Dixie

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Dixie
Capital Tallahassee
Largest city Jacksonville
Notable Metropolitan Areas Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Tampa, FL
Orlando, FL
Charlotte-Rock Hill, NC-SC (split with Appalachia)
Jacksonville, FL
Memphis, TN (split with Mississippi Valley)
Birmingham, AL
Columbia, SC
Knoxville, TN
Charleston, SC
Greenville, SC
Regions States
Florida Florida
Southeast South Carolina
Georgia
Alabama
Tennessee
Area  Ranked 5th
 - Total 255,711 sq mi
(?) km²
 - % water (?)
Population  Ranked 3rd
 - Total 38,317,226
 - Density 149.85/sq mi 
(?)/km² ((?)th)
Governor Vincent Halfhyde (R-SC)
U.S. Senators
 - Florida Steve Rayburn (R-FL)
Constantine Gurlakis (R-FL)
 - Southeast Alexander Allum (R-GA)
Daniel Morey (R-TN)
Abbreviation DIX
Web site Dixie Government

The Superreion of Dixie comprises of single-state region of Florida and the four-state region of the Southeast. Most of the region's population resides in Florida, but the Southeast Region has a disproportionately large impact on the superregion's political life.

Traditionally Florida, due to it's role as the home of millions of retirees (many of whom previously lived in the North) and immigrants (largely from the Carribbean nations of Cuba and Haiti), has a reputation for being highly cosmopolitan. By contrast, the Southeast has a reputation for being highly rural, traditional, and (in some circles) being somewhat backwards. This impression, however, belies the fact that many of the fastest growing and most vibrant U.S. cities are located in the Southeast, and that much of rural Northern and Central Florida is indistinguishable from the rural areas of its neighboring states. The two regions that make up Dixie, therefore, are far more alike than they are different; what difference there are, are more in degree than in kind.

Dixie was named, ultimately, after the Mason-Dixon line, originally the name of the boundary drawn between Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. The term "Dixie" derived from "Dixon" to refer to the territory south of that line, and ultimately to the entire Southern portion of the United States. The song "Dixie's Land" cemented the use of the term "Dixie" to refer to the South, and was used as an unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. The USG Superregion of Dixie is significantly smaller than the common grographical definition of the term; "Dixie" in common speech includes not only USG's Dixie but also every state that neighbors it (Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina), and arguably includes some states that don't even touch the Dixie border (Texas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware); the states that collectively composed the Confederate States of America and the so-called "Border" states which still allowed slavery at the outbreak of the American Civil War.

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Adjacent Superregions

Politics

Appalachia is a solidly Republican superregion, with Republicans holding an overall 7.2 point advantage in party registration over the Democrats. Most of the Republican margin of comfort comes in the Southeast, where Republicans hold a 9.7 point advantage; but even in Florida, the GOP holds a significant 4.0 point advantage. Despite this, Florida has a distinct reputation as a battleground region, earned primarily by its infamous role in the disputed 2000 Presidential Elections.

Election 2008

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Office Holders

Year Governor Lt. Governor Legislature
Name Party State Name Party State GOP DNC Maj. Leader Min. Leader
2009 Vincent Halfhyde Republican South Carolina Constantine Gurlakis Republican Florida 58 43 Lt. Gov Michael Anderson1
2010
2011 57 44
2012
 ???


Senators
Year Florida Southeast
Class 1 Class 2 Class 1 Class 2
2008 Matt Mitchell
(R-FL)
Eric Smith
(D-FL)
Hiroko Fox
(R-TN?)2
Vacant
2009 Mike Floyd
(R-TN?)3
2010
2011
Alyssa Richards
(R-GA)
Daniel Morey
(R-TN)
2012

Footnotes

  • 1 Michael Anderson was visiting Washington, DC on May 15, 2011; he died in the terrorist attack on the city.
  • 2 Hiroko Fox resigned from the Senate in early-to-mid 2011, and was replaced by Daniel Morey
  • 3 Mike Floyd resigned from the Senate in early 2011, and was replaced by Alyssa Richards
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