(At Fake Is the New Real, by Neil Freeman, via James Fallows.)
In particular, check out the New York City area detail:
- The state of New York gets Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester (which we need because it includes most of the Croton watershed and reservoirs).
- The state of Long Island gets Brooklyn, Queens, and a lot of beaches and farmland off to the east.
- Staten Island is handed off to the state of Jersey, where it always belonged.
- Everything north and west of the city, aka "upstate" New York, gets split between the new states of Susquehanna, Erie, and North New England.
Obviously never going to happen, but it's interesting to think about how politics would develop in such a world...