The Confederate States of America (CSA), commonly referred to as the Confederacy, is a nation set up in 1861 by seven slave states (i.e. states which permitted slavery) of the Lower South that had declared their secession from the United States following the November 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln. The seven states created a "confederacy" in February 1861 before Lincoln took office in March. The US government (the Union) rejected secession and the Confederacy as illegal. The "War of Secession" began with the 1861 Confederate attack upon Fort Sumter, a fort in the Charleston, South Carolina, harbor, which was claimed by both sides. By 1865, after very heavy fighting, largely on Union soil, CSA forces were victorious after Britain was the first to recognise the CSA and assist against the Union in 1862..
Establishing Washington, D.C. as the permanent capital of the Confederate States, the Confederacy began to industrialize their cities and towns mostly from the huge aid and economic resources of the British Empire. Using their significant aid and financial help as leverage, the British put pressure on the Confederate government to end slavery. Refusing the British demands at first, after all, slavery was one of the main issues the "War of Secession" began, the Confederate government created the "Memphis Agreement".
This agreement established that slavery was allowed to continue in the Confederacy and her territories but slaves would have certain legal rights and that all slavery would be regulated by the government. Some of the major terms included, protection from physical abuse (for example whipping or beating), all business involving the selling of slaves would be regulated and inspected daily by the government and that slaves would have to be well fed and looked after. Still unsatisfied with the agreement, the British forced the Confederate government to establish a new term in the agreement in which individuals who had been working as slaves for more than ten years would be allowed freedom at their request. The agreement caused a massive rupture in the leading "Democratic Party" causing the traditionalists and conservatives in the party to break away from the "Constitutionalist Party".
Meanwhile, the Democrats had also drawn up a new constitution, establishing that states would have more say in their own internal running’s and promoted further decentralisation in the CSA. Taxes were reduced and segregation of free blacks and whites was banned while the government established the Oklahoma and Arizona territories (gained in the Treaty of Kingston) to be included as states in the new Union, under the names of Sequoyah and Socorro, respectively.
With such huge amounts of aid pouring in from the British government and British businesses, the government helped build an era of economic bliss and prosperity. This helped the now libertarian "Democratic Party" to flourish unopposed. During this time, the Confederacy built the Jacksonville-Rosarito Railroad which ran through the CSA and Mexico and connected the east coast to the west coast therefore increasing trade and income for both nations.
The First Expansions:
Meanwhile, the Caribbean nation of Santo Domingo was facing political chaos as warlords tok control over certain regions and rebels led constant revolts against the government. Facing such problems the governemnt borrowed mssive sums of money from other nations (the main investor being the Confederacy) builiding up huge sums of debt. Responding to complaints from Confederate bankers over the matter, the CSA invaded and occupied Santo Domingo on the 21st of July, 1870, forcing the government to pay back their debt and to issue a series of economic reforms to stabilize the community.
Nine months after the occupation, the neighbouring nation of Haiti demanded a Confederate withdrawal, seeing it as a threat to their safety, fearing a similar occupation. The Confederates refused and Haiti attempted to remove them by force causing the Confederacy to attack and occupy Haiti as well. After the Confederates built new structures and helped the local economy of both nations, the quality of life began to rise in the occupied egions. Although many intellectuals and academics continued to oppose the occupation, the poor and working classes began to grow more in favour for the Confederacy. After only one year, both nations were eventually annexed after a year and were transformed into the new state of Hispaniola causing mass international outrage and threats of intervention by the Union.
The Confederacy is made up of eighteen individual states. They are:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina