The Republic of Texas is a nation in North America, occupying the former state of Texas. During the North American War, it invaded Louisiana, sparking the bloodiest conflict of the wider war.
Texas had existed as an independent state for nine years prior to its annexation by the United States. During the First Civil War, it joined the Confederacy, and gained its independence after the Veterans Fever epidemic. However, its relations with the confederacy dwindled rapidly, due to Texas' discriminatory policies towards immigrants, to prevent a further outbreak of Veterans Fever. This lead to Ku Klux Klan attacks on Texan government properties for what they saw as 'race betrayal', for not acting in alliance with the CSA. Disgusted by the Confederate government's inaction, Texas declared independence in 1874.
After gaining independence, Texan politics began to resemble those of before its annexation (in accordance with Chomsky's Law). A two-party system developed between the Houston and the Lamar Parties, with each party following the ideology of a previous President of Texas from before annexation. Of these parties, the Lamar Party favoured rapid expansionism, while the Houston Party advocated peaceful relations and greater economic unity with the rest of North America. This two-party system has remained stable since the 1880s, leading to the paradoxical situation that the most warlike state in America is also its most democratic. It was under the Lamar Party that Texas annexed Oklahoma in 1903.
After the Final Civil War and the dissolution of the United States, Texas became a regional power. It supported puppet regimes in Louisiana, the ICMAG and Aztlan, and exerted influence over Mexican affairs. In the Texan-Mexican War, Texas gained the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila. Militarism became a major part of Texan politics, with Texas detonating its first nuclear weapon in 1964. Chemical and biological weapons soon became a major part of its armed capabilities. During the Second Texan-Mexican War in 1964, Texas gained control of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas from Mexico.
In 1997, during the collapse of the Rocky Mountain Confederation which set off the North American War, Texas was governed by the Lamar Party under President George Bush. It supported the Supremacy League in the Confederate Civil War, leading to a collapse in relations between the two nations. In nearby Louisiana, poverty and civil unrest were rife after the collapse of the continental economy. The government, which had been controlled for over a century by the Texas-backed Louisiana Democratic Party, became extremely unpopular for its Races Apart policy. It was in this environment of civil tension that a black independent, Marc Morial, ran for the presidency of New Orleans against Mike Foster, the incumbent president, in what was widely heralded as the end of Democratic dominance.
In the Louisiana election of July 4 1999, both Morial and Foster gained nearly equal votes, in a campaign marked by allegations of vote-rigging. Morial was declared the victor by an extremely thin margin of 2000 votes. Texas declared the election invalid, and invaded in support of Foster.
The resulting war was the bloodiest of the North American War, and the only one on which nuclear weapons were used. Texan forces, aided by an expeditionary force from Aztlan, rapidly overwhelmed the outmatched Louisiana forces, and advanced rapidly towards New Orleans. They were halted at Baton Rouge on 9 December 1999, by a multinational force comprised of soldiers from Britain, France, Germany, Florida, the ICMAG. Trench warfare soon set in, with torrential rains and the use of biological and chemical weapons by both sides leading to the deaths of thousands. The state was divided by the Baton Rouge Line, a line of trenches that extended for thousands of kilometres. The siege lasted for over 900 (or two and a half years), and cost an estimated 500 000 lives from both warfare and disease. At the same time, German bombers attacked Texas from the north, destroying Houston in a firebombing raid on February 23, 1999. In the 2000 elections in Texas, the Lamar Party won in a landslide.
Finally, on March 31 2002, Texan forces broke through at Baton Rouge, causing the collapse of the allied lines. In the Battle of New Orleans on April 23, the Lone Star 1, a Texan bomber, used two nuclear warheads on the dike protecting the city from Lake Pontchartrain, flooding the city and killing millions. Marc Morial was killed in the blast. In the aftermath of the bombing, Texan and allied forces battled in the radioactive, flooded, heavily polluted city, with patrol cruisers fighting in the streets. In the end, the city was divided between zones of Texan and allied occupation. At the same time, ICMAG launched a massive offensive from Mississippi into occupied Louisiana, further stretching Texan forces and devastating Louisiana.
The most devastating incident of the war for Texas was the use of anthrax on Houston by German bombers in 2003, which lead to over 50 000 deaths, including President George Bush. Under Bush's Vice President, Rick Perry, Texas retailated with the use of biological weapons on Jackson, Mississippi.
The war, which eventually cost over 4 million lives, ended with the defeat of the Lamar Party in the Texan elections of 2004. The new Houston Party administration under Tony Sanchez called for an end to the war, which finally ended in an armistice on January 4, 2005. The war officially ended with the Treaty of San Francisco. It was the last ongoing conflict in the North American War.
Texas is still rebuilding from the war, and is currently under economic sanctions from all major powers but Russia, with whom it is allied.