One popular trope is that the US splits into its constituent “American nations” in the aftermath of some disaster or apocalyptic event.
Alfred Twu has been tracking this for Corona, best thread here.
Logical. In a country where states have so much power, much of the response would likewise be at the state level, with a wide range of outcomes due to geographic/cultural heterogeneity and differing competence levels. This will be accentuated by the political/ideological divisions over the proper Corona response.
Anyhow, here’s the most interesting question: #WhoWouldWin?
Clearly the most powerful states are the Western States Pact, Midwest Partnership, and Regional Advisory Council, with ~60 million people each.
Western States Pact (i.e. the NCR) will have very powerful aeronaval forces, but can’t exactly project over the Rockies. The techno-commercialists breaking off won’t do them much good either. At least Dr. House took Las Vegas, not Silicon Valley.
Midwest Partnership vs. Regional Advisory Council likely goes to former. They’re more red-blooded. Latter has more brains but that won’t count for much. The Commonwealth has too few people to compete.