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Match U.S. states with the foreign countries that are their rough economic equals and you get this map (from Norwegian blogger Carl Stormer, who credits it to the York Group International -- maybe it's my deficient searching skills, but I didn't find it on their site). It's pretty approximate--I checked out a couple of the matches using these gross national product numbers for nations and these gross domestic product numbers for states. The map matches Illinois with Mexico, but we're actually a closer match to the Netherlands. If you combine all six New England states, they match up pretty well with Mexico.