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State of South Carolina
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: South Carolina
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Columbia (destroyed in 1983)
Largest city Columbia (1983)
Greenville (2010)
Other cities Anderson, Easley, Greenville, Laurens, Spartanburg
  others Spanish, French, German
Governor (1983) Richard Wilson Riley (D)
Area 32,020.1 sq mi
Population (est. 1983) 3,231,400
(est. 2010) 510,000 

South Carolina was an original state of the United States of America, being the eighth state to ratify the Constitution and thus become a state on May 23, 1788. It had been one of the thirteen colonies of Great Britain that had declared their independence on July 4, 1776. It would be the first state to secede from the United States in the months leading up to what is variously called the "American Civil War" and "The War between the States," the secession having been planned within its borders.

On December 20, 1860, the state of South Carolina dissolved its relationship with the USA, and from February 8, 1861, to May 5, 1865, was a state of the Confederate States of America. After the war, the state was re-admitted to the union on July 9, 1868.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the state's population in 1980 was 3,121,820. South Carolina contained 46 counties and its capital was Columbia.


Skyline of Columbia, SC


The nuclear attack began at 8:45 PM. There were four targets during Doomsday. Parris Island was hit, due to the military base located there. The port cites of Charleston and Myrtle Beach were also hit, as was Columbia. The nuclear attack was strategic in such a way that the large port cities and the capital would be destroyed, paving the way for a quick invasion. However, the "tactical nuclear strategy" was never tested, Nor an invasion even planned for, due to the fact that the nuclear strikes were ordered to complete Mutually Assured Destruction.


The ruins of Columbia

The Lowcountry suffered the most during the strikes, as did the area around Columbia. If any hint of civilized life was to return, it would in the upstate.

Any survivors left flocked to the Northwest to begin a new post-doomsday life, with few exceptions (one such exception being the Peedee Nation). Following the blasts, nuclear fallout would spread from the western border of the state, and into North Carolina, continuing east into the Atlantic Ocean

Survivor states

Republic of Piedmont

The Piedmont Republic is the largest known survivor state inside the former State of South Carolina, centered around Greenville County. The capital and largest city is Greenville.

The Piedmont Republic is a group of five counties in northwest South Carolina that barely avoided annihilation because of a tactical decision by the Soviet Union to destroy power stations with conventional warheads. The Oconee Nuclear Power Plant was severely damaged in the attack, but by 2000 technicians were able to restore partial operations to the plant after nearly two decades of alternative fuel options in the area.

The college towns of Clemson, Greenville, and Spartanburg having successfully groomed the original student bodies of six colleges and universities (mostly on campus, and representing much of the rest of the pre-doomsday USA), have developed into an independent republic with around 500,000 citizens. The present governor is James "Jim" DeMint.

Islamic Republic of Anderson

While visiting followers outside of Iva, South Carolina, Royall Jenkins, founder of a new Islamic sect called the United Nation of Islam, had taken the opportunity of the chaos to offer his help to the people of nearby Anderson. What developed was a small racist survivor nation located in parts of the former Anderson County.

Not without resistance within the city, and after a war with white supremacist neighbor "Taccoa, CSA," Jenkins (aka Allah among men] had established a lasting peace in what he called the "Islamic Republic of Anderson."

Pee Dee Nation

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With a pioneering spirit inspired by a "dying tribe" that had refused to be totally assimilated into "white man's" culture, a modern "Mesopotamia" (Gr. "between the rivers"), a new nation arose in eastern South Carolina between the banks of the Great Pee Dee River and the Black River. Its capital was Florence, Georgetown being its important port city. It was a simple society, with no electricity, radios or oil. Sadly, this would prove to be the nation’s downfall, as a large hurricane in 1989 resulted in the death of the nation.


The first survivor nation of the Peedee is the Republic of Society Hill… which is 13 miles outside of the former city of Florence. The community is made up of 54 families from Florence, including former Peedee Governor David Beasley. Discovered by WCRB scouts in 2009.


The larger of the two Peedee remnants, Georgetown is a boom city on the South Carolina coast. The city recovered well from the 1989 hurricane, and became a large trade hub. It was also discovered in the same 2009 expedition.

The Present Day

As of 2022, the only surviviving organised communities are the Piedmont Republic in Greenville, the de facto successor to the state government, and the two Peedee nations. Many Southern US survivor states have expressed interest in rebuilding the Lowcountry, including former Florence and Darlington. The WCRB is assisting Piedmont, Blue Ridge and Virginia in the reconstruction efforts, along with other reconstruction projects.