The Second American Civil War changed society in what was were the United States forever. After the assassination of Calvin Coolidge, the lack of Vice President to take his place, and the rise of the conservative and weak-willed Frederick H. Gillet that took his place, through his innefectual leadership, managed to plunge the country into civil war by upsetting the growing socialist elements within the United States, as well as completely ignoring the greater economic and national effects of the Great Depression, occurring earlier due to America's lack of involvement in the Great War, which positioned Marxism as a dominant ideology on continental Europe. Upon the secession of the Council Republics of America, different groups in New England met to discuss the loyalty of their states.
Eventually, the prominent unions in the large cities on the coasts of New England swayed the governors, and the militias initially joined the CRA in fighting the United States for the good of the workers, and the red flag. However, the leadership of New England found itself fighting for Chicago, an entity more radical and violent than the citizens of New England were. Where mass executions and pillaging occurred daily on the mobile battlefield across the plains, and where the "People's Courts" set up in the Atlantic states started to imprison and prosecute without jury or any regard for fairness. New England leaders still saw themselves dedicated to the movement of international socialism, and so a new convention was founded, where a young and charismatic intellectual stood up and spoke fervently in support of an independent, market friendly, worker oriented state with guarantees for freedom, liberty, and welfare for all. This was Charles Nathaneal Thoreau.
Thoreau was dedicated to retaining a relationship that would not lead to immediate invasion with the British Empire, and her Canadian Dominion. He convinced the delegations in Vermont and Boston to support an independent Syndicalist system for a social republic, an independent New England, in short. So, after a short and ill advised expedition of the Boston Union's militia trying to take New York City, and an exchange of mortar and short-ranged artillery fire across upper New York, the Syndicalist Union of New England (SUNE) convened in the fairly central and well insulated Montpelier, establishing it as the new capital of the young state.
The flag is based off of the American Revolutionary War flag for New England, but with a difference in colour and the canton. The canton, as opposed to the tree, which was originally used across the socialist state before the government in Montpelier officially recognised this new design, holds the gear of industry, and the stars of the republican values of liberty and freedom. The red represents the blood of the workers, and by extension socialism itself.
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