Federated Alliance of Free Pacific States

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The Federated Alliance of Free Pacific States is a large country with a population of 573 million people. Located in the South of the East Pacific, the Federated Alliance consists of a continental peninsula, four islands of significant size, and a number of smaller isles. The climate is temperate throughout most of the nation, though the northernmost major island experiences high temperatures throughout much of the year. The topography of the country varies from fertile plains (particularly on the Eastern island) to volcanic islands to mountainous regions (notably on the South of the largest islands). The nation has a Northern land border with the Lyon Federation (which is currently occupied by Free Pacific forces) and Drakkengard.

The people of the Federated Alliance (commonly known as Free Pacificans) are multi-ethnic and culturally diverse. The majority of the population traces its ancestry to North America (32%), Europe (27%), Asia (21%), or Africa (9%). The predominant religion is Unitarianism (61%) but a number of religions are practiced by significant portions of the populace. There is a general “live and let live” atmosphere in the country when it comes to culture and there exist few social divisions. The exceptions to this rule largely relate to the LGBTQ community, the members of which often face a glass ceiling, or in certain cases even blatant discrimination, despite having full legal equality.

The social cohesion within the Federated Alliance is offset by the political fanaticism of the population. It is very common for political-related arguments to become fist fights and the nation is regularly wracked by large-scale politics-related rioting. There is generally a faith in the existing political system, however, with most protesters attacking opposing demonstrators not government officials. Voter turnout is almost universal in the democratic state. The populace is largely represented at the national level by three political parties: the Centrist Party (moderate/third-way), the Nationalist Party (conservative), and the Liberty Party (liberal). The Reform Party (libertarian) and the Isolationist Party (socialist/isolationist) hold some national sway but usually garner less than 5% national support.

The government of the Federated Alliance is organized around the American three-branch democratic federalist model. The federal government shares power with the five state governments. The President, elected by a popular vote for a four year term, leads the Executive Branch. The Federal Forum, which has two Houses, comprises the legislative branch. The upper house is the fifty-one member Federal Council, whose “Councillors” are elected for five year terms to represent the states (and in one case, the capitol). The lower house is the 573 member Federal Assembly, whose “Representatives” are elected for two year terms to represent a constituency of around a million people. The Federal Assembly elects a Chancellor, who oversees its operations, while the Council elects a Speaker, who oversees its operations. The Constitutional Court, whose seven Arbiters are appointed by the President for twenty year terms with Council approval, leads the Judicial Branch.

The economy of the Federated Alliance is extremely strong. The economy produces around thirty million dollars in goods every year with a 2% growth rate. Of those Free Pacificans desiring a full-time job, 96% currently hold a position, though 7% are underemployed. The median income is around fifty thousand dollars, though the mean income is much higher, around seventy thousand. The manufacturing, resource refining, agriculture, and service industries employ most Free Pacificans. But these industries all rely upon trade with the Pax Empire, which exports raw materials en masse and imports food en masse, and allows Free Pacifican companies to profit easily and pay employees well. The Federate Credit, the standing currency of the Federated Alliance, is worth around two dollars.[/s]

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The Codex Conclave colonized the Free Pacifican archipelago in the twelfth century. The Codexians devastated the native population through disease and warfare and seriously outnumbered natives by the thirteenth century. The Conclave renounced its colonial aspirations in 1576, though, and withdrew from all of its colonies that year. A large number of Codexian settlers chose to remain, however, and established a democratic “New Codex.” The native population gained suffrage in 1596 through a concerted political effort. The Conclave thrived until 1665, though it created no military force, a severe error.

1 Infinite Loop invaded New Codex in 1665, toppled the defenseless government, and divided the nation into five provinces. The Looplite administration pillaged the country, raping its culture, while resistance groups carefully destroyed all advanced technology. The Packo Empire “liberated” the area in 1787 during the Packo-Looplite War, found that New Codex no longer existed in anything except theory, and transformed the five Looplite provinces into puppet states. The Empire controlled these states completely until the 1820s, when the Packo Emperor recognized the waning power of the Empire, and granted semi-autonomy to the Packo-appointed rulers.

The five countries took advantage of this semi-autonomy to organize a rebellion then declared independence in 1848. The Packo Empire tried to retake the colonies three times in the next twenty-five years, however, the Emperor ultimately admitted defeat. The five newly recognized states ceased any real cooperation at this point, though a few Codexian experts used the term “Free Pacific States” to describe the culturally similar Faramount Empire, Zalebano Federation, Mengesk Confederation, Beren Kingdom, and Tilden Republic. But these nations retained no political similarity and bickered constantly during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Faramount Empire and Beren Kingdom, which allied in 1906, took that bickering to the next level by invading Tilden Isle in 1914. The Zalebano Federation and Mengesk Republic, which allied in 1909, immediately declared war. The Great War devastated the Free Pacific States over the next five years. Tilden alone escaped destruction by quickly repulsing the enemy invaders then focusing on naval defense. But Zalebano, Mengesk, and Tilden achieved victory in the end; the Faramount Empire collapsed while the Beren King abdicated.

The five nations decided in 1920 to form an Alliance of Free Pacific States to avoid future conflict. The Alliance succeeded beyond the wildest expectations of its founders. It resolved the border issues that caused the Great War in 1923, implemented a free trade program in 1925 that caused significant growth, coordinated stimulus efforts during the Great Depression, united each country’s mail services in 1933, and formed a joint defense force in 1935. The Alliance planned a conference regarding the creation of a confederation for 1936.

1 Infinite Loop interrupted that conference when it invaded in 1936. Looplite forces devastated Free Pacifican defenses in days, captured the Alliance capitol within a week, and soon moved onto capture the capitols of Tilden, Zalebano, and Mengesk. The five states panicked amidst the sudden, massive military attack, and coordination fell by the wayside as each leading Alliance official met his death or capture. A single Alliance administrator, Christopher Grissom, escaped capture or death. The Postmaster of the Alliance, Grissom operated out of Liberty City, a small but centrally located town in Faramount. Grissom rallied the remnants of Alliance forces in Liberty during 1937 and convinced the remnants of all five Free Pacific States to recognize his authority in 1938.

Grissom immediately acted to save the Alliance. He took direct command of the forces of each Alliance nation, ordered an end to discrimination on racial or sexual grounds to facilitate conscription, advocated for universal conversion to Unitarianism, and essentially ignored the five member-governments of the alliance. The Beren King alone objected to this unification but lacked the influence to stop it, especially after his capture in 1940. Grissom caused real controversy, though, by ordering much of the Alliance abandoned to facilitate regrouping far from the coasts.

The new Allied Command undertook a conventional defense in 1938, just after it reorganized under Grissom, based around a defense of Faramount, the sole remaining national capitol. But Looplite forces captured Faramount in 1940, despite heavy losses, and Allied forces met defeat after defeat both before and after that battle. Grissom ordered Allied forces to undertake a guerrilla campaign at that point, forcing the Looplites to focus on occupying conquered lands, and sparing the last few areas free from Looplite attack.

Despite the best attempts of Allied forces and national partisans, Looplite forces advanced steadily until 1942, when it bogged down in Liberty City. Over the previous four years, Liberty had grown from a tiny town to a massive city, and had become the industrial center of the unoccupied portion of the Alliance. Grissom personally stayed in the city to oversee its defense, secretly ordering his deputy to surrender in the case of its fall. But several months into the epic battle for the city, the Lizards invaded 1 Infinite Loop, and the Looplite government cut reinforcements to the Free Pacific States.

Looplite forces lacked the manpower to continue the bloody fight for the city without reinforcements, though, and retreated from its boundaries in 1943. The Allied Command simultaneously undertook a conventional push and guerrilla uprising at that point, recognizing the low morale of Looplite forces, and actually advanced for the first time to date. Free Pacifican forces achieved victory after victory after that point, especially as 1 Infinite Loop began to lose to the Lizards, and the Alliance signed a cease fire with the Looplite Occupying Authority in 1945. The last Looplite troops left to fight back home in 1946, a year later, and the new Lizard government signed a formal peace treaty with the Alliance after it defeated the Looplites in 1948.

But the war demolished the Alliance. The constant fighting and brutal Looplite occupation decimated the population, leaving more wounded and malnourished than healthy. Few businesses survived the conflict except for the arms factories that fed the war effort and even those were mostly nationalized before the end of the war. And none of the Free Pacific States truly continued operation after the 1940, when the Beren King died.

Believing that recreating the five now-defunct national governments would merely elongate the process of reconstruction, Grissom called for the unification of the Alliance. The Alliance Council endorsed this decision in 1949, though it chose not to hold a public constitutional convention to save time, and instead just amended the Alliance Charter to turn the Alliance into a nation. The Federated Alliance was born later that year.

The newly established Federated Alliance of Free Pacific States held elections for the first time in 1950. The Grissom-led Unification Party swept most contests across the country, taking a majority in the Federal Forum, and securing the presidency. The Unifiers succeed greatly once in office, establishing new state governments and implementing the Charter fully. The party collapsed in 1953 due to divisions regarding government policy, however, and Grissom decided to retire rather than pick sides.

The Socialist Party swept the 1954 federal elections with a pledge to rebuild the country. The Socialists revitalized the economy through extraordinary stimulus spending, raised standards of living through massive welfare programs, and reinforced universal suffrage with equal rights projects. The Free Pacifican populace re-elected the Socialists repeatedly due to these successes and the Socialists kept full control of the government though most of the 1960s.

The Capitalist Party ousted the Socialist Party in 1968 amidst growing discontent about economic stagnation, bureaucratic inefficiency, and government corruption. The Capitalists privatized the government industries, eliminated most welfare programs, seriously cutback government bureaucracy, and reduced taxes by half during the 1970s. But the Capitalist paved the way for most businesses to fail, given that they were not ready to immediately compete on an open market, and also created massive dissent, because it eliminated the programs that served the unemployed. The “Great Recession” sent unemployment through the roof, caused the economy to shrink (where it was previously just not growing), and allowed the Socialists to retake control of the government by the time of the 1976 elections.

The Socialist Party nationalized important industries, re-established many welfare programs, and invested heavily in stimulus programs to jump-start the economy. The Socialists successfully ended the recession as a result, however, they lost popularity quickly when they tried to re-nationalize the economy. The Capitalist Party swept the 1980 elections, as a result, and did so in the midst of an economic boom.

The Capitalists continued to shrink the government, eliminated most economic regulation, and again privatized most industries. The Capitalists stimulated further growth as a result of these actions, which proved helpful in the midst of a boom. But regulatory cutbacks led to a number of scandals in the 1980s and the Capitalists alienated much of the population in 1992 with a proposal to privatize health care.

Billionaire Jackie Sushi sough to gain the presidency in 1994 by taking advantage of this situation. Sushi established a “Centrist Party,” committed to implementing middle-ground policies unlike the Socialists and Capitalists, and poured much of her money into the race. Sushi won a majority of votes in the 1994 presidential election and immediately set to work reforming government operations in every way possible without Forum approval. The former businesswoman proved highly successful at this game and Centrist candidates took advantage of her newfound popularity to take the National Forum in 1996.

Chief Ambassador Matthew Terrus won the presidency in 1998 under the Centrist banner. A black horse candidate, Terrus won the Centrist nomination thanks to Sushi, and won the general election thanks to Centrist support. Terrus continued to reform the government, like Sushi, and notably nationalized the education system. But he achieved fame by refusing to coalition with the Isolationists, who controlled the Department of International Affairs from 1954 to 1994, and instead undertook to establish the Federated Alliance as a member of the international community.

Terrus did not seek re-election in 2002, per Free Pacifican tradition, but won re-election after the Centrist Party drafted him as nominee. Terrus continued to establish the Federated Alliance as a major regional player during this period, notably negotiating an end to several regional conflicts. But he failed to establish a solid policy towards the Pax, who dominated the Free Pacifican economy in 2004, and poorly managed the Pax Cybernetic Drone Insurrection of 2005.

The Drone Insurrection wreaked havoc across the nation, though it lasted only three weeks, and completely changed the face of Free Pacifican politics. The Socialist Party and Capitalist Party collapsed after the conflict and the few loyal Socialists and Capitalists fled to the second-tier Isolationist Party and Reform Party, respectively. The conservative Nationalist Party and the liberal Liberty Party rose from the dust to compete with the Centrist Party for national control.

Vice-President Henrik Kroidrik won the Presidency in 2006 on the coat-tails of Terrus, who remained relatively popular when he retired, despite the damage done by the Pax. Kroidrik faced a Nationalist-dominated Federal Assembly, however, which completely blocked him from any domestic policy success. The former Vice President found his foreign policy hampered by two troublesome peacekeeping missions, too, and he ultimately admitted the failure of one of those missions.

The Nationalist Party took advantage of Kroidrik’s incapacity, a Pax-Free Pacifican military standoff, and an extremely capable presidential candidate to seize control of the government in 2010. The new President, Christopher Arctoris, pledged to immediately strengthen the nation and restore it to its pre-Kroidrik glory.[/s]

[s]The States
The five nations that united to form the Federated Alliance of Free Pacific States surrendered complete sovereignty in in 1949. But those countries were recreated as states in the Federated Alliance, each holding semi-autonomy, with direct authority over most day-to-day functions of government. The states are not hugely culturally diverse after fifty years of national unification but certainly remain unique.

Tilden is the Northern island in the archipelago that is the Federated Alliance. The smallest of the federal states, Tilden has a population of 17 million people, and is essentially a giant volcanic island. Tilden has a hot and humid climate with temperatures commonly in the late '80s.

Tilden is known as the paradise of the Federated Alliance because of its beautiful mountain heights, its sunny beaches, and its numerous historical sites. The capitol of Tilden is Garneldo, which is truly the perfect city for the tourist given the presence of numerous resort casinos, theme parks, and museums celebrating its storied history.

Most Tilden residents work in tourist related trades, the service industry, or at high tech firms. “Silicon Beach,” the Free Pacifican equivalent of Silicon Valley, is located just outside Garneldo. The biggest non-government employer in the area is Shiro Academy, a venerable international educational institution, which shares space with Tilden University.

The Tilden government is based on the American three-branch model with a Governor leading the executive, a unicameral Parliament comprising the legislative, and a seven justice Supreme Court leading the judiciary. The Reform Party dominates politics in Tilden, largely because of its support in Garneldo, though the Nationalists hold a significant minority status.

While the Tilden state is known to most as a place of relaxation, it ironically hosts the greatest number of Free Pacifican military personnel per capita of any state because of its proximity to the Pax Empire. Most military strategists see the inevitable battle for Tilden as the likely decider in any battle between the two powers.

Beren is the mainland state in the archipelago that is the Federated Alliance. The stub of continent has 92 million occupants, most of whom enjoy life on a largely flat area. Beren has a temperate climate like most of the rest of the Federated Alliance.

Beren holds no special place in the minds of most Free Pacifican. The cities of the state house large manufacturing plants, which turn Pax raw materials into useful products, while the countryside of the state houses large-scale farming establishments, which provide food to the Pax. Most Berenians work in manufacturing, the service industry, or agriculture.

The Beren government, based in the city of Codexia, follows the American three branch model. A Governor leads the executive, a bicameral Congress is the legislative, and a nine person Supreme Court leads the judiciary. The Nationalist Party dominates the political scene in Codexia, given its proximity to the violent Lyon Federation, and the presence of the “Pax Reservation” in Southern Beren. The Centrist Party provides the only real opposition.

Zalebano is the massive, Central Eastern island in the archipelago that is the Federated Alliance. The largest state in terms of landmass has a population of 199 million people, most of whom live along the jagged coastline, not in the flatter inland. The climate is temperate throughout the year.

Zalebano is known as the breadbasket of the Federated Alliance. There is a considerable manufacturing presence on the island, especially in the large port cities that ring the state. But 70% of the island’s land is taken up by agricultural settlements. Zalebano provides half the agricultural products produced by the Free Pacific States.

Most Zalebanians work in manufacturing, despite the reputation of the state, with a considerable number working in the service industry. The capitol of Zalebano, a port by the same name, also employs many in its numerous ship production works.

The Zalebanian government follows the American three-branch model. A Governor leads the executive, a bicameral Congress comprises the legislative, and a nine-justice Supreme Court leads the judiciary. The Liberty Party holds a majority in Zalebano but the Centrist Party provides strong opposition.

Faramount is the massive, Central Western island in the archipelago that is the Federated Alliance. The largest state in terms of population has 211 million residents, who are spread throughout the hilly island. The climate is temperate throughout the year.

Faramount is known as the commercial center of the Federated Alliance. The basis of the economy there is manufacturing, just like everywhere else but Tilden, but many powerful financial giants call Faramount City home. The capitol of Faramount is the home of the Free Pacifican stock exchange, Free Pacifican Federal Reserve, and every major bank of the Federated Alliance.

The Faramountian government follows the American three-branch model. . A Governor leads the executive, a bicameral Congress comprises the legislative, and a nine-justice Supreme Court leads the judiciary. The Centrist Party holds a majority in Faramount but the Nationalist Party provides strong opposition.

Mengesk is the Southern island of the archipelago that is the Federated Alliance. The 47 million Mengeskians live in a mountainous state that celebrates its temperate climate despite its proximity to East Malyasia.

Mengesk is notorious in the Federated Alliance for its recent economic collapse. The most prosperous state except Faramount during the 1990s, Mengesk hit rock bottom after the Federated Alliance opened its borders to Pax imports, because most Mengeskians were employed by mining conglomerates. Mengesk has made a comeback but retains the worst economy of any state.

The Mengesk State Government operates out of Confere and follows the American three-branch model. A Governor leads the executive, a unicameral Parliament comprises the legislative, and a nine-justice Supreme Court leads the judiciary. The Liberty Party dominates politics in Mengesk, though the Centrist Party provides considerable opposition.

Liberty City is the independent capitol of the Federated Alliance, which is directly administered by the federal government. The Federated Alliance chose Liberty City as its capitol because the city served as the home of the joint military command during World War II. Liberty City has a mostly service-based economy with its residents working in government, the service industry, or for the very few manufacturing sites on the outskirts of town. Liberty City is a sprawling metropolis with a population of seven million. The Centrist Party dominates Liberty City politics.[/s]

[s]The Federal Government
The Federated Alliance organizes its national government into eleven departments and several independent agencies for operational reasons. The President appoints the leader of each of these bureaus, though the Federate Council must approve each appointment. A “Secretary” leads each Department and is assisted by a Deputy Secretary. An “Assistant Secretary” leads every bureau, though these officials also carry the title “Director.” A Director oversees the independent agencies, except the Federal Bureau of Oversight, which is overseen by the “Chief Inspector” of the Federated Alliance.

The federal government spends around 10 trillion dollars a year and collects an equal amount of revenue (though deficits of around 100 billion are normal). The government collects 9 trillion dollars through a progressive income tax system, which exempts corporations but provides few exemptions to individuals, and makes the rest through trade taxes, capitol gains taxes, and special taxes. The average federal tax rate is 35%, though some Free Pacificans pay as little as 0%, while other Free Pacificans pay as much as 75%.

Department of State
The Department of State is the center of the bureaucracy of the Federated Alliance. The State Secretary manages a .25 trillion dollar budget is third in the line of presidential succession.

The Department of State manages six major subordinate agencies. The Executive Staff Bureau provides staff for the President and Vice President. The Legislative Staff Bureau provides staff for the Federal Forum. The Judicial Staff Bureau provides staff for the Judiciary. The Federal Elections Administration supervises federal elections nationwide. The Federal Information Administration maintains records for the government and controls access to government records (though it can be overruled by the courts). The Federal Bureau of Oversight ensures efficient, honest government operation through the investigation of the work of every government agency.

Department of Treasury
The Department of Treasury is essentially the financial office of the Federated Alliance. The Treasury Secretary manages a .25 trillion dollar budget and is fourth in the line of presidential succession.

The Department of Treasury manages four major subordinate agencies. The Federal Revenue Agency collects taxes. The Federal Budget Administration tracks federal expenditures, especially with relation to legislation, and handles any debts. The National Currency Administration prints money, mints coins, and performs related activities. The Federal Bank Administration provides loans to banks, nationwide, and handles some financial regulation.

Department of Defense
The Department of Defense administrates the military of the Federated Alliance. The Defense Secretary manages a 1.5 trillion dollar budget and is fifth in the line of presidential succession.

The Department of Defense manages two major subordinate agencies. The National Military Administration manages the armed forces. The National Defense Administration manages the conscription program and civil defense initiatives.

Department of Security
The Department of Justice provides for federal law enforcement. The Security Secretary manages a .5 trillion dollar budget and is sixth in the line of presidential succession.

The Department of Security manages four major subordinate agencies. The Federal Law Enforcement Agency investigates interstate crimes, cooperates with police departments to solve noteworthy crimes, and assists administrative offices with the enforcement of federal law. The National Protection Agency secures the border, protects transportation centers, and protects important public officials. The Federal Judicial Administration prosecutes and defends individuals convicted of a federal offense. The Federal Rehabilitation Administration operates the federal prison system.

Department of Safety
The Department of Safety ensures the well-being of the Free Pacifican populace. The Safety Secretary manages a 2.5 trillion dollar budget and is seventh in the line of presidential succession.

The Department of Safety manages two major subordinate agencies. The Federal Health Service works with state health authorities to provide free medical care to qualifying Free Pacificans. The Federal Emergency Service assists state emergency services and handles disaster management.

Department of International Affairs
The Department of International Affairs performs all foreign work of the Federated Alliance. The International Affairs Secretary manages a .5 billion dollar budget and is eighth in the line of presidential succession.

The Department of International Affairs manages two subordinate agencies. The Free Pacifican Diplomatic Agency staffs embassies overseas, conducts negotiations with foreign governments, and assists Free Pacificans worldwide. The Free Pacifican Humanitarian Agency provides assistance to the peoples of poorer areas of the region. The National Immigration Administration manages all matters related to immigration, though the National Protection Agency conducts immigration enforcement operations. The Free Pacifican Intelligence Agency is the intelligence service of the Federated Alliance, which collects information on potential foreign threats.

Department of Economic Affairs
The Department of Economic Affairs regulates the economy of the Federated Alliance. The Economic Affairs Secretary manages a .5 trillion dollar budget and is ninth in the line of presidential succession.

The Department of Economic Affairs manages five subordinate agencies. The Interstate Commerce Authority regulates imports, exports, and interstate business. The Interstate Labor Bureau regulates the activities of unions that operate in multiple states (and/or overseas) and the treatment of employees by firms that operate in multiple states (and/or overseas). The Interstate Transportation Authority manages the national freeway system, cooperates with interstate transport providers, and regulates interstate transport. The Federal Agriculture Authority regulates agricultural activities nationwide. The Federal Communications Authority regulates communications activities nationwide.

Department of Domestic Affairs
The Department of Domestic Affairs performs a myriad of public services. The Domestic Affairs Secretary manages a .5 trillion dollar budget and is tenth on the line of presidential succession.

The Department of Domestic Affairs manages three major subordinate agencies (and a massive number of minor subordinate agencies). The Federal Education Service provides loans to college students, grants to research organizations, and assistance to state administered k-12 schools. The Federal Energy Authority regulates energy production nationwide. The Federal Environment Protection Service performs environmental protection work nationwide.

Department of Welfare
The Department of Welfare ensures the social security of Free Pacifican citizens. The Welfare Secretary manages a 3.25 trillion dollar budget and is eleventh in the line of succession.

The Department of Welfare manages four major subordinate agencies. The Federal Assistance Service provides aid to employed but poor Free Pacificans, usually through a state authority. The Federal Unemployment Service provides assistance to unemployed Free Pacificans, usually through a state authority. The National Retirement Service provides a pension to qualifying retired Free Pacificans. The National Veterans Administration provides benefits to former members of the armed forces.

Independent Agencies
The Federated Alliance organizes almost every government service under a cabinet Department but maintains several independent agencies.

The Federal Territory Administration enforces all federal regulations in federal territories. There is currently only one federal territory, Cuttersville, which is inhabited entirely by Free Pacificans voluntarily assimilated by the Pax. The Federal Territory Administration maintains a budget of fifty billion dollars.

The National Postal Corporation is a joint private/public venture that provides postal service to all Free Pacificans. The National Postal Corporation does face competition for package delivery, but, no company dares compete with it for letter delivery. The National Postal Corporation spends around 150 billion dollars per yet but generally earns around 175 billion dollars per year.

The Public Broadcasting Corporation is a non-profit organization, which receives limited public funding, and endeavors to provide educational, objective, and helpful information to the public.

The Federal Rail Corporation is a joint private/public venture that operates the national railway service. The Federal Rail Corporation faces limited competition at the interstate level but heavy competition at the intrastate level.[/s]