|A dumb Change.org petition is advocating that North and South|
Dakota be merged into one state, called MegaKota.
The latest: Merge North Dakota and South Dakota into one big state, called "MegaKota."
Obviously, this idea will go nowhere, but that's not going to stop people from trying.
A Change.org petition was recently posted by Dillan Stewart of Fargo, North Dakota. This doesn't sound like a fully formed proposal, if you ask me. Stewart wrote: "I think itd (sic) be pretty cool to have a state called MegaKota so yeah. oh (sic) yeah and then maybe Puerto Rico can be a state and we won't have to change our flag."
As of late morning Thursday, the petition had nearly 7,000 signatures and it was increasing rapidly, , so some people like this idea. A few people think there's zero difference between North and South Dakota, so you might as well merge them. Still, people from both states would beg to differ on that assessment.
If MekaKota came into being, it would be the fourth largest state by land area, the 37th largest economy and the sixth biggenst farm economy according to journalist David H. Montgomery.
My husband Jeff, originally from South Dakota, points out that "Megakota" is an insult to Native Americans in the region. After all "Dakota" refers to one of several tribes among the Sioux, others being Lakota and Nakota.
"MegaKota" to me sounds like a real slap in the face to these tribes.
There's been all kinds of weird merger or secession proposals around. One ballot proposal that might be in the works would make California secede from the union, a Calexit of sort. Of course, nobody thinks that will get anywhere, either.
It looks like Russia was trying to encourage this, too. Which is something you'd kind of expect from Putin and his ilk.
Another harebrained scheme would split California into three parts - the northern third, coastal southern California and inland southern California. Why, I don't know.
There's also been a weak movement to have Texas secede from the union. That won't go anywhere either. The "logic" behind the Texas movement is the federal government is taking away too many rights for liberty loving Texans, or something like that.
And, wouldn't you know! Russia was trying to encourage Texas secession, too.
No word yet on whether the Russians will sign on to "MegaKota. Probably not, because the Dakotas are not trying to split off from the Union.