Prior to World War Three, the USA was the major dominating force in global politics and economics, and seen by at least itself, if not the rest of the world, as the guardian of the free world, and a marker for global trends and ideals.
Due to the costs of the war on the USA and its' neighbours, such as Canada, the USA has been reduced in standing, somewhat, leading to the focus of global events on other areas - but the USA is still a major force in the world.
General information on the state of the USA and Canada can be found below.
United States of AmericaEdit
The USA remains mostly as it is in the present day. Notably, the USA is divided around the middle of Texas, with front lines still drawn as the US Armed Forces attempt to root out the last groups of Mexican Rebels, Neo-Soviet soldiers and other 'undesirables' still holding small areas of territory, and armed with sufficient weaponry to be a nuisance.
Some of the Aleutian Islands are still contested, with many remaining home to groups of Soviet soldiers, who have camped down and fortified their positions. With no valuable resources in place, the US and it's allies are content to leave them in place - for now.
The US Capital City is also no longer Washington D.C, after D.C. was reduced to radioactive rubble by a nuclear strike during the war. Instead, Congress
has now relocated to San Diego, California, due to it's larger population, transport links, existing infrastructure, and lack of damage from the war. In addition, there is a strong local military presence with naval bases and marine bases nearby, making it a secure location.
The USA has also been forced to re-evaluate it's military, like most other nations following the end of the war, and is now trying to build a new model of military for the new world. The USA still has a large proportion of forces, but suffered great loss of equipment and personnel following fighting on three fronts - out of eleven aircraft carriers for example, four were lost in combat, with a large number of their escorts and other surface combatant ships being lost to enemy action, or later being scrapped due to irreprable damage or costs to repair them.
Problems adjusting industry and the economy to civilian levels following the production efforts necessary to maintain a war footing continuously for such a great period of time have become significant, and it is only now that they are returning to normal levels, leading to a surplus of equipment, and a large shortfall in raw materials, and layoffs in the related areas of employment.
Due to the redirection in industry, current efforts are now focused on food production and importing, medical and pharmaceutical industries, rebuilding and maintenance of civilian infrastructure, and then defence and military rearmament. Specific focus is being given to hi-tech solutions for warfighting, meaning that numbers can be reduced for better capability, and the US is still a major producer of weapons, and civilian and military aircraft, vehicles, and vessels, despite the change in priorities and the wider availability of those vehicles, weapons, and systems to private and foreign customers, and increased competition in the market from foreign producers following the war.
US trade is also increasingly faced with competition from south-east Asia and South American countries in the areas of food production, consumer electronics, software and hardware, as these countries have not faced as much damage, but as these industries were not as vital to the war efforts, they have been able to reach full production rates at a more rapid pace, and continue to produce quality products that still influence global culture and trends.
Equally, much of the entertainment industry is still dominated by US-produced content, and the USA is still a significant force in global news.
Regarding foreign policy and the projection of US interests and power overseas, 90% of the US overseas bases have either been closed or reduced in size, and the US Naval fleet has also been reduced in size, mainly due to losses from the war, and the necessity to reinforce borders and establish control at home - many National Guard forces were devastated or severely depleted by the war on US soil, and require reinforcement with standing forces.
The loss of this military power, and the need for economic and material rebuilding has left a vacuum in global power and politics, which is being filled with corporate finance and guidance, as corporations establish their own territories and power bases.
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