The following is a timeline for the New England Secession universe. Italics denote a fictional character of my own creation.
1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt loses reelection to Republican Alf Landon as the economy worsens. Upon entering office, Landon pushes an agenda designed to undo all of Roosevelt's policies.
1940: The economy is worse than ever. Unemployment is at 35% and rising. Landon is worried that he might lose reelection to Democrat Henry S. Breckinridge, so he uses a relatively small labor riot in San Francisco to declare martial law on the entire country, and cancel the elections of 1940.
February, 1941: Landon is assassinated by dejected former Roosevelt Vice President John Nance Garner. The assassination hurts the Democrats image terribly. Frank Knox, Landon's Vice President, becomes President. William Edgar Borah is named Vice President.
April, 1941: Nazi Germany is much stronger than OTL, and Britain is almost completely occupied by Nazi forces. President Knox sends troops across the Atlantic to "save" Britain. Vice President Borah strongly opposes entering the Second Great War, calling it "Europe's conflict".
May, 1941: Sensing opprortunity, Irish Republican forces occupy British-held Northern Ireland, creating a United Republic of Ireland. Britain is too preoccupied with Operation Sea Lion by the Nazis to even care about the loss of one of their four main countries, and Britain allows the reunion to happen. The Republic of Ireland is finally formed.
October, 1941: Vice President Borah dies peacefully in his sleep, reopening wounds from the Landon assassination. Borah is buried next to Alf Landon in Arlington National Cemetery. President Knox chooses Wendell Willkie of Indiana as his new Vice President.
1942: Knox asks for the Republican-held Congress to hold an election for the next president, to replace the cancelled election of 1940, with Breckinridge the Democratic nominee and Norman Thomas the Socialist candidate. Knox, unsurprisingly, wins the congressional election. Thomas receives no votes. Knox remains in the White House at least until 1944.
Unemployment rises to 48%, homelessness to 29%.
1943: British and American forces invade the Nazi-held parts of France, beginning the long, bloody four-year Vichy France campaign.
1944: Knox is reelected, barely, but there are allegations of voter fraud. Democratic candidate Carl A. Hatch vows to fight the outcome.
1945: Carl A. Hatch gives up fighting the outcome of the 1944 election. Riots in liberal cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami and New York cause an estimated $54,000,000 in damage.
The Democratic Party falls apart. Left-wing Democrats join the Socialist Party, left-leaning Democrats join the Progressive Party, while centrist Democrats join the Moderate Party, bringing over a few moderate Republicans as well.
1946: Knox's approval ratings are under 30%. The midterm elections give many seats to the Socialist and Progressive parties: together, they make up 90% of the House of Representatives, with Moderates controlling 8% and Republicans controlling a dismal 2%. Progressives and Socialists make up 64 seats in the Senate, and giving the allied parties a super-majority. Walter Emerson of Maine is chosen as Speaker of the House, and Joshua Benson of Oregon is Senate Majority Leader.
1947: The Soviet Union takes Berlin, while allied English and American forces retake France. Adolf Hitler, Leader of the National Socialist Party, and Supreme Ruler of Germany, is captured, tried, and found guilty. In 1949, he is put to death by an all Jewish firing squad of Americans, French and British.
1948: Amazingly, Republican Thomas E. Dewey is elected President of the United States, defeating the Socialist-Progressive ticket of Norman Thomas and Robert LaFolette, Jr. The Moderates did not field any candidates. The election results are so surprising, the cover of the New York Times features the headline THOMAS DEFEATS DEWEY. A famous photograph of President-Elect Dewey holding the newspaper with a broad grin on his face is circulated widely. The gaffe is likely a result of the staunchly Socialist-Progressive editors of the Times automatically assuming that their endorsement of LaFollette and Thomas would pan out. Thomas accuses the Republican Party of stopping minority and lower class voters from voting, though there is no evidence supporting this.
1949: New England Anti-Conservative Organization (NEACO) is founded by Lawrence F. Dawes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the heart of Speaker Emerson's Congressional district.
1951: Republican governor of Maine, Alvin Scott, is impeached by the Socialist super-majority in the state congress. Although the grounds for impeachment are sketchy at best, Scott retires to Florida without argument. Socialist Carson McMann, President of the Senate and next in line for the Governorship, is sworn in as Governor.
1952: Dewey is reelected, but replaces his Vice President Richard Nixon with Harold Stassen. Dewey famously calls Nixon "dangerous, insane and neurotic" during a conversation he didn't know was recorded. Nixon gives up the Vice Presidency unceremoniously, and then retires to southern California, where he's hardly ever heard from again.
1954: Midterm elections give the Republicans a majority, but Socialists and Progressives win every open seat in New England. The only non-left wing member of congress representing any part of New England is Massachusetts senator Henry Cabot Lodge and Maine senator Margaret Chase Smith of the Moderate Party.
1956: Henry Cabot Lodge loses reelection to Socialist John F. Kennedy, but Republicans gain a super-majority in both houses of congress. NEACO membership reaches 1,000,000 but Lawrence F. Dawes dies. The NEACO board of directors chooses Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy to replace Dawes, the brother of the recently elected senator. Ultra-Conservative Republican governors Harry F. Byrd and George Wallace (both were former Democrats, but were squarely on the right of the political spectrum, and felt they could do better in the GOP) are elected President and Vice President, on an anti-Civil Rights Movement campaign, but with only 271 electoral college votes. New England (and the rest of the northeast) goes completely for Earl Warren and William J. Brennan of the Progressive Party, with the Socialists endorsing them.
1957: Democratic socialism spreads to most of Europe, as Poland is the only European country without a Social Democratic or equally left-wing party in power.
June, 1958: Senators John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson introduce the Civil Rights Act into congress, but it is a complete and utter failure. The Civil Rights Act called for complete equality to all Americans, including homosexuals and other minorities.
September, 1958: The 23rd Amendment (known as the McCarthy Amendment) is added to the United States Constitution (OTL Amendments are pushed back one, so OTL 23rd Amendment is ATL 24th, etc.). It makes "Communist Thought" illegal. While some thought of the amendment as violating the First Amendement, it passes, barely.
1960: Socialist John F. Kennedy runs for president with Progressive Hubert Humphrey. He wins the election with only 273 electoral college votes. Celebrations are held around New England. Byrd's immediate reaction was famously quoted as "Great. Now we have an Anti-American Catholic Irishman running the country."
1961: President Kennedy signs executive order 181, which is virtually the Civil Rights Act. Conservatives are enraged, and call it "a blatant form of tyranny by the president".
1962: A rumor that began as a joke is circulating that President Kennedy wishes to give all of America to Ireland. It turns into genuine hysteria by Christmas, and Kennedy has to go on television on Christmas Eve to address the nation on the issue.
1963: Vice President Hubert Humphrey is assassinated while touring Dallas. Kennedy chooses Lyndon B. Johnson as his new vice president.
1964: Kennedy is barely reelected, on the backs of New Englanders and the new 'hippie' movement. Socialists close the gap on the Republican majority. Kennedy defeats Barry Goldwater and William Scranton of the Republican Party, and the Moderate Party candidates of Margaret Chase Smith (first woman to headline a presidential campaign) and Hiram Fong (first minority to be included as president or Vice President of a presidential campaign) win their two home states, Maine and Hawaii. Maine is the only New England state to go against Kennedy, but he is in a very close second behind Chase Smith. It is the first time any Moderates have ever won any electoral college votes, and the last time until 2000.
1966: Kennedy is shot by a still unknown congressman during his State of the Union address. He survives, but resigns as President. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President, and Johnson chooses Edmund Brown of California to be his Vice President.
1968: Maryland governor and hardcore conservative Spiro Agnew with Arizona senator Barry Goldwater are elected President and Vice President, defeating the Johnson-Brown ticket. Agnew pushes a very Conservative, anti-hippie, anti-New England agenda. Some people believed that the Agnew/Goldwater ticket would've been better reversed, as Senator Goldwater was more well known than Governor Agnew, but it didn't matter, as Agnew was elected anyway.
1969: Woodstock Massacre: During the Woodstock Music Festival in Woodstock, Maine, the United States national guard, under orders from President Agnew, attack. 35,922 attendees and musicians are killed. Maine governor Milton Emerson is outraged. He immediately activates the Maine national guard, and places it on the Maine-New Hampshire border.
1970: Governor Emerson, speaking at the annual NEACO convention, blames ultra-conservatism of Agnew and Wallace for intolerance of all minority groups, xenophobia, and fear of new ideas. His famous line from the speech: "Sometimes, it seems like we shouldn't even be a part of this nation anymore."
July, 1971: The USSR lands four cosmonauts on the moon: Fedor Sergeyvich, Vladimir Makarov, Nikolai Igoravich and Sergei Malikov.
December, 1971: The Hoffman Polling Company releases data which shows that New England and the very west coast of the country have the highest tolerance for homosexuality and minorities: 86%, across the board. The rest of the country is in the low forties.
1972: Robert Kennedy and George McGovern are elected President and Vice President on the Socialist party ticket. Kennedy swears to increase the numbers on the recent Hoffman Poll.
1973: Prominent politicians and thinkers from around New England converge in Hartford, Connecticut for the New England Independence Talks. Of the attendees, Governor Emerson of Maine is most pro-independence, while Governor Michael Sampson of Rhode Island is most for staying with the US. The Talks end with no real progress made.
1974: Socialists regain a very small majority in both houses of Congress. Very conservative politicians break away from the Republican Party, and create the Christian Democratic Party. The remainder of Republicans who didn't want to join the CDP join the Moderate Party.
1975: Poll numbers show that America is among the most socially conservative nations in the world. However, the most socially liberal part of the country was centered in New England.
April, 1976: The New England Independence Talks begin again, this time in Manchester, New Hampshire. The poll is used by pro-independence supporters as a reason for seceding. The anti-independence supporters call New England a "sanity refuge" from the rest of the country. The Talks again end without any clear resolution.
June, 1976: American-born Canadian politician and civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., is elected leader of the Canadian Social Democratic Party. The Social Democratic Party is elected to government, and King becomes Prime Minister, the first black Prime Minister in the nation's history.
November, 1976: Kennedy decides not to run for reelection, so the Socialists choose Vice President McGovern as their nominee. Edmund Muskie is named McGovern's running mate. McGovern defeats polarizing Christian Democratic candidate Strom Thurmond, with his running mate as Lester Maddox. This sets off a change in the CDP, as it moves from a paleoconservative, pro-segragation, anti-civil rights party to a more moderate, center-right one (while still keeping the southerners happy as an internal faction).
1977: Edward Kennedy resigns as head of NEACO to run for Senate in 1978. Milton Emerson, Jr., is named president of NEACO.
November, 1978: The Christian Democratic Party regains most of the house and senate, and roadblock everything in their path, to prevent McGovern and Muskie from looking good. Ted Kennedy is elected to senate from Massachusetts as a Socialist.
1979: After increasing criticism and pressure from the right, President McGovern has a mental breakdown and resigns from the Presidency, and Vice President Edmund Muskie inherits it. McGovern returns home, and retires in relative obscurity. New President Muskie chooses Georgia governor Jimmy Carter as his Vice President.
1980: Despite putting on a more moderate look, Muskie barely loses to Christian Democrats Bob Dole and John Connally. Christian Democrats capture both houses of congress, giving them a super majority. New England and the West Coast remain decidedly Socialist.
1981: The Islamic revolution starts in Iran. Iranian students and militants take Americans working in the embassy to Iran in Tehran hostage. Although America pleads for support, it receives none. Canada does nothing, as the "Canadian Caper" never happens. Each of the hostages are killed after 555 days of being held. It hurts Dole's image considerably.
1982: Congress is mostly unchanged. The New England Independence Talks begin again, this time in Montpelier, Vermont. Again, the talks conclude without a clear resolution.
1983: After taking advice from actor Ronald Reagan, President Dole announces a new kind of economics: Trickle down economics. The media plays the new economic style off as "Reaganomics". Business' contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Dole's reelection campaign.
1984: Dole barely wins the election, defeating Socialists Gary Hart and Walter Mondale. It becomes evident that many southern states are moving considerably to the right, as Hart/Mondale were defeated by 60-80% from Texas to South Carolina. Same-sex sexual activity is also outlawed in each southern state, as well as a few rocky mountain ones like Utah and Wyoming. It is also evident that the corporate dollars flowing into the Dole/Connally campaign helped Dole/Connally get reelected, as many believe without the corporate dollars that Hart would've been elected president.
1985: More polls reveal just how stunning the political and religious difference there are in New England and the west coast compated to the rest of the country. Some political insiders begin referring to the New England States as "A Different America".
February, 1986: The New England Independence Talks start again, now in Providence, Rhode Island. For the first time, each of the states delegates agree that leaving the union is the only option. With the Socialist Party in turmoil and Social Conservatism spreading throughout the nation, the delegates agree that secession is the only way to stop the force.
March, 1986: The New England Constitution Convention is held in Boston, and a declaration of independence is written. NEACO is completely for the secession. Congressional delegations to Washington are recalled.
April, 1986: The six-state region officially secedes from the United States. Britain is the first country to recognize independence, followed quickly by both Germanys, China, Canada, Cuba, the Soviet Union, South Africa (which had also seen an influx of Progressivism following apartheid, which was repealed in 1982), Australia, Andorra, New Zealand, India, Mexico and Ireland. The United States sends troops to New England to put down the "Uprising". More countries recognize the Republic of New England as independent. Michael Dukakis is declared President and congressional elections would start in October. The executive capital of the RNE is placed in Kittery, Maine, the judicial capital in Hartford, Connecticut and the legislative capital in Boston, Massachusetts.
May 2, 1986: President Dole declares the six-state secession unconstitutional, and declares martial law. He uses the full strength of the military to attempt to take down the "illicit" government.
May 15, 1986: The "American Invasion" is pushed back by the Republic of New England (RNE), with the help of most of the European Union. Most of the countries of the world now recognize the RNE as an independent nation, except the United States and Poland.
June, 1986: Attempting to recreate the RNE's secession, the states of Oregon, Washington (which is renamed "Liberty") and California secede. The American government tries forcefully to retain the states, but ultimately fail. The Republic of the Pacific is created. The Republic of New England is the first nation to officially recognize the Republic of the Pacific (RoP).
July, 1986: Both the RNE and RoP announce their willingness to join the United Nations and the Organization of American States. Both the UN and the OAS welcome them with open arms, except the United States.
August, 1986: Five political parties are announced for the October elections: the Progressive Social Democratic Party (PSDP), the Centrist Party, the Labor Party, the Green Party and the Conservative Party. Many more minor ones are formed.
October 7, 1986: America launches a covert attack on the RNE, on the day before the first elections of the new republic. Although the initial invasion from New York goes well, the New English Army fights back from the Vermont line and takes parts of Eastern New York. After days of fighting, the United States surrenders. The New York counties of Clinton, Essex, Saratoga, Franklin, Washington, Warren, Columbia, Rensselaer and parts of Hamilton, Ulster, Greene, Albany, Schenectady, Putnam and Dutches Counties are annexed to the RNE, and renamed the State of West Vermont. It's capital is Troy. New York's capital, Albany (which was split in half between the RNE and the US) is moved to Utica.
The city of Albany ends up being split between the RNE and US, and a Berlin-style wall is put up dividing each of the cities. The once large and prosperous city now has less than 30,000 people on the Americna side and 2,500 people on the New English side. Large amounts of the city are abandoned, and wildlife has started to reclaim it.
October 29, 1986: The elections are finally able to take place. The PSDP has the majority, with the smaller parties being the Labor Party and Conservative Party with neither the Centrist Party nor the Green Party winning any seats in either house. The head of the PSDP, Ted Kennedy, is declared Prime Minister of the RNE, as the PSDP has the majority. He would remain in that position until his death in 2009.
November 1986: The Christian Democratic Party is in shambles for the failures that were the attempted invasions of the RNE and RP. They lose most of their seats to the upstart Conservative Party, but the Socialist Party (even without the Socialist bastions of New England and the West Coast) grabs a majority in both houses.
1987: RNE's congress declares that in 1988, there will be the first presidential election in the RNE's history. President Dukakis announced he won't seek the presidency again, after being handed it during the formation of the country. RNE works on bringing it's nation together with others, and forming alliances and friendships. Arguably, it's strongest ally in 1987 would've been Britain.
1988: The Conservative Party wins the 1988 American presidential election, with Jack Kemp and Alexander Haig. Socialists Mario Cuomo and Dick Gephardt almost win, but ultimately lose without the New England states. The RNE presidential election pits PSDP candidate and NEACO president Milton Emerson, Jr., up against the Centrist Party's Olympia Snowe and Conservative Party candidate Owen Brewster, Jr. Emerson wins the election without much fanfare, and Brewster doesn't come away with one state.
1990: On New Years Day, 1990, the United States makes one last-ditch effort to take out the Republic of the Pacific. It launches a massive air and sea invasion from Alaska, and a land invasion from Arizona, Idaho and Nevada. President Emerson of the Republic of New England says he was "heartbroken" by the invasion. Kemp's Vice President, Alexander Haig, resigns in disgust and protest of the invasion. No country approves of the United States' actions. In February, after weeks of occupation of the city of Los Angeles, the threat of UN sanctions cause President Kemp to announce the withdrawal of troops from the Republic of the Pacific. The famous image of a group of Pacifican soldiers raising the Pacifican flag over the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles as American troops leave is forever a defining moment history.
1991: American Richard Holbrooke negotiates the Sacramento Peace Accords between the United States and the RoP. The United States agrees to give up the Idaho panhandle and parts of Nevada to the Republic of the Pacific. The panhandle is renamed East Liberty and the parts of Nevada are renamed Sierra.
April, 1992: The stars in the United States flag are decreased from 50 to 41 after the nine states that became part of the Republic of New England and the Republic of the Pacific are officially recognized as independent by the federal American government.
November, 1992: Kemp loses massively after the failure of the Pacifican invasion, as Socialist Tom Harkin and Moderate Bill Clinton sweep into the White House on a unified ticket (however, a few months into Clinton's Vice Presidency, Clinton changes his party affiliation to Socialist). Progressives Al Gore and Dick Gephardt finish ahead of Kemp, but still are far behind. Emerson is reelected to a second term. The Green Party gets one member in the New English House of Representatives. Jerry Brown is elected President of the RoP.
1993: The last of the embassies in Kittery are finished being built, as well as the last of New English embassies around the world are finished. Iran and the RNE begin diplomatic talks, but no official embassies are being built. The RNE also partially recognize Palestine as an independent state.
1994: North Korea invades South Korea. For the first time, the US, the RNE and the RoP are allied and working together to save South Korea. Presidents Harkin, Emerson and Brown are famously photographed laughing and talking in Seoul after the fall of Pyongyang.
1996: Centrist Lincoln Chafee is elected president of the RNE. The Centrist Party also begins to cut into the PSDP's majority. Harkin is reelected, as is Brown. Harkin defeats Governor Pete Wilson of Nevada (originally of California in the ROP) in the election.
June, 1997: President Chafee signs the Marriage Equality Act, making same-sex marriage legal throughout the Republic of New England.
September, 1997: President Chafee announces he has discovered where notorious anti-West terrorist Osama bin Laden, and the rest of the brass of the group Al Qaeda, is hiding: Pakistan. Despite the fact that the RNE and RoP are incredibly low on Al Qaeda's hit list because they partially recognize the State of Palestine, the United States is very high on Al Qaeda's hit list because of their complete recognition of Israel. Chafee warns Presidents Brown and Harkin, along with Pakistani President Farooq Leghari about bin Laden. The Pakistani military finds most if not all of Al Qaeda in Pakistan, and arrests them, before handing them over to the UN. They also find plans for many terrorist attacks going well into the 21st Century, including a massive one which involved hijacking planes and crashing them into the World Trade Center in New York City, along with the Pentagon and the Capitol Building in Washington, and several plans aimed for 1998 with suicide bombers and truck bombs taking out US Embassies in East Africa.
1998: President Lincoln Chafee is assassinated by the remnants of Al Qaeda. President of the Senate Bernie Sanders, of the PSDP, becomes President, as the RNE has no vice president.
1999: President Sanders pushes the Vice President Act through RNE's Congress. Sanders chooses Tom Allen of Maine as his Vice President.
January, 2000: President Saddam Hussein of Iraq is assassinated in a revolution from his own people to form a democratic Iraq. The Kurds secede for the newly created Republic of Iraq and declare Kurdistan a nation.
March, 2000: The Canadian province of Quebec secedes and creates the Republic of Quebec (RoQ) (French: Republique du Quebec). The Canadian provinces east of Quebec also secede, declaring themselves the Eastern Republic of Acadia (ERA). The RNE and RoP, as well as France, immediately recognize the new countries. Slowly, others do too.
April, 2000: Canada is outraged as soon-to-be lameduck American President Harkin officially recognizes the RoQ and ERA. Because of the outrage, President Harkin asks Presidents Sanders and Brown to accompany him to Ottawa for crisis control, and to help convince Prime Minister Jean Chretien (a native Quebecois) that Quebec had always had a unique culture, and that the Eastern Provinces were abandoned after Quebec became in independent nation.
July, 2000: The RoQ and ERA apply, and get accepted to, the OAS and UN.
November, 2000: President Sanders runs for a full term, and wins it without any significant opposition. Conservatives Dick Cheney and Mike Huckabee win the American Presidential election handedly. The Socialist Party candidates of John Edwards and David Cobb are easily defeated, as the Socialists continue to lose support in a country that continues to go further right. Moderates Colin Powell and Mike Castle are in third place. In the Pacifican Presidential election, Jeff Merkley and Dianne Feinstein of the Liberal Party defeat John F. Seymour and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of the Conservative Party.
April, 2001: President Bernie Sanders of the RNE, President Myra Freeman of the ERA and President Gilles Duceppe of the ROQ sign the Alliance of Free Atlantic Nations (AFAN) (French: Alliance des Pays de l'Atlantique Libre, APAL), a military alliance between New England, Quebec and Acadia.
September, 2001: The final remnants of Al Qaeda are found on September 10 in Iran. The now incredibly small terrorist organization was planning to assassinate the Prime Ministers of Canada and Quebec, the Presidents of the United States, New England, Pacific and Atlantica during the North American Political Conference in Boston. The Iranian president, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, immediately extradites the terrorists to The Hague, Netherlands to face trial in international court. 9/11 never happens, the Park51 Islamic center is built at it's OTL location and is incredibly popular in lower Manhattan, even by non-Muslims, and there isn't a fear of Islam by Americans in ATL as there is in OTL.
April, 2002: President Sanders of the RNE signs the LGBT Equaliy Act, ensuring equal rights (including marriage) to LGBT people in the Republic of New England.
November, 2002: The Socialists make gains in the American congress, and eliminate the super majority, but it isn't enough to take back either house of congress. Scott Brown, Conservative representative from Massachusetts, declares himself the first ARP (American Reunionist Party, a party that want's the RNE to rejoin the United States) member of congress. However, in doing so, he violates the "Voter Teasing Act", which prevents already elected politicians from changing their party affiliation mid-term. He is forced to resign and is replaced by PSDP member John Olver.
June, 2003: The Progressive Party is officially swallowed up by the Socialist party and ceases to exist, except in a few small "paper organizations".
October, 2003: President Cheney suffers a heart attack in the Oval Office and dies. Vice President Mike Huckabee becomes president, and is visibly choked up during his eulogy at President Cheney's state funeral, which is attended by Presidents Sanders and Merkley. Huckabee decides not to choose a Vice President until the 2004 Presidential Election, following tradition that had fallen out of vogue at the turn of the 19th century to the 20th.
January, 2004: President Sanders and Vice President Allen announce neither will be seeking a second term.
August, 2004: President Huckabee signs the "Morality Act" into law, making homosexual activity illegal in every American state. Socialists and Moderates are enraged, but polls show the country approves of the Morality Act.
September, 2004: Huckabee's running mate for the 2004 election is announced; George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, will be his Vice President if reelected. The office of the Vice President remains open until his re-inauguration.
November, 2004: President Huckabee, on the backs of Social Conservatives, defeats Socialists Joe Biden and Gen. Wesley Clark. Moderates endorse Biden-Clark. In the RNE, Centrists Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman defeat Socialist Chellie Pingree and Pat Leahy and Conservative candidates Mitt Romney and Paul LePage. Merkley is reelected in the Republic of the Pacific.
December, 2004: George W. Bush resigns from the Vice Presidency before even being inaugurated, saying he's "unprepared" to be the VP. Many believe that his motives for leaving the Vice Presidency were similar to that of George McGovern's resignation of the Presidency in 1979, due to his suffering of a mental breakdown, and judging himself "unfit" for being president.
Huckabee's new VP is announced as Bush's brother, Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida.
2005: An assassin who originated from New England attempts to assassinate President Huckabee in his home state of Arkansas. Although Huckabee is uninjured, it hurts New English-American relations terribly.
2006: During the G20 Conference, Presidents Collins and Merkley openly criticize the Morality Act. This sparks an in-private argument between Huckabee and Collins.
March, 2007: Huckabee's attempt to create a state religion (Christianity) and outlaw the building of Muslim mosques in the "Religion Act" fails. Presidents Collins and Merkley openly criticize the Religion Act, pushing the three nations further apart. The bill fails, as Socialists and Moderates filibuster it to death.
August, 2007: President Huckabee (in a rare moment of kindness to a foreign nation) invites the Chafee family and Presidents Collins, Sanders, Dukakis and Emerson to the World Trade Center in New York to memorialize the 10th anniversary of the RNE's capture of Osama Bin Laden.
2008: Virtually unknown, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wins the Conservative Party primaries to become the Conservative nominee. To quiet critics that she is "inexperienced", Palin chooses Arizona senator John McCain as her vice president. Palin defeats the Socialists Dennis Kucinich and Paul Wellstone (who isn't killed as in OTL), barely, to become the first female president of the United States. Susan Collins loses reelection to Socialists Howard Dean and Barney Frank. Barbara Boxer and Barbara Lee of the Liberal Party become President and Vice President of the Republic of the Pacific.
2009: Pacifican voters affirm the right of same-sex marriage during the general election.
March, 2010: An attempted assassination of Vice President Barney Frank leaves the RNE under martial law for the first time in the nation's history. Frank is uninjured, and everything returns to normal within a few days.
August, 2010: Several members of President Palin's cabinet and staff are discovered to have stuffed the ballot boxes in Delaware, Arkansas and Florida (all states that went to Palin) for Palin and against Kucinich. The Socialists, who only need to attract a few Moderates and Conservatives, start the impeachment process.
September 3, 2010: Sarah Palin is removed from the White House. A recall election is planned for that November. An interim president is installed, Sam Brownback, but he asks not to be counted as an "official" president. Brownback doesn't do much of anything, anyway.
November 2, 2010: Kucinich and Wellstone get the Socialists endorsement. The Conservative's stand no chance and Kucinich wins the White House easily. The Conservatives (whose image has been damaged terribly) nominate former Vice President Jeb Bush and Jim DeMint as President and Vice President. The Moderate nominees of Mary Landrieu and Evan Bayh don't stand a chance. The inaugration is set for November 16, as Brownback does not want to remain "interim president" until 2011.
November 2010 to ongoing: The Middle East and North African revolutions begin; pro-democratic protests and democratic reform coming in nations such as Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Djibouti (among others). The Reublic of New England and Republic of the Pacific, Eastern Republic of Acadia, Canada and the Republic of Quebec strongly support the democratic protestors. The United States is initially hesitant to support the protestors, and there are calls on the right for Interim President Brownback to side with the kings and dictators of the ME & NA. However, Brownback rebuffs his own party, and announces American non-military support for the protesters, and calls on the Heads of State in the nations where the protests are going on to resign. Kucinich continues Brownback's policy of backing the rebels against the plutocrats, one of the only things Kucinich continues from Brownback.
February 18, 2011: American Vice President Paul Wellstone dies in a plane crash. No foul play is believed to be involved. Former Socialst congressman Alan Grayson of Florida is chosen as the new VP.
March 1, 2011: Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico become states, bringing the stars in the flag up to 43 from 41.
March 29, 2011: Due to increasing pressure from the natives in northern Quebec, the Quebecois government creates La Republique autonome autochtones (The Native Autonomous Republic), an autonomous republic in northern Quebec, which is almost entirely self-governing, but remains a part of the ROQ, and still sends representatives to Parliament in Ville de Quebec (Quebec City).
April 2, 2011: Single payer healthcare bills are signed into law in Quebec, Acadia, New England, and Pacifica. Ironically, the United States' healtchare system becomes exclusively capitalist based. Kucinich originally vetoes the bill against government-run healthcare (a strong supporter of the single payer system himself), but a 3/4 majority in congress overturned his veto. Kucinich says he's "disgusted" with the congress, especially with Socialists and Moderates who voted to overturn the veto. He has a private meeting with Socialist senators who voted to overturn the veto, where he says "None of you care about the country, none of you care about the greater good, none of you care that there are people being screwed over by the healthcare industry, you only care about getting your seat back in November. You should be ashamed!" Anthony Weiner, Congressman from New York, also uses floor time to attack his fellow Socialists in congress who voted against Kucinich's veto.
April 3, 2011: While preparing for a massive celebration on the 20th Anniversary of the Republic of New England's founding, a bomb is found in an SUV with American liscence plates parked in Independence Park, Boston, the center of where the New English Independence Day celebrations in Boston were to be held. Independence Park is evacuated, and the Independence Day celebrations in is Boston cancelled.
The bomb is eventually deactivated, and upon further research the SUV is owned by American citizen Brian Davies, who previously spent time alone in New England in 2010. The New English ambassador to the United States finds out that the Americans are holding him on their side of Albany, and the embassy believes the CIA is using Davies, and potentially several others, to execute terrorist acts against the RNE in an attempt to destabalize the government. President Howard Dean is outraged, and is seriously considering a declaration of war against the United States.
It turns out that the United States was responsible for the bomb being placed in the SUV. It was a secret mission by the CIA, "Operation Soaring Eagle". President Dennis Kucinich was never notified of "Operation Soaring Eagle" when he was elected, nor was Interim President Sam Brownback, as it was first signed in by a secret executive order by President Sarah Palin. Kucinich travels to Boston to try damage control with the New English legislature, and is able to convince President Dean, Prime Minister John Kerry and most of the legislature too not declare war against the United States, and that he had no idea of Operation Soaring Eagle.
Kucinich announces (from Kittery after meeting with President Dean) that the CIA's funding is to be halved by April 10. He also orders the CIA to deliver Brian Davies and anyone else potentially involved in Operation Soaring Eagle to United Nations officials in New York. He also orders the CIA agents in charge of Operation Soaring Eagle to resign.
April 19-23, 2011: Separatists from Alaska and Texas storm the capitols in Juneau and Austin with the intent of overthrowing the state government and seceding from the union. National Guardsmen are put on alert, and a standoff occurs in both states, with the separatists in Alaska giving up after a day. However, the separatists in Texas stay locked in the capitol, refusing to negotiate before National Guardsmen and State Police enter the capiol by force. A large gunfight between state police, national guardsmen and Texan separatists ensues, and every one of the Texan separatists is killed.
May 1, 2011: Kucinich signs and executive order repealing Huckabee's anti-gay acts and amendments. Congress and the Supreme Court is outraged, and many believe that Kucinich's executive order will be repealed in congress or by the Supreme Court.
May 2, 2011: Kucinich pens an op-ed in the New York Times describing how he interprets the constitution to include gay people, and defending his executive order. It is well received, even by Conservatives, thought a large possibility remains of his executive order being rendered null.