AndroAsc wrote:The current political situation is absurd. Here is what it translates to in our geopolitics. The rebels (ISIS) took out the nuclear capability (death star) and the president (emperor) of the US (empire) and seized control of half of the US (mainly the central region where most of the population don't live). In response, a peace treaty between what remains of the US and ISIS is that ISIS disarms by 90%, and US retain control of Texas, the West and East Coast, and there is peace between both factions.
Since this was the Galactic Civil War
, perhaps a better analogy would be the US in the time of the Civil War. The Separatists were pretty much stand-ins for the Confederacy, so we'll run with that. Abraham Lincoln, instead of being the paragon of virtue he's portrayed as today, is instead completely corrupt and amoral, dabbling in the lost arts of alchemy to extend his lifespan. He wins election just before the war, as he did IRL, but during the war he goes far beyond just suspending habeus corpus
, instead calling a Constitutional Convention with the remaining Union states that places supreme authority in the executive branch "for the duration of the War."
I think you can see where this is going already.
The South is defeated much as IRL. After the end of the war, Congress attempts to remove Lincoln's authority. He responds by declaring all members who voted against him traitors and seccessionists, and dissolves Congress, forming the United Empire of American States. The Congressional leaders who managed to escape capture form a Rebellion with the support of Texas. Eventually, by the 1890s or so, Lincoln gets tired of the harassment from the Rebellion, and has a giant railway gun commissioned to destroy Austin, wiping out the entire state government in an afternoon of shelling. The Rebellion discovers the location of the gun, and sends their best team to destroy it as it begins moving toward their headquarters.
The loss of the gun just infuriates Lincoln, and he sends the Union Army to sweep Texas and destroy the Rebels once and for all. They narrowly manage to escape to California, losing most of their equipment along the way. Lincoln, realizing this, commissions the largest battleship ever built, mounting an improved version of the railway gun. The Rebels find out, hurriedly outfit as many fast clipper and steamships as they can with the heaviest weapons available, then depart for Norfolk in the hopes of stopping it before it can steam to San Francisco.
Lincoln happens to be at Norfolk when their ramshackle fleet arrives, and takes command of the incomplete battleship (which just had the gun fitted). The fight is intense, with the gun under Lincoln's direction wiping out a good portion of the attacking fleet. At the last minute, a team of saboteurs manages to climb aboard the battleship, planting explosives inside the main magazine. The battleship explodes catastrophically, killing Lincoln and setting the entire naval yards on fire. The remaining Union ships sound a retreat for New York, and the Rebel clipper fleet then sails for Washington, which surrenders after a brief siege.
Several weeks later, the rest of the Union fleet returns from New York with reinforcements, driving the Rebels off. The balance of power uneasily goes back-and-forth between the two coasts as both sides struggle for domination - the Imperialists vs. the Constitutionalists. After years of this fighting, and a massive naval engagement off Cuba that ends poorly for the Union Navy, the Imperialist leaders call for a truce and negotiations. Tired of the constant war, the Constitutionalists agree, and negotiations begin. Under the terms of the resulting agreement, both sides agree to reduce their armies by 90%, and a new United States is established west of the Mississippi, while the Empire retains control of the eastern side.
This doesn't sit well with some of the original Constitutionalist fighters, who argue that the terms of the agreement are unconstitutional as the States cannot be divided. They establish new bases of operations inside Imperial territory, and begin harassing them with guerilla attacks.
Around the same time, the KKK experiences a revival among Imperials dissatisfied by the peace treaty. Years go by, and in the 1930s the nuclear bomb is theorized. The Empire begins developing it, with the KKK piggybacking off their efforts, and by the 1950s they have a working copy that can be delivered by a ballistic missile. By this time San Francisco is the new capitol of the United States, and the KKK hatches a plot to destroy San Francisco with the new weapon, which completely takes the United States by surprise, destroying not only the seat of government but also Naval Base Alameda.
Which is about where things are at as of the end of Episode VII.