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The Fall of Russia and the Death of Slavery (Trek West Brother)

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1860: The newly unified North German Confederation begins to consolidate, and Germanization of the Baltics begin, forcing the native Baltic peoples from the region, though most leave voluntarily, migrating north to Finland or Scandinavia.  The colonies of Madagascar and Namibia are established, and settlers begin to arrive in the regions on the thought of giving Germany a spot in the sun.

Austria, reeling from its defeat, begins to deal with resistance and rebels in Italy and Hungary, seeing the defeat of the Emperor as a sign of weakness.

The Russo-Turkish War comes to an end, as Russia, overwhelmingly occupied with rebels in the heartland, cannot field a large enough force to combat the Turks, and asks for a cease fire. The two nations meet in Sevastopol, where the treaty of the same name is signed, ceding some land in the Balkans to the Ottomans, as well as some land in the Caucasus, though Crimea is returned, as the Sultan knows all too well it would be a cause for future wars, and would be in a state of constant rebellion.

The Ottoman Empire, with its major victories against the infidels to the north, begins to invest in its infrastructure and military in order to hold on to its new territories and this will fuel a sort of renaissance, or rebirth, of the Empire. The rebirth will be what turns out to be essential, and what will eventually keep the Empire from tearing apart.

The United States passes the Abolition and Relocation Act, freeing all remaining slaves within the United States and funding there relocation outside of the United States in West Africa. It is decided that the relocation will be completed  by 1864, and to complete this goal massive rounding up of blacks, whether fully African or of mixed race, begin being rounded up and brought to a camp in New Jersey, where they are to be held temporarily.

President Buchanan promotes the Act, and is supported by most of Congress as he states they are a major drain on the economy, and that it is better and cheaper to export them, getting rid of the waste in resources and making more jobs for US citizens.

The Southron Railway Company continues to expand lines in Texas and California, though some plans to expand into the United States continue to be drawn up.

In South Africa, the Boers expand exponentially due to people fleeing from war in Europe, as they have been since the Prusso-Russian War began. Here Russians, Poles, Austrians, Bohemians, and Germans learn to coexist, boosting the Boer population, while also abolishing national hatreds of Europe in order to form a sort of new culture, a blend of all different types. 

1861: The Russian Civil War continues as the Serfs begin to link up with their brethren, taking massive chunks of the country, and even Moscow and St Petersburg, forcing the Royal Family to flee to the Crimea, where the region, though only recently held by Muslim forces, has become a fortress almost overnight. In the confusion of the war, the Swedes launch a sweeping invasion of Finland, taking the undermanned region within a matter of months, allowing its annexation into the Kingdom by May 3rd, in what is called the May 3rd Proclamation, which effectively integrated into the Empire.

Needless to be said, the Tsar is outraged, but as of the moment can do nothing to apprehend the Scandinavian invaders, aside from some unfriendly letters. As for now, the fall of Russia has begun in earnest, with Revolutionary Forces having taken vast swarms of the country, overwhelming the military and forcing them farther and farther east with their morale and blood.

By October, the war, though short, had neared its end. The Tsarist State had been moved to fringes of Siberia and Alaska, and in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, with Crimea holding out. Due to there distance apart, it is decided that the two will become separate nations, both ruled by Romanovs. The state in the Bering Sea and Pacific is to be reorganized into the Empire of All the Russians, , and to be ruled by Alexander, while the southern state to be the Russian Empire. As time goes on, the two will be like that of Rome, one becoming the Western Empire, and the other to be the Eastern, though never having the glory of the state that came before it.

The United States of Southron begins to outgrow slavery when Virginia becomes the 5th state after Maryland, Delaware, Arkansas, and Kentucky to abolish the practice. The states either sell their slaves south, or as has become more common, round them up and ship them Africa alongside the northern slaves.

1862: The Revolution finally settles down in Russia, with order being established by the Serf Army and its guiding force, the Council of Moscow. It is agreed by the Council to create a Constitution for this new “Russian Republic”, in the form of a Federation similar to that in the United States.

The document takes weeks to write, being completed in April before being sent out to the provinces, where it fails to garner much support. It seems as if the people, though wanting freedom of the serfs and more say in government, do not all wish for the Tsars removal from power. This is much stronger in the east, where vast swaths of Siberia, though sparsely settled, favors a constitutional monarchy. The Council refuses to consider the motion, and General Alix Robowski is sent east to “sway there favor”. This act will submerge the region in bloodshed, and eventually spread to all of Republican Russia, throwing the country into chaos. The only peaceful regions are those under the Tsars, and that of the Eastern Empire has actually begun to profit from the Pacific trade.

In an attempt to restore Tsarist rule to Russia, the Western Empire slowly begins to extend farther north, promising more liberties after realizing that Serfdom must be abolished. Talks begin within the realm that a new government may be organized to help rule alongside the Tsar. The Eastern Empire holds back as of yet on expansion, but does push through a new set of laws freeing Serfs and reorganizing the state into a more Pacific oriented one, with Alaska becoming an integral part of the nation.

Japan begins trying to “buddy up” with the Eastern Empire, causing trade and friendly relations to be fostered between the two.

1863: The United States continues to relocate the African populace on schedule, having cleared most of the country aside from parts of the Midwest. The first major riots occur in the camps in New Jeresy, where masses of Africans resist deportation. The Massacre of Princeton occurs, when the rioting former slaves attack a neighboring town, slaughtering the inhabitants. The force marches on to Princeton, where it sets fire to the University, killing hundreds. The Federal army is sent in, only to be batted away like a fly. It takes a week before a second army of both Southron and American troops march into the former city, only to find it bloody, with not an American, or Caucasian, citizen in sight. In an actof rage and vengeance, the Southron and American forces chase down the mob, slaughtering every last one where they stand for revenge. The support to the African settlement is cut off, and any African within the United States is killed within the following weeks.

The events in Russia begin to cause fear in Europe, seeing the events as ones that could wipe out the established balance of power should the Revolution get out of hand, like that of Republican France 70 years before.  In order to create “safe zones”, the Swedes, Poles, and Austrians begin to expand eastwards, while Prussia, satisfied with its gains from the recent war, simply stands by.

While the states of Eastern Europe divide Russia in a feeding frenzy, the French are having a jolly good time taking over Mexico. The Mexican government had been defaulting on loans for years, and though the Brits and Spanish had withdrawn by the end of ’62, the French had argued that in order to make sure the Mexicans did not default on loans again, that a new state should be installed.

The new state, or as it is more correctly called, states,  have begun to be more correctly organized, with the new nations of the Yucatan, the Rio Grande Republic, the Kingdom of Veracruz, North Mexico, and South Mexico.  French money and defiantly not settlers begin to flow into the new states, and a gradual modernization begins. Texas is actually quite thankful for the intervention, and signs an alliance with the French, sending in troops to help the new states keep order.

1864: The King of Bavaria passes away, dying without a clear heir to the throne. For weeks bickering about who should be king leaves the people without a leader, and many begin to question Bavarian nationalism in favor of Pan-Germanism, so much so that in September the people march on Munich, seizing the palace and issuing a statement forming the new Duchy of Bavaria, which immediately asks,  to be, and is accepted into, the North  German Confederation.

With the Bavarian annexation, the remaining German states soon follow suit, climaxing in Berlin in late December, and on Christmas Eve, with the council of German nobles and princes surrounding him, the Proclamation of the Reichstag is signed by the Kaiser and the leaders of Bavaria and the southern German states, creating the German Empire. The Princes of each state will form a Council of Nobles, and though holding no actual power, they will advise the Kaiser on what is needed in each province of the Empire.

The new German Empire soon begins to more formally organize not only the German states, but its colonies and new eastern territories.  The colonies of Namibia and Madagascar are named Crown Colonies, and immigration is encouraged, with the goal to spread German culture around the four corners of the Earth, so that it shall never be truly forgotten.

The chaos continues in Russia, with the Eastern Empire finally joining in on the expansion, while the Western Empire has begun to resemble the former glory of the old Empire.

The Southron States, following the Massacre of Princeton, push through a law paying for the removal of slaves and Africans from Southron soil. It is to take place from 1864-1867, and the African population is to be dumped without care in Africa, as President Alexander Stephens states, “they wish to slaughter innocents, they can do it to their own kind”. Though it is not the actual abolishment of slavery, it will pave the way for the abandonment of the practice throughout the nation.

The United States signs treaties with Deseret allowing for a transcontinental railway, of which both would not charge fees for transporting goods through each other’s soil by the railways.

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