Virginia is a country in North Brendania.
In 1585 the British began the colony of Roanoke, and later Jamestown. These colonies grew in size, and were known as the Virginia Colony. English fur traders traded and established outposts in Virginia, and scouts were sent to these outposts to map the land. The Dutch established New Amsterdam on OTL Delaware Bay. The Dutch settlements were seized by the British during the Third and Fourth Colonial Wars and the area was renamed New York. In 1640 the Third Colonial War ended and the Ohio River Valley was occupied by the British, and the colony of Ohio was established. In 1550 the Welsh settlement of Madocia was established, and was taken from the Welsh by the British during the Third Colonial War. The area was renamed Charlestown, and became Charlestown Colony.
Independence and War
Virginia declared independence from Great Britain in 1775. Following the Virginian victory at the Battle of Saratoga, France, Scandinavia, and the Celtic Union declared their support for Virginia. They aided the Virginians in many battles, including the French at the Battle of Yorktown, the Scandinavians at the Battle of Fort Ohio, and Celtics at the Battle of Wilmington. The war would continue until 1778, when the British were defeated at the Battle of Yorktown.
Following the British defeat, Great Britain recognized Virginia's independence. Virginia became a democracy, and the first president, George Washington, was elected in 1780. The Senate and the House of Representatives were also formed.
In 1788, another hero of the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold, was elected president. Arnold focused on gaining control of the territories which were disputed by Indians. He launched the Northwest Indian War, the Chickamauga Wars, and the Seminole Skirmish. The Virginian's were also eager to expand west. Thomas Jefferson would attempt to expand west by invading Spanish colonies in Napoleon's War.
Virginia invaded Spanish colonies across the Philipia River in 1803. Virginia would not get very far, as the Spaniards held the upper hand. The Spanish would then invade Virginia, but Virginia pushed them back across the Philipia River. The defense of their homeland would forge a sense of nationalism in Virginia. Virginia would lose the war though.
In 1832, Virginia was under the presidency of Democrat Andrew Jackson. Jackson, another war hero, would begin the Black Hawk War the same year. In 1835 this conflict exploded into the Spanish-Virginian War. Jackson's vice president, Martin Van Buren, would continue the war after his presidential election in 1836. In 1838, both sides agreed to a peace treaty.
Civil War and Industrialization
By the 1860's, railways and telegrams linked the states of Virginia to one another. But the link was nearly broken by the arguments over slavery and government. The balance between free states and slave states was not even as there was one for slave state. Many abolitionists supported created a new state, West Virginia, out of the state of Virginia. Stephen A. Douglas, a northern Democrat, made several compromises in the past over slavery. Douglas supported created the new state. When he was elected to president in 1860, the seven slave states seceded, beginning the Virginian Civil War. The war ended seven years later in 1867 with a northern victory, but the war left scars.
Despite the Democrat Party winning the war, Republican Party candidate Andrew Johnson would be elected president. Virginia was tasked with rebuilding the South while ensuring the rights of newly freed slaves, a period known as Reconstruction. Presidents Ullysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes would continue these policies, and the south would begin its industrialization.
As the 19th century surged onward, Virginia would continue its industrialization. Waves of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe provided labor, and areas across the country began urbanization. Railroads and factories were all across the nation, and infrastructure developments began economic growth. Virginia once against looked to expand, this time into the Great Lakes. The Lakes, which were completely surround by Norse controlled areas, were inaccessible to Virginia. This led to Virginia joining the World Entente, and its involvement in World War I.
First Half of the 20th Century
Virginia entered World War I on the side of the World Entente, and campaigned against Scandinavian and Celtic colonies. The most famous battle would be the Battle of Kensington, occurring at the major Norse city of Kensington. Virginian armies were eventually defeated and retreated back to Virginia. After Pittsburgh was taken, Virginia surrendered. Virginia was forced to pay debts to the World Powers and Pittsburgh would become an independent territory, under the influence of Scandinavia and the Celtic Union.During the early 1920s, Virginia was the site for fights between different political groups. After the assassination of Calvin Coolidge, Warren G. Harding managed to put an end to most of it, and Virginia rode through the 20s with some economic growth. The Great Depression put an end to that. The economic downfall brought the conflict back. Harding left the White House frustrated. Democrat President Albert Ritchie began to bring the economy back up with his New Deal, and Sam Rayburn would continue these policies.
In 1939, World War I began. Virginia was neutral at first, but a Spanish invasion forced it to join the Central Powers. After winning at Atlanta and Baltimore, Virginia pushed the Spanish armies back to the border. In 1944, Philipia was finally conquered by Virginia, something it could not have done for the past century and a half. Virginia would then invade Spain, conquering it by the end of the war. Sam Rayburn was an extremely popular president, and the democrats would enjoy success for over 30 years.
Second Half of the 20th Century
Virginia would be engulfed in competition with China after World War II in what is known as the Cold War. The two sides fought in proxy wars. Virginia soldiers fought Ottoman troops in the Greek War of 1950-1954. From 1955 to 1975, Virginia and China engaged in a bloody proxy war known as the Vietnam War. The war left southeastern Asia scarred and Vietnam divided.
In 1956, Castro's Rebellion began in Virginian occupied Philipia. The rebellions, led by Fidel Castro, would last eight years before ending. Much of the reconstruction in Philipia after World War II would be halted or destroyed. In 1962, Castro was killed, and most of the rebellion ended. The rebellion would official end in 1964, when the last rebel stronghold was taken.
The 1967 launch of Chinese spacecraft left to the Virginian space program, which successfully placed a man on the moon in 1978. Virginia also faced a showdown with China in Nepal known as the Nepal Missile Crisis. In 1980, President Chester Wilkins increased Virginia pressure on China and sent troops to fight in Battleground Africa. The war would end in 1986, and Africa was restored to peace. While Virginia found conflict in its foreign affairs, unrest was growing back home. A civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr., was gaining ground, and women campaign for equality with men. By the end of the 80s, the civil rights movements finally had the causes win.
Virginia was still locked in a cold war with China in the beginning of the 21st century, but one of the greatest economic expansion in Virginia history occurred. In 2006, Virginia entered the War of Great Britain on the Celtic Union's side by invading Cardiff after attacks in Key West. By 2009, the Caribbean Federation was under their control, but Virginia faced massive insurgency. Virginia is continuing to aid the Celtic Union in their war.