payback hour / क्षमा याचना
India, United Kingdom \ भारत, इंगलैंड
Type: Speculative History, World-building
How did India colonize Britain in the 17th Century?
On the 2nd of September, 1666, the West British Company docked their ships in London. Indian soldiers were quick to infiltrate the city and set it on fire. The Great Fire of London raged for four days, destroying 12,893 buildings and leaving over 100,000 people homeless.
In this smouldering chaos, the WBC took control of the city. They declared martial law and began rounding up survivors. Those who resisted were executed without mercy. Those who complied were forced into slavery – to rebuild the city, toil the land or be shipped overseas.
Taxes became their weapon of choice as the next decades saw the Indian Viceroy ruling with an iron hand. They expanded control all over England by establishing fortified ports and laying railway lines strategically throughout the country. Bringing over Indian settlers to industrialise Britain, the local populace suffered tremendously from job cuts, privatisation and exploitative working conditions. Waves of countless strikes and protests were crushed with brutal precision. So posterity would remain oblivious and conditioned into total subservience, most accounts were systematically wiped from public memory.
That’s just the way the cookie crumbled. Language, architecture, identities, even food and music - slowly both cultures bled into one another. So many British artefacts can be found in India now. Somewhere in the 19th Century, the Stonehenge was uprooted and has been on display since in the Great Indian History Museum, in Mumbai.
Today, along with the gift of democracy, Britain has been granted membership in the Indian Commonwealth. Under this compliance, it is allowed to trade in its own currency and develop nuclear programs. It’s worth mentioning that the people of Britain are gracious enough to not demand colonial reparations or foreign aid. Some economists suggest that these figures could have left the Indian economy in shambles. Thankfully, none of this really happened.