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Origins Game Fair: War College 2011 by Everwho Origins Game Fair: War College 2011 by Everwho
"Her Majesty's Soldiers of the UCA"
Origins Game Fair promotional artwork
Copic marker and colored pencil on paper, digital
Client: GAMA/Origins Game Fair
2011 Talon Dunning

This was done for the Origins Game Fair 2011 program, however, due to an internal communications error, it didn't make it into the book. The idea here is that the British Parliament capitulated and granted the colonies representation in 1776, thus avoiding the American Revolution... At least until 1861 when the Southern colonies rebelled against the Crown, sparking the Colonial Civil War. Pictured here are two of Her Majesty's soldiers from the Army of the United Colonies of America. Also, this is a steampunk world.


My contribution to the 2012 and 2013 shows, respectively.
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scocama Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014
Really cool image!  I love the style and  the uniforms.
By the way, your alternative historical timeline has given me a very thoughtful evening that I have enjoyed thoroughly.  I think your Colonial Civil War might have happened a lot earlier than 1861 because I view Abolitionist strides in 18th-Century England as a very likely catalyst to the American Revolution.
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Everwho Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
An excellent point.  I simply chose that date to be concurrent with the start of the real-life Civil War, but your point about England's anti-slavery stance at the time does make a lot of sense.  The best argument I can muster is that after 50 years or so of representation in Parliament, the UCA had grown powerful enough to lobby for exception to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 based on the economics of the American Colonies and their importance to British economics, as well as the fear of colonial civil war -the latter being the strongest factor, causing Parliament to maintain the exception even after the other exceptions (such as territories controlled by the East India Co.) were repealed in 1843.  This would have created a LOT of controversy in England and put strain on the empire's foreign relations, damaging alliances, until finally, Parliament bows to internal pressure and votes to abolish slavery in the UCA in 1861.  The southern colonies, seeing this as a threat to their way of life, rebel and the much anticipated Colonial Civil War begins.

Or, the war started in 1833.  You know, just to keep it simple.
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Steampunk with RAYGUNS! Nice.
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Everwho Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Steampunk is always better with rayguns. :-)
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
YES!!!
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flashjackmac Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
a glimpse of what might have been had our leaders been wiser. glorious :)
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Everwho Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This has always been one of my favorite speculative "What Ifs." The American Revolution was very much (as I understand it) a reluctant event on the part of the Revolutionaries. They didn't want to rebel against their mother country, they just wanted to be treated fairly by her and felt that revolution was the only way out of a terrible situation. It's such an interesting exercise to speculate on how things might have unfolded had the British had been more willing to capitulate to Colonial demands. Would we still be part of the British Empire today? It's fascinating stuff.
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flashjackmac Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
from a british perspective i wonder if there'd still be an empire. not that i'm sad to see it go; it seemed a fairly bloated and ugly creature -_- this is also one of my favorite what-ifs,i love the setting around the colonial era as well as all that steampunk stuff :)
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Everwho Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very true. It seems that Revolution was likely going to come sooner or later, if not from us, then elsewhere. Of course in my little scenario, Parliament and the Crown are obviously a bit more cooperative and benevolent when it comes to their Colonial subjects, so who knows? Perhaps with a gentler hand, the sun truly would have never set on the British Empire.
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flashjackmac Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
indeed. im kind f glad of the revolution though. the fact we lost made people at home question the divine right of kings a little and took away a bit of George's power. have you done or are you planing to do other what-ifs? that kind of stuff truly interests me. especially when it's along the lines of a steampunk world.
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