5. It was part of a world government,
but its sovereignty was guaranteed by treaty.
6. An assault by atomic weapons from the
Soviet Union resulted in destruction of all northern-hemisphere governments.
7. Its decline and fall, according to Hartley
Baldwin, was partly caused by assassinations.
8. Although it included 54 states, it
was rapidly descending into chaos. The traditional political parties
(Democratic, Republican) were fringe groups, and most cities were armed camps.
(I Will Fear No Evil)
9. The Constitutional government was
overthrown by religious fanatics, and the territory was isolated from the rest
of the world. When the Second
American Revolution restored democracy, U.S. Constitution was replaced by
Reserve captain who took command of the Lewis &
Clark after Captain Swenson was killed. Although at first he was
determined to continue on the mission in spite of the drastically depleted
crew, he was ordered to rendezvous with a faster-than-light ship to return
home (or possibly he persuaded the Long
Range Foundation to arrange this).
Society was founded by Virginia Heinlein on behalf of her husband, science
fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein, to "pay forward" the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein to future generations of "Heinlein's Children."