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Union of Everett
Union d'Everett (French)
Unión de Everett (Spanish)
Flag of Union of Everett
Coat of arms of Union of Everett
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Liberty, Justice, Equality
Anthem: Dream Free
Location of Union of Everett
Capital Everett City
Largest city New York City
Official languages EnglishSpanishFrench
Recognised regional languages Algic • Iroquoian • Siouan-Catawban • Eskimo-Aleut • Mayan • Hawai'ian
Ethnic groups White/European • Hispanic • African • Asian • Native American • Pacific Islander
Demonym Everetti, Everettis
Government Federal Constitutional Republic
• President
Kaitlyn Rachel Spencer
Formation
• United States of America
July 4, 1776
• Union of Independent States
July 4, 1998
• Union of Everett
January 5, 2000
Area
• Total
3,023,424 sq mi (7,830,630 km2) (4th)
• Water (%)
5.22%
Population
• 2020 estimate
262,771,685 (3rd)
• Density
86.9/sq mi (33.6/km2)
GDP (PPP) 2022 estimate
• Total
$21.905 trillion (2nd)
• Per capita
$83,361
GDP (nominal) 2022 estimate
• Total
$21.905 trillion (1st)
• Per capita
$83,361
Gini 41.2
medium
HDI 0.941
very high · 9th
Currency Everetti dollar (EV$) ($) (EVD)
Time zone Universal Standard Time
Central Standard Time (southern states)
• Summer (DST)
Not Observed (UTC)
Drives on the right
Calling code +1, +52, +53
Internet TLD .ev .ue

The Union of Everett, commonly known as Everett or The Union (abbr. UE, EV or UoE) is a nation located in eastern North America and the Caribbean, consisting of 43 states and one autonomous region. It has a land area of 3,023,424 square miles (7,830,630 km2), the 4th largest in the world. It shares borders with Canada, Mexico and the United States to the west, Guatemala and Belize to the south, and maritime borders with the Bahamas, Haiti and Russia. Everett has a population of 262,771,685 as of 2020, the 3rd most populous country in the world. The national capital of Everett is Everett City in the state of New York, and its largest city is New York City, also in the same state.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago, and European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the Thirteen British Colonies established along the East Coast. Disputes with Great Britain over taxation and political representation led to the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), which established the nation's independence. In the late 18th century, the U.S. began expanding territory across North America, gradually obtaining new territories, sometimes through war, frequently displacing Native Americans, and admitting new states. World War I established the U.S. as a world power, and the aftermath of World War II left the United States and the Soviet Union as the world's two superpowers. The United States rose to its peak following the end of the Cold War. Internal strife in the 1990s led to a fracturing of the nation, and a near second civil war that ended in a peaceful national divorce as it teetered on the edge. The Union of Independent States was born in 1998, and expanded its territory as political movements and unrest in the U.S. spread, cascading into neighboring Canada and Mexico. The UIS changed its name to the Union of Everett in 2000, its namesake after Senator, writer and political philosopher Arthur D. Everett, who is considered the nation's founding father. Everett rapidly stabilized and developed itself into an economic, technological and military power into the 21st century, continuing to annex and absorb territory from Canada, Mexico, the United States and Cuba.

The Union of Everett is a federal presidential constitutional republic with three separate branches of government, including a bicameral legislature. It is a member state of the United Nations and holds a permanent position on the UN Security Council. It is a member in multiple global organizations including NATO, OECD, the G8 and G20, and hold strategic military alliances across the world, including India, and Pacific states such as Australia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Everett is a liberal democracy, balanced with a mix of socially liberal and fiscally conservative policy, and ranks high in international measures of human rights, democracy, economic freedom, education, and quality of life.

The Union of Everett is a highly developed country, and its economy accounts for approximately a quarter of global GDP and is the world's largest by GDP. It is the world's largest importer of goods and the second-largest exporter, second to China. 3.4% of the global population, Everettis collectively possess 18.5% of the world's total wealth, the largest percentage of any country. The Union is the foremost military power in the world and a leading political, cultural, and scientific force.

History

Native Americans

Iroquois-SPEC

Flag of the Iroquois Confederacy

The first people to reside on the lands currently known as the Union of Everett were native Americans, who first arrived on the continent of North America over 15,000 years ago. The earliest populations in the Americas, before roughly 10,000 years ago, are known as Paleo-Indians. Hundreds of cultures and native civilizations developed for thousands of years. By the time European explorers arrived in the Americas, North America was populated by a variety of indigenous nations. Much of what consists of mainland Everett included the Iroquois, Algonquin, Shawnee and the Lakota nations. Civilizations such as the Mayans and Aztecs resided in much of what are the present day states of Maya Coast, Michoacán and Yucatan. Alaska was populated by groups including the Aleut and Yupik nations. Everett's Caribbean territories included the indigenous Taíno people. Native Americans lived uncontacted by the rest of the world until 1000 AD when the Vikings first landed in what is the present day state of Newfoundland. The Viking presence in the region was short-lived and indigenous people would not meet European explorers again until Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Colonization

Since 1492, many explorers and colonists flooded the Americas and began colonizing the land. On April 2, 1513, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León landed on what he called "La Florida"—the first documented European arrival on what would become the U.S. mainland. Spanish settlements in the region were followed by ones in the present-day southwestern United States that drew thousands through Mexico. French fur traders established outposts of New France around the Great Lakes; France eventually claimed much of the North American interior, down to the Gulf of Mexico. The first successful English settlements were the Virginia Colony in Jamestown in 1607 and the Pilgrims' Plymouth Colony in 1620.

The 1628 chartering of the Massachusetts Bay Colony resulted in a wave of migration; by 1634, New England had been settled by some 10,000 Puritans. By the turn of the century, African slaves were becoming the primary source of bonded labor. With the 1729 division of the Carolinas and the 1732 colonization of Georgia, the thirteen British colonies that would become the United States of America were established. All had local governments with elections open to most free men, with a growing devotion to the ancient rights of Englishmen and a sense of self-government stimulating support for republicanism. All legalized the African slave trade. With high birth rates, low death rates, and steady immigration, the colonial population grew rapidly. Excluding the Native Americans, who were being displaced, those thirteen colonies had a population of 2.6 million in 1770, about one-third that of Britain; nearly one in five Americans were black slaves. Though subject to British taxation, the American colonials had no representation in the Parliament of Great Britain.

The United States of America

Capitol

Capitol Building of the U.S. Government

Tensions between American colonials and the British during the revolutionary period of the 1760s and early 1770s led to the American Revolutionary War, fought from 1775 through 1781. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress, convening in Philadelphia, established a Continental Army under the command of George Washington. Proclaiming that "all men are created equal" and endowed with "certain unalienable Rights," the Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson, on July 4, 1776. That date is now celebrated annually as America's Independence Day. In 1777, the Articles of Confederation established a weak federal government that operated until 1789.

After the British defeat by American forces assisted by the French, Great Britain recognized the independence of the United States and the states' sovereignty over American territory west to the Mississippi River. A constitutional convention was organized in 1787 by those wishing to establish a strong national government, with powers of taxation. The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, and the new republic's first Senate, House of Representatives, and president George Washington took office in 1789. The Bill of Rights, forbidding federal restriction of personal freedoms and guaranteeing a range of legal protections, was adopted in 1791. Americans' eagerness to expand westward prompted a long series of Indian Wars and an Indian removal policy that stripped the native peoples of their land.

The Louisiana Purchase of French-claimed territory under President Thomas Jefferson in 1803 almost doubled the nation's size. The War of 1812, declared against Britain over various grievances and fought to a draw, strengthened U.S. nationalism. A series of U.S. military incursions into Florida led Spain to cede it and other Gulf Coast territory in 1819. The United States annexed the Republic of Texas in 1845. The concept of Manifest Destiny was popularized during this time. The 1846 Oregon Treaty with Britain led to U.S. control of the present-day American Northwest. The U.S. victory in the Mexican-American War resulted in the 1848 cession of California and much of the present-day American Southwest.

Tensions between slave and free states mounted with arguments over the relationship between the state and federal governments, as well as violent conflicts over the spread of slavery into new states. Abraham Lincoln, candidate of the largely antislavery Republican Party, was elected president in 1860. Before he took office, seven slave states declared their secession—which the federal government maintained was illegal—and formed the Confederate States of America. With the Confederate attack upon Fort Sumter, the American Civil War began and four more slave states joined the Confederacy. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation committed the Union to ending slavery. Following the Union victory in 1865, three amendments to the U.S. Constitution ensured freedom for the nearly four million African Americans who had been slaves, made them citizens, and gave them voting rights. The war and its resolution led to a substantial increase in federal power.

The 1867 Alaska purchase from Russia completed the country's mainland expansion. The Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 was the last major armed conflict of the Indian Wars. In 1893, the indigenous monarchy of the Pacific Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in a coup led by American residents; the United States annexed the archipelago in 1898.

At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the United States remained neutral. Most Americans sympathized with the British and French, although many opposed intervention. In 1917, the United States joined the Allies, turning the tide against the Central Powers. In 1920, the women's rights movement won passage of a constitutional amendment granting women's suffrage. The prosperity of the Roaring Twenties ended with the Wall Street Crash of 1929 that triggered the Great Depression. After his election as president in 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt responded with the New Deal, a range of policies increasing government intervention in the economy. The Dust Bowl of the mid-1930s impoverished many farming communities and spurred a new wave of western migration. The United States, effectively neutral during World War II's early stages after Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland in September 1939, began supplying material to the Allies in March 1941 through the Lend-Lease program. On December 7, 1941, the United States joined the Allies against the Axis powers after a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan. The United States, having developed the first nuclear weapons, used them on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August. Japan surrendered on September 2, ending the war.

The United States and Soviet Union jockeyed for power after World War II during the Cold War, dominating the military affairs of Europe through NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The United States promoted liberal democracy and capitalism, while the Soviet Union promoted communism and a centrally planned economy. Both supported dictatorships and engaged in proxy wars. The 1961 Soviet launch of the first manned spaceflight prompted President John F. Kennedy's call for the United States to be first to land "a man on the moon," achieved in 1969. Kennedy also faced a tense nuclear showdown with Soviet forces in Cuba. Meanwhile, the United States experienced sustained economic expansion. A growing civil rights movement, led by African Americans such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., fought segregation and discrimination. Following Kennedy's assassination in 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson and his successor, Richard Nixon, expanded a proxy war in Southeast Asia into the unsuccessful Vietnam War. The subsequent Soviet collapse ended the Cold War.

National Divorce

In the 1990s a series of events led to a collapse of order in the United States, starting with political opposition to the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq. Supporters of non-interventionism protested the war and the United States long history of what they deemed unnecessary and interventionist wars and foreign affairs that distracted from important domestic issues and drained the economy. The state civil unrest was accelerated with the brutal beating of Rodney King, leading to the 1992 LA riots that spread to affect other cities across the nation. The riots led to the formation of localized militia groups who attempted to defend communities from rioting and looting as government failed to effectively and swiftly stop the violence. The formation of the modern militia movement was accelerated by the events of Ruby Ridge. The unprovoked FBI shooting of Vicki Weaver sparked a call to arms among Second Amendment supporters and militia radicals. In 1993, the Waco siege was a breaking point, resulting in militias forming into the United States Defense Force. The USDF called for the resignation of then US Attorney General Janet Reno and President Bill Clinton, citing the burning deaths of women and children at the siege. Further attempts by the US government to respond to possible militia extremism resulted in shoot outs between federal agents and militia groups in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Following the Waco Leaks in 1994, millions of Americans took to the streets to protest the killing of civilians by the US government, particularly focused on the 25 children who died. While formal hearings in Congress went nowhere, the USDF did not relent in voicing its belief that the United States government had gone rogue and considered the Waco siege an "act of war" on the American people. A separatist movement was born, seeking either the complete resignation of the current US administration or secession from the United States.

In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing shocked the nation. The USDF condemned the act of terrorism and called for efforts for a peaceful resolution, however the federal government launched an all-out campaign against the American militia movement and the separatists. Several stand-offs between the federal government and the USDF ensued, with four violent skirmishes, with two in Texas, one in Montana and one in Georgia. 21 federal agents and 16 USDF militia members were killed. The government aggression only further solidified the position of the separatist movement, claiming the federal government was only interested in violence. The following protests and violent skirmishes between the government and militia were likened by historians to the Arab Spring in 2011. Several states, angered by US federal aggression on their soil threatened formal secession, including Texas, which cited Waco as "an act of state-sponsored mass murder". Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Michigan led talks regarding the possibility of either reforming the United States federal government with a Constitutional Convention of the states or alternative options, which included secession. With rising tensions and growing scandal, US AG Janet Reno resigned, sparking a series of additional executive-level resignations. US President Bill Clinton officially resigned his presidency on September 19, 1996, leaving Vice President Al Gore to take the presidency.

Formation of the Union of Everett

With the resignation of President Bill Clinton, 15 states signed an agreement on May 3, 1997, known as the Union of Independent States Declaration of Intent to Secede. Texas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi agreed the United States government was irredeemably broken and required a complete renewal, and that any effort to reform the government through a Constitutional Convention would be equally corrupted. The Gore administration responded angrily, warning any effort to secede would result in military action against the offending states. This only brought Louisiana, Vermont, Illinois and Alaska to sign on to the Declaration in August of 1997. The USDF supported the initiative, only to incur further wrath from the US federal government, which intensified its efforts to crackdown on not only the militias and the separatists, but also targeted anyone supporting secession. Violent responses to peaceful protests around the country intensified American's frustration with the government, which was now violating basic constitutional rights such as free speech and peaceable protest. Seceding states responded to federal crackdowns by activating their state-level national guards and law enforcement agencies to help resist federal agents actions, and to defy federal orders regarding the National Guard. This led to armed stand-offs between federal agents and state authorities backed by USDF militias. Several states voiced their concerns that the federal government was becoming irrational and that the Gore administration was no more rational and in control of the situation than the Clinton administration was. Maine, Wisconsin and Minnesota signed on to the Declaration in February of 1998. With the United States teetering on the edge of a civil war, the United Nations sought a peaceful solution, after being called upon by a group of activists influential within the USDF to assist in preventing bloodshed. USDF leader Jason M. Harris and veteran, writer and philosopher Arthur D. Everett led a commission of USDF leaders and seceding state representatives to meet with federal officials on April 16, 1998. The meeting was mediated by United Nations officials and took place inside the UN building. The Union of Independent States sought independence and voiced their willingness to go to war to stop what they believed to be a rogue federal government. In the end of a month-long negotiation, the US federal government and President Al Gore agreed to surrender the states associated with the UIS.

The Union of Independent States announced a formal date of secession from the United States of America in June of 1998, stating that July 4, 1998 would be its official independence day. Over the course of the month, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island joined the UIS in seceding. In total, 27 states left the United States, but Texas chose to become independent, deciding to not join the UIS. The 26 states formed the Union of Independent States and an interim government located in Albany, New York, led by interim President Jason Harris. The US did not feel comfortable with its government district left as an island within another nation. The United States provided a timeline to the UIS for surrendering the District of Columbia, deciding to relocate the federal government to Sacramento, California. Meanwhile, affairs in the US continued to deteriorate, with protests and riots in multiple cities. The remaining states sought to reform the government instead of secession and organized a Constitutional Convention. On July 4, 1998, the UIS declared its independence official.

In 1999, the Canadian province on Quebec underwent a similar uprising, after mass protests inspired by events in the United States, broke out, seeking Quebecois independence. Quebecois separatist political parties founded the movement, only to incur a response from Canadian authorities, warning they would not tolerate a breakdown of order as seen in the neighboring US. Canadian authorities swiftly arrested leaders within the Quebecois independence movement and broke up protest events and political rallies in an effort to stomp out the threat of Quebec seceding. Neighboring provinces voiced their concerns of suppression of free speech and peaceful protest on the part of the Canadian government, sparking further protests. The Canadian government had in-effect, sparked the very problems they wanted to prevent. Although violence was significantly less than what transpired in the United States, clashes between protesters and police ensued. This only encouraged the Quebecois independence movement. While the UIS was still involved in its own affairs of preparing a formal government and official elections, it did voice its support of free speech and protest, condemning Canada's crackdowns. By the end of 1999, Quebec declared independence, and Canada deployed the military to bring the province under control. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico sought entry into the UIS, becoming its 27th state.

Simultaneously, protests broke out in Mexico, protesting the government's failure to control crime and the growing violence from drug cartels and their power over rampantly corrupt government officials. Mexicans sought an end to cartel influence on the government and police. The drug cartels however saw the split of the United States as an opportunity to expand their operations to the north and expand their power in Mexico. Several Mexican states announced they would follow the moves of Americans and Canadians in seceding from the country and drawing up a new government, which only incurred the anger of Mexican authorities and caught the interest of the drug cartels to form a narco-state. The situation in Mexico devolved into violence when drug cartels made moves in the state of Tamaulipas to seize control over the government. This resulted in a civil war between drug cartels and authorities. The violence inevitably spilled over into Texas, which forced the new Texan government to respond militarily.

In 2000, with conditions in Canada deteriorating, the UIS voiced its concerns over military actions on its border. At the same time, elections were officially held on January 5, 2000. Jason Harris won the Presidency with ease, becoming the nation's first official President. A vote was also held as citizens voted to choose an official name for the new country. While "Union of Independent States" was on the list, it and other potential names were defeated by a slim margin, with voters choosing the "Union of Everett". Arthur Everett had become a very popular folk figure among the seceding states and was considered the nation's founding father, and his namesake was chosen to name the country. As Quebec began to lose its effort to secede, its instead sought entry into the Union of Everett to become a state. Negotiations between Canadian officials and Everetti President Jason Harris ended in May of 2000 with Quebec being admitted into the country as the 28th state. Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick followed, becoming the 29th, 30th and 31st states respectively in July of 2000. Nova Scotia absorbed Prince Edward Island, becoming a single state of Nova Scotia. The Union of Everett became involved in the ongoing drug war in Mexico, joining Texas in efforts to push cartel violence back into Mexico in August of 2000. The Mexican state of Tamaulipas requested help from Texas and the Union of Everett as the Mexican government broke down, unable to contain the violence. Several other Mexican states announced their desires to leave Mexico if the Union of Everett would assist them in containing the drug cartels. Everett saw an opportunity to gain more territory and also a legitimate excuse to crush the growing problem of illegal narcotics in the US, Everett and Texas, and officially designated the Mexican drug cartels terrorist organizations and declared a state of war on them. The Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatan, Tabasco, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Chiapas announced secession from Mexico in September of 2000, and were annexed by the Union of Everett in October, as Everetti and Texan troops deployed into the former Mexican states. The North American Drug War formally began on October 15, 2000. The states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz were merged to become the state of Maya Coast. The states of Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Chiapas merged to become the state of Yucatan. The Union of Everett now consisted of 33 states.

As Everett established its new government, it needed a home for it. Albany was crowded, already the capital of the state of New York, and Washington DC remained in US control for at least another few years. A decision was made to designate a new federal district that would house a new series of government facilities in a rural patch of land in the lower Hudson Valley of New York state. The government purchased 1,500 acres of land in Orange County, New York and a team of architects designed new government buildings for a federal government complex. Expedited construction efforts placed the construction timeline of many of the buildings to be completed within a year, and the entire series of complexes within three years. Into 2001, the first to be completed was the new Presidential Manor, a mansion that functioned as a home for the sitting President and offices for the President and the administration to conduct their daily duties.

A New Millennium, A New Nation

The Union of Everett saw the turn of the millennium as a new start for the new nation. With construction underway of a new federal district, and its first government in place, the country saw the passage of a number of vital bills focused on developing the country. Everett sought to rebuild the old American manufacturing sector, improve and upgrade infrastructure, expand the nation's energy sector and reorganize its education and healthcare system. A massive effort was also underway to sift through and overhaul the old legal system and thousands of old laws of the United States that remained in place until a formal government could officially begin changing things. With a new year, the Union of Everett also drafted a new Constitution of the Union of Everett, with much of it based on the United States Constitution. The new Constitution was adopted and ratification among the states began in July 2001. The Everetti military, working jointly with the Texans successfully repelled drug cartel operations from the new states of Maya Coast and Yucatan, and continued military engagements into Mexico against the terror groups.

However, a new threat of terrorism emerged on September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al Qaeda attacked the United States and the Union of Everett. Commercial aircraft were hijacked by teams of terrorists who then used the aircraft as weapons to strike the World Trade Center towers in New York City, Everett, and the Pentagon in Washington DC in the United States. Terrorists had sought to take advantage of the events of the last several years to incite more unrest, in hope of completely collapsing the United States. Instead, the attacks forced the US and Everett and set aside their differences, the attacks inciting unity, rather than division, and war was declared on Afghanistan. The United States, Union of Everett and the Republic of Texas jointly declared a Global War On Terrorism with the goal of eradicating the organization responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The US activated Article 5 of the NATO treaty, and NATO joined the war effort. The Union of Everett and Texas were both swiftly accepted into NATO. NATO forces under the newly formed International Security Assistance Force invaded Afghanistan with the goal of rooting out and destroying al Qaeda and finding its leader Osama bin Laden. War was also subsequently waged against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban.

In 2003, the United States desired to declare war on Iraq, claiming Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. The Union of Everett claimed the possession of nuclear weapons was not backed up by evidence and rejected an offer to join in operations against the country. The UN also declined an official sanction of the war, forcing the US to create a Coalition of the Willing. War was declared on Iraq on March 20, 2003. The Union of Everett stayed out of the conflict, focused on Afghanistan and countering terrorism threats to the nation. In February 2004, the Union of Everett completed construction of its new federal district's government complexes and the government moved operations from its makeshift government offices in Albany, New York to the federal district, which would become nicknamed "Everett City". Months later in May, the US government completed moving its offices to Sacramento, California, and the two nations participated in a joint "handing-over ceremony". The District of Columbia fell under the authority of the Union of Everett and became a county within the state of Maryland. Several former US federal buildings in Washington DC were retaken as official offices for Everetti government operations and duties. The Pentagon would become the home of the Everetti Department of Defense. A month later, Hawaii declared its intentions to secede from the United States and join Everett. It cited multiple concerns in the country, including a flailing economy and senseless foreign war in Iraq, and feared the potential instability in the US, that a collapse could occur. Hawaii was peacefully admitted into the Union of Everett in August of 2004, becoming the 34th state.

Over the next several years, the Union of Everett grappled with the ongoing conflicts in Mexico and Afghanistan and juggled a massive national overhaul of its infrastructure, laws and social systems. The country turned to nuclear energy as the future of power infrastructure, oil and natural gas production was dramatically expanded so Everett would no longer be dependent on Middle East oil and funding of education, policing and healthcare was expanded. The healthcare system became a joint public/private system with a government option to compete with health insurers. The Union of Everett adopted a capitalist system of government-run businesses to compete with private businesses. The government-run for-profit businesses would eventually generate billions in revenue for the country, which would make the government less dependent on taxes as a source of income. In 2009, with the rise of Somalian piracy, the Union of Everett declared war on Somalia and began a naval blockade of the country to prevent all future piracy. It joined the international Task Force 150 to patrol the region, and bombed Somali terrorist targets. In 2010, the Afghanistan war came to an end with the capture of Osama bin Laden by Everetti special forces in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden was brought back to the Union of Everett and summarily executed at a military prison. Although the war in Afghanistan ended, the Union of Everett remained until 2011 as it drew down forces. The United States and the coalition did not want to leave, so Everett transferred its camps and bases to ISAF control and left the country. Everett would continue to engage terrorist groups around the world through the use of special forces operations and drone airstrikes for years to come. On January 5, 2010, President Jason Harris was reelected for a second term, however as according to the Constitution, each new term would be limited to five years, he would only remain in office for a second term of five years. Term limits on all politicians also limited them to two terms.

The Union of Everett condemned the overthrow of Libya and US/European interventionism in 2011. Libya inevitably devolved into civil war and intensified international migration, which was a growing crisis throughout 2010 and 2011 during the Arab Spring. Everett also condemned US military operations expanding into Syria, claiming the wars in the Middle East were worsening the migration crisis.

The ongoing North American Drug War continued in Mexico. The Mexican state of Michoacán declared its secession from Mexico in 2014 and asked to join the Union of Everett. Michoacán became an Everetti Authority Zone and remained such until 2018, when it became a formal state. Everett joined NATO forces and the US in 2014 in operations against the Islamic State terror group, launching airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria. Everett negotiated with the Syrian government to have formal permission to aid in crushing the terror group factions attempting to overrun the country. Everetti military forces operated alongside Syrian forces to bomb ISIS and rebel terrorist targets. As ISIS spread to other nations, Everett worked with those countries to assist in crushing the terror group there.

Everett held federal elections in November of 2014, and its second President, Kaitlyn Rachel Spencer was elected. She was inaugurated on January 5th, 2015. Kaitlyn was a close friendly of President Jason Harris and continued much of his goals and policies. Kaitlyn also sought to expand on social issues, including formally legalizing gay marriage and other LGBT rights, expanding civil rights protections, hate crime laws and expanded the rights of gun ownership with the repeal of most weapon laws in the country. The militia system in Everett was expanded into the Homeland Defense System in 2017 that allowed close coordination between militia groups like the USDF and the federal government during times of crisis such as war and natural disasters.

In 2016, with the death of Fidel Castro, Cubans rose up to celebrate his death and protest the regime. Initially, the Union of Everett remained neutral, despite calls from the Cuban community to assist the protest movement. Everetti militias began trafficking and smuggling arms to Cuban revolutionaries, assisting them covertly in fighting against the regime. As the movement intensified in Cuba, and Cuban forces attempted to shut down the protests and destroy the movement, the Everetti government began providing covert aid as well. The violence between the Cuban government and the now armed revolutionaries devolved into civil war, and the Everetti government responded to calls from the Cuban community to intervene. With dramatically increased incidents of Cubans fleeing the country to Everett by boats and rafts, Everett intervened militarily, bombing Cuban military bases. The Everetti navy blockaded Cuba and provided special forces support and air support to the Cuban revolutionaries. The Cuban government was toppled in May 2017 and its military surrendered to the revolutionaries and the Union of Everett in June. To prevent chaos, Cuba was placed under Everetti control with a joint Cuban government run by members of the resistance, and the nation operated as an Everetti Authority Zone until January 2018. Cuba was annexed as the 35th state in February 2018. In March 2018, Michoacán became the 39th state.

Kaitlyn Spencer was reelected in 2020 to her second term as President. In January the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic plunged much of the world into lockdowns as the virus spread. The Union of Everett chose not to follow most nations in lockdown policies, instead closing borders and imposing quarantines of only the ill. Lockdown policies in the neighboring United States and Canada incited new protest movements, causing some states and provinces to seek secession to Everett. US states such as South Dakota and Arkansas sought to immediately leave the US and join Everett, forcing tense negotiations between the two countries. In May, with the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, outbreaks of rioting occurred in Everett and spread to the US. Everett responded harshly to rioting while the US turned to a more progressive policy on rioting that engulfed large portions of the Pacific coast states. The "culture of lawlessness" according to some US governors was the last straw and South Dakota, Arkansas, Iowa, Wyoming and portions of Colorado seceded from the US and joined Everett, becoming the 40th, 41st, 42nd and 43rd states. Wyoming absorbed several northeastern counties from Colorado. Riots were crushed, but peaceful protest continued in Everett over police policy, forcing some changes to Everetti laws. No-knock warrants were banned in most circumstances, and laws increased accountability and transparency of law enforcement. The Union of Everett declared an end to the pandemic within the country in September of 2021 with the mass deployment of vaccines. The Department of Health designated the virus "endemic".

Government

Everett Nation Map Small

The Union of Everett is a federal constitutional republic, with a Presidential system form of government and a bicameral legislature. Its leader is known as a President. Its government is divided into three main branches, the executive, legislative and judicial. Every Everetti citizen aged 18 or older is eligible to vote in national elections. Every five years the nation holds national elections to vote for a new President, who runs the executive branch as head of state. Every three years elections are held for the legislative branch which the people elect Representatives and Senators who represent them in the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively. State elections are also held to elect Governors, who lead individual states, County Executives, who lead counties, and Mayors, who lead cities, towns and villages. Everett also provides autonomous governance for regional native American tribal nations, who run their own forms of government, often similar to states and counties.

Executive Branch

The executive branch of the government carries out the daily operations, duties of governance and executes the laws of the land. The executive branch is led by the head of state known as a President. The current President of the Union of Everett is Kaitlyn Spencer. To become President, a candidate must be a full citizen of the Union of Everett, must be at least 30 years of age and must have no felony criminal record. A full citizen is a person who was born in any of the Union of Everett's territories, including those annexed or absorbed into the Union. A person who has immigrated to the Union and has been naturalized cannot serve as President. A President is elected by popular vote to a term of five years, and can be re-elected for any amount of terms. The first President served an interim first term of ten years, the only President legally allowed to do so. The President leads the executive branch, commands the military and signs bills passed by the legislative branch into law, or may veto bills. The executive branch is made up of many departments, each of which is tasked with running divisions, agencies and offices related to its specialized mission. The Department of Defense, for example, runs the military, while the Department of Health focuses on the health and welfare of the country. The President selects and appoints Secretaries to lead each department, and is advised by a council who represents each of them, known as the Cabinet.

Legislative Branch

The legislative branch of government in Everett is a bicameral system. It has two legislative houses known as the House of Representatives, which is often referred to as the Congress, and the Senate. Both houses may create legislation that can become law, however any bill must pass, by vote, both the Congress and the Senate. Legislators in the House of Representatives are known as Representatives or Congressmembers, and those in the Senate are known as Senators. Legislators propose, write and vote on bills, and send bills that have passed both houses to the President to be signed into law or vetoed. In the House of Representatives, bills must pass by a simply majority vote, while in the Senate bills must pass by a 60% majority vote. The legislative branch has the power to legislate any issue not specified in the Constitution, and has to power to vote on declarations of war, to remove a President from office for misdemeanor or felony criminal offenses or treason, and votes on the annual budget of the nation. Both Congressmembers and Senators are elected to a term of 3 years and can be re-elected for three total terms. To become a Congressmember or a Senator, a candidate must have been a citizen of Everett for at least 10 years, must be at least 25 years of age and must have no felony criminal record. Each state in the country is assigned a set number of Congressmembers based on population, and each state gets only two Senators. There are currently 80 Senators serving in the Senate, and 350 Congressmembers in the House of Representatives.

Judiciary

The judicial branch of government presides over legal issues in court, deciding on the constitutionality of laws or policies, or makes finalized decisions in legal suits between differing jurisdictions and or persons, such as disputes between cities, states, or between the federal government and states or individuals. The judiciary may overturn laws or policies that violate the constitution or civil rights. The Supreme Court of the judicial branch consists of nine justices who are appointed and voted onto the bench by the executive and legislative branches. Supreme Court decisions are determined by a simple majority vote of the justices. The court system of Everett breaks down into lesser courts that disputes must first pass through before reaching the Supreme Court. These courts are federal district courts positioned in each state. Often cases that start in state-level courts or municipal-level courts can end up in federal courts and end up before the Supreme Court for a final decision on the matter.

Federal Assembly of States

The Federal Assembly of States is a special annual convention of the states, territories and federal government, where the President often makes a speech regarding the current state of affairs of the nation, votes may be held to amend the Constitution and state Governors or their representatives may voice their opinions and concerns directly to the President and the federal legislature. Amendments to the Constitution requires a three-quarters vote of the states and a two-thirds vote of the federal legislature's Congressmembers and Senators. The Bill of Rights cannot be restricted by amendments, but can be expanded by Constitutional law, ensuring sovereignty and superiority of the rights of the people.

State & Territorial Government

While the Union of Everett is led by the national federal government, the country is divided into 43 individual states. Each of the states are led by a state government with the authority and jurisdiction over the state territories and on matters not under direct jurisdiction of the federal government or the Constitution. Each state is led by a Governor, who is elected into his or her office for varied state decided terms. Similar to a Vice President, the Governor is supported by the Lieutenant Governor. Each state maintains their own state level legislatures, known as state Assemblies which many are divided between a State House of Representatives and a State Senate. Each state representative is also elected to their positions by the people for a number of terms as decided by the state. Like any legislative body, the State House and Senates decide on state level legislation which is passed to the Governor to either sign into state law or veto. Each state also maintains a Judicial branch, known as the Supreme Court of the State, led by their Justices, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state legislature. Each state has general jurisdiction of its state level, county and municipal law enforcement forces, state welfare programs, schools, state and county government centers and state departments and state taxes. The states have the rights and jurisdiction to pass state level criminal penal codes and regulate state prisons and county jails. The government has the authority to maintain a state police force which has authority and jurisdiction throughout the entire state. During times of crisis, Governors have the authority to declare states of emergency and call in for aid from the federal government to fund rebuilding processes after a disaster. Each state government has authority to maintain and regulate its registered HDS personnel and has the right to call in military forces during times of crisis but does not have the supreme authority to command engagements with violent force without federal authorization from the President and Department of Defense. All state governments maintain a state air security service, the Air National Guard, in which trained pilots and military pilots have access to defensive military aircraft.

Autonomous territories, including Everetti Authority Zones, Autonomous Regions, Regional Tribal Nations and territorial dependencies, unlike states, have additional rights and powers due to their autonomous statuses. Some may maintain a full state national guard force and have stronger authority and jurisdiction in criminal investigations and court cases, taxing, and law and legislation passage. According to the Union of Everett Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Unity, states and autonomous territories have the rights of lawful and peaceful secession, and also serves as the system for entry of new states and territories.

Foreign Relations

See: Foreign Relations of Everett and Diplomacy Chart of Everett

The Union of Everett maintains official relations with 196 nations through embassies and consulates. The country maintains official embassy or consulate presence in 185 of these countries and smaller diplomatic centers in another 9. Only North Korea does not share diplomatic facilities with Everett. The Union of Everett is home to the headquarters of the United Nations building in New York City, New York and major administrative centers for several alliances and organizations including NATO.

Everett is a member of a variety of major global organizations including the United Nations, maintaining a permanent position in the Security Council, NATO, OECD, CARICOM, the Organization of American States (OAS), SICOFAA, INTERPOL, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the G8 and the G-20. Through several of these organizations and military alliances, the Union of Everett maintains varied close strategic and allied relations with several nations, including the Republic of Texas, Israel, France, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Poland and Germany. Despite initial negative relations with the United States, the two countries have been on a path of reconciliation and presently remain allies, not only via NATO membership, but through formal treaties between the two.

Everett maintains an important and vital role in geopolitical order, maintaining several disaster relief centers for NATO Disaster Relief Agency operations in North and South America and is one of a few nations that possess large-size hospital naval vessels for providing medical assistance globally. Everett's major and leading roles in space exploration have also led to developments in defense and prevention of space based threats such as cosmic impacts with Earth. Everett's military power serves as an international deterrence force, despite the country's general disinterest in interventionism. Everett wields its economic power more commonly to place sanctions against other nations.

Military

The Union of Everett Armed Forces serve as the military and defense forces of the country, overseen and directed by the Department of Defense. The President of the Union of Everett serves as the military's top commander, referred to as the Commander-In-Chief. The military is divided among four major military branches, the Ground Forces, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Space Force. The Everetti Ground Forces are further divided into service branches known as the Marine Corps, the Strategic Response Task Force, and the Homeland Defense System. The Homeland Defense System consists of a variety of sub-groups including the Coast Guard, National Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Civil Defense Force Militia Network. The Space Force is divided into the Cyber Defense Force and the Space Administration.

The Marine Corps of the Ground Forces serves as the national army and consists of about two million servicemen and women, the largest of Everett's military forces. The Strategic Response Task Force is Everett's special operations division, which formerly made up the US Navy SEALs, Army Rangers and 101st Airborne special operations wing of the Air Force, now consisting of 50,000 trained special forces operators. The Department of Defense has a goal of expanding the SRT to 100,000 operators by 2030, allowing SRT to function as an elite front-line combat task force in addition to its special operations duties. The Homeland Defense System is a civil defense branch of the Ground Forces and the largest troop count within the military, while not officially designated as military soldiers. The HDS consists of a joint military-civilian force of of non-commissioned and commissioned Nation Guard servicemembers who operate the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. The combined Army and Air National Guards consist of one million servicemembers who may be called up for a variety of domestic roles including national defense and disaster relief. The HDS also commands the Coast Guard, which serves as a sea-faring patrol and rescue service of Everetti territorial waters. The Coast Guard includes 100 vessels, including frigates, corvettes and cutters, and 200 aircraft. The Homeland Defense System also commands and coordinates with the Civil Defense Force Militia Network, who includes over 50 major civilian militia organizations. These groups function as last-line-of-defense insurgents for domestic territorial defense and are called up to respond to natural disasters and other civil relief efforts. Volunteer Civil Defense Forces who have registered themselves to defend and protect the Union of Everett during crisis within the territories of the nation, may not be forced into offensive operations outside of Everetti territory. HDS personnel are trained by the military and during crisis, may be activated by the President, and take authority from local law enforcement and local or regional military command. In 2020, the Union of Everett recorded 10.5 million registered HDS personnel.

The Union of Everett Navy consists of 390,000 Naval personnel and 283 vessels, and is Everett's military force among the seas. The Navy has a large variety of vessels and is among the strongest Naval forces in the world, consisting of aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, submarines, including nuclear attack submarines, and battleships. The Navy is one of the few nations that still utilizes battleships, which were authorized by the President to be built in 2007 to complement ground forces as a heavy fire support vessel. The Everetti Navy also consists of four hospital ships, two of which are designed based on commercial cruise ships and and two based on older cargo tanker ships. Everett continues to build another two ships for international disaster relief organizations and plans two more vessels for Naval use. Everett has 8 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the most of any navy in the world. The Navy retains primary control over Everett's sea-launched nuclear weapons capabilities, consisting of 1,000 nuclear warheads and 2,500 tactical warheads.

The Air Force consists of 435,000 personnel and over 8,000 combat aircraft and is one of the most powerful in the world. The Air Force utilizes some of the most advanced systems and aircraft including 5th generation air superiority fighters such as the F-22 Raptor MkII, F-35 Lightning II, the F-9 Wraith tactical fighter-bomber, and advanced bomber aircraft such as the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and the B-1 Lancer. The Air Force also retains primary command of Everett's air and land-launched nuclear weapons arsenal, consisting of over 2,500 warheads and a complemented force of 3,000 tactical nuclear warheads.

The Space Force is a recent division of the military, focused on future warfare threats, including cyber security, cyber warfare operations, orbital operations, and defense from space-based threats such as asteroids and meteors. It also runs civil space operations, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA is a civilian space research and exploration agency, and commands the nation's shuttle program, International Space Station operations, astronomical study satellites and space telescopes, among many other programs. Command and control of Everett's nuclear weapons are coordinated via the Space Force, but primary control over the weapons are under the Navy and Air Force. The Space Force also controls and coordinates Everett's state-of-the-art Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) system which provides enhanced national defense from nuclear ICBM threats. The current generation of SDI has a 88% effectiveness rate in intercepting and destroying incoming ICBMs and other ballistic missile systems.

Everett is a nuclear weapons state, with a combined 4,000 nuclear warheads, ranging in yield from 100 kilotons to 25 megatons. It also has an arsenal of 5,500 low yield tactical nuclear weapons (TNW), which have an explosive yield of less than 1 kiloton each.

Economy

The Union of Everett has an annual GDP of approximately $21 trillion, with its GDP reaching a record high in 2021 to $21.905 trillion. Nominally, it is first in the world in GDP, but second to China in GDP purchasing power parity (PPP). The national debt of Everett is $5 trillion, almost half of which has been created throughout the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, due to needs of stimulus and relief aid money distribution. Everett is the second largest importer of goods and the second largest exporter. It is in close competition with China in exports, with a highly developed and growing manufacturing sector. The Everetti dollar has overtaken the US dollar in value of the last several years and in 2021, many nations had begun using the Everetti dollar as a reserve currency. The private sector constitutes approximately 90% of the economy. The public sector has been in rapid growth over the last decade, primarily the result of government-run businesses that actively compete with the private sector in "strategic manufacturing". Strategic industries include medicines, medical supplies, rare-earth minerals, microprocessors, foodstuffs, arms and ammunition, and fuels and energy. Everett is an industrial power, second in the world in manufacturing. Major private sectors of competitive strength include manufacturing, retail, mining, steel, textiles, automobiles, energy generation, telecommunications, real estate, e-commerce, and tourism.

Accounting for 3.4% of the global population, Everettis collectively possess 18.5% of the world's total wealth, the largest percentage of any country. Everett ranks first in the number of millionaires and billionaires in the world. The country ranks 9th among 189 countries in the Human Development Index. Income inequality is moderate and notably more significant in the southern, formerly Mexican and Caribbean states, however private-public government development projects have dramatically improved these financial conditions in recent years. Poverty and homelessness rates in Everett have dramatically improved compared to when under the United States. Poverty is more prominent in the former Mexican and Caribbean states, however improvement has been made as these regions undergo major redevelopment. Expansion of industry and infrastructure into the southern states has pulled over 10 million people out of poverty.

Taxes

The Union of Everett has separate federal, state, and local governments with taxes imposed at each of these levels. Taxes are levied on income, payroll, sales, capital gains, dividends and imports. Everett abolished property taxation in 2008. Taxation is the primary source of revenue for government in the country. Federal income tax is a progressive system of increasing levels of taxation on those who earn higher incomes. The highest income tax rate is 38%, for those earning over one million dollars annually. Persons earning less than $30,000 a year are not required to pay income taxes at the federal level, with the lowest tax rate at 7%. Business taxation is low, 15%, making Everett attractive for doing business. Further incentives for building and expanding business and industry in the country can result in lower tax rates. The highest tax rate in the country is imposed on tobacco sales, and gambling and lottery winnings, at 50%.

Tourism & Media

Tourism and media is a significant part of Everett's economy. The country's national parks, attractions, museums, national monuments, historic sites, urban nightlife and extensive beaches attract millions of tourists from abroad annually. Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the Union of Everett topped $14 billion in 2019. Everett has overtaken the United States in entertainment media, which a rapidly growing movie and television entertainment industry. Hollywood-style enclaves have sprouted and grown significantly in cities like Atlanta, New York City, Everett City and Orlando. As of 2018, it produced the highest number of films in the world, earning nearly $10 billion in box-office gross profits.

Energy

The Union of Everett is the second-largest energy consumer. The majority of this energy is derived from fossil fuels, however nuclear energy has rapidly expanded, becoming over a third of energy generation in the country, and expected to surpass 50% by 2030. Everett is a major producer of oil, coal and natural gas. It is energy independent, pumping and refining its own oil and petroleum products since 2013. It became an oil exporter in 2014. Everett is slowly working to phase out use of oil as a source of electricity generation, to be overtaken by nuclear, to preserve oil needed for other uses, and further reducing dependency on nations for petroleum products. Everett still trades petroleum and gas products with neighboring Texas, Canada and the United States. The Union also leads in research and development of nuclear fusion as a source of energy, hoping to achieve the first functional fusion power plant by 2040.

Transportation

Everett has an extension transportation system of interstate highways, freeways and railroads. Several major cities have constructed subway systems and several more are undergoing development of subway public transit. An infrastructure overhaul project to develop former Mexican and Caribbean states has seen over 10,000 miles of new highway and rail development. Everett has constructed a number of high-speed rail lines in the north and mid-Atlantic states and plans to extend thousands of miles of high-speed rail across the country to over two dozen cities by 2035. Everett's cities have an extensive public and mass transit system, however the nation's sprawling rural and suburban regions leave well over half of Everettis dependent on private transportation. The Union of Everett has the highest rate of per-capita vehicle ownership in the world. The busiest airport in the world is in Everett, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the state of Georgia.

Science & Technology

The Union of Everett is a leader in technological innovation. As of the year 2020, approximately two-thirds of research and development funding comes from the private sector. Everett ranks 3rd in the Global Innovation Index. It has dramatically expanded private sector manufacturing and development of electronics, telecommunications, aeronautics, weapons systems, automotives and energy. It has become the world leader in development and production of microprocessors. Everett is a major leader in cybersecurity and AI development, competing directly with China in the cyber sphere. Its development of AI has led to increasing use of unmanned drones in military and defense roles.

Everett operates its own space program, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA). It is the only country to operate a fleet of reusable space shuttles and is developing a second-generation shuttle system. Everett has launched space telescopes, interplanetary probes and rovers, comet and asteroid interceptors and test-run the ability to intercept and destroy meteors. Everett has expanded the ability to detect dangerous space debris, asteroids and meteors with its EarthGrid program. Everett sent the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012 and Perseverance in 2020. NASA is actively working to return humans to the moon by 2024 with its Artemis program, and plans a human mission to Mars as early as 2037, the mission of which involves the in-orbit construction of a nuclear-powered, reusable "Hera starship". In 2021, Everett launched the James Webb Space Telescope which will eventually succeed the Hubble telescope as NASA's flagship mission in astrophysics.

Geography

The Union of Everett is located on the continent of North America, stretching from the far north east, with shores touching the Arctic Ocean, down to the Yucatan peninsula and Caribbean islands. The state of Alaska is partially encompassed by the Arctic circle, and Hawaii to the far southwest is in the Pacific Ocean, with a tropical climate. Everett features an extensive geography and climate ranging from frozen icecaps and glaciers to tropical jungles, deciduous forests and mountainous desert.

The coastal plain of the Atlantic seaboard gives way further inland to deciduous forests and rolling hills. The Appalachian Mountains divide the eastern seaboard from the Great Lakes and the grasslands of the Midwest. The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the world's fourth longest river system, runs north–south from the Gulf of Mexico to the northern border with Canada, mostly dividing the Union of Everett from the United States. Alaska's Denali is the highest peak in the country and in North America. Active volcanoes are common throughout Alaska's Alexander and Aleutian Islands, and Hawaii consists of volcanic islands. The states of Maya Coast and Yucatan consist of coastal plains and extensive jungle. The Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, which runs north-south, divides the Union of Everett from Mexico. The northern most states, the largest of which is Quebec, contain countless lakes and boreal forest. At its northern-most, the geography becomes taiga and arctic.

Climate

Everett, with its large size and geographic variety, has a widely varying climate. The southern Gulf states features a humid subtropical and tropical environment. To the north, the north Atlantic and mid-Atlantic states, feature a humid continental climate. Most of Alaska and Quebec is subarctic or polar. States bordering the Gulf of Mexico are prone to hurricanes. It's midwestern state of Wyoming is semi-arid.

Harsh winters in the northern-most states can feature freezing average lows of 5°F and can drop below −40 °F with severe wind chills. At its hottest, Everettis in the Yucatan and Caribbean can experience highs in the 90s °F and high humidity can create an oppressive climate. The mid-Atlantic states can vary, featuring average winters in the 30s °F and summers in the 80s °F.

Environment

The Union of Everett is considered a megadiverse country, containing large numbers of endemic species, with over 100,000 classified species of wildlife. There are 59 national parks and hundreds of other federally managed parks, forests, and wilderness areas, which are managed by the National Park Service.

The country ranks as the world's second-highest emitter of greenhouse gases, with transportation the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The Union of Everett has a very low priority on climate change, formally viewing it as a "largely naturally occurring phenomenon", however its environmental policies and efforts to transition to nuclear energy has improved its recorded emissions and pollution in general. The Union of Everett is ranked 21st among nations in the Environmental Performance Index.

Largest Cities

See: List of Everetti Regions & Cities By Population

The Union of Everett is a mix of urban and rural development. It continues to develop and urbanize, with approximately half of the population living in cities and towns with over 50,000 residents. Suburban sprawl is the fastest growing development in the nation, with more Everettis seeking single family homes. The largest city in the country is New York City, in the state of New York, which also ranks as the 11th most populous city in the world.

# City State Population
0 Everett City (Capital) New York 810,989
1 New York City New York 8,467,513
2 Chicago Illinois 2,696,555
3 Havana Cuba 2,132,289
4 Montreal Quebec 1,704,694
5 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,576,251
6 Jacksonville Florida 954,614
7 Merida Yucatan 921,771
8 Columbus Ohio 906,528
9 Cancún Yucatan 888,797
10 Indianapolis Indiana 882,039
11 Charlotte North Carolina 879,709
12 Morelia Michoacán 743,275
13 Reynosa Maya Coast 691,557
14 Nashville Tennessee 678,851
15 Washington Maryland 670,050

Society & Culture

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The Union of Everett is home to many cultures and a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions, and values. Americans have traditionally been characterized by a strong work ethic, competitiveness, and individualism, which the Union of Everett continues to strive for, along with continuing the unifying belief in an "American creed" emphasizing liberty, equality, private property, democracy, rule of law, and a preference for limited government. It is considered a relatively progressive country, despite its high rate of religiousness, with a high valuing of human and civil rights, which are Constitutionally protected.

It is a world leader in popular culture and mass media, with its movies, television, music, sport and art being widely popular around the world. Rock, rap, hip-hop and pop are among the most popular musical genres in the country. With the growth of 21st century digital technologies and the decline in radio, listening, producing, and sharing of music has become more democratized, growing the independent (indie) music scene along with opportunities for independent musicians.

Everett has overtaken the United States in movie and film production, with a rapidly growing movie and television entertainment industry in several cities that have jockeyed to attract Hollywood production companies fleeing from the United States amid concerns of economic collapse. A Hollywood neighborhood in the capital of Everett City has become a major site of producing television and film, bringing in billions in revenue with popular film genres involving action, adventure, science fiction and superheroes that have become smash hits globally. The five major television broadcasters in the U.S. have shifted their operations to Everett, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), and The CW Television Network (CW). Major studios now include Disney Studios, Tyler Perry Studios, Immortalis Studios and Viral Mass Media, located in Florida. Georgia and New York. The Union of Everett retired public-funded media outlets NPR and PBS, leaving them to become private companies. All media in the country is private-run.

Demographics

As of 2020, the Union of Everett recorded a population of 262,771,685 people. Approximately 95% are citizens, leaving over 13 million people residing in the country as non-citizens, mostly consisting of unauthorized immigrants. The population is widely diverse, with approximately 49% of the population of European ancestry, 33% of Hispanic ancestry, 15% of African origin, and a large variety of other mixed groups making up the remaining 8%, including from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Among living immigrants to Everett, the top five countries of birth are Mexico, China, India, the Philippines and El Salvador.

English, Spanish and French are official languages in the country, and over 89% of the population speaks English however, making it the dominant language. The Union of Everett officially recognizes several native American languages are regional recognized languages, including Algic, Iroquoian, Hawai'ian and Siouan-Catawban. Spanish is dominantly spoken in the far south states of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Maya Coast and Yucatan. French is mostly spoken in the former Canadian states, dominantly in Quebec.

Religion

The Union of Everett is a secular nation, but Constitutionally protects the right to freedom of religion, prohibiting the government from establishing a national religion and prohibiting it from restricting religion. Everett is dominantly Christian with over 70% of the population identifying as such. Protestantism makes up slightly more than half of Christians, with Catholicism the next largest denomination. Baptists make up the largest portion of Protestants, at 15% of Christians. Everett has the largest population of Jews outside of Israel, making up nearly 2% of Everettis. Approximately 24% of Everettis identified as non-religious, atheist or agnostic. The Bible Belt is an informal term for a region in the southern states in which socially conservative evangelical Protestantism is a significant part of the culture. Catholicism is also a deep part of culture in the former Mexican states, and are considered an expansion of the Bible Belt.

Sports

Sporting is widely popular in Everett, with the most popular sports including American football, baseball, basketball and soccer. American football is more popular in the former US states, while soccer is dominant among the former Canadian, Caribbean and Mexican states. Everett has sports leagues for these sports that compete domestically and internationally. The United States and Everett share competitions under leagues such as the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Basketball Association (NBA). Everett formed the National Soccer League (NSL) in 2005, absorbing leagues from the US, Mexico and Canada, which competes domestically and in international competitions such as FIFA. Ice hockey is popular as well, more so in the former Canadian states, operating under the National Hockey League (NHL). Major national events capture Everetti's attention annually, including the football's Super Bowl, baseball's World Series and soccer's FIFA World Cup.

The Olympics are popular in Everett, despite the nation having never hosted either the Summer or Winter Olympics. Everetti Olympians tend to perform highly, frequently winning silver and gold medals. A young nation, Everett ranks low on most medals won, however. Everett is scheduled to host the 2030 Winter Olympics in the city of Montreal.

Other popular sports include golf, auto racing, particularly NASCAR, and the growing X-Games which features sports like skateboarding and snowboarding. Professional wrestling, led by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is highly popular. Martial arts sports such as Mixed Martial Arts, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are a rapidly growing sport among younger generations, in which the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is also highly popular.

Education

Public education is operated by state and local governments and regulated by the Department of Education. Most schools are public, however private schools, charter schools and religious schools exist. Most Everetti children attend public education, and a growing number have begun homeschooling. In most states, children are required to attend school from the age of five or six, beginning with kindergarten, and until they turn 18, generally bringing them through twelfth grade, the end of high school. Most school systems have three stages of education, elementary, middle or junior high and high school. The literacy rate in Everett in 99%, with the majority of illiteracy in the southern states of Cuba, Yucatan and Maya Coast. Everett spends more on education than any other nation, and has implemented programs to increase literacy rates and education quality in the southern states.

Everett has many private and public institutions of higher education. The majority of the world's top universities, as listed by various ranking organizations, are in Everett, including Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University and New York University (NYU). The government promotes local community colleges for most students and has in recent years implemented strict policies to control price gouging and unscrupulous lending practices to combat the student loan debt crisis affecting both the United States and Everett.

Healthcare

The Department of Health reported that as of 2020, the Union of Everett had an average life expectancy of 77.8 years, with women living on average 4.5 years longer than men. The fertility rate is below replacement levels, at 1.71 children per woman. Family policies and efforts to increase the rates have proven effective, as birth rates are expected to reach 1.80 by 2025, up from 1.64 in 2015. Heart disease, cancer, and obesity-induced illness rank as the top causes of death among Everettis. Health policies to reduce the obesity epidemic have proven effective, particularly among children and younger adults which changes in school physical education policy. Bans on added sugars in most foods and policies to push artificial sweeteners as an alternative have also helped reduce obesity rates in the country. Approximately 27% of Everettis are considered obese. Other causes of death included suicide and drug overdoses, which have been an ongoing battle in the nation. Changes in mental health policy and treatment strategies have helped reduce the suicide rate, and the ongoing North American Drug War has crippled the ability of traffickers to transport deadly narcotics into the country. Unlike the United States, the death rate from drug overdoses deceased in the last several years.

Everett has been slowly phasing in and implementing a national healthcare system that competes with the private health insurance system. This dual healthcare network has ensured that every Everetti has healthcare coverage, and that the poorest Everettis have full access to care without concerns of costs. A push for tax-funded universal healthcare system has grown in recent years, and the government is working to carefully transition its massive healthcare system to a new universal-style system over the next couple of decades. Government-funded health care coverage for the poor (Medicaid) and for those age 65 and older and the disabled (Medicare) is available to Everettis who meet the programs' qualifications. The Everetti health care system outspends any other nation and is a global leader in medical innovation.

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