I mention this book and its concepts so often that I was sure I must have posted on it before, but I don't find it in my archives. I knew Joel Garreau was onto something when I first looked at the cover. His cultural nation New England included the Canadian Maritimes and cut off the SW corner of Connecticut, down where they are Yankee fans. This guy knows whereof he speaks, I thought. The nine nations are
New England. As above, capital Boston.
The Foundry. From New Haven to Chicago, including southern Ontario. What we now call the Rust Belt, where hard work is valued and everything in the world use to be made. Capital Detroit
Dixie. South to New Orleans, and excluding South Florida. Capital Atlanta
The Islands. South Florida and the Caribbean. Capital nominally Miami, but really Jimmy Buffet's fictitious Margaritaville.
Quebec. The only nation to follow political boundaries.
The Breadbasket. Where the world's food is grown. Capital at Kansas City
Mexamerica. From San Jose to Houston to Mexico City. Mixed Anglo-Mexican culture, the Land of Now, with twin capitals at Houston and Los Angeles.
Ecotopia. From San Jose to Juneau, politely ignoring the values conflict between wilderness and Boeing. These days, include Microsoft. Capital. Seattle
The Empty Quarter. The Rockies up through most of Canada. Where all the untapped minerals, shale oil, and empty space is. Capital Denver. Land of the Future.