Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua (Hawaii): Hawai’i: An Occupied Country. Asya Pereltsvaig on the Big Wind and underdevelopment on Hawaii. Can Florida's Space Coast regain its hallowed place as the world's capital of human spaceflight? Chemical valley: Evan Osnos on West Virginia’s environmental crisis. In 1988, Hollywood built an ersatz baseball field in rural Iowa for a Kevin Costner film; a quarter century later, the community finds itself bitterly divided over a curious question: Should the field’s fake authenticity be preserved? Adam Weinstein is chilling with the South’s new secessionists. Ariel Miller on the construction of Southern identity through Reality TV: A content analysis of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Duck Dynasty and Buckwild. Annette Trefzer reviews Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies by Jon Smith. Ryan Cooper on how the West was reinvented: Nudged by Bill Clinton, an economy based more on recreation than extraction is transforming the rural West. High and dry: From the Rockies to the Sierra, water managers gauge implications of climate change. Government is “slavery”: Tim Draper's reason for chopping California into six different states is the absolute worst (and more and more). Tagalog in California, Cherokee in Arkansas: What language does your state speak? Jenny Xie on a map of all the places in the U.S. where nobody lives. “It’s just a population map!”: Andy Woodruff on everyone’s latest favorite map to hate, US GDP Split in Half. How can I create my favorite state ranking? Yasuyuki Motoyama and Jared Konczal on the hidden pitfalls of statistical indexes. Diane Francis on why the U.S. should merge with Canada.