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The Commonwealth of Susquehanna, commonly called Susquehanna is a Pennsylvanian survivor nation in the northeastern part of the former state. The name Susquehanna comes from the Len'ape word - Sisa'we'hak'hanna, meaning oyster river.
It is the only survivor state in former northeast Pennsylvania after the union with Hazleton. It is the smallest organized nation in the former state. The leadership has declared independence, but it still uses the pre-Doomsday terms for their government.
The nation formed after over a decade ago, acting as a provisional government, and before that, several years of infighting which almost destroyed the area.
The first major settlements in the Susquehanna River Valley were Iroquois tribes constructing villages. They controlled much of the valley and traded plots of land to English traders. William Penn negotiated with the Iroquois to use the land between the Susquehanna and the Delaware Rivers for villages.
Connecticut had settlers in the Wyoming Valley and claimed the area as part of their state. Pennsylvania disputed this, leading to the Pennamite-Yankee Wars, with only three casualties. In the end, the federal government confirmed Pennsylvanian control over the land.
The river was vital during the coal boom, with rafts carrying the cargo downstream to Harrisburg, Baltimore and other cities to be sold. There was a small canal built in Danville to carry coal and iron to the river.
During World War I and World War II the communities supplies iron to the US Navy for shipbuilding as well as coal. Berwick PA had a former rail car manufacturer constructing the M3 Lee light tank, Danville had a plant producing landing gear for the Wildcat fighter plane and Hazleton had several fabric companies making camouflage for the army.
After the war, the area suffered severe decline in industry and mining as companies moved to China, Mexico and areas with more mineral wealth.
A mine disaster leading to several dozen miners dying and the Susquehanna River flooding several feet underground. This disaster wiped out the little mining left.
By the time Doomsday came around the area was left with some aircraft parts manufacturers, heavy equipment part manufacturing, cloth and carpet manufacturing, a small chemical industry and services.
Susquehanna is bisected by the Susquehanna River. Most of its geography is within the Far East part of the Appalachian mountains, with the majority of the communities in the lower valleys. The area has rich, fertile soil with rolling hills that are heavily wooded.
The area sits over the Utica Shale which is relatively rich in natural gas. Sullivan County, parts of northern Columbia County, and parts of northern Luzerne County are over the Marcellus Shale.
Due to the prehistoric past, the area has large coal deposits, which in the far future may aid the UC in further development.
Most of the nation is mountainous with valleys carrying rivers. There are some flatter parts especially in northern Montour County.
In the constitution, the government must take a census every five years starting in 2005. This is based on the Canadian model of five year intervals compared to the United States ten year intervals. The census taken in 2010 shows that there were 26,666 citizens in the Commonwealth. It is estimated that there are 57,102 people in the nation, after the union with Hazleton, using census counts from 2010.
As of the 2015 census, Susquehanna's population has reached 79,606 citizens. Much of the population growth is from people moving into the nation from outside the nation, plus natural births. (OTL Population as of 2010: 269,465; 295,656 including territories)
Currently, the nation has a low population density of 58.47 people per sq mi.
A significant portion of the population lives in the cities, towns, and boroughs. This is a holdover from Doomsday when people lived in communities for protection.
The census is taken every five years, and is released right before the election to redistrict. Between each census, each year, Bloomsburg University performs a study to estimate the population for tax estimates and federal grant amounts.
The largest racial group in Susquehanna are whites, per the 2015 Census. Small minorities of black, Asian, Hispanic, and other individuals populate the country, most are around the larger cities.
German, Polish, Irish, and Italian are the largest ethnic groups. However English, Ukranian, African American, and Hispanics all have a population that is 1% or more of the overall population composition.
- Racial Makeup
- 96% White (71,500)
- 95% White (Non-Hispanic) (70,756)
- 1% White (Hispanic) (744)
- 2% Black (1489)
- 1% Asian (772)
- 1% Other (718)
- 96% White (71,500)
- Ethnic Groups
- 34% German
- 21% Polish
- 17% Irish
- 12% Italian
- 8% English
- 4% Ukrainian
- 1.7% African American
- 1% Hispanic
- 0.4% Chinese
- 0.3% Korean
- 0.2% Indian
- 0.1% Vietnamese
- 1.3% Other
English is the most widely spoken language as well as the official language of Susquehanna. German is common with a fairly high Amish population. There are attempts by the Amish population to add German as another official language.
Susquehanna has laws recognizing a language as official once the speaking population reaches 10% of the population.
Official documents are written in Pennsylvania Dutch around the nation except in Hazleton.
- 86% English
- 3% Pennsylvania Dutch
- 7% Bilingual (English/Pennsylvania Dutch)
- 1% Spanish
- 3% Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Susquehanna has relatively lax immigration laws and restrictions. There are open borders with all Pennsylvanian survivor states, except for Leighton. Some citizens from Niagara Falls who have a family history in the area have moved to the nation with little difficulty other than a background check, some paperwork and knowing English, or learning rudimentary
Under Susquehanna national law there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, towns, boroughs, and townships. There is only one example of both city or town in the nation. The most common municipality is the township.
There are 50 townships, 17 boroughs, one town, and one city in Susquehanna. Most people live in small communities, ranging from 30-50 people. Washingtonville, Orangeville, Benton, and Conyngham have slightly larger populations, with 76, 93, 102, and 124 citizens, respectively.
With the massive destruction on Doomsday, most of the largest cities in Pennsylvania were destroyed. The largest cities in the region, Wilkes Barre and Scranton were both directly struck with nuclear bombs although Hazleton was spared. Overall, these are thought to be the ten largest cities in Susquehanna. Hazleton, at the time of Doomsday, was the 17th largest city in Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg was the only town in Pennsylvania prior to Doomsday and the only one in Susquehanna.
Hazleton is a major hub for Susquehanna, with the downtown having offices, shopping and a few restaurants. Many people living in the region go to the "city" to purchase items such as food, lumber, clothes, and other supplies that they may need.
Ten largest Communities in Susquehanna:
|Rank||Community||Image||Population (1980)||Population (2015)||Classification||Area (sq mi)||Population Density (/sq mi)||County|
Metropolitan Statistical Area
There are three Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the nation. Primary cities are the main centers for business and trade. Secondary cities are minor hubs that have an impact on the local economy but are much smaller in economic influence. Most economic hubs are either the largest cities or capital/county seat.
List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas
- Bloomsburg-Berwick Statistical Area: Columbia County, Luzerne County, Federal District - Population: 21,610 - Primary Cities: Bloomsburg, Berwick; Secondary Cities: Nescopeck
- Danville-Sunbury Statistical Area: Montour County, Northumberland County - Population: 11,925 - Primary City: Danville, Sunbury; Secondary Cities: Northumberland, Mount Carmel
- Hazleton Statistical Area: Wyoming County, Carbon Territory, South Luzerne Territory - Population: 44,144 - Primary City: Hazleton; Secondary City: Weatherly, West Hazleton
- Shenandoah Statistical Area: Schuylkill County - Population: 5,457 - Primary City: Shenandoah
Counties and Territories not in an MSA
- Sullivan County - Population: 1,369
Susquehanna is not a nation known for large skyscrapers. All of the buildings are small structures with only a handful towering over 100 feet high. None of the current buildings is considered a skyscraper, but the top four buildings are high rises and the rest are low rise buildings.
There has been no new construction since Doomsday on high rises or skyscrapers. The four cooling towers at each of the power plants are the tallest structures.
List of the Ten Tallest Buildings in the Commonwealth Susquehanna
|Rank||Name||Usage||Height||Floors||City (County)||Year Constructed||Image|
|1||Susquehanna Bank and Finance Building||Banking/Office||53.34 m (175 ft)||11||Hazleton (Wyoming)||1910|
|2||Riverfront Offices||Office/Apartments||19.52 m (162.46 ft)||15||Sunbury (Northumberland)||1979|
|3||Chestnut Towers||Mixed Use/Abandoned||47.84 m (156.95 ft)||13||Sunbury (Northumberland)||1972|
|4||Susquehanna Supreme Courthouse (Former Columbia County Courthouse)||Courthouse||37.49 m (123 ft)||4||Bloomsburg (Federal District)||1890|
|5||Altamont Offices||Office||37.19 m (122 ft)||10||Hazleton (Wyoming)||1924|
|6||Elwell Resident Hall BU||College Housing||37.19 m (122 ft)||10||Bloomsburg (Federal District)||1968|
|7||Scott Tower||Abandoned||36.80 m (120.73 ft)||10||Sunbury (Northumberland)||1976|
|8||Center City Complex||Mixed Usage||34.32 m (112.59 ft)||9||Hazleton (Wyoming)||N/A|
|9||101 West Broad Street Building||Offices/Retail||34.29 m (112.5 ft)||9||Hazleton (Wyoming)||N/A|
|10||Columbia Resident Hall||College Housing||33.47 m (109.82 ft)||9||Bloomsburg (Federal District)||1970|
|11||Wyoming Regional Medical Center (Former Hazleton General Hospital)||Hospital||30.50 m (100.08 ft)||8||Hazleton (Wyoming)||N/A|
|12||GMC Bush Pavilion||Hospital||29.76 m (97.62 ft)||8||Danville (Montour)||1915|
|12||GMC Foss Clinic||Hospital||29.76 m (97.62 ft)||8||Danville (Montour)||1915|
|13||2 East Broad Street||Office||26.69 m (87.57 ft)||7||Hazleton (Wyoming)||1924|
|14||Schuylkill County Complex||Government/Offices||26.02 m (85.38 ft)||7||Shenandoah (Schuylkill)||N/A|
Future of Nanticoke, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton
The city of Nanticoke was not struck on Doomsday, however due to fallout from Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, as well as fires sparked by debris, the majority of the population were killed or fled the city to safer haven further west. Expeditions in 2012 indicated a small group of survivors were still inhabiting the western fringes of the city.
Both Wilkes Barre and Scranton were hit by warheads, estimated to be between 50 kiloton and 100 kiloton. The cities are presumed to have been struck by warheads from the same ICBM, having been hit only minutes apart. Scranton was struck directly over the downtown, incinerating most of the inhabitants. Heavy fallout raked communities north of it, and in an unfortunate turn of events, the few survivors (numbering in the low thousands) were essentially doomed when Wilkes-Barre was struck.
The bomb targeting Wilkes-Barre struck the industrial centers and mines just north of the downtown. However, the shock wave and fireball from the blast heavily damaged the entire city. More survivors managed to get away from the city, mainly fleeting south on I-81 to Hazleton, however a few made their way to Berwick, while others headed west through former Wyoming County.
Overflights of the cities in 2017 have shown severe damage, with photographs indicating most of Scranton burned to the ground. Officials have not been able to identify any survivors in the city limits and have quarentined the city until radiation levels drop below lethal rates. Former Wilkes-Barre has a lake that has formed, where the Susquehanna River flooded the crater from the nuclear blast.
Survivors from Nanticoke were evacuated in 2015 to other cities in the Commonwealth. Although there are still survivors around Wilkes-Barre, the federal government has decided to allow the people to remain, as it is impractical to try and relocate them.
The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna is the guiding factor in policies, laws, and government decisions. It is heavily based off the US Constitution and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The document was originally written as a provisional constitution after the formation of the Provisional Commonaealth of Pennsylvania in the 1990's. After the announcement of plans for independence in 2004, the government revised the document and the Last act of the provisional government was to pass the new constitution.
Several provisions from the US Bill of Rights were added into the main body text of the new constitution, including term limits. A handful of amendments have been added to provide for the secession of Bloomsburg from Columbia County as the capital district.
The Commonwealth of Susquehanna has three levels of government: National, County and Local. The most important level, and largest, is the national level. It is responsible for setting national laws, managing the economy, military, law enforcement, and a host of other national issues, as well as foreign relations. The unorganized and organized territories are under this jurisdiction as well.
The county level is split into six counties, each with their own form of government, although most are similar. Wyoming County has the largest county government and Sullivan County has the smallest.
Beyond this, and the last level is the local level. This type of government depends on the jurisdiction. There is city level, town level, borough level, and township level. All offer different services and governance.
Susquehanna is a democratic republic, with the government operating under an executive branch, a legislative branch and a judicial branch.
Surprisingly, the nation never went through a period of authoritarian control. This is primarily due to the communities strong bond prior to Doomsday, the people and government working together, and strong, but civilian oriented law enforcement and militia. There were times that the region almost devolved into a series of self-governing city states that fought amongst each other, but since the 1990's a strong feeling of unity has developed.
The government has a governor as the head of government. The Senate and House of Representatives are the legislative bodies, called the General Assembly, and a Supreme Court as the Judiciary.
The Governor heads the executive branch wielding much of the power that the former President of the United States would have wielded, including the ability to declare war, sign bills into laws, pardon criminals and other duties. He may serve for two terms of five years each.
The Lieutenant Governor can take over the power of the governor if he becomes incapacitated or dies in office. If the Lieutenant Governor serves over one-half of the term replacing the governor, he is only eligible for one re-election term.
The Lieutenant Governor acts as the head of government and the head of state if the Governor has left the nation. He is given temporary power to sign legislation, convene the courts and General Assembly, declare a state of emergency, and mobilize the Defense Force against an external threat but the Lieutenant Governor may not sign treaties, declare war, issue martial law, or issue pardons unless there is an immediate or extreme need.
Elections for the seat of Governor are held every five years and the next one is due in 2020. Both the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor are elected on the same ticket, and are from the same party.
The current governor is Lou Barletta, who was elected in 2010. Barletta happened to be in the area on that fateful day. He was out visiting a construction site near Bloomsburg. When reports of a nuclear strike came in, they all fled to fallout shelters.
In the late 1990's, Lou Barletta decided to run for office as a representative on the town council of Bloomsburg. After successfully convincing many government officials that forming a successor state to a nonexistent nation was not treason, he became the head of the new legislative body. In 2010, after polls showed his popularity, he ran for and was successfully elected governor.
There are talks of changing the names of the executive branch leadership to the President and Vice President. This would sever any potential forced ties to State College or the United States. Some have requested separate elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor to prevent one party from dominating. This has been opposed by most to allow a smoother transition of power in an emergency situation.
There are several Cabinet Departments within the government. Cabinet Departments have focuses in certain specialized areas of governing and laws. Most are single departments, but a handful have several divisions (i.e., the Department of Defense) The people elect the Secretaries and the Senate and Courts must approve their inauguration. There are currently seven main Cabinet Departments, and six minor departments under the seven main ones. They fall under the Executive Branch of the government.
- Attorney General - The Attorney General is responsible for prosecuting felonies committed in the nation as well as crimes committed by Susquehanna nationals in foreign nations. They have offices in the Federal Courthouse of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. Each county has its own office of the Attorney General that work on a county and local level. The Attorney General of Susquehanna serves as prosecution for any crimes in the Federal District as well.
- Office of the Public Defender - The Public Defender serves as the opposite for the Attorney General. They provide defense for citizens unable to pay for a lawyer and for foreign nations being prosecuted in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. Each county has its own office as well, although all offices coordinate through the office of the Public Defender.
- Department of Agriculture, Safety and Commerce - The Department of Agriculture, Safety, and Commerce (abbreviated ASaC) is responsible for monitoring farmers usage of pesticides, water runoff, and the health of the public. It works alongside the Department of Infrastructure and Public Development to ensure national safety in the work place and for the public.
- Department of Defense- The Department of Defense is responsible for managing the Defense Forces, Civilian Militias, law enforcement, and veteran's affairs. They provide the federal government with situation awareness, and provide budgets to the General Assembly.
- Department of Law Enforcement - The Department of Law Enforcement manages the State Police, as well as coordinates efforts between the State Police and local law enforcement. They manage efforts to lower the crime rate in the more populated and rural areas and are working to increase police coverage in isolated regions.
- Department of Veteran's Affairs - The Department of Veteran's Affairs is responsible for providing care for military and law enforcement veterans including payments, medical benefits and security if needed.
- Department of Education - The Department of Education is in charge of managing public schools, providing a yearly curriculum for students, and setting wages for teachers. They also help manage the universities and colleges in the nation.
- Department of Infrastructure and Public Development - The Department of Infrastructure and Public Development is responsible for signing off on building plans for large scale construction projects (like office buildings) as well as overseeing the reconstruction of power plants, flood control, waterworks, sewage, and most national infrastructure issues except for those that are related to transportation.
- Code Enforcement- Code Enforcement manages building codes throughout the commonwealth and investigates complaints of home or rental conditions, as well as for commercial buildings. This office may work alongside county Code Enforcement to assist with reports and investigations, especially if they cross county boundaries. They are also responsible for managing inside Bloomsburg.
- Susquehanna Department of Transportation (SusDOT) - The Department of Transportation is responsible for upkeep of all roads in the nation as well as aiding cities with public transportation, national driving requirements, licensing, horse and buggy checks, as well as maintaining railroads and the airports. They work with the Department of Infrastructure and Public Development as well as the Department of Defense. This office also works alongside the Department of Transportation in State College, Reading and North Pennsylvania to reconnect transit and cut the cost of shipping goods.
- Department of State - The Department of State is responsible for foreign relations, and relations with international organizations. They set up embassies in other nations, and work with foreign powers on setting up embassies in the Commonwealth. This department has duties to issue passports and work permits to foreign nationals, as well as coordinate outside of the nation.
- Department of the Interior - The Department of the Interior is responsible for maintaining the National Parks, managing natural resources, regulates hunting, and other internal issues. They work alongside the Department of Infrastructure and Public Development.
- Department of Treasury - The Department of Treasury manages banking in the nation and reserves of foreign currencies, and may print currency later in the future. This office is also responsible for stopping counterfeiting and negotiating exchange rates with other countries.
List of Government Officials
|Office Held||Name||Term||Party||Line of Succession|
|Lieutenant Governor||Tim Holden||2010-Present||Republican||1|
|Attorney General||Gary Norton||2005-Present||Republican||5|
|Department of Agriculture, Safety and Commerce||Neal Goodman||2015-Present||Libertarian||9|
|Department of Defense||Matthew Karchner||2015-Present||Conservative||6|
|Department of Education||Maryanne Petrilla||2010-Present||Progressive||10|
|Department of Infrastructure and Public Development||John Yudichak||2005-Present||Democrat||8|
|Department of State||Dan Washburn||2011-Present||Republican||4|
|Department of Treasury||Scott Keefer||2008-Present||Republican||7|
|Office of the Public Defender||Bob Casey Jr.||2015-Present||Democrat||12|
|Department of Law Enforcement||Leonard Simpson||2010-Present||Republican||13|
|Department of Veteran's Affairs||Lynda Schlegel-Culver||2005-Present||Republican||14|
|Code Enforcement||Gail Kipple||2010-Present||Democrat||15|
|Susquehanna Department of Transportation||Kurt Masser||2010||Republican||16|
|Department of the Interior||Tom Marino||2010-Present||Republican||11|
The Senate and House of Representatives are the two legislative bodies in the General Assembly.
The Senate is headed by the President Pro-Tempore and retains the same powers as the pre-Doomsday USA and Pennsylvanian Senate, including. However, the Lieutenant agovernor does not serve as President Pro-Tempore. Senators are elected every five years to have slower change to the Senate, and unlike prior to Doomsday, Senators are all elected at once.
The House of Representatives is headed by the Speaker of the House the legislative branch of the Commonwealth, with one member per 2000 citizens (minimum representation) in each county rounded to the closest number and a minimum of one member. There are 34 members as of 2019 and a limit at 40 members however it is likely this number will increase significantly after the 2020 Census. Organized territories are granted a non-voting representative, and unorganized territories are given an observer. The Federal District of Susquehanna is given one voting representative. Representatives are elected every two or three years, with the House being split into two classes, First Class and Second Class. First Class Representatives are elected in the first term for three years, and two in the second. Second Class Representatives are elected for a two-year first term, and a three-year second term.
Territories and unorganized territories are given a single nonvoting observer to the Senate. Territories are given a single voting member in the House of Representatives, and unorganized territories are given a single nonvoting observer. The Federal District is given one nonvoting delegate to the Senate who may serve on committees, and a single voting representative to the House of Representatives.
|County/District/Territory||Number of Seats in the Senate||Number of Seats in the House of Representatives|
|Federal District||1 (Non-Voting)||1|
|Carbon Territory||1 (Non-Voting)||1|
|South Luzerne Territory||1 (Non-Voting)||1|
There are several standing committees, who's role is to review proposed bills and amendments before taking them to the floor for debate and voting, provide oversight of various government agencies, and consider recommendations by agencies or members of the General Assembly. The number of members per committee varies between three and nine senators or representatives, depending on the committee role. Due to the small size of the General Assembly, members may serve on multiple committees.
- Senate Committees (Members)
- Agriculture: 2 R, 1 D
- Budget and Finance: 3 R, 1 D, 1 L
- Defense Forces and Law Enforcement: 4 R, 2 D, 1 L
- Ethics: 3 R, 1 D, 1 L
- Foreign Affairs: 2 R, 1 D
- Public Services: 4 R, 1 L
- Transportation and Infrastructure: 3 R, 2 D
- House Committees (Members)
- Budget and Finance: 4 R, 2 D, 2 L, 1 C
- Energy and Resources: 3 R, 2 D, 1 C
- Ethics: 4 R, 3 D, 1 L, 1 P
- Foreign Affairs: 4 R, 2 D, 1 L
- Intelligence: 3 R, 1 D, 1 L
- Judiciary: 5 R, 1 D, 2 L, 1 C
- Oversight and Government Reform: 2 R, 1 D, 1 L
- Reunification and Inter-Pennsylvanian Relations: 3 R, 2 D
- Small Business and Commerce: 2 R, 1 D
- Transportation and Infrastructure: 2 R, 1 L
- United Communities: 3 R, 2 D, 1 L, 1 P
The Judicial Branch is arranged similarly to the court system of Pennsylvania, with a bench of three Supreme Court judges elected by the House of Representatives. They may serve for five years, then must be approved by the Senate for another five, after which the people must approve of them and they may serve until they turn 75, at which they must step down, but may serve as advisors until they reach the age of 78, when they must retire.
Each county, and the federal district maintains its own county court for domestic disputes, theft, child custody arrangements, robbery, threats, assault, and other such types of cases. Sullivan and Schuylkill counties each have one judge, Montour and Luzerne each have two judges, Columbia County has three judges, Wyoming County has six judges, and the Federal District has two judges.
The Commonwealth of Susquehanna Supreme Court handles larger cases, such as murder, armed robbery, terrorism, theft of military equipment, and other types of larger scale crime. The Supreme Court also handles appeals from the county court level.
The nation has abolished the death penalty in most cases in favor of life in prison with hard labor. Life in prison has a different meaning in Susquehanna. There is no possibility of parole and unless found medically ineligible, they are sentenced to hard labor. That includes repairing infrastructure, working in contaminated environments, building roads, bridges and other structures and any other task needed to be performed that is dangerous for most people to do it.
- Thomas Vanaskie (Chief Justice)
- Joe Torsella
- Tarah Toohil
The local government in Susquehanna is divided into two levels, county and either city, town, borough, or township governance.
There are six county governments, which fill roles that are not undertaken by the federal government, but are not granted to the cities, towns, boroughs, or townships. Counties are organized into three classes. Each class has different responsibilities.
- First Class: First Class counties have a population of over 30,000 people. They are responsible for managing museums, public transit, elections, and must have a courthouse, jail, and county sheriff. The board of commissioners is a panel of five elected officials, with four being elected from four different wards of equal population, and one elected at large. Wards are redrawn after each census, and the commissioners serve for five years. There must be at least two political parties represented on the board. The county government assesses property prices, takes care of local prosecution for all crimes other than treason, terrorism, or cases spanning multiple counties. There is currently one First Class County (Wyoming County).
- Second Class: Second Class counties have a population between 2000 and 99,999 people. They manage museums, elections, and must have a courthouse, jail, and county sheriff. They may cooperate with any communities in their jurisdiction for public transportation, as well as other counties in the area. The board of commissioners is a panel of three or five elected officials. If there are five officials, three are elected from three different wards of equal population, and two being elected at large. If there are three officials, they are all elected at large. There must be at least two political parties represented on the board. The county government assesses property prices, takes care of local prosecution for all crimes, other than treason, terrorism, or cases spanning multiple counties. There are currently four Second Class counties (Columbia County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Schuylkill County).
- Third Class: Third Class counties have a population of less than 5000 people. They offer basic services, such as managing elections, and operating a courthouse, jail, and county sheriff. They often contract other counties to cover other services. The board of commissioners is a panel of three elected officials who are all elected at large. There mist be at least two political parties represented on the board. The county assesses property prices, takes care of local prosecution for most crimes, excluding felonies, which are taken by neighboring counties. The legality of this was debated in 2011 during a trial, but the Commonwealth of Susquehanna Supreme Court upheld its legality, deeming that in some cases, operating a judicial system puts undue burden on the region, deeming it fiscally impractical. There are currently two Third Class counties (Luzerne County, Sullivan County).
- Note: Counties with a population between 30,000 and 99,000 citizens may choose, via public vote, whether to operate as a First or Second Class county. Counties with a population between 2000 and 5000 citizens may choose, via public vote, whether to operate as a Second or Third Class county.
Cities in Susquehanna have a city council, with three options for a city government. Each is similar to the pre-Doomsday type, but there have been a few alterations.
- Commission Form: The mayor and four council members form a commission, which is the city's governing body. All council members and the mayor are elected by the people, who also elect the police chief, city controller, and treasurer. The mayor chairs the commission, and only votes in the case of a tie. Each council member and the mayor heads a department of the city; public works (infrastructure work, code enforcement, sewage, water), public safety (police department), finance (taxes and cost), economy (business development, transit system, city beautification), and a single position that may be adapted for the local. The treasurer selects a tax collector and a tax auditor with the commissions approval, and the council elects a secretary with the mayor's approval.
- Mayor-Council: The mayor is elected by the people in a direct election, and they also elect four council members. The mayor selects the final council member for a five person council. The mayor selects heads for each department of the city, may draft a budget, and coordinate the departments. The council is responsible for passing ordinances and approving the budget. The council elects a treasurer with mayoral approval, the mayor appoints the city controller, and a tax auditor, and the public elects a police chief, tax collector, and a secretary.
- Council-Manager: A council is elected directly by the people, which may be four people, six people or eight people. The council selects one of the members to be the manager, who serves in the same capacity as the mayor. The council may draft ordinances and statuses which must be approved by the manager. The council may rotate managers yearly if needed or desired. The public elects a police chief, secretary, and city controller who need the council's approval to be appointed, and the city council appoints a treasurer, who selects a tax collector and a tax auditor with council approval.
Currently, Hazleton operates under a Mayor-Council system, though there are talks of switching to a Commission form of government soon due to the rapid changes in the city, and the population. Sunbury uses a Commission form of government, while Shamokin uses a Council-Manager government.
When Nanticoke is annexed by Susquehanna, it will also be charted as a city, though it will be under nominal military rule until the region stabilizes. It is unclear what type of government it will have, as prior to Doomsday it operated under a home rule charter, which is not on the books for Susquehanna. It is believed that it may operate under the Council-Manager system.
Towns in Susquehanna are given the option of selecting either a borough style government, or a city style government. The only town in Susquehanna, Bloomsburg, operates under a city government, with a Commission style government in usage. This is due to the fact that the town council also serves as the government for the Federal District, there are more duties they must undertake.
Boroughs all operate under a weak mayor system as authorized by the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. They elect a mayor and a council of either three, five, seven, or nine members. The council drafts and approves ordinances, and the mayor has no executive power to deny the ordinance, though it is his job to ensure ordinances are enforced. The police chief, tax collector, secretary, and tax auditor are elected by the public.
There are two types of townships in Susquehanna, First Class and Second Class. Townships are all Second class unless the population elects to move to a First Class standard. Townships must have a population density of at least 5000 people per square mile, and vote to upgrade to a First Class township to move up.
- First Class: The township has between five and 15 commissioners, the exact number chosen by the population on a ballot. The people also elect a tax collector, auditor, tax assessor, and a treasurer. Commissioners are elected by ward, and serve for four years, with overlapping terms.
- Second Class: The township has three township supervisors or five, if the population approves the change in a township-wide vote. Township supervisors are elected at large from around the township. The people also elect a secretary, a treasurer, and some elect a police chief. The Board of Supervisors selects a tax collector, tax assessor, and two or three auditors. Typically the supervisors also serve in jobs needed, such as engineering, or brush clearing.
Continuation of Government
Ever since the nation was formed, the federal government has had a plan for emergency evacuation and recovery of the Commonwealth.
There is a designated succession line for the governor in an emergency, as well as several national plans. This includes plans for the fall of the capital building, gubernatorial house, the entire capital, and strategic facilities and military bases.
Gubernatorial Line of Succession
- Lieutenant Governor
- President Pro Tempore
- Speaker of the House
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- Secretary of Defense
- Secretary of Treasury
- Secretary of Infrastructure and Public Development
- Secretary of Agriculture, Safety and Commerce
- Secretary of Education
- Secretary of the Interior
- Head of the Public Defender's Office
- Secretary of Law Enforcement
- Secretary of Veteran's Affairs
- Head of Code Enforcement
- Secretary of the Department of Transportation
The Commonwealth has three major political parties and several smaller minority parties. Unlike pre-Doomsday, minority party candidates stand a better chance of winning positions in the government. Also, there is quite a bit of co-operation between the parties. Prior to Doomsday, this area was seen as relatively secure for Democrats due to the presence of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Since the destruction of these cities on Doomsday, the area has shifted to a more conservative standpoint due to these losses.
For a party to be considered a majority party, it must have over 10% of the voting age population in the party.
There are 62,491 citizens of voting age in the Commonwealth. Out of that group, 74.2% are registered under one of the majority parties, 6.4% are registered as independent voters, and 9.4% are affiliated with either the Conservative or Progressive parties.
- Majority Parties
- Republican Party: Largest political party, and a continuation of the pre-Doomsday party. The party is considered to be center right, being socially conservative and economically capitalist.
- Democrat Party: Second largest political party, and continuation of the pre-Doomsday party. The party is considered to be center to center left, being a socially liberal and economically capitalist.
- Libertarian Party: Third largest political party in Susquehanna, and a continuation of the pre-Doomsday party. The party is considered to be center, being socially libertarian and economically capitalist.
- Minority Parties
- Conservative Party: fourth largest political party, forming from a merger of the Unionist Party and far right elements of the Republican Party in 2015. The party is considered to be far right, being socially paleoconservative and economically capitalist.
- Progressive Party: smallest organized political party, forming from a merger of the Commonwealth Party and far left elements of the Democratic Party in 2016. The party is considered to be center left to far left, being socially progressive and economically socialist.
Independent voters are not registered with any major or minor party. Many independent voters do not identify solely with one political identity and have a blended ideology.
|Party||Senate Seats||House of Representatives Seats|
|Party||Senate Seats (Appointed)||House of Representatives Seats|
The House of Representatives requires a majority of over 50% to pass a bill, while the Senate requires a two-third majority. The Republican Party holds majorities in both houses of the General Assembly. A coalition with the Conservative Party gives them the super majority in the House, however they do not hold the super majority in the Senate.
- Senate: 8 (57.14%)
- Republican Party: 8 (57.14%)
- Majority, do not hold super majority, 9 seats needed
- Republican Party: 8 (57.14%)
- House of Representatives: 18 (52.94%)
- Republican Party: 16 (47.06%)
- Conservative Party: 2 (5.88%)
- Majority, hold super majority, 17 seats needed
- Senate: 4 (28.57%)
- Democratic Party: 4 (28.57%)
- Minority, need to claim an additional 4 seats to gain majority, 5 seats to gain the super majority
- Democratic Party: 4 (28.57%)
- House of Representatives: 12 (35.29%)
- Democratic Party: 10 (29.41%)
- Progressive Party: 1 (2.94%)
- Independent: 1 (2.94%)
- Minority, need to claim an additional 5 seats to gain super majority
- Senate: 2 (14.29%)
- Libertarian Party: 2 (14.29%)
- House of Representatives: 4 (11.77%)
- Libertarian Party: 4 (11.77%)
Susquehanna has had two elections since its foundation in 2005, the 2005 and the 2010 elections. The 2005 elections were the first national elections, with John Gordner (R), the provisional governor, winning reelection. But the Democrats gained a majority in both the House and the Senate. Interestingly enough, all the political parties worked together for the most part.
Due to the difficulty of travel in the country, the elections are held every five years for all federal positions, and as often as counties and towns feel is necessary. Elections are held the first Tuesday in June. Originally, for several years after Doomsday when elections could be held, they were in November, but after the signing of the Constitution, the date was moved to June due to the snow in the winter.
Voters must be 18 years of age at the time of the elections and be a citizen of the Commonwealth for at least 90 days before the elections.
Unlike the former state of Pennsylvania, Susquehanna has open elections. This means that voters for the minority parties can choose their candidates for the elections.
The Saguenay War had a large impact on the 2010 elections, with all parties debating over the war. More recently, debate over expansion of the Commonwealth, integration of new territory, internal development, and the economy have taken over the political debate.
Gubernatorial Election Years
House of Representative Election Years
County Political Leanings
Susquehanna generally leans more conservative since Doomsday. A few Democrats have gained power, but traditionally, Republicans have more power.
Since the union with Hazleton, Susquehanna has leaned more liberal due to its population. Overall though, the Democrats are more moderate than before.
- Republican Strongholds
- Columbia County
- Senate: One Republican, One Democrat
- House: Four Republicans, One Democrat, One Conservative
- Luzerne County:
- Senate: One Republican, One Democrat
- House: Two Republicans
- Montour County
- Senate: Two Republicans
- House: Three Republicans
- Northumberland County
- Senate: Two Republicans
- House: Two Republicans, One Democrat
- Sullivan County
- Senate: Two Republicans
- House: One Conservative
- Columbia County
- Democratic Strongholds
- Wyoming County:
- Senate: Two Democrats
- House: Eight Democrats, Four Republicans, Two Libertarians, One Progressive, One Independent
- Federal District
- Senate: N/A
- House: One Democrat
- Wyoming County:
- Libertarian Strongholds
- Schuylkill County
- Senate: Two Libertarians
- House: One Republican, Two Libertarians
- Schuylkill County
National Symbols (Italics indicates post Doomsday addition)
- Animal- White Tail Deer
- Beverage- Old Forge Beer
- Fish- Bluegill
- Flower- Mountain Laurel
- Game Bird- Turkey
- Tree- Eastern Hemlock
Susquehanna is divided politically into counties, a federal district, territories, and unorganized territories. There are seven counties, one federal district, and two organized territories.
The population is at 41% of the pre-Doomsday population in 2015, as of the 2015 census.
The seven counties of Susquehanna are the primary subdivisions. They have jurisdiction over the area assigned to them by the General Assembly. As of 2019, three counties encompass all of the territory prior to Doomsday (Montour, Northumberland, and Sullivan), one controls all the territory with the exception of one community (Columbia), one has been a new formation (Wyoming), and the remainder control portions of their original territory (Luzerne, Schuylkill).
The governance of the counties are all currently either a weak or strong government, with two weak governments and four strong governments. All counties are responsible for local laws and ordinances in their respective areas, as well as enforcing federal laws. Weak governments have little other role than this for the county, while strong government counties expand this job to include a variety of other needs.
Weak governance counties only operate a county sheriff, a local court system to handle disputes, and the county board to pass ordinances and ensure funding by taxes for the courts and law enforcement. For other services, citizens must travel to neighboring counties. All other work is undertaken by SusDOT, and other federal agencies, in exchange for a slight percentage of taxes collected.
Strong governance counties provide the same services as weak governance counties, as well as other services. Most provide a public library in the county seat, as well as some form of public transportation, and museums of some form. The counties fund volunteer fire departments, paying for equipment, as well as providing medical rescue units, although all may cross jurisdiction in an emergency, or when asked.
List of Counties
|County||Capital||Largest City||Population||Admittance into Union||Jurisdiction||Abbreviation||Flag|
|Columbia||Berwick||Berwick||11,749||September 12, 2005||All of former Columbia County, excluding Bloomsburg||CO|
|Luzerne||Nescopeck||Nescopeck||4,126||June 1, 2015||Northwestern portion of former Luzerne county||LZ|
|Montour||Danville||Danville||6,788||September 12, 2005||All of former Montour County||MO|
|Northumberland||Sunbury||Sunbury||5,137||June 1, 2015||All of former Northumberland County||NL|
|Schuylkill||Shenandoah||Shenandoah||5,457||June 1, 2015||Northern portion of former Schuylkill County||SL|
|Sullivan||Lapore||Sonestown||1,369||April 17, 2014||All of former Sullivan County, southwestern portion of former Wyoming County||SN|
|Wyoming||Hazleton||Hazleton||31,948||June 23, 2010||Southwestern portion of former Luzerne County||WY|
The Federal District is a separated political entity from the counties. It serves the same purpose as the former United States District of Columbia did, prior to Doomsday. The jurisdiction only encompasses the Town of Bloomsburg. The district government has been merged with the town council.
Although an amendment to the Constitution has stated Bloomsburg as the seat for the federal government, there have been several talks of forming a separate federal district, further east. Since the addition of more territories that are further way a from the Federal District, these discussions are becoming more serious. Even with this, the capital is likely to remain where it is for the foreseeable future.
The town council of Bloomsburg is the government of the Federal District, with the mayor as the head. Similar to the District of Columbia and Washington, D.C. prior to Doomsday, the town council is in charge of the district, but certain legislation in regard to taxes, law enforcement, business, and construction must be approved by the House of Representatives in the General Assembly.
Due to the town also being coterminous with the Federal District, they provide public transit, fire units, medical units, and the Bloomsburg Police Department. The Commonwealth of Susquehanna Capital Police act in a similar capacity as the sheriff in each county, although they are under the jurisdiction of the federal government. A local court is run by the town council to handle cases like the county courts do so there are not as many cases in the Supreme Court over frivolous matters.
|District||Largest City||Population||Admittance into Union||Jurisdiction||Abbreviation||Flag|
|Federal District||Bloomsburg||5,735||October 15, 2014||Town of Bloomsburg||BL|
Territories in Susquehanna are the first stage to becoming a county. It occurs when the Senate certified that the region is stable enough to record limited self governance.
There are currently two territories in Susquehanna. Territories receive representation in the General Assembly, and are put into the draft, but do not pay taxes, and do not get to vote in the national elections. The citizens living in the territory may elect their own commissioner, but the federal government appoints two of the members on the council.
The territorial government provides some self governance for the population. Each council has five members. Three are elected by the local population, and the remainder are selected by the House of Representatives. All the members of the council must be approved by the Senate.
The Senate assigned, based on input from the State Police and federal agencies, an initial date for a referendum to admit the territory as a county. After the referendum, if it is unsuccessful, a new one will be held every five years.
|Territory||Territorial Capital||Population||Year of Formation||Jurisdiction||Abbreviation||Flag|
|Carbon||Nesquehoning||5,271||2018||Northern Carbon County||CN|
|South Luzerne||Freeland||6,925||2018||Southeastern Luzerne County||SZ|
Unorganized territories are formed from newly liberated territories under the Commonwealth's control. There are currently no unorganized territories in Susquehanna.
The federal government has control over the civilian population, and appoints a board of three members to govern the area, as well as a contingent of military and law enforcement personnel to stabilize the area.
|Territory||Largest City||Population||Area (sq mi)||Formation Date||Admission Date||Abbreviation|
Potential Future Territories
Susquehanna has formed territorial agreements with Reading, regarding future territorial claims. Recently, portions of both Carbon County and Luzerne County joined Susquehanna as the territories of Carbon and South Luzerne, respectively.
List of planned counties encompassing all former territory
|Number||Name (Planned Name)||Largest Community||Planned Formation Date||Planned Integration Date||Population (1980)||Population (2015)||Area (sq mi)||Population Density (/sq mi)||Jurisdiction|
|1.||Bradford County (N/A)||Sayre||2020||2030||62,919||~4000||1161||3.45||All of Bradford County|
|2.||Susquehanna County (N/A)||Montrose||2035||Unknown||37,876||~2500||832||3.01||All of Susquehanna County|
|3.||Wayne County (N/A)||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||35,237||~100||751||0.13||All of Wayne County|
|5.||Lackawanna County (N/A)||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||227,908||~1000||465||2.15||All of Lackawanna County|
|6.||Pike County (N/A)||Unknown||2050||2100||18,271||~500||587||0.85||All of Pike County|
List of planned counties encompassing partial territory
|Number||Name Pre-DD (Planned Name)||Largest Community in future territory||Planned Formation Date||Planned Integration Date||Population (1980)||Population (2015 Within Jurisdiction)||Area (sq mi)||Population Density (/sq mi)||Jurisdiction|
|4.||Wyoming County (Mehoopany County)||Tunkhannock||2016||2020||26,433||~2200||402||5.47||All of Wyoming County except the southwestern tip|
|7.||Monroe County (N/A)||Mount Pocono||2050||2100||69,409||~800||617||1.30||Northern Monroe County|
All major territorial disputes have been resolved, either through the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna, through the Treaty of Pottsville between Reading and Susquehanna in addition to the later signator of Leighton, or by various treaties between State College and Susquehanna.
The Treaty of Pottsville clearly marks the sections of the state to come under either party's control. Any future disputes between State a college and Susquehanna will be handled through the United Communities courts, as they are felt to be the least subjective.
Immediately after Doomsday the entire economy in the region more or less evaporated. Luckily a large portion of the economy was based on agriculture, allowing them to feed the reduced population. There was some light manufacturing left, primarily Textron (producing jet engine parts and engines for the Cessna 172 and Piper aircraft), TRW (producing automobile parts including carburetors, valves, pistons, and piston rings), Smith's Machine Works (producing ball bearings), a very small steel works, Cabinet Works (producing wood furniture), Rieter's (producing carpet), Merck (producing medication), Cheetah Chassis (producing trailer chassis'), and an assortment of cloth factories, mines, and a robust services industries.
With the loss of electricity and electronic components from the EMP, these companies collapsed. Although with the lack of a market and the fleeing population, it made little difference.
Today Susquehanna has a small locally based economy, primarily based around agriculture, services to those living in the nation, construction, steel and iron rolling, and healthcare for the population.
Susquehanna's primary economic standard is a subsistence level economy, with most production remaining in the nation to rebuild the damaged area from Doomsday. There is some foreign trade simply for cash to pay for materials not found within the nation, parts, or equipment.
Much of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna's economy is based around agriculture, there being several thousand workers employed. Most workers have jobs dealing with agriculture in some form or another. Many of the products stay within the nation, although there is an increasing amount of exports.
It is by far the most important sector of the economy of Susquehanna. Almost half of those employed work in this area.
There is a small but growing manufacturing industry. Unlike most nations, factories and industrial centers are scattered around the country, mainly located around rail lines and roadways. One construction company operates, mainly doing work on national infrastructure.
Most of the industry left is light manufacturing, or metal production. Work has begun to restart a machine, fabrication, and assembly shop outside of Hazleton.
Blacksmiths are more common, using scrap steel and iron from pre-Doomsday cars and destroyed buildings to make tools. They supply the vast majority of farm tools, equipment for carpenters, horseshoes, nails, and other basic necessities.
Carpentry is another smaller business that has bounced back. With the collapse of manufacturing in general, people needed a way to obtain furniture. Carpentry became that source. There are dozens of shops around the nation. Most, if not all of the post-Doomsday furniture in the Commonwealth comes from local carpenters.
Industrial and Manufactured Products
- Cast and Forged Iron
- Railroad T-Rails
- Steel Plate and Billets
The Commonwealth is a steel producer in the region with the Danville Steel Mills producing railroad tracks and other products. Much of the coal is mined in Montour County, Columbia County and Wyoming County. Limestone is quarried in Montour County and Luzerne County. Although the facility is operational, it produces a small amount of steel per year, with much of it going to repairing crippled infrastructure from Doomsday. Analysts believe that the Commonwealth will not be up to levels enough to export for several more years.
The mills opened in 2010 after a collaboration came between some engineers from the Commonwealth with the knowledge of the mills' operation, money from State College investors, and equipment purchased from North Pennsylvania. The plans to reopen the steel mills had been made in 2001 and much of the time had been waiting for North Pennsylvania to be able to produce the needed machinery.
Currently the facility produces several tons of processed steel, either forged, rolled, or cast billets, plate, and parts. Often it is in the T-rail shape for tracks, bars for later usage or several other miscellaneous shapes.
Cabinet Industries, based in Danville produces wooden furniture for the nation, and has recently looked to potentially export their products. They opened as a collaboration between several local carpenters banding together.
To provide power to the government, military, industry, and radio, the government refurbished 50 gas generators that were converted to natural gas. On the former Merck property, there were two back up generators. They both individually provided 500 MW of power to the factory in an emergency. The Commonwealth has managed, by stripping apart the other unit, to bring one back on line and placing it in the Danville Steel Mills.
Susquehanna's services industries are focused around providing for the people in the nation. Major industries include banking and finance, healthcare, entertainment, and shopping. The primary hubs for the service industry are in Hazleton, Bloomsburg, and Sunbury. Danville, Berwick, Shenandoah, and Laporte are other important communities.
Susquehanna Bank and Finance is the primary bank for the Commonwealth. It was founded in 2012 as a joint public/private venture with backing by the government. Currently, the bank is headquartered in Hazleton with branches in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Catawissa, Danville, Laporte, Shenandoah, and West Hazleton. Additionally, Bloomsburg operates a secondary office. The bank controls just over a quarter million USD in assets.
First National Bank is another financial institution, primarily serving Montour, Northumberland, and Columbia counties. This bank is much smaller, with headquarters in Bloomsburg, and branches in Benton, Catawissa, Danville, Hazleton, Milton, Sunbury, and Washingtonville. First National holds approximately ninety thousand USD in assets.
Service First Credit Union is based out of Bloomsburg. It is about half the size of First National in assets held, with around fifty thousand in assets, but it is managed by a board elected by the membership, rather than a business run approach, taken by the banks. It operates branches in Catawissa, Hazleton, Mount Carmel, Nescopeck, and Tamaqua.
Members Choice Financial Credit Union is headquartered in Danville. It holds around forty thousand dollars in assets, and like Service First it is run by the membership of the credit union. It operates branches in Berwick, Laporte, Millville, Shenandoah, Sonestown, Sunbury, and Washingtonville.
Geisinger is the only health provider in the nation. The primary hospital is located in Danville, with campuses in Hazleton, Bloomsburg, and Sunbury. Clinics operate in most communities.
Additionally, many small towns too far away from the larger communities have doctors with private practices.
Entertainment in considered to span a wide range, from media, to amusement parks, to restaurant chains.
Since Doomsday, Bloomsburg has dominated the entertainment industry. A theatre ensemble, orchestra,several restaurant chains, and media outlets are headquartered in the town.
Recent development in Danville and Hazleton have branched several companies out into these areas. Orchestras, community bands, and community theatres operate in all three major communities. Most small town so ace local bands, who perform on a regular basis.
Mays Drive-In, which opened in the 1950's, operates a chain of restaurants in Bloomsburg, Berwick, Hazleton, Shenandoah, Sunbury. It mainly focuses in fast food and barbecue, serving hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, ice cream, milk shakes, and chicken. Arthur Treachers is a fast food chain serving fish, hush puppies, coleslaw, and other side dishes. This chain has restaurants in Danville, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Hazleton, and West Hazleton.
Knobels Amusement Park operates between Elysburg and Bloomsburg, open between the end of April and beginning of September. The park operates less rides than prior to Doomsday, however, they do operate two roller coasters, water slides, trapeze swings, a pool, a Ferris wheel, and other smaller rides. Additionally, a campground and golf course operate nearby. Open during the summer, the park attracts visitors from as far as Niagara Falls and Reading during the summer. Both Mays Drive-In and Arthur Treachers operate stands in the food court. Additionally, the park operates their own food stands.
The Bloomsburg Fair is a regional fair that runs for two weeks in the last week of September and first week of October. While not nearly as large as it was prior to Doomsday, it still attracts fair goers from across Pennsylvania, and vendors from Reading, State College, and New York.
Doomsday caused major social changes in society. The focus moves from shopping malls located between the towns and suburbs, to operating in the downtowns of the communities, reviving the neighborhoods. In recent years, local shops have expanded into regional chains, filling the void that large department stores had occupied.
- DOMESTIC STORES
- Bieter's Department Store, with the flagship store in Danville, sells a variety of household goods and craft items. With stores in Bloomsburg, Berwick, Danville, Sunbury, Shenandoah, and two stores in Hazleton, it is one of the larger department stores. Long term plans include expansion to Laporte, Weatherly, and West Hazleton. Additionally, it looks to expand into Leighton, possibly operating branches in both Jim Thorpe of Leighton.
- Cole's Hardware sells hardware, outdoor care equipment, home appliances, and tools. Headquartered in Bloomsburg, the chain has stores in Berwick, Catawissa, Danville, Hazleton, Northumberland, Shenandoah, and West Hazleton. There are expansion plans to open stores domestically in Laporte and Weatherly; as well as in the nation of Leighton, possibly in Jim Thorpe or Leighton.
- Nichol's, based out of Bloomsburg, is a large department store, selling clothes, homeware, appliances, toys, and a mixed variety of supplies. Stores are operated in Berwick, Danville, Hazleton, Millville, Shenandoah, Sunbury, and West Hazleton. Plans have been made to open up branches domestically in Freeland and Weatherly; as well as in Jim Thorpe and Leighton in the nation of Leighton.
- INTERNATIONAL STORES
- Bon-Ton, based in Gettysburg, has announced a plan to launch a store in either Sunbury or West Hazleton. No official announcement has been made regarding the final location, or an opening date. It will sell appliances, clothing, and home goods.
- Boscovs Department Store expanded into Susquehanna from Reading in late 2017, with stores opening in Bloomsburg and Hazleton. It sells clothing and home goods.
- American Mining Incorporated
- Bloomsburg Textile Mills
- Commonwealth of Susquehanna
- Danville Steelworks
- Geisinger Health System
- Hazleton Textile Mills
- Krum's Orchard
- Mariano Construction Inc
- Montour Concrete Manufacturers
- Red Deer Farm
- Susquehanna Bank and Finance
- Weis Markets
- Wise Foods Incorporated
Exports and Imports
The nation has only recently begun trade with foreign nations, mainly focusing on internal needs and affairs. But with recent private enterprises springing up, exports have become more common.
Importing has been done since contact was made with outside nations. It has picked up in recent years.
Still, distance and lack of fuel have severely hamper the young nation's ability to trade. It does less that two million dollars in imports and one million dollars in exports. 90% of imports and exports are to Pennsylvania survivor states. The other 10% is to the rest of the UC including Canada.
Susquehanna primarily exports food and corn to other nations, as well as some cloth, minerals and other commodities. The exports are small, since contact has only been in the past decade, but it is slowly increasing.
- 1. Foodstuff
- 2. Corn
- 3. Lumber
- 4. Textiles
- 5. Coal Husk
- 6. Maple Syrup
- 7. Snack Foods
- 8. Limestone
- 9. Beverages (Wine, Soda, Beer)
- 10. Natural Gas
Susquehanna imports quite a bit as well, especially from heavily industrialized states such as Toledo and Niagara Falls. A majority of imports are for government needs, or for heavy industry.
- 1. Gasoline
- 2. Refined Natural Gas
- 3. Military Hardware
- 4. Heavy Machinery
- 5. Electricity
- 6. Raw Materials (i.e: Copper, Steel, Cobalt)
- 7. Gravel
- 8. Mining Equipment
- 9. Farming Equipment
- 10. Diesel
Gross Domestic Product and Per Capita GDP
Susquehanna has a small economy, with a Gross Domestic Product of approximately 50 million dollars per year. That is at the same level as some pre-Doomsday Pacific island nations. The Per Capita GDP is approximately $680.49 per year in each household. This is similar to pre-Doomsday sub-Saharan African nations and a few Middle Eastern nations.
Overall, Susquehanna is a poor nation due to its recent formation, and lack of electricity and operational manufacturing equipment. It is expected to slowly improve over the next century with aid from surrounding communities and Canada.
Due to the low labor cost it is possible that, once the power is reactivated, the nation could begin manufacturing low cost goods.
Largest Employers in Susquehanna
|1||Commonwealth of Susquehanna||Government||4934|
|2||American Mining Incorporated||Mining||1691|
|3||Weis Markets||Supermarket/Grocery Store||1004|
|4||Susquehanna Bank and Finance||Banking||956|
|5||Geisinger Health System||Healthcare||672|
|6||Danville Steel Mills||Steel and Iron Rolling||536|
|7||Hazleton Textile Mills||Textiles and Cloth||500|
|8||Wise Foods Incorporated||Snack Foods||490|
|9||Mariano Construction Inc.||Construction||246|
|10||Bloomsburg Silk Mill||Cloth||237|
Susquehanna has relatively low import and export taxes to encourage trade. Only maple syrup is a protected industry. The government encourages foreign businesses to relocate manufacturing and offices to the nation by offering tax breaks.
The Commonwealth of Susquehanna Department of Treasury has announced on January 11th that the Treasury department would begin printing currency on June 1st, 2016. It will be a paper currency that will milled at the Danville Paper Mills with a cotton mix that will be embedded into the paper using stitching. They will be split into $0.01, $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and $50 denominations. It will be called the Susquehanna Dollar and will replace the usage of the Canadian dollar, the US Dollar and an assortment of other currencies that are currently used.
The Commonwealth of Susquehanna is lucky enough to have a large deposit of natural resources at its disposal. The major issue in the nation is removing them from the ground. Coal is mined in Schuykill County, Montour County, and Columbia County. Iron is mined in Montour and Columbia County. Limestone is quarried in parts of Montour and Columbia County, as well as portions of Luzerne County.
Several experts estimate that Susquehanna has access to as much as 3.1 billion metric tons of coal are accessible to Susquehanna, and if the nation can gain the rest of Luzerne County, there could be as much as 5.6 billion metric ton.
Most of the iron left in the area is hard iron ore that is difficult to mine, and only has about 30% recovery rate. The other type is soft iron, which is easier to mine, but much more difficult to find, as most had been removed in the 1870's-1890's during the previous iron boom. It is estimated by the government that there is 20 million metric tons of soft iron and upward of 450 million metric tons of hard iron, although only about a quarter of the hard iron is able to be extracted with the current technology.
There is only limited mining due to the lack of major mining technology. In recent years there has been purchases and imports of equipment from Joy Mining Company. Susquehanna will need to mine approximately 5900 metric tons of coal per day in the summer and 7000, metric tons of coal in the winter to keep up with demand. At that rate, the coal will last over 400,000 years.
There is a shortage of oil in the country, with all supplies being imported from North Pennsylvania. There is an abundance of natural gas. The government operates a crude drill in northern Columbia County and southern Sullivan County, but there is little extracted due to the lack of depth for the drill.
Iron is processed into steel at the Danville Steel Mills, and is shipped out by rail to Bloomsburg to a storage facility.
There are an assortment of other minerals left, including quartz, salt, clay, gravel, and small quantities of granite.
Agriculture and Food
Immediately following Doomsday, food and drink became of vital importance to the survivors of Doomsday. The police and various other groups defended stores and warehouses to prevent raids by desperate people.
Susquehanna was one of the few nations in the northeast, after Doomsday that did not suffer long term issues with feeding their nation. At first there were some issues due to change in climate, lack of powered equipment, and manpower. By the late 1990's the country had enough food and some surplus, which was traded by the early 2000's with neighboring nations.
Today, agriculture is the most vital industry for the Commonwealth. It produces all of the food needed in the nation, plus a surplus to trade and sell. In recent years it has begun trade with Virginia and other southern nations for more variety in the available food crops due to ease of contact.
Currently the nation grows enough food to feed many times the current population. This makes up the bulk of the trade. Much of it is traded for raw materials and other manufactured equipment.
Malnutrition was an issue for several years after Doomsday, mainly due to the lack of a proper distribution system. In poorer and more isolated counties and communities, malnutrition continues to take its toll. The government has attempted to alleviate this by subsidizing food prices in these regions, and improving transportation to these areas.
Overall, most of the nation has adequate access to a variety of healthy and nutritious foods.
The infrastructure of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna needs some major repairs in the outer regions of the nation. Currently, the government is undergoing massive revitalization of the national transportation system and quality.
A Canadian analysis of the area compared the current infrastructure comparable to most African nations prior to Doomsday. There are few paved roads, automobiles are rare, and most transportation is by horseback or train.
Before Doomsday, the counties that make up the nation were based around Interstate 80, Interstate 81, State Route 11, State Route 642, and State Route 54. Unfortunately the asphalt has been deteriorating and there has been work to replace these surfaces with stone.
Immediately after Doomsday, these roads became clogged with abandoned cars, a handful of crashed aircraft, and people's abandoned belongings. There were many animal carcasses that were hit by out of control vehicles that were damaged by the EMP.
Today, Route 11 is the cleanest, most intact roadway, traveling from Danville through Bloomsburg, and past Berwick. The road remains the same as it was before September 25th, although new overpasses have been installed, as well as repairs to retaining walls, and a larger bridge over an expanded Roaring Creek. The military uses the road to send exploration units into Wilkes Barre and Nanticoke.
Interstate 80 has been cleaned up an repaired to an extent, but still is not open for public use outside of the nation. Plans are to finish repairing connections to State College and North Pennsylvania to ease transportation issues. The interstate has been switched from running east to New Jersey, to turn onto former State Route 93 and runs down past Hazleton to Reading.
State Route 642 west was completely abandoned after Doomsday, from the Montour County line out. Today, where the road meets the Susquehanna-State College border, the border patrol has a small checkpoint set up, with a concrete barrier and old metal gate. It is mainly used by the military, and businesses today, who are in contact with other nations.
Route 54 connects Danville to Washingtonville. Today, the road is down to one side, one lane traffic, due to Interstate 80's overpass collapsing into one of the lanes. There are plans to clear out the damaged area and patch it, opening it to two lanes once again.
There are few automobiles operated in the nation, with the costs being too high. Most are operated by the government with a handful owned by the wealthy population. Many of these vehicles are old models refurbished from pre-Doomsday parts and cars. Some are new, purchased from Toledo, Niagara Falls, or Virginia.
Most vehicles run on either biodiesel or alcohol, due to the ease of conversion and large agricultural stock. A few also run on wood gas. All military vehicles run on a combination of gasoline and alcohol, with a goal of becoming independent of gas by 2030. A majority of the operational cars, trucks, buses, and SUV's are operated by the military, government, emergency services, or mass transit.
Most people use horse and buggy or wagons now due to ease of maintenance. There are several horse breeders throughout the nation. In place of gas stations, there are small stations to get horse feed and water as well as horseshoes. Many have sprung up on main roads between Bloomsburg and Hazleton.
Bicycles are also a common method of transportation. Originally most of the bikes were built out of scrap metal, but by 2011 the government had allotted a small portion of salvaged scrap metal for bike production. Now, there are several hundred bikes manufactured by the Commonwealth. Most civilians have access to a bike, and they are a popular long range transportation for those living in town. Some other bikes are built as trikes for light cargo transportation.
Rail may be the transportation future for Susquehanna. This is due to the availability of T-rails, and trade with London, Ontario. Railroad tracks are planned for connection with Washingtonville, Millville and several other communities.
There are two railroads that run through the Commonwealth. One runs from Danville to Berwick. It was named the North Shore Railroad before Doomsday, but today is named Montour-Luzerne Rail Line.
The second rail line was finished only months before Doomsday, and was not even in operation on September 25th. It was unnamed at the time of Doomsday, and has been expanded to connect with Ringtown, Mainville, then runs to Hazleton, and turns to go to Reading. It has been named Mainville-Schuykill Rail Line.
There are only a pair of trains operational, being former display trains in Knobel's. They were salvaged in the early 2000's and brough to operations in late 2013. The government has four new trains on order from London as well as refurbishing the current trains in use. All trains will be coal fired due to an abundance of the fuel.
Most trade with Reading is done by rail. There are normally a few heavily armed soldiers or security guards on each shipment for defense.
The Susquehanna Department of Transportation has begun laying additional rail lines to connect the Montour-Luzerne line with the Mainville-Schuylkill line.
The Susquehanna Department of Transportation has a plan to build a passenger rail network to link Sunbury, Danville, Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Hazleton. In the long term, there are talks of extending service to both Pottsville and Reading, in Reading.
The city of Hazleton is the only community that operates a trolley system. It is a horse-drawn system using cars that were assembled by local factories in the late 1990's, however, newer models have been introduced. When the power grid is repaired, there are plans to electrify the system to improve reliability and reduce the mess.
The Susquehanna River is the only navigable river in the nation, and is quite important. Trade done with Gettysburg by boat. Roads between the nations are in disrepair and raider attacks are still threatening.
There is a small group of freight boats that operate from Bloomsburg and travel up and down the Susquehanna. Reconnaissance teams from Susquehanna have used the river as a safer way to travel, since the roads north of Susquehanna are overgrown and some are rubble.
Flat bottom boats and small hulled boats are the only waterway vehicles capable of navigating the waters. Since Doomsday, the average water height has risen to eight feet from five feet pre-Doomsday. The Army National Guard operates two small hulled patrol boats in the river for security purposes.
All the boats on the river (except the two Army National Guard vessels) are either rowboats or sailboats. There are no motorboats available as most were destroyed by the EMP, and were stripped for parts to make the two military patrol craft.
As Doomsday occurred, the Commonwealth lost all forms of communication as the EMP rendered the delicate electronics useless. The government began to immediately work on repairing as many radios as possible. Old radios were pulled from storage and put into use for emergency communications and to link the more isolated Communites to the larger boroughs. One radio station was left online, running off a battery network. However, when the area collapsed into infighting, the transmitter was badly damaged.
In 2007, the nation completed the installation of telegraph lines between Bloomsburg, Danville, Berwick, and Shenandoah. They continued to expand the network throughout the late 2000's and early 2010's. External lines between Susquehanna, Reading, Gettysburg, State College, and North Pennsylvania, were connected by 2015, however, they are primarily used for business and government.
As of 2019, 70% of Susquehanna's population has a telegraph in their home, and another 10% have access to public usage telegraphs. Work is being continued to completely connect Sullivan County, the more rural sections of Northumberland County, and the newly acquired territories to the telegraph network.
Telephone service has only been restored for government and military usage. Efforts have begun to restore a civilian network, and there are plans to progress in a similar fashion as the telegraph network was arranged.
HAM radios are used primarily by the military for long distance communication. The government utilizes several sets to keep regular contact with the outside world. Additionally, local newspapers and radios keep sets to gather limited news from the Celtic Alliance, the North American Union, Canada, the Republic of Texas, and other nations.
Immediately after Doomsday, the police and National Guard secured all of the gas, coal, natural gas, and propane supplies to ensure energy for emergency, agriculture and critical services.
Fuel distribution was very limited. Using storage facilities outside of Danville, the government was able to ration fuel until the late 1980's. After that, most of the vehicles were put into storage and other methods of transportation were used. A handful were converted to burn wood gas.
Obtaining energy is a crucial issue for the small nation. Although there are depots of natural gas and coal, there is limited storage and processing facilities for coal, and none for natural gas. The government exports to North Pennsylvania for refinement of the natural gas.
Oil reserves are nonexistent in the nation. The government imports small amounts of gasoline and avgas from North Pennsylvania to operate aircraft and non-converted vehicles. Susquehanna is looking to eventually remove the gas powered cars from the nation. There will be a need to continue purchasing of avgas for the Air National Guard and Air Susquehanna to operate.
Currently the nation mines coal only for use within the nation, but has also been considering shipping it out as new deposits are found. All the natural gas is sold to North Pennsylvania for processing, with the return being 50% purified gas, 50% cash and other materials for the government.
Gasoline, diesel and avgas are purchased from North Pennsylvania as well as Kentucky. Still, fuel is scarce and expensive, so few privately owned vehicles are used.
There is still heavy rationing, with most fuel supplies going to the military, government, industry or mass transit.
Prior to Doomsday, there were two power plants in the region that now makes up the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. One was a nuclear power plant which had just gone online completely, and the other was a coal-fired facility.
The lone nuclear power plant, named the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, operational in the region before Doomsday. When the EMP struck, the plant went dark and technicians scrambled for an emergency shut down. The diesel generators were repaired enough to keep the uranium in the cooling pools from overheating. Unit One had opened in 1977, and Unit Two had just opened only weeks before Doomsday.
Both were successfully and safely shut down, although large amounts of money and manpower went into keeping them stable, and the uranium safe. Each reactor had the capability to produce 2700 MW per year. With aid from several larger states there are considerations to reopen the plant and export electricity. So far no work has begun, but the government has allotted funds and diesel to keep the two generators operational that cool the fuel rods.
The other power plant was the Montour Power Plant. It was coal fired, and operations ceased after Doomsday. The facility sustained damage from the EMP blast, and is still inoperable today, although repair work is underway. There plans to purchase turbines and other parts needed for repairs. Susquehanna will supply most of the workers, but Canada will provide parts, and technicians.
Projections show it will generate 1536 MW of electricity, although initial operations will generate half the power for about six months to ensure everything is operating as it should be. Engineers and some certified staff from North Pennsylvania and Canada will be assigned to stay in Susquehanna until 2027 to ensure proper staffing and training.
Other nations have pledged aid to Susquehanna when they are able to begin work on the nuclear power plant. There is still an uncertainty over whether the government will decommission the facility, or reactivate it. So far the government is mum on the situation.
Adding that with the 200 MW of the generators at the steel production facilities in Danville, the nation will have 1736 MW of electricity. That will be enough to power the radio stations, industry and the approximately 12,000 households in the nation. The one generator will be hooked up to the industry and government facilities to ensure they have power first.
Today, although there are no power plants active, the Susquehanna Power and Utilities Company maintains the facility. The nuclear power plant is under direct control of the government which secure the perimeter with a contingent of security officers.
Several government agencies, hospitals, and sanitation plants utilize refurbished portable gas generators. They supply enough power to operate basic medical equipment, machines in the sanitation facilities, and government lighting.
Geisinger in Danville uses the former backup generators at the facility to power lights, water, medical equipment, and some basic electronics. Other facilities use gas generators on the roof.
The government has a focus on repairing these power plants as soon as possible, cutting the military budget due to the end of the raider war, and funneling it to repair the Montour Power Plant by the middle to end of 2015. New turbine units have been imported from Niagara Falls, and two transformers are due to arrive from Canada in July of 2016. The power plant is due to begin operations at the beginning of 2017, and start full operations in mid 2019.
Hazleton International Airport is the primary airport servicing the Commonwealth. It has a single runway that is 4898 feet long (1493 meters) and is made of asphalt. It is currently only used by the Air National Guard as the primary base due to the length of the runway. Susquehanna is in negotiations with Air Canada to possibly begin flights from the airport to Saint John's, but it is uncertain if there will be a deal. Bloomsburg Airport is used as a secondary airbase for the military, and is used as a staging point for the Army National Guard, with the facility named Camp Rittenhouse.
Susquehanna is slowly beginning to improve sanitation especially in the cities and larger towns. Danville, Bloomsburg and Hazleton all have operational waste treatment plants that were salvaged from parts stripped from destroyed facilities.
They are operated with hand generators and manual labor. The government plans to hook up the facilities to the power plant as soon as possible.
Hazleton and Bloomsburg also have garbage disposal and Danville has a burn pile outside the community.
Most outlying communities rely on wells and outhouses for sanitation. They burn rubbish and reuse food scraps in gardens.
The nation has a mandatory education from grades 1-12, with kindergarten and college optional. The national education system is divided into school district. Military service can be postponed if the student is pursuing higher education.
Although the nation attempts to enforce education to help improve the nation's self-sufficiency, only about 57% of the current citizens under the age of 18 actually attended school at some point. There is a 62% graduation rate, and 5% going on to college. The literacy rate, being at 71% is similar to many second-world nations.
Susquehanna maintains all the schools under the Susquehanna Public School System and divides the area up into smaller school districts. To keep a balance between those wanting to re-institute religion into the school system, and those opposed to it, the government made a compromise.
Schools had the ability to choose to allow prayer or not participate. Individual students would not be prevented or forced to participate if choosing to do so.
There are also a handful of private schools, mostly religious. The government regulates them to a certain extent but allows the relative freedom to encourage competition and increase the education strength.
School Districts (Jurisdiction)
- Berwick School District (eastern Columbia County, Luzerne County, western South Luzerne Territory): Berwick, Freeland
- Bloomsburg Area School District (western Columbia County): Bloomsburg
- Southern Columbia School District (central/southern Columbia County): Catawissa
- Danville Area School District (Montour County, northern Northumberland County): Danville, Washingtonville
- Hazleton Area School District (Wyoming County): Hazleton, Conyngham
- Millville School District (Northern Columbia County): Millville, Orangeville
- Northumberland County School District (southern Northumberland County): Sunbury, Shamokin
- Pocono Area School District (Carbon Territory, eastern South Luzerne Territory): Weatherly, White Haven
- Schuylkill School District (Schuylkill County): Shenandoah, Tamaqua
- Sullivan County School District (Sullivan County): Laporte
Technical Schools (Jurisdiction)
- Montour-Columbia Vocational Technical School (Montour County, Columbia County, Sullivan County): Bloomsburg
- Wyoming-Schuylkill Vocational Technical School (Wyoming County, Schuylkill County): West Hazleton
- Holy Family Academy (K-12) (Hazleton, Wyoming County)
- Saint Columba School (K-9) (Bloomsburg, Columbia County)
- Saint Cyril's Preschool and Kindergarden (Pre K-K) (Danville, Montour County)
- Saint Joseph's Elementary School (1-8) (Danville, Montour County)
College in Susquehanna is important because it gives individuals a better chance in career fields and higher pay. The government provides small grants of several hundred dollars to encourage students to continue higher education. There are currently two universities and one college in the Commonwealth. All three colleges are operated by the federal government under the Susuqheanna Higher Education System (SHES).
Currently, officials from SHES are meeting with university officials from Reading to potentially integrate the public universities in both nations as the Easten Pennsylvania Higher Education System (EPHES).
Bloomsburg University is located in Bloomsburg, Columbia County. It was founded in 1839 as a teacher's college, and expanded over the years. On Doomsday there were 7428 students on campus. About 5000 fled to look for their families. Today there are 647 students on campus and 84 who walk to college.
Columbia County Community College is a small two year institution located in Berwick, Columbia County as well as a small satellite campus in Wyoming County. It was founded in 1967 as Luzerne County Community College. There are 293 students who attend the college.
Hazleton University is composed of the former Penn State Hazleton campus. It was founded in the 1930's during the Great Depression. There are 584 students on campus.
There is one hospital in the nation. It is based in Danville, Montour County and is responsible for major operations and severe emergency care. It operates two large clinics in Bloomsburg and Hazleton which can provide emergency care. They also run small clinics with two or three nurses in several far out towns.
Medical care is basic with few medications or treatment options for doctors. Many terminally ill patients are sent home to prevent them being a drain on the few supplies left. Susquehanna has a small team at Geisinger hoping to manufacture penicillin in small quantities, and import others from Delmarva and Canada.
Surprisingly, radiation was not as much of an issues as some people and officials were worried about. Most of the effect from it has been some survivors from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton showing signs of cancer. Other than that, there is no sign of major incidents with cancer. There was a fear that the water would have high levels of radiation for decades or centuries. Luckily this was not the case, and the government has allowed some to pull water from the river now, and will continue to increase the nations allowed.
The flu has been a thorn in the side of medical personnel in Susquehanna since the winter of 1983. A majority of the deaths from the flu are some small children, and the elderly. There are only a few deaths nowadays.
Slowly Susquehanna is acquiring new equipment, and getting old equipment repaired. They have also pulled old pre-1960's equipment from storage and refurbished it. Engineers have been working on restoring as many different pieces of medical equipment as possible.
The hospital is non-profit, and has an economic impact of three million dollars on Susquehanna. There is a nine man board who manage the hospital.
- Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Montour County)- 600 beds, 20 critical care beds, four operating rooms, two isolation rooms
- Wyoming Cinic (Hazleton, Wyoming County)- ten beds, four critical care beds
- Geisinger Bloomsburg Clinic (Bloomsburg, Columbia County)- 50 beds, three critical care beds
Medical Supplies and Treatment
Many of the traditional medications and supplies ran out a few months to a few years after Doomsday, causing many to die. Today, Susquehanna operates a small pharmaceutical company, called Greater Susquehanna Pharmaceutical Industries. They operate a single facility in Danville. It produces and extracts medicinal abilities from plants and various molds and fungi. They grow Penicillin, Aloe, Barberry, Black Cohosh, Opium, and an assortment of other plants purchased from other nations.
Immediately after Doomsday, local police and small National Guard units in various communities formed small military groups for defense. Some towns organized small civilian militias to back up defense against gangs and raiders who were prowling around the area. After the area unified, the military commanders integrated all the ragtag groups into a more organized militia. They lacked artillery or explosives and only had a handful of scavenged M2 Browning machine guns and M1919 machine guns.
Most infantry were armed with a hodgepodge of weapons, from M16's to M14's to hunting rifles. They were organized into several platoons and operated independently of one another.
The main issue the nation faced was the lack of any major military instillation in or near Susquehanna's territory that had not been leveled by a nuke. There was a small logistical and cargo Army Reserve unit in Bloomsburg as well as an Army National Guard clerical unit in Berwick. Neither was officially infantry, but both had training in the field and began to patrol regularly. The men operated along side local college security and police units.
After several months, the area needed additional manpower and the civilian militias were formed. The soldiers and police began to train them alongside ROTC and JROTC units from Bloomsburg University and local high schools.
Once the training was complete, the area had a manpower of 200 militia members, 250 National Guard members, 180 ROTC members, 75 JROTC members and 60 police, SWAT, and security members. Overall there were 765 available personnel.
Once they were trained, the commander of the Provisional Pennsylvania Militia requisitioned 20 local trucks and converted them into technicals armed with an M2 Browning.
Between 1983 and 2005 the militia operated a small air arm and waterway arm. They were equipped with scavenged aircraft (which rarely flew), and rowboats armed with rifles.
After the official formation of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna, the militia disbanded and reformed as the Commonwealth of Susquehanna National Guard. They formed a separate air arm and turned some of the best soldiers into a special forces unit called the Susquehanna Guard.
When raiders became a problem, the government launched Operation Retribution to destroy them. The military was weak and struggled to do more than keep them out. To add support, the government purchased 20 Jeep Raiders (eight have been destroyed), four artillery pieces, and a variety of other equipment. There was also standardization to the M14 in 2006 after recovering a large stockpile.
To portray a more neutral tone, in mid 2012 the National Guard was renamed the Defense Force, although individual service branches suffered no name changes.
Emergency responders serve many different roles in the Commonwealth. Law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical response, and emergency rescue teams all make up the emergency respond in Susquehanna.
The nation has two levels of law enforcement, a national level, and community level. The federal government operates the State Police, and communities have either a sheriff or police force.
The State Police and local police have access to a multitude of vehicles. They can also utilize certain equipment used by the the Air National Guard.
Law enforcement is mainly taken care of by each individual town. Hazleton has the largest police force with 97 officers. Most larger towns such as Bloomsburg, Danville, and Berwick have a police force of about eight to ten officers. Many smaller communities only have one or two policemen.
Police officers standard sidearm are Glock handguns, or the Browning Hi Power. Each officer is also equipped with a night stick and handcuffs. Each police vehicle is equipped with a Remington Model 870. Nationally there are 90 police officers sworn in, plus five campus security officers at Bloomsburg University, four at Hazleton University, and one at Columbia County Community College.
They are led by the town or borough council as well as the mayor. Officers may not cross jurisdiction of the town, or patrol area, unless given permission. The only exception to this rule is when searching for a fugitive. In this case, they must radio that area's police force, but may continue to give chase.
The federal government also operates the Commonwealth of Susquehanna Capital Police. It only has jurisdiction in Bloomsburg, but most operate within the capital buildings acting as security and law enforcement. They may be assigned to protect General Assembly members if there is a credible threat.
There are 20 sworn officers, and an additional ten security guards. They provide defense and security to VIP's and government buildings. In times of emergency, the State Police, Bloomsburg Police, and County Sheriff all are trained to aid the Capital Police in securing the facilities.
- Local Police Forces
- Danville Borough Police Department
- Berwick Police Department
- Bloomsburg Police Department
- Hazleton City Police Department
- College Police Forces
- Bloomsburg University Police
- Columbia County Community College Security
- Hazleton University Police
- Capital Police
- Commonwealth of Susquehanna Capital Police
Each county, and territory has a small sheriff's department to transport prisoners, provide courthouse security, and patrol communities lacking their own law enforcement agencies. The role of sheriff is an elected position, however candidates must meet a certain set of parameters due to the duties that must be fulfilled.
In addition to their main roles, sheriff departments may assist local and federal authorities during criminal investigations. The Supreme Court has affirmed that, given the role of the sheriff, the departments are law enforcement agencies. By confirming the law enforcement duties, this gives these agencies the ability to arrest individuals for crimes committed.
With the various populations and areas of the counties, the number of sheriff deputies ranges from three (Luzerne County) to forty-one (Wyoming County). Deputies are lightly armed, carrying revolvers and batons. Northumberland and Sullivan County also arm the deputies with bolt action rifles. The majority of deputies use horses to get around, although a few sheriffs have access to four-wheelers or off-road vehicles.
The State Police are the federal law enforcement of the government. They are not to be confused with the Capital Police who operate on federal properties as law enforcement and security. The State Police were the first organization formed by the government, combining various law enforcement organizations under the provisional state government, and the county jurisdiction, with the exception of the sheriff. Officially, the foundation date is November 7th, 2005.
The federal government operates two barracks in the nation and employs 42 troopers and 49 civilian employees. The East Barrack has 25 officers, and the West Barrack has 17 officers. It serves a similar purpose as the former United States FBI agency and the US Marshal Service, pursuing criminals who try to hide in other counties,
These officers may cross county lines investigating crimes and arresting criminals. They also act in the same role as SWAT if needed.
A recent plan has been made to enlarge the size of the State Police. This would give them better coverage of the nation and speed up investigations of crimes. The federal government plans to hire an additional 15 officers, moving ten to the East Barracks and five to the West Barracks.
Several State Troopers who had been stationed in White Haven prior to Doomsday went into hiding after the gangs took over. Most destroyed their credentials when the raiders and gangs took over. Some fled and hid at abandoned homes and properties in the surrounding area. A few joined the raiders and have been detained to face trial for crimes against humanity and terrorism, or extradited to Reading to face trial.
Since Susquehanna took over the region, they have come out of hiding and are involved in training a new police force as well as acting law enforcement until the new troopers and officers are trained.
The State Police operate four patrol vehicles, three four-wheelers, ten motorcycles, and ten bicycles. The motorcycles are typically used for long range patrol or urban patrol to save fuel, while the four-wheelers are used for off-road patrol and search and rescue. The four patrol vehicles are two sedans and two SUV's, the two sedans are typically used for transportation within the nation on paved roads, and the SUV's are used in the rural areas. The bicycles are used for urban patrol and usage in local events.
- East Barrack: Carbon Territory, South Luzerne Territory, Luzerne County, Wyoming County (Headquarters: Hazleton)
- West Barrack: Columbia County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Schuylkill County, Sullivan County (Headquarters: Bloomsburg)
At the foundation of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna remaining local police stations and some State Police members made up the police force.
State Police forces can be federalized in time of war to act as an auxiliary for the Army National Guard and Military Police..
State Police members are each armed with a M-16A1 rifle, a Glock handgun and handcuffs, as well as body armor acquired from Canada, and a scope.
There are talks of renaming the the National Investigation Bureau, a slight change from the former United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
There is a low crime rate throughout Susquehanna overall, excluding Hazleton. Average misdemeanor crime rate is 1.3 per every 10,000 people, and the rate of federal crimes and felonies is 0.8 per every 10,000 people.
Most citizens believe working together and using courts to settle disputes works better than violence.
Hazleton has a higher crime rate, being a city. The average minor crime rate is 5.6 per every 10,000 people, and major crime rate is 2.9 per every 10,000 people.
Susquehanna operates one federal prison and three county prisons. Columbia County, Montour County and Wyoming County all operate prisons, while Sullivan County, Schuylkill County, and Luzerne County rely on prisons in Columbia and Wyoming County.
The federal prison utilizes a portion of the former Danville State Hospital that was a block separate from the rest of the facility. Those imprisoned for federal and military offenses are placed here. There are 20 corrections officers between the four prisons. Currently there are a few dozen prisoners in the custody of both the county and federal governments.
Susquehanna does not have the death penalty, and, although having the ability, has not handed down a life sentence in the civilian courts since the formation of the nation. Raiders arrested are tried by the Defense Forces, and two have been sentenced to life.
According to Susquehanna law, a life sentence is between ten years and life. Depending on the nature of the crime varies when parole is available, as does health condition, mental state, and age.
Minors are not allowed to be given life sentences, and instead are sent to a corrections camp in Millville. There are seven minors below the age of 18 in the camp. As long as they successfully complete the course, they will be released at the end, provided they do not have any major run-ins with the law. They must check with a parole officer every week for five years after.
Fire is mainly provided by a handful of refurbished 1950's fire engines, and one 1930's fire engine salvaged from Knobel's Amusement Park. There are several fire stations in the country. All fire units are volunteer personnel who are unpaid. Unfortunately, many of the vehicles are beginning to develop issues and will need to be replaced.
- Hazleton Fire Department -
- Three: 1960's fire engines
- One: 1950's water tanker
- Five: Brush Trucks
- Bloomsburg Fire Department -
- One: 1950's fire engine
- One: 1930's fire engine
- One: 1960's water tanker
- Two: Modified brush trucks
- One: Water Rescue fireboat
- Danville Fire Department -
- One: 1950's fire engine
- Two: Modified brush trucks
- Berwick Fire Department -
- One: 1950's fire engine
- One: Pickup truck for firefighting
- Benton Fire Squadron -
- Three: Pickup trucks for firefighting
There are four ambulance units in Susquehanna. One is based in Bloomsburg, one in Hazleton, one in Millville, and one in Shenandoah. They utilize a mixture of pre-Doomsday ambulances and modified vehicles.
- Bloomsburg Rescue
- Hazleton Emergency Medical Services
- Millville Emergency Rescue
- Shenandoah First Responders
Much of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna's history has been reconstruction or repelling raider attacks. But recently there has been some reconstruction of facilities for the people's enjoyment.
The town of Danville hosts the Iron Heritage Festival once a year in the middle of the summer. Organizers restarted the festival in 2012.
Bloomsburg holds the Bloomsburg Fair during the end of September, and several other shows (mainly military shows) throughout the year. The fair has reopened in 2011. Between Doomsday and 2011, much of the land was used as a temporary military outpost.
There are also several museums still in operation throughout the nation, relying on donations and fees from visitors to stay in operation. Susquehanna also maintains Ricketts Glen National Park (Formerly Ricketts Glen State Park) located in northeastern Columbia County, southeastern Sullivan County, and northwestern Luzerne Territory.
- List of Attractions in Susquehanna
- Bloomsburg Fair (Last Full Week in September)
- Iron Heritage Festival (Third Week in July, Monday-Saturday)
- Montour Delong Fair (Last Full Week in August)
- Bloomsburg Children's Museum (Bloomsburg, Columbia County)
- Eckley Miners Village (Hazleton, Wyoming County)
- General William Montgomery House (Danville, Montour County)
- National Parks
- Montour Preserve National Park (Montour County)
- Nescopeck National Park (Luzerne County)
- Ricketts Glen National Park (Columbia and Sullivan County, Luzerne Territory)
- Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Susquehanna has a diverse culture with a mixture of urban and rural culture. Bloomsburg and Hazleton are seen as the cultural heart of Susquehanna. There is still a small African American culture present in Hazleton, with a handful of celebrations and events held each year.
Danville has a strong history with the iron industry and continues to celebrate the Iron Heritage Festival each summer. This delves into the historical mining and the town as well as modern day industry.
Bloomsburg hosts the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, a regional acting group that was formed prior to Doomsday. They tour the Commonwealth putting on plays in the various communities in the nation. The organization is a nonprofit, but charge small fees to cover travel expenses and new props and costumes.
Susquehanna has a strong music basis with many different singers, bands and orchestras throughout the Commonwealth. Most are based in either Danville, Bloomsburg and Hazleton.
The capital hosts the Bloomsburg Orchestra, the last and only group in Susquehanna. It was originally operated by Bloomsburg University, but after it closed soon after Doomsday, people in Bloomsburg restarted it after acquiring the instruments from the university.
This organization is also nonprofit, but charges small admission fees to cover new equipment and travel expenses. They tour the nation and travel to the larger communities, generally playing in community centers, gymnasiums or other such areas.
Much of Susquehanna's music is classical or rock, with traditional instruments being utilized. Some popular groups include; the Bloomaburg Orchastra, Hybrid Ice, Nine Inch Nails, and other local and international groups.
Susquehanna has a strong German and Polish heritage. Foods such as perogies, sausages, haluski, and an assortment of other dishes are popular. Some small private companies have begun growing spices used in these dishes that were lost on Doomsday.
Due to the relative scarcity of beef, hamburger is rare. Ground up goat meat (knicknamed goatburger) has somewhat replaced it. A small burger chain using this substitute has opened three fast food joints. One operates in Bloomsburg and two are in Hazleton. They are carry out, eat in or drive through. The drive through was added for those who have horse and buggy.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble operates out of the capital city, but tours the nation several times a year. All members are volunteers and props are purchased from admission tickets, concessions and donations.
Hazleton University supports a small acting club who puts on shows angled at the young adult category. Most shows are free, but some charge a low cost admission price to help pay for materials.
Due to the relative isolation of Sullivan County, many of the inhabitants have developed a unique culture compared to the rest of the nation. They are much more rugged and rely on each other more that the government. Crime rates are slightly lower due to more of a kinship feeling between the local population.
Many avoid traveling to Bloomsburg, Danville or Hazleton as they are too urban for them, so they will obtain needed goods from the northern boroughs of Columbia County. Some are seen as eccentric by the rest of the population, but are accepted.
Susquehanna has several recognized holidays throughout the year. On holidays, all federal and county employees are given off from work. For workers in the private sector, New Years, Memorial Day, American Independence Day, Labor Day, Doomsday Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are mandatory days off although it is up to the employer if they want to pay the workers or not.
|New Years||January 1st|
|Birthday of Martin Luther King, Junior||3rd Monday in January|
|Presidents Day||3rd Monday in February|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday in May|
|American Independence Day||July 4th|
|Labor Day||1st Monday in September|
|Independence Day||September 12th|
|Doomsday Memorial Day||September 25th|
|Veterans Day||November 11th|
|Thanksgiving Day||4th Thursday in November|
|Christmas Day||December 25th|
Sports have attracted a small group of followers with football and baseball both being popular.
Susquehanna Interscholastic Athletic Association
SIAA replaced the PIAA for schools in the Commonwealth in 2009, when the Provisional PIAA dissolved into the SIAC. The Provisional PIAA had formed in 2000 to allow schools which had only recently reformed to compete with each other. They existed alongside the Susquehanna Interscholastic Athletic Conference. At the time of the merger in 2009, the PPIAA had Bloomsburg Area School District, Millville School District, and Montour-Columbia Vo-Tech participating, and the SIAC had Danville Area School District, Southern Columbia School District, and Berwick School District as well as Schuylkill Vo-Tech. All private schools at the time were in the PPIAA.
Currently there are eight school districts, two technical schools, and three private schools participating in the SIAA. They are headquartered in Bloomsburg, with an office in Hazleton. It is considered a nonprofit, and is associated, but not operated by the government. It is also associated with the SNAC.
Susquehanna National Athletic Conference
The SNAC is the national athletic association for the commonwealth and the three colleges and universities. Due to the small size, the team compete with each other two or three times per year for each sport. There are talks with Reading and State College to begin a conference between the three nations to increase variety in gameplay.
Currently there are two universities and one college participating in the conference. It is headquartered in Bloomsburg with offices in Hazleton. It is a nonprofit, and is associated, but not operated by the government. It also is associated with the SIAA.
Pennsylvania Football League
In 2007, several local members of high school and college football teams discussed forming an organization similar to the defunct NFL for regional games. After talking with a senator from Montour County, they managed to get support from the General Assembly for such an endeavor.
It took several years for the organizers to acquire the neccessary equipment and recruit players. So in 2011, the first season of the Susquehanna Football League was played. There were three teams that year, the Bloomsburg Eagles, the Danville Steelers, the Berwick Giants. That year there were six regular season games, four playoff games, and the SFL Super Bowl. Each team played the others one time.
In 2012, Shenandoah formed the Shenandoah Browns and began playing. That year, there were eight games, four playoff games, and then the Super Bowl. Like before, each team only played the others once.
After a one year lull, the SFL signed agreements with Hazleton and Nescopeck to form a team in each community. Hazleton took the former name of the New York Jets, and Nescopeck, the name of the New England Patriots. The Army National Guard has also decided to field a team for that season, though the team dissolved in 2016.
All of the teams are semiprofessional only. They are given a small stipend, and each team is normally sponsored by a business or individual to cover these costs. Each team utilizes local high school or college football stadia to play their games in. The Bloomsburg Eagles utilize Bloomsburg University's football field. The primary stadium is the Robert B. Redman Stadium at Bloomsburg University. It has a seating capacity of up to 5000 people, and hosts supporting infrastructure.
The final game is between the two teams with the most wins. That is the SFL Super Bowl Championship. This game is always played at the Robert B. Redman Stadium. There are talks with State College about hosting it at the Penn State stadium.
Games are played either Saturday afternoon or Sunday night. Typically regular season lasts from September until early December, and the playoffs from early January until mid February. The Super Bowl is played the last weekend in February, giving players about a week to recover.
In 2017 there was a major restructuring of the team organization. Several smaller communities lost teams, while the nation of Reading joined the football league. Teams were either moved to new communities, or new teams were founded. The Pennsylvania Football League recognizes the 1925 victory by the Pottsville Maroons as counting towards the number of championships aawarded to the teams.
|Location||Team||Founded||No. Championships||Last Championship||Conference|
Susquehanna Baseball League
After the successful foundation of the Susquehanna Football League, some baseball enthusiasts proposed forming a similar organization for the American pastime.
Many were enthusiastic about such an organization, and began to plan to form one. Although the General Assembly never got onboard, they received plenty of funding from other sources. It was named the Susquehanna Baseball League, and enjoys a strong fan base.
After two years of planning, the first season of baseball was played from May to October of 2014. There were 20 games total, one each weekend, and a six game postseason with the top three teams. Finally, the World Series is played between the two winning teams. They play four games over two weekends in October.
Typically during regular season and post season one game is played for travel constraints. Most games are Saturday evenings, or Sunday afternoons. This timing was to avoid conflict with the well established Susquehanna Football League.
Susquehanna Baseball League:
- Berwick Yankees
- Bloomsburg Nationals
- Danville Pirates
- Hazleton Mountaineers (Current Champions)
- Shenandoah Mets
Susquehanna is sending two cross country skiers to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Saint John's Canada. This will be the first Olympics that the nation will participate in as an independent country.
Like many isolated nations that sprung up post-Doomsday, Susquehanna has a very limited, localized history of foreign relations. In recent years, the country has taken steps to engage on a regional level, exchanging diplomats and joining a handful of transnational organizations.
After the formation of the Commonwealth, the majority of contact was made with raiders and gangs. Even so, it did exchange information with both Reading and State College. Formal relations were not recognized until 2008, when it was realized none of the nations were interested in unifying at that point.
Today, the Commonwealth of Susquehanna maintains diplomatic contact with most of the Pennsylvanian survival states. Remaining diplomatically neutral on reunification and a successor state, Susquehanna takes a stance that reunification must be on the will of the people, and all survivor states with fairly elected leaders are spiritual successors to Pennsylvania.
It operates embassies in the capitals of Gettysburg, North Pennsylvania, Reading, and in State College. Additionally, consulates are located in Allentown (Reading), Johnstown (State College), Lebanon (Reading), Meadville (North Pennsylvania) and York (Gettysburg).
Both Reading and Susquehanna oversee Lehigh to prevent raiders from retaking the city-state.
In 2017, Susquehanna signed the Treaty of Pottsville with Reading, dividing the rest of Schuylkill, Carbon, and Monroe counties between the nations. This led into negotiations and the creation of the Confederation of Pennsylvanian States, a supernational organization for common defense, improved relations, and economic development.
Through communication with local partners and the United Communities, the nation has contact with the United States of America, Vermont, Outer Banks, Canada Remainder Provinces, Virginia, Delmarva, International Falls, Saguenay, Toledo Confederation, Niagara Falls, and Kentucky.
Relations are relatively strong with Canada, the latter providing monetary donations for work on the power plant, stabilizing the nuclear material at the nuclear power plant, arms and other materials that the Commonwealth cannot supply on its own. Susquehanna also keeps trading ties with Superior and Virginia, trading food and lumber for weapons, fuel and raw materials. They have tried to maintain friendly political relations with Superior despite Susquehanna slightly leaning slightly towards Canadian affiliations.
Relations with Virginia have soured in recent years, with some politicians in the Commonwealth, criticizing the government censorship, three strike law, and the seemed militarization of the civilian population as 'unacceptable'. Business owners, and citizens of the Commonwealth with family in Virginia have pushed to improve ties. Recent Virginian steps at demilitarizing the culture have been welcomed by Susquehanna.
Susquehanna's relations with North Pennsylvania's legal government have taken a step back with the advancement of the Amish Party into national politics. With the destruction of the Kinzua Dam, manufacturing in the Commonwealth has taken a hit due to less power available for purchase. Businesses and the government have begun improving power connections to Reading, as well as speeding up repair work on the coal power plant in Montour County. After hearing about possible corruption and racism, the government put a travel advisory on the nation and pulled all non essential personnel from the embassy in case of possible conflict.
Relations with the former United States
While regional relations have improved, international relations are severely hampered by two issues. The lack of any developed form of air travel limits the distance diplomats can move and the size, economy, and population of Susquehanna prevent any serious attempt to foment better global relationships.
The only nation on the international scale that Susquehanna shares any official diplomatic ties to is Canada. Occasionally, visiting members from the League of Nations have met with Susquehanna's officials, however these are never in an official capacity, and are oftentimes in passing.
League of Nations
The Commonwealth is not a member or observer in the League of Nations. Due to the headquarters being located halfway around the world, and the severe lack of air travel, this has hampered any interest in the organization.
Additionally, membership faces opposition from the Libertarian Party, the Conservative Party, and some factions in the Republican Party. Most of the disagreement stems from information that the USSR holds a seat on the high council, intrusion by the League on what is viewed as internal affairs of the nation, and a widely held opinion that regional organizations will serve Susquehnna much more effectively.
Officials from Susquehanna have met with League representactives at the United Community Headquarters. However neither share any official relationships, and Susquehanna typically relies on information from Reading diplomats regarding the League.
Susquehanna is a full member in the United Communities, joining on January 1st, 2015. It had previously been an observer from late 2013. It maintains a fully accredited embassy to the organization, and utilizes it to keep foreign relations with other member states. The Commonwealth has not served on any council or committee, and has in recent years, remained diplomatically neutral in disputes.
List of Embassies and Consulates by Nation/Organization from Susquehanna
- Embassy (Gettysburg)
- Also Acts as Embassy for the Virginia and Kentucky
- Embassy (Gettysburg)
- Commonwealth of Kentucky
- Consulate (Elizabethtown)
- Consulate (Lexington)
- New York
- Embassy (Ithaca)
- North Pennsylvania
- Embassy (Franklin)
- Consulate (Meadville)
- Embassy (Reading)
- Consulate (Allentown)
- State College
- Embassy (State College)
- United Communities
- Consulate (Charleston)
List of Embassies and Consulates by Nation/Organization to Susquehanna
- Non-Resident Representative (London, London)
- Embassy (Bloomsburg)
- Also Represents the Virginian Republic
- Embassy (Bloomsburg)
- Non-Resident Representative (State College, State College)
- North Pennyslvania
- Embassy (Bloomsburg)
- Embassy (Bloomsburg)
- Consulate (Hazleton)
- Non-Resident Representative (Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls)
- State College
- Embassy (Bloomsburg)
- Consulate (Hazleton)
- Non-Resident Representative (Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls)
- Non-Resident Representative (Gettysburg, Gettysburg)
The embassies are all located on Lightstreet Road, and the street is now nicknamed Embassy Row. They are converted fraternity and sorority houses that were taken over by the government.
Committee to Restore the United States of America
Susquehanna has a small supporting element of CRUSA, primarily within the Conservative Party. The organization is recognized as a 501c nonprofit at a federal level, and at varying degrees on a local level.
The organization has the stated mission to promote American values and teach the younger generations the history of the United States. In addition to this, they are pushing for Susquehanna to actively move to rejoin the United States as part of the State of Pennsylvania.
There are approximately 1,000 members of CRUSA who are registered. Only 300 are active, dues paying members. Yearly dues are utilized to fund educational presentations, materials such as banners and fliers, and a small percentage is directed to activities outside the Commonwealth.
CRUSA operates local chapters in Laporte, Sonestown, Millville, and Bloomsburg.
The federal government remains neutral on their position with CRUSA. They view reunification at the scale CRUSA proposes as 'unrealistic'. Provided the organization does not call for the active overthrow of national or local authorities, they are permitted to operate.
Local authorities, primarily in Columbia, Luzerne, and Sullivan County have to deal with the membership. Sullivan County recognizes it as a nonprofit, but Columbia and Luzerne counties only recognize it as an educational organization. In a similar stance to the federal government, Columbia and Luzerne counties are neutral. Sullivan County has verbally proposed, in several sessions of the General Aaembly, for Susquehanna to open reunification talks with the United States. None of these measures have made it to the floor, for a vote.
Diplomatically, the Saguenay War was a rough patch in the Commonwealth's ties. The nation had strong ties to both Canada and Superior.
The nation remained neutral, publicly calling for both sides to come to peace, supporting Vermont and a peaceful solution. The government recognized the right for self determination of the people of Quebec, but also stated a unified Canada would lead to a more stable North America. They refused to recognize the Republic of Saint Lawrence, citing the background to its formation, and the lack of support. Bloomsburg left the situation of Saguenay ambiguous, waiting for the outcome of the war to decide on recognition.
When news of the ceasefire and the eventual peace treaty reached the ears of the nation, the governor-elect, Lou Barletta stated - "I pray for a continued peace for our children, grandchildren and future generations, for their sake."
At the elections in June, the Republicans, calling for peace, kept control of the governorship, and won a majority in the Senate over the Democrats, who were more ambivalent to the situation. The Democrats managed to keep majority in the House by slim numbers.
After the war, with the revelation about Superior supporting raiders, and the Canada First Party's role in the assassination, the government strongly condemned them both. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House released a joint statement condemning the two parties for worsening the situation.
After the end of the war, Susquehanna built up its own munitions facility as well as ammo production and camouflage.
The nation has currently seen very little in the way of protests other than by some of the members of the Conservative Party and CRUSA.
The distance is unfeasible to attempt to rejoin the United States at the time. Susquhanna has no plans to reunite with the United States. Much of the younger population no longer identify as Americans or but as Susquehannians.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna passed several minor resolutions related to the status of reunification with the United States or Pennsylvania throughout the late 2000's. In 2012, it passed the current resolution, labeled Resolution 29, it outlined conditions that Susquehanna would rejoin either successor state. But this resolution also left open continued independence for the future.
Many citizens today are reluctant to rejoin the United States feeling that they have been abandoned, and the younger population no longer associating with it anymore. A poll taken by the newspaper the Press-Enterprise in 2017, showed that 6% of people support joining the United States of America, 43% support joining the North American Union, and 51% oppose joining either organization.
Slowly, over time as the older population dies off, more of the citizens are opposed to Susquehanna rejoining Pennsylvania or the United States in a political union. Susquehanna and Reading have recently formed a supranational organization as an economic and military alliance. Susquehanna also has good relations with State College and North Pennsylvania, and has trade agreements with both, as well as cultural and educational exchanges.
Many of the supporters are people who want to see the return of the American Hegemony. The strongest support is in Sullivan County and northern Columbia County.
Others point to the weak state of the Commonwealth. They lack a large military, and have a small economy. Most supporters though want Susquehanna to form an independent state in the United States rather than rejoin Pennsylvania.
Most of the support comes from older generations who grew up with the United States around. They are not opposed to Susquehanna's independence, but want to rejoin America if possible and as soon as possible. Most of this is due to patriotism to the former nation.
Many citizens and more each year oppose re-unification, pointing to the APA formation in Canberra rather than any number of surviving states in the United States.
Others point to the nation waiting over two decades before officially seceding. They believe that the wait was more than sufficient for contact to have been made.
Some are opposed due to a fear that the democratic reforms made, such as wider democratic freedom and an emphasis on citizens rights, will be annulled by the federal government if they were to reunite.
Overall, most of the opposition is from the younger generation who never grew up under the United States. They consider themselves to be Susquehannians, not Americans.
As of late 2014, there has been no change in Susquehanna's political status. The government does recognize State College and the United States in the west as official successor states.
There is no recognition of State College or the United States authority over Susquehanna or its claimed territory. Neither state has pressed the issue.
Officially the government takes no stand on re-unification, preferring civilian choice. Unofficially, the population has leaned, since 2007, toward continued independence. Many though favor a political and economical alliance of some sort.
With further contact with other PA survivor states and families reconnecting, there has been a movement to possibly found an organization for greater cooperation without giving up rights enshrined in the Constitution, or any measure of independence.
Modern Reaction to Doomsday
A poll taken in 2011 showed that 89% of citizens believe that the USSR was responsible for the Third World War, 2% believe the USA/American Provisional Administration was responsible for Doomsday, and 9% believe that it was just a terrible mistake and neither side was solely responsible for the aftermath of Armageddon.
In the Bloomsburg Town Square there is a piece of steel from the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station with a plaque on it saying - In memory of the innocent people who died in the unintentional nuclear exchange between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on September 26, 1983. This is another day that shall live in infamy.
The Commonwealth of Susquehanna is a secular state, allowing the freedom of religion to its people. The nation has a high percentage of people who are actively participating in a religious group. The predominant groups remaining are Christian and Amish.
The Protestant Church is the most predominant religion in the region with 41% of the population claiming to be Methodist. It is under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Bloomsburg.
Another large Christian denomination is Catholicism, with 35% of the population. Due to long separation from the Roman Catholic Church, it has developed separately after Doomsday and is a unique faith, though without a doubt, Catholic.
4% of the population is a mix of Christian faiths.
The Amish Community holds 6% of the population, although many are New Order Amish. They tend to avoid associating with the government. The concentration of their population is in Northern Montour County.
1% of the population claims to be Byzantine Catholic, Jewish or Mennonite - as well as other faiths.
The remaining 8% of the population is atheist or agnostic.
Susquehannean Catholic Church
Immediately following Doomsday, the remaining parishes and local church leaders set to aid those in need following the nuclear war. Most set up soup kitchens, utilizing fresh foods that would spoil in days without proper refrigeration, donated by church members. They also began Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament around the clock at Saint Joseph's Parish, and Saint Columba. The priest and various members of different religious orders went out into the communities to help people with who were still stunned by the events of Doomsday.
After stabilizing the region and the union of the towns and communities as the Provisional Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Susquehanna, the various religious people realized that there would be no foreseeable contact with the Vatican, and reports from survivors showed that both the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Diocese of Scranton had ceased to exist. In July, 1989 the Emegency Conclave was held.
Since the Conclave there has been little changed within the Church. One primary change that was made had to do with Holy Day's of Obligation. It was decided to add September 25th as an additional hold day due to the events in 1983.
The Catholic Church has evolved in Susquehanna into its own distinct religious format. Unlike other evolutions of the church (the Celtic Church, and Niagarian Catholicism), Protestant and Catholic faiths have not unified due to an agreement to collaborate but remain separate. A bishop is the leader of the Susquehannean Church. The seat of the Susquehanna Catholic Church is Saint Cyril's and Methodius Basilica in Danville, Montour County. The head of the Church is the Patriarch who is responsible for doctrine and assigning priests to various parishes.
There are three dioceses in Susquehanna, the Diocese of Danville, the Diocese of Bloomsburg, and the Diocese of Hazleton. This is primarily due to the small size of the nation, yet scattered population. There is one diocese, the Diocese of the World that covers any other believers outside of the nation. It has a few sects in Niagara Falls and some other New England states but does not have large population.
The surviving church leaders and high personnel called an Emergency Conclave in Bloomsburg, Columbia County at Saint Columba Parish. It was in response to definite proof that the Diocese of Harrisburg and Scranton were no longer functioning, and that the local church leaders needed guidance in what to do. Some disagreed with the meeting, but overall there was general compliance.
- Parishes, Individuals and Religous Orders in Attendance:
- Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Berwick, PA)
- Saint Cyril's and Methodius Parish (Berwick, PA)
- Saint Joseph's Parish (Berwick, PA)
- Saint Columba's Parish (Bloomsburg, PA)
- Geisinger Chaplin (Danville, PA)
- Sisters of Saint Cyril's and Methodius (Danville, PA)
- Saint Joseph's Parish (Danville, PA)
- Saint Mary's Parish (Ringtown, PA)
The church leaders decided to temporarily form the Diocese of Bloomsburg, and assigning a conclave of two priests and one nun. There would be no new dogma or religious doctrine put in place until contact was regained with the Holy See, Vatican City (presumed destroyed), or any other legitimate representation of the Church in the world.
Some of the more conservative Catholics wanted to reform the Church and reverse Vatican II. Cool heads prevailed in the end and no changes were made.
No bishop was assigned, because the clergy wanted to wait until it was confirmed that the bishops from the Diocese of Scranton and Harrisburg were both dead. There was hope that one had possibly survived the carnage of the war.
In 1992 the church remnant had waited almost a full decade and decided it was long enough, and they needed to move on. They voted to form the Catholic Church in Susquehanna with the head parish in Danville at the Chapel of Saint Cyril's and. Methodius. It was redesignated as a cathedral in 1995 and a basilica in 2000. At the second conclave, to pacify some of the more conservative Catholics, several key sticking points from Vatican II were reversed.
Differences Between Susquehannean Catholicism and Roman Catholicism
- High Mass celebrated on all feast days
- Kneel to receive Communion
- No Meat on Fridays year round
- Recognizes John Paul II as the Pope
- September 25th is a Holy Day
- Traditional prayers recited in Latin
- Women are asked to cover their heads in mass
Similarities Between Susquehannean Catholicism and Roman Catholicism
- New American Bible is in usage
- Practice in local tongue
- Priest faces congregation during mass
The Susquehanna Catholic Church is in talks with the Byzantine Catholic Church in Susquehanna over possibly unifying the two beliefs due to similar mass styles, and agreements in a variety of areas. Most of the key issues are the same problems that hail back to the East-West Schism. This includes key dogma, as well as the role of the Pope, Rome being the center of the Catholic faith, Mary, and original sin.
A group of scholars from both religious bodies in the Commonwealth have come together to discuss and find a resolution of the problems to reunify the two bodies.
Relations with the Roman Catholic Church
The Catholic Church in Rio de Janiero recognizes the Susquehanna Catholic Church as Catholic and in communion with the rest of the world. There are talks to officially reunify with the Roman Catholic Church. A major sticking point is the lack of North American bishops being present during the first conclave, so the Susquehanna Catholic Church will not officially recognize Anthony I as the Pope. They are still in talks though, and many believe reunion may be in the near future.
Relations with the Niagaran Catholic Church
The Susquehanna Catholic Church recognizes the Niagaran as Christian but not Catholic due to the usage of the King James Bible and the ordination of women. Relations though, are relatively good with positive dialogue in the past few years which has made Susquehanna more receptive.
Diocese and Parishes of the Susquehannean Catholic Church
- Diocese of Bloomsburg
- Christ the King Mission (Benton)
- Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Berwick)
- Our Lady of Mercy (Catawissa)
- Saint Columba's Parish (Bloomsburg)
- Diocese of Danville
- Saint Joseph's Parish (Danville)
- Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (Washingtonville)
- Diocese of Hazleton
- Most Precious Blood Parish (Hazleton)
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Shenandoah)
- Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church (Hazleton)
- Saint Gabriel's Parish (Hazleton)
- Saint Mary's Parish (Ringtown)
- Saint Patrick's Parish (White Haven)
- Saint Stanislaus Parish (Hazleton)
- Holy Name of Jesus Parish (West Hazleton)
- Diocese of the World
Other Religious Bodies
- Geisinger Chaplin (Danville, PA)
- Sisters of Saint Cyril's and Methodius (Danville, PA)
As the Catholic Church was working on salvaging the remaining members of the church, the Protestant faiths all met in Bloomsburg as well, and agreed to consolidate under one leadership. Today, each faith operates independently, but all meet several times a year to discuss doctrine and plans for the next year.
There is very little animosity between the Catholic and Methodist faiths. Many times the churches work together.
There are churches scattered around the nation that have the various faiths. Many towns have more than one due to the many types.
The Amish have changed relatively little since 1983. Much of this is due to the fact that the leadership survived and their lifestyles. Amish were the least impacted group on Doomsday, and many worked to aid others.
Today they still live like their ancestors did and farm the land. Many crops come from their farms and their produce is some of the best in the nation. Most Amish remain apart from the government, and the government leaves the pre-Doomsday laws in place that the United States and Pennsylvania put in place.
Byzantine Catholicism is a branch of the Catholic Church that has a small following in Susquehanna, mainly in Schuylkill County. After Doomsday, similar to the Roman Catholic, the few remaining churches met in a conclave in Ringtown, Schuylkill County, to decide what to do. They had lost contact with the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, the priests that met assumed that their leadership had either all died, and formed the Diocese of Shenandoah and Central Pennsylvania.
There are two churches in Susquehanna: one in Shenandoah and one in Hazleton. They have a small membership and the current Bishop is Gregor Allen.
Judaism was more or less wiped out in the region on Doomsday. There is a very small Jewish population who remain. There is a small synagogue in Bloomsburg, and there is only one rabbi who has recently moved from Canada. Susquehanna gives any Jewish soldier an allowance for their dietary restrictions.
Similar to the Amish, Mennonites have changed very little since Doomsday. Most continue to follow their elders' customs, but are more involved in the government and current affairs.
Media, Information and Communication
The Commonwealth of Susquehanna has recently formed several media outlets for people to use. Newspapers were one of the first forms used, being hand-typed on old typewriters that had been stored at area high schools from the 60's and 70's. One of the first newspapers to reform was the Morning News (renamed the Press Enterprise) in Bloomsburg. On September 25, 2013, the thirtieth anniversary of Doomsday, they released a special paper with stories of some survivors who managed to escape Scranton and Wilkes Barre.
Today the nation has two major newspaper distributors, The Press Enterprise, based in Bloomsburg, Columbia County; the Daily Item, based in Sunbury, Northumberland County; and one minor newspaper distributor, the Standard-Speaker, based in Hazleton, Wyoming County.
The Press Enterprise is the successor to the Morning Press, being renamed in 2004. They operate nationally, providing national and world news, cartoons, advertisements, and coupons for the citizens, along with serving as an announcement bulletin for the government, printing upcoming bills, elections and issues. The paper publishes five days a week. Originally the Danville News operated independently, but after two months became cost prohibitive, and merged with the Morning Press to form the Press Enterprise. The newspaper is distributed in the entire nation through pre-Doomsday newspaper racks and stands. The paper publishes seven days a week, and prints papers for the Standard Speaker on Tuesday and Thursday to bring in extra revenue.
The Daily Item is a recently founded newspaper, formed in September, 2015. It operates in the eastern side of the nation, covering Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Schuylkill counties, providing regional news coverage as well as some national and world news. They offer puzzles, coupons, and advertisement as well as providing service announcements from community and government organizations. The paper publishes Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The Standard-Speaker was the original newspaper for Greater Hazleton when it was an independent nation. It was only one or two pages long with just some basic news for the city with some ads and on the weekends, puzzles and comics. Today it is six pages long, and publishes Tuesday and Thursday and has an agreement with the Press Enterprise to roll copies of that paper during the rest of the week.
Journalists work for all the papers, and the three companies share news articles via telegram. Reporters for the Standard-Speaker focus on news in Wyoming County while reporters for the Press Enterprise and Daily Item cover national and international news.
Soon after Doomsday, many resources went into restarting the radios as they were the most efficient way to get information to the public, because in the news and bulletins, it was already at least one day old.
In 1984, the communities that would form Susquehanna later on banded together and started the Provisional Pennsylvania Broadcasting Company, the predecessor to the Susquehanna Broadcasting Company. The original transmitter was in Bloomsburg, and was constructed from salvaged equipment from Danville and Berwick. It was up and running by late 1986.
Today there is a variety offered through the radio, as it has claimed the market formerly occupied by television. Through aid from Canada and Vermont, Susquehanna has three radio stations in operation as of 2015. Two are operated by the Susquehanna Broadcasting Company, and the third is run by the Press Enterprise.
Radio listeners can pick up signals from State College, Reading, Texas, Mexico, North Pennsylvania, and several other regional radio stations with larger transmitters.
Susquehanna Broadcasting Company
- SBC Station One (1570 AM: Susquehanna Broadcasting Company Station One): This station is the first channel opened by Susquehanna. It was founded in 1986 after some engineers managed to get it operational again. It operates from 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM, and 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The station transmits government broadcasts, religious programming and sports.
- SBC Station Two (91.1 FM: Susquehanna Broadcasting Company Station Two): This station is the second radio channel operated by the Commonwealth. The second to open, with aid from Canada, it began transmission in late 2013. It operates from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM, Monday to Saturday. It transmits music, government broadcasts, news, and entertainment. There are plans to go 24/7 by 2017.
- WALZ Hazleton Current Hits (1490 AM: Hazleton Current Hits): This station was recently purchased by the Press Enterprise. The station was operated by the City of Hazleton in the late 1990's with help from Reading. It originally operated from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM seven days a week. Since its incorporation with the Press Enterprise the hours have been slightly adjusted. Currently it broadcasts from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They transmit current music ranging all over the music spectrum.
There are only three phone lines in operation for Susquehanna. The lines run to Gettysburg, Reading and to Niagara Falls through State College and North Pennsylvania. All three lines are owned an operated by the government. There are currently no private phone lines, but the government is working with West Texas Bell to begin phone service to the nation by 2030.
Most of the lines are still standing but will need replaced to begin functioning again.
Telegraph is the primary medium of communication outside of the nation. Susquehanna has telegraph connections with most nations in the Northeast and Eastern Canada. Each of the larger communities has a telegraph station in the downtown area. One line does connect with a network of lines, giving them sporadic contact with the Republic of Texas, United States of America, Toledo, and a few other nations that are farther out but this is rarely used.
The government operates its own telegraph service independent of the civilian relays. It gives them contact with all nations they have diplomatic relations with, as well as the members of the United Communities, Mexico and West Texas.
With the FCC being vaporized in the strikes on Washington D.C. the government of Susquehanna has lifted any restrictions on the use of HAM and CB radios for any that had survived the ravages of the EMP, and post Doomsday chaos. The federal government utilized several HAM radios to keep in touch with leaders from the United States, Mexico and the Republic of Texas on a more regular and stable basis than the telegraph has allowed. HAM radio usage among the civilian population is much more limited. Primarily the wealthy have the money to purchase one for use, often families will purchase bootlegged radios, or improvise their own. This is especially common for individuals with families in other nations.
Susquehanna operates two movie theaters which run from generators that the government has given them. They have a limited supply of fuel and normally operate two days a month. The equipment they use is obsolete, salvaged or recently purchased equipment mostly from Virginia or Toledo. Susquehanna received films from Canada, and Virginia but the Virginian films are heavily edited.
There have been no films made in Susquehanna, although recently Canada and the Celtic Union have shown interest in filming in the Commonwealth due to the low costs.
There are no television stations operating in Susquehanna, although there is some consideration to repair the equipment at the small local TV stations and restart one under Susquehanna Broadcasting Company. The 2015 budget has no funds to work on any repairs, concentrating on infrastructure and communications.
There are several libraries in Susquehanna. One is held by Bloomsburg University, one by Hazleton University, one by Geisinger, and the rest are in the public domain, owned either by the federal government or county governments. Each school maintains libraries with between 1000 and 5000 items, as well as 600 to 3000 books.
All libraries are subsidized by the Commonwealth of Susuquehanna, and there are thousands of books stored in Berwick, waiting to be catalogued and sent to the various libraries.
- Andruss Library - 2.5 million items; 400,000 books (Bloomsburg University, Columbia County)
- Bloomsburg Public Library - 135,836 items; 36,322 books (Bloomsburg, Columbia County)
- Geisinger Medical Library - 79,375 items; 58,256 books (Danville, Montour County)
- Hazleton Area Public Library - 149,423 items; 152,336 books (Hazleton, Wyoming County)
- McBride Memorial Library - 21,842 items; 35,483 books (Berwick, Columbia County)
- Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Library - 2689 items; 13,843 books (Hazleton University, Wyoming County)
- Thomas Beaver Free Library - 59,100 items; 31,500 books (Danville, Montour County)
There is a book-sharing program between the libraries to ensure that everyone has access to needed information.
REMUNDO does not have a presence in the nation. There are no facilities in the nation to support the infrastructure. It is highly unlikely that there will be any for the far future.
There are no computers operated in the nation, either, as all the ones previously used were destroyed from the EMP on Doomsday, or lost in the following chaos.
Overall, Susquehanna has a subsistence economy, with 90% of goods and crops that are produced supporting the nation. It has a GDP comparable with pre-Doomsday Niue, and a per-capita GDP comparable with pre-Doomsday Sudan. Much of the economic development comes from aid from Canada, North Pennsylvania or Niagara Falls. It is expected that in the coming decades the economy will improve and expand with additional mining of coal and iron, and drilling for gas.
Manufacturing will increase slightly with cotton being used to make cloth and fabric. Other industries include asphalt and concrete manufacturing, and other industries.
Services have been increasing including medical care, education and banking. These are expected to be the major economic boost to the nation.
It is classified as a developing nation with a strong enough economy to support itself but relying on external donations to improve any.
Before Susquehanna joins the global market there are many things that will need to be accomplished. These range from transportation to economics.
Hazleton International Airport will need massive amounts of capital to lengthen the runway to handle large aircraft. It also may need a landing site for airships due to their increased usage.
Due to the location of the capital, the government may need to expand that airport as well, or build a new one to replace the current small one used. Another possible solution would be to relocate the capital closer to Hazleton International Airport.
Railroads and roadways will need to be standardized and heavily repaired. This is so they can safely link with those of State College and Reading.
Rail lines are currently the safest and quickest method of transportation and more than likely will be the primary initial focus.
The government more than likely will need to develop a stable currency for foreign trade. More than likely, it will be pegged with that of Canada or Mexico.
Another possible need may be a stock market to keep businesses able to interact on a global scale.
They will need to find a strong stable source of income for the government to avoid inflation or deflation of the currency. More than likely, the economy will settle to be focused on heavy industries including steel, iron, coal, natural gas, limestone, and granite, as well as agriculture including corn for ethanol, corn for eating, red deer meat, soybeans, and vegetables.
For citizens to be able to compete in a global job market they will need to get a better education. This will mean students will either be encouraged to leave the Commonwealth for universities in Toledo, Canada, Niagara Falls, or Vermont or the government will need to improve the education system by hiring teachers from first world nations.
Susquehanna is working to improve its overall education services. There are still many issues with preventing truancy and encouraging parents to keep their children in school rather than pull them out to work the fields.