Splitsylvania: State Secession and What to Do About It
10 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2018 Last revised: 9 Jan 2019
Date Written: March 1, 2018
This short piece looks at the growing phenomenon of intra-state secession movements. From California, where plans have been floated to split the state into two, five, or six pieces, to more traditional secessionist movements in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington, to plans to separate upstate New York and downstate Illinois from the large metropolitan areas that dominate state politics, various states are facing internal separatist movements. The paper looks at the sources of the dissatisfaction driving these movements, and suggests a number of solutions to address that dissatisfaction without amending the Constitution or adding stars to the flag.
Keywords: secession, intrastate, California, new California
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