Superregion

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A Superregion is the combination of two Regions. Superregions exist in order to streamline USGovSim, and make the facet of Governorships more interesting and competative. Superregions, for all intents and purposes - except for Senators (see below) - act as States. Though each state remains intact, the Superregion excersizes all aspects of State government for all states within it. A Supperegion has one Governor, one Lt. Governor, and one Legislature. It is one government for all states, and both regions within it. The States exist only for legal purposes, and traditional congressional district boundaries.

To prevent complications and contradictions, the constitution and laws of the largest state in the Superregion supercede and cancel out all other states' laws. Essentially, the laws of all other states cease to be, and the law of the largest state in a Superregion becomes the law of the entire Superregion.

Due to the size of USGovSim, 18 Senators would be extremely exclusive, so each Superregion is divided into two Regions. Regions exist solely for the purpose of electing 2 Senators. They have no legal status otherwise.

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Superregions

The largest state in each Superregion - and thus the state from which it obtains its laws - is bolded.

Superregion Regions States
Appalachia Ohio Valley Kentucky
Indiana
Ohio
Shenandoah Valley North Carolina
Virginia
West Virginia
Big Sky Country Great Plains Kansas
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Rocky Mountains Alaska
Idaho
Montana
Utah
Wyoming
Dixie Florida Florida
Southeast Alabama
Georgia
South Carolina
Tennessee
Heartland Great Lakes Michigan
Wisconsin
Illinois Illinois
Mid-Atlantic Atlantic Seaboard Delaware
Maryland
New Jersey
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Mississippi Valley Gulf Coast Arkansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Midwest Iowa
Minnesota
Missouri
Northeast New England Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont
New York New York
Sunbelt Southwest Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Nevada
Texas Texas
West Coast California California
Pacific Coast Hawaii
Oregon
Washington


List of Superregions

Alphabetical

  1. Appalachia
  2. Big Sky Country
  3. Dixie
  4. Heartland
  5. Mid-Atlantic
  6. Mississippi Valley
  7. Northeast
  8. Sunbelt
  9. West Coast

By Population

  1. West Coast, 44,398,699
  2. Appalachia, 38,411,566
  3. Dixie, 38,317,226
  4. Sunbelt, 34,101,016
  5. Northeast, 32,898,974
  6. Heartland, 27,721,412
  7. Mid-Atlantic, 26,775,490
  8. Mississippi Valley, 23,428,048
  9. Big Sky Country, 14,797,410

By Area

  1. Big Sky Country, 1,453,941 sq mi
  2. Sunbelt, 614,729 sq mi
  3. Mississippi Valley, 366,364 sq mi
  4. West Coast, 344,308 sq mi
  5. Dixie, 255,711 sq mi
  6. Appalachia, 242,475 sq mi
  7. Heartland, 221,202 sq mi
  8. Northeast, 126,217 sq mi
  9. Mid-Atlantic, 69,672 sq mi

Naming Convention

Superregions were named by the admins to best describe a Superregion's states' most easily recognizable, common identifier.

Two superregions were named after traditional geographic regions used by the census bureau;

Two were named after geographic features within them;

Two use common nicknames for their geographic location within the United States;

One barrows a state motto;

And one describes a geo-political region that is apptly named because it has experienced explosive growth due, in part, to its attractive weather;

Many Superregions are not necessarily exlusive or inclusive. The Sunbelt, for instance, could be used to describe every state from California to Florida. It is, however, only the states of Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado - the last of which is not conventionally considered part of the Sunbelt geo-political unit. Similarly, Dixie, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Heartland, and West Coast could be applied to states beyond their borders. While Mississippi Valley and Big Sky Country suffer from lack of inclusiveness, as only a select few states within them actually identified with the name. Appalachia is perhaps the best named Superregion, as each state can identify with the Appalachia Mountains, while states beyond its borders would not readily do so.

These names were not all the original picks. Sunbelt was originally named the "Border States", Big Sky was to be called "Western Biblebelt", Dixie was "Southern Biblebelt" and Appalachia was "Shenandoah Valley."

Regions

Like superregions, regions were named by the admins to best describe a Superregion's states' most easily recognizable, common identifier. In the case of regions, the admins chose more geographic-specific names, however, to emphasize the regions general area within a superregion.

Six regions consist of only one state, and therefore required no regional name beyond that of the state

Five regions were named using traditional naming conventions of the U.S. Census bureau

Seven regions were named with conventional geographic descriptions for their area

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