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Which Aspect of Space Cadet Should Get a Lore Update? 

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My real life workload has started to abate a bit, so I have some time to muse about the Shattered Union scenario I proposed a while back. Feel free to make suggestions, everyone. 

The Second American Civil War: 
  • United States of America - The remnant American federal government, led from Columbus, Ohio after the nuclear conclusion to the Third World War. Led by President Francis Underwood, the man who ordered a tactical nuclear attack against Russian forces in Germany, and "just happened" to be away from Washington when the city was hit by Russian missiles. Has control of most states east of the Mississippi, but in some areas, such as devastated New York and New England, that control is theoretical. 
  • Allied States of America - The major rival to the eastern government, led by President John Tomarchio from Cheyenne, Wyoming. It's an open secret that the Allied States is run by corporate interests, particularly Jennings & Rail (for which Tomarchio was CEO) and Clayton West (a once-influential nuclear energy company that has fought President Underwood's administration on more than one occasion). That being said, the Allied States has the loyalty of many western governors, many of whom were Underwood's political rivals. It also has control of the majority of America's remaining nuclear arsenal. 
  • Republic of Texas - Texas had already threatened secession during the first months of Underwood's administration, and the end of the Third World War gave them an opportunity. Led by President (former Governor) Bobby Stark, the Texans don't want to conquer their neighbors, only to maintain their independence. The Texans maintain a large enough army to tip the balance of the war in favor of either the East or the West, so both of the major factions tread on eggshells to make sure that they aren't given a reason to commit their forces to either side.
  • International Security Forces (ISF) - Although most of the world was devastated in the aftermath of WWIII, enough remained of former NATO forces to mount a "security action" in the United States. Led by Canada, which surprisingly survived most of WWIII intact, the ISF has occupied many areas along the former Canadian-American border, dragging Canada into the Second American Civil War. Although ostensibly a UN-approved force, in reality the ISF is interested in seizing farmland. Thousands of refugees from Europe have landed on Canada's shores, and the Canadians are aware that they cannot feed them all, particularly with nuclear winter setting in.  

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I loved Amazon's The Man in the High Castle pilot, and would recommend it to any fan of alternate history (and if you're following me, chances are you are one of them). However, I'm going to head this off at the pass now: I won't be doing any conventional Axis victories.
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Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Hope you're doing well. I'm finally gonna start that Draka map and I have plans for something inspired by the Draka. I hope to have it up soon!
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
That's great to hear!
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Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Behold! My Draka map!

Draka Demonica
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Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah. My second idea is basically taking the idea of the Draka and applying it elsewhere, more realistically and with a different approach.

Rather than South Africa...

How about Austrailia?

Filled with the losers of history in the most unforgiving land?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Australia would work. I actually have a map on my to do list of giving the Draka treatment to every major Anglophone state.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey bro, on that Christians vs Demons scenario demon I sent you here's a taste of the military tech of that world www.deviantart.com/art/Knights…
Plus swords :)
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey rvbo!

Just wanted to mention, I know you've done "America as Britain" and "America as China" in your analogue-Earths (yep, still calling them that :)), but I read an opinion piece recently on a blog I frequent, and it argues that the US is actually going the way of not Rome, as many people have insinuated, but instead the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Intriguing much? ;)

www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03…

Oh, also, about that whole George Friedman thing that Void-Wolf brought up; I've read his book, and he apparently thinks that the world still operates according to early 20th-century power projection systems, and that Europe is just itching for the chance to go to war again. Also, yes, he does genuinely believe that Germany and (mainly) Russia are going to go after Poland again. And that WWIII will be fought between America + Poland vs. Japan + Turkey, and will begin in mid-century with the Japanese firing meteorites at the US's weaponised space stations. And that the number of Mexicans in the western states are going to swell to the point where they will practically be an extension of Mexico (unfortunate racial implications much?). And that global warming won't be a problem at all because 'MURICA will solve it, y'know, because 'MURICA! I'm not kidding about any of this.

Unless you've already read "The Next 100 Years" and already know all that, in which case, I apologise.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
I dunno about this, the piece was less about geopolitical analogues than it was criticizing the current American political climate. I wonder who Germany, Austria and Russia would be in this scenario?

As for The Next 100 Years, IIRC Bruce already did that. 
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's not really about geopolitical analogues, but I have an idea for how one in that vein might turn out. I'll get back to you when I flesh the idea out a bit more.

Really? As someone who has been through all the Map Threads and painstakingly catalogued all of Bruce's maps, I'm fairly sure that he's never done "The Next 100 Years".

If you're referring to this, Bruce openly states at the beginning that it has little to nothing to do with Friedman's book. Ynot1989 has done a pretty comprehensive map series of his book though. I actually really recommend it, if only for the artwork and not so much the story, because it is still pretty ludicrous. :)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
I must be misremembering, because that is not the map I was thinking of. It must have been someone else. 
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