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The word secession can refer to political separation at different levels of government organization, from city to state to country; this list focuses on secession from U.S. states, particularly to form new U.S. states.
Article IV of the United States Constitution provides for the creation of new states of the Union, requiring that any such creation be approved by the legislature of the affected state(s), as well as the United States Congress.
Since the formation of the current Constitution, only two states have technically seceded from another existing state: Maine and West Virginia. In the latter case, West Virginia formed itself as the legitimate government of Virginia within the Union, then essentially gave itself permission to leave Virginia in order to avoid annexation by the Confederacy.
if one states decides to cecede out of the union is that possible ?
is this a real risk in the united states ?
Originally posted by Misoir
According to what I read in the Constitution as long as both chambers of the state legislature approve a measure declaring independence and the governor signs it they can legally secede.
His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and independent states, that he treats with them as such, and for himself, his heirs, and successors, relinquishes all claims to the government, propriety, and territorial rights of the same and every part thereof.
Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
reply to post by Rufuz
Succession today would be met with major force by that federal government, and if several states attempted to succeed simultaneously, a second Civil War would no doubt ensue.