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American Civil War Campaign Season of 1886
As the snows and fierce coastal storms of winter fade, opening mountain passes and firming up formerly mud-slogged roads, the campaign season in the American Civil War begins again. It will be unlike anything Americans have ever seen before; the battles of yesteryear will live on in memory only for ferocity. In scale and reach, the American Civil War now touches every corner of the formerly United States. It is fought in ten thousand places, from the fortifications of Richmond to the hills of Chattanooga, from the fields of Pennsylvania to the bayou of Louisiana. The formerly aloof Republic of California, content to grow wealthy off the conflict of others, has finally asserted itself and entered the Southwest in the name of defending settlements from the unchecked rampage of the Apache, only to be drawn into conflict with the Mormon theocracy of the State of Deseret who bear their own ambitions for the territory. On the Great Plains, the sovereign Indian Nation rides unconquered, while the Pueblo of the Four Corners seek a state of their own. Even across the borders, the war now ripples through colonies and nations, as filibusters rise up in Belgian Cuba and the fiercely free Empire of Haiti joins the fight for abolition for all men. But above all, the world is now drawn into this maelstrom: the empires of Britain and France send in intervention forces to arrest this deadlocked struggle in the name of civilization, fought now not just for union or independence, but for ideology and the fundamental understanding of the rights of man, a cause more interminable than any yet conceived.
As the campaign season begins, more than two million men march to war. Every nation of the former United States has now mobilized everything they've got for this last push, and this shall not be just the bloodiest year of the war; it will be the decisive one. Whoever gains the upper hand now will have victory in their grasp. History is about to be made.