ckaihatsu wrote:This is inherently a *bad idea*, because of its 'consumerist' approach to politics -- as though modern society / civilization is based on subjective groupthink, or private in-crowds, when it actually passed that milestone *centuries* ago, with the nationalization period in the late medieval era in Europe.
This is not a consumerist approach to politics. Every people and every cultural group has the right to self-determination. Organic nations are based on cultural affinity, and the establishment of larger ones requires the stamping out of many smaller local cultures, which, as my username may indicate, I am firmly against.
ckaihatsu wrote:There's also the logistical issue of *resources*, and which regional faction gets to control and use them -- I really don't think that huge, diverse, cosmopolitan modern cities *should* be balkanized, or partitioned, by cultural groups, or race, because of the sheer *turmoil* that that would create for millions of people. Usually that kind of thing only happens under *duress*, during *wartime* conditions.
People often imagine this as necessarily being some kind of Indian Partition type situation, but it doesn't have to be that way. The entirety of North America, for example, could be divided into smaller nations, Quebec and Blackistan and so on, but this could be done on a step by step basis. In creating an Afro-American state from the rest of America, for example, we could have a situation where the borders are laid out and we leave them open for a certain period, five years, lets say, where people can get in or out if they desperately want to. I haven't looked at this in a while, but if I remember correctly, about 12% of the U.S. population moves house each year. Now, given the mobility of the population in North America, and the fact that the proposed country would almost certainly incentivise African Americans to move there, we could just let this process take its course and you'd have a proper African American country in no time.
Despite proposing the division of North America into a set of smaller nations, however, I would also advocate for a North American union of some kind. This would be a kind of political entity with a customs union and so on, however I would not advocate integration beyond a certain point. For instance, I would never support such a union using a common currency, a common military or even freedom of movement, as this would take away from the sovereignty of the nations in the union.