United Commonwealth of Continental States
Anthem: "The Commonwealth of Toil"
|Government||Unitary Landonist–Continentalist one-party socialist republic|
|Nathaniel Scribner (CPUC)|
|Legislature||Central Congress (Unicameral)|
• 2021 estimate
• 2020 census
|GDP (PPP)||2020 estimate|
|$11.8 trillion (2nd)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2020 estimate|
|$13.5 trillion (2nd)|
• Per capita
|Currency||Commonwealth Dollar (Ȼ, Ȼ$)|
The United Commonwealth of Continental States (UCCS or U.C.C.S.), commonly known as the United Commonwealth (UC or U.C.), or the Continental States (CS or C.S.) is a country located in North America is a unitary Landonist-Continentalist one-party socialist state consisting of multiple republics and autonomous areas. It is the second largest country by total area and it is the world's third most populous country. The national capital is Chicago and the most populous city is New York City. Other major cities include Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Quebec City, Louisville, and Miami.
The United Commonwealth was first inhabited by Paleo-Indians who originated ultimately from Siberia at least 12,000 years ago during the Middle Paleolithic period. Various Precolumbian civilizations and cultures thrived in the North American mainland, including the Algonquin and the Muscogee. The British, French, and Spanish established colonies in what is now the present-day United Commonwealth. Canada and the United States emerged from the British and French colonies in the North American mainland, with the latter gaining independence during the American Revolutionary War as the former Thirteen Colonies along the East Coast. The United States rapidly expanded across North America under the pretext of manifest destiny, acquiring territory through both diplomatic and military means, oftentimes killing and displacing Native Americans. Slavery was a central issue for the United States and was the main cause behind the American Civil War. Shortly after the war ended in Union victory, the United States government collapsed following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and other key U.S. officials. The reconsolidation of the remnant U.S. government as the United Commonwealth and the breakaway of several U.S. states as independent countries led to the War of Contingency, which ended with the reduction of the United Commonwealth to only 19 of the former 29 U.S. states. The United Commonwealth under the Federalists was checkered with periods of calamity and stability as rapid economic growth coincided with rising levels of inequality and political corruption.
The Continental Revolutionary War resulted in the Continentalists overthrowing the Federalist government, exiling them to the Antilles. The Continentalists centralized the national economy and state power, and established the goal to create a self-sufficient socialist state operating on the principles of Landonism and its homegrown variant of Continentalism. During Great War I, the United Commonwealth led the Landonist Internationale war faction and successfully reunified with the Northeast Union and annexed the former Canadian provinces of Quebec, the Maritimes, and eastern Ontario, further enlarging the country. In Great War II, it emerged as an established world power, playing a significant role in the European theater of the war. During the Cold War, it competed with its longtime neighborring rival, Sierra, and Continental rivals, Germany and the United Kingdom. The period saw some of the most significant 20th-century scientific and technological achievements, including the world's first man-made satellite and the launching of the first animals and humans into spaceflight.
The United Commonwealth has the second-largest economy in the world, with a GDP of Ȼ$13.8 trillion, and features the world's second-largest manufacturing economy. It is a highly developed country and is also one of the most ethnically, religiously, and linguistically diverse nations in the world. Since the 1970s, it has operated a mixed economy which synthesizes syndicalism with a socialist-oriented market economy in adherence to Landonist orthodoxy and Continentalism. Its labor force is among the world's largest and the most unionized. It is the second-largest importer in the world and the third-largest exporter. The United Commonwealth is a member of the Organization for Mutual Economic Assistance and Development (OMEAD), Chattanooga Pact and the League of Nations.
From 1920 to 1922, the Continentalist Party maintained the nations former name; as the the United Commonwealth of America. Aeneas Warren, who was staunchly in favor of preserving the legacy of the United States of America, sought to revert back to the former name in 1921, but was convinced that because the goals of continental unification had not been achieved the name would be undeserving. By 1922, local elections concluded, with several counties and regions forming new independent regions, formally reorganizing the former subdivisions of the old United Commonwealth. All states officially adopted Continentalist naming semantics by 1921, which signaled for Warren and the Continentalist Party to change the nation's name. To distinguish themselves from other Anglo-American nations, and to create a unified nationality, the demonym for the nation was established as 'Continentalist' which retains much of the ambiguous notions associated with being American, where one can be of any race or religion, but must proclaim a certain political creed to be accepted into the community.
In 1922, the name United Commonwealth of Continental States was adopted by the Central Committee of the United Commonwealth, the National Committee and the Central Committee of the Continentalist Party. Denoting that the United Commonwealth was a semi-autonomous, federalized union of states ideologically tied to Continentalism. Several Appalachian continentalist states, retained their ideological leanings to Landonism, by incorporating it into their official state names. The retention of the name United Commonwealth was seen as reactionary by some far-left elements within the Party, who saw it as a continuation of the Federalist regime. Because of the ideological differences, the simplified usage of Continental States and Continetalist States is used frequently, and is often seen as an ideological stance within the nation.
In political rhetoric of the nation, the nation is referred to as this United Commonwealth of Continental States, an allegory to the preservation of the Union. In 1922, Warren during his speech to the nation on Establishment Day, established the political tradition of invoking the name of the country;
|“||As we have fought to establish a more sacred union, one that enshrines the working class into its national fabric, let it be known that invoking such a name must be carried in high regard. For it is not a name tied to any race; but that to a single unifying concept that unites the people as one. Established by Providence, the United States was a most auspicious experiment that was ultimately bastardized by that of the powerful; but here we stand in the spirit of the American people to form a new idealized version of what the future can be. Indeed, a continental order, one that will one day incorporate the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the fringes of the Arctic Circle, where God will reign supreme and the worker will be at His most gracious behest. On this day, July 19th, 1922 in the year of our Lord, we establish this United Commonwealth of Continental States.||”|
|— Secretariat Aeneas Warren, Proclamation of the Continental States, July 19th, 1922|
Revolution and establishment (1916 – 1928)
Political consolidation, economic growth (1916 – 1928)
Great War I and Great War II (1942 – 1965)
Cold War (1965 – 2000)
Government and politics
The United Commonwealth is a federation of ideological tied continentalist states, operating as a representative democracy with both a civil and party component, with the Continentalist Party of the United Commonwealth as the sole political party. Through the civil and partisan political routes, the various departments and committees form a series of checks and balances that create a competitive political atmosphere and precedence. Legally, citizens are subject to two levels of government, the local state government and the central government. Set by precedence, the local government acts as an arena for trial and error in policy making. The local government has some level of control in regards to economic policy and has nearly complete control in regards to social policy. The central government has extensive control in setting economic development plans, which are established through four year economic plans, dictating taxes, infrastructure spending and production goals. Structure of the government is based on a series of committees, with the most powerful civil body being the Central Congress of the United Commonwealth, and the various state committees acting as local legislatures. Although independent, most are also members of the National Committee of the Continentalist Party which is central in establishing policy to be passed by the civil legislature, although there is no mandate that forces the civil committee to act on the policy published by the party's committee. The National Committee acts as a precedent setting body, only meeting every four years. The Central Committee of the Continentalist Party, comprised of five members acts as the expedient executive for the National Committee, thus directing the course of the Central Congress and public policy. The leadership of the Central Committee and the party is the Secretariat of the United Commonwealth, which acts as head of government and head of state, although constitutionally the entirety of the party's Central Committee conducts itself in the manner of a directorial system.
Within the Constitution of the Continental States, the founding document establishes the United Commonwealth as a "fraternal union of Continentalist States, bound in one supreme United Commonwealth", granting special privilege to the working class, which operates through democratic institutions to bring about a Christian society inline with socialist and distributism. It rejects to acclaim communism as the ultimate goal of the nation and party; focusing more on preserving unions and defending workers rights. The United Commonwealth has effectively been a single party since the conclusion of the Civil War, with the Federalist Party of the United Commonwealth, the historical party that lead to the culmination of tensions that ultimately spilled into the Continental Revolutionary War. It has been constitutionally a single party state since the ratification of the 1922 Constitution, which established the Continentalists as the vanguard party of the American worker and the sole legal representative for the people. The state established Christianity as the official relgion which has been central to the Continentalist's political message of establishing a "City upon a Hill" on the North American continent, which initially removed the American principle of freedom of religion. During the 1980s, the Continentalist Party pushed for a more religiously pluralistic society, but since the late 2010's the party's doctrine has reverted back to the 1922 constitutional principles. The constitutional rights guaranteed within the United States Constitution; freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly have been mostly nullified, although the government became increasingly more open to such freedoms throughout the late 20th century.
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|Chickasaw||Continental Republic||Tawanna City||Chickasaw|
|Augustinia||Continental Republic||St. Augustine||Spanish-Continentals|
|Congregationalist States||Continental Republic||New York City||Congregationalists|
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Supreme authority within the Continentalist Party is granted to the National Committee which is composed of 600 delegates from various cities, counties and influential locales. The National Committee selects every four years the Central Committee which acts as the expedient decision making body within the political apparatus of the country.
The Secretariat of the United Commonwealth, the Chairman of the Continentalist Party, and the Central Commissioner of the Continentalist Armed Forces are guaranteed positions on the Central Committee. Within the last thirty years it has become more common within the party to delegate all these positions to the Secretariat, allowing for more lower level local party leaders to ascend to the Central Committee. During the early period of the Continental States (1920 to 1949) the party was dominated primarily by a Chicago triumvirate, with Committeemen splitting the powers of the party and securing dominance on the Central Committee. After Great War I, the pendulum of power slowly began to shift towards the National Committee who insisted on diversifying the Central Committee and providing the Secretariat with the additional posts of the Party Chairmen and Central Commissioner. This marked a shift within the party's adherence to democratic centralism, leading to the National Committee to become more fractured in the late 20th century and the early 21st century.
The Continentalist Party has maintained political and economic dominance within the country through its appointments system and required membership to access public sector jobs and services. Although considered a merit system, it requires those seeking positions within any level of the government to belong to the party, with addition to requiring their children and spouse to be registered as Continentalists. All 1.6 million teachers, 300,000 postal workers and the 2 million members of the active and reserve component of the Armed Forces of the Continental States belong to the Continentalist Party. Some 30 million children within state schools are required to be enrolled within the youth wing of the governing political party known as the Continentalist Youth of America (ages 12-18) and the Young Mountaineers (5-12).
Although the Continentalist Party exerts nearly complete control over the economic and political control over both state and corporate bureaucracy, the various factions of the party participate in political competition among themselves to secure influence and power. The various factions are dictated by law to belong to the Registered Sections of the Continentalist Party, pledging loyalty and fidelity to the ideas of Landonism and to openly support the Central Committee in their actions and decisions. This pledge does not include the National Committee or various local committees, allowing for members to openly criticize one another in the public sphere. There are currently 4 registered sections, with the largest being the Faithful Front of the Continentalist Party. The Labor Front of the Continentalist Party and the Revolutionary Front of the Continentalist Party hold nearly a quarter of the delegations to the National Committee. The most recent addition to the registered section and smallest faction is the Stewards Caucus of the Continentalist Party.
The Continental States has an extensive foreign relations policy objective that seeks to build and establish social democracies through Landonist polices and Continentalist inspired republics. Within the Conference of American States and NATO, it is considered an ideologically aggressive state with a conviction on par with that of the former derzhavist states of Russia and France. Nearly every country has established embassies within Chicago, with many maintaining consulates in Miami and Louisville. Nearly all nations host Continental diplomatic missions with the exception of Saudi Arabia and Bhutan. It maintains close relations with other states on the North American continent, albeit these relations are built upon a long process that has sought to establish peace among the Continental States and members of the Conference of American States. It is a member of the League of Nations, the G7, the G20, the Association of Caribbean States (OECS) and the Organization of American States (OAS). It is an observer of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization.
The Continental States is one of the founding signatories to the Chattanooga Pact, the military cooperative component of the aligning members of the Organization of Mutual Economic Assistance and Development (OMEAD). Members of OMEAD and the Chattanooga Pact include Mexico, Nicaragua, the Union of Burma, Eritrea, Indonesia, Venezuela, Algeria, Guyana, Nepal, Tanzania, Barbados, Ecuador, Ethiopia and North Vietnam. It also belongs to the Continental Organization of North America States (CONAS), a collective defense pact with the Continental Republic of Tournesol.
While the United Commonwealth maintains mostly amicable relations with the nations of the European Community, since early 2016 it has distanced itself from the continent after the Continental States underwent pressure to take in refugees during the migrant crisis of 2015. With the elections of mostly centre-right governments throughout most of Europe, the Continentalist Party began to withdraw support from many of the socialist parties. It was supportive of the establishment of Poland-Lithuania as a free and independent republic although the two countries have since drifted in regards to cooperation. In Asia, the Continental States maintains close relations with North Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia.
In the Americas, diplomatic relations are typically seen from a unionist perspective, where the Continental States maintains de jure that the United Commonwealth was the rightful successor to the United States of America. The Continental States advocates and to establish the North American continent as a federation of Continental republics with Landonism as its central guiding ideology, a stance that has lead to its indefinite exclusion from the Conference of American States. Since the ascension of the Continentalist Party, the government of the Continental States has supported efforts to either politically or militarily install Landonist governments within Canada and Brazoria. It maintains close relations with many Central American states and left leaning republics in South America. Since the 1980s the United Provinces has held a combative stance towards the Continental States after a failed Landonist coup in 1979.
Since the end of the Cold War, the Continentalist States has attempted to mediate global conflicts through diplomatic resolutions and economic incentives. Its relations with Sierra continued to deteriorate throughout the 90s and the 21st century as the neoconservative movement within the country began to heavily favor interventionist policies. While the two nations had historically been at odds, relations improved significantly during and after Great War I, since the fall of communism relations have since returned to being tense. After the 1993 Gulf War, the Continental government began efforts to empower the the Ba'athist regimes throughout the region in order to deter Iranian, Saudi and Pacific aggression. It denounced Sierra during the 2004 invasion of Syria and its involvement in Iraq.
|Nominal GDP||Ȼ$13.8 trillion (Q4 2019)|
|Real GDP growth||2.2% (December 2019)|
|CPI inflation||2.5% (December 2019)|
|Employment-to-population ratio||65% (April 2018)|
|Unemployment||4.3% (December 2019)|
|Labor force participation rate||76% (December 2019)|
|Total public debt||$10.5 trillion (74.1% of GDP) (Q4 2019)|
|Household net worth||$8.355 trillion (Q4 2017)|
The United Commonwealth has the world's second-largest economy in terms of nominal GDP, totaling approximately Ȼ$13.8 trillion dollars as of 2019. In terms of purchasing power parity (PPP GDP), the United Commonwealth ranks second behind China. From 1975 to 2008, the Continental compounded annual GDP growth was 2.8%, compared to the 3.2% weighted average for North American nations belonging to the Conference of American States. The nation ranks fifteenth in the world in nominal GDP per capita, with citizens making an average of Ȼ$55,000 and twelfth in the world in GDP per capita at PPP. The Continental Dollar is the reserve currency throughout the Organization of Mutual Economic Assistance and Development, which encompasses fifteen nations.
The Continental States is the world's second-largest exporter and third-largest importer of goods. Its major trading partners include Canada, Sierra, Brazoria. Throughout the 2010s, petroleum was the most imported commodity, while foodstuff and transportation equipment made up the country's largest export. Because of the political nature of the country and the demand by workers for self-management, multinational corporations either avoid employing Continental labor or enter the market because of its production efficiency.
In 2019, the private sector was estimated to constitute 87.5% of the economy, with the central government and its commissariats accounting for 5.5% and local government accounting for the remaining 7%. Considered a postindustrial economy with the service sector constituting 63% of the GDP, the Continental States still remains an industrial power, producing a large portion of the worlds steel, automobiles, ships and electronics. The United Commonwealth is the world's top producer of corn, soybeans, wheat and third largest producer of cotton.
Consumer spending is considered low within the United Commonwealth compared to other Western nations although it made up nearly 59% of the Continental economy. In 2019, the Continental labor force consisted of 149.1 million people. 89% of the workforce is unionized, compared to 30% in the European Union, and 24% in the Pacific States and 9% in Brazoria. During the 2008 Recession, the Continental economy lost two million manufacturing jobs. Only 1.2 million of those manufacturing jobs returned by 2018, although the industrial sector grew exponentially with the government's sponsorship of automation replacing a majority of the mechanical tasks. The Continental States ranks behind Korea and Singapore in industrial robots per capita, for every ten thousand workers there are 486 autonomous machines. These machines are controlled by Continental Electric, a state-owned enterprise, which provides nearly all of its profits to the benefit of the state and pensioners of the labor unions.
Depending on the worker-cooperative and labor union, the minimum annual leave with pay varies, although the average ranges between 16-20 days. All workers outside the realm of emergency services are guaranteed paid leave on five days out of the years. Paid family leave is a near universal right among the worker-cooperatives and women who belong to a a family initiated into the Registry of Valiant Labor are granted a stipend for their childbearing from the central government. The Labor Registry is considered the highest honor among the working-class and has been a source for the nation's high workforce productivity, to which the United Commonwealth ranks 4th in the world, behind Sierra, Luxembourg and Norway. Continental workers rank sixth in productivity per hour, behind Brazoria and the Netherlands. Workers in the United Commonwealth are documented as to having the highest rates of job satisfaction, with job control and positive work atmospheres being the main contributors. This has generated a healthy work–life balance with many Continentals working an eight-hour day. This eight-hour work day is not based on a hourly wage, which the Continentalist Party considers a form of wage slavery, it is instead based on a formula of salaried wage and dividends from workplace profits.
Utilizing a mixed-economy, the specific model practiced within the United Commonwealth is characterized as a form of syndicalism paired with a market socialist economy that holds an ideological alignment to the principles of Landonist economic theory. Nearly 85% of all industries within the United Commonwealth are categorized as being managed by labor, where workers belong to their respective labor unions and participate in the direction of their respected industries. This dispersed social ownership has built a competitive market, where worker-collectives and labor unions seek to produce higher quality goods at an effective rate. Although the Continental government has pushed for the transition from a for-profit system to a production for use system, the various worker collectives have overwhelming continued to practice production models that place profiteering at the heart of production. Continental economists state that this model of profiteering is necessary in a globalized system of capitalism.
Science and technology
The United Commonwealth throughout the 20th and 21st centuries has been a technological leader in innovation and exploration. It pioneer the methods of interchangeable parts as a means to develop streamlined production lines, establishing the nation at the heart of the machine tool industry. Sophisticated assembly lines were deemed to be essentially in generating the amount of surplus necessary to propel the ideological principle of freedom of want. Continental factories were among the first factories to be electrified, spearheading the development of mass production that has generated a relative amount of excess goods. This production scheme has contributed to the United Commonwealth's trade surplus, exporting an array of high quality goods to the world.
American inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison spurred the development of many modern technological innovations. In 1922, the Continental Telephone and Telegraph Cooperative (CT&T) was established through the government acquisition of Bell's corporation. After the acquisition, it was distributed among its various workers and turned into its modern identity seen today. Initially condemned by Alexander Bell, the productivity of his formerly employed scientists excelled in innovation, these criticism subsided prior to his death. Workers belonging to the Ford Motor Company, after collectivizing their workplace maintained Henry Ford's status as the cooperative's leader after settlements were made between management and labor. This agreement ended in 1925 after the company's division for innovation and production saw his position as redundant. Since then, the various artists and engineers who have shaped the course of the automobile have been recognized as the true developers of the Continental automobile. Edison's General Electric in 1923 was transformed into Continental Electric, one of the largest industrial cooperatives in the United Commonwealth. The company has been central to developing some of the worlds most durable incandescent light bulbs and was responsible for the development of the transistor in the 1950s which pushed the nation to the forefront of the global electronics market.
The United Commonwealth has been a leader in nuclear technology and operates the worlds largest array of nuclear facilities in the world. In 1942 developed the worlds first world's first artificial nuclear reactor, known as Chicago Pile-1. Responsible for the majority of exported nuclear reactors, studies conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency claim that these reactors around the worlds have reduced carbon emissions by 4,293 million metric tons each year. Recent developments in the field of nuclear technology, include the world's first sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor. Scientists at Purdue University have recently constructed the Continental Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a tokamak nuclear fusion reactor that is set to be fully operational by 2032. Chicago is the world capital for nuclear medicine and was the origin site for medical radiography, spawning the medical community's utilization of radioactive tracers and radiation therapy. It is the largest exporter of PET and Scintigraphy machines in the world. In 1944 and 1945 it raced to develop develop nuclear weapons against Brazoria and the Pacific States, only to have preformed a successful detonation three months after the Pacific Trinity test.
During Great War II and the Cold War, the United Commonwealth rapidly excelled in the fields of rocketry, materials science and aeronautics. It was the second nation to develop the intercontinental ballistic missile and was the first nation to deploy an artificial satellite, the Wabash Cannonball-1. These achievements ultimately pushed the nations of CAS and the EC into a Space Race. It was the second nation to achieve human spaceflight and in 1969 the space mission Odyssey 11 achieved the first manned moon landing. In 1977 it achieved mankind's first lunar settlement, known as the Continental Lunar Laboratory, which has hosted the International Lunar Program since 1985, where astronauts of the Brazorian Commission for Space Exploration (CSE) and the Pacific Pacific Aeronautics and Aerospace Agency (R3A), along with one rotating nation, live alongside Continental cosmonauts. The Commissariat for Cosmological Exploration and Administration (CCEA) currently operates at a budget of $43.2 billion dollars, one of the largest space expenditures on the planet. Tts signature rocket known as the Sea Dragon is a rocket deployed at sea has been at the heart of the Continental space program since its inspection, this is due in part because of its efficient tonnage capacity. Announced in 2012, the CCEA declared that a mission to place the first man on the planet Mars would be completed by 2020. In 1978 the Continetal Air Force launched the satellite based radionavigation system known as the Global Positioning System (GPS). It is the largest and most comprehensive global navigation satellite systems currently operated.
The United Commonwealth processes an extensive rail and freeway system, which has been key to connecting the large country economically. Historically, the United Commonwealth depended heavily upon rail to transport both freight and passengers, this transitioned away in the mid 20th century, with the extensive growth of the Continental Thoroughfares, the colloquial term for all controlled-access highways in the country. The development of thoroughfares came to influence the growth of Continental cities, creating large urban sprawls that ultimately caused a backlash in the late 20th century. The Central Government enacted dirigist policies that developed the state owned corporation known as the Continental Rail Authority, which continues to provide some 5.3 billion passengers with medium to long distance intercity rail service. Although having high rail usage, most citizens still hold driver's licenses, which are necessary to operate a vehicle within the country.
Within cities, light-rail, buses and subway system are readily available, with the Chicago Transit Authority being the largest mass transit operator in North America, servicing around 2.6 billion patrons annually. Some cities, outside of the Midwest, most notably in the South, city transit usage is considerably low and citizens remain dependent on automobiles. The city of Philadelphia has the second largest transit system, and the former United State's capital Washington the third largest. In 2018, the elevated rapid transit of Louisville was completed, which now ranks one of the most technologically advanced systems in the world. Several other cities, such as Pittsburgh and Charleston experienced extensive growth in their transit systems after the Appalachian Urbanization Effort was completed in 2015.
The transportation of freight is carried primarily by barges, or by freight trains, which are controlled by private corporations. Freight rails are independent from passenger lines, and independently compete to ship goods, with Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transpiration being the two largest freight companies in the nation. The Ohio River and the Mississippi River carry the most freight of any river in the world, transporting goods to the largest port in the world, the Port of South Louisiana. Around 7,000 vessels pass through the Port of New Orleans, the primary exit of domestically produced goods. Some of the largest storage of corn, soy, wheat, steel, rubber, coffee, fruits and vegetables exist between the ports of South Louisiana and New Orleans. Also concentrated between the two ports is the Continental Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which holds the largest emergency supply of oil in the world, with a capacity of 727 million barrels. The Saint Lawrence is also a major shipping route for Continental ships and barges. Controlling the entry way into the Great Lakes the United Commonwealth has utilized the waterways as a means of exerting political influence. Since the established of the socialist governments of Ontario and Quebec only vessels carrying goods destined for Continental and eastern Canadian ports are allowed entry into the Great Lakes.
Culture in the United Commonwealth is a product of Western culture with influencing elements from African and Native American traditions. Continental culture is distinguishable from other Anglo-American nations, processing its on unique dialect, music, art, social habits, cuisine and folklore. Because of the nation's multicultural makeup, the nation has been characterized as both a melting pot and an ethnic salad bowl. Central to the enduring Landonist thought, the Continentalist government supports the nation's ethnic and linguistic diversity in its current form, however, its party's manifest states that its ultimate ideological goal is to eventually dissolve the barriers associated with race, class and gender. In the aftermath of the Continental Revolutionary War, the Continental Republics were established through a series of boundary delimitation efforts that effectively segregated the various races and ethnicities of the former United States. The delimitation in the 1921 generated a ethnocentric view among the various communities of the United Commonwealth which has persisted to this day. Population transfers caused a complete restructuring of the Continental populace, dramatically changing the composition and culture of the various regions. With ethnic groups segregated by several miles apart from one another, the Continentalist government promoted intercultural competence within these monoculture communities in an attempt to heal racial wounds between European-Americans and former slaves and their descendants. Deprived of a shared religious tradition and common ethnic background, the ideology of Landonism-Continentalism was established, and today remains the core principle of the Continental national identity.
Modern Continental values customs and manners are a admixture of pre-revolutionary Protestantism and post-revolutionary socialist aesthetic. The transfer of many White Southerns into the North and Appalachia created the widespread acceptance of a culture of honor. Northerns, once seen as brass and confrontational were gradually transformed into a culture where outward aggressiveness was ultimately discouraged. During the early years of the Continentalist government, the compulsory educational system developed a pervasive society of guilt where citizens were taught to think morally on the basis of Landonism rather than Christianity. Individualism was discouraged and instead replaced with a great sense of collectivism. Hospitality, optimism and individual humility became essential aspects of the new post-revolutionary culture. Continental citizens are considered devoted practitioners temperance, objecting to obscene consumption, which has lead to some of the lowest rates of alcohol consumption and obesity globally.
Within the overthrow of the Federalist regime, the Continentalist government sought to establish socialist aesthetics as the core of Continental culture, this was established through the efforts known as the Continental Dream and the concept of the New Continental man.
Continental Culture, distinct from American culture, one which was established by Protestantism, instead sought to incorporate the teachings of Landon as a central element of the population. They sought to cultivate and strength the nation's strong work ethic and competitiveness and innovation while dissolving the former culture's belief in rugged individualism and materialism (two belief systems believed by the Continental public as the catalyst of the Revolution). Although the initial Continentalist thinkers sought to create a culture of openness, Warren's successor McCallahan sought to destroy literature and artwork that espoused what he considered anti-Continental. In 1923, the works of Zane Grey and other authors who promoted the Western genre were either detained or deported, as the Continentalist government viewed the genre as an subversive ideology that was both individualistic, pro-Pacific and Brazorian.
In 1926, the works of Francis Scott Fitzgerald were banned, as they were considered reactionary. Writers such as William Faulkner, who promoted the subgenre of Southern Gothic through his works Light In August and Absalom, Absalom!. Philosophers such as John Dewey and John Rawls was promoted by the Continentalist government, although both were critiqued on their belief in an adulterated democracy, which was ultimately censured. Throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the government sponsored the rise and domination of the government-imposed style of continental realism which glorified Landonist values and the proletariat. Art and media focused on four concepts, the proletariat, the 'typical' (everyday life of the people), realism and partisan glorification. These elements were seen as a means to develop the social consciousness of the the masses, and that portraying a uplifting socialist utopia may further accelerate the transitory period from socialism to communism. Murals from this era remain in prominent government buildings throughout the country.
Continental people like football, baseball and soccer, sports are very well liked. Some famous baseball teams include the White Sox and the Chicago Cubs and Continental Reds.
The United Commonwealth's life expectancy at birth is 79.5 years (78.5 for males and 81.5 for females). The United Commonwealth ranks 26th in the world, 7th in the Americas, behind the Pacific States, Canada, and Brazoria. The Continentalist principles of socialized healthcare was conceived by the Continental Commissariat for Welfare in 1922, and has remained a key part within the Continentalist government. Healthcare is entirely controlled by the state, and derived from the Continental States Constitution, all citizens are guaranteed the right of health protection and free access to any health institutions in the UCCS. Primary care is available throughout the country, rural and urban centers are comprised of numerous staff, although specialized care is more centered in urban areas. Capitalist incentives still exist within the country regarding medical research, with universities and research institutions competing extensively to provide new patents to the Commissariat for Welfare. The nation is a world leader in pharmacology and pharmaceutical chemistry, developing a large portion of the worlds most vital medicine.
The Continental government utilizes a national health insurance scheme, with varied tiers along with a overall single-payer healthcare system. Younger healthier citizens are placed into a "low-risk" insurance pool, where specialized care for more select ailments are typically more costly. The elderly are placed into a larger pool, which is funded by various government sources. Nearly 80% of the profits from patents created by the Commissariat for Welfare pay into elderly care. Elderly care is streamlined, allowing for high accessibility and prevention care. Vaccinations, annual flu shots are required among those within the system and additional requirements regarding lifestyle choices have brought about controversy. Among the most controversial is the usage of drug testing, and forced relocation of the elderly to housing accommodations within the Continental Retirement Housing Authority, sometimes several hundreds of miles away from family members.