If Every U.S. State Declared War Against the Others, Which Would Win?

This question originally appeared on Quora. It was taken from Quora’s “hypothetical battles” topic, where readers “can ask questions and get answer on fighting that wouldn’t likely or ever happen in real life.”

Answer by Jon Davis, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps:

These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period.

After the breakup, many wondered which states would come out in control of the power void created by the dissolution of the United States. There were many with little chance against several of the larger more powerful states. The states in possession of a large population, predisposition for military (i.e.) military bases, and a population open to the idea of warfare fared the best. In the long term, we would look to states with self-sufficiency and long term military capabilities.

Here are the states that held the greatest strategic value from day one. They have the ability to be self-sufficient, economic strength, military strength, the will to fight, and the population to support a powerful war machine.

  • California
  • Texas
  • New York

Others that have many of the qualities that gave them an advantage are also listed.

  • Washington
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Virginia
  • Florida
  • Georgia

For all intents and purposes, Alaska and Hawaii ended well enough since they were so far removed from the center of the country that they never really suffer greatly nor benefit from the shattering.

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    • Usmcorps

      Texas here we come. I will enlist with the Great State of Texas.

  • Doug Ferguson

    Yeah, but the bigger states have a higher per capita population of ethically devoid rabble who stand for nothing and fall for anything. Nothing more than cannon fodder in my cynical point of view.

  • Liberty273

    What about Michigan?…..

    • LARA

      to many muslims..your DOOMED…

    • http://www.LuckyLuxtonAffiliateMarketing.com/ Keith “Lucky” Luxton

      They could create the Caliphery of Mohammed, Chief Moslem Country in America

    • 820 REDHORSE

      Meeechigan!!! Moosluts & union scum ,plus big gimme state!!!! Nothing but a target rich envoriment!!!! I’ll stick to my southern states, plenty of cover and variations ot terrain, plenty of wildgame and other ways to gather food. And most households on the country have just about any weapon you may need and ammo, and most folks out there would help, if you approach them correctly!

  • Twitch

    California is currently bankrupt.

  • don

    who would they get to fight in california ,they are all liberals and gay,no money.new yorki are drug addicts,welfare suckers,gay,who would they get to fight. the north is nothing. my money is on the south. good old rednecks that are ready to fight. we can not wait to fight the next war. we have alot of bases,and 95% of the military would fight with us. we would stand for freedom and the american way not this socialist liberal communist stuff . bring the war on and give america a rebirth

  • Ken A

    Let Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota cut off the flow of oil to the rest of the states and they would all be in a world of hurt.

  • Tomtom

    California fight?? It’s full of lazy, gimmy,gimmy liberals. It’s sinking itself!!

  • Eileen

    Texans have more gun owners then CA and NY. Texas is like a small country and it is a Republic that believes in freedom and liberty. My money is on Texas.

    • lara

      oh yea..texas is the best..even Glen Beck moved there for a reason..real men live in Texas,,

      • MARYANN33

        Texas was the most desolate state we drove through to the mid west. I was too hot, had tornados, had terrible food..the very very worst food of any state..Has it changed?

  • KroekerMom

    In Wyoming the residents have 9.3 guns per household. Every adult would make a good soldier. They have coal & natural gas to power their electric power plants. They have a refinery to refine their own oil into gasoline & diesel to power their vehicles & equipment. They have lots of cattle & sheep with a little farming and would be able to feed themselves. The country side is harsh for those not prepared so it would not go well for any invaders. They don’t have the population, but they have a support your neighbor and don’t mess with Wyoming attitude that would give them a huge advantage over any invaders. Wyoming probably wouldn’t take over any other states, but they could do quite well on their own.

    • lara

      sounds good to me..

    • RockyMtn1776

      Don’t forget our coal and natural gas. Wyoming IS what America WAS and we intend to keep it that way !

      • WASP

        I’m with you Wyoming, but your population is way too small to do any invading/occupying/or defending against other states. Look what happened in the first Civil War. There are a chit-load of CITIES with more people than your whole state. As for 3 guns/person–how many guns can one person use at the same time? Don’t get suckered into debating this stupid article. It’s the most meaningless piece of junk I’ve seen in quite a while.

  • USAmerican100

    I live in California, in a heartbeat I would join with any other state that attacked the PRC (Peoples Republic of California)!! So would most gun loving Californians.

    • MARYANN33

      All the good people moved from Calif leaving just a bunch of illegals and takers.

  • lara

    california woosies..dont think so!!!

  • RockyMtn1776

    In my opinion this will never be a state to state thing. Several like minded states will band together to form their own area after the dust clears from a revoluation, Civil War and whatever else is thrown into the mixture . Most likely 3 to 5 seperate areas, each trading & fighting with each other. . It’s possible while we are busy fighting each other some over nation will nail us, in that event all bets are off. We will no longer be the UNITIED States of America, for all intents & pruposes we are not now. We have been torn apart on purpose.

  • WASP

    Stupid scenario. Who the hell has the time to waste thinking up this crap? If the fragmentation does happen, it ain’t going to be 50 individual states against each other. There will be coalitions, just like in Civil War I.

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