So this is the fictional country (The UK as a US-influenced presidential democracy divided into 14 states, including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) where Josh and Angus live. I've never been a fan of royalty and hate the current political landscape of Britain, so I thought "hey, what if history went a different way"? The United States of Britain was born in 1946 in an alternative scenario where the Nazis invaded Britain before being defeated by the USA and Soviet Union. Rather than going back to being the UK as it was, the United States decided to set up a closely aligned British republic. It's gone on to become an economic and libertarian powerhouse, benefiting from free trade with Europe, North America, Australia/New Zealand and Japan, with the highest GDP-per-population of any country.