Anno Liberatis

Anno Liberatis is Latin for "year of liberation".

In 1796 C.E., with the revision of the Articles of Confederation again underway, Thomas Jefferson proposed a new calendar to mark Albert Gallatin's ascension to the presidency. Gallatin protested that the real Revolution was in 1776, that the Federalist period should be regarded as an aberration, and that commemorating, even by implication, the execution of George Washington might set a hideous precedent.

In its final form, the Jefferson-Gallatin compromise utilizes 1776 as its "Year Zero." Dates prior to the Declaration of Independence continue to be numbered as before, followed by "C.E." for "Christian Era" or where appropriate, "B.C."

(In our timeline, government documents such as bills, Constitutional amendments, executive orders, and so forth, are dated similarly: "April 28, 2008, being the 232nd year of Independence.")

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