The United European States is a semi-political economic cooperation pact between most of the European countries, having formed gradually over the last 50 years. Its founding members were Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy.
The United European States is an economic and semi-political cooperation organization consisting of 19 member states located primarily in Europe. It is committed to regional development, and was established by the Treaty of Burgundy on November 7, 1993 on the foundations of the European Economic Community. With almost 525 million citizens, the UES combined generates an estimated 34% share of the nominal gross world product and about 24% of the PPP gross world product.
The UES has developed a single market through a standardized system of regulations adopted in all member states, ensuring the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital. It maintains common policies on traide, agriculture, fisheries, and regional development. Twelve members have adopted the common currency, the Euromark (derived from the German Mark), constituting the Eurozone. The United European States have a common defense policy, as administered by the European Defense Agency, a cooperative league of the militaries of each of the member states, designed to coordinate operations and ensure that each member contributes its share of resources to the defense of the whole union.
The United European States is an organization to provide for the common European Market, promote free trade and free flow of labor across Europe, provide for the common defense of the members of the UES, and promote freedom and republicanism across the world. Its chief proponents are the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Greece, and Italy.
The UES began as an organization called the European Steel Community, begun after World War II to provide a common market for steel to aid in reconstruction efforts after the devastation wrought in the war. A separate organization, the European Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas Community was formed in 1952 to help stabilize energy prices, and brought about uniform safety regulations across free Europe and enabled energy companies to better compete across the continent. A third community, the European Atomic Energy Organization, or Euratom, was formed in 1956 to direct European Nuclear Energy and safeguard it against Russian intervention.
In 1962, these three organizations were streamlined into one body, the European Community, providing for unified energy policies and commodities trading across the UES membership. By 1964, with growing threat from the Soviet-controlled Grodna-Pact countries and their increasing spy activities throughout the late 50s and early 60s, a European Police force (Europol) and Intelligence Agency (EIA) were created to share intelligence and provide for the remittance of criminals to the country wherein their crime was committed. France's absence from the European Community in the 1960s meant that it became a haven for criminals until the UK and Germany pushed it to accept the Europol and EIA authority through the 1968 Treaty of Nances. In 1971, France and Portugal joined the EEC, and by 1976, Sweden, Norway, and Spain had also joined.
Through the 1980s the EEC promoted economic development and stability in its member countries, and along with the United States, aided in the fall of Communist Socialism in the Grodna Pact countries in 1990. The weight of their massive government spending and totalitarian regimes proved again for those who were agitating for more government in the EEC how bankrupt those ideas were. The EEC dedicated itself to bringing the standard of living up for the former Socialist countries by bringing them slowly into each agency, and guiding them in bringing their industries to free markets, rooting out corruption, and monitoring free elections. By 2005, nearly all of the Grodna Pact countries have reached a minimum level of freedom, non-socialism, and free elections to be considered for candidacy in the UES.
By 1995, the members of the EEC completed negotiations to further their economic and security agreements by the Maastricht Treaty, which provided for the United European States, a league of defense, economic cooperation, internal development, and human rights. It promotes free markets for domestic companies and free trade around the world, and opposes totalitarianism wherever it may be found.
Unlike the European Union of our timeline, this UES is not a super-national body exercising control over its members. It is a defensive pact and economic pact, not a governing pact. Matters internal to one member are forbidden to be legislated by the UES. The states are pledged only to mutual defense and reduced trade barriers.