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This is a list of fictional U.S. states found in various works. Fictional states are not as common as fictional cities, counties, or countries; often, a work will invent a fictional city and simply not reveal its state. Occasionally, however, a fictional state is created to house fictional cities, towns, or counties. Typically, a work that features a fictional state will also reveal the names of several cities within that state.
Named states 
- Alderney, based on New Jersey, in the Grand Theft Auto games series. Like New Jersey, the "State of Alderney" is named after one of the Channel Islands. (See also "New Guernsey", below.)
- Ames, the fictitious state in which are set many moot-court cases and examination problems at Harvard Law School.
- Calisota, in the Duck universe from various Walt Disney comic books. Calisota is probably roughly equivalent to Northern California. It includes the city of Duckburg, and possibly Mouseton, Spoonerville, and St. Canard. The name is likely derived from California and Minnesota, with possible references to the Northern California town of Calistoga.
- Columbia, a floating city and former state in BioShock Infinite, controversy for its actions in the Boxer Rebellion having prompted its secession.
- Catawba, a stand-in for North Carolina in Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel. It contains the mountain town of Altamont (Asheville) and city of Pulpit Hill (Chapel Hill), which is the location of a large university.
- Coventry, from Bill Willingham's horror comic book of the same name.
- Dorado in I-0, a 1997 work of interactive fiction by Adam Cadre.
- Euphoria, in the academic novels of David Lodge, based on California. It first appears in Changing Places, much of which is set in Euphoric State University in the city of Plotinus, itself based on Berkeley, California. Euphoria is located between "North California" and "South California".
- Fremont, in the novel "Space" by James A. Michener. This fictional state is located roughly along the land along the border between Kansas and Nebraska, and is meant to stand for the American midwest in general. Named for 19th century explorer & politician John Charles Fremont.
- Gotham, as seen on Bruce Wayne's license plate in The Dark Knight.
- Hohoq, popularly known as Ar, from John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise. Hohoq is a large flying state inhabited by a mix of bird people known as Thunderbirds and German-American settlers. It refuses to send a delegate to the United States Congress but provides the federal government with an annual tribute of bauxite.
- Liberty City (also known as Liberty City State), based on New York and appears in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto IV, albeit in different universes (GTA III era and GTA IV era).
- Malebolgia, a Bible Belt state in the Doctor Who audio drama Minuet in Hell.
- Mercer, a western desert state in the movie Motorama. It's where the car driven by Gus, the main character, is registered. Its motto as appears on the plate is "The Frontier State".
- Michisota, in the children's book "Avalanche Annie: A Not-So-Tall-Tale" by writer Lisa Wheeler. This fictional state is a cross between Michigan and Minnesota and has snowy weather, from what the book describes. In this fictional state, a mountain called Mount Himalachia is found.
- Midlands, the fictional (supposedly Midwestern) state in which all American Mock Trial Association cases take place.
- Mikewa, a state represented by Senator Elias Gotobed, in The American Senator, an 1877 novel by Anthony Trollope.
- Missitucky, in the 1947 Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, which follows one Finian McLonergan from Ireland in the town of Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky, intent on burying a stolen pot of gold in the shadows of Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief it will grow and multiply. The name is a portmanteau of Mississippi and Kentucky.
- Moosylvania, from Jay Ward's Rocky and Bullwinkle television series. This state has been contested by the U.S. and Canada in two episodes of the series, "Moosylvania" and "Moosylvania Saved". The U.S. says it is a province of Canada, while Canada says it is a U.S. state. It is an island in the middle of western Lake Superior. Bullwinkle is governor of Moosylvania. The state's official sport is farkling. Jay Ward even tried to make the 51st state, which he called "Moosylvania", by claiming an island off the coast of the U.S. and Canada for himself and promoting it all over the country. When Ward and his publicist, Howard Brandy, arrived at the White House gate with a proposal and signed petition, the guards told them to leave due to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- New Delaware, mentioned in The Daily Show as a state that doesn't exist anymore—an example for Senate officials who «pick up the wrong state to change the rules with».
- New Guernsey is a surrogate for New Jersey state and/or Jersey City in various fictional contexts, including the Batman comics, television series and films. Like the real New Jersey, the "State of New Guernsey" is named after one of the Channel Islands. (Whereas in the Grand Theft Auto games series, the "New Guernsey", in the "State of Alderney, is analogous only to Jersey City.
- New Temperance, in Gangsters 2. The state map had an eastern coastline and included several large islands, and was made up of a combination of urban and upstate areas. The architecture and in particular civic institutions like the police seemed largely based on Illinois—the most important fact about it, however, was simply that it was a dry state during prohibition.
- New Troy, in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The state Metropolis is in. New Troy is probably analogous to New York State. The name was never used as a state in the comics, which has placed Metropolis in various locations along the eastern coast of the United States over the decades. The name has also been used by writer Mark Gruenwald as a direct analog of New York State for the original version of the Squadron Supreme in assorted Marvel Universe comics series.
- North Montana. From the movie "Meet the Robinsons" which is the former country of Canada & takes place in the future.
- Ochichornia, in the semi-biographic novels and stories of Russian writer Vasily Aksyonov. This name can be related to the popular Russian song "The Dark Eyes" ("Очи черные", "Ochi Chernie" in Russian). It has been suggested that Ochichornia is just another name for California.
- Oconee, a fictional southern state tucked between Georgia and Tennessee, which appeared in Michael Bishop's satirical superhero/fantasy novel Count Geiger's Blues. The story is set in Oconee's largest city, Salonika, a Metropolis-like stand-in for Atlanta.
- Oklachusetts, from the Seth MacFarlane animated short The Life of Larry. Larry, who would later become Peter Griffin in Family Guy, described it as "where the wind comes sweeping down the Pike".
- Pennsyltucky, a state referenced in Tiny Cracker Zoo, by Christopher Master.
- Reserve, the fictitious state in which are set many moot court and mock trial cases at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
- San Andreas, from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. San Andreas has similarities to California and Nevada: Los Santos and San Fierro are based on Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, while Las Venturas is a version of Las Vegas. The name is derived from the San Andreas Fault.
- Saudi Israelia. From the Simpsons episode "Future-Drama", which takes place in the future. Bart's future girlfriend mentions it as the 51st state. Named after Saudi Arabia and Israel.
- South Lydon, a state that borders the state of Mercer in the film Motorama. Like Mercer, South Lydon is also mostly desert.
- State 51 is an upside-down, floating state featured in the Marvel Comics series Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E..
- Statesota is the state in which Moralton is located in the Adult Swim series Moral Orel. Based on the overhead map viewable during the show's opening credits, Statesota is made up of much of western Missouri and eastern Kansas.
- Toxoplassachusetts. The state occupied by the "toxoplasmodic hivemind", which constitutes 1/3 of the U.S. population, in John Hodgman's "That Is All".
- Udana. Made up of Utah and Montana, a location on the itinerary of Humbert-Humbert, in Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita".
- Washagon, a state referenced in Book: A Novel, by Robert Grudin, clearly a portmanteau of Washington (U.S. state) and Oregon.
- Wichita, appears in the Spanish humour sketch program "La hora de José Mota". Its capital city has the same name: Wichita.
- Winnemac, in the novels of Sinclair Lewis. Several of his novels are set in the Winnemac town of Zenith, and the University of Winnemac is located in Mohalis. Winnemac is bordered by Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.
Unnamed states 
- BO is the state Weinerville is in.
- Cherokee State appears on the license plates on the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle; this is likely intended to be a state nickname.
- Eagle State likewise appears on license plates on the television series Desperate Housewives.
- Sideburn State appears on license plates on the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
- An episode of Green Acres claimed that the town of Hooterville was located in a state named after Rutherford B. Skrug, its first governor. However, Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies place Hooterville in Missouri.
- Unnamed State containing Springfield, Shelbyville, and Capitol City from The Simpsons. Producer/director David Silverman once unofficially named Springfield's setting as being in the fictional state of North Takoma. In one episode of The Simpsons, Homer's driver's license states that the postal abbreviation of their home state is "NT". In The Simpsons Movie, Flanders and Bart are at the top of a mountain, where Flanders states you can see the four states that border Springfield: Ohio, Nevada, Maine and Kentucky.
- Unnamed State in novel and film Primary Colors, also referred to in sequel The Running Mate. Small state in the south, home to Governor Jack Stanton (D). Capital is Mammoth Falls and Stanton's own hometown is Grace Junction. Allegorical to Arkansas, with Jack Stanton representing Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in Joe Klein's roman à clef
- Unnamed State in The Running Mate. Midwestern state and home state of Senator Charlie Martin (D). Des Pointe is the state capital, largest city and hometown of Senator Martin, but many other locations in the state are mentioned. Industrial centers are Port Sallesby and Singer Rapids. Stated to have 53 counties. Charlie Martin is partially based on Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, but Nebraska and several other Midwestern states are mentioned separately, leaving the identity of Martin's homestate unclear
- Unnamed State in It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Western state and home state of dictatorial President Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip. Windrip's secretary and chief assistant Lee Sarason is described as having been, at the beginning of Windrip's rise, managing editor of the most widely circulated paper in this state's region.
Collections of states 
- In the TV miniseries Amerika, the United States is divided into multiple "administrative areas" following an invasion by the Soviet Union:
- California Special District: California, Nevada
- Western Semi-Autonomous: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming
- Northwest: Oregon, Washington
- Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico
- North Central: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
- Central: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska (at the climax of the series, this area is carved out of the United States as a new country called Heartland)
- South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
- Southern: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi
- Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
- Appalachia: Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia
- Ameritech: (presumably named after the telecommunications company): Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania
- Northeastern: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
- The comic book Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew took place in the "United Species of America" on the parallel world of Earth-C; the comic featured several analogs of real US states, including:
- The episode of the animated series Futurama entitled "Bendin' in the Wind" showed some maps of the USA in the year 3000. Many states were humorously respelled (such as "eHIO" for Ohio). The map also showed two new states: Pennsylvania being divided into the Penn Republic and Sylvania (), parodying the breakup of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Other humorous states, such as "East West Virginia," are included. Most of the series takes place in New New York, which the final episode confirms is the name of both the state and city's name.
- The animated series The Flintstones presented a few "prehistoric" versions of modern-day states, including:
- Texarock: A prehistoric version of Texas (though the name "Texas" was also used interchangeably).
- Arkanstone: A prehistoric version of Arkansas; the former home of various hillbilly ancestors of Fred Flintstone, as well as their rivals, the Hatrock family. Bears a (probably coincidental) similarity to the name of the Arkenstone.
- New Rock: A prehistoric version of New York.
- The video game Red Dead Redemption features two fictional states:
- West Elizabeth: a Northern state, based mostly on Colorado.
- New Austin: a Southwestern state, portrayed as a rough combination of Texas and Nevada with areas resembling the Southeast and the Northeast, located on the Mexican border.
- In Orson Scott Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker series, the United States exists as a much smaller nation, between the area of New England and the Crown Colonies which extend from roughly Virginia south to Georgia. The nation has a significantly higher Iroquois and Dutch influence than in the real world. Member states include:
- Barry Shils' 1991 film Motorama contains a number of fictional states, which appear to be in the southwestern US. Three of these (Mercer, Bergen, and Essex) are counties in New Jersey. In order of appearance, they are:
- Mercer (Nickname: The Frontier State)
- South Lydon (Nickname: The Lonesome State)
- Tristana (Nickname: The Green State)
- Bergen (Nickname: The Long State)
- Vetner (no nickname given)
- Essex (Nickname: The Last State)
See also