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What Madness Is This ? : Nations

The Republican Union

The Green Mountain Republic of Vermont

National flag of Vermont

“The Green Mountain Republic of Vermont was formed after the Treason Trials. Even though it considered itself quite New English, it had had enough of the central government messing up, so it decided to form its own libertarian paradise up in the mountains, with an army of all volunteers and a fairly elected “Green Mountain People's Congress of Liberty” (no executive position was established, as the people worried it might become a dictatorship). There were minimal taxes, minimal government expenditure, minimal laws, and almost total anarchy. Hill clans took maximum power for themselves and invented “land rights” as a means with which to extort their neighbors. If one large family lived in a valley, and another family decided to homestead there, the first large family could essentially tax the newcomers to live there. If the new family was of equal size to the “owners,” family feuds broke out. If the new family was bigger than the “owners,” then, in all likelihood, the “owners” would be murdered. The people lived in fear and terror of lawless neighboring clans murdering them, but at least they didn't have to pay taxes! Making matters worse was Britain's consistent violation of Vermont's borders. Redcoats ventured in on routine “scavenging tours” in Green Mountain territory, and several illegal logging camps were set up by Canadian citizens. Finally, Vermont's militias mustered and drove out the loggers. King George thought briefly about outright invasion and recapture of the colony, but with the Napoleonic Wars unfolding in Europe, abandoned it, leading to the Vermont citizens thinking they had broken the morale of the British Empire and gave them an insane amount of national prestige, something that would persist from that point on.”

The Chesapeake Republic of Maryland

National flag of Maryland

Air force roundel of Maryland

Naval sviation roundel of Maryland

“Maryland was swift in seceding and forming its own republic. It was divided in what to call itself, with some wanting it to be named “The Chesapeake Republic”. Eventually, the name “Chesapeake Republic of Maryland” became the obvious choice and was adopted. It was much like Virginia in its culture, but due to a more trade-oriented culture, the large number of Catholics, and the overall nationalistic spirits of many US states, it decided to stay independent of its western neighbor, though they immediately formed a close alliance after the election of Samuel Chase as President. The Maryland militias started doing the same job they had when they were US militias; like many other states, the vast number of volunteers regiments made secession quite easy and caused minimal disturbances. Catholic nations immediately started trading with it. The Vatican States was the first country to recognize Maryland independence, followed by France, Naples, and then the Confederation of the Carolinas.”

The Republic of Virginia

Second national flag of the Republic of Virginia (adopted in 1888)

Great Seal of the Republic of Virginia (early 19th century version)

Air force roundel of Virginia (Peacetime variant)

Air force roundel of Virginia (Wartime variant)

Naval aviation roundel of Virginia (Peacetime variant)

Naval aviation roundel of Virginia (Wartime variant)

“Virginia was quick to elect Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as President and Vice President respectively. The two men set out to make sure Virginia was as strong as the “Northern Aggressors” in the Republican Union, and thanks to its tremendous economy supported by slave labor was the second largest economy in North America and was in a better debt situation than any of the others. Virginia also became the first of the seceded states to form a professional military. It was immediately used to try to chase out remaining natives from their lands and to monitor the north. The border with Maryland was extremely casual, and Maryland's Chase got along just splendidly with Jefferson. Virginia's military also formed an alliance with Maryland's militias, agreeing to come to each others' aid if need be. Virginia was home to several naval bases, and it rivaled the Republican Union in fleet strength. Virginia's House of Burgesses was resurrected, which fit in nicely with the aristocratic attitudes of the land-owning gentry, and was essentially a congress. The constitution they adopted in 1803 was largely the work of Jefferson and Madison, and allowed a very large amount of freedom and limited government power. Many citizens claimed it was 'what the USA should have been'.”

The Confederation of the Carolinas

National flag of the Confederation of the Carolinas

Air force roundel of the Confederation of the Carolinas

Naval aviation roundel of the Confederation of the Carolinas

“For all of 1800, the USA was a defeated, crushed, bankrupt country with no way to pay off its debts. The Articles did not allow enough means to raise money to pay off the national debt. It continued to get worse and worse. Outright civil violence popped up in Boston and Philadelphia as several Federalist government officials were seized and lynched by dockworkers. Soldiers were sent in to arrest the perpetrators, and instead of cooperating, the civilians in both cities rioted, ending in 52 soldiers and 83 civilians killed or crippled. Indians on the frontier were growing increasingly bold, and they suddenly seemed to start exclusively targeting federal government homes and territory, and suspicions were rising that state governments had payed the natives off. Finally, 1801 had arrived. Hamilton's men did the same thing they had done four years before. But instead of only having to change some votes, they discovered almost all the votes were for Jefferson and Madison. A woefully pitiful amount of Adams/Hamilton votes were cast, comprising about 1 to 2 percent of the entire population, most of them Federalist officials. The voting fraud goons had a devil of a time creating enough fake ballots to pull off the win. They did manage to “reelect” the current administration, though, and the unrest exploded. Allegations of fraud circulated immediately, followed by people saying it had to be fraud. In Boston, a Federalist election official, Elah McGuffey, was kidnapped and tortured until he told the truth, admitting Adams had cheated his way to power both times. On May 18, the Congress of the Carolinas was held in Charleston to seek a vote for secession. Overwhelmingly, the individual counties voted to leave the United States, forming the Confederation of the Carolinas, and the delegates from both states then elected Andrew Jackson as Emergency Chancellor. A democratic election would be held as soon as the new nation stabilized and was satisfied the USA would not try to resist them. The frontier territorial disputes between the two states were solved upon union, forming the State of West Carolina, which also joined the Confederation.”

The Republic of Georgia

First national flag of Georgia

Second national flag of Georgia

Air force roundel of Georgia

Naval aviation roundel of Georgia

“Georgia, now cut off in every way from the USA, also formed its own country, the Republic of Georgia. It was quite large, stretching from the Atlantic to the Mississippi. (…) The Republic of Georgia, like Virginia, was run by aristocratic, land-owning, slave-owning, Southern gentry, and would have probably joined Virginia in a union if the Confederation of the Carolinas hadn't been in between. They weren't quite as radically republican as Virginia, but they were decent as far as adherents to that philosophy were concerned. The Republican Constitution was based on Maryland's model, but it had to make adjustments to make it work with their agriculture-based society. A standing national army was to be kept at all times to deter Spain or other enemies from trying anything, and those soldiers often patrolled West Florida, too. The Georgian Navy wasn't huge, but it did well enough to protect what it they needed protected. Militarist Archibald Bulloch was elected Prime Minister. He was not known as a “bad” man or disrespected, but his militarism signaled a new political force in politics: Ultra-Right-Wing Proto-Totalitarianism supported by the citizens themselves. No cheating occurred. No bribery. No blackmail. The South had elected a militarist free and fairly. He believed in freedom, but he also believed in expansion and the destruction of neighbors. He was the one who made West Florida a satellite nation. His territorial politics brought him into conflict with Andrew Jackson as they both squabbled over who had rights to areas in West Carolina along the Mississippi River.”

West Florida Republic

National flag of the WFR

“West Florida, which had been a haven for pro-American Louisianans, rebelled against Spain and, with Georgian assistance, formed the West Florida Republic. It took up Georgia's entire coastline on the Gulf of Mexico, but Georgians were allowed to freely come and go into West Florida, making future Georgian annexation almost impossible to avoid. The West Florida Republic was a puppet of Georgia and was much like Vermont in its outlook. It was a libertarian wonderland controlled by local towns and villages that pushed the limits of freedom into “do as thou wilt” territory. Things got so bad in West Florida that they inadvertently gave birth to a North American icon: the Town Marshal. Wyatt Masterson was a marshal who fought off 50 bandits attempting to sack his village on the Gulf Coast. He became a hero, and Georgia, West Florida's puppetmaster, started a huge system of marshals in its own country, which decreased crime by a huge percentage. Aside from the occasional pirate attack, West Florida remained fairly safe as a nation, since Georgia deterred the Spanish from getting any bright ideas. It never elected a central leader, and instead opted for a National Parliament.”

Democratic Republic of Texas

California

Kingdom of Quebec

Jamaica

The Republic of Cuba

Cuba (Virginian protectorate)

Confederated Empire of Mexico

Republic of Peru

Republic of Brazil

Empire of Brazil

Kingdom of Ireland

Republic of Wales

Commonwealth of England

Republic of Scotland

Republic of Atlantica

Kingdom of Denmark-Norway

Kingdom of Sweden

Empire of Prussia

The Rheinbund

The Tripartite Empire

Portuguese Federation

Principality of Lucca and Piombino

Republic of Serbia & Kingdom of Serbia

Republic of Montenegro (1850s)

Kingdom of Albania (1850s)

United Kingdom of Albania and Montenegro

Kingdom of Romania

Republic of Romania (post-1920s)

Empire of Bulgaria

Independent Macedonia (1850s)

Republic of Greece

Republic of Russia

Flags of the World

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timelines/nations_what_madness_is_this.txt · Last modified: 2016/01/28 16:09 by Petike