The Divided States of America

According to Drudge Report a Russian analyst/professor is predicting the demise of America brought on by the financial collapse of American institutions. One claim Professor Igor Panarin makes is that America will be divided into separate regions primarily based on multi-cultural differences:

He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts – the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.

He even suggested that “we could claim Alaska – it was only granted on lease, after all.”

Bloomberg is reporting the following:

A professor at the diplomatic academy of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the U.S. will break into six parts because of the nation’s financial crisis.

“The dollar isn’t secured by anything,” Igor Panarin said in an interview transcribed by Russian newspaper Izvestia today. “The country’s foreign debt has grown like an avalanche; this is a pyramid, which has to collapse.”

Panarin said in the interview that the financial crisis will worsen, unemployment will rise and people will lose their savings — factors that will cause the country’s breakup.

“Dissatisfaction is growing, and it is only being held back at the moment by the elections, and the hope” that President- elect Barack Obama “can work miracles,” he said. “But when spring comes, it will be clear that there are no miracles.”

The U.S. will fracture into six parts: the Pacific coast; the South; Texas; the Atlantic coast, central states and the northern states.

“Now we will see a change to the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will cease to be the world’s regulator,” to be replaced by China and Russia, he said.

Pardon me for my fascination with this but more research has revealed that another analyst out of Europe, Vsevolod Istomin, has derived yet another map of the Divided States of America. This one however dates back to August 11, 2007. Here is that map and explanation of regions:

  1. California Republic
  2. Mormon state of Utah
  3. New Mexico
  4. Indian Territories
  5. Texas Republic
  6. Louisiana
  7. Florida
  8. The Confederation of the Southern States
  9. South Canada
  10. Upper Michigan
  11. Maine
  12. New Hampshire
  13. Vermont
  14. New England
  15. Free City of New York
  16. New Italy
  17. New Africa
  18. United States
  19. The Midwest Federation

And yet one more speculative piece online.


  1. WOLVERINES!!!!!!!

    It’s 11:59 on Radio Free America; this is Uncle Sam, with music, and the truth until dawn. Right now I’ve got a few words for some of our brothers and sisters in the occupied zone: “the chair is against the wall, the chair is against the wall”, “john has a long mustache, john has a long mustache”. It’s twelve o’clock, American, another day closer to victory. And for all of you out there, on, or behind the line, this is your song.
    [the Battle Hymn of the Republic begins to play]

  2. Yeah, I played a video game like that once called “Shattered Union”. I totally rocked as Pacifica.

  3. George of the Desert says

    I take “dibs” on Sedona. Y’all can have the rest.

  4. Do any of you Tucsonans remember the “Free Baja Arizona” movement?

  5. I’m still in favor of straightening out the southern boundary of the Gadsen Purchase deal so Arizona can get a seaport at Rocky Point!

  6. We Arizonans might be a lot better off if we were one of 50 states or of a regional voluntary confederation of several states, each responsible generally for itself own governance with federal interference, with provision for a common defense of all 50 states and a commonality of criminal law enforcement and adjudication. No more paying taxes used to benefit those in NYC, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco. We don’t have much in common with anyone in those cities anyway. Let them set their own welfare and benefits systems and determine the means to pay for it among their own citizens.

    Just my musing on a slow day. Comments welcome.

  7. Wooden Teeth says

    Good time to re-read James Madison’s notes on the 1787 convention. You all remember they barely got the thing put together in the first place, right?

    Six parts…wow, that’s just over the top. I think it’s funny how people from nations that don’t conduct regular elections, and don’t have myriad levels of elected government, think that there’s some big revolution in the works.

    Thank the nature of our republic…a constant state of power changing hands at all levels which often serves no other purpose than to prevent all-out revolution. And that’s a noble purpose in itself.

  8. Wooden Teeth,

    That is the real eye opener of the entire subject: the Russian professor interjecting his own experience and personal understanding of Russia into his analysis of the United States. What he describes could, and very well has, happened to Russia or the former USSR so he assumes that we are under the same cultural and racial pressures in the United States.

    It is also true the other way. When the USSR fell apart, we in the West took it a wholesale rejection of Communism and Authoritarianism. In some cases this may be true, but overall it is not. We think that way because that is how we would react, and it fits with our Revolutionary experience. After living there for a while and speaking with the people who lived in the Russian equivalent of Kansas, I was quite surprised that, for the most part, they hadn’t rejected much of their past. They liked a little more religious freedom and more availability of goods, but they all still had mini statues of Lenin on their mantles and were convinced that Stalin ruined the great experiment, and it could have been successful otherwise. This kind of shocked me.

    The rise of Putin was not shocking at all after knowing what I know of the Russian psyche. It is not that I am super enlightened, its just that I was able to peel back my American goggles just a bit based on personal experience.

    One of the biggest mistakes that we make as humans is assuming that everybody shares the same motivations, desires, and thought processes as everyone else.

    Average Joe,

    We tried that already, it wasn’t successful. See Articles of Confederation

  9. True, that generally speaking people have a really hard time putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. If you have ever witnessed a shocking event and saw the many DIFFERENT reactions to the same set of curcumstances, it would be easier to understand that we are inexplicably different. Of course any poll on any subject verifies those differences.


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