Post by ieshima on Feb 4, 2018 16:25:02 GMT -5
I have had Rule the Waves since seeing it played by numerous Youtubers, who sparked my interest in it. Having found the forums when purchasing the game, I quickly discovered the joys of reading through other commentators After Action Reports, or AARs. Many of these were good reads, and a few could easily be considered novels of alternative fiction. So, after playing for roughly a year, and having just started a new game, I decided to try my hand at writing one.
Warning and Disclaimer:
Because of the context of the nation in this AAR, there may be topics and wordings that some may find offensive. Please be aware that these are only written as they apply to the history of the nation and are in no way my personal views or beliefs on the subject.
Admiral Name: Johnson B. Gains
Nation: Confederate States of America (Version 1, so no Spain and the CSA holds the Gulf)
Fleet Size: Very Large
Historical Resources: Yes
Manual Build of Legacy Fleet: Yes
Research Rate: 50%
Varied Technology: Yes
Edit: Please note that I have made the following edits to the original CSA.nat file in the game:
turretstyle has been changed from 3 to 1 (to reflect on Britain helping design and guide the Confederate navy in its formative years, and because they look better)
Added several new names for Confederate ships, and created a designated CA name list. Also removed several names that do not canonically fit with the history of the nation in this AAR.
Removed and modified several names for USA ships, mainly removing the names of 'Confederate' states from the BB name list.
Since no one seems to give any love to this rather interesting nation, I decided to give it a go. Personally, as a huge fan of history, particularly military history, I have always loved pondering the great “What ifs” of past wars.
History of the South:
The Army of Northern Virginia, having won the Battle of Second Manassas, marched into Maryland, intent on bring the war to Union soil. Thanks to a turn in history, (and two union soldiers throwing away the wrapper on some cigars they found) Union General McClellan rallied his forces from Frederick and slowly marched to recapture the town of Harpers Ferry, skirmishing with confederate scouts at Crampton’s Gap on the way. Believing to be up against 120,000 Confederates, McClellan clashed with Jackson’s Corp at Harpers Ferry late on September 15th, and met with some initial success, driving Jackson’s forces back into town.
However, unbeknownst to McClellan, the scouts he had fought at Crampton’s Gap were members of J.E.B Stuart’s cavalry. They quickly brought word to Lee, who was with James Longstreet’s Corp around Boonsboro.
A view of the Potomac from the heights above Harpers Ferry.
Lee utilized his split forces, marched through the night, and by the morning of the 16th had maneuvered Longstreet’s Corp into the Maryland Heights north of McClellan and Stuarts thinly spread cavalry behind him to the east, trapping the Army of the Potomac in place along the river it was named for. An attempt by the Union army to escape culminated in the Battle of Sandy Hook, where McClellan, surrounded and outfoxed, surrendered his forces, but not after forcing the Confederacy to fight to a Pyrrhic victory.
With this stunning defeat, and Stuart’s Corp raiding the suburbs of the woefully undefended Washington D.C., a temporary truce was called. While technically arguing from a position of power, the South knew it could not maintain its current position for long. As tentative talks began, news of the southern victory resulted in Great Britain and France formally recognized the South, something the Confederate government had prayed for. Suddenly under pressure from foreign powers to end the war, President Abraham Lincoln agreed to peace talks, personally meeting with President Jefferson Davis at the town of Leesburg.
The talks dragged on for days, but eventually resulted in an agreement that both sides could grudgingly support. The borders of the two nations would return their positions before the war, with the South taking possession of the Indian and New Mexican Territories, as well as any remaining Union holdouts in the south, such as Key West. The Union would formally recognize the Confederacy, and both nations agreed to a binding Pact of Nonaggression that was to last five years, preventing either nation from attacking the other, with Britain and France acting as enforcers.
However, these agreements came at a cost: all slaves in the Southern states had to be freed, or the war would continue, regardless of the losses. The Union refused to budge on this point, knowing that even in their defeat the South would still lose on this matter. With British and French delegates, whose nation looked down on slavery, pressuring Davis to accept despite the uproar from other Confederate leaders, the Treaty of Leesburg was signed on November 4th, 1862, ending the War Between the States.
The news was met with muted celebration throughout the South. They had won, but at the cost of their way of life and the destruction of their economic system. With emancipation being enacted under the watchful eyes of foreign representatives from Britain, the Southern plantation owners had no choice but to free their slaves.
With the rapid loss of their work force, much of which emigrated to the Union, many landowners were embarrassingly forced by necessity to hire their former slaves to work their fields. A surprising number of former slaves agree to do so, though with a notable difference between the owners who had been known to have a gentle hand, and those who did not. It was not to uncommon for particularly vicious plantation owners to be found hung from their front porch, and the British officials overseeing the emancipation did little to prevent such acts.
If the end of the war was met with cold but open arms in the South, the North’s reception of peace was far worse. Riots broke out in cities across the North, resulting massive fires that burned for days as rioters fought with Union troops sent to keep the peace. Full-blown fistfights occurred throughout capitol hill, as politicians argued with each other over who was to blame for the nation’s defeat. Lincoln was forced to return to Washington in disguise, and only the presence of cannons loaded with grapeshot prevented hordes of furious rioters from storming the White House. It seemed that the United States was about to collapse.
On November 14th, while giving a speech on the steps of the Capitol Building, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by Senator James Henry Lane of Kansas. Lane, a staunch abolitionist with a rabid dislike of the Confederacy, had lead a volunteer brigade of Kansas ‘Jayhawkers’ in a criticized and appallingly bloody raiding campaign through Missouri during the war, burning and looting towns as they went. Incensed by the terms of the peace, Lane attacked Lincoln, drawing a revolver and shooting the president twice in the chest before being assaulted by his fellow congressmen, who rushed to the aid of the mortally wounded president.
A photograph taken minutes before President Lincoln’s assassination. Lane is in the crowd behind the President
Lincoln would not survive his injuries, succumbing shortly afterwards. His death stunned both the Union and the Confederacy, with the riots in the north abruptly ending, and southern well-wishers sending gifts of sorrow to his widow. Lincoln would lay in state in the East Room of the White House until November 29th, before being placed aboard a special train to be carried back to his home state of Illinois.
His Vice-President, Hannibal Hamlin, was sworn in as President on November 15th. Hamlin’s role and actions over the next two years would begin to heal the rift between the Confederacy and Union, as though he was an abolitionist and a strong supporter of the Union, he was well liked by both countries. His first term was so successful that he beat out Senator Andrew Johnson of Tennessee and remained in office until 1869.
Despite leading his country to victory, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was woefully unskilled at being the leader of a nation. While he worked hard to ensure that his fledgling nation did not fall into ruin, rumors and evidence of corruption and favoritism surrounded his administration for its entire six-year term. Davis refused to run again, choosing to instead return to his property in Mississippi where he would write his now famous book ‘Rise of the Confederate Government’.
With the incumbent refusing to run, the 1866 election was a race between two military heroes: Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and John Bell Hood. In a closely fought political battle that held the eyes of the modern world, Jackson won out with a respectable lead over Hood, becoming the Second President of the Confederate States of America. When asked by a reporter over his loss, Hood merely said “The better man won.”
If Davis was the Father of the Confederacy, Jackson was the Builder of a Nation. Under his leadership, the Confederate government was taken from corrupt, weak and ineffective to an organized and efficient system. All officials currently serving and potential candidates had thorough investigations conducted on their backgrounds. Any who were found to be corrupt, even in the slightest way, were dismissed on the spot and permanently barred from holding or running for a government position for life.
A firm believer in education, Jackson created the Department of Southern Learning, whose first goal was the establishment of a public school, open children of all ages and, eventually, race, in each township in the Confederacy. Jackson personally attended the opening of the first school in his hometown of Lexington and gave the first spelling lesson for the children.
With the war over, and their economic system in shambles, many Confederate citizens began looking for other ways of life. While the South would not match the Union in industrial might and size for some time, factories began sprouting up around the major ports of the Confederacy with the full support of the Jackson administration. Railways, funded by private donations, aided by government support, and built by the sweat and blood of the work gangs, began to bind the south together, though its undisputed lifeblood was still the Mississippi River.
The President of the Confederacy worked quite closely with his counterpart in the north, Union war hero Ulysses S. Grant, who was elected after Hamlin’s second term ended in 1866. According to many in both administrations, the two presidents became close friends, and worked together in bridging the gaps between the nations. Both presidents toured the other’s nation, with Jackson being met by enthusiastic cheers in New York City, and Grant being welcomed in New Orleans with a parade.
American President Ulysses S. Grant arriving in New Orleans. Confederate President Thomas Jackson is in the carriage to his left
The only sore point of Jackson’s presidency was his views on blacks. Being sympathetic to freedmen, Jackson’s opponents rarely had to work hard in finding criticisms with his beliefs. Jackson’s efforts on the topic of blacks were met with mixed reception. While most southerners had not owned slaves, and were not overly affected by their freedom, many of the more influential politicians had been stripped of much of their “property”. They fought Jackson tooth and nail on any issue involving freedmen, regardless of how minor it was. It wasn’t until the last years of Jackson’s first term, and only through the influence of foreign nations, that blacks and other nonwhites were allowed to become Confederate citizens and were given the right to vote.
This resolution resulted in outpouring support from the newly minted citizens. Jackson coasted on this wave into a second term, firmly beating out George Pickett, who had served with distinction under Longstreet in the Battle of Sandy Hook. While his second term was nowhere near as grand as his first, it was only because so much had already been accomplished in the preceding six years. Jackson left the office of the president in 1878 and retired to his home in Virginia.