When Edward the Great ascended the throne, he was eager to prove his mother incorrect and show his ability. His first act was to give independence to much of the Empire, much to the dismay of others. The parts he discarded were merged into the Imperial Confederacy. He strengthened the remaining members of the empire and then united them, making each and every one equal to Britain. He then dissolved Parliament, on the condition that any monarch-to-be must be forcibly abdicated by law if they are not of good quality. When he died in 1923, after leading his kingdom through a world war, he left a rich and stable land. His 20 year old son, Arthur quickly picked up where his father had left off. Rather than rule one empire, he decided, to split them into individual kingdoms then rule them all on a United Kingdoms Council, with the King of Greater Britain at its head. King Arthur also reclaimed land around an island in the Atlantic and calls it Albion, making it the headquarters of the League of Nations and bringing people from all over the United Kingdoms to live there. He died at the age of 80, like his father, having lead the UK through a world war and through the Anti-Fascist War. In 1983, his son Alfred succeeded. Alfred managed to upset most of his fathers careful spending and in 1985, his cousin Phillip was elected by the Peoples Assembly. Phillip was a quiet king and instead of altering Greater Britain, focussed on strengthening what it had. Phillip died in 1993, leaving no heir. Mark, the elected Duke of Albion was voted by the Peoples Assembly to become King. Mark breathed new life into the tired monarchy. The Peoples Assembly was restructured to bring fairness to every corner of the United Kingdoms. Mark brought such wealth to Greater Britain that it outstripped the USA, China and Russia as the fastest growing economy. Experiments with hydrogen as a fuel were being carried out and the first serious plans for a manned mission to Mars were being drawn up, when the Second American Civil War broke out between Monarchists lead by Charles, son of the disgraced King Alfred, and Unionists, lead by Harold Stuarts who wanted to keep the United States united. Greater Britain invaded on behalf of the Unionists, but after insults were thrown, Greater Britain crushed both sides and declared an interim government under the Imperial Confederacy. Shortly afterwards, President Michael of the Confederacy, declared America a member state.
Shortly after Mark's death, his son Edward dissolved the Imperial Confederacy and formed the largest Empire the world had ever seen.This however drew hungry eyes and rebellion to his large and successful empire. Soon Edward took ill and his poor advisers took control. Because of their ill rule and rampant greed, the empire fell into civil war. Its sheer size lead to its downfall. When Edward eventually died, the United Kingdoms divided into the Britannic Empire, governed from Britain, and the Albionic Empire, governed from Albion.