In the post-Doomsday fallout, Santa Cruz became a region in a dire state of violent and brutal anarchy. Eventually, after over a decade of gang-related violence and the emergence of a slaving industry, the nation fell under the control of Fascist slavers and raiders who are blood-thirsty, incredibly violent and have malicious intent for everyone they prey on.
During the 1980s the city of Santa Cruz was classified by the United States as the most dangerous city in America. When most people would enter the area it was hard not to see a gang member of some kind on the streets. The gangs were violent and it was almost impossible to go a day without hearing someone was gunned down in the news.
San Jose, a city just north of Santa Cruz, was hit, and when this happened the area went from the chaos it was already in into total and complete anarchy. With no government at all, the gangs controlled the county. The police forces slowly dissolved, with officers either being killed or joining a gang. Gang wars were frequent, and by at least 1990 all citizens were reported to be members of, or affiliated with, one of the gangs.
Establishment of an Empire
In the year 1996, a bold and brash gang leader named Vilodari Scholairi, the leader of an Italian gang, came to power, ruthlessly expanding his lower minions and conquering all of the county. Scholairi was greatly inspired by Benito Mussolini, and so he greatly admired Mussolini and his Fascist ideology. In the year 1998 he established Santa Cruz as an empire, and legalized slavery.
The Empire today
Contact was made with the Chumash Republic in 2002 when the raiders moved southward, kidnapping nomads and travelers for civilian displacement, they saw the country they immediately attacked them capturing about 20 civilians and injuring the military police. They later moved north to the MSP at night, first sweeping through the California Republic. They would stage secret raids and capture people without alerting any authorities. In 2009, with the discovery of Santa Cruz, the MSP announced Santa Cruz to the world. With their incredibly terrible humanitarian crisis, the country was denied permission into the League of Nations. They did not seem to care and in fact they protested against the League of Nations.
The flag of Santa Cruz appears to inspired by Fascist imagery from Benito Mussolini's Italy, combining the Italian flag "il Tricolore" and the fasces, the premier symbol of the National Fascist Party and the Republican Fascist Party, the two Fascist parties Benito Mussolini was a member of in Italy, and where the word "Fascism" derives from.