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(io9)   In the nineteenth century, a geologist suggested that the United States should draw state lines based on watersheds. This is what it would look like. Wait, what's that state above California?   ( divider line
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2013-11-23 05:26:48 PM  
3 votes:
John Wesley Powell was "a geologist" the same way that Neil Armstrong was "a pilot."

I always wanted to see what his proposal would look like. The West looks pretty good. As for Las Vegas, it's only where it is to take advantage of state boundaries (and differing vice laws), so if these borders had been adopted originally, Sin City would have just been somewhere else. Somewhere not in Utah, presumably.

As for the East - yeah, it's a mess. But that was never part of Powell's proposal. It made a lot more sense in the arid West. And they don't mention it, but he made those trips down the Colorado after losing an arm in the Civil War. If you read his accounts of the trip, he never mentions the arm, even as he's paddling through rapids or scaling cliffs for a better view. Of course, Powell was also the guy who suggested cutting down all the trees in the West because they sucked up too much water, so perhaps we shouldn't give him too much credit.
2013-11-23 04:41:46 PM  
3 votes:
Maybe it's Jefferson.
2013-11-23 05:40:43 PM  
2 votes:
And thus Georgia's water war with Alabama and Florida would not exist.
2013-11-23 05:40:32 PM  
2 votes:

violentsalvation: I would like to see how much of Arizona would extend into Sonora, or vice versa.

Ah here we go

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2013-11-23 05:35:09 PM  
2 votes:

halfwaytoheaven: As for the East - yeah, it's a mess. But that was never part of Powell's proposal.

It's not like Powell failed to draw a map of his proposal. Here it is- basically (this is a map of actual drainage basins and not proposed states, but his proposals were pretty close to this with a few amalgamations of these districts).

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2013-11-24 05:16:02 AM  
1 vote:
That would be the great state of Jefferson. 
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2013-11-24 12:00:08 AM  
1 vote:

Xcott: That bit above California is where they dump all those Dvorak keyboards, Peters projection maps, ranked-choice Borda count ballots, base-12 mathematics textbooks, and maps of rectilinear congressional districts.

/They can store them in properly tetrahedral pyramids
//And pay for it with a 15% flat tax

Hey! Dvorak keyboards are wonderful! Qwerty was invented to SLOW DOWN TYPISTS because in the beginning, typists actually got the keys stuck if typed too fast. Base-12 can go to hell however.
2013-11-23 09:02:59 PM  
1 vote:
Map fails without Alaska and Hawaii.
2013-11-23 05:49:15 PM  
1 vote:
anyway, from the map I just posted it looks like it is part of Washington state, subby.
2013-11-23 05:38:32 PM  
1 vote:
There's also a weird quasi-state near what became Worthington, MN. On this map, it's on the Missouri-Wisconsin border, northwest of Iowa.

/my head just exploded from typing that
2013-11-23 05:13:33 PM  
1 vote:
Sure, lump Las Vegas and Salt Lake City together in the same state. That'll work well.
2013-11-23 05:01:43 PM  
1 vote:
I thought I understood what a watershed was, but if Georgia flows into both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, then I am either too smart to teach or too dumb to learn.
2013-11-23 04:51:45 PM  
1 vote:
I'd go with it just for the amusement of Oklahoma rivaling Texas in size.  Even if it means I'd have to live in Kansas.

/Just as long as we genocide the Mormons before Utah expands
2013-11-23 04:29:24 PM  
1 vote:
That would be West Oregon subby. It's a lawless land where anything goes. Do you want to watch Hulk Hogan wrestle endangered Siberian tigers? Go to West Oregon. Would you like to smear dolphin pate on crackers? Go to West Oregon. Would you like to not only mount a gun on your cars trunk and be able to use it on tailgaters? Go to West Oregon.

West Oregon, where Americans go for a taste of debauchery.
2013-11-23 04:14:13 PM  
1 vote:
That might have alleviated the coming water wars.
2013-11-23 04:12:13 PM  
1 vote:
That would be Organ, subby.
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