Imagine if at this crucial time in American history, the Confederation just ceased to exist. What would the world be like had the United States of America had taken the same path as many other failed unions throughout history? What if the Colonies moved away from each other, and left behind memories of A Fallen Union?
Point of Divergence
When asked to attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787, General George Washington was not persuaded to do so, believing that he has done all he could for the colonies, and not wishing to be considered a dictator or a new monarch. Instead, he stated he would not come out of retirement, and wished to be left alone at his plantation in Virginia. He gave his confidence for his fellow countrymen to keep the colonies together.
The Convention ends with nothing agreed on.
The inevitable happened in November 1787, when New York Governor (and a noted opponent during the Constitutional Convention) George Clinton gained enough support within his state to declare independence for his state. The news shocked the Confederation, with many once again attempting (and failing) to persuade Washington to lead a battalion to regain control over the rogue state.The Union lost many states over the next year.
By March 1788, only Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania continued to have any faith in the Articles of Confederation. But even in this little haven, doubts were rising. On March 24, the remaining members agreed to void the Articles, ending the United States of America. The following years would become a turbulent time in the former nation.
In an ironic twist of fate, it would be the chaos of his nation's dissolution that would persuade George Washington to come out of retirement and lead the Virginian people out of the chaos. Further irony would come decades down the line, when the once despised Articles of Confederation become an inspiration for the coup that established the Unified British Commonwealth.
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