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Delaware was the first state to join the United States of America. Delaware was one of the 13 colonies participating in the American Revolution and gained statehood on December 7, 1787. Its capital was Dover and its largest city was Wilmington. Delaware had a population of 594,338 in 1980.
On September 25, 1983 Delaware was struck by one Soviet nuclear missile. Dover Air Force Base was struck by one 550-kiloton warhead detonated over Dover AFB, destroying the military base and severely damaging the adjacent city.
Wilmington, the largest city in Delaware, was not struck by a nuclear weapon, but received both refugees and fallout from the nuclear strikes on Washington D.C. and Baltimore. The residents of the city and the refugees abandoned the city shortly thereafter.
The former state of Delaware is now part of Delmarva. Following Doomsday, the southern portion of Delaware became one of the original founders of Delmarva.