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The year is 1949. The Third Texas War enters its fourth year, the Great Depression enters its fifth, and the Marxist uprising in Baton Rouge is finally put down after Emperor Paul II raised the city. It is a world where airships rule the sky protected by squadrons of aeroplanes; a world of pirates, empires, and mercenaries. The world of Skychasers.

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1862: Robert E. Lee lays siege to Philadelphia after a victory at Antietam.
1863: The British agree to recognize the Confederacy, US Ambassador Charles Francis Adams offers the French control of Mexico if they side with the US, effectively agreeing to abolish the Monroe doctrine.
1864: Battle of Washington, President Lincoln barely escapes the destruction of Washington DC. British and French Forces Battle for control of the Potomac at sea while Union and Confederate casualties are the highest of the war. The US capital is relocated to Philadelphia.
1865: Emperor Maximilian joins the war in the Southwest with France. Texas recalls all their forces to defend the lone star state.
1867: A coup de ta by General McClellan ends with the death of President Lincoln, Generals Grant and Sherman refuse to recognize the McClellan junta. McClellan attempts to sue for peace with Britain.
1869: Jefferson Davis is Killed by French forces in Mississippi. The Confederate government has collapsed and each state now fights for its own survival against French, British, and rogue American forces.
1870: Emperor Maximilian annexes the territories taken from Mexico at the end of the Mexican American War. Black Hawk joins with Mormon forces from Utah to repel the Mexicans from pushing beyond the Navajo border. A peace between the Navajo and Mormons is reached, the State of Deseret is founded.
1871: The expenditure of blood and treasure in America leads to a swift defeat of the French in the Franco-Prussian War. Napoleon III is deposed and the Prussians claim much of the French Empire in Africa as their own.
1872: General Louis-Jules Trochu sails with the remainder of the French fleet up the Mississippi establising the Empire of Louisiana, declaring himself Emperor Louis I.
1873: Britain formally ends its involvement in the Americas. Many of their Generals remain in America ruleing kingdoms of their own. Otto von Bismark proposes an alliance with Britain.
1879: General Sherman establishes the Military Governate of Ohio, a truce is reached with General McClellan's Provisional American Directorate.
1881: Queen Victoria signs the Proclamation of American Dominions, granting full pardons to her Generals who remained in America and establishing the Dominion of Columbia and the Dominion of New England. The Protectorate of Tennessee refuses to abide by the conditions of the proclamation and remains independent.
1885: Treaty of Santa Fe. Mexico recognizes the nations of Deseret, the Navajo Nation and the Republic of California.
1905: General Theodore Roosevelt conquers a sizable portion of the lawless Rocky mountains, forming the Rocky Federation and declaring himself President.
1909: The largest slave uprising in living memory, led by Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, topples the governments of Mississippi and Alabama installing the first Freeman's Republic in the Mississippi Delta. The Communist regime has the support of many poor whites in the south who are quick to join the revolution's crusade against the wealthy upper class.
1911: President Charles Evans Hughes of the American Federation Invades and occupies Foggy Bottom (the ruins of DC) hoping to secure the Potomac. Virginia declares war, the Potomac War begins.
1922: The Second Texas War ends with the treaty of Havana.
1931: President Al Smith of the American Federal Republic signs a treaty with the Republic of Virginia ending 20 years of war over the Potomac. The territory is partitioned with the Federalists controlling the North and Virginia the South. An independent state of Delmarva is established as a buffer.
1945: Texas declares independence from Mexico. Louisiana and Mexico ally to defeat the German and British backed Texans, Ohio invades Iowa with British Support to distract Mexico.
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:icon123456789jd:
123456789JD Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  New Deviant
Of all the nations from the balkanized US, which has the most legitimate claim to be the continuation of the US proper?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I guess Ohio. The Federation has a different constitution while Ohio still functions under the same laws of the United States at the state level, it just operates on military rule without a President.
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123456789JD Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  New Deviant
I see.  :)
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Marius1867 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Student
Very elaborate alternative history. WEB Dubois leading a slave uprising yeah, Booker T Washington, I rather doubt it. Those two men absolutely hated each other and their politics were very different. 

I agree that a McClellan presidency, either elected(which almost happened in 1864) or a dictatorship(which he mused about in his private letters), would have been a disaster for the Union. Thank God that didn't happen. 
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
So how much did military technology evolve during the twenty or so years of the War Between States? Like did the British help Hunley with his submersible?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Submarine technology atrophied after the war, as the British had little use for sabotage with such a large and experienced navy. For more detail on technology scroll through the comments for one by microwavedreams on Jul 20, 2015
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macphersonscircus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
I like it!!  Now we just need to see art for it!!!
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:iconchase-san:
Chase-san Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know, Michigan fought pretty fiercely for a tiny sliver of land with Ohio around 1837 in the normal history. Where they got the nick name "Wolverine". I think trying to absorb them into ohio would more likely lead to them breaking off (this was early america after all).

But I am a bit biased since I grew up there and lived all over the state and had to take Michigan History like 4 or 5 times when moving between schools.
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:iconoddgarfield:
OddGarfield Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student
Virginian Republic, that's my home country with the state of North Carolina.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
So when did the War Between States officially end?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depends who you ask. The British and French will say 1873 when they formally withdrew from the continent. General Sherman claimed to have continued fighting for the union until his death in 1891. The Mexican Empire says it ended with the Treaty of Santa Fe in 1885.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
So which country is Baltimore in? Is it even still populated and is the capital of either country's Maryland?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its inside Virginia's borders (they still call it the Confederacy) and its the capital of Maryland.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
What countries in the south become Duboisist governments?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far just Mississippi and some of the Texas rebels. There are Duboist influenced parties across the South.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
So in the description it says that most of the holdings in Africa that France had are in Germany's control, and that on the map the entire Lesser Antilles seem to British,  how much of their colonial land does France still control?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
France still controls Algeria and Tunisia, along with Madagascar and Vietnam.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
So what would've happened to the allies in North America if they had lost the war? I've thought maybe the Red River Basin would be annexed by Louisiana, Texas would be subdued again maybe being granted autonomy to stop the constant revolts, I don't what would happen to Ohio or Mississippi or the other former Southwestern US countries.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If who lost the war? Which side? Everyone lost as far as I can tell.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Sorry I meant the Britain/Germany alliance.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, well yeah, the Louisiana Empire would move North into the Red River, Texas would once again return to Mexico, and Louisiana would probably try to take Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula Michigan from Ohio, but might just accept a straight ceasefire.
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grisador Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Nice AlthHistory.

İs the Dominion fully independent Or a protectorate state ?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its a British Dominion.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
Okay; poor dominion thought
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Sliversun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Could please give us more details of the nations in this setting?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure. I'll add profiles to the Flags of Skychasers.
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ImpirrenRyRy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
You would think that California would own at least all of the Great Valley though, right?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the 1870s they weren't a very powerful state yet, Mexico easily took it over. 
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:iconimpirrenryry:
ImpirrenRyRy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Yes, but it is surrounded by mountains and deserts.

I don't mean the whole state, just the Valley part would be realistic, you know?
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SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
So what does the Ottoman Empire look like at this?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Ottoman Empire crumbled after a brief war with the British.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
You mentioned in another comment about most southron governments would eventually be overthrown by DeBoisists is Texas one of them?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, mainly because Texas has always had a DuBoisist presence. The local Texas Independence fighters could always count on the Mississippians to send guns their way.
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SE-Roger Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
any chanse of the US reuniting or for someone to unite North Amarica?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unlikely. The Mississippians want to unite the world under socialism, but no one is signing up to join that cause. Ohio is constitutionally declared that they must reunite the continent, but they can't hope to do so from their position. The British don't care, and the Mexicans and Louisianans MIGHT choose to unite under a dynastic union someday, but their ambitions don't extend too far from their own borders.
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SE-Roger Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i see, how about EU stile? anyone that's trying that on some scale? and is space untuch?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not yet. The continent is WAY too divided to even attempt such a thing. And no, no one has even come close to spaceflight. The American Federation is the only nation doing research into rocketry and they're mainly using it to build missiles.
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:iconse-roger:
SE-Roger Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i see. is there atlese Sifi? or equivulants to guys like Caption America?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its the 40s. Pulp serials are what's popular. 
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:iconse-roger:
SE-Roger Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok. so what's the next 80 years looking like for this world?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the global cold war will end in a massive conventional war sometime in the 1950s. It will start after Russia joins the Entente and invades what remains of Poland, and end with German nuclear weapons being used against Russian and French forces in the mid 1960s. Germany will be left the victor in Europe and the dominant power on the continent. In America Ohio will join the Alliance, and with Canadian help Mexico and Louisiana will fight a long and bloody war, only too lose after the British invade Verecruz and Ohio sacks De Moines. Mexico and Louisiana will be carved up into new states. Texas will finally gain independence, and all the territory north and East of the Rio Grande, Canada will be given the Dakotas and Ohio most of Iowa and Missouri; California will get control of Los Angeles and a Protectorate of New Orleans will be established to keep the Mississippi in British hands. Cuba will become a Crown Dependency as will Nicaragua and Germany will be furious that they did all the work in Europe only to get nothing in America. So another frozen conflict in Europe will start. The war will also see the Southern States get rich off of Gulf of Mexico Oil. The 1970s will see a series of revolutions in the Southron states and Mexico as the next generation DuBoisist overthrow most of the southern governments and form an energy bloc akin to OPEC and turn off the gas to Europe. A series of wars will be fought in the Gulf of Mexico to hold the Port of New Orleans and keep fuel flowing out of the Gulf, lasting well into the 2010s. The Anglo-German Cold War will end after Britain's economy collapses from the embargo of Mexican Gulf Oil combined with Germany simply outspending them. In the 2010s Britain will be forced to give up its Empire to save its homeland. New England will become an autonomous region within the American Federation, the Rest of Canada will stay together, save for Alaska which will peacefully declare independence, and Columbia will form an kind of Pacific Rim NAFTA. Germany will bestride Europe stretching from the Atlantic to the Volga, utterly unchecked as a global hyperpower. 
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Is Britain still the global hyper power in this world given there was no WWI or WWII, American Economonic Juggernaught or Soviet backed rebels to ultimately grind it's empire down to the otl Commonwealth ?.

Is Mexico in a similar position to the OTL in terms of global potential eg access to both oceans and seemingly without the lack luster history from the otl 1860's on ward.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mexico is on the rise as a great global power thanks to its alliance with Louisiana, but its industrial capacity isn't great and it doesn't have the abundance of resources as what would be the US in OTL. Its a second rate power, but one the Franco-Spanish Entente NEEDS to stand a chance against the Ango-German bloc. Britain, France, and Germany are the true superpowers of the world.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Ahh, sounds like the FS Entente is the weaker alliance then which makes sense given Germany and Britain been on the other side.

You mentioned earlier in another comment that without the US tech advancement is slowed or even outright derailed in some fields for quite a while. How much of the wave or otl US innovations and inventions were picked up by the British and German Empires instead.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was the loss of US investment and its status as an immigrant haven that did it in; but the slow burn of the early 20th Century Cold War did the most to send technology on another course. World Wars I and II forced a breakneck advance for a number of technologies, the Cold War didn't have the same impetuous. The Germans are doing most of the research into nuclear technology with the British pioneering most of the work into Jet Engines. Radio was discovered in France, and EVERYBODY is doing work on airships.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Who controls the panama canal? Is there even such a thing?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's the Grande Canal in what was Nicaragua, which Mexico built.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Are there other nations pretty close to joining the Texas War?
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