Splitsylvania: State Secession and What to Do About It

12 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2018 Last revised: 10 Mar 2018

Glenn Harlan Reynolds

University of Tennessee College of Law

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

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Glenn Harlan, Splitsylvania: State Secession and What to Do About It (March 1, 2018). University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 343. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3130497 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3130497

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