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 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: June 1st, 2016, 9:14 pm 

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The Texas Army The Texas Army underwent its own sweeping changes between 1890 and 1899. The Army and Navy Act of 1895 expanded its size and missions to a considerable degree. It took on the role of coast defense from the Navy, after it showed that shore batteries were more economical to construct a...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 31st, 2016, 10:45 pm 

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I did some additional research before I made the decision about switching to oil this early. The first experiments with oil-fired boilers occurred in 1864 and it worked, but there was no demand for it and the supply was minuscule, so it was shelved. Russian railroads converted 143 locomotives to oil...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 30th, 2016, 5:06 pm 

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The Fleet as it looked between 1890 and 1899:

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 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 30th, 2016, 5:04 pm 

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The only new capital ship built between 1890 and 1899 was the Armored Cruiser Navidad. Her authorization was sneaked into the 1894 budget request (after Congress hiked taxes for that year...they were substantially reduced the following year.) At a cost of $832,000, she was the single most expensive ...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 30th, 2016, 4:43 pm 

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Lampasas Class Corvettes started their rebuilds in 1898, starting with the Lampasas herself: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/6wz2adrsaci1qgw/RTS%20Corvette%20Lampasas%20Class%201898.png?dl=0 She, too had the new oil-fired boilers installed. The Lampasas could make 20 knots under forced draft ste...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 30th, 2016, 4:35 pm 

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When oil refining became commercially viable in 1897, the Texas Navy decided to experiment with the use of fuel oil for powering ships. The frigate Archer was due for new engines in 1897, and the Bureau of Engineering requested installation of oil-fired boilers instead of coal fired boilers as an ex...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 30th, 2016, 4:14 pm 

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The Texas Navy, 1890-99 Declining revenue from another economic depression and congressional infighting over taxation forced the Navy to cut costs and personnel in the early part of the decade. The defense budget declined by almost $100,000 every year until 1895, when a major tax increase boosted t...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 30th, 2016, 3:47 pm 

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Republic of Texas, 1890-99 I. Introduction Between 1890 and 1899, Texas continued to face challenges from drought and another economic depression begun in 1893. In spite of these challenges, immigration continued and the population increased almost 100% from 1880 and grew another 30% up to 1899. An...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 23rd, 2016, 10:33 pm 

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I don't think there could be something like "Unitary Federal Republic" - I believe state can be either unitary or federal, but not both at the same time. I took the term from T.R. Fehrenbach's "Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans". That's how he described the government during the Republic...

 Forum: Alternate Universe Designs  Topic: Republic of Texas 2.0

 Post subject: Re: Republic of Texas 2.0 Posted: May 22nd, 2016, 1:58 pm 

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A glimpse of the Texas Navy, as it looked between 1880 and 1889:

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