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The Confederate States of America is a federal republic consisting of twelve states and three territories based in the south of the former United States. The Confederate States was formed by radical white supremacists shortly after the Blackout and remains a nemesis of the American Union.
The area that comprised the Confederate States of America was often regarded as the poorest and most ignorant section of the United States. The majority of the population in the region was poor, uneducated and considered "simple" by the rest of the nation. The lack of wealth in the region was due to the South's agrarian economy that was largely dependent on farming and mining. This was very little compared to the industrial, urban economies in the North. The region was well known for its conservative principles and also for its racist and biased opinions of anyone "non-white."
The Blackout led to the collapse of many state governments in the south. However, in Alabama the state government was able to retain control thanks largely to the efforts of Governor Harold Guy Hunt. Hunt dispatched thousands of National Guard soldiers and State Police officers to the major cities in Alabama, re-establishing order and protecting citizens from rioters. Hunt then met personally with Colonel Howards, who was commander of all U.S. military in Alabama. He informed the Colonel of the situation and asked if the colonel would acknowledge commands from Hunt rather than from Washington. Colonel Howards, after a long period of deliberation, agreed and sent thousands of soldiers to protect Alabama's borders from roving bands of raiders.
With Alabama safe from bandits and rioting, Governor Hunt convened the state legislature where they voted to give Hunt nearly unlimited power to "restore peace and order to Alabama and her neighbors." His first act was to find out what happened to the nearby states, and he discovered that Mississippi and Georgia had managed to regain control of their states and several nearby states (such as Texas, Louisiana, the Carolinas and Florida) had declared independence from the U.S. He invited delegates from all Southern states to meet at Birmingham and discuss the future of the region via radio. Delegates from nearly all the invited states came, save for Kentucky and Missouri. After long periods of talk and deliberations it was finally decided the states would come together to form a new nation to protect the interests of the southern region. The new nation was declared as the Confederate States of America, and Governor Hunt was elected President. On September 14th, 1990 the Constitution of the Confederacy was signed by delegates from Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, both Carolinas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas. The new nation began the process of integrating the state's separate militias into one military and in uniting the economy.
After solving all domestic issues, the Confederacy began to explore outside its borders. An armed expedition sent northward discovered the American Union, while another headed west discovered the Great Plains Republic. There was an initial border dispute with the GPR over the state of Missouri. However, with mediation from the American Union Missouri was divided in half at the Missouri River, with lower Missouri joining the Confederacy as South Missouri and the north joining the GPR as North Missouri.
Following the formation of the Confederate States and the successful development of a healthy economy and strong military many Confederate leaders began to push for expansion. Florida, which had been taken over by the large Hispanic population, was a prime target as it was relatively weak, had originally been a member of the Confederacy, and was ruled by a non-white population, which many Confederate citizens despised. When the Confederacy's demand for Florida's unconditional entry into the Confederate States was denied, the Confederacy launched a full fledged invasion, pushing back the Floridians to the Caloosahatchee River, where they soundly defeated the only Floridian force large enough to defend the capital of Miami. Confederate soldiers marched into Miami, raised the Confederate Jack over the city and began the process of formally annexing Florida into the Confederacy.
The Confederacy next aimed to expand northward, hoping to add the Republic of Virginia to the fledgling nation. However, many Virginian leaders disapproved of the South's harsh treatments of minorities and instead wished to join the American Union. But before the decision became finalized a riot broke out in the Virginian capital of Norfolk, instigated by pro-Confederate Virginians. The Confederacy sent troops and occupied the city, claiming it was "protecting" Virginian citizens. Virginia appealed to the American Union, who declared war on the Confederacy after demands for a Confederate withdrawal were refused. The Great Plains Republic joined the war on the American Union's side as an ally and declared war on the Confederacy shortly afterward.
The war initially went well for the Confederacy, which seized control of the Mississippi by capturing St Louis, a key port. The Confederacy then defeated a GPR army at the Battle of Stockport and ravaged the country side, stealing or destroying thousands of livestock as well as hundreds of pounds of grain. However, in the East, the Confederacy was defeated at the Battle of Richmond and at the Battle of Falls Lake, forcing the Confederacy to abandon Virginia. The Confederate Army in the West attempted to cross the Mississippi at St Louis, however, was besieged and forced to surrender. The final strike came when a AU Flotilla landed thousands of troops in southern Alabama and marched on Birmingham, the capitol of the Confederacy. The Confederacy sued for peace and signed the Treaty of Providence.
Second Mexican War
Stung by the defeat in the North the Confederacy realized that they could not yet challenge their powerful northern enemies. Once more the Confederacy looked South to expand and immediately noticed the Mexican Empire, which had been recently weakened by its war with New Granada. The Confederacy launched a massive assault on Mexico after they recovered from the Virginian War. After defeating the Mexicans at Monterrey and captured Emperor Filipe's heir, Crown Prince Jorge. Another Southern army marched from Texas and defeated the last remaining Mexican Army at Chihuahua. Emperor Filipe, with his son in the Confederacy's hands and no armed forces to resist them, signed the Treaty of Corpus Christi, which ceded Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nueva Leon to the Confederacy. The South then shifted its goals from expansion to consolidation and began the process of integrating the conquered territories.
The Confederacy is a constitutional republic with fifteen voting states. Government power is limited by the Constitution of the Confederacy, which is nearly identical to its United States counterpart. The Confederate States of America only recognizes pure Anglo-Saxon Christian males as eligible to vote and is built on strong Christian ideals. The Confederacy has a bicameral legislature, with a Senate and a House of Representatives. In the Senate each state is represented equally as only two senators are allowed per state. In the House the number of representatives from each state is based on population. The President of the Confederacy is the executive and most powerful person in the nation. The President is elected via popular vote and serves six year terms, with a maximum of two terms. The state religion of the Confederacy is Protestantism, which is enforced throughout the nation.
Following the Blackout the South's economic disadvantage became a tremendous asset. With the Northern urban industrial economy rendered useless, the South's agricultural economy became extremely powerful due to the tremendous amount of food the Confederacy was capable of producing. Food became one of the most precious things in the world, and the Confederacy was able to exploit their advantage greatly, becoming incredibly influential in North America. The Confederacy became incredibly wealthy as well due to their food monopoly.
The South has a mainly rural agricultural economy, with only a few major cities to speak of. These cities are usually built on the coast and are used to ship grain off to other countries. The South has also developed an extensive trade network with the nations of North America, being an influential member of the American Trade Association. The South is the second largest exporter of food in North America, bested only by the Great Plains Republic.