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Formation of The Confederate States of America, the first major secession in North American history.
A large number of the survivors (from both the Union and Confederate sides) of The Battle of the Bull Run start to show strange signs of fever of an unknown nature. It starts to spread extremely quickly through the ranks of soldiers, incapacitating large numbers and leading to hundreds of fatalities. The virus is dubbed the Veteran Fever. Its rapid spread cripples both armies, causing a gradual ceasefire. Some states start to barricade themselves in order to contain the epidemic, including Texas.
Abraham Lincoln's son, William Wallace Lincoln, dies of Veteran Fever. The mounting death toll encourages Lincoln to call for an armistice, amidst the rising cost of dealing with the epidemic.
Treaty of Gettysburg. The First Civil War ends with the independence of the Confederate States of America. By now, the fever has claimed hundreds of lives. Slavery is banned in the United States.
Lincoln is defeated in the United States election by George McClellan. To prevent another civil war, McClellan introduces a large-scale decentralisation of power to the states. This is the beginning of a gradual trend of the loss of federal power.
First presidential elections in the Confederate States of America. Independent Robert E. Lee defeats Alexander Stephens of the Democratic Party. Lee's victory begins a tradition of non-partisan elections in the CSA, that is only broken with the Final Civil War. Ku Klux Klan begin attacks on black freedmen, helped by the leniency of the Confederate government.
Popular Robert E. Lee wins reelection (the Constitution was amended to make it possible to run for President twice).
First Texan-Confederate War. Texas attempts to seize the Confederate territories of Arizona and New Mexico, but is defeated. The territories remain under Confederate control.
Vice-President Judah P. Benjamin wins the presidency.
Secession Crisis, also known as the Second Civil War. Maryland attempts to reintroduce slavery under the States Act 1880, which gives it wide-ranging powers over internal affairs. The federal government condemns this, leading to a declaration of independence by Maryland and Delaware as the Federal Union of Maryland. The United States sends an expeditionary force into Maryland to depose the Maryland government, but is forced to back down by widespread popular opposition. Washington, DC, remains in United States hands. Maryland continues sending freemen to Liberia.
In response to the Secession Crisis, the States Rights Act is passed; this returns to the states many federal powers, including defence and foreign affairs, in an attempt to prevent further secessions. As a result, the United States comes to resemble more a confederation of independent states than a federal union. A second outbreak of Veterans Fever leads to states across America closing their borders. Against President Judah P. Benjamin's orders, Texas introduces discriminatory policies towards immigrants, to prevent a further outbreak of Veterans Fever within Texas. This led to Ku Klux Klan attacks on Texan government properties for what they saw as 'race betrayal', for not acting in alliance with the CSA. In response to the Confederate government's inaction, Texas declares independence. President Judah P. Benjamin still wins the election.
The CSA abolishes slavery.
Maryland black population become the majority population in Liberia.
During the Boxer Rebellion, German forces march onto Beijing with the idea of earning German military much more prestige. While there, the Qing government is forced to sign a Treaty of Alliance with the Germans and pay reparations directly to them, effectively making China a vassal state to Germany. The balance of power in Asia is now severely tipped in the favour of Germany. In Europe, France and Russia are drawn ever close together while Britain begin to prepare for war with Germany as the Treaty with China threatens their position in Hong Kong and India. Furious negotiations end with Britain recognising the Treaty in return for a twenty year limit on Germany’s Navy. When this news gets out, the furious French diplomat verbally attacks the British government; unfortunately, his comments are heard and published in the British press. After this, Britain notably distances itself from France.
In a Treaty with Japan, Britain agrees to come to Japan’s aid only if Japan is the victim of outright aggression. This makes Japan very wary in their diplomatic relations with the Russian Bear as British support is seen as vital to inflict a major defeat on Russia if the diplomatic situation worsens.The Treaty of Kyoto agreed to the following points:Japan was to recognise Russian business interests in Manchuria.Russia was to recognise Japanese hegemony in Korea, China was to be given compensation for their losses in Manchuria (In reality, these would add up to a pittance of what they were really worth). This year also sees the turning of Germany away from the Ottoman Empire as an Ally and instead concentrates on China, seeing it as a perfect pawn in distracting Britain from Europe. Special units trained by German troops begin to come out of Beijing with the intent of protecting the Qing government and threatening the border with India.
Second Texan-Confederate War. The Confederate States attempt to incorporate their Oklahoma Territory as a state, including areas disputed between Texas and the CSA. Texas objects to this, and declares war, invading Oklahoma. The CSA are forced to recognise Oklahoma's annexation into Texas, and are cut off from their Arizona and New Mexico Territories, which come under increasing Texan domination.
Germany over sees the negotiations which prevent the outbreak of War between Russia and Japan. Russia agreed because of fear of war with both Germany and China while Japan agrees as it gets several concessions without going to war.
Liberia is incorporated as a protectorate of Maryland, dramatically boosting its economy. Ironically, the Federal Union of Maryland, now comprising the states of Maryland, Delaware and Liberia, now controls more land in Africa than it does in North America.
The Wuchang Uprising is brutally crushed by German and German trained troops. With the uprising destroyed, the Southern Provinces remain loyal to the Qing, at least for now.
World War I starts with the death of Franz Ferdinand and the mobilisation of European troops. Clashes in northern France remain indecisive as French assaults falter on German defences. The German High Command, seeing Russia as the biggest threat, send their forces eastwards, leaving the Western Front as a defensive measure for now. Italy also declares war on France, liking the odds the Central Powers are offering. Britain hovers before eventually declaring neutrality after seeing none of their interests threatened and Belgian neutrality respected. The War soon develops into a bloody stalemate with the Central Powers slowly edging towards their targets.
Seeing the chaos in Europe, the Ottoman Empire declares war on France, hoping to exploit their weakness in the Middle East and gain some measure of support for the moribund regime. Seeing this as an utterly unprovoked and despicable attack, Britain declares war on the Ottoman Empire while Germany pressures China into doing the same, not wanting to war on a former Ally but also not wanting to let the Ottoman Empire get away with what is seen as a dirty move. Towards the end of the year, a large selection of Chinese troops and British ships stage an attack on Gallipoli, taking incredible casualties. Despite that, the Chinese troops under the leadership of Duan Qirui eventually overcome the defences, making a beachhead and gain a victory over the Ottoman Army. With the collapse of Turkey, the British gain vassal states in the Middle East while China takes control of Turkey itself. In Europe, German forces break through Russian lines in Poland and march east. In the west, French forces still find themselves in bloody stalemate with Germany and Italy.
With the occupation of Turkey, the Chinese Emperor is convinced by several German influenced ministers to visit his troops, a sort of diplomatic sign to Europe of Chinese strength. The move is oddly welcomed by the European powers as they see that the Chinese holding Constantinople is better than anyone else holding the But all is not right in the Middle Kingdom, as with the Emperor, his family and most of the elite German trained troops now out of the country, Revolutionary feeling, suppressed six years ago, explodes throughout Southern China and quickly spreads across the nation. Imperial forces either defect to the Revolutionaries or are promptly slaughtered. By the middle of the year, the parts of the government still loyal to the Qing are forced to flee the country, managing to get to Turkey. The first signs of the Chinese government-in-exile begin to show. Elsewhere in Europe, the War still grinds on in the Central Powers favour as German troops march beyond the Baltic and into Russia proper.
At the Siege of Smolensk, the German army outflanks and destroys an entire Russian Army twenty miles west of the city, finally making the Tsarist government to see sense and surrender. Seeing that there was now no hope of victory, the French also give up before the full might of Germany's army can be unleashed upon them.
The Treaty which ended World War One was signed at Nuremberg and contained the following agreements: The Principality of Poland was to be created out of Russian lands and placed under German control. Effectively making it an autonomous region in the German Empire. Italy was to receive Corsica for its part in the War. Austro-Hungary annexed Montenegro and northern Albania, Serbia is effectively made a region of the Empire as it loses its military and foreign sovereignty to Vienna. France was to give the colonies of Madagascar, Indochina and their Middle East mandates to Germany. All parties were to recognise the Chinese government in exile as the true ruling power in Turkey. France was to pay reparations for the German defences damaged during the war and also for the loss of life for German soldiers on the Western front. All parties were to recognise the various nations created by Britain in the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. A non-aggression clause is to be signed by all interested nations that would last for ten years.
The Treaty was seen as harsh but workable by all parties. The biggest winners were Britain as they gained some new Allies in the Middle East with little cost of life. Germany also got a large boost of prestige and power from the newly acquired territories in Poland and the colonies.
After a three year war with Bulgaria lightning, the Chinese Empire of Anatolia is in a shambles. The Central government is barely to keep a hold on things and Pu Yi is paralysed with indecision. Finally, after a three day riot in Constantinople, Duan Qirui confronts the Emperor with an armed guard and informs him that since the Qing Dynasty has lost the Mandate of Heaven, Duan Qirui will depose Pu Yi and seize control for himself. Under the new Chaohu Dynasty, the Central government asserts its control by brutally crushing all opposition and allowing thousands of Chinese refugees to enter the nation, seeing them as potential loyal subjects in an increasingly hostile diplomatic World. Duan Qirui’s coronation is attended by a surprisingly large amount of foreign Heads of State. Even the President of the CSA turned up, even though it was out of curiosity than anything else.
The Wall Street Crash greatly de-stabilises the World Order. Britain reacts by resurrecting the old idea of Imperial Federation, seeing that a more united Empire is a more prosperous Empire. December sees the passing of a bill that would enter Britain into a new Commonwealth Parliament. Similar bills are passed in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, all of whom are willing to try anything to alleviate the economic burdens plaguing them.
Decentralisation makes this crisis even more devastating than in OTL; riots break out across America. The United States government, under Herbert Hoover, is ineffectual in solving the crisis, and is increasingly seen as being unresponsive to regional concerns. Joseph Taylor Robinson, Confederate President, comes under similar pressures. The economic crisis brings both nations closer to war. To make matters worse, a second outbreak of Veterans Fever causes the widespread breakdown of law and order, as services are stretched to their limits.
Final Civil War. President Robinson of the CSA declares war on the United States over a border incident.
Capitalising on widespread discontent with the war, Texas engineers a coup in Louisiana, causing the new military government to seize Arkansas and declare independence. This secession sets off a wave of secessions across both the CSA and the USA.
After the CSA manages to seize West Virginia in the war against the USA, Virginia secedes, taking West Virginia with it. The Confederate government is forced to flee to Jackson, Mississippi. At the same time, Florida and the Carolinas declare their independence.
By the end of the year, only Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia remain loyal to the Confederate government.
The United States declares victory, but struggles intensely to keep the states in line.
Mexico invades New Mexico and Arizona, and sets up a puppet government as the People's Republic of Aztlan.
California is the first US state to secede. Hoover sends federal troops to deal with the crisis, but mutinies amongst the troops make these ineffective. Federal power breaks down across the United States. The New York-New England Confederation and the Free Republic of Pennsylvania secede.
Maryland invades Washington, DC, in order to seize power over the United States to restore order. Hoover is killed by Maryland troops. Charles Curtis flees west. Maryland troops set up Henry Stimson as a puppet United States President, but he lasts less than a week before his death at the hands of loyalist troops.
The collapse of federal power leads to coups in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states, leading to the creation of the Rocky Mountain Confederation and the Iowa Free State. Governor of Wyoming Alonzo Clark is set up as a puppet President in the RMC, although the military retains real control.
The Mormon Church takes control of government in Utah, and declares independence as the Mormon Republic of Deseret.
Curtis sets up a government in exile in Kansas and Nebraska, the only two states which remain loyal to the United States. Pacifica is the last state to secede. The United States has effectively collapsed.
On January 1st, the first meeting of the Commonwealth Parliament takes place. The top three issues are economy, military and India in that order. An Imperial Preference Bill passes which puts a tariff on all non Commonwealth goods helps to stimulate the economies of the Commonwealth nations to a degree. A bill proposing a unified Imperial command is also passed as fears concerning Russia grow with each passing year. India on the other hand, is a whole different kettle of fish. After fierce months of debate and back and forth negotiations, it is agreed that once India are able to organise and hold an election that produces a stable government, proper negotiations can begin about admitting India as a member of the Commonwealth Parliament (This happens in 1938)
Wars break out between the new nations of North America over territory.
Oklahoma attempts to secede from Texas, but is defeated.
The Iowa Free State and the Rocky Mountain Confederation fight over control of disputed territory.
The expansionist Republic of Virginia fights a brief, unsuccessful war against Maryland.
New Mexico and Arizona are invaded by Mexico, sparking the Mexican-Californian War.
The continent is generally in anarchy, with little control over large areas in the Mid West, South, and West.
The National Party, a far-right group in the new Independent Confederacy of Mississippi Alabama and Georgia, comes to power in the 1932 election, the first since the fall of the Confederate States. This marks the end of CSA non-partisanship.
The U.S. Virgin Islands revert to Danish ownership.
New York secedes from the New England-New York Confederation, sparking a brief war. Vermont makes moves to follow, but it is temporarily placated by increased federal funding from the New England Confederation. The anarchy across the continent begins to settle.
Washington, DC, becomes the capital of Maryland.
The Rocky Mountain Confederation Armed Forces overthrow President Alonzo Clark for his growing independence from military wishes, forcing him to go into exile. Lester Hunt is set up as a puppet President in his place.
The Mexican-Californian War ends; Mexico grants independence to Aztlan, while California annexes Nevada.
Tensions between the four powers of Britain, Germany, Russia and Japan reach breaking point when the British Ambassador to Iran is killed by a Russian agent. Britain gathers her forces and declares war on Russia. Seeing their chance to eliminate Russian influence in East Asia once and for all, Japan follows suit and attacks through Korea. At first, Russian High Command is confident of victory, but a surprise campaign that rams through north China by the Japanese and ends with the destruction of two Russian armies Outer Mongolia compromise the Russian’s ability to fight the Japanese until large amounts of reinforcements arrive. Along with the utter destruction of their Baltic Fleet by the British Navy leaves the Russians both impotent against British domination of the Baltic Ocean and unable to prevent Japanese troops reinforcing those in China.
Seeing its chance to destroy Russian influence in Europe once and for all, Germany declares war on their rival and marches east, several other nations following suit. In the one actual bit of foresight shown by the Russians during the entire war, a huge mechanised army is there to greet them. The plains of the Ukraine and Western Russia soon become the sight of dozens of pitched tank battles that slowly head east. In China, a joint British/Japanese attack into southern China utterly destroys the remaining forces loyal to the Tsar in the Battle of Shanghai. With most of Eastern China now under their control, Japan declares the nation of the Kingdom of China (Under the Japanese Emperor) to be Allied to them. Afghanistan is another disaster area for the Russians as tribes supplied by Britain completely harass their forces to death. Unable to make any breakthroughs into India via the Khyber Pass, the Russians face a bloodbath on all sides.
Maryland, allied with Germany, seizes Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast, greatly increasing the size of their African possessions. For the first time, the population of their African states is greater than the population of their American states. With now all of East and Northeast China under their control at the end of January, the Japanese start making hints to Britain about perhaps going to the negotiation table with Russia. Britain convinces them to wait until the campaign season is over and the German offensive is finished, hoping that the position of strength would be even greater afterwards.
It isn't. At Smolensk where German armies gained a huge victory 25 years ago, this time, a huge German army is surrounded and butchered in late March. Before long, the Russians turn the tables on Germany and launch a huge counter-attack west. Seeing the weakness of their old enemy, France declares war on Germany and seizes Alsace and Lorraine. The Netherlands also declare war on Germany and start making incursions across the Rhine. Coupled with an astonishingly swift counter attack by the Russian Army that reaches into Austria in the south and Poland in the north, German High Command authorises the completion of their secret project to attack the French out of sheer desperation into getting more time.
In October 1942, the French city of Orleans is obliterated in the World's first atomic blast. The sheer shock of what has happened stops the Russian offensive in its tracks, fearful of a similar fate for one of their cities. Using that breathing space, the German Army prepares to counter attack.
The final year of World War Two would see an honest fear of Germany by all parties. The bombing of Orleans had crippled the French military morale and shocked the Netherlands into retreating back into their borders. During the first two months of the year, the World waits with baited breath as to what’s going to unfold. Thankfully, Britain took the radical step of publicly declaring they would enter peace negotiations for all concerned. All nations jumped at the offer, thankful to be pulled back from the brink. Negotiations lasted until May and took place in Blenheim Palace, donated by former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill for the occasion.
The Blenheim Treaty was signed by all Nations involved in World War Two and laid out the following stipulations: The German/Russian border was to be redrawn with Poland being split between the powers. Everything east of Danzig would become a part of Russian territory while Germany kept the rest. All Nations would recognise the creation of the various Nations that sprung up after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The colonies of the Netherlands in Asia would fall into the hands of Germany. France would regain the regions of Alsace and Lorraine. France was to lose all it’s colonies to Germany apart from Algeria and certain Caribbean Islands. All parties were to recognise the Kingdom of China as a legitimate nation. Afghanistan was to officially enter the Commonwealth as a protectorate.
Jay Gould, President of the Iowa Free State, dies, sparking a brief civil war between the leading families of St Louis and Kansas City. In the end, a power-sharing arrangement is decided. For the next 60 years, the Iowa Free State is largely dominated by the land-owning aristocracy.
1946: The Maryland African Congress is formed to support African interests in the Federal Union of Maryland; blacks are still denied the right to vote. A terrorist campaign begins against the Maryland regime.
Stephen McNichols becomes President of the Rocky Mountain Confederation, after a coup against his predecessor, Lester Hunt, who is quickly executed. McNichols will hold the post for 40 years, and exhibits far greater control over the military than his predecessors.
Tensions rise between New York and New England over the sale of the Danish West Indies. Both nations make bids to purchase the islands, ending with a New York naval blockade of the islands in order to force Denmark into a sale. Both sides form international alliances to pursue their case; New England with Germany, New York with Britain. The islands are sold to New England, which rename them the Kennedy Islands. Tensions remain between New York and New England. The alliances of convenience over the islands set the stage for stronger ties.
The Vridi Canal is built in Abidjan in the Maryland state of Ivory Coast, setting the way for it to become a major port.
Amidst mounting pressures with New York and growing internal dissent, President John F. Kennedy is declared King of New England, which becomes the Kingdom of New England. His move attracts widespread popular support. The Whig Party is formed to support him.
The Imperial Treaty of 1955 is signed between Kaiser Wilhelm III of Germany and King John I of New England, solidifying their alliance.
Texan-Mexican War. Texas invades Aztlan, overthrowing the Mexico-backed Marxist government, and leading to war with Mexico. In the resulting war, Texas gains the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila, and ensured Aztlan sovereignty. Free elections are held in Aztlan.
New York attempts to seize Connecticut, provoking war with New England. The war ends with a New York retreat. Bitter tensions between New England and New York remain. In the New York Parliament, the Democratic Party splinters into several smaller parties, ensuring the dominance of the Conservative Republican Party.
A pro-New York assassin kills King John I of New England. Robert Kennedy is elected to the throne, and is crowned Robert I.
The Aztlan Communist Party comes to power in Aztlan, and begins making overtures to Mexico. Texas quickly invades and sets up a pro-Texas government under Paul Fannin. Texas detonates its first nuclear weapon.
Winter Uprising in Vermont. Secessionist rebels seize the Vermont State House, in order to force the New England government to grant independence. The rebellion is crushed. Direct gubernatorial elections in the provinces of New England are cancelled.
Violence marks the presidential election in the ICMAG, with Aryan Workers Party candidate John Patterson widely seen as an agent of Texan interests. The National Party incumbent, George Wallace, wins re-election, prompting riots from Patterson supporters. With the help of mercenaries (rumoured to be Texan soldiers), Patterson seizes control of the capital of Jackson, and declares himself President. Wallace is forced to flee. An army counter-attack is arranged, and Jackson is quickly retaken. Patterson is captured, tried and executed. Following the election, the Aryan Workers Party is outlawed due to its collaboration with Texas. The ICMAG declares trade sanctions against Texas, sparking a wave of sanctions by ICMAG allies. As a result of the coup's failure, the Lamar Party's 12 year dominance in Texas is broken, with President John Connolly defeated by Houston Party candidate Dolph Briscoe in the Texas presidential election. Tensions with the ICMAG remain.
Robert I of New England is assassinated by a pro-Vermont secessionist. Nelson Rockefeller is elected to the throne as Nelson I.
The National Secular Democratic Alliance of Pacifica comes to power in Pacifica for the first time, breaking the previous two-party dominance of the Republican and Socialist parties. This marks the beginning of NSDAP dominance.
King Nelson I of New England dies, the first New England monarch to die of natural causes. He is succeeded by Edward Kennedy, who becomes Edward I of New England.
Liberian Revolt. Army officer Samuel Doe of Maryland seizes control of Maryland's African states, and declares independence. The revolt is quickly crushed, with hundreds of deaths ensuing. Doe is executed for treason. Protests against the handling of the revolt cause tension across Maryland, and in several neighbouring states. Terrorist attacks by black militants become commonplace across Maryland.
In a landmark decision to stop the undeclared civil war in Maryland, the African residents are enfranchised. The 1982 Maryland election is held on the centenary of the Maryland Declaration of Independence. The Maryland African Congress manages to end the century-long dominance of the Maryland Constitution Party.
The Lamar Party returns to power in Texas after 16 years in opposition, after the disastrous ICMAG coup of 1968. After its election, it quickly began a more hawkish foreign affairs policy, supporting pro-democracy rebels in the Rocky Mountain Confederation, in order to set up a puppet state in the RMC. The corrupt President of the RMC, Stephen McNichols, responds by declaring war on Texas, sparking the Texas-Rocky Mountain War.
The Texas-Rocky Mountain War quickly becomes bogged down in alpine fighting in Colorado, with most fighting carried out by militia groups sponsored by both sides. The ICMAG, seeking revenge for the attempted coup of 1968, declares war on Texas, forcing it into a two-front war.
Texas sues for peace. It is forced to pay indemnities to both the ICMAG and the RMC, while aid to the pro-democracy rebels in the RMC is ceased. Over the course of the year, the rebels are crushed. Texas remains bitter towards the RMC and ICMAG, and begins plans for McNichols' assassination. In the RMC, military officials become tired of McNichols' autocratic and corrupt rule, wishing to regain their former autonomy and political control. RMC generals begin to collaborate with Texas to overthrow him.
Texas and RMC Special Forces soldiers storm the Rocky Mountain Confederation Presidential Palace, after ensuring the cooperation of McNichols' bodyguards. McNichols is killed trying to escape. Given that the RMC's government is both massively corrupt and largely decentralised no clear successor emerges. Various politicians and military figures start jockeying for power.
Pierre Breton, leader of the Quebec Nationalist Party (PNQ), brokers a secret deal with the French Syndicalist Front (FSF) for covert funding.
World oil prices crash and a worldwide recession begins.
Public sector workers in the RMC go on strike when the government defaults on paying them.
Hit by loss of oil revenue the Texan government revives an old border dispute with the Republic of Louisiana (RoL) in an effort to distract the Texan population form their domestic problems and possibly to gain a stranglehold on Mississippi River traffic.
In response to a request from the RoL government a battalion of French Foreign Legion paratroops is dispatched to New Orleans as part of "a joint defence exercise". An RN cruiser also pays a port call to the city. Texas backs off on its demands. The Lamar Party loses the election as a result.
1993: The PNQ makes gains in local elections in Quebec. At the moment the PNQ presents itself as a party that will put Quebec's interests first rather a separatist movement.
1995: The global recession begins to end but the RMC's economy has crashed. Unemployment and hyperinflation are at unprecedented levels, the queues outside shops which rarely have enough food on the shelves anyway stretch for blocks, heating and lighting have become almost luxuries. When armed gangs looking for food and loot start crossing the Montana/British Columbia border first the RCMP and then the Canadian Army are sent to protect the local citizenry.
Pacifica, lacking a large heavily armed police force if forced to send units of the Pacifickan Defence Force to the border. Co-operation between Canadian and Pacifickan forces increase.
In the ICMAG election, National Party candidate Jim McBroom defeats Supremacy League candidate David Duke. Duke declares the election invalid, declaring himself Grand Wizard of the New Confederacy. He urges his followers to resort to violence, thus sparking the ICMAG Civil War.
Pierre Breton is elected Premier of Quebec. He has run on a platform of opposition to the increasing cost of operations in British Columbia and the position of some BC politicians that Canada should militarily intervene in the RMC to bring some order to the increasingly lawless nation. When an RCAF transport crashes on a Montreal suburb anti-military and anti-central government feeling peaks. The Canadian Security Service believes the plane crash was no accident but has only circumstancial evidence.
The Lamar Party under George Bush wins the Texan presidential election, under a hawkish platform with regards to Louisiana. Texas begins to supply the Supremacy League rebels with weapons and vehicles.
Meanwhile the situation in the RMC continues to worsen and the Canadian representative in the Commonwealth Assembly in London requests aid from the rest of the British Empire. In a show of strength troops from Britain, Ireland, New Foundland, Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Rhodesia and Kenya start arriving before the end of the year.
The North American War
An explosion at a power station in Wyoming kills 62 people and cuts off power to millions. Power workers across the RMC go on strike. Underpaid, overworked and trying to keep increasingly obsolete equipment working on a shoestring budget, they have had enough. The power workers strike soon becomes a general strike which in turn becomes a series of mass popular demonstrations.
In one such demonstration troops of the RMC Militia open fire on the crowd. As levels of gun ownership and anti government paranoia are both high in the RMC some in the crowd fire back.
Within 24 hours the RMC is in a state of civil war.
As refugees and armed bands who prey on them cross into Canada and Pacifica both nations declare a state of emergency and mobilise their armed forces. Nauvoo Legion units from Deseret probe into Montana and Wyoming.
Taking advantage of the chaos in British Columbia Breton declares first that Quebec is neutral in "this Anglo-Saxon misadventure" and when denounced by Ottawa that Quebec is now an independent nation.
Several border incidents between Pacifica and Deseret take place.
New England and Quebec invade New York; New England after a border incident and because of historic rivalries, Quebec to stop New England from grabbing all of New York's territory before Quebec can. At first the invasions are separate but as New Yorker resistance hardens and as "volunteers" start arriving from the Free Republic of Pennsylvania an alliance of convenience is formed.
Battle of New York City. After a long siege, New England forces enter the city. Bloody street-to-street fighting lasts for days, but the city eventually falls to New England. The New York government moves to Buffalo.
Partisan fighting by New York soldiers becomes a major component of the ongoing North Eastern War.
The Supremacy League take Columbus, giving them control over most of Mississippi. A program of intensive ethnic cleansing begins.
Vermont War of Independence begins, with partisan fighting from the so-called VC, Vermont Comms, disrupting New England war efforts. Quebec and New England are still allied, but this is becoming increasingly fragile.
VC rebels seize Montpelier and much of southern Vermont, and declare the Second Vermont Republic, under President Howard Dean. Elections are held, with the pro-Dean Socialist Party defeating the anti-Dean Liberal Party.
A Commonwealth Expeditionary Force enters Quebec to "remove the criminal government of the NPQ".
German troops start arriving in New England to aid against New York's forces. Officially the Germans are only to help protect New England's territory from outside aggression but soon become involve in operations against the New Yorkers.
The Supremacy League, after a series of military defeats, gains new support after an influx of RMC mercenaries.
Troy, NY, is burnt to the ground by New England and German forces, after a long battle with New York troops.
The Battle of Burlington, between the Liberation Army of Vermont and the New England Defence Force, ends with the massacre of the Vermonters. This effectively seals the Second Vermont Republic's fate.
The Republic of Quebec collapses after the Battle of Montreal. Breton desperately retreats to Quebec City and allies with communist militias, setting up the People's Republic of Quebec. In order to gain New York aid, he declares war on New England, breaking their undeclared alliance.
New York and the PRQ invade New England through Connecticut. They burn Hartford, Connecticut, to the ground, and advance on Boston.
Bands of mercenaries from Montana under former General Rush Limbaugh raid Spokane, Cascadia. The local militia is defeated and the town destroyed in a storm of looting, burning, and rape. General Drew Lipsky of the Pacifican Self Defence Force takes his troops north to intercept Limbaugh's army.
Battle of Boston. A joint German-New England force manages to repel the New England-Quebec force, which retreats rapidly back into New York.
First Battle of Ross Lake (part of the First Battle of the Northern Cascades). Despite air superiority, the inexperienced SDF is defeated by Limbaugh's mercenaries. General Lipsky is captured by the enemy, and tortured to death. The remains of the SDF retreat north into Canada, who's troops are still occupied with the conflict in Quebec.
Limbaugh's army moves west towards Cascadia's heartland. President Hasselback calls for a general mobilisation. German expedition forces arrive in Seattle, including the 2nd Mountain Rangers, fresh from the siege of Boston, and two mechanised regiments with chopper support. A regiment of armored soldiers is delivered for the SDF, freshly purchased from Japan. Now under the command of General Kimberly Ann Possible, the SDF, with Canadian and German help, begins to reform and train with the new equipment.
In the Louisiana election of July 4, both Morial and Foster gain nearly equal votes, in a campaign marked by allegations of vote-rigging. Morial is declared the victor by an extremely thin margin of 2000 votes. Texas declares the election invalid, and invades in support of Foster. The Texan-Louisiana War begins.
The Second Vermont Republic falls to New England forces, with their last stronghold of Montpelier falling in August. President Dean is killed.
After the Battle of Vicksburg, the Supremacy League is finally crushed, ending the ICMAG Civil War. A terrorist campaign by the Supremacy League continues, but it is never able to pose a serious military threat to the ICMAG again.
Following the disastrous Battle of Boston, Breton is unable to fend off Commonwealth forces in Quebec. His last stronghold, Quebec City, falls on 12 September. He commits suicide before he can be captured.
Limbaugh's army is driven back by Canadian airstrikes towards Ross Lake. Pacifican, Canadian, and German troops move out to destroy the mercenaries.
The Nauvoo Legion moves into Wyoming. Other warlords raid east Idaho.
Second Battle of Ross Lake (part of the Second Battle of the Northern Cascades, 28 November). The Canadians are the first army to arrive at the lake, and run into an ambush by Limbaugh's army. However, the ambush fails. The experienced troops of the Commonwealth, while surrounded, beat back wave after wave of mercenaries, despite heavy artillery fire. Finally, after 24 hours of fighting, the 2nd German Mountain Rangers arrive to reinforce the Canadians. Limbaugh's army retreats east, with the Canadians and Germans closely on their heels.
On 9 December, the Texan advance through Louisiana is halted at Baton Rouge by a multinational force comprised of soldiers from Britain, France, Germany, Florida, and the ICMAG. The Siege of Baton Rouge begins.
Much of Houston is destroyed in a firebombing attack by German bombers on Christmas Day, although President Bush escapes unharmed.
The Canadian army and the 2nd Mountain Rangers continue following Limbaugh's army into Montana.
Deseret forces attack Idaho. The Nauvoo Legion pushes towards Boise. General Possible quickly leads the available SDF and militia troops south to stop the Deseret advance, accompanied by a German mechanised regiment.
The 2nd German Mountain Rangers is ambushed in Montana by Limbaugh's mercenaries, and suffers heavy casualties. Two days later, the Canadian army defeats the warlord's troops decisively. Limbaugh is captured, and deported to Calgary.
An armistice is signed between New York and New England, both of which are exhausted and unable to continue the heavy burden of the war. This effectively ends the North Eastern War.
The Grand Duchy of Alaska declares war on Pacifica. Alaskan troops, backed by Russian-financed mercenaries, threaten to attack Pacifica by sea.
The Siege of Baton Rouge continues. It quickly becomes the bloodiest battle of the ongoing war, with the widespread use of chemical and biological weapons. A network of trenches begin to stretch across Louisiana, bisecting Baton Rouge.
Alaskan army and mercenary forces land in Pacifica, between Portland and Olympia. Seattle is firebombed. Alaskan forces deploy towards the capital. The government is evacuated to Yakima. General Possible leads the most mobile forces of the SDF and the German mechanised units west. The Pacifican line against the Mormons is held by infantry and militia units.
The Lamar Party wins the Texan presidential in a landslide, with over 60% of the vote and a majority in both houses of the legislature.
Alaskan units enter Tacoma. Both Canada and California send expedition forces to support Pacifica. California also declares war on Deseret.
The SDF and Canadians drive the Alaskan mercenaries out of Tacoma.
Portland falls to Alaska.
Californian units fight Alaskan units south of Portland, and Mormons in Nevada. The Nauvoo Legion advances near Boise.
While the battle rages on south of Tacoma, a carrier battle group, several divisions of German marines and airship-borne troops depart from Vietnam and the German pacific holdings towards the American West Coast. The Japanese Navy leaves port with direction of Alaska. In Europe, German army units rally on the border of the Kingdom of Poland and Belarus, while U-Boats leave Iceland for Murmansk.
Faced with international opposition, Russia backs off. An armistice is agreed to between Pacifica and Alaska.
The Mormon legion enters Boise. Heavy urban fighting erupts. The SDF, now battle hardened and equipped with the best weapons Germany, Japan, and Britain have to offer, move the bulk of their forces south.
Battle of Boise. The SDF mobile forces under General Possible, supported by Canadian airstrikes, smash through the Nauvoo Legion's flanks, and cuts off their attack. The Mormons are forced to retreat south. The SDF invades Deseret.
On March 31, Texan forces break through at Baton Rouge, causing the collapse of the allied lines.
In the Battle of New Orleans on April 23, the Lone Star 1, a Texan bomber, uses two nuclear warheads on the dike protecting the city from Lake Pontchartrain, flooding the city and killing millions. Marc Morial is killed in the blast. In the aftermath of the bombing, Texan and allied forces battle in the radioactive, flooded, heavily polluted city, with patrol cruisers fighting in the streets. In the end, the city is divided between zones of Texan and allied occupation.
The Nauvoo Legion stops the Pacifican advance in the mountains of northern Utah. General Possible, without consulting her allies, sends infantry and mountain rangers through Californian territory. The gamble pays off, and Deseret is surrounded.
Deseret asks for an armistice. Pacifica, worn out by the long fighting, agrees. The North Western War ends.
The ICMAG launches a massive offensive from Mississippi into Texan-occupied Louisiana, further stretching Texan forces and devastating Louisiana.
The remnants of the Louisiana government accept annexation into the ICMAG, although their authority is mostly restricted to areas east of New Orleans. The rest of Louisiana has already been annexed by Texas.
Battle of Houston. The Texan Air Force is devastated in an aerial battle over Houston, which ends with the use of anthrax on the city by German bombers. Over 50 000 civilians die as a result, and President George Bush is killed. His VP, Rick Perry, becomes President.
In retaliation for the Battle of Houston, Texas uses biological weapons on Jackson, capital of the ICMAG. The city is made uninhabitable.
The Lamar Party is defeated in the Texan election, with Tony Sanchez of the Houston Party becoming President. Sanchez calls for an end to the war, and begins troop withdrawals from New Orleans.
An armistice is signed between Texas and the Louisiana-allied powers on January 4.
The Treaty of San Francisco is signed on July 4, ending the North American War.
Talks between Free Iowa State and USNK about forming the Allied States of America. The goal is unite the North American Continent.