This map is based on "The Handmaid's Tale" world. In this world, the Republic of Gilead, is the authoritarian, theocratic regime that takes over the United States of America after a coup d'etat. Through a series of coordinated attacks, they assassinated the U.S. President and members of Congress, as well as staff from the White House and all nine Justices of the Supreme Court. Blaming the attacks on "Islamic fanatics", "the army declared a state of emergency". In quick succession, the United States Constitution was suspended, online bank accounts were frozen, and all employed women were fired from their jobs.
The new government began by quickly hunting down anyone they perceived as being "unGodly" or a threat. This included political activists, doctors, members of other religious groups and gender minorities, and intellectuals. The Republic of Gilead was declared as the successor state to the United States of America. However, at least some American civilian and military officials survived the coup and fled to Alaska, where they declared the new US capital in Anchorage, resulting in a Second American Civil War.