To its friends and enemies alike the United States seems to have emerged from the October War battered, bruised but invincible. However, twenty months after the cataclysm terrible wounds remain unhealed and the nation of liberty is riven by conflict.
What price unity when the war-ravaged states of the American Midwest and the Great Lakes already feel like battlegrounds in the next war? While racial tensions erupt across the South, civil war threatens in Illinois and Wisconsin, Congress and the Administration are deadlocked, and the alliance with the British disintegrates.
While the Red Army surges south to the Persian Gulf in Philadelphia the Kennedy Administration turns a blind eye, intent on pandering to the most virulent strain of the ‘America First’ movement in election year.
The survivors had honestly believed that the World had gone mad in October 1962. Now they are beginning to ask themselves how much worse things can get?
Tragically, the answer is that things can get a lot, lot worse.
Never was Jack Kennedy’s inaugural appeal for all Americans to ‘ask not what your country can do for you’ but to ‘ask what you can do for your country’ more apposite.