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Once upon a time, you thought American History was painfully boring and you'd gouge your eyes out. No more.

The State Tan Project is a spin-off of the popular webcomic turned anime— Axis Powers Hetalia. And all the crack, weirdness, and downright unhistorical history you got there is here... Probably more beer, though.

As the title suggest, State Tan Project focuses on all 50 states; but due to rising popularity, it also began to accept Territories and Canadian Provinces, so now they're all one big happy family.

Can be seen here, and here, so go explore and enjoy!

Be aware that this group does not claim to be perfectly accurate. New facts are constantly being discovered as many members and non-members take time to study history and use these fact to continue character development. The facts that they do come across are typically used in some way shape or form. However, it is quite common for members to have to weigh-in between Fact or Fiction in order to work their characters personalities out in a way that's both appealing to them and consistent. Since the group is usually character-driven the former is chosen more often than not.


It should also be noted, however, that not everyone takes an active role in researching. As their administrators prefer to allow creativity to flow unabated, it is up to each individual member to decide whether or not they do research or build upon personal preferences and/or experience.

Please keep this in mind as you read, okay?

There is a Discussion page.

(Also, good STP members and friends, please edit the description and, of course, tropes list as you wish!)


State Tan Project contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Can anyone say Wisconsin?
    • Mississippi too.
    • California
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Hetalia and the history of your beloved state, province and U.S. territory.
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of information can be found on the states' wiki pages, some of which is almost impossible to find elsewhere without asking the creator including relationships for characters that don't RP together a lot, back story, and other trivia about each state.
  • All Work vs. All Play: VA and MS respectively. They have had a long in-depth series of RPs that is slowly making MS a little more responsible and VA a little less a Workaholic.
  • Alternate Universe: Hareno's Civil War AU is a popular one.
    • There was a mention of a college AU from Ukes.
    • The forum also has a High School A.U. and a Fantasy AU.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Any guy who uses the word "sassylicious" as much as Ohio should be suspected of this...
  • Attention Whore: Although he will never admit it, North Dakota's extremely vocal moping over being ignored is his way of crying for attention. The fact that said moping is what he does almost constantly should say something about his personality...
    • California loves to take the spotlight… whether in a good situation or a bad one.
  • Badass Labcoat: Delaware sports one on occasion.
  • Bash Brothers: The Dakotas.
  • Battle Couple: New Jersey and Königsberg/Kaliningrad ever since 1777.
    • They did have a bit of a falling out during the Cold War, however...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mississippi when his Berserk buttons are pressed.
    • Kentucky if South Carolina tries to woo his sister
    • And I'm pretty suspicious in that we have yet to discover a chainsaw with Texas... Yet!
  • Berserk Button: Try threatening a southern state when Virginia is around. For added fun, make it West Virginia.
    • Try telling Mississippi to drop his loved ones.
    • Most, if not all, of the former Confederate States do not like being reminded of their past...
    • Mention to Rhode Island his lack of height ( He's the biggest little state, damnit!), and you might find an anchor smashed into your face.
    • Minnesota when you make fun of her accent.
  • Big Brother Instinct: A lot of the male states feel the need to protect the not-so-helpless females...
  • Big Eater: As home to two major potato chip companies, the country's largest producer of pretzels, and one of the biggest chocolate companies in the world, it's natural that Pennsylvania loves her junk food.
  • Birds of a Feather: There are many who fit this due to having many common interests with one another.
    • Florida and California (as well as Louisiana), New York and New Jersey, California and Hawaii, Colorado and West Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana, etc.
  • Bishie Sparkle: California is the King, all else are but the students.
    • Washington has recently begun to sparkle thanks to a certain Lion and Arizona-baked lamb...
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: California, New York, and Texas.
  • Butt-Monkey: R.I. gets quite a lot of abuse in chat. From Ak sitting on him to just about every verbal jab in the book, he definitely deserves this.
  • Chick Magnet: South Carolina, again, is anyone surprised?
    • Not Virginia~
  • Chivalrous Pervert: South Carolina takes the cake, but Georgia and Mississippi are back-ups. Those boys can't keep their eyes off of anything in a skirt... But at least they still say "Miss"?
    • Utah, too, but he's more of "Join my cult, lovely ladies" than Chivalrous...
    • Who are we kidding? Mississippi is France's Kid with Spain, he can't keep his eyes off anything human. Good thing he refuses to touch anyone who is mortal and outside of his three Relationships.
    • North Dakota has been known to hide cameras in... interesting places, but is polite to girls and pretty much has a heart attack if any women, including his girlfriend, touches him.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Massachusetts has a bit of a dirty mouth...
  • Collectible Card Game: There's one in the works...
  • Combat Pragmatist: Most of the people North Dakota has shot at were unarmed. Not that he minded.
  • Cool Big Sis: Massachusetts has the foundations of one.
  • Cool Teacher: Massachusetts' human job/cover is a professor and North Dakota works as a third grade teacher.
  • Creepy Twins: Subverted by the usually dorky Dakota bros, but occasionally played straight on the rare occasions when they both get serious.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Alabama
  • Deadpan Snarker: New York and New Jersey.
    • North Dakota tries so hard to be this but usually fails.
  • Death by Origin Story: Kapera, the personification of the African American Slave population in Mississippi died long before present day story lines began, but Mark, her other half and lover, continues to use her as a reason to become a better person that would make her proud.
  • Deep South: Skillfully Averted in that though the southern states still have the spirit of the south and portray the views and attitudes there in, they aren't all bible thumping bigots who all think the same way, nor are any of them slack jawed yokels who are dating their family. Each State has its own views on the policies its government enacts, its own issues with them. Outlooks vary from state to state, ranging from Virginia, who tries very hard to follow her people's government even going so far as to refuse sex before marriage, To the Bisexual Polyamourist Mississippi who separates his human side from his work as a state due to not being too fond of the political bull-crap he has had to deal with over the years.
    • Again to be noted there is still a strong religious overtone to all of them. At least three states can use Hammerspace to pull out a bible and whack people with it.
  • The Determinator: An odd example: Bryon has attempted to change his name to just "Dakota" three times. He is constantly ridiculed for trying. Does he have a good reason to change his name? Not really. But he sure as hell doesn't plan on giving up on it anytime soon.
    • Georgia also falls under this category during football season, and when he raided FL's fort 3 times.
  • Does Not Like Men: Wyoming has a distaste for men.
  • Doting Parent: No matter how stern North Dakota tries to be, he has a not-so-secret soft spot for his niece, Dolly.
  • Dysfunctional Family: And how could they not be?
  • Edutainment Show: Please. We all have learned something and you know it! (Even if it's just penis size by state, for example...)
  • Fanservice: Female states+Alcohol=good time
    • Also, Maine.
  • Fat Girl: Pennsylvania, AKA "Whale Butt".
  • Foe Yay.: New York and Mass. Seriously, this is their entire thing.
    • And Ga/Al (though whether this holds true with new!AL and new!GA has yet to be seen)
    • Don't forget GA/FL; historically-speaking and during football season!
  • Funetik Aksent: Most of the south has a little of this but MS is the worst offender, using liberal sprinklings of Dixie accent such as: Yew, Yer, and Ah, but not when he is serious or doing official Business. It's a verbal cue for others to not push him.
  • Gag Boobs: Alaska.
  • The Gunslinger: North Dakota never goes ANYWHERE without his pistol and even keeps a hunting rifle in his Emo Closet
    • There's plenty of suspicion about Texas in regards to this...
      • Don't forget New Hampshire!
    • Oh Wyoming.
  • Hair Antennae: New Brunswick
  • Half-Identical Twins: Played straight with the Tennessee's but averted with the Missouri's.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Michigan and Colorado. These two can't get enough, and they're certainly too pretty for the usual drunk.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Mississippi to South Carolina.
  • Het Is Ew: Averted beautifully by Virginia and South Carolina's unending almost-secret-affair...
  • Homosexual Reproduction: Mark Jr. (the Mississippi Bridge) looks very similar to both her fathers, but both assume the other just impregnated the female in the relationship and Hand Wave it. The official line is Mississippi just woke up one morning with her on his chest.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Tennessee, sometimes.
  • Hot-Blooded:
    • Mississippi.
    • Texas also falls under this, mostly because it's a stereotype for Texans
    • California too, though is probably a face-talker who doesn't take no for an answer.
    • Georgia, because he attacked one of Florida's forts three times!
    • Alabama, especially if you press her Berserk Button
  • Ho Yay: So many men...
  • Iconic Outfit: Rhode Island's "?!" outfit.
    • Also New York with those fabulous high heels
  • Idiot Hair: Several of these states have them, including New York (Long Island), New Jersey (Jersey City), Washington (Space Needle), Wyoming (Devil's Tower), Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, North Dakota (Fargo), New Mexico (Roswell), and West Virginia (Wheeling). However, Massachusetts' Cape Cod remains the mother of all ahoges.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Big Brothers are easily displeased.
    • Averted when North Dakota threatens North Missouri that if he hurts his surrogate sister, North Dakota will find out where the latter is hiding so that Wyoming can do the deed herself.
    • Although not a regular character, whenever South Jersey shows up New Jersey can become pretty protective...
    • Quebec does not approve of anyone mistreating New Brunswick.
    • Mississippi is protective of Alabama, much to her chagrin.
  • Important Haircut: Massachusetts cut off her long hair in order to join the Revolutionary Army disguised as a man.
  • Incest Is Relative: Is everyone related? Some related? No one related? Most of us don't even know anymore...
  • Immortal Immaturity
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: At times, Guam can be this. Her economy isn't based off of Tourism for nothing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: New Jersey? No? Never? Not at all? Fine, New York or something, yeesh...
    • Wyoming, too~
    • I think New Jersey is and I can prove it with one word: Planty.
  • Kill It with Fire: North Dakota cooks with a blowtorch. That is all.
  • Kink Meme: With the fiction located here and a pairing generator located here.
  • The Lad-ette: Massachusetts has aspects of this.
    • Alabama fits most of the description.
  • Lady Killer In Love: South Carolina might fit the bill for this one. (with Virginia, that is)
  • Limited Wardrobe: A lot characters seem to have a standard outfit.
  • Lethal Chef: Oklahoma makes a 'mean' watermelon soup, and North Dakota has a strange way of cooking...
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: 50 states (some of which have 2 reps), 13 provinces, The District of Colombia, Various U.S. Territories and City tans, One Lighthouse tan and a Bridge Tan make up our little chat. It can get pretty crowded. Then add in COUNTRIES and various pets and there is a bit of a pile up during peak hours.
  • Mama Bear: Virginia to primarily her "Brothers" West Virginia and Kentucky but also to the Entirety of the Southern States. She wields a Pick axe when provoked.
  • Manchild: To many to remember and name, but Hawaii fits this description.
  • Meganekko: Wisconsin.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Basic premise of the club.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: It's the State-Tan Project!
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: West Virginia and Kentucky are overprotective of their sister Virginia when it comes to men trying to be romantically involved with her.
    • This may (maybe) also apply to East Tennessee and his sister, West Tennessee, South Carolina and his sister, North Carolina, and North Missouri and his sister, South Missouri.
    • New Jersey and South Jersey, and to a lesser extent it's implied that both New York and New Jersey feel this way about Pennsylvania
    • Mark (MS) has an interesting case of this where he defends his adopted sister Laura (FL) from his real brother Jacques (LA) even though he is incredibly loyal to Jacques. He just doesn't like the idea of them dating.
      • In an subversion of this he actively is trying to push Leslie (VA) towards his older adopted brother Joe (SC) while cockblocking the advances of anyone else towards Va. This is done out of hero worship towards Sc.
    • The New England boys (especially Rhode Island and New Hampshire)are extremely protective over their sister Massachusetts, especially when it comes to Mike (NY).
    • Inverted; the Dakota brothers do this to each other.
    • Quebec and New Brunswick. That is all.
  • The Napoleon: Because Rhode Island is NOT short.
  • Nice Guy: Bryon is sensitive, chivalrous, and usually polite... too bad he's kinda boring.
  • Nice Hat: Wyoming's helmet.
    • Texas' cowboy hat also counts.
  • No Indoor Voice: Wyoming. Represents the joke of "Wyoming Wind!"
  • Non-Human Sidekick: All over the place, between pets and some more...unusual characters.
    • Deli is the name of New Jersey's pet Devil
    • Douglas, Wyoming's Jackalope
    • North Dakota has two hunting dogs.
    • Florida has a pet Alligator (probably a pink Flamingo too)
    • Mark has a Catfish named Felix.
    • Michigan has Bigfoot.
    • Rhode Island has pet Rhode Island Red chickens, the more infamous of which is Red (who is possibly connected to the mafia).
    • Quebec has a badger named Tobby.
    • California and Maryland have retrievers: Bev, the golden retriever, and Cecil, the Chesapeake Bay retriever, respectively.
    • Arizona has a rattlesnake.
  • The Older Immortal: The original 13 colonies and FL. VA in particular holds the title of the oldest of the 13 colonies. Florida falls into this trope by being the first place settled with in the US by Europeans.
    • MS/AL seem to fall into this, prior to the settlement of the Europeans the twins existed as representatives to the Choctaw and Alabaman tribes.
    • The Dakotas, as well, who represented the Arikara.
    • There's also the Native American states; though wasn't most of the US populated by Native Americans before European colonization anyway?
      • Yes but where as most of the states pin birth at the beginning of white settlement a few of the Non native states have "Pre-forms" for that period already designed and this allows them to fall under the trope.
    • Many of the islands.
  • Older Than They Look: Most of the original colonies aren't over their 20s, appearance wise. Might fall into Really 700 Years Old depending on who you ask.
  • Perma-Stubble: Arkansas
  • Perpetual Frowner: New York and New Jersey
  • The Pollyanna: Mark, the state of Mississippi, tends towards this in the modern day. He is almost always cheerful and kind despite being the poorest, least educated, unhealthiest state and having a pretty bad past. What's more, he is genuine about it.
    • Except when he isn't at which point he is either in a rage or putting himself down casually to get others to laugh.
  • Power Trio Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Depending on the issues their roles switch.
    • MS has taken FL's only border-buddies... maybe they can form a Four man band.
    • Also California, Texas, and New York.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: North Dakota would like all of you to know that knitting, being really good at braiding hair, cleaning, and being in touch with your feelings does NOT make you any less of a man.
    • Not to mention Georgia's pink apron and love of baking, and Arkansas's great pink gloves!
  • Retcon: Everytime someone leaves.
  • Sentai: Mighty Morphin Tornado Rangers!
  • Shotgun Wedding: Between Wisconsin and Tennessee. Even if it's technically not legal.
  • Shown Their Work: Particularly in regards to that page's quote
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The Dakota bros are one case of this; Emmett tends to be more cheerful, laid-back, and impulsive while Bryon is usually pessimistic, neurotic, and responsible.
    • Tennessee's count, too.
    • And the Missouri's!
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Virginia to the T.
    • Florida, too!
  • Smoking Is Cool: Saskatchewan for one.
    • New Hampshire, also.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": North Dakota was officially named Byron after a prominent North Dakotan senator, but his author typoed his name as Bryon on his official reference sheet. While "Bryon" is used more often, both are accepted.
  • State Rivalry
  • Stepford Smiler: Hawaii, definitely. South Dakota may qualify on rare occasions.
  • Stoic Spectacles: New York
  • Stripperiffic: Some of Michigan's clothes, not that she always notices, though. Also, many of the Islanders. Is there something wrong with nudity?
    • Alabama, maybe?
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Although not a usual character, Bismarck pretty much looks like a younger version of North Dakota.
  • Surfer Dude: California and Hawaii!
  • Technicolor Eyes: Mississippi definitely has these.
    • Debatable. While rare, Mississippi's eyes at least seem to look like purple eyes that could be found in real life.
  • Team Dad: America is a semi-literal example, but subverted in that very few of the states like him and even fewer think of him as a father figure.
  • Team Mom: Virginia. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Iowa also qualify.
  • The Alcoholic: Wisconsin dares any of you to try and battle him in the art of the booze. he is a professional.
    • Colorado and Michigan also fall under this category
  • Token Mini-Moe: Idaho is physically younger than a lot of the other states.
    • Labrador is this of the Canadian Provinces.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: There might just be too many to list.
    • New York and Starbucks
    • Massachusetts and Donuts
    • Florida and Oranges
    • Iowa and Corn
    • Rhode Island and Chowder CHOWDAH
    • New Jersey and TOMATOES
    • Nothing about Mark and his soul food?
    • Wyoming and beef jerky
    • North Dakota really likes venison and bison.
    • Georgia and Pies and ONIONS
    • Virginia and Smithfield hams
    • Oklahoma and Chicken-fried Steak
    • Guam and Spam to an insane degree.
    • Ontario and Timmies
    • California and fast-food, just like dad.
  • Tranquil Fury: MS, a normally outspoken and gregarious person, is prone to going very calm and quiet when angered.
  • Tsundere: Massachusetts
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Damn you, South Carolina!
    • And Montana and (sometimes) California
    • this applies to Nebraska as well
    • Averted by Mississippi thanks to scarring
  • Wrench Wench: Michigan. She doesn't have such sweet cars without a little put out...
    • Alabama.
  • Working-Class People Are Morons: both Played straight and Skillfully Averted by some of the states
  • Yandere: According to the wikia, North Dakota tends to go a bit crazy during wars.
    • It's speculated that Florida is like this too, seeing as how the Bermuda Triangle is just off the coast of Miami.
    • Definitely Tennessee for the Civil War—and if you remind him of it, too...
    • Oh Guam, defining it.


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