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Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico
Timeline: Great Nuclear War
OTL equivalent: Puerto Rico
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg 85px-Escudo de Puerto Rico 1 svg.png
"Ioannes est nomen eius" (Latin)
John is his name (English)
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Location of Puerto Rico
CapitalSan Juan
Other cities Ponce, Ceiba
Ethnic groups  Latinos, Americans, Spanish, Caribbean Islander, and others
Demonym Puerto Rican
Government Unitary presidential republic
 -  Cession from Spain December 10, 1898 
 -  U.S. citizenship granted March 2, 1917 
 -  Puerto Rican constitution adapted July 25, 1952 
Currency Puerto Rican peso

Puerto Rico is a sovereign island nation in the Caribbean which was formerly a United States territory with a commonwealth status. It is situated next to the United States Virgin Islands, another U.S. territory in the Caribbean Sea. The island declared independence upon losing contact with the U.S. mainland.


Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States from Spain as per the Treaty of Paris in 1898, which ended the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917. After World War II, the citizens elected their own self-governing governors. The 65th Infantry Division of the Puerto Rico National Guard fought in the Korean War. In 1952, a new constitution was enacted.

Puerto Rico was unaffected by the Great Nuclear War of 1962. While it was established that the U.S. Navy's Roosevelt Roads Naval Station would be a target by Soviet submarines, no actual strike occurred. To this day, it is unknown if the missile missed. The territory lost all contact with the federal government in Washington DC and were forced to enact their own policies for the time being. Puerto Rico maintained contact with the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the islands of the Antilles. By December 1962, refugees from the Contiguous United States arrived in the Atlantic islands. In early 1963, ships from the U.S. Navy stopped by Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. President Kennedy visited the islands himself, and met with the governors of the territories greater autonomy in their affairs. By 1964, Puerto Rico declared independence in 1964, and joined the West Indies Federation in 1965.

The newly established United States of the Pacific began sending expeditions to the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the former U.S. in 1978. In 1980, the USP and the West Indies Federation began discussing about the ownership of Puerto Rico which lasted two years. It resulted in ceding mainland Puerto Rico to the WIF, while the island of Isla Mona would serve as a USP military base and a staging point to make contact with the rest of the Atlantic and the East Coast.

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