North America
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Timeline of North American Developments

The Old United States and the Caribbean

Alaska

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Alaska: land of green forests, black gold, and Red and White Russians. The Russian Civil War continues in Alaska—as it does sporadically across Mother Russia—fought by refugees battling over Alaskan resources. (Highly prized are the large deposits of crude oil discovered by the Russians in the early 1930s.) The American Alaskans, once tolerant enough to accept Russian settlers, have lately started fighting both sides, advertising for mercenaries, to be paid in gold, land, or shares.

The Native Inuit, Eskimo, and Aleutian tribes just stand back and try to survive the crossfire. Of course, with an oil war raging, the Imperial Japanese are a growing presence in the southern areas of the region, offering technical assistance and dangling offers of military aid to the White Russians and Americans. The Whites are happy to have the aid, but the Americans are less needy and more wary.

Alaska is sparsely settled and considerably more primitive than the bulk of the United States' remnants. Running water, electricity, radio and telephone communication is rare and—where present—functions poorly.

The harsh terrain and relatively low population has made Alaska a useful staging area for pirate groups preying on Canadian and Russian territory and shipping.

Because of the small number of people living in the territory, Alaska has no central governing body; the various small settlements scattered throughout the territory have their own laws (much like frontier towns of America's Old West). In general, decisions are made by concerned citizens in grassroots town meetings.

Perhaps the largest, most civilized settlement is Anchorage. Anchorage's denizens are mostly subsistence Inuit fishermen, American prospectors and Canadian fur trappers. Anchorage's government, a loose representative democracy, is led by "Judge" Kevin Collins. Collins—a former Texan—forged order in Anchorage through force of will…and force of arms. As a result, most of the pirates, smugglers, and thieves that populate the Alaskan wilderness treat Anchorage as neutral territory.


Appalachian Territory

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Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia.
A large producer of moonshine and a home for pirates.

  • Capitol: Lexington
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Hillbilly Boys
    • Hells Henchmen

Other than some sections of the Texas border, the Appalachian Mountains may be the deadliest stretch of territory in North America—especially where the short Allegheny Front (also known as Hell's Heights) crosses the nations of Appalachia, Dixie, Columbia and the Empire State, and touches the Industrial States of America.

The Outer Banks states of Dixie continue to vie with Appalachian authorities for control of the land and the illegal liquor being funneled up from the Banks region into the ISA and the Empire State. Appalachia has long sought Empire State backing (and militia support) for its claim on the mountains, playing off the loathing most northerners have for the reborn Confederacy. Rumor has it that government-backed 'shine operations are deliberately targeted toward the ISA and not the Empire State in a gesture of goodwill (though none of these stories has yet been proved). If true, this has made strange bedfellows indeed of a dry and a wet nation.

The Appalachians are also home to more smuggler's dens and pirate havens per square mile than any other area on the continent except Free Colorado. Hell's Henchmen, who originated in the area of Hell's Heights but now plunder throughout the mountain range, operate several bases in the area, and threaten all nearby states. One rumor suggests that the Henchmen accept "tribute" from Dixie and Appalachia not to join the other side, and so continue to raid both.

The current leader of Appalachia is President Jonah McCullough, a U.S. Army veteran who fought in Europe; his record as a war hero helped win him his office. McCullough has managed—through force of will, tactical and strategic savvy, and sheer ruthlessness—to keep the pirates and criminals that populate Hell's Heights from posing a threat to the citizens of Appalachia.


Arixo

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Arizona and New Mexico, minus the land of the Navajo Nation.

  • Capitol: Phoenix
  • Notable Squadrons
    • INFO

Arixo, the offspring of Arizona and New Mexico, finds itself between the rocks of Texas and Utah and the hard places of Hollywood, Free Colorado, and Mexico. Subject to raids and military pressure from each of these nations, Arixo relies on dispersed assets, relatively low population, and toll-enforcing air militias to survive.

While Arixo could probably be absorbed into any of its neighbors without too much effort, the rewards are not worth the price; Arixo has comparatively little that any of its neighbors want, relying on the three Cs—copper, cattle, and cotton—for the bulk of its exports. In addition, Arixo's sparse population has made it easier for pirate bands to set up bases. Cleaning out these pirate nests would be a long, expensive and costly fight.

Arixo is led by an elected President and a fifteen-person legislature. The current President, Theodore Davis, is forced to walk a dangerous tightrope. Secretly, he has formed alliances with many of the pirate bands that operate in Arixo, allowing them to operate within Arixo's borders so long as they do not interfere with the operations of the air militias.

So far, these arrangements have been successful. While this period of relative calm lasts, Davis is struggling to shore up his ground and air defenses. The "truce" between Arixo and the pirates can not last indefinitely, and Davis hopes to develop his military resources sufficiently in preparation.


The Atlantic Coalition

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Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut

  • Capitol: Boston
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Fighting Irish

The former states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island survives on cross-Atlantic and cross-American trade, financial neutrality, and strict anti-pirate patrolling. Boston serves as one of the main American clearinghouses for European imports and American exports. Although a competitor with the Empire State, the two nations find enough benefit in cooperation to avoid active rivalry.

Notable among the Coalition assets is its surface and airship cargo capacity, one of the highest person-to-ship rates on the continent. Although other nations have more zeppelins or surface ships or cargo planes, no nation has more combined cargo space. The Atlantic Coalition also makes a point of running the most direct routes possible. Other nations run their zeppelins in a hub-transfer system, but the Coalition airships run direct routes to London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, and Rome, nonstop. It's slightly more expensive, but hours or days faster.

Politically, the Atlantic Coalition is little more than a mutual-defense pact between the member states. While there is a central government (a President and a General Assembly) it is fairly weak. Since all participants in the Coalition benefit from the international traffic that passes through the region, there is little internal political struggle.

Currently, the leader of the Atlantic Coalition is President Augustus Mason, a solemn and taciturn man of considerable wealth and social influence. A staunch isolationist in political matters, President Mason is content to let the rest of North America handle its own affairs. Ironically, though, the international monies that filter through the Coalition are primarily used for the maintenance of the region’s air and sea defenses. Mason is constantly walking a fine line between international cooperation (largely with Europe) and isolationism (particularly where North American nations are concerned).


Confederation of Dixie

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Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida.

  • Capitol: Atlanta
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Rebel Yell
    • The Winged Knights
    • Well's Sharks Militia

The Protectorate of the Outer Banks

North and South Carolina, Virginia.

  • Capitol: Richmond
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Gullah Arrows
    • Charleston Freebooters

The Confederation of Dixie is a loose collection of the staunchest Regionalist states on the continent. The main trait the nation-states of the New South have in common is a commitment to state government. There are few national laws, with most governing and regulation on a state level. Some of the Confederate states are wet, others dry, still others "damp" (allowing beer and wine, but no liquor).

Most national cooperation is directed toward defense and militia support, although each state maintains its own militias. Even this is largely a matter of state control, as the 1935 air battles between Alabama and Louisiana demonstrates; most of the Confederacy maintained relations with Louisiana throughout the conflict. Indeed, several Confederate states maintain state consulates parallel to the Confederate embassies.

Dixie has become something of an international player, courting alliances with the British (which provided the first Confederacy some support in the days of the American Civil War). As a result, British aircraft and munitions manufacturers have helped turn the Dixie militias into serious fighting forces. While foreign aid is still relatively modest, Dixie forces are generally well-equipped and effective.

Dixie’s government is based largely on the original Confederate ruling structure; individual states within the Confederation are clearly more powerful than the central government. The current President of the Confederacy, Robert Turner (a charismatic Southern Gentleman from Mississippi) has managed to forge strong political ties between the member states, though his leadership was tested in 1935, when Alabama launched itself into conflict with Louisiana.


Columbia

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Maryland and Delaware
Ruled by remnants of the Federal Government of the United States.

  • Capitol: Washington DC
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Union Blue
    • USAAF

Guilt by association is a recurring nightmare for neutral Columbia, which dreams of someday putting the fractured United States of America back together again. Unfairly accused of collaborating with every act of terror committed by the Unionist movement, Columbia always loses what political headway it gains between atrocities. (In fact, Columbia has itself been the target of Unionist attacks.)

Recently, after Columbia's failure to rout Hell's Henchmen from the mountains surrounding Piedmont, the Empire State crossed the border and destroyed the pirate haven. When Piedmont authorities broadcast mild threats in response to the uninvited assistance, one Broadway Bomber (whose name remains undisclosed) peeled off and took out Piedmont's aerodrome communications tower.

Columbia serves as neutral ground, the inter-American meeting house for the squabbling nation-states, and to a lesser extent other nations from Europe and abroad. The League of Nations, headquartered in Washington, has representatives from virtually all of the North American countries (as well as delegates from around the globe). These nations maintain embassies in Columbia (notably in Washington), making the city a chaotic potpourri of cultures.

The inflow of monies from other nations provides a large slice of Columbia's economy. Unfortunately, this neutrality makes Columbia the espionage and shady-deal capital of the continent, with American and European radicals and political refugees of every stripe flocking to the city.

Columbia is a nation of contrasts: a home to nationalists in a shattered nation; the former symbol of democracy, held under a state of low-grade martial law; a "dry" state, filled with ambassadors and dignitaries that routinely ignore the law.

After Columbia became an independent nation in 1932, President Calvin Coolidge declared a state of emergency. The remaining military personnel of the former United States Army act as local police, border guards, and defense force. This has little impact on the life of the average Columbia citizen; the military is far too busy protecting the country’s borders from outside aggression to do more than token policing of the general populace.

Perhaps the greatest irony of life in Columbia is its stance on Prohibition. The banning of alcohol can arguably be termed one of the leading causes of the United States’ breakup. Coolidge maintained the policy after assuming control; despite this, there is a thriving social culture in Washington itself, where diplomats and dignitaries—with immunity from prosecution—host lavish gatherings, where alcohol is in copious supply.


Kingdom of Hawaii

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Hawaii

  • Capitol: Honolulu
  • * Notable Squadrons
    • INFO

Like the other native nations formerly under the U.S. government, the Hawaiian, Philippine and other territorial Islands saw the disintegration of the U.S.A. as the death of an overlord. No tears were shed for the loss of Federal government, and Unionism is virtually unheard-of in the former territories.

While the Lakota and Navajo nations are regarded on the continent as the only Native-ruled states to come out of the dissolution of the U.S., this attitude ignores the rise of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the re-emergent sovereign states among the various former US territories. Hawaii lacks heavy industry, but thrives on sugar cane exports and port services, providing the only real island port in the central Pacific.

Hawaii’s leader, King Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana ‘ole, wisely realized his kingdom could profit from the destabilization of North America. While outwardly neutral, King Jonah has met with many heads of state from around the globe, hoping to strike trade and defense pacts that would benefit Hawaii. Hollywood, White and Red Russians, and Imperial Japan have ongoing diplomatic missions to Hawaii, since whoever controls Hawaii controls the Pacific.

Kaliana ‘ole has no interest in seeing his nation dominated by outsiders, and walks a tightrope of political intrigue, constantly pitting his nation’s "suitors" against each other and reaping the benefits where he can. Pacifica, able to skirt the Alaska-Far East shipping lanes, is less dependent on Hawaiian ports and has less reason to keep on the Kingdom's good side. Trade conflicts and shipping lane clashes have led to an ongoing Pacifica-Hawaii quarrel.

Hawaii suffers from a plague of piracy, since raiders have room to maneuver over the expanses of the Pacific. Pirates routinely attack sea and air traffic near the island, striking from out of the Aleutians, central Polynesians, even from temporary bases on Wake Island, Johnston Atoll, and even some Hawaiian islands. One of King Jonah's many deals with foreign powers has netted the Kingdom a powerful air militia (supplied with the some of the best planes Hollywood and Japan have to offer).


The Nation of Hollywood

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Notes: At war with Pacifica. Claims the Baja of California. Very wealthy, very influential and cutting edge technology. Home of Hughes Aircraft.

  • Notable Squadrons
    • The Hollywood Knights
    • Hughes Air Guard

The Nation of Hollywood formed shortly after Texas’ secession from the United States in 1930. Currently the leader of Hollywood is a former actor, President David Dunbar; Dunbar is typical of Hollywood’s conception of a leader: energetic, intelligent, humorous, and above all, photogenic. Many claim that studio executives actually run Hollywood and that Dunbar is merely a figurehead, a good actor taking on a big role. Others claim that Dunbar’s leadership can not be faked. Whatever the case, President Dunbar has overwhelming support among the citizens of Hollywood.

Although Hollywood continues to stage raids on shipping between Arixo and Pacifica, neither of those nations is Hollywood's greatest enemy. That honor goes to the Empire State, which sees Hollywood as New York's rival for prestige in the world market. Hollywood recently reacted to Empire President La Guardia's borderline dishonesty in that arena by threatening to place an embargo on sending motion pictures to the Empire State.

The onetime state of California remains at odds with Pacifica to the north, especially since deciding to reclaim the coastal ranges and lands north of the Sierra Nevadas occupied by Pacifica since 1932. To the south, Hollywood is worried about Mexico's frequent stabs at San Diego, and Navajo and Arixo support for the many pirate havens in the Mojave Desert. The Diamondback gang has proven particularly troublesome on both sides of the desert with heavy raiding. Hollywood has not yet managed to prove collusion between the Diamondbacks and the Navajo Nation.

In addition to the desert pirates and the Yosemite Brotherhood, who rule the havens in the Sierra Nevadas, the western region of Hollywood is known for its coastal bases. With pirate coves hidden along the entire West Coast, from the Santa Barbara Islands to the San Juans, Prince Vlad and his Red Dragons are without peer. Hollywood, Pacifica, Arixo and even Mexico have made frequent attempts to approach the pirate king with an offer of alliance, so far with no apparent success.


Pacifica

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Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
Notes: At war with the Nation of Hollywood

  • Capitol: Vancouver
  • Notable Squadrons
    • The Twilight Tycoons

The former states of Oregon and Washington have all they need to continue as an independent nation: farming, timber, light and heavy industry, aircraft manufacturing, shipyards, higher learning, mineral reserves ocean access, and self-sufficiency born of isolation. Either state could survive alone, together they could prosper. They lack but one crucial ingredient, however: population.

Pacifica has a total population of about five million people, most of it along the Pacific Corridor stretching from Puget Sound to center-western Oregon. This gives Pacifica plenty of room to grow: with chaos to the east and the largely-empty mountains to the south. Pacifica has an ongoing border dispute with the Nation of Hollywood, to the south; Hollywood wants to crowd into Oregon, and tried to assume control of the border towns in the mid-1930s. Pacifica answered by moving into northern California with combat zeppelins, largely with the aid of the local northern Californians, who don't particularly like the Hollywood government.

Firmly entrenched in the Sierra Nevadas, Pacifica’s government (led by Governor Chester Haskell, a former attorney who saw combat in the Great War) is now concentrating heavily on the growing conflicts in the far north, where White Russians from the Alaskan Ranges are causing trouble in the coastal regions of the former British Columbia. This is bad enough, but just as worrisome is the looming threat of Imperial Japanese influences on the Eastern Pacific, particularly in Hawaii and the eastern Aleutian Islands. Poor relations with Hawaii threaten to cut off the southerly trade lanes, used to avoid Alaskan pirates, which forces Pacifica trade inland across Canada, south along the coast, or to thread dangerous routes between Alaska and Hawaii and along the Japanese fringes to the South Pacific.

Pacifica is also concerned with pirates operating out of Idaho, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and along the coast. Fortunately, with Boeing Aircraft a major local industry, the nation has no lack of high-quality aircraft to keep the raiders down.


Navajo Territory

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  • Capitol:
  • Notable Squadrons
      • Wind Warriors

Two islands remain of the wide spaces once roamed by the American Indians. Considered closed nations, the Navajo and Lakota Sioux violently defend their remaining territory. Though the Navajo Nation's borders are well defined, no one knows exactly how far Lakota influence extends into the former states of Montana and Wyoming.

The Navajo Nation has a much more flexible policy with outside traders than does the Lakota (which is much more rigidly isolationist); however, in the matter of bootlegging, the Navajo are fiercely determined. The nation’s "dry" policies are total, and any foolhardy smuggler attempting to transport or sell alcohol in Navajo territory is dealt with harshly.

Currently, the leadership of the Navajo nation is unknown; clearly, it is governed by a tribal council, but who is actually on it is unknown. The Navajo tendency to deny access to outsiders has made "Native America" a mystery.


Disputed Western Territories

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  • Notable Squadrons
    • INFO

Go to each Western nation, find a map, and you will see a different border for the Disputed Territories. The former states of Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming splintered with the nation, leaving flinders of government scattered across their lands.

Utah claims the whole of the State of Idaho up to the Canadian border, and a large section of western Montana; the locals largely disagree, and no serious attempt to enforce this claim above southern Idaho has succeeded, although Utah colonists press on into Idaho territory.

The Lakota Territory carved itself out of sections of the Dakotas and eastern Montana, and no one really wants the area enough to dispute their claim.

The bulk of Nevada is desert, not even worth the effort of laying claim to. Most of the inhabitants southeast of the Sierra Nevadas are desert air pirates, scrub ranchers, and rattlesnakes. The Nevada mountain towns seem willing to claim allegiance to either Hollywood or Pacifica, whichever can keep the desert pirates off.

Montana and Wyoming have largely fragmented. All government is local, and the locals seem determined to keep it that way. The population is completely disgusted with national government, and aims to show that local government can perform far better than any distant bureaucracy. Portions of Wyoming and Montana have been claimed by other states, but by and large this is the most lawless and best armed stretch of the West.


Lakota Territory

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  • Capitol:
  • Notable Squadrons
    • INFO

The Lakota Territory is—along with the Navajo Nation—one of the largest and most-successful Native nations that appeared after the collapse of the United States.

The Lakota are a secretive people, sharing little information with outsiders, and restricting travel through their territory. Easily one of the most militant Native peoples, the Lakota occasionally trade with outsiders, but such occasions are rare. (The Lakota let their Navajo neighbors deal with other nation-states, preferring trade with other Natives, rather than with deal with "untrustworthy" outsiders.)

Lakota Territory is a militantly dry nation, and most Lakota feel that alcohol is just another attempt by outsiders to destroy their society; as in the Navajo Nation, bootlegging is punishable by immediate execution. The Lakotas’ militant tendencies are considerably more evident than in their Navajo neighbors; the Lakota clearly believe that the best defense is a good offense. The Lakota air militias do not hesitate crossing borders to attack targets that pose a threat to the tribes. As a result, the Lakota are frequently involved in skirmishes with the defense forces of neighboring nation-states.

Perhaps the most unusual facet of Lakota government is its mobility; the tribal council (and the current Chief, Thomas Redbear) move frequently. There is no set capital; instead the council travels to where it is needed, allowing Redbear to "maintain focus on his people." This has made Redbear a popular leader, but a somewhat ineffectual one. Most of his time is spent in transit, an inefficient form of government.

This mobility has a practical side, however; given the history of conflict between Natives and non-Natives, the Lakota distrust any outsider. Redbear’s unpredictable movements make him a difficult target for assassination, which has—according to the Lakota—been attempted by Appalachian bootleggers on two separate occasions. This deep-seated paranoia makes dealing with the Lakota difficult; Appalachia's recent production and sales of "General Custer Whiskey" has only made matters worse.


Free Colorado

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Colorado
Big hub of Pirate Activity.

  • Capitol: Denver
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Ragtime Raiders

Like the Republic of Texas, the Free Colorado State doesn't much care who it upsets. Where Texas deliberately antagonizes other nations, Free Colorado is simply too freewheeling to notice. With its mountain-based cities, Free Colorado is a pirate's paradise. Currently, the pirate-controlled city of Boulder and the "free city" of Denver are the leading political capitals, though it is difficult to say which has the real power.

Surrounded by dry nations, Boulder's primary interest lies in running alcohol into those areas, along with the occasional raid of resources. In addition, a thriving outlaw mechanic industry has formed in Colorado, with scores of machinists and aircraft experts performing illegal and dangerous modifications on pirate craft.

The Denver government maintains ties to Appalachia, The Confederation of Dixie, and the Nation of Hollywood, all wet nations. Utah is the highest-profile target of Free Colorado illegal activities, and the Utah militias are constantly fighting off raiders and smugglers who come in over the Roan Plateau. The Navajo Nation has put standing bounties on the heads of Free Colorado's most successful smugglers; more recently, Texas has turned its red eye toward Free Colorado for the sacking of Amarillo.

The current leader of Free Colorado (in any official capacity) is "The Honorable" Governor Longfellow Page, who claims to be a "writer, poet, scholar, scientist and gentleman"—all claims of dubious veracity. Despite his checkered past, Page has done an admirable job of pleasing his constituents (generally made up of those who did not favor strong government involvement in day-to-day affairs). Given Page’s general dislike of work, this attitude suits him well.

Unofficially, the capital of Colorado is not Denver; rather it is a miniature city, constructed high atop Mount Wausa: Sky Haven. A nest of pirates, bootleggers and criminals, the real seat of power is this secret city. The approach to Sky Haven is precarious; small craft that are not instantly recognized are gunned down on sight, while larger craft (such as zeppelins) must know the precise approach, through narrow, twisting canyons. Failure to negotiate the labyrinthine passageways results in a spectacular crash (and the occasional strafing run from Sky Haven’s inhabitants).


Republic of Texas

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Texas and Oklahoma

  • Capitol: Austin
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Texas Air Rangers
    • Hunt's Hunters

No North American nation claims allegiance with Republic of Texas. Oklahoma is considered a protectorate state, which indicates that Texas takes anything it needs from within Oklahoman borders. The Texas Rangers provide protection whenever they feel that another nation is seriously infringing on their state's "turf." Most North American nations treat Texas like nitroglycerine: with great caution, lest it explode violently.

Texas, for its part, has little good to say about anyone. Texans currently reserve their greatest animosity for French Louisiana, particularly the air wing of the French Foreign Legion that recently arrived from the Spanish Civil War front and now patrols the Texas border. Next in line is the Confederation of Dixie, if only because of England's meddling in North American affairs by assisting that nation. Texas reviles Dixie even more than it does Free Colorado , the base of a recent heavy pirate raid that smashed the city of Amarillo.

The nation of Arixo has no trouble with the Republic of Texas at the moment, though the government is aware that Texas is casting an eye toward Arixo's mineral-rich lands. Texas has considered Mexico beneath contempt ever since the Second Battle of the Alamo; they don't think much more of the People's Collective, even though the Dusters recently put up a good show against Texas Rangers who strayed into Kansas Territory.

Of the rest, no one seems willing to align itself with the generally hostile Texans, though mutual enemies may make necessary allies. Internal political pressure in Hollywood (largely applied by Howard Hughes, who was born in Texas) might aid an alliance with Texas, and the I.S.A. might welcome aid against the People's Collective, but these alignments remain speculation in political circles. What actually happens remains to be seen; many fear, however, that given Texas’ recent drought, they may once again start annexing neighboring states to claim agricultural resources.

The President of the Republic of Texas, Austin Crockett, is the front man for the oil barons who rule the nation. The most powerful of these barons is Jackson Coe, a bellicose, gruff man who has used a large percentage of his wealth to finance the Texas Rangers and provide security within the Republic's borders. Crockett is a powerful and charismatic public speaker, popular among the Texans, but widely lampooned in the Empire State and Louisiana (which has, of course, caused no small amount of hostility between Crockett and the leaders of those nations).


French Louisiana

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Occasionally rumbles with Dixie and Texas.

  • Notable Squadrons
    • French Foreign Air Legion

The first state to split with the new Confederacy of Dixie was Louisiana, which maintains cultural ties to France. Louisiana was the wettest of the Confederate states, with a large French-speaking population, Napoleonic law, and large Catholic population. The Louisiana-Confederacy match was doomed, and divorce quick (and the Confederacy could hardly complain: state independence is part of the Confederate creed).

Since then, French Louisiana has leaned heavily on the Mother Country and other Francophone nations, mainly Haiti and Quebec, for support and trade. A poor nation surrounded by hostile—or at best, neutral—nations, dependent on trade, Louisiana floats its economy on legal and illegal alcohol trade.

Agriculture, salt exports, Gulf Fishing, and Mississippi River trade are the backbone of Louisiana's economy. The state is defended by wily "Swamp-Bat" militia pilots and a French Foreign Legion division (mainly against aggressive Texas Air Rangers), but also on guard against renewed Alabama agression.

The President of Louisiana is in the process of negotiating with France, hoping for a more formal relationship with the European power. Surrounded by enemies on all sides, crippled by a weak economy, and equipped with only a light military, the presence of French Foreign Legion troops is virtually all that prevents Louisiana from being swept off the map; currently, no North American nation is prepared for a conflict with a major European power.


Peoples Collective

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Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, North and South Dakota
Communist and agrarian, fights often with the Industrial States of America. Dry territory.

  • Capitol: Omaha
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Peoples Defense Force
    • The Dusters

In 1931, Samuel Morrow—a devout Christian—formed the People's Collective in the American Midwest. Realizing that the fledgling Collective was in danger of economic collapse (90% of the population was in some form of debt), he voided all loans and mortgages of the People, and declared Socialism the truest form of Christianity.

Federalist troops from Washington, D.C. (under Presidential orders) attempted to regain control of the Collective. (Ironically, these troops were largely supplied by business interests in Chicago and New York, one of the few times that these bitter rivals would agree on anything). Morrow’s people fought off Federal troops and the Collective found itself isolated and surrounded by enemies.

The one potential ally among the disunited states was Utah, also a Christian nation, but any hope of an alliance was crushed by Jonathan "Ghengis" Kahn, a Chicago-based pirate who struck inside Utah, stealing a military airship—the Moroni—before entering the People's Collective. Once inside the Collective, Khan initiated a series of raids that he claimed were under a Utah-issued Letter of Marque. A Utah-Collective war was very nearly the result; in the chaos that followed the "Moroni Incident," Khan managed to slip back into the ISA. Although these facts quickly came out, the rift between the People's Collective and Utah remains.

The following years saw border clashes between the Collective and the Industrial States of America (in 1932 and 1936), and periodic troubles along the Collective-Oklahoma borders. Texas Air Rangers occasionaly cross the border for "target practice" on Collective farmers, although no formal hostilities have been declared.

The most lucrative industry in the People’s Collective is agriculture. Since the Collective occupies territory that was once the bread basket of the Untied States, it continues to export food and other agricultural products throughout North America. (The Collective’s government tends to increase prices to nations that are politically opposed to it, however.) The Collective also conducts a large amount of trade with other Socialist nations, mainly through Canadian provinces; recently, however, the Collective severed all ties to the Red Russian elements in Alaska. (A nation of devout Christians, the citizens of the People’s Collective are appalled by the confirmed atheism of the Bolsheviks.)

The Collective lacks air cargo capacity, and is working hard to catch its zeppelin production up to the People's needs. In fact, the Collective lacks air power of all kinds, relying on a handful of Defender and new Defiant fighters to protect the vast expanses of the People's land. Although the Socialist nation's borders are now well fortified against overland invasion, air power remains woefully inadequate, inviting piracy from all corners.


The Industrial States of America

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Illinois,Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana and parts of Ontario.
Prohibitionist, dry nation. Constant battles with Appalachian Territory rum and gin runners.

  • Capitol: Chicago
  • Notable Squadrons
    • Red Skull Legion - Nominally pirates, but funded by the ISA

The manufacturing giant of the continent, the Industrial States of America has more industrial capacity than its two closest competitors combined. The I.S.A. produces airplanes, zeppelins, automobiles, engines, weapons, appliances, tools, and virtually anything else that can be fabricated. It is also blessed with a large and varied agricultural base, producing enough food to feed its own citizens and export surplus to foreign markets. It retains an impressive internal road and rail network, serving the logistical needs of the six Industrial States well.

The only thing the ISA really lacks is access to markets: the ISA is surrounded by rivals and enemies, none of whom make it easy to get to market. All waterborne shipping into and out of the Great Lakes region is either subject to heavy tariff or refused passage by the Empire State. Ontario's neutrality allows a small loophole, though the ISA finds Ontario's handling fees only marginally more acceptable. Quebec's tariffs are just as bad as Ontario's and the other Canadian alternatives. French Louisiana is more affordable, but shipping down the Mississippi requires small but additive handling fees for Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi, and from Appalachia. The ISA can hardly complain; the Confederation of Dixie states make up a large percentage of the ISA's continental market. Zeppelin air cargo is cheaper per shipment, but air freight continues to be expensive in bulk, and is subject to air piracy.

The ISA is nominally governed by a President and a Representative House. The ISA President, Franklin August, has only modest power and acts more as a figurehead. He defers to the wishes of a shadowy council of businessmen and financiers who provide the nation’s financial and military backing.

The Empire State is the ISA's main rival, although the People's Collective remains the factory lords' greatest nightmare. This sprawling socialist nation runs the western length of the ISA. Although mainly agricultural, the Collective does have the industrial capacity to supply its own military and domestic needs, and threatens to raise the ire of the factory workers, possibly rousing the now-broken unions once again into action.


The Empire State

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Incredibly wealthy, rivaled only by the ISA and Hollywood. Home of Blake Aviation.

  • Notable Squadrons
    • Broadway Bombers
    • New Jersey Chargers
    • Jersey Jacks
    • The Black Swan Squadron
    • The Hampton Skyhawks

The Empire State was formed almost immediately after Texas’ secession in 1930. Led by popular President Fiorello La Guardia , the Empire State has rapidly become the focus of political and economic power in North America (which has led to a fierce rivalry with the Industrial States of America). The Empire State covets the ISA's industrial capacity, while the ISA would love to have New York's status as the North American continent's leading political power and chief trading center.

The mutual rivalry between the Empire State and the ISA can only lead to further conflict, especially considering President La Guardia's recent alliance with the notorious sky pirate, the Black Swan; she and her band will certainly find targets of opportunity westward of the Empire State. When challenged about the Black Swan, La Guardia points out that the Red Skull Legion has been based in the ISA for years and is almost certainly "encouraged" by the ISA's government.

This economic rivalry is exceeded only by the clash between the Empire State and the Nation of Hollywood. Each claims to be the center of culture in North America, contentions that have created tension between the two nations. These tensions were exacerbated by a botched trade negotiation between them; Hollywood responded by threatening an embargo of entertainment properties (movies, radio shows and so on). Since that incident, Hollywood has treated the Empire State with suspicion, and neither side shows any signs of backing down.

The Empire State cannot focus on its western border for long; with the recent air strike into Manhattan by the Confederation of Dixie, the southern passages into this nation are more heavily patrolled as President La Guardia considers reprisals. Speculation abounds whether the strike offers proof of Appalachian complicity, a nation of long-standing neutrality. The so-called experts are in disagreement, and the lack of real authority in the Appalachian Mountains argues against trust between a "wet" and a "dry" nation.

Additionally, the Empire State has the nation of Quebec to the North, serving as a haven for bootleggers and pirates, and an unconfirmed neutrality agreement with the Atlantic Coalition and Maritime Provinces states.


The Maritime Provinces

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The Atlantic Coalition's main Eastern rivals are the Maritime Provinces, which maintain one of the largest surface ship navies of the former United States. The Maritime Provinces survive mainly on through fishing and surface shipping (and occasionally mercenary naval contracts), although the inland areas provide much-needed agricultural product.

The Maritime Provinces have not been able to maintain the strict neutrality of their southern neighbors, mainly because of friction with Quebec, but have cordial or at least non- hostile relations with most of the inland nations.

The Eastern coastal nations are mostly of two minds about the Provinces: on one hand, they provide an alternative to the Empire State, and bolster coastal defenses with their navy; on the other hand, they bolster the navies of anyone willing to pony up their current asking price.

The Maritime Provinces have the unusual distinction of being the only collection of former U.S. and Canadian governments; having absorbed New Brunswick and sections of Quebec up to the St. Lawrence. The Provinces’ President, Francis Kirby, has proposed a merger with Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, a proposition still under consideration.


The Protectorate of Ontario

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One of the most successful of the neutral North American nations, Ontario enjoys normalized trade relationships with the Empire State, Industrial States of America, People's Collective, other Canadian provinces, and (as much as possible) Quebec. Ontario is willing to deal with any nation, as long as their money is good. This policy has occasionally been strained, particularly with the fee-shy ISA, but holds.

Ottawa, the capital city, has grown into a major urban center, and its inhabitants frequently smirk at Empire State claims of sophistication. While New York clearly has a high profile, many celebrities—from Europe and Asia, as well as North America—sneak away to Ottawa to enjoy the scenery, cultural events, and other amenities.

The current leader of Ontario, Prime Minister Terrance Case, has been cautious in developing the region’s military forces; while Ottawa itself is well defended by Royal Canadian Air Police, he has deployed defense forces near his borders only sparingly. Given Ottawa’s neutrality, Case does not want to appear to take an aggressive posture to his somewhat trigger-happy neighbors.


The Republic of Quebec

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This French-speaking former Canadian province split away from greater Canada in late 1930, as the United States split up. The long-standing assertion that an independent Quebec could never thrive isolated between Canada and the U.S. no longer applied in an America composed of several competing nation-states. The Francophone nation-state today survives on a free-trade agreement with the Atlantic Coalition and Columbia, held together by endangered shipping lanes stretching out over the Atlantic and weaving down through the Champlain region. The Empire State and the Maritime Provinces could close down the latter routes at a moment's notice, assuming the pirates don't do it first.

The Empire State and Maritime Provinces have reasons to do so: to the southwest of Lake Champlain lies "Smuggler's Slide," a triangular patch of flatlands that Quebec bootleggers cross to gain the relative safety of the Empire State's Adirondack Mountains. East of the Lake is a border war waiting to happen, with Quebec and the Maritime Provinces contesting the lands south of the St. Lawrence River. To make matters worse, the small, but numerous, pirate havens in the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains are two insults away from a territory war over control of the Champlain Valley. Meanwhile, on the two Canadian borders Quebec finds itself hemmed in by former fellow-Provinces, neither of whom are well-disposed to the Quebecois.


Utah

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Utah and Southern Idaho

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One of the flashpoints of the disintegration of the U.S.A., Utah is today a resolved, homogenous, Christian nation, isolated from its detractors and determined to survive these tumultuous times. Utah's Smith Law made the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the official state religion, sparking a firestorm of religious reaction across the nation, and forcing a new exodus of LDS members to Utah. The Republic of Texas cited the Federal government's inability to enforce the Constitutional separation of Church and State in its Declaration of Secession on January 1, 1930, as did California and New York. The departure of these states triggered the general collapse of the U.S. in the following six months.

Utah accordingly has no real allies on the Continent; the only real candidate for alliance is the equally Christian People's Collective, which the Church opposes for it's Socialist doctrine. Political pressure may heal the standing rift between the two Christian nations, but no real progress has yet been made. On the other hand, Utah has few active enemies—Hollywood has bigger fish to fry; Texas is occupied with problems closer to home; Arixo is preparing for conflict with Texas (as well as Hollywood and Free Colorado air-pirates); Pacifica is likewise concerned with Alaska, Hollywood, and Pacific trade concerns.

The Navajo Nation is willing to cooperate with Utah against air pirates, as shown in the 1936 Plateau Wars, but shows no interest in a long standing relationship. While not an enemy per se, Free Colorado is a perpetual thorn in Utah's side, as Colorado pirates strike out of the Rockies and flee back across the Colorado border, where Colorado militias wait for Utah planes.

Utah is one of the few states expanding its territory: Utah colonists are staking claims to the disputed western territories, and Utah claims that LDS-settled land is under its jurisdiction. If anything sparks a war with Utah, this is likely to be it.

Utah’s government is something of an oddity in North America: a participatory democracy, similar in structure to the old United States government, it is also very much a theocracy. This unusual hybrid of church and state typically means that people in positions of power within the Church of Latter Day Saints frequently hold high political office, as well.


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