British Parliament Enacts Coercive Acts, dubbed "Intolerable" by Massachusetts Bay
In retaliation to the thousands of pounds lost to the British East India Company, the British Parliament has enacted a series of laws, formally known as the Coercive Acts. These were passed in response to what patriots call the "Boston Tea Party," the dumping of thousands of pounds worth of tea into Boston Harbor overnight. The perpetrators, unknown at the time, are known to be colonial sympathizers who at the least favor representation in Parliament for the American colonies.
The British monarch, furious at this assault on British property, has called for Parliament to punish the city of Boston and the Massachusetts' Bay colony. Parliament did just that, passing a series of four acts against the city of Boston.
The first act completely shuts down the city of Boston, basically quarantining them from the rest of the colonies. This includes the closure of Boston Harbor, one of the most profitable ports in the New World.
The second act strips Massachusetts of their self government, removing all power from the colonists and putting it directly in the hands of the Colonial Governor.
The third would allow British troops to be quartered in American homes, with or without consent.
The fourth allows for British troops and officers to be tried in Great Britain and not in the colonies, taking away the rights of American judges.
A fifth act, though not related, also gives Quebec territory in what is known as Ohio, and has also angered colonists as robbing land that is rightfully theirs.
Outraged, the 1st Continental Congress has been convened by twelve colonies, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Georgia and Quebec, also having British sentiment, have considered but ultimately declined the offer. This does not mean, however, they are out of the question. French patriots in Quebec as well as expansionists in Georgia are the most passionate about the cause.
As the first British colonies to show open rebellion to the crown, the eyes of the world stare into America, peering not only for Britain's sake, but their own possessions as well.
Administrator of CiL
"King of the British Empire, at least in game"
Colonists Convene First United "Continental" Congress, Most Colonies Attend
The twelve coastal British colonies, with the exception of Georgia, have convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to discuss how to deal with colonial grievances against the British Crown, especially after the passage of the Coercive Acts by the British Parliament. While the Congress has just began, many colonists, especially in the Northern and Middle colonies, wish for the Continental Congress to maintain ties with Britain, but only with more autonomy and a guarantee that the punishments inflicted upon Massachusetts are lifted and never used again. To quote representative John Adams:
"We do not wish to break from the British Crown, but rather, to negotiate a settlement and level of autonomy that will please both the British Parliament and the American colonies."
While independence seems to be on the back of the colonists minds, it does not seem likely independence will be an immediate consequence of this congress.
Polls from three northern cities were conducted, showing their relative independence desire: