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Old 08-24-2009, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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The USA could 'live' without any one state, duh.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:34 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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But no one care about those back wood states.
I'd prefer one of these "back wood" states with their natural beauty, clean air, and lower population to a polluted, overcrowded, concrete jungle. As a rule of thumb the big urban areas don't really produce anything of actual physical use anymore, they are leeches sucking up resources and giving us such spectacular things as consumerism and the disasters it brings like the current economic disaster from people who felt they had to have everything the gods of consumerism dictate.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Bethesda
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I think any of the 50 states could function independently in today's world. I say function italicized because there would be a very wide range of prosperity with some states quickly dropping to 3rd world status and others would remain 1st world (but not top tier). None would benefit economically from being independent.

So my answer is any group of 49 states could be done away with and the United State of America would still "live".
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I think any of the 50 states could function independently in today's world. I say function italicized because there would be a very wide range of prosperity with some states quickly dropping to 3rd world status and others would remain 1st world (but not top tier). None would benefit economically from being independent.

So my answer is any group of 49 states could be done away with and the United State of America would still "live".
Alaska would definately benefit economically from independence. Currently most of the land is held by the feds and resources are either not able to be used, or, badly mismanaged by the feds (the Tongass National Forest, for instance). Maybe some other Western states also fall into this position.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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I'd prefer one of these "back wood" states with their natural beauty, clean air, and lower population to a polluted, overcrowded, concrete jungle. As a rule of thumb the big urban areas don't really produce anything of actual physical use anymore, they are leeches sucking up resources and giving us such spectacular things as consumerism and the disasters it brings like the current economic disaster from people who felt they had to have everything the gods of consumerism dictate.
This post was kind of refreshing. Its nice to have a different perspective sometimes, even though I don't necessarily agree.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:44 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'd prefer one of these "back wood" states with their natural beauty, clean air, and lower population to a polluted, overcrowded, concrete jungle.
With one of the most well paid, intelligent populations in the nation. One of the best school systems in the U.S. One of the most populated with undergrad, postgrad populous in the Union.
One of the highest concentrations of engineers & chemists in the nation.
Go make maple syrup............................
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:15 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Oh and Alaska, let's just face it--it belongs to Canada.
I can see that when you look at a map, but from what I can tell politically/culturally it's not much like Canada and it was also never a part of Canada.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:17 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Alaska would definately benefit economically from independence. Currently most of the land is held by the feds and resources are either not able to be used, or, badly mismanaged by the feds (the Tongass National Forest, for instance). Maybe some other Western states also fall into this position.
By Federal mismanagement, do you mean not allowing Alaska letting millionaire "sportsmen" to come in and hunt down animals from a helicopter?
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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By Federal mismanagement, do you mean not allowing Alaska letting millionaire "sportsmen" to come in and hunt down animals from a helicopter?
Aerial sport hunting is banned in AK. The only aerial hunting is population control measures in remote, roadless areas.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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With one of the most well paid, intelligent populations in the nation. One of the best school systems in the U.S. One of the most populated with undergrad, postgrad populous in the Union.
One of the highest concentrations of engineers & chemists in the nation.
Go make maple syrup............................
You might be surprised how educated us backwoodsmen are up here, and the number of good schools. I'd say the quality of life is much better outside the concrete jungles.

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