Nevada is a state located in the western and southwestern region of the United States. Nevada is also part of the Mountain States. It is bordered by Idaho to the northeast, Oregon to the northwest, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. The capital is Carson City and the largest city is Las Vegas. The state's nickname is Silver State, due to the large number of silver deposits that were discovered and mined there. "Sagebrush State" and "Battle Born State" are its alternative nicknames. On October 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state to enter the union, and the phrase "Battle Born" on the state flag reflects the state's entry on the Union side during the American Civil War. Its first nonnative settlement was called Mormon Station.
Nevada is the seventh-largest state in area, and geographically covers the Mojave Desert in the south to the Great Basin in the north. It is the most arid state in the Union. Approximately 86% of the state's land is owned by the US federal government under various jurisdictions, both civilian and military.
Nevada became a border state in 2031, when Pacifica seceded from the United States. Governor Heber Wilson and his Lieutenant Governor refused to cooperate with the Federal government's demand to let troops pass in order to invade the breakaway nation. Eventually, the Pence administration raided Carson City and forcibly removed them from office. The Nevada secretary of state, a Republican, found herself put in office and enforced the counterrevolutionary movement.
Nevada's largest city, Las Vegas, was supposedly targeted for atomic bombing by the Soviet Union on March 2, 1951, but local air-defense was able to shoot down the bomber. In all likelihood, the Soviets weren't actually trying to bomb Las Vegas, but rather Hoover Dam located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away from the city.
↑Nevada appears to have three electoral votes in the novel rather than two like in OTL. In OTL, three were cast, but one elector abstained and was not replaced. He was apparently replaced in the altered timeline.