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Pennsylvania joins the Union


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For a long while, the population of Pennsylvania was content to be a part of the Atlantian Federation and later the United Atlantian States. But the recent, disastrous war against Xaristan and Louisiana had turned their opinions around, and desperate to get away from the horrors of war (such as the devastating raids on Philadelphia), the people opted to secede from the UAS and join the neighboring New England. This nearly became a reality.

But the people, to their disappointment, had to swallow the bitter pill of living under a Xaristan protectorate. Surely, the Xaristanis did nothing but try to repair the damaged areas and to provide everyone with the basic needs of life, but Pennsylvanians were, so to say, simply discontented with the situation that they found themselves living in. During the time, the prosperity and openness of New England (save for the closed border and armed border guards) only increased their desire for the ‘peaceful, prospering, and democratic society’ that was right next door.

But their hope was finally fulfilled when news got around that Xaristan was turning over control of the protectorate to New England and leaving. As soon as the Xaristanis left, cheering crowds lined up the streets to greet the New England troops that marched through Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and many others. For days and weeks to come, there was nothing but joy and celebration up in the air as Pennsylvanians went on with their lives with newfound optimism; they were more than happy to help the New Englanders with the repairs/reconstruction. To demonstrate their joy and gratitude, Pennsylvanians immediately petitioned the provisional government in Philadelphia to join the Republic of New England as a sovereign state of the Union.

The petitions reached the National Assembly in Boston. After some debate (and with President Kennedy's approval), the National Assembly finally voted to admit Pennsylvania as the eleventh state in the Union, bypassing the typical territorial requirements. The provisional government was thus replaced by a State government and Edward G. Rendell was elected as the first Governor of the State of Pennsylvania by popular vote.

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Edward Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania

When the news of Pennsylvania’s admission into the Union was broadcast, there were massive celebrations as Pennsylvanians, now New England citizens, celebrated their newfound status in the Union. “We didn’t come to the Union, it has come to us!” A native of Philadelphia proclaimed joyfully to a reporter of the New York Times.

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We congratulate the people of Pennsylvania on being successfully incorporated into New England and hope your nation prospers.

We also offer our congratulations to the people of Pennsylvania on succeding in their goal of being incorporated into New England. We wish only the best for you with this change.

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