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  1. Jeff B says

    Yaaaaay new section!

    I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I check this site several times a day hoping for updates. If I ever start making the big bucks, I would definitely toss in some money to the Patreon to get to the “more frequent updates” level. Need moooooooooore.

  2. UsaSatsui says

    Hmmm. VT is included.

      • Ma is short for Massachusetts. Maine was part of Massachusetts then. It wasn’t made a state until 1820. (Just as Vermont was admitted to balance the creation of slave state Kentucky, Maine balanced the admission of slave state Missouri.)

        • Indeed, Maine was part of Mass at one point, and split off. Probably the most “Meh, whatever” secession in history.

          Which kind of suits Maine, really.

          • It was 1 year later, not 2. But you’re right, it really is intriguing.

            For a fascinating longread on it, check out this article at the National Archives’ website.

            The tl;dr is they both came into the union as part of a single compromise.

      • Were I to guess, we’re about to have a discussion dating back to the collapse of the Articles of the Confederation and the adoption of the Constitution.

        The 15 ‘states’ seem to line up with the dates and timeline associated with the period.

    • Yup. It had seceded from New York in 1777 and set up its own independent state. Not part of the U.S. until 1791. Actually considered joining Canada for a bit. But it’s included in this map for a reason that should be apparent shortly.

  3. psionl0 says

    I have waited a long time for a part 2 title and a map of the 13 original states.

    Hopefully, more pages will be coming in rapid succession now.

    • I’m sure Nathan would be flexible. Do you have his hourly fee handy? I certainly don’t.

      Nathan’s squeezing being a webcomic artist in beside being a career litigator and family man. I follow webcomics by bachelor artists, where the webcomic is supposedly their day job, who have a looser update schedule.
      I’m certainly not going to be the guy who demands that someone who is doing this for free step up production. There are far too many of those sorts as it is.

      It does present an interesting thought, though.
      Nathan. I understand that in some jurisdictions, (I think NY is one of them,) if you regularly let a person use your property, and never remind them that it is your property, and not a public right of way, it becomes an easement. What happens if you regularly give of your time, and don’t remind people that you’re not obligated to do so?
      Granted, it’d seem like the 13th amendment would prevent that.

      • I’m not demanding anything. I’m just glad that Nathan has found the time to add to his series.

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