Empires always have one thing in common: they collapse. But no, that's not exactly right: they also become totalitarian and the economy goes in the tank because of inflation, debt and regulation. Waste and corruption. Gigantic standing armies. Militarized police forces.
Personally I wish the South had won. Originally each state was supposed to be a nation, and each had to compete to get people and businesses.
There is a novel, The Mouse That Roared (it was made into a funny movie with Peter Sellers). That mouse was the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, a tiny mountainous country in Europe.
I remember the princess once rode her "ducal bicycle" to conduct some government business.
And think of Switzerland. And Lichtenstein. Small, high standard of living...no wars. A big family!
Supposedly there are 11 nations in America.
I've lived in the Left Coast, the Midlands, Greater Appalachia and the Far West.
I don't think the U.S. will break up along these lines but I wouldn't be surpised if it broke up into four nations. Personally, I have no use whatsoever for Yankeedom or New Netherland.
Big corporations - what I call Cosmodemonic Transnational Megacorportions - don't work either. Come on, let's face facts - nobody really likes McDonalds and Wal-Mart.
All over the world there are independence movements. I am for every one of them.