The United States of Nebraska and Kansas is a nation in North America, occupying the former states of Kansas and Nebraska. It was relatively peaceful during the war, and has since set itself up as a regional power in war-torn North America.
After the Final Civil War caused the final collapse of the United States of America in the 1930s, the remaining loyalists to the old regime retreated west, into their strongholds of Kansas and Nebraska. There, they continued the old regime under President Charles Curtis, as the official successor state to the old USA. Of the nations of the former United States, the USNK has arguably changed the least from the Final Civil War.
The USNK has been one of the most stable nations in North America; it has never had a coup, never experienced tyranny, and has never declared war against a neighbouring state.
During the North American War, the USNK's foreign involvement was in fighting the warlords of the Rocky Mountains Confederation. The relatively technologically primitive and insular USNK was inequipped to deal with the Colorado warlords, who torched Garden City, Kansas, before being repelled by a joint USNK-Canadian force in the Battle of Dodge City.
More serious was the so-called Farmer's Plot of 1998; angered by high rates of unemployment and the continuing dominance of Loyalist families in USNK politics, Dave Heineman, a member of the minority Populist Party, gained a following of disenchanted lower-class farmers. Heineman led his followers in a march on Topeka, the capital of the USNK, in order to secure compromises from the federal government. The presence of Supremacy League sympathisers within the march lead to fears of a fascist coup. The army managed to disperse the farmers in a skirmish outside the city, in which 30 farmers and 17 soldiers were killed. Heineman was arrested by military police. Upon interrogation, he claimed that a cabal of foreign interests had negotiated with him to overthrow the USNK government and introduce a fascist dictatorship. He was executed by lethal injection on October 23, 2000. However, in response to the discontent against Loyalists that prompted the revolt, the USNK Republican Party ran Dick Cheney, a native Nebraskan, as Presidential candidate in 2000. He won the election by one of the largest majorities in USNK history.
Culture and politics
The USNK regard their status as the last states loyal to the United States of America with pride, and their culture reflects this. 'Loyalist' families (families who fled to Kansas and Nebraska during the Final Civil War) have filled most of the nation's high political offices, although the current President, Dick Cheney, is a native Nebraskan.
As an agricultural nation, the USNK has been consistently conservative; although two-party elections have been held between the Democratic and Republican parties consistently since the state's formation, both parties are heavily conservative and tied to religious interests. Abortion, homosexuality and drug use are all illegal, although not punished to the same extent to the far more theocratic Deseret. Books, the media and the internet are all monitored by government censors.
The nation is divided into the two states of Nebraska and Kansas, each with its own governor and legislature. The legislatures of both Nebraska and Kansas are non-partisan, although parties freely contest the gubernatorial elections. Most power rests in the hands of the states, with a weak federal government. The President is currently Dick Cheney of the Republican Party. The United States Congress is a unicameral, non-partisan house.