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Sacramento is the capital of the State of California in the United States. Found in 1848 by John Sutter Jr., it became California's first incorporated city in 1850. After California had a series of temporary state capitals, the government moved to Sacramento in 1854. According to the census of 2010, Sacramento's metropolitan area is the fourth largest in California and the 27th largest in the nation.

Sacramento in "The Breaking of Nations"[]

Sacramento, capital of the state of California, gained additional status as the capital of the republic of Pacifica in 2031.[1] Although the leadership of the new nation, including President Nicole Yoshida, feared that the U.S. might bomb Sacramento, this never happened.

Literary comment[]

While Sacramento is only the provisional capital in Harry Turtledove's story, the sequels by other authors confirm that it was then chosen as the permanent capital. Nothing significant happens there in the sequels.

Sacramento in Joe Steele[]

Mike Sullivan thought it odd that California kept its capital in Sacramento rather than in one of the bigger and much more famous cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco[2].

Sacramento in "Manuscript Tradition"[]

Sacramento was a city in West Coast. In 2219, rioting in Sacramento targeted Mormons. Although the West Coast government attempted to censor this news, a grainy video of the riot leaked out and was broadcast in the United States.[3]

Sacramento in "Powerless"[]

Sacramento was the capital of California, and therefore important to the West Coast People's Democratic Republic overall.[4]

Sacramento in State of Jefferson[]

Sacramento remained the capital of California after the state was truncated in 1919 to create Jefferson.[5]


  1. And the Last Trump Shall Sound, pg. 88, loc. 1306, ebook.
  2. Joe Steele, p. 13
  3. https://www.tor.com/2020/02/19/manuscript-tradition-harry-turtledove/
  4. Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction September/October, 2018, ebook.
  5. This is referred to fleetingly in most of the Jefferson stories.