So, this is a rather unusual question. I'm not going to talk to you about the backstory because that's another question by itself, but I want to talk about how Scotland has influenced the rest of the world in this time. Here's a couple things to clarify:

  1. Scotland was underwater during the formation of Pangea we'll assume.
  2. I'm only asking for what will have happened up to that point, as the title might suggest.
  3. Try and be specific, would Scotland have been important to the developments in this steampunk world? (Would England have been less distracted on their conquest of them? Would some other part of mainland Europe be targetted instead?)

Thanks, I'll respond to any further questions anyone has.


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  • $\begingroup$ So essentially how would the world look in the 1800's if Scotland never existed? First of all, i think you'll find that if Scotland was underwater, so would most of the rest of England. Second, this question is insanely broad. $\endgroup$ – AndreiROM Mar 15 '17 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ Let's imagine that only some of England was drowned. The mainland part of it was spared. Lots of the small islands encircling it were drowned out. Perhaps just some noteable historical events that might happen and how the world might look at that point. $\endgroup$ – Aidan Smyth Mar 15 '17 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid that this sort of question is out of scope here. It's a "what-if" type of question with implications that no one person can reasonably envision. $\endgroup$ – AndreiROM Mar 15 '17 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ You would all be doomed. No highland single malts, no future. $\endgroup$ – Burki Mar 15 '17 at 14:59
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    $\begingroup$ "I thought that perhaps the community might be able contribute multiple interesting tidbits" <- the purpose of the site is that any one answer is comprehensive, and can objectively be chosen as "the best". Yes, multiple people can pitch in and bring more viewpoints to the table, but in this particular case it would be nearly impossible to fully answer the question. If you simply want some advice, take your question to chat. The folks there will gladly help you out. $\endgroup$ – AndreiROM Mar 15 '17 at 15:15

Although people from Scotland have invented a huge amount of inventions including:

Which I guess you are referring to here, there's nothing really to suggest that the world wouldn't have invented these products (or close counterparts) someplace else.

In short, not much would have changed, unless you really want it to in your fiction.

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting, I ironically note that the steam engine is among those. When doing a rereview of my story this will certainly come in handy. Thanks! (Still considering the effects of this) $\endgroup$ – Aidan Smyth Mar 15 '17 at 14:57
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    $\begingroup$ @AidanSmyth Also economics (Adam Smith), electromagnetics (Maxwell), modern geology (James Hutton), and big chunks of mathematics (John Napier) and medicine (Patrick Manson). Turns out there's lots of time for science when the only other options are cloudy days and sheep. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Mar 15 '17 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ And don't forget golf...what would we do without it..? $\endgroup$ – Francine DeGrood Taylor Mar 15 '17 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ please note that the phone was invented by several people at the same time. There are many inventions that would have invented anyway, because it was time for that. $\endgroup$ – Julian Egner Jul 16 '18 at 8:26

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