The 17th of December of 1860 the fate of a nation was decided. That same day an extraordinary convention happened in the state of South Carolina. The representatives were all secessionist that wished to start a secession of the United States of America. Their fears were mostly that if they didn't act quickly the secessionist support will be reduced with time as did happen in the past. This time they were having none of it, the fire eaters had force the convention to be held as fast as possible. This convention was divided mostly into two different ideologies. The fire eaters were secessionists with absolute fervor for this cause. They were willing to do whatever was necessary to accomplish this. The other was the "collaborations"  that wished to declare secession once other slave states supported the cause so a nation could be created by that same states that could offer resistance to the Yankees. That was the great majority of those "collaborations", cautious secessionists while the rest wished to gain time for the federal government to appease the South with deals that will guarantee and protect slavery.
South Carolina seccedes
The fire eaters pushed for secession arguing the north economy will collapse without southern cotton. Finally, once the day came the convention was celebrated in Charleston. In this convention, South Carolina approved the order of succession specifying slavery as one of the major factors that force them into this secession. Now definitely the union had no hope of surviving without bloodshed. Even if most people in that moment didn't believe that they will soon realize the truth. Soon after similar process happened in the deep South. Texas was an exception, as his governor (Sam Houston) a fervent unionist didn't accept the petition to celebrate a convention about the issue of secession. The secessionist acted behind him and did their own convention later ratifying their decision with a referendum that clearly supported secession. On the 4th of February, 1861 representatives of the seceded states met at Montgomery, Alabama. Even though texas representatives couldn't participate as the referendum was still to be done in their own State. 4 days later a provisional constitution was done. It was the birth of the Confederate States of America. In the ninth of that same month, they met again to decide who will be the first president of the United States of America. There were a lot of candidates but the convention finally decided to elect a man from Kentucky, John C. Breckinridge. He was the youngest vice-president to ever serve in the US at that point, he indeed had a very rich political carrier having being a senator. it was elected mainly for two major reasons, it was more moderate than one of his adversaries, Alexander H. Stephens, backed by the fire eaters. He was also the candidate the had won most of the South votes in his presidential candidature granting him a lot of legitimacy. On top of all of this, he had served as Mayor for a volunteer regiment during the Mexican-American war and that could help in bringing the Borders states closer to the confederacy as well as the high south because he was a moderate.
John C. Breckinridge first president of the confederacy
Soonly after Breckinridge got to work. His first job as president was to form a government. And so he did, Alexander H. Stephens was appointed vice-president to appease the fire eaters. The secretary of the army will be Jefferson Davis an experienced graduate of West point having served as secretary of war for President Buchanan. Christopher Memminger was elected secretary of the treasury. Stephen R. Mallory was selected for the secretary of the navy and finally, Judah P. Benjamin was elected to the position of Confederate States Attorney General.
(Well guys stay toon for the next chapter that will be very long and crucial for the TL)