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Tennessee was a state in the former United States of America. It was admitted into the U.S. in 1796 as its 16th state. Its capital was in Nashville, in middle Tennessee.
Much of the region is officially recognized by the League of Nations as unincorporated. The LoN officially recognizes the city-state of Portland, in north central Tennessee, and the Provisional Republic of East Tennessee, which has its capital in Morristown. Jackson is jointly administered by Virginia and Kentucky. A fourth entity, the Provisional State of Tennessee, is located in the south central portion of the former state, with most of the population in the capital of Waynesboro and the town of Adamsville.
Tennessee was hit by several nuclear strikes on Doomsday. Memphis - a key port located along the Mississippi River - and the state capital of Nashville were hit by strikes. The city of Chattanooga in southeastern Tennessee was hit, along with adjacent Signal Mountain.
The other major city in Tennessee, Knoxville, was not hit; however, it took very minor damage from a low-yield strike that destroyed nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory and all but destroyed the adjacent town of Anderson.
Anticipated strikes on Knoxville; nearby Alcoa (home to a large aluminum smelting plant); and the various dams and plants operated throughout the state by the Tennessee Valley Authority never materialized.
As of March 25, 2011, the situation regarding the former state of Tennessee is as follows:
- Portland claims its immediate region and the area of middle Tennessee, including the area belonging to the long-devastated city of Nashville, just south of Portland. The Virginian Republic considers Portland as the de facto capital of the entire former state. On November 18 2009, its offer of military aid to Portland was accepted. Portland worked with Virginia and Kentucky military advisers and LoN peacekeepers to "secure" middle and "unincorporated" portions of western Tennessee. In the past year and a half, the area around Nashville has been secured, along with the portions of former Tennessee north to the Kentucky border; west to former Clarksville and Fort Campbell; and east to former Cookeville and Dale Hollow Lake.
- Morristown claims the area of eastern Tennessee, including the city of Knoxville, as the territory of East Tennessee. Its leaders have only recently come into contact with the world at large, through League of Nations expeditions, and still has not yet publicly stated its position on the "Tennessee question". It has had good diplomatic relations with the nearby survivor nations of Blue Ridge and Piedmont since the 1980s.
- Portland claims to have met scouts from the west Tennessee town of Jackson (which is midway between Nashville and Memphis) in the 1990s. Portland undertook a joint expedition with Virginia military troops and League of Nations peacekeepers to explore the area beginning in December 2009. First contact in March 2010 did not go well, leading Virginia and Kentucky to declare war on the rogue government ruling Jackson; the war finished in a matter of days with Kentucky and Virginia the clear victors.
- South-central Tennessee, which was a part of the former Confederate States of America revival in the 1980s and 1990s, officially calls itself the Provisional State of Tennessee. Its capital is in the town of Waynesboro and consists primarily of much of the former Fourth and Seventh U.S. Congressional Districts of Tennessee.