Finished the American Diaspora map. Was going to do footnotes to give some sense of the rest of the world, but honestly I got too lazy. Feel free to ask about it though.
The American Diaspora
"Diaspora refers to the development of a population that, for whatever reason(s) has moved from its homeland in search of better conditions. In Greek, the root word comes from a verb that means "I scatter". It is perhaps this connotation that is more accurate in referring to the American Diaspora. For in the wake of the American Revolution, millions of individuals and families were forced to leave their homes. There is a perverse irony in fleeing from what was once dubbed 'The Land of Opportunity', of the New Colossus sending out hordes of poor, tired, huddled masses yearning for freedom. But it is not unjustified.
The Revolution, formed from the contradictions of a promise of freedom and wealth clashing with the reality of the worst excess of industrial capitalism metastasized in a bloody, brutal, overthrow of the previous regime. The opulence that so characterized the immediate Postwar period masked the grossest inequities of the modern world. There is no one cause for the revolution. Some have claimed the death of the Progressive movement in its cradle, others in the billions lost from financially supporting but not engaging in the First World War after the Entente suspended their wartime debts, several instead refer to the bloody suppression of labor, and even a few have laid blame on the refusal of the prewar regime for restricting immigration.
Whatever the reason, the Revolution came. The people rose up, challenging capital and bourgeoise liberalism for equity and dignity. That began 5 years of brutal war before the confirmation of the American Socialist Republic. That alone was enough for the upper and middle classes, alongside much of the navy to leave. But then came the fear. The Revolutionary Terror. The Purges. Forced assimilation. The Enlightenment. And finally, the pacification campaigns."
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