I have solved ALL the problems
I was going to write a thoughtful post about the history of secessionist movements and the social contract and Locke and stuff, but then I came up with a better idea!
Hunger Games: Secession Style!
Twelve states will be allowed to secede. All people wanting to secede will have their names placed in a lottery for the secessionists in that state. A fashionably dressed celebrity will be tasked with drawing a name for each state.
Lock them all in a giant arena, or at least that Greek-columned thing Obama used for his speech in 2008, and it’s a game of last person standing gets to have their state secede.
This will be repeated on a yearly basis for 12 years, or until people stop wanting to secede, which ever comes first.
Broadcast rights, commercial air time, and official sponsor licensing proceeds will be used to pay off the Federal deficit.