An overview of the international politics of the post-Doomsday world.
A general trend for successful nations since Doomsday has been amalgamation. Those nations and powers that have thrived, have done so because they successfully came together to combine resources, manpower, ideas, and goals. In general (though not universally), states that did not enter into combinations in the post-Doomsday years were less able to grow and prosper and were more liable to fragmentation and disorder. These multi-national unions vary in form from economic alliances to fully integrated states.
In 1984, the first major post-DD national merger occurred as Argentina annexed Uruguay (and the Falkland Islands) to form the United American Republic. That same year, the ANZUS nations (Australia, New Zealand, and the remnants of the USA) concluded a new treaty strengthening their relationship and laying the foundation for the future Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand. South America took a similar, though slower, course, also building up from existing alliances. The Andean Nations Pact became the Andean Union in 1990, which would form the core of the South American Confederation fourteen years later. In the same way, the Nordic Council was reworked and strengthened into the closer Nordic Union in 1990.
Other early unions were formed out of convenience or necessity, not based on earlier blocs or treaties. The Governing Committee for Samoa, established by the Samoa Island's two nations just months after Doomsday, was one of the first. Other early examples include the Celtic Alliance, preliminary agreements for which were made in 1984, to be made into a formal union in 1986; and the Guyana Cooperative, formed in response to threats from Venezuela. The East Caribbean Federation is the successful revival of an idea that had failed before Doomsday, but tried once again in 1987.
Multi-national unions and alliances, in order of foundation:
- Samoa (1983)
- United American Republic (1984)
- Union of Sovereign Socialist Republics (1984)
- Celtic Alliance (1986)
- East Caribbean Federation (1987)
- Guyana Cooperative (1987)
- Andean Union (1990)
- Gulf States Union (1990)
- Nordic Union (1990)
- Confederation of Greece (1994)
- Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand (1995)
- Alpine Confederation (1997)
- North American Union (1997)
- West African Union (1999)
- Bougainville & Solomon Islands (2003)
- South American Confederation (2004)
- Kinshassa-Brazzaville (2007)
Major global blocs and alliances
The world today can be divided into competing and often overlapping power blocs. The following three are generally recognized as the main global powers:
- Australia-New Zealand Bloc, consisting of the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand with its dependencies and allies. The ANZC appropriated much of the surviving overseas war machine of the former global power USA, and its network of associated states encompasses most of the Pacific islands. Tonga and to a lesser degree, the French Pacific, though neutral, depend on the ANZC economically. Generally considered the number one world power of the first decades after Doomsday, the ANZC was instrumental in the creation of several of the new global institutions, such as the WCRB and the League of Nations. In 2015, the Oceanic Organisation was created to join Australia-New Zealand and its associated states together in a formal, multilateral alliance.
- South America, through the union of the South American Confederation, has a population of around 350,000,000. It is an economic powerhouse due to its surviving industrial infrastructure and its control of the Panama Canal. The SAC was formed largely to be a counterweight to the ANZ power. Though the two blocs are natural rivals, they have cooperated in a number of joint missions, such as the military expedition to Cape Town and the establishment of the Municipal States of the Pacific in California/Oregon. Singapore, though not in South America, is included in this bloc due to strong economic ties, while the Guyana Cooperative and French Guyane are not included due to their affiliation with other blocs and generally neutral foreign politics.
- The Socialist Bloc, today include the Union of Sovereign Socialist Republics (also known as "Socialist Siberia") and its allies around the world. Siberia was historically isolationist in its foreign approach, though its control of parts of western Alaska has led to a tense diplomatic relationship with the ANZC. The CSTO, a political-military alliance founded in 2010, represented a desire to extend its presence to many parts of the world and signaled the creation of a unique bloc of states. Costa Rica had very close ties to the bloc and would likely have joined the CSTO, but administrations since 2008 have pursued a more non-aligned foreign policy; nevertheless, the USSR still has a good deal of influence in the country. in Africa, the CSTO works through a pair of partner organizations.
- Union of Sovereign Socialist Republics
- Aralia (USSR protectorate)
- Dominican Republic
- People’s Republic of Angola
- West Poland
- Costa Rica - nonmember
- The Confederation of African Marxist Countries
- The Confederation of Socialist West African Nations
- Outside the three major alliance, probably the most prominent geopolitical bloc is called the Euro-Atlantic Fringe. This bloc's main formal institution is the Atlantic Defense Community, the successor to NATO. The countries in this region are the remnants of European countries, plus Canada, Tunisia, and the Rif-Republic, surviving on offshore Atlantic and Mediterranean islands. Though lacking in population and resources, the Euro-Atlantic nations have still a good supply of old military hardware and a great deal of diplomatic prestige. They have positioned themselves as the neutral balance between Australasia and South America. This was evident, for example, in the negotiations surrounding the establishment of the LoN. Though not a member of the ADC and well known for its neutral foreign policy, the Alpine Confederation may be considered part of this bloc. The RTA and Tonga, though based in the Pacific, have played a similar role in the past as neutral mediators. However, recently they have come into conflict with other nations such as Saguenay and the Two Sicilies.
- The nations of the Italian Peninsular Alliance (API) are economically and militarily dependent on the Alpine Confederation. This alliance has cooperated closely with the Atlantic powers and can be considered part of its overall geopolitical bloc. Its original raison d'être was to block the expansion of Sicily in central and northern Italy.
- The Organisation of British Nations: As its title would suggest this is a group of nations that are situated in the territory of the former United Kingdom. It was originally created as a purely trading bloc but it now also serves as a way for the member states to gain a louder voice on the world stage and to show that the Celtic Alliance is not the only power in the British Isles.
- The Gulf States Union was formed in 1990 as a strengthened version of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an anticommunist union that dated to 1981. It was a response to two crises facing the Persian Gulf region: the collapse of the world petroleum trade and the threat of attack by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The highly integrated union includes a free trade agreement, a common currency, and a combined military command called the Peninsula Shield. It is so close-knit, in fact, that it is represented in the League of Nations by a single delegation. It has continuously occupied parts of southern Iraq since that country's collapse in 1992.
- The Iranian bloc: Iran has become a regional power with a network of client states. It props up these allies militarily and economically, while at the same time relying on their trade due to its relative isolation from the international community. The Iranian bloc is usually understood as the main geopolitical rival of the Gulf States Union today. Persian has Become a regional language in the bloc
- The West African Union, a close Nigeria-led West African alliance based on the so-called Adeyemist principles. It's the most influential bloc in Africa, and despite lacking the capacity of power projection they are respected by the other blocs due to the rapid development of its member states and the expansion of the union in recent years.
- The East African Community was re-founded in 2001 to promote further economic and political integration in the region. It established a customs union in 2007, a Common Market in 2011, and a common tourist visa in 2012. Plans are in place to add a common currency and a regional parliament.
- The African Economic Community is a movement to reintegrate South Africa undertaken largely at the initiative of New Britain. While criticized as a new vessel for the old British imperialism, it has evolved into a large economic union encompassing nations dominated by different races and cultures. The dissolution of the New Union of South Africa in 2014 led to the AEC's expansion into the Northern Cape and Southwest Africa.
- The North American Union unites most of the major surviving and restored nations in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of North America. Its founding nations and leading powers are the restored United States and the government of Provisional Canada, based in Saskatoon.
- The East American Alliance, originally the Dixie Alliance, has become one of the strongest powers in the eastern part of the former United States.
- CARICOM, the Caribbean Community, is a new organization, re-established in 2020 to promote economic integration, security, justice, and culture among the smaller nations of the Caribbean. One of the reasons for its foundation was a desire by many Caribbean members to resist the expanding influence of the South American and Socialist blocs. Its rise could therefore be seen as benefiting the ANZC, though that country played no direct role in its formation, and many members remain aligned with one of the major blocs.
Reminiscent of the old "Third World", these nations have chosen to remain outside any existing bloc. On a practical level, these states do not comprise an actual alliance or bloc. The formal Non-Aligned Movement has not been revived. Mexico is probably the largest and wealthiest nation to have pursued a consistent policy of neutrality in the postwar world, making it a natural leader of any future movement.
- Costa Rica
- French Southern Territories
- West Panama
Other regional organizations
- ASEAN is an organization to promote economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members; protect the peace and stability of the region; and provide opportunities for member countries to discuss their differences peacefully.
- The United Communities are not a bloc, but a regional forum based on the old United Nations. The organization is centered around the Great Lakes in the former United States and Canada and has grown to include most of the splinter republics and city-states on both sides of the old border. Canada participates, but its border conflicts with other members have caused controversy within the organization.
- New York
- Niagara Falls - location of headquarters
- North Pennsylvania
- Quad Cities Alliance
- Reading, Pennsylvania
- State College
- Commonwealth of Susquehanna (1983: Doomsday)|Susquehanna]]
- Toledo Confederation
Cultural and linguistic communities
As the shattered pieces of the world have begun to reconnect, certain nations have had a natural affinity based on shared culture and language. Some of these groupings have re-established formal organizations, while others exist more informally.
- The Anglosphere: The surviving English-speaking nations have naturally gravitated toward one another. That relationship may be strained at times, as with disagreements over events in Africa; but there remains the sense, both to English speakers and outsiders, that the Anglosphere comprises a family of nations, for better or for worse. The rise of a restored United States, meanwhile has opened up both old wounds and new opportunities. A number of organizations are rooted in Anglospheric unity. The ANZC itself unites the two main English-speaking countries of Oceania, and the Oceanic Organisation extends to a mostly English-speaking community of nations. Meanwhile the North American Union began as a union of the provisional United States and Canada and connects Anglophone states on both sides of the border. The Commonwealth of Nations aspires to re-create the old Commonwealth, connecting former parts of the British Empire around the globe.
- The Lusosphere: Brazil is the clear leader among the Portuguese-speaking nations. In the 2010s, productive relations between Brazil and the Portuguese remnant led to the creation of the World Lusophone Community (CLM). The CLM has helped direct humanitarian aid to countries in need, with Brazil being by far the largest donor. It also sponsors programs of cultural exchange.
- The Francophone Community: The French-speaking states, with the Sixth Republic of France as the unofficial leader, have forged increasingly close ties following restored contact in March 2009. These form a potential power bloc that may one day reunite altogether.
- The Hispanosphere: The Spanish-speaking nations, mostly located in a contiguous region in North, Central and South America, form a distinct community. These nations have risen in relative power and influence. As a group they would be one of the world's largest economic blocs; but differing geopolitical loyalties divide them.
Much of the world is still in a state of anarchy. In many former nations, competing states and warlords vie for control. China, the European parts of the USSR, and much of North America are good examples of this. In the postwar years, some stable central governments have emerged, for example the Municipal States of the Pacific which evolved into the Republic of Jefferson. Many regions, however, remain locked in brutal in-fighting.