The electorate needed a little email prodding, but all the ballots have finally been cast in our Lost States giveaway. Let's start with a couple runners-up, who've each won a back issue of mental_floss magazine...
State Name: Plasma
Governor: David Bohm, plasma theoretician
State slogan: We're not stable, but at least we're sparky!
License plate: Hotter than you since 1879
State Name: Everything in the middle area of North Carolina (between Ashville and Elizabeth City) would become Centralina. (Seriously, we have Duke, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, NC A&T, Elon (one of the best business schools in the country now) and many others all within a 100 mile radius. This is the place to be for good schooling.)
Governor: Andy Griffith. He was a great sheriff, why not a governor?
State slogan: Lower elevation, higher education.
And now, the winners of Mike Trinklein's fantastic book...
State Name: Mind (uh, er, State of Mind)
Governor: Sigmund Freud III
State slogan: How do you feel about slogans?
License plate: Slipped Into Statehood
State Name: Geeksylvania (Capitol, Geekopolis)
Governor: Carl, the guy who runs the comic book store in the mall and runs a D&D game in the back room every Thursday night.
State slogan: All your base are belong to us!
License plate: Klaatu Barada Nikto
We'll be in touch about your prizes! And thanks to everyone for playing. As with most of these contests, there could have been a dozen winners.