The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic currently consisting of eleven states and a capital district, located in western and central North America, as well as being in a state of political union with the islands of the United States Atlantic Remnant (formerly known as the US Virgin Islands). It also historically consisted of 50 states, as well as the federal District of Columbia and various outlying territories, pre-Doomsday. After Doomsday, surviving government officials relocated to the nation of Australia, forming a sort of government-in-exile officially known as the American Provisional Administration, led by President George Herbert Walker Bush, which disbanded in 1995.
However, the disbandment of the APA provoked a massive backlash among American survivor communities, who had been hoping for the return of law and order to the chaotic continent. Previously in the mid-1980s, US forces in the Caribbean Sea and northern Atlantic Ocean had outright refused President Bush's order for US troops to relocate to Oceania and submit themselves to ANZUS command, and had instead remained in the Caribbean to form a provisional US survivor community called the US Atlantic Remnant. Now, the disbandment of the APA caused the American survivor communities on the US mainland itself to take matters into their own hands.
Following the Lakotah War a large number of American survivor communities held a new constitutional convention, re-establishing the United States of America. Though this Constitution was an almost direct copy of the pre-Doomsday U.S. Constitution, the new government declared itself only a provisional government that would give authority back to the existing federal U.S. government if they ever came into contact with them. In 2009 the USA learned that the surviving American government disbanded itself in 1995. On July 4, 2010, the PUSA declared itself to be the successor to the old United States and henceforth no longer a provisional government.
In the 2010s, a steadily growing economy (aided by economic diversification, new access to the sea, and a growing amount of immigration from American expat families) has strengthened the USA's position on the continent.
- 1 History
- 2 Flag
- 3 Political Divisions
- 4 Government
- 5 Politics
- 6 Foreign Relations
- 7 Military
- 8 Economy and Transportation
- 9 Culture
A brief history of the Grand Experiment
Almost a century after the first Europeans landed in what would eventually be the state of Florida, a second attempt at a colony by the British succeeded in what would become Virginia. This colony would prove to be the heart of the new nation that would rise from its small beginnings in 1607. Throughout that century settlers looking for a better life in a new land would take what could be a dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in the primary colonies of Virginia and Plymouth/Massachusetts Bay.
By the middle of the 1700's the British had established thirteen colonies from Massachusetts to Georgia. The government in England had exploited the land east of the Appalachian Mountains to the benefit of its upper class, but had begun to tax its subjects in the colonies for goods they received from around the world. This gave rise to a rebellion among the colonists that at times amounted to a civil war with much of the upper class being loyalists.
In 1776, after already enduring war for over a year, a congress of the colonies gathered in Philadelphia declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. A bloody war continued until 1781, with the concession of defeat by the British. General George Washington of the Continental army became the first president in 1789, serving two terms for a total of just short of eight years. In those first years, two "parties" arose - one wanting a strong central government over the individual states, and the other wishing for stronger governments in the states themselves. The Constitution of 1787 had laid out the powers of the central government, the seat of which moved to a federal district named "District of Columbia" in 1800. A town in that district, named Washington, became the home of the government. The town grew to include the whole district.
In less than a century, the nation was at war with itself - a so-called 'civil' war. This "War between the States" settled the question of where the power lay. The states became a union at last. It would take a few decades, but the English language would change the "correct" usage of "the United States are" into a collective "the United States is." (See Visual Thesaurus).
The United States would become a world power of unprecedented success beginning with intervention in China and the western Pacific Ocean in the mid 1890's. Two World Wars in the twentieth century would add to that prominence even as a second world "superpower" would arise out of the Russian Empire that spanned the Eurasian super continent.
By the bicentennial celebrations of the declaration of independence, the United States would be a member of political alliances in Europe (NATO) and Oceania (ANZUS), among others. It would see near destruction before the bicentennial of the Constitution, however.
Re-establishment of the USA
Fresh from their victory against the Lakotah, serious talks soon began about re-forming the United States of America. With little to no knowledge of the outside world and without any contact from the federal government in years, it was assumed by all that the old United States had ceased to exist. Various proposals were thus introduced by the various survivor communities to form a new nation.
Unknown to most local politicians, but crucial for the eventual success of the new nation, was a cadre of bureaucrats and high level state government officials in the five founding states, that established the ground work for the provisional status of a continuing United States. With underground communications, connected by state-of-the-art (for 1983) fiber optics and shielded electronics, these officials had kept contact with the office of President Reagan for months. However, after receiving word that the president and vice president were in route out of the country, no further word had come. In May of 1984, therefore, Governor Herschler, put into effect the sealed instructions that had been faxed to his office and that of the other governors of the area days after Doomsday. The states remained under emergency orders until a constitutional convention was called to form a "temporary" government.
1991 Constitutional Convention
- See main article: US Constitution
In June of 1991 a convention of delegates from the various communities met in Torrington, Wyoming, and on July 4th presented a new Constitution for the "Provisional Government of the United States of America." Though similar to the old US Constitution, it specifically stated that this government was only provisional and it would disband upon the re-establishment of the true federal government. Other changes also included the removal of the Electoral College and a revised second amendment. Following the approval of the represented communities, the new US had their first election for the President and the Congress.
Since the new constitution was thought to be a temporary document, changes from the US Constitution of 1787 (as amended) were only to be in effect until such time as the original document could be re-instated by federal authorities from Washington, DC, or wherever the government had moved after the assumed destruction of the federal district. Most changes were just cosmetic, in order to make the document separate from the original. The "new" document only differed significantly on the manner of election of the President and Vice President, and a less ambiguous right to bear arms.
The Election of 1992
The success of General Ray Hunkins in the Lakota War produced a situation reminiscent of 1787. No other leader among the survivor states stood a chance against him, so like George Washington after the first war for Independence, Hunkins ran unopposed and was elected the first president of the Provisional US in May of 1992. By November the various communities had been divided into new states which included Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. Citizens in these states confirmed the delegates to the Convention to constitute the first Congress on November 3, 1992.
With hopes for a more efficient provision of services to outlaying populations, President Hunkins in 1993 was able to push through Congress the creation of two new states: Kootenai (western Montana) and Absaroka (made up of parts of Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska). At first, Congress appointed governors to oversee these states, but by 1994 elections were held to establish these governments to be self-governed members of the PUS.
Soon the Provisional United States began expanding into Idaho. Several communities located in the former Idaho counties of Lemhi, Clark and Fremont, petitioned for admission into the PUS as a state and eventually formed the state of Idaho in 1995. The panhandle of Idaho was organized as the state of Lincoln after a PUS expedition has defeated the Neo-Nazi warlord who had taken control of the area. In the 1996 election President Hunkins won a second term as president of the PUS.
In 2011, final legal procedures are being pursued to add the state of Dakota (the eastern parts of the former North and South Dakota) as the next state. The state voted in 2010 to 'rejoin' the United States and has been awaiting congressional approval for almost a year. The acquisition of a portion of the old state of Nebraska from the Republic of Lincoln has made southern Dakota contiguous to the other states. Contiguity, though, has been an issue with the expected addition of the Virgin Islands as a state. With air travel still a problem on the continent, the longtime US Atlantic Remnant is seen as being a technologically advanced posting, with a 'one-way' travel problem between the 'parent nation' and its hopeful returning territory that remains persistent. However, with an affirmative vote there in November, the Congress has indicated an immediate acceptance for the Virgin Islands to potentially become its eleventh state (assuming Dakota as the tenth state).
Following the Dakota Annexation, negotiations began with the Free State of Oregon regarding statehood. Oregon became the eleventh state on August 14th, 2012, providing the United States with direct access to an oceanic coastline for the first time since the disbandment of the APA.
The Constitution of 2010
On February 12, 2010, representatives from across the PUS met in Torrington, Wyoming for a constitutional convention. Ever since contact with the outside world in 2009 where they learned that the United States had disbanded in 1995, the people of the PUS had debated about the provisional status of their government. This new constitutional convention was to decide the official status of this survivor state. With a vote of a majority of delegates the PUS would the present nine states to be the successor of the United States. Supporters of this proposal based the legitimacy of such on communications with Ronald Reagan when he was at Mount Weather until he left in May 1984 and on communications with remnants of the American military who were unable to evacuate to Australia following the Gathering Order. Every elected governor had been briefed on the history of the 1984 communique, even admitted outsiders like Sarah Heath (R-Lincoln) who became a vocal supporter of the idea.
On March 6, 2010, talks with a group of survivor communities in southern Idaho lead to the annexation the southwestern part of the state. This increased the size of the new state of Idaho significantly.
On July 4, 2010, the leaders of the Torrington Constitutional Convention announced that it had been decided that the Provisional United States is the successor of the United States of America. The delegates of the new constitutional convention announced that they had ratified the constitution without changes except for dropping the Provisional Clause and a "post script" that included the signatures of the delegates in attendance. The four new states, upon coming into the union, had all voted to ratify the document. The date on the bottom of the document, therefore, is July 4, 2010.
Convention leaders expressed a willingness to offer membership in the restored United States to all American survivor states, but they stressed that they will respect any American nations who desire to retain their independence. They promised to treat their neighbors with the "respect and dignity that all civilized nations deserve" and that the declaration would not change their relationship with the North American Union.
While there were no plans to change the current government, the midterm elections on November 2 did include ballot initiatives to approve the name change of the country and a new flag for the restored United States to reflect the current number of states.
News of the restored USA was greeted with celebrations among certain communities of the American diaspora, especially where the Committee to Restore the United States of America has a strong following.
The American Spring
Within days of demonstrations in the Municipal States of the Pacific, the CRUSA chairman met with President Allard in two days of meetings Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2011. In these meetings the chairman repeated much of what he had told the president in their visits in Canberra. Allard made it clear that it was not within the Constitutional powers of the US government to reclaim lost land, but rather to legally pursue those states that are held in good faith by successor governments willing to rejoin the nation.
In part, Allard said:
Though the Constitution does not require that we reclaim lost land to the last acre, nor even to grow beyond our present borders, it does give us the mandate to provide a just and equitable existence to Americans everywhere. I look forward to working with the Committee in what promises to be an exciting campaign to reconnect with our brothers and sisters from 'sea to shining sea.'
- -- US Pres. Wayne Allard, March 26, 2011.
Reports of unrest in the MSP had spread throughout the nation by the time this announcement was made, and many local politicians began to be pressured to take a stand on where they stood. Several chapters of the CRUSA were being hounded by local press as to their intentions. Many feared what they saw as "outside agitators" bringing dissension among Americans everywhere. Others wrote letters to politicians and newspapers stating doubts that such a grand scheme would be worth the effort. Businessmen began to wonder if the trade agreements within the North American Union would be scrapped or endangered.
Negotiations with the Provisional Government of the Dakotas during the Spring would pay off, as many Dakotans still felt as if they were a part of the nation. The two governments eventually agreed to statehood, and the State of Dakota was admitted into the Union on July 4th, 2012.
Following the Dakota Annexation, Oregon began negotiations regarding statehood. President Cole Grant of Oregon declared that statehood would be of mutual advantage, as much of Oregon still lay in ruins following the Civil War five years back. Oregon became a US State on August 14th of that same year, the anniversary of the creation of the Oregon Territory.
While the United States has access to the sea, it currently has no direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, which remains a major roadblock in regards to the Atlantic Remnant rejoining the United States. However, the Atlantic Remnant voted in favor of reunification in 2011. It was decided that until faster transportation became available, the USAR would be politically unified with the mainland US (with harmonized political and military goals), though not yet a state.
Outreach to the American diaspora
During the 2010's, as the USA achieved increasing prosperity, as well as greater transportation capabilities, the US State Department founded a set of programs to reach out to Americans scattered across the world. The programs include education on American culture and history, as well as messaging in support of American democratic ideals. The programs also encourage American families who were stranded in other parts of the world after Doomsday to return to the American mainland and resettle in the reborn United States. Congress has ruled that anyone who can either prove pre-Doomsday American citizenship, descent from someone who had pre-Doomsday US citizenship, or current citizenship in an American survivor community, will be automatically entitled to citizenship in the new USA.
A key element of this effort, starting in the 2010's, has been the New American Pioneers program, which has partnered with American diaspora organizations in the ANZC and other countries to fund young Americans from expat families to visit the new USA over the summer, with the hopes of convincing them to stay. The Oregon coast of the new USA has become a major shipping center for the US on the Pacific, and that now includes bringing in American youth on Pioneers trips from the ANZC. New American Pioneers participants are typically greeted with a welcome party in their port of arrival, an orientation session, and other cultural programming (with an emphasis on American cuisine, music, and sports), nature tours and historical sightseeing. The New American Pioneers trips typically culminate with a trip to Torrington, to visit the growing capital city. Many of these tour groups have even been personally greeted by the US President during their stay in Torrington. Anyone who participates in the program who chooses to stay is invited to encourage their family members to join them. With the growing prosperity of the US economy, the State Department and various wealthy merchants typically partner to pay for these efforts. New American Pioneer participants who decide to stay are also given assistance in finding jobs.
By 2020, the program had become increasingly successful. Many American families have begun moving back, attracted by a combination of patriotism and the opportunity of the clean slate afforded by moving to the steadily developing US. A high percentage of these repatriated Americans, or "repats" as they're often affectionately called, also often cite facing prejudice in other parts of the world because of the old US government's role in Doomsday as a motivating factor in their return to the old homeland. One repat from the ANZC commented to an Oregon newspaper "I grew up in Australia. My parents had been tourists there on Doomsday. But even though I was born and raised there, so many people, when they realized my heritage...well I always noticed it seemed a little harder to find jobs, or conversations abruptly ending. So now I'm here in America. The NAP program helped me land a job to work as an engineer at a construction company in Salem. I've only been here a while, but I already feel like I'm finally home."
Immigrants from elsewhere are also welcome to join the regular application process for citizenship.
Since its inception, the Provisional United States of America had continued to fly the 50-star flag. However, a proposal passed in the Constitutional Convention to update the flag to reflect the current number of states while preserving the history of the original USA. The flag was voted on in the 2010 elections with a vote between several designs submitted in a public contest. The historical flag had been retained while the nation held out hopes that the whole nation would one day be restored. Now, of course, it is known that the previous government dissolved, leaving the new version of the USA to start from a smaller number of states. The flag to the right was the favorite in a straw poll at the convention and in informal conversations throughout the states as well, and as was expected the new flag became official as of November 8, 2010 (first day of the work week after the votes were tallied and authenticated).
With the addition of Dakota and Oregon, two more stars would be added on January 2, 2013, by a resolution in Congress as they begin the new term. After being designed and approved, the flag would be unveiled at the signing of the bill by outgoing President Allard. It was flown on public buildings for the first time during the inauguration of incoming President Simpson.
It is expected that as the nation grows, the government might bring historic versions of the flag out of retirement if their number of stars reflects the current number of states; for instance, when the Union reached 13 states, it reintroduced the 13 star "Betsy Ross" flag from the American Revolution.
The USA is divided into 14 states, two territories, as well as the federal District of Kennedy, which contains the capital city of Torrington.
|Wyoming||Casper||1992||Most of the state||One of the five founding states.|
|Montana||Billings||1992||Most of the former state||One of the five founding states.|
|Nebraska||Scottsbluff||1992||Originally the 'panhandle' region of the former state, extended to include much of the western of the former state||One of the five founding states.|
|Kansas||Dodge City||1992||Western end of the former state||One of the five founding states.|
|Colorado||Fort Collins||1992||Northern and Eastern Colorado||One of the five founding states.|
|Kootenai||Missoula||1993||Northwestern corner of the former Montana||One of the two "Hunkins' states," predominately American Indian tribes and former national forests|
|Absaroka||Sydney||1993||Eastern Montana, eastern Wyoming and northeastern Nebraska||One of the two "Hunkins' states." Dominated politically by the influential Crow Tribe.|
|Lincoln||Coeur d'Alene||1995||The 'panhandle' area of the former state of Idaho along with easternmost areas of the former state of Washington||Founded after the area was liberated from a Neo-Nazi warlord who had terrorized the area. The state is named after President Abraham Lincoln.|
|Idaho||Salmon||1995||Central area of the former state||Created after several Idaho city-states petitioned for membership. Originally the counties of Lemhi, Clark and Fremont, but now including six more counties, from the Snake River to Lincoln.|
|Dakota||Aberdeen||2012||Eastern areas of former North and South Dakota||Previously the Provisional Government of the Dakotas, was annexed to the United States following diplomatic negotiations|
|Oregon||Salem||2012||Middle stretch of the former state of Oregon||Previously an independent state, was annexed to the United States following diplomatic negotiations.|
|San Juan Islands||Friday Harbor||2015||Islands in the Gulf of Georgia between mainland Washington and Vancouver Island||Surrounded by Victorian territory, joined the USA to avoid annexation.|
|Cascadia||Baker City||2020||Southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon||Alliance of city-states, became an NAU member in 2011 and then a state.|
|Cimarron||Guymon||2020||Oklahoma Panhandle||Previously an independent city-state; from the time of the American Spring, Cimarron gravitated to the USA before becoming a state.|
|Minnesota||Moorehead||2021||Western part of the former state|
|Virgin Islands||Charlotte Amalie||2014||All of the former territory, plus Nassau Island|
Like the original USA, the new USA's governmental structure consists of a federal government with executive, legislative, and judicial branches, while each state has its own state version of these branches, along with local governments.
Each President's administration includes a Cabinet consisting of the various federal department secretaries, just as in the pre-Doomsday executive branch.
Congress is bicameral, consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House allots representatives to each state based on the population calculated in the decennial US Census, while each state has two Senators. Congress also includes a non-voting delegate from the United States Atlantic Remnant, who is allowed to participate in debates and caucuses and serve as a link between the mainland and the islands.
The composition of the new Supreme Court in the 1990's was initially composed of respected local judges from the original five states of the nation's refounding. By 2020, several of the original Justices had retired or died, and the composition of the Court as of 2020 includes Justices from several of the states that have more recently rejoined the USA. Since 2005, former lawyer Gerry Spence of Wyoming has served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The United States continues to have two major parties and several minor parties, most of which are continuations of the pre-Doomsday organizations.
The Republican Party is the largest party in the United States and socially and fiscally conservative. It is the largest party in Cimmaron, Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, Lincoln, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Both the Territory of Minnesota and the USAR have Republican majorities.
The Democratic Party is a socially liberal, fiscally conservative party and the second largest in the United States. It is the largest party in Abrosoka, Colorado, and Kootani, with large minorities in Oregon.
Oregon Democracy Coalition
The Oregon Democracy Coalition is the largest third party in the United States, controlling most of Oregon’s politics. The party is centrist and frequently members caucus with either the Democrats or Republicans in Congress.
The Libertarian Party is a minor party that frequently runs candidates but does not currently have representation in Congress or any state legislatures. Since 2010 it has seen two members elected to state legislatures, one to the Nebraska State Legislature in 2012 and one to the Wyoming House of Representatives in 2016 although both candidates lost their seats in 2018. Two dozen Libertarians serve in local seats such as county commissioners, city or borough council, or school boards across the country.
On November 2, 2010, mid-term elections were held all over the US. On the ballot were the ratification of the status of the position of the nine states as the successor of the 50 former United States of America along with choosing a new flag. Both resolutions passed overwhelmingly. Six of the nine states had gubernatorial elections and all of them voted on representatives. Six of the states also elected senators belonging to the third class.
Lincoln: Sarah Heath (R), re-elected.
Idaho: Richard H. Stallings (D)
Wyoming: Colin M. Simpson (R)
Colorado: Scott McInnis (R)
Kansas: Sam Brownback (R), re-elected
Nebraska: Adrian Smith (R), re-elected
Lincoln: Michael Baumgartner (R)
Idaho: Larry LaRocco (D)
Colorado: Cory Gardner (R)
Kansas: Tim Huelskamp (R), re-elected.
Nebraska: John Harms (R), re-elected.
Absaroka: Jason Ward (D)
The apportionment of the House of Representatives remained the same as the previous election, using the census of 2002.
Wyoming: Five seats total. Four Republicans and one Democrat.
Montana: Seven seats total. Four Republicans and three Democrats.
Nebraska: One seat. One Republican.
Kansas: Three seats total. Three Republicans.
Colorado: Six seats total. Three Republicans and three Democrats.
Kootenai: Three seats total. Two Democrats and one Republican.
Absaroka: One seat. One Democrat.
Lincoln: Three seats total. Two Democrats and one Republican.
Idaho: One seat. One Republican.
Overall, this meant that the Republican party under Speaker Denny Rehberg maintained its majority in the House, and although they gained a seat in Lincoln, they also lost one each in Wyoming and Kootenai, for a net loss of one seat.
2012 Presidential Race
Candidates began to announce their intentions for the office of President in the 2012 elections in late 2010. The Supreme Court ruled that any candidate that was born in a state of the former United States and presently a resident in a state recognized as under the jurisdiction of the US government at the time of the election (November 2, 2012) would be eligible as a candidate for the office of president (and vice president).
For the Democrats, sources from Charlotte Amalie, VI, claimed that the charismatic chairman of the Committee to Restore the USA, might announce sometime after the November 8, 2011, general election in that area that, should the independent state vote to join the US, they were running. Despite the vote being overall in favor, the Chairman ended up not running for the position, announcing that it would not be possible for the 2012 elections, and expressing hope for the future. Soon after this announcement in December of 2011, several other Democrats who had not declared themselves in the race declared their candidacies, joining early entrants to the race.
By the start of the primaries, Vice President Mike Simpson of Idaho, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, Governor Sarah Heath of Lincoln, Representative Jim Geringer of Wyoming, Senator John Harms of Nebraska, and Representative Kevin Lundberg of Colorado had declared their candidacies for the Republican nomination and filed the appropriate paperwork. By the end of the primary season in May of 2012, Vice President Simpson had managed to win the nomination, and fairly easily at that, with Governor Brownback coming in second. Simpson asked Brownback to fill out the lower half of the ticket, and he accepted.
For the Democrats, Senator Jon Tester of Montana, Mayor and 2010 Gubernatorial candidate John Doll of Garden City, Kansas, Senator Jason Ward of Absaroka, Representative Shirley Ringo of Lincoln, and Senator Bob Bacon of Colorado all eventually ran for the nomination. Of these, Mayor Doll and Senator Tester had been in the race prior to the CRUSA Chairman deciding not to run. Between this, his role as Senate Minority Leader, and the standing of the Democratic Party in Montana, Senator Tester secured the nomination after the first couple of primaries. He chose Representative Ringo for the lower half of the ticket.
The 2020 elections reinvigorated the Democrats with hopes that they could recapture the presidency after almost three decades of Republican control. With increasing trade to the Pacific Ocean
The restored USA is a member state of the North American Union. As a founding member of this alliance, the United States held a dominant role until the neighboring nation centered in the former US state of Utah joined. For a time, influence across the Union was evenly spread by its two largest members, but the growth of the restored United States has caused it to gradually eclipse Deseret in influence.
There have been lingering territorial disputes with the USA's neighbors. The borders of Utah and the state of Idaho had been issue until Utah's joining the NAU. The Republic of Lincoln also claims the entire state of Nebraska, a claim which is not recognized by the current state of Nebraska. Negotiations for the consolidation of that state's lands to its former borders died quickly as the vehement government in Lincoln (the city) claimed legal secession. Constitutional scholars are divided on the legitimacy of that claim.
Upon ratification of the Constitution of 2010, President Allard traveled to Australia to talk with representatives of the CRUSA and former members of the APA in order to formalize the legitimacy of the restored United States. Recordings of discussions with Ronald Reagan and George Bush, along with copies of the sealed emergency government documents, were put in the hands of former APA President George Bush himself. Once these legal details are worked out, it is hoped that membership in the League of Nations will be forthcoming.
Relations with the governments within the former US state of Texas (presently in the process of consolidation) are cordial, but officials of West Texas did not seem to be interested in rejoining the United States as of 2010. Talks will continue, however, towards that vital extension towards the "outside world
Negotiations continue with neighboring Cascadia to get a railroad rebuilt to the Pacific coast where a port can be accessed. The unrest in Oregon is a concern, but a temporary embassy has been established in Victoria. On the other side of the country, the survivor state known as the Republic of Lincoln centered in the old state capital of Nebraska, has continued to refuse to recognize the USA's claim on the state. Negotiations, though, have succeeded in the annexation of portions of the northeast of the former state to the US state now recognized as Nebraska by the international community as a whole.
Contact has also been established with the survivor community known as the United States Atlantic Remnant, once the only known American community in the world. President Allard had flown back to US via the Caribbean islands, visiting Puerto Rico, the USAR, and Jamaica, before flying into Midland, West Texas, for one last presidential conference in December of 2010. A planned annexation of the Virgin Islands (the USAR) as the 12th state was put on a much more gradual timeline by Torrington, though voters there have approved statehood. During the interim between the pro-unification plebiscite result and eventual statehood, both the US and USAR consider themselves "partially united," with harmonized political goals and military consolidation, as well as the Buffalo Dollar becoming acceptable legal tender in the islands of the USAR. The USAR also gained a permanent delegation to Torrington, which would remain non-voting until statehood. Although the USAR cannot vote in the November presidential elections until the transition to statehood is completed, USAR residents are allowed to vote in the presidential primaries. The USAR's day to vote in the primaries is March 1 of each presidential election year.
The closest international ally and supporter of the US has been ANZC. Although the ANZUS security treaty is no longer valid, and although the two countries do not have a mutual defense clause, the 2019 Treaty of Newport solidifies close relations.
In more recent times, the US continues to reach out diplomatically. While a genuine gesture of goodwill, another stated reason for this has been to reconnect with other elements of the American diaspora as well as establish trading relations with the wider world. Although there have been setbacks with certain countries such as Japan due to the lingering legacy of Doomsday, this has not stopped American delegates and diplomats from undertaking tours to Europe and the Pacific. Firm reservations remain however with socialist states such as Cuba and Socialist Siberia.
The United States Defense Forces is the military forces of the United States. They currently consist of the Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard. It was officially renamed from the United States Armed Forces to the United States Defense Forces in 2020, after a movement seeking a change in the name to reflect the situation of the present day United States passed a binding resolution that was approved of in Congress. The Defense Forces have 150,000 active duty personnel as of 2020, with a further 300,000 well trained soldiers in reserve. Furthermore, various militia and paramilitary forces in each of the states number well over 200,000, but official numbers on these forces is hard to compile.
The Army is divided as follows:
-1st Infantry Division, "Big Red One" This is the oldest and largest subdivision within the US Army. The division is primarily responsible for infantry and combined arms warfare, and has 30,000 soldiers as of 2020. They are armed primarily with the M16 as the standard service rifle, as well as the LAW anti-tank weapon, the M1911 pistol as the standard side-arm, and the Dragon ATGM.
-1st Cavalry Division This is responsible for armored warfare, as well as transporting infantry in armored vehicles. They primarily operate Humvees, the Bradley series of infantry fighting vehicle, and the M113 APC. As of 2020 they have 200 M60 Patton tanks in service, of varying quality. They also operate the M1 Abrams, a highly advanced tank which is used in serious situations, of which they have 25 in service.
The United States Frontier Force is a primarily reserve component of the Defense Forces. They are responsible for defending frontier communities, as well as local policing in rural areas. They also perform special forces duties, including paratrooper operations. They are lightly armed and act as a light infantry force. They follow a similar structure and policy that the former National Guard did. They number 250,000, of which most are in reserve to be called upon in emergencies in a similar manner to the colonial "Minuteman".
The US Air Force is the most advanced and capable Air Force in the former US. They size roughly 25,000 personnel. They operate all military aircraft, including helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. As of 2020 they have the following equipment in service:
30 F4 Phantom II, upgraded to H variant Standard by 2020 with advanced avionics and gunpods. This is the primary fighter and strike aircraft of the US military
15 F16 Fighting Falcon, these serve as highly advanced multirole combat aircraft. However, due to the lack of spare parts and expenses of flying, these are primarily kept in a ready reserve state.
8 F15 Eagle, these are the most advanced aircraft in the US military, and are used to patrol the airspace over contested regions.
4 F 111 Aardvark, these are the primary bomber aircraft of the US military, carrying dumb bombs, usually of the 1000 pound variant.
75 Bell UH-1 Iroquois, these serve as the primary transport and utility helicopters of the US military, and are highly used by the army.
5 Boeing Chinook, these serve as the primary heavy transport helicopter
12 C-130 Herclues these serve as the primary long range and heavy transport aircraft. They are also used for paratrooper drops by the Frontier Force.
The new US Coast Guard has refurbished several 20th century Navy vessels that had survived along the West Coast. It has also built several old-style steamships and even wooden sailing ships. As more metal ores become available from mines in the Rockies, the Navy is once again focusing on building metal ships, albeit often with steam as the power source.
The Oregon coast has become a major center for shipbuilding (and refurbishing pre-Doomsday vessels) and oceanic commerce since rejoining the Union.
Economy and Transportation
The economy of the restored United States is primarily an agricultural economy. With few industries located in the members' states other than some manufacturing in Colorado, the new nation was faced with an industrial crisis nearly as crippling as the agricultural one faced by many survivors on the east coast. Obtaining fuel for existing farming equipment was probably the single largest difficulty facing the communities that would one day re-establish the United States. In the present day, the primary means of transportation is still by horse, with large herds dominating the Great Plains. Most trade in the animals is through the nomadic clans associated with the NAU. Bicycles are also in heavy use for local travel.
There is limited oil that comes from Nebraska, but it is exclusively used for government purposes. Fuel and some manufactured goods have mostly been obtained from neighboring Utah, though there has also been trade with other members of the NAU. With the promise of a rail-line to connect the NAU with the Municipal States of the Pacific, many Americans now look forward to an economic windfall as the restored USA establishes a reliable connection to the Pacific coast with the wealthy Pacific market of the "first world." The USA has also begun trade with northwestern Canadian survivor communities to obtain fuel from tar sands in former Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In recent years, the USA has increasingly been authorizing companies to reopen mines in the Rockies that had been abandoned after Doomsday, especially in Colorado, to obtain the vast mineral resources within. By 2010, the mineral trade in the USA was a rapidly growing industry, with both the government and private businesses especially keen on using various metals.
The traditional American sports - American football, Baseball, Basketball and, in the northern states, Ice hockey, along with tennis and golf - retained their interest and popularity among the public. Today, various semi-professional leagues have been established across the restored USA.
The most prominent sports organization in the post-Doomsday USA thus far is the United States Baseball League. The USBL played its first full season in 2013.
The USA continues to celebrate the same traditional American holidays that existed before Doomsday. There is, however, one notable addition: Doomsday itself is marked as a solemn day of remembrance both here and in many other countries.