Prince George road along in a simple black car. In the back, he sat smoking a cigarette and reading the same newspaper he had held for a few days now, having picked it up in Bangkok.
“We’re here Your Highness!” The driver announced as he stopped outside the offices of the Prime Minister. As George went to extinguish his cigarette and depart the man piped up again. “It’s not been the same since the Empire left, Your Highness… there are some-” George put up his hand, “Stop good sir!” He decried, “His Majesty the King and the people of the Empire stand with the Republic of India and her citizens. Independence was their choice and we must accept it.” The driver looked quite shocked to be rebutted by such an individual.
The Prince got out and entered the building, being escorted to the Prime Ministers outer offices before being asked to stop and wait in an area. He looked out the window at the former British Raj. It would never have been his. Australia, to George, was a once again a penal colony. He had been sent there to act as Governor-General to clean up his act and keep him from dancing in the streets of London, drunk and drugged, in woman’s clothing only to be arrested with Noel Coward. He would never have been trusted with the jewel of the Empire. But that was the past.
George’s thoughts were interrupted, “Ah Prime Minister!” He began offering his hand and a hearty smile. “A pleasure to meet you! Apologies but I shall get right to the point. There is a growing consortium, an idea in London that Britain and the self-governing British Territories should form a massive international commonwealth. A special relationship that helps us develop trade and diplomacy, we will no longer have ambassadors and embassies but emissaries, there is potential for special provisions for citizens to travel between our states…”
George stopped to draw breath " It’s not a guaranteed system yet. However, I feel that India as an independent and former member of the Empire, and in the spirit of friendship and continued mutual development between hopefully the Empire, but more specifically us in the Indian Ocean area, India should be included. I would like to know if this is something that India would be interested in. Before I go and weigh in more heavily with the developing comittee in London. This proposal is in its birthing stage, most importantly are you interested?"