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Old 10-15-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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Let’s say the U.S. federal gov’t dissolves, and each of the 50 states becomes an independent country. In an all out war—each state for itself with no alliances—which state would win?


Specify either a conventional war, or a nuclear war. The outcome could be different.



edit: To add the possibility of a nuclear war.

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Old 10-15-2009, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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The only states I could see winning are California, Texas, and New York.

California: has the most people so that's an advantage, mountains would also be a good asset, may run into problems if they invade Texas or New York during their hot & humid Summers.

Texas: has the second highest population and has a lot of pride, has a lot of "tough people" that wouldn't let Texas go down without a fight, Texas is the largest of the 3 so that's a good asset.

New York: has the third highest population and has a high amount of "tough people" that wouldn't let New York go down without a fight, if the war is in the Winter most of New York would have a serious advantage if it was invaded.


All 3 have good economies that would give them an advantage over most other states.

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Old 10-15-2009, 04:24 PM
 
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I dunno. Florida has some pretty good launch facilities. But does Florida have nuclear capabilities?

edit: OP changed to specify either a conventional war, and a nuclear war.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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The well armed redneck militias could be a problem. Its a good thing that most of them have the collective intelligence of a retarded housefly.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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Texas: has the second highest population and has a lot of pride, has a lot of "tough people" that wouldn't let Texas go down without a fight, Texas is the largest of the 3 so that's a good asset.

That's a lot of empty land to defend...
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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That's a lot of empty land to defend...
That's why Napoleon and Hitler lost in Russia, lots of people and lots of land.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Arkansas
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Arkansas. We can skin a buck, and run a troutline, and a country boy can survive. Naw, ha, I was just kidding around. Probably the one with the most manpower and resources.
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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The only states I could see winning are California, Texas, and New York.

California: has the most people so that's an advantage, mountains would also be a good asset, may run into problems if they invade Texas or New York during their hot & humid Summers.

Texas: has the second highest population and has a lot of pride, has a lot of "tough people" that wouldn't let Texas go down without a fight, Texas is the largest of the 3 so that's a good asset.

New York: has the third highest population and has a high amount of "tough people" that wouldn't let New York go down without a fight, if the war is in the Winter most of New York would have a serious advantage if it was invaded.


All 3 have good economies that would give them an advantage over most other states.
I would knock CA out of the mix just because of all the pacifists even though they do have the most military personel of any state.
NY's gun control laws and small amount of military take them out of it.

I think it would be down to TX or FL. Both have a good amount of military personel and bases. Both have well armed populace. Both have good launch capabilities for satelites.
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Texas has oil reserves and a highly armed populace..My money would be on them. Plus, a segment of the population has always desired to be an independent republic again since being annexed by the US in the 1840s.
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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Darkhorse: Alaska. Despite the tiny population they could be tough to completely defeat. Plus they have the most oil. They might win in a nuclear war as the powerful states destroyed the continental U.S. attacking each other.
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