United Commonwealths of America
|Motto: "Désir de Paix"
Desire the Peace
|Anthem: America the Beautiful
Location of the Commonwealth
|Capital||Olympia, Washington Commonwealth|
|Largest city||Seattle, Washington Commonwealth|
|Ethnic groups||Anglo-American, Afro-American, Anglo-Canadian, French-Canadian and Native American|
|Government||Semi-presidential parliamentary republic|
|-||President||John Henry Eden|
|-||Prime Minister||James Dealey|
|-||Independence||August 22, 2007|
|-||Total|| 6,124,418 km2
2,364,651 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2012 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2012 estimate|
|HDI (2012)||0.972 (very high)|
|Currency||Commonwealth pound (£) (
The United Commonwealths of America, (commonly referred to as the UCA, the Commonwealth of America) is a country in North America comprising of five Commonwealths, made up of the former US states of Washington, Oregon and Alaska, and the former Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. Unlike the other countries of the former US, the United Commonwealths is an absolute secularist state, and of which less than 65% are either religious, or believe in a god, and more than 35% are either agnostic, atheists or people of no faith.
The United Commonwealths of America was founded on August 22nd, 2007, after the political crisis of 2007 broke up the United States entirely. A pacifist force from Alaska secured what was left of the Pacific Northwest, and soon the remaining provinces of Canada on the Atlantic Coast also joined the nation. The nation's political goals were then to create a pacifist nation of tolerance, which was quickly achieved without much opposition from minority conservative groups. The economic interests of the nation were vested in financial and resource power in Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, giving the new nation's economic structure a stable base. The United Commonwealths government then pushed through a series of economic reforms to insure total financial stability and the elimination of corporate greed and corruption. With a prosperous free market economy and tolerant society, the United Commonwealths is a leader in what has come to be known as the Pacific Economic Association and Forum.
Because of its entirely pacifist governmental system, the United Commonwealths has very well relations with almost every nation in the Western world. The nation is one of the largest exporters of humanitarian aide in the world, and is a member of the United Nations, the PEAF, the NAFTA and a leader in various international humanitarian associations. The country borders the Allied States towards the east and the Pacific Ocean towards the west. The Nouveau Québec Commonwealth borders the Allied States towards the west, the Arctic Ocean towards the north, the North Atlantic Ocean towards the east and Canada towards the south.
In 2007 the Allied States of America separated from the United States, which led to the 2007 Political Crisis, which toppled the United States, and caused the remainder to collapse, which led the way for the creation of the radical nation that followed, the Federal Republic of Nuwaubia (in February 2007). On August 22nd, 2007, the state of Alaska left the United States, and persuaded the Province of British Columbia to leave Canada. The two nations formed the United Commonwealths of Alaska and British Columbia, and began the organization of an impromptu government. The newly formed government began operations in Vancouver, and discussions immediately arose to annex the two former states of Washington and Seattle. It was decided that the newly formed Commonwealth Acquisition Force would enter the rioting cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia to establish order in Washington. The Acquisition Force entered Washington on October 19th, and established full order over the area by the 25th with the assistance of local emergency personnel in the region. The capital was relocated to Olympia, and the force went south again into Oregon. Order had already been partially restored by the 27th, and full governmental control was reestablished by November 2nd. The four new commonwealths began the process of forming a government, and temporary government passed the Constitution by the end of the month. The first full governmental elections were held on December 1st, signifying the true independence of the nation.
On May 10th, 2008, French-Canadian insurrectionists in Quebec declared full scale war with the Canadian government. In an attempt to entirely bring down rule from the the British supported Canadian government, the insurrectionists launched attacks on Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Not wanting infighting or any more civilian deaths at the hands of the Quebecois, the Canadian government agreed to grant the rebels sovereign territory in exchange for keeping the St. Lawrence population belt. The Treaty of Quebec City allowed for the rebels to take a very large portion of land in exchange for Canada keeping the major population centers along the St. Lawrence river. Soon after, the entire nation that the Quebecois had created fell into a desperate state. Not wanting to rejoin the Anglo-Canadian governing system, the people of the Quebecois nation asked to join the United Commonwealths, an action that was approved by the Parliament on July 11th, 2008.
Under stable leadership and recognized sovereignty by the United Nations, the United Commonwealths government began an economic reform to bolster the slowly dwindling economy. The Economic Stimulus Act (UCA) pumped government subsidies into Commonwealther-based companies such as Boeing, while also giving funds to newly developing companies such as Evergreen Technologies. The new stimulus plan worked accordingly, and saw the rise of the new local free market economy in the nation. The economy stabilized growth by the end of 2009, and the economy continued to grow at a slower, more stable rate. A new infrastructural process began the construction of a national railway system, and combined with an airline commuter process the nation grew closer together as an independent entity.
The United Commonwealths is a semi-presidential parliamentary republic, with strong democratic traditions and expectations. There are two definitive branches in the government, the legislative branch and the executive branch. The two branches has the same amount of power in the government, and a primarily joint-based law and enactment system which allows for a mix of absolutist and democratic procedures.
The executive branch comprises of a President who has somewhat absolute power in the government. The President chooses his Presidential Ministry with other management power in duties not important enough towards the President's direct attention. The President has the power to enact laws and enactments with the approval of the Parliament and the Prime Minister. Constitutionally, the President is the head of state and the head of government. The President also serves as the commander in chief of the Self Defense Forces in times of war.
The legislative branch is composed of the nonpartisan unicameral Parliament, which is headed and elects a Prime Minister for every Parliamentary cycle. The Parliament has the power to create laws and enactments through a legislative process, and constitutional amendments can also be made by the Parliament with a national vote included. As per the constitution, the Parliament must have the approval of a majority and the President to pass an enactment or law into place. The Parliament must also insure that laws abide the constitution, and do not interfere with the rights of citizens in any way.
Self defense forcesEdit
The United Commonwealths is a pacifist country, and holds no standing armed forces with the capability to wage an offensive war. Instead, the Commonwealth Self Defense Forces are the primary military forces of the nation, and exist to only defend the nation against external threats. The Parliament can declare war on a nation with the approval of the President and vice versa, however the Self Defense Forces are not constitutionally allowed to leave the territorial grounds upon such declarations. As the Self Defense Forces are only used in times of war, the government maintains the Commonwealths Civil Guard for more diverse matters, such as rioting and mass panic.
A commonwealth is the correct term when referring to an administrative subdivision. As the United Commonwealths is a unitary and centralized country, there is only a small amount of sub-divisional level governance. The subdivisions have little to no power, as all governmental powers are vested in the central government. All commonwealths exist in their original form, with the exception of Nouveau Québec Commonwealth.
The United Commonwealths has good relations with most of the Western world, and is a large participant in various humanitarian organizations. The Commonwealths is a member of the United Nations, the NAFTA and the PEAF. Important allies of the United Commonwealths include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the Allied States.
Healthcare in the United Commonwealths is free and entirely government operated. Because of the low number of people living in the United Commonwealths as compared to other nations, the government can easily operate the social welfare system that is does. People do not need to pay for anything, and health check-ups are mandatory once every three months. The result of a free and simple healthcare system has allowed for a very effective healthcare process. As there is little opposition from conservative groups, health science is unopposed and very advanced in the United Commonwealths.
While being the prime location for natural resource economic activity, the United Commonwealths main economic structure is dominated by the large scale presence of financial, electronic and technology corporations. Despite being overshadowed by the megacorporations of the Allied States, the United Commonwealths presents reasonable importance in the global community. The county has a nominal gross domestic product of $272.173 billion, making the total size of the economy itself the smallest in North America. Despite it size, the nation has major trading ties with the Greater Korean Republic, China, the United Kingdom, France and the Allied States, and represents a notable importance in the said nations technological, social and financial affairs. The largest sectors of the economy are robotics, aeronautical manufacturing, electronic research and development, and telecommunications. The country has a high standard of living with a surprisingly low living cost, and the mean family annual income stands at $58,078. Despite the high presence of untapped natural resources, the socioeconomic structure of the nation continues to remain with high activity in tertiary and secondary sector activities respectively.
Science and technologyEdit
The United Commonwealths is a large internationally recognized center of advanced research and development. The county has one of the highest standards of living in the world, and the social aspects of the nation also contribute towards increasing interest in scientific affairs. In 2012, the United Commonwealths government spent $76 billion alone in technological stimulus and research bonds, over a quarter of the entire economy's size. There are several new and prestigious universities in the United Commonwealths, those with most attention being ones such as the New University of Seattle or the Commonwealth Research Institute.
The high advancement levels of the nation are presented in new components of the national structure, including the Commonwealth HSR and the Aeronautical Mass Transit System. The United Commonwealths government operates its own space program, the Commonwealth Outeratmospheric Development Company.
The United Commonwealths' government is a large supporter and benefactor in the development and usage of renewable energy sources. Wind farms, hydroelectric dams and geothermal plants have become common fare in the nation and compose nearly 65% of the national power grid. Energy is managed directly by the national government. Alaska has vast energy resources. Major oil and gas reserves are found in the Alaska North Slope (ANS) and Cook Inlet basins. Alaska ranks first in the nation in crude oil production. Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope is the highest yielding oil field in the United Commonwealth, and on North America, typically producing about 400,000 barrels per day (64,000 m3/d). The Trans-Alaska Pipeline can transport and pump up to 2.1 million barrels (330,000 m3) of crude oil per day. Despite the heavy support of renewable sources, the United Commonwealths remains a large exporter and consumer of petroleum and natural gas.
The United Commonwealths has an extensive national infrastructure system that was a major divergence point from the old United States and Canadian systems. Instead of funding the continued growth of high capacity and long reaching roadways, the Commonwealths government instated the development of the Commonwealth High Speed Rail. The HSR uses newly developed bullet trains that are usually compared to Korean equipment, however they have been developed, created and instated inside Commonwealth itself. While still maintaining a large national roadway network, the Commonwealths government has publicly stated it wishes for the high speed rail to surpass the road in usage levels. Another major aspect of national transportation is the Aeronautical Mass Transit System, a public "sky ferry" which allows for citizens to pass freely from the Pacific commonwealths to the Atlantic commonwealth with approval from the Allied States government.
The United Commonwealth's is a secularist state, and no religion is forced, or aided by the government. Secularism was an important reform in the new constitution. Crimes or Discrimination against religions and races is highly discouraged and entails a large fine or sentence.
In 2012 the number of religious people in the UC was less than 65%, and around 35% either non-religious or atheists, mainly asylum seekers from Religious dominated nations of the Northern Coalition and Nuwaubia.
Out of the 65% of religious people, the religions and percentages in 2012 were;
- Protestant: 49%
- Evangelical: 25%
- Mainline: 23%
- Other Protestant: 1%
- Catholic: 16%
- Latter-day Saint: 4%
- Jewish: 1%
- Muslim: 1%
- other religions 3%
The Pacific Northwest is a diverse geographic region, dominated by several mountain ranges, including the Coast Mountains, the Cascade Range, the Olympic Mountains, the Columbia Mountains, and the Rocky Mountains. The highest peak in the Pacific Northwest is Mount Rainier, in the Washington Cascades, at 14,410 feet (4,392 m). Immediately inland from the Cascade Range there is a broad plateau, narrowing progressively northwards, only a few miles wide in Canada, and also getting higher. In the US this region, semi-arid and often completely arid, is known as the Columbia Plateau, while in British Columbia it is the Interior Plateau, also called the Fraser Plateau. The Columbia Plateau was the scene of massive ice-age floods, as a consequence there are many coulees, canyons, and plateaus. Much of the plateau, especially in eastern Washington, is irrigated farmland. The Columbia River cuts a deep and wide gorge around the rim of the Columbia Plateau, and through the Cascade Range on its way to the Pacific Ocean. After the Mississippi, more water flows through the Columbia than any other river in the lower 48 states. Because many areas have plentiful rainfall, the Pacific Northwest has some of North America's most lush and extensive forests, and at one time, the largest trees in the world. Coastal forests in some areas are classified as temperate rain forest.
The major cities of Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, and Tacoma all began as seaports supporting the logging, mining, and farming industries of the region, but have developed into major technological and industrial centers.
The Pacific Northwest experiences a wide variety of climates. An Oceanic climate ("marine west coast climate") occurs in most coastal areas, typically between the ocean and high mountain ranges. An Alpine climate dominates in the high mountains. Semi-arid and Arid climates are found east of the higher mountains, especially in rainshadow areas. A Subarctic climate can be found farther north, especially in Alaska.
Another reform in the new country was the freedom of media and press, which is highly supported. The major media networks in the country are CBN (Commonwealth Broadcasting Network) and News Today, which prints several newspapers.