America, land of the free.
During the 19th century, Tierra Robada was settled by folks from all backgrounds. European immigrants coming from the rainy lands of Great Britain, the snowy ground of Sweden and Catholics from Iberia. Originally colonized by the Spanish Empire, it quickly gained independence with use of the first Governor's cunning diplomacy and skills of trade - but that was not for long as the United States began uniting.
Tierra Robada became a U.S. territory in 1848 under the terms of the Mexican Cession and became the Territory of Tierra Robada, a rural area with an economy based on cattle, cotton and other materials found by the local population. The early years were rough due to the lack of trade, caused by the lack of roads and railroads and constant raids of the natives who felt hatred towards the newly-arrived overlords.
During the American Civil War, citizens in Fremont conspired a take-over by the Confederate States, claiming they would bring forth proper infrastructure and functioning mail service. The secessionists hoped that troops from the Confederacy would show up, but in April 1862, Union troops from California marched into Tierra Robada and took positions to defend against Confederate attacks - but not much battle was seen.
Following the end of the Civil War, harsher clashes broke out between the native population of Tierra Robada and the residents of Longcreek and Fremont - causing deaths, the loss of cattle and harm to the developing post-war economy.