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Balkanization of the United States

By October 9, 2009

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Geography blogger Catholicgauze reports on an effort by Russians to forecast the breakup of the United States and North America into small individual constituent countries. Perhaps those of the former USSR are praying for Balkanization of the U.S. superpower?


October 9, 2009 at 9:24 pm
(1) John King says:

This has to be one of the silliest works of speculation you’ve published. The only parts that even slightly made sense were the separation of Quebec and the weirdness of Texas [this from yrs. truly, Texan thru and thru!].

October 12, 2009 at 12:21 am
(2) Diego says:

What about the same process in Russia an its hundred republics?

October 12, 2009 at 5:08 am
(3) Kenneth Crook says:

We in the United States had our attempted breakup. It is called the Civil War.

It is unlikely there will ever be another serious attempt for a state or group of states to break away from the Union again.

But, if the United States national debt continues as it is going, someday it may be necessary to sell some part of the US to stay solvent. Maybe we could sell Alaska to the Chinese for a $5-$6 trillion dollars?

October 12, 2009 at 8:03 am
(4) Kochattil Gopinath says:

Russia speculates on the balkanisation of America. Two months ago an ‘observer’ wrote in an official Chinese publication it wouldn’t be difficult to break the ‘great Indian federation’ into independent states. The two former communist giants would like to cut their chief rivals to chewable chunks.
In Russia’s case it may merely be a wish. In China’s case a grand strategy may already have been initiated.

October 12, 2009 at 8:46 am
(5) Lily says:

I agree with the last comment. But what Russia has to do with Balkanization? Balkan is not even close to Russia…

October 12, 2009 at 9:04 am
(6) Mike says:

The Balkans were controlled by the USSR until the late 80s and early 90s. Yugoslavia, Romania, etc were all part of the Soviet Bloc .

October 12, 2009 at 9:18 am
(7) Matt Rosenberg says:

Friends, the term Balkanization is “A geopolitical term originally used to describe the process of fragmentation or division of a region or state into smaller regions or states that are often hostile or non-cooperative with each other.” (Wikipedia). It has nothing to do with Russia in the context in which I wrote it, I used it merely as a geopolitical term to mean fracture.

October 13, 2009 at 1:14 am
(8) IScribbler says:

It would be a great thing for the world and for those of us Americans who are civilized if the U.S. broke up into separate nations. For the world, because the most warlike parts of the U.S. (the West other than California, and the rural South) would have the least economic power and thus be unable to invade countries around the globe. It would be better for civilized Americans, because we wouldn’t be held back by the primitive yahoos who live in the warlike parts and drain our economy. We could then devote our productivity to domestic improvements, i.e., free universal health care, public transportation, better lives for all. I say, let’s renegotiate the Civil War and surrender. Let ‘em go!

October 13, 2009 at 6:05 am
(9) Kenneth Crook says:

Let ‘em go!

October 13, 2009 at 6:08 am
(10) Kenneth Crook says:

“Let ‘em go!”

While the South may be warlike primitives the South also produces most of the United States’ oil and gas (Texas, Oklahoma, Gulf of Mexico).

Let ‘em go, but keep the mineral rights!

October 15, 2009 at 12:46 am
(11) Mary says:


I’m pleased you sorted out Balkanization for us!

I realize that the Civil War 1861-5 prevented the Confederate states from seceding, and suspect that was quite a good idea, but its implementation was not as efficient as it might have been.

The 48 contiguous states gain great strength from being one nation, however Hawaii and Alaska may not have benefitted from their joining the Union as much as they thought they would.

Linguists and geographers have discussed the regionalization of the USA for years. When I have been in the USA I have had to write to some people in New York, and the South, because they could not understand my accent. Even today our Deputy Prime Minister has had trouble making herself understood.

I can understand why Russia might pray for the separation of the USA, as it has lost some of the benefits which “Soviet Union” gained for it. I suspect the USA would benefit from remaing one and united for strength purposes.

October 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(12) Eric says:


Yugoslavia was never part of the Soviet bloc. Tito made sure of that. He found Communism to be the most appropriate system for holding the Balkans together for 40 years, but he never answered to Moscow.

October 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm
(13) 15abashore says:

HA!!! Like that is ever going to happen. They triend once. It was called the little “civil war”. That didn’t seem to work. Just because Russia is the largest country in the world doesn’t mean it can tell other countries what to do! That is not right!

August 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm
(14) Revan says:

never will the US ever tear itself apart because russia, theres a reason why its the top dog and russia isn’t

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