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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 an 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 assassination 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 opposing sides of the uprisings, and soon after, several Republican -dominated areas started to proclaim that they would not follow Washington's orders anymore. The Democratic leadership and its followers were deemed treacherous and fraudulent by Republican loyalists, who now openly endorsed the use of force against the opposing side. 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 transition of power in the US. 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 civilian population started to form armed militias, which not only sabotaged the respective opposing forces, but also conducted violent assaults on civilians from the other party. The Civil War also lead to an escalation of ethnic tensions in America, in the 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 neighbors 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 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 collaborators, 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 forces 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 troops.

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.

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 America's most deadly war of all time.

Wounded American soldiers being carried into an evacuation plane. Source: Getty Images

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 conference, in order to rebuild the shattered political, economic and social structures of the globe.

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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.

World leaders together at the conference. Source: Getty Images

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 would not 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.

President Trump during an agitated speech. Source: Getty Images

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.

Representatives of allied nations during a summit. Source: fortune.com

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 vetoes 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 order 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.

Anti-Trump protests in Europe. Source: European Council of Foreign Affairs

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.

German protesters in front of the Brandenburger Gate and close to the US embassy. Source: Wikimedia

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 welcomed 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 incredibly 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

US soldiers returning home after years of combat.Source: Google

Anti-Trump protests erupting in the US.Source: NBC News

Masses of removed mail boxes piled up. Source: Twitter

Veterans of all ages protest against Trump

Symbolic protests in support of the US postal service

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. Rhetoric 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 lives 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. The Republican secretaries on the behest of their president also used emergency laws and executive orders of Trump to intercept and confiscate mail delivery all over the US, especially in democratic-leaning counties, under the official justification of doing this because of allegedly „clear evidence“ of voter fraud and foreign meddling. Trumps team of associates also justified their claim of voter fraud by pointing towards allegedly confiscated voting machines and servers of Dominion voting systems that were supposed to be discovered during the occupation of Venezuela. Evidence of the existence of such discoveries haven’t been found to this day. The next wave of protests that followed after these unprecedented measures were accompanied by thousands of veterans of all ages, who joined the demonstrators because of concerns for American democracy.

Tensions Escalate: Assassination Attempt on Donald J. Trump

US security forces engaging agitated protesters

Militias and armed vigilantes joining the riots against anti-Trump protesters

Arrested suspects after a shooting in New Mexico

Large gathering of protesters during partially violent riots

Trump followers assembled in support of their president

Trump being rushed off stage by the Secret Service

Federal troops clashing with protesters during riots

Georgia democratic politician arrested in the Georgian congress. Source: Washington Post.

US troops securing the Capitol after substantial riots

The „Boogaloo-Boys“ militia gearing up during anti-Democrat protests.

The demonstrations against the Republican pushback against voting rights, as well as Trumps deeds and failures during WW3 lasted for close to 2 months, with increasingly violent tendencies becoming widespread among both pro-and anti-Republican protesters. As a result of Trump once again using federal troops and US military to thwart protests, the number of violent clashes between protesters and security forces mounted rapidly, while dozens of demonstrators as well as police officers were killed during these riots. Trump and various of his most loyal officials and associates condemned these riots and kept referring to them as treacherous acts conducted by anti-American anarchists and left-wing radicals, who allegedly received support from the oppositional Democrats, even though there were no clear and/or public evidence for these allegations. Trump loyalists all over the country welcomed the hard line the government followed against the anti-Trump protesters, with many even advocating for the use of lethal force. Thousands of pro-Republican militia members started to follow these riots, usually while wearing tactical gear and guns, in order to „protect neighborhoods from looting and arson“. Due to the heated atmosphere and the close proximity of militia members and anti-Trump protesters, cases of violent clashes between those factions also mounted over time, with several militia members but also protesters being killed by people from the other side. Both Republicans and democrats condemned the violence and called for peace, law and order, with the Republicans surrounding Trump resorting to the now martial rhetoric of their president, who called for life sentences for sedition, treason and terrorism for the protesters he still called „left-wing anarchists“. Trump and his administration blamed the left and the oppositional Democrats for the escalation and responded to the violence by authorizing lethal force against „agitators and anarchists“, while evidence surfaced about right-wing extremists infiltrating the protests in order to deliberately instigate violence, even though cases of left-wing extremists and militants forging evidence of attacks from Trump supporters are on record too. While both Democrats and Republicans remained in a heated political deadlock and mutual accusations of inflaming the unrest, several riots once again resulted in casualties, after cases were reported of shots being fired into the crowds. Despite initial speculations of security forces shooting anti-Trump protesters, emergency investigations revealed that self-proclaimed militia members and Trump sympathizers engaged democratic protesters in a dozen US cities and ultimately murdered around 20 unarmed protesters. Even though the suspects were arrested immediately, tensions kept escalating since many oppositional Democrats and representatives of the protest movement criticized the inactivity of federal US guards towards the pro-Trump militias. Various reports showed that many security officers left militia members unbothered and even took sympathizing photos with them during riots, despite most of them openly wearing fire arms like assault rifles. Trump and his associates claimed that they would condemn the lethal violence during the recent events, but openly endorsed and spread the defense of the arrested militia members by claiming that they were attacked first and that the victims were actually armed antifa-members, despite not presenting compelling evidence. These claims were additionally peddled in conservative media outlets, which spread news stories of alleged schemes of Democrats, left-wing extremists, mainstream media outlets and even former Revisionist Powers aimed against president Trump, with the intent of overthrowing him and taking control of the country. Because of the resulting feedback loop between Republican politicians and conservative media outlets, the alleged killers received sympathy and even glorification from Trump loyalists and other militias, while Democrats, liberals and countless veterans of WW3 were outraged by this. The fact that federal forces were authorized, although reluctant to actually follow through with using lethal force, while alleged killers were glorified by the US president and supportive media outlets of his caused hundreds of officers, federal agents and other security forces to refuse to follow Trumps orders, with many even quitting their jobs and joining the anti-Republican protests. Trump and prominent Republican politicians deemed these quitters as „unpatriotic“ and accused them of betraying their country by joining the rioters. Trump, after ordering thousands of US troops back home from the occupation of Iran as reinforcements for his federal forces, used a Republican campaign event in Pennsylvania for repeating many of his, often infactual talking points live on TV. He once again accused the opposition of trying to „destroy America“ while claiming that he and his administration brought the US to victory in WW3, allegedly making it the single most powerful nation in the world. He rejected accusations of working with Revisionist Powers against US allies as fake news, and denounced the opinion that his government showed grave incompetence by causing unprecedented casualties on the battlefield due to questionable strategic decisions, while once again invoking his „law and order“ policy. Trump also attacked former US allies like the Europeans and announced that the US would „punish“ them for their ungratefulness and betrayal and celebrated fallen US soldiers as heroes because they didn’t allow themselves to be captured. In addition to these already inflammatory rhetoric, Trump also called the shooters of the democratic protests patriots and again repeated the story that they just defended themselves and that they were the actual victims of the „fake news media“ and its democratic „co-conspirators“. While being cheered on on stage, gunshots were heard in the crowd, causing a panic and chaos. Trump was rushed from the podium by Secret Service agents, while an armed suspect tried to wrestle through the crowd towards Trump, attempting to fire at the US president. The Secret Service was initially unable to shoot the suspect due to the large crowd of civilians running wild, leading several agents to physically charge the attacker, leading one agent to be hit directly, with another one receiving minor injuries. The suspect was tackled down und ultimately missed his actual target, president Trump. While Trump was swiftly brought to safety, the assassination attempt itself caused panic and uncertainty among the people and first speculations about the motive and background of the suspect circulated in the media. Oppositional democrats peddled the theory that the culprit may have been a psychologically disturbed individual, a „lone-wolf“ attacker, while Republicans and Trump loyalists accused him of being a radical leftist, with some linking him to antifa despite lack of supportive evidence. After the initial chaos, Trump organized a spontaneous press conference just a day after the assassination attempt, during which he once again accused the alleged „radical left“ of being responsible for the attack and called the suspect an antifa-anarchist. Trump also linked the assassin to the democrats and accused them of instigating this attack on his life, while making ambiguous comments implying that they may have actively tasked the attacker to shoot Trump. The oppositional democrats rejected these accusations and accused Trump of using this assassination attempt to attack his political opponents. The FBI immediately launched an investigation into the incident and arrested several individuals close to the assassin, who indeed turned out to be far-left extremist who was frustrated by Trump after him being drafted during WW3, although the FBI was unable to find any connections between the suspect and antifa, as well as any democratic representatives. The news about the political background of the suspect caused a new inflammation of tensions in the country, during which pro-Trump Republicans and various right-wing extremist militias actively launched violent attacks on democrats and liberal demonstrators, leading to dozens of shootings and more than a hundred casualties throughout the US. Despite there not being any evidence of democratic connections of the attacker, Trump used the still active martial and emergency law to authorize raids on democratic offices, as well as the arrest of dozens democratic representatives, among them various rather well known politicians.

Fire and Fury: America Plunges into Chaos

Protesters being detained by security forces on Election Day. Source: Global Times

Trump loyalists destroying the equipment of newsmen.

Anti-Republican protesters during a demonstration on election night.

Trump followers converging on a voting center in Michigan.

Police forces guarding the White House during riots. Source: Canberra Times

Pro-Trump militiamen descending on the streets at night. Source: Der Spiegel

Protesters engage in clashes on the street with fireworks. Source: The Times

Soldiers being deployed on American streets to get the situation under control.

Fires during escalating riots.

Protesters clashing with security forces

Deployed soldiers in the streets during riots

Troops starting to open fire

US troops trying to disperse crowds of protesters

The situation in the US remained explosive throughout the final phase of the 2028 presidential election. Riots, looting and violent clashes between pro-democratic protesters and Republican loyalists occurred on an almost daily basis, with democratic offices being raided regularly. Due to the increasing violence in the streets, as well as the failed assassination attempt on president Trump, the presence of not only police but also military forces inside the US grew massively in the later fall of 2028. While the American troops were stationed around centers of political power, especially the White House and the GOP office in Washington D.C. for protective duties, orders were issued to engage against looters and anti-Trump protesters like they were insurrectionists and hostile forces. The orders were met with harsh criticism not only from the democrats but also military representatives themselves, who struggled with the authorization of using their force against American citizens. Despite the ongoing chaos and the rising numbers of people being killed during protests, riots, militia attacks as well as shootings from non-Military security forces, efforts were still made to continue with the election process as much as possible. During tense rallies, both sides called for support of their respective candidates and demonized the opposite party, with Republicans portraying their democratic counterparts as anarchists, traitors and leftist extremists hell-bent on „trying to destroy America“ while the Democrats condemned the Republican use of force against protesters as authoritarian and „fascist“ abuses of power. These rallies were strained with violence as well though, due to various incidents of political opponents of both sides conducting attacks on these events, like trucks being driven into rally sites or deadly shootings in crowded parking lots. Representatives from the EU and the newly founded LUN issued grave concern over the situation in the US and called for an end of hostilities, while their notes were met by threats from Trump and his Republican loyalists that any kind of foreign interference would lead the US to take „appropriate measures against American enemies all over the world“, while Trump explicitly threatened to economically destroy the EU should it try to meddle in American affairs. As a result, various envoys were summoned, while a considerable amount of American diplomats not necessary for the peace-process in Europe were expelled. Meanwhile tensions were high when the election date approached, especially since the Republican Party kept warning and theorizing about alleged democratic plans to „once again steal“ the election, while various federal institutions, like the FBI and NSA reported about a growing number of plans voiced by militia members and extremist groups of all political spectrums to stoke up violence depending on the outcome of the upcoming election. During the first days of November 2028, security and military forces were deployed all over Washington D.C. as well as various polling places and political institutions in large American cities, while store owners started to barricade their property, as well as US civilians starting to preemptively leave the cities to seek shelter in more rural areas. Even on election day, large scale demonstrations were held in many of America’s most prominent metropoles, leading to an increasingly hostile climate and already the first new clashes between security forces and demonstrators. Journalists, especially from left-leaning outlets were often times assaulted and attacked by militia members and counter-protesters, often times from the Republican loyalists spectrum, leading to dozens of journalists and camera-crew members to be hospitalized with severe injuries, including members of the foreign press. This once again caused uproars from the international community, especially from European and east Asian countries, whose press members were particularly targeted and attacked during the upheaval on Election Day. Despite maximized efforts to limit and slow down mail-in voting, millions of mailed ballots were cast and counted on Election Day, even though Trump attempted to halt the collection of mail-in ballots as much as possible. Nonetheless, millions of Americans still took to the voting booths on the day of the 2028 election itself, leading to various incidents, like assaults on election helpers by pro-Republican militia members, harassment of voting centers in Republican dominated districts by anti-Trump protesters in some cases as well as both and proven bomb threats against voting booths. In some areas there were even incidents of militia members and often times pro-Trump protesters occupying voting booths in districts known to either lean to the democratic side in the past or that were forecasted to turn blue in this election, although those incursions were met with little resistance by the police and other security forces, leading to accusations against the Republican leadership of endorsing such acts. Despite these incidents still continuing into election night, the protocol was still followed as usual with forecasts predicting a slim victory for democratic candidate Kamala Harris. Trump and his associates denounced these predictions as fake news and once again claimed victory around 2 hours after the voting deadline, leading to various celebrations of Republican followers in some areas. Around 02.00 in the morning, after hours of a more or less clear lead for the Republicans, the election officials announced that a democratic victory now seems clear, the more mail-in ballots were counted. As soon as the possible democratic win seemed to have become obvious, Kamala Harris made a first press conference in which she voiced optimism and the belief that the US is about to overcome the „destructive influence of Donald Trump on American democracy“. The more states announced democratic leads, the more clashes between pro and anti Trump protesters were reported, while the number of demonstrators, militia members and security as well as military troops increased by the hour in D.C. Trump loyalists were reported to forcefully enter voting centers, often times while being armed, and halting the process of counting mail in ballots. Many of these occupations soon turned into hostage situations, followed by the first shootings between the police and the culprits. The news of the sieges on voting centers additionally agitated the situation in many US cities, especially in Washington D.C., where tens of thousands of anti-Republican protesters and pro-Trump sympathizers descended on the streets of D.C., the latter of which often heavily armed without security forces checking or arresting them. Numerous reporters broadcast the situation live on news outlets of the entire spectrum, although many of them were assaulted by pro-Republican protesters and militia-members, caught in the crossfire of left-wing counter-protesters engaging in clashes with Trump loyalists, as well as various cases of police and security forces using disproportionate measures and force against news reporters. When the decisive electoral votes came in for the democrats, despite some states still not having finished counting all votes, the heated atmosphere in Washington D.C. seemingly exploded immediately: pro-democratic protesters cheered in their apparent victory and mocked the masses of Republican loyalists, which lead to a mass clash unseen since many decades in the US. Pro-and anti-Republican protesters started fighting each other on the streets of D.C., with hundreds of people being severely wounded after a short period of time because of fist fights, being bashed with rocks, poles and melee weapons as well as numerous cases of stabbings. The security forces immediately intervened and were ordered by their Republican superiors to stop the fighting and „crush the assault on America“, as it was called by Republican officials close to the president who appeared on camera that night, leading to countless scenes of security and police forces clashing with protesters in unprecedented brutality. While the news anchors on sight reported an apparently stronger use of force against anti-Republican demonstrators, with many being heavily clubbed, smashed on the ground and injured by rubber bullets and chemical irritants, pro-Trump outlets reported cases of Trump-loyalists being assaulted during the increasingly severe street fight of D.C., accusing their counterparts of not showing these cases because of a „propagandistic bias“. The longer the street fights continued, and the more intense the orders of the president and his officials to intervene became, the more cases emerged of security forces and police officers disobeying their orders out of criticism of using violence against American citizens, especially those who were critical of the incumbent president. Despite the intervention of security forces, the sheer masses of protesters who fought and chased each other made it impossible for those to get the situation under control and prevent people from getting severely injured. Ambulances were often times unable to get through the fighting crowds, leading to hundreds of people not being able to be treated despite receiving heavy wounds. During those fights, a pro-Trump militia member got injured to such an extent, that he died on scene, causing his fellow militiamen to open fire on the still charging and battling anti-Republican crowds, leading dozens of people to receive fatal wounds. When the first gun shots were heard on the streets of Washington D.C., the situation fully escalated. Security forces, irritated by the shots , started to use lethal ammunition against various protesters of whom they thought they carried weapons or were about to attack them and/or others, while more and more militia members and gun-carrying protesters drew their weapons and started firing against those who they identified as attackers in their perception. When gun violence erupted in D.C., the president was rushed to safety into the underground bunker of the White House, while the number of security and military forces protecting the government district was heavily increased. After being brought to safety, president Trump made an emergency broadcast from the White House bunker, calling the bloodshed an „attack on the US conducted by anarchists and traitors“ who were allegedly hell bent on „trying to destroy America“ and accused the Democrats of not only rigging the election, but also to be responsible of instigating this violence in order to get rid of Trump as the still legitimate president of the US. He then once again declared martial law in Washington D.C. and invoked the Insurgency Act, ordering not only his security forces but also the military troops that were stationed in D.C. to engage the fighting crowds and to use deadly force, „if necessary“ to crush what Trump described as an insurgency, in reference of the January 6th Insurgency on Capitol Hill for which he was directly blamed of having instigated it himself. More and more forces indeed started to use lethal rounds against protesters and militia members, with an increasing number of security forces and soldiers getting directly attacked, with the first casualties being reported on 04.00. Despite those forces being deployed by Trump himself, and many of them being reported to have sympathize with Republican protesters before the violence erupted that night, various pockets of militia-members started gun fights with the troops after several members being shot by those in response to attempted shootings. When the violence on the streets of D.C. was reported, alongside the electoral results favoring the Democrats, similar clashes erupted in other cities all across the US, especially as soon as the first civilian casualties, both among the pro and anti-Republican followers, were reported. Democratic protesters and pro-Republican loyalists engaged in clashes and fights similar to D.C., however in those other cities, militia members and even left-wing radicals soon opened fire as well on often times unarmed crowds in retaliation for their fellow associates being killed in the fights of the capital. Not only were the crowds attacking themselves, but there were also increasingly violent attacks on voting centers. Those centers that saw hostage situations during this night were hit by bloodshed when pro-Trump loyalists opened fire on the present security forces after hearing the news coverage about Trump sympathizers being killed in D.C., leading to dozens of policemen, militia members and hostages being killed all over the US. Despite more and more pro-Trump Republican militiamen being killed by Trumps own troops, those groups still made the Democrats, who they accused of stealing the election once more according to them in reference to 2020 and started to assault DOJ offices in Washington and beyond. When sun started rising again, a total of 275 Americans were killed during the now dubbed „Black Night“, with protests and violent clashes continuing throughout Christmas season and New Years. The election by then was officially won by the Democrats by a slim margin once again, leading to violent protests and multiple attempts of Trump and the GOP leadership to invalidate the election results and to try to stop the transition of power, for example, by proclaiming the 2028 election was rigged and manipulated, and that the violence of the Black Night was instigated by the Democrats and former Revisionist Powers, as well as former allies of the US in order to take control of America. To this day, no evidence was found to prove most of these claims. Many notable Republican politicians and leaders, as well as Republican state officials joined the chorus of the incumbent president and called the election results and the violence of the Black Night a „coup“ of the Democrats, while declaring that they don’t recognize the results whatsoever.

2029

Mayhem in the Metropoles

After 2 months of violence and political squabble following the election, the Democrats tried to move on in order to swear in Kamala Harris as the new president of the US, but met heavy resistance from the Republicans who proved to be far more vigilant in their Opposition of these election results compared to 2020/2021. Trump, as well as his allied high ranking Republican officials tried to delay state certifications throughout December, with some of these attempts actually ending up successful due to various Republican governors of states that voted democratic by a small margin interfering in the certification process under the pretext of alleged voting fraud and supposed foreign interference, most notably in Georgia and Arizona as well as in various contentious counties of Michigan, where Republican legislators voted to not certify the election results because of the same claims as their fellow party members in D.C. . Republican members of the state boards of canvassers all over the country refused to vote in favor of certification, leading to electoral deadlocks in multiple counties. Democrats from all over the continental US condemned these attempts to derail the election process and called the State courts to step in and force these board members to certify the election. While in many cases this proved to be successful, in others, where Republican appointed judges were in charge, the courts refrained from interfering with the Republican attempts to negate the 2028 election process.

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The Red Hats are coming: Insurrection in DC

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The Army-Split of 2029: The resistance receives support

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2030

The outside World intervenes

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Violence in the South: The „Battle of Georgia“

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Ethnic tensions escalate

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Terror and bloodshed in Michigan

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