While maintaining the most powerful military in North American, the United States has had a difficult time recovering from the wars of the 1860s and the great depression of 1873. Added to insurrection in Kansas in 1876, the ongoing Nebraska Free State rebellion, poor food production, paying reparations to Deseret, and until recently the inability to support the Pacific States has made the war weary United States vulnerable. The Commonwealth of Deseret is the only nation in North America openly willing to assist the United States, though rumors that the Republic of Texas and the Empire of Mexico may be open to a trade agreement persist. In Europe, France and Russia have openly supported the interests of the United States.
The Republic of Texas is flush with beef, cotton, and oil (kerosene) causing prices to fall and causing a recession. The Republic is also not a major producer of military equipment and weapons leaving the only sources as private purchases from Federal and Confederate manufacturers. As a result the military is well trained, but is not uniform in equipment some even still using single shot muskets from the Civil War while more wealthy have repeating rifles. An alliance with the UK and the British Dominions is sought to create a trade and military alliance. Texas will export beef and cotton and import military equipment as well as establishing a mutual defense treaty.
The Confederate States are very poor. The recent alliance with Spain against Cuban rebels has brought in some money while the capture of US Privateers with arms shipments to Cuba has brought in weapons. Like Texas they have not yet developed an industry economy and are still relying on the sale of cotton and other goods to Europe. They are currently working to establish a rifle manufacturing company and foundry to produce weapons for the army, and to arm the ships being produced in the shipyard at Newport News, Virginia.
The economy of the Empire of Mexico has stabilized as trade with South American increases. They continue to allow border raids into Texas to occur but are not making any over gestures of another invasion, likely over concerns of rumors of Texas/British alliances. A war with the British Empire is not something the Emperor wants. The Cuban rebellion if of interest to Emperor Maximilian as a means to extend his sphere of influence in the region, and remove the last vestiges of the House of Bourbon from North America.
The Commonwealth of Deseret has flourished since paying off the dept to the United States in 1875. Continued tariffs on rail use paid by the USA, CSA, and RoT have significantly increased the coffers of the Mormon theocracy. Recent 'reparations' of 15 million in gold paid by the United States only served to put Deseret in a position to improve trade with its neighbors. While militarily weak, it is moving towards being the wealthiest nation in North America, able to buy alliances and aid against aggressors.
British California and Canada have relied on continued direct support from the United Kingdom. Mining operations in Western Canada and California have continued and are used to ensure the well equipped troops of the British Empire remain so. Trade ties with Deseret and Texas allow for the transport of much needed food to California and Nova Scotia with cotton heading to Britain. The British Empire is still the most formidable military in North America.
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