With a population near 40,000 between 1300 and 1400 AD, the Mississippian-culture city of Cahokia, in what is now southern Illinois, was the largest city within the future United States until after 1790, when it was surpassed by New York City. Gradually Cahokia and the area were abandoned, and at the time of the American Revolution, only about 2,000 Native American hunters and a small number of villagers of French ancestry inhabited the Illinois area. United States migrant settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1810s; Illinois achieved statehood on December 3, 1818. The future metropolis of Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan. Railroads and John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow made central Illinois' rich prairie into some of the world's most productive and valuable farmlands.
Illinois in A Different FleshEdit
A region bordering the New Nile within the Federated Commonwealths of America saw the first meeting of hairy elephant and steam train, though the resulting race ended in tragedy as wild sims attacked and killed some of the engine's crew.
While "The Iron Elephant" clearly takes place in Illinois, the story never tells us what the region's name is in the ADF universe.
Illinois in "Election Day"Edit
Illinois in The Guns of the SouthEdit
During the 1864 presidential election, it was one of 12 states carried by incumbent Republican President Abraham Lincoln (a resident of the state) during his unsuccessful reelection campaign. The state had 16 electoral votes during the election. Lincoln would later retire to the state after losing the election.
Illinois in The Hot WarEdit
Illinois' largest city, Chicago, was the second largest city in the United States after New York. After the Soviet atomic bombing of the latter in May 1952, Chicago became the largest American city to come out of World War III unscathed.
Illinois in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit
Illinois in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit
Illinois in Southern Victory Edit
Illinois in The Two GeorgesEdit
Illinois was a province of the North American Union. It bordered Mississippi, New Guernsey, Tippecanoe, Franklin, and Missouri, and had a small coast on the Lake Michigan. Astoria was an important Illinois city.
Illinois served as a strategic point of many of the early battles between humans and the Race. Its largest city, Chicago, was destroyed by the first American atomic bomb in order to vaporize the large Lizard army that was conquering the city in a lengthy ground battle. Chicago served as the center of research for the US effort to create an atom bomb before it became a battleground, forcing the evacuation of the nuclear program to Denver.