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29th Nov '16 6:55:11 AM MarqFJA
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A common way to create a CrapsackWorld setting is to have the United States fall so much that it becomes much like a third world nation, with a collapsed economy, decaying infrastructure, fallen or incredibly corrupt government, and so on. Perhaps a new CivilWar [[DividedStatesOfAmerica has left the nation battered and weak; only a shell of its former self,]] or possibly economic collapse due to poor management, lack of an important resource, such as [[PostPeakOil oil]], food, or water, or because of the rise of another foreign power has led to a weak US. An [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion]] by a foreign power has either conquered part of or all of the United States, or weakened it severely. Or even a natural disaster of some sort has happened.

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A common way to create a CrapsackWorld setting is to have the United States fall so much that it becomes much like a third world nation, with a collapsed economy, decaying infrastructure, fallen or incredibly corrupt government, and so on. Perhaps a new CivilWar [[DividedStatesOfAmerica has left the nation battered and weak; weak, only a shell of its former self,]] self; or possibly economic collapse due to poor management, lack of an important resource, such as [[PostPeakOil oil]], food, or water, or because of the rise of another foreign power has led to a weak US. An [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion]] by a foreign power has either conquered part of or all of the United States, or weakened it severely.severely; bonus points if it's {{Russia|CalledTheyWantAlaskaBack}} and/or {{Mexico|CalledTheyWantTexasBack}} on a revanchist drive. Or even a natural disaster of some sort has happened.
15th Nov '16 3:44:54 AM SorPepita
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* JohnBirmingham's ''WithoutWarning'' series is focused on what happens when a NegativeSpaceWedgie known as the Wave suddenly "removes" most of the population of the US, effectively removing the world's only remaining superpower on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The second novel in the series is even called ''After America''.

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* JohnBirmingham's John Birmingham's ''WithoutWarning'' series is focused on what happens when a NegativeSpaceWedgie known as the Wave suddenly "removes" most of the population of the US, effectively removing the world's only remaining superpower on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The second novel in the series is even called ''After America''.
6th Nov '16 10:47:56 AM Xtifr
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Can usually, but not always, go hand in hand with DividedStatesOfAmerica, OppressiveStatesOfAmerica, and/or InvadedStatesOfAmerica. Contrast with ExpandedStatesOfAmerica, although it is also possible for the US to join with Canada and/or Mexico not because it is empowered, but because it is so weak that it needs to.

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Can usually, but not always, go hand in hand with DividedStatesOfAmerica, OppressiveStatesOfAmerica, and/or InvadedStatesOfAmerica. Contrast with ExpandedStatesOfAmerica, although it is also possible for the US to join with Canada and/or Mexico not because it is empowered, but because it is so weak that it needs to.
to. Compare with AmericaIsStillAColony, where the US never got off the ground in the first place.
23rd Oct '16 9:24:35 AM zarpaulus
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* In Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy'' the United States have broken apart following a financial collapse, ironically similar to what happened to the Soviet Union after the books were written. The most frequently seen part is the Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Area or "The Sprawl".
14th Oct '16 5:16:39 AM BrokenEye
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* ''Armageddon 2419 A.D.'' takes place in this sort of BadFuture, where America was weakened by a [[HilariousInHindsight Second World War]] in which all of Europe formed an alliance against them, and is subsequently conquered by Mongolian invaders who sacked the entire country but don't bother subjugating the populace because there own technologically advanced society is too self-sustaining to have any use for America's resources or manual labor. As a result, America is left as an anarchistic wasteland where the ruins have been almost completely reclaimed by nature, and the closest thing to a government is a handful of loosely affiliated "gangs" (basically fiefdoms).
5th Oct '16 4:52:11 PM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'': The US splinters into the Northern Confederacy/Victoria formerly New England, the New Confederacy in the South, Cascadia, Azania, a Neo-Nazi Wisconsin and the Rocky Mountain States form their own governments. This to escape growing unrest, an economic meltdown, genetically-engineered super-plagues and government control. Much of the book concerns the struggle against the Feds trying to hold everything together, and then the conflicts between US successor states.
4th Oct '16 11:29:02 PM TheGreatSkrond
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** It was mentioned, though, that conditions have improved somewhat in Mexico while America has deteriorated.
31st Jul '16 10:33:10 AM nombretomado
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* In the DCComics series ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex Hex]]'', set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (from the readers' perspective), the United States seems to have fragmented into various locales ruled by warlords or, in the case of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, by a successor to Franchise/{{Batman}}.

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* In the DCComics Creator/DCComics series ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex Hex]]'', set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (from the readers' perspective), the United States seems to have fragmented into various locales ruled by warlords or, in the case of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, by a successor to Franchise/{{Batman}}.
11th Jul '16 11:14:29 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* In [=GDW's=] ''TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}'', the US was shattered by a nuclear war in the late '90s. The government has fractured into two factions, "Civgov" and "Milgov" but most of the country is actually in anarchy. The follow-up game, ''{{2300 AD}}'', shows that the nation eventually recovers, though it does not regain super-power status.

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* In [=GDW's=] ''TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}'', the US was shattered by a nuclear war in the late '90s. The government has fractured into two factions, "Civgov" and "Milgov" but most of the country is actually in anarchy. The follow-up game, ''{{2300 AD}}'', ''TabletopGame/TwentyThreeHundredAD'', shows that the nation eventually recovers, though it does not regain super-power status.
11th Jul '16 11:02:11 AM DastardlyDemolition
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