Equally impressive, the game captures the zeitgeist of the time along with historically accurate dress and buildings. Initially, colonists are hostile to the French, as they were in the 1750s. In time, that hostility shifts to the British after the Stamp Act, Boston Massacre, etc. Moreover, the French become our allies, not only with Lafayette, but with Chapeau as well. Similarly, the plight of Native American tribes is well explored with one of the most fully developed Native American protagonists in a video game. His tribe tries to stay impartial, but is dragged into the conflict by one side and then the other. Ultimately, no matter what side a tribe sided with, they were going to have a bad time. More broadly, Assassin's Creed 3 includes the idea that the Founding Fathers had some serious flaws (exclusion of people of color, forcing Native Americans off their land, political infighting, etc.).
I’d love for a sequel to show the aftermath of the Revolution and I have some ideas on how those missions might play out. In the last quarter of the game, Connor seems to have broken ties not only with the US government, but also with Assassin orthodoxy. He’s willing to at least consider Templar ideas of order, or at least the possibility that the US won’t fully embrace Assassin ideas of freedom. The history of the United States is the history of compromise. It makes sense, then, that Connor would work to navigate between the extremes of Templar control and Assassin freedom.
Here are the Assassin's Creed missions I'd like to play in a sequel.
1. Articles of Confederation
Between declaring independence and the current Constitution, the US operated under a loose, decentralized government called the Articles of Confederation. Initially, everything seems to be the way the Assassin ideology would want it. People are largely left to their own devices, at least as far as taxes and central government control go. The Articles were a very hands-off government, with individual and states’ rights as the guiding principle. Perhaps Connor moves off of the Davenport Homestead and settles west into the Ohio River Valley, taking advantage of the Northwest Ordinance’s orderly settlement of the west.
2. Shays’ Rebellion
Of course, such an idyllic game wouldn’t be very fun or interesting, and history is far more eventful. The Articles’ inability to tax meant that there were serious financial problems. Its inability to regulate trade meant that British and other Europeans flooded the US market with cheap goods. Both of these factors led to many farmer veterans, including Daniel Shays, to lose their farms. Men who had fought and bled and killed for the new country were either not paid, or paid in worthless money. In rural, western Massachusetts, Shays and his followers organized a rebellion to initially stop foreclosures, and they gained momentum to overthrow the government. The central government was powerless to stop it, and Shays and his followers initially seemed likely to overpower the state government. From Connor’s point of view, Shays’ success would prove the failure of democracy, and cause a rollback in favor of the Templars. Connor could work behind the scenes to cause the rebellion’s failure.
3. Constitutional Convention
After Shays’ Rebellion, most people recognized that the Articles needed fixing. Because the Articles needed unanimity for amendment, the convention to amend quickly became a convention to create a new government. This setting seems perfect for stealth assassinations of overly conservative figures. At this point, it was unclear what type of government we would have. Some favored a marginally stronger government than the Articles, the better to protect individuals’ and states’ rights. Others wanted a much more conservative government, with barely less power than the British monarchy. These folks would most likely be in line with the Templars. The Constitution we have today might be the result of assassinating those who would rather have no new Constitution or a reactionary one.
After the convention, the next issue was ratification. The same extremist forces (both radical and reactionary) would oppose ratification of the Constitution. Connor, however, would see that a balance would need to be struck. He would have to assassinate those sent to assassinate Publius, for example (Madison, Jay, and Hamilton) who argued in the Federalist Papers that ratification was necessary.
5. Whiskey Rebellion
Everything goes according to plan, until Hamilton (with his elitist streak) formally joins with the Templars. His Whiskey Tax, on its surface, raises money to pay off the new national debt (assumed from the states to build loyalty between the wealthy and the new US). The tax leads rural farmers to rebel, which is all part of Hamilton’s plan. Either the central government gains the power to place direct taxes on its citizens (and the Templars win) or the rebellion succeeds and the government has an excuse to repress citizens even further (and the Templars win). Connor has to quickly crush the Whiskey Rebellion to avoid either of those from happening. The fact that many of the Whiskey Rebels either directly or indirectly caused and benefited from the removal of Native Americans can add additional complexity and depth. Ultimately, Connor helps Burr (maybe with Burr’s knowledge, maybe without) to kill Hamilton in their famous duel.
6. Parties Form
Pretty much all of the Founders, especially Washington, were against the idea of political parties, or “factions” as they were frequently referred to at the time. Parties largely emerge because of support or opposition regarding Hamilton’s Financial Plan. As a Templar-leaning Federalist, Hamilton believed that a stronger central government was necessary to establish control. Jefferson, on the other hand, led the Assassin-leaning Democratic Republicans. The Election of 1800 was a turning point between the two parties, and a remarkable peaceful transition of power. Connor could make sure it’s peaceful, infiltrating the White House to threaten Adams to willingly step down. Not because he loves Jefferson, mind you, but because violence would upset the delicate balance in the new nation (a nation that, despite its flaws, is far freer than the alternative).
7. Alien & Sedition Acts & Kentucky & Virginia Resolutions
In an attempt to maintain power, Federalists passed a series of laws in 1798 designed to both keep themselves in power and avoid the excesses of the French Revolution. These were decidedly anti-immigrant and anti-free speech. Connor would understandably be angry at these laws, and could protect Madison and Jefferson as they author the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. The compact theory they assert (that the Constitution was created by the states, so they have the power to ignore unconstitutional laws) in keeping with Assassin ideals of freedom.
8. Midnight Appointments → Marbury vs. Madison
As Adams’ last act in office, he appointed a series of Federalists to various levels of the judiciary. As lifetime appointments, these would allow Federalists to maintain influence even after losing most elections in 1800 and after. Jefferson refused to actually grant these Federalists their office. Connor could step in when the case reaches the Supreme Court. Marshall, a Federalist, conceded that the Federalists should not receive their offices, but that the Supreme Court (and not the states as the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions claimed) should have the power to rule the appointments unconstitutional. This nuanced approach could be the result of Connor’s involvement, making sure that balance between control and freedom were maintained.
9. Poor white men > women and people of color
As all of this is happening, America undergoes a transformation that benefits poor, white men at the expense of women and people of color. This shift continues well into the 19th Century, but gets its start during the early republic period. Some states allowed propertied white women and people of color to vote, for instance, but gradually defined voting by whiteness. As land grows cheaper, and westward expansion continues (at the expense of Native Americans) property requirements disappear. By the 1820s, then, most states allow all white men to vote, and no women or people of color. Connor might, in the early chapters be allowed to participate (passing as a Spaniard or an Italian as Achilles suggests). As the game progresses, he and others eventually lose the vote as suffrage becomes more race-based.
10. Haitian Revolution
The Haitian Revolution, the only successful slave revolt in the 1800s, was initially greeted with pleasure by the United States. The ideas of independence and freedom were popular, but not the race of the rebels and the race of those they killed. Connor, committed to ideals of Freedom, and supportive of oppressed people of color, could travel to Haiti. This would be a great opportunity for more sea battles, or perhaps he could assassinate French officials trying to maintain control. Or stop French attempts to retake the island nation.
11. Louisiana Purchase
In part because of the difficulty in maintaining the overseas colony of Haiti, and in part to fund the Napoleonic Wars, France sold the Louisiana Territory to the US during Jefferson’s presidency. There are all sorts of possibilities here, ranging from Connor meeting Sacajawea, Lewis, and Clark to interacting with the Native Americans displaced by US settlement.
Caught between British capture of ships trading with France, and French capture of ships trading with Britain, the US declared a total embargo in 1807. Connor could captain a ship smuggling during the embargo, as many did. In the case of the embargo, Jefferson seems to have embraced a Templar-esque concept of complete control. Perhaps Templars could have mind-controlled or otherwise influenced Jefferson, and Connor has to undo it.
13. Tecumseh's Rebellion
In opposition to consistent US expansion into Native American territory, Tecumseh organizes numerous tribes into a full-scale rebellion. This directly leads to the War of 1812 (against the British, as they were arming Tecumseh and his followers), and would provide Connor with another turning point in his character development. As he eventually split with Washington towards the end of AC3, Connor would likely split with James Madison (president as the time) and the US. His sympathies towards Tecumseh would cause him to actively side with the rebels, leading the retreat towards the end of the rebellion.
14. Jackson, Trail of Tears, 2nd Bank
At this point, Connor would be in his 70s, so it might have to be his child, but Jackson’s presidency would also have a lot of opportunities. The Trail of Tears would continue the in-depth examination of Indian Removal to benefit poor whites. Jackson’s policy towards the Bank of the US (vetoing the recharter and transferring the deposits) would spur further rapid westward expansion, as always at the expense of Native Americans.