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This is a long shot, but I have my fingers crossed.

Not too terribly long ago (within the past year or two, I'd say, though the story may have been published earlier) I read a short story of sorts about the collapse and rebuilding of the United States following some large disaster -- your standard not-too-distant-future collapse-of-society type scenario.

I remember that the descriptions of what happened were interspersed with "journal entries" from a woman as she grew up during the situation. The first entries suggest she was born right before everything happened. Eventually the woman becomes a leader of the rebuilt/reunified government.

The non-journal parts of the story included details about military forces trying to recover various regions of the U.S. and the tactics they used. I have a feeling the author had a either military or history background because the tactical details seemed quite realistic. (Unfortunately, I'm not 100% positive on these last two bits because I was reading a few articles/stories of a similar nature at the time.)

If anyone knows the story I'm talking about, I'd very much appreciate a link to it. Thanks!

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I'm going to answer my own question! I was digging through my bookmarks today looking for something, which I realize now I never found because I got distracted when instead I found a bookmark of this short story I was looking for:

If Every U.S. State Declared War Against the Others, Which Would Win?

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