West Coast of the United States

West Coast of the United States, also known as the Pacific Coast, Pacific states, and the western seaboard, is the coastline along which the Western United States meets the North Pacific Ocean. The term typically refers to the contiguous U.S. states of California, Oregon, and Washington, but sometimes includes Alaska and Hawaii, especially by the United States Census Bureau as a U.S. geographic division.

While Oregon is firmly in Camarilla hands, Washington state is up for grabs. Threatened by the strong Technomancer presence outside Seattle, the vampires of Washington have turned in among themselves. Unsure of whom to ally with or which enemy is most pressing, they war among themselves in a constant series of anarch uprisings that unseat prince after prince. Many disaffected anarchs flee here from California, and their discontent helps keep the pot bubbling.

Home of the first and most successful Anarch Revolt in North America, the California Free State had its genesis in Los Angeles. However, the tide of revolt soon swept up and down the state, and today all of the Redwood State is either independent or contested. San Francisco in particular is a contested city, but the war there is more political than overt. Deals are made in clubs and boardrooms as the Camarilla attempts to purchase, rather than conquer, the City by the Bay.

The rest of the state is less than safe for most Kindred. While the freedom from Camarilla strictures can be exhilarating at first, the lack of structure provides room for bully-gangs of Brujah and Gangrel (most of whom, ironically, wander in groups reminiscent of Sabbat packs) to pick off visitors and immigrants.

Major cities include Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, Fresno, Long Beach, Honolulu, and Anchorage.

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History


Beginning in the 19th century, southern California drew large numbers of young vampires, especially those sympathetic to the Anarch Movement. In 1944, with the Camarilla distracted by the war in Europe, Jeremy MacNeill instigated the Second Anarch Revolt in Los Angeles and ousted the city's Prince. The revolt spread through much of southern California, which was dubbed the Anarch Free State.

The first vampire to arrive in the area of modern Los Angeles was the child-Elder Christopher Houghton, an outcast from the Toreador society of Boston who originally wanted to leave the Americas and Europe with their outmoded views on art behind and travel to the Middle Kingdom.[1] His ship crashed in 1828 and Houghton was saved by a loyal ghoul, whom he killed in frustration when he found his plans thwarted, along with the family that had taken them in. The only survivor, Don Sebastian Juan Dominguez, he ghouled and made into his servant, transforming the ranch of Don Sebastian into his haven.[1] After consideration, Houghton decided to found his own city modeled after Carthage to show the Toreador of the East Coast true art. Using his influence and the one of his ghoul, the Toreador pushed for the secularization of the mission in California, causing the missionaries to leave and Houghton to be able to indulge himself in vices of every sort.

Culture


Since the West Coast has been populated by immigrants and their descendants more recently than the East Coast, its culture is considerably younger. Additionally, its demographic composition underlies its cultural difference from the rest of the United States. California's history first as a major Spanish colony, and later Mexican territory, has given the lower West Coast a distinctive Hispanic American tone, which it also shares with the rest of the Southwest. Similarly, two of the three cities in which Asian Americans have concentrated, San Francisco and Los Angeles, are located on the West Coast, with significant populations in other West Coast cities. San Francisco's Chinatown, the oldest in North America, is a noted cultural center.

The West Coast also has a proportionally large share of green cities within the United States, which manifests itself in different cultural practices such as bicycling and organic gardening.

In the Pacific Northwest, Portland and Seattle are both considered among the coffee capitals of the world. While Starbucks originated in Seattle, both cities are known for small-scale coffee roasters and independent coffeeshops. The culture has also been significantly shaped by the environment, especially by its forests, mountains, and rain. This may account for the fact that the Northwest has many high-quality libraries and bookshops (most notably Powell's Books and the Seattle Central Library) and a "bibliophile soul". The region also has a marginal, but growing independence movement based on bioregionalism and a Cascadian identity. The Cascadian flag has become a popular image at Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers games.

Alaska is widely known for its outdoors and its inhabitants engage in a range of activities which are unique to the state. Some of these activities can be experienced through the state's annual events, such as the Iron Dog snowmobile race from Anchorage to Nome and on to Fairbanks. Other events include the World Ice Art Championships (Fairbanks) and the Sitka Whalefest (Sitka).

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