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The North American Union (or NAU) was a political and economic union of nations located primarily in North America. It was founded on April 9, 1994 with help from the Romans and Arameans in response to the collapse of North America's dominant power, the United States of America, which created a multitude of successor states. The purpose of the Union was to ensure that the old economic, political and cultural framework of North America could be preserved as much as possible, but sovereignty disputes- both between nations and between the nations and the NAU as a whole- disparities in the wealth of member nations and the meddling of Rome and Aram in NAU affairs have meant that the NAU is still far from being a smoothly-run entity.

On July 12, 2016, the Treaty of Buffalo was signed by the world's major powers in the City of Buffalo. This treaty spelled out all the countries the major powers agreed to officially recognize, with the treaty signed in response to a spontaneous night of worldwide rioting known as the Night of Anarchy, with many of those riots occurring in North America. Part of the agreement sees the NAU essentially "split in half" with the northern half being referred to as "Canada" while the southern half is referred to as "America" (or, more specifically, the "Union of States in America" or "USA") alongside the territory of the Empire of New York, recognized as a unique signatory. Other changes occurred with the admission of Quebec into Virtue, necessitating a reorganization of the Union on October 20, 2016.

On February 13, 2017, after a series of plebiscites and other reforms, the Union was formally dissolved, with the American Confederacy created in its place.

Governance Edit

The NAU is administered by the Union Congress, which sits in Washington, DC in what is left of the United States of America. The Congress is divided into two levels: the lower level is the House of Representatives, with the higher level being the House of Lieutenants, administered by the President.

Sitting at the top of both levels of Congress is the President, who serves as the NAU's ultimate executive and its chief administrator. The President has ultimate authority to veto any legislation passed by the lower levels of Congress, but his ability to pass laws unilaterally is restricted only to a select few functions, almost all of which pertain to "conditions of national emergency" (a measure that must be passed by Congress first).

The President is elected via the electoral college, where each member of the Union is given a certain amount of "electors". This is roughly based on each state's population, although given their status as separate signatories of the Treaty of Buffalo, Quebec and New York are given more electors. The electors' vote is determined on a state by state basis, with each state holding a direct popular vote with the winning candidate claiming their state's slate of electors. The President is elected to an eight year term, and, as bound by the North American Constitution, no President can serve a second term.The Presidential candidates come one each from registered political parties, with the two most popular parties being the Unionist Party (also known as the POP, short for "People's Official Party") and the Federalist Party. A third party, the American Party, rose during the 2016 election and will send candidates for Congress and President. Each party selects their candidate based on a state-by-state nomination process that essentially works like the electoral college, with some differences.

To be elected President, one has to be of at least 35 years of age and born in NAU territory or in a territory the Republic of Canada, the USA, the Republic of California, Deseret or Northern Mexico held on January 9, 1990, the beginning of World War III. No one currently sitting as a member of a state's government may run for President or Congress, they must resign their seat or be at the end of their terms before they can enter the primaries for both contests.

Below the President is the House of Lieutenants and the House of Representatives. Members of both houses may propose legislation, but for any law to pass, it must pass via majority vote in both houses before the proposed law can be passed on to the President. The Representatives are all elected, while the Lieutenants are appointed by the member states.

There are 251 Representatives, each of which represent their own Congressional district (the borders of which are set by each state), with each state given the same number of Representatives as the amount of Presidential electors they receive. The Representatives are selected via a popular vote in their district, with the winning candidate being awarded the position. Balancing the Representatives are the Lieutenants, of which there are 46 members, two for each state. All of the Lieutenants are appointed by the state and serve for as long as the state permits them to serve, meaning many serve for life.

Effectively, Congress serves as solely as a place of "dispute resolution" between member states, drafting legally-binding resolutions that outline the agreement the disputers had reached, with Congress rarely enacting laws on its own. This is because Congress' powers are severely curtailed by the Constitution (backed by the Romans), which aimed to protect the sovereignty of the new states as much as possible, although Congress does have the ability to administer continent-wide functions such as the Interstate highway system.

Law Enforcement and Military Edit

As per the Treaty of Buffalo, the NAU's main law enforcement body is the Mundiali, who have their headquarters in Buffalo. Affiliated with the Mundiali is the Foederatio Borealis Indigatores Imperiale (FBII), who operate in Canada, the New York Imperial Police (NYIP) who operate in New York, the Pueblan Confederate Police (PCP), who operate in Pueblan territory and the Virtue Guards, who operate in Quebec, Rockia and Utah.

The Treaty also created a united North American Army, drawn from recruits across the continent and with each of the seven state coalitions having important positions within its command structure. The Romans, though, continue to have their own troops across the continent, with the Treaty maintaining Roman primacy in both the Canadian and American state coalitions.

State Coalitions Edit

On October 18, 2016, the NAU Charter was revised to better reflect the Union's geopolitical reality, based on events on the ground and within the scope of the Treaty of Buffalo. Though the Union's states remained independent, each state got placed into different groups outlining which "sphere of influence" (or "coalitions") it belonged to, indicating which foreign powers (if any) were allowed to place government and military officials in their country. These coalitions (grouped in order of admittance into the Treaty of Buffalo) are:

Canada Edit

A charter signatory to the Treaty, these are the states- mostly to North America's north- that fall under an effective protectorate of Rome. The states all retained their functional independence and can even engage in foreign affairs if they see fit, but their militaries are heavily stocked and subsidized by the Romans, with, in some cases, the Roman legions being the country's entire military. As outlined in the Twelve Tables, Canada is a part of the Roman Commonwealth, meaning the coalition's head of state is the Caesar who is represented in the polity by a Prefect, who can remove a sitting government under certain conditions.

Papal America Edit

These used to be the states that the Treaty originally outlined that the Aramean Empire influenced and provided protection to, but, after the Televised Riots, that responsibility falls directly to Aram's old head of state, the Petrine Pontiff. Like Canada, the states here retain their functional independence, with the Pope- who inherited the Aramean military units already stationed in America- providing military protection and acting as each state's head of state. Unlike Canada, though, it is up to each state to negotiate conditions upon which the Pope can act within the state, with some states granting the Pope unlimited access, including the Pope's personal fiefdom in Bengal (which the Pope decided to group with the American polity).

New York Edit

Main article: New York

The New Yorker Empire is an independent and charter signatory of the Treaty of Buffalo. They are officially allied with Rome but New York has raised its own military and handles its own government administration, including foreign affairs. It has risen to one of the most powerful states within North America, and has become influential worldwide, as it is the only state to hold territory outside of the continent having annexed the Maldive Islands.

Ontario Edit

Main article: Ontario

The Ontarian Empire is a charter signatory of the Treaty of Buffalo. They are officially unaligned, having done so following the NAU's reorganization in October 2016. Internationally, Ontario is considered a "rogue" state, as the Ontarian Emperor- who is unnamed- wields tight control over all information that is released and thus there is very little known about the Empire that is not government propaganda.

Adirondacks Edit

Main article: Roman Republic

This is the only area directly administered by the Roman Empire within the NAU, as it falls under the jurisdiction of the Roman Senate. Officially, it is a separate Roman province, but because it is administered by the Senate, it is grouped among the territories more commonly referred to as the Roman Republic. Although it is a member of the NAU, unlike other member states, a visa is required for entry into the territory, and is the only state that falls completely within Roman legal jurisdiction. It is the smallest of the coalitions, but, as it contains the NAU's effective capital of Buffalo, it is considered the most important.

Utah Edit

The successor to the nation of Deseret, Utah is a charter signatory of the Treaty. They are officially a secular state that grants equal and fundamental rights to all of its citizens, but their politics and cultural practices are highly influenced by the state's predominant peoples, the Mormons. Thus, they are highly socially conservative, even by Virtue's standards, though the practice of polygamy is legal and widely practiced. The Ute people are the other politically dominant group in the state, managing to preserve their own culture despite the Mormon dominance, although many Utes feel that since Utah is more of a "Mormon state" it should use the Mormon name, not the Utes' tribal name. Officially, the state is aligned with Virtue.

Quebec Edit

Main article: Quebec

Quebec is also an independent signatory of the Treaty of Buffalo. Long having a disdain with Roman rule, Quebec invoked its rights under the NAU charter to leave and join Virtue, but several hurdles precipitated the October 18, 2016 NAU charter revamp that allowed the nation to join Virtue but remain within the NAU, which its populace wanted. Since the collapse of France, Quebec has become the primary source and promoter of French culture, and thus it has become an influential nation worldwide.

Pueblo Edit

The Confederation of Pueblo is an economic union of several thousand walled city-states known as "pueblos". An independent signatory of the Treaty, the Confederation is dominated by the politics of the Native American groups who inhabit the region, with each pueblo essentially following the laws and the customs of the dominant Native American tribe in that area (although the Confederation has a Constitution that treats all equally and guarantees them basic rights). Because of its status as an independent Native American state, it is highly influential in Native affairs, often serving as the "voice" of the Natives on the worldwide scale. The Pueblans are officially unaligned globally, although their communal spirit and their reputation as skilled warriors tends to gravitate them towards Rome, who share many similar traits.

Rockia Edit

The Rockians came into being on October 17, 2016 (ratified on October 19, 2016), after widespread rioting following certain states refusing to acknowledge the Pope's overlordship. Unofficially, Rockia is unaligned, with the coalition signing a treaty reaffirming each state's functional and political independence and each signatory vowing not to acquiesce to foreign interference of any kind, although officially Rockia is a member of Virtue in order for the Rockians to promote their ideologies worldwide (and to gain needed foreign aid). Ideologically, the Rockian states are heavily influenced by it's most powerful member, the Rockian Northern Coalition, which was proclaimed by Thomas Bighill (who administers the territory) as "the Emeldic homeland", though it has a diverse demographic, with laws being enacted giving certain demographics political privileges.

Coloradan Empire Edit

The Coloradan Empire- or simply Colorado- was established when a faction of states broke away from Rockia on October 20, 2016 due to the rise of the RNC. Despite its name, the state isn't ruled by an Emperor or a central ruler of any kind- making it a "functional anarchy"- with the Imperial Guard (effectively the national police) serving solely to maintain order and to resolve disputes between citizens. Thus, in the absence of actual laws, citizens enjoy a wide variety of freedoms and a wide latitude for expression, but unless the citizens are able to invest in providing them, the availability of services is scarce at best, especially outside of urban centres (almost all of which are corporations within their own right).

HistoryEdit

For more information, see North American history.

The North American Union was founded on April 9, 1994 by Rome and Aram. It had a tumultuous history as regional differences meant few compromises could be reached. It eventually dissolved and became the American Confederacy in 2017 after more regional squabbling.

Member States Edit

State Treaty of Buffalo coalition NAU Electors/Congress Districts
Adirondacks Roman Republic 9
Alberta Canada 1
Arctic Canada 6
Arkansas America 2
Arizonan Confederation Confederation of Pueblo 11
California Confederation of Pueblo 18
Carolina America 22
Cascadia Canada 6
Coahuila Republic Confederation of Pueblo 14
Illinois Rockia 9
Indiana Ontario 3
Iowa Rockia 4
Kentucky Ontario 2
Maine Ontario 1
Montanan Empire Canda 13
New York New York 27
Ontario Ontario 14
Quebec Quebec 30
Republic of Colorado Coloradan Empire 13
Rockian Northern Council Rockia 25
Utah Utah 12
Virginia America 6
Washington, D.C. America 3

See also Edit

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