124 stars on the flag: What if secessionists succeeded?



File this under fictional geography or alternate history.

How would the country have shaped up if statehood proposals had become reality?

We’d have a map of 124 states, according to Andrew Shears, an academic geographer at Mansfield University, Tioga County, whose invention is wending its way around the Internet again this week.

We would have been living in Westsylvania, the 14th state that never was.

Click on the map to see a larger version.

Go here to see Shears’ timeline that explains the map.