Behold, the beauty and power of the American Empire! MUAHAHAHA!!!!
I did this in response to a map made my SPARTAN-127. It took me quite some time to get started, but once I did I couldnt stop. It's not completely done, and it might never be given the amount of time Ive put into it, but I like how it's turned out so far.
Albeit, the American SW states resemble the SOaP Universe by TheAresProject, and I will admit that they are the source of the inspiration, I did not steal the idea. The proposal to purchase Baja California and parts of northern Sonora and Chihuahua was an actual part of history that we both put into our maps. It is an eloquent idea.
Here's a little bit of history.
1846 - Negotiations over the Oregon Country break down between the USA abd Great Britain. President James K. Polk pospones further negotiations until after the end of the Mexican-American War so that a more permanent solution can be found.
1848 - The USA defeats Mexico and forces it to sign the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. As the US Army is withdrawing from Mexican territory into now American California, negotiations over the Oregon Territory reopen, with the USA threatening (mostly just threatening) to invade and occupy the territory if Great Britain did not give up its' claim. Great Britain begrudgingly agreed and the Oregon Treaty was signed in favor of the USA. (This part is not extremely realistic, but neither was SPARTAN-127's map in concern to British Columbia)
1854 - Southern investors were constructing a trans-continental railroad stretching across North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific. All was going well until they reached the Arizona Territory, where the mountainous terrain would have forced them to build hundreds of miles of more train tracks north to reach California. The idea was brought up to purchase more land from Mexico and John Forsyth was sent to Mexico City to purchase all Mexican states bordering the USA. President Santa Anna promptly refused until John Forsyth threatened to send US troops to forcibly annex the territory if he did not agree. In the end, the Forsyth Purchase gave Baja California and parts of northern Sonora and Chihuahua to the USA and the southern trans-continental railroad was completed.
1861 - With the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency, the southern states seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. For the next 5 years the CSA defeated US attempts to tare the country in two and it spread it influence west to Sonora and the Colorado Territories. At its' height, the CSA stretched from Colorado to Maryland.
1865 - With men and supplies running low, the CSA could not hold off forever against the superior US forces and the rebellion collapsed. With the assassination of President Lincoln, a harsh reconstruction plan was adopted and states were split into military districts, some even into new states. The Dominican Republic was annexed peacefully to serve as a sanctuary for freed slaves facing persecution in the south. In time, the southern states would be readmitted to the USA.
1898 - The rebellion in Spanish Cuba threatened American interests in Santo Domingo and the rest of the Caribbean. Eventually, high tensions led to war with Spain in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. In less than a year the USA was occupying and annexing all Spanish holdings in the Western Hemisphere and Asia, stretching the American Empier from Puerto Rico to Visayas.
Im open for corrections or suggestions. Just put them in the comments.