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Originally posted by Mabus
Name me a state that is self-reliable. There, I bet you, will be the federal goverment's secret headquarters all along that just wasnt known by the public in general.
California as an independent nation
California compared to other countries GDP is in the same range as Spain, Italy and China (corresponding with the Department of Finance figures)
See also Comparison between U.S. states and countries nominal GDP
The economy of California is often cited for how it would compare to other countries if California was an independent nation. The statistic quoted varies widely (usually placing California between 7th and 10th), depending on the source.
The two main issues are:
determining California's gross state product
determining the gross domestic product (GDP) for various countries