What is the “optimal” number of U.S. States?

Map courtesy of Andrew Shears

Put differently, what would a map of the USA look like if all the secession movements in US history had succeeded? This beautiful map [*], created by Andrew Shears, a professor of geography at Mansfield University, provides one possible to answer to this question. Thanks to digg.com and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post for this whimsical pointer.

[*] Note: The State of Colorado is still pretty much in one piece on this map because Professor Shears’ counterfactual map covers secession movements up to the end of 2011.

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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