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In our German store for users it is not required to select a state/province for their personal address or shipping addresses. I already managed to disable the the field in the store frontend via the state options in the admin backend.

What now happens is that all user profiles although no state/province can be selected get a default state assigned (which is the German state of "Brandenburg"). Now this default state shows up in order confirmations, shipping information and invoices. This confuses customers and we get a lot of unnecessary messages from the customers for that.

Is there any way to remove this state/province field completely?

All solutions I found only tackle removing the state selection from the frontend. Since the state is probably part of the database and application model a full removal will be difficult and might not be necessary. Is it possible to remove all region names from the database or set the default state to an empty string?

Any help is appreciated!

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