Apparently, in my native Missouri (also known as the most methy state in the nation), a http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2013/10/billboard_on_i-44_asks_missour_secede.php">billboard has popped up along an Interstate asking passersby to "Consider a contiguous 5-state secession" with Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri and Mississippi.
For one, that would be a pretty weird-ass-shaped nation (see image below). And, two, I checked all the Mississippi secessionist blogs that I read on a regular basis and found no discussion of a secession plan including those five states.
The http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/billboard_missouri_secession2.jpg">Missouri billboard also asks about the pros and cons of forming such a union.
Well, here's a quick list, off the top of our heads:
Pro: Finally, Mississippi gets to disassociate from the awfulness of Alabama and Arkansas. Con: Mississippi would no longer have Alabama and Arkansas to deflect some of the negative attention away from us.
Pro: Mississippi would no longer be considered part of the South. Con: Mississippi would no longer be part of the South.
Pro: Mississippi would have the nicest beaches in the country and be the nation's literary and cultural capital. Con: We still wouldn't have a Six Flags or a Dave & Buster's.
Pro: Being lumped in with Texas and Oklahoma, Mississippi's politics would come off as moderate. Con: The Mississippi Legislature would lose its distinction as the nation's nuttiest legislative body.
What are some more pros and cons?