South Dakota has turned into corporate fascist Noemistan. It’s time for a break-up:
Since South Dakota can’t afford to sustain basic services, it’s time to dissolve our dysfunction and let our neighbors help bring us back to civilization. Let our neighboring states (all except Montana: they’re big enough, and the geography of giving them Harding County is just awkward) annex adjoining portions of South Dakota, and designate the interior as the Great American Buffalo Commons, where bison and other native prairie wildlife may grow and roam uninhibited.
I’ve carved us up by county, since that’s the easiest map to play with.
Minnesota gets the I-29 corridor, minus Union County but plus Lake County.
Iowa gets Union County. Iowa is probably the only state that will take Dan Lederman. One could argue by contiguity that Iowa should get Lincoln County, but that would mean splitting Sioux Falls, and that’s crazy.
Nebraska gets the lower Missouri, Rosebud, and Pine Ridge.
Wyoming gets the Black Hills; they handle all the Yellowstone and Tetons tourism well; they should be able to easily incorporate the Black Hills into their marketing.
North Dakota gets the US Highway 12 corridor from Day County west.
Any edge counties our neighbors don’t want can be added to the Buffalo Commons.
We should proceed with this annexation now, so public services and Constitutional rights can be restored and so our newly expanded neighbors can redistrict accordingly in 2021. Minnesota currently faces the prospect of losing a seat in Congress, so they should welcome 300,000 new I-29 residents to maintain their eight seats in Congress.
Article 4 Section 3 of the United States Constitution requires the consent of the legislatures of each state involved in an annexation like this as well as the consent of Congress. But conservative legislators who support dissolving the federal Department of Education should leap at the chance to dissolve an entire state’s bureaucracy. Democrats in our Legislature should ensure a majority vote to let our neighbors annex us, since we Democrats just want good government… and Noemistan has proven itself incapable of good government.