The Japanese Pacific States was a colony of the Japanese Empire, encompassing the western portion of occupied America and Canada. It had been continuously under occupation since the end of the Second World War, after the capitulation of the United States government following the Greater Nazi Reich's nuclear attack on Washington, D.C. in 1946 with a Heisenberg Device. After cementing total victory two years later by quelling the American Resistance, the Japanese Empire and the Greater Nazi Reich partitioned the United States into three areas: the Pacific States of America in the Japanese sphere of influence, Nazi America in the German Reich, and a Neutral Zone separating the two.
After facing attacks from the Black Communist Rebellion, the Japanese withdrew from the Pacific States in 1964.
The Pacific States territory encompasses the western portion of the North American continent, stretching from Arizona in the south, to Alaska in the north. The Pacific States are bounded by the Neutral Zone on its eastern border.
Flags and Emblems
The official flag of the Pacific States greatly resembles the Naval Ensign of Rising Sun Flag. A red sun-disc is off-set on a white field, with 12 blue rays of sun, and 8 red stars. The colors of the flag evoke the flag of the former United States, with the 8 stars representing the 8 former American and Canadian states and territories that comprise the Pacific States - Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Hawaii was directly annexed into the Empire as an Overseas Territory. The flag was created by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who resided in the country until his death.
Politics and Policies
The Pacific States' official capital is San Francisco, but the country is ruled indirectly from the Japanese capital Tokyo, possibly through membership of the Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere. Before 1947, the Japanese Pacific States' population consisted mostly of Caucasians and Japanese immigrants. Following Japan's invasion, several immigration policies were implemented, encouraging ethnic Japanese from Japan to migrate to the new colony. While Caucasians are still present in the country and the Japanese tolerate the presence of African-Americans and Jews, their racial policies are in line with those of the Greater Nazi Reich. The extent of racism in the Pacific States is mostly limited to ethnic Japanese enjoying higher standards of living, a majority of the country's police and military being composed of Japanese people, and ethnic Japanese holding larger economic and political weight in the country. The Japanese Pacific States also allows the Japanese Empire's Kempeitai to have free reign. While not as extreme as the Nazi SS, the Kempeitai are still a ruthless force, employing psychological and physical torture as means of interrogation, as well as random executions of civilians in retaliation for Resistance attacks. The official languages of the Japanese Pacific States are English and Japanese, however, the use of Japanese is not mandatory.
Economics and Technology
The economy of the Pacific States is closely tied to that of the Japanese Empire. Due to being in the Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere, the national currency is the Japanese Yen.
After the Black Communist Rebellion blow up the critical infrastructure of the Pacific States, including the Crimson pipeline and several oil tankers; the Japanese Empire enters an oil shortage and were unable to supply oil to their troops handling resistance movements in Australia, China and India.
Under the Crown Princess' suggestion, Emperor Hirohito announces the immediate withdrawal of all Japanese citizens and military personnel from the Pacific States in October 1964. The official evacuation process was completed by November of that year, though clandestine trafficking was facilitated by the Yakuza well after the evacuation. After the withdrawal, American vigilantes form a lynch mob to kill any remaining Japanese citizens living in the Pacific States as a retaliation for the Japanese oppression and discrimination of the American people. In the shows finale episode, it is revealed that Wehrmacht defectors from the GNR along with several senior Nazis are crossing over to the Western states as well.