Southern Messenger

"The parties in this conflict are not merely abolitionists and slaveholders - they are atheists, socialists, communists, red Republicans, Jacobins, on the one side, and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other. In one word, the world is a battleground - Christianity and atheism are the combatants and the progress of humanity is at stake." Rev. James Henley Thornwell

Location: Occupied South Carolina

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Republic of South Carolina

Sometime during the time of Nullification and Secession, a local smart aleck said that “South Carolina is too small to be a republic, and too large to be an insane asylum.” I’ve thought about that. It is now my opinion that his statement is at best only half right. I now take issue with the first part.
Admittedly, the World Almanac and Book of Facts has been my sole research tool to this point. But it has revealed some surprising information. For instance, South Carolina has a geographic area of 32,020 square miles. Now that doesn’t make my state quite as large as Austria (32,383), but it does show that South Carolina is almost three times as large as Belgium (11,690), twice as large as Denmark (16,639), twice as large as the Netherlands (13,082), over four times larger than Kuwait (6,880), twice as large as Switzerland (15,355), over twice as large as Taiwan (12,456), eight times larger than Lebanon (4,015) and almost twenty-five times larger than Monaco. In fact, as a result of a precursory search, I found thirty-one republics, all United Nations members, that were smaller than South Carolina. It would seem that South Carolina would not be out of place among the world’s republics, and would be far from being the smallest.
But size alone does not give authority to a geographic entity. A republic must be economically viable to stand on its own. The World Almanac and Book of Facts also provided me with the following economic information.
South Carolina’s gross state product (2004 est.) was 135.3 billion dollars. In short, South Carolinians produced over 135 billion dollars worth of marketable goods and services. That’s over five times that of Bolivia (22.3), two and one half times that of Ecuador (49.5), over twice that of Guatamala (59.5), over fifteen times that of Iceland (8.4), slightly more that Israel (129.0), six times that of Africa’s largest country, Sudan (21.5), six times that of mineral-rich Zimbabwe (24.37), and three times that of just as mineral-rich Zaire (42.7). In an equally precursory search, I found forty-four republics, among them being North Korea, Jordan, Romania, Tunisia, and Jamaica, who produced considerably less than South Carolina.
It seems that South Carolinians are some pretty hard working people. I read recently that President Bush is sending a gob of money to Kenya for relief. Kenya, once in Colonial days, was the pride of east Africa. At 246,201 square miles, it is over seven times larger than South Carolina, but despite fertile soil, great weather, and a diversity of products which include coffee, tea, corn, wheat, sugarcane, and fruit; mineral wealth including gold, limestone, soda ash, salt barites, rubies, fluorospar, and garnets; and pastures of cattle, pigs, chickens, goats and sheep, Kenya has a gross domestic product of only 34.7 billion dollars (2004 est.), almost one-fourth that of South Carolina.
It appears that South Carolina is not only large enough to be a republic, it could be one of the few republics in the world that would not have to depend on foreign aid from the United States to stay afloat.
As far as South Carolina being “too large to be an insane asylum,”…I actually think it is just about right in that matter.