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|State of Makaska|
Makobashpe Maka Ska
"Au sein des eaux claires et neiges blanches, prospérité."
Amidst clear waters and white snows, prosperity.
|Official languages||Ingerish, Rakhoda|
|• Regional languages||Franquese|
|• Governor||Jared J. Lucian|
|• Lieutenant Governor||Michelle Perrault|
|Legislature||Legislature of the State of Makaska|
|• Upper house||State Senate|
|• Lower house||State Assembly|
|• Total||17831.67 km2|
6884.85 sq mi
|• Estimate (2017)||4132580|
|Currency||FS Dollar (Template:Code)|
|Drives on the||right|
Makaska is a constituent state in the Federal States of Archanta, located in the south central "lakes" region along the southern borader, on a broad isthmus between the two large lakes, Lake "A" and Lake "B".
Makaska shares its isthmus with Oshweken to the north. To the south it has international boundaries with Brieland and Spero. To the west across the narrow Strait of Saint Michael, which is part of Lake "A", lies the state of Seneppi.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Human Geography
- 3 Culture
- 3.1 Education
- 3.2 Native Makaskans
- 3.3 Sports
- 3.4 Economy and Business
- 3.5 Transport
- 3.6 Notable People
- 3.7 Cartographic and Cyclopedic Lodges
- 4 Physical Geography & Hydrology
- 5 "Meta"
- 6 See also
The name "Makaska" derives from the Rakhoda language phrase "maka ska," which means "white land" or "white earth." It is not clear whether this references an area of white and light-colored stone along the shores of Lake Ohunkagan, or whether this is simply a reference to the extensive and long-lasting snow covers of a typical Makaskan winter.
Makaska's 2nd order political divisions are called parishes (equivalent to counties in most of the FS). There are 25 parishes. The largest in population is Swift Parish, and the largest in area is Battle Plain Parish.
Townships, Towns, Villages and Cities
Originally, Makaska's parishes were subdivided into rural townships based on the regional survey of 1841. There were 203 townships.
However, these townships are now obsolete, although their boundaries are still visible in the map of the current divisions. Currently, Makaska has a "full coverage" of 3rd order political divisions which go by the terms City, Town and Village. These terms are misleading with respect to size, however, since they refer to forms of government. Cities are any chartered municipality under the state government, but can be any size. Thus the "city" of Ragged Point, for example, has less than 500 inhabitants. Villages are autonomous and incorporated, but not chartered, and are rarely larger than a few thousand inhabitants. Towns are the inheritors of the township governments, which are not autonomous but are typically subsidiary to parish governments, and the concept applies mostly to rural areas. However, there is at least one "town" that has almost 100,000 inhabitants: Lower Uppington, which has seen a lot of suburban growth in recent years but whose inhabitants have so far resisted incorporating.
- largest metro
- major grand lakes port, other industries include food processing, mercantile exchange, manufacturing, emergent biotechnology
- pop. ~ 1.5 million ?
- regional trains, small subway, legacy streetcars
- state capital and second largest metro
- pop. ~ 200,000
- site of major horse-racing industry, and UMM (secondary land-grant campus)
- Riverton/Apple River/Uppington
- "tri cites", collectively third-largest metro, lake/river port
- site of most prestigious "land grant" University of Makaska at Uppington (UMU)
- pop. ~ 150,000
Other important towns
- Kanguisapa - Callister
- site of the renowned Mihm Clinic and other medical industries
- pop. ~ 40,000
- Queen Rhiannon
- pop. ~ 35,000
- tourism, agriculture, motor-home manufacturing
- pop. ~ 30,000
- Tatankagui State University (teacher's college and agricultural extention)
- Deal City - Buffalo Danger
- pop. ~ 25,000
- food processing and agricultural center, trucking
- White Earth Agency
- pop. ~ 20,000
- center of native Makaska tribes culture (Rakhoda Peoples)
- Roan Stallion
- pop. ~ 20,000
- southern lake-lands tourism
- Normal - Fort Humble
- pop. ~ 15,000
- Humble State University (teacher's college and agricultural extention)
The state does not have a formal division into regions, but there are some fairly well-established regional subdivisions.
- "Snowdrift Riviera" - the southwest: Carbon, Cosmos, Starr, and Taylor Parishes, so named because of the high snowfalls due to lake-effect snows in the winter.
- "Downstate" - the east coast: La Porte, Swift, Iyotanhaha, Lake, and Many Ghosts Parishes.
- "Bluffland" - the north/northwest: Elizabeth, Xanthippe, Brown Buffalo, and Justice Parishes, so named because of the prominent bluff and plateau topography of the region.
- "Portage Corridor" - the central/west: Churchland, Ouroboros, Vineland, Storey, Mihm, Lac Perdu and Deal Parishes, so named because of the two rivers (Makaska River and Kanguisapa River) that drain in opposite directions from the area around the state capital.
- "Spiritland" - the central south: Humble, Maldonado, Freeborn, and Battle Plain Parishes.
- "Lakeland" - the flanks of Lac Perdu: Lac Perdu and Yellowtree Parishes.
High quality universities drive development, so the placement of the best universities has a lot to do with which cities and towns are most successful and fastest-growing.
- University of Makaska at Uppington, Uppington (UMU, flagship campus of UM system)
- University of Makaska at Marksville, Marksville (UMM, secondary campus of UM system)
- University of Makaska at Ohunkagan, Ohunkagan (UMO, recent addition to system, includes new business school)
- University of Makaska at Kanguisapa, Kanguisapa (UMK, primary medical school of UM system, proximate to renowed Mihm Clinic)
- Tatankagui State University, Tatantagui (TSU, flagship campus of MSU system)
- Humble State University, Normal (HSU, secondary campus of MSU system)
- Makaska State University at Witchakawoka, Witchakawoka (MSUW, tertiary campus of MSU system, formerly Mihm State University)
- Makaska State University at Lac Perdu, East Oliphant (MSULP, upgrade of community college)
- Makaska State University at Suburbia, Suburbia (MSUS, upgrade of community college)
- Makaska State University at Grand Crossing, Grand Crossing (MSUGC, upgrade of community college)
- Isthmic University, Ohunkagan (endowment, formerally religious but no longer)
- Grants-Hogarth University, University Village (endowment, founded by wealthy magnates 19th c., best private university in Makaska)
- Southern Lakes University, Alexandretta (endowment, founded by Freecyclopedians, Commonian Rite)
- Saint Clothilde College, Sainte-Clothilde (religious but mainline)
- Ashbery College, Ashbery (endowment, high quality liberal arts)
- MacBeth College, Roan Stallion (endowment, tribal affiliate)
- Throckmorton College, Edgemere (endowment, formerly religious)
A substantial portion of the state is given over to "Native Lands." The history of the "tribes and bands" is fraught and these groups were once quite marginalized and even the victims of genocide, but currently these groups are becoming increasingly prosperous and well-integrated, thanks to the legalization of casino gambling only on tribal lands in the 1980's (giving them a reliable monopoly source of revenue), as well as some well-placed social services programs and a state-level reparations settlement that created an endowed fund in 1992.
Professional Sports Teams
Makaska has one professional soccer team, who play at University Stadium in Marksville. They are known as FC Marksville Southstars.
Makaska has one professional gridiron team, who play at the venerable Veterans Stadium in the Northeast area of Ohunkagan. They are known as the Ohunkagan Lakers.
Makaska has one professional basketball team, who play at the newly built Lakesbank Center in Ohunkagan. They are known as the Ohunkagan Lumberjacks.
Makaska has one professional ice hockey team, who play at the newly built Gorram Arena in Iyotanhaha. They are known as the Makaska Warriors.
Makaska has one professional baseball team, who play at the venerable baseball venue, Strawberry Field, on Ohunkagan's South Side. They are known as the Makaska Saints.
Collegiate Sports Teams
=== Other Notable Sports Venues
The famous Twombly Downs are located just south of Marksville. They host the Meredith Cup.
Economy and Business
Leading Daily Newspapers
Major Shopping Malls
- The Glitch at Prairie Forge - Praire Forge (far north suburbs Ohunkagan) - combined with major music/entertainment/convention center
- Mall of Makaska - Ohunkagan (Ackermann neighborhood, southwest)
- Ming Plaza Galleria - Iyotanhaha (downtown)
- Penning Cross Mall - Wowashakay (north suburbs Ohunkagan)
- Southerly Park Mall - De Telling (south suburbs Ohunkagan)
- Shoppingdale Paragon - Paragon (south suburbs Ohunkagan)
- Shoppingdale Acorn Springs - Radio Park (south suburbs Ohunkagan)
- Shoppingdale Du Lhut - Du Lhut (north suburbs Ohunkagan)
- Shoppingdale Escaflowne - Lower Uppington (south suburbs Riverton)
- Shoppingdale Mythic - Mythic (western enclave city, Ohunkagan)
Banks and Financial Companies
The Silicon Shore is the popular name for a string of suburbs south of Ohunkagan, mostly lining the shore of Lake X, where there is a high concentration of technology companies, research labs, and corporate campuses. The suburbs generally included are (from north to south): Paisley Gardens, Blooming Shore, Cherry Grove, Petachona, Land, and Rhodesylvania. The largest in population and most important, by far, is the city of Blooming Shore, with the corporate headquarters of XTech Inc., including their main chip design and manufacturing facilities. Marginal members of the Silicon Shore category are the cities of Craig, Elphinstone, De Telling, and Radio Park, which lie farther south, and the cities of Paragon and Halesburg, which lie inland. The exclusive lakeshore residential community of Cape Torment, to the east of De Telling, is not typically included, but many of the newly wealthy tech executives have homes there. (map)
State Highway System
- Leonora Grants - 19th c. lumber and rail baroness and philanthropist
- Benoit Le Becq (AKA The Beast Priest) - early 18th c. Franquese priest who ran a private slavery operation
- Philostratus Lynggaard - 19th c. rail baron
- Marvin MacBeth (AKA Chief Roan Stallion) - mid 20th c. Native (Yellowtree Band Rakhoda) who became a philanthropist late in life
- Balthazar Ming - early 20th c. entrepreneur and politician
- Ezekiel Mongo - 19th c. frontier merchant and entrepreneur
- Mathieu Jonnequiel - late 18th c. Franquese explorer and mercenary working for Effessian independence
- John J. Hogarth - 19th c. land baron in Ohunkagan area
- Solomon Swift - early 19th c. territorial governor, went on to Senator, and Federal political career (wanted to be president)
- Abishai Brown - Colonel, FS Army, 19th c. military commander in wars against the natives, notably the Battle at Thrift Ridge.
- Not-a-Wolf - Chieftain, Rakhoda Tribe, Hotanka-Petachona Band, commanded the natives during several of the last major battles of resistance, notably the Battle at Thrift Ridge.
Cartographic and Cyclopedic Lodges
The Cartographic and Cyclopedic fraternal organizations had a strong role in 19th century Makaska. Their "loggia" (Lodges or Rites Halls) are scattered throughout the state.
Physical Geography & Hydrology
"Major" Lakes (relations)
"Minor" Lakes (closed ways)
Organized by "degree square" files for eventual upload
- S44E146_S43E147_Ragged Point contour - about 95%
- S44E145_S43E146_North Savage contour - about 90%
- S44E144_S43E145_Lac Perdu contour - about 90%
- S43E146_S42E147_Ohunkagan contour - about 95%
- S43E145_S42E146_Uppington contour - about 90%
- S43E144_S42E145_Marksville contour - about 90%
- S43E143_S42E144_Saint Michael contour - about 95%
- S42E146_S41E147_Lake Valor contour - about 95%
- S42E145_S41E146_Prairie Forge contour - about 95%