GBC Zonal Configuration. A Vital Work in Progress. What Srila Prabhupada said on Zonal Configuration?. From a conversation with the GBC, 25 May 1972, Los Angeles. Zones should come before zonal assignments:.
A Vital Work in Progress
Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Swaziland,
Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau,
Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Rio Muni, Sierra Leone & Togo
London & Bhaktivedanta Manor
Consider current ISKCON presence and activities (total number of devotees, temples, centers, communities, etc.)
Consider that the zones being identified are intended, ideally, for current implementation
You could visualize this exercise as a step towards establishing dioceses (Wikipedia: "In some forms of Christianity, a diocese is an administrative territorial unit administered by a bishop.")
After more discussion they evolved to the following configuration – not the final one:
Indian Subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal & Sri Lanka
North America (USA and Canada) shall include eight zones:
5. Midwest – North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana
6. South West –New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Talavan (with surrounding area)
7. Pacific – California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii
8. Northwest – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska
Note: the implementation of the above zones shall take place gradually.