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Rebellion against King Washington
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Kingdom of the United States, North America

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The byproduct of a strange dream brought on by an Apple of Eden, the rebellion against King Washington was a civil conflict between the newly formed Kingdom of the United States, led by "Mad" King Washington, and several groups of disaffected citizens and Native Americans, led by Ratonhnhaké:ton, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.

King Washington made significant use of his "sceptre" – actually the aforementioned Apple of Eden – to manipulate those around him into obedience, and also as a weapon against those who would oppose him.

HistoryEdit

Prior to the rebellion, Washington came to possess an Apple of Eden and used it to enforce his will. Becoming corrupted by its powers, he declared himself king of the United States and quickly established his power by building a colossal pyramidal palace, which he ruled from in the city of New York. To enforce his will on the populace, Washington used the Apple to brainwash several important individuals. He placed Benjamin Franklin in charge of the city of Boston, and Generals Israel Putnam and Benedict Arnold in charge of his military forces. Under the Apple's influence, the men became cruel tyrants and committed many atrocities in King Washington's name, including the burning of a church full of innocents. Eventually, the people began to grow tired of Washington's cruel regime and a small rebellion formed under the leadership of Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who personally led the rebels in Boston and New York, respectively.

At some point during the conflict, Kaniehtí:io broke into the King's palace and stole the scepter containing the Apple, only to have it shot off her person by General Putnam as she attempted to flee. This brought the Native American threat to the King's attention.[1]

In retaliation for the attempted theft, the King ordered his forces to attack the Frontier and butcher the people. The Bluecoats marched on the towns of Lexington and Concord and began burning and pillaging them. Kaniehtí:io and her son, Ratonhnhaké:ton, quickly came to the aid of the townspeople by killing the Bluecoats and releasing those trapped in the burning church, though most were killed by a cannonball blast before they could flee. Defeated at Lexington and Concord, Washington personally led his army to the native village of Kanatahséton and destroyed it entirely, killing many natives in the process (including Kaniehí:io) and leaving Ratonhnhaké:ton presumed dead after being shot and stabbed by the King. Ratonhnhaké:ton survived, however, and joined the fight with the surviving villagers, now led by the Clan Mother Oiá:ner. While Ratonhnhaké:ton was away gathering bark from the Great Willow in order to use its powers against Washington, the Bluecoats located the natives hideout and exterminated the remaining villagers. Ratonhnhaké:ton returned in time to witness the aftermath and comfort a dying Oiá:ner, who in her last words ordered him to kill Washington and destroy his power, starting with his generals. Heeding her words and eager for revenge, Ratonhnhaké:ton infiltrated Fort Duquesne and killed Benedict Arnold, Washington's representative in the region. In his dying moments, Arnold reflected on what he had done and told Ratonhnhaké:ton to seek out Benjamin Franklin in Boston. Seconds after Arnold expired, Putnam ambushed Ratonhnhaké:ton from behind and imprisoned him for transport to Boston, where he intended to present him as a gift to the King.[1]

Ratonhnhaké:ton was then placed in jail, where he was shown to King Washington along with another native prisoner, Kanen'tó:kon. Stunned at the man's survival, Washington immediately ordered his execution, along with Kanen'tó:kon and a score of citizens taken at random as an example. After Franklin showed hesitation, Washington began considering having him replaced with Putnam, who did not show the same indications of 'going soft'. The two natives were able to escape, however, thanks to the tea brewed from the Great Willow's bark and made contact with Samuel Adams' rebels in the city. After a failed attempt to capture Benjamin Franklin, the rebels decided to investigate a lead on a supposedly sympathetic commander at Boston Neck in order to gain desperately needed reinforcements. Ratonhnhake:ton managed to capture Franklin after a second attempt, only to discover that the rebels had walked into a trap set by Putnam and been slaughtered, with Adams (and apparently, Kanen'tó:kon as well) being personally executed by Putnam. Left with few options, Ratonhnhake:ton and Franklin decided to flee the city with some like-minded allies, namely Robert Faulkner and his crew. Together, the remaining rebels managed to liberate Faulkner's ship, the Aquila, from custody and escape to the open sea. They also dealt another severe blow to the King's power by killing Putnam, who also spoke of regrets in his last moments, and liberating Kanen'tó:kon.

Once out to sea, the rebels decided to make for New York and meet up with the rebels led by Thomas Jefferson in an attempt to finally destroy King Washington's regime. Upon arrival, the Aquila was attacked by the King's navy and though she managed to decimate most of the opposing fleet, she ran out of ammunition just as a Man O' War arrived to combat them. Left with no other option, Ratonhnhaké:ton opted to have the crew abandon ship then crash the Aquila into the opposing ship as a distraction. The plan worked, and both ships were destroyed in the subsequent impact while the rebels managed to swim ashore. Franklin was separated however, and found himself about to be killed by Washington himself. Before the king could execute him, however, he was tackled off his horse by Kanen'tó:kon, dropping the scepter in the process. Sadly, Kanen'tó:kon was cut down by a firing line before he could kill Washington, though Franklin managed to escape as Washington recovered his scepter.

Meanwhile, Ratonhnhaké:ton and the rebels came ashore to find Jefferson and his insurgents attacking Washington's New York headquarters, spurred by the destruction of the King's fleet.[2] Outnumbered, however, they were forced to retreat and plan another means of ending the war. Realizing they could not hope to win without the support of the people, Ratonhnhaké:ton set out to do so. By killing several corrupt officials and distributing food to the starving population, the rebels gained the loyalty of the people and soon the entire city was rebelling against the King. Under cover of the chaos, Ratonhnhaké:ton infiltrated the palace and ascended to the very summit, where King Washington himself stood. Understanding that the Apple was responsible for Washington's behavior, Ratonhnhaké:ton offered to spare his life if he discarded it. Washington was too captivated by its powers, however, and refused. Both proceeded to fight fiercely atop the pyramid, Washington's scepter against Ratonhnhaké:ton's Animal Powers. Eventually, Ratonhnhaké:ton used his Bear Might to collapse the great stained glass ceiling of the pyramid and both plummeted into the throne room. Washington, fatally wounded, managed to stagger to his throne clutching the Apple before he expired and the artifact was claimed by Ratonhnhaké:ton, ending the war.

AftermathEdit

Though the rebellion was merely a hallucination created by the Apple, and as such never occurred, it still had a significant impact on those who witnessed it. Horrified at seeing what he would become if he took the Apple and became king, Washington solidified his resolve to create the republic of the United States of America and erased any previous doubts he had about it. Ratonhnhaké:ton, realizing that no man should possess such power and having been tempted by it in his vision, took the artifact and dropped it into the sea so as to ensure it could never extend its malign influence.

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