AMERICANS HAVE BEEN living in a union of 50 states for over half
a century now, ever since Hawaii and Alaska were added to the flag.
But that hasn’t stopped some from trying to change that number by
breaking away from existing states, and forming new ones, when they
feel excluded from the political process.
The latest effort comes out of Colorado, where rural counties
are furious at how urban Democratic counties lord over them on
everything from water rights, to mineral and energy issues, to gun
control. In August, local officials in Weld (pop. 259,000),
Phillips (pop. 4,400), and Logan
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