''"The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league
of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security
of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding
themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or
attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion,
sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever. The President of
these United States in Congress Assembled, elected for four years at a
time by the Members of the Congress Assembled, is to keep these Articles
observed and to be chief negotiator of state relations, captain of
international diplomacy, and has the right to form alliances, form trade
agreements, and go to war upon consent of the Congress here Assembled
on this day in the Year of Our Lord, March the First, Seventeen Hundred and Eighty-One, and all future Congresses Assembled, So Help Us God."
'' -Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
''"What Madness Is This? That brother might fight brother, and father might fight son? That countless homes and families be ripped asunder all for the sake of their piece of dirt? of their political party? Why must we hate each other so?"
"Gentlemen! I give you American justice! Down with these traitors who send us to die in wars of uncommon stupidity! Down with those that defrauded our democratic system! Down with those who delay our veterans' blood-wages year after year! Down with the President! And let's hang that bastard Hamilton!"
-Willard Crawford, leader of the 1801 coup that overthrew the United States government
"WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?" REDUX: THE UNION FOREVER
I want to thank all the wonderful commenters and readers who helped make this timeline so fun and interesting, if dark and dystopian, to write the first time, almost exactly six whole years ago when I was only about 17 years old. I am 23 now! Now here's to a fresh take on an old favorite, everyone! Expect classic characters, such as the unforgettable Chuckie Oswald, Joe Steele, and, of course, good ol' Charles Goodyear to return, plus lots of new ones too! Hang onto your blood-spattered tricorns and start bowing to your radioactive statues of Billy Graham, because here we go!