Hey guys! I'm new here, but have great excitement about the Crimson Skies Universe and want to help.
I am a Utah boy (now living in Virginia) but of course my interest lies with the nation of Utah and what it consists of (regionalism really drives this game for me!). I spent hours this week looking at census records of Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Wyoming and numerous other demographics indicators (especially focusing on religion) to locate the heavily Mormon counties of those states. Based on that I figured the relative borders, or claimed/disputed areas, that the nation of Utah would have an interest in protecting based on Mormon poulation.
Based on the areas of southern Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and a touch of Arizona that have heavy Mormon populations, the census records and common sense I came to the following conclusion: Utah itself had a population of about 537,571 in 1937
; adding in the Mormon Counties from other states they add up to a total population of 978,455 (367,209 in Idaho, 41,865 in Wyoming, 29, 706 in Nevada, and about 2,104 in Arizona
). Now this is where the fun part comes in! I put my findings on a google map drawing in rough borders following the counties with Mormon settlements. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8& ... 662109&z=4
You'll see that I have added a great deal to the canon based on (arguably better) research than has previously done. I also created my own squadron assignments that probably don't reflect the actual game other than the Ogden Legion. I just barely read the Spicy Helium War story and am a bit confused by all of the talk about the "Alliance of Utah Enclaves" so the map doesn't reflect that or the Lambs of God, who I see more of an expeditionary force. Also, for the record "Utah" should be called Deseret and the flag would never have a cross on it, it would have a beehive. Though a Christian nation, Mormons do not use the cross as a symbol on our buildings and would never use it on the flag.
Anyway, I'm interested in being the resident Utah expert and beefing up my section to reflect more of the backstory. Any info in the main FASA sourcebook would be very helpful!
Thoughts? Info I left out or forgot? Contentions?
EDIT 3/28/2012: Additions to the Deseret Canon
Name of Utah should be Deseret. This is consistent with the history of Mormon settlement in the Mountain West when Brigham Young (who led the Mormons west) originally established the Deseret Territory and petitioned for the state to be named Deseret.
Deseret's flag would be more like this. Below is the historic Mormon Pioneer flag that was developed in the 1800's and is flown at some Mormon pioneer historical sites.