Academic Divisions

A few academics have looked at the ways the US is really a collection of regions that might evolve into their own separate countries.

The Nine Nations of North America breaks the US up into these regions:

360px-9nationsThere are variations on this theme; here, by Colin Woodard, are eleven nations, with some finer detail at the county level:

upinarms-map

Now, this is all well and good, but some of these maps and re-imaginings were done years ago, and with a vision that this would be an administrative shuffle, not something brought up by the stresses of a changing environment and energy.   They do point out that our current administrative divisions are arbitrary at best, and practically no states have been untouched by these imaginings.

In 1998, a Russian predicted that the US might break down in this way:

russian_versionHaving Canada rule over the CNAR, or China ruling over California seems a bit far fetched; and for people in Tennessee joining the European Union, it might be a bit of a stretch.

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