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The AU flag is based off the EU flag. Each star represents a member state.

The American Union (AU) or Union Américain (UA) is an elected political body that serves to enact regulation, trade, peace and diplomacy laws throughout the continent of North America (although the Parliament sits in Chicago in the first part of the year and Vancouver in the second). The bodies power comes from a written constitution and the North American Treaty which was written in 2005 by Canadian and American politicians and has allowed the body to amend its powers. The AU also serves as an appointed judicial body called the Supreme Court of America (SCoA) which rules on appealed cases from member states on several subjects, others are regulated to lower courts. The American Union Bank is the centralized bank of the AU and the continent and helps set out the economic policy of the Parliament, the AUB President is Elizabeth Warren who is considered to have led the AU through an economic recession.

The elected members to the AU pass budgets, trade, social and diplomatic laws. The body is elected every five years like its European Union counterpart, the first election in the American Union elections, 2006 and again in 2011.

Member states

After the end of Canada and the United States all new nations created through the NAT joined the AU eventually in the first year. There are a total of twelve member states. The member states each elect an amount of members to the AU based on the population of that nation, and in relation to the others. There are 750 Members of the American Parliament (MAP) each elected every five years through, proportional representation and party-list system. Due to the large inequality of some nation's populations, after each census and re-assignment of seats from the Independent election council, they try to give some seats to smaller nations to maintain the balance of power. Where the Polar Republic would have two seats, they are given four, as Acadian is suppose to be given six they are given seven.

Nation Head of State Population Number of seats in AU Representation in AU
Acadia Dale Graham 2,326,862 7 4 SDaP, 2 APP, 1 GA
California Jerry Brown 48,545,810 105 83 SDaP, 12 ACaR, 6 GA, 4 NLP
Dixie Philip Bredesen 71,652,097 155 95 APP, 34 UoLaD, 23 ACaR, 3 SDaP
Huron Hilary Clinton 55,937,639 123 95 SDaP, 18 APP, 8 UoLaD, 1 ACaR, 1 NLP
Libertas Jim Doyle 66,436,812 144 69 UoLaD, 57 APP, 17 SDaP, 1 GA
New England John Kerry 14,452,636 32 28 SDaP, 1 ACaR, 1 APP, 1 NLP, 1 GA
Pacifica Christine Gregorie 15,460,175 34 18 SDaP,  8 APP, 4 GA, 3 GoSaL, 1 ACaR
Polar Republic Roger Magold 892,543 4 2 APP, 1 SDaP, 1 NLP
Quebec Jean Charest 8,080,109 18 8 SDaP, 4 UoLaD. 4 ACaR, 1 APP, 1 GoSaL
Texas Thomas Craddick 36,987,496 80 36 ACaR, 32 APP, 12 UoLaD
West America Jon Huntsman 15,879,341 34 24 APP, 7 SDaP, 2 ACaR, 1 GA
West Canada Ed Stelmach 5,886,908 14 10 APP, 4 SDaP
American Union Barack Obama 342,535,428 750 see elections

Council of America

Council of America current

Red means control by a Social Democrats and Progressives party government. Blue means a American People's Party controlled government. Yellow means a Union of Liberals and Democrats government, and Green means a Green Activists control of a position. Stripes means the junior member of a government coalition and is given one member like a senior member.

The Council of America is a forum used for the head, vice head of states (if a country doesn't have on a financial minister is used) and the President of the American Union to discuss and promote legislation in the American Parliament. In a coalition government, usually already written out in an agreement, the two major parties each get to send one member. The Council of America meets for two days (sometimes three) every two months were the leaders discuss and draw out legislation currently in the AU.

The Current delegation is the Social Democrats and Progressives with eleven members, with control of four governments (shown in red) and is the senior member in the Pacifica government, and Albert Gore is the Vice President of Dixie and the AU Presidency. The American People's Party control three governments outright and are the senior member in the West Canadian government giving them seven members. The Union of Liberals and Democrats control two governments, is the President of Dixie (being the senior member) and the junior member in West Canada giving them six members. The Green Activists have a junior membership in Pacifica giving them one seat.

Council of America Composition

Composition of the Council of America showing the near majority of Social Democrats and Progressives.

The Council formally meets along with the Parliament for two weeks each, in the designated meeting places, two weeks each in Chicago and two weeks each in Vancouver. The Council can also call for informal meetings at any time at either location to discuss and approve bills that need the council's approval.

American Union Parties

The American Union parties are elected throughout the nations that make up the AU, and usually are supported through an agreement of the two parties. These are the parties: the Social Democrats and Progressives, American People's Party, Union of Liberals and Democrats, Native Lands Party, American Conservatives and Reformers, Green Activists, Group of Socialists and Leftists. The Social Democrats and Progressives (SDaP) is the most successful of the parties, having the most elected governments and the most elected MAPs. The party is consistently center-left, progressive and moderately cooperative when it comes to AU policy. There main rivals are the American People's Party (APP) a center-right political party with the second most amount of governments and MAPs. The party is socially conservative, economically center/center-right and is moderately cooperative. The Union of Liberals and Democrats (UoLaD or called ULAD) is a center (minor)/center-left party that promotes large cooperation in the AU, social progressivism and centrist economic policies. The Native Lands Party (NLP) is a center-left, First Nation's rights party which runs parties under the same name (In California as the Socialist NLP). The party is center-left on both social and economic issues but is moderate on AU policies. The American Conservatives and Reformers (ACaR) is a Contisceptic, conservative party. They advocate for traditional conservative values while calling for the destruction or very limited powers to the AU. The Green Activists are an environmental AU party, which calls for a moderate cooperative AU, is center-left and a current form the junior partner in one country. The smallest party is the Group of Socialists and Leftists which promotes a strong AU and socialistic values.

American Union elections, 2006

American Union Parliament 2006-2011

The Social Democrats and Progressives won the most seats (shown in red) against the American People's Party in light blue.

December 12th-13th the first American Union Parliament elections were held across all countries. There was no clear winner but the biggest plurality was one by the Social Democrats and Progressives and appointed Barack Obama as President of the American Union. Here are the results by individual country:

2006-2011: Obama's first term

Party Seats
Social Democrats and Progressives 271
American People's Party 259
Union of Liberals and Democrats 141
American Conservatives and Reformers 55
Green Activists 16
Group of Socialists and Leftists 4
Native Lands Party 4

The American Union first sat in Chicago, January 23rd 2007.  Barack Obama, a MAP from Libertas, was appointed AU President by a vote of 420-279. Two weeks later President Obama set out the economic policy for the AU, it's peacekeeping role, the powers of the AU, the actions the AU should take to maintain a stable continent after a revolution. The AU passed the first budget included a "AU tax" which at the most taxed the richest at 5.0% and the poorest (taxed starting at 25,500 American Dollars) 0.5%. The budget included new spending measures and upkeep of the AU. During the second session, held in Vancouver, the main job of the AU was to consider the Freedom of Continent Act proposed by the Social Democrats. The first measure setting up a centralized bank, the American Union Bank passed 399-349, in which the members on the right claimed that a centralized bank would lead to socialism. The next battle was over the President of the AUB, Elizabeth Warren, a Progressive, whom was appointed 380-370. The next two parts were voted on together, which allowed for the creation of a joint currency called the American Dollar, which Quebec, Huron, Acadia, Polar Republic and Pacifica adopted. The second was a treaty to allow certified citizens of other AU countries to travel freely and securely across other AU countries. which was adopted by all countries except Dixie and Texas. The package of the two parts was passed 390-349.

During the economic recession the leadership of the AUB President, Elizabeth Warren, led the continent through a recession mostly okay. The country of California, with an unemployment rate above 30%, was even able to cut unemployment in half during the recession as Warren expressed concern for strong regulation, progressive taxation and stimulus spending. Even the most conservative governments took some of the warnings and were successful in going through the recession. Elizabeth Warren, a MAP from New England, declared the American recession "over" in 2011 and that governments could return to their normal business.

The rise of  Contiscpeticism came in the November of 2008, the AU set up a fund in the American Union Bank to lend to other countries to deal with there spending obligations, the incident is known as the AUB Foreign Fund were the AU created a five million dollar fund to lend to other countries. About 4.8 million was sent to the United Kingdom, with 10% interest due 2020, the deal was officially signed by Gordon Brown and AU President Barack Obama, the other .2 million was sent to Ireland with 15% interest due 2016. Also increased funding and AU regulations sparked some Contiscpetics to raise concerns over the size of the government.

Acadia

On December 12th, Acadia along with most of the American continent elected members to the American Union Parliament. The Liberal-Conservative Party, representing the American People's Party, already in government said they would try to represent the people by protecting their tax dollars and allowing for free trade. The Social Democrats were able to make a convincing case for a cooperative yet, protecting delegation to the AU to allow the best for the citizens. The Social Democrats, representing the Social Democrats and Progressives, were able to grab three seats tied with there LCP rivals and one seat was won by the Green Future Party, representing the Green Activists.

Party AU Party Seats
Social Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 3
Liberal-Conservative Party American People's Party 3
Green Future Party Green Activists 1

California

With a early victory for the Progressive Democrats, representing the AU Party the Social Democrats and Progressives, in the general elections the PD was set to win a large amount of seats due to it's great field of support. The PD was able to run up support in areas that would otherwise not go for them like in Arizona and north Nevada. The PD won an impressive 82 out of 105 seats, with the Unity Party, representing the APP, finishing in second with 12 seats.

Party AU Party Seats won
Progressive Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 82
Unity Party American Conservatives and Reformers 12
Green Party Green Activists 8
Socialist Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 3

Dixie

The first elections for the most populous country would prove to be surprising and shape the outcome of the AU. The small Progressive Party was expected to win one to two seats, but was able to spend a lot of its money on the election to win 14 seats larger than expected at the expense of the Conservative Party which having won a large plurality in the general elections, was able to win 98 seats. The Social Liberal Party, representing the Union of Liberals and Democrats, was able to win a large amount of seats for the AU Party totaling 35 seats. The early contiscpetic Better Dixie Party, won eight seats.

Party AU Party Seats
Conservative Party American People's Party 98
Social Liberal Party Union of Liberal and Democrats 35
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 14
Better Dixie Party American Conservatives and Reformers 8

Huron

The Progressive Democrats were able to make a great stand in the election to show their political dominance in Huron, as the Social Democrats and Progressives related party was able to win a huge 98 out of 123 seats compared to the second place finish of the Conservative Party, American People's Party sponsored, which had 17 seats. The PD/SDaP related members would prove to be powerful in controlling the early policies of the AU and were nicknamed the "Huron Hecklers" on how they would scream during an opposition members speech. 

Party AU Party Seats
Progressive Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 98
Conservative Party American People's Party 17
Liberal Future Union of Liberals and Democrats 8

Libertas

In the first AU elections, Libertas was able to elect the second most amount of MAPs, 144 members. The Liberal Democrats, a member of the Union of Liberals and Democrats, was able to capitalize on the early success of the party. In the elections the Conservative Party accused the Liberals would give away too much power to the AU and that a party that would be against giving away powers would be better. The tactic paid off with the Liberal Democrats taking home 79 of the 144 seats, the Conservative Party taking home 55 seats.

Party AU Party Seats
Liberal Democrats Union of Liberals and Democrats 79
Conservative Party American People's Party 55
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 9
Green Party Green Activists 1

New England

New England's Progressive Party, a SDaP member, was able to score a huge victory in the General elections, some months prior. In the later AU elections the Progressive Party showed there place as the dominant political party by winning an amazing 29 out of 32 seats in the elections by showing they needed to send Progressive MAPs to enact policies like the ones back at home. The Progressive Conservative Party saved some money from the general election and were able to win two seats, to the Conservative Party's one seat.

Party AU Party Seats
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 29
Progressive Conservative Party American People's Party 2
Conservative Party American Conservatives and Reformers 1

Pacifica

After the 2006 General election victory for the Progressive Party (SDaP) and there coalition partners the Green Party (Green Activists), the two parties campaigned on co-operation policies and campaigned on that a conservative AU would lead to another revolution. The Progressive Party and Socialist Party campaigned on adoption of the currency given from the AU, while the Green Party was more cautious to this. Out of the 34 seats, the Progressive Party was able to win 17 seats, while the second place Progressive Conservative Party won six seats.

Party AU Party AU Seats
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 17
Progressive Conservative Party American People's Party 6
Green Party Green Activists 5
Socialist Party Group of Socialists and Leftists 4
Conservative People's Party American Conservatives and Reformers 2

Polar Republic

Although the United Left was able to form a small majority government, the Conservative Party, representing the American People's Party, was able to find a key issue shared amongst the population about protectionism. The CP was able to win two of the four seats, as the United Left won one and the NLP won one seat as well.

Party AU Party seats
Conservative Party American People's Party 2
United Left Social Democrats and Progressives 1
Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 1

Quebec

In the first AU elections for Quebec the Party of Quebec (Parti Quebecois, a Social Democrats and Progressives party) was able to gain seats as they campaigned on Quebec cultural protection but cooperation and progressive values. Still the strong Moderate Union (Union of Liberals and Democrats) were able to capture a good amount of seats to maintain the "strong party image". The early contiscpetic Better Future for Quebec was able to capture two seats and become a loud voice for decreased power of the AU Parliament.

Party AU Party Seats
Party of Quebec Social Democrats and Progressive 8
Moderate Union Union of Liberals and Democrats 5
Conservative Party American People's Party 3
Better Future for Quebec American Conservatives and Reformers 2

Texas

With the Republic Party (APP) able to win the General elections they were poised to win about 60% of the AU seats. But since the APP's policy is more moderate, to center-left in some areas, the Republic Party had to campaign that they wouldn't send many powers to the AU. Still the Conservative-Libertarians, a contiscpetic (ACaR) party, was able to make great gains in the elections to 30 seats. The Republic Party won 36 seats, compared to the third place, Liberal Alliance (UoLaD) 13 seats.

Party AU Party Seats
Republic Party American People's Party 36
Conservative-Libertarians American Conservatives and Reformers 30
Liberal Alliance Union of Liberals and Democrats 13
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 1

West America

With two of the three major parties aligned to the American People's Party, the Reform and Liberty Party and the Christian Democrats, the APP was expected to take home huge amounts of seats. Without the strong sense of contiscpeticism in West America, the Libertarian Party didn't take home a single seat. Instead the Working Families Party and Walden took home some few seats.

Party AU Party Seats
Reform and Liberty Party/Christian Democrats American People's Party 29
Working Families Party Social Democrats and Progressives 4
Walden Green Activists 1

West Canada

In the first general election, a coalition government was formed between the conservative and the liberal party showing the weakness of the conservative bloc in a traditionally conservative area. Still in an election mostly about protectionism and ideologies the Conservative Party won a slim majority of 8 AU seats. The Movement Party, a party which included some revolutionaries and Labour union leaders, was able to win five seats to the CP coalition partner's one seat.

Party AU Party Seats
Conservative Party

American People's Party

8
Movement Party Social Democrats and Progressives 5
Liberal Arts Party Union of Liberals and Democrats 1

American Union elections, 2011

American Union Parliament 2011

SDaP shown in Red being the most dominant party, against the light blue APP.

Elections were held five years after the first in 2006, on December 12th-December 13th. The Social Democrats and Progressives (SDaP) again won a small amount of seats over there American People's Party (APP) rival. The AUBFF incident lead to an increase in contiscepticism, and a great rise in the American Conservatives and Reformers seats. The Parliament instituted Barack Obama for a second term, which by the AUP constitution will be his last, which will end in 2016. This was the first Parliament were parties had appointed Party leaders for PQs (President's Questions), instead of just the random member system of asking questions in the last Parliament. The Parliament still had backbenchers asking questions along with the next three most represented party leaders.

Obama's second term: Financial recovery

Party Seats in Parliament (750 in total) Change from last election
Social Democrats and Progressives 268 - 3
American People's Party 250 - 9
Union of Liberals and Democrats 127 - 14
American Conservatives and Reformers 80 + 25
Green Activists 14 - 2
Native Lands Party 7 + 3
Group of Socialists and Leftists 4 -

With a smaller SDaP party, a motion of confidence from his party, from the UoLaDs and the GAs, Barack Obama was approved for a second term by a vote of 405-345. Barack Obama passed the Green Protection Act a list of green regulations and land protections to win over the Green Activists and NLP members even more. The vote came with support from all parties but the American People's Party and the American Conservatives and Reformers. The AUP then passed the Corporate Regulations and Taxing Act which allowed the AU to regulate the international corporations even more, and label corporate and those who put money in 'tax havens' as tax evaders. The outcome came with over six billion dollars, in new and back taxes. The act allowed for some money to be put in offseas areas, but that money would be taxed as well. In the first session of the 2012 Parliament, the body allowed for a Hawaii referendum into the American Union. The body also passed two billion dollars of new spending which, the conservative opposition said would force the body into debt, but the independent budget office said the one year of spending would mean that the body would have a surplus again by 2015. The spending would be spent on new bridges, new railroads and trains for the Polar Republic, California, Pacifica and West Canada to compete with the other nations with high speed rail. The remaining spending was or will be spent improving nation's roads and hospitals if they had universal health care and to give money to California to spend down their debt. The package of spending showed approval from the continent around 58% approving to 42% disapproving.

Acadia

With elections occurring five years from the first on December 12th (while the Polar Republic and Libertas allowed for voting from December 12th-13th), the Acadian ACaR party, the Acadian Rights Party tried using the rise of Contiscepticism to gain their first seat in the Acadian delegation. Still the Acadian people were unfazed from the rise of the movement and due to the large successes of the Social Democrats and Progressives in the AU Parliament they gained a seat from the American People's Party.

Party AU Party Seats Change in seats
Social Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 4 + 1
Liberal-Conservatives American People's Party 2 - 1
Green Future Party Green Activists 1 -

California

The levels of contiscepticism rose after the foreign funding of debt in the AUB Foreign Fund but the Unity Party, an ACaR Party could not gain seats with a popular Progressive Democratic Party and the want of a stronger AU. The Progressive Democrats, a SDaP, gained a seat, a total of 83, while the Green Party was the only party to loose seats. 

Party AU Party Seats seat changes
Progressive Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 83 + 1 
Unity Party American Conservatives and Reformers 12 -
Green Party Green Activists 6 - 2
Socialist Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 4 + 1

Dixie

The second elections for the most populous country showed the rise of contiscpeticism in conservative and centrists areas. The shocking performance of the Progressive Party in the first elections would be reversed and a total of 11 seats were lost for the Progressive Party. The new rise of contiscpeticism led to a 15 seat gain for the Better Dixie Party which they promised to draw back AU powers. The more moderate APP, Conservative Party proposed a centrist AU power plan to help the country, but lost three seats.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Conservative Party American People's Party 95 - 3
Social Liberal Party Union of Liberals and Democrats 34 - 1
Better Dixie Party American Conservatives and Reformers 23 + 15
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 3 - 11

Huron

The new found contisceptic type of politics, allowed for the Taxpayers Party, a fringe conservative contiscpetic party, to win one seat in the AU Parliament for ACaR. The Native Lands Party was able to win one seat as well in New York. With a popular SDaP government, the Progressive Democrats only lost three seats and the APP, Conservative Party won one seat. The "Huron Hecklers" were surprisingly happy even with the loses due to there campaigning on a strong AU, while during a strong anti-AU campaign year.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Progressive Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 95 - 3
Conservative Party American People's Party 18 + 1
Liberal Future Union of Liberals and Democrats 8 -
Taxpayers Party American Conservatives and Reformers 1 + 1
Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 1 + 1

Libertas

With the President of the AU, Barack Obama, being from Libertas, his strong campaigning and leadership during an economic crisis, allowed a Progressive Party already with strong momentum to win eight more seats. In contrast a very weak, an unknown Christian Alliance, an ACaR Party, didn't win a single seat. Still the more moderate on AU power, Conservative Party won two seats at the expense of the Liberal Democrats which won 69 of the 144 seats. The Green Party held on to their one seat.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Liberal Democrats Union of Liberals and Democrats 69 - 10
Conservative Party American People's Party 57 + 2
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 17 + 8
Green Party Green Activists 1 -

New England

The last AU elections proved that the leading Progressive Party, could dominate the New England political arena and this time they did the same. Although they lost a seat, they still won a huge majority of them and even cost there closest rival in AU elections, the Progressive Conservative Party one of their seats. The Progressive Party won 28 seats out of the 32 seats with the PCP, Conservative Party, Native Lands Party, and the Green Party each winning just one seat.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 28 - 1
Conservative Party American Conservatives and Reformers 1 -
Progressive Conservative Party American People's Party 1 - 1
Green Party Green Activists 1 + 1
Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 1 + 1

Pacifica

The 2011 election proved that the aftermath of the revolution was still apparent and strong. The rise of contiscepeticism, wasn't seen in Pacifica and the ACaR, CPP even lost seat in the elections. The only GoSaL represented party, the Socialist Party, lost one of their seats as the Green Party did as well. The Progressive Conservative won two of those lost seats, and the Progressive Party won one of those seats.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 18 + 1
Progressive Conservative Party American People's Party 8 + 2
Green Party Green Activists 4 - 1
Socialist Party Group of Socialists and Leftists 3 - 1
Conservative People's Party American Conservatives and Reformers 1 - 1

Polar Republic

With the success of the United Left in a no-confidence election, and an improvement in their majority, they were poised to win seats, but with a more contisceptic country, the moderate AU, APP Conservative Party was able to retain their two seats in the AU delegation. The same parties won the same amount of seats, with the CP winning two seats, UL winning one, and the Native Lands Party winning one seat.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Conservative Party American People's Party 2 -
United Left Social Democrats and Progressives 1 -
Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 1 -

Quebec

The third place, Party of Quebec, won the most seats at the AU elections and tried to continue there winning streak by showing off the great leadership of Barack Obama and the SDaP and won the same eight seats. The Better Future for Quebec was able to double their seat total to four seats on the promise of a more powerful and cultural Quebec. The minority government of the Moderate Union, was able to win four seats, a loss of one seat which went to the GoSaL, Labour. The APP, Conservative Party lost two of their seats in contrast to their minimal success at the last general elections.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Party of Quebec Social Democrats and Progressives 8 -
Moderate Union

Union of Liberals and Democrats

4 - 1
Better Future for Quebec American Conservatives and Reformers 4 + 2
Conservative Party

American People's Party

1 - 2
Labour Group of Socialists and Leftists 1 + 1

Texas

The rise of contiscepticism lead to the third place ACaR Party in Parliament, the Conservative-Libertarians, to become the leading party at AU elections. With the promise to an end of the Middle eastern wars, an end to the centralized bank and Foreign Fund the C-Ls were able to win 36 out of 80 seats. While some APP, Republic Party members that were centrist lost their seats to more conservative C-Ls. The Liberal Alliance went mostly, untouched while the Progressive Party lost their one seat.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Conservative-Libertarians American Conservatives and Reformers 36 + 6
Republic Party American People's Party 32 - 4
Liberal Alliance Union of Liberals and Democrats 12 - 1

West America

The huge AU electoral alliance of the Reform and Liberty Party and the Christian Democrats, both American People's Party members, they were able to retain their majority coalition government in an election a few month prior. The alliance was still able to win a huge amount of seats, but lost five to the Working Families Party and the Libertarian Party which was able to win seats on the promise of contiscepticism.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Reform and Liberty Party/Christian Democrats American People's Party 24 - 5
Working Families Party Social Democrats and Progressives 7 + 3
Libertarian Party American Conservatives and Reformers 2 + 2
Walden Green Activists 1 -

West Canada

The second AU elections for West Canada showed the strength of a more strong conservative and contisceptic bloc. Although the Reform Party was more contisceptic, the more moderate (on AU policy) was able to pick up two seats giving them ten out of 14. Both the Movement and the Liberal Arts Party lost one seat, with the LAP losing their place in the West Canadian delegation and the Movement Party with four seats.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Conservative Party American People's Party 10 + 2
Movement Party Social Democrats and Progressives 4 - 1

The Freedom Alliance and the AU's involvement in the Middle East

Background and finding

In 2003 then American President George Bush declared war on Iraq and the middle east to try to "liberate" the people there from terrorism and try to show America could respond to the terrorist attacks. After the end of both Canada and America the coalition to free the countries dissolved with most other countries, pulling out all troops. With popularity of the wars very small in other Major countries like Britain, the American Union sent an investigation in on what happened in 2001, and the aftermath. They concluded that George Bush had given false evidence on what happened during the course of events after the incident and cost many lives in the process. The Supreme Court of America sentenced him to two years in prison and a huge fine to rebuild some areas in Iraq. In the aftermath three countries, the only countries in the world that wanted to go back into the middle east, West America, Dixie, and Texas formed The Freedom Allianceto join there troops together to continue the project of hunting down Osama bin Laden. Under a monitored American Union agreement, they agreed that a general chosen by Barack Obama would led the coalition troops in their war. They received much protest because George Bush was sentenced to jail for war crimes, yet the war he started was continued. Barack Obama said in response to those statements "We won't make silly mistake, we've learned. Our main goal is to liberate any people, and hunt down Osama bin Laden".

Results and Killing of Osama bin Laden

The coalition signed a ten year agreement to involve themselves in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since the Freedom alliance has been in war, the official estimates say about 1,289 Coalition forced have died, 179 Al Qaeda and Taliban forces have died, and about 49 innocent civilians have died. The troops received there biggest support when they received intelligence on Bin Laden's whereabouts and killed him in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. The mission came under attack since it crossed into Pakistani control, the considered "unethical" killing of him, and no photos or DNA were ever released.

Aftermath

Since that event, support has drawn down since the ultimate goal has been achieved. The original agreement was to draw down troops starting in 2015, have about 99% of the troops out by 2017, and leave some to train police and local defense officials. West America still stands by the original plan yet, the Congress and Executive branch of Dixie would like all those dates move up one year sooner. Barack Obama said "TFA has done some amazing things, Like me and many others, I don't think under a Bush Presidency we could have achieved these things in a better, humane ways. The goal has been achieved and we need to rethink the middle eastern wars." President Obama also said that while about 95% of the troops, equipment and weaponry were funded by the TFA, some troops were from other AU countries and funded by the AU.

From January 21st-January 24th, 2013 the three Country's leaders and Barack Obama will meet in on each of those days to come up with a new plan in the middle east.

Observer States

Observer states are countries that either are in the process of joining the AU, or or major political and economic powers around the region or in Europe that seat a member in the "Nations viewing gallery". There are eight observer states:

  • Hawaii (in 2007)
  • United Kingdom (in 2007)
  • Puerto Rico (in 2008)
  • Bahamas (in 2008)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (in 2009)
  • American Virgin Islands (in 2009)
  • France (and its territory of Martinique) (in 2009)
  • Mexico (in 2009)

Admittance to the Union

When the new nation's signed the treaty creating the AU, all nation's became member states. Since the founding of the AU in 2006, no new nation's have joined the group since. The Procedure for joining goes as follows, and is set out in the AU Constitution:

  1. The country's national legislature votes on the "Admittance to the American Union" clause of the Constitution which outlines the basic process to join the AU.
  2. Once the Legislature votes and approves it, along with the approval of the Head of State, the Council of America approves the results of the legislature and signs off on it by a 51% majority.
  3. The American Union Parliament then votes on allowing the member state to have a referendum on the clause, allowing them to join the Union, which also binds them to recognizing the outcome. This vote needs a 55% majority.
  4. Next the People of the nation vote in a national referendum to join the American Union, or not. If approved by a 55% majority the process of debate is over and the nation will join the Union.
  5. The nation must comply in a years time to adopt the regulations, important, previous legislation (like the Constitution and Part One of the Freedom of Continent Act) and will be reviewed by the AU.
  6. Once that has been completed, the nation is a member state and receives the benefits of the AU and must regulate and tax its self according to AU rules.
  7. Once that is completed the nation will participate in the next AU elections, with proportional representation and become a full AU member.

The AU only allows nations from MesoAmerica, or special nations from the pacific, and the Caribbean to join. The nation of Hawaii is currently in stage four of the process, after the first three steps have been taken care of. Hawaii's Parliament has also started to pass some laws which would allow them to join the AU, but until the referendum is approved it can not approve laws passed by the AU Parliament.

Due some Pacific and other American nation's already having trade councils and agreements the want to join the AU, with it's strong power, is why most other nations do not want to join. Mexico, once considered the "Admittance Clause" in 2008, but when brought to an actual vote in the Chamber of Deputies it failed with only 28% voting for. The nation of Cuba, in 2010, was banned from joining the AU by a vote in the AUP 603-18, the act also included some sanctions and trade restrictions with the nation. Currently the nations of Puerto Rico, the American Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago are considering the first part of Admittance. The Bahamas is voting on the clause in February of 2013.

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