The Lancea Sanctum and the Invictus were the most populous covenants in the original colonies. Florida, Puerto Rico, and many of the Southern States saw a huge population of Circle of the Crone and a scattering of Lancea Sanctum missionaries. Each Colony had unique religious views – the Congregationalists in New England, German and Dutch reformationists within the Middle Colonies, Catholics in Maryland, and Presbyterians who were slowly pushing inwards from the Colonies.
1740: Jonathon Edwards and other evangelicals pushed for the First Great Awakening, turning many unaligned Kindred towards the Lancea Sanctum and pushing may others to the Invictus or Circle of Crone. A small skirmish in the Middle Colonies resulted in a bitter feuding within the Invictus -some valued religious freedom, while others wanted to hold to tradition.
1754: The French and Indian War occurred, further breaking the colonies away from the Britain Empire and expanding their political influence.
1763: King George III issued the Royal Proclamation of 1763, furthering this strain. Realizing their political hold on the colonies was weakening under the tradition versus transition arguments, the Invictus withdrew from colonial politics. The Lancea Sanctum began snatching up positions of Praxis along the East Coast, leaving Virginia the only Invictus Praxis of the time.
1765: The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act of 1765. Virginia becomes ruled by a Circle of the Crone Prince- the first in the colonies.
1773: The Boston Tea party occurs as people flock to the streets to protest the acts of Parliament.
1774: The Coercive Acts are levied against the Colonies, stripping Massachusetts of its historic right of self-government and putting it under military rule. This led to outrage in the colonies as first Conspiracy was formed in the New World. Several representatives of this Conspiracy were present at the First Continental Congress.
1775: The Second Continental Congress convened. The second Conspiracy of the New World was formed – this one promoting the right of rule and pro-Britain support. The same year, the American Revolutionary War began. This conflict was not only was a war between the colonies and Britain, but a conflict between the two Conspiracies who battled for political control of the New World.
The First Conspiracy gained support of non-traditionalist Lancea Sanctum by promoting the concept of the American Civil Religion – led by a faithful icon (George Washington), prophets (Jefferson, Paine, etc), martyrs, devils, sacred places (Bunker Hill, Valley Forge), rituals, flags, holidays, and holy scriptures.
1776: A small group of American political leaders signed the Declaration of Independence. Because of the rift within the Invictus, a number of the Invictus left the colonies. To a vampire, they claimed they were tired of being oppressed by the customs and culture of the Old World. A new nation is founded on ideals of liberalism and enlightenment – and in this case, warfare.
1783: The pro-Britain rule Conspiracy is hunted down and disbanded.
1786: Shay’s Rebellion occurs in Massachusetts. Armed protesters took to the streets, rallying against a difficult economy and political instability. Many of the rioters are former members of the Invictus who had defected from the tyranny.
1787: The Philadelphia Convention is called by Congress to address growing concerns in the new nation. This included individual state rights, personal liberties and separation of powers. Prior to this, delegates from the various states met individually around these issues.
While the Philadelphia Convention occurred and several Kindred were present, a separate meeting was held in Maryland among the Princes of the colonies to discuss similar issues as well as codify the Masquerade in the New World. Many of the principles and traditions of the Old World were no longer acceptable or appropriate. With the changes that had occurred in the world, it would become increasingly important to maintain and support the Masquerade. Most notably, this included an agreement ensuring that Kindred involvement in mortal politics was kept to the shadows.
1789: George Washington became the first US President. While no Kindred were present in the vote that made George Washington president, the influence of the First Conspiracy among the newly formed States certainly lent to his popularity and support.
1790: The Federalist Party is created by Alexander Hamilton to help support a number of programs such as the Bank of the United States, taxes to pay off debts, and the creation of a financial infrastructure. In opposition to this, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison form the Republican Party.
1794: The First Party System is created as the two political parties clash over the Jay Treaty. While the Conspiracy had a hand in this, the conflict is primarily an Invictus issue – with the Covenant experiencing further division over pro-Monarchial system and a new form of Government.
1791: The United States Bill of Rights is drafted and adopted. The second Kindred Congress meets and agrees that the Bill of Rights does not apply to the laws of Kindred Society. This causes a resurgence of the original Conspiracy, who promotes that the laws should apply to Kindred Society. By ignoring them, these vampires argued, Kindred Society is placing itself above the laws of God and country. This results in a small conflict between the two factions and paves the way for the emergence of the Carthian Movement a few short years later.
1796: John Adams defeats Thomas Jefferson in the 1796 election. The Federalists score a large win as they further hammer down the anti-British sentiment with the Alien and Sedition Acts.
1798: The Federalists become divided when John Adams sends a peace mission to France to end the war of 1798. This, along with other political instability began the desire of many to expand out of the colonies, creating a new age of Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion.