Democratic Union of Pacifica
|Democratic Union of Pacifica|
|Other names||Cascadia, the West Coast|
|Languages||English, Spanish, Mandarin (official recognition varies with state)|
|Ethnic groups||Caucasian, Latino, East Asian, some African American|
|Demonym||Pacifican (inhabitant), Pacific (adjective)|
|Government||Federal parliamentary republic|
|Suffrage||Universal at 16|
|Head of state||President Alan Miyamoto (G)|
|Economy||Market socialist, left Keynesian|
|Economic focus||Computers, electronics, information technology, aircraft, fishing|
|Agriculture||Apples, hops, grapes|
|Per capita income (2009 US dollars)||N/A|
|Formation||February 1, 2026|
| 24.7 million|
|Religion||Predominantly irreligious with large Catholic population|
|Currency||Pacific dollar (P)|
Pacifica occupies much of the western coast of the former US, particularly the region often known as Cascadia.
Even before the outbreak of chaos, the Pacific Northwest region saw a number of movements for independence. Many on the left responded to the 2010s economic crisis with calls to break away from the US and establish a Cascadian republic. They blamed the economic demise of the US on the undue influence of conservative voters and resented living under policies pushed by them. The election of Rick Perry in 2016 provoked the largest demonstrations in the country and even minor riots.
Owing to lower levels of poverty and urban decay, the great West Coast cities generally weathered the Chaos better than regions further east. The collapsing economy had led to great hardship and even violence, but not the social implosion seen elsewhere. Within weeks of the first riots community leaders in Portland and Seattle were assembling plans for independent governments. By spring of 2018, both had established themselves as fairly stable city-states with expanding influence in surrounding suburbs and farmland. To the south, the cities of San Francisco Bay were drafting a constitution for their own government while a conference in Redding revived long dormant plans for a state of Jefferson. Soon after, four new states emerged, the city-states of Seattle and Portland to the north, the San Francisco bay area to the south, and the more rural Jefferson in between.
After several months of hiatus, the state governments of Washington, Oregon, and California were recovering from the Chaos and returning to operation. All three had experienced crippling budget deficits, especially California, leaving their recovery sluggish and uncertain. They quickly attempted to reassert their authority over the autonomous city-states and Bay area, but without success. Much to their chagrin, these growing city regions had no desire to follow what they considered impotent governments. The states could not offer many credible incentives for the cities to fall in line, nor could they coerce them through military force. After months of protest and negotiation, they reached an uneasy settlement and grudgingly acknowledged their independence.
The growth of the White Homeland Project had concerned people on the coast since the beginning, and the Chaos had only strengthened its hand. Rumors persisted of plans to conquer the Northwest and outbreaks of ethnic cleansing. Spurred by reports of such violence against Native American settlements, the governments of Portland and Seattle assembled a team to investigate in early 2019. Aryan militants in the area accused the team of espionage and took them hostage, demanding billions of dollars in gold for their release. The two cities rebuffed the demand, and that spring sent a combined militia to eliminate the UAR, thus beginning the first of the Pacific-Aryan wars.
- Medford conference of 2025, which leads to the founding of Pacifica
- Bill of rights
Green Democratic party - Formed from the merger of the Green and Democratic parties in 2034, it has a broadly left-wing platform. Its diverse membership includes social liberals, democratic socialists, and even some anarchists.
Libertarian party - The main opposition to the Greens, its platform favors free market economics and protecting state sovereignty. In practice, the Libertarian party includes a large number of centrists and moderate conservatives as well as libertarians.
Constitution party - Strongly nationalistic and conservative, especially on social issues. Some members of the party are alleged to have ties or sympathies with the United Aryan Republic.
As a self-styled democratic union, Pacifica has a broadly confederal structure similar to the European Union. It consists of nine member states, each having considerable sovereignty.
- Powers of the states
With less than a million people, the State of Columbia has the second lowest population and population density in the Union. In contrast to the heavily urban coast, its economy depends largely on agriculture with major crops including apples and potatoes. Its extensive park system has also lent it a small but growing eco-tourism industry. Its capital and largest city Yakima has a population of only 100,000, making it the smallest state capital in Pacifica. It has a reputation as the most conservative state in Pacifica, reliably giving the Constitution Party its only plurality.
Columbia was the last of the Pacific states to take shape, gaining statehood in 2027 after the establishment of the Union. Before then it consisted largely of the unorganized and contested territory. The region saw the bulk of the fighting between Pacifica and the UAR and consequently suffered the most damage. The war devastated numerous towns and cities, including Spokane which lost over half its population. The scars from this conflict remain apparent even today in the region's sluggish economic recovery in comparison to the more prosperous coast.
San Francisco Bay
Nevada is easily the smallest of the Pacific states, having only half a million inhabitants, most in the capital city of Reno. Outside this urban area, the state consists largely of desert and mountains.
Despite its many blessings, Pacifica has quite an unenviable set of neighbors that have left it largely isolated from the eastern states. The authoritarian Canada occupies all of its northern border while the Nazis and Deseret lie along the entirety of its eastern frontier. Its closest friendly neighbors, and main allies, are Mojave and Hawai'i, and it also has strong trade relationships with Japan and Alaska.
In contrast to most of the post-American states, Pacifica has remained heavily urbanized, with nearly half its citizens living in the Bay, Seattle, and Portland.
- Urban centers
|3||San Jose||1,100,000||175 sq mi|
|4||San Francisco||850,000||46.7 sq mi|