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Chapter 6: Isolation

Memo Not Received


The memo that the American Empire was not seeking alliances that would entangle it in far off places was apparently not received by all nations. Representatives from the once reclusive Japan arrived in America; seeking protection from British encroachment upon its claims in China and Korea. The Japanese wanted a military agreement; which was declined. On the bright side for the Japanese, American diplomats would return to Japan to establish an embassy to further continue grow the relations between the two nations.

For the United Provinces of Central America though, the news would be less favorable. The representatives of the visiting nation were guided through military training grounds outside of the Imperial City, where an additional regiment would begin training soon. The American Legion had recently accepted in new recruits for another twelve infantry regiments, and two artillery regiments. Unbeknownst to the representatives, the American Empire was interested in an agreement of another kind, but that would not be shared outside of the ambitions of the Jacksonian Administration.

Throughout the remainder of 1848, the American Empire would focus inwards on its domestic issues; which slavery was an enormous issue. A delegation of nine slave states met in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss course if the Emperor Jackson II rescinded the Jacksonian Promise and banned slavery throughout the nation. Secession was not ruled out, but considered highly unlikely as the Administration of Emperor Jackson II had gone outs of its way to keep the nation and the Imperial Senate on an equal footing.

The last act of the Jacksonian Administration for 1848 was the releasing of government funds for the construction of railroads in Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. The funds for the expansion of the rail system through one of the Empire’s fastest growing population centers and industrial bases would cost a cool twenty million; which was something the government could easily afford knowing that the return of the project to be an enormous reward not only to the people, but to coffers of the treasury.


 

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Perhaps later. The government loves the industrial north!
 

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Red Storm Rising


The days slowly began trickling away, the nation was at peace. The economy was growing in leaps and bounds, the people were paying their taxes willingly, and the slave debates were almost non-existent. Talks of secession had mostly ceased with the Nashville Convention; which had agreed to disagree about the future of the slave states. Most politicians from the South were pleased by the Jacksonian Promise; which had kept the south and colonies and states south of the Missouri border slaves-holding places; except for California; which had been proclaimed a free state.

News inevitably reached Washington about a war against Prussia and Russia; the former attempting to contain the recent aggression of the latter. The war mattered little to the home front, as in mid January both Iowa and Wisconsin were admitted as Free states into the Empire. In fact, little mattered outside the borders of the Empire; Austria was at war with Russia. A peace treaty was signed between the nations a few months later, returning to status quo. Brazil had offered the nation an alliance; which was refused. General Norton Davis, a hero of the American-British War had died; and proclaimed a ‘Hero of the Empire’ at his funeral, held in the Imperial City.

Then alarming news reached the Imperial Capital, straight from Mexico City.


 

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Great AAR. Time to expand south. All the way to Cape Horn.
 

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Ay caramba! Haha good luck dealign with all the crap south of the border :p And, hey, why not a little expansion while you're at it? ;) hahaha

You wouldn't be an Empire if you didn't expand!
 

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Chapter 7 – The Sickle and The Hammer

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On a brisk fall day, the Emperor of the United States of America, also known as the American Empire, Emperor Andrew Jackson II arrived by an elegantly designed carriage to the completed structure of the Imperial Congress; where a joint session of the House and the Senate gathered to await a speech that would once again alter the course of America history. The press had gathered in near the steps of the marble stairs of the Imperial Congress, and politely asked questions regarding the content of the speech. Rumors had been spreading from the southern border for the past few months of revolution happening throughout the lands of Mexico.

“Citizens of the American Empire, Congressmen, Senators, foreign diplomats, and guests of the American Empire, I welcome you to the Imperial Capital of the greatest nation on this marvelous planet,” began Emperor Jackson from the podium inside the spacious joint-room of the House and Senate. “This nation has witnessed countless events in history; the birth by fire that was our revolution, the attempted murder of our nation by the British during the War of 1812, and lastly, the expulsion of the Red Coat from Canada just mere years ago. All these events turned out in victory for our people. All these events have been guided by the very hand of Providence; which constantly watches over this nation and its people.”

“Recently, this nation has witnessed a horrendous event, a tragic event that Providence cannot let go unpunished. On May 15th, in the very heart of Mexico, a riot broke out amongst the poor of the capital city. This riot quickly escalated into a revolution. The mobs carried flags of the blood red, proclaiming that a socialist revolution had overtaken the lands of Mexico and is to establish a worker’s commonwealth. While our Constitution; a magnificent living document that we say protects the right of all people, is our word, we cannot let the crimes of the Mexican people or government go by idly. On the very day of the revolution, our ambassador to the Mexican government was hung from the roof of his house!”

“With these grievances it is with the greatest reluctance that I, Emperor Andrew Jackson the Second, am declaring a state of war against the Mexican nation. Henceforth, let it be known that on September 1st 1849, the American government will not stand up for reckless violence, destruction of property and violation of inalienable rights of all people by the socialist scoundrel of Mexico.”

Thunderous applause filled the room.

 

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Super AAR. I just read through the whole thing and was upset at the fact that there was not more! Sigh...
 

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Super AAR. I just read through the whole thing and was upset at the fact that there was not more! Sigh...

There will be more, just give it time =)
 

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Good news: Updates will continue until 1851.

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Chapter 7 – The Sickle and The Hammer

Red is the Blood


With the declaration of war announced against the Red Mexicans, the American Legion began to depart from their bases in Texas and California; where they had been stationed for roughly a month or two before. Meanwhile, three Imperial Armies left from their port of New Orleans and would land in the Yucatan region in a matter of almost a month. Mexico is was presumed would not be able to withstand the might of the American Empire; even if the Empire kept behind nearly 150,000 of its best troops in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region.

A disheartening blow fell upon Mexico and the American Empire, Mexico had two allies on September 1st, the nations of Colombia and United Provinces of Central America. Plans had been drawn up to blockade the coasts of Colombia and Central America, before landing troops. The acquisition of a region known as Panama was thought to be beneficial to the interests of the nation; as many capitalists back in the Imperial City, New York and Boston had talked about a great canal connecting the two oceans. However; it was not to be, as Mexico would find itself alone against the American Empire, its two allies cowardly backing out of their obligations.

On September 5th, the first soldiers of the American Legion crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico and quickly began suppressing the towns’ people, most of who seemed happy at the liberation from the death throes of communism; which had apparently spread like wildfire, according to stories of the civilians. It would be nearly an entire month before the first two battles of the war began; and they would be devastating defeats for the Mexican Army; which was already in a pathetic state of affairs.

At the battle of Delicias, beginning October 14th, the American legion brought in 24,000 troops, against the Mexican Army’s 15,000 troops. On October 28th, the same day the battle of as another battle ended, the Mexican’s had lost 10,609 of their troops, compared to the American’s 1,853. At the battle of Monclova, beginning October 17th, the American Legion brought in 28,500 troops, against the Mexican’s 9,000. After a mere eleven days of fighting, the Mexican troops had loss 3,991 troops to the American total of 608. Both Mexican armies disintegrated, the lies of a people’s commonwealth had been broken by the harsh reality of that no matter their ideology; their blood still ran red across the sands of northern Mexico.


The Battles of Delicias and Monclova.​

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, New York City and Watertown New York, liberal riots had broken out. The 150,000 American troops of the 1st and 2nd Imperial Armies; which had been left behind so the younger recruits [3r, 4th and 5th Imperial Armies] could obtain battle experience, marched off towards the cities to once again quell the liberal agitation by force. Like the communists of Mexico, the blood of liberals would spill red.


 

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On December 11th, the last battle of the year of 1849 would be fought, and the black boots of the American Legion would be covered in blood from the utter destruction laid down on the Mexican Army. At the battle of Paso del Norte, 7,391 Mexicans gallantly tried to vend off 9,000 troopers of the 5th Imperial Cavalry. The battle of Paso del Norte was the most even-sided fight between the Mexican Army and the American Legion. The results were anything but even-sided as the Mexicans lost 6,146 soldiers compared to the Americans 375.


The Battle of Paso del Norte, the last straw of the Mexican Army.​

Meanwhile, outside of the borders of the People’s Commonwealth of Mexico, the liberal riots in the Mid Atlantic and New England had been quelled by December 5th. The war continued to garner the most attention from the press and the international world – debates began appearing questioning the American Empire’s right to acquire additional Mexican land. Why not just restore a conservative government to power? None of these concerns bothered Emperor Jackson II – if anybody wanted to intervene in the affairs of the American Empire they could dare if they wanted to.

By middle the spring of 1850, Mexico continued to fight, though its army put up piece-meal resistance against the overwhelming force of the American Legion. In 1850, two battles occurred between the American Legion and the Mexican Army, both occurring in August. At the battle of Oaxaca, the Mexicans were caught off-guard and quickly routed with the loss of no American life. Meanwhile, General Rice of the 5th Imperial Cavalry, whose previous fame included the victory at Paso del Norte, lead another route of the Mexican army at the Battle of Culiacan. Of Rice’s 18,000 troopers, 1,542 would be lost, meanwhile of Mexico’s 14,899 soldiers, 10,613 would be lost. Mexico’s army; which had bought time with land, had tried to raise an army to re-contest its fate; and had failed.


The battles of Culican and Qaxaca.​

Yet the nation of Mexico; which had overthrown its communist government refused to surrender. Frantic pleas went from Mexico City to the Imperial Capital for peace that would restore the borders to the pre-war markings. However desperate the pleas, Emperor Jackson II and the administration disregarded them; the American Empire was going to secure its southern border, and unite the majority of the continent under one rule. The whole war with Mexico had not been about communism, but simply imperial glory and the fulfillment of Manifest Destiny; which had been greatly expanded. From sea to shining sea, the east to the west, the north to the south.

By early February 1851, Mexican government; which had fled the recently occupied Mexico City, signed a peace agreement, temporarily satisfying the wildest dreams of expansionists. Though how long would pass before the American thirst for land could not be satisfied?


The Peace of 1851 - Mexico becomes a rump state. American Empire's 'bad boy' limit is over 25. But who is to challenge it? Britain?​

 

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In-game update:

Still trying to fix a CTD error I'm getting past the remainder of 1852. It is frustrating me.
 

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The Epilouge – Providence Prevails



On a chilly night in Omaha, Nebraska, one of the grandest cities of the Midwest, and central transportation hub of the Great Continental Line, that run from northern Canada to the Panama Canal, a young boy and his father were reading a book titled: “Providence & The Jacksonian Dream”. The father had served in the Empire’s latest war that had raged across the Atlantic, into the Pacific, and Indian Oceans. The vial British Empire, along with its continental Germany (which had been formed by Austria in 1868) had declared war against the American Empire and its bloc of allies.

The American Empire; which included westernized Japan, Brazil, the supreme ruler of South America, and the French, who always had grand dreams of an empire similar to the British. On March 2nd, 1898, British agents attempted to sabotage the Panama Canal, which had just been completed a year before. In addition to the Panama Canal, British agents were arrested near the Nicaraguan Canal. In the New York Times, the American Empire, lead by Emperor Jackson III who was aging into his late sixties, demanded an immediate apology and explanation of British actions. However; by April 15th, the Imperial City was granted with a declaration of war.

Over the next two years, the French gallantly held off the might of Grossdeutschland, before crumbling to its might and giving up Alsace-Lorraine to the Germans. French West Africa would be partitioned off between the British and the Germans. Yet the American Empire; which stretched from the Hudson to Panama remained unscathed. The American Navy reigned supreme; and had been blockading the coasts of England and the Baltic Sea for over a year.

By the third year of the war, Britain began to feel starvation at the Home Front and was trying to find a way out of the war without losing a vast majority of its colonial holdings. However; while Emperor Jackson III may have allowed a humble fall of the British Empire; he was no longer in power, suffering from a stroke. He abdicated in favor of his eldest son, now Emperor Jackson IV; who wanted to tear apart the British Empire limb by limb.

Britain would initially refuse the peace agreements; which were taking place in the Imperial City. The treaty called for all colonial possessions of the British Empire to ceded to the American Empire; which would take over protectorate status before elections could be held establishing governments loyal to the American Empire. The British Empire would grant freedom to Ireland and Scotland; and the monarchy would be forced to abdicate and possibly be charged for war crimes against humanity.

With the refusal of the treaty, the 1st and 2nd Imperial Armies of the American Legion; which each numbered roughly 250,000 troops each began to embark on a voyage from New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Norfolk and the Imperial City. The New York Times which ‘leaked’ the story of the departure of the American Legion to the world, threatened complete and utter destruction of the city of London, along with any city of Britain that even threatened resistance to American forces. Britain would come to its senses and realize that the age of the sun never setting on British land had come to pass.

On February 15th, 1902, the British Empire ceased to exist by official signing the Treaty of Providence. All that remained was the Germanic presence lingering across the central Europe and former French West Africa. Over the next year and a half, American forces began building up in occupied England. A group of American spies had been coordinating with the French since their defeat at the hands of the Germans. This groups intent was to have a revitalized France rise up shortly after American troops landed in Cherbourg, and Brest. On July 4th, 1903, American troops landed in mass at Cherbourg, Brest and many other French ports and quickly began heading for the border with Germany. Germany knew little of the American arrival; as its access to the sea was greatly restricted.

On July 14th, 1903, France declared war on Germany. German troops quickly crossed the French border, thinking that the war would quickly be over. However; German troops ran into hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of American troops supported by thousands of French troops. Within seven weeks of fighting, nearly a million German troops were captured, with another million and a half dead, wounded, missing or killed. Although this was a drop in the bucket for the population of Germany, the Emperor Franz Joseph realized that the American Empire’s population outnumbered his country by eighty million – also, his people were beginning to riot due to food shortages.

An armistice was declared October 29th, 1903. Over the next year and eight months, at the luxury town of Spa, Belgium, the American Empire, along with its allied nations discussed the future of the German nation. The terms would be relatively mild, as the nation which spanned from the Baltic to the Adriatic was to be dismantled. Two separate nations would form; Klein Germany and Austria-Hungary. Emperor Franz Joseph would be forced to abdicate, in favor of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who sought to establish a federal republic of states; which was favorable to the demands of Emperor Jackson IV.

“Daddy,” asked the boy, whose blonde hair was beginning to darken and would eventually become brown, “have you ever meet the Emperor?”

A tear began to run down the dad’s left cheek. “Yes son, I have had the honor and privilege to meet and serve Emperor Jackson the III and the IV.”

“Daddy, one day, I want to serve in defense of Providence and the Emperor,” the boy who was eight eagerly said.

“There is no greater honor my son.”