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« on: February 22, 2012, 02:31:18 pm »

A most curious tome has come into my hands from an alternate reality, which I thought I would share selected portions of with y'all.

Alabama
Alabama is a state located in the northeastern region of the Confederate States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia and the District of Washington to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. It was the fourth of the original seven states that formed the Confederate States to secede from the United States.

Population:
Total: 5,225,366
White: 3,145,167
Negro: 1,743,248
Mestizo: 267,340
Other: 69,581

Alabama has been the birthplace of three Confederate Presidents to date, of which George Wallace of the Progressive Party was the most recent.

There have been seven ships named CSS Alabama in honor of this state and to continue the celebrated tradition of the first one, there has always been a ship of this name in commission in the Confederate States Navy.  In addition, the World War III fleet corvette CSS Enrica (CF-290) was indirectly named after the first CSS Alabama which was built as Laird hull number 290 and known as the Enrica before being commissioned into the Confederate States Navy. Ironically, in 1949,  the career of the CSS Enrica ended not far from where the first Enrica was built by a fixed torpedo as it was providing artillery support for Confederate troops on the Wirral Peninsula.
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 08:57:25 pm »
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012, 10:43:54 pm »
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If Wally's a Progressive, I don't want to see the conservative party here...
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012, 10:53:35 pm »
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If Wally's a Progressive, I don't want to see the conservative party here...

Remember that his economic views were quite populist & he supported things like infrastructure & a government hand in the economy. As well, who knows how 100 years' difference could change a person's views.
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 11:06:27 pm »
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Obviously it would be a different George Wallace due to the butterfly effect...

(And, for that matter, the word "progressive" might take on a different meaning).
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2012, 01:29:23 am »

Antarctica
Sometimes referred to as Wilson's Icebox after the then Secretary of State and later President, the uninhabited Territory of Antarctica consists of that portion of Antarctica south of 6820'S (1300 nautical miles from the South Pole), east of 175W, and west of 40W. It is bounded on the east by the British Antarctic Territory, on the west by the Australasia Antarctic Territory, and on the north by the Territory of the Falkland Sea.  Norway claims Peter I Island which is within the territory. The claims of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Japan and Russia in Antarctica overlap portions of the Confederate Antarctic Territory.

The territory was established on 22 February 1922 to secure the provisions of the Treaty of Madrid in which the British Empire ceded to the Confederate States all claims on Antarctica between 175W and 40W.  6820'S was chosen as the boundary between the territories of Antarctica and Falkland Sea as it enabled all of Adelie Island to the southwest of the Palmer Peninsula to be included in the latter.

The territory has been subject to benign neglect since its creation as there is not much of economic value to be found in it.  Even whaling normally takes place in more northerly waters around the Antarctic Convergence Zone.

Judging by the map included in this tome, Adelie Island corresponds to what in our reality is called Adelaide Island, and the Palmer Peninsula is the Antarctic Peninsula, and was the name Americans used for it until we reached a compromise with the British who called it the Graham Peninsula.

That map also indicates that besides Antarctic claims by Brazil, Japan, and Russia in the Antarctic that have no corresponding claim in our reality, Germany and South Africa both have claims in the Antarctic as well.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2012, 11:13:20 am »

Arkansas
Arkansas is bordered on the east by the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, on the south by the state of Louisiana, on the west by the states of North Texas and Sequoya, and on the north by the the states of Missouri and Illinois in the United States.

Arkansas has had fairly fluid borders in the 19th century. The original 1819 territorial border included all of Sequoya south of 3630'N, but the that area was largely divorced from Arkansas in 1824, with the current Arkansas-Sequoya border set in 1828.  The border of Arkansas moved northward in 1865 from 3630'N to  37N as a result of the Treaty of Richmond that brought an end to the Second American Revolution.

There are a number of military facilities in northern Arkansas to guard against a Yankee invasion, but fortunately Yankee aggression has been focused northward rather than southward since the conclusion of the Second American Revolution.  However, those installations did play a crucial role in the Second Nullification Crisis precipitated by Arkansas Governor Jeff Davis (who was named after, but otherwise was no relation to our illustrious first president) as did worries that the United States might try to reclaim the parts of the state that were once part of the Federal state of Missouri if a civil war broke out in Arkansas.

The above needs some explanation for us to understand what was going on in that alternate reality.

The One Drop Act of 1904 was the first of what would later be known as the Emancipation Acts. The Emancipation Acts tried to get around provisions that enshrined negro slavery (which had generally come to be seen as a burden by then) in the Confederate Constitution by restricting the definition of "negro".  The One Drop Act declared that "even so much as one drop of non-negro blood sufficiently ennobles a person as to render that person unfit to be a slave", and provided for the gradual (very gradual) emancipation of such persons.

Later on the Presumption Act of 1935 would create a legal presumption that there was that there was one drop of non-negro blood unless it could be shown that there was not via documentation that in most cases was impossible to provide. (It was a lot easier to find such documentation if you held slaves in Mississippi than in most other places.) Still, it would not be until 1963 that the Eighteenth Amendment formally ended the existence of negro slavery in the Confederate States.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 05:42:50 pm »
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So is the Antarctic thing just a claim?
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2012, 06:26:44 pm »

So is the Antarctic thing just a claim?

Yes and no.  As mentioned, the Antarctic Peninsula which is the most readily exploitable part of the continent is part of a different Confederate territory.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2012, 07:31:57 pm »

Bermuda

Population:
Military: 3,325
Civilian: 534

The Territory of Bermuda is without a doubt the Confederate territory most impacted by the Second World War.  The Confederacy had not partaken of the First World War, and it had entered the Second late, much to the surprise of the British who had thought they could pressure the Confederacy into ceasing trade with the United States.  By the time the Confederacy declared war, over half of the Bermudan men of fighting age were either in service with the Royal Navy or serving on the St. Croix front along the Maine-New Brunswick border.  The Yankee Navy had been largely dealt with in the first year of the war, so the defenses of the Gibraltar of the West had been stripped to provide desperately needed artillery in Canada and France.

As a result, the invasion of Bermuda by Confederate Marines in 1918 was an easy triumph.  While Bermuda had been selected for the first wave of Confederate attacks because of its strategic location, it would still be some months before the British West Indies were subdued,  Fearful that a British counterattack might be assisted by the local civilians, Confederate authorities issued General Order No. 7, which brought about the complete evacuation of all civilians from Bermuda and the confiscation of all civilian property.  It would not be until after the Third World War that civilians not employed by the military would be permitted to live on Bermuda, transforming Bermuda into the mixture of military base and ecological preserve that it is today.

After the Second World War, the largest concentrations of the Bermudan diaspora settled in the Canadian Maritimes their menfolk had been helping to defend and in southern Florida where the civilians had been relocated to. The towns of Bermuda, New Brunswick and New Hamilton, Florida both pay homage to the Bermudan origin of their founders.
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2012, 02:22:39 pm »
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What is the next state?
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2012, 11:45:46 pm »

Baja California
A former territory held briefly by the Confederacy after the Second Mexican War until it and Sonora were exchanged for Nuevo Mexico with the United States in the Treaty of Santa Fe.

Chihuahua
Chihuahua is bordered on the north by the states of Nuevo Mexico and Llano, on the east by the states of West Texas and Coahuila, on the south by the states of Durango and Sinaloa, and on the west by the Pacific Commonwealth.  Mostly desert, its two principal cities are the Chihuahua and El Paso on the banks of the Rio Grande.

History
Chihuahua has been a border state since the days of the Texan Revolution. That border was often a hostile border, but not always the same border.  From 1836 to 1845 it was bordered by the Republic of Texas.  Following the annexation of Texas, and the resulting First Mexican War, it lost for a time its territory east of the Rio Grande. That border with first the United States alone and then both the United States in Nuevo Mexico and the Confederate States in Texas would last until the Second Mexican War.

Chihuahua was a stronghold of the republicans who has opposed the restoration of an imperial throne in 1864 by Maximiliano I under French aegis.  Largely defeated, the republicans remained quiescent until French troops were withdrawn from Mexico by the Third French Republic after the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War. Mexico became embroiled by a proxy war with the United States providing supplies to the Republicanos, and the Confederates to the Imperiales. The death of Maximiliano I in 1876 coincided with the Cuban Crisis that distracted the Confederacy from what was going on in Mexico, and presented the opening needed by the Republicanos. The Empress Carlotta proved an inept regent and with her son Maximiliano II fled Mexico in 1880.

However the rebels were ill-suited to rule themselves, and having gained control of the territory of the Second Mexican Empire, they tried to regain that of the First as well. While the United States had been more than willing to engage in a proxy war to thwart Confederate influence in Mexico, it was not willing to commit its own troops to aid the impetuous Mexicans.  The Second Mexican War led to the cession of much Mexican territory to the Confederacy and a subsequent territory swap between the United States and the Confederate States to ease tensions.

Chihuahua now had international borders to its west in Territory of Sonora and to its south in the Mexican States of Durango and Sinaloa.  Following the split of Texas in 1888 into three states and two territories, one of those parts, the Territory of Pecos was soon joined to Chihuahua, reuniting the two halves of El Paso into a single city after having been separate for four decades.

Statehood for Chihuahua followed in 1899, making it the third of the five states formed from territory gained as a result of the Second Mexican War to be admitted to the Confederacy.

I've decided to leave the tale of how the international border shifted further south and how the Pacific Commonwealth came to be for other days and other states.
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2012, 01:49:21 pm »
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Fascinating. Will we get a map at the end?
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2012, 08:20:17 pm »

Sadly, my map skills are sadly lacking.
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012, 01:01:40 pm »
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Sadly, my map skills are sadly lacking.

I can probably cook something up on Paint. When all the states have been described, I'd be willing to do it for you. Smiley
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