The Trust is, of course, your benevolent dictatorship. They've been in power for over one hundred years and show no sign of weakening or loosening their grip.
The Trust first began to come to power in the early 2020's. At first, they were little more than an extremist Christian political party, similar to the Tea Party of the early 2000's. Their big break came in 2030, when they secured a majority in the House and Senate. They were able to begin passing controversial legislation right away, but they consolidated their power in 2040 after they staged a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. This led to the Bleeding Years, a short civil war that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard and left Washington, D.C. in ruins.
After the Bleeding Years, a more moderate version of the Trust rose from the ashes. This government promised to care for the citizens, and to be the example that would lead the world. They didn't immediately clamp down on citizens, choosing to gradually increase their control over the citizens. They had a great deal of support from the citizens of the former United States, at first--the guarantee of a job and housing were powerful motivators. In 2060, the Draft program was rolled out. The Trust claimed that the Draft would reduce the divorce rates and strengthen the family unit. It was initially voluntary, but as time went on, it became mandatory. By 2090, every adult citizen was entered into the Draft when they came of age: twenty for men and eighteen for women.
The borders of the former United States were closed in 2100, after a number of citizens attempted to flee to Canada. The Trust arranged for Mexico to join the Trust not long before the borders closed.
The former United States is divided into thirteen Federal Regions, rather than states.
The regions are as follows:
- Region 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
- Region 2: New York, New Jersey, Delaware
- Region 3: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland
- Region 4: North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia
- Region 5: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana
- Region 6: Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri
- Region 7: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana
- Region 8: Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado
- Region 9: Washington, Oregon, Idaho
- Region 10: Nevada, Arizona, California
- Region Eleven: Mexico
- Region Twelve: Hawaii
- Region Thirteen: Alaska
Travel between the regions is unrestricted with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii.
Alaska and Hawaii
Alaska and Hawaii are completely inaccessible to residents of the mainland United States and Mexico. As far as the citizens of the Trust know, Alaska is a barren, irradiated wasteland incapable of sustaining life, and Hawaii has been made uninhabitable by unpredictable volcanic eruptions. Most don't know or care what goes on there.
The truth is, Alaska and Hawaii are both secret government property. There are sweatshops in both locations (your clothes and electronics have to come from somewhere!). In addition to the sweatshops, Hawaii is home to brutal farms and sugar plantations, and Alaska is home to mines for gold, zinc, lead, and copper.
Political dissidents and other "undesirables" are sent to Alaska and Hawaii if they are not outright executed. None ever return.
You may not play a character who has been to Alaska or Hawaii.
In the 2090s, the Trust and the government of Mexico negotiated a deal where Mexico could join the United States. The Trust wanted for the people of the United States to have a paradise, and Mexico wanted the security its northern neighbor could offer it. Mexico was an official part of the United States by 2100. Spanish has fallen into disuse, although a lot of the natives still speak some. The dress code is more lax in Mexico, but ultimately a woman has to dress the way her husband tells her to. Until 2190, Mexico was also the only place under the Trust's control where syn (synthetic alcohol) was allowed.
Those men that show talent, dedication and loyalty will get to work for the Trust itself. Test results will say "government" and further testing will determine what career path they embark on from that point. Some jobs are strictly desk work, other occupations might require field work.
These are just a few of the most important departments though there are many more.
DOM - Department of Marriage
If it has to do with your draft, it comes through this department. It's the biggest and likely most complicated of departments. It oversees the drafting process, and is responsible for making sure that the items you receive upon your draft are at the right place at the right time. (IE house, cars, rings, draft bonus, debit card)
They do worry about hackers and making sure that their rather complex computer system isn't compromised. Anyone that works in this department has extreme computer skills and this is the department that came up with the algorithms that we use to draft from.
DOE - Department of Education
This department is in charge of the education that our young citizens receive. These are the people that decided in the wake of the "Disaster" to integrate education to help save space and building materials.
DOD - Department of Defense
Anything having to do with the military begins here. You can only end up in this department after service in the military. The Defense Department makes sure the borders are secure, and they provide security and authorize any international travel.
DOH - Department of Healthcare
This department is in charge of making sure we have enough healthcare providers and the needs of the population are met. If there is a need for doctors, or other healthcare related fields, they can override an aptitude test and place you into what they need.
HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development
They are in charge of all construction, repairs, and keeping things running smoothly when it comes to housing.
DOB - Department of Banking
Paychecks, inheritance, grants, pay raises all come through this department.
DOJ - Department of Justice
Lawyers, Judges, Courts, Cops, that's all in here.
DOEC - Department of Energy Conservation
Making the planet "green" is still an issue. That's what this department does.
DOT - Department of Trade
Setting up trade with foreign countries.
DOC - Department of the Census
This department controls the new chips that are being implanted in the citizens at this time. This is a new department, and as such, is still working out the full extent of their reach. They coordinate with the DOB, DOJ, DOM, DOH and DOE.