On the bright side, if Russian academic Igor Panarin’s prediction that 7 Western states will be absorbed by China after an upcoming US civil war, California will be its namesake: “The California Republic.”
Panarin first presented his theory of the United States collapse in 1998 without much fanfare, but has increasingly been covered in the mainstream press, perhaps in part to the steep economic downturn on the heels of the Russian’s forecasted date: 2010.
He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.
California will form the nucleus of what he calls “The Californian Republic,” and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of “The Texas Republic,” a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an “Atlantic America” that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls “The Central North American Republic.” Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.
Of course, the biggest beneficiary of this would be Sarah Palin, who could then run for President in Russia, perhaps arguing that her foreign policy expertise comes from living right next door to Canada.