Today Germans celebrate the 17th anniversary of the unification of East and West Germany. At the same time, some US liberal and conservative fringe groups meet in Tennessee to work on secession from the United States of America, reports Yahoo! News:
In an unlikely marriage of desire to secede from the United States, two advocacy groups from opposite political traditions New England and the South are sitting down to talk. Tired of foreign wars and what they consider right-wing courts, the Middlebury Institute wants liberal states like Vermont to be able to secede peacefully. That sounds just fine to the League of the South, a conservative group that refuses to give up on Southern independence. (...)Last year the Atlantic Review wrote about Germany's Unity Day, patriotism, Anti-Americanism and the importance of soccer, with funny videos: Germany's National Holiday and the "Summer's Tale" Documentary
If allowed to go their own way, New Englanders "probably would allow abortion and have gun control," Hill said, while Southerners "would probably crack down on illegal immigration harder than it is being now."
The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly prohibit secession, but few people think it is politically viable. Vermont, one of the nation's most liberal states, has become a hotbed for liberal secessionists, a fringe movement that gained new traction because of the Iraq war, rising oil prices and the formation of several pro-secession groups.