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Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America.


War of 1996[]

During the War of 1996, Washington was among the first cities targeted and destroyed by an alien City Destroyer. President Thomas Whitmore and his staff barely managed to escape from the capital.

Post War of 1996[]

Following a year after the war, Washington was immediately rebuilt as part of a symbolic move while the nation's capital was temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City.[1][2]

After more than a decade since the invasion, Washington was finally reconstructed with a refurbished skyline. Fragments of the original Capitol building were saved and made part of a memorial museum. The National Mall was redesigned and rebuilt around the new Capitol, which commemorated the War of 1996.[3]

War of 2016[]

On July 4, 2016, President Elizabeth Lanford hosted the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the War of 1996 in Washington. However, the celebrations was disrupted by a second alien invasion. Washington was again devastated, but not completely destroyed, as one of the mothership's landing struts ravaged parts of the city. Subsequently most of the Capitol Mall survived with the White House taking some damage.


Arrival of the Destroyer[]

The Destruction of the White House[]

The Destruction of the United States Capitol[]

20th Anniversary[]

Arrival of the Harvester Mothership[]

Concept Art[]

Behind the scenes[]

  • The destruction of the U.S. Capitol depicted in Independence Day was a miniature filmed on its side with the camera shooting down on the model. Only the front half was built, and internal charges were timed to detonate just as the fireball wrapped around it.
  • The rebuilt Washington, D.C. depicted in Independence Day: Resurgence has high-rises. In real-life, Washington is restricted from constructing buildings to no higher than 130 feet under the Height Buildings Act of 1910. Apparently in the world of Independence Day, the Height Act was overturned in the aftermath of the War of 1996.[4]


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