The latest installment in the 'Star Wars' franchise hit theaters tonight (12/17), and it got me thinking about the similarities between the state of North Dakota and Hoth, the ice planet in 'The Empire Strikes Back.'

So, to celebrate 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' hitting theaters, here's five reasons North Dakota is exactly like Hoth.

  • 1

    The Climate, Obviously

    While North Dakota isn't exactly an 'ice planet,' it might as well be in the winter. Have you ever flown over North Dakota after a massive snow storm? It looks exactly like Hoth. The only thing it's missing is Luke Skywalker on a tauntaun, which brings us to reason number two.

  • 2

    Bison vs. Wampa

    In 'The Empire Strikes Back,' Luke Skywalker and his tauntaun are attacked by Hoth's resident predator, the wampa. You know what else doesn't like you messing around their territory? Bison. However, a bison probably wouldn't eat your minivan like the wampa ate Luke's tauntaun, but I digress.

  • 3

    Both Have Norwegian Influence

    It's no secret that there are a lot of people with connections to Norway living in North Dakota, Hell, according to Wikipedia, one in three North Dakotans is of Norwegian descent, but did you know that the Hoth scenes in 'The Empire Strikes Back' were actually shot on a glacier in Norway? It's true.

  • 4

    ND has an Air Force Base, Hoth has a Rebel Alliance Base

    You wouldn't think places with such frigid temperatures would be home to military bases, but North Dakota has the Minot Air Force Base and Hoth has the secret Rebel Alliance base. The Minot Air Force Base, however, has never been evacuated because of a droid.

  • 5

    Snowmobile? Snowspeeder? Same thing.

    How do North Dakotans like to get around in the winter? Snowmobiles. How do the Rebels get around to battle the AT-ATs? Snowspeeders. Coincidence? I don't think so.

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