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Houstonian Empire
Houston
Flag of the Houstonian Empire Coat of arms of the Houstonian Empire
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "All for one, one for all, that is our device."
Official Anthem: Without You
Location of Houstonian Empire

Populated annexes in red
Rural annexes in blue
Official languages English
Demonym
Plural
Houstonian
Houstonians
Government
Unitary congressionally "seletive and protective" city-state monarchy
Emperor

John
Legislature Congress
Historical changes
- City of Houston
- Republican government
- Imperial government
- June 5th, 1837
- January 19th, 2017
- April 7th, 2090
Population 83,450,000
HDI 0.901 (high)
Gini .41 (medium)
GDP
-Nominal
-PPP

$3.045 trillion
$3.071 trillion
GDP per capita
-Nominal
-PPP

$35,000
$37,000
Currency Houstonian credit ($)
Date Format MM-DD-YYY
Drives on the Right
CCTld .ho
Calling code +2
The Houstonian Empire (better known as Houston or Neo-Houston) is a sovereign state located in Central North America. The Houstonian Empire borders the Republic of Texas to the north, south, and west, the Second Confederate States to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

Houston is a congressional monarchy with a monarch as the head of state and government. The current Emperor is John, who is moderated by the unicameral Congress. The Congress is made up of representatives from each Region, and it has the power to give assent to each new legislation introduced by the monarch. The current form of government was established after the August Revolution in 2089, when John seized power from the corrupt Houstonian government with support from members of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. The power of the monarch is recognized internationally as well as supported domestically, giving the monarch a tight grip over the city with their only limitation being the acceptance of the Congress.

The Houstonian economy is the strongest in the former United States and globally rivals that of the Parisian Republic and the Nippon State. It is considered to be the most influential in the Americas and the second-most influential on a global scale. The economy is made up almost entirely of industrial and service industries, with the largest by sector being vehicular manufacturing, trade, biodiesel production, financial services, and transportation. The city is a major air, sea, and space travel hub, with the largest sea-based and space-based ports and the second largest air-based port in the Americas. Nearly 45% of all vehicles of any type in North America, 35% of any type in South America, and 12.5% of any type around the world are designed, manufactured, and assembled in Houston. The Empire produces nearly 40% of the world's biodiesel supply. With some 83 million residents, Houston is one of the world's most densely populated nations. About 70% of the population lives a moderate standard of living, while about 25% are considered poor and 5% are considered high. The nation's GDP of $3.045 trillion is spread with a GDP per capita of $35,000.

Houston holds warm relations with its neighbors and is an essential part of the world economy. It is because of this that Houston is a leader in world diplomacy and globalization efforts. The Empire is a member of the NAFTA, the Mason-Dixon Agreement Area, the United Nations, the IMF, the New York Forum, and the WTO.

Etymology

The official name of the nation, the "Houstonian Empire", is derived from both the proper area name of the region within which the respective government rules over. The "City of Houston" seceded from the United States as the "Houstonian Republic" while also taking with it many counties apart of and not apart of the Houston-Sugarland-Baytown-Galveston Metropolitan Statistical Area. Upon the secession of the Republic, the area which was under the control of the city was from then on referred to as "Houston", of which retained the same name as the major city. With the overthrow of the Republican government and the establishment of the Imperial system, the name was reorganized into the "Houstonian Empire".

The "City of Houston" gains its name from the establishment of the city by the Allen brothers as a railway stop on the Buffalo Bayou. The construction and settlement of the city was approved by the Republic of Texas to establish it as the formal capital of the nation. The Allen brothers honored the name of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution and first President of Texas, with the city's name, thus establishing the "City of Houston".

History

Independence

On July 4th, 2016, the city of Washington, D.C., was attacked by ultraliberal terrorists after the election of Republican President John Bush. The terrorists successfully destroyed the Capitol Building and segments of the Supreme Court Building, while a third planned attack against the White House failed. Many more radical liberals across the country pledged support against the Republican government, and protests in Oakland, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago began to turn violent within the following weeks. Continued civil unrest led to anti-government protests in many other major cities in the nation, with Houstonians remaining relatively content at the election of a conservative candidate. The cutoff of international travel to the Northeast also boosted the traffic at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby International Airport, with flights from European countries being diverted to the respective airports. On September 11th, 2016, the ultraliberal terrorists attacked the Wall Street Stock Exchange in New York and the Federal Reserve Building in Washington. Marshal law was declared in many Northeastern states, causing increased anti-government stances in major cities of that region. Soon, the government began to be unable to handle the amount of violence that was turned towards them, and full scale civil war broke out in the states of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

The new Civil War led to the declaration of the Northeastern Republic's independence from the United States, and many southern states turned their support to the original government, Texas included. With unrest in the northeast, Houston became increasingly popular as a diversion for the flow of goods and people into the United States. With the addition of California and Illinois declaring their independence from the United States, members of government in Texas also called for their state's return to sovereignty. On January 19th, 2017, Texas Governor William White declared the Republic of Texas to be independent from the United States government.

With the regional stability interest of the Republic of Texas likely to set back the economic development of Houston as a stable foothold within the United States, many Houstonian politicians retracted from the new Republic's government in protest. Mayor Preston Russet, with support from the City Council, then declared Houston to be sovereign of Republican Texas rule. While the Texan government condemned this action as illegal, they were unable to mount a policing force large enough to "restore order" to the city of Houston, which had, with the assistance of the respective counties, had secured some 29 counties in East Texas which offered policing and order to the new Houstonian government. The Houstonian Republic was recognized by the United Kingdom, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the United Mexican States only three days after its conception because of its peaceful independence and its swift enforcement of law. With continued pressure from the international community, the Republic of Texas recognized the Houstonian Republic as a sovereign state, granting the new Republic security and diplomatic stability.

Self stabilization and independent growth

By July of 2017, the Houstonian Republic had gained much international recognition as one of the post United States most stable nation states. With the American federal government losing credibility as it lost its ability to rule, foreign nations looked towards the more stable nation states that arose for continued business with the American economy. Houston was arguably the most stable of the Southern United States, with the Civil War embroiling in the Southeast and the unstable Republican Texas failing to support the needs of many of its peoples. The Houstonian government began a program to further unify the constituent counties of the Republic, mostly through the use of railway systems. At the time, the existing Houstonian railways were largely underused because of civil unrest throughout the country. Because of the failure of Union Pacific to properly maintain and make use of Houstonian railways, the entirety of the network was nationalized by the government and millions of dollars were predesignated into funding for the system.

The development of the railway network allowed for the further integration of the counties' economies towards one another. Over a course of five years, the counties gained considerable economic development into the national standard, and the Houstonian government became less reliant on trade with the Republic of Texas to maintain its economy. Domestic manufacturing and other industrial sectors flourished within the Houstonian Republic, and because of its location as one of North America's busiest port, the Houstonian economy had swelled to nearly three times its former size by 2027. The large amounts of economic growth within the Republic also attracted immigrants from the former United States and from Mexico, paired with urbanization, the city of Houston grew from around five million to almost nine million residents within the Metropolitan Area.

Invasion of English America

On March 18th, 2029, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China invaded the former United States to "stabilize" the failing nation. The invasion of the West Coast states was handled by China, and the East Coast and Alaska handled by Russia. Much of the East and West Coats had already rebelled from the United States, leaving the two superpowers invading highly unorganized and weakened nations. China quickly reached the United States interior, where the Federal government had sought refuge and created a "Pure America," while Russia struggled to control the hostile populations of the East. When the Houstonian government received word that the Republic of Texas was under attack by the Chinese, Houston contacted the governments of Mexico, Brazil, and the European Union to request that they refuse trade with China and Russia should the invasion continue. When the European Union did not comply with the request, Houston canceled imports from Europe and Asia into the Port of Houston, which was one of the last fully operational deep water ports in the former United States. The Japanese, South Korean, and German economies suddenly experienced strong overstocking of their exports when shipments were canceled to Houston, as there was no longer access to the former United States market.

After several weeks of economic downturns in Europe and East Asia, China contacted the Houstonian government with a proposition; if the Houstonians allowed for imports from Asia to enter the port, then China and Russia would both swear to protect Houston as their primary economic partner in the Americas. Houston accepted the proposition from the Chinese, though they continued to refuse imports from Europe. Houston's trading strategy forced the European Union to request for the opening of the American market, though Houston stated it would not open its ports to European nations unless they assisted in the reconstruction of the former United States after the invasion ended. The European Union accepted within a month, and the Port of Houston was opened once again to all international trading. Houston's power in international trade with both Asian and European nation's access to the former United States allowed for rapid economic growth in the city, especially in international transportation. Houston became a major center of air traffic into the former United States and the Port of Houston grew to be the single largest deep water port in the world due to the volume of trade that arrived into Houston. The use of Houston as a major transit center into North America also encouraged the growth of the automobile, airplane, and watercraft manufacturing industries in the city. Several major vehicular manufacturing corporations rose to power in the city. Houston's economic status was also elevated by the presence of refining centers in the city, which allowed for the growth of biodiesel companies to occur. The ultimate result of the Russo-Chinese invasion of North America allowed for Houston's economy to nearly triple in its original size, and revitalized the city's importance as an international transit hub.

Renewed stability

After the last of the Russo-Chinese occupations ended in late 2035 in the former northeast United States, Houston, the European Union, and the recently established Latin American Confederation began reconstruction of the former United States. The region had been devastated by the conflict, and the occupation of some areas left many networks to decay. Russia and China had benefited greatly from the invasion, as the Chinese believed their debt was repaid and the Russian economy was revitalized by the need for domestic production. The reconstruction project divided the former United States into five Republics which would remain independent from one another and Canada into three separate Republics. All eight of the Republics would maintain an organization which would bind their economic growth and cultural boundaries in the same manner as the European Union, which would allow for mass growth of the crippled socioeconomic system. The Houstonian Republic allowed loans with all of the Republics to increase their infrastructure and public service networks while also allowing for police and military order throughout the continent. Over a course of fifty years, the eight Republics, the Houstonian Republic, the European Union, and the Latin American Confederation were able to completely restore order to the continent, with the reconstruction project being declared complete in 2087. The reconstruction effort also allowed for massive population and economic growth in the Houstonian Republic, at a population of 83 million it had become one of the world's largest metropolitan areas.

Remando regime and the August Revolution

With the world economy now taking a strong eye on the city of Houston, its influence stretched across the Americas and even into East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Through urban farming and agricultural subsidies, Houston was entirely self sufficient in the supply of food, though its economy depended on international trade. In 2088, the elections for Mayor General resulted in the election of Frederico Remando taking the position. Remando was already the owner of Taquirepa Trade Enterprises, a shipping company with connections to Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. The company was infamously known for formerly holding connections to several Mexican and Colombian drug runners, though the scandal only resulted in Remando's father taking control of the company with the former owners being sent to prison. Remando had won overwhelming support from the Hispanic population, and the offset of other ethnic groups' votes allowed for him to secure a tight victory in the election. The beginning of Remando's term was very promising for the Houstonian Republic, the recent payoffs in the reconstruction project allowed for the expansion of the city's City-Rail network into newer areas and also the expansion of the space, air, and seaports to some degree. With the new investments in transportation, many who had not voted for him felt assured in Remando's new policies.

However, a young, billionaire socialite named John Knight felt that Remando's company was not clean of its past intrigues, and his own investigation led to the clearing of ties between Remando and the same Latin American organized crime networks. When Knight submitted his report to the Houstonian City Council, he was jailed and sentenced to life imprisonment. Knight's boyfriend Crisan Rudeunsku, the CEO and President of the influential RMV Corporation, then led a political campaign to impeach Remando after learning of his partner's imprisonment, and after two near death experiences and the bombing of both his home and his workplace, Rudeunsku formally stated that the government of the Houstonian Republic was corrupt and began a movement to overthrow the Remando administration and the City Council. The Houstonian Guard was ultimately split in the conflict, and the resulting breakout of Knight from prison triggered the beginning of the August Revolution in the respective month of 2089. Knight's leadership and Rudeunsku's wealth and power allowed for the consolidation of nearly 56 million supporters across the city to openly riot against Remando and the City Council. Along with the rioters, private military contracts were opened by the RMV Corporation to openly attack the city's government supporters and government offices. On an international level as well, support against the Houstonian government garnered in many nations. By the end of December, the Remando administration had fled the country, and Knight seized with the backing of the people and corporations alike.

Installation of the New Government

With the corruption that arose from the rule of a democratic ruler, Knight presented the people of Houston with a resolution that would insure both stability and solidarity in governance; the legal system would be established by a single ruler and then approved by a congress, essentially a parliamentary monarchy. With the support of nearly 92% of the population through polling, the new government system was implemented and the Congress was left to decide on the selection of a ruler. The Congress established that a new rulers would be nominated by the people and then selected by the Congress to grant maximum insurance of quality leadership and personality. Knight won overwhelming support from the people, and thus was selected as the first Emperor of the newly reordered Houstonian Empire. Since the selection of John Knight as the Emperor, Houston has seen renewed economic stability and political security. The crime rate has dropped by more than half with the tightening and restructuring of the Houstonian Guard, and other human services are more actively offered by the city government as well.

Politics

The Houstonian Empire is a unitary congressionally "seletive and protective" monarchy with the monarch as the head of state and government. The Monarch and the Congress serve as the center of the political system of the nation, and the Monarch rules under the approval of the Congress and thus under the approval of the people. The Monarch is selected by the Congress, who choose from a selected group of nominees that the people respectively nominate. Upon selection of the Monarch by the Congress, the respective new ruler of the country is granted either the titles Emperor or Empress and is allowed to form a government with the assent of the Congress. The Congress is elected by the people based on the appropriation of the Empire's Regions. The number of representatives from each is dependent on the number of people residing in the Regions, and currently there is a total of 830 representatives within the Congress.

Government

The Houstonian government is based off a principle of congressional selection and approval over a unitary position in which both the Congress and the Monarch are selected in some form by the people of the nation. The people elect the members of the Congress and nominate their choices for Monarchs, while the Congress selects a Monarch and that Monarch governs the people with the approval of the Congress, and thus, the people. The Congress exists to insure that every action of the Monarch is accepted by the people, and the Monarch exists to govern the people through their own means. Upon the coronation of every Monarch, that respective Monarch forms or reuses a governing program which they find is most appropriate to rule over the people while keeping the basic form of the government. The Congress then approves this governing system, which insures that the people of the nation are protected from tyranny or political abuse. The current Monarch is Emperor John, who was granted his position as the Emperor on January 31st, 2090, and crowned on February 1st of the same year.

The government of John is based off of a cabinet which holds positions in certain areas of governance. The Emperor has overall say in the rulings of the cabinet, the Chamber Council of Emperor John, but the Emperor appoints Chamber Deputies to each of the departments to advise him on certain issues. There are six Chamber Offices: Law, Defense, Infrastructure, State, Commerce, and Welfare. Each Chamber Office is headed by a Chamber Deputy, and each Chamber Office administers their respective tasks among the nation.

The Emperor's Government must require a majority approval of the Congress before it can put into effect different laws which are formulated by the Monarch upon their views over an issue. The Congress is a nonpartisan, unicameral body without a speaker which exists only to select the Monarch and approve the actions of the Monarch in the interests of the people. The people of the nation elect representatives from their respective Commune to the Congress, and there are a total of 830 members of the Congress elected from 43 Regions across the Empire. Every Region is granted a base of one Congressman, and for every 100,000 residents within that Region another Congressman is granted. The Regions have little administrative power, and simply serve as election and government management retainers.

Law and justice

John's Law is the current legal system of the Houstonian Empire as of April 7th, 2090, after it was approved by the Congress following a two month drafting period within the Chamber Council. John's Law is a unique legal system which has been described as a "chronic Draconian punishment for crimes tried by magistrate and court of jurors." Essentially, the justice system follows as so: a crime is committed and a suspect is found to be the perpetrator, the perpetrator is taken into custody and is given a court a the court of a single magistrate and nine randomly-selected jurors, the jurors vote based on evidence whether the perpetrator is guilty of the crime, the verdict is delivered to the magistrate, who dictates the amount of time the perpetrator will spend incarcerated, the criminal is incarcerated for that amount of time, and upon release of the criminal from the incarceration center they are monitored by the government through a system of checks for the remainder of their lifetime.

There are two forms of crimes within the Houstonian Empire: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is equivalent to a petty crime and is charged with either a fine or community service. A felony is equivalent to a more serious crime and is usually sentenced with extensive jail time or an exorbitant fine with the addition of community service. While misdemeanors are considered petty crimes, they are still considered to be crimes and can result in the addition of a criminal record to a citizen. Examples of misdemeanors include disturbance of the peace, petty larceny, or petty vandalism. Felonies are much more serious crimes than misdemeanors, and most persons who commit these crimes are incarcerated for long periods of time. Examples of felonies include assault, rape, murder, grand larceny, or terrorism.

Most misdemeanors are sentenced to either a fine, community service, or a mixture of the two. Felonies, however, require jail time or an extremely large fine with community service. There are three prisons located throughout the Houstonian Empire; the most famous of the three is Lynchburg Prison, where executions are carried out and the most dangerous of criminals are kept. Lynchburg is strictly an incarceration prison, as its inmates are considered to dangerous to be allowed to maintain public Imperial works. The other two prisons are Kashmere Gardens Prison and Fairchild Prison, both of which provide maintenance to the Empire's public works.

Subdivisions

Houston is made up of 43 Regions, which are divided into two groups: Communes (Urban Regions) and Counties (Rural Regions). Urban Regions serve as the core regions of the Houstonian Empire, and consist of smaller Communes which serve as smaller administrative boundaries within those Regions. Urban Regions have little administrative power within the Empire, and serve to simplify the Imperial layout of projects and public services. There are 152 Communes located throughout 35 Urban Regions within the Empire. Rural Regions are strictly limited towards supplying the Empire with agricultural goods, and urban development in those regions are limited towards Urban Counties. Urban Counties have the same administrative purpose as Communes, and Rural Counties are strictly to manage the spread of agricultural development across the Empire as a whole. There are 7 Rural Regions, 28 Rural Counties, and 9 Urban Counties.

  • Urban Regions (35 Regions, 152 Communes)
    • Innercity Region (9)
      • River Oaks Commune
      • Montrose Commune
      • Downtown Commune
      • Heights Commune
      • Uptown Commune
      • Midtown Commune
      • Museum Commune
      • Medical Center Commune
      • West University Commune
    • Policing Region (5)
      • 1st Police Commune
      • 2nd Police Commune
      • 3rd Police Commune
      • 4th Police Commune
      • 5th Police Commune
    • Memorial Region (3)
      • North Memorial Commune
      • Central Memorial Commune
      • South Memorial Commune
    • Pasadena Region (2)
      • Hobby Commune
      • Pasadena Commune
    • San Jacinto Region (4)
      • Northshore-Cloverleaf Commune
      • San Jacinto Commune
      • Galena Park Commune
      • Channelview Commune
    • North Houston Region (4)
      • Oak Commune
      • Northline Commune
      • York Commune
      • Trinity Commune
    • Sugarland Region (10)
      • Sugar Lakes Commune
      • Alief Commune
      • Missouri Commune
      • Kitty Hollow Commune
      • Fort Bend Commune
      • Fresno Commune
      • New Territory Commune
      • Mission Bend Commune
      • Pecan Grove Commune
      • Greatwood Commune
    • Katy Region (4)
      • Wright Commune
      • Cinco Ranch Commune
      • Brookshire Commune
      • Memorial Commune
    • Cypress Region (4)
      • Barker Commune
      • Fair Commune
      • Bridgeland Commune
      • Falls Commune
    • Klein Region (2)
      • Northcliffe Commune
      • Collinswood Commune
    • Tomball Region (3)
      • East Tomball Commune
      • Tomball Commune
      • Magnolia Commune
    • Spring Region (3)
      • East Spring Commune
      • Spring Commune
      • Magnolia Commune
    • The Woodlands Region (6)
      • Oak Ridge Commune
      • Knox Commune
      • The Woodlands Commune
      • Augusta Pines Commune
      • Lake Commune
      • Alden Commune
    • Conroe Region (4)
      • West Conroe Commune
      • East Conroe Commune
      • South Conroe Commune
      • Willis
    • Porter Region (4)
      • Porter Heights Commune
      • Porter Commune
      • Ford Commune
      • Rayford Commune
    • New Caney Region (5)
      • Roman Forest Commune
      • Southcenter Commune
      • Splendora Commune
      • Grangerland Commune
      • Plum Grove Commune
    • Humble Region (6)
      • Humble Commune
      • Port Commune
      • Atascocita Commune
      • Kingwood Commune
      • Huffman Commune
      • Crosby Commune
    • Dayton Region (2)
      • Dayton Commune
      • Liberty Commune
    • Carterwood Region (1)
      • Carterwood Commune
    • Cleveland Region (1)
      • Cleveland Commune
    • Baytown Region(6)
      • Goose Creek Commune
      • Cedar Crossing Commune
      • Lynchburg Commune
      • Highlands Commune
      • Barrett Commune
      • Mont Belviue Commune
    • Anahuac Region (3)
      • Anahuac Commune
      • Winnie Commune
      • Smith Point Commune
    • La Porte Region (2)
      • La Porte Commune
      • Deer Park Commune
    • League City Region (5)
      • Dickinson Commune
      • League City Commune
      • Clear Lake Commune
      • Kemah Commune
      • San Leon Commune
    • Pearland Region (5)
      • Brookside Commune
      • Sage Commune
      • Friendswood Commune
      • Alvin Commune
      • Manvel Commune
    • Texas Region (5)
      • Texas Commune
      • La Marque Commune
      • Hitchcock Commune
      • Laseair Commune
      • Greens Commune
    • Galveston Region (6)
      • Galveston Commune
      • Scholes Commune
      • Jamaica Beach Commune
      • Estuary Commune
      • Port Bolivar Commune
      • Stingaree Commune
    • Angleton Region (4)
      • Angleton Commune
      • Rosharon Commune
      • Danbury Commune
      • Liverpool Commune
    • Jacksonport Region (7)
      • Surfside Commune
      • Freeport Commune
      • Lake Jackson Commune
      • Brazoria Commune
      • Old Ocean Commune
      • West Columbia Commune
      • Damon Commune
    • Rosenburg Region (6)
      • Rosenburg Commune
      • Pleak Commune
      • Needville Commune
      • Beasly Commune
      • Kendleton Commune
      • Orchard Commune
    • Wallis Region (5)
      • Wallis Commune
      • Simonton Commune
      • Fulshear Commune
      • East Bernard Commune
      • Mixville Commune
    • Sealy Region (4)
      • Sealy Commune
      • San Felipe Commune
      • Pattison Commune
      • Country Commune
    • Cat Spring Region (3)
      • Cat Spring Commune
      • Bellville Commune
      • Brenham Commune
    • Hempstead Region (4)
      • Hempstead Commune
      • Prarie Commune
      • Waller Commune
      • Hockley Commune
    • Navasota Region (2)
      • Navasota Commune
      • Montgomery Commune
    • Magnolia Region (3)
      • Magnolia Commune
      • Pinehurst Commune
      • Todd Mission Commune
  • Rural Regions (7 Regions, 37 Counties)
    • Goliad-San Patricio Region (7)
      • Wilson County
      • Karnes County
      • Goliad County
      • Bee County
      • Refugio County
      • Aransas County
      • San Patricio County
    • Victoria Region (5)
      • Victoria County
      • Calhoun County
      • Dewitt County
      • Gonzales County
      • Lavaca County
    • Matagorda Region (5)
      • Matagorda County
      • Wharton County
      • Jackson County
      • Colorado County
      • Fayette County
    • Brazos Region (5)
      • Brazos County
      • Grimes County
      • Madison County
      • Walker County
      • San Jacinto County
    • Angelina Region (5)
      • Angelina County
      • Houston County
      • Trinity County
      • Polk County
      • Tyler County
    • Nacogdoches-Sabine Region (5)
      • Nacogdoches County
      • Panola County
      • Shelby County
      • San Augustine County
      • Sabine County
    • Orange-Jefferson Region (5)
      • Jefferson County
      • Orange County
      • Hardin County
      • Jasper County
      • Newton County

Foreign relations

Houston holds well foreign relations with all of its neighbors, Latin American countries, European countries, Far East Asian countries, Southeast Asian countries, and Oceania. The Empire holds no clear diplomatic missions to the failing regions of Asia and Africa, and the government wishes not to involve itself in the affairs of the warring nation-states of those regions. Since the reconstruction of the North American republics, Houston has been a leader in regional and international diplomacy between the surviving nations of the world. The Empire is a member of the NATU, the Mason-Dixon Agreement Area, the United Nations, the IMF, the New York Forum, and the WTO. Houston's largest allies include the Texan Republic, the Californian Republic, the Northeastern Republic, the Parisian Republic, the Japanese State, and the Roman Kingdom.

Military

The Houstonian Guard, composed of the Houstonian Land Guard, the Houstonian Aerospace Guard, and the Houstonian Maritime Guard, is the composite defense force of the Houstonian Empire. The Guard is made up of some 890,000 active service members and nearly 2,300,000 automated guard units, making it the second largest armed forces in the world after the Latin American Confederation. It serves as both a police force for the city and a military force for the Empire, with an active response system that allows for joint law enforcement and defense coverage. The Guard is a appropriated a budget of 2.5% of the economy, some $76.125 billion. The Guard is based out of several locations throughout the Empire: the Land Guard is based out of the Galena Park Joint Military Installation along with the Maritime Guard, and the Aerospace Guard is based out of the Clear Lake Aerospace Guard Installation.

Economy

The Houstonian Empire is an agricultural autarky but an industrial middleman economy, based heavily on transportation manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, trade, transportation, energy, and biodiesel production. Houston is the world's second most powerful economy in the world after the Parisian Republic, and the city serves as a center of commerce for both of the Americas. Houston's economy is industrialized and developed, with the predominant sectors being secondary and tertiary industries. Around 3% of the economy is made up of primary industries, 67% in secondary industries, and 30% in tertiary industries. With heavy investments into high density and high yield farming, rural farming within the Empire provides around 50% of the food needs of the city. Rooftop gardens and urban farming also provide a further 60% of the city's needs, giving a 10% surplus in the production of food products. While Houston's agricultural industry is entirely self sufficient, foods not native to the Empire and luxury foods are still remain imported. Fishing is also a major contributor to the city's food networks, but again, fish not native to the Gulf of Mexico are still imported. Houston's economy is largely based upon its secondary industries; vehicular and electronics manufacturing, transportation, trade, biodiesel production, and many other minor industries are present within the city. Around 80% of lower income citizens are employed in secondary sector industries, and a large amount of both medium and higher income citizens are employed in the corporations managing the industries. Houston's secondary industries greatly overshadow tertiary industries, but they remain important within the city. Financial services, hospitality, transportation, and other services composite a good portion of the economy, and many financial institutions found across the Americas hold a presence within Houston.

Houston is a developed and industrialized free market economy with high economic freedoms that are limited only by the people themselves. Despite the insurance of economic equality in the eyes of the state, class mobility and urban poverty remains a large problem within the Empire. The Five Policing Communes in the eastern part of the inner-city are massive slums which the government, under the commission of John, has begun a housing project to provide stable and safe homes to residents of the Communes. Houston is also unique in its literal class divides, with walls that reach to around 150 yards high and nearly 30 yards thick separating sections of the city as to "encourage communities" as worded by the old Republican government. While many social movements have occurred in the past to remove the "class walls", the new government has recognized their source of increased defense against attacks and natural disasters. The walls remain standing, and the government, again under the commission of John, has developed a system of parks and public art installments which add both cultural and defensive value to the wall system. The new government also allowed the movement of people freely through the walls, a move which the old Republican government would not take. As a result, the walls have become a symbol of "class unity, city culture, and strategic importance" to residents of the city.

As of 2090, Houston has a nominal GDP $3.045 trillion with a per capita of 35,000, and a PPP GDP of $3.071 trillion with a per capita of 37,000. The Human Development Index rates the city with "High" at 0.901, and the city has a Gini Coefficient of 0.41, ranking it at "Medium". Under the reign of John, the city's economic liberty ranking has risen from "Limited" to "Free", and its economic ranking from "AA" to "AAA".

Transportation

Houston's economic development is primarily based on its transportation infrastructure development and its location as a major trade hub for the Americas with Europe, Asia, and Africa. Houston has a developed domestic network of heavy commuter rail, communal light rail, and nationwide highway systems. Houston also has heavily international based rail, sea, air, and space connections which further exemplify the city and nation's importance as a world trade hub. While also maintaining high developed domestic and international transportation connections, Houston's secondary and tertiary sector industries have heavy connections with the transportation industry as a whole, including heavy reliance on vehicular and electronics manufacturing, trade, biodiesel production, and financial services. Under the reign of John, Houston has heavily invested in these "Transportation Economics" to make it a thriving and stable economy, and John as been lauded by many domestically for accomplishments in further strengthening Houston's position as a world leader in transportation.

The Houstonian Empire maintains a massive domestic highway system which serves a capacity of 42 million residents daily. The highway system, known as the City-Way, serves to integrated each Commune through automobile connections. The City-Way is a contender for the title of most-used domestic transportation way along with the City-Rail network, both evenly shifting between 43-46 million daily users. As of 2013, every Commune within the Empire holds a connection to the City-Way network, which is made up of several arterial ways connecting with four greater loop parkways which allow for the flow of traffic and the division of the city in density networks. The City-Way system is made up of ten major highways and twenty-seven minor highways which connect the network in an even fashion and allow for the maximization of flow between the Communes. The ten major highways are all two-tiered and made up of twenty-six lanes, with thirteen on the top tier and thirteen on the bottom tier. The twenty-seven minor highways have fourteen lanes and are single tiered, with seven serving the right and seven serving the left. A system of some three hundred smaller eight-lane roadways are connected with the City-Way network, but these roads are not intercommunal as the City-Way network in its entirety is. The network is connected to the international community through several of the major highways which lead north, northeast, west, and south. International connections with the City-Way networked are managed by large border control booths which control immigration and emigration to and from the nation respectively.

Houston also maintains an integrated network of interregional heavy rail and regional light rail which is known as the City-Rail system. The system is a combination of the two networks which works in a localized domestic fashion to simplify and work system density in its favor. To control system density and stop overcrowding, all interregional connections are made up of the heavy-rail network with high capacity cars that transit to as few as a single stop per region in some regions. The heavy-rail stops in these regions are then connected to a region-independent light-rail system which may be made up of as many lines as that region then needs to serve its people. While it is still a light-rail network, these region rail system have cars which can handle a large amount of people and rails which can qualify as being heavy-rail in some designations. While some heavily interconnected regions may maintain combined light-rail networks to ease overcrowding on the heavy-rail systems, most regional light-rails are independent of one another and serve in the interest of their respective commune alone. Only the heavy-rail network serves to unify the combined light-rails of every region, allowing for a large and developed system which only faces small overcrowding problems with an average daily ridership of 45 million residents.

The Houstonian Empire holds well international transportation connections which serve to further establish the city's dependence on transportation within the world economy. Houston has four major international airports, the world's largest sea port, and one of the few commercial space ports in the world. George H. W. Bush Intercontinental Airport, Hobby-Anise Parker International Airport, Sugarland-Beyoncé Knowles International Airport, and Sholes International Airport all serve as airports with two major international and two trans-continental airports respectively. The City-Air network manages all airports in a unitary fashion, and every airport has connections to the City-Rail and City-Way networks. The Port of Houston is the world's largest port by both size and shipment volume as of 2090. The Port has connections to nearly every country outside of the Americas shipping to the continent. Houston's economy has traditionally been based around transportation, and the Port is the oldest existing deep-water port in continual operation in the Americas. The Port of Houston handles nearly 567,000 thousands of tonnes of freight annually, overtaking the Port of Rotterdam by some 90,000 tonnes, and making it officially the largest and busiest port in the world. Nearly 65% of the industries in the city rely on the port to insure their financial stability, making it one of the most important financial assets to maintain by the city. The Clear Lake Space Port is one of the few commercial space ports in operation on Earth, and it is used to place and manage commercial satellites and stations. The Space Port is a public asset of the city, but its use it privately charted with a payment to the city. All satellites and stations put into orbit by the Space Port are also managed in part by the city.

Energy

While historically Houston's economy has relied on it's energy sector, its involvement in the economy has largely minimized due to the city's overall importance in transportation. Energy is largely created from three different methods developed largely to suit the needs of the city based on what the city naturally produces. Biodiesel is the largest contributor towards energy in the city, producing some 65% of the city's overall 8,430 TWh needs. Nuclear fission energy produces around 30% of these needs, and composite renewable sources of wind, hydroelectric, and solar power produce around 5%.

Biodiesel energy is a relatively new method of producing electricity which is largely used as of 2090 as fuel for vehicles. Houstonian biodiesel is made from a compound of methane with other organic wastes which is largely based off the chemical structure of peat in a liquidized form. Biodiesel not used to power the city or used as domestic fuels serves as a large income export, and biodiesel production is a major contributor to the domestic economy. Biodiesel power plants operate in a similar fashion to outdated petroleum power plants, and thus a large amount of previously existing and abandoned petroleum power plants which were decommissioned by the Republican government have been put to use by the Imperial government to allow for less reliance on nuclear fission power. Annually, biodiesel electricity produces around 5,480 TWh of electricity for the city with only a fraction of oil's CO2 emissions. Because of its methane-waste base, the city itself produces enough materials for the formation of biodiesel in refineries, making it an entirely self-sufficient method of energy production.

Nuclear power and renewable sources make up the remaining 35% of the city's electricity production needs, with nuclear power producing around 2,529 TWh of electricity, and renewable sources generating 422 TWh. Nuclear fission power became the most important method of electricity production for the city after the invasion of the Middle East and the cutting of petroleum exports to the former United States around 2020. When the Republican government invested billions of dollars into nuclear fission energy, Houston became strategically important as not to destroy during the invasion of the former United States. While historically nuclear energy may have saved the city from destruction, the method of power generation has become largely outdated by more efficient, safer, and cleaner methods of power production by biodiesel generation. John's government has set the date for the full shutoff of all nuclear fission production methods to be superseded by biodiesel production by 2110. Renewable energy production remains relatively low, with independent buildings largely being the source of energy within the city. In areas with large amounts of roof space, solar panels generation some of that building's energy consumption. Wind power is based off the "concrete canyon" effect given off by some taller buildings within the city, also lowering the energy consumption of individual buildings. Hydroelectric power is largely just a benefit of the system used to create reservoirs of drinking water for the city, and only supplies smaller communities with limited amounts of renewable energy. The government of John has stated that further urban energy creation methods will be implemented to "close the gap of fission power" with the continuing of fission shutoffs by 2110. Towards this date, some 15% of the city's needs are expected to be met with renewable sources of electricity.

Income and wealth

With the fall of the United States in the 2020s and following world economic destabilization, Houston remained a sanctum of economic wealth. With great amounts of financial pressure allocated onto the city during the reconstruction of the Western world, many of the United States' surviving resorted to the city as a bastion of their inheritance and power. With the overthrow of the Republican government and the toppling of corruption within the city, Houston's rich and powerful became less influential in the city government, though the city remained a world economic power. Houston, as of 2090, is now considered to have a lower income disparity than originally with the Republican regime, and Houstonians as a whole are considerably much more equal in their ability to meet the cost of living. With state subsidization of agriculture, water, and fuels, the cost of living was lowered considerably, and the overall amount of poverty in the Empire has lowered. State housing projects, universal healthcare, and universal education have also been reintroduced with the Imperial government, further lowering poverty within the nation. A famous saying that revolves around Emperor John is that he "found Houston a city of tin and wood, and left it a city of glass and steel."

Demographics

The Houstonian Empire has an approximate population of some 83,000,000 people living in a highly urbanized and high density area. Much like in Medieval times, the association of urban and rural areas has been highly defined with little inclusion zone of either of the two, as in the presence of suburban areas has been largely superseded by the presence of high distribution of high density among the localities within the Empire. Houston has an urban growth rate of +0.03% annually per year, meaning that by 2091, an expected 24,900 million more residents will live in the city. The uncontrolled population growth from the 2020s to the 2080s resulted in around 60% natural growth within the city and a large amount of immigration from failing areas around the United States. The city grew from an estimated 20 million people to an estimated 80 million in the course of 60 years, resulting in a large slum residing between the Innercity Region and the Port Regions, known as the Policing Region. By 2090, around 70% of the current population are official naturalized citizens of the Empire, which was found to be an accomplishment in immigration, and signalized the end of the era of rapid population growth.

Of the 83 million people living in the Empire, the majority ethnicity is Anglo-American at 47%. African-Americans compose 33% of the population, and Hispanic-Americans composed 29%. The remaining 1% of the population is largely Asian-American, though some smaller ethnic groups exist within the city, such as primary Hispanics, Indians, and Europeans. It is estimated that by 2800, there will be no clear ethnic groups within the city if races continue to mix, and that the population will be made up primarily of what have been called Houstonians (with racial features of each composing ethnic group).

Religion

The Houstonian Empire is an entirely secular state with laws based on common moral rather than religious values. As opposed to the standard practice of Western culture, no political groups within the city are motivated entirely or mostly by religious organizations. Religion is not considered to be a major part of contemporary Houstonian culture, as only 23% of the population in 2090 classified as "religious" and 34% classified as "spiritual." The remaining 43% of the population classified as "atheist, irreligious, or agnostic," which makes it the highest ranking religious demographic within the Empire. Historically, Houston has been a center of both Catholic and Protestant Christianities, making those the largest religious affiliations within the city. With the fall of the United States, many people began to focus on their own health and safety rather than their faith, and there was a large trend towards the ignorance of religion. Religious institutions are susceptible to paying income taxes as the rest of the city's residents are, a move which greatly outraged several churches within the Empire.

Language

The majority spoken language and the official national language of the Houstonian Empire is Houstonian English, which is considered to be a linguistic deviation of American English with influences of Spanish. Around 98% of the total population of the Houstonian Empire is fluent in English and around 100% of the population uses it in their life daily. Some 41% of the population is proficient and fluent in a language other than English, with the majority second language spoken being Spanish at 71% of second speakers. Following Spanish is Chinese at 9%, Russian at 8%, French at 5%, German at 5%, Korean 1%, and Japanese at 1%. Houston has historically been an English-speaking city since its foundation, though the earliest settlers of the area where Native Americans speaking indigenous languages. Only a small amount of Spanish-speakers inhabited the area during its rule by Mexico, and with the foundation of the City of Houston under the Republic of Texas, Houston was assured to be a primarily English-speaking city. With the invasion of the United States by the Russians and the Chinese, a considerable minority of those ethnicities formed within the city, though it remained small as both the Chinese and the Russians did not remain in North America for very long. With heavy European influence on the North American continent after the invasion ended, proficiency with both French and German rose considerably within the city.

The Latin alphabet is the primarily used script within the Houstonian Empire, as it is the script following Houstonian English. Along with the Latin script, the Arabic numeric symbols are also used officially within the government for numbers higher than ten.

Education

The government maintains a stable system of public universal educational institutions which cater to the population of the Empire. Elementary, middle, and high schools have existed in the city since its foundation in 1837, and the first major university, Rice, opened in 1912. All public educational institutions within the city are non-sectarian. The national educational system that was proposed and accepted under the reign of John is made up of a three tiers of essential schooling with both an early start and extended education system. Preschooling is the first tier of the system that is available for children beginning at age 4, however it is purely optional. Elementary school begins at age 6 and lasts until age 11, with the following levels of education; Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade. The national educational layout teaches children at the beginning of each subject and moves forward with their age and progression through schooling, a value borrowed from the German system. The basic subjects taught in elementary school are English, Math, History, and Science. After elementary school, middle school is composed of Grades 6th through 8th and continues to teach students chronologically. Middle school also offers the first few electives to students: second languages (Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Chinese), home economics, engineering, journalism, visual arts, musical arts, vocal arts, and several sports. High school consists of Grades 9th through 12th and gives an even larger selection of electives on more advanced levels. High school also is the last mandatory schooling level which the government requires, and completes courses begun in elementary schooling. The Houstonian government also offers universal public education for those who qualify upon their own desire, and the government also regulates a level at which public students are given free entrance into any domestic private institution upon a certain level of qualification. A large majority of students choose not to carry on from mandatory public education, a practice which is less controversial than it has been historically among Americans.

Health

The Houstonian Empire is a world leader in health sciences, and has been a major benefactor to the world advancement of medicines since the fall of the United States. Houston has served as a major medical research city with the existence of the Texas Medical Center since 1945, which grew to become the world's largest collection of medical care clinic and patient research centers. In contemporary times, Houston's medical presence has grown with the massive growth of both the Empire and the advancement of medical procedures. The Medical Center has given way to the foundation of new medical technologies such as Human-form augmentation in 2043, Anti-aging medicine in 2055, and Microbial body modifiers in 2070. Overall, Houston has a very advanced health situation with little problems in the universal treatment of patients. The Empire has an average life expectancy of some 344 years, and the majority of Imperial residents are some 54 years of age with the bodies of their 27 year old selves. Nearly 93% of the Houstonian populace uses one of the three medical technologies developed in the middle 21st century, making Houston one of the most medically technologically dependent nations in the world.

Culture

The Houstonian Empire is a descendant of the United States' policy of multiculturalism and the homogenizing mixture of the "melting pot". As a result many ethnic groups and foreign cultures have influenced mainstream Houstonian culture in "bicultural" result between the population of the nation. The two Houstonian cultures, called High Houstonian culture and Low Houstonian culture are a result of the ideals of equality, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, otherwise known as the American Dream, influenced by class and cultural divisions between the past American and contemporary Houstonian populations. The American Dream influences along with the prospect of wealth have great presence in both High and Low cultures, and are a major factor in the sociopolitical structure of the Empire.

High Houstonian culture is a result of the American Dream influenced by high wealth Americans of the 1930s, Europeans of the 1700s and 1800s, and by International globalization of wealth in the early 2010s. The culture is typically known as "Houstonian neoclassicism" among foreigners, as art produced by people of the High Houstonian culture is typically done in a neoclassical style. Music of the respective culture has a range, though primarily the most popular among peoples of this culture is what is known as B-Classical music; a mixture of heavy bass elements with operatic and classical elements. Architecture and design is highly reflective of Internationalism, and follows standards for high technological and sharp designs. Fashion is highly reflective of more retrograded clothing and styles which have become popular with peoples of High Houstonian culture, and haute couture is consistent of period pieces from the American 1930s, 1950s, 1980s, and 2010s, and European pieces from the late 1800s. As typical in American culture, cuisine is widely reflective of independent cultural groups done in a heightened manner, such as Chinese, German, Czech, and American foods with their own independent establishments.

Low Houstonian culture is a product of the infusion of the values of the American Dream with the low wealth populations of the late 1990s, 2000s, and early 2013s. The Low culture is highly reminiscent of the Houston of the late 1990s, with Houstonian hip hop, constant festivities, recreational drugs, alcohol, and classic automobiles being the largest influencing component of the culture. Through this culture, lower wealth and medium wealth residents find patriotism in the City of Houston and are considered to be one of the most integral parts of the city in its current form. Houstonian hip hop, a slower and heavier-in-bass version of Southern hip hop, is also a major benefactor to patriotism within the city, as many artists refer to Houston is high regards as "Clutch City", the "Candy Painted City", the "City of the Purple Sprite", "Hustletown", and "Screwston". Fashion among members of the culture is highly reflective of High Houstonian fashion with influences in the ideals of comfort, promiscuity, and less, tighter materials overall.

Mass media

The Houstonian music scene is largely internationally independent and divided based on cultural differences within the city. Among some residents, B-Classical music has become extremely popular; classical music with influences of heavier bass and songwriter operatic movements on contralto and baritone ranges. Major Houstonian artists that have contributed to this genre are Robert Krushing, Amelia Delphine, Andrew Anderson, Miranda Cortez, and Destiny Carters. Among other residents, Houston is a leader in Houstonian hip hop, which consists of lower and heavier extended bass beats with more alternative methods of procuring lyrics within the music. Famous artists of the Houstonian hip hop are Cornbread Fred, Zero II, and Trishaunna. Houston is home to many other tastes in musical genres, though the two aforementioned are the most popular among residents in the city.

As a developed country, Houstonian culture lies also within its television programs. Some 87% of the population has at least a single television within their household and about 95% of the nation encounters public advertisement boards and news display televisions every day. All television service in the Empire is based off satellite broadcasting signals with connections through Regional satellite connection cables. There are four major providers of satellite television within the Empire: Magnollite, Burrowburg, Telemundo Alto, and Mninectar. All four of these providers offer upwards of 1,750 channels without subscription, and a further 250 channels offered under a single subscription pack. Programs within the Empire are usually grouped by genre to channels, with popular genres of television programs being comedy, dramas, and cartoons. The style of comedy and drama are based off BBC programs of the mid 2000s, with notable examples being Falling Song and Ms. Amanda. Cartoons in the Empire are based off of American cartoon programs from the late 1990s and the early 2000s, such as Courage the Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd, & Eddy.

Much the same as television, cinema is also popular as a cultural instrument within the nation. At least 85% of the nation has seen at least one film since the foundation of the Empire, and around 78% has seen two or more within their lifetime. Cinemas are popular institutions across the Empire at which people participate in social gatherings for celebrations or general entertainment, especially adolescents in the nation. It is estimated that 89% of the adolescent populations spends at least five hours at a cinema annually. Popular motion picture films among the nation are comedies, dramas, and cartoons, much the same as television. Epics, classic films, and art house horrors/thillers are also exceedingly popular within the population. The demographics attending films varies only slightly on the bicultural effect of the nation, but cinemas across the Empire are known to be meeting places between both cultures, making them important cultural institutions within the nation.

Across the country, the Internet plays a vital part in politics, economics, and society. Around 86% of the population has private access to Internet within their homes and a device with computational capabilities. A further 99% of the population has access to the Internet through public institutions such as libraries or schools. Through the Internet, cinema, literature, history, television, music, and many other forms of culture are conveyed to the public, making it a major defining part of the contemporary Houstonian culture.

Literature and theater

The Houstonian Empire is a major source of many new pieces of literature within the world, and the Library of Houston holds the worlds largest collection of historical and modern English pieces. The Empire has nearly 45,000 resident authors and a highly structured Guild of Writers with some 30,000 members. Some 230,000 new pieces of literature have been created since the foundation of the Houstonian Republic, and around 40 of those are recognized as the greatest works of Houstonian literature. The educational system of the Empire teaches and encourages both writing and reading, with a national literacy rate of 100%. Poetry has also become popular once again among the peoples of High Houstonian culture, with many poets taking resident within the Empire. The most prolific Houstonian authors are considered to be Bennett Tills, Samantha Grace, Frank Mezzanine, and Carlos Vaquera.

Theater in the sense of stage acting is also popular among the members of the High Houstonian culture, with some 1.2 million annual attendants to nearly 45,000 shows held without the Empire yearly. Stage acting is considered a great talent among the people, as acting in front of an audience is considered much more difficult than acting in front of a camera. Playwrights have also become a desired profession among the High culture, as more modern conceptions of classical pieces are unbefitting to the original values from writers such as William Shakespeare and Aristotle. The most valued Houstonian playwright is considered to be the polymath Bennett Tills, who is also a higher member of the Guild of Writers, a philosopher, a medical scientist, a Neoclassical painter, and a valued sociopolitical think tanker. Tills' greatest works are often considered to be both Francesca The Fought and The Lady of Three Flower Lane, which combine comedy, drama, romance, and social politics.

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