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Post subject: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: December 6th, 2018, 9:49 pm
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This is my very first attempt at an AU. I’d like to acknowledge llamaman2, thegrumpykestrel, & whitey_nl. Their AUs of the Channel Islands Federation, the Dominion of Westralia, & the Dominion of Newfoundland & Labrador inspired me to take the leap & attempt my first AU. I’m basing it on the former British colony of West Florida. Basically, it’s a what-if look at how things might have turned out had Britain retained a portion of its West Florida colony after 1783. But I’m an absolute novice when it comes to drawings, so please bear with me.

The Dominion of West Florida

West Florida is a dominion of the British Commonwealth, like Canada, New Zealand or Australia. It lies along the northern Gulf of Mexico, bordering the US states of Alabama, Georgia & Florida. Its eastern border is formed by the Apalachicola & Chattahoochee rivers, with the western border following the Perdido river. The northern border is the latitude line of 31 degrees. West Florida has a total area of just under 23,000 square kilometres, with a population of just over 1 million. A large proportion of the population lives along the coast, particularly in the capital Pensacola. Other major population centres include Panama City, Crestview, Port St. Joseph (Port St. Joe) & West Point (Apalachicola). West Florida lies in the US Central time zone. Historically, the West Florida economy has depended on farming, forestry & lumber. Import-export shipping in the ports of Pensacola & Panama City, as well as shipbuilding & commercial fishing have long been important industries. More recently, growth of tourism & the hospitality industry has been a major contributor to the West Florida economy.


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History

Under the 1763 Treaty of Paris, ending the Seven Years' War, Spain agreed to cede its Florida territories to Britain. France also ceded much of its Louisiana colony east of the Mississippi River to Britain. From this territory, two provinces were established. East Florida, with its capital in St. Augustine & West Florida, with Pensacola as its capital. West Florida was a strip along the Gulf Coast, bounded by the Mississippi River & Lake Pontchartrain in the west, by the 31st parallel to the north & the Apalachicola River to the east. New British settlers arrived, including some from the thirteen colonies. Surveyors mapped much of the landscape & coastline. Attempts were also made to develop relations with the native Seminole people. The first colonial assembly was established in 1764. Ten years later, West Florida was invited to send delegates to the First Continental Congress, but they declined the invitation. Once the American Revolutionary War had broken out, the colonists remained overwhelmingly loyal to the Crown.

Spain officially entered the American Revolutionary War in May 1779. Two months later, the governor of Spanish Louisiana, Bernardo de Gálvez began a series of military operations against the British province of West Florida. By April 1780 Gálvez had captured all British territory west of the Perdido River, including Baton Rouge & Mobile. Despite the Pensacola garrison surviving a long siege, the 1783 Peace of Paris required Britain to cede all Florida territories west of the Perdido River & east of the Apalachicola River back to Spain. In 1813, British West Florida was invaded by American forces, led by future American president Andrew Jackson, during the War of 1812. However, the terms of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war in 1815, called for all occupied territory to be returned, the pre-war boundaries between Canada, British West Florida & the United States were to be restored.

By the middle of the 19th Century, the colonial population was granted self-government, & in 1907 was declared a full dominion of equal status to others such as Newfoundland & New Zealand. As part of the British Empire, forces were contributed from the1st West Florida Regiment during World War I. The regiment’s battle honours include Gallipoli, Egypt, Somme, & Ypres. It was following their World War I service that the regiment received their “Royal” prefix. West Florida again supported the Commonwealth during World War II, mainly contributing naval units to serve alongside British & Canadian allies in the Atlantic & Mediterranean theatres. West Florida was a founding member of NATO & often hosts allied forces at their naval facilities in Pensacola & Panama City, as well as the main air base near Valparaiso. They have also been a regular participant in various United Nation peacekeeping missions.

There will be more to come soon, hopefully including my first attempts at some ship drawings.


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TJW
Post subject: Re: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: May 6th, 2019, 9:16 am
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Firstly, I would like to acknowledge Rowdy36's drawing of the Austal 30m patrol craft as the basis of my Swordfish class.


Swordfish Class Patrol Vessel
The most numerous class in service with the Royal West Florida Navy (RWFN) are the eight Swordfish class 30m fast patrol craft. They were built by Austal, at their facilities, just across the border in Mobile, Alabama. All eight vessels were delivered between November 2009 & January 2011. The vessels are designed for surveillance & enforcement operations in the internal waters & exclusive economic zone of West Florida. They can also be used for fisheries protection & prevention of illegal drugs trafficking. They have also proven invaluable for both patrolling & SAR duties. Each vessel is powered by two MTU 16-cylinder diesel engines driving a waterjet propulsion system & all are named for several species of fish found along the Florida coast.

Length: 30 metres
Displacement: 16 tonnes
Draft: 1.5 metres
Speed: Up to 40 knots
Range: 1000nm at 10kts
Complement: 11
Armament: 1 x 20mm cannon, 2 x General Purpose Machine Guns
Boats: 1 x RHIB

P-100 Swordfish
P-101 Marlin
P-102 Sailfish
P-103 Barracuda
P-104 Tarpon
P-105 Mackerel
P-106 Wahoo
P-107 Snapper

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Post subject: Re: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: May 10th, 2019, 10:53 am
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Looks promising! keep it up!

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Post subject: Re: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: May 17th, 2019, 12:50 am
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Any updates? Was looking forward to where this was headed.


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