Before anybody asks, no, I am NOT abandoning the First Reich story(I've created a backup file for good measure). I've actually been playing El Justo's AWESOME Age of Imperialism Map on the sidelines, as none other than the German Empire. I've always wanted to try the American position, but never got to. This will be a second thread. Taniciusfox presents to you: Pax Americana - The Culmination of Manifest Destiny! Week 1: Week 1 found the United States halfway into Grover Cleveland's term. Congress decides that managing the colonial outposts around Hawaii must come first, and so decides to pursue the arts of Colonial Administration. It is then found the British Empire is willing to tell us the secrets, and so we purchase them. We go around selling how to produce Protected Cruisers and Colonial Administration, nearly doubling our monthly income, while disrupting potential British trading oppurtunities. THAT, is capitalism. Otherwise, Week 1 is uneventful. Week 5: In the IBT, Britain signs a mutual protection pact with the Phillipine Natives. Okayyyy...The Filipinos then have then have the nerve to come to the USA for an MPP. We reject it immediately. More worrying is the Franco-British pact... France also aligns itself with the Balkans. This has disaster written all over it... The US Navy is sent further south near Cuba, in fear of a European War. To keep the Spanish informed of good intentions, an Open Borders agreement is signed, with a slight cost for Spain, of course. The spirit of American imperialism had been growing. Ever since the demise of the frontier, Americans were fearful, for the Frontier represented oppurtunities to them all. Without it, imperialistic ideas began to grow in strength, and the annexation of Hawaii was an example. Treaties were negotiated with the colonial powers for open door policies, and several Americans quietly eyed the decaying Spanish Caribbean. Grover Cleveland was a staunch anti-imperialist, but under pressure from Congress, reluctantly supported one of the most significant moves in American history: the Second Mexican-American war. Mexico was a wealthy country, but the wealth was poorly distributed. A small elite hogged the majority of the gross national product. To appeal to the more left-wing, anti-imperialist elements of American society, the Republicans proclaimed that the invasion would serve to eliminate Mexico's corrupt government, and redistribute the wealth. Capitalists would be happy at an influx of cheap labor to power their factories. Mexico has a tiny army. Along Baja California, the tiny towns of La Paz and Santa Rosalia each field 2,000 poorly trained militia troops. (Each health bar = 1,000 units) The American navy also wanted control of Baja California so they could cut a canal through the center, and thus have access to Mexico proper. The cities of Hermosillo, Monterrey, and Guadalajara were no different, each fielded 2,000 militia troops. Mexico City was different - it had an 8,000 man militia, which was excellently trained on the defense(City Guard). The War Planners agreed to mark the new border north of Mexico City. With all these plans in place, Grover Cleveland called up the President of Mexico, and briefly told them their countries were now at war. For the massive invasion, 16,000(4) cavalry, and 30,000(5) US Infantry, were called up to fight. With the element of surprise and high mobility, it was expected the American Army would "liberate" Mexico. Without casualty, the Texas-based army struck at Monterrey. Insignificant casualties resulted from the short skirmish. Hermosillo fell next. The Mexican militia used guerilla tactics to kill or injure 1,000 American troops, but it was still a victory for the American people. From Los Angeles, 6,000 American Infantry struck at Santa Rosalia. Almost no casualties were suffered, and part of the Mexican navy was sunk. Further attacks were sent against the Mexican countryside, and a band of Mexican Civil Engineers was forcefully disbanded by the bayonet. Guadalajara was taken with no casualties, and the Mexican coal deposits were now in American hands. Not too long after, La Paz fell in Baja California, marking American domination of the peninsula. In only a month, the American armies had taken over most of Mexico, and the capital was within our grasp. Only a shortage of troops prevented an all-out assault. The Mexican Nation would get a short breather, while the President asked for more troops.