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I swear on Lincoln's Bible, a new civil war's a-comin'

As Editor and Publisher's E&P Pub wryly notes, Sarah Palin really would be able to see Russia from her house if this comes to pass. The most popular academic pundit in Russia (their Doris Kearns Goodwin?) is predicting the sagging United States will be torn asunder by civil war in about....well, according to my watch, 13 months from now?

He based the forecast on classified data supplied to him by FAPSI analysts, he says. 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.
"It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska; it was part of the Russian Empire for a long time." A framed satellite image of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia like a thread hangs from his office wall. "It's not there for no reason," he says with a sly grin.

This makes an enormous amount of sense. Because I've long suspected that Canada secretly has a plan to capture the economic goldmine that is North Dakota.