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View Poll Results: Which region would be best economically if they were Independent?
Midwest 16 21.33%
Northeast 26 34.67%
South 20 26.67%
West 13 17.33%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 11-16-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA/São Paulo, Brazil
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I was looking at GDP data and was reminded yet again how economically vast our nation is compared to everywhere else and I got to thinking. Even at regional level, we are massive. So I wonder, Which region do you think could be the most successful economically on its own? And why?

Using Census Bureau defined boundaries for the Midwest, Northeast, South and West, I added up their respective Gross Products and added text boxes to this map. 2010 Regional Gross Domestic Product, United States of America

Midwest in the grain color, Northeast in Blue, South in Red and the West in Green. The different shades in each color represent subregions within the regions themselves, as defined by the Census Bureau.

Independently they would all be among the World's largest economies.


PS. We are a very blessed country.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Big question. If these 4 regions became independent, which regions (especially Midwest) would now be able to start controlling "free trade" so it benefits their own citizens instead of multinational corporations and foreign mercantilist countries? And would they be able finally (without the Big Oil lobby in certain states) to have an REAL energy policy that gets us off gradually Middle-Eastern oil?

Montclair, I think you started this thread mostly because it is simply intersting. But personally I am begining it might be a good idea, something I never would thought a few years ago. This seems to be a vast gulf of different beliefs in this country, something we may not have seen since before the Civil War.

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Old 11-16-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Why is Delaware, DC, and Maryland considered the South? I think to accurately describe the South, it would be anything below Virginia. And Kentucky should be considered the Midwest rather than the South.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:50 PM
 
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The midwest just because of their abundant food resources.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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The midwest just because of their abundant food resources.
And their water.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The problem the Northeast would have is that much of it's economy is dependent on being the main financial, corporate and media hub of the rest of the country. If the northeast were to leave the country it would lose a lot of that.

The south's problem is that it is still the poorest and least educated region. It has closed the gap considerably over the last 50 years but not yet completely.

I would think that either the Midwest or the West would do best, most of the things they are currently good at would still be there if they became independent. That said I think all regions are better off in the US. Being part of a nation of 300,000,000 gives you greater clout when dealing with other governments. And the vast internal market of the US creates economies of scale that don't exist in smaller countries.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:21 AM
 
Location: College, AK
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The division isn't fair, since the south encompasses more states on that map than any other regions.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA/São Paulo, Brazil
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Montclair, I think you started this thread mostly because it is simply intersting. But personally I am begining it might be a good idea, something I never would thought a few years ago. This seems to be a vast gulf of different beliefs in this country, something we may not have seen since before the Civil War.
Well, when you put it that way its kinda sad really.

But I do see your point.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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The midwest just because of their abundant food resources.
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And their water.
That's why I too would have to say the Midwest.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:17 AM
 
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I personally think the Midwest would do very great because they have a lot of food and they still can get most every resource they need. But however the Midwest does suffer one thing and that it is landlocked. If the Midwest became its own independent nation, it'd have to rely on Canada and the Northeast for access to the Atlantic ocean and that isn't good economically for an independent country to have other nations control the Great Lakes that lead to the Atlantic Ocean. I say the West would be the best economically because it has a wide range of resources to get for itself and a lot of coastline on the Pacific.
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