America Invaded! Ooops.

The original film Red Dawn shows Fortress America invaded and occupied in the 1980s  by the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies. The onset of World War III is in the background. The remake takes place in the modern day 2010 with North Korea invading the United States. Far fetched, maybe. But there have been been various books and films like It Happened Here, which tells of England vanquished by the Nazis and ruled by the British fascists. And then there’s the 1987 Amerika starring Kris Kristofferson, Mariel Hemingway, Sam Neill and Robert Urich. In fact, it’s a common trope:

A plot device that depicts the United States as a target of foreign occupation by another (nation-)state or states. The work will usually focus on the heroic efforts of either or both the US Armed Forces and the La Résistance as they try to defend their homeland.

August 1940: Lightning in the Night was a novel by Fred Allhoff serialized in Liberty magazine about the invasion of America. It was perhaps the first in a long series of apocalyptic porn.

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  1. I just finished reading “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick because I heard it was a great thought exercise in antifa. It was really interesting how the story weaves mid-century Americana into the imperial culture of an occupied United States after a loss to the Axis powers in WWII. Most of the action takes place on the west coast, where Japan rules, but the fragments gleaned through the narrative about the Nazis’ all-encompassing insane drive for power are thought-provoking.

  2. Lest anybody forget, the United States was invaded, twice by foreign powers (Britain in the War of 1812, and Japan, who occupied parts of the Aleutian Islands in World War II), and invaded internally by the Confederacy in the Civil War. All were eventually beaten back. The Confederacy considered themselves a nation, but were unable to attain that recognition from foreign nations. Japan invaded the Aleutians to try to divert American attention from the Battle of Midway. And of course, the Japanese occupied US territories in the Pacific during the War.