That really didn't go that well, eastern Europe has been kind of a circus since the wall came down. California is the 5th largest economy on the planet and even if it does split there will need to be a symbiotic relationship with the other entities. In California most public employees are members of a retirement system called PERS and it is dependent on employees paying in to it, like social security; but, on a smaller scale. There are fewer public employees, less infrastructure, in the northern and south eastern counties than there is in the south west and central counties. Beings I am a member of PERS and of an age where I will soon be able to retire this concerns me. As it sits right now, PERS has been restructured due to some counties opting to provide independent retirement plans pulling out of PERS. There is concern whether PERS will remain solvent and punching big holes in a boat that is barely afloat isn't going to male anything better.