Point of Divergence, 1861: General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson suggests to General Robert E. Lee to attack east of Frederick, not at Antietam. General Lee agrees, and strikes Union General McClellan’s Army East of Frederick. McClellan, having discovered Strategic Order 191, assumes General Lee will attack at Antietam.
Battle of Frederick, September 17, 1862: Lee’s Army is able to catch McClellan’s units stationed East of Frederick off guard, and he marches on Antietam, pressing the attack and hoping to catch the Union off guard once again by out flanking them. On the Eighteenth, his Cavalry engage Federal Cavalry only a mile from Union Lines. As the battle breaks out at noon on the Eighteenth, McClellan’s Army is caught off-guard and forced to retreat.
Battle of Montgomery, October 1-3, 1862: General Jackson, the active commander of the Confederate Army due to Lee coming down with a strange cold, decides to take a more aggressive approach and attacks General McClellan’s Forces once again in Montgomery County, just mere miles from Washington DC, where Union Troops are preparing a defense of the city. On October 1, Jackson launches a probing attack with his cavalry into Rockville, where the Union Troops have set up defensive positions. This attack is mildly successful, ending in a clash between Union and Confederate Cavalry in between Union and Confederate Lines. On October 2, Jackson sends General John Hood, A.P. Hill, James Longstreet, and many other generals, against Union Lines, buckling them in the center. On October 3, Cavalry supported Infantry from General Pickett’s Corps is able to break through Union Lines and result in McClellan’s forces executing a full withdrawal to Washington DC. On the 6th, General Robert resumes command of the Army of Northern Virginia and besieges Washington DC, which eventually falls on December 12, 1862.
French Recognition of the CSA, February 9, 1863: On February 9, ten delegates of a French Diplomatic Envoy inform President Lincoln, residing in Philadelphia, that France has formally recognized the CSA. On March 7th, Great Britain follows.
Battle of Vicksburg, May 18-27, 1863: French Foreign Legionnaires from French Guiana land in secret 20 miles from the Battlefield. They arrive with 20,000 soldiers and 15,000 Confederate reinforcements on the 22nd, which results in Grant’s 35,000 Troops being surrounded and unable to receive reinforcements which were on the way. These French and Confederate Troops surprise said reinforcements and utterly annihilate them, with almost the entire force taken prisoner, killed or wounded. Grant surrenders on the 27th, turning the tide in the favor of the Confederates officially. However, after this isolated French intervention, the French Forces are withdrawn due to mounting international pressure, namely from Great Britain.
Battle of Gettysburg, June 4-7, 1863: After besieging Washington DC and effectively taking it over, Lee’s forces converge in Gettysburg against an increasingly smaller Union Army. On the fourth, Lee’s forces fail to break through, and James Longstreet suggests a tactical withdrawal, which Lee agrees with. Under the cover of darkness, Lee’s forces withdraw 90% of their number, coming behind the Union Army and annihilating it before it breaks back out and retreats to Philadelphia.
Road to Philadelphia, June 8-July 17, 1863: On June 9th, Abraham Lincoln retreats from Philadelphia to New York as Confederate Forces make their final approach on the city. As a result of recent events, mostly due to French Naval Forces annihilating Union Naval Forces, the blockade around the CSA is lifted and the CSA Blockades the Northeast. On July 3, Confederate Fire begins to hit inside the city. Once the city falls on the Seventeenth due to a lack of will, all hope in the Union is lost. While the Army of the West is still fighting Union Forces in Texas, the war ends on March 7, 1864 with an overwhelming CSA Victory at the Battle of Dallas.
Peace Terms, February 7 - March 4, 1864: The Treaty of Madrid is signed by France, The United States and the Confederate States. It states the the Confederacy gets full recognition, along with the Oklahoma Territory(later the state ofSwquoya), Arizona Territory(including OTL New Mexico Territory). Maryland and Washington DC are to be annexed by the CSA before 1870 or they become independent nations.
Following the end of the American Civil War and Confederate War of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s approval rating in the Union dropped to all-time lows, a tiny 26%. He resigns in 1865, with Horatio Seymour taking over after an election. Jefferson Davis moves from the Confederate White House in 1865, replaced by Robert E. Lee. As the Confederacy Industrializes,(years later Henry Ford dispite differenCEs with Slaveholder Judah Benjamin 2) introduCEs to all states cheap auto$ and riding lawnmower$) the need for slave labor seems to be dissipating, with it; the amount of free blacks is increasing.
Industrialization of the Confederacy: Robert E. Lee realizes the future of the Confederacy lies with Industrialization of the new Nation. From his home in Arlington, he drafts the Lee Plan for Industrialization of the Confederacy alongside Corporation owners John Wagner and Joshua Washington. The plan begins to institute itself in early 1866, with Wagner and Washington building 17 Factories across the nation.
In 1868, Robert E. Lee dies of pneumonia and his vice president, Thomas Jackson, takes the highest office in the Confederacy. He claims the new seat in Washington DD (district of dixie), the recently annexed portion of the Confederate States.
In 1869, Jackson continues the Lee/Wagner/Washington Plan, and includes James Pocnumah in the plan by 1870, and the three powerhouses create 29 factories in two years. In 1871, John C. Pemberton becomes the Third President of the Confederacy. His command in the Battle of Vicksburg results in his shift of plan, with the L/W/W plan focuses along the Mississippi River, which provides a vital trade route. He also establishes trade with his old nemesis in Vicksburg, General Ulysses S. Grant, who is the President of the United States of America and Asia (USA2) including Hispanola,and the island chains:Japan,Phillippines,and Hawaii. GRANTed statestatus
By 1874, both Grant and Pemberton form an alliance against increasing French influence in Mexico, where they are attempting to recolonize. Pemberton and Grant cease trade with France, and the United Kingdom follows suit. The French form economic aid with the csa.
In 1875, Pemberton’s successor, John Wagner, takes over the presidency and remains focused in the Mississippi Region, although he is continually balancing those plans with a possible Confederate Intervention in the Caribbean to create the Golden Circle
In 1877, the Confederate warship CSS Stonewall is pulling into port in Havanawhere the ship explodes and sinks, and killing 95% of the crew. Wagner mobilizes the newly minted Confederate States Marine Corps, commanded by General George Edward Pickett. Pickett’s forces land in the Harbor, quickly overtaking scrappy regiments ofcuban Militia outside the city. Pickett leads the Seventh Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Chaîne de la Selle Foothills, where he is shot and killed after treating seven wounded men and leading two assaults on the enemy lines, which award him the Cross of Thirteen Stars, the CSA Equivalent to the Medal of Honor. Cuba finally falls in 1780 after Brigadier General John Hood takes command of the CSMC Landing Forces and breaks a bloody stalemate between Confederate Marines and Haitian Guerrilla forces.
The world up until 1912 was a peaceful one, with little conflict in the west. However, the east was a different story. The Imperial Japanese Army and Russian Army fought three wars in 12 years, the final one ceding parts of Manchuria and Alaska to the Russians. Both the CSA had fought the Spanish in 1897-1899, gaining Puerto Rico and Cuba for the Confederates. The Ottomans and the British fought a war in Egypt, which came out to a simple Status Quo. These two conflicts set the stage for a bigger one, and most certainly a deadly one.
The First Great War, 1912 – 1918: A week before dawn on the day of Second August, 1912, Austria-Hungary developed the plan to bring them into conflict with the Serbians. At dawn on the Second of August, 1912, 45,000 Austrian-Hungarian Troops moved into Serbia. Soon after, a line in the sand was drawn, with France and the United Kingdom declaring war on Austria – Hungary and the German Empire.
As the war ground to a stalemate in 1915, the war on the high seas still raged with a tenacity not seen in one hundred years. On March 12, 1915, a Confederate – United States convoy was taking supplies to the British, who were effectively blockaded. Kaiser Wilhelm II had decided the way to defeat the British was to stop these humanitarian convoys from the New World. Therefore, just after three in the afternoon, CSNS Bartholomew S. Richards, CSNS Doctor Lykes, USNS Benedict Arnold and USNS Harold K. Smith were struck by German torpedoes, sending them to the bottom of the sea. On March 18, 1915, the Confederate States declared war, followed a day later by the United States.
By June 7, Confederate Ships had broken the blockade around Allied Europe, which opened the way for the first elements of the Confederate States Marines to land. By March of 1916, the Confederate States and United States had landed over 330,000 Troops, led by Confederate General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing. In August, the first American Offensive began, led by Pershing’s Marine Commander, Colonel Paul Young, who led an all-black Marine detachment of 4,500 Marines. His marines attacked one of the most heavily defended segments of their sector, losing almost 1,000 Marines total. They did however take the hill, allowing a big push in their sector.
On August 7, 1917 General George Armstrong Custer arrived in the sector with 24 Companies of Barrel looking war machines, dubbed “Tanks”. Pershing was skeptical of Custer’s Barrel Offense tactics, which involved his 96 bulky machines. However, with a situation deteriorating by the day, with more men dying, he approved of the plan.
On August 29, 1917, all 96 of Custer’s Armored Vehicles, dubbed AV-10, attacked against German trenches while being supported by Col. Paul Young’s all black Marine Brigade. The AV-10s seized six lines of German Trenches before the end of the day.
Finally, after 6 years of fighting, on January 7, 1918, German Forces made a complete surrender.
The Booming Era (1919-1929): By 1919, the Confederate and American Economies were largely undamaged. This resulted in an unimaginable boom in pretty much everything, although namely radio and automobile construction. In 1923, General Custer’s 7th Cavalry unveiled the AV11 Tank, the second joint Confederate-Union Tank. This economic boom didn’t last, however, and in 1929 the stock market crashed, resulting in economic disparity in both the CSA and USA.
The Great Depression (1929-1936): As the economic prosperity of the US and CS ended in 1929, an economic disparity took the world by storm. Unlike the other great powers of the era (namely the United States and the United Kingdom), the Confederate States held on to a great leader in Andre Clark after his election in 1930. During Clark’s first term, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was passed, stating that Confederate Presidents may pursue two five year terms.
As a result, Clark ran for re-election in 1935, beating his opponent Tyler Wellington by a landslide. However, Clark’s CSA was running a continually fine line between peace and war, with the expanding Japanese in the Pacific, the powers of Nazi Austria in Europe, and the expansionist, imperialist Mexico right under his nose.
On April 4, 1936, British analysts in London intercepted an Austrian telegram bound for Mexico City. Famously known as the Reynolds telegram, for the high level British intelligence analyst Winston Reynolds, who discovered the evidence, it served as the kick off for the War in Europe and in Mexico.
On November 17, 1937, Confederate and Union troops armed with the new AV-14 Medium Tank raced across Confederate and Union borders. In the first four weeks of the war, Confederate Troops captured Southern California, Baja and Northern Mexico, while United States Marines recaptured the Panama Canal. These quick victories were soon stopped in early 1938, as fresh Mexican and South American Forces reached the frontlines. However, in early March, the AV-15 Medium Tank began arriving in mass to the frontlines, allowing Allied Troops to have isolated breakouts in the North and Panama.
By the early months of 1939, allied Troops had secured most of Central America, and were approaching the gates of Mexico City. By September 1940, Mexico surrendered with the Treaty of Atlanta, resulting in the USA being ceded Northern California (down to Los Angeles), and the CSA receiving Northern Mexico and Baja California.
The Second Great War (1940-1944): As the Second Mexican-American War raged in North America, Austria had made its move, launching an invasion of Democratic Germany in March on 1937. However, on November 2, 1940, Japanese Aircraft launched a preemptive strike against Baja Californian Confederate Installations and the US Base at Pearl Harbor using Aircraft Carriers. Luckily for the Confederates, 90% of their new Pacific Fleet was at sea, and they only lost 2 battleships, 3 destroyers, and 11 PT Boats.
However, on this same day, Russian forces were attacked, leading to a Russian declaration of war on Japan. On March 7, 1941, Confederate Marines landed on Midway Island, a Confederate Installation that had been in Japanese hands since the attacks on Baja and Pearl Harbor in November. A battle raged on until early May, when the island was firmly in Allied hands. About this time, the Confederate “Donovan Project” was created for their atomic bomb. In early 1943, the Confederate and Union troops had successfully fought to the point of where a joint-allied-Russian blockade of the home islands commenced. On February 4, 1944, two Atomic Bombs, one Confederate, one Union, were dropped onto Tokyo and Nagasaki, ending the war.
Second Great War in Europe (1940-1942): On September 9, 1940, the invasion of Germany by British, French, and Confederate forces started Confederate involvement in the Second Great War. This Invasion came through the Rhineland and Low Countries, which began the end of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
By December, Confederate Forces and linked up with British Royal Commandos and Confederate Marines, cutting off the retreat of 90,000 Austrian troops from Denmark. This front would be the largest Confederate troop involvement in the European Front. In December of 1941, Confederate Troops had cleared Northern Germany and Denmark and installed an allied government in Berlin. By January, Austria’s collapse seemed imminent, with British and French Troops flowing through the Alps via Italy into Austria, meeting little resistance. On November 3, 1942, Austrian Troops surrendered to the Western Powers in Berlin with the Treaty Berlin, separating Austria–Hungary between France, Britain and the CSA, and re-establishing a German Monarch.
The Cold War (1950 – 1995): As a result of the Second Great War, the economy of the United States shattered, leading the nation into a depression. This, alongside the growing hostility with the Western Powers as they re-consolidated their gains from the previous war, resulted in a communist takeover of the United States in 1950, putting them in the position for a 46 year Communist government.
In 1953, Confederate, Austrian, German, British, French, West Russian and Belgian Officials meet in Brussels to discuss the future of an alliance known as the WEPA, or Western European Powers Association. In 1955, as a result of WEPA, the United Socialist Republics of Russia (USRR), China, and the United States met in Vladivostok, the capital of the USRR and formed the PCP, or Pacific Communist Pact.
In 1956, as the last of the British troops left Rhodesia, a civil war sprang up nearly instantly between the Rhodesian Government and Communist-backed rebels. In 1958, President Robert Spears approved sending “Stuart’s Scouts”, a Special Forces element of the army and Confederate States Rangers. In his second term, he began sending the first conventional forces, including 60,000 Confederate Marines, who were seeing their first action since the second Great War.
In 1967, the Communist guerrilla group ZIF, or Zimbabwe Independence Front, lost public support after downing an aircraft transporting civilians around Rhodesia using an Anti-Aircraft missile. This proved to be the beginning of the end for ZIF. Confederate troops completed a full withdrawal in 1971.
In 1976, the Republic of Korea found itself in an awkward position, with a Capitalist Japan to her south, and Communist China to her north. By 1977, amid growing tensions, Japanese Spy Planes captured images of over 100 Communist Divisions massing on the border with Korea. In October, WEPA troops landed in Inchon, eventually massing 60 divisions of British, Austrian, Japanese, and Confederate Troops on the Peninsula.
In March 1978, Communist forces poured across the border, but found only the new Confederate CAV-17 “Longstreet” and 120 divisions of WEPA Mechanized Infantry, resulting in huge losses. In the first month of battle, Chinese forces lost a full 5 division, to a WEPA count of only one. By August, WEPA forces had taken to the offensive, pushing the communist forces back across the border into Manchuria. A Communist Surrender in 1984 was the nail in the coffin for communism.
In 1985, with Donovan O’Neil’s presidency, the Communist United States began to show some serious divides, which would eventually in the Socialist States of America collapsing and re-institution of the United States of America.
In June 1988, O’Neil’s administration launched Ares Five, the first International Space Station build piece, the main capsule. The ISS would be completed in 2003, and house the scientists of WEPA, two from each contributing country.
In 1990, O’Neil’s administration also allowed reunion of Austria-Hungary. In 1993, O’Neil’s SecDef gave the results for the new Product Line for the Confederate Military, which was given to Alpine Armoring, based in Herndon, Virginia, and Custer’s Armament, based in Washington DC.