Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first English colonial possession established in mainland North America, and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna.
Virginia was the first English colony to take hold and survive in North America, established in 1607. It joined the fledgling United States alongside the other 12 colonies, and gained great importance in the new nation from the fact that multiple Revolutionary leaders and eight future Presidents of the United States (some of whom were both) came from Virginia.
In 1861, with more and more states seceding to its south, Virginia nonetheless remained in the Union. But when newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln issued a call for troops to "suppress the rebellion" taking place in the seceded Southern states, Virginia's government refused and passed an ordnance of secession in the state legislature. Virginia thus seceded from the United States and joined the Confederate States of America. In response, a group of Virginia's western counties refused to go along and seceded, and the new state of West Virginia was admitted to the United States in 1863.
Virginia remained in the Union after its re-admission in 1865 until 2013-2014. As domestic unrest and separatist sentiment rose amid great anger and dissatisfaction toward the federal government under the immensely-unpopular David Jefferson Adams, a nuclear weapon exploded in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2013, during the 57th Presidential Inauguration day ceremonies.
What course Virginia might have chosen if left to its own devices is unknown. Though some areas in the southern region of the state became part of The Confederacy, most of Virginia was swiftly occupied by the European Union's emergency peacekeeping force.
- Cities and Towns: Richmond, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Falls Church, Emporia, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Winchester, West Point, Pungoteague, Harrisonburgh
- Largest City: Richmond (5 hexes)
- Military Bases: Langly AFB, Norfolk Naval Base
- Landmarks: The Pentagon (destroyed)
- Geographic Features: James River, Potomac River, Pamunky River, York River, Rappahannock River, Shenandoah River, Lake Anna, Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean
- Roads and Highways: I-64, I-95, I-81, I-66, Route 13
Virginia appears in the following maps, with the cities that appear on those respective maps noted:
- Eastern Shenandoah: Richmond, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Falls Church, Emporia, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Winchester, West Point, Pungoteague
- Ohio Valley: Harrisonburgh
Behind the Scenes Edit
- A generic Military Base feature building will sometimes spawn in the area between Richmond and Williamsburg, off to the side of I-64.
- Langley Air Force Base, written as "Langly AFB" in-game essentially just acts as a generic city, as does the U.S. Navy base at Norfolk, VA, actually called Naval Station Norfolk.
- Virginia is shown on the strategic map to have ended up partly in The Confederacy and partly in the European Union's territory. The Confederacy holds the southwest end of the state from Lee County to Mecklenburg or Halifax County approximately, while the European Union holds the northeastern half of the state, from the Maryland border down to Lunenberg County and Brunswick County approximately.
- Virginia is one of two former U.S. states to have been directly affected by the nuclear blast that destroyed Washington, D.C., the other being Maryland.