Zakahigan

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Zakahigan is a state located between two of the Great Lakes and at the crossroads of two regions: East Lakes and West Lakes. The state is divided into 23 counties.

Zakahigan
State
Flag
Founded1814
Incorporated1765
DemonymZakahites
Government
 • Governor Evelyn Sanchez
Area
 • 20,939 sq mi
Population
 • Estimate (2022)5,840,000
 • Census (2020)5,833,000
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Government of Zakahigan
State
CapitalPlainsburgh
Head of state
• GovernorEvelyn Sanchez
• Lieutenant GovernorJeremiah Robinson
• Secretary of StateAlyssa Chang
LegislatureZakahigan State Legislature
• Upper houseZakahigan State Senate
• Lower houseHouse of Delegates
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JudiciaryZakahigan Supreme Court
Largest CityMaquadena
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Administrative divisions of Zakahigan
Second-levelCounties
Third-levelMunicipalities
Demographics
Data
Population 5,840,191
Land Area 20,939 square miles
Density 279 people/square mile

Cities and Towns

Municipalities
Municipality Proper Population Metro Population City Size
City of Maquadena and Bear County* 906,169 2,746,191 440 square miles
City of Plainsburgh 300,364 601,000 69 square miles
City of East Eriksburg 189,328 380,000 72 square miles

*Maquadena and Bear County are one consolidated entity.

Education

Zakahigan contains two systems of higher education: Zakahigan State University System and Zakahigan Community College District. The other universities are independently operated.

Universities and Colleges
Institutions Student Count Acreage Mission
University of Zakahigan, The 65,000 7,000 research and agriculture
Zakahigan State University, Plainsburgh 25,000 350 policy, education, and music
Southern Zakahigan State University 20,000 614 arts, media, social studies

Legislature

Bicameral Legislature
parties State Senate House of Delegates
New Socialist 18 43
Union 16 51
Common 10 19
Original 3 7
Rural 2 5
TOTAL 49 125
Zakahigan Parties
left wing left centrist right right wing
New Socialist Union Common Original Rural

Municipalities

The entire state of Zakahigan will be incorporated civil territory of some sort. All legal jurisdictions in the state must lie under three departments: state, county, and municipality. Areas without incorporation must incorporate into a city, a town, a village, or a township. Preexisting hamlets will retain some legal authority, though they will lose some of their powers.

Counties
County Seat Total Area (mi²)
Agongos 984
Akisita Akisita 799
Bear Maquadena (contiguous with Bear County) 441
Central Laycock 773
Collins Charming 1,014
Confluence Clay 872
Farmington Western Rock 617
Forrester Progress 918
Gellard Rabbit Wood 734
Goddard 1,009
Indigenous Bixoheni 2,076
Kishkadee Kishkadee 762
Leighton 655
Little River Little River 459
Maquadena Maquakee Falls 1,500
Mennowa Wimuhake 454
Plainsburgh Plainsburgh 1,069
Suenugan Dillingham 544
Suffrage Memoquido 438
Sutton Shortbridge 955
Trinity Trinity 1,077
Valentine Lake Marlin 804
Witch East Eriksburg 709

Political Decisions and Controversies

Sociopolitical Issues & Protections
x result legislative executive judicial
abortion up to 29 weeks x x
age of consent 17 x x
death penalty illegal since 1997 x
drinking age 21 x x
LGBT marriage legal since 2004 x x x
medical marijuana legal since 1998 x x
prostitution illegal in most municipalities x
recreational marijuana legal since 2013 x
smoking/vaping age 21 x x x
U-turns on public roads illegal since 2005 x x
women's suffrage legal since 1909 x x x

The reason this table is shown is because these policies have an affect on the state's development and can be seen upon close examination.

Political History

Zakahigan was admitted into statehood on May 1, 1814. From then until the early 1960s, Zakahigan was politically conservative. Gradually since 1958, Zakahites transitioned to more liberal or libertarian policies.

Unique Laws

  • Fireworks stores and tents must be located at least 1,000 feet (304m) away from gas stations. Individuals wishing to use fireworks must do so at least 750 feet (230 m) away from gas stations.
  • Unincorporated areas cannot exist.
  • Some jurisdictions have food waste prevention laws, targeted at large and corporate eateries.

Political Figures

Governors may serve 3 four-year terms.

Governors
Term Name Lieutenant Note
1814-1818 Mortimer Collins
1818-1826 Albert Corry
1826-1830 Mortimer Collins
1830-1842 Gale Norman
1842-1846 Warren Erikson
1846-1854 Edwin Schumer
1854-1858 Garland Holliday
1858-1870 Christopher Prince
1870-1874 Alexander MacKenzie
1874-1878 Lucius Prince son of Christopher Prince
1878-1882 Bradford Hollingsworth
1882-1886 Harvey Vanderlaan
1886-1890 Lucas Ash
1890-1902 Augustus Clay youngest governor upon inauguration (age 25)
1902-1910 Elizabeth Forrester first female governor
1910-1914 Ferdinand Lehmann
1914-1918 Richard Highwater
1918-1926 Orrin Levinson
1926-1934 Gavin Tyler
1934-1942 Ronald Norris
1942-1954 Nash Gellard
1954-1958 Edward Brick
1958-1970 Sage Cameron
1970-1982 Isaiah Waterman first Black governor
1982-1986 Thad Branch
1986-1994 George O'Malley
1994-1998 Peter Cochran
1998-2006 Amanda Bassett
2006-2010 Beatrice Waverly oldest governor upon inauguration (age 67)
2010-2022 Jasmine Kim first Asian governor
2022-Now Evelyn Sanchez Jeremiah Robinson first Latina governor