The 5 places that could become US States in our lifetime

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Finally, I've always wanted to live in a country with 62 states! :icon_mrgr

5 places that could become U.S. States in your lifetime

Alaska and Hawaii became the last additions to the United States in 1959. Why has the United States failed to add another state in over five decades?

In Watchmen, Vietnam becomes the 51st State, while former Presidential candidate Newt Gingrinch called for the Moon to be the 51st state. What are some realistic candidates for statehood in the 21st Century?

Strategic positioning
Both Alaska and Hawaii played important strategic roles in World War II and the Cold War, all while separated from their nearest state by over two thousand miles.

Strategic territories are less important in wartime, thanks to the proliferation of U.S. military bases on foreign soil, possibly leading to a decrease in named territories and the inclusion of additional states. 12 years into the 21st Century, several areas are poised to become states — what are they, and why would they be added to the current 50 states?

51. Puerto Rico
An easy pick. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has had the opportunity to join the United States a number of times, with the United States Federal government welcoming the commonwealth as a state with open arms. The citizens of Puerto Rico are full United States citizens, but the majority do not pay Federal income tax. Puerto Rico does have a representative in the United States Congress, but their representative does not carry a vote.

The citizens of Puerto Rico will vote to pursue statehood on August 12, 2012 — making it possible that the United States could welcome a 51st State in the next year.

52. New York City
A desire to create a state out of New York City is not a new one - novelist Norman Mailer used statehood as a key issue in his bid for election for mayor of New York City in 1969. New York City is the de facto financial capital of the planet and the population of the city dwarfs most states.

The population of New York City surpassed 8 million in 2010, making it the 11-12th largest state if only Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island jointly separated. The New York Metropolitan Area surpasses a population of 20 million (and covering parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut), making it the third largest state in the union.

Becoming its own state would give the New York Metropolitan Area a greater say in governing itself, as the state capital of Albany is 150 miles away. Secession from the state would also allow NYC to retain $11 billion in tax revenue it currently sends to Albany.

53. The District of Columbia
Like New York City, Washington, D.C. could be a viable candidate for statehood via secession. Citizens of the United States seat of power pay Federal taxes yet lack full voting representation in the United States Congress, an antiquated agreement stemming from a desire to prevent political players from having a say in national elections.

As the population of Washington, D.C. increases, the push for statehood will continue to grow, if only to give its citizens without political connections a rightful say in Federal government. If the district becomes a state, it will likely adopt a new name, with New Columbia being a popular choice since the early 1980s.

54. Cuba
Less than 100 miles from the coast of Florida, Cuba and the United States enjoy a tenuous relationship at best. Cuba is home to the United States oldest overseas Navy Base, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, a 45-square-mile parcel held the southern tip of the island since 1903.

The United States is actively seeking a democratic Cuba once Fidel Castro dies, funding the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba to transition the government from a socialist republic when the time comes.

Investors are lining up to buy property in Cuba, likely turning the island into a tourist destination, if not a state, once doors open.

55. The United Kingdom
A flight from New York City to London covers over 3500 miles, but the two nations own a shared history and financial connection. Great Britain is a little larger than the combined states of Alabama and Georgia, but enjoys a massive population (over 60 million) that would instantly make Great Britain the most populous of the United States.

Great Britain is currently a member of the European Union, but has no plans to adopt the Euro, staunchly maintaining the Pound Sterling as its currency.

As the English monarchy becomes little more than a tourism-driven cliché, the identity of Great Britain begins to fade. The strong financial position and large population of Great Britain are quite attractive, making it a prime choice for a United States looking to extend its foothold onto another continent at the end of the 21st Century.
Surprised Iraq and Afganistan didn't make the list
 

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an antiquated agreement stemming from a desire to prevent political players from having a say in national elections.
Fuck this article. D.C. isn't a state for a very good reason.
 
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Fuck this article. D.C. isn't a state for a very good reason.
A very good reason that's completely ignored by every politician who's ever lived. The whole DC thing probably angers me more than anything in modern government.
 

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I don't see any of those places becoming a state.
 

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55. The United Kingdom
That is flat out idiotic. The UK won't even completely commit to the EU with a sizable portion of the population wanting to leave it entirely, why the hell would they be willing to give up their sovereignty to Washington D.C.? Also what about Northern Ireland? They want their freedom from British rule. After centuries of fighting are they really going to accept American rule instead of their own Irish rule? Of course not.
 

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Our days of growing are over. If things get bad enough we might see a contraction in our lifetime, but even that is doubtful.
 

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Those advocating DC becoming a state call it New Columbia, but it will never under and circumstances become a state. I think the idea of returning the area to Maryland might be a very good idea.


Puerto Rico should already be a US state, its a disgrace that a shit hole like Hawaii is and Puerto Rico isn't - aside from the tourist destinations & military facilities, Hawaii is an embarrassment to the rest of the country. The citizens of Puerto Rico don't pay fed income taxes, but they do pay social security, medicare, etc... taxes - exact opposite of the Amish

I really think the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño should be Romney's VP, who can run for and be elected POTUS but can't vote for POTUS.

NYC is interesting as its own state, never really thought much about that. I'm sure the rest of NY state would love the idea.

I gotta say No, No, No on Cuba, once the Kennedy embargo against Cuba is lifted, the Castro regime will finally collapse. I think the people of Cuba will deserve a chance to be a free country, sometime after that if they're interested in becoming a US state then and only then should it be considered.


If there is some form of evil divine, supernatural, extraterrestrial interference and the current POTUS is reelected in November, I wouldn't support the UK becoming a state(s), but I would support reunification and have the Queen request the House of Commons to appoint a provisional governor to replace the office of POTUS.


I really think the providences and territories of Canada should become US States. Canada shouldn't be an independent country. the 35-50 million citizens of Canada could easily be absorbed into the US economy along with all the natural resources Canada has and it would get a good economic deal for everyone.


Oh and what about kicking some states out of the country. I think Michigan needs to be given one last chance to get their act together or face expulsion from the union, California would be next - tell those fuckos they have 3 years to fix things or its La Raza for them. Under that threat, they'd probably have a budget surplus within 6 months and they'd start building bridges out of solid gold
 

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puerto rico will never be a state. they get the perks without the hassle.

I don't think that's the case anymore, at least in the case of Social Security & Medicare - as a whole they're putting more in than they are taking out.

Which when you think about it, is the point to having colonies in the first place.

A lot of US economic problems could be solved if we started colonizing parts of this world again. Basically make an agrement with China, Russia, & India about how the 4 of us could divide the world up into 4 empires, and I'm happy to say right from the start that the Chinese get the Muslims. Maybe give Germany 90 days to unite Europe and they could become the 5th empire other wise Europe goes Russia. India gets most of Africa unless they want to trade Africa to the Chinese for the Muslims. The US gets all of North & South America, Japan, South Korea, & Australia - unless Germany gets a slice.
 

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I don't think that's the case anymore, at least in the case of Social Security & Medicare - as a whole they're putting more in than they are taking out.

Which when you think about it, is the point to having colonies in the first place.

A lot of US economic problems could be solved if we started colonizing parts of this world again. Basically make an agrement with China, Russia, & India about how the 4 of us could divide the world up into 4 empires, and I'm happy to say right from the start that the Chinese get the Muslims. Maybe give Germany 90 days to unite Europe and they could become the 5th empire other wise Europe goes Russia. India gets most of Africa unless they want to trade Africa to the Chinese for the Muslims. The US gets all of North & South America, Japan, South Korea, & Australia - unless Germany gets a slice.
Somewhere in LA Bill Burr's head just exploded.

I have a really tough time buying any of this new world order stuff. There is no way. absolutely NO WAY that the current generation of people around the world would agree to be divvied up like that.

Shit, if we're gonna do something like that maybe we should just go with what Patrice said about making fewer states.

Washington gets Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
California gets Nevada and Utah.
Texas gets all of the south west and mid west not already claimed up through Missouri.
Florida gets the south east.
New York gets the entire eastern seaboard not already claimed and Illinois gets whatever is left over.

There ya go, 6 states. My job here is done.
 

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50 is too perfect of a nice round number and who wants to bother with changing all the flags to a new design?
I wouldn't mind. I have always found that I liked the original Betsy Ross design. The flag with the circle of stars could make a comeback with new states.
 

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PR is never going to agree to statehood. They currently have all the benefits of it without taxes. The entire country would have to become retarded to vote for it unless the gov't threatened them.
 

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Whats wrong with the fiddy-seven states we got?
 

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puerto rico will never be a state. they get the perks without the hassle.
Perqs.
Other than that you're absolutely right.
So is Don in saying we are done growing for the forseeable future. Cheap energy is gone and so is everything else that could be pulled out of the ground or cut down for nearly free. Everything costs too much to warrant expansion, we're going to be in contraction more for a few generations at least.
Detroit shrinking its borders is a start.
 

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Our days of growing are over. If things get bad enough we might see a contraction in our lifetime, but even that is doubtful.
I agree. The union is weaker than ever, not stronger. I would say secession and less states is more likely than more states (even more so when your talking about places Cuba and the UK..)
 

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Might as well put Atlantis on the list.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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California would be next - tell those fuckos they have 3 years to fix things or its La Raza for them. Under that threat, they'd probably have a budget surplus within 6 months and they'd start building bridges out of solid gold
California has the fifth largest economy in the world. Joke about it all you want, but we'd be perfectly fine if we didn't have to send our tithe to Mama Washington every month.

50 is too perfect of a nice round number and who wants to bother with changing all the flags to a new design?
That one year of 49 stars was really awkward. My OCD went crazy.