Alternative History

Timeline: The vanquished North

OTL equivalent: Northern Texas, West Oklahoma, Southeastern Colorado and Northeastern New Mexico
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
  others Spanish, English, German, Apache, Comanche, Arapaho, Wichita

After the Mexican-American war Quebec got land according to the Second Amendment to the treaty of Albany. They took land that was once part of Louisiana and Mexico. The goal was to create a large French community in the heart of the country. La Commission pour la Colonization Quebecois(QCC in English) was made to facilitate the process. The old catholic mission of Genevieve(dedicated to the patron saint of Paris) was turned into a massive, industrial port on the Red river. Originally only Canadians were allowed to move, but soon English speaking Jews and Mormons settled in the area. The territory of Deocays was created around Genevieve. As Genevieve grew it attracted Cantonese, Sicilian, Arab and Spanish immigrants. Offshore islands like Calisa and Angole were colonized at this time. Cash crops like cotton, corn, wheat, rice, sorghum, peanuts and sugarcane were grown with slave labour.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg bought large amounts of land in the area North of Modern day Deocays, around the Canadian river. In compliance with colonial law they started to bring catholic German immigrants from Bavaria. Cities like Lenaburg and Spiegl were founded on the western shore of the river. The former grew into a major industrial city while Spiegl fell into decline. The town of Shepard's river was founded by Southern Americans who made your stereotypical redneck town. German migrants went farther west into the open plains, at that point the territory of New Bremen was created for them. Many German liberals settled in the territory following their failed revolution in 1848, these people were largely abolitionists. The fact that they were opposed to slavery led to the Midlands being divided into "settler" areas and "slave" areas.

To the west of New Bremen was former Spanish/Mexican land. The region was covered in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, as such it was bitterly cold for much of the year and it experienced heavy snowfall, this region is called Turquesa. The Spanish brought African slaves from Angola, Cabo Verde, Mauritania, Ghana and the Caribbean to mine the region's main resources: Turquoise and silver(to a lesser extent also Copper, zinc and amber). The QCC brought slaves of Nigerian origin from the Southeastern United States, adding to the distinct Afro-Mexican culture.

San Andreas was south of Turquesa. The open plains in the east of San Andreas is home to Hispanos, descendants of Spaniards who lived in the area before it became American. The Sangre de Cristo mountains in the West attracted large amounts of Yankees and Texans who loved the frontier life, as well as settlers from Norway, who saw the region as very similar to home but with less snow. Lavender plantations soon started to appear in the valleys.

The region of Matagorda was around the northern branches of the Rio Grande. It's rail and later oil industries brought immigrants of Cuban, Filipino, Jewish, Spanish, Catalan, Chinese and Vietnamese origin, as well as slaves.

The people who lived in the Midlands colony felt as if slavery was important to their economy. Slaves worked in the mines of Turquesa and the plantations of Deocays, and industrialization started to turn some into cheap labour for factories.

The QCC had become corrupt and dependent on slavery, they fought to keep it legal in the colony in the 1830's when it was banned in Quebec. When Southern states started to secede they too declared independence and then became a confederate state. It was this action that caused Quebec to declare war on the confederacy separately from the US.

Redshirts in North Carolina

The colony was reconquered and the QCC was abolished, some high ranking members were even charged with treason and hanged. Statues of Confederates were torn down while flags and uniforms were burned in bonfires across the territory. Local branches of the Ku Klux Klan and Redshirts became very popular.

By 1914 the region had become a centre of commerce, civilization, transport, education, art, culture, fashion and politics. Several times local politicians tried to evolve from a territory to a state, all were shot down by the QCC's successor: La Bureau de la gouvernance.

Quebec's efforts to gain more prestige from European powers led them to fight in the first world war. Since the midlands were still colonies they also sent men to fight in France and Belgium. Hispanics, Asians, natives, blacks and poor whites become shock troops and cannon fodder while wealthy whites were officers. Overall 482'625 people served(8.12% of the population), while 49005 would be confirmed dead(10.15%). Non white veterans never received financial compensation or even medals, substance abuse and homelessness became disturbingly common.

After the war the economy continued to expand, mostly due to the growth of trade and manufacturing during the war. Quebec never banned alcohol during prohibition so art and music flourished at this time. Then the great depression hit...

Anti-German sentiment during and after WWI, poverty caused by the great depression, antisemitism, anticommunism, negrophobia and German nationalism led to the rise of the Nazi movement in New Bremen. Some citizens volunteered to fight for Germany when they invaded Poland in 1939, creating the Amerikanische reichsmänner.

In the 1940's and 50's the decolonization movement gained a lot of support. Some of the territories were able to eliminate the Bureau's influence. In 1954, Quebec dissolved the Governance Bureau. The states of Deocays, New Bremen, Turquesa, San Andreas and Matagorda were all admitted into the union and later they joined the commonwealth.