State Secession: Could A State Survive As A Nation?

July 10, 2009

In recent days I have read widely…and written extensively… about the concept of state secession. One objection of the critics is that states could not survive on their own as sovereign nations, as their economies would be too small.

But critics seem to forget the size of some nations of the world. Andorra, Lichtenstein and Switzerland are tiny European nations with vibrant economies.

I found a map recently that shows all of the United States. Each state has the name of the nation whose economic output most closely compares to theirs. For example, the Texas economy is comparable to the nation of Canada. Georgia’s economic output is comparable to Switzerland.

State Economy Comparison Map

There is not even one state of the United States that does not compare favorably to the economic output of some sovereign nation. Even tiny Rhode Island’s economy is comparable to Vietnam.

So, just in economic output, any state could survive, even thrive. Then, when we consider the possibility that some states might join in a confederation, making a regional “nation,” the economic viability potential increases.

Another blessing of secession would be to lift the crushing burden of Federal regulation, debt and taxation from any seceding state. No longer would the citizens of that state send large chunks of their income to Washington. A seceding state would be free from the financial obligations that Washington has hung around the necks of yet-unborn Americans.

So, in light of the horrible mess that the United States federal government has become, it is nearly impossible to find a compelling reason why any state should continue as one of the fifty United States. A seceding state could hardly do worse.