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The New United States (NUS) was the up-timer name for Grantville's revolutionary republic formed towards the end of 1631, when they earned goodwill in central Germany by forming a loose alliance with Gustavus Adolphus's cavalry forces under Alex Mackay. It became a member state of the short lived Confederated Principalities of Europe after August 1632.

The joined forces of Mackay's cavalry company and the NUS miners fought several memorable battles during 1631: Battle of the Crapper, the Battle of Jena and the two phase battle against Spanish regular forces sent from the Spanish Netherlands at the Battle of the Wartburg (ca. October 1632).

Government[]

The NUS was as closely modeled on the original United States as circumstances would allow. There was a Constitution, which called for a bicameral legislature, a presidency, and a supreme court. It also sought to protect many of the freedoms and rights the U.S. Constitution enshrined. The states of the NUS included Badenburg; then Suhl; by April 1632, all of southern Thuringia; by December 1, 1633, all of Thuringia.

Following the aftermath of the Croat raid in August of 1632, it became a member state of the short-lived Confederated Principalities of Europe. By December 1633, the NUS changed into the State of Thuringia, as it was no longer an independent country, but rather a state within the USE. The former "states" of the NUS took on the functions of county administrations within the state. By April 1634, the State of Thuringia was changed into the State of Thuringia-Franconia, after the people of Franconia voted to join.

Economy[]

Due to the technological impact and political and military power of the New United States, Thuringia became the strongest economic province of the Confederated Principalities of Europe.[1]

Currency[]

Due to OTL figures depicted US dollar bills being unknown to down-timers, NUS President Michael Stearns decreed new designs to be made for NUS use. Tom Stone was the one to incorporate his own designs into the NUS bills, due to being the only waterproof green ink manufacturer in the world.[2] NUS dollars are represented in bills of $1, $5, $10, and $20. The $1 depicts an eight-point buck, the $5 features hands kneading dough, the $10 depicts a loaf of bread, and the $20 depicts the OTL figure Johnny Cash.[3]

References[]

  1. 1634: The Galileo Affair p.99: "It was another of those oddities—weirdities, Frank thought of them—that the Ring of Fire had produced in the world, in the Year of Our Lord 1633 in Universe Whichever. With the influx of American technology and the political stability provided by the army of the new U.S., Thuringia had quickly become the strongest economic province in war-ravaged Germany. That meant the U.S. dollar was also the strongest currency in Gustav Adolf's ramshackle Confederated Principalities of Europe."
  2. 1634: The Galileo Affair p.99: "On the other hand, given that "George Washington" and "Abe Lincoln" meant nothing at all to ninety-nine percent of the population of the CPE, Mike Stearns had decreed that new designs were needed for the various dollar bills. And, since Frank's father Tom was the only manufacturer of a waterproof green ink in the world, he'd more or less been able to finagle his designs onto an unsuspecting universe."
  3. 1634: The Galileo Affair p.99: "Frank could live with an eight-point buck as the central symbol on the one-dollar bill, hands kneading dough for a five-dollar bill and a loaf of bread for a ten-dollar bill, even if he thought the puns were pretty outrageous. But, even for his dad, putting Johnny Cash on the twenty-dollar bill was going over the edge."
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