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Old 10-22-2008, 07:25 AM
 
Location: North Jersey, NJ
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Alaska
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Road Warrior
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1) California Republic - 40 million folks is a lot of people and has an economy to sustain itself, supposedly in about 1000 year an earthquake is supposed to rip California from the mainland then it could declare it's independence.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:54 AM
 
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Heck, why not Alabama? Lest you scoff, here you go:

ENERGY: Huge oil, natural gas, and coal reserves. Hydroelectric and coal-fired electrical plants export energy to the Northeast (Which, by the way, hasn't been self-sufficient in power in decades--for the Northeast to be a viable economic entity, it would have to cure itself of the NIMBY disease quickly). The only thing missing is a refinery.
AGRICULTURE: Plenty of arable land and water. Everything from livestock to crops to forest products.
MANUFACTURING: Alabama makes everything from steel to clothing to computers, televisions, rockets, ships, and automobiles. 8% of the country's cars are now made here.
TECHNICAL: With NASA, the Defense Department, etc. etc., Alabama's very strong in this area. It's not Silicone Valley, but the state is a pretty respectable center for advanced technology.
HEALTHCARE: A medical research center with pharmaceutical plants.
INFRASTRUCTURE: Excellent road and rail network, navigable rivers, and a thriving port.

So there you go. Basically everything needed to be economically self-sufficient, barring a refinery. And we could invade Louisiana and seize one of theirs.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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Certainly California and Texas.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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0, none, nada! It's the UNITED States of America. Disagreeing is part of freedom of speech. Doesn't mean we look at breaking apart because we are red/blue, conservative/liberal, agnostic/religous!
Now, if I understand my history correctly (I am afflicted with pre-mature "senior" moments) Texas, as part of the agreement to become part of the US, is the only state that has a legal right to break away and form it's own country. There is also a provision that it can break into 5 seperate states as well.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Not sure what criteria the OP used to come up with this question. But if you want to get technical, every state could become its own country if their state Constitution will permit their respective states to secede from the USA.

Considering that the world has tiny countries like Liechtenstein, Iceland, Belize, Vatican City, Monaco, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Seychelles, Maldives, Barbados etc. I am very confident that even a small state like Delaware (larger than dozens of countries) could become an independent country. :-)
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Not sure what criteria the OP used to come up with this question. But if you want to get technical, every state could become its own country if their state Constitution will permit their respective states to secede from the USA.

Considering that the world has tiny countries like Liechtenstein, Iceland, Belize, Vatican City, Monaco, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Seychelles, Maldives, Barbados etc. I am very confident that even a small state like Delaware (larger than dozens of countries) could become an independent country. :-)
That was my thought, too...no doubt Rhode Island possesses a larger economy than Andorra.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Where you wish you lived, LA
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California

40 million strong

diversity unparalleled in all categories
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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1.newyork state
2.california
3texas
4fl
5.alaska
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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Any state that has a large port city, and a diverse economy.
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