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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA by DaFreak47 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA by DaFreak47

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.

 

 

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Roccodog1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
One of the more believable "'Merica expands everywhere" maps. I love the style, with the early 20th Century look. Keep up the good work
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! This Merica is actually smaller in land area than the USA of OTL. 
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Roccodog1 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Good point, no alaska.

You should show what would happen after a world war, if it took over any other countries, that would be interesting
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Some people have insinuated that such an American would find itself on the opposite side of a global conflict from Great Britain, but in a scenario such as thing, I don't immeditely understand why this would have to be so. After all, the USA was just about as aggressive toward Great Britain in this timeline as it was OTL.
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Roccodog1 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2014
Yeah, I mean its not like America is just conquering everything, it just seems to have a bit more of an expansionist mindset. We almost did take over Cuba, but decided against it after the Spanish-American War, but we did  almost all of Spain's territory. The only changes seem to be more land either bought or taken over from Mexico and maybe some more land included when we purchased the Oregon territory. Its nice seeing a realistic "what-if" scenario that could have happened with some one else in power at the time. Again, keep up the good work! 

Oh, and I like how you kept the states that existed before the time shift basically the same shape. You have no idea how many people make a map like this only to change something that makes no sense to change.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Its not even that people in this timeline believed in Manifest Destiny any more than people in the OTL. The leaders of this timeline simply acted on those drives in a way that resulted in a more diverse United States, but not at all a larger one. In regard to Cuba, it was actually decided, either right before the conflict or at the very beginning of it, that Cuba would not be annexed under any circumstance, and that the USA's only motives would be the freedom of the Cuban people and the protection of vested American interests on the island. And the reason for that? Sugar. The internal production of sugar in the USA centered in Colorado, which would have suffered if the import tariffs of Cuban sugar were lifted. The rest of he Spanish territories that we did or didn't annex, have more or less to do with whether or not we actually physically took them from the Spanish during the war, such as Puerto Rico, the Philippines, or Guam. The rest of the Spanish colonies simply weren't under our control, specifically because there was no need to take them in the first place. The land gained from Mexico is an actually proposed border that predates, and would eventually become, the Gadsden Purchase. The Oregon Country gain is the result of uncompromising behavior, that could have led to further hostilities with Britain if not had been for the purchase of Alaska from Russia by Great Britain, negating any need for a conflict. But the Oregon Country was never purchased. It was a political compromise. That last part referencing alternate leadership is very accurate. Thanks!

I make it a point to be historically accurate when it comes to US states. The practice of cartography is not for the whimsical or illogical. It is for the rational dreamer who has history on his side.  
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pytko3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Have the U.S. ally with Germany and the Central Powers in World War 1.  Then have them win and take over most of North America.Popcorn 
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't see why they would do that in this scenario, and I don't make changes without reason.
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minecrafroger Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
a new party wins the electshons and they wanted to united north amarica, when it did't work peacefully they used WW1 to gain more power, and wile Mexico's and Canada's allies are fighting in Europe, Amarica started 'operashon UNITE' and take over Canada and Mexico.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I guess that's acceptable.
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