November 12, 2012 by Cole Cleburne
Although GDP is not a perfect measure of economic power, the number can be used as a matter of comparison between states or in this matter, comparing southern states to other nations.
Many southerners simply cannot see themselves as separate from the union. This notion is based in part on the economic power of the current United States. No matter the fact our nation is in fiscal shambles, the current union still remains an economic powerhouse. How long this continues is a matter of debate, but as it deteriorates, the promise for a free south will continue to rise.
The image above (as taken from The Economist) using 2009 statistics, gives a comparison between U.S. states and nations of the world in economic output. If we look at this list this is where each southern state would rank (also using 2010 data, numbers displayed in millions, and world rank):
1. Texas 1,158,194 (13th) comparable to Russia
2. Florida 734,727 (17th) comparable to the Netherlands
3. Virginia 406,798 (22nd) comparable to Sweden
4. North Carolina 400,483 (22nd) comparable to Sweden
5. Georgia 396,177 (22nd) comparable to Sweden
6. Tennessee 246,669 (34th) comparable to Finland
7. Missouri 239,649 (34th) comparable to Finland
8. Louisiana 206,525 (38th) comparable to Ireland
9. Alabama 169,459 (43rd) comparable to Nigeria
10. South Carolina 158,487 (48th) comparable to the Phillipines
11. Kentucky 155,734 (48th) comparable to the Phillipines
12. Arkansas 102,219 (55th) comparable to Kazakhstan
13. Mississippi 96,135 (55th) comparable to Vietnam
14. West Virginia 60,491 (64th) comparable to Libya
If the newly independent south were to choose to band together in a new confederation the economic output and power of the south would be enough to rank it as the 4th largest economy in the entire world, just slightly behind Japan and China. As this site progresses I will further break down each state and look at it’s economics as a standalone nation.