The last couple of days, I’ve been thinking that if Trump wins another term, perhaps we should just admit that the “continental” US is a failed experiment, and divide the country to better represent the very different sorts of people who seem to be geographically distributed quite differently.
Here’s my proposed division:
NE states - from Maine down to Virginia, and across through Ohio/PA/to Wisc/IL.
Southern states - the Carolinas, down to FLA, W thru Tenn/KY/MO/Ark, up thru the Dakotas/Mont/Idaho, down to Texas and the SW. Probably give them Alaska.
West coast - WA/OR/CA - Hawaii
Sure, there are problems dividing along state lines. For example, here in IL, it might make sense to separate the liberal NE part from the conservative lower 2/3. Maybe the coastal parts of the west coast states should be split from the conservative inland areas. And sure, some folk would find themselves very much in the minority within their new country.
Dividing in this manner would result in 3 still very strong countries, who would be free to decide to work together or pursue their own paths as they wished. Each state would have considerable access to ocean shipping. I think each of the 3 would have various strengths re: such things as natural resources, population centers, infrastructure. The NE could make DC a state and welcome PR. We wouldn’t have the issues re: representation in the Senate and EC.
Sure, it will never happen, but what do you think?