Cascadia is a bioregion.
Cascadia is a noun and a place.
Cascadian, as an adjective or demonym, means someone or something associated with Cascadia (the bioregion). The name Cascadia comes from the word “cascades” meaning falling water or waterfalls. In the 1820s, David Douglas named the mountain range the Cascades. The name Cascadia in various circles came to mean the whole Pacific Northwest. This bioregion was also called Chinook Illahee in the trade language of Chinook Wawa that was spoken by indigenous and settler people alike. We honor both names as names of this beautiful place.
Cascadia as a geographical region includes most of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the majority of Idaho as well as northern California, parts of northwestern Wyoming, northwestern Montana, northeastern Nevada, the northwestern corner of Utah, southeastern Alaska, and the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory.
Why not the “Pacific Northwest?” Because the Pacific Northwest is a geographic description based on an Atlantic centered map. By both the place (Cascadia) and the people (Cascadians) remaining as only a geographic description of a distant corner of Atlantic empires, then we do ourselves a great disservice. As “Pacific Northwesterners” we remain a nameless object or second thought to the power centers of Washington DC and Ottawa. By remaining the “Pacific Northwest” the bioregion ends up being an object or description. We have a name, we are Cascadians and we have a home and it is called Cascadia. By giving ourselves and our home a name we empower ourselves and restore the sacredness of the land as a place of home and not a place for “resource extraction” [plunder] for empire or greed!
~ Alexander Baretich
I love the idea of Imagine-Nations and I have always wanted to make one. Inspired by the game "Shattered Union" nation of Pacifica
And the Real world Cascadia movement. I decided to give it a another go.
I don't know if I will make it as big as the Shattered union version ether. But I think I will use the catalyst of a Nuke going off in DC, throwing the whole idea of government succession out of whack.
Texas and California Declare Emergence governments and pretty much succeed from the Union.
This is quickly fallowed by all other states decaling succession with regional alliances or force making new nations out of the old.
Also UN peace Keepers move into the D.C. Crater and Help/occupy (all depends on who you ask) Delaware and Maryland.
Also at this time the Russian Federation Declares that the Alaska Purchase was no longer valid and invades The former northern State.
(This will give me a reason to have my Cascadian troops fighting against Russians to try to keep the pipe-line open. And I will flush out the idea a little more later.)
Also I am thinking of only having it encompass modern day Oregon, Washington, Idaho up to the snake river and a bit of Montana. With the Boarders being the Californa Republic to the south (Nevada gets annexed by CalRep)
The Mormon State of Deseret(Utah) Also to the south.
Canada to the north. It still exists.
And Montana to the East Which is slowly being absorbed by the Planes Confederation and Deseret.