Minnesota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by a Lake Superior water border with Michigan and a land and water border with Wisconsin to the east, Iowa is to the south, North and South Dakota to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba are to the north. The state is the twelfth largest state by area in the U.S., it is the 21st most populous, with 5.2 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Nearly 60% of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities.
Minnesota's geographical position within the United States kept it safe from most of the country's foreign wars.
Minnesota remained a Republican stronghold, or as close to one as existed in the country, following that party's fall from grace after the War of Secession. Minnesota voted for Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election, one of few states to do so, in gratitude for the role he played in managing Amerindian violence and opening the frontier for settlement.
Minnesota in this timeline is part of three Provinces of the NAU. The portion east of the Mississippi River is part of New Guernsey, along with all of OTL Wisconsin and the Upper peninsula of Michigan. The southwestern portion of the state is part of Mississippi, and the northwestern portion part of the state is part of Ontario.