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Governorate of Tongass
Тонгасская губернияTongass National Forest 4
Governorate of Alaska
Timeline: Russian America

OTL equivalent: Ketchikan Gateway, Prince of Wales–Hyder, and portions of Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Stikine, and Wrangell.
Flag of Tongass (Russian America)
Flag of Tongass
Location of Tongass (Russian America)
Location of Tongass
Capital Domovoy
Largest city Ketchikan
Other cities Melnikovsk, Takvan, Vrangel
Language
  official
 
Russian
  others Finnish, Norwegian, Tlingit
Religion
  main
 
Lutherans
  others Old Believers, Eastern Orthodox
Ethnic groups
  main
 
Norwegians and Russians
  others Finns, Swedes, Tlingit
Demonym Tongassian
Area 126,091 km²
(110,795 кв. в.
Population 2,120,632 
Admission 1940s
Time zone IST (UTC-9)
  summer IDT (UTC-8)
Abbreviations AK-TO, Тон.

The Governorate of Tongass (Russian: Тонгасская губерния, Tongasskaya guberniya), colloquially known as Tongass (Тонгасс), is one of the 18 governorates of the Alaskan Democratic Federative Republic. Tongass is bordered by Sitka to the north, New Caledonia to the south, and Borealia to the east.

The majority of Tongass' territory has been dominated by the Tlingit people prior to European contact. Beginning in the 18th Century, the Russian Empire claimed the territory as part of the Oblast of New Russia (within the larger Russian American territory). Much of Russia's activities remained confined to the coast and within the Alexander Archipelago. This changed following the discovery of gold along the Stikine River, resulting in the development of the interior from the 1860s onward.

Tongass National Forest 4

The forests near Ketchikan.

Early during the Alaskan Wars of the 1920s, several battles were fought between the Alaskan Republic and the Commonwealth of Columbia over the control of the Tongass. It was due to this conflict that the territory was divided into Alaskan-controlled Tongass and Columbian-controlled New Caledonia. Following the reunification of Alaska, Tongass remained united with Sitka and Yakutat as the Governorate of New Russia. This changed in the 1940s when the region was partitioned into smaller governorates.

The majority of European immigrants to settle within New Russia came from the Nordic Countries and primarily consisted of Finns, Norwegians, and Swedes. The majority of the governorate is comprised of Lutherans, with the Eastern Orthodox Church coming second.

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