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Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, was the 13th state to join the United States of America. Originally the first state to declare their independence, they became a state on May 29, 1790. Its capital and largest city was Providence. Rhode Island had a population of 948,000 in 1980.
On September 25, 1983, Rhode Island was struck by several Soviet nuclear missiles. Providence and the US Navy training center Newport were hit by missiles, and other cities including Warwick and Cranston were destroyed . These missiles obliterated nearly the entire state's population, and the resulting fallout covered most of the state. The state's government was also destroyed. Most of the state today is now an abandoned wasteland. Fortunately, a few citizens managed to survive after Doomsday, mainly on Block Island.
The Outer Lands are a loose federation of five states who work together. A founding member of the federation is Block Island, which is now an Outer Lands state. Initially after Doomsday, the island's residents fled to Martha's Vineyard and Long Island, but the population slowly moved back. Block Island now has a population of around 750. The capital city of New Shoreham is located on the island.
The Republic of Vermont has sent scouts to explore Rhode Island in 1996, and discovered that virtually all of Rhode Island is a wasteland. The Republic now claims the former state.