So here’s some back story to catch you guys up:

In my story, the Black Flu broke out around 2002 and lasted from then all the way until 2010 where it burned itself out. The Black Flu was the most violent and deadliest pandemic in human history, killing over 4.3 billion people (and this isn’t counting the estimated 850 million-900 million people who died from other diseases, starvation, wars and overall violence, etc.) and leaving at most maybe 2.7 billion people left. In the United States, the country (like every other country on the planet) fell into chaos and anarchy. In 2008, the federal government under President Obama’s leadership went into hiding in government bunkers and military bases throughout the country. Just a year later in early 2009, the US Government came back and liberated DC from the hordes of warring gangs, marauders, terrorists, militiamen, etc. President Obama was instrumental in setting up shop and laying down the groundwork for rebuilding the United States, this time being centered around the Washington, DC area where they would once again march westward towards the Pacific to liberate the country further down the road.

Anyway, after Obama came back to DC and fixed the place up (as well as expanded DC’s borders to incorporate the surrounding Virginian and Maryland counties), he pretty much tore down many aspects of the executive branch, reorganizing the executive branch by essentially trimming the fat.

First off, instead of 15 individual squabbling executive departments, they were all consolidated into four large individual executive departments:

Department of Domestic Affairs

The Department of Domestic Affairs (DDA) is responsible for the daily administration of the District of Columbia such as census taking, voting (whenever election season is around), tax collection, immigration, distribution of resources to the public, public safety, public health, etc. The DDA was formed after the consolidation of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Treasury, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Education, Justice, and Transportation (aspects of the former Department of Homeland Security are also incorporated into the DDA).

Department of National Defense

The Department of National Defense (DND) is responsible for ensuring DC’s defenses and national security, enforcing public law and order (DC is under what’s known as “civil martial law” where the military is out in public as law enforcement officers but Habeas Corpus and people’s constitutional rights are still firmly intact), and helping formulate and carry out the national security and military policies of POTUS while also being the executive civilian administrative department of the United States Garrison, the new and unified/singular military of the United States (i.e. the five branches of the military no longer exist, they’re consolidated into the US Garrison which is essentially just the unified US military). The DND was formed from a conglomeration of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

Department of State

The Department of State/State Department is essentially just what it use to be. This time though, the State Department now deals with the various war tribes and self-proclaimed independent states. In 2020, President Macy Brewman ordered the State Department to begin an initiative to reestablish contact with any potential surviving foreign governments that may still be alive. So far, because of this new initiative, the State Department has reestablished contact with the governments of Canada, the UK, and France.

Department of National Resources

The Department of National Resources (DNR) is responsible for administering, accounting for, acquiring/securing, and allocating the various natural, industrial, capitol, and human resources of DC and the federal government along with helping the Department of Domestic Affairs distribute resources out to the general public. The DNR was created as a result of the merging of the Departments of Labor, Energy, Agriculture, and Interior.

As for Congress, Congress has MASSIVELY shrunken down to 15 Representatives (one Rep./30,000 people) and 10 Senators (DC is divided into five different administrative “sectors”). Because of this, Congress passed an initiative that gave them more oversight powers over the executive branch since with a much smaller Congress, POTUS could use the situation to his/her advantage and usurp power.

The Supreme Court has largely stayed the same, albeit with there being five justices.

So would my post-apocalyptic US Government work or make sense?

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  • $\begingroup$ This seems different from your previous similar question only in the details. The organization chart can (still) look any way you wish. However the "fell into chaos and anarchy" by the method you describe seems implausible. Remember, a lot of plausibility is how you sell it. Lots of balkanized-america fiction out there, and some good authors sell it well. $\endgroup$ – user535733 Mar 16 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ You assume that after pandemic broke out in 2002 and bands took over Washington DC, US was still able to hold national elections in November 2008? $\endgroup$ – Alexander Mar 16 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ I have never seen any civil service where the Treasury/Tax department(s) were not in a permanent state of war with the main spending departments (e.g. Health, Welfare). Your attempt to merge them into one unit would simply create a sub-departmentalization as soon as the managers could make it happen. The needs of politics would also drive this,, just to create posts for people. It's how things work and it has never been different once any form of formal social organization develops. This happens e.g. when people organize a village fair, never mind a government. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Mar 16 at 23:36

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