The Confederate States
The lead up to victory
During the Confederate Revolution, sometimes refered to as the American Civil War, the Confederacy had won may early victories. They were widely favored by European Powers because of their military strength and their immense cotton trade. On January 2nd, 1862, the first British troops arrived in the Confederacy through Mexico to support their new allies. The Trans-Atlantic Allies, as they became known as, constantly beat down the union soldiers, climaxing at the Battle of Gettysburg. After an easy win by the Trans-Atlantic Allies, they marched to Washington DC, only to meet up with a heavily armed Union Army led by General Grant, who was a contender to become the Supreme Commander of the Union Army. After a week of bloody fighting near the White House, the Union was defeated and President Lincoln was killed in a hellfire after Confederate Troops stormed the White House. General Grant surrendered on behalf of the entire Union. Many Unionists migrated to the western territories of California and Oregon and began to try to expand America eastward in the thought of Menifest Destiny, expanding from the sea to the Mississippi River.
The Confederate States Expansion and Reform
The Canadian War
The New Empire had its eye in the coastal region of Canada. In 1867, the same year the U.S. made the small purchase of southern Alaska from Russia, the Confederate Army invaded Canada after they staged a "Canadian Attack on the Empire at the border," which became known as the Affair of Lake Erie. As the newly independent country of Canada mobilized all of its troops, Russia took advantage of this and invaded Canada, which many of the Confederates didn't like at all. eventually, on August 3rd, 1869, after two years of fighting, the Canadian troops to the east surrendered to the Confederates, and to the north at the hands of the Russians only three days later. The Treaty of Montreal was signed and both Russia and the Empire gained land, especially the Imperial Confederacy.
The Spanish-Confederate WarThe citizens of the CSA were feeling their own Manifest Destiny: From North Pole to South. Many saw a future Confederate America controlling the entire Western Hemisphere. The Confederacy quickly began to annex and conquer parts of northern Mexico and began to lay claim to Islands in the Gulf. Worried about their territory, Spain deployed numerous troops th their territories in the Gulf, which then provoked the Confederacy. Eventually, on March 13th 1880, the Spanish-Confederate War began, lasting seven months. In its third month, the Confederacy launched a secret attack in the Philippines and quickly took over control of the island chain. On the second day of the seventh month, American Troops set foot on Spanish soil in Europe, causing huge disarray and paranoia throughout the continent. England, a close Confederate ally, intervened and tried, and successfully, to create peace. The Treaty of Madrid was signed giving the CSA control over the Philippines, Cuba and multiple other islands. The Confederacy was becoming an Empire. The war left the Confederacy an economic mess and civil unrest was prevalent. On November 4th, 1880, out of anger, William James Arlinson, along with his cult the "American Imperials" assassinated Confederate President Greg Johnson and Arlinson crowned himself Emperor of the Confederacy. Many saw this as outrageous, but the New Emperor had a lot of national support for his ideas of reform. The Confederate States was now the Confederate States of Imperial America, or the American Empire.
A New World Power
After the victories of the North American wars, the Confederate Empire had control of over 75% of the coast of North America, and trade made it extremely wealthy. They emerged from the Spanish-America war as a military power and were becoming, after Emperor Arlinson's reforms, richer than ever. The Confederacy, unlike the USA, was egar to show it had a foothold in world affairs.
The Confederate Empire was ready to colonize the world, and sent many ships to Africa and signed many agreements for territory. There were also small Quasi-wars and armed conflicts. The Empire was growing rapidly. It had control of the western halves of Western French Africa, Algeria, and the Union of South Africa.
Treaties and Alliances with the Confederacy
Soon after the Canadian War ended, Russia and the Confederacy signed the Russo-Confederate Alliance pact in 1870, so they could keep a close alliance and, secretly, they wanted to keep an eye on each other in case of any territorial or military movement. Britain, a close ally of the CSIA, signed the Trans-Atlantic Alliance treaty in 1900, which was followed up and revised by the Confederate-Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907, which morphed the Russo-Confederate Alliance and the Trans-Atlantic Alliance together. Because it had no western coastal territory, the Confederates signed an Alliance treaty with Japan in 1904, ensuring trade and military support.
The Beginnings of the Germano-Confederate Wars
The Declarations of War
In 1914, Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated by Serbian nationalists and sparked WW-I. The Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. Germany, looking for an excuse to attack Russia and to protect their allies, declared war on the Russian Empire. The Confederacy declares war on Germany to help out their Russian allies. Germany then declared war on France. After the Germans refused to pull out of Belgium, Britain declares war on Germany. Japan declares war on Germany to help out Britain and the Confederacy. The Ottoman Empire joins the war to help Germany against Russia, which causes the Russian Empire to declare war on the Ottoman Empire.
The War begins
The Confederacy was happy to join and had troops in Europe as early as September of 1914. The Allies were surprised to see Confederate troops in Europe (only the second time in history). The war started out with huge invasions of various countries and various counterattacks. The Italians, wary of the Confederate Imperial troops and the "Confederate Ideal" (rumoured world domination), decide to remain neutral and don't join the war. Early on in the war, the Imperial Powers (The German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires) were making substantial pushes into France and South-Eastern Europe. In early 1915, the Allies ask Italy to join the war so they would have an easy way to invade Austria-Hungary. The Italians refuse. By May, the Confederates came up with a plan.
The Necessary sacrificeThe Confederate General Robert E. Lee III suggested an invasion of Italy to gain the invasion-point they needed. The Allied heads called it "A necessary sacrifice." By June 2nd, the Allied Army, led by the Confederate Imperial Army, invaded Italy and Switzerland and quickly gained control of them with overwhelming numbers. They were used as buffer zones between Austria-Hungary and the rest of the Allies at sea. After this, Romania declares war on the Confederacy because of their actions on a neutral country. Every other Ally declared war on Romania. By this time, the first Japanese battleships reached the Mediterranean Sea. The Allies were now able to successfully fight off the Imperial Powers at sea.
With no Allies bordering it, Russia was fighting a war completely on its own. They were getting beaten back by German, Ottoman and Bulgarian forces. Eventually, Ottoman spys paid off a prominent Russian man, a man named Vladimir Lenin, to organize a revolution to overthrow the Tsar, which caused a civil war. Russia withdrew from the War in late 1915.
Attempt at a Quick End
By late 1915, the Allies had made headway into Austria-Hungary. The German front was being handled almost exclusively by the Confederates. In early 1916, the Allied army in Italy launched Operation Poseidon's Wrath, where a massive naval bombardment of the Ottoman coast, followed by a massive invasion, would take place. The Confederate-lead Allies on the German Front launched a simultaneous Operation Nightstalker to invade Germany. Poseidon's Wrath was met with huge success and, withineight8 months of the invasion, the Allies reach Istanbul (hastily renamed Constantinople in honor of the Roman Empire) The Ottoman Sultan Beşinci Mehmed abdicated and the Empire crumbled. Britain and France wanted to rebuild, but General Lee III and Confederate Emperor Jameston II (Third emperor and son of the first) agreed and told the European heads to "let the Turks suffer and learn their lesson. We will rebuild when we win the war." Nightstalker wasn't as swift, or successful, but was a success in the realm of inflicting huge damage on the German Forces.
The End at Last
With the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding Imperial Powers defeated, Austria-Hungary and Germany remained. On October 23rd, 1917, The Battle of the Rhein began with the Confederates reaching Berlin and the Allies reaching the Austro-Hungarian border. After a month and a half of fighting, the German Empire was defeated and the Austro-Hungarian border was breached. By January 1st, the Austro-Hungarian Empire had surrendered and WW-I was finally over.
AftermathThe War was defined as a fast-paced war and it was rare to ever see a stagnant front line. Europe was completely changed. Former Austria-Hungary was split into two: Yugoslavia and the Reconstruction Zones. The Reconstruction Zones were spheres of influence governed by four countries: Russia (Northern Zone), Britain (Western Zone), France (Southern Zone), and the Confederate Empire (Eastern Zone). Italy was also split up for "Protection and Stability." The North was governed by France and the South by the Confederacy. The Russian Empire absorbed extensive German territory and the Ottoman Empire reformed into the Republic of Asia Minor. The War left Europe an economic dump, but the Confederacy had a huge boost in its economy after the large recession that preceded the war. The 1918 Treaty of Paris was signed to signify the end of the war. Much of the blame was on the Germans and they had to pay huge reparations to Europe and the Confederate Empire. There was an attempt at creating a World Wide organization, called the Peace of Nations, to keep peace, but the Confederacy rejected it because wanted to start its local European domination.
The push for Integrated Territory
The Great European War had a total of 11,000,000 military deaths and many populations in Europe were disjointed. The Confederates, however saw this as an opportunity to try to spread their power outside of the Western Hemisphere. They pushed hard and long for the Integration of their occupied Italian territory for "the sake of reconstruction." The Peace of Nations saw this as a good thing and southern Italy became the new Confederate State of Italius. The reconstruction Zone also saw a power struggle between the Russian-Confederate East and the British-French West. No integrated territory was made, but the power over that area was becoming increasing and eventually France and Britain abandoned the area and let the "Easterners" govern it. The Confederacy, wanting to focus more on its global domination, refused to back out and eventual the Reconstruction Zone was split between the North and South between Russia and the Confederate Empire, respectively. This new state was integrated as the Confederate State of Europa. The Confederacy now officially had permanent citizens in Europe.
The Decline of Slavery
Many people throughout the Confederacy were beginning to look away from slavery and only a small 19% if the population supported it in 1920. Slavery was never abolished, but many just didn't do it anymore as they wanted to focus on world domination. As less and less slavery occurred, The economy of the world saw a slow shift away from cotton to other commodities, which led to an even smaller need to use slavery for money. Nobody in the Northern or European States used slavery and it was dwindling by a thread in the south.
The Great European Depression
With Germany having to pay huge reparations to the world, Russia torn apart by civil war, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire completely destroyed, they all became catalysts for the Great European Depression.
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