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Nations of the World

Nations of North America

After the crushing blows delivered by the Great War, the influenza epidemic of the 1920’s, and the failure of Prohibition, the once-proud United States has collapsed. With the secession of Texas in 1930, states across North America quickly jumped off the sinking ship of Federalism.

Now, these new nation-states fight to protect their citizens from pirates, mercenaries… and each other.

Alaska

  • Date Founded: Unknown (1932)
  • Capital: Anchorage (notional)
  • Formerly: Alaska Territory, Yukon Territory
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: ‘Judge’ Kevin Collins
  • Allies: None
  • Enemies: None
  • Principal Industries: Wood, Gold, Fishing

Menaced by declining revenues and a threat of British invasion from Canada, Russia sold the land now called Alaska to the USA in 1867, though the region did not gain representation in Washington until 1906. with the population declining in the early years of this century, the authorities were more than willing to allow White Russian refugees to seek sanctuary in the Alaskan Territory, though tensions remained high between the Russian immigrants and the ‘native’ Alaskans. When Red Russia began targeting the refugees, bringing the ongoing Russian Civil War to Alaska, the Territorial authorities appealed to Washington for help. Locked in deepening crisis or regionalization, the federal government did nothing and the situation spiraled out of control.

Appalachian Territory

  • Date Founded: December 17, 1931
  • Capital: Lexington
  • Formerly: Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: President Jonah McCullough
  • Allies: Empire State
  • Enemies: Dixie, ISA
  • Principal Industries: Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing

Known variously as the Ridgerunner Territories and the Moonshine Nation, Appalachia has a poor relationship with its neighbors, thanks largely to its sponsorship of alcohol production and smuggling into the surrounding nations. Appalachia is also a major base of operations for pirates, second only to Colorado in North America.

Arixo

  • Date Founded: November 27, 1931
  • Capital: Phoenix
  • Formerly: Arizona, New Mexico
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: President Theodore Davis
  • Allies: Empire State, Dixie, Louisiana, Pacifica
  • Enemies: Mexico, Texas
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Mineral Extraction

Born of the union of Arizona and New Mexico (at least the lands unclaimed by the Navajo Nation and others), Arixo exists at the sufferance of its neighbors. Many joke that the nation’s very name demonstrates the lack of imagination of its rulers, other counties having names charged with history and/or emotion. A second-rate name for a second-rate power, they say, yet Arixo has survived against the odds and its president plans for a grand future.

Atlantic Coalition

  • Date Founded: September 9, 1931
  • Capital: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Formerly: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: President Augustus Mason
  • Allies: Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Ontario, Columbia
  • Enemies: Maritime Provinces
  • Principal Industries: Mining, Agriculture, Fishing, Manufacturing, Trade, Finance

The smallest of the new nations to emerge in North America, the Atlantic Coalition wields influence far in excess of its physical size. The Coalition inherited a sizable portion of the US’s navy and merchant marine, which has allowed it to dominate transatlantic trade, particularly the bulk shipment of goods. It has avoided open confrontation with its neighbors, preferring instead to fight its battles economically. The Coalition does, however, suffer greatly from pirate predation and the actions of Quebec-based bootleggers.

Colorado Free State

  • Date Founded: Unknown (1932)
  • Capital: Denver (Official); Sky Haven (Unofficial)
  • Formerly: Colorado, portions of Wyoming
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: Governor Longfellow Page
  • Allies: None
  • Enemies: Utah, Colorado, Texas, Navajo, Lakota
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Alcohol, ‘Trade’

To describe Colorado as a hive of scum and villainy is perhaps unfair, but is nonetheless the image of ‘Free’ Colorado that the authorities convey to the outside world by their unwillingness to deal with the pirates that infest the nation. Whether by design or omission, the Denver authorities have done little to maintain order, and consequently, Colorado is the most detested nation in North America. Assuming of course, one dignifies it with the title of ‘nation’.

Columbia

  • Date Founded: March 1, 1932
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • Formerly: Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: President Herbert Hoover
  • Allies: Atlantic Coalition, Quebec
  • Enemies: Empire State, ISA, Dixie, Appalachia
  • Principal Industries: Diplomacy, Farming, Trade

Legally the remains of the United States of America, Columbia is both pitied and scorned by other North American states. Columbian attempts to reform the United States have met with derision by the other nations but have not prevented the US rump-state, the smallest of North American nations, from becoming a meeting ground for diplomats and traders. This position of neutrality is boosted by the presence of the League of Nations headquarters in Metropolis, which make Columbia a major international crossroads.

Confederation of Dixie

  • Date Founded: June 21, 1931 (Dixie); April 3, 1930 (Outer Banks)
  • Capital: Atlanta
  • Formerly: Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Virginia; North Carolina, South Carolina
  • Status: Wet (Mississippi, Alabama, Florida); Dry (Arkansas, Missouri); ‘Damp’ (Georgia, Virginia, Carolina)
  • Current Leader: President Robert Turner
  • Allies: Britain, ISA
  • Enemies: Empire State
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Textiles

Though popularly regarded as a monolithic bloc, thanks largely to the original Confederation of the Civil War, the Confederation of Dixie is, in truth, a loose association of states held together by self-interest rather than by a central government. The member-states as often quarrel among themselves as they do with outsiders, with Florida notably standing aloof from the rest of the Confederacy, and former member Louisiana choosing independence. Only the formerly independent Outer Banks nation (Virginia and the then-distinct Carolinas) demonstrates any political unity, often voting as a bloc. This overall disunity is perhaps the greatest brake on the massive Confederacy’s ambitions.

Empire State

  • Date Founded: January 14, 1930
  • Capital: New York City
  • Formerly: New York State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: President Fiorello La Guardia
  • Allies: Appalachia, Arixo, Pacifica, Ontario
  • Enemies: Dixie, ISA, Hollywood, Quebec
  • Principal Industries: Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Trade

The states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were among the first to secede from the United States, exploiting their political and economic strength to forge one of the strongest and most dynamic nations of North America. This has, however, been at a price – the ‘arrogance’ of the Empire State has angered many of its neighbors.

French Louisiana

  • Date Founded: February 19, 1932
  • Capital: New Orleans
  • Formerly: Louisiana
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: President Donald LeBeau; Prime Minister Stephen DuPre
  • Allies: France, Quebec
  • Enemies: Texas Elements of Dixie
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Trade

A founding member of Dixie, Louisiana was soon prompted by religious, cultural, and political pressures to exercise its constitutional right to secede from the Confederacy. Establishing itself as an independent nation, Louisiana soon found itself beset by Texas as well as Alabama, forcing it to rely on the other Francophone nations of the Americas (Quebec and Haiti) as well as France itself. Despite French military intervention, Louisiana’s position remains tenuous.

Industrial States of America

  • Date Founded: August 27, 1931
  • Capital: Chicago
  • Formerly: Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: President Franklin August
  • Allies: Germany, Dixie, Japan
  • Enemies: People’s Collective, Empire State
  • Principal Industries: Heavy Industry, Mining, Farming

As the name suggests, the Great Lake states are the manufacturing center of North America, producing almost half the goods sold in North America and rivaled (distantly) only by the Empire State and Hollywood. This emphasis on production requires vast resources that have, to date, been fed by domestic sources, but the ISA’s neighbors are increasingly wary.

Lakota

  • Date Founded: Unknown (1932)
  • Capital: None
  • Formerly: Portions of North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: Chief Thomas Redbear
  • Allies: Navajo Nation
  • Enemies: Colorado, Appalachia
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture

A confederacy of numerous Indian peoples, Lakota (which translates as ‘allies’) lost much of its lands to the encroaching Europeans, at first through trade and later though conflict and treachery. Sixty years ago, it resisted the federal government at Little Bighorn but its power subsequently waned. With the collapse of central authority in the US, the Lakota people came together once more to enforce the provisions of the treaty that ended Red Cloud’s War (1866-67) and granted the people the Black Hills of South Dakota in perpetuity. The exact boundaries of Lakota territory are unclear. In addition to the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, its influence extends into southern Montana and westward across Wyoming towards Idaho.

Maritime Provinces

  • Date Founded: September 14, 1931
  • Capital: Portland, Maine
  • Formerly: Vermont, New Brunswick, portions of Quebec
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: President Francis F. Kirby
  • Allies: None
  • Enemies: Atlantic Coalition, Quebec, Ontario
  • Principal Industries: Fishing, Forestry, Military Services, Trade

The only nation in the northeast to rival the Atlantic Coalition’s naval power, the Maritime Provinces has been locked in a cold war with its southern neighbors almost since the collapse of the US. Indeed, the aggressive and expansionist Maritime Provinces is watched carefully by all surrounding nations, with only the Empire State unworried by its unscrupulous neighbors. Perhaps the greatest brake on Maritime ambition is the poor state of its economy, which is heavily reliant on trade and mercenary contracts.

Mexico

  • Date Founded: 1821
  • Capital: Mexico City
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: President Plutarco Calles
  • Allies: Argentina, Australian Commonwealth, Germany
  • Enemies: Arixo, Texas
  • Principal Industries: Mineral Extraction, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Trade

Once part of the Spanish Empire, Mexico won its independence in 1821, existing first as a monarchy and later as a republic. Internal dissent kept Mexico weak, resulting in rebellion by the province of Texas, which won its independence in 1836. This secession set in motion a chain of events that led to war between the US and Mexico, the former being victorious and gaining large tracts of land (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming) in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Additional land was later sold to the US, forming the southern regions of New Mexico. With the US no more, replaced by more than a dozen petty states, Mexico stands to regain all it once lost, but could equally follow its northern neighbor into chaos.

Nation of Hollywood

  • Date Founded: October 7, 1930
  • Capital: Los Angeles
  • Formerly: California
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: President David Dunbar
  • Allies: ISA, Australian Republic
  • Enemies: Pacifica, Empire State
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Manufacturing, Entertainment

One of the first states to secede from the United States, California has emerged as one of the leading lights of Shattered America. Renaming itself the Nation of Hollywood, the former California has become a major economic center, dominating the entertainment industry and establishing itself as a formidable industrial region. All things have not, however, gone Hollywood’s way. Its northern neighbor, Pacifica, occupied a portion of California north of a line between Eureka and Susanville, a region that has seen sporadic conflict ever since.

Navajo Nation

  • Date Founded: Unknown (1932)
  • Capital: Unknown
  • Formerly: Portions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: Unknown
  • Allies: Lakota
  • Enemies: Colorado
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Crafts, Mineral Extraction

The Navajo Nation is a confederacy of tribes, principally Navajo but with sizable minorities of Hopi, Zuni, Ute, Apache, and Pueblo. These groups are often at odds over issues of culture and politics – the Hopi and Navajo in particular, with the latter taking credit for the efforts and creations of the former – but a disdain for outsiders unifies all the tribes. Having been oppressed for so long, the Navajo Nation no longer tolerates interference in its affairs. Unlike Lakota, the nation’s boundaries are clearly defined and anyone crossing the border outside the sanctioned checkpoints is considered a smuggler and can expect no mercy.

Pacifica

  • Date Founded: October 4, 1931
  • Capital: South Vancouver
  • Formerly: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: Governor Chester Haskell
  • Allies: Arixo, Empire State
  • Enemies: Hollywood, Japan, Russia (All Factions), Hawaii
  • Principal Industries: Forestry, Manufacturing, Agriculture

A resource-rich land, Pacifica has all it needs to survive as an independent nation. Its people are hard-working and stubborn, determined not only to survive but to prosper. Indeed, this work ethic is ingrained into the national psyche, an attempt to overcome the small population and large land area of the nation. Though lacking the prestige and history of its southern and eastern neighbors, Pacifica has prospered since the collapse of the US.

People’s Collective

  • Date Founded: August 9, 1931
  • Capital: Omaha
  • Formerly: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Manitoba, parts of Saskatchewan
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: Councilor Samuel Morrow
  • Allies: None
  • Enemies: ISA, Colorado, Texas
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture

The years before the collapse of the US were hard for the Great Plains states, and almost all farmers found themselves in debt. In the initial panic after the Crash of ’29 and the dissolution of the USA, many banks attempted to call in those debts, prompting well-known preacher Samuel Morrow to call on people to throw off the shackles of capitalism. The uprising, later called the ‘People’s Revolt’, created a Christian socialist state that, at Morrow’s behest, abrogated all loans and mortgages. The new nation fought for its life against federal forces and those of the ISA, but with nothing to lose, the new Collective’s militias fought valiantly and drove back the aggressors.

Protectorate of Ontario

  • Date Founded: September 3, 1930
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Formerly: Province of Ontario
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: Prime Minister Terrance Case
  • Allies: Britain, Atlantic Coalition, Australian Commonwealth
  • Enemies: Quebec, Maritime Provinces
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Trade

Though not directly affected by the Texas Secession, Canada nonetheless found itself dragged down by the collapse of the US, with Quebec seceding to form an independent state and several provinces choosing to join with their nascent southern neighbors. Only a core of the old nation remained, largely the province of Ontario, and though it is often still called ‘Canada’ today, the Canadian nation is properly known as the Protectorate of Ontario. Officially, Ottawa’s authority extends to the Northwest Territories and Alberta, but in actuality these regions are no-man’s land, home to a handful of hardy settlers, Indians, and Eskimos. Likewise, Ontario’s authority over Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia is, at best, slight. In reality, the provinces of the Atlantic seaboard, occasionally referred to as the Northumberland Association, are independent and are increasingly looking toward the Maritime Provinces for leadership.

Republic of Texas

  • Date Founded: January 1, 1930
  • Capital: Austin
  • Formerly: Texas, Oklahoma (protectorate)
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: President Jackson Coe
  • Allies: None
  • Enemies: Louisiana, Mexico
  • Principal Industries: Mineral Extraction, Agriculture

The first state to secede from the Union, some say precipitating the collapse of the US (though Texans say they are simply the scapegoats), Texans have developed a reputation for aggression, tenacity, and courage – and for caring little for what outsiders think of them. They are an independent people, having fought their way free of the Mexican Empire just over a century ago, and tolerate no interference in their affairs.

Republique de Quebec

  • Date Founded: July 25, 1930
  • Capital: Montreal
  • Formerly: Quebec, Newfoundland
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: Governor Daniel Levesque
  • Allies: France, Atlantic Coalition, Louisiana, Columbia
  • Enemies: Maritime Provinces, Empire State, Ontario
  • Principal Industries: Mining, Forestry, Manufacturing

Originally called New France, Quebec was ceded to Britain in 1763 after the Indian War but has stood apart from English-speaking North America. The province revolted against its British masters in 1837 and again a year later, the uprisings quashed by British troops. Despite attempts to crush their spirit, the Quebecker population remained resentful of the Ottawa government. The province’s secession from the Dominion of Canada in the summer of 1930 surprised few. The nation’s continues survival, however, has astounded many who expected the fractious province to be subjugated by its aggressive neighbors.

Utah

  • Date Founded: November 11, 1930
  • Capital: Salt Lake City
  • Formerly: Utah, portions of Idaho
  • Status: Dry
  • Current Leader: President Samuel Thompson
  • Allies: None
  • Enemies: Colorado
  • Principal Industries: Mining, Manufacturing

The Constitution of the former United States clearly separated the roles of church and state, so Utah’s enactment of the Smith Law in 1928, making Mormonism the state religion, demonstrated the weakness of the federal government. This move was without doubt one of the defining events leading up to the collapse of the US, with several states citing Washington’s inability to enforce the Constitution as a reason for seceding from the Union. Since becoming an independent nation, Utah has found itself isolated, its religious policies starkly at odds with every American nation save one – the People’s Collective.

Disputed Western Territories

  • Formerly: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Go to each Western nation, find a map, and you will see a different border for the Disputed Territories. The former states of Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming splintered with the nation, leaving flinders of government scattered across their lands.

Utah claims the whole of the State of Idaho up to the Canadian border, and a large section of western Montana; the locals largely disagree, and no serious attempt to enforce this claim above southern Idaho has succeeded, although Utah colonists press on into Idaho territory.

The Lakota Territory carved itself out of sections of the Dakotas and eastern Montana, and no one really wants the area enough to dispute their claim.

The bulk of Nevada is desert, not even worth the effort of laying claim to. Most of the inhabitants southeast of the Sierra Nevadas are desert air pirates, scrub ranchers, and rattlesnakes. The Nevada mountain towns seem willing to claim allegiance to either Hollywood or Pacifica, whichever can keep the desert pirates off.

Montana and Wyoming have largely fragmented. All government is local, and the locals seem determined to keep it that way. The population is completely disgusted with national government, and aims to show that local government can perform far better than any distant bureaucracy. Portions of Wyoming and Montana have been claimed by other states, but by and large this is the most lawless and best armed stretch of the West.

Other Nations

Australia

  • Date Founded: 1901
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Current Leader: Prime Minister Joseph Lyons
  • Allies: Arixo, ISA, Ontario, Britain
  • Enemies: Hollywood
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Manufacturing

Though settled extensively by the British, first as a penal colony and then as a fully-fledged colony, the continent of Australia remains largely undeveloped. As in America, the Europeans subjugated a native population, largely ignoring their rights and claims, prompting considerable resentment. Furthermore, the settlers introduced pests and animals that wrought environmental havoc.

A taxation dispute splintered Australia, with rural Western Australia resenting the imposition by the more industrialized East. Though broadly similar in outlook and character, the world-wide fragmentation ad resurgence of regional conflicts deepened the divides between the Australian people, a situation seized upon by unscrupulous politicians on both sides. The crisis deepened throughout the 1930s, until in 1935, a war of words over disputed borders escalated into a bitter confrontation that has yet to be fully resolved.

British Empire

  • Capital: London
  • Current Leader: Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain; King George VI
  • Allies: Dixie, Ontario, Australia
  • Enemies: Empire State, Quebec
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Manufacturing

With the collapse of the United States and Russia, the island kingdom of Great Britain has again become without doubt the strongest and most influential country in the world. With interests on every continent and a navy unmatched by anyone, Britain’s reach is immense. British troops can be deployed anywhere in the world within a few days and aircraft within a few hours from the Empire’s massive aircraft carriers or carrier zeppelins.

Britain’s foreign policy has traditionally been aggressive and expansionistic though the last decade has seen the London government take a conciliatory stance its colonies and possessions, granting many autonomy within the Empire. At the same time, however, Britain has sought to extend its influence around the globe. Its involvement in Ontario and Dixie is well known but the British have also sought to bolster their influence in Russia and the Pacific. Though they have been particularly interested in setting up a base there, Hawaii, the ‘jewel’ of the Pacific, has so far resisted British diplomatic efforts. To date, though, Britain has chosen to remain neutral in the continuing civil war gripping Australia.

China

  • Capital: Hankow
  • Current Leader: Nationalist: General Chiang Kai-shek; Communist: Mao Tse-tung
  • Allies: The Russia Republic
  • Enemies: Japan
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Mineral Extraction

The world’s largest and most populous country following the fall of the US, Canada, and Russia, China is a land of contrasts. Home to lush forests and harsh deserts, it is a rich land, but political and social problems limit its influence on world affairs. Numerous warlords have ruled China for much of the century and not until the late 20s was the nation ‘reunified’ under General Chiang Kai-shek. Since the summer, however, China has been locked in a bitter struggle with Japan, a war that many fear is merely the precursor of another Great War.

Between 1926 and 1928, General Chiang stages a series of expeditions that brought China under his notional control, reunifying the various petty kingdoms that emerged following the fall of the Imperial government and the death of Yuan Shikai in 1916. In doing so, however, Chiang made bitter enemies of the communists. Two groups – Chiang’s Guomintang (Nationalists) and Mao Tse-tung’s communists – continued to vie for control of the nation. The Communists fought their way across China in the so-called ‘Long March’, establishing a new base in Yan’an. The Japanese aggression has, however, prompted the two factions to agree to a truce, though relations remain strained thanks to Chiang’s staunchly anti-communist position.

Perhaps surprisingly, the difficulties with Japan have aided the communist position, allowing them to increase their control over the rural population and expand their membership. The Russian Republic provides Mao’s forces with limited military and economic assistance, but their own domestic problems have limited the scope of this aid. Aircraft such as the Yakolev 4 have, however, proved invaluable to the communists, allowing them to stage fast raids against Japanese (and occasionally Nationalist) forces with seeming impunity.

France

  • Capital: Paris
  • Current Leader: Premier Leon Blum
  • Allies: Britain, Quebec, Louisiana
  • Enemies: Germany, Texas
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Manufacturing

Bloodied by the Great War, France has struggled to rebuild, facing numerous economic and social problems. By the late 1920s France’s troubles seemed behind it, but the Stock Market crash of ’29 plunged the nation back into economic crisis. Combined with the potential threat posed by the rise of Germany from the ashes, together with a steady growth of fascism, prompted numerous socialist groups to band together in the ‘Popular Front’ which came to power in 1936 on a tidal wave of popular support.

Considerable spending on the armed forces has not helped the French economic situation, a reunified Germany to the east and a war-wracked Spain to the south causing considerable concern within both the National Assembly and the Senate. Attempts to support the Republicans in Spain were initially blocked by Britain, which sought to maintain a nonintervention policy, though eventually elements of the Foreign Legion were deployed to create a buffer zone in the north.

Elsewhere in the French Empire, the Popular Front has taken an ‘enlightened’ view of government, granting limited autonomy to several of her territorial holdings, with even more proposed. At the same time, however, the Empire’s reach has expanded to include Louisiana and Quebec in North America, with Foreign Legion troops deployed to the former to defend against Texan predation. Rumors suggest Louisiana may even petition for formal incorporation in the French Empire, though no substantive evidence exists. The Louisiana Prime Minister’s visit to Paris for the New Year festivities may reveal new information, however.

Germany

  • Capital: Berlin
  • Current Leader: Kaiser Wilhelm II; Chancellor Adolf Hitler
  • Allies: Italy, Japan, Mexico, Georgian Federation
  • Enemies: France, People’s Collective, Russia
  • Principal Industries: Heavy Industry, Mineral Extraction, Manufacturing

Shattered by the Great War and hamstrung by the Treaty of Versailles, Germany has struggled to rebuild and regain prestige. The Entente powers (Britain, France, and the United States) forced the German government to accept the secession of several key regions after Communist rebellions as well as give up other important regions that it occupied when Germany proved unable to pay the reparations called for by Versailles. The fracturing of both the United States and Russia has, however, given Germany the breathing room it required; Kaiser Wilhelm rules a reinvigorated and reunited Germany.

On the continent of Europe, Germany is seemingly concerned with again reclaiming the economic and political power she once wielded. The action of the Kondor Legion in Spain, though not officially sanctioned by Berlin, can be viewed as an indicator of Germany’s resurgence. Likewise, Germany has sought overseas alliances to spread its influence. Imperial Japan is the best known, with both powers sharing an expansionistic and xenophobic mentality, but links to the ISA and Brazil are of growing importance. Like Spain, the American connection gives Germany a chance to develop and test new aircraft and give pilots the opportunity to see combat. A founding member of the Anti-Comintern pact, the ISA has played a major role in rebuilding the German armed forces and economy, and has welcomed German expertise against the People’s Collective.

Japan

  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Current Leader: Emperor Hirohito; General Hideki Tojo
  • Allies: Hollywood, ISA, Germany, Australian Republic
  • Enemies: Alaska, China, Russia
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Industry

After being compelled to deal with outsiders in the mid-nineteenth century, Japan has undergone a radical transformation, going from an isolationist agrarian nation to an expansionistic industrialized empire. A massive increase in population since Perry ‘opened’ Japan and the demand for materials and markets for their booming economy has prompted te Imperial Japanese to seek out new territories and resources.

The Great War netted Japan many of Germany’s Pacific territories. It has also steadily encroached upon China, eventually annexing Manchuria as a puppet state. This expansionist policy resulted in massive military spending, placing considerable power in the hands of the armed forces, so much so that General Hideki Tojo is in actuality running the government.

At the general’s insistence, Imperial Japan signed the Anti-Comintern pact with Germany in late 1936, sharing intelligence with the resurgent European power and conducting a series of military and technological exchanges. The Pact has also brough contacts with the ISA, something the zaibatsu, the Japanese corporations, have sought since the fall of the US.

Relations with Britain, once cordial, have soured notably over the last decade. Both powers saw the collapse of the United States as an opportunity to expand their Pacific holdings, bringing them into conflict. The brief clash at Shanghai has strained relations between the two nations but neither wants open conflict. Yet.

Kingdom of Hawaii

  • Date Founded: 1931
  • Capital: Hilo, Hawaii Island
  • Formerly: Hawaiian Territory
  • Status: Wet
  • Current Leader: King Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole
  • Allies: Alaska
  • Enemies: None
  • Principal Industries: Agriculture, Trade

The third ‘native’ nation to emerge from the collapse of the United States, the Kingdom of Hawaii has prospered over the last six years. Its location at the heart of the Pacific has isolated it from many of the predations suffered by other new nations and also offers a number of opportunities for the new nation.

Shrewd and charismatic, the new Hawaiian king has worked hard to advance the lot of his people. He has received many offers of ‘support’ from outsiders keen to exploit the islands’ strategic position and natural harbors. The king has no desire to see his fledgling nation dominated by outsiders. He has struggled to balance the needs of his people against the desires of Hawaii’s ‘allies’.

Hollywood and Japan in particular have courted the Kingdom, seeking to sway Kalaniana’ole to their cause with gifts and offers of alliance, as have various Russian nations. Britain and France have also made overtures but have provided less tangible support, instead stressing the advantages of alliance and the disadvantages of turning down such offers.

The British government in particular appears to be losing patience with the kingdom and has become increasingly bullish in its demands for basing rights in what they call the Sandwich Islands. Pacifica has likewise taken a hard stance toward Hawaii, coveting Pearl Harbor but not reliant on the Kingdom for trade. Indeed, much of the blame for the recent rise in porate attacks against Maui and Oahu has fallen on the Vancouver government, though it denies any responsibility.

Russia

When the Bolsheviks brought down Kerensky’s Russian Republic in 1917, they began a civil war that still rumbles within Russia and has spread to Alaska. The communist (red) and capitalist (white) factions clashed sporadically for almost sixteen years, the larger reds unable to crush the last white resistance. In 1933, however, the Politburo collapsed in disarray as Joseph Stalin’s opponents sought to remove him from power. This left power in the hands of the generals and resulted in an escalation of the conflict that pitted red against red. Warlords fought for supremacy, with more than two dozen states emerging from the chaos. Comrade Stalin has been able to pull much of Russia back under his control but several outlying nations, red as well as white, resist his authority.

Reports from Russia are few and far between, though, often with conflicting information.

Spain

Throughout the 1920s, the dictatorship of General Primo de Rivera maintained order in Spain but his authoritarian rule earned him many enemies. In January, 1930, with the government paralyzed by the financial crisis triggered by the Stock Market Crash of ’29 and the dissolution of the United States, he was deposed and replaced by an elected parliament. Control of the government has alternated continuously between left and right, but as in France, socialist and communist factions banded together to win the 1936 elections. Many feared a communist takeover and civil disorder escalated out of control, followed by elements of the army responding by rebelling against the government.

Currently a nation in disarray, Spain is well on its way to becoming an international war zone. Republican forces have been on the defensive for much of the war, allegedly supported by the Russian Republic and even France, with Socialist ‘International Brigades’ bolstering the Nationalist position. The Nationalist drive has, however, prompted the Republican government to relocate more than once, acknowledging the rebels’ superior position.

Clashes between Nationalist and Republican forces are oftentimes brutal, both sides having gained experience in the ongoing conflict. In some areas, however, these battles have taken second place to confrontations between the interventionist forces. Russian Yakolevs clash with German Messerschmitts daily, while Italian Macchis jockey for position against Frensh SIPAs. Spain is seemingly becoming an unofficial excuse for the European powers – notably excepting Britain – to test new equipment and tactics, simultaneously settling old scores.

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