The United States of AmericaSTART YEAR:
Philadephia, PennsylvaniaForm of Government:
A loose confederation between 13 states
The United States is a loose confederation between 13 states, which exercise wide sovergnity in domestic affairs and are sometimes able to conduct separate dealings among themselves.
The defense and foreign policy are common, but it’s alaways painfully hard to come up with an agreement. For example, in 1942 it took over a year of fighting Southern Bloc opposition to the joining an Allies in the World War II.
The United States doesn’t have a standing army, but has a standing officer corps and organization that can allow to group various state militias into one force if called into service.
The only federal institution is the Congress, where each state has one vote. The President of the Congress is a ceremonial head of state, although no true executive branch exists. The President does, however, have great power when it comes to brining bill to a vote, and committee dealings.
The problems United States are facing include: The Nortweastern Territory (without statehood and many rights since as early as 1780s, with growing anger). Also, Maine citizens (a part of Massachusetts) is demanding statehood as well.
Regarding the parts of OTL US:
Vermont remains an independent Republic.
California, Oregon and Washington are the Pacific Republic.
Texas (extended) is a Republic as well.
Former French Louisiana is, since 1945, known as The Republic of Louisiana and is a member of the French Community.
After World War II, the European Community took the RL place of the USSR as one of the two global superpowers, along with the USSR.My thanks to Kalwejt for writing this.
A summary of the problems with the Congress:
The 13 United States, having survived under the Articles of Confederation, in spite of a louder call of voices to expand the country have continued to govern under a Congress voting by state. The delegations, rarely getting along are held together by Congressional President Barnes. The largest problem facing the current Congress is what to do with the massive Northwest territory. Several states, hungry for land and for the cash of new markets support annexing the entire territory and splitting the resources among them. Other states strongly oppose the measure as it will mean a loss of their work forces and populations who will go west to start a new living. Thank you, Dr. Cynic
Another problem facing the Congress are calls that it is undemocratic in itself. With each state only getting one vote in Congress, even though the number of Representatives from each state carries in size. Certain state leaders who are relatively sure of their positions support the measure, while a majority of states, have up until now been opposed to such a measure. Whether anything changes in this next session will remain to be seen....
-Always speak in character in the game thread. All out of character discussion should be brought to the "sign up" thread.
-Write your posts as if the head of your state's delegation was speaking. Indicate any physical actions by using asterisks, parenthesis, italics, etc. I will also play the part of "Secretary" when reading the titles of bills, etc.
-You have the power to introduce legislation. When doing this, write a post containing the bill's name, and it's "full title", which should serve as its subject. Make this post in the game thread
with "Legislation introduction" at the top. Legislation may not
be debated until called forth by the President.
-Remember, tempers are usually strained in the Congress, so don't be afraid to "slander" your fellow members. Atlas forum rules still apply.