Texas in 2300 is something of a buffer state between a large and powerful America to its north and an expansionist Mexico to its south. But the pride of Texans is such that they do not view this as a dangerous niche to fill. Instead, they point out all of the opportunities it gives them to make a profit.
The population of Texas dropped drastically as a result of the Twilight War and the nation’s subsequent battles with Mexico. By 2300, however, Texas’s population has nearly reached 20th-century levels once again.
- Population: 12,655,000 (78% urban, 22% rural)
- Literacy: 99%
- College Education: 77%
- Life Expectancy: 89.7 male, 93.4 female
- Largest Cities: Houston (2,350,000), Dallas (2,077,000), Galveston (1,850,000)
The economy of Texas is generally strong, if somewhat chaotic. If the government can establish the means to moderate the effect of the oil industry on the overall economy, it is expected that economic growth will stabilize.
- Industrial Capacity: 1 Rudell Unit
- Agricultural Output: 95%, net importer of grain, net exporter of animal products
- Mineral Production: 100%, net exporter of oil
- Power Production: 70% (0% solar, 40% atomic, 60% mineral), net importer of power
- Principal Trading Partners: America, Brazil, Ukraine
History Since Twilight
Texas was wrested from America by Mexico in 1999, at a time when America itself was involved in tremendous civil disorder. With America unable to hold onto its Southwest, Mexico annexed the areas and retained them, making them new Hispanic territories during Twilight in the 21st century. However, in 2099, Texas rebelled against this rule, fighting for and winning its independence from Mexico, while at the same time avoiding political and economic domination by America. Texas won its independence in 2099, making it a separate nation for the first time since 1845.
Political strife and social pressures put a heavy strain on the new nation of Texas from its conception. Hispanic factions rallied to attempt to bring Texas back into the Mexican fold, occupying and terrorizing much of western Texas for decades. Oil men saw advantages in becoming an American state again and put political pressure on the new government. But even with these pressures, no one faction could get either a pro-Mexican or pro-American government into power, so Texas has remained independent to the present day.
A brief military coup was attempted by pro-Mexican radicals in 2230. Three hoverborne regiments seized access into and out of Austin, the capital, in an attempt to flush out and replace the government. In great Texan tradition, however, Austin’s citizens took up arms and effectively eliminated the rebellion’s army units before loyal troops could arrive. The Civilian Defense of Austin is celebrated every 23 March throughout Texas as an event which reinforces the individual’s right to bear arms.
The Texas of 2300 is in many ways the same as it was in the days when it was an American state. The oil industry plays havoc with the whole county’s economy, taking Texas’s finances on a continuous roller coaster of good times and bad. The Eastern Seaboard is still fair agricultural land, and the West is still home to some traditional cattle ranches. However, these ranches are being put out of business by larger operations using automated herding techniques and longterm “harvesting” approaches to animal handling. The seaport of Galveston has become something of a boomtown-the gateway to Texan trade with the rest of the world, exporting oil and beef and importing necessities from South America and Africa.
Due to heavy influence from the Hispanic portion of the population and the many years of Mexican rule, Texan architecture has shifted from traditional Western skylines to flat, low-to-the-ground buildings geared to take advantage of as much solar energy as possible. Most homes are of a mock-adobe style, always at least passively solar, reducing necessary energy consumption on the national level. The energy figures listed in the sidebar do not reflect this abundant energy resource.
Texas in Space
Texas’ reach for the stars has been something of a lackluster effort on the part of previous governments to keep pace with other industrial powers. However, the country’s own economy cannot, really support a grand effort in space, and many Texans view continued expansion in space as a terrible long-term mistake. Present-day elections are very often won or lost over the issue of further expansion off-planet.
Texas holds two extra-solar colonies, one on DM-3 1123, and the other on Rho Eridani, as well as an enclave on 82 Eridani, the Eber homeworld. The independence of Texan citizens serves as an effective stimulus to emigrate from Earth