There have been tremors and blips for years, from Texas to Alaska and all the way back to Vermont we have heard of possible seccession movements building up in the US. In the aftermath of the US election some 20 different states’ residents have even submitted official petitions to the White House with this very goal in mind, and the Texas petition has garnered enough signatures that the White House must officially respond to it.
Whether or not this will come to anything is anyone’s guess. Coming from the EU, where seccession is a real issue (especially in Flanders, Scotland, Catalonia and now even Venice), I find it difficult to compare public mood in the US to that in Europe – I personally believe that there will be at least one new European state within the next five years.
It is of course interesting to note that whilst some states are interested in leaving the US that Puerto Rico has apparently declared its desire to enter the union, though many dispute this fact due to the way that the referendum was phrased:
The wider geopolitical issues of a newly divided US are many, but what strikes closer to home for many on this site would be the fact that a defunct US’ successors would likely also inherit the US citizenship based taxation model. Imagine that California secedes from the US – Who are the new citizens of this country? Are they every citizen who is resident in California during the transition or anyone with a Californian-born parent (or grandparent even)? What about those of us who gave up US citizenship? Would we be forcefully included as citizens of this new country?
One would hope that any new state’s constitution would declare those with US citizenship at the time of independence and state residence or birth as the qualifiers for citizenship and not solely birth. I’ve already had to renounce citizenship of one country – I hope that I don’t have to do so again in the future.