Mirror World

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Expansion into the interior of the Americas by European explorers took a great deal of time, first because of the barrier of the Rocky Mountains, and because it soon became obvious that the only maritime passage to China was around Patagonia.

However, the land between the Atlantic and the Rockies was rich with gold and arable land, prompting early and thorough colonization. Spain enjoyed early success, claiming the entire North American coast up to the San Francisco bay. To this day, these areas are almost exclusively Spanish-speaking, with only a few pockets of Basque- and Nahuatl-speakers.

England managed to carve out a colony around Portland, then aggressively pushed inland, pursuing fleeing natives in search of more deposits.  Their poor relations with the Salishan and Wakashan peoples, however, slowed settlement around the Cascades. Sandwiched between the wealthy Spanish to the south and the industrious Huguenots to the north, English colonists eventually found their lands split between both. Some villages with English names remain in California, and of course English remains a significant minority language in l’Americ.

Eventually, it was the Dutch who founded the first successful settlement on New Scotland(1), now the global trading center of Nanster. Although now largely assimilated into greater Americain culture, Dutch influence can still be seen in the architecture, culture, and even the language of New Scotland.

French settlers found continental dominance almost by accident. Good relations with the Wakashan allowed French prospectors to quickly gain access to gold and timber, and the emigration of Calvinist sects from France, Scandinavia, and England prompted a rapid rise in population. During the French Wars of Religion, these “Huguenots” overthrew the Catholic colonial government and established l’Amérique de la Liberté.

Americain government was secular and decentralized, a republic on the Grecco-Roman model that soon spread across the Rockies to the Bay of Colbert(2) and the Great Lakes. In the collapse of the Spanish colonies, L’Americ bought or conquered land south to the Gulf of Mexico, eventually leaving only Diné as a buffer with western California. With the purchase of Zolota(3) from the Russians and the annexation of the Tunas(4), L’Americ assumed its modern borders.

From the bustling streets of Nanster to the pious communes of Adenos(5), from the graceful palaces of the Gulf Coast to the sprawling ranches of Prairie, one may hear French, English, Spanish, Lakota, Mohawk, and Chinese as well as a hundred other languages. Truely, modern L’Americ is a land of contrasts.

(1) Vancouver Island

(2) Hudson Bay

(3) Nova Scotia

(4) The Greater Antilles

(5) Roughly upstate New York

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