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The Northeastern Union of Hudson and New England
The Northeast Union
720px-New England pine flag
Coat of arms of Hudson
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Excelsior ("Ever Upward")
Anthem: I Vow To Thee, My Country
I Vow to Thee, My Country
Mapnu
Capital New Haven
41°18′N 72°55′W
Largest city New York City
Official languages English
Recognised regional languages Italian, French, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Yiddish
Ethnic groups (2011)
Demonym Northeastern
Government Federal presidential republic
• President
Rodrigo Guimaraes
• Speaker of Congress
Kenneth Kennedy III
Legislature Congress
Senate
House of Representatives
Unification of Governatorial State of Hudson and New English Federation
• Declaration of Unity
April 20, 1870
November 13, 1871 – August 4, 1916
• Black Tuesday
October 29, 1929
• World War Two
September 1, 1939 - May 9, 1945
• Foundation of the Conference of American States
May 9, 1946
• Attack on the WTC in New York
September 11, 2001
Area
• Total
336,446 km2 (129,903 sq mi)
Population
• 2016 estimate
51,000,000 (38th)
• 2011 census
50,564,869 (38th)
GDP (nominal) 2016 est. estimate
• Total
$2.48 trillion
• Per capita
$48,627.451
Currency Northeastern Dollar ($) (NED)
Time zone Eastern Time Zone, Atlantic Time Zone (UTC-5; -4)
Date format mm/dd/yyyy
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .nt

The Northeast Union, officially known as the The Northeastern Union of Hudson and New England, abbreviated as NU, is a sovereign state located in the northeast of North America. It consists of the historical countries Hudson and New England and is the successor state of the two. A federal republic, it is comprised of thirteen constituent states.

The country shares borders with the United Commonwealth to the south, Quebec to the west and the Maritime Federation to the north. With an area of 336,446 km² (130,733 sq. mi.), the NU is 65th largest country in the world, making it slightly larger than Malaysia, but smaller than Finland. In 2011, the NU had a population of 40,564,869, thus making it the 27th most populous country in the world, putting it with a population greater than Kenya, but less than Myanmar.

The contemporary NU has been at the forefront of international politics as a middle power. It has a very high-income economy with a very high standard of living. The NU is a member of the CAS, the LN, the World Bank, WTO and NATO. It is also global partners with the European Union. Home to a rich culture, the Northeast Union is renowned internationally for its contributions to the sciences and technology, arts, music, literature, and sports. It's largest cities, Boston and New York City, are popular tourist destination in North America.

History

Colonial Era and the United States of America

British and Dutch Colonies

The first colonies in the modern NU were established by Pilgrims on the Mayflower who arrived via Holland in 1620. These first Pilgriims created the Plymouth colony at the site of modern Plymouth, Massachussetts. The colony expanded to include the entirety of Cape Cod and southeastern Massachussetts. Other English colonies were founded in the modern territory of the NU, including the Massachussetts Bay Colony around Boston in 1628, the Province of New Hampshire around Portsmouth in 1630, the New Haven Colony around New Haven, the Connecticut Colony around Hartford and the Rhode Island Colony around Providence, all in 1636. 

In modern Hudson, the Dutch built the colony of New Netherlands, based around New Amsterdam, which was founded in 1614 based around the Hudson and Delaware river valleys. These colonies were successful for the beaver fur industry, but were ceded to Britain for the first time in 1667 and then again after a Dutch reconquest in 1674, transforming the city of New Amsterdam into New York. 

The region was caught up in King Philip's War, where the New English colonists fought against the Wampanoag tribe of Metacomet, called King Philip. While King Philip was defeated in Southern New England in 1676, modern Maine was plagued by attacks for decades to come. 

In 1686, King James II of England instituted the Dominion of New England, which included the aforementioned colonies which make part of the modern Northeast Union, as well as New Jersey. This was to reduce the independence of the colonies from the English motherland. However, inner conflict against the dominion governor Sir Edmund Andros, especially in the Connecticut Colony, led to the disintegration of Dominion of New England in 1687. New England was also sight of many colonial wars between the French and the British. 

After the Glorious Revolution, the colonies were appointed Royal Governors, which led to tensions between the colonists and the self-serving governors, who wanted absolute power within their colonies. Years of abuse by the governors, high taxes imposed by the British government and Britain sending prisoners to the New World disgruntled many of the settlers, which led to the Revolutionary War.

Revolutionary War

In 1773, the Massachussetts Colony's governor Thomas Hutchinson was involved in a scandal in which private letters detailing derogatory terms towards the colonists, including among others that the colonists were not to be treated the same as British citizens in England, by Benjamin Franklin, the postmaster of the colonies. The affair led to the firing of Franklin. With tensions already high due to the tea tax, this scandal served to be a direct reason for the Boston Tea Party, the instigator of the American Revolution. 

On December 16th, 1773, a group of men led by Samuel Adams called the Sons of LIberty stormed a British East India Company ship and threw £10,000 worth of tea into Boston's harbor in a protest against the tea tax. In response, the British parliament instated punitive measures against the Massachussetts Colony, including the closing of port of Boston. An underground movement for the colonies' independence existed in the underground, and the British attack on them in Concord in 1775 sparked the Revolutionary War. 

While at first succesful, with the Battle of Bunker Hill being won by the Americans, the British army, aided by German auxiliaries and mercenaries, managed to defeat George Washington at Long Island and occupied the New York Colony. Further attempts at keeping the colony, however, failed, as the Saratoga Campaign to keep control of the Hudson River failed after the Battles of Saratoga. 

In the long run, the British troops were forced to keep themselves in the occupied parts of the New York Colony and the Providence Plantations. The Americans fought around Rhode Island, New York and Maine in unsuccessful bids, leading to the United States' greatest loss before it's collapse, the Penobscot Expedition. 

After the Peace of Paris and the Treaty of Paris, New York City was retaken by American troops after British troops left during Evacuation Day. The last shot of the war happened during the event, when a British soldier shot from a ship towards a jeering crowd on Staten Island. However, the shot didn't reach the shore. Thus did the modern NU become part of the United States of America. 

US Rule

Even though the US controlled the vast majority of the modern NU, it didn't control one sliver: Vermont. Vermont was since the beginning of the American Revolution an independent state, due to New York claiming control over the region. Thus, Vermont only joined the USA on March 4th, 1791 as the 14th state of the Union, after the state of New York relinquished it's claims on the so-called New Hampshire Grants. 

New England was a center of abolitionist thought during the times of the United States, and was site of some of the first abolitions of slavery within the country's history. The region was also dependent on trade with England, and thus was against war with the United Kingdom in the War of 1812. Due to tensions between the pro-British New English and the government, the Hartford Convention was organized in 1814 to discuss secession or autonomy from the government in Washington DC. However, the convention never gotten very far, but laid the ground of an anti-strong government autonomist movement within New England, which wanted closer ties to England due to the region's mercantilistic nature. 

During the Missouri Compromise, Massachussetts released Maine as a free state to balance the addition of Missouri as a slave state. During the growing conflict between abolitionists and slavers in the US, New England and New York were a major center of Whig support, with one of the main leaders of the Whig Party, Daniel Webster, coming from Massachussetts. It was also the center of the abolitionist movement and a leading center of the Underground Railroad. Most famous was the example of Frederick Douglass, a freed slave who became one of the most reknown orators of his time. Other figures of the time were Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William H. Seward and John P. Hale. The Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints was also founded in Fayette, in the modern NU state of Ontario. 

During this time, New England and New York became the leading centers of industrialization within the country. The textile industry boomed during this time and New England became a world leader in this industry. The region grew to host a sizeable portion of the US population.

Geography, climate, and environment


The land area of the NU is 336,446 km2. The country lies entirely on the North American continent with the exception of a few offshore islands including islands such as Martha's Vineyard which is less than 10 km off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachussetts.

Significant internal water sources include Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Hudson River and the Connecticut River. Most of the NU is forested, with low-lying mountains and large plains.

The tallest mountain in the NU is Mount Marcy which stands at 1,629 meters (5,344 m). The country contains several large mountain ranges in the Northern country, mostly in the states of Adirondack, Saratoga, Vermont and Maine.

The NU includes two unincorporated territories which are considered officially part of the Union, but where the constitution doesn't fully apply to them. These territories are Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean and the NU Virgin Islands in the Carribean.

Demographics

Population

NU Racial Breakdown of Population
Racial composition 1990 2000 2010
White 80.6% 74.4% 72.3%
Asian 2.6% 7.6% 9.1%
Latino and Hispanic 10.3% 9.5% 8.6%
Black 5.4% 5.6% 6.0%
Other race 1.1% 3.9% 4.0%

The 2011 Northeastern Bureau of Census officially counted 50,564,869. On August 3, 2016, the Census estimated that 51,393,647 people were living in the NU — an estimation consistent with the continual positive population growth the NU has experienced. The NU has had a history of immigration and has consistently grown upward since the mass immigration in 1848.

While the largest racial group in the NU has always been White Northeasterners (those of non-Hispanic origin), it has seen a decline in proportion to other races. Asian Northeasterners are the largest racial minority group, followed by Hispanic and Latino Northeaterners.

The main source of immigrants have consistently come from the Carribean and Central America. From Asia, immigrants from Hani, India, and Pakistan make up the second highest traffic of annual immigrants. Wealthy families and prospective students from China, Portugal, Nigeria and India. have also continued in lieu of the domestic workforce to meet the ongoing demand for more jobs in technology, medicine, and science.



Language

English is the official language at the federal level. At state levels, official languages are German (Erie, Mohawk, Allegheny, Ontario), Dutch (Saratoga, Mohawk, New Netherlands), Portuguese (Rhode Island), Italian (New Netherlands, Connecticut, Erie) and French (Vermont, Maine). Other commonly spoken languages that do not have any official status include Irish, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, and Ukrainian.

Religion

Religious affiliation in the Northeast Union
Affiliation % of NU population
Christian 57 57
 
Catholic 35 35
 
Protestant 15 15
 
Eastern Orthodox 2 2
 
Other Christian 5 5
 
Lovecraftian 27 27
 
Unaffiliated 7 7
 
Other religion 3 3
 
Total 100 100
 

The NU Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion and forbids Congress from passing any law promoting religious law. Christianity has been the most practiced religion in the Northeast Union since its founding with Catholicism claiming the most adherents. In spite of this, weekly church attendance has been declining since the 1970s and currently stands at 35%. Irreligion has been growing particularly among younger Northeasterners and the percentage of Northeasterners openly labeling themselves as "atheists" or "agnostics" is at 5%.

Catholicism is the largest set of religions in Northeast Union, with it's dominance thanks to the influx of Irish, Italian and Portuguese Catholics into the country. The largest Christian non-Catholic denomination are different denominations of Protestantism at 15%. Eastern Orthodox claim 2% of Northeast Union's population.

Lovecraftianism is the largest non-Christian religion with 27% of the population, followed by small groups of Jews and Muslims. Buddhism, Canaanism and Wiccanism are growing New Age and alternative religious trends.

Religion has influenced the NU which had held a strong Protestant tradition, but due to immigration has become a very Catholic nation. The Protestant work ethic has influenced the modern Northeastern business culture. Although the government cannot pass any religious laws, the government had been on many occasions been influenced or pressured by religious organizations and groups in the past.

In regard towards the military, religious observers can opt to be a conscientious objector in times of a military draft and serve as a non-combatant in the forces. Such claims are taken seriously and rigorous background checks help determine whether an individual may receive such status.

Family structure and law

In 2014, 55% of Sierrans over the age of 25 were married or cohabited, 2% were widowed, 13% were divorced, and the rest have never married or been involved in a long-term relationship. Marriage and the nuclear family are two concepts which are losing hold in Northeastern culture. Until contemporary times, marriage was defined a monogamous union between a man and a woman. Since the 1980s, this view has been challenged by pro-LGBT activists who helped push towards greater cultural acceptance in the NU. Divorce has become increasingly non-taboo and prevalent among marriages. ted from restricting the practice of religion, it does have the power to restrict religious activity that would violate the constitution or law such as murder and polygamy. It also can deem whether or not an organization claiming religious status can be eligible for tax exemption. Among the most prolific "bans" on a religious group is the Church of Scientology where the government has consistently refused the Church's files for exemption.

According to the 2010 census, same-sex marriages accounted for 12% of all marriages in the NU. Same-sex marriages are legally recognized in all states except for Allegheny. Marriage between first cousins is legal in only 7 states and polygamy is only legal in 1 of the states although. Adultery and extramarital laws are non-existent. cross-species marriage is forbidden in all states but the legality of zoophilia-related activities varies from state to state. Child pornography (with the exception of simulated images or videos which vary from state to state) is criminalized in all provinces and the distribution, ownership, or creation of such material is considered a felony at the federal law.

Government and politics

Rodrigo Guimaraes

Mr. Rodrigo Guimaraes, President of the NU

As a republic, the NU is a democracy with an elected president who serves as the foundation of the executive. The head of state is Rodrigo Guimaraes, the President who is very important in day-to-day affairs. The system works much like the Congress in the Parliament of old, except that the Electoral College can and will be split according to the percentages of winning, to ensure the candidate wanted by most wins. Due to this, a normal majority is needed for the candidate to win.

The bicameral Congress fulfills the role and duty of a legislative branch. Divided between the upper house Senate and the lower house House of Representatives, each house works in conjunction to create, modify, and pass national laws. Congress reserves exclusive rights among them being the power of the purse, and impeachment. Members of both houses are elected by the people and election cycles renew parliamentary terms every 4 years. In the Senate, each state is represented by two senators while in the House of Commons, seats are apportioned every census (10 years). Congress features a five-way party system: Social-Democrat (social liberalism), social interventionism), Liberal-Republican (classical liberalism, progressivism), Libertarian Forum (libertarianism, lasseiz-faire economics), Green (enviromentalism) and Continental Movement (socialism, continentalism). The Social-Democrats, Liberal-Republicans and Continentalist Movement have historically dominated the system, with the Libertarian and Green Party only recently becoming significant parties. Other minor parties with seats in Congress include the USA Reestablishment Party and the Vermont Independence Party.

The Supreme Court of the NU is the highest court within the Northeastern judicial system. It, along with the Inferior Courts make up the entirety of the federal judiciary. The Supreme Court interprets the Constitution and uses said interpretation to prevent the legislative or executive branch from passing or executing a law/action that would violate the Constitution. As the final interpreter, its decisions overturn all judicial actions of lower courts. Unless a case is not within its jurisdiction, the decision of any case is often treated as legally binding law. The Supreme Court is composed of eight associate justices headed by the Chief Justice (Anthony Di Gregoriis), the ninth and highest-ranking justice.


Law

Sierra uses the common law system wherein judges or magistrates develop law through their decision in courts or tribunals case-by-case and on previously established precedents. Some elements of civil law however, does exist within the Sierran legal framework and was incorporated in reflection of the American interpretation of classic English law, Roman-Dutch law and German law.

Law exists on several different levels and layers of both domestic codified and uncodified law as well as international agreements such as treaties. The highest form of law in the NU rests within the Constitution, followed by federal statutory laws or regulations created through acts of Congress, executive orders, and Supreme Court decisions implemented in the Northeastern Federal Code.

Under the Northeastern federal system, the extent of federal power is limited and enumerated by the Constitution itself. Any powers not delegated or forbidden to the federal government is left among the plenary sovereign states, who, with their own individual constitutions and governments, determine much of the "living law" of contract, probate, tort, property, tax, criminal, and family law.

Religious law has always been expressively forbidden under the separation of church and state principle provided by the Constitution. Thus, laws regarding blasphemy or desecration are forbidden. Since the 1930s, blue laws have also been prohibited from being enacted as it was found that these laws had religious undertones. Discriminatory and hate speech laws have also been similarly prohibited as such legislation would undermine free speech.

Political divisions

Sierra is federation of 13 states. The boundaries have been virtually unchanged since the unification in 1870 and are primarily based on historical state boundaries during colonial and US times and the drawing up of states within Hudson.

State Flag Capital Population (2010 census) Seal/Coat of arms
Adirondack Flag of Adirondack Plattsburgh 628,357
Allegheny Flag of Allegheny Ithaca 1,301,653
Connecticut Connecticut Hartford 7,126,452
Erie Flag of Erie Buffalo 2,850,731
Maine Flag of Maine2 Portland 2,181,479
Massachussetts Flag of Massachussetts2 Boston 10,811,779
Mohawk Flag of Mohawk Utica 862,971
New Hampshire Flag of New Hampshire2 Portsmouth 2,184,795
New Netherlands Flag of New Netherlands New York City 14,498,886
Ontario Flag of Ontario (Northeast Union) Rochester 2,986,317
Rhode Island Flag of Rhode Island2 Providence 2,856,426
Saratoga Flag of Saratoga Albany 2,179,207
Vermont Flag of Vermont2 Burlington 924,594

Territories

Main article: Territories of the NU

The Northeast Union  possesses two overseas territories: Bermuda and the NU Virgin Islands.

All citizens in the unincorporated territories enjoy all rights guaranteed by the Constitution, including the right to vote in the election. All of the territories are self-governing and represented nationally in Congress by delegates and are not subjected to most federal taxes. In addition, anyone born in any of the territories are automatically considered NU citizens. All citizens have free unrestricted movement between the statesand the territories, as well as any other regions in the Union, as well as full voting rights in presidential and congressional elections.

Territory Flag Status Capital Population (2010 census) Date of acquisition
Bermuda Flag of Bermuda2 Organized unincorporated territory Hamilton 68,758 May 3, 1873
NU Virgin Islands Flag of NU Virgin Islands Organized unincorporated territory Charlotte Amalie 110,926 March 31, 1917

Parties and elections

Until the 1920s, the NU had a two-party system dominated between the independent-leaning Liberal-Republican Party and the continental-leaning Continental Movement. Since 1920, the Social-Democratic Party and the Libertarian Forum since the 1940s have been a part of the present-day five-party system the NU has today, joined by the modern Green Party.

Both the Liberal-Republican Party and Social-Democratic Party share similar positions when in regard to civil liberties (socially liberal) whereas the Libertarian Forum and especially the Continental Movement have consistently held conservative stance towards certain issues (opposition towards the legalization of same-sex marriages and marijuana).

Economically, the Liberal-Republicans advocate a form of moderate social democracy and third way . The Social-Democrats prefer an overhaul of the system and a large welfare state, with some members proposing direct democracy. The Libertarians favour a fiscally conservative approach towards economics including laissez-faire economics. The Continental Movement officially advocates for regulated economics, although they take a provocative stance towards capitalism and business magnates. The Liberal-Republicans have traditionally held majority rule in the urban coastal regions of the NU, the Continentals in the western states, the Social Democrats along the coast and inland and the Libertarians in the North. Other parties generally focus on single-issue politics like the Green Party (environmentalism) and the Vermont Independence Party (autonomism).

Foreign relations

The NU has had a long tradition of diplomacy with foreign countries, mostly due to it's naval and trading outreach. It is a founding member of the League of Nations. In addition, the NU is also member of Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the Conference of American States and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Many foreign countries have permanent diplomatic missions and embassies at the NU's capital, New Haven, C.D. and consulates throughout the nation. Likewise, NU interests are represented internationally in embassies in many countries across the globe. The country has been in an economic union with Quebec, Superior, The Maritimes and Newfoundland, and uses the common currency, the Great Lakes Dollar, as it's currency since 1974.

THe NU has military and defense pacts with nations including the member states of the Conference of American States, member states of the NATO, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. The NU is a founding member of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), combining aerial operations with continental Anglo-America.

The NU has a long history of responding to international crises and conflicts. During both World Wars, the Vietnam War and the Angola War, the NU provided humanitarian and medical support for soldiers and civilians. It was one of the first nations to respond to the invasion of Kuwait and the Bosnia crisis. In 2005, the NU provided over $200 million to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in the southern UC.

The NU does not have formal diplomatic relations with Angola, Eritrea, and Somalia. In December 2014, the NU severed diplomatic relations with Mexico following the latter's failure to withdraw its troops in the aftermath of the invasion of Guatemala.

Non-LN member states with limited recognition that the NU recognizes include the state of Palestine and the Republic of Kosovo (embassies exist in both respective nations).

Military

The armed forces of the NU are divided into five branches (the NU Army, the NU Navy, the NU Air Force, the NU Marine Corps, and the NU Coast Guard), all of which are collectively known as the NU Armed Forces (NUAF). Daily management and operations of the NUAF is managed by the Department of Defense and the Department of National Security who work in conjunction with the Chiefs of Staff, a tribunal composed of the NU's highest-ranking generals. There are two reserve forces that are not considered part of the NUAF by de jure but nonetheless treated equally as a NUAF branch: the National Guard (dedicated primarily to national defense and crisis response) and the NU Auxiliary Forces (civilians prepared to go into combat before the regular draft service whitelist in times of war).

Military conscription is voluntary, but conscription is possible in times of war through the Selective Service. Both male and female citizens between the ages of 21 and 45 are automatically registered into the Selective Service's draft waiting list. Those with health complications, disabilities, obligations (a mother raising her 2-year old child), moral objections, or other factors preventing a citizen from fulfilling their military duty are dropped out from the list (and can receive blacklisting from future drafts) or receive other options instead of the default combat role (for conscientious objectors) such as a nurse or engineer.

The military budget of the NU is heavily navy and technology-oriented with an annual spending of $44.64 billion. Currently, the prime focus of military spending has been centered on aircraft, missile, and naval technology. The NU also possesses nuclear weapons although it has signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty and maintains only an active stockpile of 45 active nuclear warheads. During World War II, the NU and UC militaries were allowed to use Sierran land to test nuclear weapons under the condition that it would share nuclear technology and information with Sierra.

Civil rights

Gay rights

Gay rights in Same-sex sexual activity Recognition of relationships Same-sex marriage Adoption by same-sex couples Gays allowed to serve openly in military? Anti-discrimination laws concerning sexual orientation Laws concerning gender identity/expression
720px-New England pine flag Northeast Union Yes check Legal
(existing laws abolished in 1961)
Yes check Yes check (since 1988) Yes check Yes check Yes check Bans all hate crimes and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity Yes check Transsexuals allowed to change legal gender

Women's rights

Females historically had not been given equal rights, but universal suffrage has happened in the 1910s. 

Culture

Cuisine

Traditional Northeastern cuisine is a derivate of English cuisine, mixed with ingredients found in the Americas and a strong fishing culture. Norhteastern cuisine emphasises the freshness of ingredients, especially the freshness of seafood. Wheat enjoys status as the staple grain and make up the basis of a Northeastern diet. Traditional foods are split between coastal and inland regions: Coastal meals include a lot of fish, lobster, oyster and clam meat, while inland regions eat more pork, beef, chicken, and venison as main meats. Fruits such as apricots, berries, and apples are frequently cooked into pies, a staple all across the NU, while vegetables are usually added to meat pies and to chowders. Few spices are used in Northeastern cuisine outside of desserts, besides salt. Desserts include a variety of spices, including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.

However, modern cuisine of the Northeast Union features a lot of foods brought over by immigrants, with the most famous dishes from abroad and adapted to the NU are pizza, spaghetti, schnitzel, linguiça, malasada, pelimeni, poutine, sauerkraut, jiaozi and soused herring.

Literature

Music

Sport

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