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The bitter relationship between the North and South.

During the Civil War, the Confederacy wins at the Battle of Jackson preventing the Siege of Vicksburg and prolonging the war in the west, while the Union wins at the Battle of Gettysburg. Both of these victories means the continuing success of each government, and prolongs the war into a bloodier war in the once united nation. Fearing that the war would soon involve other nations, the United Kingdom and France get involved as intermediaries, leading to a ceasefire and the conclusion of the Civil War. Both the United States and the Confederate States would sign the Treaty of London, which recognized the Confederate States as an independent nation. Not until 1947, though, would the United States recognize the southern states as anything but a part of the US but under a rogue government.



  • United States: Without the burden of the Reconstruction of the southern states, the United States progressed in technology and domestic prowess. The states became bound with a sense of destiny and greatness. The borders were wide open to anyone who would come through in good faith. In the twentieth century they would gain tremendous financial power in the world.
  • Confederate States: For the rest of the nineteenth century the new nation would seek recognition from the rest of the world while being denied it at home. The Confederate States would become strong militarily, while simultaneously becoming the 'breadbasket of the world' with its strong agricultural base. The states acted in union, but each was sovereign over its internal affairs. Interstate commerce was largely in goods and services, with international commerce mostly in the export of food and textile goods. They would mostly be dependent on imports for any technological advances.


  • United States: The United States would attempt an assimilation of the black population, but with an influx of southern slaves after the ceasefire, race relations became strained from the beginning. A system of forced "equality" in the social order led to animosity on both sides. The intense government intervention resulted in a "second class" citizenship for the black population as a whole.
  • Confederate States: The Confederate States would move towards abolition of slavery shortly after gaining independence. The slow road to equality, though, would lead to strained racial tension just as in our time line. After slavery was abolished, a system of servitude based on the "free market" -- employers would pay just enough to keep their employees on the job. The former slaves, having been used to "working for nothing," naturally worked for less than their white counterparts. When not working, the black population stayed to itself in substandard housing.


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