Article Eleven (A11) centers around a world controlled by imperialists and the United States. The main point of divergence is Gaudium 16th, 3rd Anno Unum (January 12th, 1779.) After much consideration the Canadian colonies join the United States. This single event sparks a bloody American Revolution, a much more severe War of 1812, and the birth of the "American Empire".
The following is a summarised timeline (i.e. only events involving America are mentioned.) For the full version click the link above.
- July 4th, 1776 - The thirteen colonies declare their independence from the British Empire.
- November 21st, 1778 - Delaware ratifies the Articles of the Confederation earlier in this timeline.
- December 3rd, 1778 - Maryland ratifies the Articles. Although, it refuses to sign until the other colonies agree to recant their claims in the Northwest territory, giving them an ultimatum of 1800.
- January 12th, 1779 - Due to the quick ratification of the Articles of the Confederation a Canada with few loyalists opts to join the United States.
- August 27th, 1780 - Benedict Arnold, after being bribed by the British, leads a surprise attack on Washington's troops, ending in the death of General Washington and 39 colonial soldiers.
- September 9th, 1780 - The colonies are outraged by news of Washington's death and Arnold's betrayal. New plans are drawn up to take out the British fleet in Yorktown and commence a seizure of the North.
- October 2nd, 1780 - The British in Yorktown are surrounded and forced to surrender to the American and Canadian colonists.
- September 3rd, 1783 - The Americans, French, Dutch, and British meet in France and sign the Treaty of Paris which recognises the USA as an independent sovereign state.
- November 7th, 1787 - The Treatises of the American Confederation are quickly ratified by the Continental Congress and replace the Articles of the Confederation. Changes include major benefits to France, Spain, and the Dutch.
- January 21st, 1788 - Thomas Jefferson is elected as "Commander-in-Chief" (the term 'President carried too much weight for some of the more independent-minded colonies), despite heavy opposition from the Federalists. Benjamin Franklin was voted in as the "Vice-Commander" and leader of diplomatic relations, only accepting the role after Jefferson convinced him to do so.
- April 17th, 1790 - Benjamin Franklin dies while in office. John Adams takes his place as Vice-Commander of the United States leading to a staunch cold-war-of-sorts between Federalists and Republicans in Philadelphia.
- March 4, 1791 - Vermont is admitted to the Union.
- August 30th, 1791 - Federalist propaganda newspapers spread rumors that Jefferson plans to stay in office for life. Jefferson combats this by proposal of a new amendment to the Treatise that would prevent the Commander from staying in office "no more than three terms." Later this was changed to two.
- 1791 - 1792 - Calls for stronger central government from Adams and Hamilton turned many voters in the South and West against the federalists, claiming that "tyranny rests on the soldiers of all Northern men." Nevertheless, Jefferson lost his presidency to his running mate Aaron Burr, who, won only due to a single vote from Quebec. Jefferson was humiliated and rejected the seat of Vice-Commander, giving it once again to an ungrateful Adams.
- 1786 - 1795 - Quebec receives a large influx of refugees from France, promoting French influence in the area and, to a lesser extent, the Northeast.
- January 21st, 1796 - "Incompetent and unfit to govern," Aaron Burr was practically thrown out of office by Federalist propagandists and silent Republicans. Unfortunately for Adams and Pickney, the Federalists had created such a bad reputation, and the addition of Kentucky and Tennessee, brought a shocking number of votes in for the Republicans. Jefferson re-assumed the role as Commander and, in a wise yet dangerous move, removed the office of Vice-Commander, thereby barring Adams from being a thorn in his side once again.
- January 22nd, 1796 - March 5th, 1796 - Cries of treason erupt all-around the United States, claiming Jefferson's move wasn't democratic. This unrest was quickly shut down when many politicians stated that the role of Commander-In-Chief was nearly undemocratic. The Republicans couldn't stop the growth of central government despite being the ones to lead it, but they couldn't completely abolish it now.
- October 3rd, 1797 - The Policy of "La grande amitié" is established, creating an alliance between France and the US. Britain immediately erupts with outrage over this policy, heightening tensions in the West Indies.
- 1798 - Florida and West Florida (a puppet of Georgia) join the United States.
- Unknown Dates - Edmond-Charles Genêt is killed during the French Revolution, preventing him assuming the post of ambassador to the United States. Jean Baptiste Ternant carefully avoided being ousted by the Girondins and continued with his role as the French ambassador; he built stronger ties with the United States and eventually established "La grande amitié" or "The Great Friendship" as it was known in America. This brought the Twin Republics (the USA and France) into an alliance against British aggression in the Atlantic. Meanwhile an obvious division began to form between the North (predominately Federalist) and the South (predominately Jeffersonian Republican).
- January 3rd, 1800 - Maryland sues the Southern colonies and Connecticut for holding onto their claims in the Northwest Territory in the "Northwest Dispute." Smaller republics join Maryland causing major tension between the North and South. Republicans claim this was a ploy to bring down Jefferson's government.
- January 21st, 1801 - James Madison, dubbed "The Last Federalist", managed to snag the position of Commander-In-Chief from Jefferson. Early attempts to clean up 'the mess he made' (he, referring to Jefferson) proved difficult. James Madison wasn't an Antanglo and thought trade with Britain would perhaps help the US economy. Unfortunately he couldn't mend the broken bonds between the UK and US and would soon be faced with war. Overwhelmingly his party was losing it's fragile grip over the American public and the only way for him to hold on to what was left was to side with the set-in-stone Republican policies.
- May 24th, 1803 - Unilaterally states called for declaration of war against Britain. Even the areas that had once been staunch Anglophiles approved of this approach. Eventually Madison swallowed his English sympathies and declared war against the British on the 30th of May.
- May 30th, 1803 - The USA declares war on the UK. Slogans such as "Liberate America," "Whig Country," and "No Brits Here" circulated throughout the country via newspaper publication.
- August 17th, 1803 - Complaints from Kentucky and the Northwest territories caused a new amendment to be added to the treatises. "Any state under ten years of age is not permitted to serve in times of war, unless voted upon by a general assembly." Madison was praised by his former opposition for this daring move.
- November 5th, 1812 - "Napoleon's War" (dubbed the "Great European War" in Europe) ends in the Caribbean and North America. The USA seizes all UK territories in America while France becomes master of the Caribbean.
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