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Chomsky's Law (The Many Nations of North America)

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Chomsky's Law, formulated by political theorist Noam Chomsky, states the principles under which the politics of a new state that was formerly independent or dominated by a single political party in prior times shall develop.

Examples

  • Texas: Texan politics came to emulate those of the Texan Republic, with the major partisan divide being foreign relations.
  • Second Vermont Republic: The politics of the Second Vermont Republic, during its brief existence, were personality-driven by a single dominant figure, as was the case with Thomas Chittenden, first governor of the First Vermont Republic. Vermont politics also resembled that of the early former United States; while in the first and only election only independents ran (as in the first United States election), alliances soon solidified into pro or anti-administration factions. In this regard, the Socialists can be seen as analogues of the Federalists, while the Liberals can be seen as analogues of the Democratic-Republicans. This is applicable to Chomsky's law, as a similar situation existed in the First Vermont Republic.
  • New England: New England was formerly governed by the Republican Party before the collapse of the USA. As an independent state, it was similarly dominated by a single party, the New England Whig Party.

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