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North America in 1920 by TheAresProject North America in 1920 by TheAresProject
The UNITED STATES, having seen two decades of more or less progressive government, is sliding back into conservatism. Elihu Root of New York is President, and has throughout his term been indifferent to progressive reform, even vetoing several bills proposing safety standards for industrial workers. This rightward shift is likely to continue under President-elect Henry Cabot Lodge, and has resulted in several left-wing groups gaining support. Most notable among these groups is the Socialist Labour Party-Berger, but a fringe movement calling itself National Socialism is gaining in popularity…

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The United Provinces of LAURENTIA has seen some instability in recent years, as Continentalist groups grow in power and influence with Ottawa. While the country would be in an awkward position without strong ties to its southern neighbour, it's sticking with favouring the Empire out of patriotism.

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MEXICO underwent a violent revolution in 1914, which, along with the ensuing civil war, hasn't ended yet. American troops are out in force in Veracruz and most of Sinaloa, trying to contain the revolutionary violence. President Huerta's supporters are quickly gaining ground in what's left of the country, and it's looking more and more like the revolution has gone full circle.

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The Republic of CENTRAL AMERICA is expanding, carving the new state of Los Altos out of Guatemala and signing a treaty of alliance with Yucatan that promises eventual annexation for the war-torn country. Politically, the country is quickly turning into a small Argentina, with local caudillos dominating the provinces, San Salvador being run by corrupt bureaucrats and army generals, and any attempts at reform being shot down by those same groups.

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To the chagrin of both Spain and the United States, CUBA was made an independent nation at the close of the indecisive Spanish-American War. Though formally neutral, the island is being run behind the scenes by American oligarchs, who own over half the land on it and buy the vote to ensure that pro-American groups stay in power.
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MelvWolfe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did British Columbia go with the vote to join the USA here?
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Alabama Claims.
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MelvWolfe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That literally makes no sense.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I meant that you should look up the "Alabama Claims" if you wanted to know why everything west of the Rockies is American.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Awesome map. Ive quite missed Los Altos and Im glad to see that Central America hasn't collapsed yet :D Is the reason why Newfoundland was forced to accept confederation early because GB feared that it would be annexed by the USA even more than OTL because of the Alabama Claims? Im so glad that you named "Rio Bravo" by its Mexican name rather than by its more commonly known American name "Rio Grande", but am I incorrect in thinking that the greater Rio Bravo also included Durango? But I might be wrong on that one.

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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Newfoundland was part of Laurentia from the very beginning. And the original Rio Bravo Republic claimed both Durango and Zacatecas IOTL, but those areas were unwilling to join the new Republic.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Why did Newfoundland join so early unlike OTL? Im surprised the Zapatecans didnt rise up, given there past.
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Newfoundland didn't join IOTL because they weren't able to attend any of the conferences that established confederation. After that they decided they didn't need responsible government, and actually asked to have their dominion status rescinded only a few years after they got it. And the Zapotecs probably did rise up, but were subdued by Huerta's army when it stormed through the area in the summer of 1917.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Go Zapotecs!!! I knew I was probably sounding like a Gringo by calling them "Zacatecans", but I couldnt remember their own demonym and didnt care to look it up again.
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