China is a nation that fell to the collapse of the U.S. economy during the Civil War. China is very united at this point, trying to claim as much land as they can with their numbers. Your usual dictatorship.
After the second American Civil War, much of the world followed. New nations and states were formed globally, creating chaos. Despite advancing technologies in this near future world progressing, the population and land was recessing from constant war. The Confederate Phoenix offers safety in this realm while fighting wars on all fronts.