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View Poll Results: Which region would be most prosperous on its own?
Northeast 77 44.00%
Midwest 18 10.29%
South 35 20.00%
West 45 25.71%
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I think the Midwest has the least going. As another poster stated, landlocked countries dont do well. It would definitely be an agrarian economy. BUT it would still have access to the rest of the world via the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River in Canada eh?
I don't quite understand the argument that the Midwest would do poorly. The Midwest has plenty of abundant and fertile soil for agriculture, it has plenty of rivers and some of the largest fresh water reserves in the world, it has plenty of top-tier academic institutions, large natural resource reserves, plenty of access to nuclear power, cities that could be retrofitted for large amounts of manufacturing. Sure, it doesn't have a booming tourism trade, but tourism alone cannot sustain an economy indefinitely. Plus, as you pointed out, thanks to the Erie canal, the Mississippi river, and the St. Lawrence, the Midwest isn't exactly "landlocked." Chicago has a number of rail lines that converge, which would represent the most logical mode of trade between East and West.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Going by the amount of Fortune 500 companies:

1. Northeast
2. West (including Southwest/Texas)
3. South
4. Midwest
Fortune 500 companies make their money off of the ENTIRE country. The Northeast alone could not support them (or any other single region).
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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The south would suffer from a loss of federal money returned to them. They get so much more back than they spend.
But I wonder how much of that is due to military expenditures. The South has some of the largest and most important military installations in the country: Fort Hood, Fort Bragg/Pope Air Force Base, Fort Benning, Norfolk Naval Base, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Fort Jackson, Parris Island, Camp Lejuene, Fort Gordon, etc.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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The only major thing it lacks in is auto industry, so I guess they would have to trade with the Midwest lol.
They'd better trade with the South before the Midwest:

SC exported most autos, tires in the nation in 2011 - Business - TheState.com

How foreign car factories have transformed the American South. - Slate Magazine

SmallTownSouth - Automotive Hot Spots in the Southern Auto Corridor
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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I think it would be a tie between the west and the south

Both have plenty of farmland (though the south has a much better water supply) both already have HUGE economies. The south would be great trading partners with Latin America and the west would be great with Asia. Both are also huge tourist attractions. (California, Nevada in the west, Florida in the south)
In terms of farmland and the ability for each region to feed itself, assuming there were no trade barriers between the regions from feeding each other

http://www.census.gov/compendia/stat...es/12s0845.pdf (by millions)
Farmland (and production values in millions) by region
Northeast: $14,750
South: $87,847
Midwest: $146,777
West: $74,816

The Midwest nearly outproduces nearly BOTH the South and West combined in terms of farm output.

The Midwest is by FAR the most important agricultural reason the US has, which gives it leverage over the other 3 regions (especially the Northeast) in terms of food production and self-sustenance
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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In terms of farmland and the ability for each region to feed itself, assuming there were no trade barriers between the regions from feeding each other

http://www.census.gov/compendia/stat...es/12s0845.pdf (by millions)
Farmland (and production values in millions) by region
Northeast: $14,750
South: $87,847
Midwest: $146,777
West: $74,816

The Midwest nearly outproduces nearly BOTH the South and West combined in terms of farm output.

The Midwest is by FAR the most important agricultural reason the US has, which gives it leverage over the other 3 regions (especially the Northeast) in terms of food production and self-sustenance
Gonna be eating a whole lot of wheat and corn though.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Gonna be eating a whole lot of wheat and corn though.
Ehh..wheat and corn aren't nearly as perishable as fruits, vegetables, and meat

Besides, the tastiest things in the world are always chockful of carbs of some sort.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Fortune 500 companies make their money off of the ENTIRE country. The Northeast alone could not support them (or any other single region).
Wrong. As I said a few pages back, these companies (especially the 20 billion dollar hedge funds) make money off of the entire world.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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The West - it grows "reliably," Americans want to live there, 1 in 4 new immigrants choose to settle in California, and its port cities are links to the burgeoning Pacific business communities.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:19 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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Among the four traditional regions (Northeast, South, Midwest and West), which one do you think would be the most prosperous if it were its own nation, completely sovereign from the rest of the U.S. and world?

I would say that the Northeast would be the most prosperous on its own, even though it's the smallest region. I mean, there's tons of agricultural farm land to supply food (despite what people may think), plenty of established utility services, a wealth of financial and banking institutions, and has the best public school systems compared to the rest of America. Healthcare is top notch and the country's best doctors are in New England and NYC. It also has the most progressive politics. All northeastern states are blue states. No other region in the country can say the same. The Northeast is also a gateway to and from the rest of the world, particularly NYC. The only major thing it lacks in is auto industry, so I guess they would have to trade with the Midwest lol.

Which U.S. region do you think would be most prosperous as a sovereign nation on its own?

If you are going by Region and not State it would be the Northeastern Area of the Country.
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