North America

Booming 50s

President Dewey Speech

President Thomas E. Dewey giving his 1952 State of the Union address.

Almost seven years after the end of World War II, the United States remained a heavily militarized nation as it continued the occupations of Canada and the former Confederate States. With President Dewey ordering the end of the occupation of Mexico and the Canadian Resistance ceasing most of its terrorism, the U.S.' main focus was to quell the Confederate rebels and allow the former nation to rejoin the Union. Former Canadian provinces were granted self-governing territorial status and military rule came to an end by 1952.

With many leaving the military and attending college, the United States' economy soared; attracting immigrants from war-torn Europe and parts of East Asia. In the deep south, blacks left in mass exodus to northern cities at the encouragement of the federal government for a brighter future and escaping the racial prejudice of the ex-Confederacy.

The Dewey Administration, while preaching pacifism, kept a sharp eye on Japan as fears grew about the empire gaining atomic weapons. With advice from the Department of Defense, Dewey ordered the U.S. Navy to increase their presence in the Pacific and request Australia and New Zealand to allow American troops on their soil.

The 1952 presidential election's outcome would be driven by foreign and domestic policy regarding Japan and the integration of the former Confederacy and Canada. Initially, Senator Robert A. Taft and Governor Earl Warren fiercely competed for the Democratic nomination, however many Democrats felt that neither of the candidates were suitable for the presidency and turned to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower was reluctant to enter politics, however after being asked to run by both the Democrats and Socialists, the general said that he would run as a Democrat; stating that he feared the Socialist Party was "too soft" on Canada and the ex-Confederacy. Eisenhower, running a front porch campaign, easily secured the Democratic nomination and crushed Lester B. Pearson in the election.

With permission from King Henry IV, President Eisenhower decided to release more African colonies from American rule in order to conserve spending and satisfy the growing anti-colonialists. The territories of Morocco, Madagascar, and the Ivory Coast are released from American colonial rule in 1953, however are required to house U.S. bases to protect them from other imperial powers.

Skirmishes between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy pushed Congress to authorize the Pacific Compact in October of 1953; an alliance between the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia against Japan. Eisenhower stated that the alliance would help prevent a war with the empire and ensure peace in the Pacific. On the domestic front, self-government was slowly being granted to the ex-Confederacy as terrorist attacks from Confederate guerrillas began to slow down. Immigrants from Latin America began to settle in the deep south while southern blacks continue to leave for the north. In Canada, more Americans settle in the Alberta Territory for its valuable resources; namely oil and lumber. Because of its heavily American population and relatively quiet Canadian populace, Alberta is admitted as a state in 1956. The former Canadian territories would benefit heavily from the oil boom as their economies would be dominated by drilling.

Eisenhower swiftly won his second term over New York Governor William Averell Harriman and pledged to continue peace between the U.S. and Japan as well as continue sanctions and restrictions against Apartheid South Africa. As well as continuing peace aboard, rebellions in the ex-Confederacy became a rarity as self-government was granted to the territories under military occupation.

Tensions Rising

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