The Second American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States from 2028 to 2033, between Republican Loyalists and a Democratic Resistance, comprised of the so-called West and East Coast Pacts. The conflict broke out after World War 3 (2021-2028), during which the US lost half of all its troops sent into the war, while also suffering from a economic collapse. The civil war began primarily as a result of severe and long-standing controversies over the administration of US president Donald J. Trump and his policies, which were accelerated by WW3. The losses suffered in the world war, and the decision of the Trump administration to neglect its Allies in Europe in favor of the former Revisionist Power Russia, lead to massive protests and tensions in American society. Conflict broke out in November 2028 after a failed assasination attempt against President Trump, who served his second term, executed by a left-wing extremist. After this, Trump tried to suspend new elections, which lead to months of public protests and controversy. The oppositional Democrats nonetheless held the election as planned, leading to claims of the incumbent president that they would once again try to steal an election from the Republicans, as he did in 2020 onwards. This resulted in more and more violent clashes and attacks between Trump-Loyalists and critical fractions of the US society. After several incidents of Democratic followers being killed by Trump-loyalists, as well as republican followers in return, the conflict escalated into civil-war like unrests all over the country. The US Army was used to strike down the uprisings, but since a lot of American soldiers, especially of the younger generation that was conscripted during WW3, were also critical of the governments actions, this lead to a split inside the US armed forces.
Fractions of the US Army joined the Democratic uprisings, and soon after, several Democrat-dominated areas started to proclaim that they won't follow Washington's orders anymore. The Democratic rebellion was deemed treacherous by Republican loyalists, who now openly endorsed the use of force against the rebels. After the Army-Split of 2029/2030, the Republican loyalist forces began to block and besiege densely populated democratic cities, in order to stop the uprisings. The result was a direct military confrontation between both Republican and Democratic armed forces, leading to the first military casualties of the now official civil war. The civillian population started to form armed militias, which not only sabotaged the respective opposing forces, but also conducted violent assaults on civillians from the other party. The Civil War also lead to an escalation of ethnic tensions in America, in form of racially motivated crimes and attacks being conducted by the republican loyalists, newly formed African-American militias and other extremist forces.The escalating violence of the Second American Civil War led to other nations and institutions to become involved as well. Both continental neighbours of the US, Canada and Mexico, condemned the violence, while making the republican loyalists responsible for the escalation. The successor of the UN, the League of the United Nations, tried to mediate between the fractions, but was seen as hostile interference, leading the armed branch of the League, the LUN Stability Corps to deploy peace keeping troops in the democratic held areas, while also reinforcing the borders of Canada and Mexico.
The war saw the involvement of various other nations, among those former Revisionist Powers and collaborateurs, like Russia and the so called "Visegrad-Resistance " states of Italy and Hungary, who supported the republican loyalists. The short lived, and self-proclaimed Saudi Wahabi Caliphate also supported the party of its former ally Trump, before it was dissolved by the LUN Stability Corps, as did other authoritarian states like Brazil and South Africa. The Democratic rebellion saw support from the LUN, the EU and its armed body, the Alliance of the United Forces, as well as other formerly pro-american states, while the newly founded Republic of China also sided with the democratic rebels.
Puerto Rico became a new state of the Union, aligning with the Democrats. While pockets of armed resistance and fighting remained active, especially in the rural areas of the US, the main fighting stayed inconclusive. The Second American Civil War pushed the US towards political change however, leading to an end of pseudo-Fascism, the persecution of American war criminals on all sides, as well as politicians deemed treasonous to the US during the era of the Trump administration. The war also initiated a re-integration process of the US into global partnerships, agreements and treaties, despite initial isolation at the end of the civil war.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Prelude: WW3 and its aftermath
- 2 2028
- 3 2029
- 4 2030
The Prelude: WW3 and its aftermath
In 2028, the United States of America, as the leading nation of the Allies of WW3, managed to achieve what historians see as a marginal victory against the Revisionist Powers. Despite being able to push China as the last leading Revisionist Power towards an armistice, many questioned the value of this supposed victory, since the US lost almost half of all its troops it sent into the war, making it Americas most deadly war of all time.
While hundreds of thousands of often rather young americans have been killed or wounded during the war, the US also suffered heavily under the global economic and financial collapse, that was caused by years of disrupted global economy. The US also suffered many political losses, due to the growing Euro-American Split, caused by Trumps anti-european policies during the war, and other US allies moving away from America because of feelings of being neglected or even betrayed in some form, like South Korea. While millions of americans suffered from unemployment, homelessness and poverty because of the war, the worlds leaders gathered in Rekjavik, Iceland, for the post-war peace conferenc, in order to rebuild the shattered political, economic and social structures of the globe.
The Rekjavik Peace-Conference: Tensions between victors
After the Armistice of Taipei, leaders of both former Allied and Revisionist countries organized a peace conference to determine the new world order that was emerging from the Third World War. The setting of this peace conference became the capital of Iceland, Rekjavik, since it was remote and yet reachable for both allied and revisionist countries, while Iceland itself appeared as a suitable symbolic location, due to its lack of a military of its own. Under extremely high safety precautions, the worlds leaders, many of which have been newly elected or recently risen to power, gathered in Rekjavik to negotiate about issues like war reparations, the post-war economy, war crimes, the global economy and potential mechanisms to prevent any conflicts like WW3 in the future.
The conference was moderated by neutral Switzerland, while representatives of both the former Allies and Revisionist Powers came forward with their demands for the new world order. The US as the de facto leader of the Allies of WW3 tried to re-establish itself once again as the worlds leading superpower, leading to harsh demands against not only the former Revisionist Powers, but also US allies like the EU, Japan, South Korea and many more. The American delegation of pseudo-authoritarian president Donald J. Trump wanted to get severe concessions from the Chinese, who were still struggling from the collapse of the Communist Party, leading to tensions during already heated negotiations of the conference. The US wanted to thwart any potential economic and military challenger of America, by demanding utopic amounts of financial reparations, while calling for the dismemberment of former revisionist militaries, most notably China and Iran. Even before the negotiations for these demands could move forward, the US already threatened penal-measures against any nation and institution that either won’t follow its demands or takes action against the US for any american action during the war, causing global outrage and tension. The Chinese, who already faced the likely loss of Tibet and potentially Xinjiang signaled willingness to de-militarize to a certain extend, but refused to give in to US demands, due to the fact that China still needed enough military capabilities to prevent a total collapse of the state, as well as the need to be able to defend itself against potential future attacks coming from former chinese territories. Mediation attempts by the europeans proved to be futile, since the republican delegation of the US was unwilling to make any concessions to the chinese.
Instead, the Trump-appointed representatives, with the blessing of the president, additionally demanded that the Europeans should pay the US for the deployment of troops at the Western Front during the war, despite the US gradually reducing its presence there for the entirety of the conflict, as well as Trump's anti-European policies. This was met with outrage and rejection, throughout most of the european continent, leading to calls for a complete removal of American troops from Europe. Tensions kept souring over the following weeks of uneasy negotiations, which ultimately lead to specific results: The attending nations agreed on the reduction of global nuclear weapons stockpiles, as well as the liberation of most occupied territories, both allied and revisionist. As another result of the peace-negotiations, the majority of the world leaders also agreed on dismantling parts of Turkey, Iraq and Syria, in order to found the new state of Kurdistan, despite heavy resistance of said nations. Tibet was granted independence from China, while both Korea and Cyprus experienced re-unification. The former indonesian territories of West-Timor and West-Papua, according to the earlier Armistice of Jakarta, were ceded to East-Timor and Papua-New Guinea, while Somaliland was granted official independence. Several collapsed Revisionist Powers remained under allied occupation though, like Venezuela and Turkey, in order to rebuild those countries or prevent a resurgence of militarism. In order to hopefully prevent any future conflicts of global magnitude, the attending world leaders agreed to found a successor organization to the failed UN, which was supposed to upheld international and human rights, while being able to enforce Peace, stability and lawfulness.
As a result, the League of United Nations was created, a global organization which was able to impose international standards and rights through majority votes without vetos or a permanent membership of specific nations, while also possessing an armed branch, for which all nations provide a certain amount of forces on a rotational basis. Despite many critical voices, the majority of the worlds nations agreed on these ramifications, with the most notable exception of the US. The american regime of Donald Trump and his associates condemned these decisions, and called them an global conspiracy aimed against the United States. While America refused to join this organization, other traditional US allies like Israel and Saudi-Arabia, which still held control over large parts of the Middle East also recused themselves from joining up, leading them to face a more isolated global standpoint. The newly founded LUN also agreed on creating „international administration zones“, areas of former territorial disputes that should be administered by the LUN and its armed branch, the LUN Stability Corps, instead of being given to any party involved in the disputes. Crimea, Nagorno-Karabakh, Kashmir and Kaliningrad became such zones, with the latter becoming the HQ of the LUN. Kurdistan also received a permanent presence of the Stability Corps, in order to deter aggression of its neighboring countries. While these new institutions were still in the process of being formed, the US under Trump announced it will introduce sanctions against former Revisionist Powers immediately after the end of the peace negotiations. This move was made in oder to keep potential and former rivals of the US down, which was condemned by large parts of the international community. Despite American attempts to impose economic and financial sanctions on several nations, these attempts proved to be futile, since most nations, both formerly Allied and Revisionist, simply refused to comply with those, leaving the US mostly isolated. Threats of adding more nations to the American sanctions act were largely ignored, since the US lacked the military and economic means to successfully enforce penal measures on such a large scale.
The Euro-American Split
The attempt of imposing sanctions on already vanquished Revisionist Powers, and the threat of punishing Allied nations as well, increased the already high tensions between the US and its European allies. Anti-american sentiment was already rampant during the latter half of the war in Europe, but the growing souring of relationships after the peace negotiations reinflamed animosities on both the european, but also the american side. Following the refusal of the european Allies to support sanctions on former Revisionist Powers, Trump and his loyalist followers, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, slammed the europeans as treasonous, and accused them of conspiring against the US alongside the Revisionist Powers, and claimed thatcher already did so during the war. These accusations were followed by european outcries and counter-arguments, like accusing the US and Trump in particular of conspiring against the Allies himself due to his pro-russian motivations during the conflict.
These european accusations, and the following disputes with the US only grew more tense after the russians released records of various kinds that proved that Trump and his associates indeed signaled Russia a beneficial approach from the american leadership, in return for decreased russian aggression against US interests on other fronts of the war. These records were rejected by the Trump regime as „fake news“ and rather seen as proof of anti-american collaboration of Europe and the Revisionist Powers. The revelations of said records lead to new anti-Trump protests in large urban areas, while Trumps supporters in the political ranks deemed these protests as treasonous for the american cause. Tensions between the US and Europe grew to a point where the Trump administration threatened to sanction european companies and industrial sectors, while demanding payment for Americas rather lackluster involvement on the Western Front, and its military presence after the war. European leaders from all over the continent were angered about these threats and demands, while tens of thousands of protesters went to the streets in Europe and called for a removal of american troops from the continent. The hostility grew to such a degree, that american troops in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and even in some parts of Poland and the Baltics were insulted by european protesters, while being thrown at with stones, garbage and even rotten fruit and vegetables. During these encounters, a small group of american soldiers in Germany felt threatened by protesters gathering around them and demanding they would leave, and after they threw heavy objects into the group of soldiers, some of them started to fire into the crow, leading to heavy injuries and even one fatality.
The german leadership, as well as representatives from France, the EU and the AUF were shocked and appalled by this, and demanded an american apology, but the Trump regime blamed the victims for the escalation, with Trump calling them „antifa and leftist terrorists“ and „nazi-scum“, leading Germany to halt military cooperation with the US. Germany then declared that american troops were no longer welcomend on german territory, leading to an ultimatum for complete removal of US forces. The US refused to comply, and instead announced sanctions on Germany, which lead France and the AUF to show solidarity with its european ally and member state. European troops of the AUF engaged in standoffs with the US army around american bases in Germany, and after emergency diplomatic meetings, and political pressure on the Trump administration, the US reluctantly announced that its troops will leave Germany. The US troops were escorted by european tanks, fighter aircraft and heavily armed soldiers, which was seen as humiliation by the oppositional Democrats in the US Congress and Senate. Pressure on american forces in Belgium and the Netherlands also grew, which was why the US also announced a retreat from those nations as well, leaving only Italy, the UK and to a certain degree Poland as the only european nations welcoming the US presence. While the Visegrad states expressed their support for Americas position, negotiations in secret began about the future of american nuclear weapons in Europe. Since the US lost a large fraction of its aircraft and naval assets in the war, and transport by land was seen as too risky due to anti-american uprisings in Europe, the US and european leaders from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy negotiated about what to do with american nuclear weapons. Due to Americas severe need for money, a s european concerns about future nuclear deterrence against Russia, the delegation of the US and the europeans agreed to a move that was seen as increadibly questionable by critical american policymakers, Russia and european civilians, especially in Germany: selling the american nuclear weapons to the states harboring them. Despite heavy resistance from multiple sides, the delegation finalized this decision in order to make the US retreat as uncomplicated and quick as possible, making the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Germany nuclear weapons states, although this resulted in heavy protests in the latter, especially since violated The final trewith respect to Germany after german reunification in 1990. In order to circumvent this issue, and in order to appease the resisting civilian population, the now german weapons were put under an international mandate of the AUF, so that Germany had no unilateral control and oversight over the nuclear weapons. Donald Trump slammed the europeans, and called them „ungrateful traitors“, whilst preparing sanctions against the majority of the EU and the european NATO members.
The Homecoming: Return of a Sacrificed Youth
While the Rekjavik Peace Conference was still in its final stages, the US welcomed the first wave of homecoming soldiers. The vast majority of those who returned from the war were between the age of 18 - 25, among them many liberals and democratic voters, while tens of thousands of these young recruits came back with severe injuries and without proper education, since many were forced to leave college in order to serve in the military. While there were several victory parades in addition of the ones immediately after the Armistice of Taipei, the american social security systems were overwhelmed by thousands of unemployment applications reached in by the homecoming recruits. The Trump administration promised them during the war to take care for them when they return, as well as the declaration that they would receive financial support and secured healthcare. Since the US suffered heavy economic damage, the amount of money that the returning soldiers actually received was far smaller than originally stated, while the civilian population also received lackluster stimulus packages. Most financial support went to the industrial and corporate sectors instead, prompting outrage among the american people and the oppositional Democrats. As soon as these developments crystalized, many returning US soldiers refused to participate in some of the victory parades, which prompted hostile rhetoric from notable republican leaders and right-wing media outlets. At the same time, the Democrats increased their campaigning efforts for the 2028 presidential election, during which former Vice-President Kamala Harris ran as the candidate for the DNC again, while Vice-President Mike Pence was announced as the republican candidate. However, since martial law was still in place and Trump feared personal repercussions as soon as he would leave office again, the president openly played with the idea of delaying the presidential election. Trump justified this idea by citing the still ongoing Rekjavik Peace Conference and the potential that negotiations might fail at the last minute, leaving the US once again open for foreign attacks of any kind, while he accused the Democrats of collaborating with former Revisionist Powers to win the election, which would allegedly require investigations before there could be an election. This caused new waves of protests and political squabbles, since the Democrats accused Trump of trying to undermine the integrity of american democracy, while on the other hand accusing him of colluding with the Revisionist Powers, after the earlier reports about russian records of US approaches sympathetic towards the russian cause during the war. Rethoric between the two sides became increasingly hostile in the latter half of 2028, drowning the cheer and celebration over the end of the war and the return of many american recruits and creating even more frustration among those young soldiers who were sent to fight for the first time in their lifes during WW3. Due to the fact that still millions of US soldiers were deployed all over the world to secure the allied gains of WW3, in-mail voting was expected to be rather prominent again, similar to what was the case during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, during which many troops, but especially the civilian population used mail-in ballots to participate in the election. Since Trump claimed to this day that said election was fraudulent and stolen from him, which was additionally used as a justification for potentially delaying the 2028 election, as well as suggesting that he would be allowed to have a third term, Trump once again declared mail-in voting as rigged. Trump and his associates claimed that mail-in voting during a time of war, even though WW3 already came to a halt, would be prone to enemy interference and manipulation for both the military service members and the civilian population at home, leading to attempts of the Trump administration to invalidate mail-in ballots.