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Part 1 (The Fall)

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1792: The United States splits because of regional, political and economic reasons into the Federation of New England and the United States of Southron.

1793: United States of Southron: The USS declares it owns all of the land from won from Britain, causing New England to move troops and occupy Fort Dearborn while Southron troops move to Fort Toledo and OTL Chicago, where they establish Fort Jackson. Thankfully however, cooler heads prevail and New England President John Adams and Southron President “Lighthorse Harry” Lee sign a treaty ceding the lower and upper peninsulas of OTL Michigan to New England as well as parts of OTL Wisconsin and Minnesota.

1794: Federation of New England: The FNE begins to increase settlement and defenses in the new Michigan and Superior Territories.

United States of Southron: The USS organizes its new lands into the Territories of Franklin, Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri.

1795: The USS: The USS begins the construction of a road from Philadelphia to Savannah, and from Savannah to Spanish New Orleans.

The FNE: The FNE begins building up its navy and establishes the Eastern and Western Great Lakes Fleets. Fort Adams is established at OTL Sault St Marie.

1796: The National Road in the USS reaches Norfolk from Philadelphia and then its second stretch connects Charleston to Savannah.

The FNE establishes a strong economic partnership with the people in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, increasing the ties between them and New England.

1797: The National Road in the USS now goes from Philadelphia to Raleigh and from Raleigh to Savannah, connecting all of Southron from Pennsylvania all the way to Georgia. Meanwhile with completion of the road from north to south construction of a road going west to Fort Cairo traveling along the Ohio River from Norfolk begins, with Fort Cairo being at the meeting point of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

The Federation of New England re-establishes ties with London with the signing of the Treaty of Halifax, which allows fisherman of both nations to fish in each other’s waters while also allowing the fisherman to dock in their counterpart’s ports and sell them there.

1798: The United States of Southron passes a bill adding the state of Delaware to Maryland due to the loss of population and the economic collapse of the former.

After a massive riot by slaves fleeing from Southron the New English Congress passes a law making it illegal for “any negro to reside in the Federation”, and the blacks begin being deported to OTL Liberia under the management of the New England Colonization Society, and construction of new homes and buildings for the blacks begins there, strangely the American blacks begin enslaving the native Africans, re-establishing the Southron Plantation system there.

1799: Seeing what occurred in New England and hypocritical actions of American Negros in Africa itself, a law similar to the New English law is passed, and Southron Blacks begin settling north of the NECS settlement and not surprisingly the same enslavement of native Africans, and the Southron Colonization Society is established to profit from this without worrying about riots or rebellions, and soon thousands of enslaved blacks begin to be sent to SCS Nagoya, and whites from Europe are promised money to immigrate there, and thousands of whites begin to move to Southron, replacing the blacks as free workers.

The FNE continues deporting blacks to Liberia and takes the example of Southron establishing a New English Protectorate run by the NECS, giving money to New England while the common New English farmer knows nothing of it.

1800: The USS completes its road to Fort Cairo, and several towns spring up along the road.

The Federation of New England completes removing all negros from within its lands, and all attempts at immigrants from Africa is barred.

1801: The USS begins seriously encouraging the immigration of whites from of Europe to boost population and provide a good reliable work force as most of the negros are now in the SCS Colony, and the new labor is needed.

The FNE, seeing that is a weak nation and in need of foreign allies, signs an alliance with the British Empire, effectively turning New England into a protectorate.

1802: The Federation of New England establishes several trading posts in the East Indies, namely Java , New Britain, and Papua New Guinea.

Southron deports the last negroes to the SCS Territory in West Africa.  More Europeans immigrate to Southron and begin settling the territories.

1803: The French Revolution breaks out (it was delayed to the fracture of the USA, but gradually the example of Southron democracy came to inspire the French peasants), and it is widespread across France. A young soldier in Corsica named Napoleon Bonaparte soon takes up leadership of the Corsican rebels, uniting them and leading them to victory against the Royal French forces. After the victory he orders the seizure of the French Naval vessels currently docking on the island, giving the Corsicans three Man-O-Wars, four Frigates, and 16 transports. The 23 ships are soon outfitted with the new flag of the newly reformed Corsican Republic, and turned into the core of the new countries navy. Napoleon then orders the new fleet to dock in Revolutionary controlled Nice, where the Corsicans are welcomed openly, and some Rebels begin considering following the Corsican example and declaring independence.

The USS begins sending money and weapons to support Corsica and the French Revolutionaries and Corsica is recognized as a sovereign nation.

The FNE announces its neutrality but secretly sells 2 Man-O-Wars and 6 Frigates to Corsica.

1804: The rebellion takes form in the newly declared nations of Brittany, Normandy, and the Republic of France which form from areas under the Revolutionaries control, and the 3 nations along with Corsica form the Republican Alliance, which announces its only goal is to keep independent and maintain their sovereignty. The new Alliance is soon threatened however when Royal forces invade the Republic of France and advance to the gates of Nice when Corsican forces in cooperation with the Republicans defeat the Royal Army and launch a counteroffensive, taking all of France from Orleans westward. The new lands are soon organized as the Republic of Aquitaine, and it joins the Republican Alliance. Having been defeated and now left defenseless, the Royal government in Paris signs a peace treaty with the Republican Alliance, giving all of its member’s independence and hammering out the final details for the now shattered French nation. It is decided that the French colonies ill be ceded to Corsica and Rep. France while the remaining land under the Kingdoms control will be part of the Kingdom of France and King Louis will renounce Royal claims to the rest of France.

New England begins a road connecting Boston to New York City and then to Albany and Buffalo, and Britain agrees to sell some land on the northern coast of Lake Erie to New England, and this allows the road to connect eastern New England to its western lands.

Southron completes it national roads and the nation is now connected, allowing the flow of hundreds of families into the territories, and the territories are carved even more precisely into the territories of Franklin, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, Cherokee, Illinois, and Vandalia. Franklin has the highest population of the 7, and is expected to join quite soon as a state.

1805: Corsica and the Republic of France the French Commonwealth (basically a loose confederation), and the new Commonwealth begins to slowly unify the two nations into one country. Meanwhile Aquitaine allies itself with the United Kingdom while Brittany and Normandy align with each other and Southron. Republican forces withdraw from Aquitaine and several groups form with different opinions on what direction the nations future should take until 3 main groups arise, the Royal Unionists (which favor reunion with the Kingdom of France), the Republican Unionists (those who favor union with the Republic of France), and the Monarchists (those who favor forming there own independent Kingdom). The 3 groups from roughly 82% of the population combined.

New England begins funding the Monarchists in Aquitaine, realizing an Aquitaine Monarchy could be useful to Britain, and therefore New England.

Southron aligns itself with Normandy and Brittany after signing the Treaty of Brest. A new constitution is written for Southron to strengthen the country as the old constitution had begun having constant problems with the inability to really maintain a national identity and sense of unity among the people, which seriously effected trade and allowed animosity to occur between some of the states. Below is a copy:


We the people of these several United States, in order to secure justice and individual liberties, and to provide for a common national defense, herby do establish and ordain this Constitution for the United States of Southron.

Article I

Section I

The Legislature will consist of one house based on population called the Imagodemos*.  The number of representatives will be distributed as follows; Georgia 7, South Carolina 6, North Carolina 8, Virginia 14, Maryland 7, Pennsylvania 12, and New Jersey 8.**

Section II

The Representatives will be up for election every 4 years with each year ¼ of the seats in the Imagodemos up for election. A Representative must be at least 25 years old, a resident in the state of which he is running, and must be a legal citizen of the United States.

Section III

If a Representative cannot complete his term for any reasons, he will be replaced by an election of his states legislature. A Representative may be removed from his seat in the Imagodemos by a 4/5s vote of the Imagodemos.

Section IV

The Imagodemos will have the power to pass national legislation, approve alliances with foreign nations, declare war, and if the President commits any crime against the People of Southron or this Constitution, impeach the President and remove him from office.

Article II

Section I

The Executive branch of these United States will be comprised of the President who will be elected on the 1st day of January every 6 years. A President may only serve a maximum of 4 terms. The Vice President will carry out the rest of his term and will be elected on the same ballot as the President. The President may veto a bill passed by the Imagodemos which in turn may be overridden by a 3/5s vote.

Section II

The President will be elected by a nationwide popular vote, and he must be at least 30 years of age, a natural born citizen of these United States, and have resided in Southron for at least 3 years.

Section III

The President will have the position of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, have the power to pardon any citizen of Southron for there crimes, grant any non citizen citizenship, and may call for elections for the Judicial Council should a seat on the Council need filling.

Section IV

The President may never suspend the writ of habeas corpus, shut down civilian controlled newspapers, or imprison any citizens with a fair trial by a jury of his peers.

Article III

Section I

The Judicial Branch will be composed of the Judicial Council which will have 7 Judges with one vote each. The Judicial Council will be the Supreme Court of these United States and may deem acts by the President and Imagodemos unconstitutional and nullify there actions.

Section II

Judges must be at least 20 years old, a natural born citizen, and reside in these United States.  Judges may gain there positions by direct election by the states, with each state having one vote each, or by Presidential appointment, with Presidential appointment only viable when a Judge dies or cannot complete his term. A Judge may run for unlimited terms, with each term being 10 years.

Article IV

Section I

The states will have the right to maintain there domestic affairs, make there own taxes, raise and maintain militias, remove federal officials from office by a 3/5s vote of all states with on vote each, decide what to do with there militias, and the right to self determination.

Section II

The states will have the undeniable right to self determination. To achieve the fruits of this right however the states population must approve the measure by a vote of at least 50.1%, and then the Imagodemos must have a vote of at least 33% in the measures favor. If both of these requirements are met, the measure will be approved and passed.

Article V

This Constitution may be amended if 2/3rds of the states if they vote to do so.

With the new constitution made, it goes out to the states, most of which agree with it as a fair balance of powers, and soon all states but South Carolina ratify the document. But by November it is ratified the Constitution becomes law, and in the first election under the new government, Thomas Jefferson is elected as the first President of the United States of Southron.

1806: Aquitaine suffers some economic damage after a fire burns through the capitol in Orleans and burns down much of the city as well as some of the surrounding countryside. Rebuilding of the city begins and construction is set to be finished in 1811 at the latest.

The French Commonwealth creates a to branch government with the Peoples Congress and the position of Commonwealth-General, with the French and Corsican Congress’s merging the to form the Peoples Congress, and they soon select the new Commonwealth-General, who is no other than Napoleon Bonaparte, President of Corsica, who is loved as liberator of both Republics. The new Congress and CG soon agree that all laws made by the Commonwealth will be law in both nations, and this promotes a sense of unity.

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