The United Communities (abbreviated as UC) is an international organization dedicated to facilitating co-operation in international law, preserving human rights, re-establishing order, maintaining national security, encouraging economic development, and establishing world peace. The organization was founded in 2007 and was conceived as a platform for dialogue for North American survivor states. Being based on the United Nations, the group is unintentionally very similar in both style and organization to the League of Nations. However, the group is different in how it handles economics and its ultimate goal of the elimination of all remaining nuclear weapons and eradicating terrorist and raider groups. By 2100 the organization hopes to have reversed the effects of nuclear waste and the general destruction following Doomsday from the world.
Primarily having a presence along the Great Lakes area of the former United States and pre-war Canada in addition to New England, the organization's goal is to spread across the continent and eventually throughout the world. The United Communities is headquartered in the Assembly Building in Niagara Falls. Since the end of the Saguenay War, a powerful nation on the political field of the world, Canada, joined, and it is hoped that this will expand membership as well as give the organization credibility.
Each of the original member states, all entangled in various agreements, sought a unified platform in which no nation would show superiority over the other. Toledo, North Penn, London, and Norfolk had basically worked together for years regarding multiple things such as eradicating raiders and liberating oppressed cities and towns. Pennsylvania and State College eventually toppled the St. Marys government and restored it to a democratic leadership, and Toledo helped unite stray Ohio communities under a single leadership.
By 2007 the Great Lakes region had greatly stabilized. New governments slowly began to prosper and trade began to pick up. However, the Canadian and American survivor communities decided that in order to hasten the process they would need a unified platform. A proposed "Great Lakes Union" was shot down since any organization would have to expand outside the Great Lakes region in order to provide peace for the area. A draft put together by a Londonite of an organization of "United Communities" was accepted. By July 4th, 2007, the United Communities was formed, consisting of London-Ontario, Norfolk-Ontario, Sudbury, Toledo and North Penn and shortly afterwords Niagara Falls and Waterloo. It established itself as a successor to the United Nations that would hope to "preserve and restore the ideals of that great organization". By a few months, the organization is older than the League of Nations.
Navy Island, an uninhabited island on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls, was chosen as the site for the United Communities headquarters since it was famous for being the original site chosen for the United Nations in early planning in 1945 and 1946. As in those days, it has been suggested that the whole island be ceded to the UC (as its sovereign territory) as long as the organization has its headquarters there. Since sovereignty over the area is weak anyway, many felt that this would might give rise to a "city-state" with the secular equivalence to the Vatican. UC officials in London, however, denied any such designs on such a power play.
In 2009, calls were made to move the capital from London to Niagara Falls, in a "step in the right direction" as it was the goal of the UC to eventually move to the General Assembly Building on Navy Island which is under the jurisdiction of Niagara Falls. The General Assembly Building was completed on January 9th, 2010 in a rather splendorous state.
The government in place at Kingston, left behind by the Canadian government as it fled eastward, was invited to join the organization, but steadfastly refused, as it viewed it as a violation of Canadian sovereignty. Sudbury sent a request to join on its own, which was readily accepted.
Superior had sent an application shortly before the outbreak of the 2009 Saguenay War. However, they did not take the seat until the closing days of the war and the representatives are known for frequently not attending meetings. Ithaca and Binghamton sent their applications after the war as well and were accepted on July 4th, 2010. During the war there were only a few discussions every so often since the UC was effectively divided into two separate power blocs and they would avoid any topic that might bring up the war. Superior led the a de facto pro-Saguenay coalition along with London-Ontario and Sudbury while the "Pro-Canadian Alliance" was led by North Pennsylvania, along with Waterloo, and Midland. Niagara Falls, Norfolk, and the Toledo Confederation were neutral during the war but the Mercenariness Force of the Falls were still keen to massacre the Lawrence Raiders as often as possible.
In April, 2010 The UC sent representatives to Manchester, Vermont to witness the Treaty of Manchester. It was here that the first indirect meeting between League officials and UC officials happened. The UC gained an amount of international publicity afterwards and was a "subject of interest" of many of the non-League nations in the world.
As part of the agreements around the treaty, Canada, through its new territories at Thunder Bay and Kingston, joined the organization in a limited capacity, something which has made the split during the war even more evident. Saguenay was accepted in a similar fashion, though this has led to discontent with the Canadian government and several officials want to withdraw from the UC completely as a result.
The UC's basic structure is very similar to the UN. There is the General Assembly, which is the core of discussion, the Security Council which discusses local security issues (Lawrence Raiders), the Secretariat which discusses political issues, the Court of Justice which brings international war criminals to trial, the Social and Economic Council, name implies function and the Post-War Committee.
One of the most well-received functions of the United Communities has been its Restoration Committee, whose functions involve radiation cleanup around populated areas, and the re-population and re-settlement of economically strategic areas or those of significant cultural value, as well as those with cohesive refugee communities who wish to rebuild their homes. The Committee first experimented with the cleanup of the Buffalo area from 2008-2011, followed by formally rebuilding the city in 2013.
Areas of Interest to the Restoration Committee
The Restoration Committee has set a timeline of sites which it would like to begin the cleanup process with. Some of these sites, such as military bases and former Rust Belt cities which had long have been deemed unnecessary to rebuild, as they hold no strategic value or are in otherwise uninhabited areas. Others, such as Erie, Pennsylvania have already been quietly re-settled over the years by the local populace. It should be noted, however, that the Committee strongly dissuades any permanent human inhabitable presence within the direct impact site of any of these sites, instead opting to build Memorial Parks consisting of vegetation and dedications to the lives lost on Doomsday.
These sites include:
Cleveland: Cleanup (2015-2016), Re-settlement (2017). Will become Toledo settlement. Cleanup began on June 30th, 2015 and will continue until August 2016. There will be scientists, engineers and other specialists along side general laborers to ensure that it is safe. Reconstruction will initially begin in 2016 and the new downtown will be located in the former Edgewater district.
Hamilton：Cleanup (2014-2015), Re-settlement (2017). Will fall into either Londonian, Canadian or Niagarian hands. A joint task force of specialists, engineers, general laborers, and decontamination personnel accompanied by military personnel for defense had entered the area on April 1st, 2014, and completed clean ups on October 15th, 2015. Reconstruction of homes and a new downtown are underway, which will be built up around Barton Street in the former Stoney Creek neighborhood. Resettlement will begin in July of 2017, and an initial population of 1,500 civilians, 200 military personnel, and around a dozen scientist and doctors to monitor them for any signs of radiation sickness.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Nanticoke: Cleanup (2020-2021), Re-settlement (TBA). Will fall under the control of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. The government of Susquehanna has no current plans to resettle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, but has planned resettlement of Nanticoke. Susquehanna plans to resettle the survivors from the community, as well as survivors and their families from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton if they choose to. The downtown will be located around the former Nanticoke Town Square, and the initial population is planned to settle around 500 civilians there with 20 military personnel and a dozen scientists.
Pittsburgh: Cleanup (2016-2017), Re-settlement unlikely. Once cleaned up it will more than likely be rebuilt as a memorial park under North. Pennsylvanian control. Clean up is due to start in May 2016.
Indianapolis: Cleanup (2018-2019), Re-settlement (2019).
Philadelphia: Cleanup (2017-2018), Re-settlement (2019). Would become part of fore-seen unified Pennsylvanian government. North Pennsylvania, Reading, State College, and Susquehanna. It is unknown if it will serve as a possible new capital building, but it is a possibility.
Chicago: Cleanup (2021-2022), Re-settlement (2023-2025) Colloquially referred to as "the big one", would be the largest undertaking of all proposed cleanup sites. Very strong refugee community in Kentucky-controlled Illinois.
Boston: Cleanup TBD. It will be overseen by Vermont and Plymouth. Due to the debate, it is unforeseen which nation will control the ruins of the former mighty city.
Members and ApplicantsThere are two levels of membership, there are Members and Honorary Members (Observers). The members make up the core of the United Communities. Honoraries have representation in the General Assembly and an optional membership in either the Court of Justice or the Social and Economic Council. All Honoraries have a goal of eventually becoming full-fledged members when it is physically possible.
These members have representation only in the United Communities General Assembly, and an observer in the Court of Justice and the Economic and Social Council but none in the Security Council and Secretariat for distance reasons. As communications and transportation improve they will most likely become full members but in the meantime they are limited members.
Ambassadors and Observers
In addition to full members and honorary members, several more distant, powerful nations maintain diplomatic missions in Niagara Falls, who represents their respective country to all of the member states. While they are not allowed in the General Assembly they are allowed to observe and report the political discussions taking place and may report happenings to their home nation. So far the only foreign ambassadors in Niagara Falls is the Celtic Alliance, though this may change in the future as several nations in the Great Lakes have begun expanding their international communications grid to include several other European nations.
After a United Communities General Assembly session shortly after the Saguenay War decided that further expansion would be slightly reviewed, any future expansion into the Community was organized into Acceptance Sessions, which occur every 11 months.
The Northern Townships have been considered for future expansion as an observer state. The Outer Lands and the International Falls have also been considered due to their relations with states that are parts of the UC. The United Communities has been poised to entice Delmarva to join, but negotiations for this are still in the process. Gettysburg has been approached about joining as well although it is unlikely that this will come to fruition due to the influence of the Virginian Republic.