The Japanese Pacific States territory encompasses the western portion of the North American continent, stretching from Arizona in the south, to Alaska in the north. The Pacific States are bounded by the Neutral Zone on its eastern border.
Flags and Emblems
The official flag of the Japanese Pacific States greatly resembles the Naval Ensign of Rising Sun Flag. A red sun-disc is off-set on a white field, with 12 blue rays of sun, and 8 red stars. The colours of the flag evoke the flag of the former United States, with the 8 stars representing the 8 former American and Canadian states and territories that comprise the Pacific States - Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Hawaii was directly annexed into the Empire as an Overseas Territory. The flag was created by Admiral Yamamoto, who resided in the country until his death.
Politics and Policies
The Japanese Pacific States' official capital is San Francisco, but the country is ruled indirectly from the Japanese capital Tokyo, possibly through membership of the Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere. Before 1947, the Japanese Pacific States' population consisted mostly of Caucasians and Japanese immigrants. Following Japan's invasion, several emigration policies were implemented, encouraging ethnic Japanese to migrate to the new puppet state. While Caucasians are still present in the country and the Japanese tolerate the presence of African-Americans and Jews, their racial policies are (de jure) in line with those of the Greater Nazi Reich. The extent of racism in the Pacific States is mostly limited to ethnic Japanese enjoying higher standards of living, a majority of the country's police and military being composed of Japanese peoples, and ethnic Japanese holding larger economic and political weight in the country. The Japanese Pacific States also allows the Japanese Empire's Kempeitai to have free reign. While not as extreme as the Nazi SS, the Kempeitai are still a ruthless force, employing psychological and physical torture as means of interrogation. The official languages of the Japanese Pacific States are English and Japanese, however, the use of Japanese is not mandatory.
Economics and Technology
The economy of the Japanese Pacific States is closely tied to that of the Japanese Empire. Due to being in the Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere, the national currency is the Japanese Yen.