Alternative History
Great American War
Date January 3, 1861 - July 1, 1863
Location The Americas
Result U.S. and NATO victory:
  • Treaty of Havana
Break up of the Spanish Empire.
Flag of the United States (1777-1795) United States (Douglass Government)

Flag of France France

Flag of the United States (1777-1795) United States (Lee Government)

Flag of New Spain Spanish Empire

Commanders and leaders
Leaders & commanders

Flag of the United States (1777-1795) Flag of the United States (1776–1777) New.svg Frederick Douglass
Flag of the United States (1777-1795) Ulysses S. Grant
Flag of the United States (1777-1795) Bill Sherman
Flag of the United States (1777-1795) Robert Smalls
Flag of the United States (1777-1795) Henry Highland Garnett
Flag of the United States (1777-1795) Eli S. Parker
Flag of France Charles Bonaparte

Leaders & commanders

Flag of the United States (1777-1795) Robert E. Lee
Flag of New Spain Isabella II

Casualties and losses
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The Great American War, also known as the New World War, and the American Civil War, was a continental military between two factions within the United States and said factions' allies. It was fought chiefly in the North American continent, though a number of battles descended into South America.

Course of the War[]

Battle of Washington[]

Urban pacification[]

Eastern Theater[]

Western Theater[]


New Granada[]

War on the high seas[]

No longer canon

Course of the War[]

Pacific Theatre[]

Atlantic Theatre[]

Eastern Seaboard[]

The first shot of the war was fired on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Following Napoleon's retreat from Spain in 1810, the British began preparing to send much of their colonial forces previously dedicated to Europe to the Americas, launching a massive invasion of the American East Coast in 1812. The majority of the invasion force was dedicated to the Central-Eastern States, from Massachusetts to Virginia, culminating in the burning of the nation's capitol and the retreat of President Madison to Ohio. The British invasion was so successful that the Americans were pushed back as deep into the frontier as western Virginia (Kentucky). Once the East Coast had been secured the British began pushing into Canada and the Southern States, fighting American Guerrillas in the West.

Until 1814 British Control of the East was largely, save for a re-vitalized Sons of Liberty resistance front, undisputed. This promptly ended with the arrival of General Bell and General Jackson's troops from the West Coast, having pushed the Spanish as far South as Southern Mexico. After the Battle of Louisiana General Jackson began a push into Florida, driving the British out around the peninsula and making his way up to Washington to meet with General Bell, who was in the process of liberating the North East. The most prolific of these battles was the American liberation of Baltimore, where the British were making one last great push back against Bell's forces.

By the end of the year the capitol had been liberated and the British were driven out of the Americas.

High Seas[]

As American forces secured the East Coast on land, British ships continued to bombard major American cities at sea. While aircraft managed to keep these attacks at bay initially, it wasn't until the arrival of the American fleet that had defended Oregon that the British Navy was truly defeated. As General Bell and Jackson made their way into South America to put the Iberians down once and for all, the US Navy made its way to the British Isles to aide the French in one final push to force a surrender on the Imperial powers.

When the US Navy arrived in winter they began a strategy of unrestricted turtle warfare on British merchant ships, while the ironclads bombarded the isles. While the Americans crippled British trade, and fired on British cities, the French and the Rhinelanders prepared for a massive invasion of Waterloo to drive the British out of Europe. After continuous bombardment of the home islands and the defeats at Waterloo, the British surrendered at the end of the year.

Gulf of Mexico[]

Most of the Action seen in the Gulf of Mexico was by General Jackson and Commodore John Rodgers. After Securing the South General Jackson was ordered by General Bell to make his way to Iberians held Mexico to, "purge the Iberian menace from the continents." It is widely believed that this was General Bell's first attempt to secure the Americas for the United States.

General Jackson's tank division easily crushed the Iberian Imperial Army where-ever they met, defeating 18th Century battle tactics with armored warfare. By 1814 Mexico had fallen, and General Bell was preparing to meet Jackson in Panama with his Sky Force. By June Jackson had captured Panama, securing all of North America for the US.

At Sea, Commodore John Rodgers commanded the remainder of the American fleet that had not left for the attack on Britain. He was given strict orders by General Bell to liberate Iberian slave colonies in the Caribbean, and help any and all existing uprisings. This policy worked flawlessly against the Iberians, whose local slave population had heard of the American's policies towards Africans. The most notable uprising of the war, however, was not just a slave rebellion. The Cuban Revolution was the largest rebellion in the Gulf since Haiti, and its population easily overwhelmed the meager Iberian forces with the aid from the US Navy.

South America[]

In June 1814 General Bell, now officially the Supreme Commander of all American forces, second only to the President, arrived in Panama to meet with General Jackson for the invasion of South America. The American Air force now had a total of ten Airships, the largest was Bell's flagship, the USAS-Eagle. Using the newly outfitted US Army in conjuncture with the existing forces from Oregon, the Americans invaded Colombia in late June, combating heat and disease, as well as the Iberians.

Most of the fighting that won victories for the US during the South American campaign was not by American troops. While American forces in the air destroyed most of the Iberian's ability to make war, it was the local native population rebelling against their occupiers that gave the US Army the opportunity to secure Iberian ports. The US wasn't really a country to these South American Natives, it was an idea, and an idea so powerful that the bond the Americans and these local peoples formed led to one of the easiest post-war transitions of power in written history.

The farthest the Americans had gotten in South America was at the Battle of Brazil, which actually occurred in January 1815, almost two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed; American forces had not been informed until after the treaty.

Negotiations and Peace[]

On December 24, 1814, diplomats from the two countries, meeting in Ghent, United Kingdom of the Netherlands (under French Occupation), signed the Treaty of Ghent. This was ratified by the Americans on February 16, 1815.

Britain, which had lost in disastrous numbers, demanded the removal of American troops from British Guyana, and the British Isles of large areas. American public opinion was outraged when Madison published the demands; even the Federalists were now willing to fight on, suggesting a full scale invasion of the British home islands. The British knew the demands could not be backed up, Britain was facing rebellion at every corner of their empire, and the French were more than prepared to work with the US to take the isles. The Prime Minister was the first to suggest simply giving the Americans their remaining territory in the new world, and most of the British public was of the opinion that the colonies were more trouble than they were worth.

With a rift opening between Britain and Russia at the Congress of Vienna and little chance of improving the military situation in North America, Britain was prepared to give in to the American's demands promptly. In concluding the war, the Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool, was taking into account domestic opposition to continued taxation, especially among Liverpool and Bristol merchants - keen to get back to doing business with America - and there was nothing to gain from a pointless invasion of the Oregon territory. Britain agreed to the American's demands, handing over all territory in South America, and granting their most troublesome colonies independence.

Russia had already surrendered after the US conquest of Alaska, and agreed to stay out of future conflicts between the US and Europe.