You know what, I'll let go of the absurdity of the PNW for now. Although I will keep it in my mind as a way for me to not make any ASBish posts in this thread in the future. Anyways I'm ending my PNW rant, and here is my post for Texas:OK, I can see that to a certain extent, though I think it strikes a pretty good balance. I've always gotten a strong Hanseatic/Baltic vibe from the region myself with the merchant colonies. Now, there is going to be a certain amount of orientalization, for a number of reasons. Firstly, there's going to be a conscious effort by the Cascadians to orientalize: their religion is Buddhism as done by kale-eating hipsters, full of ostentation and borderline racist Orientalisms and oversimplification. The "more Asian than Asia" aesthetic is just part and parcel. Secondly, a lot of the East Asian Buddhists of California (around 500,000 of them as of writing) are going to be fleeing once Scientology takes control, and that's sure to make a demographic dent. And third, albeit most minorly, there probably will be some contact with Japan and China, as there is trans-pacific fishing and trading.
Now, orientalization may get a little bit much in Columbia, though I think that's to a certain extent due to the nature of that country: it's a feudal warrior-based land with volcanic mountains. Which menas it's going to be orientalized both in its likely outcomes, and in the mind of the writer.
Now, as to the "Star Wars": yes, this is absurdity, but I think it's all in good fun and essentially justifiable. Because really, "Star Wars" is the epitome of American Buddhist orientalism, and I think it makes sense that at some point the Cascadians would pick up on the similarities between this folk-tale and their form of Buddhism.
And besides, wandering rock-and-roll Sith Ronin fighting for the rights of the Mormond serfdom against the Jedi Shogunate is just too much fun to
Texas was one of the most populated areas of the continental united states before the collapse along with California, but unlike California, it never had the fortune to have a protective mountain range and a very productive farming area. Instead, it fell into a state of dissarray, as nomads, farmers, merchants, criminals, and other groups tried to take over what was left of the any other groups in the region. Eventually, a powerful nomadic family known as the Andersons took power and subjegated a large hunk of the former Texas, but alienated many of the non-nomadic population due to it's staunch stance of pro-nomadism, and caused many rebelions to sprout up in the decades to ensue. A sect of the Anderson family led by Calvin Anderson, the nephew of the current leader attempted to stage a coup in order to reorgainze the Andersons and the territory that it controlled into a full-on-nation and integrate the farmers and the pastors into one, but failed due to defection. Calvin fled with his closest family to the coastal cites, and the rest of the supporters of the coup were killed and executed in a rampage, as the leader was furious about how his nephew attempted a coup and uniting with the farmers, who were inferior in the leader's eyes. Meanwhile, Calvin Anderson still remains in Galveston, plotting to take down the rest of the Andersons, and unite the Ancient land of Texas under his rule once and for all..... (man, I need better writing)