The American Government Continued (most often called the A.G.C. or G.C.) is, as the name implies, the continuation of the American government, as well as the military, after World War III. The government was allowed to continue past the war due to the Continuation of Operations Plan.
C.O.O.P. and WWIII Edit
In the early 1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order which set up a plan for continuity of government, called the Continuity of Operations Plan. Several bunkers were built in order to house important figures in the U.S. government. The plan was later expanded upon by Eisenhower as well as his successor, John F. Kennedy.
In 1953, a nuclear bunker was completed in Raven Rock Mountain in Pennsylvania. The bunker was built for relocation of high-ranking commanders of the United States Armed Forces. In 1959, Mount Weather was commissioned for use for relocation of most members of the executive branch. Also in 1959, the federal government asked the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, to build a bunker underneath the resort that would be used to hold all members of the U.S. Congress. In 1961, the U.S.S. Northampton was re-designated to serve as a relocation area for the President and Vice President.
In the morning of October 26, 1962, John F. Kennedy decided that military action against Cuba would be necessary. He ordered that certain members of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOMM) and top officials of the Pentagon relocate to the Raven Rock Mountain Complex to plan a full-scale invasion of Cuba. Kennedy activated the Continuity of Operations Plan on the morning of October 28. All Congressmen are sent to the Greenbrier, much of the executive branch is sent to Mount Weather, and Kennedy and Vice President Johnson are flown to the USS Northampton. The next morning, the invasion was launched. The invasion sparked a worldwide nuclear war, as was prepared for.
The Beginnings of the AGC Edit
For years, the remains of the United States government remained secluded. In 1968, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson were flying to the Greenbrier to meet with Congress in seperate helicopters. On the way there, Kennedy's helicopter suddenly exploded. Johnson made it to West Virginia and explained what had happened. The speech was broadcasted through the wasteland, and word reached the other major government outposts quickly. Congress decided to inaugurate Johnson as the next president.
Johnson began an initiative to clean up towns surrounding the major bunkers for civilian refuge. He also ordered the research of the effects of radiation on humans and wildlife, and gathered mutants afar. Johnson's presidency was short however, as he died a year later. Johnson hadn't chosen a vice president yet, so Speaker of the House John William McCormack was made the next president. He chose House Majority Leader Carl Albert to be his vice president.