WA Delegate: None.
Founder: The Republic of Tessen
Regional Power: Moderate
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The Safest in American Union
World Census agents tested the sharpness of household objects, the softness of children's play equipment, and the survival rate of people taking late walks to determine how safe each nation is to visit.
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|1.||The Social Democracy of Nearly Finland||Left-Leaning College State||“We're all different. That's not a bad thing.”|
|2.||The Republic of Tessen||Corporate Bordello||“In God We Trust”|
|3.||The Kingdom of Alitannia||New York Times Democracy||“Armonium est Magia”|
|4.||The United States of America AU||Corporate Bordello||“E Pluribus Unum”|
|5.||The United Mexican States of Santiago AU||New York Times Democracy||“La Pátria es Primero”|
|6.||The Confederate States of Dixie AU||Capitalist Paradise||“Deo vindice”|
|7.||The Republic of Grand Enclave||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“A World in Our Image”|
|8.||The Constitutional Republic of Imperial Curacao||New York Times Democracy||“Love Forever, Stand Forever”|
|9.||The Sovereign Corporation of Ivan Industries||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Great Quality. Low Prices. World Domination.”|
|10.||The United States Territory of San Cordula||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“United in Pride and Hope”|
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It's hot in Curacao. Who would want to wear clothes when the air conditioner hasn't been invented yet? :D
And he'll have the option to establish the story behind this by choosing whether he wants to manufacture or trade for clothing, or have his citizens indeed be nude, or mostly nude.
That could be an interesting story angle if he chooses the no-clothing option. :P
Enclave has a point, but I will say that most are naked, not all. There is a pure Dutch minority in my territory, and they are European. They will consider themselves higher then that.
There is only one scenario that I believe that all are naked. Almost like how the when the Danes took over Brittany, or when a few Brits went to Ireland. They sorta melted into the region and practically became one with the ingenious people.
This being said, I don't think I have resources in Curaçao to make the clothes in the first place and I will have to import cotton or trade with Dixie to make/get them.
OOC: So in the sidebar here in my factbook is a tentative look at what the U.S. in our universe looks like...
Flag of the Enclave
A World In Our Image
Capital: New Orleans
Largest City: New Orleans
Official Language: Latin
National Language: French, Spanish, English
Land Area: mile²
Water Area: km²
Human Development Index (NS Version):
Time Zone: Eastern Standard/Central Time
Drives on the: Right
Calling code: +1
Internet TLD: .ev
The Grand Enclave
The Republic of the Grand Enclave, commonly called the Enclave, is an independent nation in North America. It is bordered on the north by The United States of America AU, The Republic of Tessen, and The Parliamentary Democracy of British Canada AU, on the south by The United Mexican States of Santiago AU, on the east by The Confederate States of Dixie AUand The United States of America AU and on the west by The Social Democracy of Nearly Finland and The Democratic States of Cascadia and Columbia. The Grand Enclave covers LAND AREA square kilometers and has has an estimated population of 9,232,000. The Enclave comprises of 18 provinces that cover the original Louisiana Territory, including the formerly Mexican regions of Texas, Nevada and Utah.
The Enclave is the name of the shadowy group of time-travelers who secured Louisiana's independence from France and now rule it as a shadowy oligarchy. The term has since come to refer to the entire nation, though Midamerica is also commonly used as a name for the region.
Mid 19th century: from French, from Old French enclaver ‘enclose, dovetail,’ based on Latin clavis ‘key.’
The term "Enclave" was adopted by the Travelers, the group of Ivan Industries citizens and employees who escaped the Disintegration, ironically caused by an Ivan Industries experiment. "Grand Enclave" is used to designate the nation as a whole, though it is more often referred to as simply, "The Enclave".
The standard way to refer to a citizen of the Enclave is as a "Citizen."
In the year 2021 A.D., Ivan Industries' scientists had managed to force open a gateway between worlds, in a weak spot in the space-time continuum. Further experiments with the gateway however caused a chain reaction that shredded the fabric of space and time in that world. Vortexes opened up, sucking up entire buildings and groups of people and flinging them across space and time to different dimensions. In 1912, the group known as the Travelers arrived from 2021, having been flung to the 1910's by the vortexes. The Travelers quickly organized themselves into the Enclave - a shadow organization dedicated to the liberation of Louisiana for their own ends.
Napoleon V himself had already begun seriously considering selling the territory to one or more of the nations already in the new world. Bankrupt from a colonial war with Britain that had come to naught, he had been tentatively making overtures to The Confederate States of Dixie AU and The Republic of Tessen to sell either parts or the whole. However, it seemed at the time that neither nation seemed particularly interested, and Dixie had almost refused outright due to a lack of funds.
However, in 1917, Napoleon was approached by a woman named Inessa Borisovna Badenov on behalf of a "band of concerned Louisianan citizens", with an offer to buy Louisiana's independence. Her offer was double the amount than what he had been expecting; with no one else coming forward to claim the territory, he accepted the offer in 1918. Louisiana's independence was formalized in 1918 with the Treaty of Versailles.
The Enclave wasted no time in assuming control over the fledgling nation. A "provisional" government was formed, with control of all reigns of government held in the hands of the Enclave Council and its president, Sunrise Shimmer Thiessen.
The land of the Grand Enclave stretches across several biomes and geographical regions, encompassing most of the Great Plains as well as part of the Rocky Mountains.
The surface of the New Orleans Political District may properly be divided into two parts, the uplands of the north, and the alluvial along the coast.
The alluvial region includes low swamp lands, coastal marshlands and beaches, and barrier islands that cover about 20,000 square miles (52,000 km2). This area lies principally along the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River, which traverses the state from north to south for a distance of about 600 miles (1,000 km) and empties into the Gulf of Mexico; the Red River; the Ouachita River and its branches; and other minor streams (some of which are called bayous).
The breadth of the alluvial region along the Mississippi is from 10 to 60 miles (15 to 100 km), and along the other rivers, the alluvial region averages about 10 miles (15 km) across. The Mississippi River flows along a ridge formed by its own natural deposits (known as a levee), from which the lands decline toward a river beyond at an average fall of six feet per mile (3 m/km). The alluvial lands along other streams present similar features.
The higher and contiguous hill lands of the north and northwestern part of the state have an area of more than 25,000 square miles (65,000 km2). They consist of prairie and woodlands. The elevations above sea level range from 10 feet (3 m) at the coast and swamp lands to 50 and 60 feet (15–18 m) at the prairie and alluvial lands. In the uplands and hills, the elevations rise to Driskill Mountain, the highest point in the state at only 535 feet (163 m) above sea level.
The Great Plains make up the majority of the country, constituting roughly 80% of the Enclave's geographical territory. The Great Plains slope gently eastward from the foothills of the Rocky Mts. at an elevation of 6,000 ft (1,829 m) to merge into the interior lowlands at an elevation of roughly 1,500 ft (457 m). The 1,500 ft (457 m) contour line, the 100th meridian of longitude, and the 20-in. (51-cm) isohyet of precipitation are arbitrarily used to mark the region's transitional eastern border. In places, however, it is clearly marked by an escarpment. Much of the Great Plains was once covered by a vast inland sea, and sediments deposited by the sea make up the nearly horizontal rock strata that underlie the area. Intrusive igneous rocks account for sections of higher elevation. The Great Plains region has generally level or rolling terrain; its subdivisions include Edwards Plateau, the Llano Estacado, the High Plains, the Sand Hills, the Badlands, and the Northern Plains.
The Black Hills and several outliers of the Rocky Mts. interrupt the region's undulating profile. The Saskatchewan, Missouri, Platte, Republican, Arkansas, Cimarron, and Canadian rivers flow in wide beds, generally from west to east, and are important sources of water. Rainfall decreases from east to west. Except for its easternmost margin and the elevations, the Great Plains have a semiarid climate, averaging less than 20 in. (51 cm) of precipitation annually. There are wide seasonal temperature ranges and winds of high velocity. In the westernmost sections the chinook, a warm winter wind, brings relief from bitterly cold and snowy winters. The dominant type of vegetation consists of shortgrass prairies; trees grow in moister areas and along water courses.
Climate in the Grand Enclave varies quite a bit over its large amount of territory.
The New Orleans District has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). It has long, hot, humid summers and short, mild winters. The subtropical characteristics of the state are due in large part to the influence of the Gulf of Mexico, which at its farthest point is no more than 200 miles (320 km) away.
Rain is frequent throughout the year, although the summer is slightly wetter than the rest of the year. There is a dip in precipitation in October. Southern Louisiana receives far more copious rainfall, especially during the winter months. Summers in New Orleans have high temperatures from mid-June to mid-September averaging 90 °F (32 °C) or more, and overnight lows averaging above 70 °F (22 °C).
In the summer, the extreme maximum temperature is much warmer in the north than in the south, with temperatures near the Gulf of Mexico occasionally reaching 100 °F (38 °C), although temperatures above 95 °F (35 °C) are commonplace. In the northern part of the New Orleans District, the temperatures reach above 105 °F (41 °C) in the summer.
Temperatures are generally mildly warm in the winter in the southern part of the district, with highs around New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the rest of south Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico averaging 66 °F (19 °C). The northern part of the state is mildly cool in the winter, with highs averaging 59 °F (15 °C). The overnight lows in the winter average well above freezing throughout the state, with 46 °F (8 °C) the average near the Gulf and an average low of 37 °F (3 °C) in the winter in the northern part of the state.
The New Orleans District gets some cold fronts, which frequently drop the temperatures below 20 °F (−8 °C) in the northern part of the district, but almost never do so in the southern part of the district. Snow is not very common near the Gulf of Mexico, although residents in the northern parts of the state can expect one to three snowfalls per year, with the frequency increasing northwards. The New Orleans district's highest recorded temperature is 114 °F (46 °C) in Plain Dealing on August 10, 1936, while the coldest recorded temperature is −16 °F (−27 °C) at Minden on February 13, 1899.
The New Orleans District is often affected by tropical cyclones and is very vulnerable to strikes by major hurricanes, particularly the lowlands around and in the New Orleans area. The unique geography of the region, with the many bayous, marshes and inlets, can result in water damage across a wide area from major hurricanes. The area is also prone to frequent thunderstorms, especially in the summer.
The entire state averages over 60 days of thunderstorms a year. The New Orleans district averages 27 tornadoes annually. The entire district is vulnerable to a tornado strike, with the extreme southern portion of the state slightly less so than the rest of the state. Tornadoes are more common from January to March in the southern part of the state, and from February through March in the northern part of the state.
The Great Plains have a wide variety of weather through the year, with very cold and harsh winters and very hot and humid summers. Wind speeds are often very high, especially in winter. Grasslands are among the least protected biomes. Humans have converted much of the prairies for agricultural purposes or to create pastures. The Great Plains have dust storms mostly every year or so.
The 100th meridian roughly corresponds with the line that divides the Great Plains into an area that receive 20 inches (510 millimetres) or more of rainfall per year and an area that receives less than 20 in (510 mm). In this context, the High Plains, as well as Southern Alberta, south-western Saskatchewan and Eastern Montana are mainly semi hot steppe land and are generally characterised by rangeland or marginal farmland. The region (especially the High Plains) is periodically subjected to extended periods of drought; high winds in the region may then generate devastating dust storms. The eastern Great Plains near the eastern boundary falls in the humid subtropical climate zone in the southern areas, and the northern and central areas fall in the humid continental climate.
Many thunderstorms occur in the plains in the spring through summer. The southeastern portion of the Great Plains is the most tornado active area in the world and is sometimes referred to as Tornado Alley.
Since the Great Plains Region is very spread out, the climate can vary a lot. In general, the Great Plains has cold, harsh winters and hot, humid summers. Thunderstorms often occur here because the Great Plains contains mostly flat regions; thunderstorms "soak" moisture better this way. Sometimes, there is a dust storm; an example of one is the Dust Bowl.
English = 49%
French = 31%
Native American = 14%
Other = 6%
Protestant = 62%
Catholic = 22%
Native Religious = 16%
Yankee = 31%
French = 29%
Dixie = 16%
African = 13%
Cherokee = 7%
Dakota = 3%
Cree = 1%
Metro area population
District of New Orleans
Napoleon City (Jefferson City)
St. Clarivox (Oklahoma City)
District of New Orleans
The government of the Enclave is loosely based upon the model of the Roman Republic, with a President, a Vice President, and a bicameral legislature representing both the upper merchant class and the majority of the rest of the population. The constitution came out of a compromise between the New Orleans elite and the Americans in Illinois when the territory was first reorganized as a dominion.
The High Council is the portion of the legislature that is made up of the rich and powerful of New Orleans and Illinois, though there is more representation from the former than the latter. Constitutionally, anybody can be a member of the High Council. In practice, however, only the wealthy or a member of one of New Orleans' oldest merchant families are ever considered for nomination. The exceptions to this are certain allocations - there is always at least one seat reserved for the Archbishop of New Orleans or his delegate, and there is always at least one seat reserved for each of the various Native American tribes that reside within the Enclave's borders. Councilmen serve for life, although it is generally accepted that they will retire before dying.
The Low Council is the exact opposite. Senators of the Low Council are elected by popular vote, and have a term of 4 years. In addition, Senators can only serve up to 4 terms, consecutive or nonconsecutive.
Power between the two houses is not evenly distributed. While most bills must pass both houses of the Council and then be signed by the President to become law, certain items are the prerogative of the High Council to control, and bill affecting these areas do not go through the Low Council. Specifically, these are the budget, the training and creation of new military units, the declaration of war or peace and the ratification of treaties. In addition, the President has complete control over the military (aside from the creation of units) to promote officers, reassign units and give out military awards.
- Government Type: Oligarchic Republic
- President: Ivan Augustus Thiessen (interim)
- Vice President: Marcel Du Pont
- Election Cycle: Death of president
--- President and Vice President may be recalled (petition of 20% required, then majority of 75% in the referendum)
- Eligibility: Requires 2 endorsements from Councillors for nomination.
- Election: Popular election; simple majority. Ties are broken by the High Council.
- Term Limit: N/A
- Legislature Structure: Bicameral, Representational
- Legislature Name: Council
- Upper House: High Council
--- Legislator Name: Councillor
--- Election Cycle: Life/retirement
--- Eligibility: 4 endorsements from current Councillors OR president's nomination
--- Election: simple majority vote of the standing High Council
--- Term limits: N/A
- Lower House: Low Council
--- Legislator Name: Senator
--- Election Cycle: 4 years
--- Eligibility: 20 years old or older
--- Election: Popular election by district; simple majority
--- Term limits: 4
Voting and Running for Office:
- To be a councillor requires 4 endorsements from current councillors OR a nomination from the President to be nominated for the High Council.
- Any citizen can run for the Low Council.
- All citizens regardless of gender, race or political affiliation may vote.
- Only citizens age 18 and older are allowed to vote.
Law and Policy:
- The Grand Enclave has a minimum wage of 2.50 Denarii an hour.
- Immigration is open and encouraged.
---- Naturalization is a period of 2 years.
---- Homesteaders' naturalization period shortened to 8 months.
---- Immigrants with relatives who are already citizens receive a fast-track to citizenship, also 8 months. Does not stack with Homesteader discount.
- Homesteading is allowed and encouraged in certain states, namely Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Dakota.
- All Native Americans are considered citizens unless specified otherwise, and are entitled to equal protection under law.
- There is very little government regulation of the economy. Business licenses are issued by the states and are valid in every other state of the Grand Enclave. The government does not tax corporations.
- The Enclave charges a flat income tax, in addition to import/export fees.
The Grand Enclave is an independent nation, beholden to no nation, free to pursue its own trade agreements, alliances, and other agreements.
1. The United States of America AU
- Open overland trading.
2. The Confederate States of Dixie AU
- Open overland trading.
- The Enclave allows Dixie to use New Orleans as a warehouse point for cotton distribution.
3. The Republic of Tessen
- Tessen imports Bauxite (1)
- Red Racer exports 400 vehicles/month.
4. The Social Democracy of Nearly Finland
- Open overland trading.
- Red Racer exports 500 vehicles/month, or 6000 vehicles per RL year.
- Dupont Pharmaceuticals exports 8000 lbs of penicillin/month @ $2.00/lb
5. The United Mexican States of Santiago AU
- Open sea trade through the Gulf of Mexico.
- Red Racer exports 400 vehicles/month, or 100 vehicles per RL day.
6. The Hegemony of The Greys
- The Greys imports Bauxite (1)
- Red Racer exports 400 vehicles/month
- Red Racer exports 400 vehicles/month
7. The grand exclave
- The Grand Exclave sends Fruit (1) and Cotton (1) to the mainland.
- The Enclave exports canned goods and grain (4) to the islands.
1. The Confederate States of Dixie AU
- Reduced import/export fees; hassle-free travel for Dixie businessmen.
2. The Republic of Tessen
- Right of Access Treaty; The Enclave allows Tessen access to the Mississippi River.
1. The Democratic States of Cascadia and Columbia
2. The United Mexican States of Santiago AU
3. The Social Democracy of Nearly Finland
4. The Kingdom of Spain AU
5. The Russian Empire of The Rising Solaris
6. The Dispatch Storage of Masanareth
- none at present
Air Force - Cloud Corps
Infantry - Hellhound Marines
Navy - Enclave Navy
Engineers - Science Corps
Military service in the Enclave is compulsory. At age 18, both males and females are required to enlist for a period of no less than 1 year. After that they have the option to either go home or extend their contract for four years. In lieu of enlisting, any male or female may apply to go to officer's academy, which is four years with an obligatory contract of five years of service. Once out, every male and female is issued a Reserve Number, which can be called up for service in case of emergency.
Incidentally, the Enclave Military is one of the few militaries in the world that allows women to serve in combat roles. Females make up a large percentage of the Cloud Corps' pilots, and many females serve as commanders with the Hellhound Marines. Females are, however, expected to maintain the same standards as males, with exceptions only for maternity up to a year past childbirth.
The Grand Enclave's military is divided up among three branches, the Cloud Corps, the Hellhound Marines and the Navy. It is heavily dominated by the aerial wing, the Cloud Corps, and the other branches pretty much exist only to support it.
The Cloud Corps
--Total soldiers: 8,656
----Total pilots: 1,920
----Total support: 6736
--Equipment: Cloud Corps Vehicles
The Cloud Corps is the Enclave's main fighting force, the branch with the most money and the largest representation in the military. Its pilots are second to none, whether in ground attack or in dogfighting. In ground attack, special emphasis is given to breaking up enemy strongpoints so that the Hellhound Marines (who are under the authority of the Cloud Corps) can mop the enemy up.
The Cloud Corps is divided up into a pretty simple command structure. Your smallest unit is a flight, which usually maxes out at around five or six planes, although it tends to be smaller for reconnaissance squadrons. Four flights are grouped into a squadron, for a total of anywhere from twenty to twenty-four planes in total. A group of two or more squadrons is a wing, and is the CC’s largest organizational structure.
Enlisted citizens start out at Airman, and those range from E-1 to E-4. At E-5 your Airman becomes a Sergeant, and those ranks rise all the way to E-9. Beyond that is the officer ranks. You start out as a Second Lieutenant, then you move up to First Lieutenant, then Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier General, Major General, General, and then finally Commandant of the Cloud Corps, although that rank only applies to wartime.
The Hellhound Marines
--Total soldiers: 71,000
--Equipment: Marine Vehicles
The Hellhound Marines, as previously mentioned, exist primarily as ground support for the Cloud Corps. Operationally they are under the auspices of the Cloud Corps, and serve as their ground support and rapid response teams for taking and holding ground. They are trained to deploy rapidly from a variety from aircraft, including paradrop planes and transport helicopters. They are also trained to use horses, and include several rapid-response cavalry units.
Rank structure is shared with the Cloud Corps.
Organization is based around the carrying capacity of transport planes. Roughly the smallest unit is the team, generally 2-4 soldiers. Next is the squad, roughly four teams and a staff sergeant. Four squads make a company, commanded by a captain and first sergeant, and a battalion is anywhere from two to six companies depending on operational need.
The Grand Enclave Navy
--Total personnel: 5420
--Equipment: Enclave Navy Ships
The Enclave Navy again, exist mostly to support the air force. While the Enclave has a blue water navy capable of projecting power around the world, their capabilities are still more geared towards aiding and supporting the Cloud Corps dominance of the skies with ground fire support.
Rank structure is pretty much the same as the Cloud Corps. E1-E4 are Sailors, E5's-E9's are Petty Officers, and officers are ranked (in ascending order): Ensign, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, Admiral, and then Fleet Admiral. Specific organization of ships vary by ship, but each ship is commanded by a Captain. Six ships make up a flotilla, and two flotillas make a fleet.
The Science Corps
--Total soldiers: N/A
--Equipment: PLACE LINK HERE
The Science Corps is the Enclave's engineer corps and science division, under the auspices of the Ministry of the Sciences. While they are armed for self-defense, their primary job is to provide engineering support for the other three branches. They also analyze any captured technology, often on the same battlefield where it was captured.
Each specialization has a different rank structure. Engineers run from E1-E4 ("Engineer"->"Specialist Engineer", with E5-E9 being various stages of Architect. Officers use standard designations such as Captain and Lieutenant. Scientists do not have any ranks below E5 and run all the way through E9 ("Scientist"->"Chief Scientist"). The scientists do not have officer ranks, instead being managed through the civilian hierarchy.
Engineers take after the Hellhound Marines in their organization for simplicity. Scientists, on the other hand, run around in science teams of 10-20 depending on availability and battlefield need, with 4-6 teams making up a Science Division (commanded by a Chief Scientist and a civilian overseer from the Ministry).
The culture of the Grand Enclave is varied. Around New Orleans and the Missouri region, the culture is dominated by French/Cajun culture. Illinois, however, remains predominantly American in culture, resisting attempts by the French government to assimilate them. The north and east is home to a variety of Native American cultures that have adopted elements of Western culture, but for the most part remain homogenous.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Jazz is a kind of music with strong rhythms and much syncopation, often improvised. Brass bands and piano players helped create this new sound. Jazz is becoming increasingly popular with young people both in Louisiana and the U.S. and Dixie, where it is spread through Illinois and Dixie business contact, respectively.
Louisiana is also the home of the blues. This music style is based on black folk music, especially on the chants of the black workers on the plantations. Those rhythms were memories of their African culture and made the slaves' lives and the work more bearable. The instruments most associated with blues music are the guitar and the harmonica. Later, when horns were added and the tempo changed, the new style was known as rhythm and blues. Certain styles of blues are often confused with jazz, though they are two different things.
The early Cajuns often held dance parties at their rural homes. Entire families came, and the young children were put on blanket pallets in the bedroom. They were told to go to sleep, which in French is fais-do-do. This became the name of these dance parties, and today the term fais-do-do refers to a Cajun dance.
Zydeco is the special type of music of French-speaking African Americans of South Louisiana. It is much like Cajun music; the song is sung in French and played on an accordion. An added instrument, the rub-board is used for rhythm.
Country music is part of the heritage of North Louisiana. In the days before television, when people gathered for entertainment, musicians brought their instruments. Their string bands usually included a guitar, a fiddle, and a mandolin. This traditional southern country music developed into bluegrass music and then into modern country music. This heritage continues with a state fiddling championship held each year at Marthaville in Natchitoches Parish.
Many early rock-and-roll musicians started out singing gospel music. Gospel is church music that blends elements of folk music, spirituals, hymns, and popular music. You can hear gospel music in churches throughout Louisiana every Sunday morning. Songs sung in African-American churches preserve the old spirituals and add contemporary music. Rural churches in North Louisiana feature gospel quartets.
More formal classical music also contributes to the musical sound of Louisiana. Orchestras have created musical culture since colonial days. Young musicians today continue this tradition as they audition for the Louisiana Youth Orchestra in Baton Rouge.
Community brass bands are popular throughout the territory, wherever there are settlements large enough to support them. Even small settlements will usually have a small band with at least a saxophone, a trumpet, and a guitar. In frontier rural areas, improvised instruments such as jugs, saws, and triangles have become popular in lieu of proper instruments.
Another variety of music that is heard commonly between the Gonzales, Baton Rouge and Hammond areas is called Swamp Pop. The songs are easily recognized by the saxophones, guitars and drums. The songs tend to focus on life in Louisiana.
Seasonings such as Cayenne pepper, Tony Chachere's, Tabasco sauce and Zatarain's are prevalent in the cuisine of Louisiana. While the state is predominantly known for both its Cajun cuisine, Creole cuisine, and Native American cuisine.
Creole cuisine is influenced by traditional French cooking with Spanish, African, and Indian influences. Cajun cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States. Cajun cuisine has a reputation of being incredibly spicy and dependent on frying. People in Southern Louisiana say that others eat to live, while they live to eat.
Although the food most identified with the state is the Cajun and Creole food of South Louisiana, North Louisiana also has its own unique cuisine. Traditionally, southern style soul food such as smothered pork chops, chicken and dumplings, candied yams, hot water cornbread, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and black-eyed peas are commonly eaten in North Louisiana. Natchitoches is famous for its meat pie. For many years, crawfish were not eaten outside of Cajun country. People north of Alexandria were more likely to eat fried chicken or barbecue. Fish fries featuring catfish took the place of crawfish boils. Today, boiled crawfish is served throughout the state.
Other foods popular in Louisiana include Gumbo, Étouffée, Jambalaya, Muffuletta, Po'boy, and Red Beans and Rice. Seafood is especially popular in Louisiana either as an ingredient or as a main dish such as Shrimp, Crawfish, Crabs, Oysters and Catfish. Swamp denizens such as Gator or Alligator, Frog Legs, and Turtle soup is popular around the bayous of south Louisiana.
Famous desserts and snacks include King Cake, beignets, Pralines, Sweet Potato pie and Pecan pie.
Food in the northern parts of the Grand Enclave are generally much plainer, and reflect the frontier life. Foods such as cornbread, biscuits and gravy, roast beef and grits are common in the frontier regions of the Grand Enclave due to the easy availability of ingredients for those dishes. Hamburgers, meat patties in between slices of bread and often served with french fries, are also becoming popular due to its simplicity.
In Illinois, the Americans stubbornly cling to their food traditions, derived from the many homelands of American immigrants. It is something of a hobby among Illinoisans to find out whatever is the most popular food in the U.S. and then start eating it and serving it in their diners and restaurants. Italian food is popular, as is (somewhat oddly) Mexican food.
Again, as with everything else in the Grand Enclave, the architecture differs between regions.
In the District of New Orleans and the states of Missouri and Oklahoma, architecture is very French, with some Spanish influence from the short period of time that Spain controlled the Louisiana Territory. In New Orleans, especially in what is called "The Old City" (RL French Quarter), the Spanish influence can be seen in the many buildings with balconies hanging over the street. Many of the buildings in the Old City were built in the mid and late 18th centuries, following a fire that destroyed much of the city.
Due to the almost utter demolishing of New Orleans during the Texas Colonial War, only a handful of buildings in the French Quarter preserve their original, colonial Spanish or French architectural style, concentrated mainly around the cathedral and Chartres Street. Most of the 2,900 buildings in the Quarter are either of "second generation" Creole or Greek revival styles. Fires in 1788 and 1794 destroyed many of the original French colonial buildings, that is, "first generation" Creole. They were generally raised homes with wooden galleries, the only extant example being Madame John's Legacy at 632 Dumaine Street, built during the Spanish period in 1788. The Ursuline Convent (1745–1752) is the last intact example of French colonial architecture. Of the structures built during the French or Spanish colonial eras, only some 25 survive to this day (including the Cabildo and the Presbytère), in a mixture of colonial Spanish and neo-classical styles.
Two-thirds of the French Quarter structures date from the first half of the 19th century, the most prolific decade being the 1820s, when the city was growing at an amazing rate. Records show that not a single Spanish architect was operating in the city by that time; only French and American were, the latter gradually replacing the former as Creole style was being replaced by Greek revival architecture in the 1830s and 1840s.
Spanish administrators, in the late 18th century, did enforce strict building codes, requiring brick construction to avoid another fire; but the Spaniards did not directly influence much of the Quarter's architecture. Spanish influence came indirectly with the form of Creole style, which mixed French and Spanish architecture, with some elements from the Caribbean.
From its south end to the intersection with Claiborne Avenue, Canal Street is extremely dense with buildings. Each building, being no larger than half a New Orleans block, has a notably intricate facade. All of these buildings contrast each other in style, from Greek revival, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, to Renaissance Colonial, and one of Gothic architecture. Also there is Post-modern, Mid-century modern, Streamline Moderne, and other types of 20th-century architecture. However, most of these buildings have lost their original interiors because of battle damage and business renovations.
Jackson Square took its current form in the 1850s: the Cathedral was redesigned, mansard rooftops were added to the Cabildo and to the Presbytère, and the Pontalba apartments were built on the sides of the square, adorned with ironwork balconies. The popularity of wrought iron or cast iron balconies in New Orleans began during this period.
St. Charles Avenue is famed for its large collection of Southern mansions in many styles of architecture, including Greek Revival, Colonial, and Victorian styles such as Italianate and Queen Anne. St. Charles Avenue is also home to Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University, both campuses of which sit across the street from Audubon Park.
New Orleans is home to one of the modern wonders of the world, that being the Statue of Victory. The Statue of Victory, situated on Grand Island at the entrance to the New Orleans Harbor, is what is essentially a giant mausoleum. Built over the grave of first Enclave president Sunrise Shimmer Thiessen, the statue was built as both a memorial to the fairly beloved president and as a symbol of Grand Enclave unity and strength, as well as a commemoration of Louisiana's victory over France.
Sports in the Enclave are a relatively big thing. Baseball is considered to be the national sport, and is played both as a pastime and as an organized sport. Kids play often on "sandlot" teams and in sandlot leagues, and adults will often gather together to play a short game on improvised fields. The Enclave features a national minor league, which acts as a farm for the Springfield Imperials, Louisiana's only major league team. Baseball games often draw crowds in the thousands, more than any other sporting event in the country.
Association Football (Soccer) is also a popular sport, for the citizens of the Enclave who prefer a more fast-paced game. It's more popular among the citizens of the District of New Orleans, and is considered the gentleman's sport. It has an advantage over baseball in that it doesn't require as much special equipment to play, however it does require slightly more space than a baseball game, and results in more injuries. For this reason, it has never really caught on with the youth, though the Enclave does boast a high school football league that has teams across the country.
Hockey is another sport, introduced by Halavat when it was still its own country, that is slowly growing in popularity. Being a sport that is played on the ice, it is popular in the far north where winter inhibits the playing of most other sports. The Enclave boasts one international hockey team that participates in the NWHL hosted by Cascadia and Columbia.
Infrastructure in the Grand Enclave is unevenly distributed, due to the differences in the level of settlement between the different regions of the Louisiana Territory. Infrastructure in Illinois, Missouri and the District of New Orleans is well-developed and established; infrastructure in Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas is severely underdeveloped. In certain parts of the country, it is still easier to get around on a horse instead of in a Model T.
The Enclave maintains a system of railroads across its territory - though it is denser in the east, especially between Illinois and the District of New Orleans. All the railroads are standard gauge in order to facilitate trade with its American neighbors.
Main article: Enclave Railroads
In more settled areas, the Enclave maintains a network of paved rural roads that connect small towns with the larger city. Farther north and west, however, roads are composed of mostly dirt and gravel, though there are a few paved highways that connect major settlements with one another and the Capital District.
The entire country is connected by telegraph lines that are maintained by communications companies subsidized by the Enclave. Physical mail services exist for all areas. Phone services are also available across the entire country, as are radio and television services.
Television stations exist across the country, having become quite popular since its introduction two years ago. It is often the primary source of news and entertainment in the household and community, allowing them to see live events happening elsewhere.
The Grand Enclave boasts several ports, with two major ports that handle most of the Grand Enclave's shipping traffic. The two ports are New Orleans and Galveston, which are deep enough to handle even Pacific-going cargo ships.
The Grand Enclave is also the owner and operator of the Panama Canal. Ships traveling to and from either of the Grand Enclave's two major ports get reduced fees for transit across the canal. Ships whose port of registration is the Grand Enclave also receive a discount to transit fees.
Airports are a relatively new thing in Louisiana, and really, the world. Airports are maintained by the municipality they reside in, though normally the brunt of the maintenance cost is paid by the airlines in airport fees and terminal rentals.
- Regional Airport in New Orleans
- Regional Airport in Springfield
- Regional Airport in Denver
- Local Airport in Austin
- Local Airport in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, The grand exclave
Most of Louisiana's energy, what there is, comes from coal-fired plants and the occasional small hydroelectric dam. Most towns are connected in some way to the national grid, and every house has electric lights and enough power for a radio or a television.
OOC: This has nothing truly to do with the region, sorta, but I have been making maps while I wasn't here. Does anyone wanna see a few? I can also try to make a unofficial map of the AU.
Lordy you're population density is low. Also, welcome to the neighbourhood new neighbour. Apparently we share a border now. Maybe we could end up working on a TransAmerica Railroad connecting Vancouver to New Orleans.
Wow. The Enclave seems to own almost all of North America.