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New York
Timeline: Yellowstone: 1936

OTL equivalent: New York State, parts of New Jersey and Vermont, and the Erie Triangle
Flag of New York Seal of New York
Flag Coat of Arms
New York Y1936
Location of New York

Motto
Excelsior (Latin)

Capital Albany
Largest city New York City
Other cities Buffalo
Language English
Religion
  main
 
Roman Catholicism
  others Protestantism, Judaism, Islam
Demonym New Yorker
Government Federal presidential constitutional republic
President Andrew Cuomo
Population 22,654,776 
Independence from United States of America
Currency New York Dollar

The Republic of New York or more commonly New York is a federal presidential constitutional republic consisting of seven states and two federal districts. New York was formed in the aftermath of the collapse of the United States, and a new government was created quickly after it was established that the United States was no more. Then-governor Herbert H. Lehman was appointed interim President while elections were yet to be held. It was decided that the basic principles of the former United States would be carried on into New York, creating a similar constitution and and electoral process to continue the republican traditions of the former United States.

Immediately following the Yellowstone Eruption the state of New York became a target for refugees from immigrants from nearby regions, contributing to the massive food shortages in the first few years of independence. New York's geographic position towards the north of the United States would also make it susceptible to long periods of cold weather and snow storms, causing occasional crop failure and starvation.

New York rose in the post-destruction period to become a state worthy of note, largely thanks to its pre-Yellowstone condition in the United States economically. Large portions of the state's poor class citizens, namely refugees and foreigners, were be employed in dangerous factory conditions in New York City and other urban centers, creating large quantities of manufactured goods, and would lead the state into a a large economy, built on the backs of poor laborers and their mass production of goods. New York City regained its position as a capital of finance in the New World, and the republic itself would become a safe haven for those seeking a new life, repeating the pattern of the United States in the 19th century.




History

Pre Eruption

See: Pre Eruption History of New York

New York was inhabited by various tribes of Algonquian and Iroquoian speaking Native Americans at the time Dutch settlers moved into the region in the early 17th century. In 1609, the region was first claimed by Henry Hudson for the Dutch, and Fort Nassau was built near the site of the present-day capital of Albany in 1614. The Dutch soon also settled New Amsterdam and parts of the Hudson River Valley, establishing the colony of New Netherland. The British took over the colony by annexation in 1664.

The borders of the British colony, the Province of New York, were roughly similar to those of the present-day state. About one third of all the battles of the Revolutionary War took place in New York. The state constitution was enacted in 1777. New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788.

Eruption and Formation

When the Yellowstone Eruption began the state of New York was firmly outside the blast radius and was not affected by the fall of debris that followed. As a major state still intact however, New York became flooded with refugees and immigrants from Canada and the Midwest. The state of New York called a state of emergency, utilizing national guard units and police forces to quell civil unrest, distribute humanitarian aid, and secure the entirety of the state.

A few days after the eruption had began, the state continued to be assaulted by people of neighboring states. Faced with no other option, governor Herbert H. Lehman was forced to order the national guard to hold back the spread of refugees into the state. This turned to protest and violence, with small skirmishes occurring between desperate refugees and the state's personnel.

Finally, after days of chaos the United States issued a message to all states within its reach, stating that a provisional United States government had been created until all states of the union could be contacted, from which point the United States would be recreated. Until then all American territory still loyal and aligned with Washington would be ruled by this provisional government. Native New Yorker Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued the message, before ending the broadcast across the east coast.

Still firmly intact and confident in the national guard's ability to control the region, the state of New York elected for continued independence from the Provisional United States, until Roosevelt's conditions had been fulfilled. The Republic of New York was declared as a federal presidential constitutional republic that heavily mirrored the former United States constitution and government workings.

Governor Herbert H. Lehman was appointed interim President while elections were yet to be held. It was decided that the basic principles of the former United States would be carried on into New York, creating a similar constitution and and electoral process to continue the republican traditions of the former United States, and elections were scheduled for election day of 1938.

Initial Growth

With the newly created New York government in order the nation was able to turn its attention to other matters. The newly created New York Armed Forces, created from the former United States National Guard units in the area, were tasked with retaining order across the new country.

Many farms in central New York began to be guarded by detachments of the military, to ensure that a stable food supply could be created. Government subsidies were also provided to some farms. Despite moderate crop failures in some areas the initiate was successful, but largely viewed as a short term solution. In large cities thousands of poor refugees and lower class citizens continued to go hungry daily, filling up the streets of New York City with ransacked shacks and slums.

The armed forces were called in by President Lehman in early 1937 to attempt to curb the continued growth of crime in these poor neighborhoods and slums, basically granting the city martial law privileges temporarily. Temporary measures would eventually become permanent as stationed soldiers became common place.

In the 1938 election acting president Lehman was elected to his first official term in office as president. Noted as being a very liberal politician, Lehman would institute a number of policies and reforms similar to the United States' plan instituted by Roosevelt, hoping to lower unemployment.

In the heart of New York City separate business ventures had also begun. Seeing that New York was cut off from the rest of the world's manufactured goods, several small factories sprung across the city, in most cases hiring poor immigrants or refugees. Despite poor working conditions and low pay hundreds of New Yorkers took jobs in the city's factories. The Lehman administration encouraged this, allowing for poor conditions to be tolerated in an effort to lower unemployment and raise the New Yorker economy.

During this time the nation of New York would lay claim to the city of Erie, which had been established as a small city state in the wake of Pennsylvania's state government's instability. The city of Erie had remained an important trading port over the Great Lakes region, operating small scale trade with nations around it. Believing that by taking the city New York would be able to control a greater share of trade over the Great Lakes, New York begin building its military in the west.



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