Your spaceship pulls out of uberdrive (a new transportation mode that has overtaken hyperdrive in the space exploration market) and you find yourself gazing at the beauty of Earth for the first time in decades (though to you it has been a far shorter time). It has been a while since you and two dozen others were sent out in search of a potential new home. You dock at the I.S.S. IV and find it empty. Puzzled, you find a hologram in the control station and play it. In English, it plays:

Hello. Humanity has been forced to relocate by an alien menace known as the Fblthp. One of our scouts found a viable area for humanity to try and establish itself. If you are receiving this message, you are likely one of our scouts returning from your reconnaissance. Or you may be one of the Fblthp race. Unfortunately, the Fblthp understand English so we cannot simply tell you our new location, but they have practically no understanding of other languages or our geography. To ensure that, if you're one of us, you return to us with your vital intel, we have hidden the clues to our location in etymology so that the Fblthp cannot decipher it. Use the light language training that you received and decipher the U.S. cities via their etymological origin; if you get to a name and it seems ambiguous, choose the capital with that name. Find the cities, and you will find our new home.


Holy Faith
Village of Jack's Progeny
Country of the Dove
Ford of Frank
White Oak
City of Red People
Emperor Aurelius' New City
Town of the Husband/Man
River Strait

Where is humanity holed up?

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    $\begingroup$ If we're expected to find numerical values and convert them to the location of a star, then astronomy might work better than outer-space $\endgroup$
    – Kingrames
    Sep 24, 2015 at 10:28

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The answer is:

The new home of mankind are the Pleiades.

(The geographic positions of the nine cities are very similar to the positions of the nine brightest stars in the Pleiades; see the image at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiades )

The nine cities are:

  1. Holy Faith = Santa Fe, New Mexico
  2. Village of Jack's Progeny = Jacksonville, Florida
  3. Country of the Dove = Columbia, South Carolina
  4. Ford of Frank = Frankfort, Kentucky
  5. White Oak = Albuquerque, New Mexico
  6. City of Red People = Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  7. Emperor Aurelius' New City = New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. Town of the Husband/Man = Charleston, West Virginia
  9. River Strait = Detroit, Michigan
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    $\begingroup$ 7 might be new orleans. $\endgroup$
    – Rohcana
    Sep 23, 2015 at 20:02
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    $\begingroup$ Has anyone tried pinpointing these on a map? Either simply their location or tracing lines from one to another. It might draw something, a message, an object etc... $\endgroup$ Sep 24, 2015 at 18:20
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    $\begingroup$ I gave graphing them a shot, I'm thinking maybe they form a constellation?It fits the outer space theme although nothing seemed apparent at first glance. Its tough not knowing what number 3 should be, and not knowing number 8 at all. $\endgroup$
    – KBusc
    Sep 25, 2015 at 20:06
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    $\begingroup$ I suck at constellations, but if anyone can give it a real shot, here are the cities plotted (hardlink). $\endgroup$ Sep 28, 2015 at 16:23
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    $\begingroup$ That almost looks like a dipper, but there'd be two cities on the right side that should be on the tail on the left side. $\endgroup$ Sep 28, 2015 at 20:09

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