Editor says, Sir George Simpson was the all-powerful Governor of the Hudson Bay Company, operating thousands of miles from the Court of Queen Victoria. Intrigued and appalled by this character, a Victorian proponent of globalisation we decided to take biographer James Raffan's portrayal a step further. Instead of him being an imperial businessman operating on the very boundary of national sovereignty, we gave him a hard push across this thinest of lines. So in our story, we have Simpson making trade agreements with the Russians that would have been totally unacceptable to Victorian Britain whose mindset was defined by the Crimean War - to limit Russian expansionism at all costs.
Please note that significant amounts of content from Raffan's excellent book have been repurposed for this post.
Editor says, in Raffan's portrayal, Simpson works tirelessly to keep Prince Rupert's Land out of the hands of the United States, having survived his voyage from Hamburg. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.