After the disappointing performance of the AM-38 “Roosevelt”, the United States Defense Department turned to private contractors to construct a mainstay medium-weight Axel to serve in the United States forces. They turned to longtime Axel manufacturer Bishop Ranch in Alamo, Texas, to produce a satisfactory unit to fill the needs of the United States.
Declassified documents fifty years later show that Defense Secretary Robert Hull personally visited the design team, laying out specific qualifications of the unit that appear almost prescient for the years to come, even though the Vanderberg administration would be powerless to affect it.
AM-40 completed a record development time and became the favored Axel of American pilots. Named after both the 40th President of the United States and Hero of the third world war, General Jerry Reagan, the Axel quickly established a legendary reputation of durability. One story from the Mexican containment war tells of two halves from two separate units mated together in the field, where it finished the campaign with five more confirmed kills.
This remarkable forgiveness of the unit and the adaptations placed on it would keep the AM-40 from fading into history in the coming years. Beginning with severe cutbacks of the Defense budget by the Harver administration in 2452, further AM-40 development came to a screeching halt as the defense department tried just to keep their fleet operational.
The unit would see action like never before in the years following 2454. Following years of crippling economic debt and staggering domestic spending, President Lewis Harver passed an Executive order giving power to the United Earth Unified Assembly. This was to ‘Assist in renovating and rejuvenating the economy of this great nation, to restore and balance spending in the wake of gross negligence by the private sector.”
Everyone aware of what was really happening knew the UEUA had effectively gained control of the last hold-out against the world power, and scrambled for whatever independence they could secure. In spite of Government mandates restricting arms to private citizens, many groups and assemblies of citizens collected axels to resist the “lawful invasion” by the United Earth Peace Corps. At the forefront of this resistance was the AM-40 from all branches of American armed service. They would prove superior against the recently-developed KR-14, which is largely to thank for their continued survival.
Resistance would continue even fifty years later where AM-40s would be sighted alongside KR-14-P7s in the Global Resistance forces. None of them remain in stock configuration. The greatest concentration of the AM-40 was believed to be with the “Cowboys” operating out of the Basin and range Deserts in North America. They would see a massive comeback in 2512 when the Global Resistance forces launched an operation to Steal MF-00 from the UEPC. Some are said to remain on the moon in Clavius base where they are lovingly maintained by their crews.
No other Axels have been developed natively in the United States since the AM-40. Since all American axel manufacturers have been acquired by the government to produce licensed designs, the AM-40 represents the last of a continuous family of American Axels since the AM-5 Eisenhower.
------------------ Modern Axels take a page out of GenocidalPenguin's book, which is not a bad thing. But I wanted to create the Last American Unit before the UEPC takeover, so I thought it was a nice idea to reference the older cupps-era Axels.