Alternate State Names of the United States

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by anw_rev, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. anw_rev Well-Known Member

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    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.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Evan Semi-Retired Member

    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.
     
  3. David S Poepoe Banned

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    Norumbega - OTL Maine
     
  4. Cuāuhtemōc Twitter fiend

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    The State of Jefferson. [​IMG]
     
  5. Grey Wolf Me?

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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

    Best Regards
    Grey Wolf
     
  6. Evan Semi-Retired Member

    Deseret - OTL Utah + northern Arizona
     
  7. Lycaon pictus Author of "Locksmith's Closet"

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    Ganonoa - upstate New York (from Cayuga Ganono-o)
    Mesconsing - Wisconsin
    Assiniboia - western Minnesota w/eastern Dakotas (old Red River Colony)
     
  8. Errnge You don't throw ranch

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    West Florida. OTL panhandle of Florida plus the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama
     
  9. Jasen777 Martyr Without a Cause

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  10. Evan Semi-Retired Member

    Superior, OTL upper peninsula of Michigan
     
  11. Grey Wolf Me?

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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?

    Best Regards
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  12. Know Nothing Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  13. Swan Station Under a hatch

    I assume you mean Western? Yazoo is a river in Mississippi.

    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.
     
  14. Evan Semi-Retired Member

    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...
     
  15. Turquoise Blue Pessimistic Social Democrat

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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.
     
  16. Iori ダークアビスの特使。

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    Gadsonia, Pimeria, Montezuma and Arizuma were all contenders for the name of Arizona.
     
  17. Wolfpaw Banned

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    Agreed.
    Metropotamia means "Home of the Rivers" and Equitasia means "Land of Equality."
     
  18. NKVD ☭⚑ Gone Fishin'

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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.
     
  19. Grey Wolf Me?

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    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

    Best Regards
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  20. Codae Well-Known Member

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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