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North America in 1882 by TheAresProject North America in 1882 by TheAresProject
From SoaP Around the World, 1882 edition:

The UNITED STATES, as of 1882, is still very much reeling from the Civil War; although Reconstruction has finally ended, the conflict still casts a looming shadow over American politics and society. The political system has seen a change in party systems over the past decade, as the centrist-protectionist Unionist Party grows in power. So far, only one Unionist President has taken office [1], but the party is steadily growing, and may well supplant the Republicans as the nation's majority party over the 1880s.

Currently, the United States is facing a diplomatic crisis with Spain over American nationals giving aid to Cuban rebels, an issue which has come to a head with the sinking of the General Beauregard, a blockade runner registered in Pensacola, by Spanish naval forces. President Blaine has accepted an invitation by the Spanish President to visit Madrid and negotiate between leaders.

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The United Provinces of LAURENTIA, the first devolved Crown Realm to be formed, has suffered a few ups and downs since its formation. The cession of the Pacific coast to the U.S. caused an uproar against British rule, and, many argue, hastened the process of confederation. Rupert's Land was annexed in 1871, a move by which Laurentia came to encompass all of British North America outside the Caribbean; the province of Assiniboia has since been formed out of the old Red River Colony and the surrounding Métis settlements, the rest of the vast prairies being divided into non-voting districts. These have seen little settlement since confederation; however, with the start of construction on the Canada & Pacific Railway, the population of the prairies is expected to explode.

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The CARIBBEAN is a hotbed of activity at this time: the Spanish colonies of Cuba and Puerto Rico are soon to be in open rebellion, and the United States' unofficial aid to the rebels has been the cause of a diplomatic crisis between them and Spain. Santo Domingo is a United States territory, after President McPherson accepted an annexation offer from the president of the war-torn country. The remaining islands are mostly under European rule, and mostly quiet, although some British islands have seen movements for annexation into Laurentia.

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In CENTRAL AMERICA, the Presidents of Guatemala and Honduras are proving partial to reunifying the region, although El Salvador is waffling on the matter, and the consent of the United States will likely be needed for such a venture. The American territory of Nicaragua is seeing rapid development with the impending construction of the canal across the Rivas Isthmus, and there is discussion of spinning off the designated Canal Zone as a separate territory, similarly to what has been done to Samaná Bay, in order to separate the administration from that of the country at-large, and purportedly in preparation for statehood.

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NEW GRANADA incorporated ECUADOR as three states in 1878, and has since seen some economic growth, although the country's civilian government has been shaky.

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[1] Although the unified Unionist Party hadn't been formed in 1869, Curtin is still considered by most people to have been the first Unionist President.

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Many thanks to Nugax (IainFluff on dA) for supplying the basemap.
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Austro-Hungarian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Writer
I think you forgot to label Louisville.
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
D'oh!
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docmagnus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's a [1] in the description but no corresponding footnote.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Curious. What was the POD?
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Fremont wins in '56.
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:icondafreak47:
DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How did he get the extra support?
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Buchanan made a gaffe over tariffs while speaking in Philadelphia, which made Pennsylvania and New Jersey bolt to Fremont.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ohh very interesting. Why did the British give America the west coast after their agreement in 1846?
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The Alabama Claims affair (long story short, the US sued the British for violating the laws of war after it turned out British shipbuilders had made blockade runners for the Confederacy; this happened IOTL as well) was resolved through the cession of British Columbia rather than the monetary payment we saw IOTL. William Seward, who was President when it flared up ITTL, was an expansionist, and saw his chance to get at the entire Pacific coast, which he wanted to do IOTL (his rationale for buying Alaska was basically to lay the groundwork for further expansion).
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I knew about Seward but the Alabama Claims is new to me. Very interesting and much more believable. Like it very much. Is that also how they acquired land in New Brunswick?
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