It is January 1st, 1936. The United States of America, under the guidance of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is beginning to emerge from a great economic depression. New Deal policies, hastily enacted, and bitterly contested have, at least temporarily, stymied the tide of rising unemployment, homelessness, and hopelessness. However, the effects of protectionism and isolationism have rendered the USA an island to itself, dependent on the vastness of the oceans and an aging and increasingly obsolete navy to protect it from the forces of totalitarianism that are growing across the seas. There are those within the government of the United States who believe isolationism is no longer a viable policy and wish to become a more active player on the world stage. Those who oppose them though are vocal and have the support of much of the citizenry, who do not wish to once again send a generation of boys to die on foreign soil.
The future of the United States is cloudy and perilous; in 1946 the United States could be the leader of a world united or an isolated island, withering away like a single grape on a vine. Roosevelt's radical economic policies could lead to prosperity and safety for all citizens or the utter collapse of an entire nation's economy. Trust must be placed in a higher power, whether that be God, fate, luck, or chance, that the United States of America would be guided along a path of freedom, justice, and liberty for all.
IN DEO SPERAMUS