In 2002, with the Soviet introduction of its wiki-based encyclopedia, the Proletarian Encyclopedia, the Confederate government under Gary Bauer ordered Wales to create Wikipedia as a counterweight to the Soviet project, much as the College Board in the Post-Union States was a counterweight to the Soviet-sponsored International Baccalaureate Program.
Wales began work on Wikipedia with Confederate activist Andrew Schlafy. From the beginning, Wikipedia was subject to conservative influences, and became even more so with the ascension of Mike Huckabee to the Confederate Presidency, and in the Fourth World War. During this time, Wales started his own personal project, known as Wikia.
After the Confederate defeat, Wales and Schlafy were put on trial by the Soviet occupation force for inciting violence. Despite popular support, both were executed.