This is the storyline originally by Michael Ford, not Cliffe.
It is the year 2034. The date is October 11th. The place is the Capitol Building, Washington DC, USA. The United States have split Republican/Democrat, Redneck/Greenie, and Liberal/Conservative more than ever.
“I tell you Senator, this matter is one that the United States cannot and will not allow.”
Senator Matthew Ayes is on the grill. “We are a free nation, governed by the people. What the people want, the people will have. If you think it’s immoral, so be it. And if you think the government is too involved in people's lives, remember, they voted for it. Your vote might be able to change it. Or it might not. If the majority wants it, it will be so.”
“Even Democracy should be subject to decency and honesty!” is Sen. Ayes hot retort.
“Then see what you can do about it.”
“Oh I will, rest assured of that!”
Two days later, back in Ayes home state of Oregon, the plot thickens. Idaho Representative Jordan Farin and Ayes are deep in a private meeting.
“Surely you can’t be serious!”
“Stop calling me Shirley. Of course I’m serious. You hate how liberal and immoral our country is as much as I do. No morals, no intellegence, and even worse, the law supporst it. And lately the 'government' hasn't been governing, it's been running peoples' private business. Plus we're on the verge of splitting apart anyway.”
“I know, I know, but seceding from the union? If history repeats itself we'll have to fight.”
“You got a better alternative?”
December 28th, Sen. Ayes stands again in the Capitol.
“Boren, you challenged me to see what I could do about it. So I did. Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Utah have agreed to bear with me and secede from the Union. We realize that historically this may mean a fight. And while we refuse to take the offensive, we will not refrain from defence.” He turned to the shocked crowd. “Any other states are free to join.” With that, he strode from the auditorium.
Almost instantly, the newly formed Republic of America was attacked by the former US, now the Democratic States of America. Retaining the majority of the former US territory, the DSA had the advantage and soon had recaptured up to the Oregon border. The new republic was about to die. Gen. Jared P. Thomas, commander of Fort Richardson, AK, took action. In the Alaska Capitol in Willow, he announced his plan. Seeing it as the only way out, the state took action. Alaska seceded from the Republic and elected Thomas four year military dictator. Thomas bought over financial support from Japan with crude oil and natural gas, and took the offensive. The new Republic of Alaska, the RA, declared war on the DSA. In a hot eight month campaign, the Alaskans had succeeded in establishing a shaky border about where the old one had been. The war between nations was to continue in off-and-on border-raid warfare for the next eighty years. Ultimately, the Democrats were pushed back to a permanent border running along the Missouri River to Kansas City, then following the current Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas borders south. Now reunited, the Republicans formed the United Republican States of America, the URSA.
As can be imagined, when the US, the lead nation in such groups as the UN and NATO, fell into disorder, so did the treaties. Almost instantly, NATO was replaced by the UEN, or United European Nations, a group that clearly stated in its constitution that only European Nations could join directly, so as to prevent this catastrophe from repeating itself. Israel and the British Commonwealths, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand were permitted to join as the only exceptions. After a brief period of taking American sides and fighting amongst themselves, most of Europe joined. The majority of the former members of the Soviet Union did not.
The RA’s other potential enemy was the CAS, the Confederation of Asian States. This Asian superpower was a union of nearly every nation hostile to the former US in that part of the world. It consisted of the former Soviet Union, China, Mongolia, North Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, and a few others.
The Unites Muslim Nations consists of, like the name implies, Muslim Nations. The Middle East (excluding Israel) and much of North Africa are members. India and Indonesia are in a league of their own, being largely Muslim, but they are allied strongly with the CAS.
United Africa is a group of African Nations. Their official motto is "We Stand Together", however, in the West it is often intentionally misquoted "We Starve Together".
LAC, the Latin American Confederacy, is a minor superpower (oxymoron?) consisting of most of South and Central America. The LAC has its roots in Mercosur, a South American Regional Trade Agreement that founded a core that eventually united many Latin American nations in all aspects, military, economy, and the like. Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, etc, are all united, though they tend to stay out of political trouble with the rest of the world, they just sit back and watch. Which is really a great idea, though it does make for a rather boring storyline... Permalink