Minnonigan

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State of Minnonigan
State Flag of Minnonigan
Flag
Motto:
"Divitiae in lapis litoribus"
Wealth on shores of stone
Constituent state ofFlag of the FSA.svg Federal States
CapitalThomasford
Largest cityLake City
DemonymMinnonigonian
LegislatureBicameral
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives

Minnonigan (min-ON-uh-gin) is a state in the West Lakes region of the Federal States. The state's name derives from a Native Archantan word meaning "pleasant portage".

Minnonigan is the XX-most populous state in the Federal States, and one of the most populous states in the West Lakes. Its largest city, Lake City, was the westernmost accessible deepwater port on the Grand Lakes prior to the construction of the Ondassagam Waterway system and remains one of the largest cities on the Grand Lakes.

Geography

Northern Minnonigan is defined by its rolling, hilly terrain, full of mineral resources such as coal. Mount XX, at the point where the states of Minnonigan, Wahauja, and Aquilia meet, is the southernmost noteworthy peak in the XX Mountain range. From these hills, the Stone and Thomas Rivers flow southerly through low rolling hills until the land flattens out into rich, arable prairies. The Thomas River flows into the Stone River just north of the Lake County line, flowing through Lake City on its way to Lake Sauganash. In western Minnonigan, a small midcontinental ridge separates the Thomas River from the Canton River, which flows into Lake Amanecer. The Ondassagam Waterway was constructed in 19XX to allow large ships to transit between Lake Sauganash and Lake Amanecer via the Canton and Thomas Rivers, with an additional canal constructed to link the Stone River with the XX River for more direct access to the Akogama River system.

Climate

Metropolitan areas

The largest metropolitan area in the state is the Lake City region, which encompasses all of Lake County and parts of numerous additional counties, including some development in neighboring Wychelle and Walkegan. Other major metropolitan areas include the Ondassagam area and the Thomasford area, the latter of which serves as the state's capital.

History

Demographics

Economy

Government

State Government

The government of the State of Minnonigan is based in Thomasford, with some satellite executive offices in Lake City. The Bicameral, the Minnonigan state legislature, is composed of the House of Representatives and the State Senate. Representatives are elected every two years; Senators serve a term of six years, with rotating elections such that one-third of the Senate is up for election every two years. Each Senate District is composed of three House Districts, which are redrawn every ten years. Currently there are 99 Representatives and 33 Senators in the Bicameral.

The Governor of Minnonigan leads the executive branch of state government. Governors serve four-year terms and are term-limited to serve no more than eight years.

The State High Court of Minnonigan represents the highest judicial branch of the Minnonigan state government. There are 17 Justices on the State High Court, each of whom serve a single 17-year term. Every year one new Justice is appointed by the Governor (with the approval of the State Senate); this system ensures that turnover on the State High Court is regular but no single Governor can appoint a majority of the Justices.

The State of Minnonigan uses a "jungle primary" system, where all candidates from all parties run on the same ballot for state offices. A candidate can immediately win their election if they win a majority (50%+1) of votes in the jungle primary; if no candidate wins a majority, a general election is held with the top four vote-getters advancing to the general election. Voters then use ranked-choice voting to elect a candidate.

County Government

Minnonigan is divided into 29 counties.

County Name County Seat Population Area (km²) Area (mi²) Number of townships
Amanecer County 1,929.38 744.94 11
Blackrock County 1,305.71 504.14 10
Bucks County Ondassagam 1,923.68 742.74 14
Chester County 1,361.35 525.62 10
Chissawon County 1,094.99 422.78 9
D'Amico County Potterston 1,135.19 438.30 11
Frampton County 1,095.24 422.87 7
Frontera County 1,294.53 499.82 3
Fulton County 1,361.76 525.78 10
Ginnelle County 1,779.76 687.17 12
Gray County Gibson's Ferry 1,926.50 743.82 12
Insull County 1,162.31 448.77 9
Jasper County Wilson 181.68 70.15 2
Jonas County Jonasburg 1,052.35 406.31 7
Kane County 1,378.28 532.16 10
Kent County 1,779.03 686.89 13
Lake County Lake City 974.74 376.35 7*
Lanley County 1,718.58 663.55 13
Larchmont County North Thomasford 2,239.46 864.66 16
Marion County Carbonridge 1,407.55 543.46 10
Monroe County Monroe 504.30 194.71 2
Murphy County Brenton 1,954.15 754.50 14
Oconto County 1,144.93 442.06 10
Patchke County 971.61 375.14 7
Rush County Wallace 1,689.27 652.23 11
Scarlett County Scarlett Hill 1,134.26 437.94 9
Stone River County 1,457.68 562.81 11
Sunset County 1,871.15 722.45 6
Wilson County 1,261.61 487.11 9

* - Two townships in Lake County that are entirely within the City of Lake City and/or the City of Daviston no longer exist as legal entities.

Township Government

Minnonigan is divided into 275 townships. Townships are generally responsible for basic infrastructure services in unincorporated areas that are not otherwise performed by county governments, most typically including building and maintaining non-state highways. Incorporated areas are generally served by municipal governments rather than township governments.

Municipal Government

Municipalities in Minnonigan are classified as either villages, towns, or cities. This classification is based on municipal government structure rather than population.

  • Villages are governed by a Village President and a Board of Trustees, all of whom are elected at-large. The Village President is part of the Board of Trustees and votes accordingly.
  • Towns are governed by a Board of Commissioners, each of whom oversees part of the municipal government. Commissioners are elected at-large; following the first seating of the Commission, commissioners elect their own President to preside over the Board. Towns should not be confused with townships.
  • Cities are governed by a City Council, comprised of Aldermen who each represent a part of the city (a "Ward"). There are no limits to how many Wards a city may have, and cities are also permitted to allow citywide at-large Aldermen. The City Council is presided over by a Mayor, who is elected at-large but does not vote in the City Council except to break ties.

Infrastructure

Highways

Minnonigan state highway shield for State Route 31, a secondary highway of SR 3. (SR 31 connects SR 3 in Montrose to the Wychelle state line.)
Major highways throughout the state of Minnonigan are controlled by the Minnonigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). All MDOT highways are numbered, with primary highways numbered using single digits 1 through 8. Secondary highways, which connect other areas to the primary highway system, are two digits, with the first digit the same as its corresponding primary highway. Tertiary highways are likewise numbered with three digits, with the first two digits the same as its corresponding secondary highway (or, if the tertiary highway directly serves a primary highway, the first digit is the primary highway number, followed by zero). Numbered highways are generally referred to as "State Route XX" and are typically shown on maps as "SR XX".

900-Series Expressways

Minnonigan 900-series shield for State Route 900. (SR 900, also known as Airport Expressway connecting LCX and Montrose with FS-20.)
Minnonigan 900-series shield for tolled portions of State Route 903, which is now mostly FS-91.)
Beginning in 1947, Lake County and the City of Lake City began building a network of superhighways intended to alleviate traffic in and around Lake City. These superhighways were later added to the Minnonigan state highway network with 900-series route numbers, since there is no SR 9 in Minnonigan. These highways were also identified using unique shields to help identify them as high-speed, limited-access facilities. Many of the 900-series expressways and tollways became part of the Federal States Defense and Commerce Motorway Network.

Minnonigan Toll Highway Authority

To create a statewide network of these superhighways, the Minnonigan state legislature created the Minnonigan Toll Highway Authority (MTHA, also known colloquially as the Minnonigan Turnpike), charged with building tolled turnpikes throughout the state outside of Lake County to be funded and financed by tolls. Many of these turnpikes became part of the Federal States Defense and Commerce Motorway Network. While Minnonigan's turnpikes are similar to Lake County's freeways, they generally have fewer entrances and exits to more efficiently channelize traffic to toll booths. Unique toll highway shields are used on turnpikes to more quickly identify them as tolled facilities. In 1996, the MTHA created the ePass electronic toll responder program, which allows motorists to pay tolls using an electric transponder which is linked to a bank account or credit card. In 2001, the Queen's Landing Turnpike (FS-993) became Minnonigan's first turnpike with full-speed mainline ePass lanes, allowing drivers to pay tolls while traveling at highway speeds. Since then, high-speed tolling has been expanded to all mainline toll plazas. ePass is accepted at all MTHA toll plazas as well as on the Hutchinson and Stone Heights toll bridges over the Stone River.

Railways

Seaports

Airports

Lake City International Airport (LCX) is located west of Lake City, just east of the Lake/Jarvis County line. The airport, with seven runways and 196 gates, is by far the largest airport in Minnonigan and one of the busiest in the southwestern Federal States. The airport serves as the primary airport for Lake City as well as for northeastern portions of AR120-57. LCX opened in 1963 to replace Gunnison Airport, which in recent years has re-emerged as a major commercial airport in Minnonigan.

Communications

Telephone Codes

All non-domestic calls to Minnonigan begin with the (55) state code, or +611-55 from outside the Federal States. Phone numbers in Minnonigan are in the format AA-BB-CCCC, where:

  • AA is the county or city code;
  • BB is the local neighborhood exchange; and
  • CCCC is the individual caller’s number.

Numbers within the same grouping can be dialed directly, omitting higher-level groupings (e.g., callers within the same county/city code can simply dial BB-CCCC; neighbors within the same local exchange can simply dial CCCC). Minnonigan launched one of the FSA’s first emergency calling codes, using 0000 statewide. Following the implementation of the national 011 emergency services number, callers can dial either 0000 or 011 to reach local police, fire, and paramedics.

Culture

Media and Sports

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