The state flag of Illinois respectfully promotes the nation's unity while simultaneously expressing the independence of the "Land of Lincoln." The Illinois State Seal is displayed in a white field on the state flag of Illinois. The Great Seal of the United States and the years of statehood (1818) and the Seal's redesign (1868) are both represented by symbols on the shield. The state motto of Illinois, "State Sovereignty, National Union," is held in the claws of an eagle. Despite continuing to demand its own sovereignty, Illinois continued to support the Union during the Civil War. As a result, the term "sovereign" is reversed. Because it has a large metropolitan area, minor industrial cities, extensive agricultural fields, and regions with an abundance of natural resources, Illinois is frequently referred to be a miniature version of America.