09 February 2010

After Doombama: Mapping the Former United States

Splitting the US by Facebook
The United States has been trying to fragment ever since it was founded as a patchwork nation in the late 18th century. It has never truly been one homogeneous nation of persons sharing the same religion, the same educational level, the same ethnicity, the same class, or the same outlook. Outsiders sometimes tried to take advantage of the internal divisions. The British Empire never expected the US to last so long, and took many active steps to hasten its disintegration -- to the point of siding with the Confederacy in the US Civil War.
Russian Wishful Thinking

The most powerful disuniting and disintegrating force the US has faced since 1865 is undoubtedly the presidency of Barack Obama -- the president sworn to defend a constitution that he hates. Mr. Obama's most potent weapon against the US is economic doom, created via exponential debt.

The Obama - Pelosi regime is taking budget deficits to an unprecedented level. It is difficult to visualise the end result of this exponential "snowballing" train wreck of deficits -- slippery mixed metaphors cannot even touch it.
Mexican Wishful Thinking

Videogame Simulations
A fragmentation of the US is not impossible. Although Vermont and Louisiana were both explored and developed by French settlers, it is difficult to see them as part of the same country at times. Alaska has little in common with California. Mississippi and Minnesota may be connected by one river, but they are worlds apart in many ways.
Holding the 50 states (57?) together has always been a monumental task -- even for presidents who actually loved the United States and the US Constitution. Imagine how difficult the task will be in the aftermath of a president whose young mind was imprinted with a hatred of the US, and who has managed to leverage that animosity -- concealed behind a thin veneer of aloof "cool" -- into the power to frac and crack at the heart of the republic to his heart's content?

The US is experiencing many powerful fragmentary forces as a result of immigration policy, as a result of affirmative action neo-tribalist faux multiculturalism, as a result of a culture war that simmers when it doesn't burn outright, and as a result of a media and academia that genuinely appears to wish to create greater schisms and divides.

Doombama -- as instantiated in the Obama - Pelosi reich -- has another three to seven years of havoc to wreak upon the American citizen and taxpayer. No one knows what will remain at the end of that time. Draw your own map.

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Blogger Loren said...

I have drawn my own map:
I've not gotten more than that done, which I do need to do, but it's started.

The Russian's map is the one of those I'm most familiar with, but he made no attempt to consider demographics when making it--that much is obvious. Has anyone really familiar with the U.S. tried to do a really objective study of how the U.S. would really break up? I'm anticipating that national borders, let alone state bordres, won't be dividing lines. The nation-states as set up have lost their authority, and this won't be fixed until people recognize nation-states that they can believe are legit, and it won't have anything to do with how things are set up now.

Tuesday, 09 February, 2010  
Blogger Richard Morchoe said...

Keeping up the loser foreign wars should hasten the process.

Tuesday, 09 February, 2010  
Blogger kurt9 said...

The Russian map is plain silly. If the U.S. were to break up, it would be accompanied by or the result of break ups of Canada and Mexico as well. The notion of the U.S. breaking apart, but Mexico and Canada remaining intact is what makes our Russian's prediction such a joke.

Here's my prejection of a post-break up North America. Mexico would break up into 2 or 3 states. Southern Mexico would be the Native American dominated nation. Central Mexico would include the DF and the central regions of the country. Then, there would be La Republica del Norte, which would include much of the U.S. southwest. Texas would be independent or a part of the south, remained the CSA, the Christian States of America. This would include the old south, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and maybe Kansas and Nebraska. It might also include the southern parts of OH, ID, and IL.

The east coast would merge with the maritime Providences of Canada to form a Euro-like social democratic kind of country. It may even join the E.U. Quebec would be an independent Quebec. The central and northern mid-west and plains would join with central Canada to form a Scandinavian-like social democratic country. It, too, may or may not join the E.U. (assuming the E.U. exists by this time).

Arizona, New Mexico, and the Southern half of California would be a part of La Republica del Norte. The remaining mountain states and the Pacific Northwest would join with Western Canada (Alberta, BC, and Yukon) and Alaska to form the "western" country. This may be called Cascadia, Occidentia, or some other name.

All of these may form a borderless economic union or not. They may even join with the successor to the E.U. (I think the E.U., in its current form will be history by then) or a Pan-Pacific union.

Occidentia and La Republica del Norte will have close economic and even political ties with a resurgent East Asia, led by China.

This is my map for a balkinized North America.

Tuesday, 09 February, 2010  
Blogger gtg723y said...

Fortunately for the country there has been so much infighting among the dems. that hardly anything has been passed. While the healthcare bill was being debated much of America finally woke up, or looked up from the daily grind, to notice that Obama really is a progressive socialist, and is either really bad at math or is intentionally destroying the economy. Either way his policies have spilled from the t.v. screen into America's living room and has lit the proverbial fire under what used to be docile conservatives. To that end I see major political upsets in November, with Constitution thumping conservatives winning in areas previously never thought possible; rendering Obama a lame duck for his last two years. I predict him be recorded by the annals of history among the likes of Jimmy Carter, Herbert Hoover, and the progressives of the early 1900's.

However, IF America were to split up I think the former confederacy would remain intact with the exception of Virginia and North Carolina (too many carpet baggers have migrated, turning what was once red blue). The consolation being that we would pick up Texas and most of the bread basket. I base this on gun laws and NRA memberships, as well as lifestyle and similarly based economies (farming/ranching). I'm not really sure what would happen to Nevada or New Mexico, California and Oregon will wallow in a pit of its own progressive creation , while the North East will probably try to join the E.U..

Tuesday, 09 February, 2010  
Blogger South Jersey Wedding Photographer said...

Al - good stuff as usual, but why so down on Obama? Obama is trying to right the ship and while I don't agree with him 100% I do tend to approve of his general calmness, intelligence and leadership. I could be wrong but only time will tell.

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Tuesday, 09 February, 2010  
Blogger neil craig said...

If the 10th Amendment, that all powers not mentioned in the Constitution reside with the states, were followed there would be no problem - the competition would keep each state government indifferent honest.

Wednesday, 10 February, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

Obama is only calm as long as he is openly worshiped and adored. He is only "intelligent" when he stays silent and allows others to overestimate his IQ by 20 to 40 points. Leadership? I take it that was meant as a joke. ;-)

Neil: Yes, the constitution started to erode from the moment it was signed. It was a compromise document that was doomed to fail eventually.

Eventually, people interested in freedom simply will have to start over again.

Wednesday, 10 February, 2010  

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