Divided They Stand

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Divided They Stand is an alternative future setting Drakes and recently, in collaboration with Eddy, who is helping him with a complete overhaul. It consists of the collapse of the United States in 2018 after a protracted depression, as the government goes bankrupt, and the subsequent division of the former USA into a couple dozen smaller nations as the remaining armies carve out territorities. The "present day" is now 2048.

NOTE: This conworld has its own wiki, [Wiki]

Background

Coming up to the 2012 election, popular support for Obama had decreased somewhat from when he was inaugurated. Many liberals were starting to believe that Obama was too much in the pockets of corporations, while swing voters were losing confidence in his handling of the economy. However, the recession had eased demonstrably since his term began and his policies had so far not had that much negative impact. With the Republicans' nomination of Sarah Palin sealing their election loss months before the general election, many liberal Democrats campaigned for the combined Socialist and Green candidate Cynthia McKinney. This, they believed, would motivate Obama and others in the Democratic party to renew their commitment to progressive reforms lest they get voted out. On Election Day, McKinney acheived 18% of the vote, the highest total for a third party candidate since Ross Perot, while Obama received a narrow plurality of 43%.

As the Obama administration reached its later years, the economic recession that had existed ever since 2008 continued to worsen. The public had little hope that his policies would salvage the situation. The crisis was eroding faith in the American government and economic policy across all sectors of society, radicalizing people on both the left and right. Conservatives held up the recession as proof that Obama had planned to destroy the country all along, and openly called for his assassination. Progressives increasingly broke with the Democratic party, judging it hopelessly outmoded and obstructive, and many came to embrace socialist revolution. In 2016, like in 2012, the presidential election resulted in a three way split. The Republican candidate Rick Perry earned 35% of the popular vote, while Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse and the Socialist/Green Cynthia McKinney each won about 30% of the vote. This was a much larger Socialist/Green showing than in 2012, leading to Republicans winning a slight majority of electoral votes while being very unpopular and considered an extremist party by most Americans.

Having won only a narrow plurality of votes, Perry faced staunch opposition from the majority of Americans. His inauguration on January 20, 2017 sparked widespread demonstrations against the Electoral College and the Republican party, and anger outrage among the urban populace. The Democrats and Greens made an agreement to caucus together, thereby achieving a supermajority in both the Senate and House and the ability to override President Perry's vetoes if they agreed. But very little could be accomplished with the three-way split. Republicans solidly backed Perry's actions down to the last senator and representative, while moderate Democrats resisted the progressive measures that other Democrats and Greens supported.

Since 2014, the USA had been on a policy of gradual inflation (14% per year) in order to eventually inflate away the debts it owed without taking on painful rates of taxation. This had taken a toll on the economy which had not grown substantially since that time, and tax revenues were falling. The inflation was having a terrible impact on states, many of which ceased providing many necessary services. While the government supported states financial in several temporary emergency packages during the final years of the Obama administration, this was not so with the Perry administration. In April 2017, the Democratic and Socialist Green leadership lost a bid to override Perry's veto on a bill to finance states by two votes. This left states in the lurch, while inflation was starting to spiral out of control.

By late 2017, most states had very little tax revenue and local governments could only support the most minimal police protection. The conditions of poverty and separation of large communities of poor in many large cities resulted in massive rioting and looting occurring as the residents of impoverished neighborhoods scrambled to take what valuables they could from the middle class and wealthy over the course of the winter of 2017-2018. These problems were less in the more rural areas where the Republicans held sway, and as a result the Republicans in Congress held firm in their opposition to support for states. Rush Limbaugh, a national arch-Republican radio host who had been an important voice for the party for decades, said on a show in February 2018 that the "liberal areas" deserved this disorder as a result of many years of unwise policies. In fact, it was facilitated by large numbers of poor living together, the legacy of many previous governments of the United States. In addition, some conservative Democrats thought that the states and local governments should be creative and not take more increasingly worthless money from the federal government which would possibly precipitate a national government crisis.

Conditions deteriorated and hundreds of thousands of urbanites of all races and classes, seeking an escape from the chaos, left the cities for rural areas. There were homeless encampments in many rural towns, but there was little disorder. Those who remained in the cities faced the difficult task of restoring order and rebuilding what the riots destroyed. The federal government had collapsed by summer of 2018, both from massive loss of face and the casualties and destruction resulting from the riots. Over the next few years a variety of local states emerged in its place as urban areas recovered and established their own governments. By the year 2025 most of the former US had stabilized into half a dozen countries ranging from tiny city-states to large rural federations.

In the past few decades the effects of global warming and other forms of environmental harm have become increasingly felt throughout the world. Coastal areas everywhere are struggling against rising sea levels and severe hurricanes and some have already fallen into near ruin. The rapidly changing climate has left once thriving breadbaskets increasingly dry and more difficult to farm.

List of post-American states

Midwest/Great Plains

  • Republic of the Midwest
  • Free City of Saint Louis - City-state affiliated with the Midwest, known for its shipping and agrochemical industries.
  • American Federation of Communes
  • Republic of Lakotah
  • Platte Republic

South

  • Christian States of America - Founded as a haven for conservative Christians.
  • Republic of Florida
  • Republic of Louisiana
  • Republic of Texas

Mountain West

  • Colorado Republic
  • Deseret
  • State of Idaho
  • Republic of New Mexico
  • United Aryan Republic

West Coast

  • Democratic Union of Pacifica - Left-leaning federation of states in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Republic of Mojave
  • Republic of Alaska
  • Hawai'ian People's Republic

East Coast

  • United States of America - A shell of its former self after the Chaos, it controls only part of the Mid-Atlantic states.
  • Free City of New York - Exactly what it sounds like, New York City as a sovereign country.
  • New England Confederation
  • Vermont Republic

Other

  • Canada - Has become a quasi-authoritarian regime under the dominance of the Conservative party.
  • Brazil - A budding superpower due to some significant economic growth after the Chaos.