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Provisional Canada (1983: Doomsday)

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Canada (Provisional)
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Canada
Flag of Canada Coat of arms of Canada
Flag Coat of Arms
(and largest city)
  others other Native American languages
Governor General
Prime Minister
Population 1,200,000 approx. 
Independence 1867 (Dominion)

1931 (Official independance) 1998 (Provisional government formed)

Currency Buffalo Dollar
Like the Provisional United States, the Provisional Government of Canada adopted its old style of government with the possibility of turning control back over the surviving Canadian government.



  • Capital: Lethbridge
  • Population: 731,123

Alberta was hit particularly hard, with two thirds of its population living in the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, both hit by nuclear weapons on Doomsday. In the chaos afterwards, several municipalities in southern Alberta such as Lethbridge and Medicine Hat banded together in order to ride out the tide of refugees and other troubles the area would soon face. The city of Red Deer, caught directly in between both Edmonton and Calgary, was cut off from assistance from the south by the nuclear ruins of Calgary, and by 1986 had devolved into gang violence and chaos from the tide of refugees from both strikes. In the southeast, the alliance of cities fared much better. The Canada/US border was abandoned and there was free crossing between and mutual cooperation began with American border towns. By 1988 the towns had managed to create a small pocket of stability in the region. At this point they made contact with a scouting party from Saskatchewan.


  • Capital: Prince Albert
  • Population: 611,231

Saskatchewan's sparse population turned out to be its salvation, although the provincial capital, Regina, was struck by a nuclear weapon on Doomsday, much of the surviving population spread out to the surrounding towns. Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan housed a good many of the refugees, but with all of its infrastructure and support network more or less intact, it didn't fall into chaos like so many surviving urban centers after Doomsday. Soon after the refugee situation had dissipated, the municipal government of Saskatoon began to organize volunteer groups to spread out and scout the nearby towns and the devastation in Regina. The city engineers also began re-establishing lines of communication in the city and outlying towns. By mid 1987 most of southern Saskatchewan had some form of communication with Saskatoon. At this point it was decided to move out and make contact with the other provinces.

Provisional Government of Canada

In 1988 a Saskatchewan scouting party made contact with the survivor community in Medicine Hat, Alberta. There was much rejoicing at discovering the survival of the neighboring provinces, albeit in rough shape. With help from Saskatoon, lines of communication were rebuilt between Saskatchewan and the southeastern Albertan towns. In 1990, a serious effort began to advance north in Alberta. More and more towns were added to the network and in 1993 they reached Red Deer.

The town was in chaos, with dozens of gangs all fighting for control, with a terrified populace struggling to stay out of the conflict. In August of 1993 an initial force of 200 Royal Canadian Mounted Police were brought in to regain order. By February 1994 the force had increased to 500, and although casualties were high, the formerly neutral citizenry began to cooperate with the RCMP and by 1995 crime was high, but stable enough to begin a reconstruction effort.

In 1997, President Hunkins of the recently re-established Provisional United States approached the surviving communities of Canada to join the new union. While grateful for the offer and the generosity in which the American people acted towards the Canadians, the reconstruction of Red Deer as well as the re-establishment of the US had built a sense of national pride in the Canadians. With no contact with the Candian Government in Ottawa, it was decided that Canada needed to live on. In 1998 the Provisional Government of Canada was formed, following the Canadian constitution with plans to hand over control to the Canadian government if contact was made. Saskatoon, as the main population center was chosen as the provisional capital. With the re-establishment of the constitution, the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were also re-established, with provincial capitals in Lethbridge, Alberta, and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

North American Union

With negotiations continuing after President Hunkin's offer of membership in the Provisional United States, and Provisional Canada's fledgeling federal government, a new offer was tabled: an economic and political union to be called the North American Union. This would result in open borders, a single currency, and mutual cooperation without sacrificing sovereignty. It was agreed and in 1999 Canada signed the treaty of Morgan and officially joined the NAU.

Current Events

In 2009 contact was made with the Canadian Remainder Provinces. There is currently a debate on whether or not to merge with this Canadian government, or to stay independent. Popular opinion is to hand over control to the Canadian Government in St Johns on the condition that they abide by the Treaty of Morgan and maintain membership in the North American Union, as well as establishing a transportation link between Western and Eastern Canada.

In mid 2011 Saskatchewan has nearly established control over all of its former borders in the south and center of the province, with some expansion into northern Manitoba. While this caused some friction between ProCan and Assiniboia, it was deemed by Saskatoon that the Provisional government's claims on the territory were more valid than Assiniboia's as they had abandoned the mantle of Manitoba and therefore had no constitutional claim to the territory. It was also deemed a necessary step in the eventual reunification with eastern Canada. Assinaboia, however, does not recognize this.

Alberta continues to send diplomats to Athabasca to discuss reunification, and while there are many who wish for just that, it seems more an more likely that were Athabasca to ever rejoin Canada, it would be as a separate province.


Canada is divided into 2 provinces:

  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan.

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