Chapter One: The Coming ConflictEdit
January 1st, 2006
Olympia, Washington State, Republic of Cascadia
There was cause for celebration this day. And it wasn't just because it was the start of a new year. This day marked the 2nd Anniversary since the Republic of Cascadia was founded when Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia had seceded from their perspective countries and had joined together to form this new country. The United States and Canada were both resentful toward the new country with the US President even stating that military forces could be used to restore the breakaway states back into the Union. In a bid to stop or delay a military confrontation, the Republic of Cascadia successfully negotiated an alliance treaty with the Russian Federation. Over the next couple years, Cascadia was able to negotiate similar treaties with Iraq (still led by Saddam), Japan, and even NATO members France and Holland.
People celebrated as they watched the Liberation Day Parade; included were various high school bands, sports teams, military units, etc. The Cascadian Chancellor gave his annual speech commemorating the liberation of Cascadia, his promise to safeguard the republic from those who would seek its destruction, and an announcement for a planned common market between Cascadia, Japan, Russia, and Mexico.
While all seemed peaceful, the Chancellor knew that the Federalists in the US capital still posed a threat and could launch an attack at any given time. Because of this, the Cascadian Liberation Guard was working day and night to deploy the next generation of military hardware which was also to be augmented by additional hardware sent over by the Russians. The Chancellor was very well aware that should the Federalists catch wind of the buildup, they'd likely launch a preemptive attack. Anticpating a war, the Chancellor instructed the Supreme Commander of the Cascadian Liberation Guard later on in his office to draw up plans for the Liberation of California...
Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
The American President stood looking out the window of the Oval Office in deep thought. Standing in the room with him was the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Adviser, Director of the CIA, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. All five were quite displeased with the situation in the Pacific Northwest. The US President was now deciding whether or not the time had finally come to bring the rebellious states back into the fold. He was prepared to order an immediate invasion just two years earlier. He had refrained from this for two different reasons. One of them was because the same day Washington State and Oregon seceded, rogue military units managed to secure just over a dozen nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. Another was the so-called Republic of Cascadia's quick move to align with the Russian Federation.
Despite these complications, the US President was growingly concerned with how Cascadia was asserting itself in the international community. Several traditional US allies had already aligned with the Cascadians and it appeared more would do so in the near future. The CIA had also reported that the Cascadian Liberation Guard was only months from deploying new combat units which could have an edge over current generation units of the United States military.
The US President had decided that the time had come for the forced repatriation of the rogue states. The others agreed; the Secretary of Defense nodded to the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs who opened his briefcase and handed him a large manila envelope. The label on the envelope read, "The Invasion of Cascadia – Plans for the Second War Between the States”. The Secretary of Defense handed the President the envelope who opened it, pulled out the contents, and read them over...