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AM-40 Reagan by Norsehound AM-40 Reagan by Norsehound
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.

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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.
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:iconfirewarrior909:
i like the giant AK styled Cannon....the legs look kind of tiny compared to the arms though - intentional i bet but still weird looking.....not that i could do anything even -REMOTELY- close to this.
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:iconzanslev:
I wonder how so many interdependent forces can maintain axel's (or much less, units of them), with a global power maintaining control of the worlds armed forces? How do they keep from being hunted down and annihilated?
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:iconnorsehound:
Well, Terrorist cells continue to exist in spite of the near-universal level of dislike against them. Some countries are sympathetic to rebel causes and face sanctions against them by the UEPC. They aren't bulldozed because they aren't economically and politically a threat, but they harbor small numbers of fugitives who those governments might not know even exist in their boundaries.

The hotspots of rebel activity are in the large, remote areas of the world. Places like the Saharan Deserts, Siberia and the Russian tundra, and on the many hundreds of islands across the pacific. Rather than launch a campaign to purge the world of every pirate axel, the United Earth Unified Assembly was content with pursuing legal matters whenever they reared their heads. The UEUA (And their military arm, the UEPC), heavily promotes themselves as the forces of peace and justice with the Rule of Law on their side (Even if that system is biased and elitist in the name of 'fairness'). For anyone who isn't part of their organization, they are an agent of chaos, and ridding them by any means is a good thing.

The cowboys continue to exist for a few reasons. They operate mostly in the south-west where civilization is sparse and it's still very much a frontieer area. It's also comprised of a population who don't like the UEPC, which helps them to thrive and get supplies stolen from local garrisons.
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zelptheking Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this axel looks "different" compared to your other ones
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:iconnorsehound:
It's a throwback to the likes of the AM-5, other Axels of the Cupps island era, and the original re-concept of the Axel idea: [link]
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zelptheking Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh
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AntonMoscowsky Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look really heavy! Cool job!
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MrRobotov Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D
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JaredtheFox92 Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
a beam AK-47!
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