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Originally posted by Yarium
Actually, it could be quite possible by simple legal matters. It would require a popular vote (called a referendum), and nearly all representatives of the state in the government would have to be for the action. Once they pass it, they refuse to pay bills/taxes, and create their own courts and government. This is easily possible, since there's always people who are looking for ways to get power and money, and if the state wanted to leave the United States, and the constituents/populace are in agreement, then finding these people should not be a problem.
Then, file the documents at the United Nations that you are an independant country.
Pay some fees to the phone companies (or set up your own) to change around the area codes and such.
Organize a militia that will eventually form a military.
Create a currency-producing center and a new currency (do not try to keep the US currency like Quebec would try to keep Canadian currency).
And... well... I think that's really it.
So long as the people beneath you support you, a state could easily seperate from the union. The tough part is getting that support.
Originally posted by Yarium
Whompa1, you are right, if the government was willing to wage war in a true scenario of civil war, a militia would be betean down. However, to a country like the United States, what kind of impact would this have on markets, other states, and foreign investment? Would it be worth organizing an invasion of the new state? You are assuming that conflict must ensue - which is not necessarily true. Maybe I don't because I'm from Canada, and we have to constantly consider the issue of Quebec Seperation. I'm thinking peaceful seperation, not armed confrontations. The militia in this case would be used for extra police duty and establishing of at least something of a military presence (which forces an invading country to consider that casualties may ensue - which makes a war more unfavourable for the invading country).
So, if it came down to it, then yes a militia will do likely jack - but hopefully it wouldn't come down to that.
Originally posted by xpert11
Assuming a second civil war takes place in the USA its not unreasonable to assume that members of US military would turn there backs on the federal government and fight for there state. The problem would be logistics how would a state keep a squadron of combat aircraft airworthy?
Originally posted by Sri Oracle
Why couldn't one just borrow a few federal aircraft? When men decide to turn their backs, who's to say they're not already behind the wheel?