Editor says, what if Tsar Paul III had survived? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Paul was assassinated. He refused to sign the abdication and was stabbed with a sword. His son Alexander was told by one of the assassins, General Zubov, "Time to grow up! Go and rule!" Alexander became determined to defeat Napoleon and overturned his father's pro-French plans. After Napoleon's defeat at sea by Nelson in 1805 and on land in Russia by Alexander in 1812, the French Empire finally crumbled. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.