Jefferson and Arnold arrived in Richmond on a fine day, the sun blanketed the lush American countryside and both men were quite happy to be home after spending years in Carpathia negotiating a settlement with their leader Count Tepes. They were happy to be home, but even happier that they were bearing great news; the Americans and Carpathians had come to tentative terms regarding the status of the New York settlement as well as the future settlements and relationship between both nations. While all of Samuel's demands were not men, the two were quite assured of themselves that they would be well recieved. The only thing left was to tell the High Chief that Tepes wished for an official meeting to formalize the agreement.
When the two arrived at the High Chief's residence they were greeted by his nephew Christopher, who had just come of age while the two were away in Targoviste "Hey there, look at you Christopher, you've become quite the man." Benedict Arnold said as he greeted Christopher "Big and strong, you'll make a great general one day."
"I don't know if fighting's for me" Christopher replied "What tales do you have from Carpathia? Everyone is intruiged!"
"It was a little dreadful actually" Jefferson replied.
Benedict looked at him with comical disdain "Oh it wasn't that bad Jonathan, a little blood and he gets disturbed, their leader just has a different way of dealing with people, the country was fantastic, very orderly and the people were quite welcoming, especially considering the situation when we first arrived."
"Yes, Uncle Sam told me that Vlad was not pleased with the New York settlement, Sam is honestly distraught over the situation, but it seems like you two have some good news." Christopher said.
"Oh yes, we do, in fact the Count was-" Jefferson was interrupted as Christopher's mother, Agatha, burst from the front door crying.
"Mother, what is it!" Christopher said, coming to his mother's side.
"It's Samuel, he, he won't wake up." she cried, her eyes were bright red and glistened in tears.
"No-" Jefferson said "This can't be, not now!" he quickly ran into the home, he quickly ran to the High Chief's chambers.
"Halt!" the guard said "You can't go in there, the High Chief has died...."
Christopher the Yankee becomes High Chief...
The passing of Samuel changed many things in America, and none of this was apparent at the time. The unity behind Samuel had brought together the various tribes who referred to themselves collectively as Americans; Samuel was, after all, the descendant of the legendary Liberty and was the final one in the direct line. The College of Electors didn't know what to do, there were influential families for sure, but none that could unite their people as Samuel had done. The various little settlements and statelets had all become more insulated after his passing, choosing to run their own affairs for the most part and let the College of Electors decide the High Chief, who would now be relegated to foreign policy matters and even then the High Chief's clout would be challenged regularly.
The new College of Electors had recognized this change and saw this as an opportunity to establish themselves as a powerful oligarchy who would rule over America. What better way? The body was already comprised of the lords of America anyway, and since the states now had more authority why shouldn't the College? The College would now convene regularly and began to fashion itself the 'Senate of the American People' and changed the title of High Chief to simply 'Commander in Chief' as the role would now be considered to be more of a military role. The first Commander in Chief of America was to be Christopher the Yankee, nephew of Samuel.
This of course would also have an effect on the negotiations between Carpathia and America. True, an agreement had already been made using Samuel's points of interest and his chosen ambassadors (Jonathan Jefferson and Benedict Arnold, the former would quickly fall out of favor with the new Senate) and further the agreement was pretty much already finalized save for one final meeting between the two national leaders, but the feeling of certainty that Jefferson and Arnold had on their way home was lost. This was mainly due to the youth and inexperience of Christopher, and many doubted he would have the acument and where-with-all to negotiate with a man as powerful as Vlad Tepes. Despite these qualms it would be Christopher who would lead the Americans into a brave new era, more than anyone could guess this new young leader would serve an important role in his people's history...