America or more properly known as the United States is a large, economically powerful country in North America that achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1784 and would go on to play an instrumental role in both World Wars and the rest of the 20th century.
In We Happy Few, however, the United States differs from its real-life counterpart, with the timelines diverging in 1933. Despite its importance in the timeline and the greater world, Wellington Wells is (mostly) unaffected by the United States' actions.
The point of divergence of American history occurs on the 15th February 1933 when Italian immigrant and anarchist Giuseppe "Joe" Zangara successfully assassinates future president Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in Miami, Florida.
As a result of this, the nationalist Louisiana Governor Huey Long is elected president in 1936 amid the Great Depression and the proceeds to strengthen the American Isolationism and focus on economic recovery and growth. On the 12th September 1939, President Long refuses to enter World War II in support of the Allies and even goes as far as to deny all forms of support for Great Britain and France against the Axis Powers and keeps the United States neutral and outside of the conflict. As a result of this, the Allies are defeated in 1943 and Great Britain is occupied by the Germans.
After their victory in Western Europe, Germany proceeds to launch an invasion of the Soviet Union and at some point between 1939 and 1948, the United States joins the war in support of the Soviet Union and the German invasion is beat back and a Soviet-American counteroffensive is initiated. On August 10th, 1948 the Americans and Soviets capture Berlin, ending both the German Empire and World War II. The United Kingdom becomes free from German occupation but is struck by famine, suffers a complete societal collapse and is subsequently ignored by the Americans.
After the end of World War II, the Americans and Soviets initially decide to partition Europe between themselves, with the United States acquiring Ireland into its sphere of interest and influence.
The Soviets, however, continue their invasion of Europe past Germany and invade France and Spain, installing puppet regimes along the way, effectively establishing complete control over continental Europe by 1949. As a result of Huey Long's protectionist policies and the Soviets' brutal oppression, there is no Marshall Aid or post-war economic recovery, and Europe is left societally and economically ruined after the war.
As a result of the Soviets' aggressive foreign policy, throughout the 1950s and early 1960's the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union begin to turn sour and the two of them find themselves in a Cold War with one another.
- In Act III, Ollie can listen in to an American football match against the Soviets from the Garden District phone booths.