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This article refers to the NationStates region. For information on the RL U.S. State, please see the Wikipedia article on the subject.
World Factbook Entry
Texas is a large friendly region where freedom is considered one of its greatest resources. Texas is a proud region and home to many diverse nations. Texas is allied with Wysteria, The Heartland and Nasicournia. We are always welcoming new nations. Texas also has a Government, Constitution, Elections and many inter-regional Sporting Events. Come on down!
The offsite forum of Texas is the center of socializing, roleplaying, and regional government. It has logged more than 60,000 posts as of December 2009.
The Texas Map is where the nations of Texas fix their geographical locations. These maps can be personalized to whatever level you choose. The Texas maps, due to the amount of nations in Texas, were made so that there were two maps of Texas. The first is simply called "Texas" and the second is called "Texas Prime". These Texas maps were subdivided into regions that correspond with the terrain of Texas in real life. The Texas Regional Map, created and maintained by PAX HEARTLANDIA, is one of, if not the, largest undertaking in the history of Texas.
The government of Texas is a democracy. The Texas Constitution is the basis for all government and law in the region, and it can be changed by a vote on the offsite forum during any of the quarterly elections. The Texas government is organized in a manner similar to the real life United States, with a President, Vice-President, a Cabinet, an Election Commission, and a Representative Council.
President of Texas
The President of Texas makes overall decisions determining the course of Texas activities, the defense of the region and provides general stewardship. The policies of the President shall not impinge upon any nation of Texas's sovereign rights. The President is held responsible for making and keeping Texas great. The position of President is not elected but inherits the the position by virtue of being WA Delegate. The President handles all requests for Texas opinions on WA matters. The President is also in charge of negotiating Alliances, maintaining the Texas Intelligence Agency, coordinating the Texas Defense Forces and overseeing immigration.
The President has always been Big Tex of NewTexas, and he has always been a tireless protector, promoter, recruiter, and improver for the region. He has also held the presidency for this long because of the fact the constitution prohibits anyone but him from holding the office.
Vice-President of Texas
The position of Vice President is the second in charge for the Great Region of Texas. The duties of this position include providing advice to the President, maintaining Texas Security through interaction with the Secretary of Defense, and coordinating the efforts of the other Secretaries. The office of the Vice President is also in charge of the smooth running of the Texas Representative Council. In the past, the position of VP has been both an appointed position and an elected position. Currently the Vice President is elected. The current Vice President is Crosby-Huffman-Barret.
Texas Secretary of State
The Secretary of State of Texas is in charge of Foreign Affairs. The duties include assisting with the appointment and management of Ambassadors and Consuls, providing communication about Texas affairs with allies, and negotiating Treaties. The Secretary is also in charge of maintaining relationships with friendly regions. The Secretary of State is responsible for the Texas Ambassador Corps, and reports directly to the President. The current Secretary of State is Greenspoint.
Texas Secretary of WA Affairs
The Secretary of WA Affairs (formerly United Nations Affairs) is concerned with World Assembly Affairs, including, but not limited to, creation of WA Proposals, soliciting support for WA Proposals or Resolutions from other WA Delegates, and the monitoring of new WA Proposals. This position works with the President to keep Texans informed of the activities of this position.
This position has historically been filled by nations intimately involved with the WA and its predecessor, the United Nations. This makes sense because Texas has a long history of involvement with the UN and the WA, and has been home to numerous authors of UN and WA legislation, including Rixtex, Frisbeeteria, Texan Hotrodders and Studly Penguins. Past Secretaries have included HotRodia, Karmicaria (Rose of Texas), Gruenberg (El Caminos in Texas), The Palentine (Murray the Evil Skull and Thessadorian Catgirls), Yelda (Ole Dixieland) and Omigodtheykilledkenny (No TV and No Beer). The current Secretary of WA Affairs is Cielos Negros.
Texas Secretary of Defense
The Secretary of Defense is in charge of coordinating the Texas Defense Forces. These forces are used not only in the defense of Texas, but also in the defense of its allies. Duties of the position include deploying and recalling Texas troops, recruitment of Texas Defense Forces Members and answering questions about the program. The current Secretary of Defense is Richard.
Texas Secretary of Space
The Secretary of Space coordinates and facilitates Texas Space Shuttle missions, and makes contact with other regions with space programs to promote trade and cooperative missions and any other space-related initiatives. This Secretary also works with the Secretary of Defense on Texas Security Issues as they relate to space. The current Secretary of Space is Trecdom2.
Texas Secretary of Counterbalance
The Secretary of Counterbalance (formerly Counterculture) is an unique position subject to interpretation. This position assists in keeping Texas on the edge both socially and culturally. It will also provide New Texas with the voice of sanity (or insanity, if needed) in creating Texas policy. While welcoming new nations and helping them assimilate into Texas, the Secretary of Counterbalance also helps Texans adapt to new members, keeping this region current and fresh. It also makes certain all sides of issues are considered. Additional are assigned as needed. The current Secretary of Counterbalance is Bearistotle and Hebert.
Goddess of Texas
The Goddess of Texas is in charge of standing around and looking, well, Goddess-like. She is in charge of all celestial things like looking at the pretty stars and telling people what they mean. She advises the President of important things like how to treat a Goddess and what a Goddess likes to eat. She says nice things on the RMB. She is in charge of, um, well, "Goddess things." The current Goddess of Texas is Sweet Furry Kittens (who has also been informally elected Ruler of the World).
Texas Land Commissioner
The Land Commissioner oversees the development of the Texas maps. He promotes the maps, does most of the work associated with the maps, and keeps track of all map requests and such. The current Land Commissioner is PAX HEARTLANDIA.
Texas Representative Council
As specified in the Constitution, Texas elects a Regional Council. The Council shall include the Cabinet Members of Texas and enough freely elected citizens of Texas to bring the count of the body up to 10% of the population of Texas at the time of the nominations process. As with all offices, the members of the council are elected during the quarterly elections.
The TRC has traditionally not had all that much to do. The Constitution indicates that they are supposed to deal with such serious problems as breaches of the Constitution and internal disputes, and Texas has been fortunate not to have much of those sorts of problems. A recent Amendment to the Constitution requires that the TRC have a say in alliance requests, which may help to increase activity on the part of the Council.
The current Council Members are (in alphabetical order):
- The Duchy of Channelview
- The Frederation of Crazy hell for war
- The Galactic Muppets of Darth Kermit
- The Criminal Syndicate of F799
- The Power behind the power of Eric the first
- The Field Marshall 's Protection of Germany-Logania
- The Modified Acceleration Engine of HotRodia
- The People's State of Independent Planets
- The Republic of Myrrphon
- The Holy Empire of Richard I
- The Deer Hunters of The Sedge
- The Federation of Ukroatia
- The Collective of Wolf MacLeod
Texas is an old region that was Founded before Founders had any sort of official standing. No one knows for sure who the Founder was, but one of the older nations in the region, Boomba, suggested that it might be a nation called "Moondog," though he was not certain of this at all. The first known Delegate of Texas is Fred II, and aside from a certain game glitch that had the then Vice-President AbFab ascending to the Delegacy, NewTexas has been the Delegate ever since Fred II chose to retire from the position.
Due to certain in-game events that led to Texas helping The Heartland gain its freedom from invaders, three regions decided to form an inter-regional alliance for mutual defense. They called this alliance The Triumvirate, and the member regions are Texas, The Heartland, and Wysteria. This alliance has continued to grow stronger over the past two years, and many residents of the three regions have enjoyed their Triumvirate brethren so much that they chose to treat another member region as a second home.
In August of 2003, Texas chose to enter into a mutual assistance pact with 10000 Islands, citing the two regions' similar love for freedom from invasion and Texas' aid in the 10000 Islands' time of need. The alliance was terminated in May of 2004 for very vague reasons.
In November of 2003, Texas chose to enter into another mutual defense alliance, this time with the region Nasicournia. Several Texans have enjoyed close relationships with members of Nasicournia, and Texas Ambassadors to Nasicournia are always made to feel welcome. In the past, some folks have seemingly assumed that because Texas is allied with Nasicournia, it must be a member of the ADN. This is not the case, and has never been the case.
In early 2005, Texas began opening Consulates with regions that it wished to pursue friendly relations with while not yet committing to a stronger alliance. Since that time the list of Consulates has grown to comprise sixteen regions. Other regions/organizations that have Consulates in Texas are Wysteria, The Heartland, Nasicournia, Monkey Island, North Pacific, Galts Gulch, Conservative Paradise, the League of Small Regions, Canada, Gatesville, The Pacific, Elite Conservative Circuit, Change, and Southern Malibu Islands.
Texas is a member of the United Nations Space Consortium.
Nations of The Region of Texas
The following nations of Texas have their own Wikipedia site (in alphabetical order):