My point in my first post is that if the political atmosphere were just right, you wouldn’t even need to do the one-two punch of amending Article V, then ratifying the “No Senators for North Dakota” amendment.
Let’s say enough entities involved in the amendment process get this ND idea into their heads, and for whatever reason, don’t conisder the negative ramification for their own state (3/4ths of all state legislators have it in for ND, etc.) So the Amendment meets all the criteria, other than, you know, it conflicts with the Constitution. However, the National Archivist, an avid anti-Dakotan himself, officially places the illegal Amendment into the document.
North Dakota sues to get it removed, of course, and the Supes, assuming a majority of them happen to be against North Dakota Senate representation themselves, could simply state, against all logic, mind you, that the new Amendment did not conflict with the spirit and intent of Article V, and it stays.
What happens then?