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Now Entering North Verizon: See a Map of The Corporate States of America

A graphic designer mapped out America with corporations in place of states.

In his magnum opus, Infinite Jest, the late author David Foster Wallace wrote of a future where the name of each calendar year was auctioned off to the highest corporate bidder (the ultimate ad buy-in). It is perhaps in the same spirit that writer and graphic artist Steve Lovelace has created a map dubbed The Corporate States of America.

Each of the 50 states is distinguished by a corporation or brand that best represents it. The brands are all based in the states they stand in for, and are apparently still in business. The map was made to show off the increasing power of nongovernmental entities in the United States and demonstrate that brand loyalty is becoming something akin to state pride.

Have a look at the map below, and let us know in the comments which brands you would have chosen for which states instead.

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  • Paigevelyn

    Anheuser-Busch is owned by InBev now. You'll have to pick another local corporation for MO.

  • Aromini

    I'm from Delaware so I can recognized the DuPont logo, even when it's that small. Not sure what Rhode Island is though...

  • jplummer

    In a past life Washington (I'm a Seattle native) would have been Boeing (now HQed in Chicago), Microsoft, or even Weyerhaeuser. But as much as we love REI, Starbucks is how people think of us. Alas.

  • nate

    REI for WA, not starbucks.
    most people in WA will opt for a smaller botique roaster than starbucks.

  • Corey McQueen

    Minnesota: Target.

    I think most of these are not very good.  Oregon is spot on.  Georgia is good.

  • Corey McQueen

    Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, and Michigan all make sense.

    Wisconsin and Washington could easily be PBR and Boeing.But Texas?!  Exxon.  Illinois?!  McDonaldsAnd I think Missouri should be Monsanto.

  • WesBEnterprise

    Florida should certainly be Publix. Unless they are going for national brands (which they arent), in which case Office Depot and AutoNation would better fit the bill. Hooters? Lol

  • Chad Baker

    Disney or Darden would have been reasonable choices, too. Hooters is truly a joke.

  • Tom Wornall

    Kentucky is yum brands... I don't even see how that can be debated....
    Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 39,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. Yum! Is ranked 201 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2012. 
    Lexmark reported $3.8 billion in revenue in 2012, with approximately 55 percent of that revenue coming from international sales. Our products are sold in more than 170 countries in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim and the Caribbean.
    .....