Great thread idea Mikey!
Originally Posted by pjohns
As a matter of principle, I am not unalterably opposed to the idea (although such splits are often the result of determinist doctrine, combined with an anti-assimmilationist sentiment; which I find highly distasteful).
As a practical matter, however, I am unsure how even the most amicable divorce might work. After all, there are some conservatives in Massachusetts and some progressives in Georgia. Would they simply be forced to move to a state more congenial to their own views, or else accept the new reality, in which they would be hopelessly outnumbered?
Moreover, not all blue states are contiguous, and not all red states are contiguous either. So we would have something of a hodgepodge comprising the two nascent countries.
And then there is always the problem of what to do with the many purple states...
Blue people in red states and vice versa would simply have to move to the right place for them. In a generation or two it would be accomplished. Remember it took about three generations for the southern blacks to move up north after the civil war. The blue states would become blacker and browner and the red states would become whiter as a result but both would retain sizeable minorities.
Purple states may have to hold a referendum on which way to go or they may elect to stay out of either side.
The new red country would be an economic powerhouse and energy exporter, that's for sure.
It would be interesting to see what citizenship, voting rights and emigration laws the new nations adopt.
What international considerations would come up? For instance, would the new red country join the UN? I doubt it.
I think it would be a win win for both sides.