Republic of Gettysburg
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Adams County, Pennsylvania, parts of Cumberland, York, Franklin, Perry counties, PA, and northern Carroll County, MD
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Location of Gettysburg
Location of Gettysburg

Historical Heart of America

Anthem "Our Forefathers!"
Capital Gettysburg
Largest city Gettysburg
Other cities Abbottsville, East Berlin, New Oxford, Fairfield, York, Carlisle
  others Pennsylvania Dutch (German), Spanish
Demonym Gettysburger
Government Federal presidential constitutional republic
President William Troxell
Vice President Dr. Graham Spanier
Area 1,352 km²
Population 101,407 (2010 estimate) 
Independence July 4, 1985
Currency Virginian Dollar, US Dollar

Gettysburg is a small nation-state in southern Pennsylvania centered in the city of Gettysburg, known for the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War and the resulting Gettysburg Address, and formed out of the need for security following Doomsday. Although it was abandoned after unfounded fears of nuclear fallout from what was once Philadelphia and Harrisburg reaching them, most of its population returned after these fears were put to rest.



Samuel Gettys settled on the Shippensburg - Baltimore and Philadelphia - Pittsburgh cross roads with a 1761 tavern where soldiers and traders came to rest, and to the southwest is the 1776 Dobbin House Tavern within the subsequent 1786 border established for the borough. After a "Strabane" [sic] township location between "Hunter's and Getty's [sic] towns" was planned as the county seat in 1790, in 1791 "Revd. Alexander Dobbin and David Moore, senior, were appointed trustees for the county of Adams [to erect] public buildings in…Gettysburg". The founder of the Studebaker Corporation was born 1833 in Gettysburg.

In 1858 the Gettysburg Railroad completed construction of a railroad line from Gettysburg to Hanover. The Gettysburg Railroad Station opened in 1859. Passenger train service to the city ended in 1942. The station was restored in 2006 and is used as the Gettysburg Railroad Museum.

By 1860, the borough "had ~450 buildings [which] housed carriage manufacturing, shoemakers, and tanneries".


Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. were wiped out by Soviet nuclear weapons on September 25, 1983, the day now known as Doomsday.


Refugees from Harrisburg flooded into Adams County in the days following Doomsday. Gettysburg was almost overwhelmed, and food shortages led to almost-daily riots that the local police department could barely control until remnants of the Pennsylvania National Guard that managed to make it to the city helped bolster their forces and finally restored a semblance of order. Meanwhile, the county government deliberated on whether they should declare independence from the United States or wait until representatives from the old government came to them.

A few days after Doomsday, local doomsayers began saying that radioactive fallout from the nearby nuked cities were blowing right for Gettysburg. In a panic, the hundreds of refugees that had crowded into the city, as well as the area's population itself, began to evacuate the city for so-called "less radioactive areas". This mass evacuation continued until early October, when students and professors from Gettysburg College revealed that the winds weren't actually depositing fallout into Gettysburg, and they urged the people back into the city.

Monument commemorating the Gettysburg Address.

On July 4, 1985, the Adams County government approved Proposition 1066 and declared themselves the Republic of Gettysburg. Its first act was to consolidate its hold over the surrounding townships and secure control over local food supplies.

Beginning in the early 1990s, Gettysburger scouts ventured into neighboring Cumberland, York, and Frederick Counties. They found a stable and functioning survivor group in the city of York, and although both groups approached each other with a wary eye, common sense broke out and the Yorkers asked for a union with the Gettysburgers, both because of deep feelings of Americanism and unity and security from raider gangs that have erupted like wildfire in the years after Doomsday. Meanwhile, small and disorganized bands of survivors were encountered in Carlisle, and although holding the area was "tricky" at best, the Gettysburgers united the Carlisle survivors under the Carlisle Provisional City Council and absorbed them into the republic.

It was a different matter altogether in the former Frederick County of Maryland. With Fort Detrick a target during Doomsday, the Gettysburgers held no illusions of finding survivors in Frederick and further down, and they were content in holding the northern parts of the county.

Contact with State College

Gettysburg first came in contact with State College in the early 1990s, when scouts from both states met each other while exploring Perry County. The scouts from State College revealed that the Pennsylvanian state government had escaped the nuclear attacks on Harrisburg and had moved to State College. The Gettysburger scouts were both surprised and excited to hear this, as they had given up on the state government back in Doomsday. Out of this initial meeting came more contact between the two states, which finally resulted in trade agreements and a small military alliance.

Virginia and Reading

Further trips into former Maryland led the Gettysburgers to a large militaristic survivor community which called themselves Virginia. Although the leaders were initially apprehensive of this new state and feared that it would attempt to take them over, their fears were allayed when talks of trade and a military alliance were discussed. In 2005, Virginia offered Gettysburg a chance to join the Dixie Alliance, and they replied by considering the offer.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the map, the Gettysburgers encountered another provisional state government centered in Reading, Pennsylvania. They informed the locals of the government in State College, and they replied that they knew of them already. Talks between the two governments settled a boundary dispute for future expansion and also led to trade agreements and a military alliance.

Southward expansion and Delmarva

In 2001, Gettysburg ventured into former Carroll County. Two small but slightly prosperous communities were found in the cities of Taneytown and Westminster, who both joined the republic for security from raiders.

Meanwhile, at York, scouts bearing a yellow flag with a blue heron arrived in the city. Claiming to be from a place called Delmarva, they requested a meeting with the leaders. As it happens, the president of Gettysburg was in York at the time, and he graciously invited the visitors to the York City Hall. There, the Gettysburgers learned that Delmarva was a union of counties located in and around the peninsula of the same name, and that it was looking for new possible trading partners. The president accepted the offer, and small trade convoys began making runs between Gettysburg and Delmarva.

Present times

Although some raiders still plague the borderlands, Gettysburg is mostly at peace.

On February 20, 2012, suspected raiders operating out of unknown locations attacked Taneytown, South Gettysburg. Although no deaths were reported, the Taneytown Police Department reported that at two policemen and at least six civilians were injured in the attack. President William Troxell has ordered a formal investigation into the attack.


As a federal constitutional presidential republic, the Gettysburger government imitates the former United States government, which was divided into three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Its constitution is an adapted version of the original U.S. Constitution.


The current president of Gettysburg is William Troxell. His vice president is Dr. Graham Spanier.


Gettysburg has a bicameral legislature much like the one used by Pennsylvania before Doomsday. It has twelve senators and about eighty representatives.


Gettysburg is divided into four judicial districts, with district judges to settle minor criminal cases and small civil claims. The Gettysburg Supreme Court is the highest and final appellate court. All Gettysburger judges are elected; the chief justice is determined by seniority.


New flag of Gettysburg

Old flag of Gettysburg representing North, Middle, and South Gettysburg

The current flag of Gettysburg is described as "a simplified rendering of the graphic identity currently used by the Borough of Gettysburg. The dominant element of the flag design is a stylized representation of Lincoln Square, Gettysburg's "historic crossroads."[1] The three stars represent the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and the three wards into which the Borough is divided. Federal colors of red, white and blue denote Gettysburg's significance in United States history. The blue field with gold stars denotes the Pennsylvania state colors." It was adopted on March 10, 2003, replacing the old United States-style flag representing the republic's three constituent territories.

National Divisions

Gettysburg is currently divided into three territories, which are further subdivided into boroughs, townships, and Census-designated places.


North Gettysburg

Middle Gettysburg

South Gettysburg


The economy of Gettysburg is managed mostly by the Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), a private, 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. ACEDC was incorporated in 1989, as a result of a task force initiated by business leaders in Gettyburg. The corporation is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of many local and regional community leaders from all sectors of industry.

ACEDC's mission is to enhance the business retention and expansion efforts in Adams County. By Doing so, ACEDC is able to assist with business needs, such as financing, training and expansion. We work with a network of service providers from across the 7 county SouthCentral region to provide products and services to the businesses of Gettysburg. ACEDC is also committed to attracting new businesses to Gettysburg, enhancing the overall economic growth of the republic.[2]


Gettysburg is home to Gettysburg College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Most people in the country have gone through the former, which also employs a large portion of the workforce.


The nation's newspaper is The Gettysburgian, the former campus newspaper of Gettysburg College before becoming nationwide in the 1990s. Books and magazines are also published by the local presses. Radio is king of the Gettysburg airwaves, and stage plays are a common sight throughout the country.


Most of the athletics in Gettysburg are centered around Gettysburg College, which has twenty-four athletic programs for both men and women. They have been playing teams from other nearby states since 2003.


The Armed Forces of the Republic of Gettysburg are composed of units of the former Pennsylvanian National Guard that managed to escape the nuclear attacks on Doomsday. It is divided into two branches, the Army and the Air Force, although a general lack of operable aircraft makes the latter more or less a paper tiger. A few civilian planes have been leased for reconnaissance and training.

Most of Gettysburg's forces train in cooperation with the Reading National Guard, and both of them use the training grounds of Fort Indiantown Gap.

Gettysburg's police forces have been reorganized into a paramilitary force able to assist the Armed Forces in times of grave danger while protecting the citizens in peacetime.

Gettysburg has deployed a small number of peacekeepers to its fellow Pennsylvanian states. They participated in both the campaigns against the St. Mary's and Allentown raider gangs.

International Relations

Like most of the American survivor states, Gettysburg became isolated immediately after Doomsday. It took a very long time for the fledgling republic to control the county where it was located, and it was only in the early years of the 1990s that they were able to venture beyond their borders and encounter their neighbors.

Gettysburg currently has good relations with State College, Reading, Virginia, Kentucky, and Delmarva. As a possible member of the Dixie Alliance, Gettysburg plans to open embassies with the rest of the nations in the alliance sometime in the future.

Gettysburg has applied for membership in the League of Nations.


See also

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