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WHAT PRICE VICTORY?
PART II: 1948-1960

A shaky, tense peace remains after the war, with President Truman constantly demanding the return of the seceded states within the APR and IRT, and the release of the Japanese Occupied Territory.  Eventually, Truman recognizes the two sovereign nations in 1952.  In 1954, the Japanese Empire decides that due to unrest in the JOT and anti-Japanese feelings, there is no further gain from maintaining the JOT; in late '54, the JOT is returned to the control of the Pacific Republic.  The states are reorganized into a collection of states smaller than they once were.  Though anti-Japanese sentiment remains high, much of the population of SOMETHING are Japanese people who decided to remain; the state becomes notorious in the APR for its population.

Loyalty to the Union, as well as that to the President, plummets along border states, most in the north-central region, the Dakotas, Kansas, and Nebraska.  Louisiana and Arkansas feel the drop as well; both states are overtly Texan-sympathetic.

In August of 1958, Louisiana makes good on its threat to secede and join the IRT.  As the President demands that Louisiana return to the Union, armed troops enter Little Rock and prevent the Arkansas Congress from seceding as well.  Marines enter the bayou north of New Orleans and begin placing towns under martial law.

Citing unnecessary aggression in the "invasion" of their neighbor to the east, the Pacific Republic begins to mobilize its navy, urging the US to remove its men from Arkansas and Louisiana.  Public outcry in the Dakotas leads to effigies of the President being burned on lawns, and the four border states begin to threaten the US with secession.

The breaking point is reached when, while guarding the city hall of Little Rock, US National Guard troops come under attack from two drunk civilians, and fire one shot into the air.  Panic erupts, and by the next morning, thirty-two National Guardsmen are dead, fifteen more wounded, and over fifty civilians dead.  Civilians in the border states immediately arm, taking every weapon that can be found.  In just hours, people begin crossing into the APR in enormous numbers.  Within the week, over five thousand people have volunteered for--and been enlisted into--the APR Army of the Yellowstone.

On October 16, the PSS Oregon, along with five destroyers and two cruisers, arrives in Breton Sound, and her group is ordered to deploy to defend Baton Rouge and New Orleans against a possible Union attack or invasion.

Texas, fearing the Union on the horizon, mobilizes its massive army and concentrates it along the Texas-Louisiana/Arkansas borderline, preparing to bring both states into its Republic.  The Union continues its tirade, now also demanding that Texas remove its army and that the Pacific Republic remove its naval forces from the area.  Both nations refuse, arguing that national interests are at stake.  Meanwhile, five thousand volunteer infantry of the Pacific Republic, formerly citizens of the US, cross the border into the Dakotas, unnoticed by US forces.

Amidst what becomes known as the Dakota Revolution, the APR declares war on the United States.  The Dakotas fall to rebel uprisings almost overnight on November 14, 1958.

The Union President ceases demands to both the APR and IRT, and instead mobilizes the Army and Navy.  The Army is charged with holding the border with Texas and retake the Dakotas; the Navy with bombarding the coast of the Pacific Republic.  The Secretary of the Navy protests that the US Navy's ability to patrol the Pacific Ocean is severely impaired and even goes so far as to recommend suspending all activities west of the Mississippi, but is overruled, and the Atlantic Fleet is spread thin as forces make for the Panama Canal and the American West Coast.

Texan troops reach the Louisiana-Mississippi border without resistance, but throughout Arkansas US Marines and Army platoons fight bravely to hold the line.  APR volunteers begin moving south and east, into Nebraska and Kansas, as Union artillery enters Minnesota to defend Minneapolis.

A Pacific battle group off the southern tip of Texas intercepts a US submarine, the forward patrol vessel of a Union fleet forty miles away.  As contact is lost with the sub, the US carrier and flagship, Ranger, moves in and devastates the APR fleet.

In early January of 1959, the Texans hold Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Little Rock.  The APR controls the Dakotas, the western half of Nebraska, and a quarter of Kansas.  Though the Union artillery in Minneapolis is holding the APR military at the Dakota border, the US can achieve little more.  The Union President's popularity plummets, and Nebraska and Kansas officially secede from the Union.

The United States surrenders under international pressure over the war; under the Treaty of Nashville, the four border states of North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas now belong to the American Pacific Republic; Dakota is merged into a single state.  Also under the Treaty, Texas gains all land claims to the river; the IRT is now an empire spanning the expanse from the Rio Grande to the Mississippi.

A month later, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan announce total loss of confidence in the Union and threaten secession; the senators and representatives of each state all walk out of a join session of Congress.  Several other senators, notably those in the Deep South, suggest that the Union be better off without these states.  The President, in his final act, speaks to each representative and senator in question and attempts to avoid another mass secession.

In the end he fails, however, as northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and the northern halves of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio secede, forming a new nation.  Minnesota is now known as Superior, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is now Michigan, Michigan becomes Huron, former Illinois/Indiana becomes Chicago, and former Ohio becomes Erie.  The new nation is called the Great Lakes Union, and at its head is President Richard Daley, having abdicated his seat as mayor of Chicago a few months earlier to lead his rebellion.

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