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 A delegation of nine slave states met in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss course if the Emperor Jackson II rescinded the Jacksonian Promise and banned slavery throughout the nation.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.