The Cliche CSA Victory Timeline is a satirical attempt to work together the many cliches found in alternate history involving a CSA victory. Some other cliches from alternate histories have also been inserted. If you can think of any more cliches, please feel free to add them.
The Confederates win at the Battle of Gettysburg. Britain and France recognize the Confederate States of America and break the blockade set up by the United States. Lincoln is forced by the government to sue for peace. The CSA is recognized as an independent nation and is granted control over the Indian Territory and the Arizona Territory (southern half of the New Mexico Territory).
The Confederacy spends its first years as an independent nation suffering under weak economy and slave uprisings. President Davis becomes very unpopular and many are calling for someone who can rally the people and enact necessary reforms.
In the United States, the capitol is moved from Washington DC to Philadelphia. This is the only thing that goes smoothly for the United States during this time period. Lincoln is impeached and when his successor, William Seward, freed the slaves, violence spreads against the newly-freed African-Americans that many flee to the CSA for protection. The New England States leave the Union, which only causes the USA to clamp down harder on the territory still under its control. This leads to the Mormons in Utah to declare independence as the state of Deseret and launch attacks on neighboring territories. When the US calls on the western states to fight the Mormons, California secedes and forms the Pacific States of America, and begins expansion into Oregon and Washington. President Seward is impeached also and peace is made with the new nations (PSA splits Nevada with Deseret, which also gets parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming and southern Idaho). A new constitutional convention is held in 1866 which does away with any states rights and creates a highly centralized government in the United States. The US military also reforms and hires Prussian soldiers to train its men.
Robert E. Lee, Hero of Gettysburg, is elected president of the CSA, reminiscent of George Washington in 1789. Almost through sheer force of will, Lee pushes through a series of reforms to centralize the nation, encourage industry, and begin a gradual emancipation of slaves that should free them all in twenty years.
Russia decides not to sell Alaska to anyone.
Texas, upset with all of the reforms of Lee, secedes from the Confederacy and takes the Arizona Territory with them. Though there are calls for using the army to bring them back in, Lee urges calm since the Confederacy is still repairing itself.
President Lee dies. His vice president, James Longstreet, would serve out the rest of his term.
The United States demands that Britain pays reparations for helping the Confederacy build merchant raiders. Britain refuses so the United States invades Canada. The new and improved American army easily brushes aside any resistance the British and Canadians can throw at them. Eventually Britain sees there is no hope in defeating the US, especially after an invasion of New York City fails miserably. All of Canada is ceded to the US, except for Quebec, which is granted independence, and the Maritime Provinces, which will remain under British control. The Confederacy remains on alert during the war, but does not participate in any way.
As more slaves are freed the Confederacy decides to sponsor the settlement of some freemen in territories away from the Confederacy proper. Cuba is invaded and made a Confederate state, the Congo is claimed by the Confederacy while Liberia is annexed.
Texas invades Mexico after Diaz takes control of the country. The Texas army pushes toward Mexico City, but is unable to take the capitol. Instead they settle for control of the northern tier of Mexican states, except for Baja California which is taken by the PSA.
New England becomes a state dominated by large industrial monopolies. Attempts by workers to seek their rights are crushed by the recently passed Anti-Treason Act.
After the CSA annexes Nicaragua, the nations of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, unite into the nation of Grand Columbia in order to protect their interests from the expanding CSA.
The last Confederate slave is freed. Celebrations are held in Richmond and other Confederate cities by the newly freed African-Confederates.
PSA annexes Hawaii over objections from Texas. War almost breaks out between the two western states, but the CSA mediates the argument and Texas releases its objection with the stipulation that it can annex Baja California so that it can have unthreatened access to the Pacific Ocean, which it proceeds to do.
The Spanish-Confederate War happens after the CSS Mississippi is sunk near Puerto Rico. The CSA easily defeats Spain taking Dominica and Puerto Rico away from them. Japan entered the war near the end to secure the Philippines and other Pacific islands from what it saw as a in the PSA.
Texas finally frees its slaves, partially because of European pressure but also because Mexican labor proved to be more efficient.
The Great War (later referred to as World War I) begins with Franz Ferdinand being assassinated in Sarajevo. Britain, France, Italy and Russia go to war against Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. At first the CSA remained neutral, but unrestricted submarine warfare by Germany brings the CSA into the war. However, the US, who sees this as their chance to get even with the CSA, declares war on the CSA. So war rages on two continents. The Entente feared they wouldn’t get the necessary supplies to fight the war with the CSA locked in combat with the US. However, Grand Columbia, which had become an influential power in South America, kept the Entente supplied with food and raw materials. This is only enough, however, to stop France from falling, but not Russia which falls into civil war.
As war raged across the world, Texas fought another war with Mexico. This time Texas easily swarmed over the nation and annexed the entire country.
A peace is worked out to end the Great War. Germany will surrender its overseas colonies to Britain and France in exchange for them recognizing their claims over the Baltic States, Poland, and Ukraine. The CSA and USA sign a peace later with no major changes happening. The CSA takes this as a victory while the USA leadership begins to lose power as rebellions erupt in the Midwest and former Canada. The Ottoman Empire is partitioned by the Entente, and Britain and France cede their colonies in South America as part of a secret aid pact signed with Gran Colombia during the war. Gran Colombia begins to look towards Peru as another access to the Pacific.
The Russian Civil War ends with the White Russians defeating the Reds with some help from the Germans. Anastasia, the only living heir to the throne, is crowned Czarina but the true power of the Russian state is in the “Regency” which rules as a shadow government.
The United States creates another constitution, this time one that is more democratic. However, the government remains weak and resentment over the loss in the war still festers throughout the United States, especially in one former soldier, now radical right winger, Joseph Stone.
Former revolutionaries from Russia stir up trouble in New England causing a revolution which topples the New England government and creates the communist, Soviet Republic of America. Already plans are set in motion to bring about similar uprisings across North America.
A stock market crash causes economies to collapse and inflation to run high across the world.
Joseph Stone, who took the little known America First party and turned it into a third party strong enough to challenge the Democrats and Republicans, rides a wave of angry unemployed voters into the White House. He soon begins to implement his Fascist policies. The Dust Bowl begins in the USA and CSA, bringing about more civil unrest.
Action Française comes to power in Europe. One of its first acts is to crown the current claimant to the French monarchy, King Jean III.
Impressed by the policies coming out of America, the Regency convinces Anastasia to sign several new Fascist laws.
The Philadelphia Conference creates a permanent military alliance between the United States, France and Russia. Britain, Germany, Austria-Hungary and the CSA begin to worry. All three begin shoring up their military while making overtures to Japan, a growing power in East Asia who has been allowed to expand into China without protest from the four powers.
Russia invades Poland touching off World War II. The French armies strike into Germany, with the French striking through Belgium to get at their old enemy. This action brings Britain, Italy and Grand Columbia into the war, but France is ready for them, especially Britain who suffers through such a horrendous bombing campaign, even Big Ben is destroyed in the attacks. Back in North America, the United States immediately joins the war after the invasion of Poland, but the CSA quickly launches a pre-emptive strike against their Fascist neighbors, but it is broken against the defense of the US. President Stone takes the opportunity to invade and quickly defeat the Soviet Republic of America, a nation he always thought was more dangerous than the hated Confederacy.
While the Russians advance on Berlin, the French feel it is safe to put through their most ambitious plan yet, the invasion of Britain, or as its called by the French military: Operation Napoleon’s Dream. A large French landing force manages to gain a beachhead and drives toward London, but the British government in Manchester orders the use of poison gas on the invaders blunting the advance. The invasion soon becomes a quagmire for the French as it eats up men.
This becomes one of the most important years of the war. In Britain General Montgomery encircles the French army there. Attempts to air supply them fail and the French army surrenders. This is a huge setback for France and preparations are made to build up their defenses along their northern coast in case of a British invasion.
Meanwhile, Russia pulls troops from Siberia to launch an invasion of the Middle East, hoping to gain access to the oil rich region. Though some feared this would leave them open to an attack from Japan, intelligence reported that the Japanese were too busy pacifying the last Chinese resistance in the western provinces. So the invasion of the Middle East went off without a problem and it seemed that despite French failures that victory was on the horizon. Berlin was about to fall and soon Russian troops would be nearing the Suez, cutting off India from Britain. The Regency saw dreams of a giant Russian super empire dominating all of Asia and eventually taking China away from Japan…
But Japan had other ideas, and on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack Vladivostok where the Russian Pacific fleet was anchored. At the same time Japanese marines land along the Russian Pacific coast creating enclaves to be supplied by more Japanese soldiers. This, however, is only a distraction from the concealed attack that emanates from Manchuria, which strikes across the Trans-Siberian railroad. Back in Moscow the regency is horrified.
In the US, President Stone begins his “Final Solution” against America’s black population, which he asserts were the cause of all of America’s problems. Russia and France had similar programs since the 30s but these were targeted at Jews.
As Russia wavers and France fears for its life, only the USA seems to still be in a fighting mood, but just barely. The fight in North America seems reminiscent of WWI than the tactics of the new war, with neither the USA nor CSA able to move much. Grand Columbia, though not actively participating in the war, acts as the bulwark of democracy, supplying the allies with supplies. The war has been good for them, increasing the strength of this South American industrial powerhouse.
Japan easily captures Russian Alaska but decides to hold off in attacking the USA.
Czarina Anastasia finally makes a move against the Regency. Quickly the military units loyal to her arrest and execute its members and most important supporters. She immediately makes peace overtures to Britain, Japan and Germany. Germany welcomes Russian troops leaving its soil and even gives Russia the Baltic States, eastern Poland, and eastern Ukraine. Western Poland is annexed into German proper while western Ukraine is annexed by Austria-Hungary. However, Russia isn’t so lucky and is forced to hand over a large slice of Siberia to Japan. Britain accepts Russian control over the Middle East, but they take control of the Sinai and Palestine to act as a garrison against future Russian expansion.
France is now terrified and begins moving soldiers out of its conquered areas and back to France proper. Its own overtures for peace are rejected; both Germany and Britain are out for blood.
France’s worst fears are realized when the British land an invading force at Calais. The French high command thought the invasion would be at Normandy because they thought the British would not go for the most obvious place to invade. French forces fought hard to keep Paris from falling even as it is bombed to the stone age by British and German bombers.
Seeing that the taking of Paris would cost a large amount of lives, Kaiser Wilhelm III authorizes the use of a nuclear bomb on Paris, built in secret by German scientists. The French government seeing the destructive power of the bomb unconditionally surrenders to the Allies. French citizens celebrating the victory execute King Henri VI (King Jean III died in 1940) using a guillotine. The allies divide France into British controlled Brittany, German controlled Burgundy, and Italian controlled Gascony.
Back in the USA, President Stone’s closest advisors implore him to end the fighting before the rest of the Allies can bring troops to North America. Stone refuses but he later dies due to lead poisoning. The new president immediately asks for peace, returning to pre-war borders, ending the genocide against blacks, but refusing to give independence to the Soviet Republic of America. The CSA, tired from years of war accepts.
In Geneva, the powers work out a final treaty to end the war, recognizing all the changes of territories and new borders now on the maps. France’s colonies are divided between Britain and Italy, except for French Asian and Pacific possessions which go to Japan (who also buys the East Indies from the Netherlands) and the former German colonies under French control which return to Germany. Probably the most important aspect of the Treaty of Geneva was the amendments that created the Global Congress, an international organization that would work out problems between states before war began.
Even with the Global Congress, the empires continue to be war of each other. Russia under the aging Anastasia is still quite powerful and in control of the oil reserves of the Middle East. Japan has the world's largest empire ever seen, both in terms of land and population. The US and the CSA continue to look across the "Cotton Curtain" with hate. There might be peace, but only a spark is needed to ignite this cold war.
The success of the atom bomb in ending the war convinces other nations to research into the weapon so Germany does not have a monopoly with the atom. In this year Russia is the first to explode its own atom bomb. By the present day Britain, Italy, Japan, the CSA, USA, and Grand Columbia will explode their own bombs. Austria-Hungary, though they had a bomb for a while, would later disarm them.
Britain adopts the “Imperial Federation Plan” which, among other things, gives all of its colonies their own parliaments and creating a “global parliament” in Britain where all of the colonies would be represented and decide on issues concerning the empire. The plan soon becomes adopted by all of the other colonial empires and is credited with helping keep the colonies united with their respective mother countries even to the present day.
Japan, who declares their conquest of China complete, annexes Tibet. However, celebrations are cut short when a massive uprising begins in the Philippines. The Japanese military attempts to defeat the rebels using conventional tactics but this leads to some severe blunders. Fighting will continue for over a decade.
President Goldwater is assassinated in Topeka. Like a stack of dominoes, the Fascist institutions of the USA collapse as a popular revolution comes to power. The Constitution of 1920 is re-instated as the law of the land and Richard Nixon is elected president.
President Nixon is impeached after some unsavory methods he used to be elected come to light. It's obvious the USA has a lot of work left to do.
In a thawing of tensions that has lasted for over a hundred years, the American and Confederate presidents each visit the others nation. In these two meetings trade barriers are broken and culture is exchange as the Professional League Football of the CSA sponsors football teams in the US, while the National Baseball Association of the USA creates expansion teams in the CSA.
The fighting in the Philippines ends when Japan officially adopts their version of the Imperial Federation Plan. The Filipino rebels agree to lay down arms now that their homeland is better represented in the Japanese Empire.
Communist agitators in New England begin a guerrilla war in the area that drags on for almost 11 years. In a sign of the better relations between the US and CSA, the CSA sends military aide to the US.
Great Beaver Revolution: Canadian patriots begin an armed revolution against the US. Their leader is Kim Campbell.
The USA recognizes the independence of Canada, ending the war. The Canadians form the Kingdom of Canada, with the British monarch, Elizabeth II as the queen. The UK does not hesitate to re-implement democratic institutions in Canada, but keep Elizabeth II as the monarch. Kim Campbell is elected Prime Minister. She keeps the position for ten years.
The Global Congress succeeds in getting the nuclear powers to begin disarming their nuclear stockpiles. Historians see this as the end of the cold war.
The Treaty of Louisville is signed between the US and CSA, opening both nations to free trade. Other North American nations through the decade would sign onto the treaty, while Japan, Britain and Grand Columbia each became observers.
Inuit revolution: The Inuit fight against the Canadians, and try to implement the independent Republic of Nunavut. Hilariously, they fail.
On September 11, Arab terrorists fly a plane into the Winter Palace. This came after growing tensions between the Middle Eastern Regions and the rest of Russia which had been mounting since the initial Russian takeover. Though the Imperial Family wasn't there, Czar Nicholas III vows to fight terrorism and Islamic fundamentalists in the Middle East and Central Asia. Russian troops storm into Afghanistan, momentarily frightening the British in India and the Japanese in China. The Czar promises both nations that he is not looking to expand into their territories.
The Allied States of North America Constitution is drafted and signed by the US and CSA, uniting the two countries into the Allied States of America. Bitter enemies since the CSA’s independence, the two nations are now united.
The Allied States of North America Constitution fails to be ratified by any other nation in North America. The ASNA, however, has yet to give up its dream of uniting the continent under one flag.
The Allied States of North America Constitution is ratified by the Pacific States of America and Deseret, leaving only Quebec, Texas and Canada left to sign.
The ASNAC is ratified by Quebec and Texas but not Canada.