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Wisconsin became a state in 1848 when settlers voted for admission into the united states. Soon, German settlers flooded into the state, some fleeing from failed German revolutions at the time. Wisconsin supported the Union during the civil war and sent out many troops. However, things went on normally after the civil war until the economic downturn in 1873; Congress decided to force new and increased taxes on middle and low class Americans, this in turn upset the workers of the nation especially farmers in the midwest.
After the economy slumped in 1873, Congress agreed to pass several taxes that lessened the salaries for middle-class workers including farmers, mill workers, and other citizens with agricultural careers, this prompted a handful of movements started by the employees that were affected by the tax.
In 1875 one of these movements, called the "Farmer's liberation party" (FLP) came into being, being put togethor by several families of farmers throughout southern Wisconsin. During a rally in December of 1875 in Baraboo, a group of disgruntled men raided multiple stores and businesses, killing one store clerk and injuring dozens of people, mostly pedestrians. In consequence, the police force came to the growing mob of vandals and opened fire; seven of the men were shot and killed, leaving two with gunshot injuries. This event came to be known as the "Baraboo Bloodbath" and gained national attention.
Throughout the year 1876, guerrilla squadrons composed of revolutionaries came into being and mounted several attacks on police forces throughout the state, turning the state into an unsafe war zone. The "Farmer's liberation party" simultaneously grew and supported these offensive squadrons. Eventually, most of the squadrons came togethor to make one paramilitary being funded by the donations from the FLP.
The provisional military invaded both Madison and Milwaukee a year after the incident in Baraboo, and on January 1st, 1877, the FLP and followers that included university professors set up a primitive government and renamed the former state of Wisconsin "The Unified Polity of Wisconsin" .Soon after, Dean Miller, a Democratic politician from green bay, was voted in as President. Defensive walls and forts were erected along the borders of Wisconsin
The UPW's Recognition
Following the revolution, the United states government had not yet recognized the UPW as a sovereign nation. That is until 1915 when the first World war broke out and the UPW sent troops alongside Canadian forces in an attempt to win Canada and perhaps even Britain's support, convincing both the Canadian and American government that the provisional country was, in fact, it's own nation.
In the summer of 1920, the UPW invaded the upper peninsula of Michigan. The United States government immediately counter-attacked with air bombings and later, deployment of troops to the UP. However, the experienced Guerrilla Army of the UPW dessimated American forces and in February 10th, 1922, the Upper Peninsula became the newest addition to the UPW. Air raids continued to terrorize Wisconsinite cities but the UPW imported artillery weapons from Canada to take out the planes. The conflict was at rest by the Fall of 1923.