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Lake Arthur Parish
— Subdivision of Louisiana
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Acadiana
Capital
(and largest city)
Lake Arthur
Language English, French
Governor Daniel Lapoint
Population 12,400 (2010 est.)
Currency Natchez dollar, barter

Lake Arthur Parish covers southwestern Louisiana and consists of five survivor communities in and around Lake Arthur city.

Doomsday

Lake Arthur served as a refugee center for its portion of the state after Doomsday, eventually linking up with what would become the new state government based out of Lafayette. It is the capital of Lake Arthur Parish and is the hub for a group of survivor communities located throughout south Louisiana, including its famed bayous.

Post-Doomsday

Lake Arthur city became the main hub of the former Jefferson Davis Parish after Doomsday left much of the region in chaos, including the parish seat of Jennings. With help from Jennings police officers and surviving Louisiana State patrolmen in the area, Lake Arthur law enforcement and civilian volunteers helped bring order to the area by early 1984.

Later on, scouts from Lafayette discovered fishermen near Lake Arthur, leading to a series of meetings between Lake Arthur and Lafayette leaders. Lake Arthur residents overwhelmingly desired to rejoin the state of Louisiana, and in November 1987 Lake Arthur Parish was formally created, with the parish seat in Lake Arthur itself. Lake Arthur and the other nearby towns have survived since Doomsday mainly as simple agricultural communities dependent on farming and fishing.

The parish has limited electrical power, though efforts are ongoing to fully wire it by 2011.

Lake Arthur city was the first community in the former state of Louisiana discovered by League of Nations scouts in the late 2000s. One key civic leader who spoke at length to the LoN made erroneous claims of Lake Arthur being the "only legitimate government" of Louisiana and that there were other survivor communities in the state of no more than 900 people each (he was disciplined and soon thereafter removed from his position). This was reported as fact in a WCRB report on the southern United States, and has since been disproved by subsequent discoveries of large communities in Monroe and Lafayette, and other towns in northern Louisiana.

When the "Second Great Hurricane of 2006" overtook the region in September, Lake Arthur city leaders ordered all residents to shelter. Only 11 people died, but massive flooding presented a problem for what to do with the people, as many homes had been destroyed by the hurricane. Aid from Monroe, Natchez and the state government in Lafayette enabled the town to get through the situation. Many Lake Arthur residents eventually resettled in Monroe or Lafayette, leaving 2,400 to help rebuild and fortify Lake Arthur city. Ten thousand more people have since moved back to help repopulate the region.

There is some debate on whether to relocate the towns further from the Gulf. League of Nations engineers visited the region in early January of 2010 on an exploratory mission to determine how to best protect the town from flood waters.

Government

Lake Arthur city is governed by a mayor and a city council; the parish governor and unicameral legislature (made up of three representatives from Lake Arthur and two from the other four towns in the parish) also meet in Lake Arthur city.

Business

Lake Arthur Propane is the largest employer and a major provider of propane to the region. Its owner also happens to be the parish governor, an arrangement questioned by some but tolerated by the state because of its importance to the regional and state economy.

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