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Second American Civil War
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The City of Detroit is completely obliterated following the Detroit Massacre.
Location The United States, Canada, and Texas
Result Alliance victory:

US Government toppled and New Sons of Liberty victory. Republic is replaced by benevolent dictatorship, and later a participatory democracy.

End of the Attitude Era and beginning of the Great American Union

Political parties abolished

Decline of capitalism and liberal democracy

Conservative Legion (Also known as the Legion, or the Conservatives):

United States Federal Government (National Ruling Council)

American Legion

Golden Eagles and various conservative militias

August 23rd Alliance (Also known as the Alliance, or the Paulists):

New Sons of Liberty

Liberty Underground

Municipal assemblies and local militias

Various criminal organizations


General Nathaniel Stevens (head of the National Ruling Council)

Paul Ryan (President of the United States)

Arn LeGrand (President of the Golden Eagles)

General Maurice Bradshaw (leader of the New Sons of Liberty)

Gordy Greene (NSoL Northeast commander)

Kevin Thorne (President of Liberty Underground)


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   The Second American Civil War, also known in the American Union as Civil War II, The Corrective Revolution, The War, and the Third American Revolution was an armed conflict that occurred in the United States, with occasional spillovers in Canada and Texas, from 2028 until 2033. It resulted in the deaths of nine million people, and is the bloodiest war in American history. It was a war marked by civilian massacres, rape, torture, urban warfare, mass military defections, the use of chemical weapons, political division, a breakdown of law and order, and extrajudicial killings. The war also produced several innovations in warfare: Exoskeletons and land drones both made their debut in this war.

 The war was waged by two sides: The Conservative Legion (The Legion) and the August 23rd Alliance (The Alliance). The Legion consisted mainly of right-wing groups such as the Golden Eagles and others, and was led by the US Federal Government; although Paul Ryan was the President of the United States during this time, it was the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led by Chairman Gen. Nathaniel Stevens, who held the real power and Ryan was essentially a puppet. The Alliance was a diverse, but tight-knit coalition of libertarians and leftists; the chief leaders being Maurice Bradshaw (former Chief of the Army and leader of the New Sons of Liberty), Kevin Thorne (head of Liberty Underground, the largest of the leftist militias), and Gordy Greene (who led the Second American Revolution). Much like the Spanish and Syrian civil wars, Civil War II saw people from all over the world coming to America to fight for both the Legion and the Alliance.

 The fighting was concentrated mainly on the East Coast, which is the location of major cities such as Washington, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston and was the site of the major battles; and the South. Other regions, especially the West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii were neutral and became self-sufficient. The Midwest collapsed into chaos and lawlessness, and the power vacuum was filled by armed criminal organizations. Many Americans either fled to the neutral regions or, if they could, fled the country entirely.

The countdown to the war can be traced back to the Second American Revolution, in which a group of disgruntled army veterans overthrew republican president Marco Rubio; Rubio was replaced by libertarian opposition leader Rand Paul. This angered many conservatives, both citizens and members of the government. Paul was then overthrown and killed in a counter-coup in October 2027 by the National Ruling Council, and was replaced by his vice-president Paul Ryan. Liberals and libertarians, most of whom supported Paul, saw this as unconstitutional and an attempt by conservatives to impose their will on the rest of America. Racial, political, and social tensions reached a boiling point as both right-wing and left-wing militias fought each other all across the country.

A few months after Paul's assassination, prominent social activist Sarah Stone is assassinated by a right-wing militia known as the Golden Eagles. Many liberals and poor people were enraged at Stone's death, and it leads to nationwide rioting. Stone's cousin, Kevin Thorne, formed a militia known as Liberty Underground, and declares war on both the conservative government and the Golden Eagles. It starts by assassinating prominent conservative figures, in response to the Golden Eagles and other conservative groups assassinating several leaders of the Social Justice movement. It is later discovered that the conservative regime was in collusion with the Golden Eagles and other conservative groups, and had helped the Golden Eagles assassinate Sarah Stone. Maurice Bradshaw declares a "corrective revolution" against the US Government, and Kevin Thorne supports him. Gordy Greene, the former leader of the Sons of Liberty who was imprisoned for political activities, broke out of prison and put together a militia. The regime and the Golden Eagles allied with each other. After three years of fighting, the Legion is defeated as Bradshaw's forces seize Washington.

Maurice Bradshaw, Kevin Thorne, Gordy Greene, and several other rebel leaders form a military dictatorship known as the National Reorganization Commission (NRC), or simply The Commission. During this three year period, the Commission did investigations on war atrocities committed by both sides. Many people were tried and executed. Even after this, the war continued, as military officers sympathetic with the conservative government continued to resist the NRC, calling themselves the American Legion. The American Legion's insurrection was finally put down in 2033, finally ending the brutal conflict.


See: The Attitude Era

During the late 2010s up until the mid-2020s, the United States experienced a period of upheaval known as the Attitude Era in which the old conservative elite clashed culturally, politically and otherwise with the liberal youth. During this time, the Social Justice Movement led by Sarah Stone , Kevin Thorne, Lizzie Riley, Adam Burke and others becomes the primary vanguard for social change. The two biggest problems America faced during the Attitude Era were income inequality and political conflict. These two problems were linked as poor people tended to vote left-wing, and wealthy people tended to support the right-wing.

The Social Justice Movement gave the American left a collective voice for the first time since the New Left movement of the 1960s and 70s, this had the result of many on the Left losing faith in the Democratic party, and preferring direct action instead of voting. The SJM made several gains: The forgiveness of nationwide student loan debt, a moratorium on foreclosure, ending the war on drugs by legalizing Marijuana, and full marriage rights for homosexuals. Conservatives in America became alarmed at the gains that the Social Justice Movement was beginning to make, and began forming militia groups in order to defend conservative ideals; the most powerful of these being the Golden Eagles: a Christian fundamentalist group that sought to return America to its "old values" through violence and terrorism. The Golden Eagles committed their first notable terrorist act, when in 2021, they kidnapped Lizzie Riley and four other activists in Atlanta, took them to an alley, lined them up, and shot them execution style. Many on the Left condemned the crime, while many on the Right looked at the these events with indifference. This made the political situation in America highly volatile by the early 2020s.

War in Texas and Partisan Division

See: Second Texan War of Independence

In 2014, shortly before World War III began, the State of Texas declares independence. Tensions between the newly-formed Republic of Texas and the United States government rise when this newly formed republic aligns itself with Russia during World War III. Texas, led by a man named Billy Westerfield, faced a rebellion led by his rival Frank Brown; leading America to support this rebellion by intervening in the country. Westerfield is overthrown, and the US militarily occupies the country. After World War III ended, Frank Brown refused to rejoin the United States, which leads to the US military withdrawing from the territory.

When President Chris Christie was elected in 2020, he pursued a belligerent foreign policy towards Texas. He invades Texas in 2022, along with Mexico and Canada. When Russia, China, and Brazil intervene on behalf of Texas, NATO intervenes on behalf of the US.

Republican Schism

By the early-2020s, the Republican Party was split between the religious Right and the Libertarians. The libertarians, who became alarmed by the growing reactionism in the Republican party, left the party en masse and joined the Libertarian Party. This made the United States, for the first time in nearly a century, a three-party democracy. The libertarians were led by Senator Rand Paul. Both the Libertarians and the Democrats opposed the War in Texas and supported the Social Justice Movement.

Defeat in Texas

After two years of fighting, the US suffers a humiliating defeat during the Colorado Offensive. This was the first time ever that the United States military was decisively defeated in a war and this caused many people to become angry at the government.

Second American Revolution

Months after he surrendered in Colorado, NATO commanding officer Maurice Bradshaw, went on CNN, blaming Chris Christie for the defeat in Texas; the war hero accuses Christie of making strategic mistakes, such as telling troops not to retreat when it was necessary; leading to severe losses. After two weeks of protests and urging from members of Congress, Chris Christie resigned from the presidency in January 2024, and was replaced by his vice president Marco Rubio. Between 2022 and 2023, the radical Left began to arm itself as well. Adam Burke formed the Black and Reds, an Anarcho-Communist organization that sought to overthrow the US government through violent insurrection; committing several bank robberies and bombings throughout 2023. In addition, the Social Justice Movement had become a force to be reckoned with, having been responsible for Christie's resignation. As a result of all of this, Rubio enhanced the American police state and sought to suppress the Social Justice Movement, signing the highly controversial National Defense Act of 2024 into law February of that year: Suspending the Constitution, giving him the ability to override congressional and Supreme Court vetoes, arrest people without warrants, throw people in jail without trial, and eliminating term limits.

Many on the Right believed that Rubio's measures were necessary to ensure the security of the country, while both the Left and the Libertarians saw Rubio as trying to establish a dictatorship. Senator Rand Paul, the Libertarian presidential candidate, began to speak out openly against the Rubio administration. He spent five hours giving a speech in an ill-fated attempt to filibuster the National Defense Act, and was seen as the only person who could stand up to Rubio's perceived madness by both the Left and the Libertarians.

The First Coup and the Formation of the August 23rd Alliance

See: Second American Revolution

On August 23rd, 2024 a group of mutineers within the military known as the Sons of Liberty overthrew Rubio while he was in Switzerland negotiating an end to the War in Texas. Rand Paul was made acting president, and formed the August 23rd alliance, which was a merger of both the Democratic and Libertarian parties and also had the support of the Social Justice Movement. In November, following the coup, Rand Paul defeats Republican candidate Paul Ryan by a landslide.

Rand Paul Presidency

Rand Paul ran for president on the promise of improving America's social problems through his Looking Inward initiative: he would withdraw from world affairs in order to focus on America's domestic problems. He closed all American military bases in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe; he also disbanded NATO and withdrew from several other treaties. While liberals and libertarians supported these plans, conservatives believed that Paul was threatening American security. Many on the Right saw his ideas as regressive and dangerous, his main rival Paul Ryan called him a "madman."

Domestically, Paul enacted several reforms. By late 2024, the Dollar was on a steep decline in value. Around this time, silver was increasing in value. In response to this, Paul instituted a Silver standard, backing the failing dollar with silver and delaying its decline. He also began targeting America's "too big too fail" banks such as Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, and began breaking them up. During the 2025 election, there was a toss-up in the results, splitting Congress roughly in half with a Republican-dominated Senate and an August 23rd Alliance-dominated House of Representatives. Despite Republican blocking, Paul was able to get a Balanced Budget Amendment ratified in mid 2026. The Balanced Budget Amendment had the effect of decreasing America's spending on defense; Rand Paul proceeded to close military bases in Africa, Western Europe, and the Middle East. The militaristic Republicans were alarmed and outraged by these actions, which led to a lot of tension between Paul Administration and neo-conservative Republicans.


Paul did away with America's welfare and food stamps programs and replaced them with a national "workfare" program that gave full employment to anyone who was eligible. This was formed to put all of America to work and take steps against poverty and unemployment.

Formation of Municipal Assemblies

As Rand Paul continued to loosen the grip that the government had on the lives of Americans, and as libertarian governments were elected on the local level, citizens within massive cities like New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago began to form municipal assemblies. These assemblies, the formation of which was encouraged and promoted by the Social Justice Movement and its leaders, were based on the ideas expressed by libertarian socialist philosopher Murray Bookchin, who believed that municipalities should be decentralized into smaller, more humane, local, participatory democratic assemblies in which the people living within these communities control their politics and economy. The municipal assemblies rejected capitalism and instead advocated cooperation and mutual aid.

Detroit and Danny Greene

Rand Paul also encouraged the formation of these assemblies, and used them as proof that people were tired of both big government and the "too big too fail" corporations. The most notable of these decentralization experiments was in Detroit under the mayorship of Daniel "Danny" Greene. Greene, a libertarian socialist, wrote a new charter that: decentralized the Detroit municipal government, dissolved the city council, and broke Detroit into a cluster of smaller municipalities based on existing neighborhoods. He would also re-open schools and, with the assistance of the Federal Government, force GM, Ford, and Chrysler to bring jobs back to Detroit by re-opening automobile factories. In addition, Greene encouraged the formation of local militias in order to combat crime and what Greene called "conservative aggression". Greene's radical reforms revitalized the declining city and served as a model for the rest of America's large cities. However, Greene came into conflict with Michigan's Republican governor because of his policies and it led to many tensions over the years.

Bryant Park Bombing and the Rise of the Golden Eagles

On July 4th, 2026, in Bryant Park in New York City, Sarah Stone hosted a free block party in which many popular recording artists of the time performed. In the middle of this concert, three bombs went off, killing fifty people. The following day, the Golden Eagles accepted responsibility for this attack. Rand Paul called the Golden Eagles "monsters" and vowed to bring them to justice. Many on the right, came to believe that the Golden Eagles were the only people who represented them, and that a war must be declared on the "liberal menace". Right-wing media personalities fanned the flame, and called for more terrorist attacks and more violence against the Social Justice Movement as a result, their membership exploded.

Rand Paul's Last Days

By early 2027, Paul's feud with the Republicans was becoming more heated and dangerous. Paul publically accused the Republicans of "colluding with right-wing terrorist groups", while Republicans such as Paul Ryan accused Paul of "destroying America." Rand Paul's policies of supporting both the Social Justice Movement and the municipal assemblies, in addition to his hard stance on large corporations and banks, made him a target in the eyes of America's elite.

Decline of the Dollar

By April 2027, the dollar's value had decline significantly, reaching record lows not even seen during the Great Depression. Unemployment reached fifty-five percent, the highest in history, as people were laid off all over the country. As the dollar declined, America faced record inflation as prices for essentials such as food, water, and toilet paper increased significantly. Those who could began to invest in other, more valuable commodities such as gold, silver, land, and bitcoins. However, a majority of people did not have access to these resources and were forced into poverty. Rand Paul believed that the dollar had been in a crisis for many years, and that both the US Government and the Federal Reserve had hid this from Americans.

The Second Coup

In October 2027, Rand Paul spoke before the House of Representatives and demanded that the Federal Reserve be audited on the belief that it had been keeping too many secrets. In response, the Federal Reserve threatened to stop printing the dollar if Rand Paul didn't go back on his demands. A war of words between the Paul Administration and the Federal Reserve soon followed. The Republican opposition took the side of the Federal Reserve, whereas those who were aligned with the August 25th Alliance took the side of Rand Paul. Finally, a coalition consisting of Republican congressmen, members of the military top brass who opposed Paul's non-interventionism, and much of America's financial elite was formed; this coalition referred to themselves as the Conservative Legion, or the Legion for short. The Legion began planning a coup against Rand Paul, and on October 29th, 2027, as Paul was walking into the US Capitol to prepare his auditing of the Fed, masked gunmen opened fire on him as he was walking up the steps; he was killed instantly.

Soon after Rand Paul was shot, a column of tanks rolled into Washington, DC. The leader of the coup, General Nathaniel Stevens got made a speech declaring that Rand Paul was dead, his administration had been overthrown, and that a new government led by Paul Ryan had seized power.

Buildup to War

Americans were divided over the coup. Those who supported the Conservative Legion argued that Rand Paul had also taken power in a coup, that this dangerous precedent had been set by the August 25th Alliance during the first coup, and that Paul's policies were destroying America. Those who supported the Alliance argued that there was still and election after the coup, that constitutional rule was restored after the coup; many believed that the Legion had no intention of restoring the constitution, and instead sought to impose themselves on the rest of America. General Maurice Bradshaw, Chief of the Army who had also supported Rand Paul, stepped down from his post in protest.

"Black Friday"

The dollar continued to decline even further after Rand Paul's assassination, and on November 12th, declined rapidly. As a result, there was a worldwide panic as investors who did not invest in more valuable commodities, tried to sell their dollars at a rapid rate. Many of the investors lost all of their savings. By the end of that day, the dollar had reached its lowest point: it was now completely worthless. Millions of Americans lost their life's savings, while the elite who could afford to invest in other commodities remained safe.

America Loses Power

The following day, President Paul Ryan threatened military action if any country abandoned the dollar. In response, a coalition of some 120 nations led by China and Germany, stood up to the US Government in solidarity and formed formed the Shanghai Treaty, in which they refused to trade in the dollar and instead using bitcoin as the world's reserve currency. In addition, the World Bank was abandoned and a new bank known as the Bank of the Pacific was embraced in its replacement, and all of these nations vowed to defend each other if America attacked any of them. America, now bankrupt, was powerless to do anything. The American empire, capitalism, and neoliberalism had completely collapsed and China's position as the world's sole superpower had been cemented.

Rebellions and Reactions

Open revolt against the US Government broke out in the streets by late November. Protests demanding political and economic reform erupted all across the country, and the the government used heavy-handed tactics to put down these rebellions. During a protest in Chicago, the police gunned down protesters killing twenty people. More municipal assemblies were formed in cities and towns all across America.

The Great Strike

In that same November, Sarah Stone officially declared her support for the uprisings and called for a nationwide strike, demanding the overthrow of the US Government and its replacement with a confederation of municipal assemblies. A majority of businesses shut down in support of the strike, and protests erupted all over the country. The Ryan administration, as it would later be discovered, began colluding with the Golden Eagles to put down these rebellions. The Golden Eagles began targeting the leaders of the strike: A prominent university professor who led the strike in Los Angeles and his wife, were brutally tortured, raped, and murdered in their home by a right-wing terrorist group.

Arrest of Sarah Stone

On December 5th, 2027, Sarah Stone led a march in Manhattan. The NYPD began to attack the marchers, beating and arresting everyone. Sarah Stone was arrested for sedition and thrown in prison without trial. The strike was crushed. While Stone was in prison, she left the leadership of Justice in the hands of her cousin and second in command Kevin Thorne. Thorne had become completely militant, and encouraged municipal assemblies to "follow the Detroit example" and begin arming themselves. Municipal assemblies were formed all across the country, and these assemblies began to form militias in order to defend themselves from state repression.

Right-wing extremism and Escalation of the Political Crisis

Paul Ryan and the Republicans appealed to Christian fundamentalism and extreme nationalism. In January of 2028, during the State of the Union address, Paul Ryan stated: "Our nation is under attack by the forces of hell, this so called Social Justice Movement is trying to destroy our democracy, our way of life, and we must fight back by any means necessary." Paul Ryan and the now Republican dominated congress reinstated the NDAA Act that Rubio had made law during his administration, which allowed the government to arrest anyone deemed a threat to the state,

Gordy Greene, who had led the first coup, called Paul Ryan a "fascist" and stated in a speech in front of Young Americans for Liberty:

"I believe that the time for armed revolution has come; the coup wasn't enough, especially since the corporate elite and their puppets in both the White House and the Capitol still run things. And it is time for the oppressed, the downtrodden, the working class, the middle class, and the lower class to rise up, in righteous indignation, against globalization, against corporate capitalism, and against the elite, and send them to the lake of fire where they belong. Only when that is done can we create a rational and humane society."
Greene's speech electrified the Social Justice Movement. Gordy Greene was later arrested as well. Maurice Bradshaw criticized the government's actions, and called for the release of both Sarah Stone and Gordy Greene. However, when interviewed in Germany about the possibility of a successful revolution, Bradshaw stated that he did not believe that it was possible to overthrow the US Government.

A worldwide "Free Sarah and Gordy" movement was formed, and the UN, for the first time in its history, placed economic sanctions on the United States in response to its repression of the Social Justice Movement. These sanctions had the effect of hurting the US economy even further and spelled the final death knell of the dollar. As a result, a black market that only accepted bitcoin was formed.

Sarah Stone Released

Sarah Stone was pardoned by the government and released on February 1st, 2028, in response to international pressure. After being released, she began receiving death threats, and as a result, began surrounding herself with armed bodyguards. In what would be her last interview, Sarah Stone declared that she was ready to die for her beliefs, and that killing her would only "make things worse for the Government." She also said that America's partisan division was going to lead to bloodshed. By the time Sarah Stone was released, every city in the United States, even in Alaska and Hawaii, had a municipal assembly.

Assassination of Sarah Stone

On May 5th, 2028, Sarah Stone was the keynote speaker at the 2028 New York University Commencement Ceremony. When the ceremony was over, she went into the main lobby, where she held a meet-and-greet session. A fight broke out when one man shouted "get the fuck off of me!" to another man, and the two men began wrestling. When the two men threw each other onto the table where Stone was sitting, her two bodyguards: Kevin Thorne and Dean Ambrose led her outside. Once the three of them went outside, a Golden Eagles operative named Ryan Schaffer, went up behind them and shouted "Hey!", and then fired five shots at Stone's chest and abdomen before his gun jammed. Sarah fell to the floor, Ambrose looked after her, and Thorne went after Schaffer, who ran back into the building. Once Thorne caught him, he tackled Schaffer to the ground and began punching him before they were both separated and detained by security.

Stone was then rushed to NYU Hospital. News of the attack spread all across the country. The Golden Eagles immediately accepted responsibility. As Stone laid dying in the hospital, the entire country watched and waited to see if she'll survive. People within Stone's circle pointed out that there was no police presence anywhere near the hospital where she was, raising suspicions of collusion between the US Government and the Golden Eagles. As a result, left-wing militias surrounded NYU Hospital in order to protect her. The entire situation was into the night was tense, and it was generally understood that there will be a second civil war in America if Stone were to die. Finally, on May 6th, 2028, at 12:00am, Sarah Stone died of her injuries.


Sarah Stone's death placed the country on a dangerous path. A popular conservative talk show host boldly stated that Sarah Stone "deserved to die." President Paul Ryan called Stone's death "a tragedy." The following week, Sarah Stone's funeral was held in New York City at Madison Square Garden, and various celebrities and other important people attended. Maurice Bradshaw, while giving a eulogy of Stone, publically accused the Ryan administration of having a hand in Stone's death.

Stone's funeral was open to the public, and as such, many people tried to get in. Eventually, the arena was filled to capacity and people were left outside. A commotion soon developed, and as the police were called to control it, the commotion developed into an anti-government riot in which the people outside were beaten and shot with rubber bullets. The riot was quickly dispersed and the people in the arena were let out. As soon as everyone was let out, the rioters returned. Maurice Bradshaw came outside to calm the indignant crowd. One of the people outside came up to Bradshaw and they begin telling him how they were beaten and shot at. Bradshaw, in now immortal words, tells the man: "No one is going to touch you again, you have my word." With these words, Bradshaw had officially sided with the August 25th Alliance. The following day, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Nathaniel Stevens censured Bradshaw, calling his comments both during the funeral and afterwards, "dangerous". Due to his high status within the military he was not arrested but was instead demoted to Lieutenant General. With Stone's death, the formation of the municipal assemblies, and partisan tensions, the stage was now set for the largest and bloodiest civil war America had ever seen.

First Uprisings

Ryan Schaffer's Confession

Three weeks after Stone's assassination, her killer, Ryan Schaffer, suffered a mental breakdown. He admitted that the Paul administration had been providing the Golden Eagles with weapons, and had also been allowing them to commit violent attacks against Social Justice activists. He also admitted that the NYPD had been ordered by the US Government not to provide security for Stone. Schaffer expressed deep regret for his actions, and claimed that he was "brainwashed" and "abandoned" by the Golden Eagles. Schaffer was later mysteriously murdered in jail.

New York

A month after Sarah Stone was assassinated, Kevin Thorne left Justice, believing that the time had come for armed insurrection; to this end, he formed Liberty Underground. Thorne then declared war on the US Government, the NYPD, the "elite", and the "American right." Liberty Underground's first act was the assassination of the conservative talk show host, who said that Stone deserved to die outside of his apartment. LU also united with the existing municipal militias and membership grew all over the city. During a riot in Harlem on June 5th, the Harlem branch of the LU opened fire on police. The LU then launched a major offensive in Harlem, driving the NYPD completely out of Harlem. The uprising spread, as the LU militias raided police stations all over the city, and seized weapons, ammunition, and armor. The NYPD was overwhelmed and the New York National Guard was called in. The uprising was temporarily suppressed, but the LU continued a guerrilla war and a bombing campaign. The group bombed the Fox News building, killing one hundred people. A National Guard brigade was ambushed in Brooklyn. The LU's campaign gained nationwide attention and the opposition was emboldened.

The National Guard, with the help of the Golden Eagles and other conservative organizations, maintained control over the city through harsh police action. The Golden Eagles were known for raiding public housing projects and terrorizing civilians, without any form of government scrutiny.

Formation of the American Municipal Confederation

On June 21st, delegates from the various municipalities met in New York and declared themselves to be an independent entity. The US government declared this action to be illegitimate, and decreed new laws to combat the formation of municipal assemblies. As a result, many municipal assemblies were raided by police and their leaders arrested and thrown in prison without trial.

As uprisings spread across the country, President Paul Ryan declared martial law on June 30th, 2028. The martial law decree expanded the powers of the US government, even beyond what the National Defense Act had allowed the government to do. The Constitution was suspended, civil liberties became non-existent, and any state government was able to call upon federal troops at anytime, for any reason. America had, in effect, become a military dictatorship, as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Gen. Nathaniel Stevens gained more and more influence in government decisions, eventually becoming more powerful and influential than Paul Ryan himself. Reports of torture, beatings, starvation, rape, and other forms of abuse in police stations and detention centers become widespread. Anyone who criticized the Ryan administration or its policies faced arrest.


In July of 2028, as Danny Greene continues to support the formation of militia groups all around Detroit and as the tension between the Left and the Right heightens, he begins arming himself as well. As a result, Greene is charged with illegal possession of firearms and sedition. Greene and his supporters claim that the charges are false, asserting that the weapons were purchased legally. Greene calls the allegations "more fabrications by the oligarchy." On July 10th, 2028, the FBI raided Greene's home. In the hour-long firefight, Greene was killed.


Following Greene's death, there was a nationwide outrage. However, no one was more outraged than Greene's followers in Detroit. A new government was put in place and Greene's deputy became the mayor. However, the new mayor overturned all of Greene's reforms, alienating Detroit's mostly African-American working class. In Greene's place, the Black Defense League, a Black nationalist organization which supported the formation of a municipal confederation, stepped in to lead an uprising in the city. The BDL allied with various labor unions, Greene's former followers, and other leftist groups in the city and begins planning an uprising. On July 25th, 2028, a massive mob led by BDL organizers raided a police station: stealing weapons, ammunition, armor, and vehicles. This same mob, now heavily armed, stormed into City Hall, brutally beat the acting mayor, and threw him out of a window to his death. The Detroit Police Department was unable to control the mob. A new government, composed of a municipal confederation of all of Detroit's neighborhoods, was formed and the old government was declared abolished.

The leaders of the rebel government declared solidarity with Liberty Underground in New York, allegiance to the Municipal Confederation, and that Detroit was no longer under the rule of the Michigan State Government nor the Federal Government. The municipal confederation of Detroit set up barricades all around the city limits. In addition, the new government also puts a number of radical social reforms in place: building farms all across the city that fed people and gave them jobs, turning abandoned automobile factories into textile factories that gave people jobs, seizing the assets of the big three automobile corporations (GM, Ford, and Chrysler), and setting up free food stations in poor neighborhoods.

The whole country was watching what was going on in Detroit. Kevin Thorne and Liberty Underground declared solidarity with the Detroit Commune, as it would later be referred to. Michigan's Republican governor gave the new government three days to dissolve or face "military action." As a result, the militias within Detroit began training in urban guerrilla warfare in preparation for a state offensive against the revolutionary government.

Calling in Federal Troops

On August 1st, 2028, the Michigan National Guard was called into Detroit by Michigan's republican governor. The various militias responded with guerrilla warfare: ambushing National Guard positions and stealing ammunition and killing troops. The National Guard's armored vehicles would also be stolen by the rebels and used against them. On August 5th, the Governor of Michigan declared the crisis in Detroit a "war situation", and pleaded for federal troops to be sent into the city. At 8:00pm EST that day, Paul Ryan ordered federal troops be sent into the city.

That night, fighting erupted between the militias and government forces. As the days went by, it was apparent that the militias were no match for the might of the US military machine. The federal troops, under the leadership of Nathaniel Stevens, laid siege to Detroit for three weeks.

Over the course of the siege, the US government bombed Detroit heavily, even using drones to target and destroy rebel camps. These bombings caused large amounts of death and destruction, and really only served to turn the people of Detroit towards the militias, and as a result, rebel ranks continued to swell, despite the fact that they were taking in massive casualties at the same time. The public farms were also bombed, forcing the citizens of Detroit into starvation. Hundreds of people were killed each week, as hostilities continued.

The reality of the government's heavy-handed tactics in Detroit was hidden by the mainstream media. As such, nobody knew the severity of the government's excesses in Detroit. By the third week, the federal troops overran the barricades and moved in to destroy the militias. The rebels continued to resist despite the efforts of the vastly superior US Armed Forces to destroy them. Fed up, with the stalemate, the federal troops withdrew from Detroit.

The Massacre

When the federal troops fighting in Detroit withdrew on August 25th, 2028, Paul Ryan ordered the Air Force to bomb Detroit in a scorched earth campaign. Ryan hoped to demoralize the rebels and force them to surrender, but they continued to resist. A series of YouTube videos were released by the rebels, displaying the brutality of the US government against the citizens of Detroit. By this time, around 1,000 people had been killed in the uprising. World opinion turned against the United States and several countries cut relations with the US. Kevin Thorne called for a humanitarian intervention in Detroit, but none ever came. As Detroit refused to surrender, the US government began using MOAB bombs against the city: killing 50,000 people and reducing the city to ruins.

The War Begins

The Detroit Massacre caused more people to turn against the Ryan administration. The government hoped that Detroit would be the last city to rebel, but more cities and towns across the country began forming municipal assemblies and militias. The following month, on September 7th, 2028, the city of Richmond, VA formed a replaced its mayor with a municipal assembly and formed a militia. It declared its allegiance to the Municipal Confederation and declared the rule of the US government to be illegitimate.

It was believed that Richmond would receive the "Detroit treatment", stoking fears of another massacre. Richmond's proximity to Washington, DC made the government afraid that the uprising would spread.

Formation of the New Sons of Liberty

On September 19th, a group of soldiers led by Maurice Bradshaw seized control of Fort Lee in Virginia. They called themselves the New Sons of Liberty, in honor of the soldiers who overthrew Marco Rubio during the Second American Revolution. In a web video, Maurice Bradshaw denounced the US government's actions in Detroit and its suspension of the Constitution. He then declared the US government illegitimate and officially announced his allegiance to the Municipal Confederation.

Fort Lee Mutiny

A six-day long standoff ensued between the mutineers and federal troops. On September 20th, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security went to Fort Lee to demand Bradshaw and his followers to surrender. Bradshaw refused, telling them:

When I put on this uniform, I swore an oath to defend the US Constitution and the people of this nation. I take that oath very seriously, and I will uphold it to the last drop of my blood. My allegiance is to the People and not to Paul Ryan...I will not take orders from an illegitimate government.
Both men left. On September 24th at 11:00pm, a column of troops from Washington advanced on Fort Lee in order to put down the mutiny. In a three-hour long gunfight, the federal troops were forced to retreat. News of Bradshaw's victory embolden many within the Armed Forces to defect to the opposition, giving the rebels legitimacy.

The March on Richmond and the Richmond Declaration

In the midst of the events at Fort Lee, the crisis in Richmond was continued as well. On the morning of September 25th, 2028, Bradshaw threatened to march on Richmond. Paul Ryan, in a public speech, warned Bradshaw and his mutineers that they would face "maximum retaliation" if they marched on the city. Essentially, Bradshaw's actions would cause all-out war in the United States. Finally, at 6:00am EST, Bradshaw's forces began heading towards Richmond, reaching the city by 6:30am. The troops defending Richmond defected to the New Sons of Liberty. Bradshaw had crossed the rubicon, and the Second American Civil War had officially begun.

Richmond Declaration

Once he reaches Richmond, Bradshaw seizes control of the Virginia State House. He then drafts the Richmond Declaration, in which he declares the US government to be illegitimate and that the time had come for Revolution. Making a historic speech at the Virginia State House, he makes his allegiances known:

I, General Maurice Bradshaw of the United States Army, officially revoke my allegiance to the United States government and I hereby announce myself as the Commander of the New Sons of Liberty. I also announce my allegiance to the American Municipal Confederation.
He continues, stating his intentions:
We declare our right on this Earth to be free from economic and political tyranny, to be free men and women, to live in a free and just society, on this day, the 25th of September. We intend to assert these rights by any means necessary. Make no mistake about it, our basic objective is the overthrow of the United States Federal Government, and its replacement with the Municipal Confederation. We are prepared to make the sacrifices necessary for an ultimate victory.
The speech was broadcast all over the Internet. Bradshaw had officially declared war on the US government. A written version of the speech was distributed, titled: The Richmond Declaration. This written version was signed by social activists, various celebrities, and politicians opposed to the Paul Administration. Bradshaw declared the existence of a rebel army, air force, and navy.

Battle of Richmond

Paul Ryan ordered that 300,000 troops be sent to Richmond, in order to put down the rebellion.


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