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after Washington City fell to the
army of the breakaway
Republic of Gloriana
and their allies, the Jeffersonian Rebels, bitter
arch rivals US President Alexander Hamilton and his old nemesis, Colonel
Aaron Burr were issued with dueling pistols on the White House Lawn.
The last time that they had squared off, Hamilton's finger had slipped on
the hair trigger of his pistol, making him an easy target for Burr's much
steadier hand. But, refusing to be condemned by history as a mere
murderer, Burr pointed his firearm upwards before harmlessly discharging
Within eighteen months of the interview at Weehawken, Hamilton would
occupy the White House, and Burr would have stood down as Vice President.
Out of office, Burr fled the young country along with a few hundred
followers. He established his own republic in the former French
protectorate of Louisiana. He names himself president, but acts much more
like a king. Many Americans who had been on the Tory side of the
revolution, on hearing of Burr's new Gloriana, immigrated.
Although never large, Gloriana proved to be a thorn in the underside of
the American nation as it tried to spread west, constantly harassing the
Americans who attempted to settle in the Louisiana Purchase or move
through it to Mexico and parts west. Alternate
ending to a story by Robbie Taylor
After his re-election was
assured, Hamilton decided that he could not leave office without handling
"this minuscule king, this traitor, Aaron Burr", and asked for a
declaration of war against Gloriana from Congress. The declaration passed
swiftly, and Americans across the east coast signed up for the attack on
Gloriana. Burr, seeing what was coming, tried to ask Mexico and the native
nations around him for aid, but they all refused. Instead, hope arrived
from a wholly unexpected quarter.
Of course the so-called "Founding Conflict" was rapidly expanding from a
Hamilton-Burr dispute. Former President Thomas Jefferson had been bested
by Hamilton during Washington's first term, forcing him to quit the
administration and pursue a "Revolution of 1800". Problem was, Hamilton
had set about rolling that revolution back. Seizing the final chance to
restore the Jeffersonian Model of small government and states rights,
Jefferson came out of his self-imposed retirement at Monticello, declared
his support for Burr by leading a libertarian revolt.