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Nuclear War of 12/21/12
The continental United States was hit hard during World War III. No state among the Union was spared. All states in the West Coast, as well as the state of Alaska and Hawaii, were targeted by both Russian and Chinese nuclear weapons. Majority made were able to hit its targets, mainly major cities and military installations while a lucky few were miraculously shot down. California was the worst hit state in the West Coast as it was heavily targeted for its population centers and military bases. Below is a list of sites that were targeted on December 21, 2012 in what is now the United States Pacific Remnant Zone (taken from Sites Hit):
- Adak Island
- Fairbanks (shot down successfully)
- Fort Richardson
- Shermya Island
- Camp Pendleton
- China Lake (shot down successfully)
- El Centro (shot down successfully)
- Los Angeles (hit twice)
- Mill Valley (shot down successfully)
- Mt. Laguna
- Oro Grande
- Point Hueneme (shot down successfully)
- Sacramento (hit once, Chinese nuke shot down)
- San Diego (hit twice)
- San Francisco (both nukes shot down, airburst scattered radioactive debris over city)
- San Jose
- Santa Ana
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Rosa
- Thousand Oaks
- Twentynine Palms
- Klamath Falls
- Oak Harbor (shot down successfully)
- Walla-Walla (failed to detonate)
These mainland states had little to no contact or fate of the government in Washington DC. Alaska, due to its isolation, continued on and cooperated with nearby Yukon. In the West Coast states of California, Oregon, and Washington, martial law was declared and the remnant National Guard was deployed to quell riots and distribute rations. Contact was established with the three states as cooperation ensued. The island territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa have completely lost contact with the mainland and instead went on with their own affairs while remaining loyal to the U.S. government. Instead, they continued to cooperate closely with their Pacific Island neighbors for survival. By the end of February 2013, remnant U.S. Navy ships managed to land Hawaii. Despite Honolulu being targeted, the state government was able to relocate to Hilo before the capital's destruction. The Hawaiians were happy to find out that there were surviving states in the West Coast. Talks were held with the government and it was decided Hawaii would join the remnant union of American West Coast states for the sake of cooperation. Now with a strategic port to expand in the Pacific, it was decided that to know what became of the Pacific territories.
The Pacific Expedition
The U.S. Navy ships were divided into two groups: one would go west to Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Compact of Free Association (COFA) states of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands; while the other one would go into American Samoa. Along the way, these ships would come into contact with surviving Pacific states which would jumpstart foreign relations with the USPRZ. The group that went to American Samoa arrived there on March 5, 2013, greeted with joy with the locals. Nearby Samoa survived as well. This group also found out that Australia and New Zealand survived, although were targets during the war. On March 18, 2013, the group headed east reached the Marianas Archipelago and the COFA nations. The four insular areas in the Pacific and that the USPRZ is the successor of the United States, while still self-governing hence, were officially under it's administration. The COFA sovereign states also accepted the status quo that they would be in free association with the USPRZ.
Four months after the war, governors in the mainland states have not received contact with the East Coast. It was finally decided to move on as the official successor to the Federal Government. On May 20, 2013, governors and representatives from the states and territories met in Hilo, Hawaii, signing the Treaty of Hilo. The treaty states the all U.S. sovereign claims would fall under the administration of the USPRZ. As with the COFA nations, they would receive aid, material, and defense from the USPRZ. This marked the emergence of American Unionism in the Pacific and the mainland. Government officials were also stated that willing to cooperate with any American remnant states in the mainland and are eager to find any successor government in the East Coast - should it be present.
Contact with the Far East
The re-establishment of contact with the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia happened around June to August 2013. In September, the USPRZ managed to start relations with Thailand, a treaty ally of the United States since 1954. Taiwan was recognized by the USPRZ as the successor to China by New Year's Eve of 2014.
The remnant was able to confirm the status of Japan in March 2014 when part of its flotilla spotted the USS George Washington off the coast of Okinawa. A squadron of MH-60 Seahawk helicopters from the remnant fleet landed on the carrier deck, which was greeted by joy from the sailors and the marines. The situation of Japan was to say horrible, but at least the nation was stable since the US and JSDF forces were able to maintain order. The remnant reopened an embassy in Japan as the naval assets still operation in Japan were reabsorbed to the U.S. Navy. Particularly, the U.S. Marine Base in Okinawa became a joint USMC/JSDF garrison in case of attacks from rogue Chinese or Russian forces.
South China Sea skirmish
Rogue Chinese PLA and China Marine Surveillance still continue to hold out of its occupied reefs, atolls, and islands in the South China Sea. They continued to do so even after World War III. Since no peace treaty was ever signed for the war, this made the islands in the South China Sea fair game. In March 2014, the United States Navy and the Philippine Navy attacked Chinese positions in the South China. The USS George Washington aircraft carrier, backed by the USS Shiloh, the USS Curtis Wilbur, and the BRP Gregorio del Pilar sank the the remaining China Marine Surveillance ships. The guided missile destroyers of the U.S. Navy sank what ever PLA-N destroyer, frigate, or submarine in the areas. The BRP Bacolod City, the largest Philippine-made landing craft, then deployed troops to the isles of devoid of Chinese and planted the flag of the Philippines.
This event signaled a "free-for-all" among the claimant nations to take what ever islands the Chinese were expelled. By April 2014, the most of the South China Sea islands belonged to the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan. A convention was held in Manila to end the dispute once and for all.
Invasion of the Kuril and Sakhalin Islands
In July 2014, a joint U.S.-Japanese force landed on the Kuril and Sakhalin Islands. These islands were ceded to Russia after World War II and as such, no peace treaty had been signed with Russia and Japan. The Nuclear War of December 2012 only made things fair game as it did in the South China Sea. Russian forces, woefully, caught unprepared, were not given the time to defend. As such, most of the Kurils were liberated. Sakhalin proved to be tough, as the Russian military units there received warning from the forces at Kurils. It would take until November 2014 for the islands to fall to American and Japanese control. A lone Russian Commander was able to sign the the treaty which demanded that the islands be returned to Japanese sovereignty.
Members and Territorial Claims
Main U.S. States
Note: These states only control a few areas while the rest are either unexplored or lawless.
Populated Insular Areas
United States Minor Outlying Lands (uninhabited)
Note: Also called the United States National Wildlife Refuge.
- Baker Island
- Howland Island
- Jarvis Island
- Johnston Atoll
- Kingman Reef
- Palmyra Atoll
Compact of Free Trade Agreement
The economy of the USPRZ is diverse due to its members located in varying climates. In Alaska, income is derived from lumber, salmon, deep sea fishing, crab fishing, hunting, and oil. Along the Pacific Northwest, lumber and timber is relied upon on. The former electronic and technological hubs of Washington and California (namely Cupertino) have been selling their electronics for spare parts - now that the EMP rendered them useless. These spare parts are essential for automobiles, machines, and generators. Fishing, mariculture, farming, agriculture, livestock domestication, construction, craft items, and garment making drives the economy of Hawaii and the Pacific territories.
Shipyards have been opened in several states due to its much needed emphasis on transporting goods from the continental U.S. to Hawaii and the Pacific Territories. Ships, especially landing crafts, have been emphasized more since fuel for aircraft is on ration.
In the Micronesian island group, remnant U.S. Air Force C-130s still carry their annual Operation Christmas Drop in delivering air-dropped supplies to the citizens of the islands.
Remnant United States Armed Forces make up the military of the USPRZ. The five branches of the Armed Forces, namely the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard still exists, albeit scattered. Each state/member has now some sort of National Guard - either newly formed (as in the case of American Samoa) or integrated (The Guam National Guard to the CMNI - currently discussing to form their own National Guard as well). The standard issue rifle is the M4A1/M16 variants. Armored vehicles such as M1 tanks, LAV-25s, M2 Bradleys, and MRAPS; fighter jets, helicopters and intercontinental bombers are used sparingly due to the scarcity of fuel. The Navy uses remnant destroyers, frigates, submarines, landing crafts, hospital ships, amphibious assault ships and roughly at least two aircraft carriers of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. These ships managed to escape the nuclear attack on Hawaii or were simply on routine patrol far away from the targeted areas.. There has been much emphasis on building more ships, landing crafts, and Amphibious Assault Vehicles due to the distance from the Pacific Territories, Hawaii, and continental North America.
There are American troops stationed in Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Philippines as per previous alliance treaties and free association agreement.
The USPRZ has managed to establish relations with western Canada in North America. It has heard reports that a Californian survivor state has emerged, though the nation has not explored these places yet due to radiation or bandits alike. It has also heard about Mexico surviving the war at the loss of its capital.
The Pacific Expedition of 2013 had re-established contact with Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Nauru, the COFA states, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Australia, and New Zealand. The last two - being a member of ANZUS - is considered one of the top allies of the USPRZ. The nation of France is at best represented by the French overseas territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia. The Pitcairn Islands is the representative of the United Kingdom to the remnant.
In Asia, the remnant has re-established relations with the Philippines. Because the USPRZ is the successor to the United States, it automatically became the ally of the Philippines as per the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty. American forces are now allowed to have permanent bases in the Philippines since July 2013. It was also at this time that contact was re-established with Indonesia and Malaysia. In September 2013, the remnant re-established ties with the treaty ally nation of Thailand.
The USPRZ is further curious to explore more of the region of East Asia, particularly in Taiwan, mainland China, Korea, and Japan. In New Year 2014, the USPRZ recognized Taiwan as the successor to the People's Republic of China.