OK, so a president told US troops that they at war with another country and didn't even bother to inform congress. This is going to make the 1973 War Powers act look like a resolution to declare December 12th to be National be nice to puppies day.
Calhoun requested that “in light of the news from Attapulgus,” they put their investigation on hold until “the security of our borders may be confirmed” and concentrate on the risk of slave revolt.
 With the buildup of troops on the Louisiana front, promotions are coming fast.
Without giving anything away, some of these things have already begun. (Okay, I'll give something away—Wellington, the man who gave Portugal the Lines of Torres Vedras, has been putting his own stamp the approach along the Mississippi since the beginning of '38.)Yeah, I am sure the safety of the public is your only concern Calhoun.
Well Taylor and Halleck provide still more smoking guns.
I get the feeling the biggest issue here is nit going to be too establish Berrien's guilt, but what they should do. Both in general and under these circumstances.
Well, likely no stopping that now.
I find myself thinking on Louisiana after the war despite the Troubles looming in the Union. The Republic is not a great power ad has no particular aspiration to be one between two massive polities like the USA and New Spain, but this is an age of nationalism and it will be interesting o see how nationalism takes shape there.
Of course national survival is the obvious primary plank. I think it will be fairly obvious that the USA will not give up after defeat in this war, if they re lucky they get a twenty year reprieve or so again. And with the continued settlement of the West and expansion of American railroads the Americans will be even stringer next time.
So, some likely priorities I thought up for Louisianan nationalism, from least controversial too most:
1. Maintain and expand alliances.
The Republic would not have lasted through this war without outside help. It is vital they remain on good terms and in alliance with Britain whose navy protects their shores and whose colonies can tie down the Americans on other fronts. However Britain's vast empire makes it quite likely they will again be preoccupied in the future and shipping speeds will continue to be outpaced by rail making it harder for Britain to support their colonies and allies against American aggression.
So in addition to Britain the Republic could use more friends. Which could also have the bonus of providing them more legitimacy than being seen as a near protectorate of the Empire.
New Spain seems the obvious choice. It is nearby geographically and despite the land border being a no go aid supplied by ship could come much quicker from Tampico than London. New Spain has common interest with the Republic in countering American expansionism. Berrien's powerplay may have failed but given America's history of conquest and broken treaties I expect many in Mexico City are unconvinced this is the end of trouble on their northern Frontier. if war broke out it would be better for New Spain to be fighting in Mississippi than to be unable to reach the American heartland or worse have the American navy operating out of New Orleans and Fort Keane.
2. A militarized border.
The Republic is not a predator to stalk the games of nations. Its a crawfish confined to its shell. And its enemy thinks once that shell is cracked the meat can simply be sucked up. Its not inaccurate, the Republic even if it repelled an invasion that penetrated deeply could easily be decimated for Pyrrhic victory. So the obvious idea is make that shell too tough to crack, so that he eagle will crack it beak first in the effort.
Forts/fortresses seem the way to go. Counter the numeric advantage of the Americans by multiplying force with defensive works. not just ones meant to take lengthy sieges but ones meant to slow down invaders until aid can arrive.
Expanding the navy while supporting it with coastal forts would be needed too. The Volonte has proven invaluable on the river but technology marches on and the Americans will likely put their own warships on the Mississippi next time. Blue and brown water, the Republic needs to be ready to take the hits that will come.
3. Quality to combat quantity:
As stated the Republic will always be outnumbered by the union for the forseeable future. And its quite possible winning the next war even decisively will not end American Revanchism for good. The Republic needs to prepare for a future in which the next century may hold multiple wars with the colossus to the North that can only be deterred by making the struggle seem to costly for the prize.
The Grand Army needs to truly become something grand, commanding respect in professionalism and on the field with enemies and allies alike. This would also be an investment in ensuring the Republic will not simply become a lacky to their allies.
The simplest step to improve the GA would be to establish a dedicated Academy for training officers, engineers, etc. While there are of course he reputable schools in Britain used so far the students there are sill foreign guests learning abroad. A national institution could focus on the needs of the Republic as well as instilling the pride and tradition to better bind together the GA and raise its quality for the wars too come.
Instructors would intially be mosrtly foreigners I expect but that's unavoidable even if the long term goal would be to fill the faculty with Louisianians with foreign experts being the exception rather than the norm.
Perhpas locate it in Fort Keane. Cheaper land price to build and a bone thrown to the ider parishes boy not having everything important being in Bew Olreans. Locatin it outside the capital might also be een as a way to try and keep the military more apolitical.
Then would be a real big move. Peacetime conscription. Basically for every able bodied white man being required to rport for six mionths of traning followed by a year of service in arms in either the navy or army. With some exclusions likely such as men slated to attend the officer training or a cash buy out for the wealthy. The sheer expense and radicalism would make this very hard to swallow, but supporters would argue they need a population not only ready to be called to action but who will know wt they are doing when the are called.
4. Abolish Slavery:
Slavery is going to be ever more a hindrance to the Republic and I expect the nationalists will be wise to this.
Britain has not only abolished slavery but has effectively embraced the idea of 'people of color' in arms in the Colonial Marines, the native forces in Florida, and the Black Hessians. All of whom have proven effective in serving the Crown. The Republic cannot expect the trend of hostility toward slavery to slow much less stop in the Empire, undermining their most important alliance.
It also would be problematic when trying to form an alliance with New Spain, or any of the other independent nations in the region against the Union.
Internally it is also trouble one need only look to the chaos in Brazil caused in no small part by the slavery issue, and soon enough the Troubles will come to Dixie.
The struggle for national survival will be trying enough without slavery undermining their alliances and simultaneously setting the stage for internal revolt. To face the new era they may reason a new approach to race relations will be needed to allow the Republic to survive and thrive.
Easier said than done of course.
Whew! Felt good to get that out of my head and typed out.
And aside from principals and such there would be the question of how to pay for any of this. Assuming any of this even shows up in a nationalist movement.
Without giving anything away, some of these things have already begun. (Okay, I'll give something away—Wellington, the man who gave Portugal the Lines of Torres Vedras, has been putting his own stamp the approach along the Mississippi since the beginning of '38.)
At least a major square named after him with a statue at some point.And if they're anything like the Lines, the Americans are in for a rough, rough time indeed. When Ney throws up his hands and thinks it's hopeless, you know they're damn good defences alright. I do have to wonder what Wellington's reputation will be like in the Americas if the front goes well for him. Twice fought for Louisiana's independence and gave the Americans a thrashing over it. Is there a statue of him in New Orleans already at all?
I do have to wonder what Wellington's reputation will be like in the Americas if the front goes well for him. Twice fought for Louisiana's independence and gave the Americans a thrashing over it. Is there a statue of him in New Orleans already at all?
Those sound interesting. You can PM them to me.
Well, the political situation in Washington is getting... tense. I wonder if this'll create anything like a stab in the back myth, with Berrien retaining a following among the TQ voters as being a man who tried to keep up the slave trade in the face of foreign pressure and internal dissent. If he does or not, it's going to be an ugly, ugly impact with how the divisions in US society are coming through now.
I'd say the stabbed in the back idea has been thoroughly seeded. The South started this war from not trusting the north getting power over them with free soil expansion destined to reduce their power. The North has made no secret of heir contempt for Berrien's Southern policy in this war. And now the radical abolitionists are coming into play.
So for your choice of stabbed in the Back myths:
1. The North stabbed the South in the back, abandoning the Texans out of petty spite; and not caring a whit for how the South suffers so long as they could expand northward. We must act, for its clear so long as their precious freelands thriove they care not if all the South is set aflame.
2. The South cares not for America, only the South. They'd sooner ignore the conquest of Canada that was laid bare for, us to throw away men and treasure in steamy swamps and pick fights with other nations. Wgile we fought to liberate our brethren North of the border they engaged in banditry on a grand scale in Florida! The were a stone about our neck in war dragging us down in spite of our victories, and what's worse in peace they are unrepentant.
3. America's ideals are withering, and the rot comes from within. If this is truly to become a godly and and just nation we must cut out the canver that ha been poisoning ir since before the Revolution, slsery must be purged or they will cintinue to drag America down in all ways. The late war fought for slavery shed the blood of Americans even men who never owned or wanted to own a slave, and more will come until e end this madness once and forever!
4. The abolitionist is a menace, an ingrate who cares not for the boons slaver and the slave owner have brought t this country. So long as we clasp this viper to the bosom of the nation we shall not cease to falter, as in the late war where every effort of the South to further its rightful interests was greeted with scorn.
5. The planters are to blame, for too long they have held down the Whitemen of the South as second class citizens. The Founders were great men, but their heirs have proven both in politics and war to be unworthy of the mantles of their forefathers. How many good ol' boys died in vain for the pride and incompetence of officers whose commissions were bought and paid for? For politicians who would expose our women and children to danger by sending their protectors to foreign fields to fight fool wars while the savages and foreign dogs were at our doorstep? The South must become a a country for all good White Christians, not just the blue bloods if it is to have new golden age.
6. The rabble turns on their betters. Claiming to be good sons of the South while attacking those who have provided the rthem woth leadership aptronage and protection since before the Revolution. Their ignorant ambition makes them no better than Yankees, and all the more dangerois for being in our midst ready to betray even rheir bloodlin to further their desire to overthrow the atural order that lets' the South prosper.
Kind of puts you in mind of that WWI poster, "Who killed the peace of Europe," don't it?
A very good run down of all the outcomes that could come from the myths that might arise that could lead straight to the troubles ahead. Which makes me rather concerned about the fact that there's going to be another war in the future and what form the US will take when it's all said and done.