A New Nation is Born
Following the battle of Shiloh, the Confederates regained the upper hand in the Civil War, and continued their bloody assault against the Union lines. As the death tolls mounted with each battle, Jefferson Davis realized that if they continue the current strategy of defensive warfare, that they would eventually be worn down and finished off by the Union, so in response, Davis ordered all the troops to go on the offensive and invade the North, following the sudden change, the Yanks were unable to regroup and were pushed out of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
Following their successful attempt at pushing the North out of the Confederacy, General Lee ordered an invasion of Maryland, the United States capital was soon in sight of the Confederates, and at the battle of Washington DC, 1862, the Confederacy was victorious, and it earned diplomatic recognition by Britain and France.
The War rages on
Refusing to surrender, and angered about Britain and France's recognition, America cut off all trade with the two, and continued its war, starting to wear them down. France, seeing this as an act of war, declared war on the USA in September, followed by Britain.
Following the declaration of war, Mexico, wanting revenge for their defeat in the War with Mexico, joined in, followed quickly by other Central and South American countries who didn't like the US. With a growing list of countries siding with the confederates, America appealed in vain to Russia, Prussia and Austria-Hungary for help, though sympathetic to America's cause, Prussia and Austria announced neutrality, Russia blatantly refused, asking why "we should waste lives in a war not our own?".
Easily breaking the Union blockade, Royal Navy lead forces began landing in North and South Carolina, where they spearheaded the Confederate assault as it pushed into Missouri, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Lincoln, realizing the war was lost, asked the Allies (a term coined by the Confederates to describe the alliance of Britain, France, and the Confederacy) for an armistice.
Accepting, the Treaty of London was framed by the two North American Countries, it allowed the Union to keep most of their states, although a southwestern tip of California was to be ceded to the Confederacy as the state of South California, so they could build their own trans-continental railroad, Missouri and Kentucky were annexed, Delaware was kept in the Union, as was Maryland, the territory of West Virginia was ceded to America, and the Territories of New Mexico and Arizona were admitted into the Confederacy.
Lincoln had no choice but to agree. Following this, he resigned his post after just a year in office, giving it to Democrat John Smith. Smith immediately ordered all Union forces out of the south and Arizona and New Mexico.
The Trans-Atlantic/ Quadruple Pact
Following The formal recognition of the Confederacy by the Union, Allied troops pulled out of North America, while Americans mourned their loss, and Lincoln's resignation, the Americans fell into a state of depression. In 1871, as Germany unified herself, the Americans were suffering hyper inflation. Sympathetic to America, Kaiser Wilhelm I, the German Emperor, donated a large amount of money to the United States, recovering her economy.
Americans, grateful for this, formed an alliance via the Trans-Atlantic Pact, where Germany and America agreed to come to each others aid should either be attacked. This was soon joined by Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. The only South American countries who were Pro-America, Argentina and Chile, joined this pact in 1891.
The Americans-German relations continued to rise, and both adopted several customs of each other. Britain, France and Russia, fearing this new alliance would cause a war, signed the Quadruple Alliance, encompassing Britain, Russia, France, and the Confederacy in 1900.
World War I
Despite mutual resentment, international tensions remained low in May 1914. All this changed on June 28th, 1914. That day, the Austrian heir Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot to death by a Serb while touring Sarajevo. Believing Serbia was colluding with the terrorists, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on August 1st, 1914.
Pledged to defend Serbia, Russia ordered a mobilization that same day. Honoring the pact, America and Germany declared was on Russia the next day, followed by other Trans-Atlantic members. On August 3rd, Germany declared war on France, and invaded Belgium to get to it.
Britain declared war on Germany when she refused to withdraw, and so, World War I began. The war was bought to North America when president Roosevelt asked congress for a declaration of war, though they were isolationist, they were bound by their pact with Germany, and so, on August 7th, the United States declared war on Britain, France, Russia, Serbia, and the Confederacy.
Deciding to take the offensive in this part of the war, Confederate president Woodrow Wilson ordered all of the Confederate forces to launch a massive invasion of the North. Within weeks, the south smashed through the unprepared American lines, and advanced as close as 50 miles to Washington DC, there, the regrouped Americans under general John J. Pershing stopped the southern advance, in response, the Americans near Missouri and Kentucky under general George A. Custer launched their invasion, retaking Kentucky in two weeks, and Missouri in three, there, they formally returned the two into the union.
Following this, the Union began a second wave of attack and advanced into Tennessee and Arkansas, and began moving east, forming a pinsir to take Richmond. Realizing the situation Wilson ordered all of the Confederacy's soldiers, even in the north, to withdraw into North Carolina.
There, the two armies met at the battle of Wake Forest, the two sides bombarded each other from trenches, charged each others lines by going over the top, and pelted each other with poison gas. The two faced off for three weeks, the Americans lost roughly 600,000 men, more in a single battle then in the entire civil war, while the Confederates lost 350,000.
This immense difference in losses forced the American advance to grind to a halt, and the Confederates chased them into Kentucky and Missouri, where a long series of bloody battles, attacks, and counterattacks. These became known as the Battles of the border, due to it being the border. In the end, the battles proved indecisive, and the two spent from 1915 to 1916 fighting, and casualties combined in the series were more then two million.
In Europe, America's Allies were faring little better, despite an early advance into France and repelling a Russian invasion, the Germans and Austrians were in a stalemate as well, rivers turned red with blood. Even so, Germany focused 2/3 of her strength against Russia, with Austrian assistance, they began to wear down the Russians and many called for peace with the Central Powers.
Czar Nicholas II refused, and his poor leadership led to massive casualties. At the same time, the long, drawn out war between the states proved to turn against the Confederacy. Because they had almost unlimited manpower against the south, the Americans took the initiative in 1916, and for a year, they ground down the Confederate armies. Most of the Confederacy's money was devoted to the war effort, and this neglect to the civilians led to famines, strikes, and riots.
Many slaves saw this as their opportunity to escape, and they began fleeing to Northern lines, where they were welcomed by the armies. In both Russia and the Confederacy, the tide had clearly turned against them, Russia's armies had been ground down by a remorseless offensive by German, Austrian and Bulgarian troops, in America, the Confederacy lost most of its army in the bloody battles of the border, and finally, asked America for an armistice.
Thrilled by the offer, Roosevelt accepted, and ordered the soldiers to withdraw from the south, for the first time since 1914, the guns fell silent in North America. This was 1917, three years of bloody battles caused both Germany and America to redraw their political maps. Germany convinced the Poles to revolt against the Russians by agreeing to recognize their independence at the end of the war, at the same time, in an attempt to create a buffer zone between Russia and Germany, Germany also promised to create many new countries out of the old Russian empire, unfortunately Austria had fell to revolution in 1916, and two countries were formed from the southern portions of them, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
With Austria powerless to stop them, the Kaiser of Austria was forced to abdicate. At the same time, a similar revolution occurred in Russia, where Communists attempted to overthrow the government, although the military managed to defeat them in the civil war.
Even so, Germany needed allies to finish off Britain and France, and so looked to America for help. Roosevelt agreed and a massive American force, 1.5 million strong, sailed to France. The Kaiserliche marine, Germany's navy, distracted the British and French fleet long enough for the Americans to land in the Calais region of France. At the battle of four navies, The Germans and Americans soundly defeated the British and French, and eliminated the Naval threat in march, 1918. Finally, the Central troops began their second advance into France.
Americans advanced from the west, Germans closed in from the East, and finally in June, 1914, France surrendered, leaving Britain alone against Germany and America, the British refused to give up, and so, from June to August, they held out, with relentless bombing from Germany and Britain, but in the end, Britain could not hold out, and surrendered in August, after four years of bloody warfare, World War I came to an end.
Peace in Europe
Following Britain's surrender, America, Germany, Britain, France, Russia, and the Confederacy sent representatives to frame the treaty of Versailles, by which peace was restored to Europe and North America. In it, the people of Austria and North America were set free; the Confederacy was cut in half, its western border was dismembered, out of it, new nations were formed: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah were new republics formed in the west, while Indians were given formal territory and government in the nations of Seqoyah and Choctaw, this left the Confederacy greatly reduced in size.
In Europe, the Germans and Americans were forced to recognize the new nations of Czechoslovakia, Bosnia, and Yugoslavia, while they stayed true to their promise to the poles, Poland was recognized as an independent state, as was Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland; Austria-Hungary was greatly reduced in size. But not everyone supported the birth of Countries like Lithuania, the Russians felt particularly resentful towards the Germans, as well as the poles for their betrayal.
Britain and France were not treated nearly as badly, as they kept their overseas empires, although they were still extremely resentful of the victory. One day, the defeated nations in World War I would seek revenge against America and Germany.
On a more positive note, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia joined the Trans-Atlantic pact, and the bilateral relations between the members soared higher and higher. Unfortunately, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany's Kaiser, died in 1932, of a rare disease, passing the throne to his son, Friedrich V.
At the same time, America persuaded the world's governments to sign up to a new league of nations, containing six permanent members, from Britain, France, Germany, America, Japan, and Italy. Russia and the Confederacy, who expected permanent seats as well, began to resent them even more, as well as their former allies, Britain and France.
Italy, which remained neutral in World War I, and who had been supportive of Germany and America in World War I, asked for membership into the Trans-Atlantic Pact, which was given. During the 20s, prosperity engulfed the world. Sadly, this time of peace and prosperity would not last, for in 1929, the American stock-market crashed, and the crash sparked a financial crisis that engulfed the world.
This was ripe ground for a nationalistic, and extremely racist, southerner, Jake Featherston, who believed that, with machinery replacing slavery, that slaves were no longer needed, and that they should be exterminated, he formed the Freedom party, and tried to win the presidency.
Aside from this, he also rigged elections so that only freedom party members could get elected, and that the supreme court was replaced with freedom party officials, giving Featherston complete control of the government. At the same time, the reds rebelled again, and replaced the age old Russian monarchy with a communist dictatorship, led by Joseph Stalin.
Stalin and Featherston, seeing each others potential as allies, formed the Axis pact between the Confederacy and Russia, at the same time, Japan had fought in a war with the United States in 1932, ending with Japan's defeat, and joining with the Axis.
Surprisingly, Britain and France, who had been shattered by World War I, lost interest in revenge, fearing it could lead to another war, and their relations with Germany and America improved, and in 1935, to the world's shock, Britain, France; America and Germany, who everyone thought were sworn enemies, asked for membership in the Trans-Atlantic Pact, which was given.
The Big Five
This was the term for the five leading members of the Trans-Atlantic Pact, United States, Germany, Italy, Britain, and France, who led the alliance from 1935 to the present.The sixth permanent seat, with Japan expelled, was given to Austria, though she remained the weakest of the great powers. Because of the depression, Britain and France joined with their former enemies, as relations improved, the two joined in, quickly followed by the commonwealth and empire. The pact, however, was seen as an abomination and a betrayal by Russia and the Confederacy.
World War II
By 1938, tensions were starting to rise in Europe, particularly between Germany and Russia, and Russia, who still claimed Poland, the Baltics, and Finland, as its own, refused to recognize the country, and to enforce this, threatened to invade them. Germany pledged their defense, as did Italy. Britain and France, now knowing that war was likely, but staying true to their alliance, threatened Russia with the same, though Russia only feared Germany and Italy.
For nearly a year, the two rearmed, but on September 1st, 1939, the Russians launched a massive air and ground attack against Poland, the Baltics, and Finland. Poland was overwhelmed and by the 20th, Russia had defeated Poland, the Baltics, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia, and were pouring into Italy and Germany. On November 30th, Italy had been defeated, and Germany was forced to surrender.
With the more powerful nations subdued, Stalin decided to prepare an invasion of Britain and France, though his officers persuaded him to wait until February, as they lost many troops in the central campaign, and waited, though the more cautious Britain and France didn't seize the opportunity to attack.
In North America, the United States citizens were shocked by their oldest ally's defeat, and began to mobilize an expeditionary force in October. Deciding to take the opportunity, the CSA launched operation Blackbeard, the invasion of the United States, on November 1st, 1939.
In a quick, surgical strike, the Confederacy bombed US Airfields in the north, and quickly smashed through shocked and unprepared troops. Within days, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri had fallen, and the Confederates began advancing North to the great lakes, taking Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and splitting the US front in two, launched the Eastern and Western campaigns, to take the vital west from America, and to finish off the east.