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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:59 AM
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Alternate State Names of the United States

Connected to Alternate Capitals of the US and Alternate Flags of the US (in Books and Media), can anyone give us ATL US States? If it's for an existing state but with other name, please give its OTL name. If its a non-existant state, please give the approximate area of it.

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Old April 22nd, 2011, 05:24 PM
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Allegheny: OTL West Virginia + southwestern counties of Virginia + eastern Tennessee. The pro-Union movement was more successful in East Tennessee, leading to a movement to create a new state. However, as Congress didn't want to admit two new states at the same time, they merged East Tennessee with West Virginia.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 05:28 PM
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Norumbega - OTL Maine
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 05:30 PM
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The State of Jefferson.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 05:32 PM
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You might have had a Yazoo grow up East of Georgia (or is it in Eastern Georgia?)

A note should be made that the states there could have been divided up differently

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Old April 22nd, 2011, 05:39 PM
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 05:55 PM
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Ganonoa - upstate New York (from Cayuga Ganono-o)
Mesconsing - Wisconsin
Assiniboia - western Minnesota w/eastern Dakotas (old Red River Colony)
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:12 PM
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West Florida. OTL panhandle of Florida plus the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:28 PM
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:34 PM
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Some of those look damned difficult to say, especially the -pisia endings

And if POTAMIA is river, equi is what, equal? and metro? Across?

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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:52 PM
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The residents of the Pacific Northwest originally wanted to call their state Columbia. Ultimately they decided upon Washington as their name.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:44 PM
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You might have had a Yazoo grow up East of Georgia (or is it in Eastern Georgia?)
I assume you mean Western? Yazoo is a river in Mississippi.

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The is one possible etymology, but it would require a POD well before the ARW. The river was already well known as Ouisconsin in French by then. It could have been spelled in other ways in English.

You might name it after other nearby bodies of water, though. (Michigan, Winnebago, Chippewa)

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Wyoming's name comes from a place in Pennsylvania.

The etymology of Idaho is very difficult to figure and it's quite possible that someone just made it up. Shoshonia might have been a possible name for it.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:45 PM
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The residents of the Pacific Northwest originally wanted to call their state Columbia. Ultimately they decided upon Washington as their name.
To avoid confusion with the District of Columbia, I think. Of course, they instead caused confusion with the name of the city in the District of Columbia...
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:51 PM
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Here is some of the states from my map that I am using for my timeline in A Thousand Earths
New Caledonia-British Columbia plus all Washington NW of the Columbia River.
Nuevo Mexico-New Mexico, Arizona and a piece of Nevada.
Fremont-Satschewan
Alyaska-Alaska
Rio Grande-All the Mexican departments immediately below Texas.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:59 PM
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Gadsonia, Pimeria, Montezuma and Arizuma were all contenders for the name of Arizona.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 08:13 PM
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Some of those look damned difficult to say, especially the -pisia endings
Agreed.
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And if POTAMIA is river, equi is what, equal? and metro? Across?
Metropotamia means "Home of the Rivers" and Equitasia means "Land of Equality."
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 08:40 PM
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Colorado could be named Jefferson, after the territory that existed prior to the creation of the recognized Colorado territory.

The origin of the name of Idaho is something of a mystery. It could be anything. And also: the name Idaho was originally made up for what became the Colorado territory.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 09:15 PM
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I assume you mean Western? Yazoo is a river in Mississippi.
Yes, sorry, I do that sometimes...

Before the Yazoo scandal the area had the name, and it could have been used for a state in time

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Old April 22nd, 2011, 11:11 PM
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West Virginia: OTL Kentucky
Mississippi: Anything along the Mississippi (e.g. OTL Iowa)
Ohio: Anything along the Ohio (e.g. Indiana)
Washington: Anything just about anywhere
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