growing influx of immigrants from other parts of the British Empire, even as far as the Slavic realms, those of
Katya’s people the Ukraine being the most significant. While lacking their American peers’ pioneer expansionism, Canadians compensated with a quiet, industrious vigor and distinguished service to the Crown – to the point of sending regiments to aid in the Anglo-French wars of the 1800s. In 1860, the Confederation Act was passed, which united the Provinces and made Canada a self-ruling Dominion. This momentous occasion also helped set a precedent for the Empire’s gradual transformation into the British Imperial Commonwealth, and granted Canadians a much larger say in diplomatic affairs, first shown in the British-mediated Treaty of Ottawa in 1866 that ended the war between their New Austrian friends and the American Federation.
The dawn of the 20th Century thus opened new and promising opportunities for the realm. But events in the Old World and homeland however poised to destroy all that had been accomplished. Even before the Terror was unleashed in the 1920s, tensions between Collectivist and so-called Reactionary cliques were simmering in the fringes of society for years across the Commonwealth. Still, amidst the chaos and secessionism (the Reactionaries’ nigh total rise to power in Australia, Southern Africa and most of Ireland by 1933 being the most infamous), parts of the old Empire, including the U.K. weathered through with honour.
Yet I couldn’t save her. It wasn’t enough however, to hold back the tumult in Loyalist Canada as the renegade cliques’ feuds erupted into anarchic abandon. From 1927 to 1934 in what came to be called the “Dominion Conflict,” civil war threatened to plunge that part of North America in flames. With their British and New Austrian peers fighting their own battles, in a desperate bid to reconsolidate some order, the Canadian Parliament in Montreal conceded to the Americans taking control over the westernmost territories in 1932, now known as the “Lost Provinces;“ even into the present, it should never have happened it is an awkward affair given the Americans’ insistence that the “States” have no intention of rejoining the Commonwealth.
Despite it all, the Canadians refused to succumb. The relative survival of the Dominion’s infrastructure and industries, as well as a concerted reconstruction effort meant that increasingly, the realm was rivaling the U.K. in economic clout and political power, something recognized in the Commonwealth Reforms of 1938. In 1942, however, the Collectivist Internationale attempted a bloodied invasion of Britain, which led to the “Liberation” in 1944, of which Canadians, New Austrians and Americans intervened on behalf of the besieged British. It was Pyrrhic victory, one which left an surviving Old World realm in shambles and rendered New Austria a pariah (albeit one broken by Canadian delegates offering reconciliation in 1949).
Nonetheless, there was no doubt by that point that the heart of Britannia had since moved from London to Montreal. Where it remains proudly to this day.
God save the Queen.
P.S. Please, Matthew. Keep it together. For iour people’s sake, for me. For her. – Fraulein F.
- “Atlas Sans Frontieres: The Gaspereau-Thomson Guide to the New World.” Loyalist Canada. 2023.
The Upheaval: An Introduction
In the Royal Dominion of New Austria, locals know the period covering the Terror and its immediate aftermath simply as the “Upheaval.” Historians in general put its beginnings either in 1925 or the formal “end” of the Terror itself around 1928, its end placed in 1933-34 with the last surrender of the Kuban Insurrection. It is unanimously agreed however that the events of those times were the realm’s darkest hour, when the realm seemed closest to collapsing altogether. But to understand that era’s enduring impact and the perseverance of New Austrians, one has to know the history.
While exact origins and chronological timeline of the Terror still remain muddled to this day due to the chaos of those times, what is unmistakable is the rationale behind the so-called Collectivists. Following a skewered and particularly zealous mix of older ideologies – the surviving remnants of which include Societism – these adherents offered salvation to labor and sought to free mankind through Revolution, as their so-called “Will of the Workers” dictate. What began as waves of turmoil across Europe in 1920-22 soon tore apart nations and empires that had lasted centuries. Even as the collapsing realms tried to respond, the foundations of what is now the Collectivist Internationale were already being laid over the ashes. But though the New World largely escaped the initial Collectivist waves that emerged around 1920-22, it would prove to be a temporary respite even for the most isolated countries compared to what happened after.
At first, despite the dark clouds over the horizon, the New Austrians sought to send a military expedition to their besieged relatives in Mitteleuropa, which by 1925 had shifted to a desperate defense as more of the Austro-Hungarian Crownlands crumbled before the Collectivists; nothing symbolized it more than the Fall of Vienna and Budapest. Whatever ships and aircraft could be spared, let alone deemed usable were brought into service in order to evacuate as many as possible over the next few years, commoners and nobles alike; eventually what remained of the Imperial Army either deserted or were brought under direct command of the R.D.N.A.’s armed forces. But not even the most stubborn resistance could hold back the advancing militias of the burgeoning Internationale. Surviving accounts and records from the Crownlands’ final days still speak volumes to the tragic desperation of it all. Among those boarding the last ships in 1927 were Emperor-King (later Archduke) Franz Ferdinand I (1863-1936) and the surviving Habsburgs in Europe, whose testimonies on the bloodied end of the Danube and those forced to be left behind continue to haunt New Austrians.
Domestically meanwhile, conditions worsened as the decade dragged on. Few at the time expected how extensive and tumultuous the Terror’s impact was despite attempts to mitigate the damage. With the collapse of international trade and the intricate Mitteleuropa socio-economic system, as well as growing fears of Collectivist infiltration, New Austria was forced to resort to both rationing and strict measures to keep order. Even as social tensions simmered to unprecedented heights, the continuing flow of incoming refugees from the Atlantic and a need to maintain whatever commitments still mattered – such as the decision to aid the Canadians in their “Dominion War” against Collectivist and Reactionary groups – pushed the realm to near-breaking point. By 1926, “exceptional” civil unrest began plaguing the R.D.N.A, becoming more widespread by the following year. Whether in the countryside or in major cities like Engelnstadt, riots and banditry were no longer unheard of. The Polizei, reserves and the handful of regiments left behind found themselves under tremendous strain just ensuring that the “exceptional” civil unrest didn’t escalate into full-anarchic lawlessness. While in Havana, dissidents and rebellious elements took advantage of the disorder to stage what is now called the Kuban Insurrection in 1928, promising freedom even while persecuting the loyalist populace. To live in such times must have been akin to seeing hell.
It was no surprise that the press, or what still remained active amidst the chaos, dreaded that in spite of martial law across New Austria, the country was about to suffer the same fate as its counterparts across the Atlantic. But that horrid fate was not to be. When the Polizei were incapable, overstretched or non-existent, locals and refugees alike strove to take back their home from the bandits and feuding cliques. A sense of solidarity among the realm’s peoples, their continuing loyalty to their suffering monarch and the persistence of institutions like the Catholic Church meant that even during the worst movements, the social fabric still held firm. And as the last of the New Austrian expedition returned with what remained of the Crownlands, order and some degree of normalcy soon restored, one Crown Province at a time. Before long, the same valiant souls who saw nations die and faced down their foes with their Canadian comrades-in-arms came to the rescue of the loyalist Kubans . The fierce campaign that ensued ended the Insurrection in 1933, led to the Carriedo Compromise the following year and helped put a dark chapter to a close once and for all.
All while the government, under the more direct intervention of Franz Ferdinand I continued to function despite the dangers. It was during this difficult time that the 1927 Papal Concordat was signed with what remained of the Holy See, the now Vatican-in-Exile’s sanctuary being the religious community of Mariazell-am-Meer. The Archduke himself, soon after a discreet coronation ceremony and still traumatized from his ancestral domain’s downfall, addressed the Reichstag in 1928. The Succession Address, as it came to be known, was broadcasted to every corner of the R.D.N.A., at once reaffirming the now Throne-in-Exile’s common struggle and personally assuring the public that they would prevail. More importantly, it was this speech, unprecedented for the period that both proclaimed New Austria as the legitimate successor to the Crownlands and led to the ratification of the present Constitution.
Nonetheless, the legacy of both the Terror and Upheaval continue to echo into our own times, alongside the ever-present threat from Collectivism. It is evident in the population with a sizable portion of which is directly descended from those refugees who fled Mitteleuropa and outside the Crownlands, the Swiss being among the most independent-minded of the Non-New Austrian groups. It is seen in media and culture, be it in a deep sense of solidarity, a fascination with the dead or the haunting reminders preserved for posterity. More visible still is Revivalism. Like in other parts of the Free World, the Governments-in-Exile established by the handful of nobles, politicians and diplomats who escaped their countries’ collapse gradually disbanded over the decades that followed, dispersing among the refugee-descended groups, yet it was not a sign of resignation or defeat. For in their place rose the various Revivalist organizations, seeking in one way or another to not just keep the memories of their “Lost Nations” alive but also one day reclaim those fallen lands from the Collectivist Internationale. Such is their support - more so than compared to their counterparts in the American Federation – that these movements have both influence in the Reichstag as well as the favor of the Throne-in-Exile; none more so than the Austro-Hungarian. In fact, among New Austrians, it can be summed up by a simple phrase that is as meaningful as the old Imperial motto of Viribus Unitis.
P.S. “Never again,” yes. It shouldn’t have happened…Mama…Papa… - Fraulein F.
- “The Knowledgeable Traveller’s Guide to North America.” Royal Dominion of New Austria. 2022 Edition. English Edition.