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The Kingdom of Michigan
The Kingdom of Michigan
Timeline: 1962: The Apocalypse

OTL equivalent: Michigan
Flag of Michigan. Seal of Michigan.
Flag Coat of Arms
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The Kingdom of Michigan is in the darkest blue.

Motto
"Live Free or Die". (American dialect English)

Capital: Lancing.
Largest city: Chicago.
Other cities: Detroit, Toledo, City of Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Flint and Pontiac.
Language:
  official:
 
American dialect English
  others: Spanish and Quebec dialect French.
Religion: 92% Christian and 8% irreligious.
Type of government: Kingdom.
King: Rick van Dike II
Prime Minister: Robert Hugh Russell.
Area: . km²
Population: 8,750,000 (including 1,650,000 in Wisconsin Territory). 
Independence: 1969.
Currency: Michigan Dolar (M$).
Organizations: American Union
% Literacy: 98%
Number of military personnel: 16,250


StatsEdit

The Kingdom of Michigan was created some time in 1969 when the Republic of Lansing was overthrown by Rick van Dike, who proclaimed the Kingdom of Michigan 3 days after he took power.

It later went on to absorb the city state of Chicago-Metroland (the greater Chicago urban area) which had formulated under a mercantile elite lead by Steve Price and his deputy Adam Richter in 1971.

GovernmentEdit

The Government is a constitutional monarchy with the Parliament being like the United States Congress with two houses, the House of Reps and the Senate.

The King controls the army but declarations of war and peace treaties are handled by the Parliament. However, Executive Orders are a loophole to get around the Parliament's wishes, allowing the King to occasionally rule the nation by himself, this is stopped usually when the people threaten revolution or the King runs out of money.

The mayors of Chicargo, Milwalkee, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit have the right to declare a state of emergency for 3 months in a row and pass Executive Orders on local issues.

HistoryEdit

World War 3Edit

The Warsaw Pact targets were at:

WP Targets in USA (1962: The Apocalypse)

After DoomsdayEdit

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A wrecked cabin that was damaged in WW3.

Famine Kharkov girl and no goat 1933

Famines were common until farming returned to normal in 1973-4.

Things were tough with the famine of 1964. Luckily most places in the state were not nuked and so many resources remained. The counties around Lancing Michigan for the Republic of Lancing in early 1966.

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2014) who was a Michigander singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman and philanthropist; who was often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Song", or by his initials M.J. Starts his musical career. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in late 1966. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicised personal life, made him a major north American figure in popular culture for over four decades.

First ContactEdit

It was with Indiana and Illinois in 1966, then east Wisconsin, Forgottonia, New England and Iowa, New England and Iowa and Chicago in 1967, Canada and Great Plains in 1969 and finally Kansas, Missouri, Federation of Indiana and Illinois, West Texas and East Texas and the Confederation of Carolina and Virginia in 1974. Michigan discovered the Free Lakeland Republic in 1968.  Socialist Republic of the North Star, The City-state of St Louis, and Socialist Republic of Western Iowa all a hostile first contact with Michigan in 1979, but have not made any formal moves against the nation, except in the Wisconsin Territory, as of date and in Chicargo during the 1970s and 1980s..

BeginningsEdit

The Kingdom of Michigan was created some time in 1969 when the Republic of Lansing was overthrown by the popular local politician Rick van Dike, who proclaimed the Kingdom of Michigan 3 days after he took power. He soon began to amp up both the infantry and the mounted cavalry.

Chicago, Milwaukee and Cleveland also begin to formulate in to city states in 1970.

M.J. began his solo career in 1971 and became popular throughout Fogottonia and Chicargo.

1975

1975.

In 1972, after a huge military buildup, the Kingdom invaded the surrounding counties and occupied a chain of them all the way to Chicago after a fishing despite with the city state had turned to war, taking the city after fierce fighting which lasted for weeks. With the fall of Chicago however, Michigan now had a large industrial and naval base to boost its man power and weapon manufacturing as well as a base to construct a new navy. The remnants of Chicago were joined by Milwaukee to form Chicago-Metroland. The new nation was sponsored by Indiana-Illanoise and North Star, who entered a cold war with Michigan that would last for the next 25 years.

Michigan's war veterens would soon spent another 3 months helping Canada retake Kawartha Couthy, Ontario, after  a 10 year rule by escaped Kawartha Penitentiary prisoners in early 1973.

In 1974, the city on Detroit elected Coleman A Young to be its first African-American mayor.

1978 Michigan conquest of lp counties which declared allegiance to Michigan

Yellow declared loyalty to Michigan Kingdom.

In 1975 after the Kingdom had been full integrated, the King ordered the capture of Toledo and all territories between it and the Kingdom. It took several months until the region finally fell to the Michigan Army. During the process of the war with Toledo, the Michigan Navy and Marine Corps took the Macinaw Island region and the straits between the Upper and Lower Peninsula of Michigan. This gave the Michiganite Army a base through which they could attack the UP and a base in which the Army could take over the rest of Lower Peninsula, a feet which would take many years of planning.

After Toledo's fall it took several years before the Kingdom was industrially ready for another military expedition, one which would take all of the territories loyalty and troops: the Conquest of the Lower Peninsula, after sever planning, the Army and navy were ready to invade and take over them Michigan heartland.

1979

1979.

1978, Michigan's army invaded the Lower Peninsula from the north and south while marines invaded in the east and west. Soon the Lower Peninsula was embroiled in full out war, with certain areas declaring allegiance to Michigan to avoid occupation.

Before these changes in loyalty occurred, the Michigan Kingdom looked like it would lose the war, but with the new infusion of manpower and war industries, the tide turned in favor of the Kingdom, allowing Michigan forces to take out the stronger areas of resistance and finally subdue the Lower Peninsula in the spring of 1979.

The 1980'sEdit

Michael Jackson's 1982 album Thriller was a hit in Michigan and Ohio. It will in time become north America's the best-selling pop album of all time. In 1983, Harold Washington became the first black mayor of the city of Chicago.

The remnants of the Chicago metropolitan area joined Michigan in 1984 since it was not heavily damaged and thought a needless war over fishing rights was bad for business and it's people's welfare. They also wanted to produce a united front against rival Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Rioting against joining Michigan was heavy in McHenry County, but his was soon squashed by the city state's police force.

Federation of Indian and Illinois also laid claim to the city of Chicago since 1965 and were angry at Michigan for annexing it and encouraging Forgetonia to stay independent instead of joining the Federation after the rise of the 1972 unity movement.

1985

1985.

By 1984 the LP was fully loyal to the Kingdom after the year long fight agaist Chicargo's maffia gangs. It was ordered to that the UP should fall in 1986, which was soon after the death of King Rick I, which occurred on May 22nd 1986, King Rick's son Arnold Rick van Dike then ascended the throne as King Rick II.

He soon ordered a military buildup, and 2 years later, the King ordered an invasion of the Upper Peninsula, and from there base north of the straits, the Kings Army launched its invasion and took over the region within a few months as well as parts of northern Wisconsin and Greenbay.

The residents of LaSalle County in Chicago's hinterland felt there interests were best for filled by staying friendly with Illinois and they were granted there wish to do so after a 75% vote in favor by a public referendum during late1986. With this the border was demarcated with Illinois and the on-off border war came to an end. Things were still a bit tense with the United Republic of Ohio over border demarcation issues.

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Canada in 2012.

The pirates on Lake Huron's Manitoulin Island were defeated after a heavy fight with Canadian and Michigander troops in mid 1987 around the occupied towns of Oxdrift, Vermilion Bay, Atikokan and Sioux Narrows. The Free Lakeland Republic was re-established as a Canadian client state.

The King ordered the Army to then prepare for an invasion of the squabbling remains of south central Canada and managed to bring order to lawless southern Manitoba by 1988, with which Michigan entered its Golden Age.

The city state of Milwaukee failed to make an alliance with the neighboring Wisconsin city states and minor nations. They chose to except rule by Michigan rather than be conquered by force.

1990-1998Edit

M.J. tirelessly campaigned for the independence of Chicago and the lands that Michigan had taken from Ohio through out the 1990s.

1962 TA Wisconsin

Wisconsin Territory.

The various city states and minor nations of eastern Wisconsin was gradually incorporated peaceful in the the form of Kingdom of Michigan after several battles with the rebel army of North Milwaukee between 1990 and 1998. The territory is a major source of dairy cattle and has a population of 1,650,000.

Indiana-Illinois, Michigan and North Star began to move towards an end to regional hostilities as Michigan gave more autonomy to Upper Michigan, Milwaukee and Chicago in 1997.

1999-2009Edit

M.J. was recognised as the most successful North American entertainer of all time by the East American Alliance member states 1999.

Eastern Wisconsin rebelled, with the help of the United Republic of Iowa and the Socialist Republic of the North Star in 2007 and 2008 over heavy taxation and a 2 year agricultural slump caused by many heavy frosts the year before. In early 2009, King Rick II ordered it's reduction by 10% in all of Wisconsin for the next 5 years with an Executive Order to forestall a peasant uprising and out of genuine sympathy with the people. 

Present dayEdit

Milwaukee, Chicago and Detroit still fares worse than average on homicide, rape, robbery; but lower on aggravated assaults after 2010 .

59 Detroit postal workers were attacked by stray dogs in 2010, according to a Detroit postmaster. Stray dog numbers are estimated at 20,000 in 2010.

Heavy winters killed 6 in Wisconsin Territory during 2007, 6 during 2010, 3 during 2012 and 1 during 2013. The winters of 2008 and 2013 also killed 2 in Chicago and 1 in Milwaukee respectively.  

Relations are good with with the Great Planes, Canada, the Federation of Indiana and Illinois, Forgottonia, New England, New Mexico-Colorado and Confederation of Carolina and Virginia. Some hostility remaines towards North Star and St Louis.

MilitaryEdit

The military consists of 11,750 volentear and 4,500 conscript troops.

ArmyEdit

  1. 2x T15 Tank
  2. 2x FT-17 Tank
  3. 15x Chevrolet RD 4x2 (USA) - Truck
  4. 6x T17E1 Staghound (USA) - Armoured Car
  5. 5x AMC 35 Tank
  6. 5x The Renault R35 Tank
  7. 6x Leopard 1 Tank
  8. AEC Matador 4 x 4 medium artillery tractor.

NavyEdit

Michigan'a navy only has 3 major war ships and 4 auxiliaries.

Elite Forces (Naval Infantry)Edit

Michigan has elite a force of 250 personell.

WeaponsEdit

  1. Colt M911 (side arm)
  2. Thompson Sub-machine gun
  3. The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42)
  4. The French Darne machine gun.
  5. The M60 (formally named United States Machine Gun, Calibre 7.62 mm, M60)
  6. Mauser C96 (Construktion 96)
  7. The FN Model 1903 (M1903, Browning No.2, FN Mle 1903 or FN Ml 1903),
  8. Nagant M1895 Revolver
  9. The M116 75mm Pack Howitzer M1
  10. Canon de 75 modèle 1897
  11. Canon de 75 modèle 1912 Schneider
  12. The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art (7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.)
  13. Ordnance QF 18 pounder
  14. Ordnance QF 25 pounder
  15. BL 4.5 inch Medium Field Gun
  16. Stokes mortar
  17. Enfield No. 2 Mk I Revolver
  18. Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk I (1903)

Air force Edit

Michigan has only 4 light cargo aircraft, 2 ground attack aircraft and 6 helicopters.

EconomyEdit

TreatiesEdit

A free trade treaty was signed with the United Republic of Iowa, Great Plains, Canada and the Free Lakeland Republic.

MiningEdit

The Upper Peninsula is rich in mineral deposits including iron, copper, nickel and silver, while small amounts of gold have also been discovered and mined over the years. For many years, mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula were the world's largest producers of copper. 6 mines were made operational 16 years after Apocalypse. The last copper mine in the Copper Country was the White Pine mine, which closed in 2008.

2 quarries still mine Jacobsville Sandstone in the Upper Peninsula near Marquette and the town of Jacobsville. The sandstone was and is still used in many buildings, both locally and around the United States.

AgricultureEdit

Agriculture is a major source of income.

ManufacturingEdit

ServicesEdit

Fuel Edit

Michigan has 7 oil and 6 minor gas wells that produce fuel from below Lake Michigan. They were all drilled directionaly from the surface locations on shoreline in the late 1980's. Further directional drilling beneath the Great Lakes was banned in 2005.

A gas well to the Medina Group was drilled in 1958 in Pennsylvania state waters in Lake Erie and was jointly run by the states of Pennsylvania and Upstate New York until the gas ran out in 2009.

The Coal Basin is heavily exploited in and about the Saginaw Valley. The first coal mine opened in 1973 and expanded in both 1978 and 1987.

TransportEdit

Horses are still popular in the nation, despite the recent, but short lived, outbreak of equine ethmoid hematoma.

There are several alcahol driven cars, some petrol driven vans and lorrys, several steam trains and 2 police RotorWay Exec helicopters.

MediaEdit

Most cities had a 5 page daily news pamphlet after 1987.

Health careEdit

Census figuresEdit

  • Fulton-Lucas-Ottawa (Ohio)- 185,000.
  • Lake-Porter (Indiana) - 200,000.
  • Le Port-Elkhart (Indiana)- 125,000.
  • Chicago- 1,250,000.
  • Milwaukee- 325,000.
  • Wisconsin Territory- 1,650,000.
  • Lower Michigan- 4,765,000.
  • Upper Michigan- 250,00
  • Total population- 8,750,000

CultureEdit

Milwaukee hosts the Wisconsin State Fair, as well as an annual lakefront fair called Summerfest. It restarted in 1980.

FoodEdit

Finnish foods such as juustoa (squeaky cheese, essentially a cheese curd, like Leipäjuusto) and sauna makkara (a ring-bologna sausage) are so popular in the Upper Peninsula cuisine that they are now commonly sold in most grocery stores and supermarkets. Italian and French-Canadian food is also available in most of the country.

Water suppliesEdit

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Big Manitou Falls in Wisconsin.

Lake Michigan experienced several large algae blooms in the 1990s and 2000s. Much water is sourced from  lake or river water.

SportsEdit

  • Basketball
  • American Football
  • Cycling
  • Baseball
  • Shooting

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