We never saw it coming. We were so unprepared. Turns out, while we were focused on enemies foreign they were really right here with us the entire time. See, they had been slipping across both borders for decades without really doing anything, just living their lives, getting used to our culture and our ways, convincing us there was nothing to worry about, they were just looking for freedom.
Freedom. It almost feels like a dream to even type that word now.
The first attack came slowly, I don’t even think we would have known we were under attack if not for what came after. It all began with yet another report of a “salmonella outbreak” in one of the largest beef ranches. Ground beef was being recalled left and right, prices were going up, but we’d all seen it before. “Nothing to worry about” our leaders told us “we have it all under control”. But the people who got sick didn’t get better. There was talk of a new “more virulent strain” of salmonella. There were investigations into the companies that provided the tainted meat. There were even arrests made; the accused paraded in front of the television cameras to reassure us that it was being taken care of, that there was no need for panic or alarm. Turns out it was all just a test, a dry run to see how quickly we would respond, a way of crying wolf that led us to not believe we were truly in danger until it was too late.
Next came reports of outbreaks and quarantines in some of the military camps. There weren’t a lot of details, something about “national security”. Same old song and dance. “It’s under control, nothing to worry about, go about your business as usual”. This time though…this time it wasn’t under control and “business as usual” had changed forever. See, our invaders had integrated themselves into every industry doing the jobs that “Americans wouldn’t do”. They worked in our food services, in our hotels, in our resorts, in our water treatment plants. In our janitorial services. We were so blind, so complacent. If only we had seen.
But we didn’t see.
Gunshots in Washington DC. Panic. A crazy person with a gun threatening to shoot themselves, to shoot the president. Lockdown. The man was shot, a martyr for the cause. A distraction.
By the time we realized it was all a distraction they were all dead. The Senate, the Congress, everyone in the White House. The national command structure wasn’t just broken it was gone. The riots started immediately. Looting and burning, bands of looters roaming the streets of almost every city. We waited for the army to swoop in, the military would stop the riots and keep the peace long enough for us to hold elections and start over right? Long enough for us to rebuild and get revenge. Wrong. The sickness in the military camps was worse than originally reported.
There weren’t enough healthy, active duty officers to direct the cleanup efforts. So the Canadians offered to help. They were our friends to the north, and we gladly accepted. As the platoons rolled across the borders some people watching on television, or online, cheered. Finally, we would pick ourselves up and slowly start rebuilding our nation. That’s what we do after all, we rebuild. The Canadian army started setting up command posts in all the major cities and arresting looters. The cavalry had finally arrived. To allow for our own military forces to take a greater role in the riot control they offered to help patrol the southern border as well. We didn’t know how much of a mistake we had made, until the Mexican army surrounded Dallas.
People tried to fight back. They broke curfew, met in the dead of the night, relied on their stockpiles of weapons and food to fight the two forces that were now seen as invaders rather than rescuers. It wasn’t enough. When the public executions of conspirators started being broadcast a few of us were sure our other allies would intervene but they did nothing. Those who were able to get messages to the UK and the EU were told that this was an “internal struggle” that they couldn’t “commit resources to”. We found out later that Israel had attempted to send in aid, but their planes had been blown out of the sky somewhere over Europe.
It didn’t take long before those who lived outside of the large cities were either arrested or cut off from civilization. They call us The United Americas now. Talk about the virtues of living in a world without borders. The UN praised the efforts of Canada and Mexico to quell a potentially explosive situation; praised the forward thinking nature of the usurpers.
Original Prompt: The Canadian and Mexican militaries initiate a combined invasion of the US with non-intervention pacts from the UK and EU.