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South Florida is one of the three provinces of the Republic of Florida. It is currently located near Big Cypress, the Everglades and with territorial enclaves near Lake Okeechobee. It is comprised of several villages, towns and small cities mainly along the west coast of the Peninsula.
Although the Spanish discovered and exploited Florida beginning in the early sixteenth century, the southwest region was unused after first decimating the indigenous tribes, taking many of them to Cuba to serve as slaves. Those that escaped ended up fleeing north to the panhandle to be absorbed into other tribes. One such group of tribes became the Seminole tribe. The Seminoles were eventually forced to split into two bands, one being forced back to southern Florida in an attempt by the US military to subjugate them. This band of Seminoles never surrendered and were eventually recognized as a sovereign nation.
Over time, the coasts of southern Florida became active ports for commerce from all over the world. However, the coastal cities on the gulf were mostly shielded by barrier islands, making them less accessible to larger cargo ships. Nevertheless, the fine white sands of the gulf coast made the area a key tourist destination. By the late 1900's the coastal towns had begun to grow into cities of respectable size.
From the late 19th century to the mid-to-late 20th century investors and real estate developers drastically changed the natural landscape of the Everglades, through a series of dams, levees, and control pumps drying up millions of acres in what is considered South Florida. At one point the US Corps of Engineers declared a "War on Water" to combat the natural ecosystem. By the 1970s, however, the process to restore what remained
However, the current area of the Republic of South Florida is primarily made up of two National Parks: Big Cypress and the Everglades National Parks. The presence of the Seminole Indians within these parks had made them quite popular tourist attractions as well. However, few people other than the Seminoles lived in them.
On Doomsday, the primary targets of Southern Florida were Tampa and Miami. Tampa was destroyed, although the larger city of St. Petersburg was not. Nevertheless Tampa Bay expanded to consume the crater left by the missile. Homestead AFB, while near Miami, was deemed a more important target and was leveled. The Miami Metropolitan area was either too large to take out without several dozen missiles or the Soviets were unaware of how large the area actually was so two airbursts were detonated over Doral and Fort Lauderdale, which did not spread radiation but destroyed the suburbs with strong blasts, scattering trees, rubble and cars for dozens of miles. Only places such as Coral Gables, which were firmly rooted to the coral at the bedrock of the city managed to remain intact, but the nature of the blasts isolated the few havens within the city proper and it did not take more than a year for starvation, flooding, and electric catastrophes to reduce the population into the hundreds.
A much bigger problem than the nuclear blasts themselves was the breakdown of order that resulted, namely leading to the water gates at Lake Okeechobee going unmanned. Within three days of the detonations the few survivors throughout South Florida would be rooted out — literally. The dams broke, leading to hundreds of millions of gallons of water to come rushing out of the carefully-timed openings of the canals, destroying suburbs and carrying thousands of people with them. The bombs accomplished where the environmentalists had failed: the Everglades had returned to its original flow pattern. Cape Coral and Fort Myers, a metropolitan statistical area, dodged a direct hit on Doomsday and soon became a mecca for refugees fleeing Tampa and Miami. Being spared the radioactive fallout from Tampa and the east coast, the area was nevertheless faced with a lack of food for the refugees. On September 29 South Florida was flooded in a matter of minutes, and adding hundreds of sq mi back into the wetlands where they originally were. The result was the transformation of Miami into a marsh, leaving several areas such as Coconut Grove to become islands.
As a result of the catastrophes that claimed the area, the population suffered from riots and violence for years. In addition, tropical diseases, borne by mosquitoes, killed tens of thousands. Naples and Fort Myers, however, were on high ground, giving them a good chance at surviving. Throughout the early days the two settlements were visited frequently.
By 1990, though, relative peace had come as local city governments banded together to form the "Provisional Republic of South Florida" as a placeholder for the United States with hopes that when the federal or state government arrived in South Florida they would return to the United States. However, that day never came.
The population of the new republic, having stabilized at around 150,000 people, was beginning to recover when a disaster with more force than the bombs that took out Tampa and the east coast came roaring through the area. Authorities in the Caribbean would call it Hurricane Andrew, but to the Floridians it was just "the Great Hurricane of 1992." The devastation was catastrophic, destroying much of the crops and many of the structures all over the republic. Hundreds died in the storm, some never accounted for due to isolation and lack of information services at the time. The residents had come to lose hope of any outside help and just began to rebuild on their own. Finally it became clear that the federal government would not be coming.
On October 29, 1996, the leadership called on the people of South Florida to decide whether to secede from the United States. When the votes were tallied a narrow majority passed a referendum to become an independent republic. The following summer a Constitutional convention was held in Naples to build the framework for a new government. What became of this convention was a constitution very similar to that of the United States with a few modifications to make it more suitable for the citizens of South Florida.
Though the Cape Coral – Fort Myers Area had stabilized in the aftermath of Doomsday, small communities in and around the Lake Okeechobee region like Belle Glade on the south and the town of Okeechobee on the north side of the lake suffered from frequent gang raids. When the authorities in Naples Upon conducted a fact finding mission into Belle Glade, they found a fascist dictatorship in place. According to the local resistance group many of the city-state's citizens wanted a regime change but simply feared the government too much to even speak out against it.
Eventually, a local militia overthrew the dictatorship in Belle Glade, which was eventually annexed by South Florida.
After the WCRB's visit to the Southern United States, the "Everglades Territory", an area that was in South Florida's grasp, but not acquired due to it having no true importance, was eventually ceded to South Florida. Most of the inhabitants, mostly refugees from the East Coast, were all evacuated to Naples.
In late 2008, several scientists, mainly supplied by the ECF and ANZC, had sent expeditions throughout the areas that formerly were home to the major cities of Tampa and Miami. After several weeks of analization the results determined that the remnants of the city of Tampa could still give way to major health hazards. After negotiations with the citizens of the surprisingly high population of 6,000 people within the areas of the city, the area was evacuated, and the small village of "New Tampa" comprised of remaining residents remaining independent.
Miami-Dade County fared far better of than Tampa did, however. For one, the area was home to a functioning civilization around Florida City.
In late night September 28, 2010, Hurricane Nicole, Category 2, touched down in South Florida. Substantial damage was reported in Florida City, Key Largo, and Marathon. Over 32 deaths have been reported, and the Miami-Dade Territory has reported more than 20 more missing. By September 29th, the Hurricane headed up north, and South Florida has contacted Delmarvan and Outer Bank officials so they can prepare for the storm.
On December 31, 2010, South Florida, North Florida, and East Florida formally united as the Republic of Florida. While the move was largely ceremonial as most control remains on the regional levels, the creation of a united government and switching over to a primary currency has both strengthened the economy in the area and ushered in the twilight over the remaining lawless areas sandwiched between northern and southern Florida.
The economy of the South Florida has a very small but stable economy. It's mineral and oil pools are unmatched compared to many other nations. It depends mainly on fishing and small urban farming to feed the masses. Locally, trade is carried out through barter or via the newly-created Floridian Conch, a locally minted currency that has replaced the American Dollar. However, it has the most access to foreign markets than any other North American survivor state, which has allowed Florida's economy to boom.
In the past year, the Republic has started trading massive amounts of fish, citrus, and soy beans to the East Caribbean Federation, receiving international support as well as naval equipment. The Republic has signed a trade agreement known as the "Free Caribbean Sea Compact," which allows open borders and free trade. In order to facilitate this trade, the ECF worked with South Florida to develop the Florida Conch, a formerly bogus currency created in the former city of Key West as a publicity stunt. The Conch was designed as a replacement to coined currencies, being printed in all values of currency from one cent to twenty dollars. It is printed using minerals and other materials provided by the East Caribbean Federation. It's value is tied to the East Caribbean dollar and is backed by the "full faith and credit" of the government of South Florida. In 2011, the currency was renamed tothe Floridian Dollar and became the national currency of the nascent Republic of Florida.
Along with the ECF, South Florida trades with Cuba, mainly agricultural, mineral, and technological goods. The sale of limestone, phosphate, and other minerals make up a good portion of the economy. Another source of income are the small deposits of oil along the coastline.
It also operates one of the last functioning airports in the Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi area, the Southwest Florida International Airport. The Airway was completed only months before Doomsday, on May 1983. While it was abandoned, flights now go continental, and after the summer tour of the American continent, the first flight to South America, a flight landing in Medellin, Colombia, marked the beginning of whole new opportunities for the Floridian people. The Page Field Aviation Airport is the region's secondary airport, mainly used for government or imported goods.
South Florida, and the Republic of Florida in general has full diplomatic relations with the ECF, and has applied for membership in the League of Nations. Lingering animosities with several Cuban Floridians keep full relations with Cuba on hold, though trade, by necessity, has been re-established.
In the summer of 2010 Vice President Buchanan toured other nations in the Southern region of the former United States including the Mississippi cities states of Hattiesburg and Natchez, West Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Piedmont Republic, and Blue Ridge. If time permits he also hopes to visit at least the capital city of the new United States. The tour began on May 27th, as the ECF Naval vessel delivered him to the port city of Bay St. Louis where he was met by the mayors of both Hattiesburg and Natchez. From there, the entourage was flown by a Kentucky Air Force jet to Ft. Knox.
While in Natchez the delegation made contact with the provisional government of the State of Louisiana, which is soon to become a trade partner with South Florida. South Florida will soon merge with Gainesville and First Coast as a unified Florida.
Education to former standards is a very rare thing. After Doomsday, many families helped themselves to the supplies found in abandoned schools and began to teach their children at home. When South Florida became established as a nation, small government sanctioned schools began to open up in neighborhoods, usually in homes or in an abandoned buildings.
However, in the the outer areas, near Collier County and the Everglades, illiteracy is quite common in several townships and villages. In those areas, with completely literate people come in at around 20 percent of the population, with another 50 percent semi-literate able to read street signs and sign their names. A full 30 percent, though, are completely illiterate.
Until recently the only university in the country was Naples Elementary University of Florida. In efforts to promote education, it awards scholarships to those from other communities across the southern United States region, most notably Gainesville, Lake Arthur, Blue Ridge, and Piedmont. The public school system has benefited the areas which have many people who are either unemployed or fit into the working-class.
The Universities are as follows:
Florida Keys University - Rebuilt from the undamaged sections of the Florida Keys Community College. - 4,900 students
Naples University - University built within the heart of Naples - 7,140 students
The government of South Florida was once a provincial republic, but since the foundation of the Republic of Florida it is a state within that entity. It is divided into 8 counties (which were formerly called provinces) and one territory. Each county calls one representative to the National Congress in Gainesville and two at the Local Congress in Naples. Since the reunification, counties have become more centralized as most of their power was moved to the state capital at Naples.
|County||County Capital||Pop.||Date Joined||Notes|
|Everglades||Flamingo||4,000||1996||Split from Monroe County|
|Keys||Key Largo||42,000||1996||Split from Monroe County|
|Coral||Fort Myers||500,000||1996||Formerly Lee County|
the area of former Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach controlled by the Republic of Florida is called the Eastern Territory. Its population currently sits at 35,000, but there have been talks of making it into a county, which would be based out of either Florida City or a re-occupied West Palm Beach.
Miccosukee still inhabit what was once the Miccosukee Indian Reservation and after the late 2000's were absorbed into South Florida under special conditions.
The Big Cypress Reservation did the same thing.
The Brigton Reservation is completely independent and only trades with the other two reservations as they think the "whites" were responsible for the nuclear holocaust that killed their fellow brothers and have adopted a semi-isolation policy.
The culture of South Florida is one of the most unique of post-Doomsday North America. With the missiles sending refugees into the Everglades, many found that they could better survive by emulating the survival tactics of the Native Americans. Uncounted thousands live out of tree house metropolises in cypress trees hunt alligator or catfish for a living, many having even adopted Native surnames.
The urban areas, in contrast, are more civilized.
The South Floridian military was based around the remnants of the United States military and coast guard in the region.
It consisted primarily of a militia, and a naval force.
The last commander of the military, and the head of the current Republic of Florida's land forces, was General La Tanya E. Simms. The flagship of the fleet, and its largest vessel, was the SFS Point Steele, formerly of the United States Coast Guard.
South Florida occupies the power station in Polk County. Prior to that, the nation was entirely dependent on a makeshift gasoline power plant and one wind turbine in the Keys. Experimentation with solar energy has largely failed, although there are makeshift "air conditioners" which ironically use heat panels to power propellers which provide cool air.
South Florida has only recently developed more advanced forms of communication, thanks to help from the LoN and Cuba. In the city of Naples, telephones became operational after nearly two years of communication lines being developed.
South Florida has two newspapers, the Naples Daily News along with the Conch Republic Times. A subscription costs 99,99* (In Floridian Conchs) or $29.99 (In USD) due to the costs of printing and distributing.
The station which was formed only 40 days before Doomsday, WGCU TV, became abandoned some months after Doomsday. In 2009, it was re-activated after nearly 100,000 dollars in repairs as the WFMU TV, Which stands for World Broadcasting of Fort Myers Universal Television. WFMU is owned by the South Floridian government, while WZVN is owned by ABC Television, which is now based in South Florida.
The TV Stations are as follows:
WFMU TV (Channel 3) - International Broadcasting and Local News, Weather, Sports, and Emergency News
WZVN TV (Channel 7) - Music, Entertainment, Cartoons and Pre and Post-Doomsday Movies
With help from the LoN the first radio station became operational in late 2009. A radio station called 97.3 "The Coast" was created for residents to listen to 60's, 70's and 80's music along with news, weather and sports. Another radio station has occasionally been used for the Keys, an unnamed station simply called 107.1 FM. This has been mainly used for emergency purposes, broadcasting breaking news. 97.3
The Stations are as follows:
97.3: The Coast - Music and Talk Shows
107.1 Unnamed Station - Emergency Purposes only