I thought it would be a good idea to give you a little bit of background for the world that Cass & Ken live in.
This appears at the beginning of Volume One; since the subsequent books mostly take place off-Earth I haven’t duplicated it, but it’s probably worth making public.
So here’s a Reader’s Digest Condensed version of the future history of the United States
North America: Things You Ought to Know
This is the country that Cass and Ken know in 2113 – a fractured remnant. The Great Schism of 2021 began the disintegration of the United States. Some of the separations were peaceful, others not. Travel between the newly-minted countries varies widely, usually reflecting the separation process.
National and state boundaries have been unchanged since the Wet Firecracker War of 2093.
In terms of military power, the United States still holds a slim edge over both the Northern Imperium and the New Confederacy, enough to keep an unstable peace. Economically, the California Confederacy and the Republic of Texas are nearly level, with the Northern Imperium and the Empire of New York usually battling for third. Las Vegas Free State, due to its lax regulatory structure, the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, and the Sonoran Republic are fifth through seventh, followed by the United States, New Confederacy, and Big Sky Lands.
Currencies are Credits in the Sonoran Republic and Northern Imperium, Bruins in the California Confederacy, Production Economic Units in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, Cuomos in the Empire of New York, and Dollars in the Unites States, New Confederacy, Las Vegas Free State, and Big Sky Lands.
National Dates of Independence
DATE EVENT MAJOR EVENTS & NATIONS INVOLVED2021The SchismDeclarations of Independence by the New England Collective (MA, ME, NH, VT, RI, CT), Empire of New York (NY), and California Confederacy (CA)2036War of Texan FreedomReestablishment of the Republic of Texas and incorporation of Oklahoma into RoT (TX, OK v. United States)2040War of IndependenceDeclaration of Independence for Northern Imperium (IL, MI) and conquest of Wisconsin & Minnesota in subsequent war (NI v. United States)2053Glorious RevolutionInternal Conflict, New England Collective. United States intervention resulted in establishment of People’s Republic of Massachusetts and return of other states to union as the United States New England Territories (MA V. ME, NH, VT, RI, CT, United States)2061-2063Second American Civil WarDeclaration of New Confederacy (VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MI, TN, KY, AK, LA) and subsequent war v. United States. Eventual peace settlement establishes NewC (GA, FL, AL, MI, AK, LA, TN, KY)2072-2077Green WarsContinuous low-level conflict across continent and nations, pitting advocates of environmental causes against others. PRM and CC suspected of provocation but nothing proven. Creation of Big Sky Lands by treaty (KS, NE, SD, ND, MT, WY, ID). Creation of Sonoran Republic by treaty (NM, AZ). Creation of Kingdom of Hawa’ii by treaty (HI).2078Nameless WarAttempts by NewC to wrest LA & AK from United States, resulting in war between US, NewC, RoT. Ended by establishing Border States as neutral territory between countries (AK, LA), governed by none.2093Wet Firecracker WarWar between United States, CC over fate of Las Vegas. Despite declaration of war, no actual fighting ever occurred as Las Vegas was too vital to both sides economic interest. Ended with establishment of Las Vegas Free State.