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CaliforniaTexas has the 10th largest economy in the world ahead of 182 other independent states. Texas ranks 40th in the world in terms of land mass. Texas ranks 47th in the world by population. Texans send hundreds of billions of dollars to the Federal Government every year with billions more going to Austin. If that money were kept in an independent Texas, it would have the 13th most well-funded national government in the world. Texas is ranked 12th in the world for technology exports.

Texas is a net global exporter ranking 22nd among nations of the world with 93% of those being manufactured exports. Texas is ranked 19th globally in farm and ranch acreage. Texas is the only state in the union with its own power grid. Texas generates more than half of the United States total domestic production of oil and natural gas and has the 7th largest coal reserves. The 26 petroleum refineries account for more than one-fourth of all U.S. refining capacity. Texas is the largest chemical producer, with more than 200 chemical plants.

California has 45 percent more people than Texas—the next-largest state economy—and California’s GDP is proportionately bigger as a result. Specifically, Texas’ GDP totaled $1.5 trillion in 2013. If California and Texas were considered separate from the rest of the U.S., Texas’s economy would rank as the world’s fourteenth-largest—six spots below California and just below Australia’s ranking. Since 1997, the GDPs of both California and Texas have grown faster than the nation as a whole, but the average annual growth rate of Texas’ GDP and population surpassed California’s during that period. A significant reason for the faster growth rate of Texas’ economic output has been an increase in oil and gas extraction. Oil extraction there more than doubled between 2010 and 2013.

The Texas Independence Referendum Act is a piece of proposed legislation that would give Texans the ability to vote on whether they want to become an independent, self-governing, nation-state. The most comprehensive piece of self-determination legislation ever introduced in any State of the United States, it is modeled after the UK Referendum Act and the Scottish Referendum Act, as well as previous proposals submitted by the Texas Nationalist Movement [TNM].

There is nothing in the United States Constitution, the Texas Constitution or Federal law that prevents a State from exiting the union. With the United States Constitution silent on the issue, the power is reserved to the State of Texas. Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution reserves the power to alter, reform or abolish our form of government to the people of Texas. Critics often cite the Supreme Court case of Texas v White to declare any State leaving the union as illegal. In doing so, they ignore the deficiencies in the ruling as well as over 150 years of additional court precedent, treaty law, and foreign policy that upholds the right of self-determination and overturns Texas v White.

Texans pay a disproportionate amount into the Federal system. They pay more than they receive across all measures. For every dollar that Texans send to the Federal Government, at best they receive $.61 of value.

If Texas spent the global average of 4% on national defense, an independent Texas would have the 5th most well-funded military in the world. The current Federal military expenditure in Texas is $42.1 billion. This figure is 12.5% of the $336 billion per year of revenue currently paid by Texans. This includes all personnel (active duty, reserve & civilian), military base expenditures, military contracts and operations costs. This would place Texas military expenditures 10th in the world, on par with Germany, Japan and India and roughly twice the spending of Israel, Italy and Australia. This is also 6 times the military spending of Mexico.

Law enforcement officials surrounded members of a militant Texas separatist group 27 April 1997 after they seized two neighbors as hostages. The standoff occurred in a remote area near Fort Davis, Texas, where members of the Republic of Texas separatist group seized the hostages as retaliation for the arrest of two group members. The group believes Texas should be an independent nation, and its leader Richard McLaren has been wanted since December on charges of avoiding a federal contempt citation.

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