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June. 1775 - As one of his first Acts as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington dispatches Benjamin Franklin with a translator to meet with the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy. At the final meeting Franklin reminded Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) of the power the five nations had when united as a single confederacy by adding a 14th arrow to a bundle of 13 the envoys had brought with them, asking that he try and break the bundle. With Thayendanegea's support, the Iroquois agreed to side with the Colonies against Great Britain, fielding around 1,500 men to the American cause.

Dec. 1775 - Battle of Quebec ends in a decisive American victory after General Arnold takes the city with support of the Iroquois under the command of Colonel Joseph Louis Cook, (Akiatonharónkwen). During the battle, a group of experienced irregular fighters commanded by Brant destroy the British powder stores behind the city. Arnold is so impressed by Brant's men that he requests that Congress commission them as the First Ranger Regiment of the Continental Army.

Aug - 1776 - The British are ambushed by Brant's Rangers at Long Island and routed by General Washington. General Howe is captured by the rangers in what is the first major victory for General Washington during the war. Washington, impressed by the tactics of the Rangers, asks that they assist in the training of the Continental Army's regular forces, and reaffirms his commitment to honoring their status as a sovereign State once the war is done.

Oct. 1776 - Most of the Cherokee nation refuse to join the British in the Revolution, seeing the treatment of the Iroquois by the Americans.

Sept. 1777 - General Clinton takes the remaining troops from the New York campaign to Philadelphia. General Washington orders the Rangers to stage an asymmetric campaign against the British and reduce their capacity to fight as they try to hold the city.

Dec. 1777 - Col. Brant begins training new Ranger recruits at Valley Forge along side the Continental Army, while the Iroquois donate cold weather boots and blankets to the Continental Army.

Feb. 1779 - Col. Brant joins Maj. General John Sullivan on an expedition to destroy or capture British Loyalist weapons cashes and key food supplies, handing those captured over to Iroquois or neighboring revolutionary friendly settlers.

Feb. 1780 - General Clinton's reinforcements are repelled in South Carolina by a joint assault by the Continental Army and the French Fleet. End of major fighting in North America.

Aug. 1780 - General Cornwallis surrenders at Camden, South Carolina. Ending hostilities in North America. 

June 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed, formally recognizing American claims to former British territory East of the Mississippi, including the Quebec Province. With pressure from General Washington, New York's legislature agrees to honor the provision in the treaty respecting the formal boundary of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Sept. 1786 - Shays rebellion is put down after a force of former Rangers and Iroquois militiamen ride from New York to Springfield to assist Gen. Lincoln.

Aug. 1787 - Gen. Cook and a group of delegates from the then-unrecognized state of Iroquois join the convention in Philadelphia after members of the Massachusetts delegation and George Washington insist that they be counted as a thanks for coming to the relief of their state.

Sept. 1787 - Gen. Cook makes an impassioned case for the expressed banning of slavery in the Constitution. While the trade was beginning to decline in Southern States, there was a genuine fear that outright abolition would break the young country. The motion passed, but included a proviso that slave owners would be financially compensated, and those freed slaves be given 20 acres of land in the Yazoo lands ceded from Georgia. 

March 1789 - Only five states remain to ratify the Constitution, North Carolina, Rhode Island, the Vermont Republic, the Iroquois Confederacy, and Nova Scotia. Of the final states, Nova Scotia and the Iroquois are the most hesitant to formally join the Union, though lobbying by the Federalists, Col. Brant, and General Cook seems to be eroding opposition. The Hudson Bay Company's territory remains a touchy subject for American and British relations, as it was not considered part of Canada during the Treaty of Paris negotiations and is officially an unincorporated territory belonging to a private company.

Update: This timeline has undergone some significant changes to be a little less ASB.

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PersephoneEosopoulou's avatar
I assume this is no longer an ISOT?
YNot1989's avatar
Yup. Propper ATL
BrentAtticus's avatar
ISOT? Ynot1989 made an ISOT?
PersephoneEosopoulou's avatar
Any chance of seeing this continued?
YNot1989's avatar
Working on the sequel now. I'm just struggling with one aspect of the timeline. Westward Expansion. If the US no longer needed to worry about the Slave/Free state balance, its unlikely that they'd sit out the Texas Revolution, in point of fact they'd be far more likely to push for annexation at the outset. But if the US simply joined or supported the Texas War for Independence in 1835, Mexico might be willing to give the state up rather than fight a longer war, especially if they were facing other revolutions in the Rio Grande and Yucatan. Now here's where I run into a bit of a mental wall... would the US push for annexation of California too if they only fight a short war to win Texas? In the 1830s, Alta-California (most of the American Southwest) was a pretty useless piece of real-estate. Hardly anyone lived there, not outside the coastal port cities anyway, and Mexico was struggling to get people to move there. Before American annexation, there was not a big migration to the territory, and it was only after the US started giving out land grants and opening the state to pioneers that gold was discovered. So in 1836 when the Texas Revolution would be over, the US would have no reason to push to take California right? 
PersephoneEosopoulou's avatar
Hmm Prehaps California is the subject of a later alternate Mexican War the could or could not end up with the All Mexico movement pushing for total annexation?
YNot1989's avatar
Eh, I'm not sure. I'd think that California would be fairly similar to Canada in this timeline. About the same population, largely dependent on its relationship with its much larger neighbor, with most of its territory being rocky and not particularly useful, but rich in raw materials which makes up a good chunk of its economy. 
PersephoneEosopoulou's avatar
That makes sense, California would be majority Hispanic I'm assuming it this world with considerable immigrant community aye?
YNot1989's avatar
Less so than in OTL. Mostly American settlers in the North and Chinese on the coast. Again, without the influx of immigration from the US it would probably just be Hot and Spicy Canada.
dsfisher's avatar
My tewo cents is that Mexico would accept the state being annexed bu the US will still push for more west coast, be it down to at least the San Francisco Bay [the Primary reason for the annexation of California IOTL] or fore more of the Oregon Country.
ElSqiubbonator's avatar
What does this have to do with Liberty's Kids?
YNot1989's avatar
It doesn't. But I appreciate a reference to that better than it has any right to be show.
ElSqiubbonator's avatar
They should make more shows like it, focusing on other eras of US history.
YNot1989's avatar
I'm not entirely sure how well it would go over. You could maybe get away with a version set during the civil war, but once you get to the 20th Century and man's inhumanity to man includes industrialization and high explosives... yeah, I don't see those characters visiting Auschwitz or the Somme. A PBS Kids version of Band of Brothers might be seen as cheapening the horror and sacrifice of that generation... maybe if you ported it to Netflix, had the team from Avatar tLAB or LoK write it, since they got away with depicting genocide, industrialized warfare, fascism, torture, sexism, and racism. (Damn, How did those shows ever make it to Nickelodeon?) You could avoid most of the really nasty battles, just have the characters hang out in DC or with the generals, only occasionally showing up for some battles where there are moments of calm broken up by utter chaos (the Battle of the Bulge episode of BoB was a great example of balancing levity and the horror of war). And I guess you could treat the liberation of the concentration camps as "Very special episode" material.
ElSqiubbonator's avatar
A Civil War version could probably work without many changes, though you'd risk coming off as validating slavery if you portrayed the Confederacy too sympathetically. As for a version covering either of the two World Wars, what if it were pitched more at middle and high schoolers than the elementary school audience of the original Liberty's Kids? Then they'd be free to discuss things like the Holocaust, the Rape of Nanking, the Bataan Death March, and the Siege of Leningrad. It would have to be either a Netflix exclusive or a primetime series (the former, more likely, since I can't see PBS picking up an animated series not aimed at young children, even if it's an educational one). 
PersephoneEosopoulou's avatar
Nothing, it's to get a larger audience. Ynot said so himself in a comment.
If a Union like this were to exist today, how many Native American confederations would exist in it's boarders and what would their interaction with the US government be like?
If this Union were to last until the present day, how many Native American confederacies would exist within its boarders?
YNot1989's avatar
Well the Iroquois are no longer a confederacy in this TL, they're an actual state. Only a handful of tribes were organized enough to join the Union as such, and those that did were already dealing with a lot of European settlers, so let's say four or five native states entered the union on their own terms, usually through a cession treaty, the Sioux, Seminoles, and Comanche were conquered outright but the US has a more respectful attitude toward Natives due to the role they played in this timeline, so they were admitted to the Union in state bearing their names as a kind of "Honored in defeat" sorta thing.
Voltron64's avatar
Like this basically?

"Perhaps one day you and I shall meet on the field of battle and I will destroy you for the glory of the Sontaran Empire!
february32nd's avatar
What was the steel process used by Thomas Bell?
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TheTexasRanger's avatar
Wasn't Prince Edwards Island (or St Johns as it was pre-American Revolution) a separate colony before the war? Wouldn't they be a state as well or did it just have such a small population that it was divided between Nova Scotia and Acadia? If it was a separate state I think it would be called New Ireland as it seemed to be a popular proposed colony name in that area and time.
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