|Notable Metropolitan Areas|| Miami, FL |
Charlotte-Rock Hill, NC-SC (split with Appalachia)
Memphis, TN (split with Mississippi Valley)
|Southeast|| South Carolina |
|- Total|| 255,711 sq mi |
|- % water||(?)|
|- Density|| 149.85/sq mi |
|Governor||Vincent Halfhyde (R-SC)|
|- Florida|| Steve Rayburn (R-FL) |
Constantine Gurlakis (R-FL)
|- Southeast|| Alexander Allum (R-GA) |
Daniel Morey (R-TN)
|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.
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.
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|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|
|Class 1||Class 2||Class 1||Class 2|
|2008|| Matt Mitchell|
| Eric Smith|
| Hiroko Fox|
|2009|| Mike Floyd|
| Alyssa Richards|
| Daniel Morey|
- 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