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The southern portion of the former U.S. state of Texas is the present location of two major city-states and a third provisional U.S. state which survived Doomsday - the Republica de Dos Laredos and the Rio Grande Valley Republic, and The State of South Texas.
Republica de Los Laredos
Republica de Dos Laredos is for all intents and purposes an operating rogue state, known mainly as the hub for cocaine and other illegal drugs targeted for Mexico, the Caribbean/Gulf region and the remnants of the U.S. southwest and mid-south regions.
Dos Laredos, heavily Hispanic, is officially independent but has gone back and forth several times between claiming itself to be a part of Mexico and claiming its own sovereignty. The nation is nominally ruled by a governor and a bicameral legislature, but in actuality ruled by drug lords who facilitate an illegal drug trade believed to be worth up to nearly half a billion Mexican pesos annually. The profitable drug trade is a thorn in the side of Mexico and West Texas and in December 2009 was condemned by the League of Nations for the living conditions of most of its 350,000 residents.
The nation encompasses former Webb and Zapata counties and the old Mexican city of Laredo.
In the 1980s, officials and surviving military and police forces in both Laredos helped keep the peace in the region; they learned of the survival of other towns in south Texas, most notably the Rio Grande Valley region. In 1988, Laredo officials signed a treaty with the mayors of Hebbronville, Edinburg, McAllen and Reynosa, Mexico to ensure the survival of the region.
In 1991, the legitimate government of Dos Laredos was overthrown by the drug lords, beginning with the assassination of the nation's governor. Military action by Mexico and West Texas later in '91 resulted in the rescue of nearly 35,000 people (most of whom settled in the State of South Texas); subsequent action in 1992 saw the overthrow of the drug lords' regime with a government established by Mexico City.
In 2005, the drug lords retook control of the republic after it became ungovernable under Mexican military rule (and much resistance from the drug lords and gangs). Popular opinion in Mexico remains against invasion and occupation of the rogue nation-state, given the failure of Mexico to prevent the secession of Yucatan years earlier.
Limited trade, primarily that of food, clothing and medicine, is allowed with Dos Laredos but strictly controlled as much as possible by Mexico, West Texas and the LoN. Contact between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of West Texas and Roman Catholic churches in Dos Laredos is also monitored by Mexican and West Texas authorities.
Ten countries have issued travel advisories against any travel to the nation; however, a few humanitarian and religious organizations from Mexico, the East Caribbean Federation and West Texas have attempted to smuggle in goods and religious materials over the years.
The government communicates with its people mainly via town criers who travel the city on bicycles or horseback, relaying censored news and weather government sentries filtered from West Texas and Mexican radio; local news and announcements the government wants to convey to the people; or announcements for public gatherings the government wants people to attend. Pamphlets occasionally distributed throughout the nation also convey information. Since 2007, the nation has broadcast government-approved news and informaiton via a pirate radio station that broadcasts at eight different places among the AM dial and at irregular times throughout the week.
Rio Grande Valley Republic
The Rio Grande Valley Republic (RGV) is self-sufficient after years of heavy aid and investment from Mexico, but still relies heavily economically on Mexico and (less so) on West Texas and Louisiana.
The RGV is a bicameral republic modeled after the old state of Texas and the former United States, formally established in 1996 after the American Provisional Administration in Australia formally dissolved.
RGV, which has a population of 110,000, consists of the former Texas counties of Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron and its capital is Edinburg. McAllen, Harlingen and Rio Grande City are the major cities.
Port Isabel is the largest active port of call in the former U.S. on the Gulf of Mexico, and operates as a major trade port for RGV, South Texas, West Texas and other regional nations.
The region survived a low-yield nuclear strike on the Brownsville/South Padre Island airport which also destroyed most of Brownsville and adjacent Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Edinburg, McAllen and Reynosa leaders managed to pull things together and stabilize the area, while giving as much aid to Brownsville survivors as possible. They formalized their union into the Rio Grande Valley Association of United States and Mexico Cities in 1987. The RGV cities discovered the survival of Laredo and signed a treaty with its leaders in 1989 to help stablize south Texas.
The association formally became a sovereign nation in 1990, the Rio Grande Valley Republic. Reynosa, under Mexican control, peacefully withdrew, but maintained (and still maintains) good relations with the RGV; in fact, Mexican national officials often went through Reynosa in their early dealings with the RGV.
The RGV militia assisted the West Texan and Mexican militaries against Dos Laredos in the 1990s, and RGV signed a defense treaty with West Texas in 1997.
The nation received heavy aid and investment from Mexico and, less so, from West Texas and Louisiana from 1995 through 2009, a fact that observers believe helped keep the young nation afloat and from being absorbed by Mexico or West Texas.
Port Isabel was cleared as a port for regional nations in 2008 after tests reported "neglible" traces of radiation and fallout from the Brownsville Doomsday blast. RGV leaders have chosen to develop the area around Port Isabel, and not in former Brownsville, to build a town to support the port of call.
Allegiance to the former United States is high here, even after the American Provisional Administration refused to return to the region before disbanding in the mid-1990s.
Nine out of ten residents are believed to be in favor of unification with West Texas, eastern Texas and northern Texas into a single Republic of Texas.
The Rio Grande Valley Star-Monitor is the nation's newspaper of record, publishing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. KRGV 760 AM is the most popular of the nation's five radio stations, carrying news, talk shows, sports, soap operas, children's programming and "easy listening" pre-Doomsday music. Other radio stations are KUIY 1320 (country); KTPV 88.3 (Texas Public Radio); KUIO 95.5 (Tejano/Ranchero) and KLFB 105.7 (Top 40).
State of South Texas
The State of South Texas was set up with Mexican and West Texan help in 2001, partly as a refuge for people fleeing Dos Laredos, and partly as a stable area for Mexico and the LoN to keep an eye on Dos Laredos. The population in 2009 was an estimated 58,000.
It enjoys good relations with Mexico, West Texas and other Gulf, Caribbean nations and those of the South American Confederation, and has expressed support for potential reunification of Texas. It is viewed as a sovereign nation by all other nations and conducts its affairs as such, although it officially is a "provisional state...of the United States of America."
South Texas stretches from the outskirts of former Del Rio and San Antonio in its north to South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico. It operates as a de facto successor to the former state of Texas; its capital is the town of Hebbronville, which is also its largest city.
After Doomsday, Hebbronville was one of the towns that refugees were sent to in order to relieve pressure on Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. Its easy access to Laredo and Edinburg - and the fact that it still stood and was somehow able to feed and provide basic necessities to everyone there - led the town to declare self-independence in 1986, although official documents from that year stated "this town remains part of the United States of America until it is known for certain that the United States has ceased to exist."
Hebbronville was one of the towns refugees were sent to for shelter when the Dos Laredos government came under the sway of drug lords and went to war with the West Texan and Mexican armies.
The country still heavily relies on investment from Mexico and other neighboring nations, though it is on track to achieve self-reliance by 2018.
South Texas also favors Texas reunification. However, due to South Texas's "provisional state" status, a referendum on formal separation from the United States would need to be held before any referendum on joining a unified Texas.
The Hebbronville News and View is the nation's newspaper of record, publishing each Wednesday and Saturday. KTPHB 89.1 FM (Texas Public Radio), KQRK 101.5 FM (pre- and post-Doomsday country, from West Texas, Mexico and Australia) and KPCW 1000 AM (news, farming, trading, religion, sports) are Hebbronville's three radio stations. KQRK also can be heard in the RGV and parts of eastern Texas and northern Tamaulipas in Mexico.
The Republic of Texas is a proposed unification of various entities within the borders of the former U.S. state of Texas:
- West Texas,
- the "Republic of Texas" currently established in eastern half of the former state,
- the State of South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley Republic in the southern half of former Texas,
- the cities of Graham and Paris and various farms and townships scattered across the northern part of old Texas.
- The Republic of Dos Laredos has told authorities from surrounding nation states and the League of Nations it is not interested in uniting with the proposed Republic of Texas.
- The residents of the various survivor towns and townships in the central portion of old Texas are satisfied with the status quo, but would likely vote to merge into the new nation.
- A loose association of towns in southeastern Texas, led by a sometimes contentious faction of five political entities in the town of Victoria, has expressed interest in joining the alliance. An area that at times in the 1980s was considered borderline lawless, it wants to join the Republic but suffers from a lack of strong political leadership. Even in 2011, any country that deals with the region diplomatically and/or politically has to deal with numerous entities claiming to represent it.
On June 23, 2010, Eastern Texas Governor Roger Van Horn and West Texas President Mike Conaway held a joint press conference at Stephen F. Austin University to announce their countries would seek to merge into one entity, the Republic of Texas, by June 2010 pending voter approva. The press conference was predicated by newspaper reports in Nacogdoches, Midland and Monterrey, Mexico the past weekend detailing Conaway's "secret" negotiations with eastern Texas, South Texas and various survivor communities throughout the former U.S. state of Texas. Radio stations in Nacogdoches and Edinburg, Rio Grande Valley, reported that both men would travel to the RGV in the next weeks to "finalize" the RGV's merger with the proposed Texas republic.
Northern Texas also is likely to join the proposed republic, although a sticking point is believed to be local political leaders' preference for a 'State of North Texas' and some political power that would supersede that of the national government.
In July 2010, political leaders in Midland and Nacogdoches began formal discussion of merger of their two countries by January 1, 2012.
The process involved drafting a constitution for the new country, and then presenting it to voters across the former state in a referendum to be held in May 2011. A majority vote (51 percent or more) was required for full passage.
The constitution was overwhelmingly approved in all of the recognized Texas survivor states on May 31. The breakdown is as follows:
- West Texas 92% yes, 7% no, 1% undecided
- Eastern Texas 94% yes, 5% no, 1% undecided
- RGV 96% yes, 2% no, 2% undecided
- Graham 83% yes, 13% no, 4% undecided
- Paris 86% yes, 8% no, 6% undecided
- Borger 67% yes, 11% no, 22% undecided
- Association of Central Texas 84% yes, 12% no, 4% undecided
As the measure was approved, the seven states have begun to choose delegates for a constitutional convention at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches in August 2011 to approve the new constitution.
Upon approval of the constitution, West Texas, eastern Texas, South Texas, RGV, Graham, Paris and the association of Central Texas towns would each nominate their heads of state for a special Presidential election in November 2011. The winner of that election would be inaugurated on February 20, 2012.
Any union or official association with the United States, North American Union and/or the East American Alliance has been put on hold until the formal re-establishment of the Republic of Texas; in the interim, all seven states have established solid relations with each of those entities.
One likely alliance is a sort of NAU/East American Alliance-type alliance with nation-states in Broken Bow, Hugo and Stillwater in former Oklahoma; the state of Louisiana (including Lake Arthur); Hattiesburg and Natchez in former Mississippi; and possibly Hot Springs in former Arkansas. This alliance would in turn be allied with Mexico and be more allied on the international stage with the ANZC than with the South American Confederation.