Austrasia-[] A region in the Merovingian Kingdom of the Franks era.
- 1 Origins
- 2 Divergence
- 3 World Status
- 4 Unassociated
- 5 Imperial Ranks
- 6 Red Gallery & the Tedasuke
- 7 Commentary of the Diners of Amber entry
Greater Austrasia is the overall name of the French Empire as of 1890 in the Earth/Arth/Urth/Uearth Shadow that houses the Ganras Gallery. The major historical divergence occurred in 1805 after the signing of the Peace Treaty of Pressburg between France and Austria Britain and Russia backed away from alliances with Sweden. From Swedish Pomerania Napoleon went north. The Dano-Norwegian Kingdom applied for and was accepted, into the French Empire. Napoleon personally executed King Gustov IV Adolf and added Sweden and Finland to his empire.
Russia, in fear of the great empire attacked Finland and began a brutal land war that it eventually lost, giving half the Russian land to the Empire.
Imperial French Empire
Europe and Western Asia, India, North America, Central America,
Serbia, Low Countries, Greece, Eastern Mediterranean, Persia
Japan, China, Eastern Asia, Aleutian Island
Antarctica, South America,
Polynesia, Alaskan Free State, Hawaii, Ireland.
Alaskan Free State
In the long push to take the Western North America it became too much trouble for the army to slog through all og the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska. So a provisional Independence was allowed in 1860. Since then it has become a trading port, rebal training region, and a refuge for dissidents and fugitives. Much of the Native Nations population, despite the regions of their origin in the Northern Continent moved here.
Ireland was conquered along with the British Isles by 1807. In 1854 it was essentially granted independence despite not having an independence movement. Daniel O'Connell, long a member of the Austrasian Parliament representing Ireland, was created Prince of Ireland in 1842. When he died, his son Daniel Jr was granted the Rank of Imperial prince, and allowed to rule over Ireland as a mostly independent realm.
While it has separate embassies with non-Empire regions and is technically independent it is still a strong supporter of the Empire.
It has strong rebel elements and interacts often with the Red gallery and Tedasuke. Rumors of members of the Irish Parliament being Red Gallery members are rampant.
In 184 King Kamehameha III signed the Hawaian Constitution, declaring Christianity a guiding religion but not a state religion. At the same time they expelled Austrasian and Japanese embassies and citizens. They became the center of Polynesian resistance but initially refused to accept petitions for protection.
In time they supported Polynesian independence and provided military assistance.
Hawaii is allied to the Alaskan Free State. There is considerable merchant trade between the two and their mutual relation is called the "Good Will Trade"
Hawaii has supported Pacific raiders by issuing Letters of Marque against the strong protest of the Austrasian Government. Japanese shipping was not harassed after they came to an accommodation in 1848.
Merchant ships smuggle many items to Hawaii but wood is one of the most prives import/ The wood shipments allow the ship industry to build both local vessals and privateer ships.
Red Gallery & the Tedasuke
The Red gallery is a underground liberation revolution brewing in many places. It is a somewhat communistic movement mostly doing humanitarian work. It has an open compound in the Alaskan Free State where the recruit and train operatives.
- The Red Menace is a circular published at many places around the world.
The Tedasuke is an above ground humanitarian organization stressing good works. While it disparages and condemns the violent under ground Red Gallery movement it supports many of its goals. It denies publicly any involvement with the Red Gallery. Its a sort of Sinn Féin type group[]. It openly supports personalities of political dissent within the government while running a unaccredited collection of local level Lecture Schools.
Commentary of the Diners of Amber entry
While the entry for the Galarus Galleries in the well known Diners of Amber article gloss over much of the history of this realm it is far from accurate. Entry in the Diners of Amber.
Ganras Galleries, Vies
This is a good place to get a painting done or have a glass of tea or wine with really pretentious art critics in the earth world of 19th century Vienna/Vies in the Principality of Austria in the Kingdom of Greater Austrasia. This empire-nation spans the globe of a world where Napoleon and France conquered the world by 1840, leaving a strong imperial monarchy and several generations of able rulers. As has been commented on before, in shadow anything is possible.
For details on Napoleons impressive career visit the Addendum
A type of endless discussion group lives in this garret. It rests above a very fine café so it can be ranked amongst the Diners of Amber if you so choose. There is even a fair gambling club next to a brothel where fancy French women do naughty things to fancy Austrian women while fancy Nubian and fancy confederate women wait and warm each other up.
The garret itself though is a running debate. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week people come and go, sitting, talking, painting , primping, complaining, stargazing, planning, lying, wooing, and otherwise entertaining each other.
Six people dominate this circle of people. They are nearly always here. Pierre Renoir, Lewis Carroll, Vincent Van Gogh, Karl Lueger, Henri Toulouse-lautrec, Sigmund Freud.
Sigmund Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. Enough said.
Lewis Carroll is an English author and mathematician, and an exiled criminal. The writer of Alice in Wonderland was imprisoned in 1870 for sedition against the French government, after serving 5 years he fled England to live in Vienna. There he lives beneath the level of perception of the government, a general among the underground.
He said something i have always liked, caught my atttention and made me seek him out when i found out he lived here. "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." I know the feeling.
Vincent Van Gogh is, well, Vincent Friggin Van Gogh. Now i have run into many artists that were Vincent Can Gogh. But this ine is the most Vincent of Vincents i ever met. He speaks eloquently on the value of madness for an artist and speaks in worshipful reverance of the ittinerant war-medic who saved his life when he attempted suicide.
Karl Lueger is a government employee in the Austrian Principality of Austrasia. A brilliant, anti-semitic, opportunistic, and driven man keen on the newest type of technology to improve the city. He is also a rabid anti-French Austrian patriot. This man is... interesting to argue with.
Renoir is a painter. A pretty good one too.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is the prototype of the eccentric artist. An interesting man in any shadow one find him, it seems the people of Ganrus helped him through his own despondency and helped him find useful medical treatments.
There is a cacophony of other renegades and roustabout artists and such here. It seems circuses are often in town and .
I'm told my brother Pierre can be found here with some regularity. Someday i should visit to meet him.
Oh, the things that I could say about this place! Let us just say this is a very chatty place, filled with very chatty people, who have sources of information from Budapest, to Peking, to Los Angeles, to Johannesburg. They also have contacts from Amber to Avalon, Mandalay to Chaos.
Since most Amberites are familiar with earth history, being frequent guests there, it happened like this in this one.
Napoleon demolished Europe by 1805. Ignoring Russia he sent armies and embassies to take Scandinavia just to get people used to the cold. After this every soldier in his army learned to deal with cold weather and eventually were able to invade Russia, from Finland, if you can believe it, and conquer Russia in 1812.
This meant that by 1815 everything in Europe from the Orkneys and Ireland to Italy and the Low Countries, Russia to Spain and Portugal was now France. Not subject nations, they were provinces of the France Empire with new, or at least, renamed aristocracy. England, as a subject of the Empire, has never been comfortable. A new aristocrasy was laid on top of the old english one in the way the Normans were dropped on top of the British. London and York are hotbeds of rebellious activities in their world and it almost seems like thats by design. Every 4 or 5 years the opposition suffers a few deaths and a lot of setbacks.
Africa was never very organized anyway so all it took was some missionaries, some assassinations, and a judicious use of patronage and military might to take Africa from Cairo to the Cape of Good Hope. An impressive act of barbarism paired with the acquisition of an impressive Grand Duke made short work of Africa. Napoleon met a young Shaka Zulu in 1807. Soon the young man was a colonel of the French Army, fighting in Algiers and Egypt. In 1816 when Shaka's father died he went to take control of the Zulu nation. He took along about 20,000 seasoned French/Algerian instructors and enough weaponry to destroy any stone age people that reared their ugly heads. Within 15 years the Zulu, loyal French citizens everyone, had conquered Africa and Shaka Zulu was not only a Marshal of France but a Prince of the Empire.
With Europe, Africa, and Russia to draw troops, China, southeast Asia, and Australia had little hope. The Edo shogunate in the early 1800s had been dealing with the intrusions into this waters by American and Russian whalers and when the French conquered Russia began discussions of alliances. Feudal Japan began trading directly with French merchant shipping and gained western military equipment and supplies. Japan had roundly trounced most of China, Southeast Asia, and had nearly exterminated the Australian aborigines by the time Russia/French/Zulu troops had conquered the Indian subcontinent.
By 1830 three distinct spheres of influence existed on this world. French, American, and Japanese. American influence in the southern hemisphere was unorganized and ineffective.
By 1830 dissident movements had been squashed, transportation issues dealt with and the standard of living in Europe, Africa and Asia was uniform and high.
From 1806 French spies had been fomenting disunion in the United States and with French support the Confederate Army rose in 1842. This death blow to the United States meant that Canada, Mexico, and the United States were divided into 8 separate regions and were completely subjugated by 1849.
South America fell piecemeal throughout the 1830s. Moving troops around and visiting all the new provinces there took Napoleon 2 years between mid 1837-1839. It was in Panama, July 4, 1839, after laying out the plans and digging the first shovel full of dirt on a future canal, that he caught malaria and died.
It didn't matter. He had a son ready, a grandson in uniform, and a great-grandson in diapers.
It especially didn't matter that he died because he didn't. He merely rejoined Benedict's General Staff. The fix was in from the start.
Polynesia is still a hold out but so little government lives there than it is not worth mentioning. Besides, they need some place to send troops for practical experience.