The American Federation (also called the United States, US, or America) is an federal constitutional republic comprising of thirty-one states and a capital district. The country is mostly situated east of the Mississippi, with nine states located west of the river; the Federation is bordered by the Atlantic to the east; Canada to the north; many of the breakaway states to the south; and the California Republic to the west.
GeographyThe coastal plain of the Atlantic seaboard gives way farther inland to deciduous forests and rolling hills of Piedmont.; the Appalachian Mountains divide the Eastern Seaboard from the Great Lakes and the grasslands of the Midwest. The Mississippi-Missouri River, the world's fourth longest river system in the world, runs mainly north-south through the heart of the country before leading into the borders of Arkansas. The flat, fertile prairie of the Great Plains stretches to the west. The Rocky Mountains, at the western edge of the Great Plains, divides the state of Idaho geographically from the rest of the country. The super volcano underlying Yellowstone National Park is the continent's largest volcanic feature.
GovernmentThe American Federation is the world's oldest surviving federation. The government is regulated by an system called check and balances defined in the US Constitution, which serves as the country's supreme legal document. Citizens are usually subject to three levels of government: federal, state, and local; the local government duties are commonly split between municipal governments. The federal government is comprised of three branches:
- Executive: The president is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become a law, and appoints the members of cabinet.
- Legislative: The bicameral Congress, made up of the Senate and House or Representatives, makes federal laws, declares war, approves treaties, and appoints the members of cabinet and other officers.
- Judicial: The Supreme Court and lower federal courts. whose judges are appointed by the president with senate approval, interprets laws and overturn those they find unconstitutional.
The House of Representatives has 235 voting members, each representing an congressional district for a two-year term. House seats are apportioned among states by population every tenth year. The Senate has 62 members with each state having two senators, elected at-large to six-year terms; one third of Senate seats are up for election every other year. The president serves an four-year term and may be elected to office no more than twice. The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of the United States, has nine members, who serve for life.
- Amendment 1: Freedom of Speech, Religion, Press, Assembly, and Protest are Protected.
- Amendment 2: Right to bear arms
- Amendment 3: No quartering of soldiers in private homes.
- Amendment 4: No unwarranted searches and seizures.
- Amendment 5: No double jeopardy, and ensues a trial by jury, and rights of the accused.
- Amendment 6: Right to a speedy public trial with legal counsel.
- Amendment 7: Trial by jury in civil cases.
- Amendment 8: No cruel or unusual punishment, or excessive bail.
- Amendment 9: Any rights not mentioned are rights of the people.
- Amendment 10: Reserved Rights of the States
- Amendment 11: Judicial separation of states and federal government.
- Amendment 12: Establishes the Vice President for a vote by the electoral college.
- Amendment 13: Abolishes Slavery
- Amendment 14: States must abide by constitutional law, and defines anyone born in the US as a US citizen.
- Amendment 15: Former slaves can vote, and voters can't be discriminated against based on race.
- Amendment 16: Income Tax
- Amendment 17: Direct Election of Senators
- Amendment 18: Prohibition
- Amendment 19: Women's right to vote.
- Amendment 20: Shortens lame duck period and establishes vice president as presidential succesor.
- Amendment 21: Repeals 18th Amendment
- Amendment 22: 2 Presidential Terms established as term limits.
- Amendment 23: DC gains presidential electors.
- Amendment 24: No taxing for voting.
- Amendment 25: Provides temporary removal of president and temporary transfer of powers to the vice president.
- Amendment 26: 18 year old voting age.
- Amendment 27: Limits congressional pay.
- Amendment 28: Creates a balanced budget, but ensures deficit spending during a time of economic crisis.
- Amendment 29: Outlaws the construction of military bases on another country's soil, ally or not.
- Amendment 30: Security increases, increases police presence on the streets, and forces workers to give people a limited amount of alcohol in all nightclubs in the Federation.
Even though the 29th Amendment bans all types of military bases being built on foreign soil, the American Federation has become an major player in the world, next to the Soviet Union, China, and the California Republic. The American Federation is part of NATO, G8, G20, and the UN Security Council; the Federation is also the leader of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Central and South America. Almost all countries have embassies in Washington D.C.The American Federation has an "special relationship" between the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, and Canada. California and the Federation have begun making plans to become united again under one flag, and slowly convince other countries to join. California and the Federation have begun to build an anti-missile defense system for North America. The American Federation and USSR are trying to make better relations with each other and of China. America is currently at war with Florida and has lost 3,989 soldiers.
EconomyThe American Federation has a capitalist mixed economy, which is fueled by abundant natural resources, a well developed infrastructure, and high productivity. The Federation is the largest importer of goods, and the third largest exporter. Canada, California, Japan, and South Korea are its top trading partners. Chemical products are the leading manufacturing field. The Federation is third largest producer oil in the world, as well as its largest importer. It is the world's number fourth producer of electrical and nuclear energy, as well as liquid natural gas, phosphates, sulfur, and salt.
Science and TechnologyBefore the US dissolved in 1992, America has been a leader in scientific research and technological innovation since the late 19th Century. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first US patent for the telephone. Thomas Edison developed the phonograph, the first long-lasting light bulb, and the first viable movie camera. Nikola Tesla pioneered alternating current, the AC motor, and radio. In the early 20th Century, the automobile companies of Ransom E. Olds and Henry Ford popularized the assembly line. The Wright Brothers, in 1903, developed the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight. The rise of Nazism in the 1930's led many European scientist, including Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, and John von Neumann, to immigrate to the United States. During the Second World War, the Manhattan Project, developed nuclear weapons and ushering in the Atomic Age. The Space Race produced rapid advancements in rocketry, materials science, and computers.
After the collapse of the US in 1992, the Americans have begun researching into more advance military designs and anti-missile defense systems. The internet has linked the Federation and California together; this friendship has become official when an hotline between San Francisco and Washington was created.
TransportationPersonal transportation by automobile has increased since more fuel-efficient cars have become available to the public. Public transportation is the second most used type of transportation in the country, the first being automobile. Transportation by bicycle has decreased as public transportation is becoming more available. Rail is mostly used for transportation of goods and military equipment across the country. North American Airlines, an privately-owned business, has flights coming from New York, Chicago, and Miami to San Francisco, Seattle, and Las Vegas.
Life expectancy in the Federation is at 87.9 and is slowly climbing. The Federation has the 4th best in the world and is the 2nd best on North America. Rates of teenage pregnancy has dropped when contraceptives were provided under the Universal Health Care Act of 2009. Many states hold teen-awareness classes in the high schools, hospitals, and medical clinics. Health is the second service that the budget spends on, the other being education.
The American Federation has the best education, and is only rivaled by California's education. A lot of California's officers go to West Point for the Army and Annapolis for the Navy. Children ages 5-18 are required to go to school and truancy is considered a crime. The only time the children get off from school is:
- New Years Day
- Spring Break (1 week)
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving (2 weeks)
- Christmas (3 weeks)