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United States of Atlantis
United States
Timeline: Rule, Britannia!
OTL equivalent: United States
Flag of the United States (Rule, Britannia!).png COA US for Scraw2.svg
Motto: 
E pluribus unum (Out of many, one)
Anthem: 
Atlantis the Beautiful
CapitalWashington, D.C.
Largest city New Amsterdam
Other cities Boston, Miami, York, Montreal, Seattle, Havana
Official languages none at federal level
Regional Languages English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Scottish
Demonym Atlantean
Government Federal presidential constitutional republic
 -  President Arnold Schwarzenegger
 -  Vice President Marco Rubio
Legislature Congress
 -  Upper house Senate
 -  Lower house House of Representatives
Establishment
 -  Independence declared July 4, 1776 
 -  Independence received September 3, 1783 
 -  Signing of the Constitution June 21, 1788 
Population
 -   estimate 320 million (3rd)
Currency United States dollar (USD) ($)
Time zone UTC -11 to -4
Date formats MM/DD/YYYY
Drives on the right
Internet TLD d
Website
usa.gov
Calling code +1

The United States of Atlantis (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.), Atlantis, and sometimes the States, is a federal republic consisting of 38 states and a federal district. The 35 contiguous states and Franklin, D.C. are in eastern Atlantis, bordered by Keewatin and Alaska to the north, and Pacifica to the south and west. The Atlantean Canal Zone in Panama is bordered on both sides by Mexika. The states of Cubana, Hispaniola, Boriken are located in the Karib Sea. The country also has two populated and eight unpopulated territories in the Pacific and Karib, as well as one (Bermuda) in the Atlantic. Land area and population. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States are also extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Eurasia to what is now the U.S. mainland around 15,000 years ago, with Europan colonization beginning in the 16th century. The United States emerged from 15 Britannic colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard. Disputes between Great Britain and the colonies led to the Atlantean Revolution. On July 4, 1776, as the colonies were fighting Great Britain in the Atlantean Revolutionary War, delegates from the 15 colonies unanimously issued the Declaration of Independence. The war ended in 1783 with the recognition of independence of the United States from the United Britannic Empire, and was the first successful war of independence against a Europan colonial empire. The current Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. The first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil rights and freedoms.

Driven by the doctrine of Atlanteanism, the United States acquired Louisiana and aided Pacifica and Mexika in revolting against their Europan master and conquered several Europan territories. This involved displacing native tribes, acquiring new territories, and gradually admitting new states. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War ended slavery in the United States. By the end of that century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean, and its economy began to soar. The Castilian–Atlantean War and Great War confirmed the country's status as a global military power. The United States emerged from the Second Great War as one of the most powerful nations in the world, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, and as a permanent member of the International League Security Council.

The United States is a developed country and has the world's largest national economy, benefiting from an abundance of natural resources and high worker productivity. While the U.S. economy is considered post-industrial, the country continues to be one of the world's largest manufacturers. Accounting for 37% of global military spending, it is the world's foremost economic and military power, a prominent political and cultural force, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.

Etymology

In 1511, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere "Atlantis" and "Amazonia" after the legendary lands from Greek myths. The first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of Atlantis" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq., George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army. Addressed to Lt. Col. Joseph Reed, Moylan expressed his wish to carry the "full and ample powers of the United States of Atlantis" to Castile to assist in the revolutionary war effort.

The first publicly published evidence of the phrase "United States of Atlantis" was in an anonymously written essay in The Vandalia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Vandalia, on April 6, 1776. In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson included the phrase "UNITED STATES OF ATLANTIS" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence. In the final Fourth of July version of the Declaration, the pertinent section of the title was changed to read, "The unanimous Declaration of the fifteen united States of Atlantis". In 1777 the Articles of Confederation announced, "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be 'The United States of Atlantis'".

The short form "United States" is also standard. Other common forms include the "U.S.", the "USA", and "Atlantis". Colloquial names include the "U.S. of A." and, internationally, the "States". "Columbia", a name popular in poetry and songs of the late 1700s, derives its origin from Cristóvão Colombo; it appears in the name "District of Columbia". In non-English languages, the name is frequently the translation of either the "United States" or "United States of Atlantis", and colloquially as "Atlantis". In addition, an abbreviation (e.g. USA) is sometimes used.

The phrase "United States" was originally treated as plural, a description of a collection of independent states — e.g., "the United States are" — including in the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1865. It became common to treat it as singular, a single unit — e.g., "the United States is" — after the end of the Southern Rebellion. The singular form is now standard; the plural form is retained in the idiom "these United States". The difference has been described as more significant than one of usage, but reflecting the difference between a collection of states and a unit.

The standard way to refer to a citizen of the United States is as an "Atlantean". "United States", "Atlantean" and "U.S." are used to refer to the country adjectivally ("Atlantean values", "U.S. forces"). "Atlantean" is rarely used in English to refer to subjects not connected with the United States.

History

for the history of Atlantis before Europan contact, see Prehistory of the United States and Pre-Colombian era

Colonial period

Europans brought horses, cattle, and hogs to the New World and, in turn, took back to Europa maize, turkeys, potatoes, tobacco, beans, and squash. Many explorers and early settlers died after being exposed to new diseases in the New World. The effects of new Eurasian diseases carried by the colonists, especially smallpox and measles, were much worse for the Native Atlanteans, as they had no immunity to them. They suffered epidemics and died in very large numbers, usually before large-scale Europan settlement began. Their societies were disrupted and hollowed out by the scale of deaths.

The first explorers to reach the future United States were Castilians in 1501, landing in Borinken. Another expedition reached Florida in 1513 and Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar landed in and conquered Cubana in 1513. Spanish colonization was mostly focused on southern Atlantis and Amazonia.

New Netherland was a Dutch colony centered on New Amsterdam and the Hudson River Valley; the Dutch traded furs with the Native Atlanteans to the north. The colony served as a barrier to expansion from New England. Despite being Western Catholics, the Dutch were tolerant of other religions and cultures. The colony, which became a Britannic colony after the Britannic-Dutch War of 1711, left an enduring legacy on Atlantean cultural and political life; this includes secular broad-mindedness and mercantile pragmatism in the city as well as rural traditionalism in the countryside (typified by the story of Rip Van Winkle). The other two Dutch colonies in Atlantis, New Flanders and Jansylvania, were also seized during the Britannic-Dutch War. Notable Atlanteans of Dutch descent include Martin Van Buren, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Frelinghuysens.

After a period of exploration sponsored by major Europan nations, the first successful English settlement (Williamsburg) was established in 1607. Later English colonies included New Jersey, New Cornwall, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Newfoundland, New Cornwall, New Hampshire, New York, Williamsland, and New Kent.

Scottish explorers established the colony of Nova Scotia in 1629. In 1719, England seized the colony and it would later become one of the Fifteen Colonies that revolted in the 1770s.

Atlantean Revolution

Early years

19th century

Manifest Destiny and Atlanteanism

In the 1800s, the ideas of Manifest Destiny and Atlanteanism became common in Atlantis. The first envisioned the United States stretching from coast to coast and a great nation that encompassed the continent. The second was based in the Monroe Doctrine. It aimed to remove all foreign influence from Atlantis, and to an extent, Amazonia. In the beginning of the 19th century, Atlantis had already acquired Louisiana from France and encouraged thoughts of independence in Pacifica. In the 1820s, the Pacifican Revolution began and Atlantis sent aid to help the cause of independence. Later, Manifest Destiny was achieved with the Russian-Atlantean War. Oregon came under US control and the nation now reached the Pacific Ocean. As the United States grew closer to Britannia, however, any idea that ever existed of a revolution in Britannic Keewatin died and it was sealed with the entrance of the United States in the Great War on the side of the Grand Alliance. However, the end of Atlanteanism led to the rise of imperalism and nationalistic feelings that led to the Spanish-Atlantean War and the growth of Atlantean possessions in the Pacific.

Civil War era and Reconstruction

Throughout the first half of the 19th century, the debate over slavery remained one of the major topics in Atlantean politics. As Manifest Destiny led to the nation's growth, north and south argued over the expansion of slavery. At the same time, the abolitionist movement grew. Throughout the north, and even in the south, many called for an end to slavery and freedom of slaves. As territories from the Louisiana Purchase became admitted as states, many of them became slave states. However, in order to maintain the balance of free and slave states in Congress, the Missouri Compromise was passed in 1820, prohibiting the expansion of slavery north of the southern border of Missouri (parallel 36° 30′ north), with the exception of Missouri itself. However, after the Russian-Atlantean War, the potential for new states grew and slavery was not likely to expand there. When Oregon applied for statehood in 1850, it threatened to raise the number of free states ahead of the number of slave states. To balance this, Kansas was admitted as a slave state. Also, the slave trade was outlawed in the District of Columbia and the Fugitive Slave Law was passed. The last of these was poorly received among abolitionists. Four years later, the Nebraska-Dakota Act created the territories of Nebraska and Dakota. It would allow white male settles in the land determine through popular sovereignty whether they would allow slavery in the territories. This led to the Bleeding Nebraska incidents, in which anti-slavery and pro-slavery factions fought each other over which side Iowa would be on when it joined the Union. Eventually Kansas was admitted as a slave state, although it was the last.

After the years of built-up tension, seven states seceded from the Union after the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Four more states later seceded and together, they formed the Confederate States of Atlantis. The war lasted for four years and ended with northern victory. After the war, slavery was abolished and black males were given the right to vote. This began the Reconstruction period.

Age of Imperialism and the Gilded Age

First Great War

Interbellum and the Roaring Tens

Second Great War

Cold War

21st century

Geography

Demographics

Government and politics

Federal government

States and territories

The United States is composed of 38 states as well as a number of overseas territories. The first state, Williamsland, was admitted on December 7, 1787 and the final and 38th state, Guam, was admitted on January 18, 1946.

  • Williamsland
  • Jansylvania
  • New Flanders
  • Ontario
  • New Kent
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Newfoundland
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Canada
  • New York
  • New Netherland
  • New Cornwall
  • Cubana
  • Vermont
  • Ohio
  • Louisiana
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Arkansaw
  • Michigan
  • Huron
  • Iowa
  • Quebec
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Dakota
  • Hispaniola
  • Boriken
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Sequoyah
  • Guam

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