History repeats itself, until the underlying problem is resolved. For the 22nd Century, it seemed Earth was entering a new age of chaos and hardship. The empires of the United States and Mexico had clashed a dozen times through proxies in the last 20 years alone, destabilizing much of Eurasia and Africa. Brazil and Poland, once tacid observers to America and Mexico’s conflict, have been drawn into it as direct actors. Brazil began siding more and more with the US after the wars for East Africa almost ended with the loss of the Uganda Tower, and the Civil War in China threatened to spill into Macau. To counter any potential US-Brazil entente in the Western Hemisphere, Mexico and its Latin American allies directly invaded Brazil in 2129, citing a desire to restore order after a series of riots broke out in Brasilia; riots engineered by Mexico. The Latin American states put down the riots, and then propped up a puppet government that quickly signed a non-aggression pact with Mexico. The Latin American states established satellite states in Southern Brazil, annexed neighboring territory, and now had access to the wealth of the Amazon. The Mexican strategy of destabilization by supporting popular uprisings and regionalist groups were partly intended to build alliances for Mexico, but mainly to distract the US around the world with costly wars just to hold onto partners they’d already won. With Brazil out of the picture, and America already busy with with civil wars in India and China, the US didn’t have time to aid a potential ally in South America. Mexico had proven itself to be a major player over the last 50 years, and had shown that the US wasn’t invulnerable. A number of powers closed ranks around Mexico, partly to spare themselves of any further destabilizing conflicts, but also due to a prevailing belief that Mexico would be the dominant power in the 22nd Century.
In the US, as with the rest of the Earth, the economic stagnation of the last 50 years had finally reached a tipping point by the late 2120s, with markets propped up by the reforms of the 2080s finally collapsing under their own weight. With the demand for goods unable to be met, fear of insurrection returned to the US. Mexicanos Libres party members began calling for autonomous status of the bankrupt Southwestern states, a prospect supported by Vice President David Castillo. The Second Martian Revolution, attempted to declare independence from the United States, but was quelled by ITC Chairman Lionell “Leo” Halvidar, one of the surviving first colonists of Mars. Following the Second Revolution, Halvidar announced his candidacy for the US Presidency, traveling to Earth to campaign directly to the American people on Terra. Halvidar, running on the new Union Party ticket, advocated for the US (and by extension all of Earth) to adopt the Quantum Economic Model, grant full integration of the colonies into the Union, and a undertake a phased population relocation of citizens and prospective citizens to the soon-to-be-habitable colonies on Venus. Halvidar, a former Terran, resonated with many disenfranchised people on Earth, and many of his speeches and appearances were viewed en masse around the Earth, and across the system. Colonials contacted and urged relatives on Earth to support Halvidar, while Mexican nationals, still furious over the deportations of the 2080s urged the people of the Southwest to stop Halvidar at all costs. The Mexicanos Libres party directly engaged Halvidar and the Union party more than any single group. The MLP was staunchly anti-colony, arguing that the inclusion of the colonies would drastically tip the balance of political power off-Earth, and leave the Mexican-Americans ignored and disenfranchised even more. Mexico, who supported the MLP, considered the colonies to be the single greatest threat to their future. So long as the American's access to space based resources is limited, and Mexican control of the Hispanosphere ensures a real chance of unseating the Americans as the dominant force on Earth, but if the Americans ever formally integrate the colonies into the Union, Mexico would be dwarfed by the US in terms of economy and population. It was for these reasons that the MLP received more money from Mexico in 2132 than during any other election, even supporting Conservative Party candidates to chip away at the Union-Progress coalition. On Election Day, 2132, Lionel Halvidar won 37.5% of the vote, and was the second choice of another 17.5% of voters, winning him a narrow victory, and resulting in the secession of four Southwestern states.
Ironically, Mexico did not anticipate this outcome, despite engineering similar events around the world. A Second Civil War in America would inevitably lead to a far worse war between the US and Mexico. With this in mind, Mexico sought to keep the conflict contained by building up its forces along the border and making regular contacts with the Americans, pledging non-intervention. Meanwhile, Mexican proxies ramped up their war efforts in Eurasia and Africa to keep American hands from finding Mexico's throat. Militant elements inside Mexico, had already begun to fund these separatists, and distribute nationalist propaganda across Mexico and the Latin American allies. Opposition to the moderate government under President Deandre Garcia, began to increase, as her administration continued to support an indirect approach to combat the Americans. Garcia's own generals began to oppose her, supporting a more direct approach against the Americans. One such general in the Mexican orbitals began running bombardment drills, and war games with his colleagues on Earth, without the President's permission. Despite what the leadership may want, Mexico seems ready to march to war.
In the colonies, the remnants of the revolutionaries broke up almost overnight at the promise of integration by one of their own, while colonial leaders prepared for what they feared most. The Planetary Guards of the colonies began running war games, while Venus Working Group did everything they could to accelerate the planet's declaration of habitability. Colonial organizations began moving to fund similar projects on Earth that had unified the colonies, beginning with teaching tours by colonial experts on post-scarcity quantum economics. The colonies may be getting ahead of themselves though; with civil war all but declared, and the Union Party with just barely a majority in Congress, integration will be a hard fought battle, but it may be the only one that can save Earth from an apocalyptic war.
What are the current U.S. territories beside the colonies?
Will Brittany and Normandy have any chance at all to become U.S. states?
How'd you find or come up with the flags for some of the new states?
On the African campaign map how'd Baghdad become independent?
This should explain most of your questions about the US territorial system. And for the flags they're either based on existing ones or I just made them up. I'm not happy with Hudson's or Superior's.
Baghdad has been a city state since the end of WWIII (new feature I'm gonna touch up on my old maps) It as one of the main points of contention between Iran and the Turkish sphere.
What requirements are there for a U.S. territory to become a state at this time and are any nearing those requirements?
Are the Luna colonies basically domed cities?
Are any Luna colonies trying to push for statehood or are they not as aggressive or populated as the Martians?
Finally why are Shanghai and panama protectorates?
- The territory holds a referendum vote to determine the people's desire for or against statehood.
- Should a majority vote to seek statehood, the territory petitions the U.S. Congress for statehood.
- The territory, if it has not already done so, is required to adopt a form of government and constitution that are in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.
- The U.S. Congress - pass, by a simple majority vote, a resolution from both house accepting the territory as a state.
- The President signs the joint resolution and the territory is acknowledged as a U.S. state.
The Yukon pipes up about seeking statehood every so often, but like most of the former Arctic First Nations, they take territory status as a form of Autonomous status. Western Australia is starting to regain enough of its population to seek partition and readmit at least a portion of its territory as a new state (possibly in the old Northern Territory, who's population bounced back because of travel to the Beanstalk space elevator.
There are several Lunar states now, brought in with the rest of the colonies, but most of the Lunar surface is comprised into several large territories with simple mining camps and little else. And no, the moon's population is not living in domes, but rather under the surface in and around huge lava chambers that have been expanded over the last century. They're enormous chambers, with the lunar surface above them now largely consisting of layers of utility structures and industrial systems, and the chamber below featuring towers that connect to the roof, artificial sunlight and a canopy of plants that grow like vines along the walls and structures of the city below.
Shanghai became a protectorate after China collapsed near the turn of the 22nd Century. The US invaded the city to secure economic interests and use it as a staging point to restore order in the Han core of China. They essentially ran the country out of Shanghai until a new government was propped up in Beijing, but given the level of international investment in Shanghai (which was rebuilt after the Flood), the city sought protectorate status to secure itself from any future uprisings.
Based on your North America and European Map, maybe this could work. Along with the original 50 states, the following would be included into the union:
Alberta, Antilles, Athabasca, Bahamas, Britain*, Cascadia, Cook, Cuba, Greenland, Guyanna, Hispaniola, Hudson, Jamaica, Keewatin, Manitoba, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Puerto Rico, Queensland**, Riverina**, Saskatchewan, Southwest Australia**, Superior, Tasmania**, Tlicho, Victoria** and Yukon.
* Based on the European Theater 2136 Map, Britain appears to be a single state that includes England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If the last three were admitted as single states, the flag would need to have 84 stars.
**Australia can be divided into 5 provinces instead of the current 7.
Queensland consists of its current borders along with the northern territory and the northern parts of Western Australia
Southwest Australia takes parts of South and West Australia
Riverina takes up most of New South Wales and parts of Southern Australia
Victoria has its current borders plus parts of Southern Australia
Tasmania remains exactly as it is today
Sorry, I don't mean to push the issue or tell you what do to, but every time I try to divide up the British and Australians based on current provincial divisions it always goes over 81 states. I am very interested in the US' position by this time and what states incorporate the union prior to the Aztlan Rebellion or the admission of the Colonies.
Australia may take some more redistricting
1. Western Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)
2. Riverina (New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland)
3. Tasmania (Tasmania and Victoria...Just like Michigan)
I'm confident that this is the final list, and all 81 States now fit correctly. If not just sink the whole damn continent if you have to:
North America (Canada): Alberta, Athabasca, Cascadia, Cook, Hudson, Keewatin, Manitoba, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Superior, Tlicho and Yukon
Caribbean Sea: Antilles, Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico
Central and South America: Belize, Guyana and Panama
Atlantic and Europe: British Isles and Greenland
Australia and Oceania: Western Australia, Riverina, Tasmania and New Zealand
50+31= 81 States
1: Where were UN meetings held during the flood since it seems that New York City was lost to the flood?
2: How are international events like the Olympics and the World Cup holding up?
3: If both those events are still going are there any bids for an off world event?
4: Could you tell me and better describe aliens that have been encountered, I know that there is an arthropod like race but I forgot their name.
2. The Olympics are still around, but around the 2070s very few people took them seriously anymore, because human augmentation made the physical achievement of an individual meaningless. The World Cup is still alive and kicking (no pun intended) because team sports demand more than the physical prowess of singular people... however, as it is not a very strategic game it still suffers from jaded critics who say its not really interesting anymore, the same goes for basketball, baseball, and boxing.
3. The colonies have their own sports, and Field Football isn't very popular beyond Earth, and to some extent, Mars. American football is popular across the system (the more strategic games gained in popularity), but lower gravity worlds have a lot of games that involve flying. The World Cup recognizes a few teams from the colonies, and the NFL lets some teams compete on exhibition games, but its simply not practical for the whole solar system to have a singular sporting championship.
4. There's a cephalopod-like race that has largely been transplanted to the Sol System due to the catastrophic failiure of their own world, an avian race that was largely neolithic when discovered, but I haven't gone into much detail beyond that.
1.Besides of course the Central American countries, are there any new Mexican states? Like any current Mexican Territories are now states or have the Yucatan and California States been united.
2.What Mexican states have a majority of former U.S. citizen deportees.
3.Does the UN still do anything or since Russia collapsed multiple new countries appeared, new powers arouse and old powers fell it isn't seemed as important and was disbanded?
4.Does a 'poor' country at this time look like a poor country now or do they look completely different.
2. The Northern States and the Central American states are where most of the deportees reside.
3. The UN ceased to exist just prior to WWIII. A number of countries had resigned in protest during the Flood, the UN being incapable of doing anything to solve the problem and nations being left to fend for themselves. I should note that this wasn't nearly as bad during the first major sea level rise due to the loss of the South Greenland Ice Sheet at the end of the little Cold War, but rather the second major loss of the South Pole's ice sheets where the major sea walls failed.
4. Poor countries of 2132 bear many of the same hallmarks of poor countries today, no money for waste management and social services, corrupt governments, rampant war zones, hunger, disease, etc. But the people living in these countries enjoy luxuries that you and I can't even dream of yet. You're hungry in Guangdong, but you got satellite internet and cheap simulated reality interfaces everywhere.
Do you plan on making flags for those nations? As I mention, I'm working on a scenario where both secessionism and unionism co-exist & Earth sphere spread to various galaxies. I might need to borrow some of your nation's names or flags.
About how far do humans reach in space at this point? Obviously, Mars and the Moon are very developed (and maybe Venus?) and there are mining and processing colonies on Titan and Triton. But where else in (and out) of the solar system do humans populate and/or explore? And is there life on Europa beneath the lunar ice in this TL?
But its a different timelne from 2nd Renaissance right?