John Charles Fremont
After becoming the military Governor of California, Fremont fights the attempts of the US government to fold California into the nation. With the Mexican-American War ending in favor of California and the wealth of the Gold Rush, Fremont is disinclined to give in to the government’s demands. The Compromise of 1850 is enacted minus California due to Fremont’s refusal to participate. During the Civil War, he keeps California out of the fight and allows refugees from the east to take residence. Fremont rebuffs offers from both the Union and CSA for an allegiance throughout the war. The post-war period brought California into more contact with the east through trade and transport. The Union pushed for California to formally join but still Fremont refused. As California’s trade bonds grow with the east and Cascadia emerged on the world stage, the unified government is more desperate to incorporate California to gain access to the west coast. After unification, Fremont is invited to meet with various leaders at the first International Conference of American States in a major attempt to convince him to join.