It is now spring in 1755, 6 months since the Indian rebellion and the collapse of the British at Albany. The Indians have overrun the forces of the British, capturing Albany and other key towns all the way South to the heavily settled areas of New York. Rebellious colonials maintain essential control over the major cities of the North – places like Albany and Boston – but their cities are essentially white outposts in the new red expanse. The British government holds a band of cities along the coast, from New York in the North to Richmond and Hampton in Virginia. They also have a sizeable community of Delaware Indians hostage South East of Washington, on the Delaware peninsula. They are moving troops into these cities to reinforce them, and it may be that they are going to be able to maintain some kind of status quo, provided that the French remaining threatening to the North.
The most likely outcome of the endgame of this war will be that the colonials will establish an independent kingdom in the belt of cities from Albany through Boston to Maine, possibly constituting them as independent city states within a broader series of native American nations. The British will then retain the seaboard and its immediate surrounds, from New York to Hampton, and will repatriate the Delaware tribes they have captured as part of a peace settlement. Any attempt by the Indians to capture New York and Washington will lead to a brutal and devastating series of battles, and the massive loss of forces on both sides. The only way that the Indians will capture these cities easily is if something forces the British to withdraw, and it is looking likely that the only thing which would force this is a collapse of support for the colonial enterprise in England, or a catastrophic loss to the French in Europe forcing a withdrawal of forces from the colonies.
Should the Indians overrun the British territories, the most likely outcome will be the slaughter of British forces and the civilians living there, especially now that the enigmatic Cherokee and Shanwee have moved into the campaign to the South West of Virginia. The colonials of the North Eastern territories will then be able to move into these cities and form them into additional city states, though there is some possibility that the South-Eastern Indian tribes – the Southern Delaware, Shawnee and Cherokee – will want to take over Hampton or Richmond in Virginia as a kind of Indian city-state, and the North-Eastern Indian tribes – the Northern Delaware, Iroquois, Mohawk and Mohican – will want to take over Ohio for the same purpose. This will involve displacement or destruction of white families, and in the latter case possibly some conflict with the French.
The Iroquois, Mohawk and Mohican nations have now captured all the hinterlands North, Northwest and West of Albany and Shenechtady, which has been designated a joint Indian–colonial trading town on the edge of the “independent” city-state of Albany. In recognition of their efforts, the characters have been granted a huge slice of this land to rule as their own kingdom. This land consists of a triangle stretching from Fort William Henry through Sackets Harbour on Lake Ontario to the Canadian border, along this border (essentially the St Lawrence River) as far as the trapping town of Cornwall, then East to Rouses Point (the northernmost tip of non-French land at this time). Everything lying between this boundary and the western bank of the Lakes Champlain, George and Saratoga belongs to the characters.
Negotiations are currently underway with the tribes and colonial towns of this land to arrange their transfer of allegiance to the PCs. This will be the only multi-ethnic land in North America, consisting as it does of mixed Mohawk, Mohican and settler country. It will be the PCs’ responsibility to make this land richer, and to defend it from the French…
The PCs have to decide the answers to the following questions:
- Do they want this land?
- Do they want to see the victory of the Indians and Colonials in the New World?
- If they side with these people, can they think of a way to bring about the peaceful collapse of British forces in New York and Virginia?
- If not, will they aid in a war to destroy them, or press for peace?
- If they take the land, and knowing that they will be able to make money trading with the newly constituted city states, do they care what happens between the Indians and the British?
- Is there anything else they want to do?
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