The Provincial Republic of Gainesville (often called North Florida) is one of the three states of the Republic of Florida.
The counties of North Florida all were normal farm country and didn't have much industry. However, there was significant commercial rail service throughout the area.
Most Floridians won't forget this fateful day in which most of the state was wiped out. Gainesville and South Florida in the Everglades were where most of the refugees from the targeted areas fled. The still surviving cities of Gainesville and Lake City managed to maintain a degree of order in their immediate area.
Most of the towns were filled to their limits due to refugees and they couldn't house any more people. When riots began around the city, Gainesville city officials were unprepared. Food soon began to run out, and people were fighting over the diminishing supplies. Realizing that help was not coming from Tallahassee or Washington, the mayor and council declared martial law. The national guardsmen of the area was utilized to enforce a curfew and a distribution of rationed goods.
Soon order returned when the government finally regrouped itself and the farms in the local area were cultivated. This allowed food for the people and some jobs.
In the spring of 1984 steady contact was made with the still surviving city of Lake City which had managed to maintain order in their area.
In 1992 a constitutional convention was held and the Republic of Gainesville was official formed.
Cedar Key, a main port city of north Florida, joined in 1993 after contact with the government in Gainesville. Explorers of the republic had ventured into the northwest coast of Florida around Horseshoe Beach. Cedar Key received many of Panama City's refugees.
As explorers moved west into the Florida Panhandle, they were heart-broken to find that Tallahassee and Panama City had been flattened. Small communities and rural survivors were discovered, but overall only about 150 people were found that were willing to be re-located to the intact counties of North Florida.
On December 31, 2010, South Florida, North Florida, and East Florida formally united as the Republic of Florida. While the move was largely ceremonial as most control remains on the regional levels, the creation of a united government has both strengthened the economy in the area and ushered in the twilight over the remaining lawless areas sandwiched between northern and southern Florida.
Before Doomsday, Gainesville had been the home of the University of Florida. After the reorganization of the area into a new Republic, higher education would again be a priority in the struggle to survive in the new post-apocalyptic world. But even in the hectic years following Doomsday, the Republic of Gainesville began setting up school systems in its larger towns. Mistrust in the unknown, though, moved most parents to prefer to teach their children at home. Accommodating those fears, the Republic of Gainesville government established the "Republic of Gainesville Home School Program." With a shortage of funds to pay teachers, it made sense to give parents school books in Math, English and History left over from the county school systems.
Farming, fishing and government provide the vast majority of jobs.
The Republic of Gainesville is now a member of the Republic of Florida, and thus has the same foreign relations as the other states since it is the capital.
By 2010 there are two channels on the air.
- Channel 8: Republic of Gainesville World News [NFBC]
- Channel 10: Republic of Gainesville Local News and Programming [GBC]
There are four radio stations,
- Channel 1: Channel 1 is the national radio news. It's controlled by North Florida's government.
- Channel 2: WHAL is a music channel for the 70s, 80s, 90s and modern music.
- Channel 5: NFWC, "North Florida Weather Channel" is for the nation's weather on the radio. [Government]
- Channel 6: GBC, "Gainesville Broadcasting Company" is the local radio for Gainesville
In addition, one of South Florida's two radio channels, "97.3 The Coast" can be heard in the southern portion of the country.