The state is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, Louisiana to the south and west, Arkansas to the west across the Mississippi River, and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi became the 20th state on December 10, 1817. In the USA's early history, Mississippi was a slave state, leading to its secession and affiliation with the Confederate States during the American Civil War (1861-5). Following the war, Mississippi's white residents resented the presence of the black former slaves. As late as the 1960s, Mississippi was the site of notorious acts of violence caused by racial disharmony.
Mississippi was one of several independent countries in an alternateNorth America where the United States failed to make a lasting union. Unlike other former slave-holding countries, blacks had successfully revolted in the 1970s, dominating the country and creating an oppressive hierarchy that disenfranchised whites. Crosstime Traffic had begun to sow seeds of racial equality in this alternate, but regarded Mississippi as a low priority, as it seemed that the whites deserved it. When Justin Monroe pointed out that the whites living in 2097 hadn't been born when their ancestors oppressed the blacks, he was told that, ideally, Crosstime hoped to better the whites' lot someday down the line, but as yet simply didn't have the resources, and was taking care of higher-priority areas first.
Beginning in 1964, Cecil Price had a recurring nightmare in which the state of Mississippi had a racial hierarchy that was the reverse of the one that he'd known and sought to maintain. In this dream, blacks dominated the state, oppressing whites, and doggedly fought against all outside attempts to change this status quo. Further, in his dream, Price and two Black Muslims from the North were murdered by black law officers in much the same way Price had helped to murder three men in his real life.