Michael inquired, "Where have you been?"
God smiled deeply and pointed downwards through the clouds,"Look, Michael. Look what I've made."
Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"
"It's a planet," replied God, “and I've put life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test balance."
"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm confused."
God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth: "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Balance in all things.”
God continued pointing to different countries: "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"
God replied, "That's Virginia, a glorious place. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from Virginia are going to be modest, intelligent, and humorous. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things"
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance..."
God smiled, "Right next to Virginia is Washington, DC. Wait till you see the people I put there."
(Thanks to Rachel)