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The Dakotas
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Eastern Dakotas, Western edges of Minnesota
Flag of The Dakotas
Flag of The Dakotas
Location of The Dakotas
Dakota - 10

Liberty and Union Under God

Capital Aberdeen
Largest city Fargo
Other cities Bismarck, Sioux Falls
Language English
Governor Mike Rounds (R)
Lieutenant Governor John Thune (R)
Area 65,452 mi²
Population approx. 425,000 
Independence August 14th, 1984
Currency Buffalo Dollar, barter

The Dakotas is a state of the United States of America formed from remnants of the states of North and South Dakota by governments of cities and counties mostly in the eastern portion of the states. Existing as the Dakota Territory from March 2, 1861, the final extent of the reduced territory was split and admitted to the Union as the states of North and South Dakota on November 2, 1889.

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Western South Dakota was hit extremely hard as it was the home to many American missile silos and Air Force Bases. However the eastern half of the state remained relatively intact. South Dakota's capital Pierre, was not hit but was subsequently abandoned over fears about fallout. The state legislature (now in Sioux Falls) voted to give Governor Bill Janklow and Lieutenant Governor Lowell C. Hansen temporary emergency powers.

By the end of 1983, the only contact outside of South Dakota was from the still surviving Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota.

In the summer of 1984, local and state leaders from North and South Dakota met in Aberdeen to decide their future. The delegates voted to form a "temporary" confederation officially dubbed "The Provisional Government of The Dakotas".

Governor Janklow was voted by the delegates to be the first President of the new government.

The Provisional Government

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Contact and Statehood

Over time, the Provisional Government at Aberdeen came into contact with the provisional United States. Following the Lakota War, contact with the North American Union was more frequent. They initially remained distant, but during the event called the Great American Spring the leaders of the government were more open to negotiating entry. They would never join the North American Union, however. Rather, they accepted an offer for statehood in the reformed United States, being the tenth state to rejoin.

Present Day

Dakota has significantly recovering since statehood, due to aid from the rest of the Union flowing into the state.


Since joining the new United States, Dakota's heavy industry,primarily in Sioux Falls have helped diversify the national economy