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Hello, all! Here is my latest map. I apologize for the short description, as it is for a larger story I want to tell in the form of a timeline posted on my website and here as well called Spurious Transmissions: Tales From Another World. For now, I hope a bit of backstory will suffice.
Essentially, a slightly less turbulent early administration of Ulysses S. Grant but problems later in his second term cause Grant early on to not consider running in 1876. A number of men jump in for the Republican nomination, but eventually it is Benjamin Bristow who emerges victorious. He runs on a more lively ticket that gives him an edge over our own world's Hayes, and he wins 1876 handily with promises of a new, fresh start on the economy. He also is willing to apply pressure on the states not finished Reconstructing, namely South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana. He is unwilling to let the states fall and indeed in 1876 through 1877 all three states see Republicans re-elected and federal troops stepping in against violence.
Bristow’s willingness to use the powers at his will to enforce Reconstruction and Republicans recapturing the House so as to control all houses of federal government causes a shift in the south. More and more over time, “Redeemer” whites leave the three states for other southern states in which the local rule is more friendly, if not as harsh as our own world due to federal intervention. Similarly, northern whites living in the south and freedmen move in increasing numbers to these three states, effectively transferring populations over time. For a time, this keeps the peace and Bristow goes on to win a second term as economic difficulties largely subside by 1880. By this time, the three "Libertalian" states as they had been nicknamed had become increasingly set in stone and would continue to be to the modern day, with unique government, demographics, politics, and religion in their wakes.
From there, the South takes a number of twists and turns from this position to the modern era, as does the United States itself as it rises from the Gilded Age to a brighter modern era. Modern America is a global power, though not alone in its place, with a sphere of influence in the Americas and partners in trade and politics around the world, competing with powers such as China and Russia for dominance on a global stage as one of the powers to arise from the wars in the middle of the previous century. Again, I apologize for the shortness of the description, and hope the backstory and the details of the map will suffice, and questions are welcome!
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