So the intrepid data team at the Economist collated all internet mentions of the term “51st state” and came up with the following map:
Don’t ask me to explain the references to existing states. But for most of the foreign countries, I get it. Australia, Britain, Japan, very close treaty allies. Canada and Mexico, in NAFTA. (Canada’s also a very close treaty ally.) Taiwan, special relationship. Caribbean, Philippines, Ireland, lots of emigrants to the U.S. (Bora Bora and Brunei, that’s just weird, but whatever.)
In fact, I’m surprised that more Latin American countries didn’t crack the top ten: Colombia, El Salvador and Panama have a right to feel slighted.
But what are Russia and North Korea doing on this list?? Who refers to them as America’s 51st state? And why?