Background- in this ATL, there is a major departure from OTL. Rangers lead the way.


1700- Santino Corinthos, a young fisherman from the southern Italian port of Taranto, emigrates with his family to the English colonies in the New World, eventually settling in colony of New York, approximately 85 miles north of New York City.

1754- Santino Corinthos III, grandson of Santino Corinthos, volunteers as an officer in the English Army, during the French & Indian War. He later befriends a fellow officer, named George Washington.

1756- Santino's 3rd son is born. he is named George Washington Corinthos

1763- Following the end of the war, both Santino and George returned to Civilian life. the two would remain lifelong friends. Washington returns to Virginia, where he runs a plantation, while Santino, now known as Sonny, returns to New York, where he becomes a lawyer.

1770- Following the Boston Massacre, Sonny joins the Sons of Liberty.

1774- Sonny is chosen as a delegate to the First Continental Congress.

1775- Sonny is once again sent as a delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress. Following the Congress, Sonny joins the Continental Army, along with George Washington. Washington is appointed Commander-in-Chief. Sonny commissioned as a Brigadier General, and is placed in Command of the Colonial Militia at Lexington, Massachusetts. Sonny's sons, all volunteer and are assigned as Officers under various commands. his youngest son, George Washington Corinthos, is assigned as an aide to General Washington.

19 April 1775- The Battles of Lexington and Concord. After taking fire from British Regulars, General Corinthos orders his men to return fire, beginning the American Revolutionary War. He orders his men to fallback and make a stand at the Old North Bridge. Corinthos' men are able to hold back and repulse a British force nearly twice their size.

17 June 1775- The Battle of Bunker Hill. Colonial Forces under the command of General Corinthos are once again victorious. Sonny's final order "Hold your fire, until you see the whites of their eyes", thrusts him into the spotlight on the national stage.

18 January 1776- The Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia. A delegate from Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, attempts to persuade the Congress that peace should be should with the British. Several Members of the Congress, notably Generals Corinthos and Washington, Samuel & John Adams, John Hancock and Roger Sherman, accuse Jefferson of being a traitor and a coward. In a foolish attempt to maintain his honor, Jefferson challenges General Corinthos to a duel. Jefferson's cockiness proves fatal, as he is killed by General Corinthos the following day.

24 January 1776- John Hancock, President of the Congress, assigns New Hampshire Delegate, George Norejko, a second generation German immigrant, to write the Declaration of Independence. On July 1st, 1776, Norejko completes the declaration. While History will reflect him as both the author and a signatory; Norejko would later credit James Corinthos (Sonny's middle child), with the text of the preamble.

4 July 1776: The Declaration of Independence is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among the signers are George Norejko, Roger Sherman, Samuel and John Adams, George Washington, Santino Corinthos, John Hancock and Josiah Bartlett.

27 August 1776- The Battle of Long Island. Generals Washington and Corinthos, despite being heavily outnumbered, manage to inflict heavy casualties on the British Regulars, before being forced to retreat. During the battle, Captain Santino "Sonny" Corinthos IV, (eldest son of General Corinthos) is killed in battle. Despite being shot over a dozen times, Captain Corinthos refused to let the American Flag fall to the ground. Captain Corinthos' sacrifice, will become the basis for the principle, "never let the flag fall"

24 December 1776- On Christmas Eve, Colonial Forces under the command of General Corinthos cross the Delaware River during the dead of night, launching a surprise attack on Hessian Mercenary troops in Trenton, New Jersey. Following the attack on Trenton, Generals Corinthos and Washington parted ways. Corinthos was sent north, to New York, whilst Washington remained in Pennsylvania.

7 October 1777- The Battle of Saratoga- At the beginning of the battle, US Forces under General Corinthos are severely outnumbered, as British General Burgoyne is joined by Generals Clinton and Howe (whose forces were not present in OTL). With his forces low on ammunition, General Corinthos orders his men to fix bayonets, dig in, and fight until the very last man. The tactic works, as after hours of brutal hand-to-hand combat, American Forces are victorious, inflicting over 96% casualties to British Forces.

The story of "Sonny's Stand", spreads around the world like wild fire. In France, King Louis XVI decrees that The United States will receive full recognition from France. In Russia, Empress Catherine The Great considers sending Military forces to assist the Americans.

January 2nd, 1778- The Continental Congress elects to send George Norejko to St. Petersburg, the Russian Capital, in hopes of persuading Catherine the Great to send military assistance. He is to be accompanied by James Corinthos, who will act as a Military attaché. After meeting with the Czarina, she agrees to send military assistance to America.

August 1778- Of the coast of what will later be Washington D.C, Russian Naval Forces engage the British Fleet. both fleets suffer casualties, but the Russians ultimately prevail.

1780- James Corinthos marries Rebecca Ross, daughter of Betsy Ross.

19 October 1781- With the assistance of Russian and French Troops, Generals Washington and Corinthos force the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia

2 February 1782- The Treaty of Paris signifies the end of the war.

3 February 1782- Washington resigns as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. He is replaced by General Corinthos.

1783- George Washington Corinthos marries Anna Washington, the only child of George and Martha Washington.

1787- After four years under the Articles of Confederation, the articles are abolished, and the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights are ratified. Both are authored by George Norejko, with the help of James Corinthos. At the same time, General Corinthos' final child, Kristina Corinthos is born.

1788- George Washington and Alexander Hamilton are unanimously elected President and Vice President of The United States. George Washington Corinthos is selected as his Chief of Staff.

1792- President Washington and Vice President Hamilton are unanimously re-elected President and Vice President.

1796- In one of the closest elections in history, Vice President Alexander Hamilton is narrowly elected President over Aaron Burr. This is the beginning of the first party system.

1799- George Washington passes away.

1800- Aaron Burr defeats the incumbent President Hamilton, to become President of The United States.

1801- The First Barbary War begins, with President Burr ordering General Corinthos to invade Tripoli and Algeria. Resistance to the invasion is quickly over powered and after a four-year occupation, US Troops are pulled out in 1805.

1804- Aaron Burr is re-elected President over DeWitt Clinton

1805- Kristina Corinthos marries a US Army Officer named Harry Lee IV.

1807- Robert Edward Lee, the son of Harry and Kristina Lee IV, is born

1808- General Corinthos resigns a Commanding General of The United States Army. He is replaced by Major General William Henry Harrison. In November, Sonny Corinthos, running as an Independent, is unanimously elected President of the United States over DeWitt Clinton. George Norejko, the Governor of New Hampshire (1796-1808), is elected Vice President. James Corinthos (now age 54), is named Secretary of State. George Washington Corinthos is elected Governor of New York.

1812- In the face of British Impressment of US Sailors, President Corinthos asks Congress to declare war on Britain. The measure passed.

18 June 1812- The United States officially declares war on the Britain.

November 1812- President Corinthos and Vice President Norejko are unanimously re-elected. Governor Corinthos of New York declines to run for re-election and instead re-joins the United States Army as a Major General.

24 August 1814- The British burn Washington D.C.

25 August 1814- In the Rubble of Washington D.C., President Corinthos gives a passionate speech about American Resilience. He declares that America will never surrender to British Tyranny. The US Government is temporarily moved to Baltimore.

12-15 September 1814- The Battle of Baltimore. Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor is bombarded by the Royal Navy. Despite the heavy bombardment, The Fort, and the US Flag never falls. Secretary of State James Corinthos, who is an observer of the battle, writes a poem about the event. He entitles it "The Star Spangled Banner". In 1901, This will be adopted as the National Anthem of the United States of America.

31 October 1814- The small US Navy Squadron bombards London, the British sue for peace

24 December 1814- The British sign the treaty of Ghent, ending the war.

1815- President Corinthos signs a law outlawing the international slave trade.

1816- Vice President George Norejko is elected President in a landslide. Secretary of State James Corinthos is named Vice President. George Washington Corinthos is named Secretary of War.

1820- President Norejko and Vice President Corinthos are re-elected. New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois all vote to abolish Slavery.

1824- James Corinthos is elected President of The United States. His younger brother George Washington Corinthos is named Attorney General.

4 July 1826- Former Presidents Sonny Corinthos and George Norejko both pass away. The next day, President James Corinthos declares a national day of mourning.

1828- President Corinthos is re-elected. he chooses his brother, Attorney General George W. Corinthos as Vice President.

1829- Robert E. Lee, nephew of President James Corinthos and Vice President George W. Corinthos, graduates from West Point.

1832- George Washington Corinthos is elected President over Democratic Nominee Andrew Jackson.

1835- James Corinthos passes away. He is survived by only one daughter, Mary Corinthos, who married a man named John Kennedy II in a year later

1836- President Corinthos is re-elected over John C. Calhoun. Meanwhile, in Texas, Samuel Corinthos, the son of Harry and Kristina Lee IV, brother to Robert E. Lee and Grandson to President Sonny Corinthos, is killed by Mexican Forces while defending the Alamo in the Texas Revolution. This galvanizes the Texan Army, who later route the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto.

1840- Despite the Public's wishes, and overwhelming support, President Corinthos announces him will not seek a 3rd term. Democratic Party candidate James K. Polk defeats Whig Candidate John Tyler, bringing an end to the "Corinthos Dynasty"

1844- Vice President George M. Dallas is elected President

1845- Durand Corinthos, son of Samuel Corinthos graduates from West Point

1846- The Mexican War begins. General Zachary Taylor crosses the Rio Grande and invades Mexico.

1847- The Battle of Churubusco, The US drives back the Mexican advance, Durand Corinthos later receives the Medal of Honor for leading the counter charge. General Winifred Scott lands at Veracruz.

1848- General Winifred Scott captures Mexico City, ending the war. Mexico cedes all land in what is now Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Zachary Taylor is elected President.

1852- Franklin Pierce is elected President on the Democratic Ticket. Tensions between the abolitionist North and pro-slavery south begin to rise.

1856- Secretary of State James Buchanan is elected President over Republican Candidate Hannibal Hamlin. A man named James Huntoon, an avid Pro-Slavery and States Rights Activist is elected Governor of South Carolina. John Kennedy III, son of John Kennedy II and Mary Corinthos, graduates from West Point.

1857- The Mormon War. Mormon settlers in Utah begin a revolt against the US Government.

1858- US Forces, led by Colonel Robert E. Lee of the US Army, crush the Mormon Rebels. US Army Officers, Captain Durand Corinthos and 2nd Lieutenant John Kennedy III, both descendants of President Sonny Corinthos, both serve under Colonel Lee.

November 1860- Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States with Ohio Senator Benjamin Wade as his running mate

December 1861- South Carolina votes to secede from the Union. By the end of April, they are joined by Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina.

21 April 1861- South Carolina Militia units open fire on the Union Garrison at Fort Sumter. The United States Civil War begins.

24 April 1861- Following the attack on Fort Sumter, Texas votes NOT to secede from the Union.

May 1861- Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri vote NOT to secede the Union.

June 1861- Virginia votes to secede from the Union. The 50 Northwestern Counties that voted not to secede from the Union, vote to secede from Virginia, forming the new state of West Virginia. Meanwhile, Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down Confederate President Jefferson Davis' offer to command the Confederate Army. He quotes his Grandfather, President Santino Corinthos, in saying "Secession is treason, and those who propose it are traitors". Lee returns to Washington, where he is promoted to Major General and placed in command of the Army of The Potomac. Durand Corinthos is placed in command of the First US Sharpshooters Regiment.

21 July 1861- The Battle of Bull Run- Union Forces under General Lee fight Confederate General Stonewall Jackson to a standstill, with both sides taking severe casualties.

November 1861- Confederate Raiders under Nathan Bedford Forrest raid The Lee Family home in Arlington, Virginia. The Men and children, including General Lee, are executed. The Women are raped before being killed. News of the raid spreads like wildfire. From across the Union, men flock to volunteer for President Lincoln's Army. Meanwhile, Jefferson Davis is officially elected the first President of the Confederate States of America. His Running Mate is Alexander Stephens.

January 1862- Union General's Sam Hood Army of Texas invades Louisiana, targeting Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

February 1862- General Hood captures Baton Rouge, turning his Army towards Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Tennessee, US Forces under General Ulysses S. Grant captures two Confederate Forts, Henry and Donelson.

March 1862- A Naval Squadron under Admiral David Farragut bombards New Orleans. Union Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel John Kennedy III (Great Grandson of President Sonny Corinthos), swoops in and captures the government quarter of the city. By the end of the month, all Confederate resistance in the city has been put down. In the Arizona Territory, The newly formed US Army Ranger Battalion drives back Confederate Raiders at the battle of Glorieta Pass. The victory helps put down the small, but feisty minority of pro-confederates in Texas. In Late March, Hoods conquers Port Hudson, securing Louisiana for the Union. Following the battle in Arizona, The US Army Rangers are folded into the First US Sharpshooters.

April 1862- The Battle of Hampton Roads. The USS Monitor, captain by US Navy Captain Robert Quartermaine, sinks the CSS Virginia. At the battle of Shiloh, US Forces under Ulysses S. Grant drive back Confederate Forces, inflicting heavy casualties. The Union Army of Texas, under General Hood, enters Arkansas, hoping to put an end to all Confederate resistance west of the Mississippi.

May-June 1862- At the battle of Seven Pines, the Battle of the Shenandoah Valley, 2nd Battle of Bull Run, and the battle of Seven Days, neither side is able to claim victory. Both sides take heavy casualties. The Republican dominated congress passes a law, allowing the US Government to begin conscription. (unlike in OTL, there are no riots). However, due to the large number of volunteers, the number of draftees in low.

17 September 1862- The Battle of Antietam- The bloodiest single day in American History. Over 25,000 men are killed on both sides. General Jackson is forced to retreat back to Virginia. When Union General George McClellan refuses to pursue him, he is relieved of command by President Lincoln. He is replaced by Ambrose Burnside.

28 October 1862- The Battle of Little Rock- General Hood's forces crush the confederate defenders. He will spend the next two months conducting mop-up operations, and by February 1863, all land West of the Mississippi is safely, and securely in Union Hands.

November 1862- In the midterm elections, Republicans and pro-War Democrats form a super majority in Congress. In Texas, a 22-year old Republican candidate Ryan Atherton is elected Governor on a pro-Union, anti-slavery platform. Despite Texas being a slave state, The election of Atherton shows a major change in public opinion.

11-13 December 1862- The Battle of Fredericksburg- The Army of the Potomac suffers heavy casualties, and is defeated in an embarrassing route. Following the Battle, General Burnside is relieved up command, and arrested for dereliction of duty. He is tried and convicted, and drummed out of the Army. The disgraced General Burnside later commits suicide. He is replaced by General Joseph Hooker.

1 January 1863- The Battle of Murfreesboro- Union General William T. Sherman delivers a resounding defeat over Confederate General Braxton Bragg. In the first example of the policy of "Total War", General Bragg's forces are surrounded and systematically destroyed. No Prisoners are taken, and Bragg and his staff are executed for Treason.

2 January 1863- President Lincoln delivers the emancipation proclamation, which liberates all slaves from the areas still in rebellion.

4 January 1863- President Lincoln names Major General Sam Hood as Military Governor of Arkansas and Louisiana.

1-5 May 1863- The Battle of Chancellorsville- Confederate Forces under General Stonewall Jackson and Union Forces under General Hooker fight to a standstill, eventually forcing The Union troops to retreat.

4 May 1863- A Union Sharpshooter by the name of Corporal Thomas Kearns, of the First United States Sharpshooter Regiment, shoots and kills Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. The bullet hits Jackson is the side of the head, killing him instantly. He is replaced by Confederate General James Longstreet.

28 May 1863- General Hooker resigns and is replaced by Major General George Meade.

July 1-3 1863- The Battle of Gettysburg- After Confederate victories on Day 1, Union forces hold the line of the Northern Flank (Culp's Hill), and the Southern Flank (Little Round Top). At Little Round Top, the 20th Maine Regiment holds back several waves of Confederate Troops. when they run out of Ammunition, Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, commander of the 20th Maine, orders a bayonet charge, driving back the Confederate Forces. On the 3rd day, General Longstreet orders his deputy, General George Pickett, to charge the Union center, at Cemetery Ridge. The Attack is easily repulsed, and General Pickett's forces are decimated.

4 July 1863- Becomes on the most significant days in American History. In Mississippi, General Grant conquers Vicksburg, while his deputy, General Sherman, conquers Jackson, the state capital. This puts an end to confederate resistance in Mississippi. In Texas, the state Legislature votes to outlaw slavery. Governor Atherton signs the bill into law, ending Slavery in the state of Texas. Meanwhile in Washington President Lincoln agrees to a summit with Russian Czar, Alexander II, to be held in late August.

18 July 1863- The Battle of Fort Wagner- the 54th Massachusetts, an all-black unit, leads the assault. the Union Forces are repulsed, but at high cost to the Confederate defenders. An African-American Sergeant, is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, for never letting the American Flag hit the ground. This is the first time the Medal of Honor was awarded for demonstrating the policy of "never letting the flag hit the ground", which was first demonstrated at battle of Long Island in 1776, where Captain Santino Corinthos IV never let the flag hit the ground.

24 July 1863- Gettysburg Address

17-24 August 1863- The Concord Conference- Czar of the Russian Empire Alexander Romanov II and President of the United States Abraham Lincoln meet in Concord, New Hampshire. The two men agree to bring an end to slavery and serfdom in their respective countries by the year 1870. They also sign a new 30 year military alliance. Czar Alexei promises to commit both the Russian Imperial Navy and ground forces to assist the over extended Union Army. Also, in exchange for allowing Russian Naval vessels to dock in US Ports, The Czar agrees to sell Alaska to the United States for a sum of $15,500,000, to be paid in 1865, with full power turned over in 1866.

19-20 September 1863- Battle of Chickamauga- Confederate forces take the field, but Union forces hold the line at Chattanooga in Tennessee.

1 October 1863- Major General George Thomas is made Military Governor of Mississippi. He is charged with ending Confederate resistance in the state by the end of 1863.

4 October 1863- Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware all vote to outlaw slavery.

23-25 November 1863- The Battle of Chattanooga- Union Forces under the Command of William T. Sherman successfully repulse several Confederate assaults, inflicting severe casualties.

24 December 1863- President Lincoln names Ulysses S. Grant commander of all Union Forces in the field. He is also promoted to General of the Army (5 stars). General Sherman is placed in command of US Forces in the South.

1 January 1864- The first Russian ground forces arrive in The United States. They are commanded by General Anatoly Pavlov, but are under the overall command of General

May 1864- Union Forces make massive gains against Confederate forces in Northern Virginia. In the Shenandoah Valley, General Grant orders Cavalry Forces under Brigadier General John Kennedy III to conduct a campaign of total war against the Valley.

June 1864- The Siege of Petersburg, the final line of defense before Richmond, begins. Sherman begins his march to the sea, from Chattanooga, to Atlanta, to Savannah. He is ordered to carry out a campaign of Total War.

6 June 1864- Operation Undertow- Spearheaded by US Army Rangers, Union Forces commanded by now Major General Durand Corinthos land in southeastern Florida, targeting the key port city of Miami. Miami is secured within days of the landing.

30 September 1864- Union Forces conquer Atlanta. in accordance with the total war policy, Atlanta is burned to the ground, and only civilians are permitted to exit. in regards to Confederate Soldiers, no prisoners are taken, and the city's commander, General Joseph Johnston is executed.

8 November 1864- Tallahassee, the Florida Capital is captured by Union Forces under the Command of General Corinthos. Meanwhile President Lincoln and Vice President Wade are unanimously re-elected over George McClellan and John Stockbridge.

10 November 1864- Sherman completes his March to the Sea, burning Savannah to the ground.

15-16 December- Battle of Nashville- Union Forces under General John Hoynes force the remainder of confederate forces out of Tennessee.

20 December- John Hoynes is sent to Florida, where is made the new Military Governor. General George Thomas' jurisdiction is extended to include Tennessee.

13 January 1865- Congress passes the 13th Amendment, which is quickly ratified by the states. the amendment outlaws Slavery in the United States.

February 1865- General Sherman's troops entered South Carolina. They face fierce opposition from the newly formed Confederate Home Guard, known as the KKK, Ku Klux Khan. Confederate Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest is made it's Field Commander. James Huntoon, Governor of South Carolina, is named its first overall commander. Meanwhile, Union General David Hunter enter Alabama. He faces very little opposition, and soon takes control of the Huntsville, Birmingham and the capital building in Montgomery. On the Alabama Gulf Coast, A Naval Squadron under the Command of Rear Admiral Robert Quartermaine, engages and defeats the remnants of the small Confederate Navy. In the North Atlantic, The Petr Veliky, an Imperial Russian Navy Ironclad, engages and sinks two confederate blockade runners, The CSS Water Witch and CSS Alabama

March 1865- Imperial Russian Army Ground troops and Cavalry Forces enter the siege lines around Petersburg in Virginia. General David Hunter is named Military Governor of Alabama.

2 April 1865- Russian troops breakthrough north of Petersburg, forcing Confederate General James Longstreet's troops to fall back into North Carolina.

3 April 1865- Union Forces capture Richmond, forcing the Confederate Government to re-locate to Raleigh, North Carolina.

7 April 1865- US Army Rangers under the command of Major General Corinthos breakthrough in South Carolina.

10 April 1865- Union Forces enter Charleston, South Carolina, the city's garrison Commander, Confederate General P.G.T Beauregard, is captured.

11 April 1865- In order to mark the four-year anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, P.G.T Beauregard is executed. Also, The cities of Richmond and Charleston are burned to the ground. In Charleston, the land is "sown with salt", similar to the Roman conquest of Carthage.

14 April 1865- While attending a performance at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by Confederate Spy John Wilkes Booth. When Booth attempts to shoot the First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, he is tackled to the ground by Texas Governor Ryan Atherton, who was a guest of Lincoln's.

15 April 1865- Vice President Ben Wade is sworn in as 14th President of The United States. Governor Atherton's actions in apprehending Booth, pole vault him into the National Spotlight.

18 April 1865- Union Forces under the overall command of Generals Grant and Kennedy III move into North Carolina. From the south, Generals Sherman and Corinthos move in. President Wade signs executive order #66, stating that men in the service of the rebellion will no longer be treated as prisoners of war, as prisoners will no longer be taken.

23 April 1865- The Battle of Raleigh- The Army of Northern Virginia is demolished. In accordance with Executive Order 66, no prisoners are taken. The Confederate Forces are crushed and their Generals, Joseph E. Johnston and James Longstreet are executed, along with the Confederate Government. Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens, James Huntoon and Nathan Bedford Forrest, are among the first to be killed.

27 April 1865- The Remnants of the Confederate Army surrenders to Union Forces. The Civil War is over. Celebrations are held throughout the US. In Washington D.C., Union Soldiers fire off a 5000-gun salute.

2 May 1865- The Funeral and Burial of President Abraham Lincoln- The Memorial Service is held at the newly established Arlington National Cemetery. President Wade, Generals Ulysses S. Grant, Durand Corinthos, John Kennedy III, and William T Sherman, and Texas Governor Ryan Atherton all give eulogies. Lincoln is buried alongside his longtime friend, Union General Robert E. Lee.

November 1865- Texas Governor Ryan Atherton announces he will seek re-election in 1866.

December 1865- President Wade nominates Union General William T. Sherman as Vice President. He is easily confirmed by the Republican super majority in the Senate.

1 January 1866- In the Special ceremony held in Anchorage, Alaska, Czar Alexei II personally hands the Seal of Alaska to President Wade, officially making Russia a territory of the United States. Congress passes a law permitting current Alaskan citizens to seek American citizenship.

November 1866- Ryan Atherton is re-elected Governor of Texas, winning 91% of the vote.

1867- Louisiana and Arkansas are re-admitted to the Union. Congress Passes the 14th and 15th amendments (same as in OTL)

September 1867- General of The Army Ulysses S. Grant retires from the Military and announces that he will run for President in 1868.

1868- After securing the Republican Party's Nomination, General Grant selects Texas Governor Ryan Atherton as his running mate. In a poll conducted by The New York Times, Ryan Atherton is named "Most beloved man in America". Beginning the following year, the New York Times begins awarding it's "Man of the Year" award. Ryan Atherton is it's inaugural winner.

November 1868- General Ulysses S. Grant and Texas Governor Ryan Atherton are elected President and Vice President of the United States. They easily defeat the democratic candidate, former Governor Horatio Seymour, winning both an electoral and popular vote Landslide.

10 May 1869- The Transcontinental Railroad is completed in Promontory Point, Utah. The Final spike, which is made of Gold, dubbed the "Gold Spike", is driven in by Vice President Atherton.

17 June 1869- The Washington Monument, a monument dedicated to The first President and Commander of the Continental Army, is opened, with President Grant delivering the dedication. The Same day, President Grant announces the plans to construct several more monuments, dedicated to Presidents Santino Corinthos, George Norejko, James Corinthos, George Washington Corinthos and Abraham Lincoln. Construction is scheduled to begin in 1870.

1870- in Texas, former Union General Sam Hood is elected Governor, following a strong endorsement from "Texas' favorite son" Ryan Atherton. Georgia becomes the final former Confederate State to be re-admitted to the Union. With the blessing of President Grant, US Army Commanding General Durand Corinthos orders the removal of Federal Troops from the South. Following this, the KKK begins massive uprisings, targeting groups of every race. General Corinthos orders Lieutenant General John Kennedy III to but down the revolt by any means necessary. Unlike in the Civil War, Federal Troops are cheered as they enter the South. In Europe, war breaks out between the German Empire and the French Empire. Back home, Congress passes a law creating the US Department of Justice.

January 1871- In an attempt to establish peace in Europe, President Grant and Russian Czar Alexei II both send envoys to Switzerland. Czar Alexei sends his Foreign Minister and US Civil War veteran, Anatoly Pavlov. President Grant sends Vice President Atherton.

May 1871- Vice President Atherton and Minister Pavlov announce that both sides have agreed to a ceasefire, beginning on 10 May 1871. Czar Alexei II makes International headlines, when he announces that he believes Vice President Atherton should run for President of The United States in 1872. In Response, Vice President Atherton announces he will not run against President Grant in 1872.

September 1871- The Justice Department officially creates the Bureau of Investigation. Robert Corinthos, eldest son Durand Corinthos, is named its first director.

December 1871- Vice President Atherton and Anatoly Pavlov are named New York Times "Men of the year", marking the first time the award is given to more than one person

1872- President Grant and Vice President Atherton are easily re-elected. Following the Great Boston Fire, Vice President Atherton travels to Boston, in order to help coordinate relief efforts.

1873- by Executive Order, President Grant suspends trading on the New York Stock exchange, averting the panic of 1873. Meanwhile, Vice President Atherton against makes headlines when he announces his support for a free Irish State. Many critics state this as pandering to America's Irish Community, which generally has voted Democratic, against Atherton Republican Party.

1874- Sam Hood is re-elected Governor of Texas. Levi Strauss receives the patent for "Blue Jeans"; Vice President Atherton spends $27.00 to buy two pair of them. President Grant sends an additional four dozen pairs to Czar Alexei II. The American-Indian Wars reach a climax, Commanding General Corinthos orders Lieutenant General Kennedy III (his first cousin once removed), into the West, placing him in command of all US Forces in the region.

1875- Vice President Atherton announces that he will seek the Republican Nomination in 1876. US Army Captain Matthew Webb becomes the furst man to swim across the English Channel.

1876- The American Indian Wars continue- General Kennedy III increases the number of troops in the region to over 25,000. Vice President Atherton easily wins the Republican nomination. He selects former General John C. Fremont as his running mate. For the first (and only) time in US history, Emperor of the Russian Empire, Czar Alexei Romanov II, travels to the United States, where he actively campaigns for Vice President Atherton, including announcing him at the Republican Convention.

November 1876- Vice President Atherton is elected President, winning all 369 electoral votes, and 83% of the popular vote. Days after the election, Vice President-elect Fremont dies.

1877- Rebellion breaks out in the Balkans, against the Ottoman Empire, it is brutally suppressed. By executive order, President Atherton orders the de-segregation of the United States Military. Congress also passes the Civil Rights Act of 1877, making discrimination based on race illegal.

April 1877- The Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire. In response, President Atherton orders US Forces to be deployed to help their Russian Comrades.

June 1877- The first US Troops arrive in Russia.

July 1877- US Naval Forces bombard Constantinople.

30 July 1877- US Army Ranger Units are encircled in the Russian City of Grozny. In order to by time by the Russian civilians to evacuate, The Rangers dig in, holding the line, until they are over taken by overwhelming Ottoman Forces. Back in America, General Kennedy III announces that the US is winning the war in the West.

December 1877- Russo-American Troops push the remainder of Ottoman Troops from Russian Territory. Meanwhile, President Atherton nominates Civil War Hero and Commanding Admiral of The United States Navy, Admiral Robert Quartermaine to fill the Office of Vice President of the United States. He is easily confirmed by the Senate.

1878- Sam Hood is re-elected Governor of Texas for a 3rd Term. However, he never takes office, as he dies in January 1879. In March, The Ottoman Empire surrenders, resulting in a Russo-American victory.

1880- President Ryan Atherton and Vice President Robert Quartermaine are easily re-elected.

1881- In Ireland, British Officials suspend Habeas-Corpus and declare Martial Law. This move is strongly condemned by both President Atherton and Czar Alexei II.

13 March 1881- while on an official visit to St. Petersburg, Russian Communist Separatists, launch an assassination attempt on both US President Atherton and Czar Alexei II. A bomb is exploded outside their stagecoach. Both men are unharmed, but they exit the coach, in order to help the wounded, mainly US Army Rangers and US Secret Service Agents, as well as Russian Oprichniki Guards (Czar's personal bodyguards). Following this, more bombs are detonated. President Atherton is unhurt, but Czar Alexei is mortally wounded. He is taken to a nearby hospital, but there is nothing that doctors can do. On his death bed, he takes the hand of President Atherton, his "partner is peace", and according to legend, his final words are "I may die, but Liberty never will". At his funeral, President Atherton delivers the eulogy, during which he is brought to tears. In the United States, a national day of mourning is held, and flags are ordered to be flown at half-mast. In Russia, Alexei's son, Alexander III becomes Czar.

20 June 1881- In Cincinnati, Ohio, the Cincinnati Reds play the first professional Baseball Game, against the Providence Grays. The Game is attended by both President Atherton and Vice President Quartermaine.

2 July 1881- A 2nd Attempt is made on the life of President Atherton. A man named Charles Julius Guiteau shot Atherton twice. , both shots hitting him in the arm. As Guiteau was being arrested, President Atherton was heard to have said "Better luck next time".

1883- When the US Supreme Court tries to overturn the Civil Rights Act of 1877, President Atherton gives an emphatic speech about racial equality. Following the 5-4 vote to uphold the law, President Atherton vows to appoint administration friendly, pro-civil rights judges to the Supreme Court. In Concord, New Hampshire, The Statue of Russian Czar Alexei II is dedicated, marking the 20th anniversary of the Concord Conference.

1884- Construction is completed on the George Norejko Memorial (OTL Jefferson Memorial) and Lincoln Memorial in DC. Construction also begins on Memorials for Presidents Santino Corinthos, James Corinthos and George Washington Corinthos. General of The Army Durand Corinthos, retires, and announces he will run for President in 1884. He is replaced by his Cousin, John Kennedy III, who is subsequently promoted to General (4 Stars)

6 October 1884- The United States Naval War College is established in Newport, Rhode Island. The Dedication is given by Vice President Quartermaine.

November 1884- Durand Corinthos is elected President of the United States in a massive landslide. Robert Quartermaine, who had served the previous 8-years as VP under President Atherton, is re-elected Vice President.

1885- Minor revolts begin against British Occupation in Ireland. Both the US and Russian Governments begin secretly supplying weapons to the Irish. The Pope visits the US (due to the Corinthos Family being Catholic, anti-Catholic sentiment is far less prevalent).

1886- President Corinthos announces he will seek to establish a minimum wage, establish an 8-hour work day, a 40-hour work week, and safer working conditions. He asks former President Atherton to mediate negotiations.

4 September 1886- The American-Indian Wars come to an end, when Geronimo, an Apache Chief, is killed by US Army Rangers.

28 October 1886- The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the Russian Empire, is dedicated on Liberty Island in New York Harbor by President Corinthos. Vice President Quartermaine and Former President Atherton all give speeches.

1887- Riots breakout in Ireland, against British Occupation.

1888- President Corinthos and Vice President Quartermaine are re-elected. Construction is completed on the Memorials for Presidents Santino, James and George W. Corinthos.

29 November 1890- The first Army-Navy Football Game is played. Army is coached by President Corinthos and Navy is coached by Vice President Quartermaine. Navy wins 24-0.

1892- Commanding General of the United States Military, General John Kennedy III is elected President, defeating Democratic Candidate Grover Cleveland. Robert Quartermaine is once again re-elected Vice President, beginning his 5th term as VP.

17 January 1893- In his final act as President, President Corinthos orders The US Military to invade Hawaii, overthrowing the royal family.

1896- The first Summer Olympic Games are held in Athens, Greece. In November, President Kennedy III and Vice President Quartermaine are re-elected. Quartermaine begins his 6th term as Vice President.

15 February 1898- The USS Maine is attacked by a Submarine in Havana Harbor

17 February 1898- The United States and the Russian Empire (following treaty commitments)- declare War on Cuba.

22 April 1898- US and Russian Naval Forces begin a blockade of Cuba

May 1898- US and Russian Naval Forces blockade Puerto Rico and bombard San Juan.

21 June 1898- US Army Rangers land on Guam and quickly overwhelm the small Spanish Garrison.

1 July 1898- The Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba. The First US Volunteer Cavalry, The "Rough Riders" charge up both Kettle Hill and San Juan Hill. Leading the Charge is the Rough Riders' Commander, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, and his aide 18-year old Second Lieutenant Garrett Corinthos, the grandson of President Durand Corinthos. Both Colonel Roosevelt and Lieutenant Corinthos are both awarded the Medal of Honor.

7 July 1898- The US Annexes Hawaii.

17 July 1898- US Forces under Brigadier General Leonard Wood and Major General Joe Wheeler (the only Confederate Flag Officer to survive the Civil War), Capture Santiago, the Capital of Cuba.

25 July 1898- US and Russian Forces land in Puerto Rico.

12 August 1898- the final Spanish troops in Cuba surrender to US Forces.

October- The Treaty of Paris- Spanish-American War ends.

1899- The United States takes possession of Wake Island. In Africa, the Boer breaks out. The British fight desperately to maintain control, whilst the US and Russians begin supplying the Boer with arms and munitions.

1900- Russian Troops invade Manchuria. In November, Republican Theodore Roosevelt is elected President over Democratic Senator William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska. Joshua Chamberlain, the former Republican Governor of Maine and a Medal of Honor Recipient from the Civil War is elected Vice President. This ends Robert Quartermaine's 24-year tenure as Vice President, having served under yhree Presidents (Atherton, Durand Corinthos and Kennedy III). Garrett Corinthos, now a Captain, despite being on 21 when President Roosevelt takes office, is made White House Chief of Staff, a position he will hold until mid-1920. Meanwhile, The American Atherton Committee, named after Former President Ryan Atherton. Citing then Vice President Atherton's work in ending the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, it is to be awarded to "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".

1901- The MLB, Major League Baseball, is formed, and divided into two leagues: The American and National Leagues. In March, assassination attempts are made on both US President Roosevelt and German Kaiser Wilhelm II. In Hungary and Spain, there are anti-Jewish riots. In June, reports of Genocide in South Africa begin to surface, leading to strong condemnation from The US, Russia and Germany. Cuba becomes an American Protectorate. In September, there is a second attempt of President Roosevelt's life. the attempt is linked to the march attempts, and the attempts are traced back to Fascist groups operating out of the UK and France.

1 January 1902- The first Rose Bowl, Michigan vs. Stanford, is held in Pasadena, California. The Game is attended by President Roosevelt, Vice President Chamberlain, Former Presidents Ryan Atherton, and John Kennedy III, and Former Vice President Robert Quartermaine.

1902- Cuba gains Independence, minus Guantanamo Bay, which remains in US hands. the Boer War ends, and President Roosevelt delivers the "Roosevelt Corollary"

1903- The first World Series is held. on 17 December, the Wright Brothers take flight.

1904- The Russo-Japanese War begins, in East Asia between Russia and Japan. President Roosevelt sends Army Units and a Naval Fleet from the Philippines, to support Russian Forces. In Panama, US Army Engineers begin work on the Panama Canal. In the Summer, the 3rd Olympic Games, are held in St. Louis, Missouri. The Trans-Siberian Railroad is completed, and US-Russian Forces make large gains against the Japanese. In November, President Roosevelt and Vice President Chamberlain are re-elected.

1905- Japanese Forces surrender in Korea. Communist terrorists begin a bombing campaign across the Russian Empire.

12 August 1905- Former US Navy Admiral of the Navy and 6-term Vice President Robert Quartermaine passes away. he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

September 1905- Japan admits defeat, signaling victory for The United States and Russia.

2 October 1905- The USS Dreadnought is laid down, triggering the largest naval arms race in history.

30 October 1905- The Dream of Russian Czar Alexei II is realized. His grandson, Czar Nicholas II, signs a law creating a Russian Constitution is signed. the signing is attended by former US President and long time friend of Czar Alexei, Ryan Atherton. It doesn't go unnoticed by witnesses when President Atherton receives a 15-minute standing ovation, following his speech.

28 November 1905- Sinn Fein, the Irish-Republican Party, and the political wing of the IRA, is formed.

1906- The USS Dreadnought is launched.

1907- The BSA, Boy Scouts of America, is formed. Former President Ryan Atherton is named its first honorary President.

17-26 August 1908- The Long Island Conference- President Theodore Roosevelt of The United States, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and King Karl I of Romania, meet in Greenport, Long Island. At the meeting, a military alliance, dubbed "The United Allied Powers", is formed. Among other things, The United States Military Academy at West Point will begin admitting Russian, German and Romanian Military Officers, beginning with the incoming class of 1909. The UAP, also agree to a mutual assistance pact, and to Recognize Sinn Fein as the "Government and voice of the Irish People". Following the Conference, a ceremony is held in the Brooklyn Heights, marking the spot where Captain Santino Corinthos IV refused to let the American Flag fall during the American Revolution.

November 1908- following the Long Island Conference, President Roosevelt's popularity soared, leading him to an easy re-election. He becomes the first President to serve more than two terms.

1909- an 18-year old German Cadet named Erwin Wolfgang Rommel, enters West Point.

1910- The UK, France, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Mexico, The Ottoman Empire, and Japan form a Military alliance.

1911- The Mexican Revolution Begins.

1912- President Roosevelt sends troops to Nicaragua. In November, President Roosevelt and Vice President Chamberlain are re-elected to a 4th term. In June, Erwin Rommel graduates from West Point. While there, he becomes a member of the West Point Football Team, becoming starting Quarterback in 1910, and a team Captain from 1911 to 1912. Following graduation, Rommel returns to Germany.

1913- The Romanov Family celebrates 300 years in power in Russia. The Celebration is attended by President Roosevelt, and the aging former President Ryan Atherton, who is now 73. It is also attended by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King Karl I of Romania. Notably absent is Vice President Chamberlain, who remains in Washington, citing health concerns.

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