Postal Code: DA
Capital City: Colosse
Largest City: Colosse
Electoral Votes: 12
Government: Independently elected Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and five Transportation Commissioners. Two legislative houses, a higher State Senate with 30 seats and a State Assembly with 90 seats. The number of legislative seats are determined by congressional representation: each congressional seat houses three state senate seats, and each state senate seat houses three state assembly seats. The governorship and both legislatures are presently controlled by the Republican Party. The congressional delegation currently has 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats including one senator from each party.
Delosa is a state in the southern region of the United States of America. It was the twenty-third state admitted into the union and seceded in 1861 to join the original Confederate states. Despite pockets of liberalism in Colosse, Ephesus, and Bavaria, it is socially conservative and considered one of the most business-friendly states in America.
Delosa is one of the more culturally diverse states in the south. Most of the eastern portion of the state is populated by German Catholics that immigrated into the state during Reconstruction following the Austro-Prussian War in Europe and the Civil War in the United States. During Reconstruction they exerted heavy political influence, making Delosa one of the most Catholic-friendly states in the south. The eastern portion of the state is sometimes referred to as Bavariana, named after the German province that most of the settlers immigrated from.
The Germanic Catholic presence in Bavariana caused a strong backlash throughout central and western Delosa. South-central Delosa in particular became a regional headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan and remains one of the most socially conservative pockets in the country.
Anti-immigrant backlash was tempered in western Delosa by the rapid growth of the city of Colosse, much of which was fueled by so-called “carpetbaggers” from the north and particularly the upper midwest). Colosse became the banking center of the south and a hub of regional industry. The business culture of Colosse moderated the state’s otherwise culturally conservative population. West of Colosse are Ephesus and Jordan, two college towns known for their liberal populations.
In presidential politics, Delosa is considered somewhat safely Republican and is only contested in years of Democratic landslides. The moderately liberal politics of Colosse, southwestern Delosa and the moderate politics of Bavariana are overwhelmed by the conservative northern half of the state and extremely conservative south-central portion.
Colosse (pop. 1,450,000): By far the largest city in the state with a metropolitan area comprising of over half of the state’s population. The city of Colosse has fewer than 1.5 million citizens, but the metropolitan area has more than three and is barely outside the fifteen largest in the nation. Colosse is the home to a sports team in most professional sports, including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer. Colosse’s economy was largely built on banking, though has branched out in recent decades. It also controls Colosse Bay, one of the largest seaports in the southern United States. [This is where I went to college and lived afterwards prior to relocating to Deseret -ed]
Delianapolis (pop 220,000) [pronounced Dee-lee-anna-pole-is]: One of the most historic towns in the state of Delosa and self-described cultural hub of the state. The metropolitan area has a population of nearly half-a million and they are the home to a AA minor league baseball team. Delianapolis is the second largest city in the state both in terms of population and geography.
Ephesus (pop 135,000): One of the cultural centers of Delosa, it is the home of the University of Delosa, the state’s flagship and land-grant university. Much of the city’s economy is built around the university, though in recent decades it has become a technology hub that almost rival’s Colosse’s IT sector. Ephesus is the second largest city in the state with an area population of about 300,000 people.
Beyreuth (pop. 115,000): The largest city in Bavariana and one of its cultural centers. It is home to Delosa Polytechnic Institute and the only technology center outside of southwestern Delosa with an emphasis on hardware design and manufacturing. Beyreuth is the fourth largest city in the state and combined with the surrounding areas has a population of about almost 200,000. [This is where Clancy is from -ed]
Gilead (pop 90,000): A conservative city in northern Delosa that is primarily known for Southern Cross University, which is located there. Gilead is the most conservative city in northern Delosa. It has a population of about 90,000.
Surfenberg (pop 60,000): A resort town on the southeastern corner of the state, in Bavariana. Crystal clear beaches and a thriving tourism industry make Surfenberg a significant contributor to the state’s economy. [This is where Clancy and I met -ed]
Mayne (pop 45,000): An economically successful suburb of Colosse. Much of its economy centers around Fort Tangre, a former air force installation primarily used for research and development of aircraft. A significant number of jobs are either with the Department of Defense or one of its contractors. Mayne and its surrounding communities have a population of around 150,000. [This is the suburb where I was raised -ed]
Davidsport (pop 15,000): A town in south-central Delosa notorious within the state for its racial homogeny. The federal government has tried to move black families into the town, but those attempts were not successful as eventually black families refused to be guinea pigs in the federal government’s mission of diversity.
University of Delosa (Delosa U, DU): The state’s flagship university and an NCAA powerhouse in numerous sports. Academically competitive for a state university, many Delosians find themselves surprised that their C-average didn’t get them in to the university. In addition to being the state’s foremost liberal arts university, it is also a land-grant university with an an agricultural and earth-science programs. With the primary campus in Ephesus, the University of Delosa System has schools in Colosse, Jordan, Mayne, and Delianapolis. The University of Delosa has a both a Law School and a Medical School. Their mascot is the Panther and their school colors are red and black.[My brothers attended this school]
Southern Tech University (Southern Tech, STU, Sotech, Tech, informally “Votech”): The state’s primary school of technology, math, and science. STU was originally started at Southern Technical College by the Colosse business community as a private college to educate the local workforce. The state absorbed Tech in the late 19th century, created colleges for the liberal arts, and changed the name to Southern Tech University in order to reflect the new, broader focus. Southern Tech became one of the earliest states in the south to desegregate and admit women. Southern Tech has been lobbying for a law school for several decades, but has yet to get one as there are already three in the city of Colosse. They do, however, have a pre-law undergraduate program. Their mascot is the Wolf Pack and their colors are black and gold.[I attended this school]
Southern Cross University (Cross, SCU, Socross): Very religious, conservative university in Gilead. They have a strong liberal arts curriculum and law school. It’s student population is largely comprised of wealthy young men from a variety of Christian backgrounds and poor white evangelicals. Their mascot is the Crusader and their school colors are scarlet and silver. [My best friend Clint went here]
Delosa State University (Delosa State, DSU): The state’s primary historically black liberal arts university. It was originally located in Jordan, but due to increase enrollment was relocated to some unused land owned by Southern Tech University. Aside from its HBCU distinction, DSU is mostly known within the state as its most poorly run university. The state frequently threatens to merge Delosa State with the University of Delosa System over the objections of DSU’s leadership. DSU is an open-enrollment university that accepts students of all colors, though over 90% of its student body is African-American. Their mascot is the Tiger and their colors are crimson and yellow.
Delosa A&T State University (Delosa A&T, A&T, DATSU): The state’s black engineering school. The university is located in conservative Firehole County roughly two hours away from Colosse. Some believe that it was located in the rural north-central part of the state in order to emphasize the agricultural portion of its mission while others believe it was to keep enrollment down to prevent blacks from learning the vocational skills that the university was required by the courts to offer to black youths. Delosa A&T does not have the administrative problems that its urban HBCU counterpart does, in part because it is in the Delosa Technical University System with Southern Tech, Delosa Poly, and the two-year Delosa Career Institute campuses. Their mascot is the Hornet and their colors are green and yellow.
Delosa Polytechnic University (Delosa Poly, DPU, informally “Delosa Tech”): Located in Beyreuth, Delosa’s original technology, math, and science university. Like its larger counterpart in Colosse, DPI started out as a two-year trade school and eventually expanded into a full university. Dixona Poly has been lobbying to change its name to “Dixona Tech”, but they have met some resistence from Southern Tech for fear of it causing confusion. It is legally barred from referring to itself using the “Dixona Tech” nickname, but students often do regardless. Their mascot is the Croc and their colors are green and black. [My father-in-law is a professor at this university]
University of Delosa at Colosse (UDC, Delosa-Colosse, UD-Colosse): The second largest school in the University of Delosa system and the third largest in the state, UDC is largely a commuter’s college with an emphesis in continuing education for older students. They have one of the better MBA programs in the state, a mediocre law school, and a medical school. They have an athletics program, though no football. Their mascot is the Duck and their colors are red, white, and blue.
University of Colosse (UC, UofC): Small, private, academically elite university in Colosse. It began as a religious institution though was secularized in the early twentieth century. Though not Ivy League, it does have a national reputation as a good, academically-oriented school. They have the most competitive and respectable law school in Delosa. Their mascot is the Bear and their colors are red and navy blue.
Delosa Christian University (DCU): Expensive private liberal arts university located in Colosse. Though religious in founding, it is not considered a zealously religious institution like Southern Cross. It’s mascot is a shark and its colors are blue and silver.
University of Delosa at Mayne (UDM): An upper-level school that coordinates with local junior colleges (particularly Mayne College) and does not offer general courses. In addition to undergraduate degrees, they offer graduate work in engineering, business, and technology. They have no athletics program and their school colors are blue and green.
Directional and formerly Directional Universities: Delosa used to have five directional universities. They all started out as teacher’s colleges and eventually expanded to be four year and graduate universities. Three of them were eventually incorporated into the University of Delosa System, though two decided to stay independent. For the most part these are “second choice” universities for those that couldn’t get into the original school of their choice or lived near the schools and couldn’t afford to relocate for college.
The directional universities are:
Northwestern Delosa State College in Tarsus, which is now the University of Delosa at Tarsus.
Delosa Western College in Jordan, which remains independent (though now called Delosa Western University) and is widely regarded as a “party school”.
Central Delosa State College, which remains independent and is now the University of Central Delosa. Located nearby Southern Cross University, it is often the choice of students that either fail out or cannot afford to go to that school.
Northeastern Delosa College in Delianapolis, which is now the University of Delosa at Delianapolis.
Delosa Coastal College in Wurzburg, which is now the University of Delosa at Wurzburg.
For those new to Hit Coffee: I’m rather paranoid about releasing details about where I’m from and where I am. So I don’t mention any names and actually go a step further and genericize and fictionalize the locations. The specific locations are merely a backdrop I use to tell a story or try to make a point. I pull details from the places I am actually referring to as well as from similar places elsewhere to keep it generic. For the most part this post is the aggregate of a bunch of notes I’ve made to myself to try to stay consistent (remember differences between the fictional and real places and not keep coming up with new names for a place I’ve already talked about). I figured that I would share them with you so that you have a reference you can keep going back to. You can find this by clocking on the “DELOSA (DA)” link under “Places” on the right menu. Right now the other places are linked to posts and are not official guides, but I’ll probably organize my notes for those places, too, at some point.