List of fictional U.S. states

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This is a list of fictional states of the United States found in various works of fiction involving the states, insular areas, districts, reservations, or other unincorporated territories.

Fictional states of the United States[edit]

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.

Non-existent states[edit]

Named U.S. states[edit]

Comics[edit]
Film[edit]
Law[edit]
Literature[edit]
  • Euphoria, in the academic novels of David Lodge, based on California. It first appears in Changing Places (1975), 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".
  • Michisota, a fictional state in Lisa Wheeler's children's book Avalanche Annie: A Not-So-Tall-Tale that is a cross between Michigan and Minnesota, has snowy weather, and a mountain called Mount Himalachia.
  • Ochichornia, in Vasily Aksyonov's semi-biographic novels and stories, relates to the popular Russian song "The Dark Eyes" ("Очи черные", "Ochi Chernie" in Russian). It has been suggested[by whom?] that Ochichornia is just another name for California.[citation needed]
  • 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.
  • Toxoplassachusetts, the state occupied by the "toxoplasmodic hivemind", which constitutes 1/3 of the U.S. population, in John Hodgman's That Is All.[citation needed]
  • Udana. Made up of Utah and Montana, a location on the itinerary of Humbert-Humbert, in Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita (1955).
Radio[edit]
Theatre[edit]
  • Missitucky, in the Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow (1947), 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.
Television[edit]
  • 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 a January 16, 2013 episode of 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".[2]
  • New Troy
  • 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.
  • Wichita, appears in the Spanish humour sketch program La hora de José Mota. Its capital city has the same name: Wichita.[citation needed]
Video Games[edit]
  • 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.[citation needed] (The similarly named "New Guernsey" in the Grand Theft Auto games series, however, is only a city, located in the state of Alderney; see below.)
  • New Temperance, in Gangsters 2 (2001). 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.
  • North Yankton, in the video game Grand Theft Auto V (2013), is the birthplace of Michael De Santa (born Michael Townley) and where the prologue took place.

Unnamed U.S. states[edit]

  • Unnamed State in The Simpsons contains 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,[which?] Homer's driver's license states that the postal abbreviation of their home state is "NT". In The Simpsons Movie (2007), 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. In the episode "Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade", it is stated that the state bird is the pot-bellied finch, the state pasta is futicelli, and the state flag is a Confederate flag rising above an ocean (an embarrassment considering this state was Northern).
  • Unnamed State in Joe Klein's 1996 novel and 1998 film Primary Colors, also referred to in the sequel The Running Mate (2000), is a small southern state and home to Governor Jack Stanton (D), whose hometown is Grace Junction. Its capital is Mammoth Falls. Unnamed State is allegorical to Arkansas, and Jack Stanton represents Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.
  • Unnamed State in Joe Klein's novel The Running Mate (2000) is a Midwestern state and the 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 Sinclair Lewis' novel It Can't Happen Here (1935), is a 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.

Alternative representations of states[edit]

51st state[edit]

51st state (and related terms) have been used in books and film usually used in a negative sense:

  • In the alternative universe of Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen, the Vietnam War ends with the conquest of the North and annexation of a united Vietnam as the 51st state.
  • In the novel 51st State (1998) by Peter Preston, Britain leaves the European Union and becomes the 51st state of the United States.
  • The British film The 51st State (released in the United States and Canada as Formula 51), makes fun of Anglo-American relations.

North American Union[edit]

The flag used in the world of "The Two Georges" is like the U.S. "Grand Union Flag".
The Two Georges world map: British Empire (red); Franco-Spanish "Holy Alliance" (pink); Portuguese territory (orange); Austrian Empire (purple); green is Sweden (purple); Danish Empire (cyan); Russian Empire (indigo).
  • North American Union, a theoretical economic and political union of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The concept is based on continental union-theory (such as the European Union), occasionally including a common currency called the Amero or the North American Dollar. A union of the North American continent, sometimes extending to Central America and Union of South American Nations, has been the subject of academic concepts for over a century, as well as becoming a common trope in science fiction.

The United States of Canada[edit]

Map of the United States of Canada (in blue) and Jesusland (in red)

Collections of states as Independent nations[edit]

Geopolitical variations of sovereign nations in North America are a recurring theme due to historical debates regarding partition and secession movements. This is an especially common trope in works of alternative historical fiction involving the United States.

Confederate States of America-variants[edit]

The Confederate States and Allied Powers (green) of World War I vs. the United States and Central Powers (yellow). Results: the American Empire (United States) and German Empire are the dominant regional great powers; the resulting reparations and annexation of sovereign territories under the Treaty of Versailles inevitably set the stage for World War II.
The United States vs. the Confederate States during World War II. Results: the American Empire, German Empire, and Japanese Empire are the -only- surviving global superpowers. The Confederate States of America ceases to exist after Richmond, Virginia is destroyed by the first atomic bomb and is put into "political limbo".
Flag of the Freedom Party.
  • C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, a 2004 mockumentary directed by Kevin Willmott, features a fictional "tongue-in-cheek" political-mockumentary account of an alternate history in which the Confederates won the American Civil War, establishing the new Confederate States of America (that incorporates the former United States, Mexico, and the majority of South-America).
  • Russian Amerika, the alternate history novel, has 20th-century North America made up of several independent sovereign nations:[6] The point of divergence is that the United States lost the Civil War with the Confederacy; and as a post-war consequence, the Union loses all ground west of the Mississippi River as American-claimed western lands secede from the Union.
Post-partition United States, as seen in Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG and Appleseed.

Post-invasion/apocalyptic United States[edit]

USA divided in three parts: The Japanese Pacific States in the west, Das Große Nazi Reich (The Great Nazi Empire) in the east and The Rocky Mountain States (or The Neutral Zone) in the middle
The Man in the High Castle, 2001 Penguin Classics edition, cover by James P. Keenan.
  • In the TV miniseries Amerika, the post-invasion United States is divided into multiple "administrative areas" following its annexation by the Soviet Union:
  • Fallout, a retro-futuristic United States setting influenced by the post-war culture of 1950s America, and its combination of hope for the promises of technology and lurking fear of nuclear annihilation. Since the end of The Great War, the eastern-states are referred to as "the Capital Wasteland".
  • Caesar's Legion (Fallout: New Vegas): A post-apocalyptic, Autocratic, Ultra-reactionary, Utilitarian slaver national society modeled on that of the old Roman Empire.
  • The City of New Vegas is a authoritarian-technocracy and oligarchic city-state.
  • New California Republic (NCR) is a post-apocalyptic nation based on the rule of law and the Democratic values of the Pre-war United States, such as Democracy.
  • The Republic of Dave is a micronation sovereign nation-state in the far northeast of the Capital Wasteland.
  • Shi, a post-apocalyptic nation that is against post-war politics, and uses some of the Chinese culture, such as their ancestors' customs, clothing, language and demeanor.
  • The Commonwealth: Is a post-apocalyptic nation was what is left of the pre-War American state of Massachusetts in New England.
  • The Enclave was a clandestine agency of the United States Government, until the Great War destroyed most of the world; it then became the only recognizable pre-war government organizations encountered in the series.
Screenshot of Shattered Union's primary Second Civil War factions (with The Carolinas territory highlighted).
  • Shattered Union, on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C., a low-yield tactical nuclear weapon is detonated, destroying most of the city and effectively wiping out the presidential line of succession. The European Union sends peacekeepers to the New York and Washington metropolitan areas to secure international interests, while the Russian Federation invades and occupies Alaska (under the pretense of "expanded humanitarian operations"). As wave of secessionist sentiment rises in America; the governor of California declares home rule and secedes from the Union on April 15, 2013. Texas follows a few days later, taking neighboring states with it and re-forming the Republic of Texas. Other factions form in the following months, and by 2014, all hopes for a peaceful resolution are gone, and the Second American Civil War begins.
  • Allied States of America: A country in the television series Jericho that forms after nuclear weapons are detonated in many of the United States' major cities. Its capital is Cheyenne, Wyoming, and it controls all of the states west of the Mississippi River, with the exception of Texas.
  • Republic of Texas: A country that was formerly the state of Texas, but has the same borders. Its capital is San Antonio because Dallas and Houston were destroyed.
  • United States of America: A country in the television series Jericho. It is only a fictional country because it only rules over the states east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Columbus, Ohio.

Other collections of independent states[edit]

  • 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 Plains 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.
  • 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)
  • State Nº51. In John Katzenbach's novel "Games of Wits", this state is ruled by a dictatorship. This state is described as square in shape and includes the territory of several other states, including:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Dark Knight movie corrections - page 3". Movie Mistakes. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Episode of January 16th, 2013". The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 
  3. ^ Stanton, Rich (13 March 2013). "How to write BioShock Infinite". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "On Locations in Panem, pt. II". 
  5. ^ Matt Bai (November 19, 2006). "The Last 20th-Century Election?". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 13 December 2009. Since Bush’s disputed victory in 2000, many liberals have been increasingly brazen about their disdain for the rural and religious voters; one popular e-mail message, which landed in thousands of Democratic in-boxes in the days after the 2004 election, separated North America into “The United States of Canada” and “Jesusland.” 
  6. ^ map provided at beginning of book
  7. ^ Siembieda, K.; Bellaire, C.; Therrien, S.; Ward, T. & Wujcik, E. (August 2005). Rifts Role-Playing Game, Ultimate Edition. Taylor, MI: Palladium Books. pp. 24–31. ISBN 1-57457-150-8. 

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