United States of America
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (US) or simply America, is a federal republic consisting of 51 states and various territorial possessions across the globe.
Early 21st CenturyIn the first half of the 21st Century, the major powers of Earth made little effort to address the growing concerns towards resource depletion and the continued exploitation of coal, fossil fuel, and natural gas. Because of this, widespread climate change resulted in devastating consequences around the globe. In 2038, following a series of migration movements and climatological disasters, the European Union disbanded. This led to an economic recession which crippled most western powers and led the United States government to economically stall. The following decade was marred by a series of natural disasters unprecedented in American history. On the West Coast, diminishing rainfall caused devastating, uncontrollable wildfires which resulted in the destruction of countless acres of land. In the Central United States, the depletion of major aquifers caused desertification throughout the Great Plains, resulting in farmers and ranchers demanding government aid with little response. On the East Coast, stronger and more catastrophic hurricanes devastated coastal communities almost yearly with unparalleled strong winds and flooding. This, coupled with rising sea levels, forced many to migrate further inland in search of safer housing. Meanwhile, eastern metropolises like New York and Boston formed "collectives" to better weather the growing storms. All these events would eventually culminate in the economic ruin of the United States in the 2050s, colloquially known as "The Mid-Century Crisis".
Mid-Century CrisisBy the 2050s, the United States government's ability to ignore the growing climate crisis became unteneable. Following the Great Miami Flood, many Gulf communities were forced into evacuations as rising sea-levels rapidly outpaced the means to build new solutions. In a show of political force, many politicians pushed for the notion of ratifying Puerto Rico as a state to better assist those affected by the climate crisis. While debates lasted for months, the notion eventually passed on January 8th, 2053. That summer, heatwaves spiked throughout the Central and Western United States, only fueling the desertification already rampant throughout the Great Plains. As Federal forces continued the evacuations throughout the Gulf, a series of strong winds began developing in the Central United States. Quickly, these winds culminated into a strong weather front which covered hundreds of miles. Quickly, the front pressed eastward, picking up sand, dirt, and debris, and transforming into a massive "haboob". The intense storm coated millions of acres of once thriving farmland, destroying billions of dollars in crops and animals while devastating cities throughout the Great Plains. Interstate systems became buried and communication systems were ruined, stranding millions of people throughout the Central US. The event devastated the American agricultural industry, causing it to become nearly nonexistent by the 2060s. All these elements resulted in the United States reaching an unprecedented 46% unemployment by 2060 and large scale riots over food, water and resources became commonplace throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States.
The Formation of the North American Union (WIP)In the 2060s, as riots and unrest overwhelmed the American system, the United States government became overwhelmed by its own bureaucracy. As a result, new laws, acts, and relief bills piled up in Congress with no hope of ever being passed. (Future stuff here, figure out the best way to keep the US Together). Sometime in the 2060s, the United States abolished the use of physical currency as the United States Dollar collapsed. In its place, the United States attempted with a virtual currency called "AmCredits". In 2068, the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada signed the North American Trade Cooperatives Act (NATCA) which the Senate ratification. The act was useful in the stablization of the unsteady United States by allowing renewed trade and cooperation, however, did not benefit the United States in the long run. In contrast, this act assisted Canada's growing economic strength by making the United States wholly reliant on Canadian food exports. To ensure that Canada would not hold overwhelming power over the US, a neutral entity was formed through the cooperation of private investors and public government funding called the Northern Agricultural Corporation. It was through this means that the United States was able to solidify its new virtual currency between the two nations, allowing the AmCredit to prosper.
Geography, climate, and environmentThe United States of America is one of the largest countries on Earth in terms of landmass.
In the late 21st Century, the Atlantic seaboard is ravaged by rising sea levels, increasingly violent ocean storms, and "super hurricanes". Because of this, many cities, outside of metropolises, have become abandoned or have been forced to relocate to better accomidate for the new hazards. Major cities such as Corridor City have evolved into collectives to better weather the growing storms.
E Pluribus Unum
July 4, 1776
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