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The Union of American States began its existence as 13 rebellious colonial governments united only by their dislike of the central government 's attempts to enforce taxation and one constitution.
Two-plus centuries later, that hasn't changed a whole lot. It's a small miracle that a strong central government was formed—against the states' wishes—and has been maintained thus far, though there have been perceived and dangerously real close calls.
So now you're writing a story 20 Minutes into the Futureor perhaps in an Alternate Universe. How do you show that things have irrevocably but believably changed?
Break up the Union. Perhaps the State suffered some sort of crisis of the type it's never really seen before, and then things went From Bad to Worse.
Maybe the country was broken up by foreign invadersdissent with an oppressive government led to a breakor maybe regional separatism and nationalism took hold as it kind of did the last time it broke up.
For whatever reason, the country now consists of many smaller nation-states. As a bonus, your Hollywood Atlas will seem a lot more authentic. The new and smaller nations, without the tempering influence of what voters on the opposite side of the continent think, will be able to run free with their own agendas, resulting in a bit of cultural Flanderization that might actually seem justified.
Thus you may see: In the case of a European writer, the Dutch might take it back. The People's Republic of California. Otherwise the rich in Hollywood aren't ready to give up their wealth and California becomes One Nation Under Copyright like in Blade Runner with some Japanese influence as well.
The loud, proud, rather jingoist Republic of Texas. The descendants of the Native American tribes coming together to form a new nation, complete with Braids, Beads and Buckskins. Never mind the cultural differences between the tribes and for most, it would mean abandoning their sacred lands for another tribe's lands.
The South has risen again to form the resurrected Confederate Stateshopefully with less overt racism this time around. Possibly, there is a Black Republic of Nu Afrika centered around Atlanta that is at peace, war, or something of both with the Confeds. Alternately, Mexico could fuse with it and call the new country Aztlan.
Oregon, Washington, British Columbia the latter being up in Canadaand sometimes northern California form Cascadia, which is much more left-wing than the former U. The New England states are also off on their own, something that both New Englanders and non-New Englanders find very appealing.
Alaska is fused with the Canadian territories to form another Inuit province, or the Russians take it back. Hawaii going back to native rule. A powerless rump state in Washington DC or elsewhere if DC was destroyed or overrunstill claiming descent from the Federal government and issuing grandiose proclamations which are ignored by the rest of the 'country'.
The Midwest not existing, or becoming a giant farming commune or something. Otherwise, those tired of the West Coast always being the leftist breakaway will have the steel belt workers form a socialist or syndicalist proletarian state.
If you have trouble with the concept of a Balkanized America, consider the state Union imagined by C. Pearcy's strategy groups cities together based on population centers, shared services, and similarity of lifestyle for example, the New York metro area would be one state, rather than expanding into New Jersey and using bits of Connecticut and Pennsylvania as suburbsso they would make reasonable estimates of the territory each neo-state could control.
After the End settings can sometimes have this on a more-factured scale, with a bunch of city-states that barely have any contact outside the random trade route.
Odds are, most of them won't resemble the smoking husks they were built on at all, unless it was a Cosy Catastrophe. A downplayed version of this trope can include mentioning this in the fiction's history, but never really going in over overt detail of it.
If a work refers to the historical Civil War as "the first American Civil War", or something of the like, this trope is in play. They become minor allies to the main characters in Appleseed. After Non-Nuclear World War IV inThis industrial and militaristic extreme right-wing conservative nation resorted to aggressive foreign policies to help stabilize their economy, casting them as antagonists in Appleseed and in the second season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex as a result.
At one point the country known as Inglessa, whose geography is not terribly well defined, was at war with Louisiana. There are also regions named Tejas, Floria, and Cuppa; the region consisting of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas goes unnamed.
The biggest split occurs when the Big Bad Takes Over the Presidency — and discovers he's not capable of keeping the various blocs he's been appeasing from just leaving.
Alaska and Hawaii aren't even mentioned — maybe people just forgot about them in the mess. This example features a number of unusual features that seem to be a deliberate inversion of the usual regional stereotypes. For example, the Deep South ends up as a left-wing hi-tech Straw Feminist gynocracy, while the hardline Religious Right theocracy that usually ends up in the Deep South is here in the stereotypically-liberal Pacific North-West.Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map.
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