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This page is the timeline of Peaceful Succession, an AltHist resulting in a North America with many nations.

1833: Breakup

In 1833, the United States was not very stable at all. After South Carolina passed the states' right doctrine and started the nullification crisis, the nation was at the closes it would ever be to a civil war without it actually happening. In 1832, Jackson passed a tariff that lowered the previous rate. Although this did soothe the damage that tariffs were doing to southern economy, it also resulted in anger in the South; they wanted tariffs to stop. South Carolina reacted with the Nullification Act, in which the state threatened to withdraw from the union if the tariffs were not taken care of. Jackson reacted by passing the Force Bill, which allowed the army to be used to force South Carolina to pay the tariffs. In OTL, Henry Clay of Kentucky made a compromise between the states, but this timeline suggests what would happen if this compromise had never been made. Everything from here on out is AltHist.

As a result of the further friction, South Carolina uses its state militia to stand up against Jackson's presence in the state. The militia defended the citizens, and eventually fighting broke out in Columbia. The 1st Battle of Columbia was fought, and South Carolina militia pushed the American army out of the state capital.

Enfuriated by the resistance, Jackson took a large amount of the army and led it to Columbia, not even waiting for Congress approval. With the militia totally outnumbered, Jackson had won the 2nd Battle of Columbia, but it was at a cost.

Because of Jackson's outrageous acts against the nation he was the leader of, Congress forced Jackson out of his position as president. South Carolina however, was still kept as a state. Unhappy with this, the state went to Supreme Court in the case South Carolina v. United States, and it was ruled in favor of the succession of South Carolina because, "the United States failed to serve as an adequate government for South Carolina, and [it] was better off on its own." South Carolina was given sovereignty.

1834-1836: Succession

After South Carolina was given sovereignty, many other states wanted the same. They all felt that they deserved to be given the same rights as South Carolina, and that the federal government was failing them. The next three years proved to be disastrous for the US. One by one, all the southern states (except Virginia) broke out of the United States and became their own nations. The economy fell hard as the US no longer had any source of cotton to trade. It was now losing population, had little source of money, and was at risk of attack from Great Britain.

  1. South Carolina - 1833
  2. Georgia - 1834
  3. Alabama - 1834
  4. Louisiana - 1835
  5. Mississippi - 1835
  6. Tennessee - 1835
  7. Missouri - 1836
  8. North Carolina - 1836

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