Why Forgottonia?

I have been fortunate enough to do two national radio interviews in the past week, and I must admit surprise that both hosts wanted to talk about Forgottonia. It wasn't much of a statehood movement... and I almost didn't put it in the book. But people seem very interested in this effort to cleave a new state from western Illinois.  Forgottonia's main export is high fructose corn syrup—and, believe it or not, that's what is pictured above. I know, it looks like drums of toxic waste, but it's not. Well...  
Here's a map of Forgottonia.

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