|Independence||1922 (from Canada)|
|Currency||North American Dollar|
|Former Currency||Minnesota livre|
Initially, Minnesota was administered as a sort of de facto colony of Canada, but gradually gained greater internal autonomy over the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By the time of the Third Global War, Minnesota had nearly complete internal autonomy, though Canada still handled its foreign relations.
After the Third Global War, Minnesota gained the northern half of the NAC province of Godaiko. By 1920, the so-called NATER party had swept control of the North American Confederation, and a political movement calling itself Reunificationists came into power in Minnesota-occupied North Godaiko (similar parties existed in other territories lost by the NAC).
In 1921, the governments of Misuri, Canada, Aruta, Oregon, the Confederation, Arkansas and Texas met in Misurigawa, Mixixipi province, Misuri. They signed an agreement known as the Misurigawa Pact. Under this agreement, all territories formerly belonging to Oregon, the Confederation, and Texas, under occupation by Misuri, Canada, Minnesota, Aruta, and Arkansas would hold referenda on whether or not to return to their original nations. Any provinces switching hands would be required to be demilitarized for 25 years.
Minnesota refused to go along with this agreement, insisting that Canada had no right to give away their territories, and North Godaiko became the only former NAC province not to hold a referendum.
In 1922, Minnesota declared itself a republic, and proclaimed its complete sovreignty from Canada. Canada consented peacefully, and the Republic was born.
The First Republic was short-lived. Shortly after breaking off, it signed an alliance with Mexico, aimed at protecting itself from the NAC.
Unfortunately for Minnesota, the First Eurasian War (1923-1926) broke out shortly afterwards. With the drastic shift in the world's balance of power, peace suddenly became much less secure in North America. In 1925, the Confederation declared war upon Minnesota, setting off the brief Minnesota War.
Initially, the rest of the North American nations were unwilling to help Minnesota, even after the NAC broke the Misurigawa pact by sending troops through demilitarized zones. It was generally felt that Minnesota had brought the war upon themselves by holding on to North Godaiko. Even Mexico chose not to help Minnesota, preferring to leisurely swallow up the Caribbean states.
However, Confederation forces did not stop with North Godaiko but, emboldened by the lack of resistance, continued on into Minnesota proper, beginning the North American War
North American War and Occupation
NAC troops quickly occupied Minnesota, turning it into the Province of Minnesota. This finally led the rest of the North American nations to declare war upon the NAC, with the exception of Oregon and Florida. The war lasted from 1925-1930. Between 1926 and 1929, all of Minnesota was under NAC rule. A fierce resistance movement sprang up in Minnesota, as in many other occupied regions. By 1929, NAC forces were unravelling, and the NATER government was becoming extremely unpopular. Allied forces were entering NAC territory just as resistance in the NAC grew strongest. Large parts of NAC territory were occupied when surrender finally came.
Minnesota had been liberated. Her independence was re-affirmed, with North Godaiko recognized as part of the NAC.
Minnesota remained suspicious of the NAC, and also felt resentment towards the rest of North America for forcing them to give up any territorial gains or reparations. When the League of North American States was established, Minnesota remained outside of it. They did not join until 1948, and was also the last to join the North American Dollar currency union.
To this day, Minnesota's harbor a distrust of the NAC, and resentment towards Canada. However, this is fading, particularly among the younger generation.
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