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  • In 1981 Joel Garreau published The Nine Nations of North America, in which he identified nine economically and culturally distinct regions or nations in North America. One of the nations he called the Empty Quarter, which includes most of Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado from Denver west. It also includes Alberta and Northern Canada, including Nunavut, as well as eastern California, Oregon, and Washington. Also included are the western edges of the Dakotas; northern Arizona; Navajo, New Mexico; and British Columbia east of the Coast Ranges. The capital of the Empty Quarter is Denver. Other cities include Spokane, Washington; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Anchorage, Alaska; Salt Lake City, Utah; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nevada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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