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Early History

12,000,000 BCE: (?) A massive meteorite, over one-third km across, crashes into the Mid-West. It leaves a crater 25 mi wide, and is thought to have brought several forms of alien bacteria to Earth.

1722: English colonists land in South Carolina and found Georgetown. it later becomes a major port for the Americans.

1743: During an expedition to Lake Marion, 42 people are killed when "savages" attack the party, apparently tearing the dead apart and devouring them. this indicates a possible presence of the undead in North America.

1767: 200 French and British colonists sail to Virginia and found a small settlement named Norfolk. within 5 years, after the colonists committed several atrocites against the Native Americans, the settlement is burned down. however, the colonists are spared, and even allowed to return home.

1770: New York and Washington DC are founded and Georgetown forms a strong alliance with the Native American Cusabos as an outbreak of cholera kills three-quarters of the colonists.

1789: St. Augustine is founded and the colonists ally with the Timucua. in Washington DC, 10 contingents of British soldiers arrive to keep order, as crime rates are incredibly high. soon, however, British soldiers are seen beating colonists, and there are often scuffles between colonists and soldiers. things reach a boiling point when 19 colonists and British soldiers are killed in a riot. then, as British and French soldiers arrive at all the settlements along the coast, dozens of Native Americans are killed as the soldiers "civillize" the area, despite pleas of mercy from most of the colonists. this causes the Native Americans to begin a guerrilla campaign against the soldiers, killing many and wounding more. this was the unofficial beginning of the American Revolution.

1794: St Augustine is taken by a force of Timucua Native Americans and British colonists as an act of defiance against Britain. French colonists found Charleston in South Carolina despite the situation in much of the area. in later months, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams write the Declaration of Independence. many view this as the true beginning of the American Revolution, as opposed to 1789. soon, the colonists and Catawaba begin fighting the British in the area. the war becomes more vicious as the British send 30,000 more troops. this leads to the Battle of Washington DC, which results in a massive victory for the colonists. this prompts the British to send even more troops to the New World, and soon no-one wants to go to America.

1800: The war drags on as dozens are killed everyday. the colonists do have the advantage though, as in addition to having excellent survival and orienteering skills for living in the wilderness, they also have the Native Americans' assistance. it is common knowledge amongst the colonists that if they did not have the Native Americans at their side they would not have a chance in the war. the French enter the war on Britain's side, in spite of the fact that they have well over 5,000 colonists in America. they ship 15,000 troops to aid the British. James Madison is shot by a British raiding party outside St Augustine. this act pushes George Washington to deal a killing blow against the British, by destroying their base at Pawsley Island. it succeeded, and Britain was knocked out of the war entirely, and France was reluctant to send more troops. the colonists had won.

1803: Baltimore is founded and German and Irish colonists begin to arrive in Florida. many travel west, to Louisana and Texas. meanwhile, scouts from inland report that the Native Americans have several other tribes in Georgia and West Virginia. this would later prompt the moving inland of settlers.

1805: After 11 months of trekking, the colonists that arrived in Florida 2 years prior found New Orleans and Houston. they later become thriving cities thanks to the Native Americans. the Chitimacha help the settlers farm the land, and later, help defend against the French invaders.

1811: the French attack New York, landing troops in the city and taking it over. then, St Augustine, the largest city in America, is brutally attacked, with thousands of citizens killed or forced to leave. it does not recover for decades. New Orleans prepares for the inevitable siege.

1812: the situation grows more desperate as Washington DC comes under attack by the French. Georgetown successfully fends off a large assault. the French begin to slow down as the resistance from the Americans becomes organized.

1814: Napoleon arrives in the newly taken over Georgetown to inspect the new troops. Georgetown is then attacked by Americans and Native Americans, and Napoleon is killed, with a gunshot wound to the neck, although it is not known who killed him. the French troops are routed from then on. they never truly recover from this huge blow to their army.

1819: warfare is forever changed when Richard Gatling invents the Gatling Gun. soon a Gatling Gun is sent to every company in the American Army. he make several improvements to his weapon over the next year. Gatling becomes a legend for his invention.

1822: the first few states are officially created in the US. Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina are created as the country finally becomes organized. It will takes years for more to be founded though, as things will become difficult as smallpox will ravage the population. the American Army is also formed in late November, and scouts return from the deserts of Mexico with tales of ruined cities, and a desolate landscape.

1824: smallpox breaks out across the New World, and almost a quarter of the colonists die from the disease, along with thousands of Native Americans. Outbreaks persist for years afterwards. New Orleans suffers persistent riots throughout the year, with dozens being killed. 200 people from the city attempt to settle in the lands of New Mexico. they suffer many hardships, although they eventually found Albuquerque. after around 20 years, they settle the land around Albuquerque and make moving there an attractive proposition.

1827: America gets a boost when people begin arriving from Europe again. Spanish colonists arrive in Stones Bay and found Jacksonville. this attracts further colonists, who found further colonies and within 8 years North Carolina would become an official state. The Second American Plague would overshadow this good news, however.

1834: Wilmington, Goldsboro and Raleigh are founded as North Carolina thrives, and in the south many people suffer in disease and filthy conditons. these conditions would later cause the American Plague. in Alabama, Montgomery is founded, and in Mississippi, Jackson is founded. people begin to return to St Augustine in small numbers. in Washington DC, the president John Adams creates a law to combat the racism against Native Americans. the law illegalizes any and all forms of bigotry. the law passes by eight votes in Congress. almost all bigotry in America ceases after it was passed.

1835: The Second American Plague begins in New Orleans, and it spreads quickly, and it kills in days. within a month, over 50,000 people are infected. within 3, over 40,000 people are dead. the Army attempts to contain the disease by sealing off infected areas, but it does not succeed. it continues for over a year, and in that time, over 500,000 people died. it is suspected that the American Plague was bubonic plague. in any case, it devastated America and it almost destroyed it as a nation. the US would recover, but it would take a very long time.

1845: the last known case of the American Plague is reported in Baltimore. slowly, the colonists start arriving again. To escape the terrible conditions, many people head west, to California lest there be another outbreak of American Plague. The westward expansion had begun.

1863: following the Gold Rush and the westward expansion, the government begins a push inland. by the end of the decade, over 40 towns have been founded, and 11 new states are created. the population of the United States surpasses 60 million. American scouts explore Mexico further. they find evidence to suggest that human life has not existed in Mexico for decades, possibly centuries. the Government gives a grant to a group wishing to research potential causes of the disapperance(or extinction) of the Mexican people.

1865: the researchers return with news that there may have been some kind of cataclysmic war. there were many bullet holes in the structures still standing, and evidence of violence in practically all of them. they did not find a single person in over 18 months of living and researching in Mexico. it is still unknown what happened in Mexico.

1880: In the 17 years since the beginning of the push inland, almost 100 cities have been founded and the American population has surpassed 90 million. the government decides to settle the north-west. 20,000 settlers travel to the north-west and found three towns there: Portland, Spokane and Seattle. they have 60,000 citizens each by the turn of the century.

1888: xenophobia between the East and West coasts becomes prevalent throughout the country. the situation will grow worse through the next 20 years and will eventually cause the American Civil War. on the Nevada/Arizona border, new building techniques and machines, construction on the Arizona Dam begins. it will not be finished for 18 years.

1900: as the 19th century ends, the xenophobia between the two coasts gives way to outright hatred. it is unknown what happened to cause the tension. it is though that it may have been the fact that most people on the East Coast live lives of luxury, whereas the people on the West Coast struggle to survive every day. extremist groups on both coasts begin to arm themselves.

1904: Arizona Dam near completion, but 91 workers are killed when dynamite explodes, loosening rocks that then fall from a cliff and crush the workers. it is confirmed that East Coast extremists are responsible.

1905: in retaliation for the Arizona Dam massacre, West Coast extremists storm a bank in New York and kill 87 people. the New York Police kill all 7 of the extremists.

1906: the Arizona Dam is completed, and it begins producing electricity.

1908: civil war erupts between the West and the East when the Arizona Dam is seized by West Coast extremists. immediately, the East sends 2,000 troops to retake the Dam. the troops are pushed back by the newly formed Western Army, and suffer 300 dead and over 500 wounded. the Western Army push east, along the newly paved Highway 93. they retake the town of Dolan Springs, and continue pushing east.

May 1908: two divisions of the Western and Eastern Army meet at St. George. a large battle ensues. after heavy fighting for a week, the Eastern Army retreat back to their base in Cedar City. the Western Army follow them, and after arriving in Cedar City, they begin to take the city for themselves. the Eastern Army surrender. the Western Army begin to advance further east, to their target: Washington DC.

July 1908: a massive battle begins in Kansas City. 5 divisions of the Eastern Army and 3 divisions of the Western Army fight for control of the area. due to their superior numbers, the Eastern Army hold the initial advantage, but the Western Army set up an ambush, and it tips the battle firmly in their favor. the Eastern Army suffer heavy losses and though they inflict major casualties on the Western Army due to their large-scale booby-trapping of the city. however, it does not slow the West's advance.

October 1908: when the Western Army surpass the Virginian border, the East Coast surrenders to the West. the West will annex all of the US, though the country must retain the name of United States of America. an estimated 30,000 people are thought to have died in the war, though very little was done in way of property destruction(in comparison with the upcoming World War 1), so there is little rebuilding to do.

1912: The Titanic disaster means that the American economy takes a hit. Unemployment increases slightly due to the large drop in tourists. The dip does not last long, and soon the US economy is back to normal.

1913: World War 1 begins. Britain enters the war almost immediately, and the US, hoping to "test" it's modernised military out, decides to assist them.

July 1914: At the Battle of Liege, Belgium, the Allied armies are smashed by the Axis forces, mainly due to Allied supply problems and General Haig's extremely outdated tactics, and because of German rush tactics. They never truly recover, and the Germans slowly advance for the rest of the war. Over 8,000 American soldiers are killed, and mass protests ensue in the US, demanding that America pull out.

January 1915: German forces advance on Brussels. Though fierce resistance means that the Allies are not outright decimated, like at Liege, but the Germans do, after 17 days of fighting, take the city. Belgium surrenders to the Germans soon afterwards, and terms of surrender are signed. Belgium will concede all land east of Liege, as well as Liege itself, and Belgium will be left alone for the rest of the war. Belgium ducks out of the war entirely. The US pulls out as well, leaving the UK, Russia, and France to fend off the Axis by themselves.

March 1915: In Wichita, Kansas, Robert Goddard creates liquid-fuelled rockets. They are still incredibly primitive, and often explode in flight. They will remain primitive for over 20 years, until Germany decides to develop them further, leading to the V series of rockets.

November 1918: World War I ends. 7.9 million have died in the war, and over 11 million are wounded. Germany wins by a slither, and become the principal power in Europe. Belgium is essentially a puppet state of Germany, and all of Europe tremble in fear of Germany. The US considers intervening somehow; but it is decided that nothing will be done.

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