n 2140 as a result of decades of economic collapse, the states of Washington and Oregon left the United States and became part of the nation of Singapore. This meant that Singapore controlled the entire Pacific Coast of Canada United States from British Columbia to California. In the 2145 high-speed rail network was built linking all the promises of the Democratic Empire of Singapore. They later extended and funded a high-speed rail network all across North America in order to promote fair trade between Singapore and the North American nations that had strained tensions ever since the acquisition of the Pacific coast of North America by Singapore. Following the acquisition of Washington and Oregon, there was a major economic upturn in these two former US states. Portland and Seattle also became the most technological cities in North America and were considered the top two cities to live in North America for much of the 22nd century.