In theory, a Germany that wins WWI can certainly annex the United Baltic Duchy (UBD). However, I am unsure that it would actually be able to permanently keep the UBD since getting large numbers of German settlers to move there might be a problem. The UBD wasn't that populated, but nevertheless getting a couple of million Germans to move there could be quite challenging. You could get some or even many Russian Germans to move there if anti-German sentiment will be high in Russia after a German WWI victory. However, 2-4 million Germans is quite a lot, no?ArmchairSamurai wrote: ↑03 Jan 2020 05:03Hello Futurist and others.
I am not here to debate anyone, merely to make a quick suggestion for the OP.
I scanned through the post for any mention of the United Baltic Duchy, but alas, no one seems to have touched on it. Such a tributary state would make a nice addition to Grossdeutchsland (had it ever existed).
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I would imagine the fleeing Russian Germans (as you point out) and White émigré like the Cossacks, (if the Bolsheviks still seize power), together with the present number of Baltic Germans, Latvians, Estonians and however many Germans relocated from, let's say Prussia, could make a sizable population with a fairly sizable aristocracy/nobility to boot. Such a migration is... possible, but unlikely unless over an equally sizable interlude. A decade or so in my book is believable if the conditions are met; yet, considering how unstable the UBD was with the rise of Latvian and Estonian nationalism, as well as Bolshevik intervention, is any one's guess. I'd say a German victory may be the only realistic chance the UBD has at becoming a real nation without a convoluted number of butterflies to the actual timeline.