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Columbia Governorate
Колумбийская губерния

Governorate of Alaska
Timeline: Russian America

OTL equivalent: Parts of British Columbia and Washington.
Flag of Columbia (Russian America)
Flag of Columbia
Location of Columbia (Russian America)
Location of Columbia
Capital Burlington
Largest city New Westminster
Other cities Duwamps, Tacoma, Vankuvergrad
Language
  official
 
English and Russian (de facto)
  others Chinese, German, Ukrainian
Religion
  main
 
Pentecostals
  others Eastern Orthodox, Jews
Ethnic groups
  main
 
English and Russians
  others Chinese, Germans, Ukrainians
Demonym Columbian
Governor Ivan Kasich (Evergreens)
Area 247,297 km² (217,296 кв. врс
Population 8,138,643 (2007 Census) 
Established March 30, 1871
Admission July 20, 1931
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
  summer PDT (UTC-7)
Abbreviations AK-KO, Кол. (Kol.)

The Columbia Governorate (Russian: Колумбийская губерния, Kolumbiyskaya guberniya), colloquially known as Columbia (Колумбия, Kolumbiya), is a governorate of Alaska. Located in south-central Alaska; Columbia is bordered by New Caledonia in the north, Idaho in the east, Oregon in the south, and a maritime border with Vancouver Island to the west.

Etymology

Despite their similarities, the Columbia Governorate was not named after Christopher Columbus (nor should it be confused with the country named Colombia). The governorate's name is in reference to the Columbia River (which was named after the Columbia Rediviva).

Demographics

Columbia has a population well over 8 million (according to the 2007 Census), making it the second-most populous governorate of Alaska (after Sonoma).

Those of English descent (Dougs) currently makeup the single-most largest group in the governorate, followed closely by Russians and Ukrainians. Other prominent groups include Cossacks, Germans, Han Chinese, Irish, Japanese, Koreans, Norwegians, Poles, and Scots.

Most Columbians adhere to Baptism and Pentecostalism (both Protestant Christian groups), followed by the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The vast majority of residence speak Russian as their first language. Despite its cultural importance in the region, English as a first-language has been in decline since the 1950s (though it is still understood as a second-language by most Alaskans).

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