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United American Commonwealth

The United American Commonwealth


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Motto: E pluribus unum



Population: 733,339,200
-Density: 44.63 per mi˛


Capital: Lima, Peru
Largest City: New York City, United States


Official Language: None



National Language: English, Spanish, French


Demonym: Commonwealthian

Government:
- Leader of Council: Jim Carver
- US President: Jim Caver
- Speaker of the Union: Micah Rose
- Commonwealth SoD: Alejo Rigby


Legislature:
- De Jure: Lima House
- De Facto: US Congress


Establishment: Union between Mexico and US
Independence: 11/19/1951


Land Area: 16,431,530 mi˛
Water Area: 583,522 mi˛
Water %: 3.5%


Elevation
Highest Point: Aconcagua (22,841 FT)
Lowest Point: Laguna del Carbón (−344 ft)


GDP (nominal): 26.19 Trillion USD
GDP (nominal) per capita: 35,713.35


Human Development Index: .816


Currency: US Dollar


Time Zone: Multiple


Drives on the: Right


Calling code: +1


Internet TLD: .gov


United American Commonwealth

The United American Commonwealth commonly called UAC is a federation of nations in the Americas. It is completely isolated from any land borders, being totally surrounded by the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. UAC covers 16,431,530 square miles and has an estimated population of 733,339,200. UAC comprises of 9 Electoral Districts and 35 Nations.

The United American Commonwealth acts as a rival to the 'United Socialists Republics of the East', a similar alliance between the United Soviet Socialist Republics, People's Republic of China, Indian Socialist Republic, and the Ba'athist Republic of Arabia. Its primarily capitalist society that heavily contradicts the communist society of the USRE. As such, it follows Truman's policy of 'containment' as it constantly fights wars in Africa, Southeast Asia, the British Isles, and Oceania. While it likes to portray itself as the 'good guy' of the world, it is only marginally better at best compared to the USRE, likely unintentionally perpetuating wars with no end in sight and popping up pro-American dictatorial regimes in the name of fighting communism, which often leads in genocide and other crimes.

The Commonwealth itself is a supranational federation of nations with their own autonomies, constitutions, and even armies. However, the federation is heavily based in the United States, with the country having de facto control over the affairs of the Commonwealth. The only real rival in power to the US within the Commonwealth is Mexico and Brazil, though their smaller economy and population make it that their influence is rather weak. Life within the Commonwealth is quite unfamiliar to the 90s we know. Crime within the US is relatively lower than in our timeline, though that's due to the constant military presence of American soldiers. The nation is almost entirely racially homogenous, with most of the US's African-American and Latino population being 'encouraged' to move to Latin America to be 'Teachers in the American Way of Life'. The heavy backlash this policy received led to protests, which were and still are brutally suppressed. America is, however, still divided between two parties: The 'National Liberation Party' and the 'Crying Uncle Sam Party'.

Outside of the United States, things are not that much better. Even in the once-prosperous Canada, poverty has overtaken most of the population. Canadians are still the second-best off, but not by a lot. The average Canadian lives an astonishingly short 71 years, compared to the 82 of our world. In Mexico, crime does not run as rampant, but the Mexicans instead have to deal with corporate and political corruption as their resources and manpower are drained to both supply the war machine and line the pockets of American businessmen and politicians. The same goes for most countries within the Commonwealth, though no country has it worse off than Guiana. Guiana, formerly French, is the only nation within the Commonwealth to be a de jure dictatorship with the constitution proclaiming their leader to be 'Supreme Dictator' of Guiana.

Etymology

The United American Commonwealth is named after the continents it lay on. The name was voted on between 25 names the Lima House suggested. Some other suggested names include the 'United Western Union', the 'Continental Friendship League', the 'Association of Free Nations' and others. Though no official reports show this, it is believed that it was not a Lima House Representative who suggested the name but rather a janitor cleaning up the Brazilian representative's spilled coffee.

The standard way to refer to a citizen of the UAC is as a "Commonwealthian." Though this term is rather unpopular in Brazil and it is not recommended to use it in a casual setting in any country other than Peru itself

History

The Commonwealth was founded in 1951 after a devastating Earthquake struck California sometime in the late 40s. Though America had nearly collapsed, it recovered from the rubble relatively quickly as the IRL Rust Belt was revived as America's main industrial centers. The first nation to join the Commonwealth was Mexico, who wished to see protection from a Soviet Union that seemed to be annexing countries one-by-one in Europe. This was followed by Canada when the British Empire and the French Republic fell later that same year. Eventually, most North and South American nations would join the 'Mexican-American-Canadian-Brazilian-Colombian-etc-etc Union'. To avoid confusion, the union was later renamed to the 'United American Commonwealth'

Upon the founding of the Commonwealth, a third party in America began to rise up. The party is called the National Liberation Party and it quickly became popular within the United States. Other commonwealth members looked on in abject horror as the authoritarian and pseudo-corporatist NLP began to rapidly overtake the Democratic Party as the second party in America. The NLP was particularly popular with conservative southerners and those afraid of communism, allowing it to gain upwards of 60% of the seats in both houses of congress. In a bit of confused panic, the Republican and what remained of the now 'centrist' democratic party united to form the 'Crying Uncle Sam' party. The name was chosen after a speech by the party's founder, John F. Kennedy, proclaimed that the NLP was 'Making Uncle Sam Cry' due to their authoritarian and sometimes unconstitutional policies. The NLP and the CUSP began to openly argue in the streets and in Congress over 'crimes' committed by the NLP. Some of these crimes included the hanging of Malcolm X and Bernie Sanders for being 'communist spies', using the military to violently disperse the March on Washington among other racial and non-racial protests, alongside other constitutional-breaking authoritarian policies

The rest of the commonwealth too began to suffer heavily from the NLP, with NLP party officials often becoming business owners who would exploit the resources of Latin America and Canada. While their overall economies grew, quality of life began to stagnate at best and dropped at worst. Crime was low across the Commonwealth due to military presence, but people began to suffer greatly. The US was able to centralize all military authority under the 'Continental Defense Forces' in 1971, though infighting meant their control was limited. Many nations became just as Authoritarian, though normally not as racist, as the US as America began to heavily influence Latin American politics. However, by the 80s, the Commonwealth began to shift more towards the liberal side of politics. Despite their new liberal-leaning shift, they continue to fight ceaseless wars to contain communism across the world. Since the 50s, nearly 730,234 men and women from across the commonwealth have died fighting against Communists, Socialists, and the Ba'athists. Although the CUSP has finally gotten a president into office, congress remains NLP bases. Jim Carver has thus far only been able to repeal a few bills and can only try to calm down the wars in Africa and Asia.

Geography

The UAC spreads a vast land area of 16,431,530 mi˛ covering all of North and South America plus the Caribbean Islands, Greenland, and Hawaii. As such, its' climate and geography are incredibly diverse depending on the area. The North is primarily covered by Artic and Sub-Artic climates with snow covering the regions almost year-round. In the population center of the UAC, the North Eastern US + The Great lakes, the climate is mostly humid and continental. Temperatures range from low-80s highs in the summer to high-20s in the winter. The United States south is primarily categorized by extremely hot and humid summers and mild winters, with temperatures reaching towards triple digits in some areas. The western US/Canada can also be categorized with the cold, sometimes even frigid, Rockie Mountains and great plains that allow for the US to be the breadbasket of the world. Moving South, you find Mexico. Mexico is divided nearly in half with an arid/semi-arid north and a tropical south. The tropical climate extends into the Caribbeans and Central America, with most of the two regions being considerably wet and lush with vegetation. Leaving North America, South America's Andes mountains create a massive bowl for the largest rainforest in the world to reside in: The Amazon rainforest. The Amazon rainforest stretches most of Northern Brazil and large portions of Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. However, parts of Northeastern Brazil are considerably arid and is comparable to the Australian outback. Western South America, similarly to the North, has the massive Andes mountain range stretching from Venezuela to the Southern tip of Chile. Southeastern South America is temperate, with cold deserts and warm grasslands covering most of Argentina and Southern Brazil.

The highest point of the UAC is Aconcagua at 22,841 ft while the lowest point is Laguna del Carbón at −344 ft, both of which are in Argentina

Demographics

Population

Around 733,339,200 people live in the United American Commonwealth, ranking 4th in the world behind the People's Republic of China, The Indian Socialist Republic, and the United Soviet Socialist Republics. The United States of America is the largest within the Commonwealth by population, with around 218,419,084. Brazil and Mexico are the other two largest nations, with Brazil having a population of 150,219,671 million and Mexico having a population of 86,195,127 million. This means that these three nations have over 60% of the population combined, with most other nations averaging at around 22,916,850 people, though some nations such as Belize has a population as small as 187,552.

Language

While the commonwealth does not have an official language, English is the De Facto language of the Commonwealth. Around 64% of the population understands English as a first language/another language, of whom most are in the North. Spanish is another big language, with 54% of the population being able to understand it, though that number is slowly dwindling as English is slowly replacing the Spanish language. Portuguese, French, Dutch, and native languages also have some speakers within the commonwealth, but they are slowly being replaced alongside Spanish.

Religion

Christianity is a major force within the Commonwealth with over 80% of the population subscribing to some form of Christianity. Of which, most are Roman Catholics. Judaism, Atheism, Muslims, and other minorities do make up their own majority with Atheism being the largest at 15% of the population not believing in any form of God. While nations are forced to accept those of a non-majority religion, non-Christians often face social discrimination with Muslims and Jews, in particular, seeing harsh discrimination in the Southern US, Southeastern Brazil, and Chile.

Race

Race in the UAC is very locationally based. The US and Canada are almost entirely white, with most non-whites (not counting native peoples) being monetarily incentivized to move to poorer regions of the UAC during the 60s and 80s. Some cities, such as Detroit, report that nearly 95% of their population is white. However, some areas such as Alabama, New York City, and Arizona, do have large racial minorities similar to our timeline. New York City, in particular, is still a racial and ethnic melting pot of peoples from around the globe. Elsewhere within the commonwealth, racial diversity is similar to within our own. Due to how complicated graphing racial and ethnic groups are, it is estimated that anywhere from 37 to 84% of the non-US/Canadian population of the Commonwealth is Mestizo. Those of African or 'mixed' African-European descent also make up a large portion of the population, with almost 40 million of them being in Brazil and several million more are scattered elsewhere. Latinos of 'pure' European descent also have a sizable portion in Latin America, though they are still outshined by the Indigenous peoples of America. Those of 'pure' Native American descent have a population of 70 million, including those in the United States or Canada.

Largest Cities

Rank

City

Metro area population

State

1

New York City

16,264,981

United States

2

Sao Paulo

16,161,820

Brazil

3

Mexico City

15,744,940

Mexico

4

Buenos Aires

11,680,360

Argentina

5

Rio De Janeiro

9,318,040

Brazil

6

Lima

8,847,120

Peru

7

Chicago

7,160,300

United States

8

Toronto

5,527,751

Canada

9

Detroit

5,211,000

United States

10

Seattle

5,131,000

United States

Government

The UAC is a Supranational Union with 9 electoral districts that elect one man (or woman) to represent their district. These districts, especially in the case of regions with a lot of small countries like the Caribbeans and Central America, often overlap national borders or, in the case of District 2 and District 1, divide countries in two. Those elected are sent to the Lima House of Representatives, which acts as a council that decides the affairs of the Commonwealth as a whole. Due to cultural differences, there is also a 'Leader of Council', who is elected via an electoral college that was heavily gerrymandered in the favor of the United States. This means that, with one exception, every past Leader of Council has also been the President of the United States. The Council Leader acts as the executive of the Commonwealth and is heavily influential in their meetings and in decision making, being able to veto any decisions by the Council. The Commonwealth has significant power over its member nations, it is not as centralized/powerful as the US's congress.

Member Nations within the Commonwealth are still independent, but cannot leave unless 8/9 of the House Members + The Leader of Council approve of their petition to leave the commonwealth. Nations enjoy autonomy within their own borders, though are forbidden to have a non-ceremonial military and must follow edicts pasted by the House. There is a constitution of the Commonwealth that should, theoretically, grant every nation 'equal and reasonable' autonomy, but in practice, the constitution merely strengthens the USA's domination over the continents. Despite this, the autonomy of member nations is considerable given how a few of them are considered to be dictatorships and most of them are heavily corrupt. In fact, it is believed that 60% of Canada's parliament is owned or bribed by the CEO of Tim Hortons. Along with this, rivalries between nations are not uncommon with the Brazil-Argentina rivalry being a particularly notable affair.

Foreign Relations

The United American Commonwealth has embassies in all countries of the world excluding the Britannian Socialist Union, which it views as illegitimate and currently allows the United Kingdom's government-in-exile to take refuge in the Falklands. Despite this, the UAC is extremely hostile to most nations of the world, seeing them as 'against democracy'. Due to their conflicting ideologies, the UAC and the USRE fight in a cold war across the world as they pop up and fund governments that are pro- or anti-socialist. This has led to many wars of containment in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe. While in the early 80s, relations between the two superpowers appeared to be calming down, the USSR rekindled the fire by annexing Switzerland after a pro-communist revolution overtook it.

Economy

Economic Indicators

Rank: 1st
Currency: USD
Fiscal Year: Calender Year


GDP (nominal): 26.19 Trillion USD
GDP (nominal) per capita: 35,713.35
Labor Force: 460,537,017
Unemployment: 11.2%

The Economy of the United American Commonwealth is the single strongest in the world. Its GDP is 26.19 trillion USD, nearly 5 trillion dollars above its competitor's economy: The USSR. Its GDP is mostly based in the US, with a massive economy of 22.52 trillion USD. The US's economy is extremely mixed and diverse, with Industrial, Resource Extraction, and Service Jobs all being massive industries in the US. Canada has a similar mixture but is nowhere near as powerful as the United States in terms of Economic power. Other nations in the Commonwealth are extremely primitive, with mining and farming being the main industry of most nations. However, in recent years, larger countries such as Mexico and Brazil have begun to transition into a more industrialized economy. The UAC does actually trade with several nations across the globe, including Japan, South Korea, South Africa, and Australia.

Culture

The UAC has developed it's own unique individualistic culture based on the American culture. However, there is a north-south divide with the south being noticeably more collectivist and conservative than the North. The divide begins at the tropic of cancer and gets more extreme the further away from the tropic you go. However, the 'American Way of Life' is tempting for many below the tropic, due in part to it being spread both intentionally and unintentionally through propaganda and the process of 'Americanization' in many countries, and as such, the North-South divide is becoming both stronger for the North and slowly lowering towards the Equator.

Infrastructure

Much like many things in the Commonwealth, Infrastructure is primarily based in America. Massive highway systems cover most of the US, which are slowly expanding into Canada and Mexico. However, the Darien Gap remains a problem, as no road connecting the two has been built due to environmental concerns. As such, the two continents remain divided and two separate infrastructure systems exist. As such, the sea and air make up the majority of intercontinental travel

Airports are nominally owned by local authorities, who then lease it to companies who manage the area. Public transportation is limited to Canada, some cities in the United States, and Mexico City, with private transportation such as Taxies, Privately-Owned Buses, etc making up the majority of transportation outside of walking or driving.

Energy
The UAC does not have a centralized authority on energy. Instead, nations develop their own energy departments or rely on other nation's energy. Most nations run on coal, natural gas, or oil, but the election of Jim Carver has seen the planning of several nuclear facilities across America and a few in Mexico, Canada, and Brazil. Should his plans fall through, he believes America and the UAC could cut dependence on fossil fuels by upwards of 70%

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