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This is the first timeline of Divided & Conquered. The point of divergence from OTL in this is the fact that North Carolina is very Anti-Separatist. The Mountaineers there did in fact not care about slavery, and preferred the union. However, most were not vocal enough to make a difference, in this timeline they are vocal.
- December 20, 1860: On this day, a month or so after Abraham Lincoln was elected as president, South Carolina seceded from the United States of America. A lot of controversy arose, and many states looked down upon this, most surprisingly and notable, a fellow slave state, North Carolina.
- December 22, 1860: On this day, North Carolina passed a State Law that outlawed "the selling of our darker skinned brothers". The law did not confiscate current slaves, but outlawed selling them within the state's borders. A possible reason this law was passed was to satisfy the anti-slavery westerners who lived in the mountains. This law, which was highly controversial, caused tension between the eastern and western North Carolina. Another notable event on this day was the creation of the South Carolinian Military, which included a Navy, Cavalry, and Army. Recruits and draftees numbered the army to about 3000 men, not including their slaves.
- December 23, 1860: On this day, as a prompt response to the South Carolinian Military, U.S. Major Robert Anderson surreptitiously moved his small command from the indefensible Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island to Fort Sumter, a substantial fortress controlling the entrance of Charleston Harbor. The South Carolinian Military responded by gathering a force (700 men) and concentrating them in Charleston.
- December 25, 1860: On this day, Christmas, Mississippi seceded from the Union, and declared itself into union with South Carolina. Mississippi added 1500 men to the South Carolinian Military. North Carolina and the northern states sanctioned the separation from the union. North Carolinian representatives went as far as to propose a bill to Congress which would revoke the statehood of Mississippi and South Carolina. A clause also read "These unjust territories may never again obtain their own statehood. Annexation from other states should follow if these territories are to rejoin the union.".
- December 27, 1860: On this day, after a day and a half of voting in Congress, the bill passed. Florida and Georgia, two states who ferociously fought the bill, declared themselves no longer a part of the union, and united with South Carolina. The union of states named themselves the Confederate States of America, and set forth creating the new nation.
- December 31, 1860: Shortly before the new year, the US troops at Fort Sumter started firing artillery on Charleston.
- January 2, 1861: Following the Fort Sumter bombardment, the states of Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana all secede from the Union.
- January 4, 1861: President James Buchanan steps down from president, and hands the presidency to President-elect Lincoln, citing lack of control as a reason.
- January 5, 1861: The Confederate Armies seize Fort Sumter, and capture the Federal Troops as war prisoners, Lincoln seeing this as a declaration of war, begins to organize state militias, and orders Federal Troops to Washington D.C.
- January 6, 1861: After heavy days of voting, Virginia secedes from the union.
- January 14, 1861: Lincoln declares Martial Law in the remaining slave states yet to secede, these are Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee. Missouri, and North Carolina.
- January 19, 1861: After five days of voting, North Carolina votes to outlaw slavery, with the condition that current slaves are to remain in servitude for three years. Martial Law is removed from North Carolina.
- February 1, 1861: A large Union army is gathered up in D.C., and Federal Troops are sent by boat to North Carolina, which is in dire need of assistance to its militia. The Confederate Grand Army are stationed at the Virginian border, at which a conflict is going on.
- February 18, 1861: Jefferson Davis is elected the Confederacy's president.