Texas will prevail, we have the power of the church and God on our side.
the federal government has guns and bullets on theirs
[quote]Following the light of the sun, we left the old world - Christopher Columbus[/quote]
Events of the years 2370 – 2371:
Current Seat of government of the USA: Chicago
Veep (Vice President): Elias Saltzmann
President: George Abraham Roosevelt (Personal name Flavio)
Current Seat of government of Surrogate government of the USA: Salt Lake City
Surrogate Veep (Vice President): Larry Nauvoo
Surrogate President: George Abraham Reagan (Personal name Kirtland)
-In March a special report reached the desk of the Veep (the Chicago one), marked TOP SECRET. He pulled it out of its special envelope and read the contents confirming that the nuclear bombs were now armed and ready to go. While making the special telephone call to the nuclear bombers, an entirely different event thousands of miles away was taking place on the borderlands with Mexico. With no help coming from the Federal government(s), the armies on the Trumpetine wall organise a complete abandonment of the Sonora and flee north to California, picking up whatever they could as they fled. The ranchers, sharecroppers, and townspeople likewise pack up and move away. In the resulting vacuum, the governor of Baja California tries to assert his authority before he calls in two brothers from Levya. Cabbayo and Semento travel to meet him and agree to fight on behalf of Baja California in return for lands to settle their followers. When the governor refused, they staged a coup, divided up the country and declared themselves “Capos” of Baja before pushing the Sonora out of the south.
-A number of bombs were loaded up into an aircraft on the 9th of March, 2370. The pilot (Demondre Henry) had been stationed in the Richmond aircraft base for a very long time, and given his intimate knowledge of the skies around the area had been given command of the aircraft. He recounted the following experience (translated from the vernacular):
[quote]We was soon up in the sky, on a course for Atlanta. Up pretty high, but ain't afraid of being attacked or shot down cause they didn't have no guns of their own or planes that could get to us. Soon we were on target above Atlanta, pressed the button. I shouted “bomb away” and everyone had their goggles on so it wouldn't blind us. I was softly counting the number of seconds. And we watched...[/quote]
The bomb fell from the plane, a dulled and ancient piece of technology from a time long gone. Below it, a city of timber and concrete sat – a hundred thousand lived there. In spite of the war it was a busy market day and everyone in the city was out in the streets bartering and trading. Many children had just left school or the workshops and were piling out into the streets which were filled to the brim with market stalls, carts, and shanties. Many sharecroppers had also gone into the city to sell their wares. About forty seconds after the bomb dropped, the firing mechanism sprung into action. The day of reckoning had come. The last seal in the bomb preventing it from going critical was broken, and there was silence...
A few seconds later, a loud crash was hard as the roof of a church caved in. The people inside were crushed under the rubble, and screams could be heard. When the people nearby rushed into the church they found not just rubble, but chunks of metal lying around. Only after a number of local officials had arrived and cordoned off the area did a few scientists arrive to uncover what had just happened. A nuclear fusion bomb had failed to go off and had shattered on impact into many pieces.
On the desk of the Veep, the report contained a few lines that he had neglected to check over more closely.
“...this is our last shot. We just don't know how to make more of them, or really how to get them working anymore. There's not a man alive that knows how these work, and we had to guess and run every simulation we could think of when doing this. Truth of the matter is, if is this one doesn't work, none of the others will.”
-Another problem reared its head later on in April. The Commander of the Mormon forces went on a desperate gamble where he marched twenty thousand men through the Yellowstone land and bypassed the invading Federal army in the north which had captured Idaho Falls. Having done this, he put five thousand cavalry and rickshaws to storm down the poorly defended highways southeast and blocked off the railways. The Federal army was without supplies and then marched back east, desperately trying to keep up with the Mormon army heading east. After an exhausted march they camped in Casper in Wyoming and tried to rest for the night. In the morning they launched an assault on the Mormons and came close to breaking through their lines when the cavalry suddenly arrived and flanked the Feds. Light machinegun rickshaws were used to harass the Feds and force them into the firing range of the heavy artillery. Demoralized, tired, and outgunned, the Federal army broke and fled. Within a week the entire northern campaign was in chaos and Larry Nauvoo himself took command of another ten thousand men to march east on Chicago itself. The Federal central army in Utah had meanwhile laid siege to Salt Lake City, although with supply lines out east in threat of being cut off they barely cling on for dear life. Several militias in the Midwest were mobilised and several armoured trains were brought out to maintain supply lines out east, allowing them to maintain the siege. But by the end of the year the Mormons have not only reclaimed much of the northwest, but have gone east into the Dakotas and have begun taking over much of Western Canada as Federal forces surrender.
-The Southwest remains at war, with Baja California now in the hands of the Mexicans and Texas now drawing away vital men to the war effort, the city of Los Angeles is unable to receive any help. Only a cunning plot could save Los Angeles, and in August 2370 the Federal governor of the city had thought up one himself. He ordered a great number of fertilizer factories and warehouses seized and made into explosives, which he then had put into a number of fishing boats and yachts requisitioned from the rich. The Mormons began an assault on the city by firing off all their guns at once into Glendale before storming in through the breaches. A large part of the attacking force also tried to enter by a coastal assault on Long Beach, but upon entering the bay a number of fireships sail out along with drones which dive into the ships and explode in spectacular fashion. To make matters worse for the Mormons, rumours spread that Andrew de los Dakotas was alive and leading an army west – something apparently confirmed by the arrival of a small force on the hills to the east of the city. Believing it to be the avant guard of a much larger force, the Mormons flee the battle and lift the siege. In their attempts to escape, there is not enough room on one of the railway locomotives, and so many pile onto the train that it becomes top heavy and tips over into a river while they were crossing a bridge. The victorious Federal forces then retook control over parts of Southern California and reinforced their positions before marching east once more. With the Mormons in the west either temporarily thrown back or tied down, the Feds head east to put down the Texans.
[b]Patriots - Joshuadim
Leader: George Richardson
-New York has been through a lot over the past seven centuries. Passed between the Dutch, British, Americans, and then numerous factions within America, the latest of these happened to be the Patriots. A radical organisation devoted to restoring the Old America as it had been prior to these dreaded times. In January 2370, the last of them were starving and cold. The forces that besieged the city tightened the noose and over the winter began to batter down the walls. The old and sick were pulled back and hidden in the basements away from the shells, although these damp cellars were just as deadly as the bombs which fell. Nathanial gave boastful speeches on the radio to the citizens of New York, hoping to boost their morale as their children and wives withered away into skeletons before their eyes. Trees in the parks were cut down for fuel and their bark to be baked into bread. Eventually food shortages became so dire that people turned acorns into flour for bread, ate boiled pine needles, and even turned to cannibalism. Due to the lack of fuel and draft animals, rickshaws would be carried around by children. As the last of the food supplies ran out and people passed out from hunger, the forces of the Federal Government ordered a final assault on the city.
-Artillery focused on the defences in Jersey city and in Yonkers blasting holes through the walls and clearing a path for the infantry. Many people fled from the attackers to hide in the basements while there were Patriots who walked around ordering teenagers and old men out to fight the enemy. In one instance a former Marine turned Patriot would go from house to house with a submachine gun and demand that the men inside go out and fight. If they refused he would shower them liberally with bullets and move onto the next one. When the defenders ran out of bullets, they would hide in houses and try to stab Federal soldiers that entered with their bayonets and steal their bullets. Other buildings were rigged with explosives to collapse into the streets below in order to block off Federal advances. During the fighting several fires broke out among the slums, and unlike those of a few years ago there was no fire-fighting force to speak of and soon it grew out of control and threatened the headquarters of the Patriots. Nathanial was seen trying to escape Manhattan in an armoured car before it hit a pothole and the axle snapped in half. He took refuge in a building along with other staff and held out against the Federal soldiers for several hours. It was not them that would finish him off however – it would be the fires. Pinned down in the building, the hot fire soon not only consumed him and his retainers but would go on to sweep down the city and purge it clean. Years of rubbish, plastic, books, timber, and every other flammable material soon went up in flames in a city stuffed full of them and cobbled together out of scrap. The city burned hot and sucked in so much air that maelstroms would lift up people in the streets and pull them into the flames. The Federal army soon abandoned the city and fled to the countryside along with hundreds of thousands of other refugees where they watched the city literally implode. The fire burned so hot that many skycrapers, with their metal structures so weakened by the heat collapsed in on themselves and what was left of the iconic skyline rapidly vanished from view. The fires burned for over a week, in some cases becoming so hot that when people returned to inspect the damage they found pools of glass and metal covering the streets. Virtually none of the infrastructure had remained, and over ¾ of the city was reduced to cinders. The tallest building left in New York was the Statue of Liberty. It was later dismantled and melted down.
-With the Patriots demoralized, broken, and their leader dead much of the movement rapidly fell to pieces. Ohio and Pennsilfaani occupied New York state and dissolved many of the old administrative boundaries. The Big Apple itself was greatly reduced, and after 40,000 bodies had been cleared out of the rubble (the rest were never found, so the true figure is difficult to estimate) about 300,000 people returned to live in the city and start rebuilding it. It is hard to see how it could recover, for very little of the city survived and much of it was wiped clean in the chaos. So much so that its status as a Federal city was not only revoked, but it has now been classified as a “normal” city like any other in the country and has lost her right to receive Federal food shipments. The rest of the state was resettled with refugees, many of which went to New England as well. Ohio and Pennsilfaani spent much of the rest of 2370 brutally putting down the rebellion, in which Patriots (real or suspected) were hung from lampposts on the Federal highways throughout the northeast. Many of the cells were broken up and the movement was suppressed to the extent that by August the rebellion was considered finished. The few survivors (led by George Richardson) left behind fled to Quebec and went into hiding.
[b]Commonwealth of Maryland – Native Hunter
Leader: Jonah Calvert
-The war began with a few happy successes in the south, lead by Virginia as they ambitiously seized large parts of the northeast in late 2369 and managed to reinforce their position throughout the early part of the next year. Unfortunately an attempt to call for a nuclear bombing of the southern cities did not bear fruit when the nuclear bombs dropped on the cities did not go off. They were the most expensive and complex duds on the planet. The results were summarily predictable. The Confederate forces mobilised far more men and in a shorter space of time than Maryland and Virginia could in the opening stages of the conflict, and when the Confederates moved into Virginia, Maryland was either unwilling or unable to move men south to help relieve the violent assault on Raleigh and instead stayed north to fortify positions along the Potomac, Rappahanock, and James rivers. The bulk of the Marylander forces remained at home and work was put mostly into just building defensive works in Virginia rather than actively garrisoning them. Although a few small detachments went with the coastguard south to help ferry supplies to the Gullah and later to help them secure Charleston, most Marylanders were content to remain at home and did not take any offensive moves of any kind nor did they move many men. Soon after this, the CSA was able to bypass Raleigh and moved north where they wrecked havoc in much of western Virginia. The Virginians were forced to abandon Raleigh with most of their supplies and guns still in there, and due to numerical inferiority were driven back by the Confederates and were unable to reach Richmond. The survivors fled to Norfolk which was put under siege. Following this the CSA broke into the poorly defended cities from Richmond westwards and then simply went around the defences and then went east. Supply lines did not impede them for they conducted a campaign of brutal genocide and pillaging, and the outnumbered and outgunned defenders of the fortifications along the rivers were forced to pull back north to the Potomac and DC where they managed to form a formidable defensive line preventing further movements north. On the retreat, numerous dams were blown up to deny the Confederates access (in the process ruining a great deal of farmland and water supplies), slowing their armies down enough that Maryland was able to save a great number of refugees and most of what remained of the Virginian armed forces.
-Preparations were not just made against the Confederates, but the Mexican hordes that swept into the heartland of America. Several areas were fortified and precious manpower was diverted to man said fortifications in the Ohio river valley and further south... only to discover that the Sinaloa and Cuetes had settled down for the time being. In light of the advances into Virginia by the Confederates the wasted resources and manpower had to be blamed on somebody, but by luck it happened to be on a general that had conveniently died during a typhus outbreak. Still, Jonah Calvert struggles to assert his authority in the east. The Pennsilfaani do not seem to heed his calls to help in the war, and the other southern states become very reluctant to take any actions either. An attempt to bring the Cuetes and Sinaloa onto his side in the war failed, even after generous offers of land. More headaches come as Maryland finds itself increasingly the only party left in the war as the Federal government is forced to divert more men and resources west to deal with the hordes and Mormons and the northern states offer only token support. The Gullah and Virginians soon become dependent on regular food shipments delivered by the Maryland coastbuard, which is stretched to breaking point just to send enough supplies to the large number of coastal fortresses and towns going down the coast. With the Confederates setting up artillery positions to attack the shipping lines, many men are lost in the effort. Soon after this much of Virginia is reduced to ruin and hundreds of thousands of refugees flood in all directions, speaking of horrors unheard of that they had been subject to. Famine breaks out in the summer and many diseases likewise spread with major outbreaks of cholera, typhus, and AIDS.
-A light at the end of the tunnel remained. An envoy travelled all the way over the Atlantic in a perilous voyage to Rome where he met with the Pope (currently residing in the Papal enclave of the Kingdom of Tuscany) and was treated well. After telling him of the events in the Americas, the Pope grew horrified at the news of the massacres there and immediately sent a legate to the country. With the grave damage to the church as it had suffered in Maryland, work had to be done to bring the faithful back together and to restore “The common decency of mankind” in these wartorn lands. Although the papal legate only arrived at the end of the year, he immediately called a number of clergymen together and immediately began work after Christmas Mass. Among these actions was to excommunicate Jebediah and numerous other Confederates for killing a great number of Christians and destroying many holy places. Even before that time, propagandists and army recruiters travelled over the whole of Maryland looking for volunteers to join the army to fight against the Confederates – speaking of a religious war to help save those being killed by devils masquerading as Christians. Many men signed up for one reason or another, but by far the biggest one was to fight a war regarded as morally right. Many refugees joined up as well, and soon by the end of the year the army had swollen in size and numerous small donations had made their way here. The church was instrumental in helping to bring many supplies and medical staff down into the country and to also set up hospitals. But the lack of industry made getting munitions and guns to the men hard to say the least, and while Maryland now has a much bigger army, it is also poorly armed and with little training.
[b]Commonwealth of Pennsilfaani – Griffster26
Leader: Governor Samuel Lapp
-The soldiers of Pennsilfaani were loyal, brave, and strong. During the siege of New York they had set to work on destroying every possible utility that supplied electricity and water while also taking care to tighten the blockade. In the final weeks of the rebellion in New York, they pushed into the southern parts of the city after shelling many parts of the defences and then assaulted the breached walls, where they slew many Patriots before the fires which broke out consumed the city and all left within it. After the attack was over, the Pennsilfaani militia was mobilized and put to work on occupying both the ruins of the city and many other parts of the state. The newly created “Staatpol” was a kind of policing force made up from volunteers and militia units, tasked almost entirely with one job – eliminating the Patriots. With the help of Ohio they travelled throughout much of the northeast and would raid suspected Patriot cells and arrest the ringleaders before hanging them from the sides of roads. New Jersey and large parts of New York were then put under direct occupation by the Pennsilfaani military government. The Chicago Veep then praised both Ohio and Pennsilfaani for their efforts in the war and offered them the right to redistribute the lands as they saw fit.
-The rest of 2370 was spent in restoring order to the land, primarily by establishing new barracks houses and fortifications throughout parts of New York and New Jersey and redrawing the administrative boundaries. Most significant of these was the removal of New York as a Federal city, which meant that not only did it stop receiving the grain dole, but it was also to lose all of its special rights and privileges and would now be put under the rule of Pennsilfaani. About 300,000 people returned to live in the ruins and start rebuilding by the end of the year in NYC, but so much of it was ruined that it was impossible to re-establish the city as it once was. Numerous “villages” and “towns” have consequently cropped up amongst the ruins of the former metropolis, many of which do not have any kind of government nor do they seem to pay taxes nor possess any kind of defensive works. Infrastructure is especially poor too, and a famine later breaks out in the autumn causing many refugees to begin leaving the state to seek a better life elsewhere. Many of those who survive end up becoming sharecroppers and giving up their old freedoms. Samuel Lapp has also found new problems in that Ohio and the Federal government want to reorganise the borders some more and set up proper administrative divisions and potentially new states (in order to prevent another uprising). A final headache for Pennsilfaani is that towards the end of the year the Chicago government receives a final report on the northeast which establishes it as pacified, and formally asks Samuel Lapp to redirect his forces to help in the civil war where possible (either to fight on the east coast or in the midwest). With trade lines threatened by wars, refugees all over, and the conflict in the far west of America going badly for the Feds, there is talk that the Mexican hordes or the armies of the CSA could very well threaten the Mennonite homeland. Towards the end of the year, several Confederate units start skirmishing dangerous close to the southern borders of Pennsilfaani, and the genocide ongoing in Virginia has led many refugees to flee north into Pennsilfaani, bringing diseases and hunger in their wake.
[b]Confederate States of America – Snoberry Tea
Leader: Jebediah Deitrich III
-The armies of the south went marching off to war with fire in their hearts and eyes. The outbreaks of numerous sharecropper rebellions and the activities of many other would-be-rebels were simply not to be tolerated. He ordered no mercy whatsoever. Attempts to get the Cuetes and Sinaloa to intervene in the war on the side of the CSA were foiled when Javier of the Cuetes managed to convince the Sinaloa to stay put and then told the Floridian envoy to leave. In his rage, Jebediah ordered three nuclear-armoured trains to push north and to push as hard as they could while all of his armies would burn and destroy everything in their wake upon reaching Virginia. Virginia asked for help from Maryland which did not arrive, and so they were forced to hold back the collective might of the south by themselves. Maryland instead remained largely behind the Potomac and began heavily fortifying the river while sending ships down to the Gullah to help move supplies and reinforcements down there. In February, Jebediah ordered a campaign into the heartland of Virginia and declared that ranchers would be given priority over that of the sharecroppers.
-It didn't start too well, for Virginia had reinforced Raleigh heavily and filled it with supplies and blocked off the advance of the confederates. Undeterred, Jebediah ordered a desperate and hard push through to the west of the city using armoured trains to mow down sharecroppers and issuing a statement to “shoot any protesting black on sight”. The concentration of forces let them punch through the lines and upon crossing the border into Virginia, they immediately allowed their soldiers to “be at liberty”. Upon arriving in every new village, town or city, the soldiers would fan out to loot what they could. The wave of destruction fanned outwards and the garrison of Raleigh was forced to pull back north to meet the CSA in battle. Having pulled out, they left behind most of their supplies and munitions in the process and it quickly fell into Confederate hands. Following this the Virginian army fled east to Norfolk and fortified themselves there before being put under siege – one which they only managed to hold out against because Maryland ferried regular supplies into the city by sea.
-In the Gullah State similar activities happened, and although Charleston was lost, the rest of the Gullah were subdued (in addition to the rebellions in the rear) and they were soon trapped in both Beaufort and Charleston – again kept alive only by the grace of supply lines from Maryland. In spite of having lost a nuclear train when the Gullah managed to blow up a dike and drowned it, the remaining three were put to work on destroying Virginia as thoroughly as possible. When they reached Richmond, they went to the governors house and stole approximately 200 paintings, all of his carpets, the musical instruments, the curtains, books, statues, and they even pulled the door frames out of the walls and raping several of the servants therein to death in addition to ripping the jewellery out of their noses and ears and their dresses off their bodies. The naked bodies were thrown out of the windows into crowds of soldiers, who made a game out of trying to catch the falling bodies using their bayonets by impaling them like sausages. Since Maryland created a fortified border in the north, what remained of the Virginians and the refugees fled to it under the cover of Maryland blowing up numerous dams and flooding much of the land to their south, the Confederate forces were unable to advance any further through the waterlogged and ruined land and so set to destroying everything in Virginia instead.
-Even the ranchers grew horrified, and those who formerly did not protest to the arrival of the invaders soon began to fight against them – with deadly consequences. Ranches were raided, and when the sharecroppers fled into the forests, the commander would order the forest set ablaze and to “shoot every nigger that comes out”. Between the advancing flames and the guns of the Confederates, many perished. Many women were dragged out of their homes and were brutally raped, often five or more times a day. STDS spread rapidly in these conditions and led to several outbreaks (AIDS among them). Black men had their genitals sliced off and displayed as trophies by soldiers, while women had their vaginas mutilated with boiling water or farming implements. Others had their bellies sliced open and their entrails tied to a pole, with the soldiers using their bayonets to force the unlikely person to run forwards as their intestines unwound. In the town of Emporia the residents took refugee in a Catholic church, which was unceremoniously flattened using a bulldozer. Crops were also set ablaze and towards the autumn much of the human damage had been done. Of the two million black sharecroppers living in Virginia, over half of million of them had been killed and a further half million had fled north as refugees, with the remaining million sharecroppers halved by disease and famine to leave a mere four hundred thousand. The white population did not fare much better for about half a million of them also died (directly and indirectly) and a further million of them had abandoned Virginia. The remaining armies fled into the mountains west, north into Maryland and DC, or holed up in Norfolk.
-The final effort of the CSA was to destroy far, far more than just the people. They had been ordered to carry out a complete and total eradication. To this end, they would go into every building they could find and steal what they could before destroying the rest. Among the stranger items recorded as having been stolen from Lynchburg included windows, stairs, chimneys, sculptures, floors, doors, gates, fencing, and even roof shingles. What could not be stolen was set on fire, and what could not burn was smashed and toppled. By the end of the year, approximately one quarter of the total population of Virginia had perished and an additional quarter had become refugees. Numerous famines and diseases now crippled the land and numerous people with skills had died and much capital equipment and knowledge had been lost. Most churches and temples regardless of faith had been stripped down and destroyed, and many of the cities were a shell of their former selves. But it wasn't enough, and in September several dirty bombs were fired into Maryland. Unfortunately they were unable to poison many areas due to the limited amount of waste on hand and the fact they had to cover a great deal of land. Consequently the Marylanders responded by simply cordoning off the bombed areas and sending in cleanup crews, although it did ruin several ranches in the process. Dirty bombing and genocide was a line considered as having gone too far with Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky refusing to not only join the Confederacy, but they went further and declared their loyalty to the Union and began to mobilize their armed forces, during which time they managed to oust an attempted invasion from Texas with help from Federal supply ships going down the Mississippi and expelled anybody with ties to the Confederate government for their most dreaded crimes. The Pope (after an envoy to Maryland travelled to Italy) later sent an legate who on behalf of the Pope excommunicated Jebediah and numerous other officials in the Confederate government. Many Catholics throughout the CSA also felt uneasy with the scale of the genocide unfolding in the north (especially with so many fellow Catholics suffering) and many have begun joining the enemies of the confederacy, especially in the Mississippine states.
-During this time Florida also requisitioned most of the Chesapeake dollars they could find, burned about 5/6ths of them, and stamped them with a special Confederate mark to indicate that they were “Confederate dollars” to be now used as the new currency. Prisoners of war (typically sharecroppers) were put into a kind of slavery where they had to erect military structures, repair buildings damaged in the conflict, build railways and bridges, and other sundry jobs. Most of the rebellions which are put down end up producing a large number of prisoners who are put to work on the ranchers and in industries where they produce for the war effort. Much of the economy also steadily shifts towards being entirely state-directed as the war-economy comes into play. Due to the lack of skilled workers, capital equipment, and the resultant destruction in many parts (especially Virginia), they are unable to produce firearms that are high quality. Mass production takes precedence for the production of bolt-action rifles, munitions, uniforms, boots, and the like. Fuel shortages and infrastructure damage means that most soldiers have to march to the front, with horses carrying most supplies by cart (the rest in lorries and rickshaws). Although the good state of the railways in Florida allowed for rapid mobilization, they have come under increasing strain as endless delays cause production and distribution to back up. Soldiers are often prioritised over supplies, and while they were able to fuel their initial advance by pillaging the land, supply shortages begin to appear in the winter. The year ends with the discovery that the sole tannin factory in the southeast was destroyed by Black Panthers, meaning in turn no leather can be cured. As a consequence, many soldiers are unable to replace their worn leather boots and suffer from blisters.
[b]Apostolic Archdioceses of America – Emperor Scorpious II
Leader: Reverend Otto Urban Jr
-In the midst of multiple civil wars and invasions sits Texas, a land that hasn't known much peace for a few years now and one that one man cannot lay overlordship of. In the west the Mormons have seized control, and in the north and east the Federal government retains power. Even to the south there was an abortive attempt at an invasion by one of the Mexican hordes. But in March, the powerful Gran Capo of Oxaca followed on the footsteeps of this invasion to force the lesser Capo to return to Mexico. When he refused, the Gran Capo had him executed and redistributed his lands amongst his vassals before returning back to Mexico. When an open country ripe for the picking stood before him, it would seem odd that he would give up such an opportunity. However a convoy of trucks full of food and other movable goods was seen moving south into Mexico shortly afterwards. It was the “Payment” to the Gran Capo in return for him staying out of Texas. Otto Urban realised that in order to maintain peace he would have to get on the good side of the Mexicans, something that he did this year by sending large gifts to the various Capos to the south – although he had to pay far more than the Feds ever did in order to win their support.
-As to where these resources had come from, one only had to look to western Texas for the answer. The Mormons established a sort of breakaway state from Texas in the wake of the outbreak of the war, but being isolated and lacking supplies they were always somewhat on the edge. Otto ordered the Texans to mobilise a number of rickshaws and cavalry to harass their southern and western borders before sending in larger units of militias diverted from the siege of Houston. A second campaign was also organised to go to Louisiana to help cut off the supply lines for Houston, leaving only a token force behind to maintain the siege. This army went to besiege Baton Rouge, a major coastal city and also the biggest after New Orleans was abandoned years ago. An attempt to break through the Garcian wall along the I-10 did not go as well as planned due to the lack of manpower and artillery in the assault, and due to most of the routes east being blocked off by numerous defensive works, some of the army had to go on a long ardous march north and then east into Arkansas before heading to Baton Rouge. Further bad news came when the campaign in the northwest did not go particularly swimmingly well after news that the Feds had been thrown back in the Pacific Northwest had trickled down, with the implication that more Mormons would be coming to fight in the near future. Otto attempted to mobilize as many Catholics as he could to fight in the war by speaking publicly on the radio and sending out propagandists to encourage all Catholics to come to Texas to fight in the name of God. But then news of the genocide in Virginia trickled back, and many of the Catholics who otherwise would have gone west instead went east to fight in the war against the Confederacy. The final nail in the coffin was the papal legate from Italy excommunicating the Confederate politicians for their crimes in committing genocide against fellow Catholics and calling upon the faithful to come fight in the east. Many of those who would normally fight for Texas soon joined the ranks of the Mississippine state armies.
-Then things went from bad to worse after the Confederacy blundered several attempts to get the Mississippine states to join them, with Louisiana not only refusing but calling for help from her neighbours and declaring loyalty to the Union. The siege on Baton Rouge went poorly in part because they managed to get critical supplies from Federal supply ships on the Mississippi river. The route would normally have been blocked, but both the Sinaloa and Cuetes allowed their shipping to pass unhindered and by refusing to participate in the war they managed to free up enough Federal men to allow Louisiana to oust the Texans and push them out for good. Houston soon afterwards began to receive reinforcements and a sally out was made which caused numerous casualties to both sides (only by sheer luck did the Texans hold out and maintain the siege on Houston). The bad news is only partially lifted when the Mormons in the northwest hear of the defeat at Los Angeles and the movements of the Federal armies going east, implying in turn that they would not be able to count on any help from their brothers anytime soon. The Mormon state began to organise a withdrawal in September as the pressure mounted upon their defences, and by November most of the Mormons had either fled or been captured by the Texan forces. A well-needed victory, until it turned out that soon the Federal government was heading east to put down the Texan rebellion. Worst of all the Oxaca Gran Capo sent several threatening messages that unless payments were maintained, he would intervene to ensure that they were. He did not specify who would receive the punishment however.
[b]Freedmen's state – Amfleet
Leader: Queen Quet III
-News of the declaration of independence of the “Confederate States of America” doesn't take long to trickle down to the Gullah. Panic sets in, but the good Dr Antwon has prepared for such a eventuality. Learning that the confederation is intent on conquering the Gullah, he declares a state of emergency and some new measures. Firstly he declares his loyalty to the Federal government in Chicago and declares the CSA an illegitimate creation that breaks earlier promises made. His next move was to relocate the entire government of the state to Beaufort, a massive military complex where the US marines once trained and was later turned into a heavily armed coastal fortress. There he declared the creation of a “Freedmen's state”, a place for all black sharecroppers to find freedom. Ambitiously he not only laid claim to all areas occupied by the Gullah nation, but additionally declared that any black man wishing to live freely was free to join them if they so wished. Of course the reality is much more difficult to pull off.
-The opening stages of the war began with militias, the cronies of various ranchers, and the black panthers skirmishing throughout the Gullah state and parts of the south in a generally disorganised manner. No front lines existed in the first few weeks, but after the CSA managed to mobilise matters soon changed. IEDS were planted in bridges and buildings along the routes into the Gullah state, and with the aid of various sharecroppers were able to inflict considerable damage to advancing troops and forced them to slow their advance. Unfortunately a nuclear-powered train with heavy machine guns mounted on it later drove to Brunswick and mowed down numerous sharecroppers as it moved on the city, and even the destruction of one of the bridges proved unable to halt it as the heavily armoured train proved impervious to shelling and was able to soon repair the bridge. Although the train was able to reach Brunswick it was unable to reach Beaufort due to the fact no railway existed, and when the CSA attempted to lay tracks and enter, the Black Panthers blew up a dike and drowned the train with all of its crew. Later arriving in Brunswick, the Confederate forces shot any of the (black) inhabitants who resisted and then imprisoned the rest and put them back into bondage. A lot of the land formerly brought into common ownership and that which had been drained through land reclamation was also given to the ranchers who had lost their old lands. They put the sharecroppers back to work on the farms, forcing others to join “Rancher militias” which they have set up to defend their holdings.
-As matters got more desperate and more and more of the country was occupied, the guerilla attacks increased in intensity. Militia units ranging from poorly armed sharecroppers to Black Panthers with former marines training conducted hit and run attacks on CSA units and made sure to also build up an intelligence network throughout the countryside with the aid of sympathizers. Unfortunately for those who rebelled further west, the sharecroppers were unable to hold out against their better-organised rivals and were eventually suppressed. The lone success was that Charleston managed to successfully overthrow the sitting government and began barricading the city, only then for the CSA to besiege the city and begin shelling it. Soon only Beaufort and Charleston are left as the sole holdouts of the Gullah state, kept fed by supplies ferried in by Maryland and Virginia. Numerous naval battles broke out on the coast, and only by sheer luck do both cities manage to hold out against the besieging forces. But it is a fragile link that could break at any moment, and the lack of medicine and food caused a cholera outbreak which not only killed hundreds of soldiers, but took Dr Antwon with it. On his deathbed he declared his fifth wife Queen Quet III as his successor due to her popularity, political skills and the figure of a “natural matriarch” that she exuded. She takes command of the remaining scattered forces and continues to help organise uprisings, but with the sieges taking their toll and Maryland unable to send enough force to help lift the siege it is indeed looking dire for the Gullah.
[b]Cuetes – Ruskie
Leader: Javier Nores
-The past few years have been ones of ups and downs for the Cuetes. After Javier led his people into America seeking food and water they initially declared loyalty to Andrew de los Dakotas before he died. Upon his death, the Cuetes severed their ties with the American government because they did not consider the next Vice president to be a strongman like Andrew was. When the civil war broke out, Javier ordered his people east through Texas and towards the Mississippi, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as no side was able to intervene due to pressing concerns elsewhere. With the Mormon civil war in the west, the Texan revolution in the south, and the Confederate war in the east nobody really took much notice of the relatively minor threat of the Cuetes migrating around the central parts. After arriving on the Mississippi in late 2369, Javier ordered his men to encamp and begin raiding the neighbouring areas for supplies. This raiding later stopped after the main ranchers held talks with Javier and agreed to give him what the Cuetes wanted willingly, and were overjoyed to discover that the rapacious Mexicans demanded far less in terms of resources than the Federal government ever did. They also allow Federal supply ships to pass down the river unhindered, something that prevents the Feds from taking action as quickly as they would have normally done in cases of invasion. Several deserters and refugees even join the ranks of the Cuetes, helping to fill out losses from earlier conflicts.
-Following this, Javier set up a court in the middle of the encampment and had various cases between members of the group brought before him. In one instance he permitted two men to have a duel to settle their differences, and in another when two women were fighting over claimed ownership of a baby. He managed to resolve the matter by hiring a “geneticist” who used his magical powers to determine who the rightful mother was. He also busied himself with meeting envoys from other powers. The Sinaloa are receptive to talks, but in talks of alliance they refuse to be placed under any Cuete command whatsoever. They do however mention that the Federal government had offered them rule over all of the US southeast in return for participation in the war, while the CSA had offered them the northeast. Javier manages to convince the Sinaloa to instead stay put and extract rent from the Midwest for now, although upon hearing this news the visiting envoy from Florida flew into a rage and started screaming at Javier for his meddling in the Sinaloa and for refusing his offer. He was summarily tied up, sewn into a sack, and unceremoniously thrown into a river. Unfortunately the Federal government has begun to raise an army from whatever they can scrap up in Canada, and is also building a number of armoured trains and some drones to go south in the near future, their forces being potentially large and well-armed enough to pose a serious threat to the Cuetes. The southern states have also been mobilising, and may move soon as well. In the interim Javier managed to get his hands on a great number of auto-rickshaws, horses, carts, and machine guns. From these he orders several raids on hostile militias and their outposts, capturing even more equipment in the process and expanding the size of his horde. Soon after this, one of his minor commanders points out that they could be used to massively improve their mobility.
[b]Royal Canadian Navy – Viper_123
Leader: Admiral Cedric Kaminski
Base: New Ottowa
-Canada was once an independent nation, long before all of this. The beginning of the loss of their sovereignty began with trade deals and ended with de facto annexation into the United States of America. When this happened, the Canadian navy was graciously allowed to be autonomous within the wider military structures of the United States, and it served in every war from World War 3 nearly three centuries ago, through the civil wars and beyond. The Canadian fleet is currently commanded by Admiral Kaminski, the latest in a long line of naval officers of the Kaminski family who served with noted distinction in all those centuries. Following the crisis of the 22nd and 23rd centuries their numbers were greatly reduced as was the power of the Canadian navy and nation. Much of what was left included the RCNV Valiant Shield, a rare example of one of the peaks of human technology in the 22nd century. It remained largely at port in Greenland and would occasionally travel out to intervene in various overseas conflicts as demanded by the Federal government, but in recent years weakening Federal control and then the outbreak of the third civil war has left them largely at liberty to do as they pleased. The collapse of trade in the past decade however has left Greenland in a dire position, and eventually as supplies from the mainland dried up Cedric Kaminski decided that he had to take action or suffer the consequences of not doing so.
-Setting out to sail south he routinely ignored messages from the Federal government demanding that he attack the Confederate states and help contribute to the war effort, and would instead dock in various locations. The pride flagship of this fleet was the RCNV Valiant Shield, an experimental nuclear-powered ship that despite being a technological wonder was nearly two hundred years old and clearly showing signs of having seen better days. Nonetheless it was still formidable and possesses weaponry unseen of since the last civil war, such as lasers and heat ray devices which did not work all too well. Due to the loss of GPS technology they left several beacons in the seas as they went south, docking in Maine to trade before heading south to Maryland. The state was already extremely tense due to the ongoing Civil war, and although they were able to parlay with numerous fishermen they were unable to catch the attention of the states governor, who refused to meet with Kaminski as he had more pressing concerns to attend to as he built up his defences.
-Unable to get much of anything done in terms of dialogue, Kaminski nevertheless manages to convince a number of fishermen, smugglers, and smaller traders to regularly meet with the smaller vessels of the fleet to conduct business. Most of this involved selling the sailors food (especially fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat) in return for various refined metals mined from Greenland which could fetch decent prices on the mainland. Traditionally Greenland sent regular supply ships back and forth, bringing desired foods and mainland goods in return for minerals. With the Feds no longer capable of doing this, the fleet has taken this job upon itself and over the year continues to travel up and down the eastern coast carrying out trade and occasionally shipping back fresh food to Greenland. However the lack of replacement parts for some of their equipment is a concern as trade breaks down, most notably with news that nobody on the continent is producing silicon chips any longer. Other problems manifest in the political sphere as the Federal government and several east coast governors continue to demand that the fleet intervene in the war. Some of them threaten to crack down on trade to starve the fleet away, while others offer large gifts of food and other resources in return for cooperation.
[B]Current player List:[/B]
-Patriots - Joshuadim
-Commonwealth of Maryland – Native Hunter
-Commonwealth of Pennsilfaani – Griffster26
-Confederate States of America – Snoberry Tea
-Apostolic Archdioceses of America – Emperor Scorpious II
-Freedmen's state – Amfleet
-Cuetes – Ruskie
-Royal Canadian Navy – Viper_12
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[quote]The final nail in the coffin was the papal legate from Italy excommunicating the Confederate politicians for their crimes in committing genocide against fellow Catholics and calling upon the faithful to come fight in the east. Many of those who would normally fight for Texas soon joined the ranks of the Mississippine state armies. [/quote]
for fucks sake :suicide:
I honestly have no idea how I can go forth. I'm thinking of surrendering just for the sake of keeping Texas somewhat alive
[b]Meanwhile on the Great Seas...[/b]
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Fuck Walgreens, CVS 4 LYFE
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