Sowing the Seeds of Revolution
In the opening days of the American civil war the Confederates knew that the key to survival was getting the recognition and assistance of the major European powers, Britain and France. Thanks to some convincing diplomats who argued for the cause of states rights along with promises of much more favorable trade agreements should they assist them, they gathered the official and economic, but not military support of the two nations. While the United States still would come out on top over the Confederacy, the war would last into midway of 1867. Abraham Lincoln would serve three total terms, providing over the successful anti-European attitude that swept the nation. In the north, people saw the Europeans as the people who tried to divide their nation and stop liberty and freedom. The South hated the Europeans as they believed that they didn't help enough and had stabbed them in the back. This helped to facilitate the unification of the nation. However, the lack of trade due to animosity between Europe and America stifled the American economy which was reliant on trade. Because of this, America looked to the Manifest Destiny to solve this.
A Destiny Fulfilled
Fueled by anti-European sentiment, the US Government led by war hero Ulysses S. Grant led an invasion of Canada in 1874 with a massive army from three points, one would launch from the Washington territory going straight for Victoria and Vancouver, another launch would go straight for Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara. Finally, another invasion would go for Quebec and Montreal. The strong military left over from the civil war combined with excellent generalship by Robert E. Lee and Grant would lead to a quick conquest over the newly formed Dominion of Canada. However, British reinforcements would reach the maritimes in time to slow the wave of the American army, this combined with the death of General Lee slowed the complete conquest for a complete year longer than intended. The final naval victory over the British at the battle of St. Johns would lead to the last of the Dominion becoming part of the United States of America. This massive success would lead to Grants re-election and a promise to have American hegemony all over the continent by the end of his second term. Riding his massive popularity from the Canadian war, he transfers large parts of the military down south and starts the "Race to the South". A massive invasion through Mexico succeeds and the military does not stop until the tip of South America is reached. Now the biggest country in the world, the economy starts to expand massively along with a nationwide effot to build a canal in the country of Panama to encourage other countries to trade with the United States.
Sentiment Begins to Brew
As the old world powers watched while the United States grew to heights that had not been seen since the days of Genghis Khan, they began to worry. The divided South American nations would not be much competition once the United States successfully integrates its newfound territories. A congress in London, hosted by the British, attended by the Brazilians, Russians (who had lost Alaska to the Americans during the Canadian War) French, Germany, Spain and Portugal. The goal was to come up with a plan to slow, stagnate and eventually destabalize the United States. The plan had 3 phases:
- Isolate the US through diplomacy, achieved through economic incentives.
- Reinforce trade embargoes with the US and blockade major trade routes from American ships.
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The powers agreed that if the plan succeeded, then an invasion would be attempted to ensure that the US would never be a threat again.
A One Man Army No Longer
The United States soon became isolated both economically and diplomatically, however the government looked for and found places to trade at to make up for the lost connections to Europe. Negotiations were initiated between the Japanese and the Chinese in 1903. Playing off a mutual hatred of the Europeans, they came to an agreement. The Americans would loan military tech and weaponry and support the two powers in a campaign to rid of European power in east Asia, and in return the Asian countries would open their markets to the Americans. The result was the expulsion of the British from Hong Kong, the Russians were militarily decimated, French Indochina was annexed by the Chinese, and all European companies and holding in the nations were taken over by the two powers. The assistance given to China by the Americans greatly impressed them, and relations between them improved. The Chinese however, saw the power of democracy and soon longed for it. A revolution would occur in 1907, overthrowing the last of the Chinese dynasties and the implementation of a representative democracy similar to the Americans. The Americans supported this action and sent aid to them when the revolution was over. However, the Japanese, bolstered by their stunning victories over the Russians restricted the relations and saw the Americans as nothing more than pawns in their play for power.
Ending the Threat
The seisure of the European colonies in Asia led to direct outrage from the European powers, a congress met in Paris in 1914 by the major powers to discuss the immediate action against the Americans. An alliance of the major powers launched a naval campaign against the Americans, destroying and bombarding key harbors on both the east and west coasts. Military invasions coordinated with partisan groups in former Mexico and Canada. The newest territories are the first to fall as they welcome the invaders, and soon turn on their former masters, disrupting supply routes and expelling their garrisons. Most of the coastline was taken by the coalition, the US military having been reduced by recent administrations. The Chinese would send a great amount of aid to the wounded country, even sending part of their navy to battle the Europeans. This aid would stop with an invasion by the Russians, taking advantage of the Chinese focus on America, they make great strides in the Chinese territory. The Americans start to turn desperate in their bid to stop the Europeans. Increasing inequality combined with inneffective leadership and high corruption by the government in waging the war in battle and at home leads to the establishment of the American Socialist army, and army for the people and by the people. Led by Eugene V. Debs, his leadership starts to make an impact on the war and gathers great respect from the people. He started to propose a new state based on the socialist values by Karl Marx. A great deal of the nation began to see this as the answer to their problems.
A Nation Reforged
The army led by Debs started to bring hope to the people, the current president ordered the "red" army to stand down and to follow his leadership, however the president was in no power to stop them. Nearly destroyed after a surprise betrayal by the white army. The red army traveled across the country in what is known as the "Long March" to Eugenes new home base on the west coast, Eugenes home state having been taken by the whites very early on. After a major victory against the British on both the sea and the land, Eugene declared the United Socialist States of America in his new capital of Los Angeles. The United States of America collapsed after the coalition took D.C and captured the final president. This being the final straw, millions flocked to the red army. Organizing his newfound forces and power, Debs lead his forces to expel all foreign forces from the western half of the former United States. Securing his northern and southern borders, Debs led a crusade to retake his homeland.
Debs, using a rage filled America, lead his forces personally to the complete expelling european forces from the former mainland United States. In the treaty of Washington, the European powers levied great restrictions against the states, Canada being returned to Britain, Mexico and the other Central American nations were given to Spain along with Cuba. The Americans, angry, yet tired of fighting, signed this knowing that one day revenge would be delivered to them.
Having secured his new nation, Debs focused on building the economy after the rampant destruction by the European occupiers. Implementing his Socialist policies, he oversaw an unexpected booms. Unemployment saw a massive decrease due to increased government spending, education was formalized and became mandatory for all American youth, regardless of race and gender. Afraid of party politics, he developed a new elections system along with a new constitution to ensure a more free and less corrupt society.