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American diaspora (1983: Doomsday)

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The American diaspora is the name for the movement of American refugees to new homes in Latin America and Oceania following the aftermath of Doomsday. Today, the successor American states in North America and nations such as the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Mexico are homes to large populations of people who identify themselves as Americans.


Flag of the United States

The Stars and Stripes: Flag of the United States of America. This is commonly seen in areas the American Diaspora settles in.

Before 1983 there were millions of Americans throughout the world. Not counting American military personnel, there were an estimated 3.1 million Americans living in every corner of the world. From scientists at the South Pole to missionaries in the interior of Africa, from diplomats in Lima to merchants in Hong Kong.

From its beginning, the United States had its diplomats and as the country grew, merchants began to make contacts all over the world to bring in goods that were once only available through contacts in London and Paris. In time, the United States would surpass England in sending out Christian missionaries (eventually sending them to England and Europe as well). By the mid-twentieth century businessmen would be working in foreign countries to better reach the new markets as they opened to products from the United States. In time, management teams would relocate to what became known as "multinational" corporations producing products such as Coca Cola and services such as hotels and fast-food outlets.

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1962 map of US military bases around the world during the height of the Cold War. While obviously outdated for 1983, this is the closest map ever made from existing records and hence, would be accepted by historians and the WRCB.


September 25-26, 1983, saw the end of a weekend and the beginning of a life in exile for millions of Americans living abroad. In some places, of course, the Americans fared as badly as their compatriots in the homeland. Large populations in England and France, for example, would perish even before America was struck. At the same time as America was being pummeled, the populations in Canada, being mostly in the cities along the border with the USA, would also perish. South of the border, though, in Mexico, the existing population of over 500,000 Americans would swell to at least double that as refugees began to show up in the weeks and months following that fateful day.

Ex-patriots in Central America would face the mounting hostilities as governments there fell and rose again. American troops would assist, of course, in keeping those near the bases that were occupied but not targets. The presence of American troops in the Panama Canal Zone, however, spelled death to thousands of Americans and Panamanians alike. In South America, spread from Bogota to Lima, were over 125,000 Americans in what would soon become, for the most part, unfriendly territory.

At the same time in the Caribbean/Atlantic area, from the Bermuda to Belize, there lived over 100,000 Americans. Though there were three strikes -- two in Cuba over Havana and Santiago, and one over Vieques Island, Puerto Rico – most of these Americans were unharmed by any immediate effects of Doomsday. However, unrest in Haiti brought the 10,000 or so in and around Port au Prince much distress. Residents of the Bahamas felt the effect of the North American EMP on the westernmost islands near Florida. Most of the fallout from the east coast had been swept north with the winds of tropical storm Dean.

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USAF E3 Sentry in Saudi Arabia.

In the Middle East, major concentrations of Americans were in Israel, Lebanon, and a squadron of US Air Force E3 Sentry Early Airborne Warning planes in Saudi Arabia. Because of its alliance with the United States, Israel was targeted by Soviet missiles although the Israeli Air Force managed to shoot down some of the missiles targeting their cities. Saudi Arabia itself was a target but the intended missiles were all shot down by the Saudi Air Force thanks to the E3 Early Airborne Warning planes. In Lebanon, the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force was composed of forces coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Because of the major presence of the U.S. Navy and over 1200 US Marines on the ground, the MNF fleet was targeted at sea, resulting in the destruction of the USS Dwight Eisenhower, numerous nearby allied ships, and the deaths of over 10,000 sailors.

In Asia the only major American concentrations post-Doomsday were in the Philippines and South Korea. Largely comprised of military personnel and tourists, these were spared the bombs that fell on their compatriots in Japan.

Along the Pacific, the majority of the Americans were concentrated in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the UN Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands (Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands) and several military bases on islands and atolls. Because the majority of these were military installations, the islands of Guam, Wake, Kwajalein Atoll, and Johnston Atoll were all but destroyed by Soviet nuclear weapons during Doomsday.


Crisis at Guantanamo Bay

Already on high alert with word of a nuclear exchange, the US forces at Guantanamo Bay Naval base had been shocked that the US had actually bombed Santiago. This act signaled to local Communist troops that the treaty of 1902 was considered voided. Cuba was now at war with the USA, making Guantanamo Bay fair game. However, the perimeter of the US Naval Station was impenetrable to their meager attempts by land. The local forces nearby had no other choice but to call Havana for instructions. Havana, of course, had also been bombed.

Navassa Island

Navassa Island.

In the meantime, the US forces began an orderly withdrawal of their troops and supplies from the now useless stronghold. It was known that it would be only a matter of time before the remnant governments of the US and Cuba would be in negotiations, and that the base would have to be closed. Before the end of November, 1983, nothing was left at the base but empty buildings. Shortly thereafter, Cuban forces occupied the base during their campaign to restore order to Cuba. The US forces had relocated to the US Virgin Islands and Jamaica. Oversight over the American Diaspora was established from the capital of the the US Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, the government of Puerto Rico became independent with many white Americans there left with the option of moving to the US Virgin Islands or holding dual citizenship.

In time the tiny uninhabited island of Navassa became a military outpost for the American Diaspora with close communication with its troops stationed in the newly independent Jamaica.

Organizing the Remnant

US troops in Panama

A group of US soldiers trekking the Panamanian countryside on their way to the Atlantic Coast. Many of these would end up in Puerto Rico and the USVI.

In May of 1984 communications officers of the Atlantic Fleet received what many thought to be a bizarre message purported to be from George Bush, president of what had become the acting government of Americans around the world. The American Provisional Government, set up by the late president Ronald Reagan (who died at sea on the way to Australia), had decided that it needed to protect the assets of the US armed forces. General Order 0001-1984 called all forces to gather in Australia.

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A derelict freighter from Panama after arriving in Charlotte Amalie, 1986

Most of the Atlantic Fleet which had been stationed in the Caribbean, however, had known that this order was unconstitutional. Without a sitting Supreme Court to appeal to, however, they had no choice but to mutiny. Whole units decided to stay "in America" to support the survivors. Most of that "America" was the diaspora in the Caribbean. Concentrated in the Virgin Islands, the units made contact throughout the Caribbean and Atlantic islands - from Bermuda to Belize. Negotiations with the various independent nations that arose when European "motherlands" were destroyed helped to smooth the transition of the Americans to life in involuntary exile. By 1986-1987, majority of the US troops and civilians from Panama have arrived in the Virgin Islands. Most these went to work on Navassa Island.

Units of the former US Armed Forces, by their actions at odds with the Bush Administration in ANZC, would have trouble for the decade following the formation of what came to be called the United States Atlantic Remnant (USAR), but it would outlast the APA.

In 2010, word would arrive from Torrington, DA, that the United States of America was not dead, having been formally reconstituted on the mainland in 1992. And George Bush, now in retirement, would learn that the American spirit was still alive.

Contact with survivors


Cruise ship carrying refugees to the Caribbean islands.

From the mid-80s to the 90s, most of the Americans stranded abroad would receive little to no information regarding the fate of their homeland. Although Americans heard of the nearby surviving states in the areas they were stranded in, as well as to the extent of Doomsday, majority were unaware of the American Provisional Administration in Canberra, Australia. In 1984, after tense negotiations with the remnants of the Japanese government (in which the nation became increasingly anti-American following America's "failure" and "betrayal" to protect the country on Doomsday), US Forces Japan left for the Korean island of Jeju. Some Americans ultimate chose to remain in Japan, slowly integrating into Japanese society. Along with the US troops in Korea, they eventually formed the American Forces of Korea (AFOK) and decided to set up headquarters in Jeju. However, Jeju island was overrun by Chinese marauders since the October of 1983. The invasion was a costly one, with many casualties on both sides, though the marauders suffered many more than the AFOK. Very little of the former population of the island was left, most having been killed by marauders. Seeing this, the AFOK began to invite civilians to immigrate to the conquered territory. The response came mainly from Displaced North Koreans and especially from Korea's new Chinese Population. The Americans gradually began to assimilate into the culture of their new home, but the resulting culture was a unique blend of Chinese, American and Korean customs. Majority of these Americans permanently stayed in Jeju island, thus it being called a "foreign isle" and bringing in some degree of controversy among nationalistic Koreans whether it should be called a province or not.

In Germany, some of the surviving US troops; along with their remaining NATO allies, intervened with the violence in East Berlin and integrated the remaining Soviet and East German troops with them to maintain order. Most of these American soldiers would stay the in the country in what would be known as the Kingdom of Prussia following its establishment in 1992. Members of the USAF from bases in Bentwaters and Woodbridge, both in Suffolk County, would later establish the small survivor state of Woodbridge in eastern England.

The twin city of Niagara, both located on the New York-Ontario border, became a haven for surviving Americans of New York State. The majority of these citizens were refugees from the nuclear strike at Buffalo, NY. They were joined by Canadian refugees who escaped the strikes in Toronto. Eventually, in 1986, the city became a unified city-state, home to both Americans and Canadians alike.

In 1986, President Bush visited Singapore and Indonesia to boost economic ties and cooperation among the known surviving states in the area. Upon arrival in these countries, he was greeted with joy from both locals and American nationals stranded since Doomsday. For the first time, some of the American diaspora finally heard of the surviving government in Australia.

Evacuees from Mount Pinatubo collect supplies during evacuation of Clark Air Base

American nationals in the Philippines prepare to settle in Australia, 1997.

In 1992, the USS Benjamin Franklin crossed the vicinity of the Spratly Islands near the Philippines. It received garbled messages in both Tagalog and English. Four years later, in 1996, an ANZC recon force arrived off the coast of Davao and confirmed the existence of a functional state and government. The Americans stranded in the country, mainly soldiers, servicemen, tourists, and embassy personnel were informed of the APA based in Canberra disbanded a year before in 1995. While the majority of these Americans left to settle in Australia with the integrated American diaspora, some stayed in the Philippines to become naturalized Filipinos.

Return to America

In 1992, the newly formed United States in the West Coast and portions of the Midwest declared Torrington, WY as the new capital of the USA. In Australia meanwhile, following President Bush's suspension of the U.S. Constitution in 1995, not all Americans found this favorable. Although the majority followed President Bush to slowly integrate into Australian society, patriotic Americans in the mainland and the USAR found themselves in time to be the legal successor of the USA.


The current United States has 11 states. The most recent survivor state to join the current Union is the Free State of Oregon, gaining statehood in 2012. Meanwhile, ties between the once-Provisional US and the USAR have grown stronger, opening possibilities for unification. The Committee to Restore the United States of America has also been advocating several U.S. survivor states across the North American mainland to return to the Union. This received mixed reactions from the survivor states especially in the wake of the American Spring; some are currently in talks to return to the USA while some are openly hostile to the CRUSA.

Regions with Significant Populations

The American diaspora is mainly located throughout Oceania and the Americas. Surviving military personnel and stranded tourists who chose to stay make up majority of American populations in Europe and Asia.


The following is a list of organizations that are a part of the American diaspora:



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