^ Remember that the 13 original colonies were all east of the Appalachians for the most part, so everything west was considered the "Western" United States. Plus Minnesota is very close to being truly western in location. America seems to keep designations from eras gone by, which fit at the time of the Louisiana Purchase, but now seem strange.
But then again, the capital is still in Washington D.C. ??? Brazil was smarter and built a brand new capital in the geographic center of their country. Maybe we can take page out of their book someday. I say Kansas City, Omaha, or some other heartland city. Until then, there will always be the infamous EC bias. ;)
Strategically, I agree with you. I think the capital should be on the high plains up in Nebraska, Kansas or South Dakota. Basically, the place that geographically FURTHEST from the coastline should be the capital of elected government.
Basically, the FURTHEST away from the ocean the capital is, the more time our officials will have to scram down into their bomb shelters when some wackjob terrorist finally launches a WMD tipped missle off a cargo ship.
As for appointed government, I think it should be distributed all across the US. So BLM headquarters should be out in Utah or Idaho. Department of Agriculture would be in the midwest, banking in New York, FCC in Hollywood, etc...
BTW, I like the Great Lakes conference since it is truly a signature identity that fits all the Big Ten members (except Iowa). And if they decide to add Syracuse, it will STILL fit ;-)
My backup name would be THE LEGION OF DOOM!!!!