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USRA
United Socialist Republics of America
Timeline: From Sea to Shining Sea

OTL equivalent: United States of America
Union of American Communist States USA Communist Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
USA orthographic
Location of United America

Motto
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs

Anthem "Onward, workers of America!"
Capital Georgetown
Largest city New York City
Other cities Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Los Angeles
Language
  official
 
English (de facto)
  others Spanish and Native American languages (Navajo, Dakota, Apache, Cherokee, etc.)
Religion
  main
 
Irreligious (officially a secular state)
  others Christianity, Judaism and Native American religions.
Ethnic Groups
  main
 
65.6 percent White
  others 15.6 percent Black
6.2 percent Hispanic and Latino Americans
4.8 percent Native Americans
4 percent Asians
3.8 percent other.
Demonym American
Government Federal Marxist-Trotskyist three-party socialist council democracy
  legislature Workers' Congress
President Sarah Leslie (1936-1953) first
Janet Kim (2015 to date) current
Workers' Congress members 150 (current)
Population 320.46 million people (current) 
Established November 7th, 1936
Independence from United States of America
  declared November 23, 1932
  recognized December 9, 1932
Currency American dollar ($)
Time Zone (UTC−9 to UTC−5)
  summer (UTC−8 to UTC−4)
Drives on the right
Calling Code +1
Internet TLD .ua
Organizations League of Nations)

The United Socialist Republics of America (USRA), or informally North America or United America, is a democratic socialist country in North America continent. It borders Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

The USRA is the first and largest revolutionary-socialist country in the world. The USRA is otherwise called United America, to contrast with the now defunct United States of America.

United America descends from the original United States; both American governments were unique for their values of limited centralized government and individual liberties. Since its founding United America has attempted to follow both the ideals of Marxist-Communism ideology and aspects of Liberalism which had created the first United States. The First Constitution and in particular the Bill of Rights continue to have indirect influence on modern America while being null and void.

Introduction

The 19th and early 20th century saw remarkable growth and success for the original American nation. Turning from an agrarian society to an industrial one in a matter of three generations. The original United States survived an earlier Civil War from 1861-1865 between today's northern and southern republics. The government victory in the Civil War protected the country's unity and abolished the practice of slavery. However, reunification allowed the long-term exploitation of Southern agrarian America by the industrialized north.

By the turn of the 20th century, the old United States granted more rights to its citizenry than most countries in world history. Universal male suffrage and free labor permitted its citizens to participate in elections, to move and to seek employment all across the country. For all of these political advances, the Industrial Revolution placed many stresses on American society. The legal system remained intact but corporate conglomerates took advantage of old America's free market economy. Industrial America suffered from vast inequality and worsening conditions for the majority of America's industrial and agricultural workers. The fairness of elections were disrupted by voter-bribery with corporations corrupting electoral results wholesale. America's intervention in WWI though victorious raised domestic anger against the authorities.

As nations abroad experienced reform, many Americans became frustrated with a seeming lack of change in the home front. The failed 1925 Revolution erupted out a call for political reforms as much as equitable labor and wealth policies. The shock of the Great Depression and the refusal of America's political leaders to intervene in the crisis were the direct causes of the Second American Revolution. Activist Sarah Leslie maneuvered to take command of a diverse and varied dissent movement. The resulting Second American Civil War to overthrow the remnants of the first American state proved to be the most destructive conflict in the history of the Western Hemisphere. Victory in the Civil War assured supremacy of the American Workers Party over other revolutionary factions. The new USRA became the successor state of the old United States.

Sarah Leslie's leadership focused highly on economic redevelopment, egalitarianism and intervention abroad for the cause of World Revolution. The young government intervened in World War II and served as the deciding factor in favor of the allied powers. Foreign intervention caused long-term problems for the Socialist State. The USRA government has a mixed record in developing the nation since 1936. Great advances have been made in social and wealth equality. USRA's unique economic system has faced problems such as stagnation in the past as well as being incompatible with World capitalist economy and trade. The USRA has shown flexibility in addressing structural economic issues and foreign policy.

History

The Coming of Revolution

See: Second American Civil War

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the economic crisis, unemployment, low wages and lack of welfare relief led many Americans to look at and turn to left-wing organizations and more radical solutions and ideas such as socialism, communism and anarchism as a solution to their social hardships.

The defeat of the 1925 American Revolution led to efforts of the progressive, socialist and communist parties and members to establish a common and joint party of the urban and rural proletariat of America. The breakthrough came in the National Convention of Unity of 1929 that established the American Workers Party (AWP); a new political party with the purpose of creating a communist society in America.

Sarah Leslie was elected as party leader in 1929, just before the start of the Great Depression, and gathered support from across the United States. She led the American Workers Party originally under the tenets of Trotskyism, a democratic form of communism formulated by Leon Trotsky. In time, Trotskyism was adapted to accommodate the political values of the American People.

Several AWP partisans, organizers and militants traveled across the United States, increasing the popularity of Trotskyist Communism. Over three years later, as the Second American Revolution highlighted, she led the November Revolution, capturing Washington, D.C., renaming it Georgetown and declaring independence from the United States. This started the Second American Revolution in 1932, which clasted for the next four years. This clash between communists and capitalists in America sparked a "Red Scare" around the world. In 1936, the United States officially capitulated to revolutionary forces. The collective death toll is uncertain, with many unreported deaths, possibly as high as three million.

Following surrender, the old United States was dissolved, and in its place, the United Socialist Republics of America was formally established by revolutionaries after a a long protracted war against counterrevolutionaries. Georgetown was made into the capital of the new nation. The remaining former United States territories: Puerto Rico, the Philippines, the Canal Zone, Samoa, and Guam either became independent or incorporated with surrounding countries. Americans who opposed the Revolution and fled to countries around the world became Blue Expats, many Blues also took the legacies of major American Corporations with them.

The Leslie Era: Workers Republics at Home

Under Leslie's leadership, massive campaigns were launched that greatly increased the percentage of Americans in the working class, which boosted the new country's economy, as well as redistributing wealth and political power equally among the people.

An Idea to completely withdraw the administrative lines in the new nation was ultimately scrapped because the new individual republics that made up the Union were still largely connected to former States. Regional leaders still held influence among the people and the economy and many citizens believed that redistricting might cause the capital to become too powerful. Though Leslie's administration was in reality ruthlessly centralizing, the decision was made to retain the old borders in order to assure normalcy to Americans who were unsure about their place in the regime.

Economic policies pushed millions out of poverty and into an emerging new middle-class, while the rich were pulled down into the middle-classes, essentially ending the part of the social class system of that time. America's first major social services and public welfare were formed. For the first time, America had a public pension and health care service. Conservative European Empires in Germany and France had created public services in their countries decades before, but in the US, the revolution changed the government's relationship to the American People dramatically. By 1950, 90 percent of Americans had access to electricity.[1]

A national government was set up as a loose association between the newly formed socialist republics, with the purpose of distributing resources among the republics, so they could provide work, welfare relief, health and housing for each individual. The arrangement was meant to be purely provisional, as its chief purpose would be to ensure each republic was socialist and democratic and had sufficient resources, after which the national council would be dissolved when it was not needed anymore. At the same time, attempts to lead socialist revolutions in former United States territories failed (i.e., Puerto Rico, Philippines, Guam and Panama Canal Zone), convincing Leslie to wait until the country was stable to export revolution.

In many ways in through the 1930s and 1940's the United Republics carried on the structure of the original United States, The existing borders between America's states were maintained. The state governments were maintained as a whole but redesigned to be of a more populist, socialist and democratic nature. The new republics were also subject to the concerns of city and county governments as well. At that time transition was facilitated by American Workers Party. The largest change in borders came from the creation of autonomous regional communities and autonomous Indian Communities within states that were created for minorities. Anarchist critics of the regime claimed that making separate states for minorities was a countenance of segregation but there was no legal framework that condoned the separation of ethnicity in public places.

The new nation was not without problems, though living standards generally improved advancement was uneven. Generally, the Southeast parts developed slower than the rest of the country. The destruction of the Revolutionary War and its aftershocks remained apparent through the early 1960's. As many of the government's programs would initially experimental, there were both successes and failures. Nonetheless, most Americans were employed and very few suffered the same conditions that they had prior to the revolution.

The Great Persecution of Anarchists

Politically however many former revolutionaries believed that the government betrayed ideals of both Socialism and traditional folk heroes by relying on centralization to advance the nation. Anarchists in particular wished to see immediate localized control with the national government retreating to a more sedentary role. Anarchists had been instrumental in pushing the revolution forward and threatened to take ownership of the revolution from the Workers Party. Radicals to the left of the regime were disparaged by Sarah Leslie's administration and were pushed out of most positions of authority. Afterward, leading Anarchists declared the need for the continuation and radicalization of the Revolution of 1932, along full workers' control of production and dissolution of the armed forces and state security under the common slogan of The Revolution must go on, Right Now!

In one of modern America's most totalitarian acts Anarchists were quickly arrested or interned in 1944. Notable were the October night-time raids of 1944, AKA Halloween Night Raids. The raids and arrests carried out by the internal security apparatus purge a whole generation of Anarchist and alike militants along with their families. The detainees were either interned by executive orders in Alaska or Southwest America or sorted by quasi-legal control panels and giving the choice of foreign or internal banishment the later under continual surveillance. For purposes of labor, they were declared non-persons in state and cooperatives and deprived of vote and political rights.

An Enduring Star: Progress

The Reforms of 1954 planned to introduce a new set of regulations intended to prevent corruption and authoritarianism in the government, such as limiting future presidents to serving only two terms (in total ten years) and limiting members of the Workers’ Congress to serving a maximum of 15 years. Ultimately, the reforms would be put into effect only after the Cold War, as the Workers’ Congress approved the 195 reform and Leslie stepped down from government. When the Japanese-American split ended in 1971, America's alliance with Japan was severed, allowing American-Soviet relations to improve.

'New' Policies

The apparent departure of Sarah Leslie from political life permitted for the relaxation of centralized autocratic policies. Presidents after Leslie emphasized the need to Americanize socialist principals for the public, which required a departure from orthodox Marxist and even Syndicalist doctrine. The government's lukewarm relationship with religion- was shifted to endorsing religious organizations stretching the separation between church and state established by the constitution. The long exiled Blues were permitted to return home, without punishment, though under surveillance. Rehabilitation of some anarchists began gradually, but only for those who agreed to support the government in public settings.

The coming of television at the end of the 1950s was a double-edged sword for the regime. On the one hand, the consumption of media in people's residents rather than theaters weakened the communal spirit that Leslie had worked so hard to achieve. On the other hand, television gave the regime the opportunity to place a Socialist interpretation of America's heritage to every family in the country. Many Sunday shows, ironically written by former anarchist artists. Daring tales of the adventures of the 'communes' of earlier pioneers, runaway African slaves and the Wild West, all told tales of communities prevailing over class stratification. This cultural phenomenon was dubbed Red Sunrise and normalized the American Workers Party and socialist ideas to the conservative sectors of American society

Closure of the Cold War

On October 14, 1986. The world saw a thawing in the Cold War when America formally joined World economic trade and exchange. The Cold War ended in 1991 with the end of one-party rule in America through the breakup of the American Workers Party, allowing American-Russian relations to improve and fully bringing America out of isolation. The end of the United American Workers Party lead to protests nationwide but subsided when Government assured the people that the social-welfare system would remain in place.

Contemporary Globalism

Janet Kim passed the Reforms of 2015, which both initiated economic changes in an attempt to stabilize the national economy, and renounced America's right to declare war, in an attempt to gain allies. In recent times, America benefits from a prosperous economy, a rapidly growing population, and a large arsenal of nuclear weapons, but suffers from an unorganized military and lack of international support. America's regulated economy is accompanied by seemingly liberal culture.

Government

Form of Government

The United Socialist Republics of America is structured as a federation of socialist workers' republics; a union of and between socialist workers' republics (SWR), usually referred as republics.

For more details see Administrative Division

Each SWR is run by a Workers' Council that is the supreme authority of the republic. The Workers' Council elects the republican Executive; although in some republics, it is directly elected. The republican executive are either uni-personal or collective. The Republican State Court, which is elected by the Workers’ Council, organizes, administers, supervises and names the People's Court.

The deputies of a Workers' Council are democratically and directly elected by the citizens of a republic who are not running for political office. Council members are required to work when the council is not in session, to ensure government officials are working members of society. While non-workers are prohibited from holding office, as to uphold the "dictatorship of the proletariat", the national government prohibits entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anarchists from holding office as well. In practice, however, many elected officials are 'retired' entrepreneurs who reallocated their assets to others.

Most republics use a system of preferential voting to determine the victors of elections, though a few, particularly underpopulated ones, use a system of first-past-the-post voting. The number of deputies of the council and timing of the elections is determined by each republic, resulting in wide difference between when these elections are held in each republic, ranging from as little as five months to eight years between elections.

The Workers' Council elects three deputies to serve as representatives of their republic in the national legislature. The main purpose of the national government is to administer resources to the republics, as each republic is given the right to self-governance and limited autonomy.

Despite an apparent large degree of local authority, the national government possess the power to override the decisions of any republican government, though this can only be done if the judicial branch determines the act to be unconstitutional or the majority of republics vote in favor of vetoing such decisions. This is done to insure each republic adheres to the national constitution. The system is intended to give each republic a restricted amount of control of over its neighbors, while maintaining their own control. However, since the 1980s the power of the American government has been gradually decreased, starting the passing of Amendment 13 in 1983, which devolved power among the republics. The Communist Party has officially explained that these reforms as the beginning of the "withering away of the state", the final step toward a communist society.

The USRA's capital, the Commune of Georgetown, is granted full autonomy, and operate as republic of the USRA. The capital mainly serves as a meeting place for representatives of the republics and seat of the main state and governmental bodies. Georgetown it governed by its workers' council democratically elected by citizens of the commune that does not submit to the USRA government, and elect its own three representatives to the national legislature.

Branches of Government

The national government of the USRA is comprised of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial.

The legislative branch is comprised by a unicameral "Congress of the Workers of the United Socialist Republics of America", more commonly referred as the "Workers' Congress of America" or simply the "Workers' Congress". Deputies of the Workers' Congress are representatives of each one of republican Workers' Council. The Workers' Congress possess more power than the executive branch of America, the President of the United Socialist Republics of America

Originally, the legislative branch was indirectly elected, with each Republic Workers' Council electing from three to 12 of its members to the national legislature. Later followed by a mixed system of directly elected deputies at large and those named by the republican legislatures. Since 1990, members of the legislative branch of the national government are directly elected according to the population of the member republic. Elections are done using a system of preferential voting, which is the most common system followed by proportional representation.

The President, the head of state and government, is directly elected through a preferential voting system. Originally, the USRA used a first-past-the-post voting system to determine the candidate that became president, though since 1983, elections have consistently narrowed to five candidates for president, ranging from the far-left to right-wing. As a result, Amendment 14 was added to the constitution, changing the voting system from first-past-the-post to preferential, in order to better represent the people's interests. This system remained in place even after the disbanding of the American Workers Party.

The President mainly serves as the executive of the State with limited powers that are listed in the Constitution and has a wide range of advisory powers. The executive branch can propose legislation and constitutional amendments to the Workers' Congress and also as item veto power. The President names the Ministerial Council, whose candidates must be approved by Workers' Congress.

The national government does not possesses a true system of "checks and balances"; the legislative branch is the supreme and most powerful branch of government. It votes and approves all laws and oversees the administrative acts of government.

The Supreme Court is the supreme judiciary and oversees and supervises all Republics Supreme Courts, and at all level of the people's courts. The members of the Supreme Court are nominated by the Judiciary Committee, integrated by a third named by the President, a third by the Workers' Congress and another third by the Republics Supreme Courts. All judges serve for a ten-year tenure but must retire at the age of 70, and can be removed after impeachment by the Workers' Congress.

The Supreme Court can determine the constitutionality of laws, after they have been approved by the Workers' Congress votes. However, a super majority of the Workers’ Congress can overturn decisions of the Supreme Court.

Presidents of the USRA

Presidents of the United Socialist Republics of America
Name Portrait Term Party Notes
Sarah Leslie Katharine Hepburn promo pic (cropped) 1936-1953 American Workers Party (AWP) Provisional President 1936-1937, elected in 1937 and reelected in 1941, 1945 and 1949. Better known as the People's President.
Larry Smith Mengistu Haile Mariam 3 1953-1961 AWP Reelected in 1957.
Alexander Roberts Robert Gordon Robertson 1961-1967 AWP Reelected in 1965. Died in office.
Emmanuel Winters Julio Maria Sanguinetti in 1984 1967-1971 AWP
Maria Colombo Josefina Vázquez Mota 1971-1979 AWP Reelected in 1975.
Anna Nikolaev MarianeThyssen 1979-1981 AWP Died in air crash.
Michael González SpiroAgnew 1981-1985 AWP
Samuel Allen Arturo Alessandri B 1985-1993 AWP, since 1991 member of the People's Democratic Socialist Party (PDSP) Reelected in 1989.
Thomas Kim Thomas Kean Jr 1993-1995 Resigned.
Melanie Chambers Christine Todd Whitman 412-APD-A5-Admin 1995-1999
William Douglass Arthur Mutambara 1999-2003
Emily Thatcher MarinaSilva 2003-2011 Reelected in 2007.
Mark Adams Alexander-haigjpg 2011-2015
Janet Kim JaniceRogersBrown 2015 to date

Political Parties

For more details see Politics

Three parties currently dominate American politics: the far-left American Communist Party (ACP), the left-wing People's Democratic Socialist Party (PDSP), and the centrist Liberal Democrats (LD). The American Communist Party is the most popular party in America followed by the People's Democratic Socialist Party and the Liberal Democrats.

The American Workers Party (AWP), sometimes shortened as the "Workers Party", was originally the sole official and ruling party of America, though it was incredibly loose, large and decentralized in its organization. The AWP held a monopoly on power, controlling each branch of the national and republican governments. Other political parties could be legally formed, and have elected their own candidates, though these parties were banned from holding office. This system of party discipline was intended to promote unity among individuals with differing opinions, with political discourse working out the flaws with communism and allowing everyone to work together under the banner of socialism to create an communist society worldwide. Unfortunately, disagreements among party members divided the party rather than uniting it. Sarah Leslie, America's founder, managed to prevent complete collapse of the party due to factional infighting, even after she was barred from government and state office.

Following Sarah Leslie's death on February 28, 1986, differences between party factions began to emerge once again. Even before her death, the rise of nationalism in America lead to a new ideology, that became popular within the AWP, referred to as "Socialism in One Country". This ideology is the exact opposite of the theory of "Permanent World Revolution", as it stated that communist-controlled nations (specifically America) should only work to sustain and improve themselves. This is the opposite of Permanent Revolution, which states communist nations should make every attempt to create communist governments in other countries. Socialism in One Country states that America can only survive through economic and political supremacy, which can only be done through work to improve the living conditions for its own citizens and people combined with peaceful negotiation efforts to gain capitalist nations as allies. In 1987, the Workers Party officially abandoned Marxism-Trotskyism as its leading ideology.

The Workers Party became divided among supporters of Permanent Revolution and supporters of Socialism in One Country. Just five years after Leslie's death, this division within the party become too much to bear, and it split into three separate parties. By 1991, it became clear that the collapse of the American Workers Party was inevitable. On May 26, 1991, Samuel Allen passed Amendment 15 to the constitution, which allowed political parties other than the American Workers Party to hold office. This was done to prevent the fall of the American socialist government, which most believed would happen after the ruling party was disbanded. On July 24, 1991, the Workers' Congress voted to dissolve the American Workers Party without a legal successor, a step that took effect two days later, ending America's status as a de facto single-party state. However, as part of Amendment 15, only three parties, selected specifically due to their support for Marxist socialism: the Neo-Trotskyist Communist Party, the democratic socialist People's Democratic Socialist Party, and the market socialist Liberal Democrats, were allowed to serve in the government at the moment.

Economy

Historical Development

America possess a socialist mixed market-State economy. Originally, America had a decentralized planned economy, dominated by state companies, worker cooperatives and self-employment. Businesses were ultimately state-owned, but were effectively managed, in varying degrees, by the workers themselves. Banks were dismantled and replaced with credit unions as part of America’s transition to socialism. From 1936 to 1941, President Leslie initiated and launched the First Five-Year Plan. After the collectivization of farms and land and creation of worker managed factories, the Five-Year Plan was launched to rebuild the damaged national infrastructure and economy. During this Plan, all businesses were required to set "high, but realistic" goals to increase productivity, as well as set addition goals for the future. In an attempt to give laborers an incentive to work hard, they were allowed to own small amounts of what they produced as personal property, as a part of their share of profits with the state.

While the government did not punish businesses that failed to reach their goals, public information campaigns shamed unproductive entrepreneurs. During the period, the role of currency was significantly reduced and replaced by that of labor and products themselves. In 1942, the expansive success of the First Five-Year Plan, led Leslie to proclaim a Second Five-Year Plans. This, combined with American involvement in the Second World War, boosted the American economy and grew it to the size of Europe's. American people, regardless of occupation and government position, were required to work for the first seven years of their adult life. Through the 1940s and 1950s, the country's economy grew with unemployment plummeting from over 25 percent to below five percent, though this was mainly due to American involvement in foreign wars. With unemployment down, the economy flourished and workers productivity increased.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, however, economic growth began to slow down, as resources were drained supporting communist revolutionaries in foreign countries. Through the 1980s and 1990s, the economy began to gradually recover America ended its involvement in foreign politics and began to focus on internal development. The Economic Reforms of 1986 passed by Samuel Allen began to integrate America into the capitalist World Economy, lowering the required amount of economic planning, and restoring limited private property. The reforms allowed for limited privatization and granting republics greater control over their economic policies. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, state-owned industries have been gradually transferred to control by collective controls and regulation on public industries was reduced, as the economy became less nationalized. The government has begun to implement participatory economics to fully achieve socialism.

America's Mixed Economy

Janet Kim passed the Reforms of 2015, fully reforming America's economy to a mixed economy, with the intention of creating a post-capitalist economy in America. These reforms banned state-owned industries, forcing existing ones to either privatize or become socially-owned property. American citizens are still required to work for a certain amount of time, though this decreases as the population grows. Currently, American citizens are subjected to an eight-hour, three-day work week, as well as two days of volunteer work, though volunteer work is not enforced by the government. Citizens work until the age of 55, after which they are granted retirement by the government. The value of goods can fluctuate according to supply and demand and private property is legal and encouraged by the government. Businesses and enterprises can be both privately and socially-owned, but state-owned ones are illegal. Private businesses are owned by individuals and socially-owned ones (referred to as public businesses) are owned by the people as a whole, rather than an individual. Private businesses are controlled by individuals, while public ones are controlled a democratically elected labor union, based on the principle of workers' self-management through workplace democracy. Members of the labor union collectively serve as the business's entrepreneur. Public industries are owned by the entire population of the country, by are maintained and controlled by its workers. Because of how transactions in America function, those in charge of private businesses are mostly citizens going into retirement.

Private businesses are significantly more regulated by the government than public businesses, which are much unregulated. However, privately-owned businesses are required to become socially-owned if the state deems them to have "grow too large", as a method transferring ownership of the means of production to the people while maintaining a capitalist-style economy. All businesses are required to implement economic planning, though the products they create is determined differently. The owner of a private business determines the production of its products, whereas public businesses use the philosophy of "the customer is always right" to determine what products to make. Private businesses receive money from private, often either local or foreign investors, whereas the government directly invests in public businesses with public tax dollars. All workers are required to be educated in economics, as a means to insure adequate economic planning. In public businesses, economic planning is a participatory process carried out by its labor union.

All businesses, regardless of their owners, are required by law to surrender their profits to the government for redistribution; the majority of companies are publicly owned due to public and social stigma against private ownership. Due to profits from businesses being required to be given to the government for redistribution among citizens, many critics describe American businesses as state-owned. America contains 12 "Specially-Administered Economic Experimentation Zones" or (SAEEZ), which are much less regulated than the rest of the country. The SAEEZ areas are integrated into the world capitalist economy.

Work and Welfare

The American government follows a welfare first and end poverty policy, putting the well being of its citizens above all else. The major policy since the early days of the Revolution is that the government (either national or republican) provides temporary jobs to unemployed citizens, based on their abilities or vocational training, until they have found a permanent job and are financially stable. Citizens are allowed to change their job, but do not receive government assistance when doing so. Labor Exchanges or Bureaus manage the unemployed benefits and labor registration. Some economic sector like agriculture and fishing have seasonal labor exchanges under the management of cooperatives but following National targets.

The Labor Registration Card (LRC) is the key document of American life. In it, all citizens and residents have their key data (names, birth date and social security number), educational certificates and labor training, present and previous employments registered.

General resources are distributed to citizens based on needs rather than greed, but the specifics of those resources are chosen by citizens based on their personal choice. However, each republic can establish minimum standards of basic goods such as food. All citizens are guaranteed and given free and public housing, medical care, clean water, food, and education. National Insurance covers old age pensions, death grants, unemployment and retirement benefits, labor sickness or accidents and medical care for all citizens.

All these social rights are paid through taxes and monetary transfers from the state and cooperatives. Taxes are paid every year on December 31st with Continental Credits, earned from paychecks given by their public, cooperative or private employer for time or task worked out. American taxes are among the highest in the world.

The late 1960s brought about a radical change with the complete overhaul of the annual leave system granted to employees. Before the reform, all workers had 15 to 20 days of paid vacations. Under the new system, for every month's worth of taxes paid, citizens are given free time compensation credits (colloquial: vacation tickets or credits), which accumulate in week-long state-paid vacation or leisure time which are free to choose in what to spend. Although the official policy of the American government is to distribute wealth and the products of labor equally among citizens, and thus income inequality does not exist, a form of class divide does exist under this new system. Citizens working the longest or in extremely dangerous jobs have the most vacation credits. They can be considered the "richest", as they have the most free time.[2]

Once citizens have worked for the amount required by the state requires or reached retirement age, they can be allowed and encouraged, though not required, to engage in other activities such as further education or less demanding occupations. Under this system, the American economy has prospered, with American goods increasing in value and the American GDP being the highest in the world.

Society

Officially, Prohibition at the national level ended in 1937, however some republics during the Revolution had it abrogated within their territories. Republican governments regulate alcohol production, quality, distribution and license of sales. Either republican, cooperatives or private retailers do production, distribution and sales of beer, wine and spirits. Some republics have a state monopoly of the alcohol industry.


The main Public Holidays are:

  • New Year's Day (New Year's Eve January 1st)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (January 1st)
  • Lincoln's Birthday (February 12th)
  • Washington's Birthday (February 22th)
  • International Women's Day (March 8th)
  • International Labor Day (May 1st)
  • Juneteenth (June 20th)
  • Independence Day (Fourth of July)
  • Equal Rights Day (July 9th, of ratification XIV Amendment)
  • Veterans Day (November 11th)
  • Start of November Revolution (November 23th)
  • Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day (final Thursday in November)
  • Abolition of Slavery Day (December 6th of ratification XIII Amendment)
  • Christmas (December 25th)

Public Broadcasting

American Broadcasting Service (ABS)
Type National Public broadcaster
Founded 1936
Headquarters Manhattan Commune (main headquarters)
Number of locations Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Houston (production centers)
Area served United Socialist Republics of America
Services Radio services: Red, Blue, White and Gold Networks and Voice of America
Television services: National Public Television (NPT I and II) and Regional Public Television (RPT)
Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS)
Type Cooperative broadcasting network
Founded 1934 (initial network), 1936 (cooperative network and syndication)
Headquarters Manhattan Commune (main headquarters)
Number of locations Chicago, Cincinnati, Newark, Des Moines, Boston, Omaha and Los Angeles (main production cooperatives affiliates)
Area served United Socialist Republics of America
Services local radio and television cooperative affiliates.

The Revolution nationalized and made of public interest all commercial broadcasting in 1936. With the exception of radios belonging to educational institutions or cooperatives the rest were nationalized and integrated into the newly established American Broadcasting Service (ABS) that became the national and republic public broadcaster.

The ABS, that receives funding from both national and republics governments, is the main source of information, education, culture and entertainment of the American public. It is followed by the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) a cooperative radio network with programming produced by and shared between its member stations and it is also the main sports broadcaster. Besides the previous two networks, there are also several republic, American Indian, local-city radio stations.

From the private broadcasters and the Free Radios of the liberated zones that the first radio networks of the ABS were established based on former NBC: Red Network (entertainment and music), Blue Network (news and cultural), White Network (Spanish and regional programming), Gold Network (regional programing) and the Voice of America the shortwave station with national and international services.

The arrival of television in the 1950s was also distributed among the two major broadcasters ABS (National Public Television, NPT) and MBS local stations. The MBS keep its focus in local stations but keeping its cooperative character of program syndication.

Demands in the 1960s for more entertainment, educational regional and Indian programing output led to the creation of the regional and republic channels of the ABS (Regional Public Television, RPT) and a second national network. Therefore, in the mid-1930s there are two national networks (NPT I and II), regional and republic networks (RPT) and the local networks of the MBS.

Of the networks, MBS has gained a reputation of having a more entertaining programing with popular music bands and singers starting their careers at a local MBS radio or TV stations. Sometimes it came at odds with the enlightening purpose of public broadcasting as stated in broadcasting laws and regulations. However, the MBS as reputation of producing slick quiz shows versus the educational and sometimes very highbrow cultural programming of the ABS. However for news and current affairs the ABS as the leading edge, save in sports programming were the local MBS affiliates cater the interest and following of fans of local or republican sports teams. Curiously, the cooperative syndication of the MBS made it possible to have network-like programming but serving more closely republican or regional audiences in radio and television.

References

  1. In OTL rural Americans did not receive electricity until 1950. In this timeline certain rural areas may lack power after 1950 but the government attempts to bring them electricity. For the politicians after the revolution bringing poorer citizens electricity is a great propaganda victory.
    OTL Reference: https://livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/life_09.html
  2. I don't know if the original author (JMC Red Dwarf) intended it but it's an obvious acknowledgement to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward and a novel take on it.
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