Decline and Fall of the United States Empire
by Jason Gonella
class, we will continue our discussion of the decline and fall of
the United States in the first quarter of the 21st century.
Yesterday we discussed military adventurism and how the Imperialist
Wars severely weakened the United States. Tomorrow we will
discuss the economics of the fall. Today we will discuss my
favorite aspect, the fractures in the political landscape.
as nobody expected the Soviet Union to collapse back in 1980, nobody
in 2004 expected the disintegration of the United States after the
reelection of George W. Bush. In fact, the country did hold together
for four more years after that, although the divide between the
so-called "Red" and "Blue" states had been deepening. Legal
scholars were researching, for the first time in a century and a
half, the subject of secession, but nobody took the work as serious
or threatening. Some libertarians expected that the Free State
Movement in New Hampshire might result in secession, but they were
beaten to it elsewhere.
those expecting secession expected only two countries to result.
Instead two countries that existed before the wave of secession,
the United States and Canada, resulted in the over nine countries
we have today. It was unforeseeable.
I said, the split had been deepening for decades. The Democratic
Party committed political suicide in 2008 by nominating Senator
Hillary Clinton for the presidency, thus assuring Republican victory,
or so it seemed. The Republicans had no obvious candidates
at first, but Vice President Richard Cheney eventually won the party's
nomination. He tried to run on his war record, but his main strength
was that he wasn’t Hillary. Senator Clinton ran on her intent to
fix all problems with greater government.
sides were fearful of the victory of the other, but a week after
the election was over the lawyers in Ohio finally awarded that state
to Hillary after all votes cast on Diebold machines were disqualified.
the case was referred to the Supreme Court, South Carolina, heavily
insulted by the Clinton campaign as an example of the problems she
was running to fix, was pushed to secede for the second time in
United States history. To the surprise of all, they did vote to
do so and started a cascade of secession in the other "red"
states, dividing the remaining states into two separate geographic
outgoing President Bush and incoming President Clinton vowed to
hold the union together, but it was an empty threat on many levels;
most U.S. troops were reluctant to fire on U.S. citizens, and most
U.S. troops were needed to maintain the ongoing war in Iraq, Iran,
Afghanistan, and Syria. There were no troops available to
stop the secession. This did stop the wars in the Middle East.
Some troops were brought home in an abortive attempt to hold the
union together, but there weren’t enough troops for the job.
of the population of the southern states, the United States military
was by far insufficient to attempt to force the union back together,
much less maintain any foreign imperialistic ventures. Since most
of the remaining military was overseas, including the Guard and
the Reserves, by the time they could be recalled secession was a
first the remaining United States tried to hold together as a single
government, but the logistics and the politics of that proved to
be difficult. Even though they both voted against Cheney, the two
coasts were politically different in many ways, as well as the complication
of geographic separation and a hostile country of the seceded states
between them. It was decided within a couple of years that the two
coasts should go their own ways, and despite a determined desire
to oppose further secession, President Clinton bid farewell to the
West Coast in 2010.
most interesting ramification of this was that the secession in
the United States gave new strength to the Quebecois separatist
movement, causing their numbers to finally tip over 50%, and thus
Quebec became an independent country, splitting Canada apart in
a manner similar to their southern neighbor. For a while the
provinces on both sides of Canada tried to hold together, but the
secession movement had not run its course.
2012, the regional differences between the southern states and the
plains states had grown too difficult to manage given the atmosphere
of the times, and the western farming states broke away from the
southern states. President Zell Miller tried to call up the military
to keep them together, but was unable to. The seceded states had
adopted the old Confederate constitution, edited to remove all references
to slavery, and that document specifically recognized the right
an attempt to mend the rifts that had divided both countries, constitutional
conventions were called, some of them inviting all the former states,
some inviting former provinces as well, and some of them simply
regional. The broader the convention, the less success it
remaining United States kept the name and original constitution.
Eighteen states remained in the union, containing more former states
than any other resulting group. Eventually the Eastern provinces
of Canada joined, bringing the total up twenty-two. The Canadian
provinces north and west of Quebec kept the Canadian constitution
without any changes and the name Canada making it the geographically
larger problems occurred in the western states, because at this
point Utah balked from participating any further. It had been
Mormon doctrine that the United States was a blessed place, and
the United States Constitution divinely inspired. Seeing the
failure of the United States was a shock, and caused the Mormon
Church to become separatist. Utah stood alone, not joining
with any other states. Today its official name is The Republic
of Utah, but some deride it as The Mormon Republic of Utah.
and Washington were initially part of the Pacific Coast, but found
difficulties with California to be too great and thus Oregon and
Washington formed Pacifica. It should be noted that absent the limitations
of the eastern states, Pacifica has become the world’s leader in
California seemed about to split into two states, it remained together
and California joined Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, forming the
Desert Confederation and saving Utah from being surrounded by a
single country. One would have thought that California, a former
blue state, would not have gotten along with Nevada, Arizona, and
New Mexico, former red states. Spared the influence of the New England
liberals they found more in common with each other than formerly
realized. In order to avoid the old Red-Blue problem, both the Republican
and Democrat parties were abandoned. Anthony Gregory of the Libertarian
Party beat Peter Camejo of the Green Party after Camejo’s initial
lead in three rounds of Instant Runoff Voting and was instrumental
in making the Desert Confederation successful.
remaining continental states eventually formed Great Plains. Worried
about being land-locked, they tried to woo Texas away from the Confederate
States, but were unable to do so. However, they discovered that
they could play their neighbors against each other for ease of export.
Some worried that with their low population they were vulnerable,
but the United States was watched carefully by the Confederate States
and thus Great Plains remained safe while enjoying great relationships
with Pacifica and the Desert Confederation. Indeed, they have more
free trade than they did as part of the United States of America,
and absent subsidies from Washington they have been able to focus
on growing crops that actually produce a profit.
left only the difficulties of Alaska, Hawaii, and the territories.
Sitting back, watching the action, they took little part in it at
first. At first, Alaska stuck with the red states and Hawaii with
the blue states, and then when the situation got more chaotic they
both adopted a "wait and see" attitude. As things finally settled
down, Alaska joined Canada. Hawaii, Guam, Mariana, and Samoa
formed the United Pacific States, which has started to absorb independent
Polynesian island nations. Finally Puerto Rico and other United
States holding in the Caribbean achieved full independence, thus
finally settling the Puerto Rico statehood question for good.
Gonella [send him mail]
an engineer, chair of the Antelope
Valley Libertarian Party and owner of the Gothic
Libertarian email list.
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