But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?
- Bastille, "Pompeii," Bad Blood
The American Northeast has always had a collection of very small states and these states are the bane of every public middle schooler’s existence. Have you ever tried drawing and labeling a map of America only to realize Delaware, Maryland, and Rhode Island are THAT small? The American Northeast is the epitome of a child’s poorly planned poster board. The original colonies were drawn much like how a child draws their poster board title—from gigantic block letters to hastily squeezed-in skinny letters.
Why focus on Rhode Island and not Delaware? After all, Rhode Island has a population of about 1.06 million people and Delaware only has a population of about 1 million people. The answer is quite simple. Despite having a smaller population than Rhode Island, the merger of Delaware and its supporting states isn't pretty. It would be greedy of New Jersey to ask to merge with Delaware and their merger would look like a fishing hook has been stabbed into New Jersey. On the other hand, the merger of Maryland and Delaware would make sense. If these two states stacked together under a trench coat, I would let them into the theater for a Rated R movie. However, Maryland already has a partner in crime as it is exerting itself over the District of Columbia. So we must focus on Rhode Island.
While it can be argued that Rhode Island and Connecticut have their own individual state histories and identities, I argue that a merger wouldn’t erase those things. A merger would be a marriage of the two states. Connecticut can bring its submarine models and Rhode Island can bring its cool rock collection. Rhode Island and Connecticut would look beautiful together. The combined state would allow map makers to finally fit a name within the borders of the state and not have to draw a stupid line off to the side. And what’s more beautiful than that?