The Portuguese Connection, Part Three

Cynic, Going Postal

No one in Europe (or Brazil) had wanted to re-discover the Americans. The old Americans had left the most appalling historical reputation. They were thought to have been the most evil and degenerate people ever to have existed and to have spread their evil around the world by force and fraud (that Machiavellian pair). It was rumoured that one of their last Presidents had been an imported monkey, wafted illegally and umconstitutionally into the Presidency by skullduggery and chicanery (that well known firm of Washington lawyers and lobbyists), secretly a convert to Islam who had promoted Islam within America, allowing them to kill Americans and destroy buildings in American cities, whilst sending his troops to harass and torture Moslems abroad. Any craziness was believable of the Americans. Most assumed that the Americans had further degenerated into the Mexicans, and no one wanted to encourage them.

Of course the actual Americans were nothing like so bad as they had been painted. In fact they were surprizingly puritanical. They also maintained a level of Classical education and culture which was now rare in Europe, and completely alien to the current state of the lands where it had originated. They had established or re-established a traditional conservative European society which they fiercely defended from internal and external infiltration, subversion or assault. They were almost Germanically diligent and well organised, and had retained or re-developed a level of technology comparable to the Germans’. They were suspicious of foreigners, haughty, unwelcoming to Europeans interfering in what they still thought of as their hemisphere of the globe. Their fanatical Republicanism made them hostile to the Imperial pretensions of German dominated Europe, although both derived from Roman models.

The finer points of cultural comparison were not explored by those who first came into contact. These were, for both parties, far from the most cultivated or diplomatic members of their respective societies, although they were amongst the most effective in practical dealings with foreigners. The fact that these strangers were well armed and delivered oaths and imprecations in strangely accented English was all the anthropological study that was needed to determine their character and identity.

The second Portuguese age of discovery was neither so extensive nor so intensive as the first had been. The little wooden sailing ships, so like their predecessors, did not go around the globe. They did not go to India, to China, to Japan, to the spice islands. They did not establish fortresses at key points and forcibly take over the commerce of the Indies. There was no need. Arab and Indian traders happily delivered spices and other goods to Basra, where they were trans-shipped to the German railway and steam boat system which efficiently delivered them throughout Europe and the Middle East. Local traders likewise delivered silk, spices and less exotic oriental products to the ports of China, and thence across the railways through China, Russia and Germany.Some Portuguese or Brazilian ships may have rounded the Cape of Good Hope to explore up the eastern coast of Africa, but this was a virtually futile project. Yes, they could re-discover the Portuguese speaking blacks of what had been Mozambique,but those that survived were in squalid circumstances and had nothing to trade, and it was not even worthwhile to enslave them. They could sail to Zanzibar and Pemba in search of cargoes of cloves, but it was no cheaper to do so than to buy them in Lisbon after they had been transported via Basra.

Tenuous as it was, however, the Portuguese connection had been important. In diamonds it had generated the wealth and the means of financing overseas trade in other than fiat currencies, unacceptable beyond their spheres of influence.This enabled a renewed connection between Europe and South America, and the revival of European trade in and production of tropical produce.This interest and correlative military and naval involvement, may just have been enough to have tipped the scales in favour of the survival of Brazil when under attack by the Mexican cannibals. Those were worthwhile, even if unintended, achievements.

By the early years of the fourth millenium, things looked rather different than they had a millenium earlier, and had recovered from the catastrophes that had been inflicted in the early centuries of the third millenium.The Americans no longer dominated the world. Those Americans that survived had renewed the sources of their culture and their social identity and cohesion. They were reluctant to have anything to do with the rest of the world. They were determined, and well able, to protect themselves, and to make use of the resources and opportunities of their continent, or even ‘their’ hemisphere, but they no longer felt compelled or even inclined to mind other peoples business for them.They could grow or mine all they wanted within their own domains, and had no desire to impose ‘democracy’ on the world. The Chinese had failed to take over from the Americans as the world straddling Colossus, and they likewise were content to mind their own neo-Confucian business, although less isolated than the Americans from the rest of the world.Russia was still extensive, but less populous and influential than it had been as its oil and natural gas had been depleted.It had saved civilisation by defending Germany and itself from the Israeli missiles, and had then pushed Islam out of it’s territory and exhausted itself in helping the Germans to defeat the Turks. It deserved a rest.India was still there, behind the Himalayas, but not the global power that it had expected to become. Brazil we have heard of, and South Africa had long since dissolved into savagery. The BRICS had not been the stuff of long-lasting global architecture. Germany was now the world’s strongest power, thrust into prominence by the Israeli destruction of the main cities of Western Europe and the eastern United States, and the subsequent Islamic onslaught.It’s revived Empire did not bother to impose itself on the rest of the world. It was the unquenchable valour and superb organisation of its military forces, along with economic and technical superiority and diplomatic adroitness which enabled the renewed Holy Roman Empire of the German People to protect the rest of Europe, and in concert with a revived Russian empire, to halt and reverse the Islamic flood. It had liberated Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from the curse of Islam, and enabled a revival of civilisation in those long oppressed regions. Best of all, Leftism, the great source of disaster for civilised people, had been completely eliminated, burnt out by the great fires of reality. The peoples that it had preyed upon were now cured of this insidious mental disease, all it’s carriers were dead, and each culture had safeguards in place against any recrudescence. No doubt evil would again be influential, but it could be expected to take a different form.

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