Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Custom
I M P E R I A L A M E R I C A
Capital: Fort Worth
Currency: dollar ($)
Climate: Ranging from tropical to temperate
Maritime claims: 12 nm; 3 nm in the international straits – Nicholas Channel, Florida Strait, Old Bahamas Channel, and the Gulf of Mexico
Military Branches: Imperial American Army, Imperial American Navy, Imperial American Air Force, Imperial American Marine Corps, Imperial American Coast Guard
L A N D S C A P E
The American Empire ranges from rolling plains and hills to swamps and marshland. The Empire's economic situation is faltering, with the majority of their annual budget directed towards military spending. Nuclear weapons are no longer viable as a deterrent, as almost every nation has them. Coupled with the Japanese Miracle, fallout is no longer a fear. America’s superpower status has been giving way to the economic behemoth of Japan in recent years. Currently, it is suffering from a faltering economy and a divided population. Class and racial lines have divided people into separate groups, each struggling against the others. Crime has risen to an all time high and the under funded government cannot keep enough police on the streets to do anything about it. The major corporations have stepped in somewhat offering privatization of law enforcement in some areas. As for foreign policy, the government is looking to do anything that will improve their status economically.
E C O N O M Y
America in 2030 is largely privatized with corporations having taken over policing the streets where local law enforcement. The country has a high unemployment rate, with roughly 8% of the population out of work. The American Empire is the world's third largest producer of natural gas and oil, though this market has fallen to the wayside, as the majority of engines are alcohol powered, due to the energy crisis during World War III. The Empire was once the world's largest economy, but has since been overtaken by Japan. Due to the dire economic situation, Imperial America has sought an economic trade agreement with the government of Japan. Thus, the two countries have remained close allies.
G O V E R N M E N T
Following nuclear World War III, the United State of America fractured into three separate sovereign states. The American Empire was formed from what was considered to be the southern United States of America, partly consisting of the Confederate States. Imperial America was formed by the former Republican Party and the majority of the defense industry, with right-wing politics at the government's core. The nation is a crowned republic, a form of constitutional monarchy with an elected emperor merely acting as a figurehead for ceremonial purposes. The public elects members of government office, including a president who is head of state.
I M P O R T A N T D E P A R T M E N T S
Department of State: The Department of State is the imperial executive department that advises the President in foreign affairs. It is the equivalent of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is responsible for the international relations of the American Empire, negotiates treaties and agreements with foreign entities. The Department is led by the Secretary of State, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Emperor and is a member of the Cabinet.
Department of the Treasury: The Department of the Treasury is an executive department and treasury of the Imperial American government. It is responsible for managing the government's revenue. The Treasury prints and mints all paper currency and coins in circulation through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Imperial American Mint. The Department also collects all federal taxes through the Internal Revenue Service, and manages I.A. government debt instruments.
Department of Justice: The Department of Justice is responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice in the American Empire. The Department of Justice administers several federal law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The department has responsibility to investigate instances of financial fraud, to represent the United States in legal matters such as in the Supreme Court, and to run the federal prison system. The department also has responsibilities to review actions of local law enforcement conduct by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
Department of the Interior: The Department of the Interior is an executive department of the I.A. government responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native American territorial affairs, and insular areas of the American Empire. About 75% of public land is managed by the department, with most of the remainder managed by the Imperial American Department of Agriculture's Imperial American Forest Service. Despite its name, the Department of the Interior has a different role from that of the interior ministries of other nations, which are usually responsible for police matters and internal security. In the American Empire, national security and immigration functions are performed by the Department of Homeland Security primarily and the Department of Justice secondarily.
Department of Agriculture: The Department of Agriculture is responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities.
Department of Commerce: The Department of Commerce is the Cabinet department of the Imperial American government concerned with promoting economic growth. The mission of the department is to "promote job creation and improved living standards for all Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development." Among its tasks are gathering economic and demographic data for business and government decision-making, and helping to set industrial standards. This organization's main purpose is to create jobs, promote economic growth, encourage sustainable development and improve standards of living for all Americans.
Department of Labor: The Department of Labor is a cabinet-level department of the I.A. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, reemployment services, and some economic statistics; many I.A. states also have such departments. The department is headed by the Secretary of Labor. The purpose of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the American Empire; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. In carrying out this mission, the Department of Labor administers and enforces more than 180 laws and thousands of federal regulations. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.
Department of Defense: The Department of Defense is an executive branch department of the government of the American Empire charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerned directly with national security and the Imperial American Armed Forces. It is headquartered in Houston, Texas. The Department of Defense is headed by the Secretary of Defense, a cabinet-level head who reports directly to the President of the American Empire. Beneath the Department of Defense are three subordinate military departments: the Imperial American Department of the Army, the Imperial American Department of the Navy, and the Imperial American Department of the Air Force. In addition, four national intelligence services are subordinate to the Department of Defense: the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. Other Defense Agencies include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Missile Defense Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the Defense Security Service, all of which are under the command of the Secretary of Defense. Military operations are managed by nine regional or functional Unified combatant commands. The Department of Defense also operates several joint services schools, including the National Defense University and the National War College. The Department of Defense is also responsible for maintaining the American Empire's nuclear missile system. Public Security Section 9 once received aid from the National Security Agency in the form of their global surveillance network in order to track down Hisashi Imakurusu.
Department of Transportation: The Department of Transportation is a Cabinet department of the I.A. government concerned with transportation. It is governed by the United States Secretary of Transportation. Its mission is to "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future."
Department of Energy: The Department of Energy is a Cabinet-level department of the Imperial American Government concerned with the Empire's policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material. Its responsibilities include nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. It also directs research in genomics; the Human Genome Project originated in a DOE initiative. DOE sponsors more research in the physical sciences than any other A.E. federal agency, the majority of which is conducted through its system of National Laboratories.
Department of Veteran's Affairs: The Department of Veteran's Affairs is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. The VA's primary function is to support veterans in their time after service by providing benefits and support. A current initiative in the Department is to prevent and end veterans' homelessness. The VA works with the Imperial American Interagency Council on Homelessness to address these issues.
Department of Homeland Security: The Department of Homeland Security is a cabinet department of the Imperial American federal government with responsibilities in public security, roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management.
C E N T R A L I N T E L L I G E N C E A G E N C Y
The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the Imperial American government, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence. As the principal member of the A.E. Intelligence Community, the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence and is primarily focused on providing intelligence for the President and Cabinet. Unlike the Imperial Bureau of Investigation, which is a domestic security service, the CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic intelligence collection. Though it is not the only A.E. government agency specializing in HUMINT, the CIA serves as the national manager for coordination of HUMINT activities across the US intelligence community. Moreover, the CIA is the only agency authorized by law to carry out and oversee covert action at the behest of the President. It exerts foreign political influence through its tactical divisions, such as the Special Activities Division. The CIA has increasingly expanded its role, including covert paramilitary operations. One of its largest divisions, the Information Operations Center, has shifted focus from counter-terrorism to offensive cyber-operations. The CIA has also been involved in controversial programs such as extraordinary rendition and torture.
Project Sunset: The last World War spread to the corners of the globe. The American Empire pulled out of South America early, but not before engaging in some of the most vile practices known. In their final days, the CIA concocted operations to make enemy countries lose their will to fight. They sent guerilla teams into enemy territories, settle in, make friends with the local population, and then have them killed in atrocious way to demoralize their allies. Many members became mentally unstable afterward. Some went completely psychotic and continued their killings after the war ended.
Domestic Wiretapping: Ever since the United States of America lost the third World War, the CIA has been accused of wiretapping citizens of the American Empire. The establishment of the NSA's global surveillance network has done little to disprove these accusations.
Extraordinary Rendition: Extraordinary rendition is the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one country to another. The term "torture by proxy" is used by some critics to describe situations in which the CIA and other I.A. agencies have transferred suspected terrorists to countries known to employ torture, whether they meant to enable torture or not. It has been claimed, though, that torture has been employed with the knowledge or acquiescence of I.A. agencies, although Condoleezza Rice (then the United States Secretary of State) stated that: "The United States has not transported anyone, and will not transport anyone, to a country when we believe he will be tortured. Where appropriate, the United States seeks assurances that transferred persons will not be tortured."
Human Rights Concerns: The CIA has been called into question for, at times, using torture, funding and training of groups and organizations that would later participate in killing of civilians and other non-combatants and would try or succeed in overthrowing democratically elected governments, human experimentation, and targeted killings and assassinations. The CIA has also been accused of a lack of financial and whistleblower controls which has led to waste and fraud.
Influencing Public Opinion and Law Enforcement: The CIA sometimes finds itself in conflict with other parts of the government when there is disagreement over the legality of specific covert programs. There is always the risk that one part of the government may make the covert operations of another part of the government public.
I M P E R I A L A M E R I C A N A R M E D F O R C E S
The Imperial American Armed Forces are the armed forces of the American Empire. They consist of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The President of the American Empire is the military's overall head, and helps form military policy with the I.A. Department of Defense, an imperial executive department, acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out.
The sole power of command is vested in the President as Commander-in-Chief. The Defense Department is headed by the Secretary of Defense, who is a civilian and member of the Cabinet. The Defense Secretary is second in the military's chain of command, just below the President, and serves as the principal assistant to the President in all defense-related matters. Together, the President and the Secretary of Defense comprise the National Command Authority, which by law, is the ultimate lawful source of military orders. To coordinate military strategy with political affairs, the President has a National Security Council headed by the National Security Advisor. The collective body has only advisory power to the President, but several of the members who statutorily comprise the council (the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Energy, and the Secretary of Defense) possess executive authority over their own departments. Just as the President and the Secretary of Defense are in charge of the entire military establishment, maintaining civilian control of the military, so too are each of the Defense Department's constitutive military departments headed by civilians. The five branches are organized into three departments, each with civilian heads. The Department of the Army is headed by the Secretary of the Army, the Department of the Navy is headed by the Secretary of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force is headed by the Secretary of the Air Force. The Marine Corps is organized under the Department of the Navy. The Coast Guard is not under the administration of the Defense Department, but the Department of Homeland Security and receives its operational orders from the Secretary of Homeland Security. However, the Coast Guard may be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President or Congress during a time of war, thereby placing it within the Defense Department. The President, Secretary of Defense, and other senior executive officials are advised by a seven-member Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is headed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the United States military, and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The rest of the body is composed of the heads of each of the Defense Department's service branches (the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force) as well as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Although commanding one of the five military branches, the Commandant of the Coast Guard is not a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Despite being composed of the highest-ranking officers in each of the respective branches, the Joint Chiefs of Staff does not possess operational command authority. Rather, the Goldwater-Nichols Act charges them only with advisory power. All of the branches work together during operations and joint missions in Unified Combatant Commands, under the authority of the Secretary of Defense with the exception of the Coast Guard. Each of the Unified Combatant Commands is headed by a Combatant Commander, a senior commissioned officer who exercises supreme command authority per over all of the forces, regardless of branch, within his geographical or functional command. By statute, the chain of command flows from the President to the Secretary of Defense to each of the Combatant Commanders.23 In practice, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff often acts as an intermediary between the Secretary of Defense and the Combatant Commanders. All five armed services are among the seven uniformed services of the United States, the two others being the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (under the Department of Health and Human Services) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (under the Department of Commerce).
Imperial American Army: The Imperial American Army (IAA) is the largest branch of the Imperial American Armed Forces and performs land-based military operations. As the largest and senior branch of the I.A. military, the modern I.A. Army has its roots in the United States Army, which was formed (14 June 1775) to fight the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)—before the U.S. was established as a country. After the Revolutionary War, the Congress of the Confederation created the United States Army on 3 June 1784, to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The Imperial American Army considers itself descended from the United States Army, and dates its institutional inception from the origin of that armed force in 2015. As a uniformed military service, the Army is part of the Department of the Army, which is one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense. The I.A. Army is headed by a civilian senior appointed civil servant, the Secretary of the Army, and by a chief military officer, the Chief of Staff of the Army who is also a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the fiscal year 2029, the projected end strength for the Regular Army was 330,000 soldiers; the Army National Guard had 170,000 soldiers; the combined-component strength of the I.A. Army was 500,000 soldiers. As a branch of the armed forces, the mission of the I.A. Army is "to fight and win our Nation's wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders." The branch participates in conflicts worldwide and is the major ground-based offensive and defensive force of the American Empire.
Imperial American Navy: The Imperial American Navy (IAN) is the naval warfare service branch of the Imperial American Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the American Empire. The I.A. Navy is the largest, most capable navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The I.A. Navy has the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with ten in service, two in the reserve fleet, and three new carriers under construction. The service has 162,500 personnel on active duty and 55,000 in the Navy Reserve. It has 274 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of October 2016. The I.A. Navy traces its origins to the United States Navy, which was established during the Naval Act of 1794 and was effectively disbanded after the United States' defeat in World War III. It played a major role in the American Civil War by blockading the Confederacy and seizing control of its rivers. It played the central role in the World War II defeat of Imperial Japan. The 21st century I.A. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in strength in such areas as the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. It is a blue-water navy with the ability to project force onto the littoral regions of the world, engage in forward areas during peacetime, and rapidly respond to regional crises, making it a frequent actor in I.A. foreign and military policy. The Navy is administratively managed by the Department of the Navy, which is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Navy. The Department of the Navy is itself a division of the Department of Defense, which is headed by the Secretary of Defense. The Chief of Naval Operations is a four-star admiral and the senior naval officer of the Department of the Navy. The CNO may not be the highest ranking naval officer in the armed forces if the Chairman or the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who by law outrank the CNO, are Navy officers.
Imperial American Air Force: The Imperial American Air Force (IAAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Imperial American Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed services. The IAAF is the largest air force in the world. The branch articulates its core functions as Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Space Superiority, Command and Control, Cyberspace Superiority, Personnel Recovery, Global Precision Attack, Building Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility and Agile Combat Support. The I.A. Air Force is a military service organized within the Department of the Air Force, one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense. The Air Force is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Air Force, who reports to the Secretary of Defense, and is appointed by the President with Senate confirmation. The highest-ranking military officer in the Department of the Air Force is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who exercises supervision over Air Force units, and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Air Force combat and mobility forces are assigned, as directed by the Secretary of Defense, to the Combatant Commanders, and neither the Secretary of the Air Force nor the Chief of Staff have operational command authority over them. The U.S. Air Force provides air support for surface forces and aids in the recovery of troops in the field. As of 2029, the service operates more than 5,000 military aircraft, 406 ICBMs and 63 military satellites. It has a $161 billion budget with 157,500 active duty personnel, 70,000 civilian employees, 35,000 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 53,000 Air National Guard personnel.
Imperial American Marine Corps: The Imperial American Marine Corps (IAMC), also known as the Imperial American Marines, is a branch of the Imperial American Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection, using the mobility of the Imperial American Navy, by Imperial mandate, to deliver rapidly, combined-arms task forces on land, at sea, and in the air. The I.A. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the I.A. Department of Defense and one of the seven uniformed services of the American Empire. The Marine Corps has been a component of the I.A. Department of the Navy since the American Empire's inception in 2015, working closely with naval forces for training, transportation, and logistics. The IAMC operates posts on land and aboard sea-going amphibious warfare ships around the world. Additionally, several of the Marines' tactical aviation squadrons, primarily Marine Fighter Attack squadrons, are also embedded in Navy carrier air wings and operate from the Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The Imperial American Marine Corps has followed in the footsteps of its predecessor and is virtually the same. The role of the Corps has earned popular titles such as, "America's third air force", and, "second land army". The I.A. Marine Corps has distinguished itself as it has served in the majority of American wars and armed conflicts, from its inception to the current year, and attained prominence in the 21st century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed a cornerstone of the South American theater of World War IV. By the mid-21st century, the I.A. Marine Corps had become a major theorist of and the world's dominant practitioner of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy. As of 2029, the IAMC has around 91,000 active duty members and some 19,500 reserve Marines. It is the smallest of the I.A. Armed Forces within the DoD.
Imperial American Armed Forces Rank Structure: