Medieval America Mark III

Dyer County
  • tehskyman



    Dyer County

    System of Government: Feudal State
    Head of State: Sheriff, selected from sons and nephews of ruling Sheriff prior to his death
    Population: 370,000
    Religion: American Non-Denominational Church
    Totemic Symbol: Apple Blossom

    Despite its location along the Mississippi, Dyer County remains relatively isolated. The circumstances of the meander of the river has ensured that kilometers of swamp and forest lie in between the river and the highlands. The bottomlands are poorly populated and incredibly swampy and difficult to traverse. And the Sheriffs of Dyer County like to keep it that way. The swamps and forests ensure that merchants lack the opportunity to build a city within their county and thus a foot hold from which their influence can spread. This policy originates from the early half of the new Medieval era.

    The flow of the river was different then and it's path took it near Dyersburg. By the time of Sheriff Dale II in 2456 , Dyersburg had grown into a great city of nearly 40,000. The merchant guilds had carved out vast tracts of land for themselves. Special Business Districts they were called. Most of the land was a part of these Special Business Districts. On these lands the merchant guilds grew vast fields of tobacco and cotton. And they paid no tax, had no levy, were totally free to do whatever they pleased. In essence, they were independent. Like his father and great-grandfather before him, Dale had little influence over the merchants, but unlike his predecessors he was not dependent on them either. The merchant guilds had gotten his ancestors addicted to their foul cocaine but Dale was free of its hold. However, when a popular revolt against the landowners began, Dale seized on the opportunity. He assembled men, many of whom were disposed Ohioan lancers and helped the serfs revolt against the merchants, promising them their own land in return. By the end of the year, Dale and his army had retaken the vast majority of land held under Special Business Districts. Dale however reneged upon some of his promises, handing out seized land to his strongest supporters, though many serfs did end up as free farmers.

    Since that time, a handful of mercenary armies have been assembled to try and retake Dyer County but those attempts have been stopped by the lancers of Dyer County. Using Midwestern armor and tactics, the lancers have been able to beat back the southern mercenaries. These resources have been provided by the President of Ohio, knowing that a thorn in the sides of Shelby County keeps them from trying to exert influence in Ohio. Recently, under direction from Cincinnati, Dyer County and some Kentucky lancers raided P-G County and the State of Tennessee. The raiders forced the two countries to pledge allegiance to the President in Cincinnati to prevent similar raids from occurring again.
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    State of Alabama
  • tehskyman

    State of Alabama


    System of Government: Feudal State
    Head of State: Governor, selected from sons and nephews of ruling Governor, prior to his death
    Population: 425,000
    Religion: American Non-Denominational Church
    Totemic Symbol: Yellowhammer (Northern Flicker)

    In the early years of the new medieval Era, the Governor of Mississippi was extremely powerful. Along with his counter part in Georgia they were undoubtedly the kings of the South. The Governors of Alabama had little such luck. Hobbled by constant rebellion and invasions from all sides the state was nibbled away at until nothing remained and it was completely absorbed into the now Commonwealths of Georgia and Mississippi. For the next 300-400 years, the border between Georgia and Mississippi was an area in flux, with border lords raiding and taking over villages from each other. Occasionally these lords would stop paying their taxes and rebel, citing some obscure nonsense about taxation without representation as though they knew anything about the old American Constitution. However, as the central authority of the Mississippian governor eroded over time these rebellions would last longer and take more effort to put down.

    This came to a head when the Golden Circle took charge in Mississippi and the Governor's power really took a nosedive. Unfortunately, the Golden Circle seized power in a time when their own control over the remaining warlords of the Commonwealth was shaky. Sensing an opportunity, and locked out of the corridors of power, many landlords in what was once Alabama and Northern Mississippi schemed to wrestled power away from the Golden Circle. This new group, who called themselves the Men of the Red Cross banded together and declared themselves independent. They gathered in Birmingham and marched on Meridian to either split the Commonwealth in two or usurp power from the Golden Circle. At Meridian they managed to capture the puppet Governor Robert IV Maddox and used him as a hostage against the Golden Circle. However, what they did not count on was the Governor of Georgia getting involved. Sensing an opportunity to expand the size of his own lands to shore up his own power-base he invaded from the east. Quickly the Men of the Red Cross marched east and fought the Georgians to a stalemate at Sylacauga. Then they marched back west to the Mississippi River to protect their lands which were being ravaged by Shelby County mercenaries. It was there they met the armies of the Golden Circle.

    Battle did not immediately commence though. Knights were sent to parlay. The Alabamian delegation threatened the Mississippians by stating "If pitched battle should ensue, y'all gonna regret it. We have the governor". The Mississippians responded with "If the governor dies, we'll have the new governor and all y'all going be left with is a stinking body."

    Obviously parlay talks were at an impasse. With violence being the only answer, the Battle of Batesville would ensue. Tired from weeks of marching in the dying heat of summer and grinding down the Georgians, the Alabamian army was defeated but managed a semi-orderly withdrawal. From there they fought a fighting retreat all the way to Montgomery where storms forced an end to the fighting. The seizure of most rebel holdings ensured the integrity of Mississippi was intact and so the Golden Circle stopped and disbanded their armies, personal power secured. Further treaties between the Men of the Red Cross and the Golden Circle would have the Men of the Red Cross rescind their claims over the land they no longer held and for the return of the puppet Governor.

    However for the former rebels, this meant that they were reduced to a thin arc on the northeastern border of the Commonwealth of Mississippi. There was not nearly enough land for many lords still alive. New Governor of Alabama Adrian Henderson hosted a dinner for the remaining lords. He slaughtered all but 3 who had already pledged allegiance to him.

    In the following years, the new State of Alabama would implode. When the eldest of Henderson's vassals Tobias Bringier, died, Henderson would seize all of his lands instead of giving it to Bringier's son as was expected. This would prompt Henderson's remaining vassals John Chambers and Remus Upson to win their own independence from Henderson. Facing an army larger and more organized than his own, Henderson would allow Chambers and Upson to break off. Their nation, centered on Montgomery would tear itself in two upon the death of Chambers. Montgomery would later erupt into a peasant rebellion that made the city and it's surrounding lands independent from warlords. Montgomery's independence is now upheld by both the Commonwealth of Mississippi and Georgia. Neither nation is willing to see the valuable city fall into their rival's hands and so it remains independent.

    What remains of the State of Alabama is a strip of land along the Tennisy river. In it's weakened and diminished state it has come to be dominated by the State of Tennisy who have replaced governors they dislike multiple times. The current Governor Darius Allen was himself installed 20 years ago when as a young colonel he was prohibited from marrying the old Governor's only child. He stole her away in the night and declared for the throne in Huntsville. With support from Tennisy , Darius defeated his father-in-laws army. Caving into his wife's pleading, Darius spared his father-in-laws life, instead locking him away in a castle where he is of no harm to anyone.
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    Free County of Montgomery
  • tehskyman

    Free County of Montgomery


    System of Government: City-State Republic
    Head of State: Mayor, Chosen by and from City Council
    City Council Composition: 5 members chosen by the District Supervisory, 5 members chosen by the Council of Orders, 10 members chosen by the Merchants Council, 15 members directly elected in various city districts
    Population: 220,000

    City: 70,000
    Countryside: 150,000
    Religion: American Non-Denominational Church
    Totemic Symbol: Two Halberds, Crossed

    Birthed when a feudal warlord overstepped his bounds Montgomery is a land of relative freedom in a region locked in rigidity. Aaron II Upson tried to evict several merchant corporations when he wasn't able to bed on of their daughters. In response to the provocation the merchants hired some mercenaries and armed the peasants and overthrew Upson and declared themselves a free republic. The peasants died by the thousands but they overwhelmed the lancers of Upson and were eventually able to prevail. Since then they have been fought over by Mississippi and Georgia each wanting to control the trade and District Supervisory Seat. Sandwiched between the Commonwealth of Mississippi and the Commonwealth of Georgia, Montgomery remains independent because neither nation is willing to allow the other to have it. 150 years ago, the two went to war over the city. When the war ended in a stalement with the loss of thousands of Southern aristocrats the two sides agreed that squabbling over the city was too costly. And as such, they signed the Montgomery Agreement to ensure this deal.

    The 3rd Montgomery war started when Mississippian Lancers crossed over into Montgomery County territory to try and capture a fleeing traitor. The traitor made it into Montgomery proper and took shelter in the local cathedral. The lancers entered the town and threatened to kill everyone in the cathedral if the traitor wasn't brought to them. The deadline passed and the lancers stormed into the cathedral killing several priests of the church and the prisoner. The townsfolk were outraged by the killings and hung the lancers for desecrating the holy basilica. Including in the deaths was a son of the Lieutenant Governor. Mississippi sent an army to punish the county. Hearing about the move, the Governor of Georgia sent out his own army to stop the Mississippians from taking over the city. After several battles the war ended in stalemate and as such the Montgomery Agreement was drafted and signed.

    Now then, the county has become a haven for various merchant corporations, traitors and religious fanatics. Protected by the church supervisory and their enforced independence the city has grown wild. Various merchant corporations have set up shop here, establishing various metalworks and textile mills employing thousands. Merchants here have a level of freedom that is not seen anywhere in Mississippi and Georgia. They pay relatively little taxes and don't have to be concerned about the mercantilism of feudal warlords. The city has also spawned several religious orders and monasteries, abbeys and nunneries dot the landscape. Most influential among the religious orders is the Sons of the South. Birthed here among exiled lancers turned religious fanatics, for a brief moment the Sons of the South united Southerners to expel cowboys from the Red River Basin.

    Wherever possible peasants from surrounding nations will try and make their way here. Being able to have their debts forgotten and farming the lands of the church for a pay that their feudal overseers will not even consider makes the prospect attractive. In response on the roads to Montgomery the warlords have set up checkpoints and watchtowers to prevent their debt-slaves from running away.
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    Shelby Free County
  • tehskyman

    Shelby Free County


    System of Government: Feudal State with significant input from Mercantile Council
    Head of State:
    Sheriff, selected from sons and nephews of ruling Sheriff prior to his death
    Population: 525,000
    Religion: American Non-Denominational Church
    Totemic Symbol: Oak Leaf, River Barge and Cotton Boll

    On the banks of the Mississippi lies the Free Mercantile County of Shelby, more commonly referred to as just Shelby County. Of all the nations east of the Appalachians, there exists no other except maybe Montgomery County in which the merchant corporations and conglomerates hold more sway over the government. The Sheriff must carefully balance the wishes of the merchants along the banks of the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers as well as his more traditional vassals in the interior.

    Here the cotton plantations abound generating sweet sweet profit and wealth for the merchants. These merchants act like vassals to the Sheriff of Shelby County. Instead of a formalized levy and taxation system, the merchants pay for the "private protection" by the Sheriff and can either contribute men or pay extra for "communal protection fee". For the most part neither party interferes in the affairs of the other. Unlike other states where both sides can be in conflict, the Sheriff has co opted the merchants into the feudal system and if any one corporation were to try and disrupt the status quo the others would outright attack them. The mercantile council also advises the Sheriff in many matters of foriegn policy, using the Sheriff to gain favorable trading conditions for themselves and in return attracting tax revenue and paying their taxes to the Sheriff. In almost all other cases though, the merchants settle armed disputes by attacking each other using mercenaries forces in ritualized combat. Instead of actually burning down crops and potentially causing losses on both sides, merchants use a more formal dispute resolution mechanism. They hire mercenaries to duke it out on fighting grounds to hack and slash their way to victory. The mercenary company with the least losses after 2 turns of the hourglass is declared the winner.

    This has developed a "healthy" cultures of mercenary companies who base themselves in Memphis, waiting for contracts to come to them. When crusades are called, often times, many of the elite units of those crusades are made up of former Shelby County mercenaries. These mercenary companies also actively recruit from across the South and Midwest, hiring wayward knights and integrating them into their units. Some mercenary companies also invest in the future, taking the toughest and meanest orphans of the cities of the Midwest and Gulf Coast and training them to replace their losses. The mercenaries are often hired by merchants to protect their caravans wherever they may go. Mercenary companies may have up to 50-60% of their members on retainer at any given time, guarding the salt shipments of Oklahoma and Utah, the ubiquitous river barges of the Mississippi or the gulf ships in Louisiana's constant wars with the other naval powers of North America.

    The Sheriff however is not powerless against the mercenaries. His lancers, whether on foot or mounted are more than a match for the comparatively lightly armored mercenaries. Hearkening back to the industrial era, he also holds the title of "King of Rock and Roll". In practicality this doesn't mean anything. What is Rock and Roll even? However during battle his helmet has hair mounted to the top. This hair has been covered in resins and oils which sweeps it up and back resembling some swooning bard's fancy hair. Sheriffs are also generally expected to know how to play the lute or some other instrument. If they can't do that, then they'll usually hire a band of bards to keep with tradition. Either the Sheriff himself or his personal musical band will perform for the court a few times a year, recycling classics or very rarely performing a new song.

    The mercenaries of Shelby County are despised by President Wallace of Ohio. In 2954, Wallace watched as Shelby County mercenaries overran his brother's personal guard and butchered his brother during a raid along the Michigan border. As President ,Wallace has banned the entry of Shelby County mercenaries into his demesne, punishable by drawing and quartering. Thus far, over 30 have died in this fashion.
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    State of Florida
  • tehskyman

    State of Florida


    System of Government: Loose Secretarial State
    Head of State:
    Governor, selected from sons-in-laws and nephews of ruling Governor prior to his death
    Population: 545,000 farmers, 325,000 swamp peoples
    Religion: American Non-Denominational Church/ Voodoo
    Totemic Symbol: Orange

    Prior to the 1900's, Florida was sparsely populated outside of the northern part of the state. It was simply too hot and swampy elsewhere for anything else. As a result, without air conditioning the population has taken a steep decline. Great cities on the coast returning to swamps, mangroves and dunes. In the new Medieval era, most of southern and central Florida has reverted to wilderness, the swamp people living like native tribes did prior to their eradication by the US government.

    Outside of the swamps is a narrow strip down the north-central part of the state where agriculture is possible. With orange, sugar and cotton plantations, to a traveler this place doesn't feel much different from Mississippi or Georgia. In fact this part of Florida is essentially southern in nature, where large aristocratic families vie for power among themselves while a mostly ineffectual governor tries to retain what little power remains to him.

    In fact the governor is so weak, that de jure and de facto control over the bays of Florida's coasts have been given over to the USA and State of Louisiana. The USA went in and took what they wanted, citing obscure laws about federal privilege. The State of Louisiana used the pogroms of some Voodoo worshipers as pretext to take the Tampa Bay area. And now those two naval super-powers use the bays as bases from which to vie for the Florida Keys and the hyper-valuable trade routes to Mexico and the Caribbean.

    Unlike most of the rest of North America where titles and land passed down from father to son, Florida does things the Caribbean way where titles and land are passed down through from father to daughter (technically father to son-in-law) or occasionally from uncle to nephew, if that nephew has shown great potential or leadership. The rest of the country regards this as perverse and weak willed and consequently laugh at pussy-whipped Floridian men.

    The impenetrable swamps have allowed legends and myths to form around them based off half-remembered facts of what was once found there during the industrial age. The Magic Kingdom and it's lost capital O'Lando, where animals spoke like men, and women wielded magic as easily as waving a twig. Where heroes like StrongArm and Alldrin rode flaming arrows to the moon and more importantly defeated death itself with the help of a font of eternal youth. Some in the church claim that this was god's kingdom on Earth where others believe that god cast down the city for being devil worshipers. Whatever the truth may be, the ruins of Disni and O'Lando were a great treasure to be found and many a ruler sought the riches and most importantly the waters of eternal youth for themselves. They sent expedition after expedition into the swamps and those expeditions disappeared or returned empty handed. The consensus is that whatever ruins there may have been have vanished into the mists of the swamp like the men who foolishly wander into the mire and searches have largely stopped.

    The Florida Keys are a land of constant naval skirmishes and battles. This is where the goods of South and Central america land after taking the short hop across the Straits of Florida. The USA and State of Louisiana, operating out of their bases at Miami and Tampa Bay respectively, jealously protect their own merchant ships and raid the merchant convoys of the other state. All to ensure that their trade route to Havana remains open.
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    State of Tennisy (Tennessee)
  • tehskyman

    State of Tennisy (Tennessee)


    System of Government: Feudal State, currently paying tribute to the Commonwealth of Ohio
    Head of State:
    Governor, selected from sons and nephews of ruling Governor prior to his death
    Population: 1,400,000
    Religion: American Non-Denominational Church
    Totemic Symbol: Tobacco Flower


    Sandwiched between the Deep South and Midwest, Tennisy has always been a borderland between Yankee and Dixie. In the new medieval age this has held true. At times paying tribute to Ohio as it is now and once paying tribute to Mississippi when it's governor still held sway over the aristocracy. It was during that period that Ohioan lancers and Mississippian knights would fight on opposite sides of Tennisy's numerous succession wars. However, ever since the Alabama Rebellion, the nobles of Mississippi have been far more content to duel among themselves and crusade in Arkansas than concern themselves with northern affairs. For a while Tennisy was able to enlist Illinois' help in keeping Ohio at bay. Later the constant crisis that was the Dabney clan helped distract Ohio as well. Now that Ohio has a relatively peaceful western border it has been able to focus on it's neighbors including Tennisy, harassing them with raids until they agreed to pay tribute.

    This region is well known for its tobacco, cheaper than more exotic Cuban or Mexican varieties. Many members of the nobility will have at least a small patch on their estate, making their serfs work the land alongside their rents. Across the feudal heartland many a lancer will smoke some tobacco prior to battle for a momentary boost in energy. This is preferred to cocaine which is frowned upon by the clergy.

    As the border between Deep South and Midwest, the religion of Tennisy's peasants has always strayed somewhat from Baltimorian orthodoxy. However, ever since the Masonic Purge in Ohio, the spread of heretical thinking has greatly increased, emboldened by the rejection of centralized power in the church by the power to the north. One particular movement started by an exiled monk named Preston has gained ground across the Tennisy countryside. Prestican preachers condemning Baltimore for its decedence and urging the clergy to live lives of relative poverty travel to villages and ingratiate themselves with the community. Of particular ire to these communities is Tithing Day which has always rubbed poor farmers the wrong way seeing as it falls during the hungriest weeks of the year. Presticans have moved into Appalachia where there is fertile soil for these ideas to take root. Prestican demagogues have even moved into Nashville. Clashes now occur regularly between Presticans and orthodox crowds though these are easily broken up, for now. The supervisor has moved to a manor estate outside of the city just in case though.
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    The Burned Men
  • The Burned Men


    The children of California, like children anywhere, can be naughty from time to time. Californian parents, like all parents, tell stories to keep them in line, and if nothing else California is a land of rich stories. There are the Scientologist standards, of course, tales of fiery death in volcanoes. There are the old Hollywood tales that have passed into the cultural consciousness, of killers and the woods and monsters from beyond the stars. Perhaps the most feared spooktales are those of the Burned Men.

    Though most would like to think that the Burned men are nothing but legends, they were once very real. During the California Warring period (the so-called ‘Time of Four Governors’), these raiders were among the many that managed to penetrate the Republic’s western frontier and wreak havoc. It was the Burned Men that first struck fear of the Nevadan into the Californian heart when they razed Redding to the ground and its ruling family with it.

    It was not just the Californians that learned to fear the Burned Men; all across northern Nevada and into the High Desert, they were reviled and despised. Indeed, savage and civilised alike feared the strange customs of the Burned Men.

    The Burned Men originated in the north-eastern corner of Nevada, clinging to edges of the Black Rock Desert. These were offshoots of the New Age movement that emerged in the vortexes of New Mexico and Arizona. They did not heed the calls from the better established communities, instead flocking to an ancient site of pilgrimage. Of course, like many of the forgotten vortexes of the southwest, it quickly became clear that the site chosen was not viable for society. The celebrants instead dispersed to the surrounding canyons and deserts, keeping ties with one another's but for the most part living simple hunter-gatherer lives based around principles of radical inclusion, radical self reliance, and radical self expression.

    Then, slowly, tribals throughout northeastern Nevada began disappearing out of nowhere. For the most part after grieving, tribesmen threw up their hands and attributed it to the supernatural. There was some talk of queer sights seen from the edge of the Black Rock Desert, but these were largely dismissed as a fantasy.

    How exactly the Burned Men rose is mysterious: New Age clerics wrote of the “Last Burning Man” ceremony after the declaration of the Age of Aquarius, but those same scribes claimed that the people there quickly starved, the survivors mostly melding into the surrounding tribes and imparting little of their (heretical) new age knowledge. Possibly this was just rhetorical, as the scribes also tend to attribute their decline to the gods and spirits. This leaves open the possibility that the beliefs they passed on at least some of their beliefs to the tribes they lived in.

    An obscure Oregonian tradition claims that the revival was launched by a New Mexican medicine man called Sunshine Osiris, though no medicine men by that name are recorded in the New Mexican registry. Regardless, it would seem that the tribes around the Black Rock Desert united in a confederacy. they oppossed slavery, sexism, and hierarchies more generally. They attacked neighboring tribes, killing the chiefs, the priests, and the warriors, while offering a choice to the more lowly members of society: to join the radical freedom of the Burned Men, or to be given in offering to their libertine gods in great burning effigies.

    Many chose the former, and so the tribe grew and grew, conflicting with the Beelemites at their maximum extent. They stormed the California itself, burning the governor in Redding alive. The tribe was ultimately brought down by a confederation of Nevadan tribes and their own overextension, but few will forget the legend of the Burned Men.
    The Great Midwestern War: Night of Burning Ships
  • tehskyman

    The Great Midwestern War: Night of Burning Ships


    The Great Midwestern War may have started with the Night of Burning Ships, but the divisions which fueled the great fire that raged across the Midwest for nearly a decade were present long before then. Some of these divisions were baked into the land itself. The Midwest, with its rich soil was always one of the most fertile regions on the continent and as a result it is the most densely populated region in the East and one of the most densely populated regions on the continent, rivaled only by the Central Valley of California or the plains of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to the Bailey Invasion, nearly a quarter of the population of the East, 14 million people, lived within the borders of two nations: the State of Illinois and the Commonwealth of Ohio. With 2 of the most powerful states on the continent sitting side by side, war was inevitable. The Great Midwestern War was not the first time these nations had fought each other. There were minor wars over border fiefdoms, like the city of Terre Haute, Porter County or Gary. But this war was the first time that so many of their neighbors jumped in when alliances, and trade interests aligned to set the entire region ablaze.

    The State of Michigan, though not as large or powerful as Illinois or Ohio, has always been a player in the region. It's influence over the merchants of the Mackinaw League and rivalry with Ohio has been a key driver of events in the Midwest. Though the Commonwealth of Ohio is by far it's most powerful neighbor, Ohio's various internal divisions have never allowed it to completely dominate Michigan. However by the 2800s, the President in Cincinnati had accumulated enough control over his vassals to centralize power in Cincinnati. This meant that Ohio could now throw its weight around and spread its influence over the Midwest. At war's eve, it had made tributary states out of Pope-Gallatin County, the State of Tennesee and Knox County and had outright vassalized the State of West Virginia and Allegheny County.

    As such, when Governor Clarence IV of Michigan died and Ohio sought to take control over the Michigan throne, Ohio's neighbors decided that this was a step too far and stepped in to challenge the power of the President in Cincinnati.

    Spring of 2856, Clarence IV of Michigan was besieging London against the State of Ontario when a stray arrow found its way into his helmet. With the death of their Governor, Michiganite forces retreated from the town and abandoned the siege. It was during this crisis, that Clarence's brother, Wallace was sworn in as Wallace I. Wallace raced against time to return to Ann Arbor but found that his crossing had been blocked by ships from the Genesee County navy upon orders of his nephew, Luthor. In the time between the arrival of news of his father's demise and Wallace's return from Kitchener, Luthor had gathered several nobles and swore himself in as Governor. Luthor then crossed the river and with reinforcements from Genesee County, defeated Wallace's diminished army. After the defeat, most of Wallace's army deserted and Wallace had to flee in the dead of night with only a few loyal retainers.

    Wallace made his way to Cedar Point and then to Cincinnati where he spent the rest of 2856, convincing President Micheal V of Ohio to lend him the troops and ships to seize the throne from his nephew. Micheal lent Wallace the army and fleet needed to do so but in return Wallace had to swear fealty to Micheal, wed Micheal's daughter Anna and return the control of Toledo to Ohio. Michigan was at this time, in control of the City of Toledo, with Wallace's grandfather Clarence III having taken over the town at a time when the President in Cincinatti had been distracted by some unruly vassals in the Kentucky marches.

    Meanwhile, Luthor, now Luthor II of Michigan, was looking for allies among his neighbors. Knowing that his uncle had fled to Ohio, Luthor secured the allegiance of many important players. He treated with the State of Ontario, renouncing Michigan's claims to London. He also reduced the taxes of merchants who passed through Detroit. But most importantly, Luthor arranged his betrothal to Veronica, first daughter of the State of Illinois and Governor Peter V Dupont's 3rd. The wedding between the two nobles was set to take place the next spring equinox in Detroit, right after the shareholder's meeting of the Mackinaw League. Veronica would be accompanied to her wedding by a significant delegation of Illinoisan and Wisconsinite naval vessels as befitting a noble of her status. A grand celebration would take place as delegates from across the Midwest and Lake region were invited. Most pointedly however, was the absence of representatives from Ohio. The wedding itself would take place on Belle Isle, just upstream of Detroit.

    Come March, when Veronica arrived in Detroit for the wedding, Wallace had gathered a small army and a fleet near Sandusky. Under pressure from President Micheal, the merchant houses of Ohio were to participate in Wallace's surprise attack on the wedding, with the intent of destroying rival merchant corporations and seizing control of the Mackinaw League.

    Come the day of the wedding, the fleet set forth from Sandusky and reached Detroit by dusk, when the festivities of the wedding were at their peak. Unbeknownst to Luthor, several of Wallace's old allies were aware of the plan and had assembled some soldiers to disrupt the festivities. Wallace and his army disembarked and alongside his allied lords, proceeded to massacre rival merchant houses and lords. Enemy ships were captured and if the crew resisted, they were massacred and the ships burned, else those ships were conscripted for Wallace's cause. By the time the garrison in Detroit finally marched out to meet Wallace, much of the killing was already over. Sensing the change in power, commander Nathan Toustin fell onto his knee and pledged his and Detroit's loyalty to Governor Wallace I. 3 days later, Wallace marched into Ann Arbor and was formally sworn in as the new Governor. Soon after he formally wed his betrothed in Ann Arbor's chapel.

    However Luthor was still alive. In the chaos of the massacre, Veronica and Luthor, surrounded by loyal soldiers, were able to flee, and escaped on Illinoisan ships anchored on the northern end of the island. Luthor sailed to Benton Harbor where he set out notices to the remaining loyalist forces of Michigan to meet him in Grand Rapids. By the time the summer solstice arrived, Luthor had an army of nearly 5500 men and 1200 cavalry and set out to meet Wallace on the battlefield. Further to the south an Illinoisan army 15000 men and 3000 horse strong, crossed the Wabash river and captured Terre Haute. The Great Midwestern War had begun.
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    Carribean Trade
  • tehskyman

    Though this is getting a bit ahead ourselves, looking at Mexico and Central America there are some good analogues to old-world areas.

    Central Mexico is most similar to central spain but with volanoes and a possible theocracy ruled by the god-president of Mexico City. The Atlantic coast doesn't have a great analogue, the best one is probably Cuba, similar climates. This region along with Tabasco and Cuba are probably most similar to South-East Asia, Cambodia and Vietnam. Sinaloa is California but hotter. The southern Atlantic coast from Peurto Vallarta to Oaxaca is most similar to China's coast along Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, isolated and mountainous. The isthumus of Tehuantepec is probably the principle trade route between the Pacific and Atlantic It's populated along the entire route and there are good port cities at each end. Crossing further south requires large detours and dangerous travelling through jungles.

    From Guatemala to Panama, this area is probably most like Indonesia. Makes sense, both are volcanic arcs. The Pacific coast is populated up until the Darien Gap. The Atlantic coast is probably all jungle and swamp.

    As for trade routes, I think that ships might travel from harbor to harbor from Los Angeles to Panama carrying Cocaine and whatnot. However, the Pacific Coast of Colombia is all jungle and swamp. So the primary trade route from North America and the Carribean to Peru and the Southern Cone should probably have to loop from Cuba to the Lesser Antilles to the Venezuelan Coast. From there it either passes through Caracas or Maracaibo up onto the Andes. Then to Bogota and onto Peru.

    But Central America should generally be pretty isolated, it's a bit of a dead end. Mexico would be this regions primary outlet to the world.

    Heres a quick mockup

    The Commonwealth of Georgia
  • The Commonwealth of Georgia

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    System of Government: Hereditary Feudal Monarchy
    Leader: Governor Elias II Spratt
    Selection of Leaders: Hereditary Primogeniture
    Population: 2,700,000
    Totemic Symbol: Magnolia Flower
    Religion: American Non-Denominational Church

    Perhaps the preeminent power of the old South, and the only eastern power capable of challenging the otherwise unquestionable superiority of the Commonwealth of Ohio, the Commonwealth of Georgia is a large, populous, prosperous nation along the south-eastern coast of Dixie. The history of the Commonwealth of Georgia is inextricably tied to the old, now unused Presidency of Georgia, and the long-standing struggle for dominance between the northern and southern halves of the American Non-Denominational Church.

    The Presidency of Georgia

    “One Nation, Under God, Indivisible” - that is the phrase which came to define the heart of the American Non-Denominational Church. Yet, despite the unitary sentiment, the Church has never presented a unified force to the world. Non-Denominational forces clash across the feudal heartland, District Supervisors bicker and divide in the center of the church, and Governors seek to gain advantage over one another. Typically, the concentration of District Supervisors in the north has placed the south at a distinct disadvantage in these politics, and made the Non-Denominational Church a much more northern-oriented force. Despite this, however, the position of President remained a revered one, and one which remained unused for centuries. This changed, however, with the Council of Columbia and the Coronation of President Rhett I Beauregard in 2403 by the Chief Justice of the Non-Denominational Church.

    To understand the Council of Columbia, one must first understand the preceding century. With the collapse of society and the beginning of the new middle ages, the South was affected worse than most - the loss of modern conveniences such as air conditioning and pesticides made the climate unbearable for many, while man-made problems, most commonly race wars born out of pre-Event enmities, broke many Southerners off into clannish hubs. By the early 2300s, however, this had begun to see a re-integration of society into many hundreds of small polities, all proudly independent. The South, however, soon came under a new threat in the form of the Tchaktaw, the first of many nomadic peoples from the west, predating the New Israelites. Tchaktaw raids and conquests pushed in as far as Augusta and Columbia, even threatening the coastal cities of Savannah and Charleston. Tchaktaw conquests, however, proved to have less staying power, and soon they were integrated into the local population, ultimately being subsumed into the Southern culture. This did, however, create many new, powerful polities, the most substantial of which was the State of Georgia under the House of Beauregard.

    Over the last three decades of the 2300s, the Beauregards expanded the power and influence, taking the important cities of Savannah, Atlanta, Columbus, and Augusta, while their seat remained at the centrally-located Macon. They expanded north, absorbing South Carolina and protecting the Chief Justice’s city of Charleston, and even held the far-off District Supervisors of Montgomery and Raleigh under their dominion. In a bid to curry favor with the newly-elected District Supervisor who had fallen victim to mob politics in Washington, Governor Rhett Beauregard placed the city under siege and secured the Chief Justice’s position. Three years later, the Council of Columbia declared that Rhett Beauregard and his line would hereafter be crowned the Presidents of Georgia, and hold in trust the lands from “the Mississippi to the James.” Such a declaration was far grander than the Beauregards’ holdings, but the unprecedented power of the Beauregards in the South had thrust it into the “Beauregardian Renaissance” and brought learning and culture back into the South.

    The 2400s saw the golden age of the Beauregards come to a close as the empire steadily militarized; the many western territories, to protect against nomadic invaders, were reorganized as small marches, which would go on to give Mississippi it’s martial character. The Appalachian regions, culturally aloof and impossibly difficult to control, began to break away, as it was simply too difficult for the Presidents to go into the mountains and dislodge the inhabitants. N’awleens and Washington, those two great thessalocracies, ate away at the coasts of Georgia, with the Gullahs of the Sea Islands rising up against the Beauregards and even killing a President in 2471 - with the assistance of the United States.

    The House of Beauregard would ultimately fail in 2492, and see the splintering of the Georgian heartlands. The Carolinas would each fall under the dominion of one of the brothers of the last First Lady of Georgia, while the newly-formed Commonwealth of Mississippi would expand and push the Georgian borders back from Montgomery. Georgia itself, though still large and wealthy, was divided into several competing counties, with no less than five families holding the Presidency between 2492 and 2540, when the biggest shock of all came. Ted Flannagan, a mercenary captain with acknowledged African blood, would usurp the title of President, theoretically making him second only to the Chief Justice within the realms of the American Non-Denominational Church.

    Flannagan, despite his participation in a watershed moment for Southern history, was unable to establish a lasting line in Georgia. That would take until 2569, when Solon Venerable would take the throne. He would only be able to secure the stability of his realm, however, by making a deal with the Supreme Court, whereby he forewent the title of President in favor of Governor, renouncing Georgia’ unique place in the sun of the Non-Denominational Church. The Venerables, however, would be able to restore Georgia’s great power - in the 2590s, they retook Montgomery from the Mississippians, and launched several successful campaigns against the Gullahs. Most notably, Savannah would grow tremendously under their patronage, surpassing her traditional superior, Charleston, in size and wealth.

    The Venerables could not last forever, however, and the disastrous drowning of Governor Wallace II Venerable in the campaigns against the Cajuns would see the rise of the powerful and respected House of Spratt, who were traditionally serving as the Marcher Lords of the Appalachians. From their base in Atlanta, where they protected the District Supervisor, the Spratts would expand their power outwards not through war, but through marriage. As a result, the last two centuries have seen Georgia’s power expand softly. Though North and South Carolina are not bound to Georgia directly, the marriages and titles held mean that they fall under the sway of Georgia more often than not. Cultivating positive relationship with both the United States and Louisiana, meanwhile, has been important in maintaining Georgia’s wealth and keeping the textiles they produce on the market. Most importantly, Georgia, with the support of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, has been the primary bulwark against Ohio’s power in the Supreme Court, a powerful advocate for the South in the religious realm.

    The People of Georgia

    In many ways, the Georgians are the consummate Southerners. They are deeply religious, immensely prideful, honor-obsessed, and stubbornly independent. The clannish nature of the South for centuries after the Event has never quite gone away, even as they have come to inhabit far more sophisticated political and cultural structures. As a result, local customs and local rivalries are common in Georgia, which has resulted in the development of the “Founding Fathers” culture of the region, where nearly every village and town has a legendary hero or two who helped found the village, the Commonwealth, or the whole Non-Denominational Church. These legends make up the foundation of the rich Georgian literary tradition, which goes back to the days of the Beauregardian Renaissance. While Georgia does not have the musical tradition that Mississippi does, Mississippian Troupes have become common in Georgia, where they have found a rich culture of poetry, heroic stories, and travelogues.

    The nobility of Georgia reflect the same kind of Southern Gentility that those of Mississippi do. They are expected to be hospitable and respectful, deferent to social superiors, well-spoken and well-mannered, and willing to defend their honor. The Southern Vendetta, always couched in an aggrieved innocence, is practically and art form amongst the Georgians, and colors many of their interactions with outside nations. Georgian nobles are expected to be Warrior-Gentlemen, their wives, sisters, and daughters charming hostesses, and their serfs productive Christians.

    While debt slavery is a fact of life in Georgia just as it is in Mississippi and other Southern nations, in Georgia the presence of urban areas has spurred on a more well-developed economic system. Debt slavery, referred to in Georgia as Indentured Servitude, takes the form of loans which are contracted through official moneylenders, and put into contracts. In this manner, peasants are not bound to the same land for generations, and can move to some extent. This means that villages can expand into towns, and that nobles must put in some amount of effort to make staying on their land attractive to the commoners.

    It is important to mention one culture which does not lay entirely within Georgia’s borders - the Gullah. A people with a strange language and intimate knowledge of the seas along the Atlantic Coast, the Gullahs have long been a thorn in the side of the Georgians. They often seek independence from both Augusta and Washington, and have played the two sides off of one another for centuries. Yet they are also some of the finest sailors and navigators in the Non-Denominational world, and their presence in the cities of Savannah and the Georgian Coast have gone a long way in ensuring the rise of those regions as mercantile centers.

    The Economy and Cities of Georgia

    Georgia’s economy lives and dies on her production of cotton and textiles. Though cotton is not the only good produced in Georgia - timber, tobacco, and dyes also come from her fields - cotton textiles are the only value-added product that comes out of Georgia, and is the lifeblood of the cities of the Georgian coast. Most of the textiles are spun in Augusta, the largest and wealthiest city of Georgia, from which it is transported either east to Savannah, Beaufort, Sapelo, or Brunswick, where it can be traded with the many cities along the coast, or west, where it can enter the Mississippi trade routes and go either to N’awleens or Saint Louis.

    Augusta, the largest city of Georgia, is also the largest and most important city in the South. From N’awleens to Baltimore, no city in the region can match Augusta in size, at over 150,000 people, nor in importance to the economy or culture of the region. The University of Augusta is the most well-regarded university in the whole of the South, founded by members of the Beauregard Dynasty over 300 years ago, and continues to produce many of the finest minds in the South. Augusta’s architecture is well-known for being the product of the late Venerable Dynasty, with telltale close columns, balconies, quatrefoil flourishes, and brightly-colored stucco exteriors. Augusta is the home to a massive amount of cotton spinners, dyers, and weavers, and their products are known throughout the Non-Denominational world.

    The cities of the Georgian coast, dominated by Savannah, are equally as important. Fed by the many long, navigable rivers of Georgia, these cities are well-placed along trade routes between the Gulf, the Caribbean, and the Northeast to take advantage of the many merchants sailing these routes. For several centuries, these cities have enjoyed large degrees of autonomy from the Presidents and later Governors of Georgia, while also receiving their protection. The result of this is that the Georgian Coast is one of the wealthiest regions in the South, and contributes heavily to the Governor’s coffers. Savannah is chief among these cities, but the cities of Beaufort, Sapelo, and Brunswick have also grown to not insignificant sizes and become important parts of the local trade network.

    Meanwhile, Columbus is the last major city of Georgia, where the city’s strategic location on the Chattahoochee River has allowed it to play a similar role to Savannah in funneling cotton trade south towards the Gulf. Columbus has always sat in the shadow of Augusta, Montgomery, and Mobile, and is perhaps better known for its impressive Hippodrome and the many horse races that take place there. Macon and Atlanta, while not major cities in their own right, also deserve mentions. Macon, the old capital of the Beauregard Presidents, still shows signs of their power, with a massive cathedral housing an impressive dome and collection of mosaics, as well as a powerful fortress. Atlanta, meanwhile, is the seat of Georgia’s District Supervisor, and serves as the location of many pilgrimages in Georgia itself.
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    The First Heresy: American Evangelism
  • The First Heresy: American Evangelism


    "And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

    The American Non-Denominational Church did not, in fact, begin as a church. Rather, it began as a series of regulations.

    As society began to regress, the United States government desperately sought to put a pretty face on things and assure the public that everything was just fine, thank-you-very-much. The need was particuarly pressing in certain houses of worship where religious leaders were whipping their flocks into a fervor over the coming end of days. Therefore, Congress passed a bill to better regulate and analyze these churches.

    Unfortunately, as so often happens with well-meaning regulation, the bill had precisely the opposite effect of what was intended. Though most parishioners simply shrugged their shoulders and tried to get on with the busy work of surviving the slow degradation of industrial society, those churches that made the legislation necessary in the first place were up in arms. They saw this (not entirely wrongly) as a violation of their freedom of religion, and evidence of a tyrannical government and the end of days. Their cries of secession, of armed resistance, and of repentance drew many followers to their cause.

    The regions where the American Evangelist movement found the most success were two of the regions harmed the most by the transition to the new middle ages, namely the South and the Great Plains. In the south, the loss of air conditioning and effective disease control in the nigh-on tropical climate made the decline in standards of living intolerable, while in the great plains the break down in infrastructure due to the vast distances involved made life very difficult. The Evangelists in these states led the movement to cut ties with the federal government - however, unable to solve the problems that created the rise of the Evangelists in the first place, the state governments found themselves fracturing to secession-minded Evangelists, forcing them to turn back to the federal government for help. In response to the increasing radicalism of the Evangelists, the government expanded its control over non-rebellious churches, eventually leading to the establishment of the American Non-Denominational Church.

    The theology of the Evangelists was not unified, naturally, but most churches shared common threads. All agreed in the evil of the Federal government, and that the end times were either here or rapidly approaching. They were extremely traditionalist, rejecting many of modern society’s cultural advances and turning toward the Old Testament for guidance. They held that American Evangelists were the new nation of Israel. Many were prohibitionist. Speaking in tongues was extremely popular. By far the most famous convention, however, was that of snake handling. Snake handling was a centuries-old practice by this point, but it gained new life with the rise of the Evangelists. Anti-Evangelist commentators have derided this practice, claiming that snake handling was proof of diabolic influence. The Evangelists themselves did not see it this way of course, believing that by handling the serpents and coming away unharmed they were proving that God was giving them the power to overcome evil.

    While the Evangelist movement would enjoy tremendous success in the early days of the new medieval era, its inherently atomizing nature kept it from building a solid power base. Small communities rallied behind their local revival preacher and then conflicted not only with the crumbling state governments but with other churches and Evangelist communities over often petty doctrinal difference. The power vacuum allowed the US to re-assert itself in less radical communities. What the newly-established Baltimore government lacked in direct power projection it more than made up for in political guile and the soft power it exercised through its emerging thalassocracy.

    The Evangelist movement began to collapse. This collapse was made final by the Tchaktaw Wars. The Tchaktaw themselves subscribed to a branch of Evangelism, albeit one flavored by their Indian heritage. The suffering caused by the Tchaktaw caused many sympathetic to the Evangelist cause to turn against it, leading to the rise of strong central governments friendly to the Non-Denominational Church. The emergent Cowboy Hordes believed that Evangelism’s emphasis on the new testament made the Tchaktaw soft, beginning the shift towards New Israelism.

    The most obvious legacy of the Evangelist movement is the Non-Denominational Church itself. Ironically, their militancy led to exactly what they feared: the federal government seizing control over religious worship. Indeed, the struggle with Evangelism has informed the Church’s outlook and theology, namely in its emphasis on the importance of Union: the Union of the Trinity, the Union of the Church, and the Union of the Nation.

    While Evangelism is highly illegal in the Non-Denominational world, it continues to enjoy adherents in the backwoods of the South and influence the way Southerners perceive Christianity; indeed, just about every major Southron heresy to date has been in some degree inspired by the American Evangelists.
    Federal Privlege
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    Federal Privilege

    East of the Appalachians, Federal Law means nothing and edicts from Baltimore are worth less than the parchment or paper they are written on. However, along the Atlantic Seaboard, where Federal Ships laden with soldiers and goods from the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond, sail just offshore, the President in Baltimore has enough sway to have at least some privileges.

    Where the local authority is extremely weak, the Chesapeake government will often just seize land as was the case in Florida, New York, New England and the Canadian Maritimes. However where the local warlords can recapture a city before the American Navy can reinforce or relieve a siege, the Federal Government has managed a compromise. Federal Quarters exist in many eastern cities. The splitting of a city into two different areas with differing control has allowed both warlords and the Chesapeake government to share cities and not have to ruin them in constant siege/resiege. In Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Providence and Boston the Federal Government has walled off a section of city and dock for itself. These areas act as separate cities in and of themselves with markets and churches of their own. They have their own taxes and own city guards and even their own separate mayors. In Boston and Providence, the seat of the District Supervisor lies outside the Federal Quarter.

    Another Federal privilege is the draft. Theoretically the Federal Government has the right of recruiting any citizen across the country, Peasant and Noblemen alike. This is very seldom used on Noblemen, they generally resent being pressed into service. However, with permission and compensation to local warlords (officially known as the Selective Service Federal Grant), Federal Recruiters will take the most unruly and disliked peasants and press them into service in the American Navy. Many young spare sons will chose to take up this service voluntarily. The prospect of adventuring in far off lands gives these young men the opportunity for advancement that normally aren't available to them in the densely populated Eastern Seaboard. This provides much needed population relief in an area of the country free of Cowboy Invasions and large scale war.
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    That Most Peculiar Institution: Southern Society and Economics
  • That Most Peculiar Institution: Southern Society and Economics

    The South is the most prototypically medieval region of the former United States. Here more then anywhere, traditions of chivalry, of honor, of nobility are upheld. What this inevitably means, of course, is upholding a rigid class system where society's "betters" are segregated from the lowly. Below is a general overview of the social structure of the South.

    Much like the Almighty, Churchmen exist both above and beyond the normal order of Southron society. Theoretically, the priests are loyal only to God and the Supreme Court. The truth can vary wildly depending on the time and place. Many Baptist-leaning nobles worry that the priesthood's loyalty to the Nondenominational Church also translates to a loyalty towards the secular authorities of the United States. While the interests President and the Court do occasionally align, more often then not they are at odds: there is a reason the secular seat of government is in Baltimore while the Supreme Court resides in the District of Columbia. Since the priesthood is generally drawn from the second sons of local nobility, and due to the Church's emphasis on the sanctity of government, most of the time the priesthood is fully supportive of their liege. The priesthood makes up less than 1 percent of the South's population.

    The Mastery sit at the top of Southron society. These are the nobility, those believed to be of good blood from old families who can often draw their lineages back to the Colonial period and venerable Patriot-Saints. Fundamentally, all nobles are believed to be created equal - but of course, some are more equal than others. Nevertheless, though the lower nobility is bound to the higher nobility by their obligations and notions of respect, the highest gentlemen are severely limited in power by a complex networks of etiquette and ritual and the belief in equality between the gentlemen. This represents the perennial shortcoming of the South, and prevents the consolidation of truly strong states. Due to the decentralized nature of the South, the nobility makes up a larger percentage of the population than anywhere else in Medieval America

    First Families
    The First Families or the 'Guvnas' are the greatest of the South, who possess storied histories and vast tracts of land: the Lees, the Flannagans, the Washingtons, the Duvals, the Jeffersons and Hemings, to name but a few. They usually represent the executives of a given nation. This, combined with the fact that they can often trace their lineages back to Patriot-Saints, marks the First Families as semi-divine. They expected to uphold an example of Southern nobility for the rest to follow. Though occasionally the houses of lower nobility may rise to the rank of a First Family, the First Families will never truly fall to the level of lower nobility: even if a Jackson were a homeless pauper on the street of Charleston, he would be accorded with a tremendous amount of respect by all he comes in contact with. The First Families call upon hordes of serfs, hosts of vassals, and even entire nations.

    Below the First Families are the gentlemen. These are the nobles of middling pedigree, of middling holdings, and of middling means. Exactly how middling can vary widely. The gentlemen makes up the core of the mastery, ruling over smaller localities and holding allegiance pledge from smaller land holders. A gentleman often has several planters pledging allegiance to him, and a goodly number of serfs at his disposal.

    The Planters are the lowest of the landed masters, and are often the descendants of Knights awarded land by their master. They rule over the many individual plantations that are not directly owned by the Masters. Technically, any master that directly owns land is a Planter, and Planters are occasionally referred to as "Yeoman Planters" to draw a distinction.

    Landless Masters
    Landless Masters are the lowest rung of the Mastery. Most landless Masters are landless knights or the sons of knights, while some are those awarded with honorific titles by higher nobility. The lowest of the landless masters are the Overseers, who are essentially serf-knights, landless and hereditarially pledged to a plantation. overseers may be drawn either from Freemen hoping for a chance at advancement when the militia is not recruiting or debt slaves.

    Freemen are the highest level of peasantry. The most common occupation for freemen is that of yeoman, paying rent to a planter for the use of some of his land. Other freemen work as artisans in guilds, or as merchants. Those freemen who become very wealthy or powerful may be granted a title by the mastery. Alternatively, a freeman hoping to advance his standing may enlist directly in the militia as a Private in the hopes of eventual promotion to Knighthood, or if the militia is not recruiting he may be forced to seek work as an Overseer.

    Debt Slaves
    Debt slaves make up the largest portion of the Southern population, and are essential to its labor intensive agriculture. In the early days of the new Medieval era, some southerners revived the peculiar institution of chattel slavery. When the Church finally managed to reassert itself across the south, it pushed those who pledged it allegiance to phase out the practice once more. This posed a massive problem for the south and the nation at large who needed vast numbers of laborers who were willing to work for basically nothing. A compromise was reached by the Court in the case of Boyd v. Peaks. Boyd was a Southern gentleman who had imprisoned Peaks, a free tenant farmer, for his inability to pay off his debt. Peaks argued that his condition was essentially slavery, and that debt slavery was illegal. The Court ruled that debt could be considered tantamount to theft, and therefore enslavement was legal under the 13th Amendment, assuming a state passed a law equating debt to slavery. Just like that, the floodgates were opened, and Medieval America rebuilt itself around debt slavery.

    The number of debt slaves varies from state to state. In some states the number is zero, as debt was never equated to theft. The number tends to average around 50% in the American South, jumping as high as 60% in South Carolina. Though the Supreme Court ruled that debt slaves were still afforded certain basic human rights, they left much of their treatment up to state discretion. The treatment tends to be at its worst in the South. The favored example is that of the right of First Night, by which a Southron master has the right to have carnal knowledge of a female debt slave upon her first night of marriage; most horrifyingly of all, if a child is resultant it is legally considered the son of the debtor, and therefore subject to their debt. Even in the South, however, there is a hierarchy among debt slaves.

    Sharecroppers occupy the highest rung of debt slaves, and are afforded the most rights. They rent their own home on the plantation grounds, and are expected to work the Master's fields and submit some additional form of tribute. But for the most part, they are left to their own devices, free to cultivate their own plot of land and even pursue specialized trades. A sharecropper may even gain his freedom by two principal means: one, he may buy his own freedom from his master, or two, he may escape to a town or city in another municipality without being caught for a year, at which point he is legally free. This latter method seldom works, however, as Slave Catchers prowl much of the south, and a Sharecropper may expect a severe beating if he is caught and returned. Sharecroppers are tied to the land, and may not be directly traded.

    Indentures are those slaves who are so deeply indebted to their masters that they must work for them directly, not even renting their own strip of land. Generally, these are the second sons of Sharecroppers. They live in communal cabins, and only by demonstration of an extremely high level of loyalty or skill can they hope to be advanced. Indentures are not tied to the land but to their Master personally, and their debt (and by extension their personage) may be freely bought and sold.

    Ironically, the lowest rung of Southron society are not the slaves: at a minimum, the slaves are offered fairly fertile fields for their own sustenance and protection by their master. The Crackers are those that exist outside of the confines of Southron society: the hillbillies, the Melungeons, the hoboes, the Gullah, the swampfolk. They are offered few protections by the laws of the South, and are subject to harsh discrimination. They usually live in the harshest and least fertile regions, and live the most destitute lives. Many resort to beggary, brigandry, or piracy.
    Summary of American Government
  • Alright, so to summarize-

    -Presidents adopt the name of former Presidents upon their ascension to the Resolute Desk. This tradition began with "George Washington II", an admiral who at some point after years of emergency government and confusion managed to save the last vestiges of the federal government outside the church from total ruination. He drafted the Articles of Emergency, which outline how the government should function for the duration of the Regression.

    -Counter to White's assertion, the Senate does not operate as the legislature of the United States. Rather, it serves primarily as an ecclesiastical body due to the Senate's control over judicial matters. Half of the Senators are the District Supervisors, the other half are clergymen appointed by the sovereigns of each District Supervisory. The Western Senators are half appointed by the Chief Justice with the Senate acting as a rubber stamp, the other half by the President with Senatorial approval. Both are taken from the "Courts-in-Exile" of the Western states, those descended from the old Westerners.

    -The Supreme Court is elected by the Senate with the President acting as a rubber stamp in a reversal of current policy. Similarly, the District Supervisories are filled by the Supreme Court with the President as a rubber stamp.

    -The House serves as America's primary legislature, with each representative elected by landholders in territories directly administered by the USA.

    -Due to the suspension of the Electoral College in the election of Presidents (I would like to see it somehow repurposed however), after Election Day the vote is automatically thrown to Congress. The House elects the President and the Vice President is elected by the Senate. The appointment of the President is a life term, and the Vice President only administers the nation until the next Election Day. The President is sworn in by the Chief Justice.

    -The District Supervisors are seated in old State Capitals, and the actual Federal Court Districts are equivalent to Bishops. Circuit Courts of Appeals exist not to administer the clergy but purely to ajudicate and kick decisions up to the Supreme Court.

    Anything I've missed?
    The Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
  • The Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

    The Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was established towards the dawn of the 21st century by the Federal Government to preserve the culture and history of the Gullah people. The Gullah are an ancient people, the direct descendants of slaves in the Carolina Sea Islands who preserved their African culture in splendid isolation. However, the relentless advance of modernity threatened to finally drive the Gullah to extinction until a reprieve was offered by the Regression. As the condos and pleasure towns that were overtaking the Sea Islands fell into disrepair, the Gullah moved back in, cultivating rice and fishing the seas as they had for centuries prior.

    However, the rise of Evangelist warlords threatened the renewed isolation of the Gullah. The effective reintroduction of slavery by the Evangelists led to raids on Gullah settlements, and some maritime warlords even attempted to conquer the Sea Islands. The Gullah were not powerful enough to fight these oppressors by themselves, and they badly needed allies.

    After nearly three centuries of chaos, the Federal government began to re-assert itself under the leadership of the admiral called George Washington II, whose true name has been lost to history. He drafted the Articles of Emergency in cooperation with the Supreme Court, and sought to lay the groundwork for the re-unification of the country. To this end, he looked to the South. The South was not only beyond the control of the Federal government, but beyond the grasp of the Federal church. To assuage the worries of the Supreme Court, he promised to bring the South to heel.

    The Admiral closely followed the Union’s war plan during the Civil War. While the US navy was too weak to capture the Gulf, the sea islands of the Carolinas were well in its reach. The US justified its conquest of much of this outlying territory through the existence of the Gullah/Geechee Historical Corridor, arguing that the Southern states had neglected their stewardship of the Gullah people and that the US must step in.

    The Gullah for their part were of two minds when it came to accepting federal rule. On the one hand, the US were perceived as saviors from Southron oppression just as they had been during the Civil War, and the Nondenominational notions of the US as God’s chosen kingdom that would bring liberty to all of the downtrodden appealed to them immensely. On the other hand, joining such a cosmopolitan state as the United States would mean that the splendid isolation the Gullah enjoyed would be forever ended, and that they would be thrown into the maritime melting point.

    In the end, the Gullah had little choice, and most communities sided with the US navy. The US used its bases along the Southron coast down to Jacksonville to aid its inland allies and choke the Evangelists. With the Tchaktaw invasions and the rise of House Beauregard, one of the Admiral’s last acts was to finally divide the coasts of the South between the US and Georgia. This reduced the extent of the Gullah-Geechee Corridor from the entirety of the Lowcountry to a select few islands and territories. The exact size of the Corridor has waxed and waned over the years with wars and diplomacy. Today, it consists of three Districts: the District of Augustine, the District of Darien, and the District of Beaufort. Each District sends a number of Representatives to Congress and is ruled by a Governor. The Corridor as a whole is ruled by the Chief Governor in Jacksonville.

    Today, the Gullah are scattered between Federal districts and the coast still held by the states. Many of their fears about throwing in with the US government and the Church have been confirmed, with many of their traditions being watered down and their isolation forgotten for a culture of farfarers sailing form Newfoundland to New Orleans. On the other hand, they have managed to preserve much of their culture, even spreading it into the American and indeed Church mainstream. The Gullah are constantly playing the States and the Federal Government off each other to preserve their fragile independence.
    The State of South Carolina
  • State of South Carolina


    • System of Government: Feudal Monarchy
    • Head of state: Governor, the eldest son of the previous governor
    • Population: 1,100,000
    • Religion: Nondenominational Christianity
    • Totemic Symbol: Palmetto Tree
    South Carolina is a state with many enemies, but asking is governor to focus on one would be a nearly impossible task. Perhaps its greatest enemy is the Federal Government. Federal traders and their Gullah allies at times run roughshod over the lowcountry of the state, threatening the Governor’s ability to profit from the great port of Charleston. There are also the North Carolinians, who have many times attempted to gain control over the South and united the Carolinas into a single Confederacy. There are the conniving and snooty Georgians who believe that they have the right to govern the whole of Dixie. The perpetual threat of raiders out of the Appalachians and the swamp country may not pose a major threat to the governor’s power but continuously sap the tax dollars that his vassals are able to kick up to Columbia. And, of course, there are the vassal nobles themselves, proud and independence-minded to a fault.

    Centuries ago, a newly independent South Carolina was torn apart by local nobles who fell under the sway of American Evangelism. Though the Governor himself once openly professed his faith at a snake-handling revival, governors since increasingly sought to use the tools of the Federal Church to maintain their grip on power. Following the Tchaktaw Wars, which saw South Carolina raided by Evangelist proto-New Israelites, Columbia’s control beyond its immediate surrounding was largely shattered. It would take the efforts of the US Navy and the Georgian Army to once again restore order to the Palmetto State. In 2492, a thousand years after Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the two Carolinas were freed from Georgian rule and granted to the brothers of Georgia’s first lady. North and South Carolina fell under the rule of Felix and Virgil Hobbs respectively.

    The Hobbs dynasty ruled South Carolina much as the Georgians had, patronizing the arts and doing the slow work of centralizing the counties. However, vassals resented what they saw as the rule of of tyrannical and foreign governors. Things finally came to a head in 2540 when Ted Flannagan, a mercenary captain of African blood, ascended to the Presidency of Georgia. The South Carolina Hobbses had been some of the most enthusiastic upholders of the South’s renewed racial hierarchy. Flannagan’s ascension inspired black South Carolinians and emboldened the Nondenominational Church to take a much stronger stance against racism, citing Paul’s affirmation of the unity of mankind under Jesus Christ alongside the 14th Amendment. Georgia lent aid to South Carolina’s disgruntled nobles and blacks, while the US lent aid to its historic Gullah allies (which ended up spilling over into the lowcountry of Georgia). The Hobbses were overthrown and replaced by the local and part-black Isley dynasty. North Carolina’s Hobbses would pass away more gracefully some two centuries later, succeeded by a cadet branch.

    These many centuries later, South Carolina is ruled by Governor Bluejay I Hayward. Bluejay presides over one of the most agrarian nations on the east coast. South Carolina holds the dubious distinction of holding more serfs than any state this side of the Great Plains. South Carolina seldom fights wars, many of its young men striking out west to join the military orders that fight against the Cowboy Hordes. The only military conflicts are the perpetual low-level skirmishes with raiders and rebellious vassals. For the time being, Bluejay has aligned himself with Georgia to protect against Federal influence in the lowcountry. But who’s to say what the future holds? Those who sit the Palmetto Throne are infamous for their hot bloodedness, and no South Carolinian can stand to be under the yoke of any one master for too long.
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    [Semi-Canon] New Mexico Timeline
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    New Mexico Timeline

    2012: “Age of Aquarius” declared by New Agers across the Southwest, prompting many New Agers from across the country to move to the local New Age communities of Santa Fe, Tumacamori, Arcosanti, Sedona and Roswell.

    2060: New Mexico and Arizona declare independence from the US.

    2150: As infrastructure collapses, Arizona moves the capital from Flagstaff to Phoenix. State control in Arizona and New Mexico wanes beyond the Gila River and the Rio Grande, respectively. The Navajo Nation seizes on the opportunity and began operating as an independent government in those regions far from the rivers.

    2200: A great drought strikes the Southwest, leading to the Californian Warring Period. Likewise in Arizona and New Mexico, a movement of rebellious laypeople known as the “Simpletons” set about destroying what little remains of science and order.

    2205: The New Agers of Tumacacori seize control over Nogales to sure up their declining agricultural output.

    2210: The New Age city-states of Sedona and Arcosanti confederate and capture Flagstaff from government forces. They declare themselves the legitimate government of Arizona. However, Flagstaff stopped being of any importance decades ago, making the move almost entirely symbolic.

    2220: The Navajo Nation invades war-wracked New Mexico to escape the droughts of Dinetah. The Chief of the Navajo, Lorenzo Nez, declares himself the rightful governor of New mexico. The Navajo Nation, having already been influenced by Sedonan missionaries, converts to the New Age in Santa Fe. This is considered the “First Dynasty” by New Age historiographers.

    2230: The Aquarians of Tumacacori take control over the city of Tuscon, which they rename Two Sun. This is the first major city to be taken by the Aquarians of New Mexico.

    2240: The city of Gila, having fallen under the sway of the Cult of the Gila Monster, rebels against the government in Phoenix. They appeal to New Mexico for aid.

    2250: The sovereigns of Sedona, Gila and Two Sun converge on Phoenix and raze the city, and the New Age is left as the official religion of Arizona. However, unable to answer who should ascend the governorship, the Aquarian War begins.

    2300: Two Sun comes out on top and unites Arizona.

    2330: The Dineh begin resettling Dinetah, bringing New Mexico into conflict with Arizona.

    2340: Governor Fighting Hawk of Arizona conquers the Pecos Country and Sacred Roswell, driving the Pecos Horsemen to Oklahoma.

    2350: Fighting Hawk invades Arizona. The three lands are united under New Mexico, and the Dineh Confederacy is declared. This is the Second Dynasty.

    2400: The first pyramids are constructed.

    2425: The Third Dynasty begins, and the capital is moved to Santa Fe.

    2500: The Fourth Dynasty begins, and the capital is moved to Gila.

    2570: The Fifth Dynasty begins, and the capital is returned to Albuquerque.

    2580: New Mexico seizes the San Luis valley from the Kuluradi, giving it control over the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

    2600: The Great Pyramids of Albuquerque are constructed.

    2640: New Mexico is sacked by Okie cowboys, forcing them to pay tribute. The Arizonans, seeing this as a great indignity, launch a rebellion.

    2650: A Vegasite dynasty - the Sixth Dynasty - gains control over the Confederacy. The Arizonan Revolt is briefly quelled.

    2680: The third president of the Vegasite dynasty is murdered, and the Seventh Dynasty begins.

    2690: The President launches punitive raids against the Okies and succeeds.

    2710: With the loss of New Mexico’s army invading Vegas, the Confederacy is thrown into chaos.

    2730: The Gray President attempts to make radical reforms of the Confederacy. This marks the beginning of the Eighth Dynasty. The capital is moved to Truth or Consequences, and the religion is radically reformed to the chagrin of the temple priests.

    2740: The Gray President struggles to fend off renewed raids by the Okies.

    2745: Weakened by the Okie raids, Arizona and El Paso breaks free from New Mexico. The Gray President is killed by his army and the Ninth Dynasty is declared. The Gray President’s son is spirited away to Roswell. The soldiers of Arizona follow - though the boy and his mother are reported killed, rumor has it that they fled further east and joined the Okies.

    2800: Arizona conquers El Paso.

    2950: Colonel Bill Cisneros of Phoenix ascends the throne of Arizona and conquers New Mexico, beginning the Tenth Dynasty, the current ruling dynasty of New Mexico.

    2975: Bill Cisneros dies. His sons race from Albuquerque to Roswell to claim the throne. The losers are strangulated.
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    Confederacy of New Mexico: Internal Relations I
  • Confederacy of New Mexico: Internal Relations I

    New Mexico is a Confederacy, but not just within the land once known as New Mexico: rather, it is a league between the sovereign states of Arizona, Dinetah, and of course New Mexico, each presided over by a Chief. But then there is the fact that the President of the Confederacy is afforded almost unlimited power as a living manifestation of the gods, his residence in New Mexico essentially making it first among equals. But even this image of the President as an unchallenged and omnipotent deity is often complicated by reality.

    Below is a survey of the complex relations of power within the New Mexican state, beginning with those regions that are not fully integrated into the Confederacy..

    The Borderlands

    Nogales is one of the most historic of the New Age. This was city captured by the Aquarians of Tumacacori in the Great Drought of the 200s, and it was with this power base that they launched the conquest of Two Sun - the first major city of Arizona to be conquered by the New Agers. Nevertheless, Nogales lay at the edge of effective New Mexican control, with the President in Albuquerque so far and the Broncos so near. Though it is technically a Commune within the Confederacy, it is not classed as a part of Arizona, and the Communarch often acts as an independent sovereign.

    Nogales serves primarily as New Mexico’s main over-land route to the Mexican Empire itself, as well as serving as the main trade post for the many northern tribes. This has meant the people of Nogales have been influenced by the morose cult of the Santa Muerte, giving its people a reputation for harboring bad vibes.

    In times of stability, camel-jockeys may travel unabated from Nogales to the city of Tumacacori, and then from there to the metropolis of Two Sun. In times of instability, however, tribal raiders come from out of the hills that encircle the Santa Cruz valley. To the east are the Pinemen of the Canelo Hills. Enthusiastic worshippers of the Santa Muerte, they are known to crucify lost travelers to bring the rain. To the west are the Patagones of the Patagonian hills. They are a Chihuahuan tribe, riding around on pusbikes and occasionally raiding caravans. They have an animistic religion that worships the sky islands as conduits to the divine.

    Grand Canyon

    Being a site of natural majesty, it is no surprise that the Grand Canyon has taken on a holiness to the Aquarians of New Mexico. They believe that it Though the President in Albuquerque would certainly like to hold the canyon under his direct control, the distances involved make it nearly impossible. Control over Dinetah is difficult enough, fractured and arid landscape that it is. The Grand Canyon lay at the very edge of what the President may exercise anything resembling sovereignty. Thus, the country is not assigned to a Communarch as truly integrated provinces are but by a War Chief who reports to the Communarch of Flagstaff.

    But even the War Chief from his seat in the cliff-pueblo of Grand Canyon Village has trouble controlling the Grand Canyon. The tribes that call the canyon home are known to be wild. Descended from tourists, park rangers, and a smattering of natives, when the Regression came these tribals quickly devolved into abject savagery - idolatry, inbreeding, cannibalism. They spent and still spend most of their time fighting petty wars with one another. Occasionally, the constantly battling tribes will confederate and direct their fury upon the peoples who live near to the Canyon. The Great Drought of the 200s prompted the most wide-ranging raids yet, reaching as far as Vegas and Flagstaff. The Navajo took to calling them the Anasazi, as a reference to the half-legendary race of ancient barbarians they once did battle with. They themselves adopted embraced the name.

    The Anasazi are death-cultists. They believe that they are already dead, and that they died during the Regression. They believe the chasm is the pit of hell, and it is their duty to serve the diabolical gods that dwell in the chasms and caves of the canyon by bringing them sacrifices. When they die a second time, they join the ranks of the demons of the canyons and, if they lived a good life (meaning a life of revelry and successful raids), they may be remembered not only generally but by name as gods. Though the cult developed in relative isolation from the Santa Muerte, they have adopted her as one of their chief deities.

    The Vegasites were the first people to subdue these tribes by waging a genocidal campaign of extermination. In the 2500s a peace was drawn up and the Anasazi that forced them to pledge sovereignty to Vegas, to send men to serve as auxiliaries in his army, and to mellow their violent religion. Following the fall of Vegas in the 28th century, the Anasazi resumed warring with one another, but eventually the Aquarians arrived and imposed their rule over them. Though the War-Chief does his best to exact tribute and maintain order, the countless crags and ravines have allowed the Anasazi to maintain much of their old way of life, albeit much toned down from the pre-Vegasite conquest era.

    Lower Gila

    The Gila Valley is not a single state but a series of independent townships stretching from Gila Bend to Dome. They exist at the crossroads between New Mexico and Bajo Colorado, and are often divided as to which side they have more in common with. On the one hand, Yuma is so near and Albuquerque is so far. The culture of small-holding independent farmers has more in common with the city states of Bajo Colorado than it does with the despotate of New Mexico. On the other, the inhabitants of the Gila Valley are largely of the New Age, worshipping the Gila Monster as their patron deity. For the time being Bajo Colorado is weak while New Mexico is strong, so the Gilites pay their tribute to the communarch of Buckeye. The President is currently drafting plans to invade Bajo Colorado through the Gila Valley, though this will no doubt draw in the Californians.

    Western Arizona

    Western Arizona is a desolate land, stretching across the northern Sonora and the Coconino plateau. The people here are pueblo-dwellers and shepherds, much like the nomads of Nevada except not quite so impoverished. The Arizonans shepherds are almost entirely of the New Age, converted long ago by Sedonan mission work. However, this savage country has never been fully integrated into New Mexico. Occasionally the tribes will raid Dinetah and Arizona proper, but for the most part they give slaves and tribute to the Governor of Arizona.


    New Mexico has always had a troubled relationship with the Pecos Valley. While it is very close to the heartland of New Mexico, it is separated by the formidable Sangre de Cristos mountains - historically, these peaks have been considered the spiritual limit of the Navajo nation. Nevertheless, the river is fertile, and its proximity to sacred Carlsbad and Roswell make control of it economically and spiritually vital to the Presidency.

    In the early days of the Regression, it fell under the control of the so-called Pecos Cowboys. The Pecos Cowboys were a tribe of horsemen influenced by the New Age who worshipped the Gray and Roswell, forcing the agricultural people in the region to pay them hefty tribute. In the 2340s, with the aid of Mescalero Indians, then-governor Fighting Hawk conquered the valley and drove most of the horsemen to distant Oklahoma where they would become the Okies. But the valley would remain constantly threatened, both by the Okies and by the other tribes of Texan cowboys. The valley has fallen many times, but the spiritual importance of Roswell means that the Confederacy will always reconquer it sooner or later. With the rise of the Anderson clan and the decline of the Okies and most Texan clans, the valley has enjoyed a relative peace, but the threat always remains that the Andersons will turn their eyes westward.

    The Pecos Valley is governed by its own Sub-Governor.
    [Semi-Canon] Caribbean Religion & History
  • tehskyman

    So here is the general spread of religions as I think of it

    Bahamas will be Non-Denom and might have a District Supervisor. This is because the USA colonized/conquered the area.

    Most of Cuba is Mexican Orthodox. This is the result of a Crusade which Mexico launched against a Voodoo Caribbean Empire.

    Haiti/Western Hispaniola and Jamaica are definitely Voodoo. Most of the Lesser Antilles are also probably Voodoo too.

    The Dominican Republic / Eastern Hispaniola is Santerian/ Non Denom. Maybe Voodoo along the coasts and in the cities.

    Trinidad might be Hindu

    Agrarian Central America is Mexican Catholic, Non Agrarian Central America is various tribal religions which derive from a syncretism of Catholicism and Jungle Paganism

    Yucatan is Mexican Catholic along the Northern and Western Coasts. Mayan/Catholic Syncretism everywhere else.

    Quick Sketch of the Carribeans religion


    Maybe, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador all fall under the influence of a separate Catholic branch. (Colombian Orthodox Church?) This grows the number of Catholic Churches in the Americas to

    1. Quebec
    2. Mexico
    3. Santeria (Caribbean)
    4. Colombia
    5. Andean (Peru)
    6. Chilean
    7. Platanian (Uruguay and Argentina)
    8. Paraguayan? (Paraguay is a very interesting place)
    9. Brazillian ?
    10. Northwestern Brazillian??

    South America is a very big place.

    A first draft history of the Caribbean

    2000s-2300s: The various islands are roughly Catholic. Divergence spreads in the Lesser Antilles and this is where the neo-Voodoo religion grew.

    2300s - 2400s: ???

    At some point there is a Voodoo Caribbean Empire originated in Haiti and conquered most of the Caribbean. They were fairly tolerant at first, this is how Voodoo spread to Louisiana

    2700s: The Mexicans decide to launch a Crusade against the Neo-Mayans and the Voodoo. A couple coastal Neo-Mayan city states are conquered. The second Mexican crusade uses the conquered cities as a launching point to invade the Caribbean Empire.

    The Crusade conquers most of Cuba until the God President of Mexico dies and a civil war erupts in Mexico over who inherits. Cuba is still mostly Catholic at this point.

    This leaves the Free and Sovereign Republic of Cuba which survives until now.

    There might also be an Bahamanian Crusade, launched by the Americans.

    2800s: The Caribbean Empire breaks up.
    [Semi-Canon] A second draft history of the Caribbean
  • A first draft history of the Caribbean

    2000s-2300s: The various islands are roughly Catholic. Divergence spreads in the Lesser Antilles and this is where the neo-Voodoo religion grew.

    2300s - 2400s: ???

    At some point there is a Voodoo Caribbean Empire originated in Haiti and conquered most of the Caribbean. They were fairly tolerant at first, this is how Voodoo spread to Louisiana

    2700s: The Mexicans decide to launch a Crusade against the Neo-Mayans and the Voodoo. A couple coastal Neo-Mayan city states are conquered. The second Mexican crusade uses the conquered cities as a launching point to invade the Caribbean Empire.

    The Crusade conquers most of Cuba until the God President of Mexico dies and a civil war erupts in Mexico over who inherits. Cuba is still mostly Catholic at this point.

    This leaves the Free and Sovereign Republic of Cuba which survives until now.

    There might also be an Bahamanian Crusade, launched by the Americans.

    2800s: The Caribbean Empire breaks up.

    I like what you have done with the religions. It seems reasonable enough though I feel Rastafarianism should definitely have an appearance in the region. Anyways, here is my own ideas for the Caribbean.

    A second draft history of the Caribbean

    2000s-2300s: The various islands are roughly Catholic. Divergence spreads in the Lesser Antilles and this is where the neo-Voodoo religion grew.

    2300s - 2400s: The Americans launch the Bahamian Crusade and conquer the Bahamas as part of a continuation of George Washington II's policies which saw increased American trade, piracy and privateering in the Carribean. Many Gullahs acted as the sailors of the American ships engaging in such maritime actions in the Caribbean. Continued American agitation in the Caribbean causes a collapse in already existing regional powers leaving a power vacuum which the Americans were unable to fill due to their distance.

    2400s-2600s: A Voodoo Caribbean Empire originated in Haiti and conquered most of the Caribbean due to the lack of any regional powers due to American agitation. They were fairly tolerant at first, this is how Voodoo spread to Louisiana. They worked with the Floridians to expel the Americans from the Bahamas.

    2600s: There is a massive civil war within the Carribean Empire that sees much of the Haitian elite replaced by Cubans and a rise in intolerance by the religious establishment. Rastafarianism is heavily persecuted against and followers are driven into the interiors of several islands or flee to Central America. The new ruling elite use their initial zeal to conquer southern Florida, coastal Yucatan, Mosquito Coast and they are even welcomed by the Voodoo population of Louisiana due to persecutions against them and Louisiana is made a tributary. However, the Caribbean Empire would be forced to halt their expansion due to fears of spreading themselves thin.

    2700s: The Mexicans decide to launch a Crusade against the Neo-Mayans and the Voodoo. A couple coastal Neo-Mayan city states are conquered as well as the Caribbean holdings in the Yucatan. The second Mexican crusade uses the conquered cities as a launching point to invade the Caribbean Empire which is dealing with severe bureaucratic issues.

    The Crusade conquers most of Cuba until the God President of Mexico dies and a civil war erupts in Mexico over who inherits. Cuba is still mostly Catholic at this point. Due to the conquest of much of the Cuban lands, many devout Voodoo Cubans flee to Hispaniola and across the Caribbean but the loss of their core territory has heavily shaken the empire and many regions declare independence.

    This leaves the Free and Sovereign Republic of Cuba which survives until now.

    There might also be an Bahamanian Crusade, launched by the Americans.

    2800s: The Caribbean Empire breaks up after a particularly bloody civil war that sees the region engulfed by piracy.
    2900s: The Cubans attempt to seize the Bahamas and Miami but fail.