Amerika comes to life in Wisconsin

Do you remember the mini-series Amerika? SBPDL was only a few years old when it was aired, but saw it recently. What was it about, for those late to the game?:

In the late 1980s, as the Soviet Union‘s economic and political decline puts it in danger of losing the Cold War, the Soviet leadership makes a desperate gamble to rearrange the global balance of power. Four huge thermonuclear weapons are exploded in the stratosphere over the United States. No material destruction appears to happen, however the electromagnetic pulse (or EMP) of these weapons destroys the nation’s military and commercial communications and computer systems, electrical grid, and, indeed, any piece of equipment that relies on computer technology, such as most late-model automobiles. With America’s ICBMs inoperative, and the National Command Authority unable to contact U.S. military forces abroad to counterattack, America is forced to accept Soviet terms for surrender: unilateral disarmament, the destruction of the dollar, and integration into the Soviet-led military/economic bloc. The United States quickly falls under Soviet military occupation – and the President of the United States and United States Congress become figureheads for their Soviet overseers.

The subsequent takeover of the U.S. is tamely dubbed “The Transition”. The miniseries details the final phase of the transition – the breakup of the United States ten years after its defeat.

The above events are implied in the miniseries, although never directly explained. The description is taken from the novelization of the miniseries, Amerika: The Triumph of the American Spirit by Brauna E. Pouns and Donald Wrye (Pocket Books, 1987), based on Wrye’s screenplay; Wrye is reputed to have written a 175-page treatment describing how the Soviets took over. An introduction to the miniseries explaining the downfall of America ended up on the cutting room floor prior to broadcast, and only a fleeting line by actor Sam Neill alludes to an America without communications, presumably due to the effects of the electromagnetic pulse. The loss of technology and communications, however, is effectively presented in the opening scenes: no radios are heard playing, television is shown only in the Soviet leaders’ offices, one scene in a church is lit completely by candlelight, and a woman is seen using an old sewing machine operated by foot pedal.

The Russians relied on school teachers to help govern the conquered Americans in the smaller cities, for many of those educating the nations children already had Marxists sympathies. Looking at what is going on in Wisconsin, it’s obvious that nothing has changed.

What was it Orwell said in Animal Farm?



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