Appalachia

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Appalachia
Capital Columbus
Largest city Indianapolis
Regions States
Shenandoah Valley Virginia
North Carolina
West Virginia
Ohio Valley Ohio
Indiana
Kentucky
Area  Ranked ?th
 - Total 242,475 sq mi
628,005 km²
 - % water 5.59
Population  Ranked ?th
 - Total 40,315,459 (2000 Census)
 - Density 166.27/sq mi 
64.20/km² (?th)
Governor EJ Hinkelschmit (D-WV)
Lt. Governor John McSmith IV (D-KY)
Majority Leader Nathaniel Hart (D-NC)
Minority Leader Jon Jackson (R-VA)
U.S. Senators
 - Shenandoah Valley Avery Passerday (R-NC)
Calum Daniels (D-VA)
 - Ohio Valley Fred Goodman (D-OH)
Alfred Hood (R-OH)
Abbreviation APP
Web site Appalachia Government

The Superregion of Appalachia comprises of the Ohio Valley and Shenandoah Valley regions, consisting of six States. Along with Big Sky Country and Mississippi Valley, it is one of the only superregions which lacks a single-state region within it.

It was named, presumably, after the Appalachian Mountains, which approximately form the boundary between the two constituent regions.

Contents

Geography and Demographics

Adjacent Superregions

Major Cities

Rank City Population
1 Indianapolis, IN 784,118
2 Columbus, OH 730,657
3 Charlotte, NC 610,949
4 Louisville, KY 556,429
5 Cleveland, OH 452,208
6 Virginia Beach, VA 438,415
7 Raleigh, NC 341,530
8 Cincinnati, OH 308,728
9 Toledo, OH 301,285
10 Lexington, KY 268,080
11 Greensboro, NC 231,962
12 Norfolk, VA 231,954
13 Fort Wayne, IN 223,341
14 Chesapeake, VA 218,968
15 Akron, OH 210,795
16 Durham, NC 209,009
17 Fayetteville, NC 203,000
18 Chesapeake, VA 199,184
19 Richmond, VA 197,790
20 Winston-Salem, NC 196,990
21 Newport News, VA 180,150
22 High Point, NC 168,033
23 Dayton, OH 156,771
24 Hampton, VA 146,437
25 Alexandria, VA 128,283
26 Evansville, IN 121,582
27 Cary, North Carolina 112,414
28 South Bend, IN 107,789
29 Gary, IN 102,746
30 Wilmington, NC 100,838

Politics

Appalachia is an overall Republican-leaning superregion, with Republicans holding an overall 3.5 point advantage in party registration over the Democrats. Nearly all of the Republican margin of comfort comes in the Ohio Valley, where Republicans hold a 6.1 point advantage; in the Shenandoah Valley, the GOP holds a miniscule 0.2 point advantage, making the Shenandoah Valley one of the most evenly divided regions in the nation. As a result, the Ohio Valley tends to be strongly Republican, the Shenandoah Valley has been a heavily contended battleground, and Appalachia as a whole leans Republican.

Office Holders

Electoral Totals in Appalachia since 2008

Year Governor Lt. Governor
Name Party State Name Party State
2009 Peter Vandenberg Republican Ohio Caroline Andrews1 Republican Indiana
2010 Marcus Milam2 Republican North Carolina
Vacant
2011
2012
2013 Whitney Mason Democrat North Carolina Gabrielle Garcia Democrat Ohio
2014 Vacant
2015 Daniel Pizzuto Democrat North Carolina
2016
2017 Tim Kent Republican Ohio Christopher Bradshaw Republican Ohio
2018
2019
2020
2021 Peter Vandenberg Republican Ohio Christopher Bradshaw Republican Ohio


Senators
Year Ohio Valley Shenandoah Valley
Class 1 Class 3 Class 1 Class 2
2008 Terry Hughes
(R-OH)
Vacant James Olsen
(R-VA)
Jared Daniels
(D-NC)
2009 Tim Kent
(R-OH)
Richard Schneiter3
(R-NC)
2010 Keith Carter4
(D-VA)
2011 Chris Harrison6
(D-VA)
Richard Schneiter5
(R-NC)
2012 Avery Passerday
(R-NC)
2013 Calum Daniels
(D-VA)
2014
2015
2016 Jax Jaxal
(D-OH)
2017 Peter Vandenberg
(R-OH)
Troy Carter8
(R-OH)
2018

Regional Legislature

Year Legislature
GOP DNC IND Maj. Leader Min. Leader
2009 51 50 0 Lt. Gov Whitney Mason
2010
2011 48 53 0 Whitney Mason Vacant
2012
2013 51 50 0 Blake Emerson Lt. Gov.
2014 Vacant
2015 49 50 2 Lt. Governor Clay Hamilton7
2016 Dick Solomon
2017 48 51 2 Kaleigh Abercrombie Lt. Gov.
2018
2019
2020
2021 51 47 3 Kaleigh Abercrombie Lt. Gov.
2023 50 48 2 Lt. Gov Bradshaw
2025 51 48 2 Christopher Blair, Jon Jackson Lt. Gov

Footnotes

  • 1 Caroline Andrews was eaten by a leopard while visiting Yemen in 2009.
  • 2 Marcus Milam vanished under mysterious circumstances sometime in 2010.
  • 3 Richard Schneiter was appointed by Governor Vandenberg after James Olsen resigned in 2009.
  • 4 Jared Daniels became a game administrator; Keith Carter was appointed by the Democratic Party to fill the remainder of Daniels' seat.
  • 5 Richard Schneiter was appointed by Governor Vandenberg after Keith Carter vanished under mysterious circumstances in late 2011. Schneiter resigned in late 2012 before the election.
  • 6 Chris Harrison was killed after stepping on a landmine in the DMZ in July 2012. Avery Passerday was appointed by Governor Vandenberg to the vacancy.
  • 7 The office of APP Minority Leader was vacant for several months in 2015 before being filled by Clay Hamilton (R-NC). Hamilton would later resign, after rumors of a possible indictment, and was replaced by Dr. Dick Solomon (R-OH).
  • 8 Troy Carter was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Governor Kent.
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