The city-state of Ithaca, named for the Greek island of Ithaca, was a city-state located near the border between the former states of New York and Pennsylvania. It merged with Binghamton to form the Republic of New York in 2010. It was best known for being home to Cornell University, an Ivy League school with almost 5,000 students (most of them studying on Cornell’s Ithaca campus).
The specialists educated at the various universities in the county were invaluable for the survival of the county and everyone in it. The county became one of the few places in the former United States to not only survive, but prosper in those vital early years. Having seen the destruction of various places in the state, it became all too clear that they were on their own. Thus they signed the Ithacan Declaration of Independence on August 7th, 1984.
MilitaryThere was no official Ithacan "Army", but they enforced the Second Amendment of their Constitution. A well-funded militia calling itself the Minutemen was been organized. These citizens, while trained by the Ithacan government, were very loosely regulated by it.
The Ithacans proved that there was no more valuable asset than a good education. The flow of people educated in tremendously valuable skills (Engineering, Agriculture, etc.) was one of the reasons why the regional economy recovered so quickly. The Ithacans are some of the few people that can maintain the vaulable machinery left by Doomsday.
Ithaca was a major educational center in Central New York. The city holds Ithaca College, situated on South Hill, and Cornell University (the last of the so-called "Ivy League" Universities) which overlooks the town from East Hill. The student population was very high, as almost 5,000 students were enrolled at Cornell, with an additional 1,575 students at Ithaca College. Tompkins Cortland Community College is located in the neighboring town of Dryden, New York, and had an extension center in downtown Ithaca. Empire State College offered non-traditional college courses to adults in downtown Ithaca. This meant that the Ithacans today are among the most highly educated nation-states in the former United States.
The Ithacans only really established relations with the various neighboring city-states, such as Binghamton, whom it merged with in 2011. It was a member of the United Communities.