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I love election season.
And every presidential election, the Secession Question pops up - invariably from the losing side. And I love this. There's nothing more American than the idea that we can make it on our own, with nothing but our rugged individualism to rely upon. And there's not much more interesting to me than the idea of several nations occupying our currently unified continental space.
This year, after the election, I started to think about it a little more than usual, and realized that I had never seen an exploration into what would actually happen if the states threatening to secede actually did. Would they make it?
So, I whipped up a little study, crunched the numbers and took a few guesses. The result is below.