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The Mexican army sent to invade Texas is obliterated leaving a easy path to Mexico City. The US army marches down from Texas and crosses the Rio Grande. The Mexican armies placed to stop the Americans break due to low morale. American confidence is high after the Mexican armies in California surrender after the Bear Flag Revolt. The Mexican navy is utterly obliterated in the Gulf and the Pacific. The US continues to push south and reaches Mexico City. The Mexicans not wanting their captial destroyed makes peace with the United States. THe Treaty of Guadaloupa-Hidalgo is signed ceding California through Texas and the Yucatan to the USA. California Gold Rush occurs in the California Territory. Slave owners settle in California and New Mexico. This causes great tension between the North and the South.


The Compromise of 1850 is passed in Congress and the Senate. The compromise says that California will be split in two and the New Mexico Territory will become a slave territory. California and Oregon and the Yucatan will become Free States.Continued tension between the north and south over the territories. However the Democrats continue to hold the White House with their pro-Southern policies.The Crimean War begins between a Anglo-French Coalition against Russian dominance in the Black Sea. Bleeding Kansas begins to let the people decide on whether Kansas should become a Free or Slave state.
Crimean War Picture

A painting of an assault during the Crimean War

John Brown attacks several plantations in Kansas. Free and Slaver citizens open fire on each other in Lawrence.The Lawrence Massacre occurs after Missourians invade and slaughter the towns inhabitants. The Federal Government turns a blind eye to the attacks by Slavers but calls for punishment by attackers by Free state believers.The Crimean War ends with the Anglo-French armies betrayed by the Ottomans. The last major outbreak of violence was touched off by the Marais des Cygnes massacre in 1858, in which Border Ruffians killed five Free State men. In total 56 people have died. However, Kansas becomes a slave state officially pissing off the north. In December of 1859, New York succeeded.


Several other states succeed from the USA. These are Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio. They form the Federal States of America with its temporary capital in Albany.
Federal States of Columbia Flag

Flag of Federal States of America

Federal soldiers seize the Union controlled Springfield Armory. Democrat US president John Breckenridge declares the northern states are in a "State of Rebellion". 6 more states join the Federal cause, these are Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota. Union forces attempt a easy invasion of the FSA to try and capture roads and railways leading to the new capital of New York City. The First Battle of Gettysburg is waged leading to the route of Union forces back into Maryland. Other free states such as North California, Oregon, and Yucatan remain loyal to the Union government. In the Great Plains the Union forces under Stonewall Jackson halt a Federal march west to spark rebellion in the west coast states. A Federal invasion of Maryland routes US forces from the capital. A temporary capital is set up in Atlanta. The USA attempts to invasion of the Midwest but it fails due to superior Federal equipment.
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Federal guns bombard USS Jackson in the Chesapeake Bay during the Peninsular Campaign

The USA attempts one last offensive on the Eastern Seaboard to capture New York. The US retakes Richmond and Washington in several bloody sieges. US general Lee moves into Southern Pennsylvania. However the Second Battle of Gettysburg is raged. The second American invasion of the FSA fails due to superior Federal equipment. The Treaty of Philadelphia is signed by the USA and FSA. This provides the basis for the United America Party in the USA. This party lead by revanchists and conservatives to reclaim the north for the stars and stripes. In the FSA victory celebrations are held with the reelection of John Brown. Whig candidate Andrew Johnson wins the Presidential Election over President Breckenridge's failure in the civil war. President Johnson takes a more Imperialist approach. The US begins a expansionist campaign in the Pacific and Caribbean. the US annexes several islands in the Pacific and in the Caribbean and purchases Alaska from Russia. Immediately American naval forces swarm the Gulf of Alaska. The Second Mexican American War is fought as American troops and pioneers grab Baja and Sonora as the new Territory of Sonora.


In 1870, feared by Prussia, France declares war on Prussia who is attempting to unify Germany. Prussia lead by Otto von Bismarck defeats France and annexes Alsace-Lorraine. Germany unifies and common ground is found for imperialism. In France, a revanchist movment know as the Action Francias seeks to regain Alsac-Loraine from Germany. This Party easily wins the election in 1875. In the Americas, the alliance between Peru and Bolivia is strengthened when the Great Guano War breaks out in 1879. The FSA continues to prosper, dominated by the Republican Party under current President George B. McClellan. The Federal armed forces remains at large as the most technologically advanced army on the country but no werhe near the size of the Union forces in numbers terms. The FSA has a great relationship with Britain who has supplied the Federal army with the best weapons, with both natins combining their arms industry and technology to create the best arms. The USA reamained under Whig rule until the 1880s. President Johnson won reelction in 1870 and pass the presidency to Whig president Stonewall Jackson. President Jackson was much more imperialistic aproach to politics, taking influence from the United America Party which was now rivals with the Whigs and Democrats. The first act of American imperialism takes place in Africa when US missionaries strike up a native rebellion in Liberia and have the Liberian government call for US help. US Marines quickly come in and oust the current government. In the urban centers of the south, industrialization is forced upon the states. Slaves are put into factories and white soldiers are sent in to guard the slave factories which produce fire arms and machinery. Started by President Johnson and finished byJackson, a Trans-Contiental Railroad is completeted stretching from San Fransisco, North California, to Charleston, South Carolina. The US also instigates several wars in Latin America. The Third Mexican-American War is fought mainly for the US army to test out new lever action and repeating rifles along with breach loading rifles and cannons. The US takes away  the rest of the former US border and adds it to the Chihuahua territory. in 1877 the US also instigated the Mosquito Conflicts, a series of wars to conquer Latin America and eventually by the 1880s control the entire region. In 1879 one of these Mosquito Conflicts would trigger the Ithsmus War against Colombia. This was easy as Colombia's navy was obliterated by US ships under Admiral Dewey. In Africa the Americans take portions of West Africa expanding the Liberian Territory to the Gold Coast and Gambia. In South Africa, a move by the British offically ends the Zulu Empire, an act objected by the FSA for "Imperial Racist Expansion". It was followed by the Federal President Frederick Douglas, the first African in America to take any real power, bashing the British government verbally in Congress.


The 1880s opened up with violence in South America with the continuation of the Great Guano War. Eventually Peru-Bolivia win despite Parguay joining the war with Chile. At a peace conference in Buenios Aries the Chileans are forced to sceed much of their north to the Confederation. The Confederation is so big that it is renamed the South American Confederation after Paraguay is annexed. To the East the Empire of Brazil collapses after Pedro II dies. A military Junta funded by the Americans takes over. The Brazilians invade and take over the southern regions of their land which had been a British puppet state. In Brazil Doedoro do Fanseca wins the elections under the Brazilian Patriot Party (a Brazilian offshoot of the United America Party). In Latin America the Mosquito Conflicts come to a end in 1885. Colombia has been supressed into a backwater US puppet, grudgingly accepting the status quo with large resentment from the local population. In the FSA, the issue over the Zulu conflict fades away after William Shermans entrance as President for the Conservative Party. In 1887, the USA passes the Freemans Act which outlaws slavery after years of Northern influenced and funded slave rebellions. Massive numbers of blacks and Mexicans are deported from the country purposely by the Americans and their own willingness. In Africa slave owners pay their former slavs almost nothing for them to get by therfore forcing the former slaves to work on the plantations forever. The US also sees its last Whig President come to power. President Wade Hampton III continues America's expansionist dreams. The US annexes Hawaii after a coup by local American plantation owners in 1886. The US views Hawaii as the springboard to the vast expanse of the Pacific. The Americans would secure northern Papua. Other American forces secured the Marianas, the Gilbert, and the Soloman Islands. In 1885 the division of Africa occured with the Congress of Berlin. The French would grab West Africa along with spain. Britain grabs Egypt along with most of South Central Africa with the colonies of Botswana and Rhodesia. Belgium would carve out a massive teirritory in the Congo. Germany would grab Southwest Africa and Tanganyika along with Kamerun and Togoland. Togoland was crucial because it bordered the American state of Liberia and the Americans were also extremly sympathetic with Germany. The Italians managed to grab Eritrea and Somaliland at the last minute adn would conquer Libya in 1889. Portugal meanwhile carved out a area a little bigger that Texas in Angola. and a area bigger that California was grabbed in Mozambique. The Balkans was another mess with the Second Russo-Turkish War dividing up more slavic states. Romainia was put under Russian protection and Bulgaria forged a alliance with blood for Rumelia and Thrace. For the 1880s ended with imperialism in Africa and the Pacific, and the rise of Quasi-Fascism in the Americas.


The last decade of the turbulent 19th Century began peacefully. The Germans would rage brutal wars in Africa against tribal peoples starting with the Maji-Maji War in 1895. Compared to 500,000 tribal casualties, the Germans only had around 400 loyal Askari and only 15 colonial soldiers die. Yep, 15 white soldiers to 500,000 tribal's. American ambitions continued with the purchasing of more Caribbean Islands from Europeans.  In South America the American allies of the Confederation and Brazil expand their armies and navys, with American naval technology the Confederate navy now posses better warships that Chile, which the only reason why the Peru-Bolivians won the Great Guano War is because or their army. In North America the US industry is just a little behind the Federal industry. Americans factories have turned many of the rivers in the South to polluted wastes.
USS Maine

painting of the USS Oregon before its destruction in Havana

In 1898, a event would change Europe and America forever. In 1898 the USS Oregon blew up in Havana harbor, the US was off to war against the remnants of the Spanish Empire. The US under Admiral William Dewey set out for the Philippines. One future American President, Douglas MacArthur would be in this war as his first test of combat by his father Arthur MacArthur. Within months the Americans had secured, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Fighting in the Philippines continues but the Spanish and Philippine Rebels have mainly been destroyed. The Treaty of Lisbon is signed forcefully ceding Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines to the Americans. In Africa the start of the Second Boer War begins in South Africa.


In South Africa, the Second Boer War continued to rage. With the main Boer armies defeated, a guerilla campaign started against the British who responded with concentration camps where they placed Boer civilians. The war was quickly over by 1902 despite how controversial it was. The FSA had turned a blind eye to this conflict with President McKinley in charge. In the USA the United America Party rules. President Leonard Wood controls the armed forces and most of the US army, armed with new M1903 rifles and copies of German howitzers line the 4,000 mile long border with Canada and the Yankees. The US in the 1900s would experience several race riots which the Democrats instigated. The Fisherman's Riot by Chinese protesting against segregation and low wages were fired upon by the spiked helmets of the State Guard. Elsewhere in the world the Russians and Japanese faced off in Manchuria and in the Pacific. This event nearly triggered the Great War with the Dogger Bank incident. 1901 would also see the creation of a future American ally. In Oceania the British federated Australia and New Zealand into the Commonwealth of Australia. Other events that occured was the Boxer Rebellion. In 1900 and 1901 the 7 nation alliance between Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Austria, Russia, and the USA fought against China and Chinese civilian soldiers called "Boxers" who attacked European and American enclaves on the Chinese coast. In North California, the San Fransisco quake show the destructive power of a earthquake to the western world. The first seismographs are deployed in California to record and prepare for earthquakes.


The early 1910s was crazy. In America Leonard Wood lost to another UAP candidate, William Jennings Bryan. President Bryan solidified America's ties to the Central Powers. A new alliance was drawn up in 1911, the Atlantic Concord. This was to counter the Quadruple Entente. In Africa the German colonial wars ended. In the Balkans, the Slavs rose up against Ottoman Rule. The Balkan War saw the destruction of most of the Ottoman rule in in Europe. Bosnians, Albanians, Greeks, Serbs, Romanians, and Bulgarians fought together. The war was won in several months in 1912. This would prompt Italian armies to take Libya from the Ottomans. Also in Africa, the British form the Union of South Africa is formed with a Boer general, Louis Botha is inagurated as the first South African Prime Minister. Also in 1912, the pride of the White Star Line, the RMS Bermuda (Titanic got an American dreadnaught name as Titania), struck and iceberg and sunk in the north atlantic on its way from Ireland to New York. In the twin elections of 1912 for both of the collections of American states. UAP selected Woodrow Wilson who promised that the USA would be prepared for any clonficts with the Entente.  In the FSA, the Republicans chose Theodore Roosevelt. Both would be inagurated in 1913. Roosevelt was a Yankee militarist and immediately began to raise the peacetime force at least 300,000 active personal to confront the growing number of American conscripts on the border. Canada also began to mount up troops with a ever present number of British soldiers in North America. Then with what seemed to be a Second Balkan war looming, the Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand was shot in Vienna by a Bosnian terrorist. Austria moved on Serbia prompting a response from Russia. The series of alliances drawn up by different powers had entangled the world in the greatest conflict the world will se up to this point.


The Great War is said to have begun on June 28th, 1913 when Austrian officers lobbed shells over the Danube onto Belgrade.
Bulgarian artillery at Bregalnica

Bulgarian artillery set up for the bombardment of Serbian border postions

After Austria entered the war so did Bulgaria. Bulgarians had been enraged at the fact that they hadn't gotten the territory they were promised in the Balkan War. The war quickly fanned out. In July of 1913, Germany launched an attack on her neighbor France, but attacked through neutral Belgium. Britain declared war on Germany. Far across the Atlantic, the Entente forged a path of destruction across the United States. On July 4th, the old US Independence Day, Federal forces crossed the American border under covering artillery fire. In Maryland, a Federal army under former President Leonard Wood took the first few towns. Down the Mississippi Federal river monitors bombarded St. Louis and even Memphis. The Federal invasion had begun. President Roosevelt threw his men across the various rivers to try and knock the USA out of the war. The Federal army in August reached St. Louis and wrecked the city. The infamous Schleifen plan was underway in Europe. The spiked helmeted armies of the German and now Dutch forces raced forward against French, Belgian, and British forces. In Eastern Europe, the Russians were pushed away from East Prussia with huge casualties, some 500,000 Russians, Poles, and Latvians killed, wounded, or captured. The Western Fronts defining moment was 75 miles from Paris. The "Miracle" of the Marne where Taxi cabs loaded with soldiers were said to have stopped the German-Dutch forces from Paris. The Western Front quickly devolved into trench warfare at that point. In America, the Federal Invasion had also grounded to a halt in Central Virginia. More and more precious Federal forces were thrown into the meat grinder. The war in Canada was also halted, British and Canadian troops had stopped the Americans outside of Winnipeg. Soon Canadian troops using plans drawn up by Arthur Curie drove into Alaska with Far Eastern Russian units. In the Balkans Serbia managed to beat back Austria's failed crossing of the Danube, but in Macedonia, Serbian forces buckled under the pressure of most of the Bulgarian Army. Austrian forces were also bogged down and demoralized in the Carpathian mountains.
Cheshire Regiment trench Somme 1916

Federal soldiers in trenches waiting for an American assault, mid 1914

1914 was another year of chaos. In Virginia the Federal Army uses newley made copies of British and French artillery to break through the Union line and pushed into North Carolina. In the Mississippi river region the Federal army finally is stopped at Memphis due to more sodiers comming up from California, Mexico, and Texas. Mexican units are another reason why the America army at this time was still bad, in order to try and eradicate its minorites ability to revolt against he White Majority. Mexican and black conscrips, poorly trained but in great numbers, they would make up the bulk of the American army for years. The offenisves on the Western Front wouldnt get anywhere. Both sides couldn't get anywhere even if they brang in improved artillery. On the Eastern Front the fighting was very liquadated besides in the Carpathians. The seiges of Austrian fortress' on the border with Poland was a bloody afair. The Germans also moved into Poland by summer. Warsaw was taken and in Krakow, Archduke Karl Stephan was placed on the throne of Poland as a German ally. The Free Polish Army was raised for pro-Concord views. In Lithuania other pro-Concord groups took up arms. The Czar in Petrograd was in fear that a German-Rebel army would take the capital. In America for 1914 the Federals and Canadians would continue to press down on the Americans. Also in 1914 the Federal Army reached Central Missouri, and by this time, tired of persecution, the Mormons of Utah and the Indians of Oklahoma rose up in revolt. quickly forces from California and Texas moved in and the revolts quickly turned into a guerilla war. The Caucasus was a forgotten front. The Turkish invasion of Russia was a complete disaster despite the deal they would get at wars end. In Arabia, a revolt by British agent T.E. Lawrence fails and he is hunted down by the Ottomans. He escapes to Egypt. Despite his failure the British send him to another area, Armenia, to fester a revolt which will stop the killings of Christian Armenians. In Africa the war was in a gurilla stage. American Liber was still holding out and in German East Africa, General Vorbeck was still holding out.

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