Okay, I think I finally found all the cities whose names I forgot to fill in.
For context: there was this risk-style strategy game called “March of War” that was shut down a few years back. I never played it but I found out about it a little while ago and I thought the lore and diesel-punk style was pretty cool. Here’s one of the playable nations: The United Republic, circa 1939, with the Soviet Union across the Bering Strait and the “Latin Junta” to the south
"Mr President, as we reorganize our country and consolidate the states, what single state in the Lower 48 should we leave by itself?"