Not a lot seems to happen in the American Heartland, even in the U.S.A. of an alternate world. The exception is the world of Star Trek, where Captain James T. Kirk (remember the T stands for Tiberius) is stated in canon to have been born in “a small town in Iowa.” When the series was cancelled and Trekkies started to become a thing in the 1970s, one small town proclaimed itself to be that very one! The evidence is above. Note also that Kirk is an Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and the one most associated with leadership! **
Kirk’s past was not shown on the original Star Trek series, but in the new movie franchise, he is shown as a young man racing through the cornfields as giant starships under construction loom in the background. The impression given is that the state is now vitally important to mankind’s future.
Need some names for Midwest states that might have been?
Imaginary U.S. States, The American Heartland
** This was actor William Shatner’s birthday.