Secession: the action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state. Currently, there is a large part of California (New California) that wishes to secede from the coastal part (the super-liberal part) and form their own state. While this sounds absurd, there is historical precedence even in the U.S., West Virginia being the example. Internationally, there are many more, Kosovo immediately comes to mind. California is now the 6th largest economy in the world, approximately twice as large as Russia's and about equivalent to France. The specifics of how this separation would affect their massive economy is not the point of this thread but do keep it in mind. Speaking strictly, would this be good or bad for the country, for the people of California and the people of New California? What is your opinion and why? Personally, I think it would be a very good thing: 1. They would lose much of their economic clout after loss of much of their tax base 2. They would lose much of their political clout after loss of much of their voter base 3. It would force California to realistic social changes due to the financially changes 4. It would more clearly represent the people of New California social and political views 5. Shouldn't have any impact on the U.S. as far as I can see except 51 vs. 50 states and a few extra Red Senators and Representatives. Bad: 1. I can't come up with much except, New California might have huge leverage on California due to the latter's lack of fresh water but many other states have the same problem. 2. Possibly this would set a modern-day precedent and next we would see New York split...but is that a bad thing? What am I missing? I haven't truly thought it completely through but at first blush it seems a very good idea all around and forces California to stop acting like a foreign country by pulling some of its teeth. Opinions? Comments?