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Founder: The Queen's State of Erinouak

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The Land of Lincoln
Illinois
is the 21st state admitted to United States of America, the most populous Midwest state and the fifth most populous in the nation, and has a large and cosmopolitan population.

Capital: Springfield
Largest City: Chicago
Population: 12,419,293 (5th)
Area: 57,918 mi² (149,998 km²) (25th)
Admitted: Dec. 3, 1818 (21st)
Neighbors: Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Official Bar: The Peaceful Coffee Shop In Chicago

Featured Region: Sept. 27, 2008 + July 3, 2016 + Jan. 31, 2017
Refounded: May 04, 2010
Previously: Aug 15, 2005

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Embassies: Idaho, United States of America, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and 263 others.Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, Chicago, The Ascendancy, North Carolina, Ancient Lands, Oklahoma, Alaska, The Illuminati, Washington DC, Indonesia, Somalia, Knights of the Round Table, Crematorium, British Columbia, Nelborne Union, The Embassy, Brazzaville, MI6, Rhode Island, Georgia, Columbia, London, Saskatchewan, The Gambia, Namibia, The Bar on the corner of every region, Ecuador, Laos, Dominican Republic, CIA, Kenya, Uganda, Kiribati, Botswana, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Stornoway, Bosna i Hercegovina, Vanuatu, Comoros, San Marino, Antigua and Barbuda, Fiji, Monaco, The Philippines, Seychelles, Cote d Ivoire, Tonga, Calgary, Crimea, Republic of Russia, Swaziland, Maldives, Mozambique, Tuvalu, Trinidad and Tobago, Pacific Union, Richard, United Kingdom Of Great Britain, Toronto, World, Central African Republic, Congo, Senegal, Samoa, Mongolia, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Sakartvelo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liechtenstein, Ethiopia, South China Sea, Algeria, Purgatory, Mackenzie, Palau, Southeastern Wisconsin, Pitcairn Island, Sudan, Ottawa, Galapagos, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Rio de Janeiro, Solomon Islands, Cape Verde, Dominica, Ceylon, Belize, Libertaria, Prince Edward Island, Benin, South Australia, Togo, Mexico City, Vermont Republic, Quito, New Brunswick, Barbados, Tasmania, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Australian Capital Territory, Okanagan, Montserrat, Cote dIvoire, Beijing, Zimbabwe, Gloucestershire, Copenhagen, 0000, Hollow Point, Right to Life, The Savage Garden, Arconian Empire, Queensland, Yukon, Jamaica, Kuwait, Newfoundland and Labrador, Cameroon, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Madagascar, Nunavut, Burundi, Brunei Darussalam, Uzbekistan, Timor Leste, Saint Lucia, Gabon, Honduras, Djibouti, Guatemala, Qatar, Montreal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Northwest Territories, Detroit, Australia Commonwealth, Lesotho, Victoria, Northern Territory, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Western Australia, Nova Scotia, Rwanda, Morocco, Malaysia, Ghana, Seattle, Drummond Cockburn, Guinea, Brisbane, Turkiye, Luxembourg, The Central Pacific, Matheo, Bonn, The Peaceful Coffee Shop In Chicago, Edinburgh, Wales, FBI, Republica del Paraguay, Sao Paulo, Edmonton, Nauru, Two Letter, The Great Universe, The South Arctic, The Sea Of Love, Homelands, Bus Stop, The Bandits, Commonwealth States, The Assembly of Gentlemen, The Awakening, Rhea, Angola, Vietnam, Kanada, Connaught, Playboy, Leinster, Civil Rights Region, APSIA, Industrialaska, Regionless, Atlantic New Lands, Spetsnaz, McArthur, Free State of Bavaria, Imperial Prussia, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Kingdom Of England And Wales, United Assembly, Isle of Anglesey, Orient, Cookstown, Apex, Scotia, The Dank Meme Alliance, Dauiland, Capital Heights, Sydney, Sun and Moon, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, The Six Counties of Ulster, Greater London, East Timor, Kimberley, Manchester, Ibova, Birmingham, DBA, Palmyra Tudmur, Cotonou, Parkland, NS April Fools Day Jokes, Iranian Islamic Republic, Gypsy Lands, Federal Republic of Russia, Oceanside, Calumet City, Coin Collecting Club, Missouri Republic, Norsewood, Kigali, Plague, Gaspia, Queen Elizabeth Islands, Empire of Brazil, The United States of Independence Hill, Indianapolis, SECFanatics, Azerbaycan Respublikasi, Republic of Myanmar, The Popptart Empire, Existence, Ooleechnee Phanare, Kandahar, Zero Zero Zero Zero, Chicken overlords, Democratic Republic of Ecuador, Fredonia, The Art of the Scholars, Chan Nations, Salt Lake, The Republic of California, and Russian Federation.

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Illinois contains 17 nations, the 843rd most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Most Efficient Economies in Illinois

Nations ranked highly are the most ruthlessly efficient at translating raw resources, including people, into economic output.

As a region, Illinois is ranked 6,995th in the world for Most Efficient Economies.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Village of Holiday HillsCompulsory Consumerist State“A Frighteningly Real Place”
2.The Republic of TeIron Fist Consumerists“Rise Up!”
3.The Queen's State of MusqueamCapitalist Paradise“Rare Bird”
4.The Community of KaskaskiaAnarchy“Liberty shall ring like a bell”
5.The Queen's State of McKinnonFree-Market Paradise“State”
6.The Queendom of BacongoAnarchy“Peace and Justice”
7.The Queen's State of CanindeyuCivil Rights Lovefest“Distrito del Canindeyu”
8.The Queen's State of ErinouakAnarchy“Nation before state”
9.The Queen's State of NoruAnarchy“State”
10.The Republic of Chicago CubslandFather Knows Best State“Go Cubs Go”
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Illinois Regional Message Board

Dearest friends and embassy partners,

I, Nationalist Gold Union, humbly present to you, the nations of this region, this link below, which is to decide the GREATEST TYPE of French fry of all time.

This is the pre-final round, and the four most-voted-for French fry subsets will make it to the finals.

Please, share this link around and spread the word. We must truly figure out the greatest type of French fry of all time.

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https://www.nationstates.net/page=poll/p=125154

Thank you very much and may the best fry win!

- Nationalist Gold Union
Founder and Supreme Autocrat of APSIA
Dictatorial and Dear Leader of a Triply-Featured Region
Faithful and Undying until the End

Dear French-fry-voters,

It's time for round 2.

In the audition round, 260 people from across NationStates chose the top 4 styles of French fries, which have made it to the semi-final round.

The semi-final vote is now up! The following four types of French fry have made it to the Semi-Final round.

  1. Curly fries

  2. Potato wedges

  3. Standard fries

  4. Waffle fries

Please, share this link around and spread the word. We must truly figure out the greatest type of French fry of all time. The top 2 will make it to the final round.

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https://www.nationstates.net/page=poll/p=125497

Thank you very much and may the best fry win!

- Nationalist Gold Union
Founder and Supreme Autocrat of APSIA
Dictatorial and Dear Leader of a Triply-Featured Region
Faithful and Undying until the End

Dearest faithful friends, allies, and dedicated French fry enthusiasts,

Okay. This. Is. Epic.

Our quest to determine the greatest style of French fry has reached its final stage. 10 fries entered. Only one will remain.

The two semi-final champions who will fight for the title of 🍟🏆WINNER OF THE FRENCH FRY SMACKDOWN🏆🍟 are the two following styles:

  1. CURLY FRIES

  2. STANDARD FRIES

Conservative or liberal, socialist or capitalist, democracy or dictatorship, raider or defender, no matter the background, we can agree to put aside our differences in favor of this greater good.

Vote here by clicking the link below:

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And share it with your friends and family:

https://www.nationstates.net/page=poll/p=125855

In the audition round, 260 people from across NationStates chose the top 4 styles of French fries, which made it to the semi-final round. We surpassed that in the semi-final round, where 524 cast their vote for the top of the top four. Now the top two remain.

Thank you very much and may the best fry win!

- Nationalist Gold Union
Founder and Supreme Autocrat of APSIA
Dictatorial and Dear Leader of a Triply-Featured Region
Faithful and Undying until the End

Post by Zaila suppressed by a moderator.

Massachusetts is the best.

Tricell incorporated

Tricell Incorporated, here!

Let's get down to business...

Looks like another failed start-up. :)

New Newspaper! Check out the first issue!


Issue 1 - February 2019

Back on The Saddle
My nation's quote right now (or at least at the time of writing this) is "General MacArthur - 10/20/1944". This is a reference to the Second Battle of the Philipines in WWII. During the first battle, when American forces were overrun, the General was forced to evacuate. Before leaving, he made the promise "I shall return". On October 20, 1944, he fulfiled that promise - wading onto the beaches and proclaiming "I have returned."

The analogy here is that I'm back. After having lead SCUT to its glory and then taking a hiatus, a break was something well needed. I posted a dispatch about the toxicity in the NS community and how it drove me away. My sentiments in that regard haven't changed a whole lot, honestly. But the major change - and the reason I'm back - is that my faith in the potential outweighs my disdain for the status quo. That's why I created Scath. I'm pulling together allies - old and new - to make this place, or at least our little slice of it, better for everyone. We've definitely got a lot of work ahead of us and a lot of drama will inevitibly unfold, but I'm ready for the ride and anyone that wants to join me is welcome to do so.


A Game of Spies
Greetings, people of the world. We’ve got some surprising revelations for you today. This article is summarized in the following video, which also contains the evidence for our claims:

LinkEvidence Slideshow Video
Apparently people weren't seeing this. Edit: 2/27/19 4:35PM EST

On February 23th 2019, a nation known as The Informer telegrammed our chancellor Morriband, saying that the fascist region of Farkasfalka discovered we were spying on them, and were planning to raid us (good luck with that, we have an active founder and a powerless delegacy).
While Morriband was asking them to provide proof, I discovered that they had also posted something in India, a screenshot revealing some puppetry. Except the quote was devoid of information, making the screenshot untrustworthy.

Without anything else to go on, we were at a roadblock. Enter the “proof” regarding Farkasfalka, a screenshot of their delegate Infernia saying our region was spying on them. We immediately noticed multiple issues with the picture, namely the lack of avatar, a white name which usually indicates a lack of roles, and the fact that the name on Discord was Commander Infernia… except their title on the WFE is Judge. On top of this, the message was posted in a public foreign affairs channel, don’t you think that kind of stuff should be in a more restricted channel? Finally, the message was posted on February 24th 2019, whereas the telegram was sent the day before.

Very fishy, so I peeked in their Discord. Lo and behold, the message is nowhere to be found, and Infernia’s true Discord account looks very different. This was a big mistake by our mysterious guy, but that’s just the surface. The bigger mistake was leaving a trail: The welcome message. Appeared on the 24th, yellow avatar like in the image. They did not use an alternate Discord account, and we’ve found it back in our own Discord server.

The person behind The Informer is… The Republic of Rajputana, the founder and current WA Delegate of the Union of Democrats, who is in a treaty with Scath. We did tell them about our spying on Farkasfalka as part of our treaty, and they betrayed us and leaked it to them. Isn’t it hypocritical for a guy who leads "The Powerhouse of Democracy" to be helping fascists?

It doesn’t end here. Let’s go back to India, where Rajputana posted another dubious screenshot. We had contacted the government for a joint investigation regarding The Informer, and in the group telegrams, our backstabbing fellow makes another huge mistakes. Hindu Mahasabha mentions our fight against Farkasfalka. Except we never told the Indians that we were spying on them.
As it turns out, Hindu Mahasabha is another puppet of Rajputana. And India is another ally of the Union of Democrats. It doesn’t end here, we’ve also noticed a peculiar quirk in their writing that is also present in The Informer and Rajputana’s posts, they never put spaces after punctuation, which further reinforces the link between them.

There’s more. There was a chaotic election in India a few weeks prior, and so after reading the RMB and messaging Hamramstan, I got now leads to work with. Regarding Hindu Puri, I had received an unusual telegram, he wanted to be the only one joining the investigation of The Informer. It doesn’t make sense, as the governments of Scath and India agreed to a joint investigation, so why exclude them? We believe that Hindu Puri knows that Rajputana is behind Hindu Mahasabha and collaborates with them. This is further reinforced by the fact that Hindu Mahasabha got an office will full powers, something he doesn’t need to be a Foreign Minister.

Hamramstan detailed in his testimony what he considers abuse against Bharadesh during the election, and thinks Hindu Puri used puppets. After analyzing the list of voters, we’ve only found weak evidence that Kamkhya could be a puppet of Hindu Puri, because of his sudden change in tone and use of bold like Hindu Puri during the heated discussions. As for the abuse allegations, this matter was already handled by moderators and we will not be discussing it. However, the message they left could be interpreted as saying Bharadesh is a puppet of Hamramstan, but the latter argued that Bharadesh speaks Hindi while he doesn’t, which does seem to match with post history. All in all, we cannot say for sure if the two are related.

To finish this article, I have a message for Rajputana:
You dun goofed. Never underestimate your opponent. You told Morriband that our region was weak and needed to be protected. You don’t seem to realize our government is composed of skilled people. I’ll have you know I graduated to the top of The West Pacific’s military, and I’ve been involved in numerous raids and occupations with them and The Black Hawks, and I have over 300 confirmed hits. You are nothing to me but another target. I will raid you with precision the likes of which have never been seen before on this Earth, mark my words. You think you can get away with posting this in our Discord?




Think again. As we speak I am contacting my network of newspapers and your secrets are being revealed right now so you better prepare for the storm, backstabber. The storm that wipes out the little thing you call your reputation. You’ve been exposed. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can spy on you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with a non-WA nation. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little "clever" telegram was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your keyboard. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price.


Regional Roleplay Update
Portal Guns, Weaponized Rainbows, International Summits, and Redundant Redundancy

This month we've set our RP up. We're still in a beta-test phase and determining how we want to run it. As a part of the beta test, the nations Morriband, Bedetopia, & Comackia came together to establish an international alliance - the first of its kind in the Shadowlands. If you would like to read more on the backstory click here.

Bedetopia
It appears our isolation has come to an end. The Electric Governor has been seeing delegates coming from other nations to prepare for an international summit. According to the government, you should not be worried that your paradise will be modified by new relations with other nations.
So far, 4 other nations have been identified: Morriband, Comackia, Emargo, and the Paradise Peninsula. We have yet to determine what their modes of governance are.



Comackia
Welcome back to the Imperialist Information Station or IIS! The government has been rocked by sudden news that other nations on the planet wish to meet for an international summit to discuss where our relations will go. This will be the first time in all of Comackian history that we will have to communicate with other intelligent societies. The leaders of the nations have gotten together to try to agree where the meeting should take place, and while most nations agree that they should meet on an internationally neutral island, Cisarovna Catherine has had some issues with that. It is said that she stated, "Our people have been on our own for our whole history and we have only ever known of ourselves. We have only heard about your nations a few weeks ago and you expect me to go on some huge trip to an unknown island with a bunch of people that I know nothing about? Either we have this meeting in our glorious capital of Saint Catherinsburg, where we have had decades of economic and military prosperity, or I must be allowed to bring my own elite bodyguard unit (the Valkyrian Guard) to the meeting."

It remains to be seen how the other nations will react to our Empress' opinion on the location of the meeting, but we all know that the people of our capital city are already getting prepared for having other leaders visit. The citizens started putting out many more flags than usual and a select few have begun organizing a fair to show the culture of the Comackian people. Though, people in the outer lands of the empire have been seen staging protests in outrage that Catherine would even consider meeting with the other leaders, especially if she were to go to a neutral island. This has been your daily IIS news, have a great day!



Morriband
Machine Broadcast
The broadcasting on this channel has been suspended for the Nightly Nationwide News

Reporter
Good evening, Morriband. Unity and Peace or War and Chaos? Tonight, we feature a story that's been the buzz around the nation - and even the known world - for a while now: The upcoming world summit. After our forces cleared out a small island in the south, we established it as an international holding. That was a year ago. Today, the leaders of the world have decided to convene on that very island to discuss the future of their nations and our planet as a whole. This era of splendid isolation is over for us all. Chancellor Hayden will be among the heads of state that attend the summit. Whatever happens there, we will have to wait and see. We hope for peace, but are ready for war, in the unfortunate event that it occurs.

Here are your headlines of the night. The new comedy horror film "Teenage Psycho Clown Demon" has reached box office records, with its odd, parody take on the horror genre. The Army Corps of Engineers have finished upgrading the Border Wall which separates our nation from the wilderness beyond. It now features a series of reactive turrets, early warning systems, and upgraded IFF systems. The company GalaxyY has been announced as the contract winner to create a series of new spacecraft for the Space Force. The Navy is stepping up its coastline protection mission to protect and prepare for international trade. The winner of the National Junior Science Fair as been announced. Johnny Stevenson (17, from Bastion) won first prize with his prototype Portal Gun. The GalaxyY CEO, A'aron Stench, has gone on to offer young Johnny an internship in the company's central design lab in Morriband City.

Thank you, and goodnight.

Machine Broadcast
National Anthem Plays
Good night, and stay safe.



Comackia
Welcome back to the IIS! Today, we have more news on the upcoming international summit. Despite the wishes of Cisarovna Catherine, the summit will be held at the international island. Though our Empress has gotten an opportunity to show what Comackia has. As citizens pack up their stuff from the fair, Catherine's hologram lit up across the capital city. She stated, "The other nations of the world wish to meet in a neutral zone instead of seeing what our cities hold, but Comackia will still show what it has. The Valkyrian Guard will join me in going to the summit along with our latest military technology; we will demonstrate to these sovereign states that we are more than just a land of stitched together cultures. The expertly trained soldiers that guard me and our country will go through a military exercise over there using their signature high-tech swords, shields, and (most importantly) wings along with those new weapons in order to get our point across. After this summit, the world will know that we are more than an empire that can conquer local tribes; they will see us as the empire that has the best soldiers in the world that are ready to lay down their lives for the homeland and for the order of their country."

Cisarovna Catherine has mentioned in the past that she wanted to enlist some of the military to be used as mercenary forces, but she has also shown a wish for growing the empire itself. Is this message a threat to the other nations, a display of Comackian brilliance, or PR to get other forces to pay the government to help bring their wars to a swift end? Time will tell, but we all know that the First Empress will do what is best for the empire.

In other news, the famine in the eastern outerlands has come to an end with the introduction of government-based supplies instead of private-based ones. This has brought the issue of private ownership of businesses and land into the spotlight and the Parliament is debating if the government should be the one making all the economic decisions or not. Along with that, a new breed of dog known as the "Bear dog" has been made. These dogs are, as you can tell by the name, just as big and tough as bears, but also maintain the social bonds that dogs tend to have. Many households (especially in the more rural areas) have already taken some into their families and even the Royal Family has adopted one. The military has even shown interest in using them in military operations. Wouldn't it be incredible to have a nice home dog that can also double as a powerful force of security?! Anyways, that has been your Imperial News for the day! Have a nice one and we hope to tell more about the empire's breaking news!



Bedetopia
"Display the Rainbow" - Preparations for a military parade are underway
Hello Bedetopians. You may have noticed more frequent troop movements in the streets. Nothing to worry about, according to the government they are preparing a military parade for the summit. The Electric Governor especially said that they were going to "Display the Rainbow". But what do these words mean? Let us explain it for you. The Bedetopian Army is notorious for using a wide variety of colors to identify its units based on their specialty. The Blue Soldiers you see in the streets are the most common, using energy weapons and also taking care of law enforcement. But there are also Purple Soldiers who use kinetic weapons for example. Hence, when the government says they are "Displaying the Rainbow", it means they are showing the strength of our army and their wide coverage. When asked about their reasoning, the government said they aim to create an atmosphere of mutual non-aggression to ensure the protection of the nation.

The Electric Dictator is coming to the summit
We have another piece of news regarding the international summit. Our beloved leader, the Electric Dictator Bedebao, said he would be coming to witness the summit. He will be accompanied by the Steak Squad for protection along with plenty of ships and soldiers. After the summit, he is expected to visit various places in the colony to monitor our advancement these past few years.



Morriband
Machine Broadcast
The broadcasting on this channel has been suspended for the Nightly Nationwide News

Reporter
Good evening, Morriband. A new age is dawning on us. Our Chancellor and delegation have arrived at the first International Summit. Upon arriving, our delegation made our national technological prowess known to the other attendees. There were reports of displays and demonstrations of everything from advanced combat systems to our breakthroughs in medical research. As a gift of goodwill, The Chancellor even gave the other heads of state their own personal holocommunicators - which will be used for future communications after the conference. Now, with the opening ceremonies complete, the time to get down to business has begun. Chancellor Hayden had suggested a defense and economic agreement, which would be open to other nations joining in the future. This would include a mutual defense clause, and a preferential trade agreement.

Here are your headlines of the night. GalaxyY stocks continue to rise as news of the Summit comes out. The online shopping mall company Daintree has announced that it will be beta-testing a new portal-based delivery system to make order fulfillment happen within minutes. Experts say this type of technology would have vast economic benefits, as it would allow for long-distance business to be conducted with no delay. Opponents of the idea, however, say it would be too costly in terms of energy and manpower loss. The Senate and Popular Assembly are having a joint session in the coming days in order to prepare for the possible outcomes of the new international accords. As usual for these types of sessions, the popular assembly is open only to those who have attended at least one session in the past 6 months.

Thank you, and goodnight.

Machine Broadcast
National Anthem Plays
Good night, and stay safe.



Comackia
Welcome back to the IIS! We are back with our third update on the international summit. It has been reported that the Valkyrian Guard expertly showed of why they are trusted with being the most elite protectors of the homeland while also displaying how even our common soldiers have the potential to bring in great military might with the use of our great weapons. It has also been said that the leader of the nation known as Morriband gave the Cisarovna a small mobile hologram that has been called a "holocommunicator", perhaps she plans on calling her best buds using that personally? Either way, our leader is still very impressed with what the other nations had to offer despite the early confrontations.

To further emphasize that, Cisarovna Catherine agreed with Morriband and Chancellor Hayden for once. The foreign leader proposed a defensive and economic pact that would be open to other nations to join in the future. Cisarovna Catherine has stated, "Even the Imperial Empire must agree that the world is a dangerous place and, as long as other sovereign states remain respectful and honest, deserve independence just as much as us. We may support helping others in wars even if they have nothing to do with us, but that is a two-way road. Yes, people can use our mercenaries for bad, but they are there to protect too. Only through being united can we fully establish that the nations remain sovereign and that we continue life as our founders wanted us to."

With other news, the Comackian military has gone into its third official war game in its history. The air force, navy, army, and special forces have all started exercise on north-western area of the empire. The reason behind the exercise is unknown, but it is speculated to be Catherine's first warning to the uncolonized land on the continent that Comackian forces will soon be rolling them over just as they did a few decades ago. This has been your current IIS news! Let your day be as glorious as the Valkyrian Guard.




Op-Ed
All of our ministries are currently recruiting and we have positions available for everything from the roleplay and news staff to soldiers and secret agents. Also, if you're interested in an alliance, contact us to work out terms for a treaty. (Note: allies must meet our Embassy Requirements. If you want to know more, send a telegram to any of our officers (Morriband, New Comackia, Bedetopia, or Emarago).

If you would like to have an ad in our next issue (about your region, newspaper, etc.) telegram me and we can potentially feature it.
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Interesting paper. Kind of like the format, but the contents have no real bearing upon me or my empire, but it is still a good read. Thanks.

As for Massachusetts being the best. I like Michigan more than Massachusetts. So Massachusetts cannot be the best. I had not even mentioned the other 48 states. Mind you, it isn't the worst either. That goes to Mississippi or Wyoming. Not sure which. Had not been in Utah or Nevada long enough to tell how they rank, but they may be worse than Wyoming. And then there is New Jersey. :)

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