The Federated States of America is the primary political entity of North America in the Unity Age. It was formed when the United States military, with corporate backing, mutinied against the civilian government and invaded Canada and Mexico. It is currently ruled by a fascist military-corporate complex, which pays lip service to a skeletal national government.
The United States sufferent heavy losses during the Aberrant War, as its oversized military posed a major threat to Aberrant forces. This was compounded when Aberrant Calvert Wycoff exploded in a ball of fire four hundred kilometers across centered on Hastings, Nebraska in 2054. In the months following Wycoff's death, the Blight manifested in a region that spread a thousand kilometers out from Hastings; America's breadbasket was rendered sterile, leading to a disasterous famine.
Eventually the military leadership took matters into their own hands. They divided North America into districts comprised of multiple states, and then initiated the North American Police Action, an invasion of Canada and Mexico to seize control of their arable land and other resources. This was met with widespread support from the fearful populace. Eventually, taxed to its own limits, the military handed over substantial power to a number of private corporations in exchange for the funding and resources necessary to maintain its control over the population. In 2060, the Second Omaha Declaration officially declared the Federated States new government.
The FSA is divided into eight districts, each of which is functionally controlled by a board. The FedBoard holds national executive authority, but in practice the districts operate nearly autonomously. The Federated States Military, a single command with power over both law enforcement and national defense, has far more authority to control district and local governments. The FSM's rivalry with the Central Security Agency, the FSA's spy masters, is a constant issue for coherent national policy.
Quebec is not legally part of the FSA, but it made considerable concessions to its neighbor in exchange for nominal autonomy.