...of failed and failing states.
Northern Mexico is riddled with drug violence. They find mass graves in the desert. There are tens of thousands of Mexican troops in the north, yet the violence continues. The cartels sometimes achieve folk hero status among the public because they, like Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood, fill in where the state leaves gaps.
The United States has gone insane and simply cannot govern itself. Yes, the country still maintains the corpus of a functioning state, but its brain is encephalitic. It's a matter of time before the body begins to spasm and flail.
In Canada, the pale prime minister fishes and conspires with the porcine mayor of one of the wealthiest and sophisticated cities in the country to eliminate all their political opposition. One of his elected ministers levels a threat against members of the public who aid victims of government excesses.
In two of the three major North American states, the central governments are failing to govern the hinterlands and private capital, things are unwinding. In the the third, the central government is consolidating authoritarian coercive power and entrenching itself as its formal democratic opposition crumbles. It is economically dependant on the other two.