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1862-Point of Divergence
Before the Union attack on New Orleans, the Confederate Congress ordered ironclads to regularly patrol the Mississippi to remove Northern units from the south. When the Northerners attempted to attack New Orleans and seize the Mississippi, they were met with dozens of ironclads. New Orleans was a place where many ironclads docked, which only made the Confederate opposition even tougher. The Battle of Head Passes became one of the most violent battles in the war's history, destroying almost all of the Union's fleet. New Orleans thus remained free from Union control. This would also prompt Major General Mansfield Lovell to add more guns on the shore just in case another Union attack would happen.
During the Second Bull Run, Robert E. Lee had a substantially larger force, decimating the Union's forces and capturing John Pope, which was detrimental to the Union's morale and prowess. Manassas shall remain secure for the rest of the war. This would also bolster Confederate morale and support, resulting in more soldiers for the army.
The Battle of Harper's Ferry would also be more successful than the one in our timeline. General Lafayette McLaws sent troops to the west after scouting parties reported Union troops retreating to Shepardstown, blocking the Union retreat and killing Julius White.
Judah P. Benjamin, the Secretary of State of the CSA made a speech in front of Confederate Congress and convinced them to enlist slaves, who will be granted freedom if they get honorably discharged or win the war. This would again bolster the numbers of the Confederate Army and help the Confederates win Gettysburg later on in the year.
During the Battle of Chancellorsville, larger Confederate numbers allowed a shorter battle and spared Stonewall Jackson of the arm injury that killed him in our timeline. Jackson will later prove himself useful in the Battle of Gettysburg
With Stonewall Jackson and the extra slave troops, Stonewall Jackson was able to station troops at Cemetery Hill, so when the Union troops retreat, he can ambush them once at Gettysburg, and the second time at Cemetery Hill, which he believes will suffice to defeat the Union troops. As the battle continues north of Gettysburg, Jackson orders many of his troops into Gettysburg to ambush the Union troops that he expects to retreat into Gettysburg. Jackson also ordered Confederate Troops on top of Cemetery Hill, so they can kill Union units that make it through Gettysburg. Union troops did indeed retreat into Gettysburg, allowing the troops to once again ambush the Union troops and allowing the Confederate armies from the North to eventually catch up. Troops from Cemetery Ridge shoot up a lot of the Union troops who made it through Gettysburg. Despite the efforts of Jackson, a few Union troops did make it and stationed themselves at Round Top. Early in the morning on July 2nd, 1863, all units surrounded the now reinforced Round Top, where all the Union troops are holed up. The next phase will be the most bloody phase of the battle. At 6:32AM, Ewell's Troops, coming from the north attack the Little Round Top, where a few extra Union units were stationed, while Lee from the South, Jackson from the East and Longstreet from the West attack the Round Top. Cannons roar as soldiers keep on falling. With a numerical advantage, Ewell finally takes the Little Round Top, but half of his army have been killed in the process. He follows orders and attacks the Round Top. Ewell was essentially launching a suicide assault as half of his men have died and he knows that charging up another hill will put him at a disadvantage. However, he shouted Charge and his men charged up the Round Top. These were his last known words. Ewell's troops did heavy damage to the Union forces at the Round Top and shifted their attention, allowing Lee, Jackson and Longstreet to finally take over the Round Top and defeat Union forces.
The Battle of Athens, unlike the one in our timeline, was larger, 3000 Confederate Cavalrymen launched an assault on Athens, outnumbering the Union forces and destroying their army.
Longstreet's army decides to move south, to Northern Virginia after Lee devises a plan to capture D.C. Robert E. Lee and Jackson also moves south, and nears Washington D.C. In his trek south, he takes Emitsburg, Hagerstown, Federick, Olney, Gaithersburg, Rockville and Bethesda. Confederate re-inforcements come for the final assault on D.C. Longstreet seizes Arlington and Alexandria in surprise attacks. D.C, surrounded by two fronts is attacked. Ironclads fire upon Union units in the Potomac as Longstreet attacks from the south, while Lee and Jackson attack from the north. The Union territory in D.C eventually boils down to the Capitol and the White House, which will stay that way for the next two weeks. The bloodiest battle was the Battle of the Capitol, as Confederate forces fight against a fearsome Union unit. After days of Cannon fire, the Capitol finally fell and was taken by the Confederates. The White House remains the final Union territory. On November the 12th, 1864, Lincoln finally surrenders and allows the south to secede, with West Virginia given back to them. A southern part of California, called South California was given to the Confederacy, along with South Nevada, South Utah, Kansas and Colorado. The Confederacy in return gave up claim to any cities not in Confederate territory. The bloody war, now called the War between the States has ended.
After the war, the Confederates began to rebuild what the Union had destroyed. With inflation happening during the war, the Confederates instilled a gold standard to halt inflation and increase the worth of the Confederate Dollar. They also lowered tariffs to 7.5%, set a 5% excise tax and also set a 2.5% sales tax to fund the government. The Confederate Government lowered the tariff to 7.5% so the South can buy machinery at cheaper prices and industrialize at a quicker pace. By 1884, the south had industrialized, with machinery replacing slaves and factories taking up more and more space. The firearm industry becomes larger and larger in the south, and begins to compete with the cotton industry. To this day, the firearm and cotton industry remain the two largest industries in the Confederate economy.
When election season came, the Whig Party, reformed by Alexander Stephens nominated its founder, while the Southern Democratic Party nominated Judah P. Benjamin. The election was tense, as the Whigs, which took up the southern ideals of low tariffs and states rights, while supporting gradualist industrialization and classical liberalism appealed to many gradualists in the south while winning the support of some farmers, while the Southern Democrats stuck to agrarianism and nationalism. Both parties opposed a central bank and supported a gold standard. At the end, Judah P. Benjamin won the presidency by ten electoral votes, whilst the Whigs controlled Senate, and the Southern Democrats controlled the House by two representatives.
The war also granted the CSA the Indian Territory, and in return for the service of the Native Americans, the territory became a state and was given to the five civilized tribes. Stand Waitie, a highly successful Amerindian Confederate General became the Governor and began to control white settlement of the area, which the Confederate Congress and people respected the decision, knowing that this is payment for the numerous services the Native American Troops gave to the Confederacy by providing intelligence and securing Kansas, most of the Utah Territory and even helping to attack California. White Settlement was eventually allowed in Sequoyah in 1940, but that resulted in a largely Amerindian state and became a travel destination for tourists to see the most authentic of Amerindian culture.
By 1905, slaves were deemed useless due to machinery by the Confederate population and evil by the rest of the world. Those two factors, working in conjunction finally ended slavery in the Confederacy state by state. Louisiana was the last state to abolish slavery in December of 1906. Former slaves, illiterate and uneducated were segregated from the rest of society, and those who came from the former slaves remained being segregated until 1973. Free blacks and mulattoes were not segregated from the rest of society, but much of society viewed them with suspicion. There was a lot of technological competition in the early 20th Century between the north and the south, especially within the automotive and aerospace industry, where northern and southern companies competed with each other's designs.
In China, with less American influence, a nationalist government based on Constitutional Monarchism overthrew the Qing, creating the Empire of China, which also included parts of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Korea and Japan. The Russians, using the political disarray in China took over Northern China.
World War I came around, and with a divided America, World War I ended in a stalemate, with the Geneva Treaty of Peace being signed in 1917. With no Fascism and Communism in Europe, monarchism continued to be strong in Europe to this day. World War II is averted, but a war still happens between China and Japan, ending with Japanese defeat.
The Russian Revolution still happened, but this time it was led by a nationalist monarchist group that wanted limitations on the monarch's powers and a parliament, much like the one in China. Many European nations follow suit to move towards nationalist Constitutional Monarchism. A few European nations such as the Scandinavian Republic, Switzerland and France moved towards a federal or confederal Republic, but constitutional monarchism is the ideology of most European nations.
In 1929, the Stock Market Crash still happens. However, due to a gold standard and a lack of a Central Bank, the CSA came through less damaged than the rest of the world. Many northerners move south due to a stronger and less volatile economy, thus strengthening the southern economy.
By the 1940s, the world economy has recovered from the 1929 Stock Market Crash. The League of Nations was reformed and became prominent. The US joins the League of Nations, but CSA and the Caribbean nations within their sphere of influence decide not to join.
In the 1950s, the Confederates were enjoying a strong economy, while technology continues to improve for the Confederates. The Confederates were the first to develop a supersonic fighter jet, while the Union were the first to reach space with the Mayflower Space probe. A space race between the Confederates and the Union has has begun. In 1957, two years after the Union reached space, the Confederates launched Dixieland. The next race was for the moon, which will happen in the 1960s.
In the 60s, John F. Kennedy was elected as the Union president, while Barry Goldwater was elected as the Confederate president. They began a de-militarization of the border between the north and the south and economic activities, to bolster diplomatic relations. Despite the improvement in relations, the space race continues for the moon. In the end, the Union ship Apollo 11 accidentally crashed with the Confederate ship Plato XVI, resulting in both nations failing to reach the moon. In the end, the Greater Russian Empire (Russia, Mongolia, Northern China) landed on the moon successfully with their ship the Tsar.
By 1968, a Civil Rights movement has been started in the CSA, demanding fair government treatment to the descendants of slaves. Although it was unable to fix the cultural stereotyping of those of African descent, they were able to end the segregation of former slaves by 1973.
The 1970s were a time of social revolution, popular music has reached the south, a decade after it reached the north, while woman's rights movements finally gain traction. Women's suffrage was in every state by 1975. The 1970s also saw more and more southerners opposing smoking, something that was once done by 68% of the adult male population. The tobacco industry, once second to the cotton industry begins to stagnate.
The digital age hit the Confederacy around the same time it hit the Union, with the North's IBM and the South's NAS (New Age Semiconductors) competing over newer computer designs. George H.W Bush, the President of the Confederacy and John B. Anderson of the Union began a new reconciliation talk to open up the borders, but a PaleoConservative movement in the south blocked any efforts and have hampered any further diplomatic relations.
Despite globalization, the Confederates and the Union still remain distinctly different, southern and northern culture is different, far more different than today's timeline. Racial stereotyping against blacks remains active in the CSA, while the two America's populations have prejudice toward the other America.