Basically, New York in 1894 declared independence from the United States, and in a two year War of Independence from the United States, Independence was finally achieved in 1896. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt became the nation's 1st President from 1897 to 1905, and over the course of the 20th century, New York became a major center of international trade and politics. While New York began to decline in the late 20th century and the early 21st century, in 2011, a revolution overthrew the old corrupt government and the new Second Republic of New York was founded.
POD: The United Kingdom won the War of 1812 (Maine is part of Canada.)
1Blomma has a tutorial for that. Its fairly simple.
You basically put a blue shadow or glow around the coast and then make a custom 1 x 3 pixel pattern with the 2 top pixels white and the bottom one clear, so that when you fill the water it covers 2 out of every 3 vertical pixels with white.