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United States of America
Timeline: Article 5
Flag of the United States Great Seal of the United States (obverse)
Coat of Arms
(and largest city)
Cheyenne Mountain Complex (Provisional)
Acting President Dick Cheney
Area 4,091,490 km²
Population to be calculated people
Independence from United Kingdom
  declared July 4th, 1776
  recognized September 3rd, 1783
Currency United States Dollar
Internet TLD .gov

The United States of America (USA or US), commonly referred to simply as the United States, is a federal republic spanning from the eastern seaboard of North America to the American midwest. It is bordered to the north by Canada, to the south by the Southern Confederation, to the southwest by the Southwestern Union, and to the west by the Federal Republic of California and Deseret. 20 of the USA's 50 states have seceded or otherwise removed themselves from US government control following the Russo-American nuclear exchange. The United States is currently in a state of martial law, with a state of emergency declared nationwide. The Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is in effect and elections are not planned in the near future.


Russo-American Nuclear Exchange

During and after the Russo-American Nuclear Exchange on New Year's day 2009, the American government was in crisis. Continuity of operations measures had been implemented immediately following the detection of Russian ballistic missiles by SBIRS satellites, and following the tactical nuclear exchanges that had been occurring in eastern Europe over the past day, the POTUS (George W. Bush) and VP (Dick Cheney) had already been evacuated to Camp David. Senior military officials had already relocated to Raven Rock and were already directing US operations in Europe from the facility. FEMA had set up operations at Mount Weather as early as a week before.

Though these facilities were not fully staffed and operational at the time of the exchange, the US Government was relatively well poised to weather the subsequent events. At 0558 GMT, SBIRS detected a missile launch from a submarine in the North Atlantic. The NORAD headquarters at Cheyenne Mountain confirmed the report at 0600 and immediately sent word to Camp David, and to Mount Weather, where the Emergency Alert System was activated. The President was awoken immediately and authorized retaliatory strikes at 0601, which were relayed immediately to US Strategic Command. The first Minuteman III launches took place at 0603, and the first bombers took off from runways at Minot AFB at 0607. The first Russian warheads struck Philadelphia around the same time - the remainder continued to fall until 0614. By the end of the exchange New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Boston were all annihilated.

But the US retaliatory strike was infinitely more devastating to the Russian Federation. Most major or strategically important Russian cities were destroyed outright - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Sevastopol, Vladivostok, Murmansk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, and Omsk were all destroyed, among many others. As many as half of the targets were located away from major population centers. Given the current chaos of Eurasia, it is still difficult to accurately determine casualty counts or even identify all of the targets, but it is certain that upwards of 80 million people were killed in the hours following the detonation of the first warheads over the Russian countryside.

Before, during, and after the attacks the government maintained contact with its forces all over the world via the Defense Information System Network, allowing it to coordinate the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and various bases all over the world back to the continental United States very early on. Communication with the remnants of US forces in Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus, however, was for all practical purposes completely impossible. The chain of command of the US European Command had deteriorated almost completely - V Corps headquarters was completely destroyed by a Russian tactical nuclear strike in the early morning hours of January 1st. As Russian resistance disappeared overnight, many US troops defected to or sought asylum in various European countries, while others outright deserted.



The United States' economy, once the largest in the world, is now in total shambles. Immediately following the exchange, the value of the US dollar plummeted dramatically and continued to degrade in value as various governments dumped the dollar as their reserve currency, and went to the Euro, Yen, or Yuan. The NYSE was literally destroyed in the exchange, and with it went any semblance of US government control over the economy.

When states began to secede from the Union, large sectors of the US economy left with them. GDP shrunk dramatically and has continued to shrink since 2009. The United States is currently deeper in depression than it was during the second great depression.

Revenue is down significantly as the government struggles to rebuild its crippled administrative structure and effectively exact taxes. As large areas of the US are controlled by insurgents, bandits, or local governments that are essentially independent, the US government has extreme difficulty in exercising any meaningful control over their population.


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