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Natchez Accords (1983: Doomsday)

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The Natchez Accords is a treaty between the American survivor states of Hattiesburg, Louisiana and Natchez, specifically calling for a common economic market and joint civil and military defense commitment. There has been informal discussion politically about expanding the alliance with survivor states in former Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama. The city-state of Natchez has been, so far, the most vocal about expanding the Accords.

History

Natchez and Hattiesburg leaders met in November 1986 to establish relations between the two cities. They agreed to trade food and other necessities, and to jointly defend and patrol the area between them. Their 1986 agreement was seen as an important precursor to the Accords.

Natchez established relations with the state government of Louisiana in 1987, and was the site of the signing of the Accords, a trade and defense agreement that had its origins in Louisiana's invitation to annex Natchez a few years before.

The accords were formally signed by Natchez, Hattiesburg and Louisiana leaders on May 19, 1989.

The U.S. dollar was established as the main currency by the Natchez Accords. Louisiana, Natchez and Hattiesburg sought a unified currency amongst themselves, with debate splitting amongst using the U.S. dollar or establishing a new currency. Proposals for the "Dixie dollar", "Louisiana dollar" and "Mississippi dollar" gave way to the U.S. dollar for the practical reasons that American currency was already available to some degree.

In 1998, the three nations agreed to mint new dollars, as well as shorter bills representing pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. The currency would remain American in name, but simplified to best serve the limited capabilities of printing presses converted for the task by Louisiana's Department of Finance.

Efforts were begun in early 2010 to formally tie the "Natchez dollar", as the region's currency is currently nicknamed, to the Mexican peso. This would allow for trade with other nations in the region and the world.

In recent years, Natchez has advocated broadening the Accords to include the Texas nation-states along with nations in former Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Mississippi. Natchez also advocates that such an association should make alliances with the North American Union, the Dixie Alliance and other groups in the former southern U.S.

Natchez reaffirmed its commitment to such an alliance in July 2010, while acknowledging that the successor to the various Texas republics would likely become the primary leader in the region. Natchez also would like to form some type of partnership with the North American Union, as it feels it and neighboring republics have more in common with the NAU and Mexico than with similar survivor states in the rest of the former United States.

As of June 2011, informal negotiations continue amongst the pertinent players from Natchez, Hattiesburg and Louisiana, regarding the very nature of the accords. At the time, the three countries came to the consensus that expanding the accords to other nearby city states and nations was unlikely to happen soon.

The road map developed regarding possible scenarios for the future of the accords involves, in the near-term, bringing in Selma and New Montgomery as junior members and long-term as full members. This is dependent on not only significant economic investment in both city-states, but on League of Nations and Hattiesburg representatives defusing the current political and social situation between the two city-states. The Selma War has not been forgotten by any means in either city-state, and most government and business people in the Gulf region believe it will be decades before tensions die down enough to where both city-states can coexist peacefully and work together on any level.

Representatives of the Committee to Restart the United States of America continue to advocate for all three accords members to rejoin what they consider to be the continuation of the U.S. government in western North America. They remain a small minority; the overwhelming consensus remains the long-term future of the region is tied to Texas and Mexico.

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