The Concert of Harmonious and Independent Nations: An alternative history

In 2024, after Donald Trump’s re-election, the US parliament initiated a procedure to dispute the election result. Trump clearly posed too serious a threat to democracy for his unexpected re-election to be recognized.

Two weeks after the election, the Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump’s victory was illegitimate and declared Michelle Obama President. As eight years earlier, there had been strong interference in the US democratic process by hostile powers. If in 2016 Russia was the main culprit in the disinformation and fake news campaign that allowed Donald Trump to win, in 2024 it was China that had intervened by falsifying the elections. The rapid investigation that led to the Supreme Court ruling had identified a series of Chinese operations conducted at the hands of Pakistani hackers that China had used to create an alibi.

As with Russiagate, however, many refused to believe the incontrovertible truth of the facts and on the very evening of the Supreme Court ruling, a crowd of outraged and enthusiastic supporters of Donald Trump showed up once again near the Capitol in Washington.

This time, however, the demonstrations multiplied and took place in several cities in the United States. The largest demonstrations and pockets of resistance were formed in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas. Few foresaw that these events would lead to the secession of Texas and California in a few weeks and a reconfiguration of the entire United States. With Trump recognized as the legitimate president by Texas, Megan Rapinoe was elected president of California. The government of the United States, where social division had become increasingly acute and violent and now shaken by internal uprisings, was forced to accept the independence of the two states.

Following the loss of two of the wealthiest states, the United States had to give up much of its military bases overseas. On 31 December 2025 NATO formally ceased to exist, already put to the test by the internal war that had seen Poland and Turkey fight each other on Ukrainian soil two years earlier. The United States of America became the American Union.

Meanwhile, China, which became the world’s leading economic power just the day before Trump’s election, had for years built a great alliance of states that included the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

Later the states of Central America and Mexico too signed a free trade agreement with China in 2026. The agreement also included some paragraphs on security and military cooperation. China also pledged to financially support the Latin America United Army to “foster stability in the region and support the principles of harmony and cooperation”, thereby assisting the liquidation of old patronage practices, a remnant of colonial era which notoriously hindered an effective process of social harmony and voluntary cooperation for the great part of the citizens.

Donald Trump’s presidency was not destined to last, however. Within a year and a half, Trump, accused of corruption, was ousted. Some spoke of a popular revolution, others of a coup d’etat. The revolution, led by Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez promised Texans to break with the corrupt practices of the past for an impetus towards a future of harmony and cooperation. The two leaders of the revolution had suddenly forgotten the English language and all their speeches from the stage were held exclusively in Spanish.

Although Texas had declared itself independent right after Donald Trump’s (alleged) victory in the last elections of the United States of America, before the proclamation of the American Union, Donald Trump was still an American, born and raised in New York, who had found a refuge in the Texas presidency after the federal constitution court invalidated the vote that he believed he had won, giving the presidency to Michelle Obama, a black woman.

But following independence, many Texans of Anglo-Saxon origin then preferred to emigrate back to the Union, given that independence had not had the announced consequences from an economic point of view, and in this way Trump’s own electoral base was significantly reduced. by Donald Trump. Within a year and a half, Donald Trump’s popularity had massively declined, and even those who believed in him and voted for him in the last election had lost faith in him and were outraged by the scandals that surrounded him.

When Trump refused to sign the free trade agreement between Texas and China, which was announced as the harbinger of harmonic renewal and shared prosperity, protests erupted that lasted for three months. After the independence of Texas, China had supported the work of numerous non-governmental organizations to foster the spread of harmony and cooperation, two concepts of key importance for the new world that emerged after the Taiwan war and the new pax sinica. Trump was forced to flee back to the Union.

But after Trump’s flight and the Revolution of Harmony, as the revolution was renamed, not all of Texas accepted the result of this process and in some cities in the north, on the border with the Union, rebelled and counter-revolutionary riots were formed, mostly concentrated around Dallas. It was rumored that the Dallas separatists were funded and armed by the Union and the Texas central government considered them terrorists with whom no negotiations were to be conducted but who were to be eliminated. And so the central government began a counter-terrorist operation in the Dallas-controlled territories. In a short time, the official Texan narrative was now talking about a proper Union-Texan war.

Texas (whose name was now pronounced the Spanish way, Techas), now independent for 3 years, and California, excluded the English language from the status of official language, even at least half of the inhabitants, even those of Latino background, were often still more comfortable with English than with Spanish. The English language was now in school curricula described as a colonial language brutally enforced in the last 200 years after the United States annexed Texas and California.

In a referendum held that year, Texas and California also voted for reunification with the United States of Mexico, but for the time being Mexico refused to formally recognize the referendum result. In Texas and California the Cinquo de Mayo began however to be already celebrated as the day of the Reunification, although this was not yet recognized officially.

In all of this, the American Union certainly remained a weakened power after the dissolution of NATO and the loss of the two largest states, but it was a nation of 250 million inhabitants with an army and a huge military machine. Furthermore, the territorial losses had been compensated by the Union with Canada, sanctioned by the Act of Union signed in 2027, after the independence of French- speaking Quebec.

And although the Union had somehow accepted, also to favour the political consolidation of the remaining 48 states, which now formed a true Union and no longer the separate states, the independence of Texas and California, it had made very clear on several occasions that it felt threatened by Chinese expansion into Latin America and that they would have seen badly an inclusion of Texas and California in the Concert of Harmonious and Independent Nations (CHINA).

CHINA was an alliance originally formed as an anti-American, conceived in Southeast Asia after the Taiwan war and then extended to Latin America after a series of popular revolutions that had seen the removal of representatives of a loyal pro-US establishment but which remained light years away from the peoples over which they ruled.

Mexico, which had long ago signed a military alliance with China and was formally part of CHINA, supported the new and young state of Texas, a state with an ancient history but which had been annexed and colonized by the Anglo-Saxons two centuries ago.

“Harmony and cooperation are fundamental values of the Concert”, Mexican politicians and authorities repeated, “and our support for Texas is a matter of values and unshakable”. Texas was still struggling to suppress the Dallas uprising. The small republic of Dallas had now declared independence and the city had grown accustomed to constant bombing by the central Texas government.

“Texas has the freedom to choose the alliances it wishes and our door is always open,” repeated Chinese officials and with them the politicians of the Concert . “We respect the Texas efforts inspired by the values of harmony and cooperation.”
The American Union did not see favorably that Texas, until a few years a member state of the United States and to which centuries of history linked it, was gradually transforming itself more and more into a strongly hostile state. After the Revolution of Harmony, the entire national idea of Texas seemed to be founded on hostility towards the Union. “For centuries they have exploited us, they have stolen our resources, they have prevented us from getting rich,” Texan politicians proclaimed more and more often. “The Union has oppressed us for two hundred years, it is finally time to reclaim our direct line to harmony and cooperation!”.

Although perhaps weakened, the Union remained a nuclear power and after the annexation of Canada even those who seemed to have condemned it to the oblivion of history, had begun to fear it again.

“We cannot accept Texas joining an anti-American alliance,” several unionist politicians and diplomats had repeatedly declared. “We are one people, history unites us,” declared President Michelle Obama, who had dedicated a long article to the common history of the Union and Texas which it is said she had even written herself. However, many critics argued that Michelle Obama demonstrated a distorted view of history and that denying Texans of their historical identity was equivalent to cultural genocide.

In 2029 alone, there had been four joint military exercises with the Concert and Texas forces. While Texas verbally claimed it wanted to pursue a diplomatic solution to solve the Dallas problem, these massive exercises and the powerful rearmament of the Texas Army, funded by the Concert, suggested otherwise. The last few years at the front had been reorganized from relative quiet, but a lasting solution had not been found and exchanges of fire at the front were regularly repeated. Dallas had declared independence, Texas in no way showed itself willing to recognize it and wanted to have back the territory that it considered its own in an indisputable way.

“We don’t have to fight for the people, we have to fight for our territories,” said some prominent Texan personalities.

“Those people have been brainwashed. They are slaves of Michelle Obama”, “The American world is made up of violence, lies and oppression, but they are slaves in the soul”, were phrases that were read more and more often in the newspapers, heard on TV and that people were repeating endlessly. “The Americans have deprived us of our harmony, we must fight to regain our harmony, we must eliminate American residues from our history, we must separate ourselves from the Union as much as possible!”, said others.

“It makes no sense to negotiate with Michelle Obama, Michelle Obama is a dictator, we want harmony and cooperation, we want to be part of the concert.”

The constitution of Texas had also been changed and among the declared goals there was now the aspiration to become part of the Concert.

The Union, very concerned about the developments in Texas, which seemed to have reached a point of no return, finally decided to deliver a formal letter to the Concert in which it indicated which were the various aspects that aroused great concern in the Union. The growth in military cooperation between Texas and the Concert was of course the most important aspect.
The Union argued that when Texas gained much longed-for independence in 2025 there was an informal promise that the Concert military alliance would not extend “not an inch further north of Panama”. Now, however, the Concert denied that such a promise ever existed and that by the time of Texas independence, several scenarios had been discussed and that Texas’s natural choice had to be respected.

“We cannot deny Texas the sacrosanct right to choose the alliances it desires and to set out on the path to harmony and cooperation if that is what Texas desires. There are no changes and there will be no changes”, was the reaction from the Concert.

A few days later the Union reacted to this by recognizing Dallas independence. In a long-televised speech Michelle Obama explained what were the reasons that had led the Union to this epochal choice.

“The people of Dallas have been under attack for many years. This cannot continue. The nationalist course of Texas must be stopped.”

Three days later Michelle Obama, in another televised speech, announced to the world the start of a special operation for the liberation of Dallas. The rest is history.

Stepan Antonov

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