President Fiorello La Guardia
The Empire State is a sovereign state in North America that was established with the secession of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania from the United States in early 1930. It is led by the popular and charismatic Fiorello H. La Guardia, a former U.S. Congressman from New York, who leads the nation from its capital, New York City.
When Texas seceded from the United States of America in 1930, New York decided to follow their example. However, the federal government in Columbia made it clear that, while federal authorities had decided not to take on the might of Texas, they would take action against a similar show of rebellion right on their own doorstep.
Torn between a desire for independence and a fear of the still-powerful federal armed forces, New York decided on a third path - they recruited New Jersey and Pennsylvania to join them and together established the Empire State. On January 4, 1930, the Empire State was born as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania together seceded from the United States, and the collapse that began with the Texan Secession became unstoppable.
The country is now led by President Fiorello La Guardia, from the Presidental Building in New York City. While NYC as a whole is considered the nation's capital, the true center of power is the island of Manhattan.
- Industrial States of America- The Empire State is locked in a fierce rivalry with the ISA - the Empire State covets the ISA's industrial capacity, while the ISA would love to have New York's status as the North American continent's leading political power and chief trading center.
- Nation of Hollywood- This economic rivalry is exceeded only by the clash between the Empire State and the Nation of Hollywood. Each claims to be the center of culture in North America, contentions that have created tension between the two nations. These tensions were exacerbated by a botched trade negotiation between them; Hollywood responded by threatening an embargo of entertainment properties (movies, radio shows and so on). Since that incident, Hollywood has treated the Empire State with suspicion, and neither side shows any signs of backing down.
- Confederation of Dixie- Relations with the Confederacy are ice-cold; in the aftermath of a recent Confederate Air Force bombing of New York City's Manhattan borough, the southern passages into the Empire State are heavily patrolled as President La Guardia considers reprisals. Speculation abounds whether the strike offers proof of Appalachian complicity, a nation of long-standing neutrality. The so-called experts are in disagreement, and the lack of real authority in the Appalachian Mountains argues against trust between a "wet" and a "dry" nation.