让我们来谈谈南方 噢 噢 上帝啊
Let’s talk about the south! Oh. oh, God
噢 YouTube 请别这样
oh YouTube no please.
The American Civil war was the result of decades of tension between the North and South.
We all know how it ended.
北方美利坚合众国赢了 南部联盟瓦解 奴隶制结束
The United States won, the Confederacy was dissolved, and slavery ended.
And that whirlwind of conflict is often cast aside that
the CSA had full intentions of being a legitimate nation alongside the USA;
但随着战争的失败 他们的野心如风中的火花 转瞬即逝
but, as they lost the war, that dream lasted only a brief moment before being snuffed out.
The idea of the south winning that war, becoming its own country,
and competing against its Northern neighbor
has fascinated alternate history writers for decades.
I mean, I even covered it.
它激起了我的想象 几十年后 甚至20世纪以后
It sparks the imagination of how such a nation would have operated after decades,
maybe even spanning into the 20th century
what would the Confederate States of America be like?
And nobody imagined such a world better than the author,
Harry Turtledove, who wrote a series of novels
detailing an alternate reality
where the United States, lost the Civil War,
and the Confederate became their own independent nation.
This is the Southern Victory series over the course of several novels.
We see a world where the south lives on.
What I want to do is talk about this world that Turtledove crafted,
including the alternate history he made,
in an easy to digest format.
Maybe even a few jokes, who knows.
I’m not going to talk about characters.
But if you’re thinking of reading these books for the scenario alone,
Then I would recommend clicking off
because there are going to be spoilers.
So, since this is alternate history
how does Turtledove’s scenario split from our own actual history?
What if that leads to the south winning the war?
One guy doesn’t screw it up.
Yes, that’s it.
One lonely messenger actually does his job.
How does it happen?
In the fall of 1862,
a message from General Lee himself is successfully relayed
announcing a full-scale invasion of the North,
special order 191.
In our timeline that message never made it.
It was lost and intercepted by the Union,
who then use this information of an invasion
catch the confederates off-guard whoops.
In this alternate timeline things are different.
The Confederates while undermanned
had tactically superior generals in the Union well nobly,
using the unions and competence to their advantage.
Lee decide to send his troops straight across the Mason-dixon line
and into the city of Philadelphia.
The Southern invasion catches Union General George McClellan off-guard
the Union forces are viciously defeated
leaving the city open for Confederate capture.
The fall of Philadelphia is a turning point in the conflict.
And in American history,
it’s the moment that the northern cause seems hopeless, to not only the United States.
But the world as well one constant fear during the war was that the
confederates would use their cotton exports to leverage support from Europe.
And in Turtledove’s world, this becomes a reality.
Britain and France recognized the way the war is going, and
and recognize the cause of the confederates
even if they’re against the practice of slavery.
They sure do like that cotton, and it’s always good to side with the victory.
So Europe forces the United states to enter negotiations with the south.
It’s over the Civil war.
Or war succession as it comes to be called has come to an end.
A peace treaty is signed
and the Confederate states of America, is officially recognized.
Now two rival nations are forced to share, the same continent.
Lincoln’s Legacy is in shambles.
His rise to power is seen as what divided the country,
and he soon voted out of office.
Now in our timeline Lincoln’s entire Legacy
was always on the line.
The actions he took were often seen as one of a dictator,
and if the war was lost,
it would have backfired immensely.
So the CSA now rules itself.
Now what? Well the novel’s actually skip over a few decades.
This is a time for rebuilding, and expansion.
While the two countries have lived in peace,
there is always an undercurrent of tension.
The CSA is able to achieve many dreams.
实际上 在他们自己的历史上 这些也都实现了
They actually had in our own history.
The great thing Turtledove is able to do, is to make these play out.
One of which, is the purchase of cuba from Spain.
现在 我们的时间轴上 南方政权极其想要古巴这块领土
Now in our timeline Southern power really wanted Cuba.
Because of the sugar fields, and many foreigners that can be exploited.
Cuba is purchased and becomes another state in the Confederacy.
除此之外 过去的20年里 南北都想要开发西部
Not only that, but both north and south have been expanding west in the last 20 years.
Indian territory becomes the Confederate state of sequoia, and
general mucking about occurs in the West. Fun stuff.
Not too far West though,
because the U.S was so poor.
They actually couldn’t purchase Alaska from the Russians.
So Russia just keeps it and
nobody ever went to Hawaii,
so the Sandwich Islands are now a British colony.
This is the unique turn
that a Southern victory has on the legacy of what we think of as “America”.
North America is a much more hostile place.
It’s a muddled a complicated mess.
The relationship between North and South
devolves into constantly suspecting each other.
Instead of American policy being towards overseas colonies,
expanding its tiny little Empire.
Both nations are too poor to do much and
focus on whatever the other is doing.
This has to do with really one thing.
He says as the entire comment section erupts.
But Turtledove’s novel rightly
so focuses on the subject of slavery in the confederacy.
You can’t avoid it.
So, I’m not.
The issue of slavery comes up many times in the CSA.
Even in the 1880s,
it’s still the bedrock of the South,
and by this time it’s become a detriment to the image of the Confederates.
Times are changing with the industrial revolution in full swing.
The appeal of human labor is less, and less.
Why keep such a system, when another is much more efficient.
They’ve maintained relationships with Britain and France since the war.
But both nations constantly remind them of how
backwards the Southern economic model is.
It’s becoming an unneeded pain.
So the CSA itself has a question to ask.
What to do about slavery?
This is cause by all places.
Mexico with everything that changed, Mexico is, still the same in debt and really just a mess.
The failing Mexican empire in a desperate attempt to get money,
sells its two Northern States
Chihuahua and Sonora to the Confederacy.
Long story saw the Union doesn’t like the southern expansion.
The new President is hardline Anti Confederate, and
威胁南方 如果他们不停止现在所做的 那就开战
threatens war against the confederates to stop what they’re doing,
which wasn’t really a smart move,
since the Confederates legally weren’t doing anything wrong.
So what does this have to do with slavery?
The Confederates knew that in a war against the union they might risk losing everything.
And so they needed allies.
The British and French would only support the CSA
if they stripped away their slavery image.
And so the CSA does just that.
They begin to slowly get rid of the institute of slavery,
but before talking about those ramifications were off to war.
The Second Mexican War, which actually doesn’t involve Mexico at all,
so good job naming that.
Now the specifics of the War aren’t really important.
In most regards, it’s a repeat of the first war.
The U.S is incompetent, the South holds its own,
the Mormons do some rebelling, and the British do some invading.
The United states tries to invade the South through Louisville.
Though this goes horrendously.
The fighting is so brutal.
It’s the first use of Trench warfare, in Modern history.
And the U.S. is forced to concede defeat.
This defeat shapes the United States relationship with the rest of the world.
The Confederates have shown to be a favourite child of the British and French.
This alliance causes deep resentment from the Americans.
This is at a time of immigration as well, particularly German.
The Second Mexican War is important
because the U.S. forever becomes enemies with the British and French,
who choose time, and time again to side with the Confederates.
So the U.S. goes looking for more allies.
The heavily Germanic United States finds a natural friend, in another underdog country,
the German Empire, as the 20th century comes around the corner.
Secret alliances are drawn.
Not just as tensions rise in Europe,
but on the North American continent, as well.
Now, this is just one book.
Turtledove’s Southern Victory series, is quite long.
Far too much content to cover for say a 10-minute YouTube video or 20-minute video.
So, that’s why I’m splitting this into a few parts.
So how will I… Hey Cody!
Look this series is far too long to cover by just myself,
so how about let’s do this.
Split it up into four parts.
I cover part one, and three.
You cover part two and four.
I mean, that’s quite a bit of work, and also
I only came over to ask you to stop… Well it’s settled then.
Part two will be on Emperortigerstar’s channel,
and then part three with mine in July, and so forth,
do I have a say in… This is Cody, of Alternate History Hub.
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