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Despite the destruction of such major areas as the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Wichita Falls, the events of Doomsday did not render northern Texas totally unhabitable.
Survivors found their way to two towns, Graham and Paris, both an hour outside of the Metroplex, and both of which remain important financial, agricultural and cultural centers in the region.
The City of Graham was established out of desperation, as survivors from Wichita Falls and Abilene flocked to the region because of Lake Graham and the Brazos River. Survivors worked with residents and leaders of Graham to accommodate the massive amount of refugees; that spirit of cooperation and hard work led to the area becoming one of the largest towns in the southwestern former United States. By 1994, the town had grown to a population of over 12,000; people had moved over the years from other towns - some from the chaos that engulfed Sherman - and from the Dallas region into the area, and built homes, and developed farms.
Graham was discovered by Mexican Air Force jets doing a flyover of northern Texas in 1993. Though contact didn't pay off with any immediate benefits to the area, eventually volunteers from West Texas made their way to the region, lending their skills to help Graham- and Paris-area residents upgrade their infrastructure to pre-Doomsday levels.
By 2008, Graham's population had doubled to 25,000. Dozens of new businesses opened and West Texas and Mexican businesses opened factories and offices in Graham, creating thousands of new jobs. Thousands more found work in the farming and cattle fields.
The first major business doing business outside of Graham was the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company., which produces and sells the popular regional soft drink Dr. Pepper (based not on the formula of the soft drink sold throughout the U.S. pre-Doomsday, but on the formula of the Dublin Dr. Pepper soft drink sold and bottled in Dublin, Texas). The formula was discovered in 1991 amongst the ruins of the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company in the abandoned town of Dublin by explorers from Graham. After contact had been made with West Texas and Mexico, locals saw an opportunity to help jump-start Graham's economy. A new Dr. Pepper Bottling Company was formed in Graham with financing from Mexican and West Texan entrepreneurs, and Dr. Pepper quickly became a popular drink throughout the Texas survivor nations. It has since spread into Mexico and into survivor nations from Dinetah to Hattiesburg, with plans to further expand into survivor nations in the former American southeast and midwest.
Graham Highway - connecting Graham and Paris to Midland - was finished in 2009, using existing pre-Doomsday state roads that needed only to be repaired and upgraded to modern standards. Railroads also connect Graham with Paris, Nacogdoches, Midland and Stillwater in former Oklahoma.
The area's two radio stations are 550 KGRM (broadcasting news, talk, sports and public radio programming from Texas Public Radio and the Texas State Network) and 1130 KHDY (broadcasting country music). The Graham Tribune publishes Wednesdays and Saturdays and is the city's newspaper of record.
Graham High School competes in the East Texas Interscholastic League.
Residents overwhelmingly favor reunification of Texas. Various media reports have placed Graham as the proposed capital of the "state of North Texas" that would include settlements in the largely abandoned Texas Panhandle region.
The City of Paris weathered the chaos of fall 1983 and winter 1984, establishing itself as a separate republic one year after Doomsday. Contact was made with explorers from eastern Texas in 1989, with Mexican military in 1990, and with Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and West Texas in 1991. Contact with Stillwater was established in 1994.
Existing radioactivity in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex region is one factor that has hampered efforts to reunite the various nation-states in former Texas; trade with the region goes through eastern Texas, but only recently have reliable, safe trade routes been established from Paris to Tyler. Graham began trading with West Texas in 1994; Graham Highway, connecting the town to Graham and Midland, was begun in 1999 and completed in summer 2009. Railroads connecting Paris to Tyler, Graham, Nacogdoches, Midland and Stillwater were completed by 2008.
KPAR 730 AM, carrying local news, farm reports, trading, sports, religious services and country and gospel music, opened in 2006.
Paris High School competes in the East Texas Interscholastic League.
Sherman, located west of Paris and north of former Dallas, fell apart as town leaders struggled to feed its own people and refugees not just from the Dallas-Fort Worth area but from other surrounding towns in north Texas and southern Oklahoma. Those who didn't die of starvation or by violence generally emigrated to Paris or to Graham, although some decided to attempt to survive on their own in what had now become the "Texas frontier".
Rebuilding Sherman is a priority for Paris and West Texas. An excavation team visited the abandoned town in September 2010. Long-range plans include rebuilding the town center and relocating 2,500 settlers from around Texas to restart the town by 2015.
Texas Panhandle region
This region was hit hard by strikes over Reese Air Force Base west of Lubbock; downtown Amarillo; and Dyess Air Force Base outside Abilene. Many refugees traveled great distances to Graham or to Midland to find relief, as none seemed to be available in the Panhandle region.
While popular folklore in the region had the region being barren of life, in reality thousands of people stayed and survived, mostly in towns north of Lubbock near the Oklahoma panhandle. The estimated population of this area is 6,500, the largest town being Borger (which is close to Lake Meredith and the Canadian River).
The main reason this region has not been mapped is local residents' resistance to outsiders and the area's reputation as a haven for outlaws and criminals who found it a convenient place to hide in after escaping from jails in West Texas, Graham, Stillwater or even further survivor nations such as Utah, Dinetah and Colorado.
West Texas and Mexican military and political officials knew of the region long before information was made public. Only in the last half of 2010 have serious attempts made at establishing ties with the Panhandle. Surprisingly, residents were overwhelmingly in favor of establishing ties and becoming part of the proposed Republic of Texas, especially if Texas military and law enforcement would be able to, as one farmer said, "run them outlaws out of here (the region)."
Already, Graham- and Paris-area residents have begun making plans to visit friends and relatives still living in the Panhandle region. The West Texas Highway Patrol and West Texas Army have established outposts in Borger and are assisting local law enforcement in helping bring order to an area that leaders for Texas reunification desperately want to bring into the Texan fold. Besides their conviction that helping fellow Texans in the region is the right thing to do, advocates and leaders also are interested in re-establishing Borger's oil refineries and in the region's potential as a lucrative source for wind-power production.
The region's future
The Republic of Texas is a proposed unification of various entities within the borders of the former U.S. state of Texas:
- West Texas,
- the "Republic of Texas" currently established in eastern half of the former state,
- the State of South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley Republic in the southern half of former Texas,
- the cities of Graham and Paris and various farms and townships scattered across the northern part of old Texas.
- The Republic of Dos Laredos has told authorities from surrounding nation states and the League of Nations it is not interested in uniting with the proposed Republic of Texas.
- The residents of the various survivor towns and townships in the central portion of old Texas are satisfied with the status quo, but would likely vote to merge into the new nation.
- A loose association of towns in southeastern Texas, led by a sometimes contentious faction of five political entities in the town of Victoria, has expressed interest in joining the alliance. An area that at times in the 1980s was considered borderline lawless, it wants to join the Republic but suffers from a lack of strong political leadership. Even in 2011, any country that deals with the region diplomatically and/or politically has to deal with numerous entities claiming to represent it.
On June 23, 2010, Eastern Texas Governor Roger Van Horn and West Texas President Mike Conaway held a joint press conference at Stephen F. Austin University to announce their countries would seek to merge into one entity, the Republic of Texas, by June 2010 pending voter approva. The press conference was predicated by newspaper reports in Nacogdoches, Midland and Monterrey, Mexico the past weekend detailing Conaway's "secret" negotiations with eastern Texas, South Texas and various survivor communities throughout the former U.S. state of Texas. Radio stations in Nacogdoches and Edinburg, Rio Grande Valley, reported that both men would travel to the RGV in the next weeks to "finalize" the RGV's merger with the proposed Texas republic.
Northern Texas also is likely to join the proposed republic, although a sticking point is believed to be local political leaders' preference for a 'State of North Texas' and some political power that would supersede that of the national government.
In July 2010, political leaders in Midland and Nacogdoches began formal discussion of merger of their two countries by January 1, 2012.
The process involved drafting a constitution for the new country, and then presenting it to voters across the former state in a referendum to be held in May 2011. A majority vote (51 percent or more) was required for full passage.
The constitution was overwhelmingly approved in all of the recognized Texas survivor states on May 31. The breakdown is as follows:
- West Texas 92% yes, 7% no, 1% undecided
- Eastern Texas 94% yes, 5% no, 1% undecided
- RGV 96% yes, 2% no, 2% undecided
- Graham 83% yes, 13% no, 4% undecided
- Paris 86% yes, 8% no, 6% undecided
- Borger 67% yes, 11% no, 22% undecided
- Association of Central Texas 84% yes, 12% no, 4% undecided
As the measure was approved, the seven states have begun to choose delegates for a constitutional convention at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches in August 2011 to approve the new constitution.
Upon approval of the constitution, West Texas, eastern Texas, South Texas, RGV, Graham, Paris and the association of Central Texas towns would each nominate their heads of state for a special Presidential election in November 2011. The winner of that election would be inaugurated on February 20, 2012.
Any union or official association with the United States, North American Union and/or the East American Alliance has been put on hold until the formal re-establishment of the Republic of Texas; in the interim, all seven states have established solid relations with each of those entities.
One likely alliance is a sort of NAU/East American Alliance-type alliance with nation-states in Broken Bow, Hugo and Stillwater in former Oklahoma; the state of Louisiana (including Lake Arthur); Hattiesburg and Natchez in former Mississippi; and possibly Hot Springs in former Arkansas. This alliance would in turn be allied with Mexico and be more allied on the international stage with the ANZC than with the South American Confederation.
Northern Texas was the setting of one of the most mystifying proposed, never-born projects in the post-Doomsday world: the rebuilding of Dallas.
Frank Andrews, a Paris farmer who had served non-combat duty in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, had talked about rebuilding Dallas ever since Doomsday, and had been dismissed as an eccentric. After Mexican military scouts made contact with Paris in September 1990, Andrews talked his way into their meeting with city officials, and announced were about to rebuild Dallas; he was laughed out of the building, and escorted back to his ranch by deputy sherriffs. When he and three dozen men and women left Paris overnight in October 1990, people realized Andrews was quite serious.
Paris police deputies confiscated hand-drawn schematics of the "rebuilt Dallas Metroplex" from Andrews' den: the map was quite grandiose and seemed to be copied off a 1982 Dallas street map found on the floor. Volunteers were sent to rush after the group before it could encounter radioactive territory.
They caught up to the Andrews contingent outside of Greenville (west of former Dallas). Three of the five men were clearly suffering from radiation poisoning; the other two said the contingent had made its way into the city. Mexican Air Force jets flew over the region, and saw the bodies of 25 men and women on the shores of an expanded Lake Ray Hubbard, in the area of what was believed to have been the former town of Heath. Mexican jets also confirmed that Dallas itself was devastated by two probable airbursts, and recommended no rebuilding efforts for at least the next 25 years.