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The Free State of Northern California, also known as North California[2] or more commonly NorCal, was a state within the United States of America, which later became a Free State. It is located in the northern half of California, with SoCal bordering its south.


1990s - 2020s[]

California became a Free State in 2002, after the economic collapse of the original United States. In 2012, North California separated itself from California, the counties of Northern California voted to secede from the state when they grew tired of the increasing power of the Los Angeles Metroplex, and its forceful control on the rest of the state. It later became the newest state of the union, officially recognized by the US government in 2016.

Northern California is comprised of Monterey, Fresno, and Mono counties and points due north. With the split of the state, Northern California had become an affluent state. Anyone and everyone who could afford to leave the Metroplex in the South, came to the North. The cost-of-living increase brought about by these affluent people in turn drove thousands of Northern Californians out of their homes, and were forced to live on the streets or move to the worse sections of LA. Not many people were willing to go to Southern California, which is why Northern California became one of the worst in the country for rampant homelessness.

The San Francisco Bay Area had become a busy port for Northern California, as it was more economical for them to do their own international trade than to work through the US government. The state had also hoped to be able to act as intermediary for the US's Pacific shipping, though the port of Seattle took that job on quite effectively.[1]

Time of the Red[]

Following the Fourth Corporate War, Northern California joined the former US states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and former Canadian province of British Columbia as the Pacifica Confederation. This loose group was highly "federalist", with their involvement in one another's internal business being limited to when that business crossed their borders. Together, they focused on rebuilding their infrastructure and becoming enough of an economic powerhouse to maintain the upper hand in the power struggle against the MegaCorps operating in the area and to keep the influence of the US government at bay.[3]

2060s - 2070s[]

In 2069, the Unification War began between the New United States and an alliance of the Free States. President Rosalind Myers had presented a unification program to extend federal rule over the rogue Free States under the pretense of strengthening the nation. Northern California allied with the Free States while the South allied with the NUSA. The NUSA, backed by the Militech Corporation, declared war on the Free States. Night City had avoided the fight, but tensions were high in the face of the NUSA/Militech invasion. In early 2070, Night City was saved from the impending invasion due to the efforts of councilman Lucius Rhyne. Rhyne had used his decade worth of contacts on the city council and begged the long-shunned Arasaka Corporation for protection. Within days, an Arasaka supercarrier showed up in Coronado Bay, resulting in the the NUSA/Militech army to retreat hours later. The NUSA and the Free States signed a peace treaty known as the Treaty of Unification, ending the war.

Night City emerged as an fully autonomus free city outside the laws of NorCal and the NUSA. It paid for this liberty with an increase in megacorporation influence, the corpos pumped money into the revitalization of the city so they could have a foothold in the West Coast of the NUSA.[4]

A concrete border wall was built between South and North California after the war by the NUSA. Even though Night City had gained its independence from the North, the NUSA still treated them as NorCal citizens, thus the border was extended through the Badlands south of the city.[5][2]

Database Entry (2077)[]

North California


Since the end of the Unification War, North California has struggled to lead the Free States in their opposition to the NUSA's agenda for reintegration. As a leader in the worlds of finance and biotech, NorCal maintains one of the largest armed forces of any Free State. However, even their substantial might is too little to challenge the federal government in open conflict. Instead, NorCal leadership stations its forces along the border with the highest concentrations of troops being placed on the border with South California—a state which has declared its allegiance to the NUSA government.[2]


Known settlements[]

  • Atascadero (reclaimed as of 2045)
  • Berkeley-Oakland Metroplex
    • Berkeley
    • Oakland
  • Cambria (reclaimed as of 2045)
  • Eureka
  • Fresno
  • Gilroy
  • Monterey
  • Paso Robles (reclaimed as of 2045)
  • Sacramento
  • Salinas (ghost town as of 2020)
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Simeon (reclaimed as of 2045)
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Rosa (ghost town as of 2020)
  • Stateline
  • Stockton
  • Tahoe

Former settlements[]


  • Lake Tahoe
  • Redwood
  • Shasta
  • Yosemite



  1. 1.0 1.1 MACDONALD, M. Home of the Brave. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1992. (pp.109–110)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 CD Projekt RED. Cyberpunk 2077. Video Game, Multi-Platform. Poland, CD Projekt S.A., 2020.
  3. PONDSMITH, M. Cyberpunk RED Corebook. 1st ed., Kenmore, WA, R. Talsorian Games, 2020. (p.259)
  4. Game Informer Issue 327, June 30 2020
  5. The Wall