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[–] Professor_de_la_Paz 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Coming to the party late, so forgive me if I am going over old ground.
(I'll look through the older posts when I'm done here.)
Back in the early days of the Free State Project a call went out for votes to decide which state to move to. New Hampshire won (boo, I voted for Delaware) because of the perceived impact that libertarian voters could have on local and state politics. Has that idea been discussed here?

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[–] go1dfish 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You can't do shit about the federal government though.

What about puerto rico? US territory, exempt from most federal taxation.

Currently the island is rather socialist unfortunately, No state taxes as it were, but the island taxes are comparable to federal taxes.

That money doesn't go towards the atrocious shit the US government does and stays on the island though, so there is that. Also residency would allow us to participate in local government and potentially shift the island towards a free-er state.

I like the idea of the Free State Project, and it would have been perfect if our federal government hadn't grown so ridiculously massive over the past century.

What gives me pause is that currently a plurality of puerto ricans seem to want statehood.

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[–] Professor_de_la_Paz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah, the Feds are going to be difficult no matter what. Puerto Rico is a mess, but no one would allow what amounts to a hostile takeover. I really don't think anyone here wants to buy PR's debt.

The FSP hopes to change New Hampshire first and create an example that other states would follow. Great idea, great cause, very difficult to achieve.

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks for your reply. Very little actually, but Wyoming is the least populated state so it should be the easiest to "influence" that way. Not that it really needs to be all that much, it's the most conservative state by a great bit.

As far as libertarian values go, it seems like the people are mostly conservative and don't try to pry into other people's business, so they seem rather close to libertarian in my mind. I am not sure why New Hampshire was picked and not Wyoming.

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[–] Professor_de_la_Paz 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Wyoming was one of the states in the running, but I don't remember why it didn't make the finals. I think it might have to do with it being landlocked with no access to ports and trade.

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[–] SkinnyMagna 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'd say Wyoming, strictly on a geographical basis. West Texas is desert, and it would be very difficult to farm without extensive irrigation. Also, scorching hot all year round just sucks.

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The Van Horn area does pretty well for water once you have a well. There are tons of pecan farms in the area. It's scorching hot when not up in elevation. Fort Davis and Marfa are pretty comfortable. Van Horn is hot, but more like 90-95 degrees and dry heat.

Presidio and Terlingua are extremely hot, but the Terlingua Ranch area varies a lot in elevation and climate overall.