The nation of Aurono is the result of an alternate timeline, in which the spanish flu outbreak following World War I has caused the US central authorities to break down, thus plunging the US into a constant state of strife between states, city-states, factions and mercenary groups during the first half of the 20th century. These remainders of the US, busy with their own share of battles to be fought, were unable to prevent the rise of Imperial Japan as the predominant force in the Pacific and later the German Empire in its land grab into Europe, Africa and Central Asia. In 1942, the Japanese attack the Pearl Harbor, the largest military base in the Kingdom of Hawaii. The Japanese then launched their invasion of the continental US. In Europe, unaided by the great economic powers of the US, the last holdouts against the Axis forces, Great Britain and the Soviet Union, soon fell to the onslaught.