Monday, 13 June 2016

An Alternate History of the United States

CC Photo courtesy JD Lamb
Imagine if, during WWI, the Ottoman Empire threw in with the Allies instead of the Central Powers and the United States did the reverse. The Sykes-Picot agreement isn't a secret agreement to dole out portions of the Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire but was about carving up the US. World leaders, fearful of growing US domination of global affairs, create a secret agreement to ensure that various European powers have control over parts of the former USA.

We have Cascadia in the northwest, created out of Washington, Oregon, northern California and Idaho. Southern California is tossed to Mexico to get Mexico's agreement with the deal. New England is literally "New England." Texas is dangerous, so it's split in half, with the eastern half joining the Confederate States of America (CSA), ruled over by their Baptist Minister dictator and ... well, you get the idea.

Now imagine that for the next century, Europe and the USSR are constantly invading the remnants of the US. The USSR, of course, is trying to undo Seward's Folly and take back Alaska, but the Alaskans prove surprisingly resilient and with plenty of covert aid from Cascadia and Germany, the Soviets keep getting bogged down in Alaska despite the rest of the world politely asking them to stop.

Eric Rudolph, Christian terrorist
The CSA, on the grounds that East Texas is part of them, has repeatedly tried to annex West Texas, leading to Europe repeatedly bombing the CSA and eventually, peacekeeping troops stationed along the (very long) West and East Texas border. The Wall dividing Texas in two is almost 800 miles long.

The Republic of the Great Plains, still the "breadbasket of the world," tired of the UK siphoning off all of the agricultural output, nationalizes the agricultural industry, promising to offer the UK a fair price for the lost farms. The UK, hampered by other international entanglements, enlists the aid of the USSR to orchestrate a coup, overthrowing the democratically elected government and the Democratic Republic of the Great Plains is born, with a charismatic Baptist preacher installed as the Supreme President for Life.  However, he's a Reformed Baptist, putting the RGP at odds with the Reconstructed Southern Baptist religion dominating the CSA. A cold war erupts between them, often turning hot.

Meanwhile, Southern California is trying to rejoin Northern California who, in turn, want to secede from Cascadia, leading to the Mexicans sending in troops, again.

The midwest, meanwhile, languishes in poverty as no continent-spanning infrastructure or free trade has been implemented, but with recent increased oil production from the province of Oklahoma, the Ottoman Empire agrees to a request for help from a local strongman and flies in Turkish troops to "keep the peace." They land in Kansas, but quickly establish themselves in Oklahoma, with the strongman's help, and secure the oilfields.

Later on the East coast ... more of the same. Death. War. Dictators. Much of it paid for by European and Asian countries. The former US has lost all sovereignty and after a century of this, a man rises up and simply starts saying "this is never going to end." And anyone who believes it's never going to end has a choice: they can accept it or fight back.

Many who fight back are proud of their Christian religion and will gladly cite their favorite bible passages from heart. These passages are often used to justify the Christian's attempt to "restore the United States":
When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you—and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Deuteronomy 7:1-2
And also:
Paul Jennings Hill, Christian Terrorist
When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby. 
However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you. Deuteronomy 20:10-17
Sexual slavery, of course, is acceptable:
Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. Numbers 31:17-18
As is beheading:
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 1 Samuel 17:51
Some Christians, of course, preferred the kinder, gentler New Testament:
I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me. Luke 19:26-27
Or:
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—Matthew 10:34-35
People around the world, of course, are condemning the Christians and pointing to the US as an example of just how primitive and cruel the belief system is. While newspaper publish op-eds about Christianity being a "religion of hate", Christian groups around the world protest terrorism done in the name of the Prince of Peace, but these protests don't make it into the mainstream media, leading many people to believe that the Christians are complacent.