Hello and Welcome to the Preview Thread for ... GoobNES02: The Cold Civil War! This is my second NES, my first being GoobNES01: Fallout. INDEX Me and my NESing Style NES Backgrounds Me and my NESing Style Spoiler Me and My NESing Style : I am just going to briefly introduce myself, give you guys a snapshot of who I am, and how I like to Mod NESes. The blue bit in my Sig gives more info about me. I am a 19 year old Gay College Student on Summer Break. I am working full time, and dating, but I will have time for NESing as well. Politically, I am Conservative. I vote Conservative and believe in Conservative values (with exceptions, of course). I am, of course, Canadian. I am going to do my best not to let my biases ruin this NES. In real life, I am very pro-Capitalist, and believe that Communism is wrong, as well as Socialism. I am deeply patriotic to my country, Canada, but I am going to do my best to not let that cloud my vision, so to speak. In the past, I have been pretty good about separating my real life beliefs, and staying neutral while Modding NESes, so I obviously will try and continue that. One thing that is very important to know about me is that I like feedback. I generally assume that everything is going just fine, unless told otherwise. If you guys don't tell me what you like about this NES, what you don't like, if I am being biased, etc, then I cannot change. I do listen to feedback, and I value it. You can give feedback in this thread, through E-mail or PM (in my Profile), or MSN (also in profile). I like to Update once a week. My days off this summer are generally going to be Sunday and Monday, so I obviously will be doing updates on those days. I realize that many of you have other committments, school, family, work, and so do I. I don't expect players to put a major committment to this. 1 hour per day is excessive, in my opinion. It shouldn't take more then 10-15 minutes of your time, every one to two days, with perhaps a bit more time for updates. I will explain more about updates, stories, and other stuff later. NES Backgrounds Short Version Spoiler Short Version : The is a Shorter Version of the Background to this Alhistorical NES. At the Battle of Gettysburg, General Lee manages to defeat the Unionists, led by General Meade, and he beat them badly. This gave the Confederacy 18 months of peace, in which they were able to build up enough to stave off the Unionists, and win the Civil War. This meant that there were 2, not one, Americas in the world, one is a more left-wing Unionist one, and one is a very traditional, right-wing Confederacy where slavery still existed. They would fight again, but nothing that would significantly change any borders. This, of course, led to some changes in the way history played out in this planet. The CSA grew to have influence and support among their neighbors in South America, and selected countries in Europe, while the USA had allies and friends in Europe, and parts of Asia. World War 1 occurred as our history books recorded. The USSR formed as in history. World War II, however, is where things got a little different. The CSA and USA had just finished fighting – again – over New Mexico. Hitler saw a golden opportunity to strike while the USA and CSA were fighting, and while Europe’s attention was elsewhere. Hitler conquered Austria, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark easier in these history books. In France, well, the French were facing rebellions in Africa, so large parts of their military were overseas. Britain tried to help the Low Countries, but lost many resources doing so. The USA got involved only after the CSA realized that their Spanish allies needed help, and called a truce. Hitler invaded Britain, and the USA was barely able to save Britain from being totally conquered. Hitler also tried to invade Spain after Franco made some diplomatic blunders, but the CSA stopped him. In Russia, German forces took Leningrad, and were barely stopped taking Moscow, only after a brutal winter, and at the cost of Moscow being ruined. Hitler was brought down in this version of history at much higher human cost, and in 1951, not 1949. History went nearly the same in the pacific, except that they managed to land a force in Northern Australia. The USA and Anzac forces destroyed them, but barely. The USA was very stretched for military forces at this time. Now fast forward to 1965. Europe is still rebuilding. The USA and CSA have finally come to yet another truce over New Mexico. The USSR is rebuilding, under the grip of Stalin, and is exerting control over Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. China is undergoing some troubling times, facing border wars with the USSR and India/Pakistan, a Tibetan uprising, fighting with Taiwan, and supporting weak allies like North Korea and North Vietnam. As well, it faces internal problems. Africa is being decolonized, which means virtually an entire continent is undergoing radical change. The world has fallen into the 3 Alliances, those being ITO, the International Treaty Organization lead by the USA (NATO equivalent), Comintern, lead by the USSR, and CAN, the Confederation of Allied Nations. These 3 are ideologically enemies, and are vying for control of the world. The neutrals, namely India, Switzerland, and other nations, are in the middle of this political and diplomatic war. All 3 Organizations have Nuclear Weapons, but they have yet to go to war. Recent events, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Bolivian Invasion have ratcheted up tensions like the world has never seen before. Will the Cold War get hot? Who will be the victor in the American’s Civil War? That is up to you … Detailed Version Spoiler Detailed Version : This is a long, detailed version of events and history for this Alternative Historical NES. The one thing that the Confederacy needed to survive was time. Time to organize their new nation. Time to coordinate the government. Time to allow their struggling nation to unite, get diplomatic recognition, and get its economy going. On July 2nd, 1863, General Robert Lee handed them that precious time. And gave the USA its biggest single loss in the war. Lee managed to decimate General Meade’s Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Gettysburg. Meade himself managed to escape, and perhaps 5,000 of his men. The rest fell to Lee. The exact military operations became known as the Lee Trap. This is where history changes, during the American Civil War. The effect of this will be recorded in the history books forever, and is where our alternative history begins. Lee, having sustained minimal losses, was able to rebuild what he lost and more with what Meade’s Army left behind, getting new guns, new ammunition, food, and, most importantly, stopping the Union in its tracks. Once news of this disaster got out to the rest of the Union, the peace movement, which had been growing, burst onto the scene. This was exuberated by the fact that Lee then decided to march on Washington. The Unionist newspapers, reporting that Lee triumphed over Meade, and was advancing on Washington, are what changed the war. Unionists decided that they had enough of their young men going to die in battle, and wanted peace. The nation needed time to collect itself, to debate the next step, more war or peace, and then proceed with that. An embattled President Lincoln declared a “temporary cessation of hostilities” on September 15th, 1863, which Lee accepted, for a period of 18 months. Lee returned to Richmond a national hero, and the CSA began the process of building its nation. It had to build a proper army, get diplomatic recognition, get its economy going, as well as decide upon a Constitution, and possibly hold elections. In those 18 months, it did that. When the declaration issued by Lincoln ended on March 15th, 1865, the Confederacy was a nation ready for war. It immediately launched 2 major invasions of the Union, who was still grappling with the “Confederate Question”. The Confederacy gained some land in Kentucky and Missouri, but it was New Mexico where the action really took place. Large armies clashed over and over. Thousands more Americans died on either side. 2 years later, with no end in side, the peace movement in the USA finally got President John Wilson elected, who negotiated a cease to hostilities with the CSA. This was a ceasefire, however, not a Peace Treaty. The '67 ceasefire, to this day, has been violated more times then any other in the world. Through the 19th century, the USA and CSA continued to fight. They fought on the battlefield and in politics around the world. The USA had a base of allies in Europe, and worked on ensuring that they continued to be loyal. When the USA attacked the Philippines, however, that was a major turning point. The imperialist USA wanted more overseas colonies as Europe rapidly gobbled up Africa in a rush for colonization. Spain, which was losing its colonies, and feeling humiliated at this, was incensed. Spanish anger was noticed by the CSA, who managed to convince them that they would help take back the Philippines for Spain. The CSA managed to do this, and to turn Spain against the USA. The Battle of the Philippines was a bloody one. Thousands died, and the USA was barely defeated, but Spain got its colony back, and the CSA got a friend. The CSA then asked Spain and Portugal to join it in an alliance, if the CSA would help them get back more of their colonies. They agreed, and so the CSA scored Spain and Portugal as as its major allies. Up until this point, the CSA was relatively isolated in the world. It had few colonies, and it was almost constantly at war with the USA over one minor border disagreement or another. The Philippines changed all of that. With Spain and Portugal on board, the CSA began aggressively pursuing its agenda in South and Central America. The CSA ensured that a right-wing General, loyal to the CSA and Spain, took control of the United Provinces of Central America. Several decades later, the UPCA would have changed its name, would still be in the grip of a Military General, and would still face insurgencies and violence, but it remained a solid CSA/Spanish ally. This success story was slowly repeated over the years. The Caribbean Confederacy was joined by force and over several years, as a CSA/Spanish supported Dictator of a united Hispaniola began ridding the Europeans of their Caribbean colonies. Europe initially sent armies to try and regain what was rightfully its, but it soon got caught up with World War 1, and its African colonizing Campaign. The CSA was also busily working in South America, and soon gained allies, by force or coercion. Attempts were made to stop the CSA and Spain, but they were ultimately unsuccessful. Simon Bolivar almost succeeded in wrenching control of parts of South America from the Spanish-CSA grip, with his vision for a Gran Colombia, but ultimately failed. Bolivarism continues to this day in many parts of South America, with many communists and left-wing insurgencies and groups wanting to create a “Bolivarian Republic”. This has yet to come into effect, and the so-called Bolivarian insurgents are nothing more then nuisances to the CSA/Spanish controlled nations in which they wage war. Except for Colombia, that is, where about 1/5 of the country is in the control of Bolivarian inspired left-wing rebels. The USA did not deviate much from history. Neither did the Russians. Alaska was sold to the USA, and the rest of the world essentially developed the same up to World War I, and slightly beyond. World War 1 was long, and brutal, as it was in real life. The outcome was the same, and the stage was set for World War II. World War II was, on the other hand, different then real life. The CSA and Hitler were originally allies. The CSA saw the Nazis as an ally, and tried to get them to join CAN. Hitler, however, was suspicious of the CSA. That is why he decided to launch his series of attacks while the USA and CSA were once again emroiled in war over New Mexico. This meant that the large armies and attention of those two nations were distracted. It can now be determined that the Nazis did not view the CSA as an ally, and Hitler had ambitions to conquer Spain. World War II started out the same. Hitler came to power, the UK and Europe appeased him, he got stronger and eventually started to conquer. He took France easier then in real life, and started his attack on Russia earlier. Thanks to the Finns, who allowed the Germans to base themselves in their territory, Hitler captured Leningrad, which was a major feat. Hitler was barely stopped at Moscow. The Russians lost many more men then in reality. Hitler's armies managed to encircle Moscow, and some German elements actually went into the city, as much as the Soviets are denying that. Ultimately, Hitler failed in Russia, and not because of the Russians. He decided that the CSA’s overtures to get him to formally ally with them was nothing more then a ruse to get rid of him as leader of the Third Reich, and replace him with somebody else. Hitler decided to sever ties with the CSA in what is known as the infamous Berlin Note. It was a diplomatic note passed to the CSA alliance severing ties and accusing them of treason against the German State. Then Hitler decided to launch duel invasions of both Spain and the United Kingdom. In both places, his famous blitzkrieg maneuver initially did very well. Hitler nearly got to the gates of Madrid in Spain, and gained a lot of ground in the United Kingdom. Until, that was, the USA and CSA were able to scramble enough forces and transport them through the U-boat blockade to help their allies. The USA and CSA quickly signed a ceasefire as to free up more of their troops, and defended their allies. Hitler’s armies were smashed on three fronts, by the Unionists in the UK, and the CSA in Spain, and Russia. In Russia, a fiercely cold winter decimated Hitler’s troops. Hitler was finally stopped in 1947, but it took two more years before USA and USSR troops met in Berlin, having finally conquered Hitler’s Germany. The death camps were discovered, as in real life, with more people having die then in real life. At least 6 million Jews died, along with hundreds of thousands of other innocent minorities, such as homosexuals, and Romas. This shocked the world, as in real life. The CSA, it should be noted crushed Hitler in Spain, thus defending their Spanish allies once more, but did not advance much further. They did make some maneuvers in France to crush more of Hitler’s armies, but they quickly left. In the pacific, things went pretty much as they did in real life. The only difference was that fighting was essentially over in 1945. The Japanese Empire was created by conquering other nations, and ended with a resounding defeat in Australia. Japan decided that Australia was the last nation it would conquer, so it sent a large force. The USA barely managed to muster the 100,000 troops it sent, and this was barely enough to stop the quarter million troops the Japanese had, along with Anzac troops. After that, all that had to be done was to mop up the remaining Japanese troops, liberate countries, and deploy nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The rebuilding process after this war was massive. Large parts of Europe were devastated, and basic infrastructure was totally destroyed in some regions. By 1965, this has been almost totally rebuilt, all except for some parts of Germany and Russia. The Soviets managed to turn much of Eastern Europe into puppet states, and the rest of Europe, to the left of the Iron Curtain, came under the influence of the USA, leading to the rise of the Comintern and ITO. CAN was created in response to the formation of the ITO. There were, however, more events to follow. Most notably is the decolonization of Africa. Europe had colonized almost all of Africa, and started in 1960 to give freedom to millions on this continent. Vast swaths of the world suddenly found themselves with freedom, and, of course, democratic constitutions. Democracy, however, means little in a country that is dirt poor, has little infrastructure, and has a confusing mix of tradition and European-imposed culture to deal with. This, of course, doesn’t take into account the vast amount of language and other differences between the various African tribes. Needless to say, Africa is not faring much better under freedom them under colonization. Democracy has been replaced by military dictatorships or near-anarchy in many nations. Africa has a wealth of natural resources, but is a backwater continent mostly ignored by the rest of the world. The final event that is worthy of mention is the spread of Communism, and the efforts to contain it. China was split in 1950 with a Civil war between the Nationalists and Communists. In real life, the Communists mostly win. Here, the Communists almost do the same, but take on more then most think they can handle. Immediately after they banish the Nationalists to Taiwan, they decide to take Tibet, and then start to skirmish with the Soviets over some very small disputed tracts of land on their borders. Mao decided that the PRC must also help some of its communist brothers in the region, namely North Korea and North Vietnam, as well as Laos and Cambodia. Thus, ill-trained and equipped PRC troops get pulled into fighting with Tibetan rebels, the Soviets, anti-Communist groups in Vietnam, Korea, and other nations. All this time, China is undergoing massive economic and social change, with corruption and graft on the rise. This is the PRC that exists in 1965, facing massive challenges. The ROC, on the other hand, is rapidly rebuilding, and continuing to launch small parties to further the instability faced by the PRC. The world that exists now has changed a lot over the years. It is deeply polarized, with 3 major coalitions which have a multitude of reasons to hate each other. The world is close to another war, and there are many issues which could spark an international infernal. At the same time, the Freedom Liberals are leading a peace movement. The Freedom Liberals is a group of political parties, mostly in the ITO, that are advocating abolishment of militaries around the world. They argue that if everybody had no army, then war would never happen. This, they argue, would allow countries to focus on things for the betterment of humanity, such as Space Exploration, and the such. They are gaining support in countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and to a lesser extent in Canada, the UK and USA. What is unique about the Freedom Liberals is that they are allowed to belong to other political parties of any stripe, as long as they believe and advocate for military abolishment. Their impact will be interesting for the world. So this is the world as at 1965. It can best be described as a powder keg. There are a multitude of forces in the world. Which will come out the victor when the dust settles? The centrist Democracy of ITO? The hardline Militantcy of CAN? Or the Communist values of Comintern? That, my friends, is up to you.