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United Republic North America
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Affiliation:

Unified Earth Government

 

The United Republic of North America (abbreviated URNA[1]) is a loose association between the nations of Canada, Mexico, and the "political remnants" of the former United States of America. It is located on the continent of North America on the human homeworld of Earth.[2]

Overview[edit]

Geography[edit]

The desert city of New Phoenix.

The URNA features deserts and tundra. It is as well verdant.[2] The URNA has a west coast[3] and an east coast.[4] One of the aforementioned deserts appears to be near the west coast while snow appears in the northern areas.[5]

Locations[edit]

Known residents[edit]

History[edit]

Later United States[edit]

At some point between 2468[7] and 2524,[8] the United States of America no longer existed as an independent nation, leaving "political remnants"[9] and former states.[2] Despite this, citizens in the former country still identified as American nationals.[10] By the 26th-century, Washington state had ceased to exist as a political entity.[11] However, Kentucky had been absorbed into the URNA.[2] Around the early 2540s, New Phoenix was the fourth most populated city, behind Chicago in third, Los Angeles in second, and New York City in first.[12]

Human-Covenant war[edit]

Cleveland, Ohio during the Battle of Cleveland.
Durga: "It's a Covenant capital ship. Those little sparkles of light are Seraph fighters."
Kamal Zaman: "They're here."
— Durga explaining to Kamal and his family what they are seeing outside of their home in the first attack on URNA soil in Berkeley.[13]
Main articles: Battle of Cleveland and URNA Southwest Campaign

Several engagements of the Human-Covenant War took place in the URNA in the climactic year of 2552. One of the earliest engagements in what would become the Battle for Earth took place in October in the Berkeley area, a city on the west coast of the URNA.[13][Note 1] Either due to this specific attack or the attack on Mombasa around the same time, air raid sirens were activated on the east coast.[14][15]

Later in November, the Battle of Cleveland, was fought in North America; during which many citizens of the metropolitan city attempted to flee north in boats from the invading Covenant forces to Canada. While the city suffered minimal damage from hostile and friendly fire, many citizens were killed by the genocidal Covenant. The UNSC established a relief camp in the nearby city of Akron.[16]

In the final stages of the Battle for Earth, Covenant forces retreated to North America while the Prophet of Truth fled to Installation 00, with at least one Jiralhanae expedition deploying to Arizona to locate and activate a Forerunner artifact. This effort was foiled by elements of the UNSC Home Fleet.

Post-war[edit]

In July 24, 2557, the city of New Phoenix was attacked by the Forerunner known as the Didact. Using a device called the Composer, the Didact extracted the mental patterns of over 7 million people.[12] MCPO John-117 stopped him using a HAVOK nuke, destroying the Composer and the Didact's flagship,[5] although some of the consciousnesses of the composed New Phoenix residents were transferred back to Requiem and converted into new Promethean Knights.[17]

Government and society[edit]

The URNA is home to the UNSC's Supreme Headquarters and is home to numerous facilities and military bases. This is mostly due to it's historic association to the United Nations.[2] The Office of Naval Intelligence also maintained a branch headquarters in Boston.[18]

Gameplay[edit]

Halo 2[edit]

Main article: Halo 2

URNA territory is playable on the map Foundation.

Halo: Spartan Strike[edit]

Main article: Halo: Spartan Strike

New Phoenix, URNA is the primary setting for Operation D: Adamantine Shield.

Trivia[edit]

  • The seventh issue of Halo: Escalation shows a map of the URNA which displays the borders of the provinces and states, suggesting they continue to exist in some capacity in the 26th century. Strangely, the province of Quebec is colored differently from the rest of the republic. However, given that the province is the same color as the depicted water bodies, while Hudson Bay is colored like a landmass, this is almost certainly the result of a coloring error rather than an attempt to depict Quebec as being separate from the URNA. Additionally, part of northeastern Mexico is also depicted as a water body. This is also presumed to be an error, as the entire Texan landmass that borders northeastern Mexico is colored as land rather than water. Mid-26th century depictions of North America seen in Halo 2 and Halo 4 prove that the continent still holds a similar shape to its 21st century appearance, with Hudson Bay, Quebec, and northeastern Mexico still intact.
  • In i love bees Rani Sobeck makes direct reference to the Fifth Amendment, implying that the United States Constitution is still the foundation for law in 26th-century America (though it is possible that the term "plead the Fifth" simply remains in the American lexicon as a figure of speech). This is further supported by the continued existence of the IRS.[19]
  • The URNA is similar to the proposed North American Union.

List of appearances[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is derived from numerous pieces of information from within the Axon Clips including: Chapter 12 which mentions Kamal taking a flight back to the west coast; Chapter 9 where Sophia mentions that one of the people she is talking to isn't a Berkeley police officer and Kamal having to take a packbus to Reno, Nevada as his first stop; Chapter 10 where Kamal mentions waiting for said bus outside of Oakland.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo 3, campaign level Floodgate
  2. ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), Earth, p. 284-285, (2009); p. 296-297 (2011 edition)
  3. ^ I love bees, Axon Clips, Chapter 12 - Jersey: "Just a Little Sting"
  4. ^ I love bees, Axon Clips, Chapter 9 - Kamal: "The Devil"
  5. ^ a b Halo 4, campaign level Midnight
  6. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 63
  7. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), Human Colonies, p. 286-287 (2009); p. 298-299 (2011 edition)
  8. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, chapter 2
  9. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, chapter 2
  10. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, chapter 2
  11. ^ Catalog/Archive/2014
  12. ^ a b Halo: Escalation, issue #7
  13. ^ a b I love bees, Axon Clips, Chapter 12 - Kamal: "Fiancée"
  14. ^ I love bees, Axon Clips, Chapter 12 - Rani
  15. ^ I love bees, Axon Clips, Chapter 12 - Jersey
  16. ^ Halo: Uprising, issue #4
  17. ^ Spartan Ops, Memento Mori
  18. ^ Hunt the Truth, Season 1, Episode 04: CROSSING THE BLACK
  19. ^ i love bees, Axon taxes_suck