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.
You should show what would happen after a world war, if it took over any other countries, that would be interesting
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.
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.
WW1 ends with the Euro-amarica powers (central powers) winning, Britten was one of the hardest hit and a leader starts to arose from it, blameing the iris for there loss-
Same thing as the other one pretty much.
I could see Jim Crow laws never reaching the extent they did in OTL in Alabama or Mississippi as it would have been a lot harder for the Bourbon democrats to drive a wedge between poor whites and blacks without a large black population to demonize.
Mobile meanwhile would be the capital of a majority black state that would be hard to gerrymander for white control. The Exoduster movement may well have been refocused on it. With a more viable settlement target for the Exodusters the whole history of black people in America might have been changed.
Often lost in the shuffle is that generally there was agreement in the South after the Civil War that things had changed and while black voters might be mitigated in some cases through ballot stuffing this could really only be pulled off in districts that were fairly evenly split amongst black and white voters. Those seats with overwhelming black majority population generally had fair elections, and as a result between the end of Reconstruction and 1900 saw the same number of black members of Congress elected in the South as Reconstruction did. The end result of this though was that in the election of 1892 (I think) you saw an alignment of poor white voters and black voters under the Progressive Party that came very close to tossing the Democrats out of power in Southern statehouses. As a result the Democratic Party began passing Jim Crow laws and demonizing black people to draw poor white voters into the Democratic camp.
Such a strategy seems unlikely to have been effective or even conceived in a world where states with white majorities would have relatively small black populations instead of relatively large black populations as the South does in OTL.
I suggest separating Chicago from the rest of Illinois. When I was young, the city and the rest of the state were about equal in power, now the city sucks the life out of the rest of the state. Also there is a constant tremor among voters and agitators to split California into 2, 3, 4 or even 5 states. Some want to split off San Francisco by itself because no other part of the state wants them. Sort of like an American Monte Carlo city/state.
There are many more groups advocating secession from either the Union or from their state. The chances for any of them to gain what they want is between zero and nothing at this time, but with the country becoming so angry and polarized we may see voter initiatives pass, again with little hope for its realization, while the anger and polarization gets sharper. I was born when Truman was president and I have never seen this country in such a downhill hot mess. Growing up and through middle age I always felt I could have a good future. Today, I don't believe it, the middle class is shrinking faster than I could ever have imagined. We are living off our wealth, not creating enough to sustain the need or the greed. And it's not one party - it is the both of them, they are guilty of mass corruption and their selfishness knows no limits. These are the things that will drive future nation/state/city boundaries, not the diversion stuff fed to us by the political parties that is in the newspapers today.
Finally, whether the feds have ever split a city from a state or whether they should or whether they ever will are separate discussions. Again, at this time I wouldn't bet on it happening anytime soon. But in the case of Chicago, it is weighing down the rest of the state horribly. Chicago has the votes to make Illinois dance so there will never be a split unless something happens to force it. Again, the feds and party politics won't let it happen. And so the pressures build.
But I do like the idea of the state of Absaroka.
Did you notice that I renamed British Columbia "Washington"? I did that just for you