Dreams of Liberty My cover of @InfernoMole's EEUSG entry, the Liberian Federation. Many thanks to him for providing feedback and the text below. The PoD is Henry Clay's victory in the 1844 election, which prevents the annexation of Texas and California by the United States. Because Texas and California aren't annexed, there is no "expansion of slavery" issue, which means that the collision of South and North over the issue of slavery - and the disintegration of the Whigs - is staved off by at least a decade. The majority of Whigs and Democrats is willing to accept the resettlement of free blacks in Africa, and by the time ACS withdrew their funds from Liberia, it has already grown into an economically stable, semi-industrialized state. The free blacks in Sierra Leone do not die from malaria and eventually thrive, leading to them becoming a partially self-governing "free black homeland" under British protection. A referendum, backed by former chiefs and independence-minded Krios, leads to Sierra Leone becoming a republic, one which would be eventually absorbed by Liberia in the 1890s. The United States abolishes slavery in the 1870s after a decade of "Abolitionist Insurgency" in the 1860s. The "nationalist" Whigs, which would have become the American Party IOTL, develop into the Patriot Party, which would become a powerful force in American politics until the downfall of the United States. Following the victory of the Anglo-Franco-Russian Entente over the primarily Amero-German coalition in the First Great War, the weakened United States collapses to a socialist revolution in the early 1920s. The German Empire and its sphere of influence is divided between the Entente powers, but the map of Europe is distorted following the establishment of the French Integralist State. French Integralism is an unholy mix between Strasserite fascism and the political thought of Charles Maurras, holding that a strong state with a strong leader and a strong Catholic church, willing to oppose the machinations of the International Four Pillars of Evil (Protestantism, Jewry, Freemasonry and Barbarism) leeching off the wealth of the nation, will ultimately protect the people and achieve greatness. The French Civil War that led to the rise of the Integralist State and the Franco-Liberian War that preceded it led to the early independence of many colonies, namely Morocco and Madagascar. It also lead to a huge shakeup in the colonial world and a wholly different anti-colonialist movement, which would have pretty nasty consequences for India. India is disunited, with most of these states either in Russia or China's sphere of influence. The First GreatWar is followed up by a Second Great War (1939-1944), fought between the Russian-led Entente (and their communist allies) and the French-led Coalition. Predictably, the Coalition is defeated, but the last-minute detonation of a French nuclear weapon allows a rump French state to persist. The Russian Empire's dominance of the world is challenged by the Workers' Union of Latin America, a state that rose from the ashes of the First Brazilian Republic in 1925 which begins the "Global Game." The Game continues until the downfall of the Workers' Union in 1990. The fall of Integralist dominance saw the beginning of active socialist insurgency around the world and the establishment of workers' republics in numerous countries. Mainland Portugal in particular, previously occupied by the Integralists, became the Workers' Republic of Portugal, while the overseas possessions of Portugal consolidated into the State of Portugal. Even after the unification of the two states, Portugal holds what would be called a "special relationship" with Liberia, stemming from geographic and economic closeness of the European state-in-exile and the African democratic federation. Modern "great powers" include Egypt, the Congolese Union (a state commonly described as "technocratic synthesis"), the Chinese Republic and Australia, though Russia is the undisputed superpower of the world. Liberia is a strong neutral kingmaker, though recently it grew distant from the Russian Empire due to ideological differences (Liberia being governed by the Liberal Party and Russian Empire being governed by a Trudovik-Cadet coalition) and allegations of human rights abuses and illegal arms trade in the former.