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Not to be confused with New Grenada, which historically was called Colombia.

This article describes the successor state of the former United States of America. For its historic counterparts, please look up United States.

Federated States of Columbia
(Föderative Republik Kolumbien)

(1919-present)

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Flag of Columbia

Basic Information
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Location of the FSC on the
North American continent

Capital: Columbus (govt.)
Form of Government:
Federative Republic, Corporate Council
Head of State:
[unfinished]
Population: 151.500.450 (estimate)
Area: 5.038.745 km²
Official language: English

Recognized Minority languages:

German, Irish, French, Elven, Louisian

Demonym: Columbian, Yank/Dixie,
Five Star demonym
GDP (nominal): 6.73 trillion ℳ
(44,569 ℳ per capita)
HDI: Decrease.png 0.869 (high)
Currency: Columbian Dollar (CBD) - $
Date Format: yyyy.mm.dd.
Traffic alignment: Right
Interkom TLDs:

.cb
.ny / .cc (New York and Chicago)

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Columbia, officially referred to as the Federated States of Columbia or the Federative Republic of Columbia is a federative union of states located in the centre of the North American continent, spanning from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. It was formed in 1919 by the Five Star Movement, following the disintegration of the former United States and the already collapsing Confederate States of America. It has an area of 5.038.745 km² and an estimated population of 151,500,480 people, of which 47% is classified demihuman.
With its economy of more than 6.7 trillion, it ranks as the world's 6th largest economy, after China, the Danube Monarchy,
Japan, Russia and Malaysia, with a marginal protrusion over New-Britain (6.46 trillion) and Mexico (6.3 trillion).
Columbia has sometimes been referred to as an emerging superpower. However, this status is regularly disputed due to the country's history of corruption and corporate influence over the minarchist and decentralized government. Non-government organizations described the minarchist federal government during the Usonian administration period as ‘‘Almost entirely subservient to corporations in its policies’’. One of the most controversial aspects of the government is the 250-seat Economic Congress, comprised of representatives of the largest business entities by gross turnover. The council replaced the US' House of Representatives and has the ability to propose, and reject laws, in accordance with the Senate. According to corruption watch orgianizations, this enables global monopolies such as Initech, Nova Security or Krupp-Morgenstern to control both internal and external policies of the nation. Additionally, its high inequality of income(among the highest in developed and emerging countries), its notable human-lilithic segregatism and especially the Columbian North-South-Divide, affecting the area of the former Confederate States of America to this day, have negatively influenced the country’s ratings in Life Standards & Quality, HDI and other rankings.

Despite common myth, the government still has certain competences that companies haven't overtaken and has even regained some competences following the Usonian period, however these are mostly limited to law and court, military, civil police, money printing and issuing as well as legal/bureaucratic administration like postal codes or citizen registration. Thus, the country itself has often been called a "night-watchman-only state". In numerous areas and districts, governmental duties are performed almost or seemingly solely by corporations. It has been estimated that approximately 13-16% of Columbia’s population lives in Corpospheres or under corporate community, mainly in urban areas. The largest such area, with approximately 170,000 inhabitants (at peak times reaching 300,000) is located in New York and serves as the global headquarters of Initech Incorporated. Consumerism is, no matter if in a corposphere or on public/regular land, omnipresent and has surpassed the consumer culture of states like New Britain, Danubia, China or Japan in the recent decades.


Geography and Administrative divisions

Administrative Divisions of the Federated States of New Albion, numbered in alphabetical order.

Geography

The Federated States of New Albion comprise the eastern part of the former US (Northeastern, if you include the pre-civil war borders) as well as the former core province of the Commonwealth of Canada. Due to its geographic location in the Great Lakes and New England Regions, it enjoys a temperate, mostly coastal to semi-alpine temperate climate and a high abundance of rivers and natural resources.
It borders New Ireland, Quebec and the Prairies-Lowlands Council to the north, the Associated States and Territories of the Midwest Prairies to the west, the Confederate States to the south and is limited by the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The Associated Midwest States are a vast territory comprising several states and large Native American Reservates, and is economically and politically associated to Albion, which is why they sometimes are counted as Albion as well, however after international law and Albian perspective they form an own state subject that "merely" cooperates highly with the Federated States.
The corporate-owned lands of Trinity (Section 31) in the southern Caribbean have sometimes been considered as possible candidates for territorial expansion, but Trinity has struggled to convince the Britannian Government as of 1972.

Cities and metropoles

The Federated government's capital lies in the city of Albany which forms a metropolitan area of around 300,000 people. However, the country hosts several other, much larger metropolitan areas, such as New York-Newark-Long Island (~13 million), Chicago (5 million), Detroit (3 Million), Boston (3 Million), Philadelphia-Delaware (2,7 million), Toronto (2,3 million), Cleveland (1,5 million) and Atlanta (1,4 million).

Administrative divisions

New Albion is formed by 25 states, of which 4 are purely city states, and one special capital district containing the Federal capital of Albany, forming the fifth city state. Many other cities such as Atlanta (formerly Washington, D.C.), Toronto, Boston or Cleveland have advocated for administrative independence, but only Atlanta's application has ever been considered (but not yet voted upon as of 1972) since the other cities' secession would mean their host states' economies would drastically lose.

Abbr. & Nr. Federated State Location Add. Information
AC (1) Albany Capitol County LocatorAB Albany.png Contains the Capital of New Albion
BF (2) Buffalo State LocatorAB Buffalo.png
CH (3) Chicago City State LocatorAB Chicago.png
CO (4) Conneticut State LocatorAB Conneticut.png
DW (5) Delaware Free State LocatorAB Delaware.png
DT (6) Detroit City State LocatorAB Detroit.png
HU (7) Hudson State LocatorAB Hudson.png
IL (8) Illinois State LocatorAB Illinois.png
IN (9) Indiana State LocatorAB Indiana.png
IQ (10) Iroquois State LocatorAB Iroquois.png
LI (11) Long Island State LocatorAB LongIsland.png
ME (12) Maine State LocatorAB Maine.png
ML (13) Maryland Free State LocatorAB Maryland.png
MA (14) Massachusetts State LocatorAB Massachusetts.png
MI (15) Michigan State LocatorAB Michigan.png
MN (16) Minnesota State LocatorAB Minnesota.png
NH (17) New Hampshire State LocatorAB NewHampshire.png
NJ (18) New Jersey State LocatorAB NewJersey.png
NY (19) New York City State LocatorAB NewYork.png
OH (20) Ohio State LocatorAB Ohio.png
ON (21) Ontario State LocatorAB Ontario.png
PA (22) Pennsylvania Free State LocatorAB Pennsylvania.png
PH (23) Philadelphia City State LocatorAB Philadelphia.png
RI (24) Rhode Island State LocatorAB RhodeIsland.png
SP (25) Superior State LocatorAB Superior.png
VT (26) Vermont State LocatorAB Vermont.png

History

Background

Main Article: United States

The United States after 1869, with pre-war claims

Throughout the 19th century, the United States underwent a rapid territorial and population growth as a result of being the first successfully independent colony and multiple offensive wars against Mexico and Native tribal lands. This expansion has brought in considerable wealth and secured safe sources of natural resources for American industry, at the expense of weakened territorial integrity, especially in the midwest and west.
The historic and geopolitical situation of the FSNA was preset in 1869 when the United States lost the civil war against the Confederacy, where the northern border of the CSA was established and the south of California was installed as CS-controlled Corridor to the pacific.

RDP rule and economic suppression

Due to the economic problems, war loss and other likewise factors, the U.S. underwent a continuous policy of increased social policies, eventually surpassing the levels of social democracy, entering a state of "Radical Democracy" following the Great Crash of 1895 and the US Secession Crisis, much to the disdain of companies that had become increasingly powerful and were concerned about the increasing influence of anti-capitalist policies in the newly-formed 1902 Congress. The election of a Radical Socialist President in 1900 could only be averted by a presidential election coalition of Whigs, Democrats and Republicans, unique in politics to this day.

The situation in the United States worsened even more when they got dragged into the Great War, with their economy and political mentality not ready for war while the Philippines, the U.S.' largest colony, was in the middle of a war theatre.
Thanks to military aid from the Republic of Britain and the Commonwealth of Canada, the U.S. managed to keep hold of their colony and was able to get its war industry running, while cracking down on Republican and other conservative or corporate institutions, claiming them responsible for the Radical Socialist America to be in the war, following the narrative that Merritt as a republican governor was supported by "war-mongering capitalists and conservatives".
The war entry of the Danube Monarchy in November 1905 ultimately set the odds against the Anglic countries, and with war sentiment plummeting, the governmental purges against dissidents and corporations increased. The Philippines eventually were occupied by Japan in the North and the Allied Armies began to occupy the Aleutian Islands and parts of Canada's Alaska Province, forecasting a long and tedious war for both sides.
The war was abruptly brought to an end when two nuclear bombs of the Mannheim-Projekt were detonated over Point Roberts and southwestern of Eureka (California), forcing the United States and the Commonwealth of Canada to accept the peace offers of the Allied Countries.

Post-war turmoil and Five Star Movement


 
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Liberal/Conservative protesters and consitutionalists gather before the Former US Capitol, demanding change of politics in 1910

Following the defeat of the United States and the Commonwealth of Canada in the Great War in 1907, The State of California was attached to Confederate South California, further weakening the crippled US government. Caused by the loss of the war, the economic recession since 1895 and the economic suppression by the Radical Democratic Party, a coalition of conservatives, economic liberals/libertarians, constitutionalists as well as businesses, corporations and merchant guilds/associations formed a counter-culture and political movement called "(New) Albion" (latinized Version of "New England") which aimed to revoke the work (and alleged "damage") done by the RDP and to establish a renewed version of America which would be more freedom-oriented, both in civil and economic matters. The movement gained supporters from parts of all economic income layers and was very popular amongst middle class people which were moderately secured financially and desired greater economic and civil freedoms. It also surprisingly gained an even stronger support in the Canadian core province of Ontario, where prominent people advocated for the secession of Ontario and attachment of the province to the proposed Albion state. Canadian supporters were mostly motivated by the civil freedoms and the freedom of the mismanaged Commonwealth they hoped to gain, and less for the economic liberations or even economic institutions inside government works, which forms one of the factors why Ontario, even into the modern era, is the state with the highest social democrat polls and the one with the most extensive social system, which provides basic services like tax-based public healthcare.

Californian-Texan Cession and Establishment of Columbia

Annexation of the Confederate States

Recovery and Golden 20s

Usonian administration period

Post-Usonian era

Politics

Capitol

The FSNA Capitol is the governmental building complex located in Albany that represents the legislative branch of the Federated States.
It consists of the Economic Congress and the Senate.

To pass a law, it is proposed to both bodies and when passed by both with a majority, the law is passed. If one of them disagrees, the law has to be rediscussed and proposed again to the both bodies. Usually, a reproposal is discussed in the Capitol Congress room, in which both government bodies are in one room to discuss.
Even though there is no legal binding limiting the reproposal of a law, it usually is ditched by the proposing side after the third to fifth unsuccessful attempt.
The Existence of the Economic Congress is unique in the world and thus regularily criticized as a backwards way of letting the "big shots" control the government in an oligarchic, undemocratic way. Wile it is often assumed that the biggest companies, as one of the main initiators of the Albion movement, tried to increase their political influence even further through the EC, often collectively connected with the existing corruption problems in Albion, the concept of the Economic Congress' participation lies in a balanced system between the desires and the voice of the people, represented by the States (and thus, the local government), while the Economic Congress represents the reality-bound and innovative branch of daily life. The local governments voice would ensure that the people ar heard and aren't oppressed by any kind of institution, while the Economic Congress ensures that purely ideological or idealistic movements couldn't gain complete control of the government again based on the lessons of history, with the biggest example being the RDP rule from 1902 to 1911. Additionally, it would enable to let freethinkers, innovators and other progress-oriented people to participate in government affairs, alllegedly increasing the productivity and technological progress of Albion. The symbiosis thus also has sometimes been called a "sub-branch of technocracy or socialism", though official statements or confirmations of such an ideology existing or being based especially on the the latter umbrella-ideology haven't been made due to the negative connotations associated with Socialism and Radical Democracy.

Economic Congress

The first Economic Congress of 1915, in a reconstruction of the House of Representatives in Albany; still using the old U.S. Flag

Main article: Economic Congress

The economic congress is a 250-seat governmental body that represents the 250 largest Companies and Corporations by their group allegiance, each with one vote. The Economic Congress is an advanced version of the original Council of the Nine, a council of the nine largest corporations and most influential companies of the Albion movement, which has been expanded to 250 seats after the system was reviewed by the delegation and the 9 companies, which remain in the modern Congress' top 25 seats today.
The membership in the council is calculated after gross revenue with readmission every 1 to 3 years (depending on year/decade/economic situation), a system which often has been praised even by critics of the Congress as an effective system to keep the economy running, as an estimate of 50-300 companies on the 200th to 500th rank (and to some extent even furthrt) are in constant battle with each other to gain a seat in the council.

Senate

Cabinet of Columbia

Federal President

Department of State

Department of Treasury

Department of Defence

Department of Justice

Department of Interior Safety

Corporations

Prometheus Petrol Union

Initech Inc.

Culture and Daily life

Prominent people

Trivia

HistoryBackgroundThroughout the late 19th century, the Victorian Empire underwent a rapid territorial and population growth as a result of multiple offensive wars and the expulsion of metahumans from Britannia. This expansion has brought in considerable wealth and secured safe sources of natural resources for Victorian industry.

In 1884, Emperor Stephen the Bright introduced an economic reform to the empire. This reform abolished the bulk of market regulation instituted by his predecessors. Furthermore, special economic zones with low taxation and increased business rights were created to further support the private sector. As a result, areas along the southeastern coast and around the Great Lakes underwent rapid economic growth. Their proximity to natural resources and easy access to workforce supported the area’s emergence as the industrial heart of the Victorian empire. and the British Empire in-exile (Commonwealth of Canada)

Many companies have been established during this period of prosperity, ranging from small family-owned businesses to large industrial conglomerates.