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Dissolution of the United States (HSE)

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The Dissolution of the United States occurred in 1986, after two decades of political instability in a world increasingly dominated by the Soviet Union. The United States had been embroiled in the War for Nicaragua against the Soviet Union from 1980 to 1983, and conceded defeat in 1983, in the Managua Peace Accords in Managua, Guatemala. The United States had been heavily bombed from Soviet bases in Cuba and British Columbia. After the war, various groups rose up against central government authority and demanded increased State control of Federal Policy.

State's Rights

In 1984, U.S. President Walter Mondale reluctantly passed the State's Rights Bill in Congress increasingly opposed to the warfare against the Soviet Union. The Bill included, among other things, the requirement that declarations of war required both Congressional and State Legislative majority approval in all houses. Another clause state that, if the state saw itself threatened by the Federal Government, it had every right to secede from the Union.

Mondale, was acting under public pressure during the signing of the act, was having to deal with the massive anti-federal opinion in the United States, increased substantially by the entry into the War in Nicaragua by the previous President, Ronald Reagan. Mondale had overcome Reagan in the 1984 elections, and pledged to make peace with the Soviet Union.

However, in June 1986, Soviet Premier Vyacheslav Molotov announced that, to counter any form of United States assertiveness in international affairs, the Soviet Union would be placing nuclear missile silos in British Columbia, Cuba, and Hawaii. Mondale responded, issuing a statement that proclaimed that "In the case that this plan comes to fruition, the United States will have no choice to respond with military action."

It was Mondale's critical announcement that sparked the final blow to an already suffering Union. Public backlash was severely against the prospect of another lost war against a Soviet Union that was becoming the foremost military power on earth. The Union finally began to fall when Governor of Washington State, John Spellman, declared that "Washington State has constantly been driven to ruin due to the warmongering policies of the federal government. The time has come to restore the true ideals of George Washington, and secede from this bastardization of his principles."

After Spellman's declaration, several state governors followed suit, such as George Wallace in Alabama, George Deukmejian in California, Mario Cuomo in New York, and Bill Clements in Texas. Mondale did not deploy the military in any of these states, citing the fact that it was a legal right of the states to do so.

On August 19, 1986, the final nail was placed in the coffin of American unionism: Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Missouri banded together and proclaimed the re-establishment of the Confederate States of America. Simultaneously, Mondale was killed by extremists proclaiming loyalty to Secretary of State Alexander Haig, although Haig himself denied involvement.

On September 4th, 1986, the U.S. Congress met for the final time, and declared the United States dissolved. The country balkanized soon afterwards.

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