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.
The Continuity of Operations Plan was the United States government's plan to preserve the functions of government after a catastrophic event such as nuclear war. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman ordered all federal offices to form their own plans for continuity of operations. President Dwight D. Eisenhower outlined an overall plan by his administration in a secret executive order.
Measures by Eisenhower's executive order included the building of several nuclear bunkers to house important government officials. Some bunkers that were built include:
- Raven Rock Mountain Complex: Liberty Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. This bunker was designed to house officials of the United States Armed Forces. Essentially to be an alternative Pentagon.
- Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center: Near Bluemont, Virginia. This facility was designed to house important executive branch officials, including many members of the president's Cabinet.
- The Greenbrier: White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The five-star hotel, the Greenbrier, was the location of a program known as Project Greek Island. A bunker was built under the hotel and was designed to house all members of Congress from both houses.
Many other bunkers were built, including several for the president. Despite many bunkers being built for the president, none were used at the outbreak of nuclear war. Instead, President Kennedy was flown to the USS Northampton.
World War III Edit
The Beginnings of the A.G.C. Edit
For years, the remains of the United States government remained secluded. In 1965, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson were flying to the Greenbrier to meet with Congress in separate helicopters. On the way there, Kennedy's helicopter suddenly exploded. Johnson made it to West Virginia and explained what had happened. The speech was broadcast through the wasteland, and word reached the other major government outposts quickly. Congress decided to inaugurate Johnson as the next president.
President Johnson ordered that all positions in the government were to be hereditary until the nation was in the state once again to hold public elections. Outsiders were only to be allowed into the government if the holder of the office didn't have a proper heir to succeed them, and if both houses of Congress would allow it. In some cases, another member of the government can succeed another, and that member's office would be succeeded by an heir or outsider. Johnson ordered that all mutated humans and animals were to be rounded up to be studied on. He also ordered that any governments created on U.S. soil after the war that refused to cooperate with the A.G.C. were to be considered rebellions.
Presidential Succession Crisis Edit
As Johnson's health declined, he named his nephew, Samuel S. Johnson, as his successor. This became problematic. Many in the A.G.C. believed that the rightful heir to the presidency was John F. Kennedy Jr., as his father was the last to be elected to the office by the Electoral College. At the time however, JFK Jr. was only 10 years old, so most of those who supported the Kennedy family said that John F. Kennedy's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, should be Johnson's successor until JFK Jr. attained the age of 35 years. Kennedy supporters got their way. When Johnson died, RFK became president and exiled Samuel S. Johnson to avoid future complications. In 1995, RFK stepped down from the presidency for JFK Jr. Six years later in 2001 however, Samuel S. Johnson came back and led a coup to seize the presidency for himself, and had all Kennedys, including women and children, executed.