Fall of the American Empire- Infotext

A Variant of Diplomacy
by Vincent Mous (96-98)

** Setting:
* It's January 1999 and the United States of America has been
The country is in ruins and in a state of anarchy except 5 states
where new 'Republics' have arisen. Florida, Texas and California
maintain some semblance of order within their old borders. In the
north-east, New York has formed a union with Pennsylvania and New
Jersey to stand together in the coming wars. Chicago, Milwaukee and
Minneapolis have done likewise, calling themselves the 'Heartland' of
* Canada has split up and may soon be in a state of civil war.
Meanwhile, the events in the United States have caused Quebec to
secede from Canada. Western Canada soon followed suit, under the
leadership of British Columbia and joined with American renegades in
Alaska. The central Canadian government has fallen and is in
* Mexico has been reduced to the states around Mexico city.
In the south, the increasingly strong drug lords and industrial mafia
have rested control of northern Mexico away from the government, while
the rebellion of Chiapas has spread to other southern Mexican states.
Under siege, Mexico's government prepares to strike back...
* Cuba and Peru, stronger than ever, are building up their militaries.
Taking advantage of the chaos on the North American continent, Cuba
invades Jamaica and prepares to spread its influence further abroad,
while Peru takes control of Colombia and turns its eyes northwards...
* What will the New World Order look like in North America?
This is the setting at the start of the Empire variant of Diplomacy,
where you play one of 10 new or old nations in a bid to conquer North
America. Can you lead your country to North American domination?

** Countries:
BC (B): F Anchorage, A Calgary, A Vancouver
California (C): A Los Angeles, F San Diego, A San Francisco
Florida (F): A Jacksonville, F Miami, A Tampa
Heartland (H): A Chicago, A Milwaukee, A Minneapolis
NewYork (N): A New Jersey, F New York City, A Philadelphia
Quebec (Q): A Montreal, F Quebec City, F Ungava
Peru (P): A Bogota, F Cali/NC, F Lima
Texas (T): A Dallas, F Houston, A San Antonio
Cuba (U): F Havana, A Holguin, F Kingston
Mexico (X): F Guadalajara, A Mexico City, A Veracruz

** Map Notes:
* Great Lakes
Fleets cannot move directly from one Great Lake to another, except
from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.
* Canals
There are a few one-space canals that act like Kiel in Vanilla dip.
This means that the spaces have no coasts and fleets can exit on any
- Panama
- Ontario
- Michigan
- Upper Peninsula
- Chicago (see below)
Empire 4 has one more Canal, the Hudson Canal between New York City
and New York State. Fleets can move from one to the other.
* Waterways
There are two waterways in Empire4 where fleets can move as though
there were a coastline in the listed territories. These rivers do not
impede army movement:
- Mississippi (Chicago, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Deep
South, Louisiana)
- St-Lawrence (Beauce, Montreal, NYS, Ontario, Quebec, Gaspe)
For example, a fleet could move from Tennessee to any of Kentucky,
Missouri, Arkansas or Deep South.
* Landbridges
- Units can move between Ungava and Nunavut. This does not block
movement between Hudson Bay and the Sea of Labrador.
- Units can move between Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. This does
not block movement between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

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