The foundation of the United States of America was miraculous. In OTL, the Thirteen Colonies declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, and against all odds, the colonies, each with distinct culture, politics, and goals, managed to form one nation. But the colonies could have easily never united, at least not as one. A Less Perfect Union explores a world in which the United States of America was only a dream.
Point of Divergence
On January 2, 1769, John Adams, a lawyer and former selectman from Braintree, decided to go skating at a nearby pond. Unfortunately, the ice cracked, Adams fell in and he barely managing to escape. After nearly half and hour, the would-have-been future founding father succumbed to hypothermia.
During the Revolutionary War, Samuel Adams rises to prominence, representing Massachusetts in the Continental Congress, advocating for justice and the protection of human liberty. During the creation of the American Union, Adams grew to detest the Federalist ideology among his peers, and advocated for the independence of Massachusetts, later becoming the Republic of New England. The Continental Congress split as leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison siding with Adams on nations protecting individual liberty, which lead to the creation of the Confederation of American States in the South. By 1790, the Confederation, along with the United Federation of America the Republic of New England were the three successor states of The Thirteen Colonies.