United States of America
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic located in central North America. Currently the most powerful nation in the world, the USA is one of a handful of nations that remain out of immediate threat from the BETA advance. Nevertheless, their technology remains one of the most advanced, and their military is reputed to be one of the, if not the strongest fighting force in the world, with their resources and fighting personnel spread out across several battlefronts around the world.
The United States is stressing political tensions with other nations as they are the only nation in the world that still has a population that operates relatively within First World standards due to the lack of direct invasion while also pushing heavily for very fast and aggressive plans of action that are most beneficial only for the United States. Additionally, the United States conducts BETA related research and uses BETA derived weaponry that is unapproved by most allied nations. While undisclosed to the public directly, rumors now are circulating of extreme tensions between the United States and more passive factions on the basis of some last resort plan.
With the end of World War II, attention in the USA quickly shifted from the Axis Powers to a new threat; their former ally, Soviet Russia. With the Cold War quickly escalating, the USA quickly gathered other nations as allies, and within short order jointly spearheaded a space race with the European nations. Aiming to become the most technologically advanced nation on the planet, the USA pioneered many technologies in this time that would later become standard on both the battlefield and in logistic purposes, and the first unmanned spaceflight to Mars in 1958 was done by a US spacecraft, the Viking I. Throughout the years, they would also be involved in local conflicts in Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Following the initial excitement and the horror that soon followed when the unknown organisms found by the Viking I turned out to be the BETA, the USA quickly focused their research on developing weapons and systems that would even the playing ground for United Nations troops stationed in space. Despite the quick response, the lunar forces were unable to prevent the BETA from overrunning most of their lunar facilities.
While the USA remained on the cutting-edge of TSF development and created many of the weapon systems that would later become standard on all TSFs, the nation as a whole had been spared the crippling attrition warfare that other nations had to face against the BETA. US command decision to bombard the second BETA Hive landing at Athabasca, Canada, spared the North American continent from suffering the same fate as Europe and Asia, allowing them to retain a strong industrial and technological base from which to strengthen their forces.
Despite the USA’s massive contributions to the war, the policies set by the government are sometimes reluctantly accepted by other nations, especially those on the frontlines. Political maneuvering and prioritizing of self-interest at the cost of others have earned the USA no small amount of ire from other nations, and the US Armed Forces are sometimes liable to use force as a deal-breaker when they require things to go their way, further souring relationships with other nations.
Preparations were also made in the event of the BETA landing on US soil. Should more than a predetermined amount of BETA manage to get through Alaska’s defense line via crossing the Bering Sea in the event of the Soviets’ defeat on the Eurasian front, a series of hydrogen bombs would be set off to separate most of Alaska from mainland America, allowing US forces to regroup around this new defense line. The status of this plan after the US leased half of Alaska to the Soviets remains unknown, due to the Soviet presence essentially acting as a shield against the BETA.
The civilian government of the United States is a constitutional republic and a representative democracy, formed out of a federation of fifty states. The President of the United States is the highest civilian position in the country; in times of war he is advised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, who are usually the most senior military personnel appointed to those positions.
Policies towards foreigners and refugees remain controversial. Despite providing substantial aid to foreign refugees from Europe and elsewhere, uncontrollable events such as corruption in the nations hosting said refugee camps and the US’ pragmatic view of post-BETA national policies paint a less-than-friendly light over the United States. While the US Armed Forces does accept foreign troops in the armed forces, they are usually drawn from the refugee camps with promises of citizenship.
The US Armed Forces can be split into six main branches: the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and the Space Corps, which was formed in 1946, shortly after the end of World War II. The Coast Guard was initially under the Department of Transportation, but following the war against the BETA, has been placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy.
Actual overall command of the US Armed Forces’ various units operating around the world are placed under the Unified Combatant Command, which is further broken up into various commands, each in charge of a specific region of the world. As befitting their multi-branch nature with regards to their force organization, the UCC answers to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, comprised of the Military Service Chiefs of each US Armed Forces branch, and a leading body of personnel, who in turn answer to the Department of Defense.