Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/2/18: States of Confusion
(New England)

An alternate history version of New England

 

Imaginary U.S. States are not as widely used in fiction as imaginary countries are, even though their pedigree is longer. Anthony Trollope created one of the first, Mickewa, for his satirical novel The American Senator in 1877, and Vladimir Nabokov the fictional state of Udana for Lolita.  Thomas Wolfe contributed Catawba, based on South Carolina, for Look Homeward, Angel. Writers of alternate history have contributed, such as Harry Turtledove’s Deseret (Utah), Houston (a part of Texas), Sequoyah (a part of Florida?), and Franklin (Kentucky.) Spanning alternate history and mainstream blockbuster, James Michener created Fremont, a fictional Midwest state, for his fictional retelling of the American Space program, Space. (It also featured an astronaut dying on the moon.)

Here’s some randomly generated variations on the names of New England states for your own storytelling purposes.

Imaginary US States, New England Region

MAINE

Saine

Myne

Faime

Miese

Mirin

Marwen

Quaine

Blaine

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Harpshire

New Hamgrave

New Hampfast

Newhammock

New Hempcup

New Humpblister

New Champenny

New Thampbury

VERMONT

Vermecht

Unquont

Lanemont

Verdont

Gavelmort

Vermody

Milkmont

Vartront

MASSACHUSETTS

Massafarret

Mastachustuk

Mabranasett

Missichewitts

Massarusetts

Mastthrucker

Malschusepps

Mashachusëte

RHODE ISLAND

Rhuvar Island

Rhodaea

Rhodu Isle

Rodeforest

Rhordele Island

Drode Fort

Rhiketto Isle

Rhody Island

CONNECTICUT

Connarctica

Contelludon

Orcetigut

Conneactacad

Conocticut

Coppercut

Connactacart

Narcticut

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