Oklahoma was a state located in the South Central region of the old United States of America. The state joined the Union on November 16, 1907 as the 46th state. The state name was derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma (meaning red people). Its capital was Oklahoma City.
No official exploration of the entire state has been undertaken since Doomsday, so it is not known for certain how many hits Oklahoma took on September 25, 1983. However, information from scouts from the survivor city-states of Broken Bow and Hugo who explored the major cities of the state, plus limited flyovers of major areas by Mexican Air Force jets, the following targets are assumed to have been hit:
- Oklahoma City (two - downtown, and Tinker Air Force Base)
- Enid - Vance Air Force Base
- Custer - Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base
- Altus - Altus Air Force Base
- Lawton - Fort Sill
- Tulsa - Tulsa International Airport
- McAlester - McAlester Army Ammunition Plant
The two recognized survivor cities are located in the far southeast portion of the former state. Broken Bow and Hugo, both independent city-states, have an estimated population of some 27,000 between them.
Stillwater, located between the destroyed cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and Wichita, Kansas, has also been known of for some time by regional leaders and residents. Estimates of its population range from 37,000 to 50,000. Stillwater has taken on many aspects of a 19th-century frontier town, though the 20th century is steadily encroaching in the form of medical care, electricity and (limited) motor transportation for police and government use.
It has thus far stayed out of regional politics, but area leaders expect that to change quickly over the next few years.
The college town, home to Oklahoma State University, took on survivors from the Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Enid areas, along with Wichita, Kansas post-Doomsday. Despite a food shortage and fallout from the blast over Enid, Stillwater managed to avoid the fate of other college towns like Athens, Georgia and Lawrence, Kansas, although by 1985 the area population had dwindled down from an estimated 100,000 post-Doomsday. Radiation in the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita and Enid areas helped "shelter" Stillwater, so to speak, from survivor towns in western Kansas and southeastern Oklahoma for several years.
The town was finally discovered during a flyover of the region by Mexican Air Force jets in 1990. Mexican and Texan experts, along with the Red Cross, came to the city with much-needed medical supplies, and food, in spring 1991. Mexican policy at the time was to leave discovered city states in the U.S. to decide their own fates, although humanitarian aid was permitted.
News from Mexican and Texan visitors that the U.S. government had abandoned the homeland caused much controversy throughout the region, but leaders remained committed to the U.S. After the American Provisional Administration in Australia disbanded in 1995, Stillwater leaders informed Mexican and West Texan representatives of their desire to "quietly go about our own business." Both Mexico and West Texas have kept tabs on the region since then, and private and religious organizations from both nations continue to send aid into Stillwater.
Stillwater residents now realize the importance of breaking out of their relative isolation. Leaders are considering who and what to ally with. Any merger with Broken Bow and Hugo into a reunified Oklahoma would likely bring it into an alliance with a soon-to-be reunified Texas and other survivor nations in former Arkansas and Louisiana. The Provisional United States having a presence in nearby Kansas also gives Stillwater another option, in joining the USA. Kentucky's alliance with the Arkansas survivor-states gives Stillwater a third option, to join the Dixie Alliance.
In recognition of that, Stillwater leaders have requested Texas-based businesses to consider development in the region. The largest investor in the region over the short-term is likely to be the oil industry.
Oklahoma State University has also reopened for business, complete with the Cowboys football team that will compete against other area universities beginning in the fall of 2010.
One major looming question is how to unify Oklahoma.
Locals have told stories about other survivors located throughout the state, some people living on farms in communes (particularly in the Oklahoma panhandle), some living out of abandoned buildings like animals, some roaming the landscape as bandits. The bandits in particular, along with still radioactive blast sites between Stillwater and Broken Bow/Hugo, present a challenge to politicians who wish to reunify the state.
Another issue is, if and when Oklahoma is reunified, as to whether it will join the projected Texas/Gulf alliance, or seek admission into the PUSA, or perhaps try to join the North American Union as its own republic. Some even envision Oklahoma as linking the western-based USA states with new USA states consisting of nations in the Gulf region and the southeastern former U.S.