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State of Columbia
— State of the United States of America
Timeline: Alternity

OTL equivalent: southern British Columbia
Flag of the North American Union.svg
Flag of Columbia
United States map - Columbia (Alternity)
Location of Columbia in the United States
Capital Parksville
Largest city Vancouver
Other cities Nanaimo, Fraser, Lewis, Kelowna, Coquitlam
Language English
Ethnic groups
  main
 
White (non-Hispanic)
  others Native American, Black, Asian
White (Hispanic)
Demonym Columbian
Government Representative
democracy
  legislature State Legislature
Governor Landen D. Ruskin (D)
Population 6,194,000 
Admission November 1889
Currency USD
Time zone Mountain & Pacific Standard
  summer Mountain & Pacific Daylight
Abbreviations CL

Columbia (CL) is a state located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States' West Coast. Admitted to the Union as the 44th state on November 14, 1889, it shares borders with the Canadian provinces of New Caledonia to the north and Alberta to the east, and the US states of Absaroka and Washington to the south.

One of the four states that originated from the Oregon Treaty of 1850, Columbia consists of the mainland (which is bounded by the 51st and 49th parallels to the north and south and the Continental Divide to the east) and Vancouver Island to the west, separated by the Vancouver Strait. Its' location on the Pacific Rim, particularly the Cascadia Subduction Zone, makes the state's population no strangers to earthquakes, which occur rather frequently, though few cause any kind of damage. The last major earthquake, a magnitude 7.3, occurred in the Forbidden Plateau region of Vancouver Island in June 1946. Columbia's capital of Parksville is located on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island in the Nanaimo-Lewis urban corridor, established by settlers in 1875 for the purpose of avoiding the more seismically active western coastline. The city of Vancouver (pop. 1,670,000) on the mainland is the largest city in the state, eleventh-largest in the US, and contains nearly 1/5 of the state's population within its expansive metropolitan region (which includes the cities of Fraser and Coquitlam).

Counties

Columbia is subdivided into eighteen counties, of which, the eight largest are listed below in order of population.

Columbia county map (Alternity)

Map of counties in Columbia.












Rank Name County Seat Population
1 Fraser County Vancouver 1,700,000
2 Salish County Lewis 1,200,000
3 Nanaimo County Parksville 785,000
4 Cowichan County Cowichan 500,000
5 Alberni County Alberni 409,000
6 Squamish County Squamish 345,000
7 Kelowna County Kelowna 300,000
8 Vancouver County MacNeill 255,000

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