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So in that scenario the Red State Nation would end up like Australia (an extraction economy) except it would have a lot better agricultural base. One could do worse….
Except that the politics of Australia are not much like that of a red state…

True, but the original comment (by Goofyhooy?) implied that an extraction economy wasn't viable. I brought up Australia to show that a country could be extraction-based and still do well (even if it is mostly desert).

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