Continental Republic of Congregationalist States
Motto: Excelsior ("Ever Upward")
|Largest city||New York City|
|Recognised regional languages||Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Italian, Yiddish, Danish|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Federal Continental–Landonist one-party socialist republic|
|Sean Kirkpatrick Murphy|
|Legislature||Congregationalist Continental Congress|
• Declaration of Unity
|April 20, 1870|
|November 4, 1922|
• Admission into the United Commonwealth
|August 12, 1937|
|336,626.56 km2 (129,972.24 sq mi)|
• 2016 estimate
• 2011 census
|GDP (nominal)||2016 est. estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Commonwealth dollar (Ȼ, Ȼ$) (CMD)|
|Time zone||UTC-5; -4 (Eastern Time Zone, Atlantic Time Zone)|
Over half of the Continental republic's population lives in the New York metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 27 million in 2016. The capital, New York City, is the most populous city in both the Congregationalist States and the United Commonwealth, and is the financial center of the country. Other major urban centers include Boston, Albany, Buffalo, and Barnstable. It is bordered by the Mainer Continental Republic and the Quebecois Continental Republic to the north; the South Ontarian Continental Republic, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario to the west; the Pennsylvanian Continental Republic and the New Jersyean Continental Republic to the south; and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, with maritime borders with the Maritime Continental Republic.
The Congregationalist States feature a highly diverse geography and terrain. The southern half of the Congregationalist States is predominantly covered by the Atlantic Coastal Plain, while the northern and western regions of the republic is marked by the rolling hills and mountainous terrain of the Appalanchian Mountains. The Great Appalchian Valley runs through portions of the Congregationalist States, and is surrounded by numerous mountain chains including the Adirondacks, White Mountains, the Taconics, the Berkshires, and the Green Mountains. Major rivers which tranverse the Congregationalist States include the Connecticut River, the Delaware River, the Hudson River, and Saint Lawrence River.
The Congregationalist States were inhabited historically by numerous Native American peoples, including the Algonquian and Iroquoian-speaking natives in the region. By the 16th century, the Europeans began exploring, initially to trade and proselytize with the natives, before establishing colonies and settlements. The French and Dutch established a presence in the Congregationalist States, but by the 18th century, the British effectively controlled the area. The British colonies in the Congregationalist States formed a part of the Thirteen Colonies. During the American Revolutionary War, a group of colonists, known as the Patriots revolted and eventually succeeded in establishing an independent country known as the United States. The U.S. states which were established in the Congregationalist States included New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont. New York became one of the country's most populous and politically important states, while the latter five collectively formed New England, another major economic powerhouse. The states formed an integral part of the "North" and became distinguished from the "South" on the issue of slavery. The North opposed slavery and supported its abolition, while the South supported slavery and its continued expansion further westward across the North American continent. Deep political and cultural divide culminated into the American Civil War, which saw a Union victory, but the United States government collapsed shortly after the civil war due to political unstability surrounding the assassination of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. New York and the New Englander states seceded, (as Hudson Republic and New England respectively) rather than join the reorganized government known as the United Commonwealth, and fought for independence during the War of Contingency. Hudson and New England later unified as the Northeast Union in 1870 and remained a federal presidential republic, imitative of the original United States, until the 1920s. Spillover conflict from the Continental Revolutionary War, coupled with a rise in popular support for Landonism sparked the Northeastern Revolution, leading to the establishment of a Continental–Landonist regime. During the Crimson Spring, the Northeast Union, allied with the United Commonwealth, supported the Landonist revolutions in Canada. After Great War I, the Northeast Union formally joined the United Commonwealth and became a continental republic known as the Congregationalist States, and was one of only two continental republics which was uniquely proscribed the right to secede with consent of the central government, due to its voluntary decision to join the United Commonwealth.
The Congregationalist States is internationally recognized as an economic powerhouse, cultural leader, financial center, and industrial center. It features the largest economy in the United Commonwealth, and has maintained a distinct national identity from the rest of the United Commonwealth due to its semi-decentralized form of Continental–Landonist government, known as Congregationalism. It is one of the world's most diverse nations, home to over 600 spoken languages, and more than 50 distinct, registered ethnic groups. It is also religiously diverse, home to one of the world's largest Jewish communities, as well as mainline Protestants, Quakers, and Neo-Puritans, as well as the indigenous religion of Lovecraftianism.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Prior to the Congregationalist States' join into the United Commonwealth via the Union Treaty, the country was known as the Northeast Union of Hudson and New England. The country itself was composed of the New England states and New York, states which seceded from the United States during the War of Contingency. Both the Republic of Hudson (New York) and Republic of New England declared independence and later merged as the Northeast Union. The former derived its name from the Hudson River, named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman who sailed with the Dutch East India Company and explored the river in 1609. New England acquired its name from John Smith in 1616 as a reference to England, the origin country of most of the colonists who settled in the region at the time.
The name of the Congregationalist States first appeared in the initial drafts of the Constitution of 1919, which described the newly-installed Continentalist government as the "Congregationalist States of Hudson and New England". The final version of the constitution simplified it to simply the "Congregationalist States". The term congregationalist originates from the Protestant Christian ecclesiastical polity known as congregationalist polity, which describes a form of independent self-organization among churches. Aspects of congregationalist polity were appropriated by local Northeastern Landonists to describe their form of decentralized, semi-autonomous governance, which were later formalized as Congregationalism.
Geography and environment[edit | edit source]
Topography, terrain, and hydrology[edit | edit source]
The Congregationalist States cover a total area of 129,972 square miles (336,627 km2) and ranks as the second-largest Continental republic by size after Quebec. The highest elevation in the Congregationalist States is Mount Washington at 6,288.2 feet (1,916.6 m) above sea level, the highest peak in the entire United Commonwealth. The lowest point in the Congregationalist States is at sea level, on the Atlantic Ocean at the country's coastlines. The mean elevation is 620 feet (189 m).
Topographically, the Congregationalist States is divided into two physiographic regions: the Atlantic Plain and the Appalachian Highlands. It is further subdivided into six physiographic provinces: the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Valley and Ridge, Appalachian Plateaus, New England province, and Adirondack.
In the southwestern Congregationalist States, the geography is dominated by meadows, forests, rivers, and lakes of the Allegheny Plateau. The headwaters of the Delaware, Susquehanna, Mohawk, Hudson, and Allegeheny rivers originate in this region. The northernmost point of the Appalachian Mountains terminates in this region, which includes the Catskill Mountains. The westernmost section of the Congregationalist States borders Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, where the Niagra Falls straddles between both along the Niagara River. North of the Allegheny Plateau and east of Lake Ontario is a region known as Tug Hill, which is a cuesta, composed primarily of sedimentary rock, rising from about 350 feet (110 m) on the west to over 2,000 feet (610 m) in the east. Sitting between Tug Hill and Lake Champlain Valley are the Adirondack Mountains, a large massif which forms a roughly circular dome extending about 160 miles (260 km) in diameter and about 1 mile (1,600 m) high. The Adirondacks are geographically distinct and separate from the Appalachian mountain chain. Surrounding the mountains are more than 200 lakes including Lake George, Lake Placid, and the Lake Tear of the Clouds, which feeds into the Hudson River.
In the southernmost section of the mainland Congregationalist States is Hudson Valley, which itself is a physiographic regional section of the Valley and Ridge province. The valley comprises the generally flat lands surrounding the Hudson River as it discharges into the Atlantic Ocean. It is adjacent to Long Island and the island's associated outer barrier islands. Extending 118 miles (190 km) eastward from New York Harbor to Montauk Point, with a maximum north-to-south distance of 23 miles (37 km) between the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic coast, Long Island is the longest in the United Commonwealth. Long Island also has a land area of 1,401 square miles (3,630 km2), the largest in the Congregationalist States and the fifth-largest island in the United Commonwealth.
To the north of the Long Island Sound is the South Central Congregationalist States, which includes the southernmost section of the Connecticut River Valley. The valley extends northward through the region known as New England towards Quebec and is one of the most productive farmlands in the entire Northeastern United Commonwealth. Central Congregationalist States is topographically varied, which includes the large coastal plain on the Atlantic, the Cape Cod peninsula, a woody upland in the Worcester section, and the aforementioned Connecticut River Valley. The Taconics and Berkshires, which both run roughly parallel to one another in a slight southwest–northeast orientation, forms the central part of this entire region.
In northern Congregationalist States lies Lake Champlain and its valley, which represent the northernmost part of the Great Appalachian Valley. The lake and surrounding region is also part of the greater Saint Lawrence Valley, itself part of the Appalachian physiographic division. The Green Mountains lie east of this area, which is part of the same mountain chain as the Berkshires further south. Further east are the geologically distinct Northeastern Highlands and the White Mountains, the latter of which features Mount Washington, the highest point in the United Commonwealth. Other notable geographic areas and features in northeastern Congregationalist States include the Connecticut Lakes, Great North Woods, and Merrimack Valley.
Climate[edit | edit source]
The climate of the Congregationalist States is varied, with the southernmost region experiencing considerably warmer and sunnier weather, with less snow compared to the northernmost point. Overall, much of the Congregationalist States has a humid continental climate (Dfb in Köppen climate classification).
Flora and fauna[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Government and politics[edit | edit source]
Administrative divisions[edit | edit source]
The Congregationalist States are the only Continental republic to feature a federal system of government. It is organized as a union of twelve states. Government power and responsibility is shared equally between the Congregationalist national government and the state governments. The thirteen states were inherited from the Congregationalist States' predecessor, the Northeast Union, which itself was divided into two historic countries, thirteen states, and four territories. One of the historic states, Maine, became its own separate Continental republic.
In addition to the states recognized under the Congregationalist States, the country also includes a number of Continental-level subdivisions, namely the non-Union republics.
States[edit | edit source]
|State||Flag||Capital||Population (2010 census)||Seal/Coat of arms|
|New Netherlands||New York||14,498,886|