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Old 10-22-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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California and Texas. FL's economy isn't that great and NY depends heavily on NYC which in turn owes it's status to the fact that it's the financial, media, and perhaps even cultural capital of the country.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I'm going to go with Alaska.

California probably could, but it would get swept up by Mexico first.

Texas could, but why would it want to?
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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California

40 million strong

diversity unparalleled in all categories
What does diversity have to do with forming a country? State-wide, California is probably the most diverse, but there are cities like New York, Toronto, and London that are more diverse than any CA city... But who's more powerful? LA or T-Dot? LA is. Diversity doesn't equal power, especially when almost half your state is Mexican.

CA is the most powerful state in America not because it's best, but because it's the largest and the landscape is the most diverse. I don't really like bragging about natural features, though, it's not like any of our people played any part in creating it, it's just where the government happened to lay invisible lines.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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What does diversity have to do with forming a country? State-wide, California is probably the most diverse, but there are cities like New York, Toronto, and London that are more diverse than any CA city... But who's more powerful? LA or T-Dot? LA is. Diversity doesn't equal power, especially when almost half your state is Mexican.
New Jersey is the most diverse state, but this would not matter because the state lacks it's own resource base to survive. California would probably be able to do well on its own (if it did not implode from its politics) because of its resouce base. Same with Texas and NY, they both have the resouces to survive on their own
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:14 PM
 
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First and foremost, you have to have energy resources. I think that would be New York's biggest problem.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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First and foremost, you have to have energy resources. I think that would be New York's biggest problem.
Niagara Falls is probably the largest energy producer in the country, possibly the world. I believe it powers the North and most of the East Coast, which is why it's a major terrorist target.

Correct me if I'm wrong, though. I heard this, I didn't research it.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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First and foremost, you have to have energy resources. I think that would be New York's biggest problem.
That would be a big problem for CA b/c we import a lot of our power.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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New Jersey is the most diverse state, but this would not matter because the state lacks it's own resource base to survive. California would probably be able to do well on its own (if it did not implode from its politics) because of its resouce base. Same with Texas and NY, they both have the resouces to survive on their own
oh my God!!! ...i never thought i would 100% agree with one of your posts!
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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That would be a big problem for CA b/c we import a lot of our power.
Couldn't California harness wave power (there is technology out there regarding this, though I don't have a link) as well as tidal power. They also have solar power since it is very sunny in a lot of areas (I know a number of homes utilize this out there). Some power could be taken from the waterfalls also, although I don't know whether it would be anything like Niagra Falls
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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What does diversity have to do with forming a country? State-wide, California is probably the most diverse, but there are cities like New York, Toronto, and London that are more diverse than any CA city... But who's more powerful? LA or T-Dot? LA is. Diversity doesn't equal power, especially when almost half your state is Mexican.

CA is the most powerful state in America not because it's best, but because it's the largest and the landscape is the most diverse. I don't really like bragging about natural features, though, it's not like any of our people played any part in creating it, it's just where the government happened to lay invisible lines.
almost half of california's population is mexican? uhhhh, okay, if you consider 33% almost half... in my 2nd grade class, i learned that 33% is about 1/3rd!!!

diversity may be more important then you think. diversity is the prerequisite for integration, and california may be the most integrated state in the country. integration leads to better social/political/economic/technological ties with other nations, which is beneficial to everyone of the state in the long run. california is that place. california's natural features lure in a HUGE inflow of tourist dollars. california also has one of the most dynamic and progressive governments in the entire country! sure, the state is facing a painful recession right now, but california is not going anywhere!
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