Post by SolomonW Post by Rob
a) end before they did in OTL ?
b) end later than they did in OTL ?
c) end around the same time the did in OTL ?
The rate may change but the end result is the same for the British. The
white areas Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc werer already independent
and the desire for self rule was spreading to non-whites.
We can see that British rule in India the Jewel of the Empire was already
in decline before WW1. Possibly WW2, slowed down the process somewhat
Well none were functionally independent in 1914-18 but all were by
1939-45. I say functionally since the 1931 Statute of Westminster
didn't apply to Australia in 1939 for reasons that had more to do with
the Aussies than the Brits.
None of this was controversial in Britain as 'the White Commonwealth'
was considered to be politically advanced and able to run their own
affairs. Canada's war declaration in 1939 was in fact the ONLY
declaration the Canadian parliament has ever made even though our
troops have been almost everywhere. Korea and Suez were not declared
wars as well as all the various UN peacekeeping roles (at least so far
as Canada itself was concerned). I believe the situation was the same
for Australia (Phil could correct me on this) though they were in
Vietnam while we weren't.
I don't think there was any serious move for independence in 1914 nor
do I think a German WW1 victory would have influenced these countries'
relation to the UK nor do I see that changing unless the UK were
Again in WW2 the diplomatic relationship of Canada/Oz/NZ to Britain
would only change if Britain itself (or less likely Australia by the
Japanese) were actually occupied in which both the remainder would
move much closer to the US even if the United States was not actually
at war (which would have been the case if Britain had been occupied
after the fall of France).
Similiarly even if Britain had surrendered and was occupied (which I
think most unlikely) I don't see the Kriegsmarine having the ability
to control the Empire logistically and see various colonial governors
especially those in the Caribbean placing themselves under the
"protection" of the United States (rather than Canada).