United States Of America
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Largest city: New York City
Other cities: Baltimore, Boston
Other languages: Japanese, Hebrew
President: Jonathan Tzachor
Vice President: David Winning
Independence from Great Britain: Declared: July 4, 1776
Member States: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia. Appalachia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and Georgia
States In Italic were former member states of Union Of American States
Born on July Fourth in 1776, the 13 colonies rebelled against British rule, declaring themselves an independent nation, declaring themselves to be the United States of America. After a war with their former British colonial masters, the 13 original colonies gained their independence on March 3rd, 1780. The British were forced into releasing their former colonies and recognizing them as an independent nation. Colonies reorganized themselves into the states that would make up the union. During the war for independence, the six states of the western part of Virginia, which renamed itself Appalachia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and Georgia formed their own nation, the Allied States of America. The United States soon started making allies across the world, its first major ally was the French Republic. Emperor Bonaparte signs a treaty with the fledgling nation, agreeing to supply them with ships and weapons if the US. Soon American ships begin heading out to other nations to establish trading routes and secure the new nations more allies. Soon the world accepted the United States and began trading with the fledgling nation, helping it grow and soon enabling it to stand in its own two feet.
The head of state of the United States is a democratically elected President. The President of the United States serves no more than two 5 year terms in office. Like the POTUS in our timeline, the President of the US in this timeline is Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces.
There are two main political parties in the United States, the Republicans and the Democrats. There is a third party, the M.D.A.. The MDA, or to give the party its full name: Manifest Destiny Alliance, does not get much attention from the two main political parties due to its extreme right-wing views. There are multiple smaller political parties but the more prominent of the smaller parties are the Libertarians, Freedom Party and the Solidarity Movement. These smaller parties get little if any attention from the major political players, allowing them to form coalitions during Presidential elections, which can be a source of annoyance to the big political movers and shakers. Early in its history, the United States abolished slavery and granted women the right to vote. All Negroes within the United States were granted freedom, a move which was seen as progressive by some and a threat to the union by others.
With many vital ports along its coast, the United States economy was built on importing goods from Europe and Asia, which is still the main source of income for the United States. While the US economy may not be as strong as other North American Nations, it is stronger than the Union of American States, whose economy was slave based until 1880.
Prelude To War:
Since the Union of American States broke away from the US during the war for independence, relations between the two new emergent nations was hostile, with many skirmishes along their shared borders. But at the turn of the 19th century, relations between the United States and the Union of American States, while they were still frosty and hostile, were becoming more civil; but the underlying distrust between the two nations was still present. The seeds of civility had been planet by United States President John Garner, who upon entering office, opened diplomatic relations with President Gary Tingey of the UAS. While not having an immediate effect, it did have a moderate effect, reducing tensions along their shared borders. And after several months, relations between the two nations had thawed enough to allow for diplomatic exchanges for the first time in their history. This diplomatic civility led to a 3-year period of peace between the two nations, lasting from 1917 to 1920. During this time, it looked as if relations might improve even further. But unbeknownst to the United States, the UAS was planning to break the peace and attack them, for they had seen the success and military power that the United States had and grew ever envious.
3 years after the peace with the UAS, the United States was caught off guard when 30,000 UAS troops crossed over into Ohio and launched an invasion from Ohio of Appalachia. After receiving word from the PAS governor-general that the PAS was not part of the attack, President Garner withdrew the US diplomatic staff and arrests and detains the UAS ambassador and his staff then declares a travel ban with the UAS. Fearful of the UAS getting help, the US sent threats of trade and travel bans to toe PAS and the Florida Federation, they were strong enough to ensure that neither of those nations would interfere or take sides against the United States. The United States began massing its forces for an assault on the UAS forces and retake Appalachia. But these plans were changed when US spies within the UAS alerted Washington to the plan by the UAS to launch an invasion of Pennsylvania; upon finding out, the United States declares total war and launches a full offensive against the UAS. With the ink barely dry on the declaration of war, the United States launched a fierce counter-attack, pushing the UAS force out of US soil, a second United States counter-attack smashed the UAS force in Appalachia. Due to the overwhelming strength of the US attack, the UAS army cut-and-ran, and within two days, West Virginia had fallen. The leaders of the former UAS state were arrested, tried and executed on war-crimes charges. With the newest state firmly under United States control, the US began preparations for an assault on Kentucky; which was delayed when UAS forces crossed into North Carolina from South Carolina, they were quickly repulsed by US forces.
With an expanded nation came more problems. The sudden influx of new citizens into the Union out a strain on the resources, there was rampant unemployment in the former UAS states. A federal commission was set up to bring jobs and prosperity to the new states. Former members of the UAS military were integrated into the United States military, with some choosing to desert the military and head westwards, away from the United States or head south into the Florida Federation. The United States demanded the return of any UAS military that had fled to Florida. President McFarland refused, citing the charter of the Florida Federation which guarantees sanctuary to anyone not currently engaged in hostilities against the Florida Federation. This move angered the US, who considered blockading the Florida Federation, but after the war with the UAS, they were not in the right state for another war.
Eying To The South:
During the war between the United States and the Union of American States, the Florida Federation had remained neutral, providing only humanitarian support and supplies. With its important ports, trade routes and hot and warm weather, the Florida Federation was unaware that the US, who had not forgot how the Florida Federation gave sanctuary to UAS military, was drawing up top secret plans to invade and annex it.
Assault On The Union:
With an uneasy peace between them, the Florida Federation and the United States entered into a “Cold War” with neither side trusting the other. 2 months after the surrender of the UAS, Fort McClellan Naval Base in Virginia was attacked and destroyed by a small fleet of Florida Federation destroyers. Seeing this as the perfect excuse for their planned invasion and annexation of the Florida Federation, the United States declares war on the Florida Federation
The Forces, They Are Amassing:
Union forces cover the entire border with the Florida Federation, giving no signs of where the assault will come from. Tensions rise between the two nations as both nations place their armed forces along their border in the hopes of preventing a war; they fail. And on October 6th, Union forces crossed over into Louisiana, beginning the war between the Federation and the Union. The initial assault lasted 4 hours and was a bloody success for the Union, who lost over 9 thousand troops while the Federation lost 12 thousand.
Begin The Blockade:
At first, the smaller Florida Federation managed to hold off the United States, even driving them out of Louisiana at one point. But their success was not to last, as two weeks after the war began, a joint force from Japan and Israel entered the war, the two naval fleets took up position just outside Federation waters, effecting a blockade of the southern nation. Florida Federation president McFarland, requests the two nations to withdraw their forces and end the blockade, his request is ignored by Tel Aviv and Tokyo. The Federation issued an ultimatum to Japan and Israel, demanding the withdrawal of their respective naval fleets and an end to the blockade, adding tat a refusal to comply would result in a state of war between Japan, Israel and the Florida Federation. The demand is ignored by Tel Aviv and Tokyo. In a move that angers the Florida Federation, the United States form the DSI, the Department For State Integration. President McFarland denounces the formation of the DSI as proof of “US aggression and hostility towards the Federation”.
Losing A State:
With the blockade beginning to take its effect, the United States attacks the Federation when Union forces crossed over into Alabama. The 10,000 strong invasion force smashed the Federation defenses and cut the Florida Federation in two. President McFarland sends desperate requests for a truce to Washington, all of which are ignored.
With Louisiana cut off from the rest of the Federation, the state governor, Mike Bernard sends an official envoy to Washington, the envoy carries a strange request: an annexation request, Washington accepts the request and Louisiana is admitted into the Union. Governor Bernard is allowed to remain governor of his state after he has taken a public pledge of allegiance to the United States.
Seeking Foreign Help:
With only two states remaining, the Florida Federation sends envoys to the California Commonwealth and Allied States, requesting military assistance and support to regain the two states it has recently lost. The envoys never get there as their plane is shot down over the Alabama desert. Faced with invasion from all sides and a blockade at sea, President McFarland orders the entire Federation Navy to smash a hole in the blockade. The remains of the Federation Navy attack the Japanese/Israeli fleet, managing to open a hole in the blockade and allowing a small cruiser to get through and into international waters. The Japanese/Israeli fleet smash the Federation navy, totally destroying it. With the Federation naval fleet gone, the Japanese and Israeli Naval forces resume the blockade.
The Shores Of England:
The Florida Federation ship that escaped the blockade made it to England where she passed on the message to the British of US aggression. Seeking to repay their former colonies for breaking away, the British Empire formally declared war against the United States, Japan and Israel. The three nations respond with a joint declaration of war against the British Empire.
And Then There Was One:
As the British Empire amassed its fleet to attack the United States, the US seized on this chance and launched a full scale invasion of Mississippi involving 100,000 troops. They easily crossed into the state, all state leaders are executed along with any Federation troops that refuse to surrender and pledge loyalty to the United States. Faced with execution and in the hope of being shown mercy, Federation troops begin pledging allegiance to the United States in their thousands. Their hopes are rewarded as they and their families are spared execution. Federation troops that escape bring with them rumors of death camps where traitors are executed. The other north American Nations denounce this but do nothing to stop them.
The British Are Coming:
Fresh from their success in Mississippi, Union forces now have the Florida Federation surrounded on land and at sea. The British Empire ambassador to the United States, Sir Bernard Ingram, delivers a message to President Garner, demanding the immediate return of all Florida Federation states and the states that made up the Union of American States; the demand is turned down and Sir Bernard leaves Washington and returns to the Empire with promises to return at the head of a fleet to smash the United States and return order to North America.
The Last Week Of The Federation:
With the Union forces now surrounding Florida on land and at sea, President Garner demands that Florida surrender to annexation into the United States, a demand which Florida rejects right away. The United States increases it’s troop numbers along the hoarders with Florida, as well as maintaining the naval blockade with assistance from Japan and Israel. Florida begins to feel; the effects of the blockade but refuses to give in to US demands for a surrender.
The British Are Here:
The British fleet arrives and its commander, Admiral James Lowell, sends a message to Washington, asking President Garner for a meeting to discuss the current situation. President Garner agrees and Admiral Lowell is brought to Washington by Japanese helicopter. Once in Washington, Admiral Lowell presents President Garner the British solution to the current crisis: Allow the Florida Federation and UAS to reform but under American rule, in essence making them two autonomous colonies. This is turned down immediately, Admiral Lowell then informs President Garner that if all captured Florida Federation and UAS territory is not returned within one week, then the British Empire will have no choice but to retake those conquered lands by force.
The Fall Of The Federation:
When the deadline set by the British Empire expires, the British fleet attempts to break the naval blockade around Florida. They are easily repulsed by the combined Japanese and Israeli fleets. Coming in for a second try the British pull no punches and begin firing on any Japanese and Israeli ship. The US Navy joins the fight, allowing the ships making up the blockade to sink 90 percent of the British fleet while losing only 36 percent of their fleet. When the remnants of the British fleet retreat, the United States seized this opportunity to attack Florida. 50,000 troops cross over from neighboring states into Florida, the federation defenses crumble, and within 9 hours, the US army has reached and encircled Miami, where the Federation leadership has taken refuge. The siege of Miami lasts 3 weeks, with the federation leadership refusing to surrender. Tired of waiting for a surrender that may never be issued, the US Navy shells Miami, nearly decimating the coastal city. The shelling lasts 5 days before the surrender is issued and accepted by the United States. All of the remaining Federation government officials are arrested, tried and convicted of war crimes against the United States and are publicly executed in Washington for their crimes.
After the war and subsequent defeat of the Florida Federation, the United States had expanded even to include more territory, causing the other nations of North America to sit up and take notice, particularly the Allied States of America. ASA President Eric Harry orders all Allied States military to full alert and sends military advisors to the other North American Nations, to advise them against a possible United States invasion. The Protectorate of American States turned down the Allied States offer of advisors and sent them back. President Harry was disturbed by the PAS refusal of Allied States military advisors, and petitioned PAS Governor General Thomas to accept them, but Thomas refused. In retaliation for refusal to accept their advisors, President Harry announces his attention to send armed ‘observers’ to the PAS border with the US.
Asking For Help:
Concerned over the Allied States intention to send armed ‘observers’ to the PAS/US border, Governor General Thomas requests US help. President Garner sends a medium sized force to the PAS, with the intention of turning back the Allied States’ armed ‘observers’. The AS observers are stopped at the border, where PAS military officials tell them that they are not wanted in the Protectorate of American States. The man in charge of the ‘observers’, John Pallor states that the observers have a right to go where they need to protect the Allied States from attack. The Pas and the US both states that the US is no threat to the Allied States AND that the US is no where near the AS borders. The observers reluctantly return to XXXX. Still skittish about possible AS threats, Governor General Thomas request US help. President Garner sends American troops into the PAS, the ‘maintain the sovereignty of the Protectorate of American States’. In response, President Harry puts AS forces on high alert.
The Calm Before The Storm:
With an uneasy peace between them, the Allied States and the United States entered into a “Cold War” with neither side trusting the other. During this time, Governor General Thomas and President Garner create closer ties between their two nations including join military exercises and troop training programs.
The fragile peace that existed between the United States and the Allied States is threatened when a series of massive bombs destroy the PAS national capitol in XXXX. Most of the PAS leadership is killed in the explosion, save for Governor General Thomas and Vice Consul Manner, who were on an official state visit to Washington. PAS and US investigators uncover preliminary evidence that the bombs were planted by government agents of one of the other North American Nations, but refuse to say who until they have more evidence.
After months of secret investigations and troop movements between the United States and the PAS, both nations issue a joint statement that says that ‘The main parts of the bombs were from the Allied States, the bombers and the rest of the bomb components were from Texas, California, Quebec and England’. Almost immediately after the joint PAS/US statement, Texas, California and Quebec release a joint statement of their own, denying any knowledge or involvement in the bombing. The president of the California Confederation denies his nations involvement in the bombings, stating that the evidence framing California was left there by the real bombers. President Walker of the United Texas Alliance admits that parts of the bombs were made in different parts Texas, and that they only realize now what they were used for; and in a move that is seen as appeasement by the California Confederation and the Allied States, President Walker sends half a million tones of aid to the PAS.
Problem In The Peninsula:
A year after the bombing, life in the PAS has changed. Due to US help, the PAS economy is now thriving and 21 percent better than before the bombing of the PAS capitol. The new PAS capitol building is built in Columbus, Ohio; it is twice the size of the old one and was funded entirely by the US. The good feelings in the PAS are cut short when a group of dissidents opposed to good PAS/US relations seize control of Michigan’s upper peninsula. The force is made up of roughly 11,000 people. The rebellion is crush when a combined PAS/US force cross over into the peninsula and crush the rebellion, killing all those who rebelled.
After the rebellion in the upper peninsula, Governor General Thomas, in consultation with his cabinet and military leaders, drafts a top-secret petition. It is delivered by military escort to Washington. The petition is a request to President Garner, requesting that the PAS be admitted into the United States. Upon receiving the petition, it is accepted on the spot.
Gaining Two New States:
A massive and lavish ceremony is held on June 24th to celebrate Michigan and Ohio becoming the latest states to join the United States. After stepping down, former PAS Governor-General Thomas is made Secretary Of The Interior. The United States now controls the entire Eastern Seaboard and now has new trade links into Quebec.
News that the PAS no longer exists sends shock waves amongst the other North American nations, with the loudest voice in opposing to US expansion coming from the Allied States. President Walker of the United Texas Alliance officially recognizes the PAS dissolution and absorption into the US, which causes some friction between Texas and the Allied States.
Terrorist Cells Uncovered:
After an anonymous tip off to the FBI that terrorists are planning an attack, cells of enemy agents are arrested in Kentucky and Ohio. It is later discovered that the tip came from the United Texas Alliance, as a gesture of thanks, US President XXXX signs a treaty of friendship and defense with UTA President Walker.
Their Plans, Exposed:
In his State of the Union Address, President XXXX reveals that the Allied States were planning on launching an attack on the United States, and that the cells of enemy agents recently uncovered were ASA intelligence agents. The Allied States immediately denounces this as a hoax, and request that the enemy agents be extradited for questioning. The request is turned down. To avoid a life sentence, one of the captured enemy intelligence agents Allan Mitchum, tells the FBI that the Allied States were their part sponsors, along with the California Confederation and the Arizona Alliance. The Confederate Alliance denounces this as the word of a liar and traitor. 2 days later, Allan Mitchum is killed in a car bomb on his way to give evidence, the bomber is also killed in the explosion.
A team of Geologists and surveyors discover massive oil deposits in Texas. President Walker immediately orders drilling platforms and refineries be built to make use of Texas’ newly found wealth. The United Texas Alliance requests and receives help from the United States in the form of army engineers.
Upon hearing about Texas’ new found wealth of oil, the Confederate Alliance and Allied States send delegations to Fort Worth to negotiate for drilling rights, the delegations are stopped at the border and sent back. The ASA and the UCA both protest this, saying that allowing them to drill for oil within Texas will strengthen Texas and their nations against US expansionist plans.