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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.
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).
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.
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).