Another piece set in the same universe as this previous post: LINK.
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After the collapse, many states found themselves with little or no leadership. Many others turned on what remained and renegade factions sprang up across the globe. Tyranny, extremism and plain foolishness threatened to throw much of the planet into a sub-medieval dark age. This was not the case for the citizens of the UK.
Under the guiding hand of the former prince and looking to the past for inspiration, a new democtratic empire was formed. Many member states of the old Commonwealth soon joined up in the face of weaker enemies and a wish to return to simpler times. Canada (facing an ever growing threat from the People's Consulate) also pledged fealty, along with several of the north and eastern most states of the shattered Americas. With strong trade bonds and an amount of shared history, parts of Scandinavia and France took membership in the New Empire.
Today, the Empire specialises in exploration and frontier colonies and commands a formidable fleet much like on Earth of old.