The Continuity of Operations Plan (C.O.O.P.) was created via executive order by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the early 1950s, as the United States Continuity of Government plan. The plan involved the construction of several nuclear bunkers designed to protect officials and a set of procedures to ensure that the government could continue to operate after a nuclear war or other catastrophic event.
On October 27, 1962, the day after Congress approved of an invasion of Cuba, the plan was put into action. President John F. Kennedy and the First Family and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Second Family are flown to the USS Northampton. The entire U.S. Congress is sent to the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. The U.S. Armed Forces leadership is sent to the Raven Rock Mountain Complex (Site R), while some is sent to Mount Weather. Other procedures are taken as well.
After the war, the United States government as an entity became known as the Continuation of United States Government Operations (C.U.S.G.O.).
In 1970, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson were on their way to West Virginia to make contact with Congress. Kennedy's helicopter exploded on the way there. Johnson made it to West Virginia and explained the situation. He would soon return to the U.S.S. Northampton be inaugurated as president.
Johnson started an initiative to gather mutated people and animals and study on them. He also began building up a military because the Continuity of Operations Plan had turned out a disaster, and he believed force would be required to rebuild the United States. Johnson died six months later in 1971, and had not yet chosen a Vice President, so Speaker of the House John William McCormack is elected president.
McCormack continued Johnson's plans. He also made changes to how succession in government be handled. All legislative positions were made hereditary until the nation was in the state to hold elections. Executives would serve in their office for life and He was president until he died of cancer in 1978. Vice President Carl Albert took over the presidency afterwards. Albert served as president until his death in 1992.