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An overview of the international politics of the post-Doomsday world.

Unions

The general trend for successful nations since Doomsday has been amalgamation. Those nations and powers that have thrived, have done so because they successfully came together to combine resources, manpower, ideas, and goals. In general (though not universally), states that did not enter into combinations in the post-Doomsday years were less able to grow and prosper and were more liable to fragmentation and disorder. These multi-national unions vary in form from economic alliances to fully integrated states.

In 1984, the first major post-DD national merger occurred as Argentina annexed Uruguay (and the Falkland Islands) to form the United American Republic. That same year, the ANZUS nations (Australia, New Zealand, and the remnants of the USA) concluded a new treaty strengthening their relationship and laying the foundation for the future Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand. South America took a similar, though slower, course, also building up from existing alliances. The Andean Nations Pact became the Andean Union in 1990, which would form the core of the South American Confederation fourteen years later. In the same way, the Nordic Council was reworked and strengthened into the closer Nordic Union in 1990.

Other early unions were formed out of convenience or necessity, not based on earlier blocs or treaties. The Governing Committee for Samoa, established by the Samoa Island's two nations just months after Doomsday, was one of the first. Other early examples include the Celtic Alliance, preliminary agreements for which were made in 1984, to be made into a formal union in 1986; and the Guyana Cooperative, formed in response to threats from Venezuela. The East Caribbean Federation is the successful revival of an idea that had failed before Doomsday, but tried once again in 1987.

Multi-national unions and alliances, in order of foundation:

Major blocs and alliances

The world in 2010 can be divided into competing and often overlapping power blocs. The main ones are generally recognized as:

ANZ

Australia-New Zealand Bloc

SAC Allies

South American Bloc

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Socialist Bloc

ADC

Atlantic Defense Community

  • The Euro-Atlantic Fringe, represented mostly through the Atlantic Defense Community, the successor to the NATO alliance. The countries in this region are the remnants of European countries, plus Canada, Tunisia, and the Rif-Republic, surviving on offshore Atlantic and Mediterranean islands. Though lacking in population and resources, the Euro-Atlantic nations have still a good supply of old military hardware and a great deal of diplomatic prestige. They have positioned themselves as the neutral balance between Australasia and South America. This was evident, for example, in the negotiations surrounding the establishment of the LoN. Though not a member of the ADC and well known for its neutral foreign policy, the Alpine Confederation may be considered part of this bloc. The RTA and Tonga, though based in the Pacific, have played a similar role in the past as neutral mediators. However, recently they have come into conflict with other nations such as Saguenay and Sicily.
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West African Union

Other blocs

More informal groupings of nations on the basis of culture, language, etc.

Anglosphere

Anglosphere

  • The Anglosphere: The surviving English-speaking nations have naturally gravitated toward one another. By 2011, most of the nations formed from the old United States had been acknowledged, if not recognized, to be in this sphere of nations as well. That relationship may be strained at times, as with disagreements over events in Africa, but there remains the sense, both to English speakers and non-English speakers, that the Anglosphere comprises a family of nations, for better or for worse. The discovery of a restored United States, meanwhile has opened up both old wounds and new opportunities.
Lusosphere

Lusosphere

Francophone

Le Francophone

Hispanosphere

Hispanosphere

Hellenesphere

Hellenspehre

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Organization of British Nations 2010

Lawless Regions

Much of the world is still in a state of anarchy. In many former nations, competing states and warlords vie for control. In some cases stable, central governments have emerged, like the Municipal States of the Pacific. Many regions, however, remain locked in brutal in-fighting.

China is a good example of this.

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