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    Cyburbian The Terminator's avatar
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    What is your favorite Failed State?

    Mine?

    EAST GERMANY!





    West Germany may have been BEST Germany, but East Germany was Beast Germany!

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    East Germany? That transition was almost.....orderly. Shouldn't a failed state end in war-torn chaos, with gangs of armed militias lobbing Molotov cocktails at the "government forces" (i.e. some general and his cronies who have seized power over parts of the country and are actively oppressing their own populations)
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    I liked Yugoslavia. I kept all those countries I can't pronounce under one name and for Maister it did end in a war ravaged mess.
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    As far as failed states go, I like Zimbabwe and the slow burn.

    Hyper-inflation and going from a major food exporter to the most calorie-deficient nation in Sub-Saharan Africa all during the rule of one power hungry president. What's not to love!
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Any failed state worth its salt must somehow include the following elements:
    - images of tee shirt-wearing rebels brandishing AK-47's prominently featured in nightly news
    - have been in a state of civil war for several years
    - developed countries must have experienced compassion exhaustion when hearing any recent news about new atrocities or disasters occurring to innocent impoverished villagers
    - a military dictatorship is somehow involved

    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Any failed state worth its salt must somehow include the following elements:
    - images of tee shirt-wearing rebels brandishing AK-47's prominently featured in nightly news
    - have been in a state of civil war for several years
    - developed countries must have experienced compassion exhaustion when hearing any recent news about new atrocities or disasters occurring to innocent impoverished villagers
    - a military dictatorship is somehow involved
    Bonus points if the t-shirts are for the the Super Bowl 50 champion Carolina Panthers or the 2009 NCAA champion MSU Spartans?
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    Can I throw Kansas in as a failed state? We have the gun toting rebels. We have the slow decay of government. What more do we need?
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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    Can I throw Kansas in as a failed state? We have the gun toting rebels. We have the slow decay of government. What more do we need?
    Well it was called bleeding Kansas at one time.
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    South Carolina.

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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    Can I throw Kansas in as a failed state? We have the gun toting rebels. We have the slow decay of government. What more do we need?
    I have one word for all of you....


    DETROIT.



    You have all the elements... multiple gangs with illegal firearms, burned out shells where homes once sat, sections of town that are not safe during the day, levels of corruption that are unfathomable, failing infrastructure, failing school systems, and progression into chaos at times.

    Yes, there is no doubt it is getting better... but when you hit rock bottom, there is not much else to do. Furthermore, they have a very long way to go.
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    Illinois

    "Sweet Home Illinois, where our governors go to jail..."

    Then there's the dysfunctional government, the budget stalemate, the unpaid bills, the massive deficit, and the massive pension crisis
    The mass corruption at all levels of government and business
    The increasing violence in Chicago, Rockford, East St. Louis, and elsewhere
    The declining population and the out-migration of residents to other Midwestern states, the South, and the West
    The skyrocketing property taxes
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    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner View post
    Illinois

    "Sweet Home Illinois, where our governors go to jail..."

    Then there's the dysfunctional government, the budget stalemate, the unpaid bills, the massive deficit, and the massive pension crisis
    The mass corruption at all levels of government and business
    The increasing violence in Chicago, Rockford, East St. Louis, and elsewhere
    The declining population and the out-migration of residents to other Midwestern states, the South, and the West
    The skyrocketing property taxes
    Hmm...perhaps I need to pull my money out from IMRF while it's still there.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Hmm...perhaps I need to pull my money out from IMRF while it's still there.
    Roll it into a Roth IRA?
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    Roll it into a Roth IRA?
    The preferred choice since I was 8 months from vesting and it's just sitting there.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Every day is today. Yesterday is a myth and tomorrow an illusion.

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    I'd have to tip my hat to the Confederacy. Pretty good thing that state was short-lived.
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