The reminder for this post came from this comment, although the idea’s been an idle dream for at least a couple years now, and with the election, now seems an appropriate time to bring it up. For those who don’t want to click the link, the plan is that given the power to redraw state borders, Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee and the surrounding area would become a state, and Wisconsin would take the Upper Peninsula from Michigan.* There are a couple variants on that plan, but that’s the basic idea. As far as names go, I’m thinking that the new state would be known as Superior, or that it would stay Wisconsin and that the C-M-M combination would come to be known as Megacity One.
That got me thinking: I know about the movement to break up California into several states, in some cases with the addition of land from Oregon, but I’m sure that there must be other proposals that I haven’t heard about, or that people in different areas might have thoughts on how they would like to get rid of annoying parts of their state.
So that’s my question for Ricochet. It’s all on the table: what would you get rid of, add, or trade away to suit your aesthetic, political, cultural, or any other whims? And don’t feel restricted to the local level; if you’ve always thought that Bulgaria looked weird or that Earth should be the fourth planet from the Sun, now’s the time to say so.
*There have already been several negotiations on that latter part but they’ve always fallen through; that should have been suspected given that Trolls were involved.