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The New England Commonwealth

The New England Commonwealth


Motto: "Nunquam libertas gratior extat"
(Latin: "Never does liberty appear in a more gracious form")

Commonwealth in orange

Population: 14,444,865

Capital: Boston, Massachusetts
Largest City: Boston, Massachusetts

Official Language: English

National Language: English

Demonym: New Englander

Government: Representative Republic Corporatocracy
- President: Lucas L. Fuentes
- Vice President : Raphael M. Bell
- Attorney General: Joseph J. Holden
- Commonwealth Secretary: Jill D. Estrella
- Auditor: Sheila S. Walker

General Court:
- Senate
- House of Representatives

Establishment: from United States of America
Independence: 1994

Total: 71,991.8 sq mi
(186,458 km2)
Land Area:
62,688.4 sq mi
(162,362 km2)

Highest Point: Mount Washington (New Hampshire)
Lowest Point:

GDP (nominal): 1.2 Trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: $74,000

Human Development Index (NS Version):

Currency: CFD

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time

Drives on the: right

Calling code: 582

Internet TLD: .dd

The New England Commonwealth

The New England Commonwealth commonly called the Commonwealth, is a Representative Republic in North America. It is bordered by the state of New York to the west and by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick to the northeast and Quebec to the north. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and southeast, and Long Island Sound is to the southwest. The Commonwealth covers 186,458 square kilometers and has has an estimated population of 14 million. The Commonwealth comprises of 6 states and 7 territories.

The New England Commonwealth is the most technologically advanced nation in the world with a sprawling metropolis and fusion power plants.


In 1616, English explorer John Smith named the region "New England". The name was officially sanctioned on November 3, 1620 when the charter of the Virginia Company of Plymouth was replaced by a royal charter for the Plymouth Council for New England, a joint-stock company established to colonize and govern the region.

In 1994, the name was reiterated as the “New England Commonwealth” by the Dominion-Unionist Front Congress following the Glided Reformation in the United States.

The standard way to refer to a citizen of the Commonwealth is as a "New Englander."


The New England Commonwealth is a nation in the northeast tip of the United States. Established by Dukin Donuts and unionist movements in 1994, it is comprised of the former states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut with some eastern parts of New York and Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth is placed in the retrofuture year of 2000. Heavy industry is being moved into space as massive environmental projects are conducted to ‘cleanup’ the planet. Many vehicles and homes have moved to nonpolluting energy sources.

By this time the first major collision between satellites in orbit. Beginning of the formation of the planet’s ‘junkyard’ ring. The first space city Astropolis is established. At the same time the world’s first underwater city is established along with floating ‘Sea Cities’.

Construction of permanent Moonbases have been proposed.

Geography & Environment

New England's long rolling hills, mountains, and jagged coastline are glacial landforms resulting from the retreat of ice sheets approximately 18,000 years ago, during the last glacial period.

New England is geologically a part of the New England province, an exotic terrane region consisting of the Appalachian Mountains, the New England highlands, and the seaboard lowlands.The Appalachian Mountains roughly follow the border between New England and New York. The Berkshires in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the Green Mountains in Vermont, as well as the Taconic Mountains, form a spine of Precambrian rock.

The Appalachians extend northwards into New Hampshire as the White Mountains, and then into Maine and Canada. Mount Washington in New Hampshire is the highest peak in the Northeast, although it is not among the ten highest peaks in the eastern United States. It is the site of the second highest recorded wind speed on Earth, and has the reputation of having the world's most severe weather.

The coast of the region, extending from southwestern Connecticut to northeastern Maine, is dotted with lakes, hills, marshes and wetlands, and sandy beaches. Important valleys in the region include the Connecticut River Valley and the Merrimack Valley. The longest river is the Connecticut River, which flows from northeastern New Hampshire for 407 mi (655 km), emptying into Long Island Sound, roughly bisecting the region. Lake Champlain, which forms part of the border between Vermont and New York, is the largest lake in the region, followed by Moosehead Lake in Maine and Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.



In 2000, New England had a population of 14,444,865. Massachusetts is the most populous state with 6,794,422 residents, while Vermont is the least populous state with 626,042 residents. Boston is by far the region's most populous city and metropolitan area.

Although a great disparity exists between New England's northern and southern portions, the region's average population density is 234.93 inhabitants/sq mi (90.7/km2). New England has a significantly higher population density than that of the U.S. as a whole (79.56/sq mi), or even just the contiguous 48 states (94.48/sq mi). Three-quarters of the population of New England, and most of the major cities, are in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The combined population density of these states is 786.83/sq mi, compared to northern New England's 63.56/sq mi.


English is, by far, the most common language spoken at home.


Today, New England is the least religious region of the U.S. In 2000, less than half of those polled in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont claimed that religion was an important part of their daily lives. Connecticut and Rhode Island are among the least religious states, where 55% and 53% of those polled (respectively) claimed that it was important.

According to the New England Religious Identification Survey, 1/3 of Vermonters claimed to have no religion; nearly one out of every 6 New Englanders identifies as having no religion, more than in any other part of the U.S.


White Americans make up the majority of New England's population. Hispanic and Latino Americans are New England's largest minority, and they are the second-largest group in the region behind non-Hispanic European Americans.

According to the 1996 American Community Survey, the top ten largest reported European ancestries were the following:

  • Irish: 19.2% (2.8 million)

  • Italian: 13.6% (2.0 million)

  • French and French Canadian: 13.1% (1.9 million)

  • English: 11.9% (1.7 million)[83]

  • German: 7.4% (1.1 million)

  • Polish: 4.9% (roughly 715,000)

  • Portuguese: 3.2% (467,000)

  • Scottish: 2.5% (370,000)

  • Russian: 1.4% (206,000)

  • Greek: 1.0% (152,000)

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The New England Commonwealth is governed by a set of political tenets laid down in its Constitution. Legislative power is held by the bicameral General Court, which is composed of the Senate and House of Representatives. The President exercises executive power with other independently-elected officers: the Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and Auditor. The state's judicial power rests in the Supreme Judicial Court, which manages its court system. Cities and towns act through local governmental bodies to the extent that they are authorized by the Commonwealth on local issues, including limited home-rule authority. Although most county governments were abolished during the 1990s , a handful remain.

New England town meetings were derived from meetings held by church elders, and are still an integral part of government in many New England towns. At such meetings, any citizen of the town may discuss issues with other members of the community and vote on them.

Foreign Relations and Military

The New England Commonwealth maintains one of the most well equipped (though small) armies on the planet.

It maintains cordial relations with New Quebec, Independent New York, and the Restored United States for economic and military reasons.


The capitalistic economy is dominated by a single megacorporation with only a few state-owned utilities, mostly managing the nation’s fusion and fission power plants.

New England is far from the center of the country, is relatively small, and is relatively densely populated. It was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States as well as being one of the first regions to experience deindustrialization. Nowadays, it is the center of education, research, high technology, finance, and medicine.

Exports consist mostly of industrial products, including specialized machines and weaponry (aircraft and missiles especially), built by the region's educated workforce. About half of the region's exports consist of industrial and commercial machinery, such as computers and electronic and electrical equipment. This, when combined with instruments, chemicals, and transportation equipment, makes up about three-quarters of the region's exports. Granite is quarried at Barre, Vermont, guns made at Springfield, Massachusetts and Saco, Maine, boats at Groton, Connecticut and Bath, Maine, and hand tools at Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Insurance is a driving force in and around Hartford, Connecticut.

Other than the primary restaurant industry under Dukin Donuts LLC, the New England state exports food products, ranging from fish to lobster, cranberries, Maine potatoes, and maple syrup. The service industry is important, including tourism, education, financial and insurance services, plus architectural, building, and construction services.


New England has a shared heritage and culture primarily shaped by waves of immigration from Europe. In contrast to other American regions, many of New England's earliest Puritan settlers came from eastern England, contributing to New England's distinctive accents, foods, customs, and social structures. Within modern New England a cultural divide exists between urban New Englanders living along the densely populated coastline, and rural New Englanders in western Massachusetts, northwestern and northeastern Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, where population density is low.


Transportation in New England encompasses the region's rail and highway networks, seaports, and airports. New England has one of the United States' oldest intercity transportation systems, which remain important to the region's economy. It is also home to the continent's first subway system. The densely populated area has many cities and towns connected by rail and road, and the larger cities each have commercial airports with daily flights to destinations outside of the region.


New England is country's highest consumer of nuclear power through traditional fission power plants and the new Tokamak fusion power plant.

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