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The Flag of the American Empire Motto: United, We are the True American Successor
The American Empire was a national entity that was founded in 2017 after the collapse of the World economy and subsequent collaps of the United States of America, at the start of The Days of Global Darkness.
This empire lasted more than 1000 years until its final defeat at the hands of the Third American Republic and the subsequent disorder and fall of the Empire. At its founding, it consisted of all of the former US states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, along with parts of West Virginia, Alabama, Tennesee, Kentucky, and the pan-handle of Florida. It had multiple dynasties of Emperors, starting with the Reinsbeck Dynasty, which lasted for 60 years. Every Emperor ruled under the official name of "The Supreme Emperor of the People Of America." At its height, its territory stretched from the Hudson Bay in Canada to the north-eastern third of South America and numerous integrated territories in Africa and other parts of the world. It is most remembered for its post-reinsbeckian military and its practice of imperialism.
Part 1: Days of Global Darkness: 2017-2092
The Emperor Rises
By 2017, The USA had dissolved and many successor states had been created, The North American United Territories was the largest of them. With that, it had a large population. Many Afghanistan and Greek Civil War veterans moved there for the job opportunities, a 50% unemployment rate was the lowest in the world. Ex-Seal Team Commander and Afghanistan and Greece war veteran Dennis Reinsbeck become a congressman in the NAUT congress and had intentions of restoring America to its former glory. On May 5th, Reinsback single handedly assassinated the provisional president a week before the constitution was supposed to be ratified. He was never caught. Then, without anyone else knowing, he created a terrorist group called the American Continuists to instill fear throughout the nation. He was their secret head and told them of his plan to create an "Empire as glorious as the U.S.A. was." He then, as a Congressman, lead a special forces unit, who were secretly American Continuists themselves, which then "fought" the American Continuists and "apprehended the presidential assassin." Everyone looked at Congressman Reinsbeck as a hero. Shortly afterwards, he set up a campaign to run for Provisional President. After winning the election, he was soon given emergency powers to deal with the huge terrorist threat. After a week of "fighting," he supposedly eliminated the threat, but not before reforming the country into and Empire With his power, he officially abolished much of the Congress and proclaimed himself "Supreme Emperor of the People of America. He said that "In such dire times, people need a powerful man in charge. An Imperial Nation is much stronger and more stable than a Democracy." He then made the American Continuists his secret guard to enforce the new laws of the land. He also made his most loyal friends and followers members of the Imperial Counsil, a group of 15 men that are like "Co-Emperors" with extremely limited powers. After all of the people who spoke out against the new Emperor had been sent to prison, Reinsbeck started plans to "Re-create America in its former glory." He soon had built up huge army of supporters through propaganda and multiple drafts and enlisting the prisoners who opposed him. After this, on May 10th, he ordered the Order of Americanization, a law that basically gave the Empire the right to conquer former American territories for it's recreation, but as an Empire. This is generally believed to be the date of the beginning of the Empire. Emperor Reinsbeck ordered the construction of "Imperial City," which would be located in the heart of the Empire at the north-eastern corner of Alabama. This would become the capital of the Empire. Emperor Reinsbeck became the first American Emperor at the age of 42 with a lot of experience and time, but not necessarily 'the times,' on his side. There were many states that emerged after America fell, but some of the biggest ones that proved to be the biggest competition were New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, the California Republic, the Texan Republic, the Duchy of Florida, Michigan, and the North American Federation. All other states either collapsed or were way too weak to consider a threat. These week states are sometimes referred to as the Nomads Land due to the lack of control.
A New Constitution
The fewly found Emperor wanted to show that this would be a true recreation of "First America." He did so by creating the New Constitution, signed on June 13th. This new constitution had the same things as the first American Constitution, but involved the Imperial-esque government and n extremely restricted the Bill of Rights and the various Amendments. Many people were blind to what it really was, but they followed the rules of this New Constitution
The Florida Conflict
After much planning, Emperor Reinsbeck, along with the Imperial Counsil, ordered the "Reconnection" with Florida, which was now the Floridian Diarchy. On March 14th, 2018, He sent a massive invasion force of 10,000 men to ensure a swift takeover. Within two weeks, after encountering small resistance with the Floridian Militia, Florida had been taken into Imperial control. Many Militia troops either retreated to Cuba or Washington Americana. This was the first step in becoming a true empire.
After the Dissolution of America, many people throughout the interior of North America couldn't keep a hold of any lasting power, so many people became semi-nomadic, or pretty much just lived in clans or tribes. The Empire took advantage of this. They quickly set up military camps as far west as the Mississippi river and as far north as the Pennsylvania, and convinced many of the ungoverned people (commonly referred to as nomadic people) of the area that the Empire was a wonderful place to be. Imperial diplomats promised in exchange for work in the army as soldiers, the nomadic people would be given food and shelter. This greatly increased the size and productivity of the entire Imperial Military. The Empire, now with staggering numbers, began to build, what they thought, the first Navy in North America since the collapse of the US. They then used this to takeover Cuba and many other Caribbean Island "nations." They complied and joined the Imperial Military for the same reasons: Food and Shelter.
Strengthening the Empire
Under Emperor Reinsbeck, the American Empire saw a huge boost in economic and political stability, and was able to bring unemployment down to 35%, which was unheard of in the early days of the DGD. With this, many people were able to go to work in the factories and produce the necessary materials that the military needed. Trade also started up with Australia, which became the most economically stable nation in the world. The economy blossomed under Reinsbeck and people gave him the title Emperor Reinsbeck the Great. Many of his successors would try to imitate his model and even name themselves after him. He was regarded highly across the world for his stagering achievements, which opened up exclusive trade to the Empire.
Recreation of America
The American Imperial War
The First Strikes
The American Empire had numerous numbers in the military and huge world wide support, which is the support that Reinsbeck was looking for. In 2022, the Emperor ordered the invasion of the Republic of New York, The Republic of Pennsylvania, and the Democratic Triumvirate of Maine, which started the Battle of the Republics, and the start of the American Imperial War. The Empire had sent in a combined 30,000 troops into New York City and New York harbor, Pennsylvania exclusively through land, and a naval invasion of Maine, due to its distance from the Empire. The Navy, thought to be the only one in former America, was engaged by the Maine National Maritime Defence. Caught completely off guard, the Imperial Naval Fleet was turned back. At the same time, New York Militia Forces, lead by John Evans, pushed the invasion force out of New York City. The Imperial forces did, however manage to takeover roughly 95% of Pennsylvania. Though the Allies had won the battle, it was considered a long-term victory be the Empire because of the trouble the Imperial forces in Pennsylvania gave the Allied army in the future.
The Texan Front
While the Republics were fighting forces in Pennsylvania, Emperor Reinsbeck wanted to focus on the Texan nation. He ordered the combined Land-Naval invasion of the two republics, which were caught completely off guard. Within three weeks of the invasion, Texan Republic fell into Imperial hands by 2023. Emperor Reinsbeck also wanted to set up bases in former Mexico. The main reason the Texan nation fell so swiftly was due to the fact that they had hardly any military to defend, unlike the oversized New York Republic Police Force or the Maine Maritime Defence Force. The Texas was also home to political and civil unrest.
California Peace Scandal
After the Imperial Army was pushed out of Pennsylvania and The Michigan Republic had joined the war, the Republics wanted to sue for peace. The Republics had formed the Republic Alliance the previous year, 2023. In 2024, Emperor Reinsbeck agreed to a Peace negotiation in Las Vagas. It is held between New York President/Republic Alliance Prime Minister Richard Scodes (accompanied by Alliance Army Commander Evans), former Texan Republic President William Juanitez, Californian President Mark Alton, and Emperor Reinsbeck. Emperor Reinsbeck had actually sent a doouble in place of himself and sent the Secret Guard to eliminate the Presidents because "An Empire can't have more than one emperor. Besides, those men are trators to the American heritage." Commander Evans finds out about the plan when he saw the Secret Guard walking behind them.Evans then shoots the Double Emperor dead, thinking it is the real Emperor. A small battle follows between the Californian Secret Service and Evans against the Imperial Secret Guard. President Janitez is shot dead and President Scodes is wounded to the chest, but Scodes, Alton, and Evans escape alive. Although the meeting was a failure on the Empire's side, they continued with the intentional invasion of California. The Imperial invasion force pushes the Californial territory to the shore, but can't take it over due to the huge resistance. California, a nation that participates in extreme isolationism, agrees to fight with the Alliance, but not join the Alliance itself. After this, The North American Federation joins the Alliance for a boost in its economy and more protection. The Empire is now fighting six countries, but it is holding up extremely well.
After the invasion of California, the war had gone stagnant. The territory of the Empire now encompassed all of the former states of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, along with parts of former Nevada, Utah, Missouri, and most of California and Oregon. With the entrance of Michigan, it captured the former states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois before the Empire could. The territory hadn't expanded after the Californian Invasion, but Emperor Reinsbeck knew how to gain more territory and turn the tide against the Republics. He planned to capture the remaining territory of the nomads up through the Canadian nomadic region. The Alliance began to fear that this would occur. about a month before the Empire could begin its march up to nomadic-Canada, The Alliance created a line of defense at the former border of Canada and about the size of Montana. Eventually, Imperial troops arrived and intense fighting began.
in 2025, After roughly ten days of fighting, the Allied defence line, dubbed the "Montana Defence," had soon gotten out of control. That region, which then consisted of former northern Montana and the southern parts of former Canadian provinces, was called "The Net." People said "Once you get in, You can never get out. It's like a fish in a net." The Net became a so-called Quasi-war, or a war within a war. It was split between the Northern, Republic Alliance territory, and the Southern, Imperial Territory. The two territories claimed the land for their respective countries. The two sides also created their own government and policies. Though they were almost their own entities, The Net was still an elongated battle in the war and the territories still part of the Imperial/Alliance land struggle. In the south, Rick Gradson was the "Emperor of the Net," while the north had various "Quasi-presidents" for two year terms. Nobody had made any decisive wins nor suffered any devastating losses throughout the existence of The Net. Emperor Reinsbeck looked away from the scene because he believed it was a good distraction for the Alliance, when they too, were ignoring it for the same reason.
The Beginning of the End
Between 2025-2026, the Alliance was beginning to enjoy a long string of victories against the Empire, with the exceptions of the stalemated Californian front and The Net. The Imperial Forces were being beaten back and eventually were fighting a Defensive war. The Alliance was also able to fight their way in a small, thin strip of land to Washington Americana, which then joined the Alliance. At the same time, on April 19th, the members of the Alliance signed the American Pact, and came together to form the "Second American Republic," which then adopted the American Constitution. The Imperial Forces' were becoming demoralized and, by mid 2026, enemy forces had entered the Imperial mainland. After intense fighting, The American Army, lead by Evans, finally reached Imperial City and bestowed a three day seige upon the city. In the final moments before the raid on the Imperial Palace, Emperor Reinsbeck announced to his soldiers, "We die today for America, a country I was born in, and the country I wish to die in." When the raid began, Reinsbeck said his famous last words: "They kill us because they think of us as the enemy, as anti-American, but he who combats the truth is blind." Moments later, Emperor Reinsbeck was shot and killed at point-blank range by Commander Evans, dying at the age of 51. After the defeat of the Emperor and the capture of Imperial City, the Imperial Military became disorganized and couldn't win a fight until Net Emperor Rick Gradson claimed the Imperial Title. He united the army and the surviving territories, but he still couldn't keep a hold of the territories and the American Army defeated the Empire at The Net in 2028. Gradson was killed in a hellfire on the main base. His rule, although short and usually forgoten, is credited with "reunification." If he hadn't kept the army and Territories together like he did, the Empire would have completely collapsed. General Archable Leston claimed the throne and immediately sued for peace, as he had tried to convince his two predecessors since 2024. Leston agreed to the complete surrender of the Imperial Army and signed a Peace Treaty.
Caribbean and Mexican Expansion
While the War was raging on the mainland, The Empire enjoyed peace at sea and was able to establish strong governments in the Caribbean, mainly in Cuba. The Empire set up numerous Naval bases and military camps on the west side of the island, while they set up a bustling metropolitan area to the east. They also set up governments in the former island nations of Jamacia, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, along with other colonies in other islands. Alongside that, the Navy also set up colonies along the coast of former Mexico. They even sent diplomats to the Northern coast of South America, but were harshly greeted by troops from the Brazilian Imperial Army, which caused The Reinsbeck Dynasty to never return.
The American Empire's territory, on the terms of the Peace Treaty, consisted of the areas of former Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, the eastern part of Texas and Oklahoma, Cuba, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, and The Bahamas. The rest of Texas, California, and the nomadic territories all the way up to the northern border of The Net, now a poverty-stricken area, were given to America. The states in which the Empire was split up into are here as followed:
- Imperial Texas
- Cuba (This included all Imperial Island Territories)
The Order of Leston
Many people among the Empire were extremely angered at the loss and riots were very prevalent. In the year 2029 alone, there were 37 assassination attempts on Emperor Leston. He survived all of them and went on to have one of the longest rules in the Empire's history. Leston continually spoke on live television to the imperial public, saying that "America was rebuilt in the form of the Second American Republic. There is no need to try and conquer what another has accomplished what we wanted to do."
Outside of the Empire's territory, on the other side of Texas, there were a group of former Imperial States that refused to recognize admission into the American Union. These areas consisted of parts of former New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. This section consisted of five former Imperial States and each Head of State claimed to be the true Emperor. 40% of Emperor Leston's assassins were payed by one of the False Emperors, as they were known. The Official Empire tried to send in diplomats to help. In 2035, for the main purpose of containing the Rebellious States, America, Canada, and the newly formed Mexican states of Jaharo and Baja California met to create an alliance system for North America, and in 2036, the North American Alliance of Peace, or NAAP, was created. Its main purpose was to contain the Rebellious States and to make sure peace was recognized by all of its members. Emperor Leston saw this as a great opportunity to mend the wound his predecessors left on America and to help boost the Empire's political and economic power in the world. He gladly signed the NAAP Treaty. After the American 2036 Presidential Election was won by former General Evans, he visited the Empire for a solution for the Rebellious states. Evans proposed a state of Martial Law in the region, headed by the newly formed NAAP International Guard (NAAPIG). Leston disagreed and proposed diplomacy and the threat of martial law through NAAPIG. They both eventually agreed to the latter choice. On March 21st, the plan went into action. The False Emperors saw the immense size of NAAPIG and saw that further rebellion or war would be pointless. Delegates of NAAP agreed to split the territory evenly amongst its members, but the Imperial representative, after Leston asked him to, declined the offer. There was outrage throughout the Empire. Leston spoke to the Imperial Counsil on live broadcast and said, "How would we be able to govern any more territory when we should be trying to fix the area we govern now? We must focus on internal problems before we can even begin to look at external ones."
Though not a hugely powerful entity, the American Empire became a regional power in its own right. With it's peace with S.A.R., Jaharo, and Canada and its joining into NAAP sparked a flourishing in the economy, albeit still with the entire world in the Dark Depression. The members of NAAP all used the USD to back up their money, but the Empire remained independent and continued the exclusive use of the Imperial Credit. At the time, the Imperial Credit was worth more than the newly reformed USD. With this, they were able to acquire many things around North and South America for cheap. This trend continued further with their absence in WWIII. Because of their lack of involvement, they were able to boost their population and economy to great heights. It is suggested that if the Empire had entered the war with NAAP and the Allies, there would have been a much swifter defeat of the Coalition Powers, but the Imperial Economy would have taken a huge hit, if not face total collapse. Before the end of the Reinsbeck Dynasty, the Empire became known for its economic stability.
New World Order
By the end of WWIII, the world was in more instability than ever. As the European Republic declined in its Superpower status (but still retained it, however), The American and the Brazilian Empires became new global powers. The Empire was in a golden age of its own, which became known as "Pax Imperium Americea," which was Latin for "The Peace of the Empire of America." The economy flourished at a 40% unemployment rate and huge industry monopolies allowed them control of the economy of NAAP,, and the world to a lesser extent. Throughout the post-war Brazilian Empire, rebellion was constant and it declined, which allowed the American Empire to become a western Hegemon. After the world power and hegemon statuses was official, Emperor Leston proclaimed, "The American Empire is now the World Superpower. Just like the First America, we are becoming the top dog. We are the true successors to the American Heritage!" The American Imperial National Motto became Unitum, nos sumus verum Americaen Successorum inscriptus," which was Latin for, "United, We are the True American Successor." With the new world power(s), the world had entered the beginning of a new imperial age.
The Imperial Civil War
Emperor Leston, along with the Empire itself, was a beacon of hope to the rest of the world, showing that economic and political stability can be re-reached in this time of darkness. Many people, however, saw the Empire and Emperor alike as weak. They thought that Leston wasn't carrying out the duty of the American Emperor to reconquer the American Homeland. Throughout Pax Imperium Americea, the Reinsbeckian Revolutionaries, as they became known as, gained political power and support in the western Imperial States. Governor Wess Neigton of the Imperial State of Centinus, a huge Reinsbeckian Revolutionary leader, set out to overthrow Emperor Leston. In early 2060, Neigton and other major Revolutionaries began the formation of the "The Army of the American Heritage," a military force of loyal followers. they gain massive support through propaganda. Many followers cite Neigton as "The second coming of Emperor Reinsbeck the Great" because of the huge similarities between the lead for change and the gaining of huge support. The A.H. Army began assaults on the eastern territories. After numerous attacks, Emperor Leston asked for military support from NAAP. NAAPIG units are immediately sent in to try and subdue the attacks. The Empire was now caught in a civil war, and the NAAP-Allies are on the losing end. after 7 gruesome months of fighting, the A.H. forces reached New Imperial City and landed one final swift, decisive blow. After the surrender of most of the NAAPIG, A.H. forces stormed the royal palace. There, Emperor Leston was captured and killed for treason against the "New Order of the Empire." He is killed publicly by fire squad. Wess Neigton declared himself Emperor and was given the esteemed title of Emperor Reinsbeck II, or Emperor Reinsbeck the Enforcer.
The New Order of the Empire of America
A new rule and new policies
After Emperor Reinsbeck II took power, he immediately made plans for isolation of the Empire and the continuation of the conquest of the American heartland. The same week he came into power, Reinsbeck II and his Imperial Counsil agreed to pull out of NAAP. For the next two years, Reinsbeck II had to deal with Counter-revolutionaries who wanted to overthrow him and restore former order. Reinsbeck enlisted his most loyal followers into the Imperial Secret Unit. They were assigned with capturing anyone who opposed him or his ideas and kill anyone seen as a threat. Emperor Reinsbeck II was slowly beginning to gain more public support and began to order more violent actions be done not internally, but to the other surrounding countries.
The Beginnings of War
Between 2062-early 2064, car bombings and "rogue" units of soldiers were occuring across the border of the Empire, but in the countries surrounding it, not directly in Imperial territory. The Presidents of the Member-Countries of NAAP immediately pointed fingers at the Empire and Emperor Reinsbeck II. Many outside of the Empire were wary of the New Order. Eventually, in mid-2063, Emperor Reinsbeck II reinstated the Order of Americanization. After much planning, Emperor Reinsbeck II followed in Reinsbeck the Great's footsteps and invaded the S.A.R. states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida on June 2nd, 2064.
The Second American Imperial War
The Empire Strikes Strong
The Imperial Army had invaded Texas and Oklahoma by land and Florida by sea, backed up by land forces. At this time, Reinsbeck the Enforcer announced to the Imperial public, "As Leston sat back and let the S.A.R. claim the American heritage, the citizens of the Empire submitted to the Evil America. Like Emperor Reinsbeck the Great, I shall recreate America in its former glory! No more poverty! No more oppression! No more darkness! We shall reign supreme over the world and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, like the presidents of First America!" The American Army was by no means caught off guard by the offence, but their military had been extremely small since the pullout of Russia in the late 2050's. The American Army was pushed back, but not without huge resistance. The next day, on June 3rd, The Empire launched a massive combined land and sea invasion of Jaharo, whose army was even smaller than the S.A.R.'s. Within a month of fighting, the Empire had control of the American-Jaharan border and the Isthmus of Panama, effectively surrounding Jaharo.
The Empire was planning to use a "Bullhead" strategy, where the Army just runs in head first to push the enemy back. The Allies, however, were fighting a "Silent War," an almost completely geurilla warfare exclusive strategy. They planned to inflict massive damage on the Imperial forces without taking heavy damage to their own. The one thing that the Empire had over the Allies was numbers. The American and Jaharan populations were reduced dramatically in WWIII, so they couldn't afford to lose too many men on the field. Emperor Reinsbeck II said to the Imperial Counsil, "They are small in numbers. I'll give them 6 months before they surrender, and that still seems like it's too long." The Bullhead strategy worked wonders in Jaharo. By September 15th, the Jaharan Army was almost completely destroyed and the Jaharan territory was almost completely under Imperial control. The Empire launched one final seige on the Jaharan capital, Jaharo Mexicano. The Empire used their Bullhead strategy, but the Jaharan forces, even though they knew they were defeated, came from all corners and devastated the attacking Imperial forces. At the same time, Allied forces lead by The Jaharan Guerrilla Ops Task Force (J-GOT Forces), which was the most elite unit of soldiers in all of North America, hijacked an Imperial Carrier, 4 submarines, and 10 Battleships and formed the Allied Elite Navy. The AEN combated the Imperial Navy at The Battle of Cuba and were able to land a decicive blow to the Empire and began to invade Havana, an Imperial stronghold. Emperor Reinsbeck II was awe-struck by the hijackings and the Allied victory at sea. The Empire as a whole felt huge disgrace and heightened their attacks in the Gulf of Mexico.
America at the Front Line
After the defeat of Jaharo, The Empire could put all of it's focus on the S.A.R. The American Army was constantly being pushed back and Emperor Reinsbeck II anticipated an easy victory. By 2065, the Empire was able to push their way up to South Carolina. By this time, the remaining Jaharan forces combated the Empire constantly in huge guerrilla warfare. General Tigsren was in charge of taking out these forces. After months of failing to "dispose" of the guerrillas, he said to Emperor Reinsbeck II, "These bastards are hard to deal with, your highness. I simply cannot fight a shadow in the dark." a week later, Reinsbeck sent in an elite sniper to kill Tigsren near the American border, and blamed his death on the American soldiers. This caused a huge boost in enlistment numbers. Eventually, Imperial forces were met by American forces at St. Louis. A hugely unexpected defeat of the Imperial forces at the hands of America left the Empire and the world baffled.
The Imperial Navy was the greatest in the world at the time of the war. It was unrivaled in battle. The only thing that the Imperial Fleet had to worry about was the elusive AEN. Like in the First American Imperial War, The Empire neglected to realize that America still had a Navy, the only navy that could rival the Imperial Fleet, in fact. The American Navy was preoccupied with Russian recreation and guarding the sea. The American Navy reached the coast of Jaharo and began a short-range missile bombing campaign on major coastal military bases and harbors. Eventually, the American Navy was able to launch a small land invasion and retake the Ithsmus of Panama, showing that the Empire wasn't the only one who meant business. Eventually, the American Navy reached the Gulf of Mexico and began to combat the Imperial Fleet, which became a "serious pain in Imperial America's ass."
The Turning Tables
The Empire was getting increasingly impatient with their "weaker enemy" posing a true challenge. Emperor Reinsbeck II and General Esten both commanded the entire army to increase activity in California and South Carolina, and the Navy to combat the AEN. The Empire quickly increased troop movement to Imperial Jaharo and invaded Baja California, quickly taking it over. It was from Baja California that Imperial forces continued to Invade California, USA. In in mid 2065, Imperial Forces were half-way through California. The Invasion force was halted, however, after Canada sent troops to help the American Army, effectively pulling Canada into the War. The Empire was now "Biting off more than it can chew." The AEN began attacking the eastern shore of Imperial Jaharo, which was followed by carpet bombings of major Imperial Bases by the Allied Air Force. This proved crucial, as the Empire had almost no air force, like many nations during the DGD. Emperor Reinsbeck II stated to his counsil, "The Air is dominated by America. The Sea is soon to follow. The Land of our own is being pushed back. We are a mere year and a half into this conquest and my hopes are withering." In 2067, The American Navy, which was encountering "Strange goings-on down at Cape Horn," split into two factions and sailed to the western coast of Imperial Jaharo and, with the help of the AEN, began short-range missile bombardment of the eastern and western coasts. After a few days of this, the allies started a naval-based invasion of the Isthmus of Panama. Everyone within the Empire was baffled at how this was done. At the same time in America, the Allied Army crushed the Imperial forces at the 2nd Battle of St. Louis and were able to begin an offencive campaign against the Empire. The Imperial forces start to experience a long string of defeates that led up to the Battle of New Imperial City. At this battle, elite units storm the Imperial Palace and kill Emperor Reinsbeck II in a rain of fire. The Allied army to the west also push the Californian invasion force back into California.
Divided EmpireAfter the death of Emperor Reinsbeck II, the Empire and Imperial Military went into disorder. Reinsbeck II's nephew Brian Neigton, Imperial Army High General Aaron McDiligan, and Imperial Army Supreme General David Esten all claim the throne and, after much arguing and threatening, the three Emperors split the Empire at the Jaharan-American Border (North and South Empire) and from Baja California to Mid-Jaharo (Western Empire). The Northern Empire was ruled by Emperor Neigton, the Southern Ruled by Emperor Esten, and the Western Empire, which declared itself the Mexican Empire, by Emperor McDiligan. From this point on, they all fought the same war, but never with the help each other.
Dire Straits and the Conclusion
On May 30th, just 20 days after the Fall of New Imperial City, the Allied Army entered the Northern Imperial Capital of Tenington (which was just beginning construction) and killed Emperor Neigton. There was still resistance in the territory of the Northern Empire, however, but it is easily dealt with. After this, in 2068, Emperor Esten of the Southern Empire declared the Southern Empire the sole American Empire and laid claim to the land of the former Northern Empire. He soon maked plans for a peace treaty with America. The final draft of the treaty stated that most of the pre-war territory of the Empire would stay in tact if the Emperor Esten could control the resistance in the Northern Territory within 30 days. He does so in 10. The Mexican Empire is much harder to deal with. Both the Allies and the Empire send in troops to calm the hostilities down. No treaty is ever ratified, but the Mexican Empire is eventually subdude during the gradual decrease of troop activity at the borders. With the Empire in 2, there was an increasing sence of Imperialism throughout North America and the world, with the expansion of America, The European Republic, The Brazilian Empire, and Australia, all of whitch were inspired by the American Empire.
When the American Navy was trying to make a sneak attack to the Gulf of Mexico, the fleet was going to go around South America at Cape Horn. However, they were stopped by a mysterious rogue fleet at the cape and a tense standoff began. After the American fleet split, the half at the cape planned to defeat the fleet. After much debate, a successful night time attack cleared the way. This fleet was later identified as the Brazilian Imperial Fleet after the Brazilian Empire's "fall." The Emperor of the American Empire, before the split, publicly said thanks multiple times to the "Covert Fleet" for their help.
The Years of the 5 Emperors
After Empire had been defeated by America for a second time, It went into complete disarray. Politically, the territory never changed or split or anything of the sort, but the internal problems were huge. The largest, however, was the power struggle. Emperor Esten was only in his 5th month of rule when he was assassinated by Greg Reinsbeck, the nephew of Reinsbeck the Great, and so far the only Emperor who actually could properly wear the Reinsbeck name. He ruled as Reinsbeck III. He, too, only had power for five months before his royal guard killed him while he was sitting in his throne room, waiting for "some excitement" to come about. His rule was short lived, but he did one thing that no other Emperor did: he set up a colony in a foreign continent, Africa to be more specific. These colonies were more so scattered military bases, but still unpresidented. After the Royal guard killed him, the five assassins planned to reform the Empire into a Republic, with the five of them as the equally powered heads. Little did they know was that Reinsbeck's best friend, Don Archamy, was a consperitor. Archamy then killed the four other royal guardsmen and declared himself emperor in the name of his fallen friend. He ruled for nine months before a lower-class man set out a payed assassin, named Alen Streny, to kill Archamy. After he was able to snipe him dead, he declared himself Emperor Reinsbeck IV. He then, on that same day, ordered the death of the man who payed him and told the Imperial counsil that he'd payed someone to kill his predeccessor, without them knowing his true identity. His rule was short, though, as it only lasted roughly 3 days before he was nearly killed by Imperial California state govenor Jacob Lasnik. Reinsbeck IV survived with major wounds and was to believed to have died a few days later from blood loss while trying to escape to the Mexican Empire. Official reports actually place his death 37 years later in 2106 after suffering a stroke in Canada. Lesnik went down in history, though, as the man who reigned over his nation for the shortest time in modern history. He was in power for 2 hours and 20 minutes, from 1:13pm to 3:33pm. His assassin was the son of Emperor Archamy, Dave Archamy. He declared himself Emperor Reinsbeck V and was the fifth and last emperor of the Years of the Five Emperors and the third Emperor to be in power in one day: June 17th. June 17th became known as the "Day of No Identity" and was celebrated as a national Imperial Holiday for fun and to celebrate the restoration of order to the Empire since The Division.
The New Imperial Age
The American Empire had sparked the start of a new Imperial Age. After the resurgence of the American Empire as a great power under Reinsbeck V, it began to set up small colonies on the coast of Africa, in between the European Republic's and America's integrated territory. The European Republic slowely began to turn into an Empire through the gradual shift in power from the Parliament to the President until the eventual crowning of the First European Emperor Richard Wilksonin in 2070. Europeans were experiencing what they called "European-Reinsbeckanism," later shortened to "Europeanism," and again to "Romanism." The name Reinsbeck became synonymous with the "Restoration of a Great Nation." In America, it was the USA. In Europe, it eventually became Rome. Even in places like Russia and China, Reinsbeckanism kicked in to a lesser extent and the countries began major reforms. In China, people believed that Manchuria should belong to the Chinese like it once did and the two countries almost went to war again multiple times. Reinsbeck the Great's acts of war in North America were forgotten by the rest of the world, or atleast altered to fit the Legendary Figure, and he was seen as a great man. After the conclusion of the Days of Global Darkness, he became knows as the Man who Saved the World. The scholars of the time said that, "if he hadn't tried to conquer North America, imperialism would have never kicked in and the world would have a tremendously longer recovery time. His acts solidified the idea of imperialism and brought global order."
The American Empire under Reinsbeck V
Reinsbeck V was a man of high regards throughout the Empire. Many disregarded his murderous act on his predeccessor and praised him. he brough the Imperial unemployment down to 35%, like in the times of Reinsbeck the Great. He also worked closely with the NAAP, eventually signing the Empire back as a member. The overall NAAP economy saw a large boost. It was durring this time that New Imperial City was dubbed "Sixth Rome." The Previous five were Rome, Constantinople, Moscow, Washington DC, and London (Capital of the European Republic). The Empire had now been restored to a world power and became the richest country in the western hemisphere. Emperor Reinsbeck V made huge economic reforms and opened up extensive trade with the rest of the world. Because of the Empire, the Dark Depression was beginning to slow down and the world entered what American President Henry Sentoh "The Grey Age." While the rest of the world was stepping out of the Dark Depression and into the Grey Age, The Empire had pulled out of the depression. While the rest of the world was fighting with itself, (namely The European Empire vs. Eastern Europe, America and Jaharo vs. the Mexican Empire, China vs. Manchuria, and Russia continually fighting many formerly and currently annexed peoples for revenge and freedom, respectively) The American Empire remained peaceful, even while in the midst of all of it's surrounding countries fighting each other. Reinsbeck V became known as Reinsbeck the Magnificant for his peaceful ways and great economic reforms.
The Mexican Empire's Militarism and Imperialism
ResistanceWhile the American Empire was keeping peace, the Mexican Empire was continually attempted to breach the American borders with force, but continually failed. The Mexican Empire was proving unsuccessful. These campaigns were small and mainly to show that they weren't going down peacefully and aren't going to give in. Emperor McDiligan was nearly assassinated by a secret NAAPIG unit, which posed as a Mexican Imperial Revolution group. Many people then stood up and actually protested the continual attacks and a peace treaty was finally signed in 2071.
The Imperial Alliance Pact
In 2072, Emperor McDiligan contacted Emperor Reinsbeck V and suggested a secret treaty to ally the Empires and eventually try to overthrow the NAAP dominance. Reinsbeck immediately refused and put a public ban on trade and other transactions with the Mexican Empire. McDiligan did, however, secretly meet with the Imperial Counsil and the pact was signed. The Allied Imperial Army, being assembled in the heart of the Mexican Empire, was slowely building up and planning the conquest of North America. Finally, the AIA invaded America and the American Empire was in another civil war.
The Third American Imperial War: The Mexican Imperial War
The BeginningMany supporters of the Imperial Alliance captured many American Imperial States and declared themselves "Americae Imperium" (American Empire in Latin). No one in the NAAP recognized them as a true state, but they were backed by the Mexican Empire, and sometimes called a Mexican Imperial Puppet state. The American Imperial Alliance made many early victories on America and the Empire. Emperor Reinsbeck V was extremely concerned with the advancing troops and immediately brought in more drafts and troops for the American Imperial Army and the NAAP Army. Jaharo and Canada both wanted to remain neutral and signed a Treaty on Non-aggression with the AIA.
Though the AIA Army was outmatched, they had large numbers and had the potential to overpower NAAP. The main reason the Allies were able to hold up so well is because of one major thing: The Navy. The Empire and America always had the greatest navies in the world and the Allied Navy was no exception to this trend. the Mexican Imperial Navy was poorly prepared, only having slight advances in vessel armor over the Allied Navy. The border, after the advances made within the first month of the war (See Map), remained very stagnent. Surprisingly, however, the AIA never tried to invade Jaharo, which shows that they have learned from their past mistakes.
The Battle of None
The war was defined as "small," because of the few attempts at an actual offencive. There wern't too many battles, but rather many border skirmishes. The war was also very short, lasting only just under 3 years. The "real" battles were in the American Imperial Civil War, also known as the Inside War. There were large casualties in each battle between the factions.
The End Came SoonerIn 2076, about 26 months in, the NAAPIG launched a black ops. mission to take out the Mexican Emperor McDiligan, who was an amazing strategist. They succeeded and the Mexican Empire fell to pieces. The Mexican Empire now focused more on itself than the war, where the Empire was ruled now by multiple warlords. The Allies took advantage of this and started to push inward. With the Mexican Empire preoccupied, the Rebellious American Imperial States began to lose many battles until their surrender on the 30th month. By June, 2077, NAAP forces, lead by the American Imperial Army, reached the Capital of Mexiosiana. The Empire governed much of the former Mexican Imperial territory and the Empire of America was "reunited" for the first time since 2067, ten years. Jaharo made the claim to the land, but it was being 'reconstructed' by the SAR and the Empire as well.
The Empire of Chaos
Only days after the defeat of the Mexican Empire, and its subsequent 'absorbtion' by the American Empire and (partially) the U.S., the American Empire went into chaos. Many of its new subjects to the west resented their new "forign rule" and were extremely rebellious.
The Defeat of Reinsbeck VWeeks after the absorbtion, Emperor Reinsbeck the Magnificant was assassinated. The assassination was carried out by a militant group that called themselves "American Purists." There was a large battle at the Imperial Palace in Texas, which would last for almost a month. By the end, about 27 survivors of the American Purists broke into the Palace and hunted down Reinsbeck. There was a 45 minute long battle between the surviving American Purists and a group of 30 surviving Royal Guardsmen and the Emperor himself. His last words were "If a king doesn't fall, then he is immortal, unhuman, a god, of which I am not. I fall fighting and live while I die. If these men of another land wish to dethrone me, then have at them. I will not deny what their humanly minds want." Roughly 37 minutes into the battle, Reinsbeck, after already being nearly mortally wounded with a bullet to the chest and pieces of shrapnel to the back and head, had fallen to the ground after another bullet to the chest. His death was compared to that of Emperor Constantine XI, the Last Roman Emperor. At the end, all 27 American Purists were killed and there were 6 Royal Guardsmen left living. Each of them were given international recognision and given the NAAP "International Purple Medal of Courage," which was the highest award that could havee been
The Absence of the Emperor
Many claimed the Imperial title, but during the battle, around the second week, Emperor Reinsbeck said in a provisional will, "In case of my death and no clear successor in sight, I give the power of Emperor to the Imperial Counsil until a true successor is selected." This era became known as the Multis Dynasty (2077-2088) where, for 11 years, the Imperial Counsil of 15 ruled the Empire. This soon became a competition, however, as at least half of the counsilmen hired assassins. by the end of the first year, 4 counsilmen were killed. at the end of three years, 5 remained, but this was after the counsilmen who hired the aforementioned assassins were killed themselves by the other counsilmen. After this, the 5 counsilmen vowed to find the true successor to the throne and even created their own counsil, called the Low Imperial Counsil (with the 5 counsilmen being the High Imperial Counsil).
The Multis Dynasty
The Multis Rule
After the death of Reinsbeck the Magnificent, many saw this as the end of any successon to the thron, or the Reinsbeck Name. The counsil had taken on the role of the leading power of the Empire. Fond of the Latin language, the people dubbed the multi-emperor dynasty the Multis Dynasty. The Multis Dynasty was a fractured rule, but still a functioning one nontheless. From 2077-2082, ten High Counsilmen were assassinated either because of a payed assassin or being punished for highiring the assassins. The remaining 5 ruled relatively cooperatively with one another and their rule was dibbed the New Years of the 5 Emperors. The Multis Dynasty was no more than a temporary rule until a propor successor to the throne was chosen, but due to the fact that many people throughout the Empire believed that the Reinsbeckian Dynasty had ended, the Multis Dynassty tried its best to try to keep power. Many prominant figures throughout the Empire tried to rise to regional power and many gained huge support. Anyone who tried to gain power through assassination were quickly subdued and killed. Many of these people trying to gain power through political support tried to show the Counsil Emperors of the Multis Dynasty that they should be appointed to the position of Emperor, but the Multis Emperors stopped their look for a new emperor by 2085. In 2085., the Brazilian Imperial War had broken out between the Brazilian Empire and the Allies, which consisted of the US, Jaharo, Canada, and Australia, to try to prevent the harsh Brazilian Power to spread any further than their territory. The war was brought on by maritime attacks on Australian Island territories in the Pacific and an attampted invasion of Jaharo. The Multis Emperors promised peace, but many spoke out and wanted war with the increasing threat. Many started to try to overthrow the Multis Emperors at this point.
More Internal Strife
As the Brazilian Imperial War raged, many wanted war to help speed up the Brazilian Empires defeat and many felt it as a national threat. The Multis Emperors didn't see this as a threat and wanted to remain neutral. Eventually, after much protest, the Multis Emperors had trouble on their hands and a group of protesters seized arms and ammunition, aided by Royal Guardsmen who wanted to go to war, attacked the palace. In the battle of the still under reconstruction palace, One Emperor was killed and three wounded. The survivors then reopened their search for a successor. Eventually, Governor Thomas Xenimus of Valifornia, a recently incorporated state in the Empire, was promoted to Emperor in 2088. The Multis Emperors were still in power, however, as the imperial counsil. Historians generally classify Xenimus' earlier years as Emperor under the Multis Dynasty. Emperor Xenimus quickly got together a massive army to join the war against the Empire of Brazil.
Xenimus was an extremely successful man. He started his career as a soldier in the Imperial Army in 2073 at the age of 18. He was then sent to the front lines at the outbreak of the Mexican Imperial War. He saw much action and bacame a war hero after saving the lives of 8 men in an exploding bunker. He also was a great strategist and eventually lead his own unit in special missions. After the end of the war, Xenimus joined the Royal Guard and saw action at the Seige of the Imperial Palace, after which he received the International Purple Medal of Courage. In 2080, he left the guard and ran for the office of Governer of his home state (which was in the process ofbecoming an Imperial State when he was born.) He was considered a legitiment genius, with an IQ of 183. That being said, nobody questioned his thoughts on anything, especially how to rule. He was a humble man as well. Very rarely did he show that he was a genius in front of people. He favored war with Brazil to end its harsh rule in South America and its rising dominance in the Pacific.
The Brazilian Imperial War: The Fourth American Imperial War
The Brazilian Empire was massive. It consisted of the entire South American continent and had huge numbers. Though it never recovered from the mid-century crisis that put the American Empire at the top, it still had a magnificant military. The Allies were well prepared, however. Australia and America handled the majority of the Navy, while Jaharo, Canada, and the Empire handled much of the Ground movement. Due to recent reformes, the Empire was also building up a massive air force to assist the SARA (Second American Republic Air force) as well.
The Fall of an Ally
Jaharo was the first country to be invaded directly and was constantly fighting off the Brazilian forces. They were nearly conquered until 3 years after the war started, the Empire joined in after Brazilian troop movement came dangerously close to the border. Immediately after the Empire joined, it was invaded by Brazilian ground troops. This solidified the Empire's presence in the war. This invasion was a large distraction to the allies, as the Brazilian Army was able to capture the Capital of Jaharo, Jarenitalah. This was the second time in history that Jaharo was taken over by a wartime enemy. With the Jaharo "buffer zone" gone, the Empire was fighting a front completely on its own. The Allies were down to the U.S., Australia, Canada and the Empire. Jaharo was now governed by the Brazilian Empire still recognized Jaharo's national identity, but still considered it a new part of the empire. Within months of its capture, however, military spending went through the roof and economic instability, coupled with civil unrest, caused the nation to completely collaps. This 'no mans land' battle field became the main point of fighting for a large portion of the war.
The Pacific Beatdown
While forces on the field in the Americas were constantly fighting and matching each other, the Brazilian Fleet was able to push the Australian Navy back for many months. The Brazilians were able to capture Hawaii within 6 months of fighting. This left the Australians fighting their own war in the pacific. Each of the remaining Allies sent in part of their naval fleet to help. This wasn't enough, however, and the Allied pacific fleet was struggling to keep up. The Brazilian Naval Fleet was able to invade the New Zealand Provence of Australian and take control of the entire island of New Zealand. The allies were becoming increasingly isolated.
The Empire takes Charge
As the Allies were getting torn apart, the Imperial Forces were becoming increasingly involved in the overall flow of the war. Emperor Xenimus, directing the overall actions of the Imperial Militarty, began to take control of the situation. He is credited with keeping the war effort together. He noted that the Brazilian Navy was preoccupied with Australia and focused the military on the Central American Front. He also began organizing the Allied Air force and began plans raids on the Brazilian Mainland. As this occurred, the Imperial Supreme General, Richard Reinsbeck, a direct decendand of Reinsbeck the Great, was made head of all Allied actions and named Supreme Allied Ground Commander. He formulated the Circle Strategy, in which he ordered the Army to encircle small parts of the enemy troops and either force them to surrender or destroy them. It worked wonders and it eventually allowed the allies to take control of the no mans land field. Once a large enough portion of of the enemy submitted, they could put forces at work to push the enemy back. As this was happening, the Empire tried to obtain more power, which it did.
The Stagnent Front
After the success of the Circle strategy in 2088, the front became stalemated as troops on both sides were being bottlenecked at the Ithsmus of Panama. Huge casualties caused each side to slow down troop movement. The majority of the fighting then took place in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico through naval battles. The Brazilians tried multiple times to invade Imperial island possesions, but most were repelled. The Allies also tried the same, but with the similar results. The war, atleast in the Americas, was stalemated. It remained so until early 2089.
The Appex of the War
By mid-2089, the Allied Air force was finally ready to preform large operations. Emperor Xenimus urged General Reinsbeck to hold off the raids for a better plan. Once negotiations were completed, they had masterminded "Operation Smashing Gavel." This plan called for the Offencive retreat of Allied troops from the Isthmus of Panama to allow airstriks and naval bombardments on the enemy advancements. After which the Allied forces would be able to advance after the enemy devistation. The plan went into effect on July 9th. After a week of falling back, airstriks began on the Isthmus, which cause less than expected loss on the enemies. After the 'quasi-fail,' as SAR President Myston put it, the Navy tried, and succeded in making up for the loss. After three days of success, however, the Brazilian Navy was able to preoccupy the Allied Navy in the Battle of Cuba. With the plan failing, the Allies started to come up with one last-resort solution: Atomic Bombings of major Brazilian cities. Many were against this, as it seemed to unconventional, but, in september, The Australian mainland was invaded and the Brazilian Army, even under huge airstrikes, began to push back the Allies in Central America. Then, Allied leaders gave the Brazilian Empire an ultimatum: cease your fighting or we will use nuclear force. Those opposing them stated that Nuclear weapons havent been used in over a hundred years in war, since the Japanese bombings of WWII, so why should they believe them. Then on November 5th, the first atomic bomb was dropped by an Allied fighter plane on a major military city, named Imperiano Brazio, around where the Northern most point of former Argentina used to be. The Brazilians were awestruck. But after refusing to cease their fighting, a second bomb was dropped on November 12th, the second bomb was dropped on the major movement of troops just south of the Isthmus. This allowed for the invasion of the Imperial homeland. The nuclear site was bypassed during the invasion, dubbed "The Southern Invasion." The movement was slower than expected, but enemy forces were devastated. After the failure of the original "Smashing Gravel," the new allied nuclear program was called Smashing Gravel as well as the nuclear drops. In a stunning turn of events, other areas that had nuclear warheads in the former countries that occupied those territories, people began to try to find the weapons. Russia stated they had some ready to fire, but the Allied forces quickly got nuclear weapons to the coast of Russia and threatened retaliation if Russia made any moves. Eventually, the allies forcedly confiscated Russian neclear devices, and destroyed them, along with all of the other weapons on earth.
The American Ceasefire
After the devastation of the nuclear drops, the Brazilian government called for a ceasefire as the allied troops were nearing the heartland of Brazil. Ground and maritime combat was ceased by both sides and the December 2nd Congress of America was held. There was still combat in the Pacific front, albiet greatly reduced. American President Sandra Myston, the first SAR female president, Canadian president Jack Quasiois, Jaharan President Sanchez Mariano, Australian Supreme Minister Nicholas Stevens, American Emperor Thomas Xenimus, and Brazilian Emperor Quanterez II meet in Brasilia Imperia, the imperial capital of Brazil. On the terms, The Brazilian Empire would be drastically shrunken and troops would immediately cease their combat. The Treaty of America was signed on Christmas Day and officially ended the war. This wasn't the case however, as the navy near Australia continued to fight and picked up its combat missions after the treary was signed.
Though combat on the Mainland had halted, the Imperial Brazilian Navy, now out of Brazilian Control, continued their successful invasion of Australia. Because of the Treaty, the Navy declared themselves independent and set up a base in the recently occupied New Zealand territory of Australia. The name of the 'New Brazilian Empire," as some put it, was The Naval Empire of Brazil (2090-2091). Every territory they conquered was immediately integrated into their empire. The Allied Navy went in to aid the Australian Navy. The American Imperial Navy was sent over to help while the integrated SAR-lead Allied Navy fought off the remaining resistance in Islands and other Naval factions that refused to surrender. The Imperial Navy was having difficulties trying to win decisive battles against the Brazilians. Their presence, however, greatly reduced the movement of enemy troops on the mainland. Imperial Marines saw the most action in the war here than in the last half of a century. Finally, in June of 2091, the Naval Empire capitulated after the Allied navy reached New Zealand. The Naval Empire's army was pathetic compare to their nav. Their land troops avalible to protect the capital, and the whole island, for that matter, were a couple hundred army guards from the capital. At the same time, Australian forces were pushing the troops out ot the mainland. And with that, the war with Brazil was finally over.
Part 2: The Imperialism Begins 2092-2195 (The Game of the South: Phase 1 2156-2195)
The New Era of Man
Changes in Imperial Politics
Emperor Xenimus knew exactly what the first thing he was going to in as his first peacetime act: abolish the High Counsil. Unlike in the SAR, where the public was evenly divivded over the use of the nuclear bombs, the imperial public was strongly against it. The Emperor felt the same way and abolished the High Counsil a day after the final Brazilian peace treaty was signed, on June 17th. He also backed up his decision with the reminder of how the Counsil started a third imperial war by signing a treaty under Emperor Reinsbeck V's nose. This act made Xenimus, along with many of his successors, total autocrats. The Low Counsil had its power checked as well, having been reduced to just a consultant committee. The Empire of America was now the least democratic, most centralized state in the world. It was also becoming one of the more powerful ones.
The Wounds Can Finally HealThe major leaders of the world's powers were all thinking the same thing after the end of the Brazilian War: work on healing the world. On January 1st, the leaders of the world met at the first World Peace Alliance Summit. The First Summit, as it became known as, consisted of the leaders of the American Empire, SAR, Russia, Japan, China, Manchuria, Canada, Jaharo, the European Empire, Australia (Now called the Oceanic Alliance), Libya, South Africa, Poland, Turkey, and many others from around the world. The leaders from nearly all of the centralized states of the world took 10 months creating, ratifying, and signing the Treaty of Mankind, or the "New Geneva Convention Treaty," as some called it. Everyone at the summit signed the treaty, including General Richard Reinsbeck, former rebel leader Saturo Masamichi, and former General and SAR ex-President John Evans, both of the latter now in their 90's. With the signing of this, guidlines were set about handling another 2016 economic situation, new nation building, and new rules about warfare and human rights, including international outlaw of nuclear weapons. The world adopted this as the unofficial "World Constitution." The world, however, didn't see the development of new countries for a few decades after the signing, as all of the countries of the world still needed to strengthen themselves. One interesting thing was that the Treaty also had a catch on Space exploration: It was banned for one hundred years after the signing of the Treaty. Modern critics usually agree that this was for military equality around the modernized world and, mainly, to focus on the healing of the world itself.
The Empire and International Relations
Until the Brazilian Imperial War, the Empire, like many nations, never associated with other countries in the world unless they were bordered by them or in major wars, like WWIII. The American Empire was bginning to accosiate more with the European Empire and China for talks of trade of resources. Their newest big non-NAAP ally was the Oceanic Alliance. The two became very close and became strong tradng parteners. Russia was also getting in on the trade deals with the Empire and its new allies. Xenimus had to apoint a leader of forign affairs to handle these thing while he was dealing with internal affairs. He appointed his cousin, William Reichard, to the newly created position of Imperial Forign Affairs Minister. He proved himself good with negotiations, as he was the Admiral of the Imperial Navy prior to this appointment. He helped a great deal to negotiate the end of the Brazilian Imperial War. With this, The Emperor could now focus completely with the Empire itself. After negotiating many helpful trading deals, Reichard was inducted into the Imperial Family in 2093, replacing his last name with Xenimus. This was the first imperial induction in the history of the Empire. This also allowed William to contend for the proper succession of Emperor Xenimus. Willaim was still called Reichard as a sort of nickname.
Xenimus wanted to focus on internal affairs, now that external affairs was off of his hands. He made economic reforms, introducing a new, more stable imperial credit that wasn't backed by the SAD (Formerly called USD). This new money was extremely risky, but it proved very effective. Xenimus also put into place new job reforms. He helped created the Imperial Construction Union, where people were put to work by the newly created Imperial Workers' Committee, headed by the new Imperial Jobs Minister, to buuld new structures and public works projects. The construction union helped create more factories and other businesses. The Workers' Committee also put resource collectors to work to help get factories to work. On big thing that the Empire had was Texan Oil. The oil wasn't highly used at the time and was hardly tapped into in previous years, only used for war. The government began to invest in internal oil product and traded it for high profits. Xenimus was creating an economically powerful empire. The Unemployment, from 2092-2097 went from 40% to 15%, which was completely unprecedented. With the excellent trade deals Reichard had made, and the new products coming out from the empire, the governemt was given more money to spend on job creation, and everything just kept snowballing. Once the unemployment level dropped to 20% in 2096, Xenimus was given the title "The Great," the second emperor to receive the title. It mostly came from the public calling him Xenimus the Great that it stuck. The Empire was experiencing a new Pax Era with a benevolent leader and, arguably, the first post-DGD nation to emerge. Historians argue when the DGD era ended. Some say it was sometime between the End of the Brazilian War and the signing of the Treaty of Mankind, which is the most widely accepted end date range, while others say it was when the Empire's Economy became amongst the strongest in the world. Either way, 2092 was the start of Secundus Pax Americae Imperii, or the Second Peace of the American empire.
The State of Occupied CountriesThe Empire had withdrawn most of its forces from Russia around the time of the Brazilian War. Though there were still some troops there, the imperial presence shrank dramatically. Troops in Brazil remained there until the early 22nd century. The occupation were small talk, however, compared to something that was right next door to the Emire: the still healing void left by the Mexican Empire, which had become known as "The Void." The area that was The Void was in fact territory occupied by the American Empire and or Mexican Empire from the Second Imperial War to the Third Imperial War, which belonged to Jaharo and Baja California before the Second Imperial War. Baja California was suffering badly, both politically and economically, and was looking into being integrated into one of the surrounding countries for their own benifit. Xenimus, with the country's new found wealth, put in a large bid. Whoever one the bid gaveThis would give the Empire a trading place on the Pacific. Jaharo rightfully claimed the territory as their own, with their first capital remaining within The Void. Each country still had a lot of influence in the surrounding areas, even placing their own troops in place for "security" reasons. In 2094, Jaharo stated their integration of territory with the most influence from them, while they also presented their plan for the integration of the rest of the Void. Xenimus, although supporting Jaharo's right to reclaim its land, still wanted a piece of the Void they occupied. In all remaining sections, certain towns proclaimed their allegance to America and The Empire in the respectie regions of influence. Jaharo reacted harshly to this, but because most of their troops were in Brazil, they could voice their opinion.
The New Imperial Area
Imperial Peaceful ExpansionWith the Void split up into so many different areas of allegence, and the Americas,' vying for a piece of the territory, Jaharo had a tough time inserting their authority. Xenimus argued," They have their old capital within their own territory again, and I respect their claim of the territory they lost thirty years ago, but many peoples, originally Jaharan citizens, owe their allegence to new powers, and I believe that the people of the area should be able to chose." After a year of debate amongst the leaders and ambassadors, the powers finally reached an agreement. The majority of the land was given back to Jaharo after roughly thirty years of disorganization and dispute, and areas that were very autonomus in their own rights were given a vote as to which country they would like to be itegrated with. The majority of the semi-autonomous areas, which were officially known as NAAP Dependant Semi-states, or NDS's, voted to return to Jaharo, only given a vote because of large pro-Empire or pro-American minorities. The SAR received two reletively small areas up north and the Empire received a new territory on the other side of the continent, which sat in between Baja California and Jaharo (See Map). Only two weeks later on may 7th 2095, the Empire received news from NAAP officials that Baja California had decided that the Empire was the best bet. In the short term, the Empire had their military more readily avalible for action, while American and Jaharan troops were elsewhere in the world helping with occupation otherwise. In the long term, the Empire was projected to retain a very stable economy. This was made official when Emperor Xenimus and Minister Reichard flew to the new terrirories and signed the Treaty of Integration on May 21st. For the first time in 66 years, since the end of the First Imperial War, there were major perminent territory changes for the empire. Xenimus was, once again, praised for his leadership. The area that was voted to the Empire was integrated as a state immediately, but, under the conditions loosely given by the bidding deal, Baja California was given to them as an integrated dependent territory. Both Xenimus and the counsil knew that it would become a state by his successors, though.
The Serenity is Shaken
The ExtermidaRecently, with the rest of the world finally climbing out of the Dark Depression, there was an increase in world travel and many from the devastated Brazil moved north. The Empire had a large influx of immigrants, with a large portion being former Imperial Brazilian Subjects. What wasn't know was that some from the former Brazilian aristocracy, which was destroyed during the war, wanted to get revenge. Though it was petty, these people moved all around North America and formed multiple terrorist organizations. The main one that the Empire had to deal with was "Extremida," which was short for A Extremidade, which is Portuguese for The Enders. They started small with infrequent shootings and some car bombs, but they got progressively more violent to send a message. They also attracted others and the organization grew. In 2097, the leader of Extermida, Danilo Carteza, was marked as a High Value Target. Xenimus did all in his power to reduce the threat. He put in place stricter immigration policies and increased spending in snternal security, but they continued to find ways of terror. One of the most noticable incidents was on August 13th, 2097, where Extermida bombed the Forign Affairs capital building adn surrounding city, killing over two thousand others and severely wounding Minister Reichard and the Head Imperial Ambasador John Ryekly, with Ryekly losing his lower left leg and left hand. This was remembered as The Black 13th.
The End of the Violence
The violence climaxed when Extermida organized an attack on the Imperial Palace. On April 11th, 2098, they carried out their plan to attack the Imperial Palace and wreak havoc on New Imperial City. They simultaneously blew up the foundation of three tallest skyscrapers, two ov which collapsed. Luckily, most of the people in the buildings were evacuated before anything fell. 100 people were still killed by the initial blasts and an additional 200 from the falling buildings. Then, the Imperial Palace was bombed and a large group of the terrorists attacked the building with automatic weapons. After a short gunfight with the Palace Security, the Extermida forces entered, aiming to kill Xenimus. The Emperor wasn't going down easily, though, as he immediately grabbed the nearest assault rifle and prepared for battle. He moved with his Palace Guards to take the enemy down, even though the Guard refused to let the Emperor at the front line. Guard witnesses recorded that the Emperor shot down four different terrorist soldiers on his own and even went to the front line and shot down three more men. Eventually Xenimus was shot down with bullets to his right arm and his chest. He continued to shoot at the enemy while on the ground until he ran out of ammo and was finally taken away to receive immediate intensive care. Only 25 minutes after the Emperor was shot, the enemy force was driven out of the palace and a half an hour after that the Extermida were defeated, left with only a few men standing to escape. The Emperor hadn't held a gun since he fought at Reinsbeck V's last stand over 20 years ago. This only added to the legendary figure. The next day, Xenimus celebrated his 44th birthday in the hospital. While he layed abed in the hospital, he ordered the Imperial Marines to find and take down Danilo Carteza. After roughly two months of hard tracking tracking, along with previous data gathered on Extermida, a joint NAAP-Imperial marines assult was planned on the supposed place of Cartezas's hiding. The joint operation was training for the assault for 5 months before executing the operation secretly on New Years Day 2099. The Forces were airdropped into the remote desert town in Jaharo, who know about the plan. At 3 in the morning, the team went in and managed to kill Carteza and gather a great amount of information on their plans for more terrorist attacks. With this, Xenimus was patched up for a speech on the announcement for this victory over this. Soon, Extermida lost momentum and fell apart without a stable leader. Xenimus was taken back to the hospital after the speech was made. Citizens were rejoicing in the streets, as well as people all around North America. This was a grand achievement for the Empire and the Emperor.
The SuccessionAt the turn of the century, The World Leaders all came together at New Imperial City to celebrate a new age of mankind. The Empire had risen up to become one of the major powers of the world, along with NAAP as a whole, the European Empire, and the Oceanic Alliance. After the week long celebration, the Empire went back to the usual business. Nothing major happened for the rest of Xenimus' reign, except steady strengthening. During the 2110's, Xenimus did begin to send missionaries and ambassadors out into the re-developing world to help speed up their recovery, which did help immensely. The Emperor himself went out on goodwill missions himself a lot, such as to the still occupied Ex-Brazilian Empire, and to Russia, recently freed from occupation. He also encouraged and helped out with extravegant celebrations for the Centenial Birthday of the Empire. Then, on May 10th, 2117, the Empire went into a week long celebration and Xenimus went across the the After 34 years of a prosperous and legendary rule, Emperor Xenimus died of a stroke in his sleep at the age of 67, on March 13th, 2122. He, at the time, was the longest ruling emperor in Imperial history, beating Emperor Leston's record by two years. The question now was who was going to succeed him. He had kids later and left two sons by his wife, Jessica Xenimus, who would out live him by 10 years. The eldest, Thomas II, died in a plane crash while on a good will mission to Brazil in 2119 at the age of 22. The younger son, James, who was 23 at his father's death, declined the throne in honor of his father and brother, and due to the fact that he felt unfit to rule. The next year, James and his wife had a baby, Xenimus the Great's first grandson, but James, again, declined a future forced rule upon his son. The rule was handed over to William Reichard, who was third in line to take the throne (second in line after Thomas II died). Reichard took the title of William Xenimus, and commonly refered to Xenimus the Old. He did suggest the newly born Xenimus to succeed him, until his own son spoke up and was placed as next in line for Xenimus the Old.
Emperor Xenimus Old
Xenimus the Old,like his name suggests, was an older man, being 60 when he took power. Many saw him as a proper successor because of his help in the past and his experience. He was keen on foreign relations and kept the Empire in order with its allies and other powers. He also sent more troops into Brazil to help with the excelleration of its recovery. He also boosted naval power for the Empire, being biased to the Navy after his service as Admiral. He also payed more attention to the underappreciated colonies inf Aftica. He made multiple trips there and passed bills that made colonists citizens and gave them full rights. He even split up the colony into multile states and gave the citizens vote for official governers of the states. He was beloved by many in the Empire. Some disagreed, however. There was one man who tried to kill the fledgling Emperor. Two years through his reign, while giving a speech to the public, someone in a nearby building, with a sniper rifle, shot Xenimus II in the left shoulder. He then got up, took a guard's pistol, and started shooting in the direction the sniper was, As luck would have it, one of the bullets hit the would-be assassin and the guard found him on the ground holding his arm when they went after him. Reichard then got up and said, "well, that kinda sucks," while looking at his wound. He then insisted on finishing the speech, but was pulled aside to have the bullet removed and have his shoulder stitched up. After a half an hour of light operating, he went back and continued his speech. His son, Ryan Reichard, aged 33 when his father took power, became the Governer of the largest imperial colony, named Mali after the ancient kingdom, and helped in the cause to be integrated. Xenimus the Old ruled for 6 years before ironically dying in a sinking ship off of the coast of Africa, which was on its way to the colony. It was determined that the ship had a furnace malfunction and blew up, destroying a good portion of the ship. After this, James stepped up and wanted to claim the throne, but controvercy was rampant.
The 2128 Succession ControversyAfter the death of Xenimus the Old, the two were at a standoff and everyone was questioning who was going to succeed the Emperor. James was the son of the first Emperor of the Dynasty and would have been ahead of Xenimus the Old for succession, but Ryan was the successor to the most recent Emperor to pass. Ryan hadn't done anything spectacular during his governing career. Neither had James after his father passed away. James had practically disappeared from the public eye after Xenimus the Great died. He did, however, do many diplomatic missions and did serve in the army, helping the occupation troops in Brazil during the reign of his father. The Foreign Minister, who was the second most powerful person in the Empire, even holding power over the counsil, had to chose and it took him seven weeks to do so. Eventually, he confronted the counsil and they held a vote. The counsil of 15 voted 9-6 in favor of James. This is one of the extremely rare cases of an Emperor being voted into power.
Emperor James Xenimus (Xenimus II)
Taking power on February 7th, 2128, at the age of 29, James was in questionable light from day one. He was little known to the public, only through his nameright. One of his first act was giving the counsil more power, which lasted for the first few years. This time period was commonly called at the time, "The Handicapped Years." During The Handicapped Years, the counsil was responsible for passing multiple laws and giving a great amount of influence over the emperor, who was known as Emperor James. The public was unsure of this new emperor, who was, at the time, the youngest emperor to take power. After The Handicapped Years, which amounted to roughly three years, the power James had given to the counsil was lifted and he began to rule on his own. It was after this that he started to define himself as an emperor. Unlike his father and second cousin, James proved to be a harsher enforcer, but not to the point of abuse in power. He made stricter regulations on pretty much everything. He stated in his memoirs that he felt, 'unsure about many things, so [he] enforced things more strictly so the laws could be managed more autonomously.
This helped with crime throughout the empire, which of late wasn't a big deal. What little crime that was present in the empire was shrunken to a very small percent of what it was. He took the lead in tracking down the remaining fringes of Extermida an helped to lead other internal NAAP terrorist missions, helping to take down multiple terrorist leaders withing North America. On a personal note, he always threw extravegant anniversary parties for his wife, Melissa, to whom he was married to since he was 24. On a related note, he also stated in his memoirs that his wife "took a leading roll in the Empire while [he] was in the hospital, unable to rule. Melissa [had] a big role in politics while I was incharge as well."
Health of the Leader
James was a mentally healthy man, but he had cardiovascular issues since childhood. He suffered from multiple heartattacks during his teen years. One notable incident was on a trip to Brazil. As he was walking off of the plane, he suffered from an attack and fell down the stairs from the top and was rushed to the nearby hospital, where he suffered from a concussion. He always managed to make a quick recovery, though. This wasn't the case, however, in 2133, James suffered from his worst heart attack yet. He nearly died and was rushed to the hospital. After complications, he died three weeks after the attack. On his deathbed, James proclaimed Melissa to be his successor as the Emperess of America.
The First Emperess
The legend goes that the Emperor went mad and staged his death so his wife could be all powerful, all because he was madly in love with her. Though it was a fun thing to tell kids before bed, that wasn't the case. He really did suffer from a severe heart attack and did name his wife emperess in his place. She had a leading role in politics at the time and knew what she was doing when she was given the power. But she had a realitively easy ride, due to the great amount of peace and prosperity that was occuring in and around the empire, and around the world. She became known as the "Foreign Empress," due to the fact that she was usually around the world on good will missions rather than at her Palace. She ruled by her maiden name, Arbon, to differentiate herself from he predecessors, ruling as Empress Arbon.
Ruling as Emperess
Empress Arbon received a lot of global attention for being the first female Imperial Ruler ever in the empire's then 116 year history. Other than that, her rule was realitively unremarkable. She did, however make some changes to the Imperial Constitution, such as official succession rights, officially recording the power of the counsil, and a few other minor additions that were understood by the people of the empire, but never officially written down. She made it so that the person chosen by the Emperor is the first choice to become their successor, then, if none had been chosen, the eldest of the family. Brothers and sisters were first in line, followed by the children of the Emperor, then nieces and nephews, and so on. This was probably the most majorly lasting impact from her rule, as up until the fall of the empire 1020 years later, these rules were followed for succession of the throne. In 2154, the Emperess threw an extrevagent nation-wide party in celebration of what would have been Xenimus the Great's 100th birthday. After 23 years of ruling, with little disturbences on the peace, she died of cancer she had contracted just a few years before her death. Her son, Michael, took power in 2156 at the age of 29 and ruled under his actual surname, Xenimus.
Emperor Xenimus III and the Break in Peace
Michael Xenimus, like the previous few emperors, was handed an Empire in a very peaceful state. The only way this could be shaken was through external forces or the Emperor himself. Being the grandson of Xenimus the Great, whom he never even knew, he was compared to him greatly by critics. The NAAP peace was coming to a close, but Xenimus III thought he was looking forward to a stable and easy job. Tensions were rising at the American Continental Border, mainly with Brazilian rebels and Jaharan forces, at the same time, non-renewable resources were beginning to become more scarce across North America, causing leaders to look for alternitaves. NAAP as a whole continued to search for new resources. One attractive place was South America. Xenimus III was a large supporter of this, along with the S.A.R. Canada remained neutral on the subject and Jaharo was strongly against it, mainly because of the huge resistence NAAP would face in the southern continent and their growing hate for the former Brazilians. Heated descussions persisted throughout North America discussing the issue, mainly between the Empire and Jaharo. Multiple times, the Emperor and Jaharan President Marino Santia met to try and reach an agreement, but all failed. The two nations were growing further apart by the day.
Division in the NAAPAfter only 3 years in power, Emperor Michael had become an expert in political arguements, especially against Jaharan opponents. The arguments over the resources had practically dissipated and simple diplomatic talks were the main topic. Both the Empire and Jaharo were trying to drag Canada and America into the fiasco. Canada continually declared neutrality and, after 4 years of this, pulled out of NAAP in the year of 2160. This was the first time anyone ever withdrew from the organization. This hurt the economies of all of the remaining countries and only caused more internal strife. Xenimus III was faced with an angered public and the threat of a rebellion. He was trying very hard to ease tensions with Jaharo and those of the Imperial public. Then, by dumb luck, on the 22 on April in 2161, Xenimus pulled the Empire out of NAAP at the same time as Jaharo. Xenimus called it a "temporary action," and the condition of the Empire and Jaharo was Temporary Observer States, leaving only the United States an official member of NAAP. Though these pullouts were ostensibly a temporary bump in the road in what were strong alliences, it was the the beginning of an event that would change history. In 2162, however, things got out of hand.
A New War Begins To Form
Jaharan politicians, especially President Juanianez and Head Senator Rodrigez, targeted the Empire about its past. They constantly bashed it for its wars in the 21st century and its illegal occupation of Jaharo, even though it was a separate brakeaway state that caused the "occupation." They also used the Empire's new state voted to it as a leaping board for arguement. This offended many within the Empire, especially Michael. He only lashed back and made himself look more unprofessional. Eventually, Michael fell out of favor with the public and, eventually, faced a coup. Michael went surprisingly peacefully and willingly left power, stating, "If it means no longer arguing with a handful of barbaric animals (refering to the Jaharans), then I will gladly leave that job to someone else." He officially left power on June 7th, 2162. The General of the Imperial Army, Alex H. Wrenstin, then took power by popular opinion of the senate, who chose him days before Michael left the Palace. Wrenstin was a war monger and had his eye on Jaharo. This made many throughout North America fear a new war. This only worsened when the new Jaharan President Carlos Maziano took power that year. He was also known to be a war monger, but ran on the promise of no war with the Empire. He seemed to be holding his promise for the first months of his term, but this soon changed.
The two quarreling nations with their hawkish leaders were creeping closer to war. Each wanted control over the resources the other power had. Emperor Wrenstin ostensibly wanted peace, but his closest staff knew he wanted war. His opportunity came when an Imperial Military Vehical was attacked by armed Jaharan citizens. The citizens were then shot at and a brief skirmish between a total of 15 people had begun. The result was 2 Imperial Personnel dead and 5 Jaharans dead. The rest were wounded to some extent. The Emperor used this as an excuse to begin to prepare the military. Neither leader apologiezed or took the blame, but rather blamed each other. The last straw was the Atlantic Sub Incident, which started with the sinking of an Imperial Submarine on September 2nd, 2162. The cause was unknown but the Emperor blamed Jaharo. He called this an act of war. President Maziano retaliated with harsh remarks, but only one day after the incident, the President was assassinated, again by an unknown cause and the new President, Geraldo Peradiez blamed the Empire and declared war on the Empire, thus starting the Mexican Gulf War.
The Mexican Gulf War
Early MovementsThe actual fighting didn't begin until 3 days after the declaration was made. Even then the fighting was restricted to the area nearest to the border with neither Jaharo nor the Empire making any decisive menouvers. Emperor Wrenstin was waiting for a break in the line for a large movement of troops to enter Jaharo, but this didn't come. Cuba, like in many past North American wars, was hottly contested, with possesion of the island, at least part of it, being thrown back and forth between the two Navies The first real major move was the Jaharan attack and capture of the newley incorporated state of Reichardia, which was the land voted to the Empire on the western side of Jaharo. They quickly took this state over and tried to push for Baja California, but the invasion forces were met with a large amount of resistance.
The Case of Brazil
With the split of NAAP, the occupation forces down in Brazil began to separate and even fight amongst each other. Emperor Wrestin pulled out many troops from the zone, much like Jaharo would do weeks later. This caused America and Canada to push more troops down to South America. Some more slightly harsh feelings were beginning to show in North America.
A Break in the Stalemate
Eventually, the Imperial Army was able to break through the lines of defense and intense fighting ensued in the Jaharan territory. The Imperial Army cut Jaharo in two (north and south) and headed for the Capital. After weeks of fighting, the Jaharan Capital fell and The Mexican Gulf War was over in 6 months.
Territorial ChangesBeing the victor, and having no one else to oppose them, the Treaty of Baja California, which officially ended the war, alloted the Empire with new territory, mostly Jaharan areas that had a large Imperial Loyalists that almost had the area voted over to the Empire. This left many Jaharans angared and a lot of distrust amongst themselves.
The Game of the South
After the end of the war, Jaharo underwent radical changes. The Government faced a coup d'etate, where a militant group that opposed the war and the Government took advantage of the weakened state and took power in mid -2163. It turns out that Wrestin was secretly funding the group in hopes of putting a new ally in power and essentially making Jaharo a puppet state. This wasn't the case, however, as at the end of 2163, the new government sent in the military to fight the Empire, even without declaring war. The fighting wasn't to last for too long, though, as the new fledgling government collapsed and Jaharo went into military, social, and economic disarray. New warlords rose and fell from power in many different areas of former-Jaharo. Wrestin put into place the "Proper Stabalization Act," which pretty much said the Empire could claim territory as it pleased once they overthrew the area's warlord and stabalized the area. America and other less chaotic "Jaharan Warlord States," as they were called, adopted this policy as well. The World spoke out in protest, including imperial allies Australia and E.E. (European Empire), each of which recently obtained their own new territories, namely territory from the weaker end of Poland. Emperor Wrestin verbally attacked the two powers with their new aquisitions and tensions soon eased. Wrestin wasn't done with attacking others, though, as he soon started to claim the territory the SAR had claimed. Then-American-President Adems (who could trace his lineage back to John Adems) returned verbal fire and political tensions were rising further in North America, all because of one man's thirst for power. This was the beginning of a new era in the Western Hemisphere, named "The Game of the South."
The Fight for Stability
Wrestin was falling out of public favor. He was spending millions, if not billions, in military spending, in the Jaharan Wars, as the were called, which included putting down small rebellions in the new territory and fighting the surrounding warlords. He was also beginning to sever relations with the SAR, and a war between the two would be devastating to North America and the world economy. He was even putting two much money into preventing states to be formed in South America, where the Empire was "monopolizing the territory," as European Emperor Jacques Gallioner put it. The people were fed up, but each planned coup d'etate was put down due to the massively bloated military. There was one man, however, who was able to put up the fight and became the head of a new rebellion: Michael Xenimus. After falling from view as a less-that-beloved emperor, Michael freelanced throughout the Jaharn Wars. Because he wasn't very charismatic at the time, nobody really recognized him all that much, with the exception of a few soldiers he came into contact with. He soon built up a small following, which grew larger, and eventually decided to take on the Emperor. He always considered himself a citizen of the Empire and decided to take it back. The first major attacks on the empire were in 2164, with the capture of a few mid-sized cities, usually ones with populations supporting a coup. After a decent number of cities were firmly under control, and a good amout of people enlisted in the "Xenimus Army," Major operations began. The rebels were secretly receiving arms and a small amount of personnel from the U.S. to aid in the fight. After a year of constant build-up and small 'terrorist' attacks on Wrestin-supporting strongholds, uprisings separate from Michaels started to appear. The majority of them eventually voiced their support and alliegance to Xenimus, with some goins as farr to call Michael 'Emperor Xenimus' and declare Wrestin an usurper to the throne. The counsil and many high officials supported Wrestin, however, and he officially remained emperor. In 2165 on April 19th, the coup d'etate commenced. With a massive army of supporters behind him, including a few military divisions and officers, Xenimus lead the march to New Imperial City, a city where destruction through rebellion was now a common routine. The fighting was bloody and a number of around 200,000 men and women were fighting, 100,000 soldiers on each side. After days of fighting, which was covered internationally on the news, the battle ground to a halt into a bloody stalemate. After a week of fighting, troops were replenished on each side. The only difference between the two groups was that the Imperial troops were just that and the rebel reinforcements were American Troops. With the intervention of the SAR, Wrestin declared war on America, but the declaration wasn't recognized, as the SAR recognized the rebels as the actual Empire. Another week of fighting brought an end to the coup and Wrestin's reign. Xenimus himself took the Emperor captive and he was put in prison for life on chages for abusing the power of the emperor and illegal imperialism, the only emperor to ever be put on trial for his actions. This was mainly due to the fact that Xenimus was, quite frankly, angered. Michael reclaimed the throne and became the first Emperor to rule two non-consecutive times. Emperor Wrestin's new "Wrestin Dynasty" was forgotten and only seen as a blip in the Xenimus Dynasty. His rule is often called the Wrestin Usurpation.
The Time of 'Recovery'Wrestin spent most of his time spending money on the military. He eventually began borrowing money mostly from American and partly Australia to help suplement the loss of a surplus. at the time of the rebellion, Emperor Wrestin had cost the Empire nearly 1,200,000,000 Credits. The first act Michael did when he resumed control over the empire, he lowered military spending by 500,000,000 credits, but the debt kept rising regardless. Even more, the empire slumped into a recession, so much that it fell from the top five economies, coming close to depression more that once over the next few years. The recession was called Wrestin's Recession, often stylized Wresession after the former emperor's last name. The 'Wresession' took a toll on the world, but not enough to bog it all down to recession. It remained this way for years to come, but the next few Emperors did do a good deal to end the recession.
The Jaharan RealmsThe remainder of Jaharo was split into many new territories vying for power in their small regions of influence. The most prominent was that of Carlos III, the larges and only prominent landlocked realm. Carlos Artientez III was a military colonel for the Jaharan forces, one who also wanted to break away from Jaharo mainly for his on reasons. Many cited him as a man who 'was born in the wrong time period,' meaning he should have been born befor the Days of Global Darkness to create a new country of his own then. His petty opportunity came with the collaps of Jaharo, where he helped in the coup and became the governer of the general area that he ruled in the map above. He had a potentially strong enough military to defend himself and his territory against America and the Empire and remained independent. The then-former Jaharan Vice President Rico Roziano took control of a small area on the cost of Jaharo, now the name of the area below the rio grande down to the North American continental border. Roziano, like Carlos and most of the other warlords, created a militaristic regime with a loose hold on the people of the region. The people all around resented the Empire and America and had to flee to the realms. The next prominent realm is the Realm of Salvador, named after their first Enquerta. An Enquerta was best described as a democraticaly elected military warlord chosen by the military elite usually every half of a decade. Salvador Calorenzo united a small area on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and quickly conquered surrounding areas. It was one of the less stable areas but provided some form of stability nontheless. The last prominent realm was that of the Realm of Panamen, named after the ithsmus of Panama. This area essentially created by Brazilians fleeing the still struggling Brazilian Republic. The only reason Panamen didn't expand further south was because a new nation called Columbiana had been recently created, and vice versa. The two essentially checked each other's expansion with their own creation. The Empire was still dealing with surpressing the resistance in its ne Jaharan territories, along with the SAR, and had little time to focus on the small skirmishes along the realm borders. Emperor Michael was able to put down the last major resistance by 2167 and was finally able to focus on both the realms and economic recovery.
The Game of the South Heats Up
The Rebirth of Extermida
The Jaharan Wars were at a low point in 2167 when it came down to military activity and both America and the Empire were starting to focus more so on internal affairs. Michael's general approval rating was higher at this point then it was during his first reign, with a 57% approval rating. The general violence was 'just on a hiatus,' one could say, as everyone knew that this intrem wasn't to be long lasted. After Michael reduced military spending, he quickly had to start spending a little extra in subduing an old enemy: Extermida many Jaharans joined the then destroyed terrorist organization to attack the Empire. Xenimus was about to take on the enemy his grandfather devastated and his parents chased off. With the rising threat, military guards were set up around the borders, including with America. Most attacks were small, but still usually claiming 10 lives on average. The Emperor had an unusual ally in all of this, however: Carlos III. They provided each other with mutual protection in and near their respective borders. Keeping in mind that this was still a low point in violence, it was only going to get worse. Roughly two months before his 44th birthday, Michael ordered a new operation to tackle the rising threat of Extermida. He began setting numerous investigations with the, until then, underused Imperial Investigation Agency, or IIA. Extermida, although regaining strength, was weaker and less elusive than when it was first created, so the investigations went realitively smoothly. A major lead to one of the many spread out headquarters came in early 2168. It was located in the Jahariano Realm, and this gave the Empire a perfect opportunity to reassert their domination of Old Jaharo, the name of the region at the time. The assult, after months of training, occured on June 7th, where a group of elite military imperial guards raided the area. Among them was Alisson Xenimus, the emperor's 21 year old daughter, and the eldest daughter of the two. Unfortunately, during the raid, which turned out mostly successful, the Emperor's daughter became one of the three imperial guards killed in action. The Empire as a whole came together and mourned her death. This also meant that the successon was passed down to the youngest daughter, Lindsey Xenimus, only 16 at the time of her older half-sister's death. The raid provided a wealth of information on Extermida and the investigation took an early turn for the better.
The state of the Empire remained realitively the same over the next few years. Fighting Extermida, border conflicts, and debate amongst the counsil and Emperor over how to solve the debt were usual things. The Emperor was equally liked and disliked by the empire, retaining a steady 50% approval rating across the land. The same wasn't true about the rest of the world. The European Empire was beginning to waver with the small, but slowely growing threat of civil war looming and the Oceanic Alliance undergoing major political change, becoming increasingly autocratic and facing rebellions in the Indo-Australian Territory (The Oceanic term for the Indonesian Territory). The Middle East and Africa were also in the midst of civil unrest. China and Manchuria were, like usual at odds with each other, with Japan, again stuck in the middle. Russia, on the other hand was experiencing relative peace and focusing on its rising status as a power. Other than that, the Empire was stagnant in everything, which was neither good nor bad. The thing that shook the 'stability' was a standout terrorist attack, one that would prove fatal.
Operation: Covert Venom
Emperor DownWhile on his way around the new territories by plane, Michael's plane was shot down by Extermida terrorists on February 26th, 2170. The plane crashed close to a nearby town in the Carlosian Realm, with the town being near a forest, and this town was an Extermida stronghold and the town where the attackers came from. When the plane hit the ground, two guardsmen and the co-pilot were dead and the Emperor himself was injured, but still able to walk. After a distress signal was sent out, two attack helocopters were sent out to rescue him, but he, the pilot, and the three remaining guards were ambushed before the rescue crew could make it. After one guard was killed and another was left for dead, Michael, the pilot, and the living guardsman were taken hostage by Extermida. Unlike his father and grandfather, Emperor Michael had no prior military training so he wasn't as apt to fight back.
The Battle of Man Down
When the copters reached the reckage site, they only saw a downed flaming plane, blood splattered on the ground, 5 dead bodies, and a realitively large group of Extermida soldiers waiting. One copter was shot down by an RPG, but, fortunatly, the crew survived. The flying helocopter then shot at the group, killing a large amount of them. Then, from the downed chopper, the few soldiers inside proceeded on foot to attack the survivors. After a brief battle, killing the rest of the Terrorists, one group proceeded to the nearby town of Santa Majona and the other stayed by the chopper. Their, the troops spyed out the town. Meanwhile, a third and fourth chopper was called in after the area was confirmed to be clear. The fresh troops then began to try and figure out what happened. So far, the only people who know about this operation were the Imperian Royal Guardsmen, The Imperial Counsil, Foreign Minister Tod Remanos, and Lindsey Xenimus, now 21 herself. Minister Remanos named the situation Operation Covert Venom. The situation was unknown to the public until after it was over. After days of spying out the town, 'Rogue Team,' as they were officially called, joined by 'Alpha Team' and 'Swipe Team,' which was the name of the reinforcements from the two helocopters, attacked the town and only suffered multiple minor injuries, compared to the devastated Extermida forces. Any that were alive long enough were taken as prisoners of war and kept in the town prisons. Many of the citizens of the town saw them as liberators and the 30-something elite Guards had captured a town, severing all communications with anyone except the Empire. This victorious battle was know as the Battle of Man Down.
A few days after the Battle of Man Down, on March 2nd, the captores made their presence known to the Counsil and mad an offer. In the words of their unidentified leader, 'We find your nation's imperialistic ways as appauling. Your almighty leader now sits defenceless with a loaded gun to his head. Now it's time we show you why we have done this. The territory once know nas Jaharo belongs to the Jaharan people, and we want it back. We have advanced military structures and great numbers so don't think an invasion will help. After you return to us the land you took, bringing Jaharo to its pre-Gulf War borders, we will return your petty leader unharmed. You have one week to respond weeks. After two weeks, we kill the pilot, after three we kill the guardsman, and after four, we pump the Emperor's head full of metal. The choice is yours." After this message was delivered to the Leaders of the Empire, they had one plan in mind: return every Imperial citizen back alive and well. Quick responses were sent out to the teams
The Battle of Alanta Cajano
The quick planning culminated here, but it didn't happen overnight. Days of heavy tourture, interigation, and even the killing of the captured Extermida eventually lead to information about the whereabouts of the Emperor. They were beingheld up in a rarely heard about town called Alanta Cajano, which was really a recently fortified Extermida stronghold. Planning went underway quickly, but time was running out. A day before the week ended, on the 8th, Lindsey, acting as a secret regent for Michael, called and set up plans for the gradual release of Imperial holdings back to the Jaharans. Maps were marked, remarked, thrown away, and so on but talks were getting almost nowhere, but for a good reason. Lindsey was stalling, and did so for three weeks, with each side threatening each other with military force and such.
After a month of training, the three teams went out to raid the stronghold in Operation Striking Claw, the sub-operation of Covert Venom which involved the rescue of the hostages, planned to be executed on April 4th. The teams, Alpha, Swipe, and Rogue, were landed 15 miles away from the target so as to not alarm the terrorists. After a few hours of walking and occasioinally stopping to rest, they reached their target. From here, three snipers set up position in various elevated points surrounding the compound for cover fire. The rest snuck in after the main guards were taken out. After that, it was complete stealth that they had to rely on. They were able to do so, and once they did so, they found a hostige room. They burst in, killed the guards, but only found the pilot, who was very disheveled and malnourished. He was guarder in the room by one of the Royal Guardsmen. The real trouble started when they burst into a room with multiple terrorists in it, some with arms ready. The two groups shot at each other. From that point, the guardsmen dispersed and kill whomever came into their field of view. The alarm went of and some of the Extermida members ran for the other two hostages. Miraculously, they didn't kill them, but only took them to be relocated, and probably killed elsewhere. The snipers were able to kill those who stepped outside anyway. Eventually, after a gruesome battle, the hostages were eventually freed and the teams made their way out, but it wasn't over yet. Meanwhile, after the Emperess-regent was alerted that the hostages were in imperial hands, the Extermida negotiators were apprehended and taken back to the empire for questioning. As the teams were making their way back to the chopper 15 miles away, they were pursued. Even with surpressing fire, the enemy was able to get through. One group of Extermida forces were persuing Swipe Team, which had the Emperor, and finally got a shot in. They threw grenades in a large volley, accompanied by an RPG. The missile detinated the grenades thrown on the ground and half of Swipe Team was killed in the explosion. Many were thrown yards ahead by the blast. Rogue Team spit up and half went to cover the Swipe Team survivors. In the middle of a long battle, Michael was taken back behind a bank by one soldier, named Christopher Altus, a direct decendent of Xenimus the Great's brother (who was Michael's Great Uncle), Ryan Xenimus, and their by being a distant cousin of the Emperor. Michael did recognize him, however. He was shot twice in the back and suffered internal organ rupturing from the explosion. Trembling, the dying Emperor reached into his pocket and gave it to Chris to read. The note was written while Michael was in captivity. It read, "Due to the circumstances at hand, it is my inclination to proceed with the execution of a new operation. I might not survive the endeavor I am currently participating in, and if any Imperial Citizen, Soldier, Politician, or whoever finds this, you are to take in right to the new Emperor, which, if tradition and my will are to be acknowledged, will by my daughter, Lindsey Anna Xenimus, and have them execute this proclemation of total war on the repugnant militant group known as Extermida. With the will of the Empire and forces of the Emperor, the empire will focus its energy on doing all in its power to hunt down and elimitate the threat of Extermida once and for all. The Imperial Military, IIA, foreign aid, invasions, and any other means possible will be used to carry out this decree. I ask that whoever is the Emperor or Empress of the Empire after I am gone to properly go through with this action, which I have named Operation Soaring Justice. God Speed and may the might of the Emperor shine through." After reading it to himself, Chris looked at Michael and in his dying breath he said, "Give 'em hell." After these famous words were uttered, Emperor Michael Xenimus was dead. Chris defended with the body with the other teams for 23 minutes before being able to take it back to the helocopter. The teams, consisting of eight men apiece, were mostly intact. Swipe team was down to five men, but the rest survived. The captured guard and pilot made it alive with only minor injuries. At the news of the bittersweet victory, the Imperial General of the Army, with the permision from the new Emperess, ordered the invasion of the Carlosian Realm, making this act of war Emperess Lindsey's first Imperial Decree. Empress Lindsey took the title of Xenimus IV, but was still commonly called Empress Lindsey.
Covert Venom AftermathThe two governments (or quasi-government in the case of the realm) didn't release the information until the next day, April 5th. The Imperial public was generally furious at Extermida's wrong doing, proud of their military, and, for some, deep in sorrow for the loss of their Emperor. The Carlosians were outraged by two things: that they were unknowingly housing Extermida terrorists and that the Empire sent in elite troops to solve a problem while keeping the Carlosian public and government in the dark. Carlos IV, the son of Carlos III (who passed away in 2168), was strongly opposed to the empire and was infuriated when imperial troops occupied the lower sixth of his domain. Carlosian troops were sent to stop them and a tense stand off began. The new emperess refused and wasn't allowed to step into the territory (as told by her counsil) and embassadors were sent in. After a week of negotiation, the troops left, including from Santa Majona, but tensions remained. This also sent in a policy of Southern power Checking, otherwise known later as the Hegonomic American Empire policy, put into place by Emperess Lindsey, where the Empire would "justfully" insert their authority in the "unstabe Jaharan warlord realms to preserve the unity and peace in southern-North America." It was really a way for the Empire to control the smal pockets of resistence in Old Jaharo and Panama, the area south of what was Mexico over a century and a half ago. The Empire was creating a new system of governance in the region through hegemony and something the Empress came to be known for.
Many relams were very weak and, largely because of the economy at hand, the Empire didn't want to spend huge amounts of money on military spending and simply threatened force, which everyone knew they were able to provide. After a year or so on "Counsil Cruse Control," Empress Lindsey decided that force simply wouldn't work for some of the more powerful states. She put into place governers loyal to the Empire to compete for power in some realms, multiple times having them instigate a successful coup and put the governer into power. The area of Panama, for instence, became a satellite state. This area was highly sought after by the empire for the old Panama Canal, which was used only during war time and the ships had to go through Jaharo, and for a price as well. The Empire also wanted to check the expansion of the new Columbian state into North America, fearing that the Panamen Realm was about to break its check on its trans-continental rival. The Carlosian Realm, now also known as the Realm of Carlos IV, on the other hand, was very resistent to foreign rule. Either way, the Empire had expanded its direct influence further still.
New Imperial Actions
Revival of NAAP
After the Empire's short intrem period, they re-signed on to NAAP in 2171 with America, with Canada still remaining neutral. The name was retained and the main focus was to try and bring back the economic stability of the region. Lindsey was given a lot of credit for wanting to move the country forward, which did help. The signators were less bound to each other, however, and acted more autonomously.
A temporary solution
Many of the realms were under imperial influence, but the Carlosian Realm remained very independent, war-mongering, and anti-imperial. They made many border strikes to try and instigate uprisings in the surrounding regions. Some were successful, but most failed. Even if they were successful, the territory lost from the empire was quickly regained. The Carlosian Realm was beginning to waver, due to a lack of a strong economy, foreign support, and manpower. Lindsey and the Counsil unanimously decided to invade and conquer the land, but America interviened. The U.S. soothed tensions and, more importantly, somewhat condemned the American Empire for deciding this. They wanted peace to endure in the region, mainly because the Empire still had a growing debt and the fighting was hurting the stability in the region. The Southern-North American Non-Aggression Pact (SNANAP) was signed by the Empire, Carlosian Realm, and America. American Congress even suggested the Carlosian Realm to join NAAP, but both the Empire and the Realm disliked that idea greatly. America sent in economic aid and support for a more stable nation as well, which angered the Imperial Public, but Empress Lindsey accepted it for 'Human Rights' reasons.
While the Carlosian conflict was finding solutions, the Empire was continuing to assert its authority over the southern Realms. Salvador's Realm was a growing power in the region, and was labeled as a quasi-empire for its integration and conquest of surrounding realms. It was beginning to pose a serious threat to the empire's authority in the region. At the same time, the Empire's puppet state of the Panamen Relam was also expanding, but at the will of the Empire. It was only a matter of time until the two southern powers met each other. Salvador's Realm was also fighting at the borders of the Empire. At the same time, troubles were brewing with the Jahariano Realm, the Realm near the coast. Though the Empire and Realm didn't have any troubles with each other yet, it was soon to come. On other notes, the rest of the world was fighting in some conflicts as well. Australia was facing rebellion in Indonesia, with the threat of the state of Papua, New Guinea joining. The Territories in Africa were also getting restless. The European Empire, while having put down the threat of civil war, was now fighting in a small-scale war with the Scandinavian Union over territorial disputes. South America was turbulant in small scale fighting with the new fledgling states. Asia was somewhat more peaceful, but Manchuria and China were still facing off with each other, like usual. Africa was also in the midst of fighting amongst the major emerging powers, cheifly South Africa, Libya, the new Egyptian state, and even some small skirmishes among the Imperial Colonies and European Territory there (but not against each other).
The Question of the African TerritoriesThe colonies in Africa were very much forgotten about most of the time. They were even just an afterthought of expansion when they were first setteled during the reign of Emperor Reinsbeck III. Lindsey, over a period of 3 years, began the integration of the Imperial Colonies, even taking administrative control over some of the former NAAP joint colonies. The final act, the Power of the States act, that was passed was in 2073. This act gave the regional colonial governers the powers of an Imperial state, also allowing them to carve out their new territories, which in the past were only had loosely-drawn borders. Also, with this addition, it was the third foreign nation to have integrated territory within Africa, which also happened to be a third strong global power. The names given to them were inspired by the local languages and five out of nine of the new states were given names that reflected previous countries, with 2 being named directly after the 21st century countries that used to occupy the areas.
Many around the world were concerned with the Empire's rapid expansion. The then-recently coronated European Emperor, Otto Viechstenick (2072), had this to say about the American Empire, saying, "I don't care what they are doing with those rebels down south of them (referring to the Jaharan Realms), but on another continent, that isn't acceptable. While I regard that the Empire of Europe has territories in Africa, these people asked to join (the last statement was proven to be a straight-out lie). They can't expect to do this forever. Eventually, they will be stopped at the hands of another great power." South African senator Baruti Mombaia stated that this action was "an invasion of a foreign land."
The Last Stand of Jaharo (Second Mexican Gulf War)r
Start of the Conflict
Tensions were brewing yet again in the region of Old Jaharo (a region people, at this time, began to start calling Mexico) by 2175. The treaties signed by America, The Empire, and many of the surrounding realms did little, if nothing at all. Pan-Jaharanism (Now called Pan Mexicanism) was beginning to really take off at this time and the Empire was putting a lot of its focus on their Jaharan states. The Carlosian Realm was at the head of this, along with the Jahariano Realm picking up steam. Carlos the IV was encouraging rebellion in the Imperial Jaharan states. the Jahariano Realm was making talks with the Carlosian Realm for a union between the two. and eventually the rest of the realms. Emperess Lindsey, and many other Imperial politicians, feared that this would lead to rebellion and another costly war. They began to step up military production around the borders and setting up mild martial law in the Jaharan states for good measure. Many around the world were watching for a new war in the America's, something thatthe world has become accustomed to. Polish ambassador to the SAR Bozydar Slovaski remarked, "In history, the Europeans, Africans, and Asians have all fought in their own countries. Now it is the American's turn."
Ever since the fall of Jaharo, many of the Realms claimed legitimate succession. The realm that came the closest was the Jahariano Realm, which was lead by the aging ex-Vice President of Jaharo. The World Peace Alliance Summit even recognized them as a successor state and gave it the old Jaharan seat in the committee. The Empire had to work around this if they wanted to get anywhere. The Empress said it bluntly, "the realms we are facing are gaining too much sovereignty." It was the next turn of events that would finally allow the Empire to assert their authority over the region. Jahariano was making talks with the Carlosian Realm for a union. Eventually, the Salvadoran Realm got in on the talks and, by 2175, a union was created among the realms, now three constitute states within the Second Jaharan State. They emphasized the 'State' in their name to asser their presence as one, and not being labled a 'Realm.' The catch with this was that the final consolidation of the SJS, according to the treaty, would not complete until the "Jaharan area's under illegal American (Imperial and Republic) occupation was taken back." This also meant the areas that were given to the Empire and America by the vote of 2095. On January 2nd, 2176, the realms made their moves in inciting a rebellion and invaded the 'Occupied Lands.' They were greated as liberators by many, but seen as foreign invaders by many others. A general rebellion had started in the Empire and America, both backed by the SJS. With this rebellion, it inspired rebellions across the globe. The European Empire was now about to face rebellion in their African Territories and the Oceanic Alliance was going to face a second uprising in their Indonesian territories and in their mainland African territories. The only reason the American Imperial African Territories didn't rebel was because the people generally thought that they were treated well under Imperial rule.
The Jaharan Rebellion (Second Mexican Gulf War)
The rebels didn't have a fighting chance in the beginning due to the martial law in the rebellious areas. If was up to the Rebels in America and the Jaharans to keep the war effor afloat until they could get the Imperial Jaharan States to have a fighting chance. Territory changes weren't very prevalent in this war, and most of the fighting was within the rebellious areas. The Empire was having a very easy time in the war, mostly lending its troops to America and the borders. It wasn't until about four months in, when the NAAPIG was closing to a victory, the "fury of the Imperial Rebels" was unleashed. If the Empire had been able to keep their rebels quieted, the war would have been over within five months. After this, each belligerent knew they were in for the long hull.
The Fighting ContinuesGuerrilla warfare was the main source of tactics in this war providing both sides with a good fighting chance. After about a year of heavy fighting, and losses, the Empire launched a devastating operation: Operation Wrath of America. In this, the Empire, and only days later America, launched a series of concentrated and wide-spread carpet bombings across any rebellious and Jaharan area that had to do with their war effort. The coast of the Rebel areas were also devastated from war ships along it. The Rebels, didn't give up, however, and fighting continued through the hellfire. This war was greatly compared to the Vietnam War in the 1960's. After about 13 months of fighting, the rebellion spilled over into Western Texas, the Imperial State given by Jaharo in the First Mexican Gulf War. The war was stalemated for 3 years until the NAAP was able to invade the Carlosian Realm. They reached the capitol of Carlasia on March 15th, 2179, ending 3 years of fierce resistance. From their, the rebel effort deteriorated rapidly. One battle that would be engrained in the minds of the Imperials was the Battle of the Rio Grande, on February 17th, 2180. The battle was an invasion from the rebels (from South Texas (Imperial state given to the Empire after the 1st Mexican Gulf War)) in one last attempt to maintain order amongst themselves and to show that they weren't going down easily. The Imperial Army was led by General Taramen Maxius. His parents immigrated to the Empire from Poland in the 2040's, when Taramen was only an infant. His name was clearly Latin-influenced due to the growing precense of the European Empire in Poland at the time. He fought in the First Mexican Gulf War in 2162 and, after being promoted multiple times, lead troops throughout the Game ofthe South. He brilliantly lead the Imperial Forces in a 4 day battle and turned the Rebels back. After the initial battle, Maxius continued onward to the American Rebels in their area of rebellion. Here, 5 months after the initial invasion, he helped to destroy the Rebels in America, leaving only the Imperial Rebels to fight for themselves. The battle, however, was the last organized fighting by the Rebels and the last conventional fighting for NAAP. Even with prevalent rebellion, the Empire moved many troops into the remaining areas of rebellion and declared the War a victory for NAAPon June 2nd, 2180. This marked the near end of Jaharo, as the leaders of the Rebellion and the Realms were captured. Carlos IV (and his son Carlos V), Salvador Ramerez (leader of the Realm of Salvador), and Rico Roziano, the last true Jaharan, as he was known in the region, were all captured and imprisioned in a remote prison on Puerto Rico (the prision, Grentiago Prison, was a joint NAAP compound on Imperial soil).
Power ChangeThe Game of the South was far from over. Many former rebels still fought in guerrilla warfare, with many taking ranks in the still weak Extermida, Realms were engaged in bloody conflicts with one another, and a power struggle in North America preoccupied everyone. Empress Lindsey, mostly favorable in the public's eye, was trying coming up with ideas to secure Imperial power in the south when she was assassinated in 2182, ending her 12 year rule. She left one heir, Julia Xenimus, and would have given birth to, what doctors were expecting, a baby boy. She was only one month pregant when she was killed. Her lover, Nicholas McCurky, was suspected, but found innocent. He also declined the Throne. The 11 year old Julia was far too young to even understand what was going on in the world, let alone rule. A descendant of Xenimus the Old, a great-grand son named Johnethan Xenimus IV (aged 38 in 2182) was chosen by the Counsil to lead as a regent. He was given the courtious tital of Xenimus V. He had been the governer of Tennusi for 8 years, showing his experience. The assassin, Mikhial Kalmonev, a Russian immigrant wasn't caught until 2203. John continued Lindsey's work and found a solution: put in place imperial rulers in the Realms. To secure power, he chose from a wide-spread, very prominent family in the Empire: The Reinsbecks. Four direct decendents were chosen, two were brothers, one was a cousin, and the other was the uncle of the brothers. The oldes brother was put into power in the Carlosian Realm, the younger brother in the Jahariano Realm, the cousin in Salvador's Realm, and the uncle in the Panamen Realm. They were welcomed in their respective realms, due to the fact that the hid their namesake. What was known as the House of Reinsbeck hd regained a great amount of power. The Uncle continued in his Panamanian Predecessor's footsteps and continued to conquer surrounding realms.
Controversy over the Occupation
Members of the World Peace Alliance Summit spoke out against the occupation of the realms, especially since the Jahriano Realm held a seat in the Summit. The European Imperial, Russian, Chinese, and Brazilian members all accused the Empire of illegal expansion, but because the occupations were the result of war (and thereby legal under the Treaty of Mankind), the Summit was never able to call them out on breaking the rules of the Treaty of Mankind.
Slow IntegrationAs the years went by, the Emperor was continuing his plans for integration. He first wanted to sucure the rest of the Realms the Uncle, Alberto Reinsbeck, was proving successful in conquering the remaining realms, unifying much of the ithsmus of Panama by 2184. In the same year, talks between Alberto and his son, Juliano (ruler of the Realm of Salvador) began (but in actuality were pre-meditated) to arise about the unification of the Salvador and Panamen Realms in to the State of Panama. This new state would obsensibly be to disprove the Empire's ambition for expansion, but was really going to remain an autocratic satallite state. Other plans were also made to unite the Jahariano and Carlosian Realms, but they were rejected for varying reasons. In this union, made official near the end of 2184, Alberto would be the Senior Emperor with his son as the Junior Emperor, or Supreme Minister. The Empire was blasted with more criticism, although there was nothing to be proved. The Emperor, being neither liked nor disliked in the Empire, was a hated man from many of the other nations of the world. But the Empire caught a break when the Oceanic Alliance declared itself the Oceanic Empire in the wake of a third Indoaustralian Rebellion and a rebellion of their African territories (Third Indoaustralian Rebellion 2184-2202). The world watched in amazement and everyone was torn on weather to support the overall rebellion, Australia, or even intervine at all. Only a few months later, the African territories of the European Empire rebelled (Eurafrican Rebellion 2184-2191). Only to add to the confusion of the time, Manchuria went to war with China, something that was bound to happen soon at the time anyway, but the rebellions acted as a catalyst (The Sino-Manchurian Border War 2184-2189). Japan, again, was caught in the middle of the mess, but tried its best to remain neutral. During this time, the Emperor was able to push forth new plans. The Emperor even made it a point to make the 'Reinsbeck Quartet,' as they became known as (the rulers of the satellite states) a part of the Imperial Counsil, droping the four oldest members, now in their 80's and on the counsil since Emperess Arbon in the 2130's. Emperor John Xenimus was proving more and more corrupt by this time, though.
Fall of a Dynasty
Emperor John was, initially, an obscure man who ruled down the middle of people's opinions. He didn't make any extremely good or bad choices and the Empire remained relatively stagnent for the first years of his rule. He did, however, live a more lavish life than his predecessors, putting a lot of time and money into the Imperial Palace. This, along with luxuries such as gold statues and high-grade technology virtually unknown to the common public, dipped into the Empire's treasury a good amount. He was criticized for doing this instead of focusing on the nation's economy. He took advantage of this power to give lavish gifts to his friends in the upper class and give them power in the government as well, and most of them weren't qualified to preform the jobs they were assigned to do anyway. The worst was that he made a fool of himself and the Empire in public. While on a diplomatic trip to Turkey in 2184, he showed up drunken to one of the speeches he was making, sluring words and and forgeting whole paragraphs of his speech. While on a trip to the European Empire in 2185, speaking with the German Governer, his mic was on when he called the Governer "an underhanded prick." He hadn't realised his mic was on and he was bood off of the stage, and had to apologize on international TV the next day for his remark. Again in 2185, while traveling on his vacation in America, he got into a drunken arguement with a man on the road near the White House. This then escalated to a fist fight. The man he fought happened to be the America Secretary of State. Each were bloodied up after the affair and the secret service of each men broke up the fight. Incidents like this were common for the Emperor, who was still a world leader. The Emperor was severely smudging the image of the Empire and practically severing diplomatic relations with many countries. In 2187 after she had come of age, Julia deposed John and claimed the throne at the age of 16. She was very shaky with the power she was given, and she didn't improve over the length of her rule.
The Young and Naive Emperess
Empress Julia couldn't use her power properly at first, making poor decisions and unsure of things to do. She went on some diplomatic trips, and in many of them, while talking to foreign diplomats, made herself sound very young and naive. By 2189, when she was 18, the General of the Army planned a coup, but was stopped internally by lower ranks who opposed him. The leader of the 'counter-coup' forces, William Balentus, whom the Empress had grown close to, started to gain more power (due to his growing influence over Julia) and by the end of the failed month long coup, he was practically a dictator. By 2190, he was the de facto ruler of the Empire. He directed the counsil and overpowered anything the Empress did or tried to do. While a stable rule was established, the power was abused. This is where the Dynasty that brought peace to the Empire would fall.
The Final Straw
Balentus stylized himself as High General Balentus. In his papers, he states that he has "brought order to the Empire in nearly 10 years. The Balentus Dynasty will be the one and great dynasty of the Empire." Balentus ruled through fear. The Empire had practically become a military state. Balentus rarely traveled outside of the Empire and sent Julia out for him. Nowhere in his rule did he show concern for the people of the Empire. The debt rose, poverty increased, and war nearly occured with America when the soldiers stationed at the border caused the deaths of American border guards and two soldiers. The only thing that came out of his rule was the stabalization of the jaharan region. Because he instilled so much fear into the public through his military and strickt laws, revolts decreased dramatically, unlike the jaharans in America. The grip on the satellite states also tightened. Going back to the harsh laws, small offences were often met harsher punishments, and trial by jury was a rarity. He also excecuted people who posed a threat of overthrowing him, which became a common thing. The leaders and activists of the world were highly critical of this and condemed his doings. He also showed signs of racism toward Brazilians and Jaharans, something that was somewhat prevalent in the Empire since the Brazilian and Gulf Wars. He gave them less rights than others and the poverty rate of these ethnic groups, collectively called Hispanias, was higher than any other demographic. After 5 years of his despotic rule, change came.
The Renewal of a Cycle
The older Reinsbeck brother, Dreston Reinsbeck, was making plans to overthrow the Xenimus Dynasty and the Dictator the Empire was being ruled by. He was 33 years old during this turn of events. At 18, he joined the the Imperial Marines, just barely missing the cut to get into the Royal Guard due to his lack of height, being only 5'10" when fully grown (Marines had to be a minimum of 6' tall). Even with this, he trained hard and fought in border skirmishes and helped in putting down local revolts. He was slowly gaining support from the inner circle of people who knew of his intentions and avoided execution from High General Balentus through resigning from the counsil in 2192 and going into hiding. He remained hidden within New Imperial City, which had grown to become the largest city 792 sq mi and a population of approx. 22,000,000), area and population wise, in the Western Hemisphere. He gained the support of old military buddies and others willing to fight to depose of the Dictator. After three years of gathering support and planning, Reinsbeck, supported by his supporters to be crowned the next legitimate Emperor, made their assult on the Emperor while he was traveling to the Airport to for a diplomatic mission to Europe. They quickly overwhelmed the Emperor and his body guards. After then, he was captured and they made their way to the palace. There a 3 day fight ensued over the body and control of the Palace, and the Empire. When Reinsbeck came out on top, with the opposition still loyal to Balentus surrendered, he was crowned Emperor by his followers. A few days later, the New Emperor Reinsbeck sent out an international signal and stated, "Hello my fellow people. I am here to announce the end of the tyrany and chaos that the Empire has been in for over a decade. Today, I will lead the Empire as Emperor Reinsbeck, and today begins the start of the 2nd Reinsbeck Dynasty." Over 3 billion people were watching when this brodcast was made. The leaders of the world saw this as extremely welcoming news. This also ended Phase 1 of the Game of the South, and began Phase 2.
Part 3: The Great Expansion 2195-2300 (The Game of the South: Phase 2 2195-2208)
The Return of a Dynasty
The Reinsbeck Dynasty had only had one person, besides its founder, that was actually named Reinsbeck. The 2nd Reinsbeck Dynasty was different, however. Dreston made sure that his successor was one of his kids, and only his family after that. He didn't want to induct anyone into the Reinsbeck Dynasty like a couple of Xenimus Emperors did (a la William Riechard). Dreston also wanted to make sure that he and his successors had a rule length resembling that of Leston or Xenimus the Great. One other thing was interesting was the way of physically naming his successors. Instead of naming them 'the first, the second, the third,' and so on, they pronounced it with the Latin pronunciation of the number in their name, i.e. 'Reinsbeck Unus,' for The First, Reinsbeck Duo for the second, Reinsbeck Tres for the third, and so on. This was to differentiate from the previous Reinsbeck Emperors. Reinsbeck was extremely ambitious for his new legacy and wanted to show the world the recently forgotten might of the Empire, starting with the final steps of integration for the Realm satellites.
While the Eurafrican Rebellion ended four years before Reinsbeck Unus took power (which also resulted in Greece joining the Empire of Europe), the former Eurafrican states were bitter toward foreign rule and Reinsbeck feared that this might spill over into the Imperial African States. In 2196, he put two African governers on the counsil to ease some of the tension that might have been there. This was the first time an Imperial African held the power of counsilman. Reinsbeck also sent over other reinsbecks, mostly cousins, to take power in the states and cities. This also improved the sense of unity across the Empire.
Reinsbeck took notice of a century old condition from the still ever-present Treaty of Mankind . Amendment 3 stated "Space exploration and colonization is banned for one hundered years after this document is signed...[T]his is for for the betterment and focus of the underdeveloped areas of the world and to prevent weaponry being made in space." This amendment was widely forgotten by many people, and even unknown by some, mostly from the formerly undeveloped world in the aftermath of the Dark Ages. China, Manchuria, Japan, the and the empires of Europe were busy recovering from their previously fought and surprisingly costly wars. The Oceanic Empire was also still fighting against its rebellion, which was also occupying China and southern African nations time. Brazil was just finally climbing out of its economic and political rut from the Brazilian war over one hundred years ago. Columbia and the other South American states were too politically weak and were in perpetual war to care for anything else (which was the case in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa). Eastern Europe, to top it all off, was in the midst of a growing power struggle with their superior, the European Empire. Russia was the only nation that could focus on anything, but they were dealing with political troubles in Asia and the beginnings of an economic problem. This left the Empire, Canada, and the S.A.R. alone in the world. America and the Empire created the Trans-North American Space Program (T-NASP), in 2196. This was a unique program as it was mutually exclusive of NAAP (which Canada was still unwilling to re-join). Tha main goal of T-NASP was to harvest resourses from astroids, which would greatly quell the growing energy problem faced by North America. Some critics say that the Treaty's ban on space travel, and essentially all of the recourses in space, was a major cause of the rivalry between Jaharo and the Empire, and First Mexican Gulf War. This also indirectly lead to the growing imperialism of the Empire. The three nations began investing time and money into the new Space Program. They also used the principals that were used by NASA over 200 years ago. They made quick progress and were able to launch their first satellite, Sentinal , in 2200, to celebrate the new century. Eventually, by 2202, they were sending probes into space to scout for asteroids. Another major goal was to launch new GPS systems into the atmosphere so communication could reach pre-DGD levels. Only a handful of functional satellites remained in the atmosphere, which provided limited TV and radio signals, mostly to the very wealthy. With the launch of Sentinal, countries like Russia, China and the European Empire quickly began to start space programs. By 2210, each of the aforementioned nations had launched multiple satellites into space, and the European Empire was the only nation, save the members of T-NASP, to launch astronauts into space. T-NASP was able to send astonauts to the Moon in 2203. Plans were made by all nations to make colonies on the moon by 2230. By 2215, T-NASP was sending regular probes to nearby asteroids, but simply for observation.
Early 23rd Century Expansion
Panamen and Salvador Realms
Reinsbeck Unus was very keen on absorbing the Realms into the Empire. In his memoirs, he called it "finally putting Jaharo to rest in peace." He was correct in saying that the final fringes of Jaharo would finally be destroyed. He was making plans for integration from the minute he took power, and these occurred over a decade or so of integration. The Jaharyano Realm was firmly under Imperial rule, but the State of Panama was torn. The southern provinces, mainly the on the Ithsmus of Panama, were pro-imperial rule, being a satellite state for over 4 decades (and due to the fact that the Empire improved the standard of living there by a great number). The North, with the northern most provinces being occupied for only a short time, were enjoying the power and semi-autonomy being United brought them. The 2199 Panamian Coup d'Etate, and the subsequent secession of the Southern Provinces followed.
The Panama WarWith the Reinsbeck family out of power in Panama, the Empire began to lose control of their largest satellite state. When the Southern Provinces seceded only months after the coup, they proclaimed themselves within the jurisdiction of the Empire, and therefore an integrated territory of the Empire, which was in turn recognized by the Empire. Reinsbeck Unus talked with Panamian secession leaders for integration and eventually signed the Integration Treaty of Panama in July of 2199. This set off alarms in the State of Panama. They claimed that the Southern Provinces had no right to secede and were still under Panamian jurisdiction. Soon after, the Southern Provinces were invaded by the State of Panama, and then the State of Panama by the Empire. The Empire called the invasion of their new territory, "an act of war," and declared war on the State of Panama, which started the Panama War. It was a short war, only lasting until December of 2199, totaling 5 months of fighting. The Empire quickly overwhelmed the Panamian forces and a truce was signed in December. Reinsbeck Unus, though given an opportunity to annex the whole of the State of Panama, was wise about the territory given and only took roughly the top third of the former nation. This was mainly to please the rest of the world on the recent expansion. A lot more outcry would have resulted if the entire State had been annexed.
The Emperor did more to integrate the Realms than any other Emperor since the 2150's. In the beginning of 2200, he was mainly concerned with the economy and external affairs, including the extremely bloody Indoaustralian Rebellion, which had taken a turn for the rebels two years prior at the 3rd Battle of Samatra. He then shifted his focus over to Jahariano later in the year, for annexation. The Summit had been fighting the Empire every step of the way, claiming that the Empire had been illegally annexing fully-fledged nations. Reinsbeck then stated that no one ever recognized any Realm, all claiming to be Jaharo, as a state, with the exception of Jahariano being recognized as a successor state, much less the actual nation of Jaharo, and thereby claiming that the territory to the south was "free game." This caused controversy and eventually lead to the 'succession territory theory.' The Summit ambassadors then claimed that the Realms to the south, if not true nations, then belonged to the Jaharan successor proper. Reinsbeck countered with two points: 1) that the Jahariano Realm "doesn't fit the guidlines of a true State...it has an everchanging government, bordering anarchy, consists of many people simply walking in and out of the border every day (refering to the lack of a perminant population), and hardly any organized (institutes such as an organized military, government, postal service, and other things), thus rendering it a non-state entity" and 2) "If it is deemed a true state, then it would be able to determine its own territory and existence." The 'state' fell short of the definition of a true state, and to add insult to injury, the small "government" there voted unanimously to be annexed by the Empire. This was even a surprise to the Emperor, as he thought that it would require more imperial influence to convince them to join. In 2202, the Jahariano Realm became the Imperial State of Jaharo within the Empire.
The Rest of the State of Panama
Northern Panama State
Poverty and unlawfulness was strune across southern North America, especially outside of Imperial control. The State of Panam was suffering greatly and, by 2202, was in a civil war,which historians call the Last War of Mexico (due to the fact that any Mexican State to even exist after that came into existence 800 years later in their own war of independence from the Empire). The South was proving more prosperous, and victorious, than the North. Finally, by 2204, the Empire was involved in the war, allying itself with the South. The South was proving friendly with the Empire, while the North was constantly raiding the borders of the Empire. The Empire finally invaded the North and occupied it. Soon after, diplomats were sent in and the territory was annexed.
Southern Panama State
The South became both angered and wary of the Imperial expansion. Raids and attacks on the Empire were common after the Northern Annexation. The true fall of Jaharo cumulated in the Last Stand of Jaharo, where, for 7 months in 2208, a full fledged attack was waged between the Empire and the State of Panama. Reinsbeck Unus ordered the invasion so that he could properly deal with the raiders. Though there were heavy losses, the State of Panama fell on September 16th, and the final nail in the coffin of Jaharo was pounded in. The world declared Jaharo officially dead. This wasn't the case, however, as the once powerful Realm of Carlos still remained, and therefor was a continuation of Jaharo.
The Face of the New Century
With the fall and subsequent absorption of the Realms, save Carlosia (now a shared occupied territory), the Empire was done expanding for a while. The Game of the South wasn't over, however, but was taking a reprieve, which historians commonly call, "The Stalemate," as in a stalemate in a game of checkers in the sence that no one made a decisive move for a while. On a related note, the Empire was also experiencing a slight rise in its global power. Though it has been called a superpower before, it has never truely achieved that status before. It did, however, retain its hegemon status, and that power was only increasing. The states of South America, although now becoming stable, were still weak. The S.A.R. was facing economic troubles, with the debt they incurred while fighting the realms and after a string of bad presidents. On a global note, the Australian and European Empires were beginning to phase out of global power, due in part to their massive rebellions and internal unrest. China, Russia, Manchuria, and Japan were still constantly fighting each other, including in the 2210 Yen War, where a Manchurian economic crisis was taken advantage of by China and, after a complicated turn of events, lead to a Chinese invasion of Manchuria, again. Japan, being a local power, was once again involved in a war between these two powers. This war lasted for 12 years and completely devastated the three nations, only to have nothing changed except the situation of the nations. China was already hurt from sending costly aid to the Indoaustralian rebels. Russia's internal struggles were increasing during this time as well. Africa's nations were experiencing an cycle of war and peace, power and submission. There was one nation that did emerge to be both stable and powerful, and that was the Alyammad Caliphate in the Middle East, slowely gaining power and land over the weaker "nations" surrounding it. In North America, things were heating up as well. Aside from the SAR's waning power, Canada and the Scandinavian Union clashed in a series of wars over Greenland, a land that was claimed by both powers, starting in 2211. Though it didn't have too much ariable land or natural resources, the two fought for what they believed was theirs. The Empire was feeling on top of the world at this time.
Trouble in North AmericaCanada was now in perpetual "war" with Scandinavia over Greenland. While they weren't suffering great losses, they were completely preoccupied by foreign policy to focus on anything. America's situation was a little more extreme. Civil unrest was becoming more prevelant in their Jaharan region, and the Empire feared that this could spark a new rebellion within their own jurisdiction. This never heppened due to the fact that the Empire was harsher on the rebels and kept a tighter reign on them, as opposed to the more liberal punishments from America. The American debt started to increase further when the rebels, and their ambitions and actions, grew in size and the SAR had to pour more money into subduing the ever present "Southern Rebellion," as it became to be known as. A shift was also occuring in America. The rebellion was spreading north into Colorado, New Mexico, and southern California. The Empire kept a very close eye on its Jaharans and the border around Carlosia and the southern American strip. The rebels became increasingly aggressive and started violent protests in 2212, and even occasional riots, all in the name of Autonomy. The American Government finally sent in federal troops to subdue the Rebels and sporatic and brutal fighting occurred. This wasn't enough to shake the nation completely, however, as the Empire was sending aid to the SAR to help with this. Reinsbeck Unus said this was "to ensure the integrity of the Empire and our great ally to the north." While the rebellion was stirring, and gaining centralization, problems elsewhere, in Africa, were occuring. The United North African States, the nation created out of the Eurafrican Rebellion, was proving to be a warmongering state.
The 3rd North African Resources War
The UNAS was severely lacking in natural resources and waged two wars to take some from others. They first fought Songhai in the 1st North African Resource War (2197-2199), where they made small, yet fruitless, gains. Realizing that Songhai was just as bereft for resources as they were, they turned to the profitable Nile River and Suez Canal in the 2nd war (2202-2206). They then invaded Egypt, and eventually had Libya dragged into the conflict. After suffering a sizable defeat, the UNAS turned to a very resource rich area of Africa for their next attack: American Imperial Africa, rich in cash crops, diamonds, and gold. After mending ties with Songhai, an Alliance was formed, and both agreed that their target was the resources, and that control of the resources and the Niger river (mainly controled by the Empire) would be split between the two nations. The appeals of rebel minorities in the Imperial region for liberation from the Empire also helped to give more reason for a conflict. On March 23rd, 2212, the new Saharan Alliance invaded Imperial Africa. Emperor Unis immediately called for battle ready troops to be sent to Africa. Within three days, thousands of troops landed in African Harbors. The rapid advance of the Saharan Allied Army was halted with the arrival of new troops. The Allies were relying on the rallying of what they thought to be the overwhelmingly rebellious citizens to rise up in arms against their "Imperial masters," when in fact only a slim minority believed in separation. The cause for the war quickly degrated into a stalemate the American Emperor didn't want to see deaths cause by a stagnent front so he ordered thousands more troops to be sent to Africa. Fighting ensued for 7 months unti the Imperial Forces were able to break the stalemate. Only a week after this breakthrough, Libia joined the war. This caused a complete stalemate to occur once again.
Change in the Tide of the WarLibya, being mainly located in the Sahara Desert, needed access to rivers for trade and water, and the Empire had complete control of the Senegal and Volta Rivers, and majority control over the Niger River. Not only that, but Libya saw itself as the regional policeman. It meditated negotiations in the 1st Resource War and participated in the 2nd Resource War to "prevent any further destruction." Libya's main reason for joining the war was for access to the waterways. Once the Libyan Army met up with the Saharan Allied Army, the war turned into a complete stalemate, this time the front was more stagnent than the first stalemate. Due to the stalemate, the S.A.A. was given some options and invaded and conquered the Mali Republic, a regional ally of the Empire, and a major holder of control over the Niger and Volta Rivers. Many Mali servicepeople fled the rapidly shrinking front lines and fled to the Empire and continued to fight there. Fighting was fierce and thousands lost their lives within the first year of the war. The Empire asked for help from nearby nations, but to no avail. It wasn't until 21 months into the war that the Empire broke through the front lines again, this time swooping through and liberating the Mali Republic The front line, while still within Imperial territory, was also now at the borders of Libya and Songhai. The major turning point came a month after the two year mark of the war, when a Songhai warship destroyed a European patrol ship, mistaking it for an Imperial ship. 205 men and women were killed in the attack and this finally brought the European Empire into the War. This gave them an excuse to retake their lost colonies. With two major world powers attacking from two sides, the war turned in favor of the Atlantic Powers. Pouncing on the opportunity for revenge, and revenge alone, Egypt joined two weeks later on the side of the Atlantic Powers and the Allied Armies were quickly dirven back. Libya fell first after 25 months of fighting, when they were attacked from the south by joint American Imperial-Malian forces and Egyptian forces from the east. American Imperials then Shifted their focus to the Songhai Empire, when, at this time, they were able to puch the last Allied forces out of Imperial territroy and move into Songhai territory. Egypt then swept in from the east to aid the American forces, where Songhai capitulated a month after Libya. The UNAS fell just a few days before Songhai, facine sweeping attacks from Europe. After the end of the war, treaties were starting to be drafted. Fighting stopped in July of 2214.
Some debate amongst the victors was occuring. Egypt, wary over the militaristic UNAS, was in complete agreement with the E.E. taking back control over the region. Imperials were torn in America. Other Summit Nations were up in arms about full recapture, and the European Empire and Egypt were in a political battle. American Imperial forces evaacuated immediately due to one major problem: Rebellion.
The Perfect ExcuseWhen the Resource War broke out in Africa, and American Imperial troops were being sent to the front line, the North American Rebels, who were under pressure from the threat of Imperial intervention, took advantage of the situation and began to really rebel. The Rebels, united under strong leadership of a revitalizing Realm of Carlos, declared independence in 2213 and claimed major parts of the S.A.R. and small Parts of the American Empire. Immediately, the Empire split its local troops and sent the half not putting down the active rebellion to the southern half. This was mainly to ensure that the idea of rebellion didn't re-arise in the area, which was a very good call on Reinsbeck's part. While Republic America was dealing with the rebels, Imperial America was dealing with its own war in Africa at the start, and this was the perfect excuse to begin the rebellion.
The North American Rebellion
Starting in 2213, the rebels organized and put up an organized resistence, taking advantage of the weakening America. The Empire only experienced little rebellion due to the fact that the rebels feared the Empire and the way they treated previous rebels. Secretly, Columbia and Brazil were giving funds to the growing rebellion, hoping to strike a blow to the Empire. These provisions helped to aid their cause in gaining momentum. Brazil however dropped out of the trade agreement when hostilities began, as was agreed upon in the agreement between Brazilian and Rebel leaders. Columbia, however, continued to, albiet limitedly, fund and arm the rebels. Columbia was finally pressured out of funding the rebels by 2215 through sanctions from the U.S. and Empire. This was the blow the rebels didn't want to hear about. The Baja California peninsula was finally liberated after the rebels took it in 2214. The outreach areas were quickly overwhelmed, and the rebels were pushed back to a very small territory. After four years of fighting, the rebellion was at a cease fire through an armistice. The President of America, elected a year before the rebellion came to a cease fire, wanted to completely wipe out the rebels, or the race that they perdominetly were, at least.
Persecution of the Jaharans
Ever since the fall of Jaharo, decendence of the original Jaharans became a minority throughout America, both Republic and, to a lesser extent, Empire. The Vast majority of Jaharans in the Empire were either assimilated into the Population, with a White-Jaharan mix becoming a major demographic, or they immigrated to the Republic, away from their conquers. Just like it was 200 years ago with Mexican immigrants, many Republic Americans held a prejudice against the Jaharans and wanted them to move back south. 2216-elected President Mitch Aretson was one of those people. After the cease fire was called, he sent in special ops troops to occupy the region, and the American troops and Special Ops abused the Jaharan rebels. Increasingly, they abused non-rebels as well. With this occuring, a peace treaty was refused to be accepted by the rebels due to the increasing abuse. This escelated further and massive violence was rampant. Emperor Reinsbeck Unus tried to negotiate with Areston to calm the violence, but the President ignored every plea to stop. Over the next two years, the Southwestern United States became a Military-controled region of violence and prejudice against the Jaharans. Squabbles even rarely broke out between American and Imperial forces. Within three years, the Emperor pulled full support and withdrew troops, while also adressing his concerns and objections to Areston's way of dealing with this. Though the Emperor was labeled as a hypocrite, he cited that after the Imperial revolts were put down, the leaders were dealt with and that was the end of it, with no further violent action was taken on the former rebels. Unus tried to use NAAP to try to stop this, but the organization had been faultering ever since High General Balentus was in power.
A New OpportunityAs actions worsened in the rebel area, Columbia sought to redeem itself. Seeing the rising tensions between the two Americas, they tried to pull the Empire into an alliance, which never succeeded. They then went through with what most Columbians wanted, and that was to resupply the Rebels. Columbia broke the treaty and began to refund and resupply the rebels, which reinvogorated their fighting spirit. The breaking of the treaty got a lot of criticism from the Empire and threatened action if they continued. Hostility increased and border skirmishes were becoming frequent until a supposed attack in an Imperial Base in Panama sparked a war between the Empire and Columbia. Many soldiers who fought in the Jaharan Annexations and the African War were sent to this new War. With the Empire at war again and the Rebels resupplied, the revolt ensued in 2220. This time, however, the rebels didn't claim Imperial territory. When Unus voiced his opposition to America, he met with rebel leaders and the Secret Agreement was made, claiming that the Empire would remain neutral and not attack the rebels or aid America if Imperial territory wasn't claimed, invaded, or occupied by rebel troops. The Emperor got away with going to war with Columbia saying that "we are defending ourselves, not trying to stave away support for the rebels." Also part of the Secret Agreement was the forced migration of Jaharans from the Empire into the region after the revolt ended (provided that the rebels gained independence) and, conversly, Americans in the rebel region. Another reason for the revolt was Areston's increasing abuse of power. Neapotism was rampent in his administration and ballets were stuffed for the 2220 election, where he won by a land slide due to his administration's tampering. This only angered people. As the renewed revolt raged on, his power began to turn to authoritarianism, much like his predecessors were in the previous two decades.
|Reinsbeck Dynasty Emperors||Length of Rule|
8 Years (2060-2068)
5 Months (2068 January-May)
|Multis Dynasty Emperors||Length of Rule|
|Multis Emperors||11 Years (2077-2088)|
|Xenimus I the Great||4 Years (2088-2092)|
|Xenimus Dynasty Emperors||Length of Rule|
|Xenimus I the Great||
34 Total Years
|Xenimus the Old||6 Years (2122-2128)|
|Xenimus II||5 Years (2128-2133)|
|Arbon||23 Years (2133-2156)|
|Xenimus III (first rule)||6 Years (2156-2162)|
|Wrestin||3 Years (2162-2165)|
|Xenimus III (second rule)||
11 Years Total
|Xenimus IV (Lindsey Xenimus)||12 Years (2170-2182)|
|Xenimus V (Johnethan Xenimus IV)||5 Years (2182-2187)|
Xenimus VI (Julia Xenimus)
|8 Years (2187-2195)|
High General William Balentus
|5 Years (2190-2195)|
|Dynasty||Length of Rule|
|Reinsbeck||60 Years (2017-2077)|
|Multis||15 Years (2077-2092)|
|Xenimus||103 Years (2092-2195)|
|2nd Reinsbeck Dynasty Emperors||Length of Rule|
|Reinsbeck Unus (Dreston Reinsbeck)||2195-|
This entire article is a work in progress. I will have it finished in the near future -X-145