République de Quebec
Splitting off from Canada in late 1930, Quebec is a proudly independent nation, but one whose continued existence could not be more precarious. Quebec's entire economy is predicated on her shipping lanes - either across the Atlantic, increasingly the preserve of European elements not always friendly to the Francophone state; or weaving down through the Champlain region. Either the Empire State or the Maritime Provinces could shut down the latter route at any time - assuming pirates and gangsters don't do it first.
The Empire State and Maritime Provinces have reasons to do so: to the southwest of Lake Champlain lies "Smuggler's Slide," a triangular patch of flatlands that Quebec bootleggers cross to gain the relative safety of the Empire State's Adirondack Mountains. East of the Lake is a border war waiting to happen, with Quebec and the Maritime Provinces contesting the lands south of the St. Lawrence River. To make matters worse, the small, but numerous, pirate havens in the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains are two insults away from a territory war over control of the Champlain Valley. Meanwhile, on the two Canadian borders Quebec finds itself hemmed in by former fellow-Provinces, neither of whom are well-disposed to the Quebecois.