Hey everybody, with the server being as stable as modern Somalia, I can only pray that this is seen by those who enjoy this time line. Anyway, here's lucky update 13 “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.” —George Orwell Governor Bowdoin arrived in Boston on June 20th to a precarious situation. After having been in active revolt for eight months against Bowdoin’s government, Massachusettsans were none too pleased to have Bowdoin back. However, Bowdoin was fully aware of his unpopularity, and took active measures to boost trust in the restored government. His first act after returning to Boston was rescheduling the unheld April gubernatorial elections to September. Bowdoin also lifted some of the harshest of the Riot Acts passed in the early days of the revolt, and pardoned all who had served in the Regulator army, as well as confirming Daniel Shays’ pardoning. However, these measures did nothing to smooth over the largest issue that Bowdoin would have to deal with: the former members of the FRRM’s legislature. Popular opinion, even amongst loyalists in Massachusetts was that the members of the legislature held too little power for any of their actions to be considered properly treasonous. However, in Bowdoin’s mind, the members of the legislature were guilty of treason and on June 24th, Bowdoin ordered that they be tried. In New Hampshire, the chaos caused by the Regulator invasion was finally beginning to subside. Joshua Bartlett, one of the two remaining claimants to the Governorship, abandoned his claim and John Langdon became the new governor of New Hampshire. The new government assembled in Dover on June 22nd making Dover the de facto capital of New Hampshire. One of the first acts of the new government was to declare the actions of the Peabody government null and void as well as to confirm Langdon’s governorship. When news of the Regulator defeat reached Maine, it was met with elation. Many in Maine had been nervous in regards to a Regulator invasion. However, in the mix of the elation was a question. What was to become of Maine? With their temporary Republic, Maine had demonstrated that it did not need to be administered by Massachusetts and many in Maine believed that Maine should remain a state. If Maine did successfully break away from Massachusetts other questions would have to be answered. Would Maine join the United States? If they did, would it be on an equal level as the remainder of the states? For the current moment being in political limbo was acceptable, but eventually decisions would have to be made on Maine’s status. For Washington, the victory further conflicted his beliefs on America’s future. He was an advocate for a moderate, republican style of government, none too dissimilar to the government of the Articles of Confederation. However, the failure of such a government in stopping the current crises, and his success as Emergency Executive, (Washington only used the official name of the office, he never used the term Dictator), was an antithesis to his own personal beliefs. Washington even considered resigning in the days following his victory in Springfield, but he was convinced to remain in office until he oversaw the putting down of the Carolinian Slave Revolt. After Bowdoin’s return to Boston, Washington and his army returned to New York, arriving in the city on July 2nd. The army rested for several days in New York, and on July 4th, celebrations for both Independence and the victory against the Regulators were held. In a scene not dissimilar to a Roman Triumph, a parade with the American soldiers was held. Cheering crowds of citizens lined the streets, waving flags and banners. In the lead of the whole procession was George Washington, riding on a white horse, a giant amongst men. Truly, if anyone was destined to lead the nation, Washington was the man to do it. But, suddenly, a shot rang out, echoing above the noise of the crowd. Fired from a building only slightly ahead of the parade, the shot struck Washington in the head, showering blood, brain and bone fragments into the crowd on the opposite side. Screams rang out, as the General, so beloved by his people, fell from his horse, dead before he hit the ground. The firm hand which had steered America from the brink of disaster was gone. Who could lead the Union now?