The Republic of Gettysburg, commonly called Gettysburg is a republic located in former south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. It is named after the capital and core of the nation, Gettysburg. The republic formally declared independence from the United States on the 4th of July in 1985 after no contact was made with the former federal government.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Political Divisions of Gettysburg
- 6 Foreign Relations
- 7 Economy
- 8 Education
- 9 Armed Forces
- 10 Emergency Responders
- 11 Media
- 12 Sports
- 13 Religion
- 14 See also
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. There were no strikes in any of the regions controlled by Gettysburg, however the fireball from the blast in Harrisburg destroyed most of eastern Cumberland County and radiation from the strikes on Washington, DC and Baltimore raked large portions of York County.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Contact and Susquehanna
In 2003, scouts from Susquehanna landed in the far reaches of Perry County, around 20 miles north of Harrisburg and were rescued by a platoon of Gettysburg Army soldiers who happened to be on patrol in the county. Wary of the sudden appearance and their armed status, the soldiers disarmed the scouts and brought them to Gettysburg. The scouts updated the President and high ranking legislature officials of the status of northeastern Pennsylvania.
However, when the Gettysburghers told the scouts of the existence of Virginia and the style of government, as well as the lack of any major survivor states to the west, the scouts became wary of their hosts and departed west, looking for other survivors. Government and military officials surmised that the scouts were concerned that the republic was hiding the true status of the political situation in the nation and left to avoid becoming hostages. There was hope the scouts would pass through the area again to smooth things over, however this would not come to fruition. A few weeks later, anther patrol reported to higher leadership that the scout team's boats and guards had disappeared.
The nation is bordered on the east by the Susquehanna River and in the west and north by the Appalachian Mountains. The southern border is dotted with creeks and tributaries of the Potomac River, however much of the boundary is defined by the radiation emitted from Baltimore and Washington DC.
The population of the Republic of Gettysburg in 2020 is approximately 305,970 people. The majority of the population is white, however York and Carlisle have sizable minority populations of blacks and Hispanics. While Gettysburg has some larger urban areas around Gettysburg and York, it is still predominantly a rural nation.
The census is taken every ten years with redistricting occurring for the next election cycle. The census is started a year prior to the issuing of the results to provide for enough time to respond as well as properly tally the population. The first census was taken from 1999 to 2000, prior to this year, house districts were left intact as prior to Doomsday.
Since 2000, the nation has held three censuses. In each census it has seen a rapid population growth, however this is in equal parts due to natural grown as well as the nation expanding its borders and areas of control from central around Gettysburg with pockets of survivor communities to the region it holds today.
English is the most widely spoken language as well as the official language of Gettysburg. Pennsylvania Dutch is commonly spoken among the Amish population, however the majority of Amish also speak English. Other languages such as Chinese, Italian, and Spanish may be spoken in homes however these are in the minority and are small enough that they were unable to be officially recorded on the census.
Immigration is controlled by the federal government and internally, all citizens have the freedom of motion between states. Immigration from Virginia to Gettysburg is common as individuals that are interested in more social freedoms tend to move to Gettysburg. Immigration from the other Pennsylvanian states is encouraged by Gettysburg however this is uncommon and has sharply declined since 2018.
|Rank||Community||Population (1980)||Population (2020)||Classification||Area (sq mi)||Population Density (/sq mi)||County, State|
|1||York||44,619||32,783||City||5.34||6,139||York County, PA|
|2||Gettysburg||7,194||14,142||City||1.66||8,519||Adams County, AP|
|3||Chambersburg||16,174||13,229||Borough||6.92||1,912||Franklin County, AP|
|4||Carlisle||18,314||12,609||Borough||5.43||2,322||Franklin County, AP|
|5||Westminster||8,808||6,895||City||6.69||1,031||Carroll County, MD|
Metropolitan Statistical Areas
- Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area
- Chambersburg Metropolitan Statistical Area
- Gettysburg-York Metropolitan Statistical Area
- Westminster Metropolitan Statistical Area
|1||York County Courthouse||155||1898||Pennsylvania||York||Government|
|3||York Towne House||121.39||1965||Pennsylvania||York||Mixed Use|
|4||Hotel Yorktowne||109.25||1925||Pennsylvania||York||Mixed Use|
|5||Franklin County Federal Complex||96.61||1961||Appalachia||Chambersburg||Government|
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.
Gettysburg has modeled its government heavily off the United States federal government and Pennsylvanian state government. The federal government consists of the executive branch, legislative branch, and judicial branch.
The President heads the executive branch wielding much of the power that the former President of the United States would have wielded, including the ability to declare war, sign bills into laws, pardon criminals and other duties. They may serve a maximum of two terms of four years.
The Vice-President can take over the power of the governor if he becomes incapacitated or dies in office. If the Vice-President serves over one-half of the term replacing the governor, they are only eligible for one re-election term.
The current President is Dan Moul and the Vice President is Seth Grove, who were re-elected on the Republican ticket in 2020.
Cabinet members are appointed by the president but must be approved by the Gettysburg Senate.
Gettysburg has a bicameral legislature, the Congress, much like the one used by Pennsylvania before Doomsday. Congress is divided into two houses, the upper house of the Senate and the lower house of the House of Representatives. One change from the pre-Doomsday US Congress is that each state is granted eight Senators. It has twenty-four Senators and ninety-nine Representatives in Congress representing all three states.
|State||Number of Senators||Number of 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.
- Judicial Districts
- 1st District - Adams County
- 2nd District - York County
- 3rd District - Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry counties
- 4th District - State of Maryland
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." 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.
Gettysburg has three separate state governments, all three which have the same organization with a governor, general assembly, and state court system.
The state executive branch is headed by a governor, who is supported by a lieutenant governor and various state level government agencies. The governor is elected via a first past the post election system every four years. In Appalachia and Pennsylvania the governor is limited to two terms in office whether they be consecutive or non-consecutive. However, Maryland permits the governor to serve any number of times, but may only serve two terms in a row at a time.
The state legislatures are all unicameral General Assemblies composed of a House of Representatives. This was enacted to prevent an overly cumbersome government system.
Political Divisions of Gettysburg
Gettysburg’s political divisions below the federal government include the state and local authorities. While the federal government authorizes the formation of states, each state government maintains the independence to utilize whichever subdivisions it feels are appropriate for the region.
The three states of Gettysburg are the primary political subdivisions. Each state retains some self governing rights and maintains its own agencies including a Department of Agriculture, Department of Finance, Department of Human Services, Department of Infrastructure, Department of Labor, National Guard,and State Police.
Since Doomsday, the states have been granted certain features to ensure the continuation of the region in the case of another catastrophic event.
|State||Capital||Largest City||Population (2020 Census)||Admittance into Union||Jurisdiction||Abbreviation|
|Appalachia||Chambersburg||Carlisle||122,879||1985/2002||Cumberland County, Franklin County, Southern Perry County||AP|
|Maryland||Westminster||Westminster||42,027||1997/2011||Northern Baltimore, Carroll, and Fredrick Counties, Northeastern Washington County||MD|
|Pennsylvania||Gettysburg||York||141,064||1985/2012||Adams County, York County||PA|
At the local level, the states are divided into counties, which are further broken up into cities, boroughs, and townships.
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 1990's that they were able to venture beyond their borders and encounter their neighbors.
Gettysburg shares a strong relationship with Virginia and Kentucky. Both nations offered it admittance into the East American Alliance however, the republic declined due to the distance to major hubs of the organization.
The relationship with other Pennsylvania survivor states varies greatly from positive to more unstable, depending on Virginian actions in former Pennsylvania and prevailing public opinion. It shares embassies with North Pennsylvania, Reading, State College, and Susquehanna, as well as bordering Reading, State College, and Susquehanna. However, with the nation gravitating towards Virginia, the rest of Pennsylvanian survivor or successor states have taken a more cautious approach.
The Gettysburg Armed Forces were stationed at Fort Indiantown Gap until 2016, when Reading declined to renew their lease on space due to statements made from Gettysburg, after which, the units were redeployed in York County.
For years after Doomsday, Gettysburg shared positive relations with Delmarva, however competing claims and political tension with Virginia has caused this relationship to sour.
Gettysburg does not participate in any regional organizations, although it has been invited to participate in the East American Alliance, the Confederation of Pennsylvanian States, and the United Communities.
Gettysburg has limited international relations, mainly gaining contact through Kentucky and Virginia. It is aware of Canada, Florida, Neonotia, the Piedmont Republic,the Republic of Texas, the United States, and Vermont.
Gettysburg has applied for membership in the League of Nations however membership is pending due to distance. Presently, the nation has an attaché to the Virginian delegation.
The economy of Gettysburg is primarily agrarian with a strong manufacturing and services industrial base. Several major factories and manufacturing plants were located in the region and with financial and material support from Kentucky and Virginia, many of these facilities have slowly been restored to working order.
Gettysburg has large farms mainly located in Maryland and Pennsylvania, with much of Appalachia being too mountainous to lay out farms. Agricultural products include cereal crops such as barley, corn, and wheat; fruit products such as apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, and pears; and vegetable products including beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, radishes, and squash.
Common livestock includes horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens.
Agriculture in the nation serves a significant portion of its economic output. Trade with Virginia has caused this to flourish over recent years with the booming population in that nation.
While Gettysburg claims Three Mile Island as part of its territory, the nuclear power plant located on it suffered a catastrophic meltdown after Doomsday, resulting in a 20 mile containment zone around it being deemed uninhabitable. This exclusion zone also included Brunner Island Power Station, which was a coal fired power plant. Due to the radiation leaks at Three Mile Island, the facility was heavily contaminated and rendered unusable since Doomsday.
Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station was located in the southern part of York County. However, the electromagnetic pulse and physical shocks from the strike on Baltimore rendered the facility unusable. Since Doomsday, it has also been leaking though not as severely as Three Mile Island.
Gettysburg is reliant on high voltage transmission lines from Virginia into the country for electricity. There have been discussions on constructing hydroelectric dams or coal fired power plants in the country, however this has not been pursued as the energy needs for the country have not exceeded the capacity imported from Virginia.
Electricity in private homes and businesses is still extremely uncommon with the majority of electricity going towards government offices and large scale farming or manufacturing facilities. Most smaller operations continue to rely on manpower or animals to operate.
With the restoration of steady electricity from Virginia in 2012, Gettysburg has seen an increase in manufacturing capabilities including the reopening of a motorcycle plant in York, a military armored vehicle plant in York, machinery manufacturing plants in Chambersburg, lumber mills near Carlisle, and a brake manufacturer in Westminster Maryland.
The major manufacturing centers for the country are located around Chambersburg and York with raw materials such as coal, iron, nickel, and other ores imported from Superior via Virginia and Kentucky.
Few consumer goods are produced outside of a small snack food plant in Hanover, clothing mills near most major communities, and private blacksmiths and carpenters producing iron and wood products for consumers. As trade with Kentucky and Virginia has improved, consumer goods from these countries have been brought in.
Two major grocery store chains operate in Gettysburg; Giant Food Store is based out of Carlisle and is the largest supermarket in the nation with stores in all major communities. However, smaller stores and markets operate throughout the country including the Adams County Marketplace in Gettysburg, Carlisle Co-op in Carlisle, Central Market in York, Hamilton Heights Marketplace in Chambersburg, and Food Lion throughout the state of Maryland.
Gettysburg operates a national bank, the Gettysburg National Bank, headquartered in Gettysburg, with several smaller private banks and credit unions operating in tandem. This includes York Bank, Maryland Bank, Hanover Credit Union, and Chambersburg Bank and Trust.
Tourism, while not nearly as large as prior to Doomsday, is growing with visitors from as far as Toledo and Superior visiting Gettysburg National Battlefield. The park, while seeing some damage from rioting near Gettysburg after Doomsday and wear due to insufficient funding to maintain, has been restored. Visitors have helped support the local economy as well, purchasing souvenirs from local craftsman, and manufactured goods unavailable in their home countries.
The federal government has mandated education from first grade through ninth grade for all students, with exceptions in place for the Amish, who frequently end their education at sixth or seventh grade. College, while less common than pre-Doomsday is important for the country as the economy slowly improves and competition increased with Kentucky and Virginia.
Primary and Secondary Education
Gettysburg is divided into over a dozen school districts. Each state has autonomy to operate it’s education system with minimal government oversight beyond ensuring all students are provided with approximately the same level of education.
Preschool and kindergarten are uncommon as parents prefer to keep their children at home, especially in the rural areas which dominate the country. With only first through ninth grade being mandatory, the dropout rate for students over that age is drastic, with many leaving the education system to pursue apprenticeships.
Homeschooling is a popular alternative to the public school system, especially in the rural districts. While the material is required to be the same as the public schools, frequently farmers and tradespeople utilize this option to train their children in the business.
Students reaching the mandatory requirements for the public school system are permitted to leave the system and pursue apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are designed to provide students with necessary skills to operate critical economic functions including animal husbandry, blacksmithing, carpentry, farming, and basic medical care.
Individual states operate separate apprenticeship programs, however candidates completing their training are certified nationally.
Colleges and Universities
Gettysburg has two major public universities serving the the nation, Gettysburg University (pre-Doomsday Gettysburg College) and York University (pre-Doomsday York College), as well as Dickinson College.
Gettysburg University has the main campus in Gettysburg with satellite campuses in Chambersburg, Appalachia and Westminster, Maryland. It was founded in 1832 as Pennsylvania College, renamed in 1922 as Gettysburg College, and renamed again in 2003 as Gettysburg University.
York University is located in York. It was founded in 1787 as York County Academy, renamed in 1968 as York College of Pennsylvania. In 2003 it was finally renamed to York University in the same year that Gettysburg University was renamed.
Dickinson College is located in Carlisle. It was founded in 1773 as Carlisle Grammar School with the current name updated in 1783. In 1890, the law school separated from the college however it was merged back into the college in 1991 to conserve resources.
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 three branches, the Army, the Air Force, and the National Guard. Until 2016, the Air Force was a paper tiger with only four bush planes operated infrequently. As fuel from Kentucky became more consistent the armed forces have procured two airships from Virginia and eight P-51 Mustangs from Kentucky which serve as the bulk of its air assets.
Most of Gettysburg's forces train in cooperation with the East American Alliance in Kentucky, Virginia, and Gettysburg proper. There is a growing push for the nation to join the organization to counter the influence of both Reading and State College as well as support Virginia in legitimizing the claim to the southwestern part of the former state.
The Republic of Gettysburg has three levels of law enforcement. The federal government is served by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, states operate separate State Police forces, and local governments operate county sheriffs (county level) and local police (cities, boroughs, and townships).
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (abbreviated to FBI) serve in the same role as the pre-Doomsday United States agency. It is responsible for protecting Gettysburg from attacks, espionage, corruption, and serious crimes. It operates five field offices as well as its headquarters in the capital.
State police are responsible for law enforcement and criminal investigation in their respective states. They also provide policing and law enforcement to smaller communities and townships without a police force. The agencies are also responsible for patrolling roads and highways that crisscross the nation and are maintained by the state or federal government.
- State Police
- Appalachia State Police
- Maryland State Police
- Susquehanna State Police
Each county operates a sheriff's department to transport prisoners, provide courthouse security, and provide policing to communities lacking their own law enforcement agencies in support of the State Police. The role of sheriff is an elected position however candidates must meet a certain set of parameters to ensure the duties that must be fulfilled are properly completed. Several of the smaller counties have merged state police to a multi-county jurisdiction, reducing costs.
- County Sheriff Department
- Adams County Sheriff's Department
- Cumberland/Perry County Sheriff's Department
- Franklin County Sheriff's Department
- Eastern Maryland Sheriff's Department
- Western Maryland Sheriff's Department
- York County Sheriff's Department
Local police operate in major cities and boroughs in the country. Regions not covered by a local agencies are served by the county sheriff department. Carlisle, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Westminster, and York all operate independent police forces.
Several printing presses operate out of Gettysburg and York, publishing books and comics nationally on a regular basis.
The nation's newspaper is The Gettysburgian, the former campus newspaper of Gettysburg College before becoming nationwide in the 1990s.
Other major newspapers include the Carroll County Times in Westminster; Chambersburg Public Opinion in Chambersburg; the Gettysburg Times serving Adams County; the Sentinel in Carlisle, serving all of the State of Appalachia; and both the York Daily Record and the York Dispatch in York which publish on alternating days of the week in York County and northern Maryland.
Additionally, newspapers from both State College and Virginia circulate throughout the country.
With the demise of film and television after Doomsday, the performing arts saw a major resurgence as people searched for a distraction in the post-Doomsday world. Traveling troupes became popular and now your Gettysburg and Virginia on a regular basis with comedy, musical orchestras, and plays being the most common forms.
Gettysburg managed to restore one radio service out of Gettysburg proper within three years of Doomsday, however it was limited to low broadcast frequencies and the Adams County area. WZBT from Gettysburg College was restored by cannibalizing parts from the other local radio stations. Initially, the station carried both music and news for the area around Gettysburg, however with hardware imported from Kentucky and Virginia, the station now covers all of Gettysburg and reaches into Reading, State College, and Virginia.
While it is not government run, the station serves as the official radio station for the national government.
As new material was imported, other radio stations in Chambersburg, Westminster, and York were reopened to provide better coverage to these regions. As of 2020, over half a dozen radio stations operate in Gettysburg. Additionally, citizens can pick up transmissions from Reading, State College, Susquehanna, and Virginia.
Most citizens have access to radios either produced domestically or imported from either Kentucky or Virginia.
List of Radio Stations
- 910 WSBA - Rock Music, Talk (Adams, Baltimore, Carroll, Cumberland, Perry, and York counties)
- 960 WHYL - Contemporary and Rock Music (Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry counties)
- 1320 WGET - National News, Political Opinion, Weather (National Radio Station/Entire Country)
- 88.1 WVYC - Contemporary and Pop Music, Weather (Adams, Baltimore, and York counties)
- 91.1 WZBT - National News, Political Opinion, and Weather (National Radio Station/Entire Country)
- 102.3 WTTR - Variety Music, National and Regional News, Talk, and Weather (State of Maryland, southern Adams and York counties)
- 107.7 WGTY - Country Music, Talk, and Weather (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties)
Television is only accessible by picking up broadcasts from Virginia. There have been discussions to reopen WPMT in York however the lack of electricity being common nationally has hinder the implementation.
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.