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« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2017, 07:52:48 pm »

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« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2017, 10:57:02 pm »
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The Second Boer War Continued

August, 1836


By mid August 1836 the Amerikaners were struggling to push the Pennsylvanians out of their territory, fighting largely in communities that viewed the Pennsylvanian soldiers as liberators. The first phase of the war would be more or less a stalemate as Staatpresident Béliveau set out to create his vision for a "Grand Army of the Republic." While Béliveau oversaw the formation of his Grand Army he focused primarily of containing the Mormon threat and pushing them out of Amerikaans Republic territory. Soldiers under the command of Brigham Young tried piercing through to lake Erie, cutting the Amerikaners in half, however was turned back at the Battle of Erie. Young's failed campaign would be the high water mark for the Mormon's in the war. The winter would see a lull in fighting with skirmishes here and there, testing each others defenses. As March came Béliveau was ready to unleash his creation, The Grand Army of the Republic. The first phase of the war had been characterized as containment, the next would be extermination.

Without any hint of slowing down and with no mercy the Grand Army struck through the Pennsylvanian lines on multiple fronts, shattering the Mormon and Boer militias before them. Inside of a month the capitals of both the Pennsylvanian Republic and the Allegheny Free State had fallen. With little option left and refusing to surrender, Smith organized a guerilla resistance from the wooded mountains of Appalachia. To put pressure on the Mormon resistance to surrender the Amerikaners began rounding up entire communities and placing them in prison camps to starve. It wasn't until February 27, 1838 when in a skirmish a bullet found it's way into Joseph Smith's abdomen and Brigham Young took over as leader that Mormon's agreed to surrender.

Pennsylvania at Brigham Young's surrender.


Following the surrender the Amerikaans Republic formally annexed the region and exiled the survivors. Those who chose to remain faithful the to Mormon movement joined with Young and began a long journey out west to where Young declared God had promised them their paradise on Earth where they could start over. In all 7,059 men, 142 women, and 86 children left to journey out west where they would settle on the east bank of the Missouri River, founding the city of New Jerusalem. What was left behind was a poor and depopulated shadow of what Pennsylvania had been.

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The Trail of Tears

The Second Boer War left what was once William Penn's great legacy in ashes. Either by combat, starvation, or disease the war left over 285,000 dead. Many of the non-Mormon Pennsylvanian survivors left to seek refuge in Virginia. Many Mormons lost the faith during the war, but for those who remain loyal under Brigham young choose to follow him out west as they sought to distance themselves as much as they could from the devastation they had endured. By late September 1838, Young and his followers set out for the west.

Desiring to avoid Amerikaner and Native lands on their journey, Young took his followers south through Virginia. Among those on the journey were the six year old Joseph Smith III and his mother Emma Hale Smith. Originally anticipating 2-3 months of a journey, inclement weather and issues with Virginian authorities arose that would slow things down. As harassment and acts of violence against the Mormons grew, Young organized the Nashville Legion in order to protect the travelers. Finally reaching the Mississippi river on December 23, the Mormons set camp and began building small boats and barges to ferry them across into Upper Louisiana. On January 8, 1839 as the Mormons were half finished crossing, a mob of 200 anti-Mormon Virginians had organized into a militia and launched an attack hoping to drive the Mormons into the river. The Nashville legion, at half strength as the other 250 had crossed the river first to protect the travelers on the other side, sprung into action. After an hour of shooting the Virginians fell back having taken 86 casualties compared to 8 for the Mormons. Proclaiming that "God is with us!" Young moved the party onward.

By March the Mormons finally ended their Journey on the east bank of the Missouri River near what Young believed to be the sight of the Garden of Eden. The city of New Jerusalem was established as the capital for what he hoped to grow into a nation. The Mormon's called the land they settled Deseret, after what they believed to be a Jaredite term from their Book of Mormon meaning "honeybee". Separated from the major powers, Deseret would grow in isolation over the coming years as nominal subjects of France.
 
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Aftermath of the Second Boer War

Feeling invincible politically following the surrender of the Mormon's, Staatpresident Béliveau began to implement sweeping changes. First was to reorganize the remains of the new territory acquired in the war into the new provinces of Sylvania and Allegheny. The Mormons had been been evicted and following the occupation a large portions of the remaining population chose self exile in Virginia. Those few who remained became isolated in small rural communities that would cling on to their English heritage for generations to come, known to the Afrikaners as "die Pennsylvanian-Engels." Many from the more crowded coastal cities took the opportunity to start over and moved to the new provinces, where they could claim abandoned farms and resettle the now ghost towns.

Lacking a unified vision or sense of direction the Demokratiese Partij formally disbanded in August 1839. Herman Jansen and his followers would create the Liberaal Partij, focused on promoting free markets and decentralized power. The wing of the Democrats who were ideologically the heirs of the Volks Partij, at least those who hadn't joined the Justitie Partij, reformed under the new Nationaal Party. The adoption of the "party" spelling over "partij" was a sign of their message of distancing themselves from their Dutch heritage, and that the Amerikaners had become not only superior to the Dutch, but different altogether. The Nationaals viewed Amerikaners more in terms of  the indigenous people than as decedents of European immigrants, going as far as to publicly denounce new immigration into the country and labeling themselves as "natives." In New Amsterdam in particular the Nationaals would promote violence against immigrants and Catholics, at one point prompting Béliveau to send in infantry and order martial law as rival gangs fought over neighborhoods.

Volksraag election of 1840: 192 seats
Justitie Partij - 111
Nationaal Party - 32
Liberaal Partij - 30
Native Alliance - 15
Independent - 4
 
The results of the Volksraag elections reflected both the changing times in Amerika and the popularity that Béliveau still possessed among the public. the Liberaals attacked the Staatpresident for going too far in the Second Boer War while the Nationaals branded him as a "papist" being under the control of the Pope. Neither argument seemed to stick however as Béliveau easily won re-election to another term in 1842.

Staatpresidential Election of 1842:
Erik Béliveau (JP)- 43%
Herman Jansen (LP) - 29%
Henrik van der Plaats (NP) - 25%
Paul Tenskatawa (NA) - 3%

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Part 6: I AM THE STATE

1843
Re-elected and having a his party still in control of the Volksraag, the first half of Béliveau's second term went relatively smooth. Relations with Virginia and Plymouth were improved, and off the coast of West Africa a small colony had been established for the decedents of freed slaves who wished to return. The experiment that was the colony of Liberia would be short lived however as most freed slaves and their decedents preferred to remain and of those who wanted to leave, many already had for French Canada in the years prior. The colony would eventually be sold to the Virginians who would have greater use for it. By early 1844 was confident that his Justitie Partij would keep control in the upcoming Volksraag elections.

Volksraag Election of 1844: 194 Seats
Justitie Partij - 110
Liberaal Partij - 36
Nationaal Party - 34
Native Alliance - 11
Independent - 3

By the late 1830's Europe's colonial hold in the New World had already been in decline. Mexico successfully won independence from Spain by 1836 and established the Mexican Empire. Carolina had been eating away at Spanish Florida for years, shifting their border farther south. Then in 1841 France was put to the test as French Canada began calling for independence. Reluctant at first, and even preparing to send soldiers to keep it by force, France agreed to a compromise that would allow for near complete autonomy and that would keep the French King as ceremonial head of state while a National Assembly would effectively run the country. In Louisiana the situation was less pleasant. Around the same time as Canada, Lower Louisiana declared their independence as a republic and seized control of French armories ready to defend themselves. The French force sent to retake New Orleans was decimated by the unfortunate timing of a hurricane that made landfall just as they were arriving. Without any reasonable way of maintaining control or even access to at this point, Upper Louisiana was abandoned as France had more pressing matters at home for focus on such as rising republicanism.

It wasn't long before Upper Louisiana became carved out. The Mormon's in the central region claimed a large swath as the nation of Deseret. Further north the Lakota peoples managed to fight back against claims from Canada and asserted their independence. On the western side of the northern Mississippi, Amerikaner settlers proclaimed the Republic of the Transmississippi. Virginians moved into the south and effectively doubled the size of their country.

By 1845 Transmississippi was annexed into the Amerikaans Republic. Crisis came in 1846 however when electing a provincial government two sides both claimed victory in an election full of fraud where more ballots were cast than people actually living in Transmississippi. One government under a Nationaal-Justitie alliance ruled from Dubuque  while a Liberaal government established Bettendorf as their capital further down the river. The coming months would see a series of bloody skirmishes that wouldn't end until Staatpresident Béliveau decided to act.

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I AM THE STATE, continued

For months following the start of the Transmississippi crisis the Volksraag refused to recognize either provincial government until an agreement could be reached. During this period however the crisis escalated when supporters of the Dubuque government burned a farm and murdered 11 people in the ensuing shootout. In retaliation, on March 27, 1847 Bettendorf supporters waiting in the trees along a small country road outside of Dubuque ambushed and assassinated the governor of the rival government. Among those killed in the attack were the governor's wife and young son. Finally having enough the next month Staatpresident Béliveau marched into the province with 15,000 soldiers and declared Transmississippi to be under martial law. Wanting a swift end to the confusion, Béliveau declared the Dubuque government to be the legitimate one and any who opposed them to be guilty of treason. Upon returning to New Amsterdam Béliveau was summoned before the Volksraag to explain his actions as many belied he overstepped his authority by unilaterally choosing which provincial government to support and installing his own acting military governor until martial law would be lifted.

Entering the Volksraag to the cries of "tyrant!" and "dictator!" Béliveau calmly addressed the delegates and said:
The actions I made were a result of the inaction of this body. I will apologize for nothing. Twice now the people have seen fit to make me their Staatpresident. By the will of both God and the people I have been chosen to lead this nation of Amerikaners. Some of you here, even those who I believed to be my allies, have charged that I have overstepped my role within the state, but let me assure you I AM THE STATE.
Béliveau proceeded to walk out of the chamber that remained dead silent. This event would go on to give the Liberaals all they needed to campaign against Béliveau and the JP over the next year.

By early 1848 Béliveau decided against seeking a third term opting instead to allow his close ally Erwin Roemer, who had served as military governor and then eventualy elected governor of Sylvania, to be his successor. The Nationaals again nominated Henrik van der Plaats who promised a purer Amerika free from the immigrant "invasion." Despite his best efforts, Herman Jansen failed to be selected by the Liberaals, who instead chose to go with Maarten van Buren. Van Buren had been a member of the JP and delegate to the Volksraag representing his community around his home in Kinderhoek, however out of frustration with the Staatpresident's abuse of power he switched to the Liberaals.

The Elections of 1848

Volksraag: 200 seats
Liberal Partij - 79
Justitie Partij - 68
Nationaal Party - 42
Native Alliance - 8
Independent - 2

Staatpresident:


Maarten van Buren (LP) - 34%
Erwin Roemer (JP) - 31%
Henrik van der Plaats (NP) - 30%
John Catahecassa (NA) - 5%

Up next, Part 7: The Calm Before the Storm
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Part 7: The Calm Before the Storm

The time in office of Maarten van Buren could be characterized as being of being extremely hands off. Staatpresident Van Buren led with the philosophy that the less the state did the better and devoted more time to trying to block the Volksraag from passing what he considered bad law than actually pushing an agenda. Van Buren and many other Liberaals believed that most governing should be done from the provincial and local levels. Despite winning the largest bloc of seats in the Volksraag the Liberaal Partij would ultimately come in second as the Justitie and Nationaal parties formed a coalition to elect their own Chancellor, Gregory Vermeulen of the Justitie Partij. Vermeulen had hoped to achieve passing electoral reform such run-off elections should no-candidate for Staatpresident claim at least 50% of the vote.

Van Buren's first test came a year into his term in 1849 when his attempt at avoiding foreign entanglements was challenged by North African pirates attacking Amerikaner trade vessels when the Amerikaans Republic refused to pay tribute. Under pressure from the Volksraag and coastal Liberaals with ties to trade, Van Buren authorized a small fleet to eliminate the pirate threat in what would be known at the Barbary War. Aided by a coalition of French and Swedish ships, the fighting would bring about the collapse of the nominally independent Barbary states along the North-West African coast and would see the last of the Ottoman Empire's presence driven from the region.

By 1852 the alliance of the Justitie and Nationaals was proving to hurt the JP as the anti-catholic and anti-immigrant rhetoric of the NP began casting a negative shadow over Justitie whose coalition had traditionally included many Catholics. By this time the writings of Karl Marx had begun to spread among the working class and university students. The Liberaals had been making in-roads out west with their message of greater provincial autonomy as the western provinces felt little connection to the New Amsterdam government. In New Amsterdam, which had been a hot bed for nativist sentiment, was growing in population by the day with new waves of immigration from Germany and Irish fleeing the Great Famine. Most Irish migrants started moving to English speaking Plymouth and Virginia, however Plymouth soon placed a ban on Irish immigration forcing them to seek refuge in the Amerikaans Republic. While the Province of New Amsterdam was still largely dominated by the Nationaal Party, the city itself was beginning to see a shift in power as political machines began taking advantage in the shifting winds and organizing.

Volksraag Election of 1852: 200 Seats
Liberaal Partij - 89
Nationaal Party - 70
Justitie Partij - 33
Native Alliance - 7
Independent - 1  

Despite winning no seats, the various workers and labor movements which were beginning to organize won close to 1.5% of the vote. In New Amsterdam they came close to 20% in a couple districts. The Liberaals once again came just shy of a majority. The Justitie in the Volksraag began to split into two factions, those who would back a Liberaal government and those who wanted to keep their alliance with the Nationaals. When the time came to elect a new Chancellor the Liberaals had created a coalition of themselves, the Native Alliance, and 12 members of the Justitie Partij, giving them 108 votes and control of the Volksraag.

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