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The Confederate States of America (CSA or C.S.A.), commonly referred to as the Confederate States (CS or C.S.), Dixie, sometimes called the Southern States, and locally referred to as The South and the The Confederacy, is a confederal republic consisting of 15 republics and a federal district. The 14 contiguous states and Richmond, are in North America between the United States and Mexico. the Republic of Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean. At 1.005 million square miles ( 2.06 million sq km) and with around 115 million people, it the worlds 10th largest country by total area and 12th largest by population. Within the last 60 years, the Confederate States has seen a major increase in immigrates, and thus has grown very diverse ethnically. The geography is very varied from the mountainous regions of the Appalachians to the deserts the west, and wildlife is diverse. The climate is usually humid.

Tensions between those living the southern United States and the north were already very tense before the American Civil War. Slavery, while not illegal in the US, had steadily been growing uncommon the north by the beginning of the 19th century. In many northern states, abolitionism had become very successful in outlawing slavery in the majority of states, while in others it was very dominant. Those who lived below the Mason-Dixon Line, however, relied on slavery to fuel the economy in most southern states. This split in cultures caused many states above and below this line to have to debate whether they wished to be a slave state or a free state. Beyond slavery, states rights was the other major issue brought up by southerners. Those who believed in states rights felt the US was rejecting the rights of citizen in owning their own property, such as slaves. These tensions finally came to a head during the 1860 presidential election, the Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln defeated Democrat candidate James Buchanan. Due to Lincolns anti-slavery policies, he was very unpopular with many southerners. after his election, seven states declared declared secession and formed the CSA on February 4, 1861; these states were South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. A constitution was signed on March 11. North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia soon followed. Four states that permitted slavery, which were Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri, chose to stay with the United States, and came to be known as the "border states."

War between the United States, which would come to be known as the Union during the war, and the Confederate States was not formally declared until April 12, 1861, when the CSA attacked and occupied Fort Sumpter, a Union fort in South Carolina. After the blockade of southern waters by the Union navy, the CSA threatened to cut all trade of cotton and other crops to European countries should they refuse to assist, and after the Confederate victory at the Battle of Gettysburg, the powers of the United Kingdom, France, and Prussia elected to assist the CSA by sending supplies and volunteering troops. In response, the US cut trade with Europe, thus hurting their ability to fight. After three years of fighting, the United States declared peace with the Confederates signing the Treaty of Richmond on September 23, 1864, with the United States promising to recognize the existence and sovereignty of the CSA. The state of Kentucky chose to join the Confederacy the next day, and the occupied territory of Oklahoma and the eastern half the Arizona territory were turned to states, with the latter becoming New Mexico. In exchange, the rest of the Arizona Territory was returned to the US, and the CSA would leave the states of Missouri, Maryland and the newly formed West Virginia. By September 31, all of the European nations would recognize the CSA.

The rest of the 19th century saw the Confederate States grow in industry, and steadily decline in slavery. By 1872, slavery was banned in most states, and on March 20, 1873, was declared illegal by President Gregory Hartland and amended to the constitution. The CSA also fought a conjoined war with the United States against Spain in 1898, resulting in both the CSA and US gaining territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. During the early 20th century, the CSA economy rose quickly and healthy trade was occurring with other nations. They also joined the First World War on the side of the Entente in 1917; this would later coincide in the signing of the Document of American Military Cooperation. However, in 1929, the Wall Street stock market crash occurred in New York City, throwing the United States in what's now known as the Great Depression. The Confederate States were directly affected by the crash, with stocks on southern industries landsliding. Agriculture was also devastated, during what is known as the Dust Bowl. Unemployment levels in both countries was very high, with the CSA suffering worse due to millions of farmers losing their crops. The economy rose slowly during the 1930's, and in 1941, when the CSA and United States joined the declared war against the Empire of Japan and joined the Allies, the economy returned to a stabilized position as it shifted to a war economy. At the end of World War II, the CSA would be a major player in world affairs, becoming a regional superpower in the Americas, and the second nation after the US to develop nuclear weapons. They became a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and were part of the Cold War with the United States and the Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War left the United States and the Confederate States as the two remaining superpowers left.

The Confederate States is a developed country, and the second largest economy nominally, which is fueled by agriculture and natural resources. It is a post-industrial nation, and one of the worlds largest manufacturers. Since working with the United States on their military, the CSA accounts for 15% of the worlds military spending, and has made major advances in military research. The CSA has become a major influence on the world, both politically and culturally, and is a leader in industrial and agricultural advancement.

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A continuation to my "Dixie" series.

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Vanwa-Haleth Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is badass. Shout out from Illinois.
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AlternateHistory Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thank you!
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Vanwa-Haleth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime, I like that the North and the South have a peaceful and cooperative relationship. It's a secession I could live with.
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Six day after the Sardinian Parliament have declare the foundation of the Kingdom of Italy lol 
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Nice, but what is the relations between the CSA and the others major powers in the world ? (US, Israel, Russia, China, EU)
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AlternateHistory Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The US and CSA have pretty much put away their differences in the sake of cooperation. They can still be competitive, but they've become friendly allies.

The European nations all have relatively friendly relations with the CSA, though like with the US, Russia is a bit on the rocks these days.

The assistance of the CSA in the Middle-East has helped to keep nations like Iraq somewhat more stable than OTL. Though there is still much tension.

Asia is actually more westernized, as the US was actually able to successfully win the Vietnam War with the CSA's assistance. As a result, western culture became more influential and was able to curb Chinese influence in the region.
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
Ah ok, so the Iraq war never happend ? Ah i see 
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AlternateHistory Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It still happened, but was faster than OTL due to the CSA's involvement. The main difference overall is that the region is more stable since their are more soldiers on the ground.
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
Ah yes, this make sense now. Anyway i like your series
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AlternateHistory Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to clue you in.
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
No problem 
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IIICrewsalonian Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would'be thought that Atlanta, GA would've been the largest. :shrug: But okay. :) Interesting Alt. History.
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Racism never be so Good :D
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EmperorZoo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me wonder what the National Animal of the CSA would be?
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TonySutton Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
How about the opossum?
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EmperorZoo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Never really thought about the opossum.
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Horse ?
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drivernjax Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Ah, but which breed?  I would've thought one of the bird dogs or the whitetail deer.  Of course, at the time of the founding of the CSA, they still had strong enough ties to the USA that they might have chosen the bald eagle, too.
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
Idk
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EmperorZoo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I thought
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Al3ssio97 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
LOL
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Student
Definitely not a Black Panther. 

Ha, I made a joke.  :)
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EmperorZoo Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha. =P (Razz) 

It would probably be an animal that really screams southern states, like a horse, black bear, ox, crane, or maybe even an alligator or rattlesnake. We may never know.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student
Possibly.
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drivernjax Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Interesting.  In this, you said several things that I have always maintained, even to the point of considering writing an alternate history of the War Between the States which included an official end to slavery in the CSA after the election of Robert E. Lee as president of the Confederacy in 1867.  I haven't read any of your "Dixie" series so I don't know how you have the Confederacy expanding, if at all.  However, I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed what I read here.
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AlternateHistory Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback.

Yeah, I've always felt that if the Confederacy managed to survive the war and expanded their industry, they would've ended slavery within at least a couple decades, since it would have become outdated and sensibilities would've changed.
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drivernjax Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2016
Not to mention the cost of maintaining even a few slaves would have become prohibitive long before the end of the 19th Century.  I've long maintained that the treatment of blacks after the War Between the States was because the southerners were forced to give up slavery instead of letting it die a slow, painful death.  Of course, I didn't live back then, so I can't swear my statement is true.
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AlternateHistory Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here. I figure over time, they would've seen the error of their ways in maintaining slaves, not to mention the inevitable civil rights movement that would've occurred regardless. It would a similar situation to how Germany felt after WWII, ashamed of their past and looking to try and learn from those mistakes.
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