All week, Mike Trinklein has been sharing stories from his fascinating new book Lost States (you can read the excerpts here). Today we're giving you a chance to win a copy. Here's what you need to do:

Pretend your little corner of the world (your current town, college town, the 16 counties north of the interstate, whatever) has decided to form its own state. Address some of the following questions in the comments: What would you call this new state? Who would be your first governor? What would your state slogan be? And what would it say on your license plates? (The ________ State, or something braggy like "First in Flight.")

We'll pick two winners on Monday and give away some back issues of mental_floss magazine to runners-up.

Good luck with your secession plans!

(Or you could just buy the book.)