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State of Sierra
Sierra
Estado de Sierra
FlagCoat of arms
FlagState Seal
Motto:
"Totum Mundi"
A Whole New World
Anthem:
Mi Sierra Bonita
Constituent state ofFlag of the FSA.svg Federal States
CapitalElvira
Official languagesnone
DemonymSierran
GovernmentParliamentary Republic
 • GovernorMaggie Woods
 • Lieutenant GovernorJonathan Torres
LegislatureState Assembly
 • Upper houseState Senata
 • Lower houseState House
Area
 • Total136,088.42 km2
52,544.03 sq mi

The State of Sierra (Castellanese: Estado de Sierra) is a state is the western Federal States. It is one of the largest states in terms of area, but more sparsely populated. The state is known for its landscape consisting of the Sierras, wide, open high plains and plateaus, desert areas and rivers. It borders Tauhon in the west, Clamash to the south, Riopoderos to the southeast, AR120-72 to the east, AR120-74 to the north and AR120-73 to the northeast.

Sierra was first settled around the year 800, had vibrant Native Archantan cultures, settlements and even some cities by 1000-1200. Sierra was explored by the Castellanese from around 1530, though primarily from 1650 onward. The first settlements sprang up around the rivers, primarily in the west. Sierra became a possession of the FSA in 1841 and a territory in 1858. Statehood was achieved in April 1873.

The capital of Sierra is Elvira, though the largest city is Dennison.

History

Overland caravans of settlers began arriving to Sierra in the late 1840s and through the 1850s.

When Sierra became an organized territory, Lola was named the capital in 1858. In 1864 the businessmen in Dennison, a growing town, declared Dennison as capital in order to secure a future railway connection. A brief Civil War broke out between Dennison and Lola-based militias but the federal government named Dennison the capital in 1866. A first bid for statehood in 1868 was derailed over the selection of a capital, but in 1871 the railway bypassed both Dennison and Lola and went through the middle of the state in Elvira. Elvira was named a compromise capital in 1871 and statehood was made official the following year.

Large deposits of silver and gold were discovered in the center-west in 1874, leading to a huge influx of prospectors and their families, though many would leave as the easy gold was mostly gone around 1879.

Government and politics

Sierra has a government similar to that of the FSA. It is headed by an elected Governor, supported by a Lieutenant Governor. The governor appoints other members to government, such as the secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer. The current governor is Maggie Woods, of the [right-wing party] elected in 2017 to a second term.

Sierra has been a key swing state in Federal States politics since the early 1940s, and is often known as the "flip-flop state". The state has often gone from left-wing to right-wing governments in succession, and is known for election patterns that buck the general nationwide trend. The east, south and northeast is often considered to be a more conservative voting region in the state, while the center and west are more left-leaning. The major cities are more left-leaning, though Lola has been more right-leaning than all the others.

Healthcare

Uniquely within the Federal States, Sierra has a publicly subsidized health system; employers, employees and the state government contribute to a public health insurance, and state residents are able to augment it with private insurance as well.

Environment

The State Wildlife Department was set up in the 1930s and oversees the management and protection of a variety of state parks, forests, preserves, sanctuaries and wilderness areas. The natural areas overseen by the state include Northern Peaks Wildlife Preserve, Santa Elena Forest, Telles State Forest, Meseta State Preserve, Kaitenas Forest, Tumona and Elgin Forest, Vilchez Peak Protected Area, Fulton State Park, Fielding State Forest, South Winston Wilderness Area, Fronteras State Forest and San Felipe River Basin Nature Reserve.

Education

Sierra has three main universities, the University of Sierra (main campus in Dennison and second in Lola), State University of Sierra in Elvira and University of Dennison.

Culture

Media

Print media has existed since the mid-18th century. The Dennison Observer is the best-known and most-read newspaper in Sierra (and from the state nationally).

Television in the state has been present since the middle of the 20th century. Free Television (Free Television Sierra) is a popular Sierran station, a public television non-profit channel partly funded by the state. National broadcasters have local stations in the state as well.

Music

Ballad to Joe (1963)

One of the most famous early Sierran music stars was Jack Mitchell (1923-1961). He became a famous country and western star, not just in the state but also nationally before his death in a car accident. Another popular singer in this period was the folk artist Mary Rivas; she recorded most of her hits at the famous Modern Sounds Studio in redonda and was part of the 1960s folk revival in the west.

Food and drink

Sierra is known for having a variety of small and medium breweries. Montana, brewed in San Daniel since 1886, is one of the most popular brands nationally.

Sports

A variety of sports teams are present in the state of Sierra, both amateur and professional. The University of Dennison's sports teams are known as the Lions, the University of Sierra (Lola) teams are known as the Rangers and the University of Sierra Dennison's teams are known as the Hawks. All universities are competitive in Archantan football, soccer (football), (ice) hockey and baseball among other sports. The USL Rangers team has the oldest history of Archantan football in the state, with their team known to have played a version with a round ball as early as 1876.

Professional sports teams include the Dennison Sierrans (baseball), the Dennison Bombers (basketball) and Dennison Wranglers (Ar. football). The Bombers basketball team is the one with the oldest history, founded in 1955 and entering the Archantan national league in 1961. The Wranglers have been present in Sierra since 1975 when a franchise was moved to Dennison, and the Sierrans franchise was awarded to the state in 1984.

Political divisions

Sierra's 22 Counties

The state is divided into 22 counties. Estancia County is the largest in terms of area, and the City-County of Dennison is the smallest and most populous. Sierra is unofficially divided into five regions: West, Central, East, North and South.

County County Seat Area in km² Area in miles Population Pop. Density in km² Map
Andaguani Andaguani City 10108.03 3092.73 29,400 2.91 TBD
Asuma 2579.9 996.11 6,100 2.36 TBD
Braxton Lola 1827.49 705.6 288,450 157.84 TBD
Brenton Montillo 12997.09 5018.2 77,900 5.99 TBD
Colurona Colurona 3538.91 1366.38 52,104 14.72 TBD
Cusatia 8443.58 3260.08 38,100 4.51 TBD
Dennison Dennison 97.82 37.77 672,500 6874.87 TBD
Dillon Dillon 6233.63 2406.82 56,225 9.02 TBD
Elgin Vilsack 12522.96 4835.14 63,200 5.05 TBD
Estancia La Rue 21375.53 8253.14 41,200 1.93 TBD
Gerrard Everson 10725.94 4141.31 66,885 6.24 TBD
Los Valles Timona 2608.68 1007.22 51,200 19.63 TBD
Meseta Elvira 5975.67 2307.22 429,600 71.89 TBD
Pinault Chapman 5272.2 2035.61 144,500 27.41 TBD
Pink Hernandez 599.9 231.62 46,800 78.01 TBD
Saguas 2018.09 779.19 9,250 4.58 TBD
Sanchez Caldwell 5503.97 2125.1 3,200 0.58 TBD
Santa Cruz 2490.37 961.54 19,400 7.79 TBD
Serrano Unita 5504.29 2125.22 922,115 167.53 TBD
Wilfried Barclay 1805.69 697.18 413,220 228.84 TBD
Yahomas Billard 4247.8 1640.08 206,000 48.5 TBD
Zusi County Burris 9424.37 3638.77 66,250 7.03 TBD

Geography

Mountains

Most are mountains, a few are mesas or buttes (flat-topped). Mount Esguerra is the talles in the state at 4501 m. Estancia county has the most mountains of any county, and Zusi County has the two tallest.

Name County Height (m.) Map
Asabia Peak Estancia County 3001 map
Black Rock Yahomas County 2695 map
Blythe's Peak Estancia County 3456 map
Calvin Peak Cusatia County 1969 map
Colorado Peak Estancia County 2372 map
Coyanha Rock Yahomas County 2727 map
Currant's Peak Serrano County 3064 map
Dominguez Peak Estancia County 3723 map
Flat Butte Estancia County 2412 map
Gardiner's Peak Estancia County 2641 map
Genevieve Peak Asuma County 2068 map
Henderson Peak Meseta County 2001 map
Hernandez Peak Cusatia County 4009 map
Joshua Peak Estancia County 3347 map
Junasias Peak Cusatia County 4378 map
Mesa Luis Zusi County 3987 map
Meseta Chica Serrano County 3148 map
Meseta Grande Serrano County 3112 map
Monte Cristo Cusatia County 3872 map
Monte Guerrero Estancia County 3996 map
Mount Clinton Cusatia County 4198 map
Mount Elgin Elgin County 3808 map
Mount Eloise Zusi County 4006 map
Mount Esguerra Zusi County 4501 map
Mount Geraldine Cusatia County 2244 map
Mount Gordon Zusi County 1915 map
Mount Gustavia Asuma County 1799 map
Mount Helena Zusi County 4468 map
Mount Helles Elgin County 2102 map
Mount Oswaldo Serrano County 1886 map
Mount Salazar Estancia County 4150 map
Mount Serpentine Zusi County 3012 map
Mount Vera Cusatia County 3667 map
Mount Vilsack Elgin County 2016 map
Norbert Rock Elgin County 1625 map
Pico Grande Estancia County 4316 map
Roca Grande Cusatia County 3812 map
Rocky Mount Yahomas County 2071 map
Saguas Butte Saguas County 1668 map
Sebita Peak Yahomas County 2214 map
Spearmint Butte Serrano County 955 map
Truchas Peak Estancia County 3855 map
Tumona Peak Estancia County 3308 map
Undaia Peak Asuma County 3100 map
Vilchez Peak Estancia County 2874 map
Yunica Peak Estancia County 2265 map

Transportation

Motorways in Sierra

There are 3 types of highways in Sierra, national (interstate) routes, state routes and instrastates. County routes fall under the jurisdiction of the counties in the state.

National routes

National routs are all dual carriageway separated highways.

Route Length
 75  77–border with Riopoderos Length
 77  Burris–Timona–North Dennison–Dennison–Redonda-Elvira–Lola–Dillon–Montillo Length
 80  Chapman–Barclay–Dennison–San Daniel–La Rue Length
 477  North Dennison–Unita–Redonda (toll road) Length

State routes

State routes may be both single or dual carriageway.

Route Length
Sierran Route 1 sign.png Hernandez–Barclay–Dennison Length
Sierran Route 2 sign.png Route 80 Length
Sierran Route 3 sign.png Elvira Length
Sierran Route 4 sign.png North of Dennison Length
Sierran Route 5 sign.png Northern Turnpike (Billard-Duchess) Length
Sierran Route 6 sign.png Elvira-Posada–state border Length
Sierran Route 7 sign.png Vilsack Length
Sierran Route 9 sign.png Farnham Avenue–West/East Forest (Greater Dennison) Length
Sierran Route 9 sign.png Farnham Avenue–West/East Forest (Greater Dennison) Length
Sierran Route 10 sign.png S-6–Guerrero–Andaguani City–state border Length
Sierran Route 13 sign.png S-11–Chapman Length
Sierran Route 19 sign.png Burris/Timona/S-4/FS-80 Length

Intrastate routes

Intrastate routes are secondary highways in Sierra. These extend beyond one or more county limits, but not enough as to merit a State Route designation. They may be standalone roads, but are usually used with combinations of county roads.

Route Length
Sierran intrastate route 101.png La Rue–Vilsack Length

Railways

The first state railway was built in 1859, connecting Lola with Elvira, and in 1861 with Dennison. The development of the intercontinental railway was an important moment in early Sierran history. The railway was selected to pass through Elvira in 1870, with construction completed the following year.

Vehicle registration plates

License plate designs

License plates were first required in 1910, but were issued by Dennison County and not by the state. Statewide plate issuance occurred only in 1917.

The standard-issue plates in Sierra feature a landscape with pine trees and a sunset. This design was issued with flat letters and numbers (from 2009 to 2017) and with embossed registration number from 2018. Special plates are issued by the state. The most common ones include a gold on blue design with the motto "The Historic West", for vintage automobiles (reissue of 1966-1971 design), and a reissue of a late 1980s design with the motto "Protect Our Wildlife", for which a percentage of sales goes to nature conservation. Veteran, University and sports-related plates are also issued.

Flag of Sierra.png Counties of Sierra
Andaguani · Asuma · Braxton · Brenton · Colurona · Cusatia · Dennison · Dillon · Elgin · Estancia · Gerrard · Los Valles · Meseta · Pinault · Pink · Saguas · Sanchez · Santa Cruz · Serrano · Wilfried · Yahomas · Zusi
Flag of the FSA.svg Political divisions of the Federal States
States Aidlenaide · Alormen · AperiaFlag.png Aperia · Arghenna · Arlington · AR120-17 Astrantia flag 1a.png Astrantia · Bas-Chanceux · Belirias · FlagofBoscainifornio.png Boscainifornio · Caroline · Clamash · Cosperica · Flag of culpepper.png Culpepper · East Massodeya · Ervinia · Fermont · Gilliad · Insumah · Larimont · Luciano Flag Makaska 01.png Makaska · Mennowa · Minnonigan Flag.png Minnonigan · Flag of natrinia.png Natrinia · Flag v2.png Newlynn · NCflag.png New Carnaby · Nipewa · Oakhill · Flag Oakley.png Oakley · Ar120SampleFlag014.png Oronotia · Osaquoya · PanasigFlag.png Panasig · PA flag.png Passamaqueets · SvgFileService (1).svg Penquisset · Riopoderos · Seneppi State Flag.jpg Seneppi · Flag of Sierra.png Sierra · Suenugan · FLAGTAU.png Tauhon · Tejoma · TulpanenFlag.png Tulpanen · Velena · Walkegan · West Massodeya · WhitestoneFlag.png Whitestone · Wilthamshire
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