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View Diary: How could the US look in 100 states? Part 2 (22 comments)

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  •  Tipped and rec'd (3+ / 0-)

    Just because it's a fascinating gedankenexperiment. Also, you've obviously put a lot of work into it. It would never happen, of course, but it's interesting to think of 100 brand new state constitutions (imagine the floor fights!) and various fights over things like marriage equality or water rights.

    It looks like you mostly kept the county boundaries intact. I suppose you have to have a certain granularity.

    I'll be interested in seeing what happens to lightly populated states, like Wyoming (and what about Alaska and Hawaii?). I'd also like to see a map of the U.S. with the old state boundaries and the new ones.

    You should submit your map to Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps. Here's the link: Strange Maps.

    “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

    by Dbug on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 04:53:54 PM PST

    •  Oh, I love strange maps. (2+ / 0-)
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      This is a work in progress, but once I'm done drawing and diarying it, sure. And yeah, county boundaries are mostly kept intact. First because, yeah, it's much easier to think about it with counties as base-units, but then also because they're good pre-existing political boundaries that provide local government to people-- keeping them together is just good government.

    •  My thought for Alaska and Hawaii (1+ / 0-)
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      was to just leave them alone, because it would be crazy to throw Hawaii in with, uh, San Diego, maybe, and Alaska with the West and North of Washington State.

    •  Wyoming, Idaho, Montana (1+ / 0-)
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      Dbug

      and the Great Basin, plus New Mexico, parts of Colorado, Arizona, eastern California, and Nebraska, the Dakotas: without checking I'd say they're going to end up as just three or four humongous states.

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