Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania. It is colloquially referred to as "Philly", and known as "The City of Brotherly Love".
During part of the 18th century, the city was the first capital and most populous city of the United States. At that time, it eclipsed Boston and New York City in political and social importance, with Benjamin Franklin taking a large role in Philadelphia's rise. The city was the geographic center of the 18th century thinking and activity that gave birth to the American Revolution and subsequent American democracy and independence. Both the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution (1787) were signed in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is a major commercial, educational, and cultural center for the nation.
Philadelphia in A Different Flesh
Philadelphia in The Hot War
Philadelphia was spared by sheer luck during the wave of Soviet atomic bombings on American East Coast cities such as Boston, New York, and Washington, DC in May 1952. The Tupolev-4 which was to have attacked it, clipped something tall while flying low, and crashed in a field five miles west of New Egypt, New Jersey, killing all 11 crewmen.
Philadelphia was then chosen as the temporary capital of the United States for the duration of the war and in the immediate aftermath
Philadelphia in In the Presence of Mine Enemies
The remains of the Liberty Bell, now a twisted metal wreck, was excavated from the radioactive ruins of the city by expendable American prisoners, and was brought to the German capital, Berlin, where it was kept behind thick leaded glass in the Soldier's Hall.
Philadelphia in Joe Steele
The Republican Party held their national convention in Philadelphia in 1940. They nominated Wendell Willkie to run against incumbent President Joe Steele. Many voters, such as Charlie Sullivan, wondered why the GOP even bothered.
Philadelphia in "News From the Front"
Philadelphia was the site of a turbulent protest against American involvement in World War II on January 7, 1942. On March 26, the Gustavus Vasa entered Philadelphia's port to pick up more than 50 American actors, musicians and authors who intended to travel to Germany to help bring about peace.
Philadelphia in Southern Victory
Philadelphia fell to the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in 1862 following the Battle of Camp Hill. This campaign convinced Britain and France to recognize the Confederate States, forcing the Union to surrender in the War of Secession.
In the Second Mexican War, President James G. Blaine ordered the evacuation of the government to Philadelphia following the bombardment of Washington, DC. Philadelphia would remain the de facto capital of the US from 1881 on, and would serve as a military bulwark against Confederate aggression. During this period, many new government buildings were constructed in the city center to house the transferred government operations.
In the Great War, the Army of Northern Virginia once again advanced on Philadelphia, but was beaten back well short of the city. During the Second Great War the city suffered numerous bombing raids coinciding with Operation Blackbeard including one that killed US President Al Smith in 1942.
Philadelphia in Supervolcano
Hydro-Quebec had power shortages following the eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano. As a result, the power both Philadelphia and Boston received was rationed to be available from 5-8 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Philadelphia in The Two Georges
Philadelphia was a duchy in Pennsylvania, North American Union. Around 1945, the Duke of Philadelphia's daughter was kidnapped. Along with the theft of The Two Georges on 15 June 1995, it was one of the most high profile crimes in NAU history.
Philadelphia in The War That Came Early
Peggy Druce hailed from Philadelphia. After returning to the United States from Europe in 1940, Druce, now galvanized against Germany and the USA's continued insistence on neutrality in the Second World War, Druce became active with the Democratic Party, participating in, and even organizing, a number of efforts to support President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- "Freedom", generally.
- Fallout, p. 390.
- Ibid., p. 398-399.
- Armistice, generally.
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies, chapter 1.
- Joe Steele, p. 13
- Joe Steele.
- Atlantis and Other Places, p. 90.
- Ibid., p. 98.
- American Front, pgs. 3-9, HC.
- Return Engagement, pg. 6, hc.
- Things Fall Apart, pg. 297.
- The Two Georges, p. 127. HC.
- See, e.g., The Big Switch, pg 336, HC.