Back in November last year this Russian fellow, Igor Panarin, predicted that the United States would come apart at the seams in June or July of 2010. Actually he said there was a 45% to 55% chance of that occurring. He's been predicting the collapse since 1998.
He thinks that the changes in economic, social, and demographic conditions will cause certain wealthy states to begin withholding funds from the federal government. That will precipitate a civil war. The end result in his view is the splitting of the current United States into 4 regions, or 6 if you include Hawaii and Alaska, that will affiliate with other world powers.
The western region will be under Chinese influence as will Hawaii. The southern region will be associated with Mexico. The north east goes with Europe and the north central with Canada. Alaska goes to Russia.
Of course the end of the world occurs in December of 2012 according to the Mayan calendar so the new affiliations don't have a long time to exist.
Somehow I missed this back in 2008 but recently read several comments about secession and someone raised Mr. Panarin's prediction.
I found it interesting that there have been numerous proposals for dividing up the United States over the years. I really had not known that.