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The United States of America was an independent federal constitutional republic consisting of 48 states, a federal district, and various territories situated in North America and abroad.

Following its invasion by the Greater Nazi Reich and Japanese Empire in 1945, and subsequent nuclear bombing of Washington, D.C., the United States collapsed and was divided by its conquerors into three separate territories - Nazi America in the east, the Japanese Pacific States in the west, and the Neutral Zone acting as a slim buffer between the two.

History

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In the aftermath of the First World War, the United States of America was a thriving, powerful nation with a stable government until the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which pitched the United States, along with most of the world, into the Great Depression, a period characterized by high unemployment and a declining economy. The history of the United States diverged in 1933, when President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt was assassinated. With Roosevelt not having a chance to enact the New Deal, the Great Depression persisted in the U.S. well into 1940s, along with its policy of isolationism. As a result, the United States was both unwilling and unable to assist the Allies against German aggression when World War II broke out in 1939.

The United States was drawn into the war when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The attack was devastating; not only was the United States Pacific Fleet entirely destroyed, but Japan successfully invaded and occupied Hawaii in the immediate aftermath. On February 16th 1942 the US retook the Hawaiian Islands, the day after the whole nation was celebrating on the streets and thought that the tide had turned. The Allies except the USA were also known to launch Air Raids all over Germany

After the collapse and capitulation of the United Kingdom, Canada, Caribbean, South America and Central America. Nazi Germany and Japan launched a frontal assault on both coasts of the U.S. and from Both Canada and Mexico (possibly with permission by Mexico to base troops) in December 1945. We know from Joe Blake that Stalin was executed in 1949 which indicates that the Soviet Union collapsed in around 1947 after a 6 year war mainly involving Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Franco Spain, Vichy France, Denmark and German Satellite states of Slovakia and Independent State of Croatia. The United States was left to face both enemies alone. Despite heavy losses, the Americans initially managed to hold out against the initial Axis attacks with US Military Soldiers, Foreign Military elements not captured, Refugees and American citizens.

Then, at some point during the invasion, the Germans decided to deploy the newly-created Heisenberg Device, an atomic bomb. It was dropped on Washington D.C. on December 11, 1945. The bomb utterly destroyed the city, resulting in the collapse of the United States Government and most of the senior military leadership and exiled governments. Although what was left of the government surrendered including J Edgar Hoover in March 1946, remnants of the military as well as citizens fought hard to prevent an Axis takeover of the country for almost 2 years. The American Resistance fought a tenacious war against both Germany and Japan for almost two years, but were no match for the Axis Powers. On September 18, 1947, Victory over America was declared, and total conquest of the United States was achieved. The United States was divided into three zones: the Japanese Pacific States in the west, Nazi America in the East, and a slim buffer zone, the Neutral Zone, in between.

In 1947, Adolf Hitler announced that the Axis Powers had eliminated all members of the Resistance and that America had at last been conquered. Ever since the war, there has been bitter resentment between the Axis Powers and the former citizens of the fallen republic. On that date the occupied nations of the world took sides by no free choice or become neutral Zones by no free choice.

Alternate Timeline

After "traveling" via meditation to an alternate timeline, Nobusuke Tagomi witnessed a United States where the Allies had won World War II. The country was never invaded and divided. In this alternate 1962, the United States was engaged in a Cold War with its former war ally, the Soviet Union, and both countries were close to armed hostilities due to their involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Unlike in Nazi America, the capital of the United States remained Washington D.C. and the President of the United States was John F. Kennedy (as evident on the front page of a newspaper Tagomi saw on a bench in San Francisco's Union Square). The flag of the United States in this "alternate" 1962 has 50 stars in the blue field (denoting that Alaska and Hawaii were made official states of the USA).

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