The Merca Federal Union

Several people seemed confused about the where, when, and why’s of the political system which Bridges is part of. So I thought I’d write a bit about the Merca Federal Union and its history.

Shortly after the Catastrophe, the survivors in North America formed groups dedicated to surviving. Eventually, the groups migrated towards the center of the continent, mainly because it seemed to be the least affected. But the North American Survivors continued to have problems, mostly surrounding disagreements on the form of government.

The animosity became so great within the various groups and factions that they began using the newly rediscovered dome technology to form their own independent city-states. Moving into domes also helped mitigate the environmental after-effects of the Catastrophe, which led to longer, healthier lives for those who chose to do so.

Unfortunately, these isolated groups were often too small – sometimes to the point of being inbred – and began to experience difficulty. Eventually, the North American Federal Oversight Committee was formed to help foster trade, develop transportation between domes, and to offer an avenue for resolving disputes between city-states.

Even though by this time electricity via magma steam generators was the major power source, vast differences in technology arose between city-states. After Tollkeen almost went to war against Azimoff, alleging technological contamination, The Cultural Correctness Committee (CCC) was formed to monitor inter-dome transportation. This ensured that no city-state imposed their technology on a group who didn’t want it.

The CCC’s motto became, “If you don’t like the tech, you’re free to move.”

Eventually, each dome had it own version of the CCC, which in some cases turned into groups limiting scientific discovery in their dome.

Political pressures due to repeated city failures led the formation of the Merca Federal Union. While each city-state maintained its independence, the Federal Bureau was formed to investigate abuses. The Feds also provided aid in disasters and enforced the requirement for a stable government in order for a group to maintain control of their dome.

The Merca Federal Union took on the old North American Survivors motto “From Ashes We Rise.” While some city-states resent the Feds’ interference (most notably Bridges), most agree that The Merca Federal Union has brought stability and prosperity to the continent.

Patricia Loofbourrow

Patricia Loofbourrow, MD is an SFF and non-fiction writer, PC gamer, ornamental food gardener, fiber artist, and wildcrafter who loves power tools, dancing, genetics and anything to do with outer space. She was born in southern California and has lived in Chicago and Tokyo. She currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three grown children.

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