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    There is no reason at all that there should be anything contentious about migration. There is every incentive for decency toward people; the punishment for a region being shunned economically would be too drastic to risk. Additionally, there would still be a general union, and all kinds of wonderful benefits for participating.
    In particular the partition of British India where millions of people died and millions more were displaced, and the slow breakup of former Yugoslavia.  Nobody was ordered to move, but many people felt that they had to anyway - or would want to eventually - since the countries being created were explicitly intended to be dominated by particular ethnic/religious groups.  At the end of the day, the US isn't hypothetically breaking up because we all like each other and get along great.  The hope is that we'll all be better neighbors than we've been roommates.

    The "greater union" troubles me because it seems to defeat the purpose of partition.  It won't accomplish anything to create many out of one if we all end up with an EU-style transnational federation empowered to dictate policy to its constituent nations.  It would only become yet another forum for "think local, act global" conflict and manipulation by an elite or become even more hopelessly and uselessly gridlocked than Washington is now.  OTOH corporations hate borders and tight-knit "we really are all in the same boat" populations willing to defend them.  I would prefer a large number of narrowly targeted vehicles for cooperation; in my mind this would make the cooperation far more likely.

    I would like to see your ideas for how this country really breaks down.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:21:18 PM PDT

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