Alternate Universe 134e758,456

Early 1861.  All the Confederate States with the exception of Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee have seceded from the Union.  President Lincoln, brand-new in office is strongly leaning toward putting the insurrection down.  Some of his advisers caution him against the decision advising it would be folly to attempt to force those who do not want to be united to remain.  Lincoln carefully weighs all options, and decides to make plans for war but does not want to attack first.  The tension builds in the former union.

The states meet and form the Confederate States of America to decide their concept of government and how best to proceed.  The issue of The United State’s access to the southern Mississippi River, its delta, and the ports and harbors along it are brought up.  Also brought up is the Unites States property such as other strategic forts and land within the CSA.  Most of the states do not want United States forts and military presence in their midst.  One Confederate is thinking ahead however, and convinces the convention to negotiate with the United States for access to the Mississippi River and its delta and right for the US to retain their property, in exchange for the CSA’s right to secede.  The convention of Confederate States barely passes the motion to send a delegation to the United States.

The summit was tense, but the Confederate States of America gained recognition from the United States in exchange for forts and federal property to remain in federal hands.  And while the United States was given access to move goods on the river, both nations decided against trading with each other.  Lincoln did not want to support the CSA financially after they seceded and as long as slavery was legal.  The Confederates did not want to appear dependent upon the United States after secession so they also were happy about the trade restrictions.  There was no attack on Fort Sumter, there was no civil war.

While tensions remained, some relief had been applied and the two nations co-existed.  The United States, fearful of any potential hostility on its southern border, amassed military forces and equipment along its border and into the forts where it maintained a presence in this now foreign land.

The Confederate States built rival forts and raised a large army to counter the presence.  Without the industrial machine of the Untied States, the problems for the Confederacy began.  Relying on their cotton exports to secure money for their new military and government, they begin to print more and more money with the assumption the cotton trade would cover their debts.  Cotton alone could not finance a nation and worse, they didn’t count on the United States Hemp Industry.

The Untied States had begun producing hemp in great amounts knowing that it would not be able to count on the cotton from the South.  Thanks to their industrial might, the US was exporting its hemp all over the world, and because of mass processing, was able to significantly undercut the CSA’s prices for cotton.  In addition (due to the versatility of hemp fiber), it was a much more popular cash crop.  Behind the scenes the United States ambassadors were urging other nations not to buy southern cotton so as to cause the CSA’s economy to collapse and teach rebellious portions of a nation a lesson about breaking away.  This was of course received greatly by Great Britain as they had already lost some colonies and were trying to maintain a global empire.

Eventually, the economic hardships of the CSA caused the states to threaten secession.  The CSA government was blamed for inefficiencies and corruption.  The infighting among the CSA continued to grow as the economy sank.  The CSA printed more currency in hope for a change, but that change never materialized.  On September 21st, 1862, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana seceded from the Confederacy, but chose to remain individual states rather than joining into another union.

The South lost control of any order or prosperity.  Bloody skirmishes between states were occurring on a near-daily basis.  A junta, led by General Andrew Jackson captured President Jefferson Davis of the remains of the Confederacy and executed him for charges of corruption.  The infighting between the states grew, and many Southerners began to resent the leaders who talked them into supporting secession, and the cause of slavery which they thought was so important to the economy, but turned out to be of very little help.

On January 1st, 1863, the Untied States offered a life-line.  The states were invited to be readmitted to the union on the condition they abolish slavery, and agree to a series of protections and restrictions to ensure citizens are treated equally.  The readmitted states were subject to federal oversight to ensure they met the terms required to rejoin, and as such, ratified a series of amendments to the Constitution of the Untied States, including the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.

It is now 2015, there have been 4 black Presidents, 2 female Presidents, and the Untied States is a world leader; a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.  There have been no World Wars, as the example set by the crisis in the United States and their prosperity afterward caused a radical shift in governments and nationalism.  National borders still exist, but global cooperation is common as so many nations modeled themselves on the successful, inclusive Untied States of America.  There are disagreements that remain, but the bad-blood that would have resulted from armed conflict between the states as opposed to the peaceful abandonment of the wrong ideals led to politicians and parties working together or willing to compromise for the betterment of everyone.

We are living in a golden age of global peace and prosperity, all because someone was bold enough to suggest a way to avoid war.

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Author: Josh Wrenn

Cancer survivor, wanna-be artist, musician, author, and all around good guy.

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