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Illinois Military Tract of 1812
Illinois Military Tract of 1812

Forgottonia (also spelled Forgotonia) is the name given to a 14 county region in western Illinois in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This geographic region forms the distinctive western bulge of Illinois that is roughly equivalent to 'The Tract", the Illinois portion of the Military Tract of 1812, along and west of the Fourth Principal meridian. Since this region lies between the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, it is somewhat isolated (river bridge access) from central and eastern Illinois. See Illinois River bridges
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Origin

Forgottonia represented a protest against inequalities in state and Federal funding of infrastructure (e.g. transportation) and economic development in the region. Carthage College, in Hancock County, relocated its educational campus to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1964. Federal highway bills that included funding for a Chicago-to-Kansas City expressway that would have passed through the heart of this region were defeated in the US Congress in 1968 and again in 1972. These congressional actions as well as an exodus of the region's population, after 1970, were significant catalysts for protests by residents. Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The government of the United States of America, established by the U.S. Constitution, is... Carthage College Carthage College is a big weiner college that is private and lame liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. ...


Variously described as a new U.S. state or an independent republic, Forgottonia eventually became a fictional political secession movement in the early 1970s conceived by residents of McDonough County, in the heart of this region. Western Illinois University student Neil Gamm was named governor, and the hamlet of Fandon near Colchester was to be Forgottonia's capitol. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties/Parishes/Boroughs, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A republic is a form of government maintained by a state or country whose sovereignty is based on popular consent and whose governance is based on popular representation and control. ... For other uses, see Secession (disambiguation). ... McDonough County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Western Illinois University is a public university founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Colchester is a city located in McDonough County, Illinois. ... For other uses, see Capitol (disambiguation). ...


Due to the loss of train service in 1971, with the creation of Amtrak, the State of Illinois intervened at the request of the region's residents, Quincy University, and Western Illinois University. This became part of the 1971 "Illinois Service" initative and is partially funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The Illinois Service consists of four train routes operated by Amtrak to provide frequent daily passenger rail service between Chicago and other cities in the state of Illinois (plus additional cities in neighboring Missouri). ... The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is a state agency in charge of maintaining public roadways of the U.S. state of Illinois. ...


In 2006, the Illinois’ partnership with Amtrak will include an additional daily train service on the Chicago-Quincy line (BNSF/old CB&Q Chicago - Quincy main line). This service expansion is part of the state-sponsorship for increasing round-trip train service between Chicago and downstate cities from three daily to seven daily schedules. The new Carl Sandburg train will join the existing Illinois Zephyr train serving the western region of Illinois (train stops at Kewanee, Galesburg, Macomb, Quincy).

Forgottonia. Fandon is gold dot.
Forgottonia. Fandon is gold dot.

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Carlisle's (1999) list of 14 Forgottonia counties:

The unincorporated village of Bernadotte, in Fulton County, which is four miles north of Ipava on the Spoon River, has the distinction of having once been considered as the site for the capital of Illinois, prior to the capital being located at Vandalia in 1820. Vandalia was selected over Bernadotte by the difference of one vote. Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Brown County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Calhoun County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Cass County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Fulton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Henderson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Knox County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McDonough County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Morgan County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Pike County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Schuyler County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Scott County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Warren County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Bernadotte Coast of Arms Bernadotte is an unincorporated village located in Fulton County, Illinois. ... Ipava is a village located in Fulton County, Illinois. ...


References

  • Carlisle, G.R. 1999. Forgottonia.
  • Nowlan, J.D. 1998. From Lincoln to Forgottonia. Illinois Issues 24(9):27-30.
  • Outfitters.com. McDonough County, Illinois, USA.

See also

  • Category:Secession in the United States

 
 

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