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What Would Happen if Parts of the US Seceded?

May 15, 2018

I have wondered what would happen, if rumors are true, that there are movements about that encourage parts of states to leave the Union of these United States.  This is not unlike the 1850’s, I suppose.  But then, that led to a 4 year long war and many, many deaths.  I wonder what would happen today if we were to be split like that.  Would we go to war?  Or would there be lawsuits galore?  But would lawsuits be able to stop any separation?

I don’t know the answer, but I must admit I have a hard time seeing war out of it, but that appears to me to be the only way to force a rogue group back into the Union.  Too many people would die and unlike the 1860’s the rampant energy to support one’s state just does not exist.  There is no hunger for war like that.

So, legal or not, if a group decides to secede, there’s nothing that could be done about it…

But with the current hatred rampant, that may not be a bad thing.


5 thoughts on “What Would Happen if Parts of the US Seceded?

  1. BrianR says:


    Well, as you may know there’s been plenty of talk about secession out here in the Silly State. I believe a proposition on the issue may even have qualified for the November ballot. But no matter; I think the issue was settled pretty definitively in 1865.

    There’s plenty of ink in the Constitution spelling out the process for a state to join the Union. Even the method for splitting a state into smaller states. But not one syllable about how to withdraw. It’s like the Mafia: once in, never out.


    1. MJP7200 says:

      Right. So kinda like Andrew Jackson asked of the Supremes years ago: what can be done about it? Are those leaving going to say, “Oh, right, SCOTUS says we can’t leave, so lets not leave.”

      I don’t think that is likely. And is there stomach for bloodshed? Nope.

      Not likely to happen, but man, movements are afoot as you know…


      1. BrianR says:

        It wouldn’t take another civil war. The prez can activate and federalize the National Guard locally, as well as other elements like the US Marshals, and simply put them in place to block any local action.

        Believe me, even out here, the idea of seceding doesn’t have mass support. The whole idea is idiotic. It’s a plan put forward by the loony element. To quote the Bard, a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


      2. MJP7200 says:

        Again, sending put the national guard seems largely ineffective. That is not too dissimilar to what prompted federal troops to march through VA.

        In the end, I have little doubt this is far fetched in many ways. But we’ve already had some conflicts and the divide is growing. Life in So Co is a different world than it is here…


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