>Trump calls a national vote that is completely non-binding, non-committal and 100% advisory to gage public opinion
>"should the USA split into separate states"
>51% of people who voted say yes
>turmoil ensues because A) the votes are extremely divided across the country (some neighboring states vote 95% no but are still forced to break up) and B) no one knows agrees on what "split into separate states" means
>some people think this means keeping everything the same but just without a federal government, others believe this means that all trade and free travel between them has to stop immediately, some think the military should remain shared, others believe it means that people living in a different state than the one they were born in have to relocate back, some think there should be full-on fences marking the borders and traffic stops between each state, others think the dollar should become defunct and every state now needs its own currency...
>Trump doesn't care and signs an executive order saying that the US will simply fall apart in different countries in just 2 years (pretend this is legal) and that Congress just has to sort it out by then
>suddenly, it becomes clear that many of the arguments of the "split" campaign were downright lies (literally the next morning, the primary splitter goes on TV to announce that his main promise of "if we split, every state will receive 100 billion $ as a send-off gift" was entirely bogus)
>it also becomes known that the split campaign violated several voting / funding laws, that foreign interference took place and that extensive voter manipulation happened after a huge misinformation campaign
>as time goes on, it turns out that the process of splitting isn't the promised quick walk in the park as it effects literally EVERYTHING about society (healthcare, military, defense, education, research, finance, borders, security, monetary policy, housing, trade, imports, exports, employment....) and that no one that voted the same way (split) can even agree
>millions of people that voted to split because they merely wanted the federal government gone now find out that they might be sent back to the state they were born in, that a border wall will be pulled up around their entire state, that they need a visa to visit family in the next state over, that they'll be moving to the TexaDollar (which is a lot less valuable than the CaliDollar), that their pensions are cut drastically because their state alone cannot cover it all, that they might be conscripted in the military because there's no longer a large overarching army...
>meanwhile, more and more analyses and studies show that the economy is taking a hit, that the general population is getting screwed, that the rich who were behind the split campaign are moving assets around to play the markets and make millions, and that the split will have serious impacts on the separate states
>plenty of people who voted split now find out that the outcome they envisioned will never happen but that their vote has been hijacked to push through a much more radical and extreme plan they would've never preferred over a United States
>none of the proposed plans are accepted by more then a small group of society so they're all rejected in Congress
>people like you claim that legislators doing their job and trying to find a deal that more than 5% of the population supports are undemocratic, stalling and subverting the will of the people
>several years later, now that all of that has become clear, millions want another vote since the situation has changed drastically (but this request is denied because, apparently, it would be "undemocratic" to vote on something again years later under completely different circumstances with a lot more information being available on the outcome and, as we all know, it's absolutely undemocratic for anyone to change their mind)
>the time limit expires
>no option is supported by more than a small group of people because the "split" campaign is a basket case of people who want different things (anarchists who want to get rid of all governments, radicalists who want complete autonomy and no trade with anyone else, moderates who only wanted the federal government to have less of a say...)
>so the most extreme option of all, the one that is supported by probably not even 10% of people (as opposed to the 49% that wanted things to stay the same), of "no deal" is accepted by default, meaning that all borders are immediately closed, that there's zero trade happening between states, that no one can move outside of their state, that the dollar becomes defunct, the military is dissolved, all healthcare services and government programs instantly expire and so on...
GOTTA LOVE DEMOCRACY MAN!
jokes and exaggerations aside, your understanding of what happened is pretty inaccurate. In the end, this was a non-binding and advisory vote that boiled an incredibly complex issue down to a very vague yes/no question that an absolutely marginal majority decided would affect important aspects of your life. Since everyone who voted "no" had a different idea of what this meant, you don't have a single unified "no" camp but a dozen factions that all want their own thing (many of which would rather keep things the same than have another version of "no"). Imagine if you were asked to vote on whether taxes should be raised. You vote no. The next day, the government announces that because 51% said that taxes shouldn't be raised, they now have a mandate to cut all public funding for education, healthcare, NASA, environmental protection and research to fund military expansion instead. Oh, you disagree? Well too bad, you said you didn't think taxes could be raised so this is the alternative. Oh, you think it should actually be voted on how we manage the budget without raising taxes and what should be prioritized? Well, fuck you, you're just trying to stall the process and subvert the will of the people that want lower taxes. Oh, you want to vote again now that you know what will happen if we can't raise taxes? You fucking make me sick, THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE HAS SPOKEN THIS IS DEMOCRACY.