Another shot heard around the world: East India Company in armed conflict with Great Britain

May 2011
500
UK
#1
The British government came into conflict with the East India Company many times throughout the companies' existence, what if the company had attempted to break ties with the British government and provided armed resistance? perhaps it allied itself with another power, either a local power in India or a European power?
 
May 2011
500
UK
#4
In the 1770s there was talk of the company siding with the American rebels, at this point the government's legislative control over the company was limited and the company possessed a private army of more than 200,000 men
 
Jul 2009
9,844
#5
It could never happen!

How would the E.I.C. survive with India Pale Ale (or gin for that matter) declared contraband by H.M. government?

Legislative control is only one means of governmental tyranny.
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
33,734
T'Republic of Yorkshire
#6
In the 1770s there was talk of the company siding with the American rebels, at this point the government's legislative control over the company was limited and the company possessed a private army of more than 200,000 men
The British officers would have rebelled against the company in a heartbeat if that happened, and the Indian Mutiny would have happened a century earlier that it did.