New Hampshire was one of the original thirteen United States and part of New England. It traces its history to Puritan settlements in the early 17th century. For more than a century the area was absorbed, separated, and re-absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay colony, before definitively becoming its own colony 1741. Relative to its neighbors, New Hampshire started small and stayed small, its rugged terrain never supporting a large population. The state was known for forests, ski slopes, and a prominent early primary election every four years.
The only known missile strike inside New Hampshire's borders was at Portsmouth, site of a naval shipyard and an air force base. This together with fallout blowing from the Boston area in Massachusetts devastated the coastal part of the state, which is to say the southeastern corner.
- Main article: History of Vermont
Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, survived mostly unharmed and formed a provisional state government in 1984 after civil turmoil engulfed the state capital, Concord. The Manchester area became part of the Republic of Vermont later that year upon the Republic's re-foundation. It is still the largest city in the new nation.
In the following years, Vermont incorporated most of New Hampshire. Today the former state is organized into 10 counties within the Republic. Most of the coast remains an exclusion zone but is largely under the control of Vermont.
The northernmost end of New Hampshire remains outside the Republic, part of the autonomous area called the Northern Townships.