Here it is, the final part of my Two Americas project. Well, I won't bore you with this stuff, just click download for full view if you want to read the map (courtesy of Confederate Geographic Magazine*).
*Not a real magazine, just a play on National Geographic
---------------------------------------------------------------------------THE TWO AMERICAS ALTERNATE HISTORY PROJECT:
Part I: [link]
Part II: [link]
Part III: You Are Here!
Part IV: [link]
Part V: Coming Soon
America Map: [link]
The United States in the early fifties was a place of great change. The Civil Rights Movement was in full swing by now, and in 1952 it culminated with President Alfred Randolph signing the Civil Rights Act, ensuring equal opportunity and treatment to all minorities in the United States. North America was not the only place of change, in 1954 Great Britain erupted in cheers and celebrations spread into the street as millions worldwide tuned in to their radios to hear about the man they had put on the moon. The most significant change did not come until later that decade. Throughout the mid Twentieth Century the Confederate States had dealt with countless rebellions and terrorist attacks in their West African territories, and more often than not the West African Communist Party was behind it. In 1957 they launched their deadliest attack yet, sparking a chain of events that would change the face of the world forever.
The capital of Confederate West Africa, Davistown, was heavily segregated; a policy strictly enforced by the military. Thousands of West Africans poured into the streets of the White Districts on 14 March 1957, many of them Communists. Inspired by the Civil Rights leaders in the United States, they launched protests aimed at non-violent civil disobedience, but unfortunately not all protesters agreed. Some came armed, which caused tensions with the troops sent in to push the protesters into a nearby park, where they could be surrounded and besieged. Loud fireworks from a nearby neighborhood caused confusion amongst the troops, who opened fire into the crowd, leaving thirty-six dead. This massacre resulted in a wave of riots that rocked Confederate West Africa and eventually sparked the West African Revolution. The rebellion spread into the nearby British and French territories, prompting Great Britain and France to aid the Confederate States.
The fighting was spontaneous and erratic, most of it done by unorganized guerillas who had no goal or anything to gain. The few West Africans that did organize did so well, and three in particular emerged as especially powerful. First was the West African Independence Movement, a paramilitary organization in support of a West African republic. They mostly received their weapons from Italy, and got their funding by raiding plantations and villages in French West Africa. Second was the Tchad Liberation Army, a terrorist organization attempting to united all of western Africa into a single state under their leadership. Their supplies were mostly smuggled in from the Italian Congo. Finally there was the West African Communist Party, which desired to unite West Africa into a communist state. Rather than deal with Italian gun-runners, the West African Communist Party smuggled in equipment from the United States, which gave it a tremendous advantage on the battlefield.
In 1963 the West African Revolution ended and the Republic of West Africa was formed. It was a shaky republic, with corruption rampant in the new government and very little progress being made. For many years the Democratic Party of West Africa ruled the government with an iron fist, but in 1967 a military coup by the West African Communist Party sparked a civil war that lasted a little over a year. In the end, the West African Communist Party stood alone as the only remaining political party, and took power accordingly. The People’s Republic of West Africa became the first united West African state, united beneath the banner of Communism. Despite the oppressive government and poor living conditions, the situation in West Africa began a period of rapid improvement following the rise of the WACP. Tribal feuds were ended and a strict policy of compulsory state-provided education created a new generation of West African that could afford to live a comfortable life. Students were sent abroad to learn what was needed to know in order to modernize West Africa and make it a global power. Technologies purchased from other nations were reverse engineered and modified into unique adaptations more suited to West African needs.
During this same period, the Japanese Federal Empire began a steady road towards collapse. In 1967 Korean rebels occupied Seoul and began the First Korean War of Independence. The war lasted less than two years and cost the Koreans nearly 1.2 million casualties, but a clear message was sent to all Japanese territories. Rebellions began to appear in other territories; a Manchukuo Freedom Organization pushed for an independent Manchurian state; In Laos and Vietnam guerillas attacked ports and railways, disrupting domestic and international trade and costing the Japanese government and corporations large sums of cash; Australians and New Zealanders destroyed Japanese outposts and customs houses, preventing Japanese government officials from receiving information from the Australian Autonomous Region. Despite the various efforts of the rebels, the war was ultimately a failure and the other rebellions could not do sufficient harm to the Japanese to warrant independence (with the exception of Australia and New Zealand, which declared independence and were supported by Great Britain, to which the Japanese could not object).
The United States had been the first nation to recognize the People’s Republic of West Africa, and began lending them support in the form of the Army Corps of Engineers, who helped bring the nation’s infrastructure up to modern standards. The Confederate States accused the USA of secretly supplying West Africa with the facilities needed to refine material for atomic weapons, which had been demonstrated to be possible by the CSA in 1958 (and soon thereafter confirmed by the detonation of a bomb by the USA). The United States denied this allegation, and even invited four high-ranking officers the Confederate Army to investigate the facilities firsthand. When the officers were abducted by terrorists, the CSA accused the USA of treachery and demanded the return of the officers within twenty-four hours, or face open war. An investigation by the United States came up empty handed, and on 12 April 1969 the Third American War began. Rockets were launched by both sides and any border-towns that somehow survived the first two wars were consumed in flames. The trenches that had once stretched from Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of California were now a single heavily-reinforced demilitarized zone, and penetrating them was not a simple feat. Nearly two miles of landmines and sniper-nests made a land invasion impossible, and fortified antiaircraft guns made dropping troops via plane or airship impossible. The only possible route was via sea, and neither nation had neglected to beef up their navy over the years.
As the Caribbean and Atlantic erupted into war, the Pacific did as well. The Second Korean War of Independence began in 1971, and Manchukuo followed soon after. In 1972 China lent its official support to the rebelling territories and later that year invaded Laos and Burma after being asked to liberate them. The United States declared war on China and supplied minimal help to the Japanese effort against the rebels, but ultimately it was unwilling to turn away from its own war with the Confederacy. Once Confederate weapons began appearing in the hands of Korean rebels, Japan declared war on the CSA. Russia pledged its support to Japan, wanting to keep the balance of power in the Pacific from changing, and invaded China in 1973.
By 1973 the People’s Republic of West Africa had built up a powerful military and, with support of local rebel groups, invaded the remaining British and French territories in West Africa. A civil war in Spain provided an alluring opportunity in 1975, and West Africa initiated a police action in Spain. After the anarchy in Spain was quelled, a pro-West African, Communist government was installed, making it nothing more than a puppet state. This upset Italy, which declared war on West Africa and occupied Libya, eventually annexing it. A year later, in 1976, West African agents are reported to have stirred up unrest in the Ottoman Republic, and could possibly even be behind the bloodless coup by the Ottoman Democratic Socialist Party. There are also allegations of West African involvement in the rapid rise of the Socialist Party of Iran, but nothing has been proven. This “Mediterranean War” is sometimes considered a theater of the Third American War, but it is generally accepted that the Third American War ended in 1974 after Japan sued for peace with China and recognized the independence of Korea and Manchukuo. The Mediterranean War did not end until 1977, when Great Britain and France cut their losses and ceded their West African possessions to the People’s Republic of West Africa (with the exception of British West Africa).
After the Third American War came to an end, there was some renewed interest in space and science. The CSA and USA both competed to put more people into orbit for longer times, but in 1975 France became the second nation to place a man on the moon. Japan saw the first network of computers come online a year later, and in 1979 put its own man on the moon. Not wanting to fall behind in the space race, the USA and CSA created a North America Space Administration and place four astronauts on the moon in 1981. While the two Americas put men on the moon and continued to grow closer, South America exploded. Nobody is entirely sure how or why it did, but in 1982 the Latin War began. A bloody conflict lasting until 1995, it would completely reshape South America, forming the United States of Latin America and Gran Colombia (with French support). In Europe, France began a process of decolonization starting in 1985 when it granted independence to French Angola and French Nambia. The two African nations, along with Gran Colombia, joined the French Commonwealth, an international organization that allowed the Empire of the French League to protect nations that were important to it or to which it was obligated.
Greece fell into chaos during its 1987 elections when the victorious Greek Communist Party was shown to have won by committing election fraud. Riots exploded across the nation and the Socialist Ottoman Republic initiated a police action to prevent the chaos from spilling into Ottoman territory. Ottoman forces attempted to restore peace, but Italian forces soon appeared and forced them back into their own nation. The Greeks at first welcomed the Italian occupation, as the Italian military brought order to the anarchy. Soon, however, came resentment as the Greek people realized that the occupation was, in all likelihood, permanent. That same year, American President James Hartmouth and Confederate President Jerry Plethers sign the Hartmouth-Plethers pact, essentially a treaty of non-aggression that prevented further acts of open war between the two nations.
As the world began to become a less violent place, old technologies were adapted for new purposes. In 1990 Japanese scientists built the first nuclear power plants in Japanese Guinea. In 1991 a Confederate company, Standard Electronics, becomes the first in the world to sell personal computers for use in homes, and in 1995 a joint Confederate-American manned mission to Mars ends with a successful return to Earth. The United German States came into existence in 1997, and soon after became the world leader in robotics research. Finally, in 1999, an international organization was created to enforce international law, regulate the global economy, aid nations in need and victims of natural disasters, and act as a neutral mediator in armed conflicts. The International Union would go on to play a pivotal role in defining human rights and spreading democracy and equality in the world. At the end of the millennium the world seems poised to enter a phase of peace and technological advancement; but there are threats to this peace. The People’s Republic of West Africa seeks to expand Communism throughout the world, and if the balance of power is further disrupted then the ties that have grown between the nations could quickly collapse as war engulfs the planet again.