The Independent Confederation of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia (usually shortened to ICMAG) is usually considered the legitimate successor state to the Confederate States of America, which collapsed in the 1930s. Engaged in a civil war between the Supremacy League, a rightist paramilitary group supported by Texas, and the National Party, it later fought against the Republic of Texas in the War of Louisianian Independence.
Consisting of the Former Confederate States of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, the ICMAG is usually considered the legitimate successor state to the Confederate States of America. The Confederacy was first established in 1861, and after winning the War of Northern Aggression (First Civil War) became it’s own sovereign nation. During the presidencies of Robert E. Lee, and Judah P. Benjamin, the Confederacy finally emerged from the troubled times of the 1860s. During Lee’s presidency the Constitution was amended to allow a President to run for two terms, and it was during Benjamin’s presidency that Texas seceded from the Confederacy. Despite this crisis, Benjamin’s terms were a success, as he founded many of the governmental offices, and helped diversify the economy. Also during this time, Jewish immigration was encouraged by Benjamin in the face of Russian Pogroms. Although, most of these Jewish immigrants moved to Israel during the 1930s, the influx of Jews helped make the CSA an industrial power.
During the Final Civil War President Robinson of the CSA declared war on the United States over a border incident. Capitalising on widespread discontent with the war, Texas engineered a coup in Louisiana, causing the new military government to seize Arkansas and declare independence. This secession set off a wave of secessions across both the CSA and the USA. After the CSA managed to seize West Virginia in the war against the USA, Virginia secedes, taking West Virginia with it. The Confederate government was forced to flee to Jackson, Mississippi. At the same time, Florida and the Carolinas declare their independence.By the end of the year, only Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia remain loyal to the Confederate government. The remaining three states renamed themselves the Independent Confederacy of Mississippi Alabama and Georgia.
After much pressure by Britain, the CSA finally abolished slavery in the 1890s, although sharecropping, and indentured servitude was norm for blacks. Blacks were segregated from whites, much like the Apartheid system of today. Only in recent years has segregation codes become relaxed, although today in the CSA only a minority of blacks can vote.
During the 1980’s the ICMAG was home to many fringe political groups advocating both far-right and far-left policies. One such group, the Supremacy League gained enough support that it challenged the National Party in the 1995 Presidential Election. The National Party Candidate, Jim McBroom advocated an relaxing of the segregation codes and allowing a greater percentage of blacks to vote. (The law would have allowed anyone with property over 50,000 dollars the right to vote regardless of race.) The Supremacy League Leader, David Duke, advocated a return to harsher segregation codes, and the expulsion of most blacks from the ICMAG.
Though defeated by McBroom decisively, Duke declared the election was invalid, and urged his followers to resort to violence. For the next three years, the ICMAG waged a civil war against the Supremacy League guerrillas. By 1997, the insurgency had almost been crushed.
Then in 1998, the Supremacy League gained a new lease on life as mercenaries from the RMC flooded into the country. The government renewed its efforts and declared the insurgency crushed by 1999. The leaders of the Supremacy League were either killed or captured.
Although terrifying, the Supremacy League never had widespread support and was unable to do more than bomb public places, and military installations, much like the IRA.
In July of that same year, the Texans invaded the Republic of Louisiana. Mobilizing its forces, the ICMAG was a major participant in the war, and lost 700,000 soldiers to the war. While most of the country was undamaged by the war, much of the Mississippi Delta region is in ruins. There were over 200,000 civilian deaths, including 40,000 in Jackson alone, due to biological weapons used by the Texans.
Germany is contributing much aid to the continuing reconstruction efforts. The ICMAG remains in control of the all of Louisiana east of the Mississippi, and has incorporated it as a separate state. There are no plans of Louisiana becoming independent in the future.
Since the war, the Property Voting Act has been signed allowing all people with a net worth of $30,000 to vote regardless of race. This has met widespread approval throughout the country.
Politics & Government
The ICMAG is a Constitution Confederacy with a constitution based on that of the old United States of America. There are three official branches of government, and one unofficial, the Constitution.
The legislative branch consists of a bicameral legislature. The two houses are the House of Representatives and the Senate. House seats are apportioned among the states according to population every tenth year. Each state has two Senators, regardless of population, elected to six-year terms.
There are three levels of executive government: local, state, and federal, with federal being the weakest. The Head of Government is the President, who is elected every six years, and is allowed to run for two terms.
The last branch is the Judiciary. The Judiciary has long been the weakest branch of the government, but has in the last 50 years begun to play a role in checking the power of the other two branches.
The Constitution is the held sacred in the Independent Confederacy with having a strong emphasis on state's rights. As well, free trade is also protected, and this has allowed the CSA to prosper in the last 75 years. The Confederate government was also prohibited from using revenues collected in one state for funding internal improvements in another state. While not written in, states are allowed to secede, and this is believed to have hastened the Confederacy's downfall. One unique power granted to the Confederate president is the ability to subject a bill to a line item veto. The Confederate Congress can overturn either the general or the line item vetoes with the same two thirds majorities as the original US constitution.
The National Party is the ruling party of the Confederacy, and controls the Senate. The House of Representatives is divided between the National Party, the United Negro People's Party, and the Jacksonian Party.
The Current President, Jim McBroom, is a centrist National Party leader who has called for the relaxation of segregation laws.
Ever since the gradual manumission of the slaves in the 1890's, segregation and apartness has been the rule in the ICMAG. Blacks and Whites have separate facilities, cities, and courts. Only in recent years, have segregation and racialism laws been relaxed.
Segregation in the South has been characterized as separate but equal. For most examples, this characterization holds true. All of public grounds are segregated. Blacks live in separate towns, go to separate public facilities, and work in separate jobs, much like the Apartheid system in South Africa.
The main difference between the Racialist System in the ICMAG, and Apartheid in South Africa, is in the implementation of Racialism in the ICMAG. As opposed to South Africa's system, in the ICMAG all efforts are made so that each race is equal.
In practice, this means apportioning tax money of a district by the relative percentage of races in the district. For example if there is a majority of blacks in the district, a majority of the tax dollars are spent on "Black Facilities".
Blacks are by law allowed to vote, but only a minority can. The numbers of blacks allowed to vote has tripled under the administration of Jim Mcbroom. Also, in the last five years, some government positions and the courts have been desegregated.
Most Blacks are members of the United Negro People's Party.
The economy of the ICMAG is a mixed use industrial economy with a middle range GDP, comparable to Portugal or Greece. While agriculture has been decreasing in importance, the ICMAG is a one of the largest exporters of agricultural products. These products include soybeans, cotton, peaches, corn, poultry, nuts, hogs, and beans. Forestry is also very important to the economy as well as fishing. Other major industries include textiles, iron and steel working, mining, and some car manufacturing.
Birmingham is its principle industrial city due to its close proximity to high quality deposits of coal, iron and limestone and cheap labor.
The Port of Mobile is the ICMAG’s biggest port, and it is the 10th largest port in the North American Continent. Another large port is Vicksburg, which is a vital link along the Mississippi River. The ICMAG is self sufficient in energy, having large oil, and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. Important trading partners include the German Empire, Florida, and the Caribbean States.