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Republic of Seattle
Seattle
Timeline: Yellowstone: 1936
Flag of the United States 1939 - 1961
CapitalSeattle
Official languages English
Regional Languages English
Ethnic groups  Cascadians
Native Americans
Demonym Seattleite
Religion None (Largely Christian)
Government Republic
 -  President
Establishment
 -  Formation November 18, 1939 
 -  Annexation of Bellevue January 31, 1941 
 -  Establishment of the Seattleite Navy October 5, 1942 
 -  Wenatchee War of 1944 April 1944-November 1944 
 -  Creation of the Puget Alliance July 11, 1949 
 -  Belfare War August 9, 1953-June 27, 1955 
 -  San Juan Treaty March 14, 1959 
 -  Establishment of the Puget Federation January 12, 1961 
Currency Dollar (Seattle)

The Republic of Seattle, colloquially known simply as Seattle, was a city-state in the Pacific Northwest following the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Formed in 1939 by inhabitants of the city of Seattle, the Republic of Seattle quickly became renowned for a powerful navy. Good relations with neighboring city-states of Tacoma and Everett allowed for a powerful alliance between the Puget nations to form into a single nation called the Puget Federation in 1961.

Geography

At its height, the Republic of Seattle included Seattle proper and the neighboring suburbs of Bellevue, Mercer Island, and Kirkland. Parts of Bainbridge Island were also part of the Republic of Seattle. The largely sea-based city allowed for trade between the Puget nations at the time. The area outside the metropolitan was largely forest, which allowed for new materials to be gathered when the Republic began expansion in the 1940s. The Yellowstone eruption disrupted the natural growth of these trees, leading to widespread deforestation. Despite this, large swaths of trees remained in and around the Republic of Seattle.

History

Yellowstone Eruption

The 1936 eruption of Yellowstone devastated the United States, particularly the West Coast. While the Puget Sound was not as affected by the ash as other parts of North America had been, the environmental damage was not unseen in the Seattle area. While the volcanic winter claimed much of the West Coast, the area west of the Cascades in Washington saw a much different environmental disaster. For months after the eruption of Yellowstone, ash and rain mixed together. Due to the rainy climate of the Pacific Northwest and in Seattle especially, the months following July 1936 were remembered especially for black rain.

Seattle and the rest of the Puget Sound had been cut off from the rest of the United States. With the Rocky Mountains physically blocking access to the rest of the nation, Seattle remained isolated. It maintained a constant radio presence, however, and was able to attract the attention of the US military. The USS Concord (CL-10) and the USS Milwaukee (CL-5) entered the Puget Sound to maintain peace, though the US was faltering quickly.

The area was not as stricken by starvation as other West Coast communities, though Seattle and other Puget nations had to change its diet to a largely meat-based diet. Animal hunting became a popular profession in post-Yellowstone Seattle. While the US military kept order in Seattle, the city remained part of the US in name only. With contact with the East Coast dwindling, Seattle wrote the Emergency Articles on March 2, 1939, officially seceding from the United States. A new constitution was drafted and, finally, the Republic of Seattle was founded on November 18, 1939.

Early Challenges

The Republic of Seattle originally included the cities that voted to secede from the United States. Parts of Seattle, including Bellevue, remained loyal to the US. Due to Bellevue refusing to secede, the Republic of Seattle had lost its farm land. Abandoned parts of Seattle were turned to farmland. Fishing became even more important to the longevity of the Republic of Seattle. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard voted to secede from the United States as well, making the area a temporary 'colony' of the Republic of Seattle on the other side of the Puget Sound. Early in 1940, much of Bainbridge Island joined the Republic of Seattle, allowing for Seattle to resume agriculture.

On January 31, 1941, Bellevue officially seceded from the United States and joined the Republic of Seattle. During this time, the Republic of Seattle began to trade with other nations in the Pacific Northwest, including Tacoma, Everett, and Victoria, which shared Seattleite interests. The annexation of Bellevue also allowed for the Republic of Seattle to begin the agricultural programs more-or-less where it had left off.

During the early 1940s, the Republic of Seattle began an era of expansion to the east, reaching as far as the South Fork Tolt Reservoir. During this time, Seattle also worked on controlling the Puget Sound, establishing the official Seattle Navy in 1942. The era of westward expansion was unfortunately halted by constant raids from a group of bandits from the Wenatchee National Forest.

Wenatchee War of 1944

A series of raids along the South Fork Tolt river, especially in Seattleite territory, led to an armed response by the Seattle Army. Congress declared war on several raider groups. The Seattleite army, based at Fort Lawton, moved in reinforce Seattleite holdings until an attack on the Seattleite Army by the raiders let to a counterattack by Seattle. Following attacks on multiple towns that had become raider communities, the Wenatchee raiders became considerably disorganized.

The war was ended on November 1944. While the war was short, it is recognized as the first war in which the Republic of Seattle ever participated.

Forging Alliances

Following the Wenatchee War, the Republic of Seattle was recognized as a potent military force. Throughout Seattle's history, it continued to keep a radio presence, monitoring what was happening in the area and alerting former US military members to the Republic's existence. Throughout the 1940s, former naval ships entered the Puget Sound, docking at the Puget Naval Shipyards. By the turn of the decade, the Republic of Seattle's naval force was the largest and most powerful in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle worked with Tacoma to establish a working agricultural industry in the area, allowing for both nations to survive the harsh days following the eruption of Yellowstone. They also established a strong military presence in the region. Tacoma's Fort Lewis allowed for an intimidating presence against raiders in the area. Relations with Everett allowed for the creation of a number of trade routes that eventually led to the Puget Highway. Victoria, a former Canadian City, became a trading hotspot. Deals with Victoria to protect their assets with the Seattleite navy resulted in an alliance between Victoria and Seattle.

Alliances between the major Puget nations led to the creation of the Puget Alliance in July 11, 1949, an economic and military partnership between Seattle, Victoria, Tacoma, and Everett.

Belfair War

As the Puget Alliance grew in power, other Puget nations rose. Belfair in particular had begun to expand wildly in the area, eventually threatening Seattleite assets. On August 9, 1953, an attack on the Puget Naval Shipyard by Belfair led to a declaration of war by Seattle and the Puget Alliance on Belfair. At the time, Belfair composed of much of Bainbridge Island, Mason County, and parts of Jefferson County. Seattle and the Puget Alliance responded by invading Bainbridge, surrounding it with a number of ships including the USS Milwaukee.

Within a few months of the war, a bombardment by the USS Milwaukee on the city of Belfair devastated the city, forcing the nation of Belfair to scatter. The war seemed over until the bombing of the USS Milwaukee during its victory cruise led to the ship being severely damaged. The Puget Alliance returned to finish off the nation of Belfair, though the war was largely reduced to a number guerrilla battles. Belfair surrendered on June 27, 1955.

San Juan Incident

A number of former US assets settled in various Puget nations, though Seattle was the most numerous. Some others settled and created their own states in the Puget Sound. A small settlement on the island of San Juan began becoming troublesome, attempting to tax passing ships at first before turning to blatant piracy. The Republic of Seattle responded with a fleet action. Seattleite ships surrounded the island before invading the settlement.

Following the fall of San Juan island, Seattle signed the San Juan Treaty on March 14, 1959. According to the treaty, all Puget Islands were property of the various Puget Alliance nations. A map partitioning sections of the Puget nations' shares was drawn with San Juan becoming a member of the Victorian Commonwealth.

Puget Federation

As the continued cooperation benefited the Puget Alliance, a number of nations voted to merge their assets as one nation. While this idea had been proposed with the San Juan treaty, it was highly debated until 1960, when a number of nations expressed interest in this proposal. On January 12, 1961, the Pacific Charter and the Puget Constitution was drafted, merging Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, and Victoria into one nation; the Puget Federation.

Government

The Republic of Seattle had a government based on that of the old United States as of 1936. A constitutional republic, it had a legislative, judicial and executive branch of government. The Smith Tower became the seat of the Seattleite government shortly after the Constitution of the Republic of Seattle was adopted. Every branch of government conducted meetings and has their offices in the Smith Tower.

Executive

The Republic of Seattle had one president that served a limit of one, four-year-long term. His or her second-in-command, the Vice President, was also limited to four-year-long terms, though he or she was able to run for President following the expiration of his or her term. The President was the Commander-in-Chief of the military and had the power to veto any law passed by the legislative branch.

Legislative

The legislative branch was composed only of the Seattle Senate. There were two for every district of the Republic. While Seattle itself was composed of several smaller districts, the areas it occupied were converted and/or partitioned into districts upon annexation. There were 46 members of the Seattle Senate as of 1961. The legislative branch of the Republic of Seattle was responsible for the passing and writing of laws. It could also declare war and veto members of the government in cases of misconduct.

Judicial

The judicial branch of the Republic of Seattle was composed of the Supreme Court and other, lower courts. The Supreme Court of Seattle, much like the United States Supreme Court, was responsible for interpretation of laws and overturning of unconstitutional laws and ordinances. Judges were appointed by the President of the Republic of Seattle. There were six justices serving as of 1961.

Economy

The economy of the Republic of Seattle grew to be one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest, rivaled only by Victoria. The city of Seattle owed its prosperity to the timber industry. Following the eruption of Yellowstone, timber was incredibly hard to find, though the Republic of Seattle had the nearby mountain range to thank for the prevention of the loss of most of their forests. While widespread deforestation did occur in some areas, the area near Seattle remains a hotspot for timber.

Seattle is also a large fishing community. The Republic itself owes its survival to the fishing industry, which prevented mass starvation. Pike Place, constructed in 1930, has become a trading hotspot.

Military

The Military of the Republic of Seattle has a history of battles throughout Seattle's history. While it has overcome many obstacles against raiders to the east, the Republic of Seattle Navy was known to be the largest navy in the Puget Sound, if not the Pacific Northwest. Much of the US Pacific Fleet fled to the Puget Sound following the eruption of Yellowstone and the subsequent destruction of the United States. The Puget Naval Shipyard had also been responsible for Seattle's continued naval successes. Following the creation of the Puget Federation, Seattle's navy was absorbed by the Puget Navy.

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