You're not wrong but like the difference between a space-filling empire and an interesting bit of world building is just how much effort you put into explaining it.The Omani-Madagascar union is one of those things that you couldn't get away with in fiction because it looks too much like you're standard space-filling empire affair.
'I don't know what to do with Africa so... Oman-Zanzibar and Madagascar unify and control an empire spanning the entire coast from the Horn to the Zambezi' You'd just be met with howls of derision. Even if you just had that Empire be trading posts and vassalised tribes.
In my experience based on observation of several online AH forums over the years, you’d still get plenty of criticism... you just wouldn’t get much informed criticism.You're not wrong but like the difference between a space-filling empire and an interesting bit of world building is just how much effort you put into explaining it.
If you actually go into detail into what both sides want from a union, why they'd agree with it and the tensions that come later, I don't think you'd get much criticism.
It's an interesting question isn't it? I think an Omani Haiti is a fascinating scenario.Assuming there's a slave uprising in a no-British takeover scenario and it's successful how would the other colonial powers in the region, like Portugal and France, react?
To this day, there are some tremendous white types (often Dutch, in my experience) who feel the need to bring this trade up in any discussion about plantation slavery, whether relevant or not (it usually isn't).I particularly like the note that the Omani Empire was stuffed becaue they weren't white Christian slavers who could call in favours.
The Portuguese got away with so much in the late 19th century by being white, christian and traditional allies of the Uk. It's ridiculous.I particularly like the note that the Omani Empire was stuffed becaue they weren't white Christian slavers who could call in favours.
You've got to remember that prior to the scramble, Europeans in Africa were essentially just traders in forts next to African Kingdoms. They tended to just put up the flags of up of their European masters so that they couldn't be bombed without retaliation.Have I just had a stroke?